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harsens_rob
12 March 2019 @ 01:10 am
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Hey, and welcome back to another edition of Best of/Worst of ...  The series in which I lay a critical eye on our characters, rather than plot, in order to give them a reward for a job well done, or a demerit for disappointing my expectations of them.

As the subject line kinda-sorta-intimated, if you stare really hard, this post is concerning our main players in Season 10's Issue 08:

Blurb: The rules of magic are literally being rewritten. With day-walking vampires and a male Slayer, Buffy & Co. are trying to keep the weirdness under control. Willow is focused on learning the new rules, while Giles is coming to terms with his newfound youth, and Xander is trying to save his relationship with Dawn. Still, Buffy has her family together again - and since their mission doesn’t yet feature Apocalypse spelled out in big letters, life is pretty good…

Our characters under the spotlight are - Buffy, Willow, Spike and Andrew will be our focus for this issue. The others are there for the beginning, but they're more glorified cameos.

I think I over-identify with Andrew.Collapse )
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harsens_rob
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Hey everyone. Welcome to a new edition of Best of/Worst of, the series where we go back through our previous reviews and take a second look at our heroes. Were they good men and women, or did they disgust us with their antics?

This post's subject is: Angel & Faith, Season 02 (Angel, Season 8 for me; Angel, season 10 for DH), Issue 07.

Blurb: Faith decided to stay in the employ of Deepscan when she found out that her next mission concerned the missing Riley Finn - a guy with whom she has a past. Now, Faith and a team of Slayers search the South American jungle for Riley, his wife, and a missing tycoon, Walt Zane. In London’s Magic Town, Angel does his best to aid the people transformed by the magical virus he helped cause - currently he’s occupied with a request from an old Wiccan friend, Amy Madison.


Our primary focuses this issue are:

Angel: Still trying to figure out how to deal with Amy Madison to get her off of her ill-defined plans to attempt resurrecting Warren.


Faith: Still in the jungle with a group from Deepscan, employed by Reese Zane to find her missing father.


Ms. Zane: Trying to find her father, though the fact that they've been besieged by indigenous vampires doesn't reflect well on his chances... or on the missing Riley's.


Major Billings: The American military's point man on this mission [but I'm really not sure why the government is in on this].


Mai, the Slayer: The only Slayer in Deepscan, besides Kennedy, that is willing to see what Faith will do, rather than depending on her reputation.
No kudo for the title character: I feel like that happens a lot.Collapse )

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harsens_rob
07 March 2019 @ 09:38 am
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Boom!BTVS
Season 01, Issue 02

"Welcome Back to the Hellmouth" pII

Writer: Jordie Bellaire; Artwork: Dan Mora & Raúl Angulo, Lettered: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Matthew Taylor





Blurb: I refuse to transcript the babble [tongue in cheek] that constitutes the blurb.

My Blurb: As Buffy tries to integrate her Slayer life with friendships and her mother's having a live in boyfriend, Dru gets impatient with magic shop owner Anya that she won't give her what she's come to take.


I am finding the dialog unnatural and distracting.Collapse )

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harsens_rob
15 February 2019 @ 12:34 pm
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Penny Dreadful
S1, E03

"Resurrection"

Writer: John Logan
DIR: Dearbhla Walsh

Blurb: A flashback episode reveals what caused Dr. Victor Frankenstein to pursue his questions of life and death in an unethical manner. And we find out what happened to, and why Victor abandoned the First Creature and why the Creature is now back.

My Blurb: Which then caused my heart to break again due to the end last episode, thanks to the First Creature returning and taking out his anger and hatred on innocent, and adorable, Proteus.


Scene 01: We look upon a young boy, clearly our Victor, where he stares down at a flower. In voice over, Victor recites a poem by William Wordsworth as he strolls through a garden of flowers.
Victor's past has found him. Malcolm & Vanessa try to track down poor Mina.Collapse )
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harsens_rob
15 February 2019 @ 06:29 am
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So, the first thing to know, is that I do know exactly why I had this dream. So let me give a tiny-sarcasm "Oh, thank you" to The Haunting of Hill House, the 10-episode series on Netflix. Not only was it a creeptastic good time, but it also had a lot of heart and some really deep horror (I'm looking at you episode 5).

One of the main characters suffers from sleep paralysis, and way back when in Junior High, I went through a period of about 16 months where I would suffer this sleep disorder several times a month. Weirdly, it was always the same dream that would cause me to wake up and be a voiceless, motionless lump. It was horrifying, because I could tell just by the dream that I was in, that I was in a dream and that I was going to wake up with that horrible paralysis, desperate to scream for help, desperate to break that muscle freeze. But I couldn't do anything but follow the pre-scripted scenario to its foregone conclusion.

Obvs, our character's suffering from this condition stirred that horror show in my memory. And that led to our dream:


My not-fun dream.Collapse )
 
 
 
harsens_rob
10 February 2019 @ 04:33 pm
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Scene 32: Later, Caleb is wandering the stacks at a library some ways away from the local campus (smart!). He's come to hunt down the book that Anita mentioned about his former lives. But as he tells the librarian that he'd like to check out the book to take with him, she informs him she can't let it leave, as it is for reference only.

