Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Blue Seed: "Heat Haze! Start on A Journey! Love, I Won’t Be Far From You!"

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We're nearing the final leg of Blue Seed, as today I'll be going over episode 19 of the series titled '"Heat Haze! Start on A Journey! Love, I Won’t Be Far From You!"... and after three episodes of focusing on side-characters, the main story is back in the spotlight.


Blue Seed
Episode 19: Heat Haze! Start on A Journey! Love, I Won’t Be Far From You
Original Air Date: February 8, 1995
English Air Date: January 9, 2000

After a trio of episodes focusing on Sakura, Ryoko & Mr. Kunikida, the main story of Blue Seed continues as Murakumo and Kaede put an energy dome around a town in order to see if a ritual they need to perform for Susano-O, where if I understood things right, they turned the people of the town in ‘mitama’ that are being grown as part of their plan to have the Aragami take over the Earth. This detail I’m a little fuzzy on, because it’s the only explanation on what happened to the people and it seems like their energy is being absorbed to power the ritual and grown ‘mitama’. Maybe I misunderstood, but it wasn’t the main focus of the episode even though it is setting up something big because there it resulted in a huge freaking tree being grown. They also figure they will be done with Kusanagi because of the phantoms he has to face and assume he will not be able to over come them (More on this in a bit)

The main focus on this episode is on Kusanagi and Momiji, both of whom who were able to enter the dome covered town thanks to their mitama, Kusanagi doing so to search for Kaede, Momiji to search for Kusanagi. This ends up resulting in Momiji telling Kusanagi point blank that yes she knows she’s dumb (she really isn’t), that she can’t possibly help him (it’s been proven she can), and that she loves him and worries about him constantly. This seems to have shaken Kusanagi a bit for he embraces her with a hug and he vows that when ‘everything is over’ he’ll come back to her

Of course that could mean multiple things, but in the case of this episode, the Aragami monster, a cat demon, has the ability to create phantom to play with the mind and expose the heart’s desire, so we see what Kusanagi wants, as he is confronted with an illusion of Kaede who wants things to go back to the way things were where he was always there to protect her and never apart… but the truth is what Kusanagi really wants is to protect the Kushinada, since that is his purpose, thus he rejects the illusion because he’s been protecting Momiji (at least that is my view on it, others may differ on this point). This is good storytelling, for as much as Kusanagi would want Kaede to come back, between Momiji telling him how she feels and what is in his own heart, he knows that possibility may not be too good considering her association with Murakumo and Susano-O. There is also a sequence where he must battle a phantom version of himself who wants to kill Kaede in order to be freed which made for interesting exchange of dialog over what is in Kusanagi heart.

The look of the Aragmi Cat Creature looked impressive, as it had feline features, but the real effect moment of it is when we see a bunch of stray cats in several shots, giving the illusion of there being more than one creature, and resulting in some great visuals, particularly when finding Momiji and Kusanagi and there being cats on the floor and hanging from the ceiling. But really other than the phantom ability to mess people’s mind, it shows no other abilities and is basically one-shotted by Kusanagi (granted a well place one-shot)

All together, this episode gets ball rolling I feel on the final home stretch of episodes. On that note, we’ll back on Friday to go over episode 20: ‘I’m Home! Izumo! The prologue of Hope’

A Series Of Unfortunate Events: ‘The Reptile Room: Part Two’

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Our journey involving the Baudelaire Trio continues with my look at next episode of Netflix's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' titled 'The Reptile Room: Part 2' (Season 1, Episode 4). Spoiler Warning Is In Effect.


This video will contain spoilers, and much to my dismay, I encourage you to watch episode four before this continues to play…

The second half of The Reptile Room is quite… unique in how its presented, as it’s more of a classic case of ‘who and or what done it’ when it comes to the murder of Dr. Montgomery, with Count Olaf trying to take the Baudelaire Trio too Peru only to be prevented by the timely arrival of Mr. Poe who was coming to give Monty the kids’ passports. Despite being a total incompetent when seeing what is in front of him, Mr. Poe’s particularly preference for proper procedure forces Olaf to keep up his disguise as Stephano while he calls in his theater troupe to act as the authorities (a nice touch being with the hook handed man having fake hands). An aspect of this I like is that even though they have the numbers advantage and could easily just kill Mr. Poe and take the kids, Olaf and his troupe stick to their roles, seemingly would rather work with the performance they are putting on… though it’s quite clear that Olaf will kill to get what he wants.

Speaking of Olaf, I like the fact that his own ego keeps getting in the way, leading him to make various mistakes like saying ‘He doesn’t know anything about snakes’ and then being caught in a lie when saying ‘he read up on them’, but at the same time he is vile and villainous enough to cover the eye ankle tattoo in case someone was to demand to see it (which Mr. Poe does twice, the second time after realizing the truth when the Baudelaires point it out too him following Violet’s discovery of how Olaf killed Monty). I also like that Olaf does admit he killing Gustav while saying ‘what are you going to do about it?’, leading into Monty’s reptiles basically going on the offensive to chase him and his troupe away.

Now there is a lot of foreshadowing in this episode as well as Jacquelyn meets with the Baudelaire Trio, saying she is going to pursue Olaf to bring him to justice and telling them to go to their Aunt Josephine who just happens to be the next guardian on Mr. Poe’s list in case anything happened to Monty. We also see that the Baudelaire parents try to call Monty’s home before having to fight their way out of a bar in Peru, which raises all sorts of question. Klaus also realizes something is up with a spyglass, that it has some vital importance since Monty used it to get a message at the theater in the previous episode and that it’s a reoccurring item in the series.

The standout scene in this episode for me is the entire ‘back at the ranch’ sequence that occurs where see Klaus get into the Reptile room to find the information needed to prove that Monty was murdered, then we get a ‘rewind’ to see what Violet and Sunny do at the same time (getting into Olaf’s locked suit case and finding the incredibly deadly Viper, which is a misnomer because it is quite friendly… for it and Sunny bond over biting (I just love little details like it)

Overall this episode presents a nice conclusion to the events set up in part one while advancing the overall story quite nicely, and I’m looking forward to watching episode five ‘The Wide Window Part One’ tomorrow to see the next step in the Baudelaires journey.

Coming up in the Basement later today will be Talking Anime as we’ll be going over episode 19 of Blue Seed

Batman: Arkham City #TeamEmmmmsie

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So last night I wanted to take a crack at Battleborn... but accidentally downloaded the wrong game, that being Batman: Arkham City... and entered into a world of problems as it relates to 'steam quality', cause at times the broadcast was seamless while at other times the cut scenes in the game caused a major drag. That said, I did have a lot of fun playing it and trying to figure the game out...

Also, in this part 1 of the broadcast, yes I do announce that I'll be reviewing the Star Trek Deep Space Nine episode 'In The Pale Moonlight' next week!

9/22/2019 Sunday Night Overwatch