Skip to content
Latest

Review: Revisions (Netflix)

I finished watching Revisions on Netflix yesterday. Overall, I enjoyed the journey of the season, but there were definitely some glaring moments that made me roll my eyes and sigh in exasperation.

My exasperation mostly came from Daisuke Dojima, one of the main protagonists. I wanted to like him so bad. His character was voiced by Bryce Papenbrook in the English version. So he sounded just like some of my favorites anime characters. Characters that act as hero and protector seamlessly like Kirito Kirigaya of Sword Art Online and Eren Jaeger of Attack on Titan.

Those characters have their annoying moments as well, but they have more redeeming qualities to offset those moments. Daisuke, like the two characters I just mentioned, fulfilled his destiny but his journey was a bumpy ride.

Spoilers ahead

The Story:

Out of a group of five friends, Daisuke is kidnapped in 2010. He is saved by a woman from the future, Milo. She tells him that he will be the only one who can protect his friends when a threat comes in the future. His destiny is to protect everyone.

This remark stays with Daisuke and as the year’s progress, he looks for the threat that will save everyone from. Seven years later, his friends become alienated due to his overwhelming personality and inability to live in the present.

Eventually, the threat appears in the form of the Revisions. They time-jump Shibuya from 2017 to the year 2388 where a pandemic has killed most of the human race and left any survivors infected and deformed.

The five friends (Daisuke, Keisaku, MariMari, Lu, and Gai) form the SDS tactical force because they are the only ones capable of captaining the String Puppets, the main weapon against the Revisions.

However, Daisuke is unable to fulfill his destiny due to his cockiness and at one point loses hope in his destiny after he loses his best friend in battle. Only when he is able to let go of a preconceived destiny and allow each member of his team, SDS members and supporting cast, was he able to truly protect his friends, save the human race, and return Shibuya back to the year 2017.

Thoughts:

Two episodes into Revisions I thought it would play out a little like Erase. Erase is a story about a man whose life is turned upside down due to sabotage, but he’s able to go back in time somehow to change the events of the past so that the future is different.

However, I quickly realized that Daisuke is not like Satouru, the main character in Erase. Daisuke acts like a complete jerk most of the time and doesn’t hesitate to call himself the leader and the savior despite not even being the best at using the String Puppet gear. His friends are constantly trying to support him, but he makes it hard.

He almost ruined this anime for me. Luckily, he levels out some in the last four episodes on the season. It’s only when he finds out that he’s not really destined to protect everyone and that ARVH, the future organization that Milo works with, made an error and he actually evolves as a character.

Usually, at some point in the show, I have an emotional moment. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any feelings until Keisaku was the main focus.

I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say the anime has a bittersweet feel-good ending until you realize there is more of the story to come.

It seemed like a second season was set up for Revisions. I could be wrong, it might just be a cliff hanger to dismiss any semblance of a happy ending based on the sacrifices made.

I did enjoy Revisions and if Makoto Fukami and Taichi Hashimoto do create another season I’d love to see Daisuke’s character continue to grow in a positive way.

Honorable mention to Oral Cigarette’s who did the opening song for the series. The songs is titled Wagamama de Gomakasanaide and I like it.

Game of Throne season 8, episode 6: Jon Snow’s fitting end in the war for the Iron Throne

Last week, after Daenerys completed her transition from a doe-eyed chain breaker to a fire-eyed mad queen, I asked a few questions. The most important question regarding Jon Snow and his relationship with Daenerys since the events of “The Bells”.

The Question:
Is Jon now going to be compelled to get closer to Daenerys so that he can calm her down or will he be compelled to overthrow her because he’s seen her destructive capabilities?

Spoilers ahead

Jon Snow, Daenerys, Game of Thrones season 8

It turns out, my theory of Jon having the power to change Daenerys was not completely incorrect. I stated that due to his inability to provide a physical representation of his love to her, she decided to choose fear instead of opting to use love to gain power.

Daenerys burned down King’s Landing and destroyed Cersei and Jamie Lannister in the process and also murdering women and children. But, that wasn’t enough for her.

In the opening moments of the episode, “The Iron Throne”, Daenerys promises both the Dothraki and Unsullied that the war is not over and that they will break the wheel of the world.

This prompted Tyrion denounced his hand of the throne title and having already betrayed Daenerys by freeing Jamie, he was taken prisoner. During his imprisonment, he told Jon that Daenerys had to be killed because she turned into a tyrant.

It was Tyrion’s words that compelled Jon to approach Daenerys and ask her to change her approach to world domination. Unfortunately, Daenerys’ words made it all too apparent that she would continue to kill innocent people on her climb to victory.

Jon once again professed that she was his queen and with a passionate kiss, he stabbed her in the heart.

Shame.