He informs her of his professor status, and asks to borrow it for a day or two. She's (apparently... his aura-powers seem very hit or miss, and random) taken by him enough to allow bring the book to the desk. And, his apparent affect on her causes her to let down her cascading head of hair. She smiles coquettishly at him, but then, to his surprise, tells him he really does have go go now, as she leads him to the door.
Hmm. A very mixed bag of a film, and especially with James finally meeting his father.Collapse )
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harsens_rob
10 February 2019 @ 03:19 pm
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Grave of the Vampire
(1972)

Starring: William Smith, Michael Pataki
DIR: John Hayes

Blurb: A vampire rises from the grave and, after coming across a young couple, kills the man and rapes the woman. The woman eventually gives birth to a part-human, part-vampire child that feeds upon her blood that she provides to him.

Years later, the now adult human-vampire hybrid son sets out to track down his vampire father, seeing revenge for the curse he bestowed upon him.


A Note: I had meant to FINALLY review 'Death Warmed Up' which was supposed to be my next movie review forever-ago. So, imagine my extreme annoyance with Mill Creek's usual quality included a sound mix so low, I can't hear a frickin' thing. And, naturally, there are no subtitles. Because, cheaper.

I don't know if it's in the public copyright, but I feel like I've paid for the movie, so I'm less guilty feeling about finding it online. But for right now, we'll enjoy this film.


Leslie is pulled into a nightmare on the evening of her engagement... in a cemetery. Okay.Collapse )

TBC
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harsens_rob
08 February 2019 @ 01:16 pm
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer
S01, I01

"Welcome Back to the Hellmouth"

Writer: Jordie Bellaire, Art: Dan Mora & Raúl Angulo, Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Kevin Wada

Blurb - sorta: Into every generation a Slayer is born; a chosen one. They alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their number.

They are the Slayer.





My Blurb: "So, here we are..," Dark Willow

I read this a week ago, and then read it again a few days ago. I wanted to be sure that I was ready to fairly review the issue as its own thing, rather than constantly be focused on compare-and-contrast with 'my' buffy. But, inevitably, there are to be comparisons in this first issue -- the very title is almost challenging you to do so.

Despite this, I'm going to do what I can to leave Buffy as she was in the past and focus on 2019's Buffy. There will be a fair amount of commentary about each character, though, because they're here but in slightly altered roles in the new, not-cratered Sunnydale.


Buffy's first meet with Xan and Willow.Collapse )
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harsens_rob
26 January 2019 @ 12:21 pm
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 12, Issue 04, The finale

"Finale"

Story: Joss Whedon, Christos Gage; Script: Christos Gage; Pencils: Georges Jeanty; Inks: Karl Story, Andy Owens, Dexter Vines; Colors: Dan Jackson; Lettering: Richard Starkings & [Comicraft's] Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Stephanie Hans

Blurb: Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been fighting the forces of darkness since she was a teenager. Alongside vampires-with-souls Spike and Angel; her best friends, Wiccan Willow Rosenberg and normal guy Xander Harris; her sister Dawn; her mentor Giles; and Old One/human hybrid Illyria, Buffy has saved the world... a lot.

Harth, a future vampire with Slayer ancestral memories meant for his twin sister, Melaka Fray, came to our era for The Reckoning, a final battle prophesied to lead to the end of the Slayers. Forming an evil alliance including Sunnydale's Mayor, Wolfram & Hart, and demons, they fought Buffy and friends, including Fray.

When Willow tried to concentrate the power of all Slayers in Buffy, Harth changed history by taking it himself!





My Blurb: Thank you, Dark Horse creative team. It's been quite a ride.


The only way to win, is to lose somebody to hell.Collapse )

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harsens_rob
26 January 2019 @ 11:57 am
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BTVS
S12, Issue 3

"The Reckoning"

Story: Joss Whedon, Christos Gage; Script: Christos Gage; Artwork: Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, Andy Owens, Dexter Vines, Dan Jackson; Lettering: Richard Starkings & [Comicraft's] Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Stephanie Hans

Blurb: Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been fighting the forces of darkness since she was a teenager. Alongside vampires-with-souls Spike and Angel; her best friends, Wiccan Willow Rosenberg and normal guy Xander Harris; her sister Dawn; her mentor Giles; and Old One/human hybrid Illyria, Buffy has saved the world... a lot.

Harth, a future vampire who has Slayer ancestral memories meant for his twin sister, Melaka Fray, has come to our era. Forming an evil alliance including Sunnydale's Mayor, Wolfram & Hart, and demons, his knowledge of future events guides them.

Buffy and friends went to his future, where Fray and her sister Erin helped them learn that Buffy is destined to banish the forces of evil to Hell... but be trapped there forever with them.





Page 01: We join our team at Willow's Women's Empowerment Center, where the Slayers who've answered Buffy's call to arms are gearing up.
Harth gets his wish. But can he hold onto the power?Collapse )

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