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Friday, September 8, 2017

Guy Patterson's Secret Identity

The average movie fan may recognize Tom Everett Scott's face from his debut in That Thing You Do! or his more recent Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.

However, Booster Gold fans are more likely to recognize Scott's voice. He played our hero in animated episodes of Justice League Unlimited and Batman: Brave and the Bold (including "The Greatest Story Never Told").

Earlier this week, Gwen Ihnat interviewed Scott for The A.V. Club.

AV Club: How many kids do you have?

Tom Everett Scott: I have two kids. I have a daughter who's 17. She's in 12th grade, and then I have a son who's 12. He's in seventh grade.

AVC: Do they still talk to you?

TES: They still talk to me. One of them is trying to talk to me right now.

I mean, I've done some things that have kept me on their good side certainly. Like my daughter got to meet Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. So she was pretty excited about that, but I've got to keep doing stuff like that or I'm dead.

AVC: Like playing Booster Gold on Justice League? And your Air Buddies appearances—is that for your kids?

TES: Yeah, absolutely. I've been able to do stuff that they can enjoy. The Air Buddies movie stuff. It's been great for that. I'm playing a lot of dad roles these days. And Booster Gold is so much fun because that's one of my favorite jobs—sitting around a recording studio with really talented voice actors. They're so good and they're all doing multiple characters in these episodes. I'm allowed to only do Booster Gold. I don't have much range. I wanted to play other characters. They just wouldn't let me.

AVC: Because you're just nailing Booster Gold!

Seconded! I like Diedrich Bader on Justice League Action, but Booster Gold will always sound like Tom Everett Scott to me.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Rewatching The Greatest Story Never Told

Before Justice League Action blew my mind this weekend, I was thinking that I should start an occasional series of posts covering some of the higher points of Booster Gold fandom. After all, every day someone is probably encountering Booster Gold for the first time, and they need to know what the good stuff is.

Apparently, The A.V. Club was thinking along similar lines. Monday, the site ran an article by Noel Murray extensively praising the Justice League Unlimited series that ran on Cartoon Network from 2004 to 2006. Most of that praise was thrown at one episode in particular: "The Greatest Story Never Told."

There are few stories in the history of Booster Gold as good as "The Greatest Story Never Told."

Murray's commentary is insightful. He covers why the episode is great as well as why all comic book fans should love Booster Gold. His post's only weakness is that it fails to make it clear to any readers who have never seen the episode just how much fun it is to watch.

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So if you're a Booster Gold fan (or even if you're just Booster Gold curious), you owe it to yourself to track the episode down and spend 23 minutes with the most underappreciated hero in the DC Universe.

And when you're done watching the episode, you can read Murray's whole article at

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New Release: Justice League 3000 #14

The latest installment of The New Adventures of Blue and Gold (or, as some people call it, Justice League 3000 #14) is released today. The preview of the issue at A.V. Club gives the impression that this will be a very Ice-heavy issue with a hint of Fire. That sounds like something I want to read.

(By the way, the rumor of Justice League 3000's demise has been greatly exaggerated. After Convergence, the book will be reborn as Justice League 3001. Whether Booster Gold survives that transition remains to be seen, but I'm betting yes).

And while you're supporting your Local Comic Shop, consider picking up Futures End #41. Booster Gold can be found in the issue preview seen on Crave Online. While it's probably just a brief cameo, you don't want a hole in your Booster Gold collection, do you? (Thanks to MetalWoman for the spot.)

Buy these issues and make Skeets happy.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Booster Gold and Skeets Are Not Dead

The Justice League Unlimited episode "The Greatest Story Never Told" was first broadcast nearly a decade ago, but the AV Club is just now getting around to reviewing it. I'm doing much better: I waited only a week before reviewing the review.

Regular AV Club contributor Oliver Sava opens his review by comparing the episode to the Tom Stoppard play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Sava doesn't follow through on this reference, instead turning his attention to other, stronger influences on the episode. However, once mentioned, this comparison becomes worthy of at least a brief exploration.

If you've never seen Rosencrantz — it's a favorite of mine, and I recommend it without reservation — the play is a meta-textural, existential tragicomedy. The misadventures of its protagonists, minor supporting characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet, are informed by the audience's knowledge of their fate in their original source material. By comparing what the audience knows about the protagonists to what they think they know, Stoppard is able to ask a variety of questions about the meaning (or lack thereof) of life. Honestly, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is the highest form of fan fiction.

In a similar way, "The Greatest Story Never Told" is a more enriching episode if the audience is familiar with the character of of Booster Gold. Writer Andrew Kreisberg uses Booster, a character generally perceived as infuriatingly selfish, to define heroism within the DC Universe. What does it mean to be a hero when a common house fire is insignificant compared to a reality-warping magical disaster? Is heroism objective or subjective?

Sava's AV Club review doesn't explicitly call "The Greatest Story Never Told" recommended watching, but any time a televised cartoon for children can introduce deeper subjects for its young audience's consideration, it deserves a look. If it can do so with Booster Gold, it becomes must-watch television.

You can find the full review at

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