While Jon’s hesitation to be with Daenerys may have contributed to her going mad, he used that “power of love” to comfort her to her death. She was literally begging him AGAIN to be with her and he believed that things would only get worse so he ended her life.

Drogan, Daenerys’ remaining dragon, senses her death and flies to her aide. Instead of attacking Jon who is holding her dead body, he burns down the Iron Throne symbolizing how futile the fight over the throne really was.

I did not see this coming. It came so early in the episode and it was so unexpected. Plus you find out later in the episode that Jon doesn’t flee the country. He’s imprisoned by Grey Worm and the Unsullied for killing their queen.

I usually try not to criticize creative decisions. However, I’m surprised Grey Worm didn’t kill Jon on the spot. Jon killed Daenerys and Grey Worm has been mourning the loss of Missandei. I would think that alone would be enough to take Jon out on site. They didn’t even fight. But he stayed a prisoner until the ladies and lords of the seven kingdoms were called to a meeting.

Grey Worm actually played a huge role at the end of the story. He brought Tyrion to the meeting where Tyrion was able to suggest a form of democracy to determine a new king or queen for the seven kingdoms.

The group ended up choosing Bran the Broken as the new king because he holds the stories of their history. And judging by Brans comments that he only came to King’s Landing to be king, I’m thinking he saw this coming.

Even Sansa reluctantly gave her approval, though she and the North will stay an independent nation because we all know Sansa was not about to let the story end without being some sort of queen.

Another thing I did not see coming was Tyrion making it through Daenerys’ rather and becoming the hand to Bran the Broken. So Tyrion Lannister is now going to be an aide to the king once again. He’s the only Lannister that made it through the Game of Thrones.

The real victors of the Game of Thrones turned out to be the Starks. Sansa ends the series as Queen of the North because she won’t bend the knee even to her brother. Arya opts to head west of Westeros and discover the world. Bran is the king and he rules that Jon will go back to the Knights Watch as punishment for his crimes.

I guess it was fitting that Jon ends up where he’s most comfortable, back in the North. He’s reunited with Tormund and Ghost. To be honest, sending him to the Night’s Watch does not seem like much of a punishment because technically if the whole Night King situation hadn’t happened he would still be there anyway.

Honorable mention to Brienne of Tarth. She went out of her way to finish documenting Jamie Lannisters life in the White book of Names. The final words she wrote about him were that he died fighting for his queen. Grey Worm also took the Unsullied to Naath like he promised Missandei. I thought that was sweet.

And that’s it. Game of Thrones is over.

Catch up with all the previous recaps using this link.

One Punch Man S02, E06 | The Monster Uprising (review)

Spoilers ahead

Not a lot happened in this weeks episode of One Punch Man season 2, episode 6: The Monster Uprising. We didn’t see Garou in the main story though he did make a quick appearance after the end credits.

As someone who is enjoying the anime and not relying on the manga content to compare events, I am still waiting for Garou to actually be an ally to the heroes. I’m only convinced because of the way Saitama is.

So far all season, every time someone meets Saitama and witnesses his massive strength, it makes them turn over a new leaf. I’m seeing a recurring theme (King, Blizzard even Sonic if you think about). It could be possible that Garou won’t end up being Saitama’s nemesis, but a great ally.

Back to the main story of this episode.

The Martial Arts Tournament is still going and Saitama’s opponent is Bakuzan. At this point, Bakuzan is painted as a super strong and intimidated character. He convinced the tournament holders to keep the matches going after they found out about the monster uprising outside the walls.

Mind you, the entire reason for Saitama joining the tournament was to experience Martial Arts and earn the money pot at the end. So Saitama tells Bakuzan to show him Martial Arts. But after Bakuzan almost takes off Saitama’s wig, he gets an uppercut to the face and ends up in the ground outside the ring.

Meanwhile, Genos is outside the walls of the tournament being the awesome character he’s turned out to be. He’s once again answered the call of the Heroe’s Association and is saving civilans while destroying monsters.

Fubuki aka Blizzard’s fight continues with Do-s. At this point in the fight, all of Blizzard’s team is under Do-s’ mind control and Blizzard is trying to fend off her attacks. Do-s wants Hurricane aka Tatsumaki (Fubuki’s sister) to come and fight her. But, Do-s wasn’t strong enough and Hurricane’s attacks forced her and the other monsters to fall back.

Back at the tournament, we find out that Suiryu is actually kind of a jerk. During his fight with Sneck he taunts him and pretty much tells him that despite his efforts, he sucks. He also admits that he doesn’t practice and he’s only interested in money. This is the complete opposite of Sneck who works really hard at being a hero and is still subpar. Sneck still tries his hardest and gets knocked down with one shot from Suiryu.

Shame.

However, because of his cockiness this episode, I am really looking forward to his match up with Saitaima!

