Thursday, January 5, 2017

The OA: Away

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We are Netflix and Chillin' with part four of my look at 'The OA' with this episode titled 'Away'... yeah I realized the joke of the title too.





THE GIRL WITH THREE NAMES

We finally learn flat out what HAP is up to, he is obsessed with proving that ‘death’ is not the end, and sure, various religions have their various forms of afterlife, but it’s a leap of faith because you don’t really know if there is something after death. And HAP’s obsession proves two things for me, one he’s afraid of dying (And who isn’t) and two he’s doing it for fame & recognition, because if he has proof that there is something ‘beyond’, the methods he used to get those results will be ignored and he’ll be declared a hero, a genius in the realm of medical science. When I think about it, HAP’s goal as revealed in this episode strikes me as the ground work for what I saw in the ‘Black Mirror’ episode San Junipero, where the ‘after life’ was built by man as a comfort for those to know there is ‘something’ there for them when they die.


Because lets face it, HAP’s methods are immoral as hell, kidnapping, gassing, and repeatedly KILLING his test subjects, though because the NED factor, he can bring them back, or Homer back, as he has come up with plans to slowly but surely learn about HAP’s plans. Basically it comes down to Prairie and Rachel sucking the gas (nicknamed Devil’s Breath,) out of the vents and allow HAP to be totally aware of what’s going on so he can ‘remember’, because the gas effects the short term memory. I’m sure the dying part doesn’t help.


Oh yeah, let’s talk about that… turns out it was HAP that drilled Prairie in the back of the head at the end of the last episode and she had a NED, where she got a choice to either stay with her father in the other world or go back… because of the unfair choice she is given a bird to eat whole, and wakes up with her sight back. So we got that explained… though the Voi, Khatun, seems to be bit of a dick about it, preferring if Prairie didn’t go back… at least that’s the vibe I got. Other than that, Prairie doesn’t do much, she speaks to the FBI counselor, who basically tells her the ‘natural thing to do is heal’ but she can’t do that.


On the subject of learning things, we learn something about Jesse, he comes from a broken home, smokes bongs with his sister, his mother committed suicide, his dad left at one point and time… and he realizes that not everyone with a family knows how to make use of it, which he uses to comfort Ms. Broderick-Allen when he and Steve go to help her pick up her brothers things from the rehab facility where he was killed. Yeah you read / heard that right, Steve being helpful. Speaking of Ms. BA, it’s quite clear Prairie’s story is helping her, as she settled down to sort out her brother’s affairs, turns out she turned him into the police, didn’t go to his funeral, but still he left everything to her after expenses, a lump sum of about $50,000. So the broke pieces forming a family theory is holding together so far.


So we’re close things out with the stand out performances… and first goes to Phyllis Smith as Ms Broderick-Allen, who we get to see more of a personality of in this episode, and she’s clearly a sweet nice lady who made some choices that didn’t quite work out, and that comes through with Ms. Smith’s performance. The scene with her with Jesse & Steve in Theo’s room is really sweet and you see the character underneath. Don’t have a second nod to give someone else, the other performances were all solid but nothing ‘lept’ out to grab my attention.


And on that note, we’ll close up shop here and we’ll back tomorrow to go over episode 5 of THE OA







Tank Girl Carioca #3

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The first comic book review of the year concludes my look at the three part Tank Girl Carioca mini-series from Titan Comics!





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For those wondering why do I include this section, it's because I know not everyone checks out the video when they come to a 'blog site'.

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Last year, I went over Tank Girl Carioca #1 and #2, and I figure why not get 2017 off on a good foot by wrapping up my look at one of the more recent Tank Girl sagas (Well recent as in 2012…)

A recap of the story so far: Tank Girl went on a game show, got humiliated by the host, killed the host, felt bad, and declared to change her ways, the game show’s wife wants revenge sends out bounty hunters and now T.G. is in a world of trouble!
The final chapter, opens right where issue 2 left off, with  T.G. is actually floating above her enemies as they try to pull her down…but ends up dispatching her foes with ease… and ends up recruiting Electric Les after he saw what she could do, and she could teach him to channel his anger and turn it into a positive force, while also declaring to deal with U-Leen Happy once and for all… but not before coming across Jet Girl’s crashed plane. Using her abilities, T.G. and project herself to where Jet Girl’s new residence, where J.G. tells T.G. she couldn’t handle her acting like a total knob-stick, but ends up suiting up to assist in taking out U-Leen. After getting some weapons, T.G. and her crew crash U-Leen’s new beer factory, take out her last few bounty hunters with J.G. arriving to put the final bullet in U-Leen, Big celebration, with T.G. Booga going to J.G’s home to crash where it turns out Andy from the first issue is now the new host Quiz Bingo with Barney (another member of her posse) as his assistant, and T.G. is satisfied with the results while joking about signing up as a contestant.

Verdict: As a final chapter, it really is just wrapping everything up… it’s perfectly fine, everything little loose threat is accounted for and sure it gets things back to the initial status quo. The artwork is fine, it stays consistent with the first two books in the trilogy, with some things draw a bit weird for the sake of looking comedic or just surreal, but at the same time there is a nice uniformed look
However… spreading out reading all three issues left me feeling a bit unsatisfied considering Tank Girl’s epiphany about her life and vow to try and change a bit, in the end it’s just take out who pissed her and get back to life as usual. The other thing is though some stories could be accused of padding, with Tank Girl: Carioca, that isn’t the case, the story is straight forward and brisk, and that may be biggest issue with it, that it was just ‘too quick’ a tale and feels like it could’ve been told in one issue. After reading all three issues separately, I got the vibe when it comes to Tank Girl, I should just get the ‘trade collections’, which of course is something that could apply to just about any ‘mini-series’, wait for the trade collections.

So with that said… we’ll wrap this review up… now next week….

Chaos is a foot… and we’ll need to get ready… get tough…. would you believe... We got to Get Smart! That's right we're going back to the 60s with Don Adams as Agent 99!


Star Trek: Judgement Rites - Federation Sentinels (#teamemmmmsie)

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It's back to the 23rd Century with Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise!  -- Watch live at https://www.twitch.tv/fredcasden



Saturday Night Highlights: Broforce, Paladins & Streets of Rage 2

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