Friday, January 6, 2017

Blue Seed: "Japan is a Paradise! Tears in Wakasa"

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We are talking anime tonight, and we're up to episode 16 of Blue Seed, titled "Japan is a Paradise! Tears in Wakasa"... an episode that puts the spotlight on Mr. Kunikida





PLANTED SEEDS

Original Air Date: January 18, 1995 / English Airdate: December 25, 1999


Kunikida heads out to investigate the death of his old friend, and is greeted by his young wife who holds a deadly secret. Meanwhile, deformed bodies begin piling up as sightings of the "Thousand Year Nun" (a strange woman who would stay young forever by devouring the flesh of a mermaid) are reported.


For the most part, Kunikida has been out of action, really just serving in the role as ‘leader’, meeting with higher officials, but no real stories have revolved around him, and that is fixed with this episode. An old friend of his is dead and he ends up meeting his ‘wife’ Wakama who is a long living creature, known as ‘The Thousand Year Nun’, a woman who never ages who fell in love with his friend… and they had a happy life until, rumors started to be spread and three drunk fishermen attacked her… in a fit of rage, Kunikida’s friend drank some of Wakama’s blood and became a aragmi monster.
 

That may seem like over kill, but we see in this episode that Kunikida and his friend used to drink together a lot and talk about the future of Japan, and that his friend left him a letter questioned how far Japan has lost its way, losing faith in humanity cause even the gods have forsaken the land, so he was probably on the edge for a long while. The fishermen attacking Wakama was the straw that broke the camel’s back.


The Aragmi is rather generic looking, just a basic one off, and it really targets only those who attacked Wakama and those who go after it, with tentacle whips and life force draining ability. It’s easily dispatched with Matsudara’s latest toy that Kunikda personally uses… though it appears his former friend forced his hand, realizing what he became and wanted Kunikida to kill him.

 
Beyond this, the other big story line element was Momiji having a dream and being warned that the humans will sacrifice her , a concerned she waved off considering her association with the TAC, and that all the trees in the area of Wakasa are dying. Also of note Kusanagi doesn’t appear in this episode


All in all this episode was about Kunikida, with really little room for anything else, not much comedy though there were a couple of light chuckles here and there, but this was a story that present with serious weight to it. It is an episode that can easily be watched on its own since it’s reliance on the on-going story is very little, for its a nice compact noir story.















 
















The OA: Paradise

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It's Friday and we're kicking the weekend off with part five of my 'watch and review' of the Netflix Original Series 'The OA', with episode 5 of season 1 titled 'Paradise'! 





THE GIRL WITH THREE NAMES

Hello Dwellers and Welcome to the Basement, it’s Friday January 6, 2017, and first I hope you all have a great weekend!


So let’s get down to talking abut the fifth episode of The OA… titled Paradise… and it’s quite clear we are in the second half of the story, not just because this is the 5th of eight episodes, but because of how the story played out over the course of this single episode. We get a clear cut direction for the remainder of the series: Escape & Rescue


First up, HAP finds another NDE-Angel , a Cuban Guitarist named Renata, who is more than pleased to just let things be… but being a devious douche who is going to get what he wants, breaks up the friendship between Homer and Prairie by bringing Homer down to Cuba, exposing him to actual ‘life’ and ‘freedom’ for a bit in order to kidnap Renata… while in the process getting Homer laid in one of the weird voyeur scenes in a show or movie I’ve ever seen, because HAP is listening in on Homer & Renata while watching via a remote Prairie moving in rhythm with Homer’s actions in her cell, and then he pipes in the ‘banging audio’ to basically shatter the ‘rebellion’ that is taking place. Yeah HAP is one twisted son of a bitch.


All in this episode, it was Scott to be gas / killed / revived repeatedly… and in a desperate act to get out of it, he reveals to HAP that Prairie can now see, and HAP accidentally kills him… and blames it on Prairie when he dumps Scott’s corpse back in his cell. But this isw here things gets a bit interesting, Homer and Prairie start doing their sync-movements… with such a fierceness and ferocity that through miracle, Scott is brought back from beyond, revealing that Prairie was right all along, there are five movements to open a door to the ‘other dimension’ and he has the third… meaning Rachel and Renata will end up with fourth and fifth, their path to escape is there, but it’s gonna take time.