Last weeks episode: Review: One Punch Man season 2 | Zakkos is some weak sauce

Review: John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Watching John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum was such a treat. It has to be one best action/ martial arts films that I’ve seen for a while. In my opinion, John Wick 3 has outdone its predecessors and set up a need for the continuation of John’s story. I won’t spoil the entire story. But, minor plot points will be discussed below.

Minor spoils below

I will say that the adjudicator was the most annoying character in the movie. She represented the High Table for the duration of the film. I was waiting for her to get her comeuppance, but it never came. I’m sure she’ll pay a price in the next film.

Laurence Fishburn returned in this film as Bowery King and his charisma was cool and cocky as always. The adjudicator paid him a visit to judge him for helping John in the previous movie. He had a few parts, but his place in the film was definitely key and foreshadowed another sequel in the John Wick series as well.

Ian McShane also returned as Winston the manager of the New York Continental with Lance Riddick as Charon. I honestly did not see their heel turn coming. But after the adjudicator committed to taking the Continental away from Winston, a power play had to be made.

The best part of the film to me was the first act. We meet up with John 20 minutes before he is going to be excommunicated from the assassin community. He’s running around trying to tie up loose ends. It’s the audience and John until we’re interrupted by an assassin trying to jump the gun and claim the bounty early.

It’s non-stop fighting, non-stop action, and full of gasping moments that make you feel the pain John is inflicting on his enemies.

Eventually, John makes his way to his destination and meets up with a few old comrades. A few help him out of obligation and a few help him by force. But despite the High Table sending every assassin in New York City after him, John Wick makes it to Casablanca and pleads with the head above the High Table to spare his life. John ends up trusting someone he shouldn’t and it costs him big time.

I really enjoyed this film. Keanu Reeves and the rest of the cast must have been really committed during filming because I was able to suspend disbelief with no issues. A lot of times action films have something jarring happen that removes you from immersion. But, I was invested in the entire film.

Halle Barry and her puppies fit so well. It reminded me of a video game, John Wick being your player character and Sofia (Halle Barry) being the NPC that comes in super overpowered and with help from assassin dogs.

All of the fight scenes were so good and brutal. Marc Dacascos, known as Zero in the film, swapped between comedic, traditional, and serious attitudes seamlessly. He added a new dimension to the film that I was not expecting.

I was expecting to enjoy John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum and it fully exceeded my expectations. This film set up the continuation of the series without making it obvious from the beginning.

I’m playing Rage 2 and… (review)

I’m a few hours into Rage 2 after its release date of May 14, 2019 by Bethesda. And I have to say I’m enjoying myself. I haven’t finished the story, there are a few too many components for me to be finished in in just two days. But, I have reached two of the three Dagger Allies so I can speak to what I have experienced. There are some minor spoilers, not many because I haven’t finished the game, but just be aware.

Story:

As the player character, we are pushed right into the story with some minor tutorial bits to help you keep moving. But then you see one of your comrades get his head bitten off by a huge ogre of some sort. Then we put on his gear because… why not.

Now we’re a Ranger despite our aunt trying to keep you out of that life, or so we thought.

Turns out our Aunt Prowley actually trained us up for the mission we are about to embark on. And through a pre-taped message via hologram, we find out she planned for us to take over the mantle of Ranger in the event of a catastrophic event like the one that just took place resulting in her death at the hands of General Cross and the Authority.

She sends us on a mission to reunite the Daggers, acquire superhuman abilities using the Arcs and save the world through the power of grinding for abilities, money, XP and gear upgrades!

Our close friend, Lily tells us not “mess” people over because we’re a Ranger so we have to act like. I got excited about this line because it makes me think the actions and choices I make in the game will have weight on how the game plays out.

Getting started:

The first mission was very fun, I enjoyed just jumping into the story and not having to deal with a long drawn out tutorial. When you find an Arc and get a new weapon or upgrade your gear there is a training room you go in to try out the new item, but that works because how else can you learn to use the item or ability?

I also appreciated being reintroduced to the Authority, in a cut-scene before being dropped into this post-apocalyptic world.

I did think that I was going to get a straight forward approach to the campaign, but once I got to the first dagger I was faced with side missions before moving forward. That was fine. It makes sense to have to give a little to get a little. I did think that I’d be faced with a choice, remembering how Lily told me to make good decisions, but it was straight forward.

The Dagger allies want us to clean up something for them and then they will join our fight against the Authority. They offer plenty of support because everyone somehow is on the same COMS system. Completing the side missions opens up or completes the main story objective to keep the story going.

During a side mission for John Marshall, I did find a shotgun that pushes enemies back. It kind of reminded me of the tractor cannon in Destiny 2 except it doesn’t have void energy. Of course, it’s my favorite option.

