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harsens_rob
18 January 2019 @ 02:10 am
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The Walking Dead
S2, E9

"Triggerfinger"

DIR: Billy Gierhart
Writer: David Leslie Johnson





Blurb: Herschel, Rick and Glenn come under fire of the people that Dave and Tony were travelling with. Lori has to deal with being alone and trapped in her car wreck.


Scene 01: We start with Lori being unconscious in her tipped vehicle after her road accident last episode. Outside of the smashed windshield, a walker tries to gain access to the passenger compartment. Lori is just coming around, and noticing the zombie trying to push its way through the windshield, as we go to...


Those Darned Interrupting Credits

Rick and co. need to fight off other survivors. Lori needs to fight off walkers. Shane needs to fight off himself. Dale needs to fight off irritating me every other scene he's in.Collapse )
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harsens_rob
08 January 2019 @ 12:27 pm
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Season 12, Issue 02

"Future Shock"

Story: Joss Whedon, Christos Gage; Script: Christos Gage; Art: Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, 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 alliance of evil including Sunnydale's Mayor, Wolfram & Hart, and countless demons, his knowlege of future events foretells their victory.

Buffy and friends fight, but barely survive. To counter Harth's advantage, they go to the future to find out what Harth knows... only to meet Fray and her cop sister, Erin, who aren't about to let them change their past.





Buffy recruits Fray to deal with her time travelling, vampire brother.Collapse )
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Current Mood: happyhappy
 
 
harsens_rob
28 December 2018 @ 04:02 pm
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Season 12, Issue 01

"One Year Later"

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

Cover: Stephanie Hans





Blurb: Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been saving the world from the forces of darkness since she was a teenager. Alongside vampire-with-a-soul Spike; her best friends, Wiccan Willow Rosenberg and normal guy Xander Harris; her sister Dawn; and her mentor Giles, Buffy has found nothing they can't face together.

Four years ago, Buffy journeyed to the future to team up with Slayer Melaka Fray against Fray's vampire twin brother, Harth. Fray thought Buffy's knowledge of the future would change history, erasing her world... but it didn't.

A year has passed since rogue government forces tried to enslave magical beings and steal their powers. While humanity knows the supernatural exists, it has returned to the shadows. And there have been other changes...


My Notes: So. Buffy the Vampire Slayer comes to an end for Dark Horse Comics. I'm very sad to see it end on a 4-issue short arc. Especially, since I don't keep up with the comic news, so didn't know this was all coming. At first, I'll admit to y'all at being quite annoyed by the year forward shift from the end of last season. I don't even know what year Buffy is actually in. I'm sure I could figure it out, but I'm also equally sure someone somewhere has already posted a BTVS Timeline which includes the comics.

I was also quite annoyed - and still am, but less so - at the changes wrought. It felt like the book was trying to return a close-to-status-quo world to Buffy and her friends. Since this is the wrap up, now I understand it a bit more... but not really. I like when status quo isn't god. But this arc was not badly done, so I'm more-or-less happy by the end of Issue 4.

But then we have BOOM!Buffy returning next year. This series will follow Buffy anew, but with a starting point of 2019. I'm less than thrilled. Much less than.

I have no desire to go back to the beginning and start all over. HOWEVER, I've already gotten the first few issues on order from "Things From Another World", and I'm willing to get at least the first season before I throw down my toys and stomp home. So, yes, despite my temper tantrum/winter blues rant earlier that I would LOVE if everyone pretended didn't happen, I will be posting at least Boom!BTVS [yes, that is how I'm going to TAG those reviews] season one & then we'll see.

But - this is about Buffy S12, so let's get on with it....

How do you fight a future vampire with Slayer memories?Collapse )

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Current Mood: chipperchipper
 
 
harsens_rob
24 December 2018 @ 10:02 am
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Well, the weather outside has been frightful uh, grey and blah ... but the fire ... uh, heating indoors is so delightful, so let it snow, let it snow, let it snow ... or, uh - no snow please, I'm too old to shovel.




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harsens_rob
12 December 2018 @ 12:00 am
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Have I made clear in my reviews of my love for Sarah Michelle Gellar and Eliza Dushku? Because I don't remember having done so.

The problem with actor-heroes is that the real life actor-person rarely can live up to the character they originated. I try - really try - to ignore/not read comments about actors and their characters because I HATE how sometimes the real person is an ass, or just doesn't treat the material that they've helped make with the seriousness of fans. Understand, I'm talking about fans in a general sense, not "FANS" which seem to believe that an actor owes them something, or should never be anything but the character/impression-through-a-character that the actor portrayed.

This is why I hated that I read somewhere, by accident, that David B. didn't like his character in Angel, despite Joss literally giving him his start. It's like he's embarrassed that he was part of a genre show, which actually allowed him to move on to Bones and whatever that show is that I don't record and watch where he's a navy seal, or FBI special force, or somesuch.

I fell in love with SMG because she was Buffy. And while I'm not a psychopath, so would never intrude on her actual life, I appreciate that SMG made Buffy what she was, and that she's never talked down the character [okay, only so far as I know]. It's also why I love Eliza. I may not watch everything she ever did, but I like her Faith. I love her through Faith.

Is that so wrong? I don't think it is. But, you all have to understand that a part is not the person. I love ED for her role as Faith, and in "The Alphabet Killer" but I don't worry about who she really is. I feel like the interwebz is rife with trying to conflate a person with a role, and that is not only wrong, but kind of nutso-cuckoo.

I'm glad that SMG became Buffy. And I'm glad that Eliza became Faith. As I'm glad that D.B. was Angel, ASH was Giles, AH was Willow and NB was Xander... (I don't know what happened to Nicki, but clearly he's gone off the rails). And I'm fine with that. For me, character stays separate as long as I can maintain my blissful ignorance from actor.

