Friday, August 12, 2016

This Week: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Pokemon Go's Team Instinct & More!

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It’s Friday let’s go over THIS WEEK With The SuperHeroes!

Over the course of the past year, I’ve been watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries… which airs on ABC… not I’m not talking about the American Broadcasting Company…. Instead I’m referring to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, who commissioned a series based on the novels of Kerry Greenwood and focusing on Phyrne Fisher, an upper-scale glamorous private eye set in the 1920s. It is very much from all 34 episodes that I’ve watch a ‘mystery of the week’ show, every episodes sees the crime introduced and Miss Fisher going about solving it, so it’s formulaic to an extent.


Where this show shines is through it’s main cast of characters, Miss Fisher, Detective Inspector Robinson, Dot & Constable Collins… in that you see that these characters care about each other… there is the playful flirtatious relationship between Fisher and Robinson where there is a constant point of conflict over her investigating crimes and putting herself in danger… then there is the courtship and marriage of Dot and Collins which is freaking adorable , there is comedy among the four that feels natural that these are people who are involved with each other’s lives, which of course helps keeps the stories interesting when we get those character moments. They have fully fleshed out personalities and come across as people you would want to hang out with.

Now don’t think that the plots of the episodes themselves are mundane, they aren’t, they are quite good and creative if at times a bit over the top in regards to the killer’s motivation at times… there are some elements of an over-arching plots at times, but the episodes stand on their own. My favorite episode is ‘Murder Under The Mistletoe’, from the end of series two, which sees a murderer killing people off while using the twelve days of Christmas as a theme… that is just wicked cool.

So I am really hoping a fourth series gets commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation… even though the final episode of the third series could be a closing episode… because I’m genuinely invested in this show, cause it gets right what Agent Carter, which aired on ABC here in the states got wrong.

And where Agent Carter failed, is that the characters didn’t matter… it rarely took advantage of its setting of the 1940s beyond wardrobe… and the stories were boring and muddled, and it makes me wonder why people want to save that show, when there is something like Miss Fisher available… but I digress.

The 2016 Ghostbuers Film has been officially called a flopped, as it hasn’t succeeded at the Box Office, between it’s $144 Million Dollar Budget and $100 Million+ Marketing campaign, it’s global box office take it $180 Million with only it only pulling in $118 Million Domestically. The Hollywood Reporter basically reported that a direct live action sequel if off the table, Paul Feig wants nothing to do with it or any other franchise that isn’t his directly any more, and full control over Ghostbusters future has gone back to Ivan Reitman to try and fix this mess.

On the flip side… in it’s first full week Suicide Squad has pulled in $300 Million World Wide with $161 Million coming domestically… which is driving feminists insane, cause of the lack of ‘positive female role-models’ in the film… and word is a sequel has already been ordered.

Steven Spielburg’s Hook hit its 25th anniversary, and 10 of the actors who played the Lost Boys reunited for a bit with Entertainment Tonight, which was pretty cool, if ET didn’t edited it to hell for just two videos. That said, I remember seeing Hook in theaters, and for the longest time I considered it to be movie to feature Julia Roberts. Considering the sets were built, the effects were practical, visually it holds up very well. Dustin Hoffman as Hook is just awesome, and what can be said about Robin Williams performance other than it is iconic in its own way, not his best work, but you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who could do a better job playing an older Peter Pan.

The Rock and Vin Diesel had battles of equal during the filming of the latest Fast and Furious film… I’m not surprised… meat head actors that weren’t apart of the 80s tend not to get along.

Billy Corgain of the Smashing Pumpkins is now the President of TNA Wrestling… wonder how much that ego-boost cost him…

Anyway we’ll close out this week talking about Pokemon Go...


MatPat of The Game Theorists posted part two of his look at what teams are players are choosing when playing Pokemon Go… and I proudly say I’m a member of Team Instinct… now at the time, I selected that team to join, I was unaware of what team had the most players, and certainly not all the data that he gathered when doing his Poke Poll… but at the same time his theory does hold up when saying people who pick Team Instinct tend to be those who go for the underdog… well being in Philadelphia area, that is just natural, our sports teams are always the underdogs, mainly because they are often terrible, so you get this chip on the shoulder that comes towards the favored teams. The other bit is the Perceiver versus the Judgemental aspect… of which I kind of fall in between, I do things on a schedule… but I’m casually enough it’s not totally set in stone beyond just doing something on a particular day. And then there is the color… I wear a lot of red and blue… so selecting a team that was yellow for me was just breaking a trend in my personal draping.