The Grind:

The grind is there. The side missions assigned to you by Marshall, Kvasir, and Loosum take time but they are interesting and different from one another. For instance, Mashall’s missions are mostly combat, while Loosum asks you to infiltrate and spy. That helps break up the game and it doesn’t feel too bad.

It’s cool that we get to upgrade our weapons and our vehicle as with currency, which allows up to use them longer if we want. There are multiple types of currency in the game (auto parts, tokens, etc.). Usually, that would be annoying, but you gain your currency and materials as you play associated activities. Despite the grind that you have to do it’s not bad. Plus, upgrades are not that expensive, at least not this early in the game.

Opinion:

So far I am enjoying Rage 2. It’s giving me Max Payne vibes, but that’s probably just the apocalyptic scenery. Rage 2 has coordinated chaos. The world map opens up right after you finish the first mission. So you have the ability to start your journey wherever you want to and it will eventually lead you back to where you should be. At least I’m assuming.

I will say the arena mode under Loosum’s missions reminds me of Professor Genki from Saints Row III. But, I like Saints Row III so I didn’t mind.

The game is fluid. The way the story development continues with NPC’s outside of cut-scenes works really well. And I had fun laughing at the characters. Rage 2 doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously. The humor is good, even when it’s not intended.

I’m going to keep playing and write an update at some point.

The Flash S05, E22: Is the legacy of Team Flash disappearing? (review)

There were some tearful moments in The Flash season finale, ‘Legacy’. I was hoping for a future Trunks moment like in Dragonball Z. I expected Nora West-Allen to help her dad defeat Cicada II and stop the Reverse Flash from getting out of his time period. After all of that was done I thought she’d go back to the future and after a teary-eyed goodbye, Iris would reveal that she is pregnant.

However, that’s not what happened. It was actually a pretty gloomy episode and barely anything went right for Team Flash. Feel free to go watch the episode before you read any further because I am going to mention spoilers.

Spoilers ahead

In the season finale of The Flash, my entire theory was blown to shreds except for one thing… Eobard Thawne also known as the Reverse Flash became the main villain for Team Flash once again.

What I didn’t expect was for him to get away. We find out in the story that Eobard used Nora to alter the timeline and cause destruction of Cicada’s dagger to the sole key to his freedom. The destruction of the dagger is also the only thing that will save all of the meta-humans on earth from being destroyed.

The dagger ends up being destroyed and Cicada II disappears leaving little Gracie awake from her coma and headed for a new life.

But at the end of the day, Nora was being played from the beginning and it ended up costing her, her very existence. After some villainy exposition from Eobard Thawne, Nora starts to crackle and disappear. Thawne tells Barry she can survive if she goes into the Negative Speedforce like before. However, Nora doesn’t want to live like Thawne and decides to disappear instead.

This entire ending was a shock. Sherlock went back to his earth and Joe West became the captain of Central City Police (apparently the old captain already knew Barry was the Flash but never said anything until he promoted Joe).

But most importantly, Cisco made a very rash decision. After almost getting killed by Cicada earlier in the season and going through an identity crisis about who he is and how he can find love with meta-human powers, he told his girlfriend about Vibe.

She was so understandable. I thought the crisis was averted. But no, after he has a clear huge part to do with almost taking down the Reverse Flash, he decides to take the cure with the help of Caitlin.

Vibe was such an intricate part of Team Flash and he may still want to be helpful from the lab like Iris, but what happens if Cisco wants to quit the team altogether?

Lastly, the biggest change came at the very end of the episode.

The whole purpose for Nora coming to this time was to help fight Cicada and stop her dad from disappearing. Well, it turns out that Nora’s interference has actually changed up the timeline.

In season 6, the Flash will supposedly disappear. A newspaper article popped up on Gideon’s diaplay wall showing 2019 is when the Flash disappears during the crisis. So, Nora’s interfernce effectively sped up Barry’s disappearance.

Bummer.

I thought this season was going to end with some happiness, but it was a lot of gloom. Will next season start off the same way? Will Team Flash be trying to pick up the pieces or creating new ones?

Batman: Hush (trailer review)

IGN released an exclusive trailer for the upcoming animated film Batman: Hush a few hours ago. DC Comics tweeted that it is coming out this summer.

The trailer came off to me as explicit to me. The content definitely feels mature. We have sensual flirting between Batman and Cat Woman and Poison Ivy is controlling Superman. It’s absolutely sexy and I don’t recall any other animated film of Batman giving me those vibes.

Feel free to let me know if I’m wrong in the comment section.

We are introduced to Hush the main villain in the movie and it turns out he does not discriminate. He is kind of uncomfortably seductive the way he plays mind games. He will manipulate heroes, villains and vigilantes. For what? I guess we’ll find out this summer.

