Quickie post today and I’ve noticed recently a trend for things radiactive in my life of late.  It started me thinking about the best things to come out of radiation.  So here are my top five…

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    One of the first things my hubby and I found we had in common when we first got chatting was that we both loved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when we were growing up.  Hell, we still love them!  Out of the blue, he put the DVD of the first film on the other day which is what inspired me to write this post.
    The Turtles are possible the best thing ever to come out of radiactive ooze; pizza munching, funny, sweet, ninjas.  What else could you ask for?
    It’s just the right amount of violence and humour for kids along with lessons of discrimination and all that rite of passage stuff I mentioned last Friday.

  2. Elysium
    Nope, still haven’t gotten over this film.  Don’t worry, the Hobbit, Desolation of Smaug, is out soon so everything will be Middle Earthian by Christmas.
    Max (Matt Damon) works in a factory building droids but one day he suffers radiation poisoning and is given days to live.  In his fight to get up to Elysium and save his own life, he changes the course of history.
    This film reflects present day society in a cool science fiction vision of the future and is amazing.  And out on DVD on 26th December in the UK…And yes I will be walking to Tesco on Boxing Day to buy it.

  3. The Hulk
    Well, he had to be on here really.  Dr Bruce Banner is exposed to lethal levels of gamma radiation, whatever version you read/watch.  It changes him so that when his blood pressure increases, and he becomes angry, he turns in a great hulk of a monster intent on distruction.
    He’s a tricky character and I think that when studied he becomes a little like marmite.  It’s why the Marvel films have had such trouble with him – he’s an complicated and deep character that can be difficult for the public to relate to and find interesting.  The critics and fans seem to agree that Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo probably did the best job in Avengers Assemble.

  4. Blinky
    Oh come on, everyone loves Blinky!

    Blinky from The Simpsons


  5. Back to the Future
    I struggled a bit with this one but decided to settle on a classic.  Without plutonium, the Doc would never have gotten his DeLorean time machine to work.  The terrorists he stole it from would never have come after him and Marty would never have gone time travelling.  Hurray for plutonium…?

Who’s your favourite radioactive character?  What’s your favourite radiation story?

I’ll end this post with a very good song indeed: Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.


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