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harsens_rob
11 December 2018 @ 11:07 pm
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...  And I gotta say that I'm falling into a dark space, in which I think that this is all worthless. I had typed this whole rant, which I then deleted. It seemed too mean spirited to actually post.

  But the bottom line has been, that I feel like I'm paying for nothing. I feel like NOBODY is actually reading anything I post, despite my work on reviews, because my readers have overall relocated to Dream... Something-or-Other (my mind says DreamCast? but I'm not sure) in order to avoid Russian-Bots/actors/government.

I get it. But, I don't truly understand it. I'm not sure that anyone is reading any of this other than Russian 'Bots and that isn't enough. Everything comes to an end. Maybe it's time to let this die and cancel my entire account? Maybe it's time to move on.

I never finished what I wanted... but that is my own fault, as I expanded from posting Spanderverse (in which I still fantasize, but typing and removing my better-self is difficult, as I want so badly to self-insert) to posting BTVS reviews (which I feel I did a good-to-very good-job of being fair), to expanding to AtS reviews (although, only the comics, I haven't even gotten to the end of S3 BTVS, so I could start on AtS, S1!) and then to movie reviews I felt needed more exposure -- or just really liked (It's hard to justify JAWS or ALIEN as needing exposure, admittedly). And then expanded further, because of my own lack of focus to SPN and TWD and 70's highlights like The 6 Million Dollar Man and its spinoff, which may have been my first exposure as a young gay, who didn't get it yet, to crushing on a woman -- Lindsey Wagner and Lynda Carter were my touchstones to trying to force myself to being "normal" in the early-80s, and Kolchak - whose series easily inspired Fox Mulder and Dana Scully later... so many youth touchstones we can go back and watch to remember what it was like when we were young, and - dare I say it: I DO - sheltered.

But it's a different world, now. And I feel more and more like I'm just holding a place but not actually engaging. Maybe this is all stupid, maybe it has been all along. I don't know what I should do! Is there anything on the site worth holding onto? Is there any reason to continue forward, at least until I breathe my last?

Is anyone bothering, or am I posting in a void??

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Current Mood: I had to update this too, due to misspelling. Damn it.
 
 
harsens_rob
15 November 2018 @ 09:37 am
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Giles
(BTVS S11, Issue 4)

"Girl Blue" part IV

Story: Joss Whedon & Erika Alexander, Art: Jon Lam, Colors: Dan Jackson, Letters: Richard Starkings & [Comicraft's] Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Steve Morris

Blurb: Rupert Giles is a Watcher, one of the few who guide the vampire Slayers in hunting and killing vampires and demons, and fighting against the forces of darkness. In the battle against Twilight, Giles was killed. But after a chaotic resurrection attempt, he was restored to life; however... instead of being returned to the world as a grown man[,] he is cursed to walk the earth as a teenager.

Recently, after a supernatural attack decimated San Francisco, the government has been cracking down on magical beings. Many, including Giles' friends, Buffy the Slayer, Wiccan Willow, and ensouled vampire Spike, have been sent to an internment camp called the "Safe Zone", while Giles was able to acquire a fake ID and - *sigh* - enroll in high school as a "normal" teenager.

At the new school investigating missing persons and a mysterious force, Giles has forged more than a partnership with the vampire Roux. Together they discovered Seed, a demon hired to drain the brains of the student body. But now, having learned more of Roux's story, Giles' investigation is far from over.





Rupert faces ending Seed and Roux.Collapse )

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harsens_rob
28 October 2018 @ 09:40 pm
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Giles
(BTVS, S11) Issue 03

"Girl Blue: You Can't Be Told" part III

Story: Joss Whedon, Erika Alexander; Art: Jon Lam; Colors: Dan Jackson; Letters: Richard Starkings & [Comicraft's] Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Steve Morris





Blurb (partial): ... Upon hearing rumors of vampire killings, Giles has transferred to a new school to investigate. After tracking down a demon who's causing a campus-wide brain drain, he and his vampire partner/crush, Roux, have returned to the question of the missing teachers, Truman, and Blue, and Roux's connections to everything...


Page 01: We open in 1816 during a solar eclipse. We open on a plantation, in which we're in the midst of a slaughter. A man and two musclebound slaves have come to slaughter everyone in their path.
Rupert learns a lot more about who Roux was and is.Collapse )

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harsens_rob
26 October 2018 @ 04:04 pm
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Scene 40: As Katya takes a moment to orient herself, we hear the soft tics from her geiger counter.

She sets to work in the target zone, collecting samples for remote analysis onboard the lander. Her radiation levels are fluctuating, but remain in acceptable limits.
We confirm extraterrestrial life. But the knowledge doesn't come cheap.Collapse )
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harsens_rob
26 October 2018 @ 03:43 pm
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Europa Report
(2013)

Starring: Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Christian Camargo
DIR: Sebastián Cordero

Blurb: An international crew of astronauts travel to Jupiter's moon, Europa on a mission of discovery. A mission that quickly runs into serious problems.

My Blurb: Okay. So... like many, I think, I've gotten really burned out on the "found footage" concept. It's gone from being innovating to being a cheap way to film people in a dark location screaming a lot when they're not busy being the world's most awful people. So, when I started this film with onboard camera footage, I immediately groaned in pain.

But, the film wasn't awful, hence my deciding to include a review...


Scene 01: We start the film with a mission briefing report on screen pointing out the plan behind the manned expedition we're about to follow.
Mankind's first landing on Europa isn't without heartbreak.Collapse )
TBC.

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Current Mood: "updated review - please re-read"