I’ve put the trailer below. Enjoy!

Batman: Hush releases August 13, 2019

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 5: The real reason Daenerys goes mad

Last night I watched my suspicions about Danerys come true. Usually, when she does something so destructive there is a clear reason. It just seemed so out of character. In fact, everyone seemed out of character during ‘The Bells’ episode and it left me, Jon Snow, and a lot of other viewers confused.

As always, I suggest you watch the episode in full because spoilers are below.

Spoilers ahead

Let’s start at the beginning of the episode. Lord Varys made it known last week that he planned to put Jon in position to be king of the Seven Kingdoms. He has a rightful claim to the throne, but more specifically because he has the better temperament to lead and people like him so they will follow.

Okay, that makes sense. Daenerys’ actions have been questionable lately and based on the trauma she’s dealt with (losing her dragon, Jorah, and Missandre and Jon not returning her affections), she is a bit unstable. She hasn’t given herself time to mourn and she isn’t making decisions with a sound mind.

But here is where I get lost.

Tyrion sees Varys confront Jon about being king and instead of going to Daenerys and saying some people know and advising to take actions that give confidence that she is better for the throne, he goes to her and says Varys betrayed you.

Tyrion at this point knew Daenerys was on her breaking point. Yet he actually gave her a reason to kill Varys. He’s been handling his duties all wrong causing her not to trust his judgment, which she tells him in episode 2 of this season. Tyrion made another bad call which acted as her stepping stool to burn Kings Landing to the ground later in the episode.

That being said, I really think Jon could have stopped all of this from happening. How? We all know how. Daenerys has been trying to be intimate with Jon for the last two weeks since she found out they were relatives.

Incest clearly makes Jon uncomfortable which is why he’s backed off of her that way. But, a man knows when his woman is about to go off the deep end.

Jon clearly knew or had assumptions that she was unstable and instead of trying to talk her off the ledge, he reaffirmed his loyalty to her. He also told her he loved her. But, once she tries to get close he shoves her away.

Which made it worse because in Daenerys’ mind if you love me then you should be intimate with me.

Jon’s inability to show her affection based on reasons (she’s his aunt) is the real reason why she burned Kingslanding to the ground.

Jon, it’s all your fault. Your inability to return her love is the reason she’s gone mad.

In Daenerys mind, she knows the people will follow Jon because they love him and she thinks that she is only feared. She tells Jon this and even though he doesn’t want the throne, it’s inevitable.

What if Daenerys decided, once she heard the bells of surrender ring from the castle, to burn it all down so that there is nothing left to rule.

It’s clear that at this point she’s lost the ability to reason, she doesn’t trust her advisors, and without Jon’s affections, she doesn’t feel loved. So now, burn the kingdom down, let the pieces fall where they may, and start fresh.

Other notes:

I can’t believe Arya is not dead! She literally was trampled by horses, smashed by a falling building, and engulfed in Daenerys’ fire while trying to escape Kings Landing. But, she is still alive.

I was not expecting Cersi and Jamie to go out like that. I thought Cersei had more of a plan, but I guess not. She went out like a mouse. It was a little sad though once the end came for her and Jamie.

Also, Sandor ‘the Hound’ Clegane and Gregor ‘the Mountain’ Clegane finally settled their odds going out in dragon fire. They had a cool exchange before it was all over with during Clegane Bowl.

My questions:

Is Jon now going to be compelled to get closer to Daenerys so that he can calm her down or will he be compelled to overthrow her because he’s seen her destructive capabilities?

What happens now that Kings Landing is destroyed?

What role will Sansa and Bran play in the story now that Kings Landing is destroyed?

Is Arya going to kill Daenerys for her actions?

Arya claimed that she was going to kill the queen. Maybe now her attention is drawn to Daenerys. Also, apparently in the television series Daenerys has green eyes, but George R.R Martin’s books explain that she has purple eyes. Hopefully, that’s not used as a workaround to let Arya kill her.

I guess we’ll see in the final episode next week.

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4: Is Sansa right about Daenerys? (last weeks episode)

Will Arrow pass on the mantel to Batwoman on CW? (trailer)

With the Flash, Super Girl, Arrow and DC Legends of Tomorrow in a shared universe, we are expecting newcomer Batwoman to become a mainstay in the DC CW universe or Arrow-verse. We first met Kate Kane/ Batwoman during the 3 part Elseworlds crossover in December 2018 as she aided our heroes with saving the universe.

Ruby Rose will return to her role and take over the vigilante gauntlet in Gotham City as Batwoman airing on the CW. The Arrow series is ending after a shortened season 8 this fall. it maybe a good idea for Batwoman to take over that time slot.

