August 30, 2014

[Short-Lived Showcase] Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, episode 2 "The Abyss"

"I am a little more into Tim Dunigan as Captain Power this time around. His facial acting is still flat, but he's pumping up the intensity and giving a lot of gusto to his physicality, reminding me a lot of Peter Weller as Buckaroo Banzai. When Power is facing down Briggs, you feel both his confusion and anger at the nonsensical situation he's fallen into. And then you get the great sequence of him ripping a power cable off the wall to crudely recharge his suit."

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[Deconstruction is Magic] My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, episode 8 "Look Before You Sleep"

"Again, it's a very simple, by-the-numbers story on the surface, but instead of just playing the beats in the listed fashion, they subvert it by openly reading off the list the characters are trying to follow, and get in the way of the expected tropes as they have to find ways to bond outside the artificial structure Twilight is so eager to impose. This leads to some surprising twists here and there, particularly the climax where their destructive behavior leads to a genuine amount of unexpected destruction."

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August 27, 2014

[Castle Rock Companion] Dreamcatcher

"I think the main reason a lot of people balk is because of the enemies he calls 'shit weasels' and I suppose if the idea of an alien that gestates inside you before coming out along with some severe stinky farts and a lot of blood is something you can't get past, then it is what it is. Personally, I enjoy the fear that creates, and I appreciate the comparisons King does to the creatures with cancer."

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August 24, 2014

[Short-Lived Showcase] Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, episode 1 "Shattered"

"Otherwise, the sheer devastation of this world works. There's a great scene of Power looking out the window of a jet at the ruins of San Francisco which gives us scale, stories of his normal past life which shows us how much has changed for these people over such a short amount of time, the flashback to how Athena used to be, smiling across a chess board, to how she now is as she scowls at Power, shoots him, and tosses the gun at the old chess board, scattering the pieces. This is a world at war, where the humans have largely lost, and the best the heroes can hope for at the moment is to keep some semblance of a fight going while searching for a miracle that'll turn things in their favor."

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August 23, 2014

[Deconstruction is Magic] My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, episode 7 "Dragonshy"

"I get what you mean, Gerf, about how this is an episode that will grate on those who aren't fans of Fluttershy. The thing is, I do like her character, and it still grates on me, much in the same way "Applebuck Season" did, even though I also quite like Applejack as a character. What I mean by this is that both episodes take the character’s central... weakness might not be the right word, but the personality issue which often gets in their way - stubbornness for Applejack, timidness for Fluttershy - and hinges their story so heavily on that aspect, exaggerating it so far into an extreme that it starts to feel artificial.

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August 21, 2014

[Castle Rock Companion] Desperation

"The opening of the book is one of King's strongest. He takes that apprehension and fear we all have when we're pulled over by a policeman and brings it all to a new level of creepy and frightening. We're forced to relinquish control in those situations, but what if the cop was a complete lunatic? It makes it so much worse. I'll admit, there's a part of me that wishes this story really was just about a cop gone insane and terrorizing his small town, but I can also see how King had to take it to another level to move the story forward. The ancient evil buried deep in the ground, disturbed by human greed that dug too far is not a new idea, but he executes it well."

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August 17, 2014

[Short-Lived Showcase] The Further Adventures of U.S. 1, Part 4

"Jeff hooks U.S. up with the double haul, cross country, which'll pay out a million bucks, if U.S. can find a partner... which is when Deadpool, naked except for his mask, boots, and tighty whities, drops through the ceiling after a woman in a passing helicopter flies off with his wallet. Needing money, he asks for a job."

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August 16, 2014

[Short-Lived Showcase] The Further Adventures of U.S. 1, Part 3

"Taryn says there is no escape, and it's only a matter of time before they share the same fate as the prisoner in the next cell over: Rocket Raccoon, who's been frozen as a stone statue!"

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[Deconstruction is Magic] My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, episode 6 "Boast Busters"

"I do like the Twilight/Spike dynamic this episode, where it at first seems like he’s giving into oneupsmanship by constantly prodding Twilight to show Trixie what for, but I like his statement near the midpoint where he says it’s about defending her friends from someone who’s humiliating and hurting them. She’s putting herself and the consequences she might face before the others, up until the point where a kaiju is rampaging through the town and she’s left with no choice."

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August 14, 2014

[Castle Rock Companion] Bag of Bones

"I have to be honest. I was so damn bored by the story’s staunch refusal to go nowhere that I ended up going to Wikipedia to read the summary. Spoiling myself on the ending was the only way I could find to convince myself to keep going; that yes, there would eventually be some action happening that would give this slowly trawling along novel a purpose. As such, it’s possible that knowing the “shock” moments ahead of time made them have less of an emotional effect on me; but it’s also true that if I hadn’t been reading this for the purpose of this project I would never have made it to those moments because I would have given up on the book."

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