We also learn that why Prairie was looking for 5 in stead of four, she’s going to teach Buck, French, Jesse, Steve and Ms. Broderick-Allen the five movements to open the door so that she can cross over to rescue Homer, Scott, Rachel & Renata. This plays into what Prairie said for them to pretend they trust her because at the end of the story they will, because she is going to be putting a lot of trust in them to not only believe her, but to learn what she has to teach them so that she can rescue the others.


We don’t learn anything new about the New Five, except that the guy guiding French through his Scholarship process finds it odd he’s hanging with Buck, Jesse, Steve & Mrs. BA and that French took it personally that Homer would bang another woman considering the bonding with Prairie over who knows how long at this point. Prairie did meet with FBI counselor again, and HAP did have a visitor from a local sheriff whose wife was dealing with ALS and wanted any kind of help from HAP (who probably would’ve stuck the sheriff’s wife in a fish tank, because this just screamed of ‘hey look there is something redeeming about him!)


Standard out performance in this episode… I’ll give it to Brandon Perea as French, who not only had to convey his characters anger of Homer’s actions, but still trying to be ‘perfect’ and having to be the over-worked son trying to do everything for himself and his family. He has a great scene with Buck (played by Ian Alexander) wondering if they ‘are the good guys’ because HAP was probably like them at one point, and Buck points out you don’t just change ‘like that’, and there is a sense of ‘you will you be what you are intended to be’ being swung around with French. Also big credit to the choreographer, cause the movements that Brit Marling and Emory Cohen have to do in perfect sequence could not have been easy to learn…


Although… Ms. Marling did co-write the OA…. So she probably had this all up in her head, regardless it’s awesome stuff.




Star Trek Judgement Rites: No Man's Land | #TeamEmmmmsie

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Tonight it was back to Star Trek Judgement Rites with 'No Man's Land'.... can I get a perfect mission with all the choices? -- Watch live at https://www.twitch.tv/fredcasden




Doctor Who The Web Planet Part 5: Invasion

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Tales From The TARDIS time again, and we're up to part five of 'The Web Planet'!  






TIME AND RELATIVE DIMENSIONS

Episode itself is titled Invasion, original air date: March 13, 1965, 12 Million Viewers (down 1 million from previous week)

The objective of this episode was quite clear: escape from the existing danger and plan an attack on the Zarbi & the Animus to build towards the final chapter, and I think that was accomplished on all fronts.

So we’re start with Barbara, as she and her Menoptera allies end up in one of sacred underground temple that are around Vortis, and encounter Hylnia and Hilio… and in an interesting turn of events, it’s Barbara who is coming up with the battle plans. Don’t forget, Barbara is a history teacher and part of history is war, and with all the situations she’s been in since meeting Susan and The Doctor, she comes up with a plan of attack, which is a mock attack to cause a diversion so the Menoptera’s weapon the isotope, a living cell destroyer that will be used to destroy the web of the Animus, but it has be used at the very center of its compound.

The Doctor and Vicki end up escaping thanks in part to the Doctor trying to reverse the power of the gold the Animus has, for Vicki’s harness was the one the Doctor was messing with in the previous episode… and they us it to capture a Zarbi for their escape. They end up finding there way to where Barbara is, and with the Doctor there, Barbara’s plan is adjusted so that he and Vicki can take the isotope back to the Animus’ center… basically back to the lions den for them, and they are captured, and covered with some webbing to serve as the episode cliff hanger. I kind of question this plan, sure it's less 'bloody' than Barbara's original one, but it's seems risky considering the Zarbi could've killed The Doctor and Vicki on sight!

With Ian and Vrestin, they and Optera are making their way to the Animus via underground, but it has it’s perils (no light, no air acid in the walls), where a member of their party is killed on the journey

Enough can’t be said about how distinct the Optera and the Menoptera movement’s are, there is such a lovely… ballet with how they move and gesture, so that even if you didn’t know what they were saying, you can watch their body language… so the credit goes to Roslyn De Winter who has the production credit for this Doctor Who story for ‘Choreographer, as Insect Movement By’. I know some people don’t appreciate it, but I sure do.

 
We do learn a lot about Animus, it lives in the center of Vortis, it is pulling the moons towards ti planet and draws its powers from the magnetic poles, which causes havoc with gravity and why the TARDIS was pulled down in the first place. I can’t say for certain now, but I think gravity ends up being a big weakness for the Blue Police Box. A strong enough force can keep it from moving.

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