Perhaps Batwoman will join the crossover, Crisis on Infinite Earths, the conclusion of Elseworlds for the 2019 season. It’s possible that Kate Kane’s encounters with Arrow / Oliver Queen during the special will allow him to propel her into the forefront alongside Super Girl and The Flash in the Arrow-verse, figuratively passing on the mantel.

There has been no release date announced yet, but the CW did release a trailer earlier this week.

I’ll be covering the events in Gotham City just like I do in Central City when the time comes.

Catch up on CW’s The Flash – recaps here.

One Punch Man season 2 | Zakkos is some weak sauce (review)

Spoilers ahead!

One Punch Man season 2 episode 5, The Martial Arts Tournament”, continues with the fight between Metal Bat and Garou (The Hero Hunter). They actually have a really good exchange and Garou expresses that Metal Bat stronger but he’s beaten down. Garou takes advantage of Metal Bats exhausted state and knocks him out.

Metal Bat does get one last shot at Garou but his little sister stops the fight. If she hadn’t Garou’s head would have been bashed in. But in order to save her brother, she tells Garou that his family has a rule about violence in front of her. Garou backs off.

I’m beginning to think he has a moral code after all. The only time we’ve seen him pull back during this series is when there is a child present.

Meanwhile, the cities monster threat level has raised from Dragon to Demon. All classes of monsters and heroes are fighting in the street. The Blizzard group does show up but we don’t see Blizzard or her group fight anyone yet.

The Monster Association wants to recruit Garou but he says no. This is weird because his main focus is to be classified as a monster and when he gets the invite, he rips it up and says, “No Thanks”.

He could have been because the monsters inviting him looked terrible and he could clearly beat them. Plus his goal to beat the Class S heroes seems more important to solidify his status versus just getting invited to a group.

My only question is about the Martial Arts Tournament. I’m sure the news of a level Demon threat in the city would travel fast. But, no one in the stadium seems worried about the chaos in the streets.

There are several heroes in or around the tournament that could be useful in the fight against the monsters (including Suiryu, Genos, Snakebite Snek, Bakuzan, and Saitama disguised as Charanko) but they are fighting for honor or watching the fight.

Why aren’t there any rumblings in the stadium that suggest the participants will fight out about the carnage in the city? Shouldn’t the Hero Association be pulling all resources?

Centichrono is still suffocating the city and neurotoxins are spreading. It seems like something they would do.

We do find out the Master Boom and Bang are still hunting Garou and helping out in the field. As a result, they pulled out of the tournament as judges.

But we still find Saitama ready to fight against Zakkos. Both Charanko and Zakkos are classified as weak so they will fight against each other. But because Saitama is actually disguised as Charanko, he beats Zakkos with less than a chop.

The best part of this episode was the tournament announcers excitement when Zakkos went down. They tried to explain it away and then the announcer basically said, “Zakkos is some weak sauce!”

Best moment of the show.

Next week I assume that the crowd favorite Suiryu will meet up with Saitama. After seeing his chop to Zakkos he identified that Saitama as the strongest competitor. However, he is overlooking Bakuzan who is specifically gunning for him.

Review: One Punch Man season 2 | Metal Bat (episode 4)

Zero Hour Mission: My loadout and strategy to beat boss room- Outbreak Perfected(Destiny 2)

Ask me how many times I ran ‘Zero Hour’ before I finally found the perfect loadout combination, with the perfect amount of luck in the jumping puzzle, and the greatest optimism from my teammate.

Between May 8th and May 9th, it took 10 times to finish the Zero Hour and finally receive the Outbreak Perfected!

Loadout
I ran a Warlock because I knew I was going to be a mess if I tried to use my hunter. My loadout included top tree Nova Bomb, axion dart grenades (I contemplated switching to scattered but I didn’t), Skull of the Dire Ahamkara and strafe jump (the best decision I ever made for the jumping portion. It’s more controlled than any other Warlock jump).

I used Go figure (with Armor piercing rounds, hip-fire grip, and high-impact reserves), Arc Ikelos_SMG_v1.0.1, and One Thousand Voices (very helpful at the boss if you are lucky enough to have ammo).

My clan mates were both Titans. The only thing I know for certain one ran solar hammers with melting point and Whisper of the Worm (he did have the catalyst) and the other ran void shield with Arbalast.

Strategy
Initially, I used Riskrunner because of the Arc Shanks shields and a void Edgetransit, and sniper as a primary but I found myself running out of heavy ammo fast and that’s not good for the boss room. After I switched it up, I was still able to get rid of the arc shanks using Ikelos and I had to rely on my teammates or my grenade to break the void and solar shields.

My Nova Bomb focused on the servitors. If timed right, you can blow up the servitor and the shanks around it, get your super back because of Skull of the Dire Ahamkara, turn around and kill the next servitor and his shanks as well.