And on that note, it’s time to go, thank you for watching, be sure to subscribe to my channel for more nonsense. Tomorrow is Saturday, which means Doctor Who Tales From The TARDIS and we’ll be wrapping up the go over of the Sensorites… so till then my friends, and you are my friends… have a good one.

Random art Aug 12th 2016

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Lets Play & Review: Ghostbusters The Video Game

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Who are you gonna Call?!

Like many, I was very underwhelmed by the Paul Feig version of Ghostbusters, yes there was things I liked but at the same time, the biggest problem of it was that it was his version of the franchise, and not a continuation of the story. In fact, Feig was asked multiple times to helm a Ghostbusters 3 but turned it down repeatedly until he got carte blanche to what he wanted... and the misandry was upon.

So... I figured... weeks later... why not go back and play the 2009 Ghostbusters Video Game... which for many including, is the third chapter in the Ghostbusters movie-verse timeline (which is fictional universe within the Real Ghostbusters continuity, which was established in the episode 'Take Two'). Now I haven't played the game fully since Harold Ramis passed away, but still remembering where things are and the in-game tutorial helps the memory refresh on how to play.

Now the story... days before Thanksgiving in 1991, a level seven cross rip is unleashed, leading to a sudden rise in paranormal activity in New York.... at the same time The Ghostbusters are welcoming their new recruit and experimental equipment technician, aka the player, who gets to lug around all the new gadgets that could potentially blow him into New Jersey... since I live in New Jersey, I fail to see the problem with this... it would save on tolls.... anyway, Slimer escapes and heads back to the Sedwick Hotel... starting an adventure that ties all the way back to the first film obviously and elements from it, including the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Gozer... The story is pretty much what fans would, building on what was established while giving a direction for the future (a big one being the opening of Ghostbusters franchises... meaning multiple Ghostbusters teams)

One of the true big highlights of the game is that Bill Murray, the late Harold Ramis, Dan Akyroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and others return to voice their roles... and outside of Bill, who is not a good voice actor, they all knocked it out of the part. And I will address this about Murray's performance, with the lines he was given, Venkman comes across very... very sleazy and abrasive... which may be the whole point... but still... a bit much. Despite that there is a nice mix of writing that makes these feel like a movie when you take out of the gameplay

Graphic wise, it still holds up, the biggest glaring issue is the fully rendered cuts scenes compared to game play graphics can be a bit jarring at times.

The controls are about as perfect as you can make them taking advantage of a game pads, multiple buttons, Left stick to move, Right Stick to turn and am, RT to shoot the main weapon, LT for the secondary, with several obvious functions assigned to the four front buttons (a button to throw a trap, one to retrieve it and general interaction, one for your ecto-goggles, etc) . The controls are very responsive, though, a big advantage is if you have a control with motion control, helps with wrangling the ghosts (even without that, it's still a lot of fun) and you get to feel like a Ghostbuster. You aim your proton wand at the Ghost, zap it to weaken it, capture and then trap it.

Hell in the first half of game play, you end up capturing more ghosts than the 2016 movie.

But that said, playing this again, does make me want to address something the Nostalgia Critic Doug Walker said... that all the Ghostbusters do is point a stick at the ghosts... while in the new film it's all a big action sequence with flips and multiple weapons and stuff... here's the thing: Considering the proton packs have quite a bit of weight to them, the original ones in the first film weighing 50 pounds with the batteries... and speaking from personal experience from my brief time in the army, we carried about 35 pounds of gear on our backs for drills, trust me, ducking for cover and is tough enough, not to mention getting into a firing position with a M16 (basically a large stick using Walker's stupidity), so in all actuality, the Ghostbusters game gives a very realistic approach to Ghostbusting.

That all said: The 2009 Ghostbusters Video Game is still a lot of fun, and probably will continue ot hold up very well for years to come.

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