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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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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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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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