My teammate used Whisper of the Worm to post up and snipe the Walker Tanks that spawn after the servitors. In our case, after the Walkers neck opened he was able to get critical shots off while we used our sub-machine guns to shoot into the neck or clear ad mobs.

We did shoot the boss periodically throughout the encounter leaving him at half health by the time the final Walker was almost down. I used my Nova bomb and emptied One Thousand Voices into ton the boss, while the solar Titan used his hammers to clear ads/minions, and then the void Titan used shields to finish off the Walker tank.

We finished the encounter with seven seconds left.

It was satisfying.

Tr3-Vr tips:

In the Tr3-VR room, never leave a man behind. If one person gets left behind in the room, and the other two teammates go to the next elevator room, Tr3-VR will box the room off and will instant death the player left behind every time. In my experience, there is no way to get out of that room alone.

The best thing to do is split off going left and right to spread out the room and make Tr3-Vr chose which way to go.

Whoever is fastest could run alone. If two are running together and Tr3-Vr is coming, find a cubby hole in the wall. One person should stay out of the cubby, one person should stay in the cubby. Let Tr3-Vr satisfy its blood lust, DO NOT respawn, just wait for the revive.

If two people try to sit in a cubby, one will die and have to respawn because their ghost will get stuck up in the wall.

Worst case scenario, you need two people in the room to make it out alive.

Overall thoughts:

This mission was fun. My clan mates and I had a great time playing through it. After we beat it, we went in to figure out the Heroic mission course. We figured that out so we plan to finish that soon as well.

The Flash S05, E20-E21: Gone Rogue & The Girl with the Red Lightning (review)

I watched Gone Rogue and I have to admit I was a little put-off. Why?
Because I felt like Nora should have committed to her rogue persona. I wasn’t sold on Nora’s quick turn around at the end of the episode.

We begin the episode with Nora teaming up with a few low key baddies to steal technology. We find out that she wanted to get a specific tool to render Cicada II’s dagger unusable.

At the same time, she’s still upset with Barry because he didn’t come with Iris to get her back from the future. By the end of the episode, Nora’s villain friends backstab her and team flash saves her. And they lived happily ever after.

I was uninspired, so given the title of this weeks episode, The Girl with the Red Lightning, I thought I should wait and see where this goes.

The most confusing idea about this season is how fast Iris and Barry started to act like they were parents to Nora. Nora is their age or a few years younger. Iris and Barry have seemly matured over the last 20 episodes, but I don’ t know if that is realistic. During every situation, they try to baby her. So it was surprisingly refreshing to hear her stand up to her parents and tell them she was an adult.

Nora took a stand because she is mentally linked to Gracie. While tapping into the negative energy that Gracie feels, Nora can see through her eyes. Doing this allows Nora to pinpoint Cicada II’s exact location when she is about to set off her meta-human killer bomb.

By the end of The Girl with the Red Lightning, I was reinvested in the season. Not because of the family storyline, but because Cicada II finally weaponized the meta-human cure and we were about to enter the last stand.

But, the real hero of this episode was Ralph. He guessed that Cicada II / Gracie wasn’t acting on her own earlier in the episode. Of course, Barry was too tied up thinking about the immediate threat to pay attention. But in the closing moments of the episode when Gracie was defeated and Barry was about to use the tool that Nora stole last week to warp Cicada’s dagger away, Ralph had an epiphany.

Eobard Thawne has something to do with Gracie coming back from the future. It’s a part of his master plan to stop his execution! He used Gracie as a pawn and Nora as a distraction.

In next weeks season finale, we’re going to find out just what that plan is. I’m curious to find out if Ralph was successful in stopping Barry from warping the dagger, or if Thawne will be successful. I have a feeling that the Reverse Flash will once again become the main villain in The Flash series.

I am excited now.

SPIDER-MAN: Far From Home (trailer review)

Marvel Studios just released the new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home. It was kind of them to put a spoiler warning, in the beginning, in case you haven’t seen it.

Looks like the film picks up right after the events of Avengers Endgame in a post-Iron Man /Tony Stark world. Peter like the rest of us, is still mourning the loss of Stark. And now Nick Fury is calling on Peter Parker to fill a void.

I originally thought Mysterio would present as a villain, but it looks like he starts off as a comrade first. I wonder how Mysterio will turn on Nick Fury and Spider-Man. Especially since it seems Parker is going to be going on stealth mission for his cause.

This phase of the MCU officially wraps up with this movie so, I’ll prepare my tissue box one more time. And, it also looks like between Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man:Far From Home we are going to be introduced to mutants and the multiverse, that’s cool.

Theater release on July 2, 2019.

Avengers: Endgame | My experience in the theater

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4: Is Sansa right about Daenerys?

On this weeks episode of Game of Thrones, The Last of the Starks, we finally confirm that Daenerys has lost her mind. I’ll be focusing on her mostly in this review. Make sure you watch the episode before you read this because of spoilers.

Spoilers ahead

Two weeks ago I suspected Daenerys was losing her mind. This weeks episode confirmed it. Daenerys has undergone a transformation that makes it hard to recognize her as the person we met years ago.

Throughout the episode, several things happened to Daenerys that have contributed to her becoming more like the ‘Mad King’, and because of that Sansa is right not to trust her.

First, when Daenerys sat at the head table during the funeral and life celebration with the Starks and Tyrion everyone was having a good time. She named Gendry Lord of Storms End.

Nice right? Not exactly.

Tyrion points out that Daenerys is only doing this to gain a forever grateful Lord who will serve her. She’s not celebrating with everyone who just went into battle with her, she’s playing politics.

Sansa overhears them and I think ultimately this is why she doesn’t trust Daenerys. Sansa doesn’t think she’s as pure of heart as she tries to come across as.

Secondly, Jon and Daenerys have a moment alone when she basically reaffirms her love for him despite reasons. Jon seems uncomfortable at first but then starts confessing his love too.

All good right? Wrong!

The only way Daenerys sees their love continuing on is if he keeps his claim to the Iron Throne a secret. She wants him to keep his truth a secret from his sisters and swear his brother and best friend to secrecy.

Huh?

Does love not prevail over everything? Daenerys is basically insecure about her ability to win the love of the people of Winterfell because of the way they reacted to Jon after the battle. But Jon has always been that person to his people. Especially with what he’s gone through up to this point.

Plus, come on Daenerys get over it! Every girlfriend feels out of place the first time they visit their boyfriend’s parents house and the sisters always make them feel uncomfortable. That’s just my honest opinion.

Jon ends up revealing the truth to his siblings by letting Bran tell them. Here’s the question. What is Daenerys going to do now that the truth is floating around?

What is she going to do when she finds out that Tyrion and Varys know? How will she react to Jon?

Third, Daenerys loses her dragon Rhaegal and best friend Missandei within days of each other. And when Missandei is beheaded by the Mountain her last words are ‘Dracarys’!

I can’t fault Daenerys for going off and wanting to kill Cersei at this point, because that was her best friend and Grey Worms love. Of course, she’s going to be hot blooded.

Even though she definitely brought this on herself because everyone was tired and injured including her dragons after the battle with the Night King and the White Walkers.

Ultimately, though I disagree with telling Tyrion about Jon Snow’s heritage, Sansa is right that Daenerys is not trustworthy. Daenerys’ mental state has changed drastically since the beginning of this season.

No amount of love and devotion from Jon is going to change her direction. And no matter how hard Tyrion tries he won’t be able to steer her away from self-destruction.

We start off seeing everyone in mourning after the great battle between the living and the dead.

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3: Winterfell for the win


Avengers: Endgame | My experience in the theater

Watching Avengers: Endgame was a great experience. I completely understand why the Russo brothers didn’t want anyone to spoil the movie on social media. Still I ended up watching the movie a week after its release and I had to pretty much stay off of Instagram and Twitter to make sure I didn’t have things ruined for me.

One week later, the Avengers: Endgame has passed Titanic as the highest grossing film in history and it’s not hard to see why. The run time of this film is just over three hours and I never checked my watch.

I sat down in a full theater with my popcorn, nachos, and orange drink to watch Hawkeye and his daughter shoot bows at a bullseye and then the rollercoaster began.

I didn’t care to look at people in the seats around me because I was focused. But, it was clear that we all were ready to experience the end of the Avengers journey as we know it.

Everyone was on the edge of their seats. We all gasped when Captain Marvel randomly showed up to aide our favorite heroes. We laughed when the rat happened to be at the right place at the wrong time. We sobbed when Peppers told Tony to go on the mission that could change their very existence.

The room erupted with excitement during the quest for the infinity stones and growled with anger when Nebula couldn’t control herself. We cheered when Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America stood up to Thanos. And we cried when this epic ride concluded.

I don’t think I’ve experienced such an emotional rollercoaster since The Avengers: Infinity War. The best thing about going to see this film, was the fact that everyone in the room was on the journey together. We were all in sync and it made the time we spent together all the more treasured.

Despite knowing that there was no special scene after the credits, we still waited just in case. And when we heard the faint, “clink, clink, clink”, we identified it.

When I found out this would be the end of an era, I hoped for Endgame to be a love letter to the fans. I can definitely say it is.

It felt like a wink to the last 11 years of people dissecting every frame of every movie from Iron Man to Ant-Man. It felt like an acknowledgment to everyone who wanted to know what the heroes did once we weren’t looking. And it definitely was a huge thank you to actors who brought the life and personalities to these wonderful characters.

%d bloggers like this: