Friday, January 20, 2017

Blue Seed: “I’m Home! Izumo! The Prologue of Hope!!”

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No politics here, just talking Anime, for we are going over episode 20 of Blue Seed tonight, the episode titled “I’m Home! Izumo! The Prologue of Hope!!” Which means we now down to the final six episodes!





PLANTED SEEDS

Blue Seed
Episode 20
“I’m Home! Izumo! The Prologue of Hope!!”
Original Air Date: February 15, 1995
English Air Date: January 8, 2000


Today we’re finishing off disc 3 of Blue Seed box-set put out by ADV back in 2005 with episode 20 of the series, titled “I’m Home! Izumo! The Prologue of Hope!!” and giant roots are popping up all over Japan. The Government is on Mr. Kunikida’s ass about putting a stop to it because people are starting to ask questions about it and the Aragami, but he does have a theory that Murakumo and Kaede are taking the now ‘teenager’ looking Susano-O around Japan to certain shrines to absorb its power, and the most important one must be in Izumo where everything began for Momiji… and that is where the focus of this episode remains on, Momiji returning home, six months after being attacked by Orochi and implanted with a mitama.


To show how much Momiji has changed, she is very reluctant to just go home and reconnect with her mother, grandmother and best friend, who notices that Momiji is just bottling everything up and works through out the episode to get Momiji to just open up about the monster attack and being the Kushinada, basically being an outlet Momiji has been needing for quite a while now. Beyond this, Momiji is getting visions of the past, the possible future and now has the ability to communicate telepathically with Kusanagi, thanks to them getting their mitama form the Orochi, (Eight in One, So We Are One) which gives Momiji the confidence she will be able to survive anything because she is ‘never alone’

As far as Kusanagi goes, he’s pursuing Kaede, Murakumo and Susano-O and has a nearly fatal encounter at the start, only surviving because Kaede ordera Muramuko to back off at the last instant, and the episodes climax sees Kusanagi again confronting them. Even though he stands no chance, Kusanagi is pretty damn determined to take out Susano-O.


Also involved in this story is obviously Kunikida, who along with Takeuchi, is looking for the shrine that Murakumo and Kaede need for their plan, and learn from Momiji’s grandmother that the roots that are popping up all over the place is apart of a ritual to create more mitama and potentially a country full of aramgi, basically the army they need to take over the world.


So as we prepare for the final episodes of the series, this episode gives me a ‘calm before the storm vibe’, with little action and character development for Momiji who is able to just be her old self for a bit.


On that note, next week due to the return of Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash & Legends of Tomorrow, we’ll just be going over episode 21, “Goodbye? No Way! Separation with Tears?!” next Friday as we start off the final disc on the box set titled ‘Nightfall’ and possibly go over episode 22 next Saturday. When Arrow (which airs on Wednesdays) goes on hiatus, Talking Anime will act as the replacement segment.

The My Comic Shop Game: January 20, 2017

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And the 'debut' of The My Comic Shop Game! MyComicShop(dot)com is my preferred place to get my comics, so this reoccuring segment is basically just the unboxing of what goodies I got from them. 
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The List Of New Comics

Liberty Girl #0
Liberty Girl #2
Star Trek Starfleet Academy #10
Star Trek Starfleet Academy #11
Supergirl #5
The Easter Story #1
MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet
Justice League / Power Gangers #1

Doctor Who: The Crusade Part 3: The Wheel of Fortune

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Happy Friday, today we are up to part three of the classic Doctor Who story The Crusade (titled: The Wheel of Fortune), where we learned who saved Barbara and talk about Jean Marsh's excellent performance as Princess Joanna when she finds out what King Richard's plans for her are.



Time and Relative Dimensions

Doctor Who
The Crusade Part 3: The Wheel of Fortune
Original Air Date: April 10, 1965
Viewers: 9 Millions (Up half a million from previous episode)


With the TARDIS crew split up, the focus is primarily on Barbara’s adventures in trying to avoid El Akir and The Doctor being caught up in some midevil political intrigue.


Turns out the person who covered Barbara’s mouth is a man named Haround ed-Din, who has issues with El Akir who killed his wife and son while kidnapping one of his two daughters. He leaves Barbara with his remaining daughter under her protection in order to try and see how to deal with the men that is looking for Barbara but is knocked out, and figuring Barbara may have found ‘help’, El Akir’s men search Haroun’s house. Barbara thinking quickly hides Haroun’s daughter and tries to escape but is captured and brought before El Akir, who declares that the only pleasure Barbara will have is her own death and that it’s going to be put off, indicating he plans to torture her. At the same time, Ian is on his way to rescue Barbara, but is attacked out in the desert


The truth about Vicki being a girl is revealed to Princess Joanna when she happened to walk in on their conversation, leading her to question why they would lie. The Doctor says it was Vicki’s own safety because of the land they are in, and Joanna declares that Vickie would be under her protection and order some fine clothes to be made for her. The Doctor is included with King Richard’s next planning session to lay out his plan for peace, the meeting also include the Earl of Leicester who rather fight than have peace, in particular with the offer of Princess Joanna as a peace offering to Saladin’s brother in marriage. The Doctor argues somewhat from a neutral position questioning the King’s plan to marry off his sister while at the same time questioning the sanity of the Earl of Leicester for wanting a bloody war… on the plus side, Saladin agrees with King Richard’s plan to the delight of his brother, but is going to be very cautious and prepared for trouble,


However, the real highlight is when Joanna learns about her brother’s plans for her and she just goes off, telling Richard that she will no obey his commands and she will take the issue to the Pope in Rome, since he has a higher authority than The King, since Richard is in Jaffa to fight the ‘infidel heathens’ not make a deal with them. Infurriated The King turns on The Doctor thinking he was the one to reveal the plan, however a shot indicates that it was the Earl of Leicester who did the deed.

Now I genuinely love Jean Marsh as Princess Joanna in this episode, the what she put behind the character’s rage upon finding out her brother’s plans is simply a sight to behold, you can feel how ticked off Joanna is, and she plays perfectly off of Julian Glover’s King Richard. Also Ms. Marsh is someone who would be kind of a reoccurring figure in Doctor Who, playing Sara Kingdom in the Dalek’s Master Plan in the third season, and later Morgaine in Season 26’s Battlefield, while also doing some work for with Big Finish on Doctor Who Audio Productions, notable the tales Home Truths, The Drowned World and The Guardian of the Solar System. In addition she was married to John Pertwee from 1955 to 1960


We’ll conclude our look at The Crusade on Monday of his upcoming week!

Star Trek Online: The Glittering Road Back To Kobali Prime #TeamEmmmmsie

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This is a replay of my January 20, 2017 broadcast on Twitch, playing Star Trek Online... and this time out we finish a patrol mission, play the mission All That Glitters and head back to Kobali Prime!  -- Watch live at https://www.twitch.tv/fredcasden

A Series Of Unfortunate Events: “The Wide Window: Part Two”

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Friday kicks off with my look at next episode of Netflix's Original Series 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' with 'The Wide Window: Part Two' (Season 1, Episode 6)




THE TALE OF THE BAUDELAIRES

A Series Of Unfortunate Events
“The Wide Window: Part Two”
Season 1, Episode 6

The conclusion to The Wide Window to me is a bit… lacking and this manly due to how I feel part one was a bit of a downer, so everything in the second half has to over compensate, which took away some of my enjoyment, but not all. From this point on there were be spoilers, thus the spoiler warning is in effect

In comparison to the first half the story, with the long slow build up and dealing with how much of a downer character Aunt Josephine is, the second half is focuses on the Baudelaires working to again expose Count Olaf as Captain Sham… and the complete and utter ineptitude of Mr. Poe to not see what is right in front of him, but his particular preference for proper paper work does come into play in this episode as it relates to the obvious fact that Josephine was still alive, because as I pointed out the statue in the library was missing.

For you see Baudelaires trio sees them discovering the suicide note Josephine left is filled with grammatical errors, which is actually a secret code to tell them where she is hiding, for you see she faked her own death after Olaf revealed himself to her during their fried-egg sandwich date, where he threaten to drown her if she didn’t write said note, leading her to come up with the plan to include grammatical errors and faking her own death when she and Olaf returned to her home, by sneaking off and throwing the statue that was in the library out the window and diving out afterward with out any hesitation but a fear of Count Olaf… and she keeps a waterski fully gassed and ready for use to so she is able to make it out a cave to hide where she would live out the rest of her days… if the Baudelaires didn’t come to rescue her… and if she didn’t eat a banana on their return trip to the main land… and if Olaf didn’t push her off a boat for her to get eaten alive by the Lake Lachrymose leeches…

Yeah you heard right, it kind of surprised me too… but it feeds into Olaf’s character as being a vile villain that you just hope gets his in the end.

But what about Mr. Poe, he arrived in town after the Baudelaires called him to let him know what occurred when they though Josephine took a 100 foot plunge, and despite what he has seen with how eyes in previous encounters with Count Olaf, he does not believe the suspicions the kids have and is more than happy to start the process to allow Olaf as Captain Sham to adopt them over brunch. Thankfully the kids peppermint allergy comes into play and the kids are able to return Josephine’s house and realize everything about the note that I just detail a few minutes ago. Obviously however when Sunny’s teeth come into play to eat the peg leg and expose Olaf’s left foot and the eye tattoo, Poe does at least have the common sense to realize what’s up… unfortunately for him, acting on things that they learned about a mill, the Baudelaires sneak away and when he notices this, Olaf also escapes.

With all that said there were a number of things in this episode that I loved, the entire journey across Lake Lachrymose during the hurricane is well done, Sunny using her teeth to bite and hold onto a door knob as Josephine’s house begins to obvious collapse off of its peculiar perch on a sea side cliff, and that entire scene itself is just awesome, with some nice visual effects and stunt work, and the Baudelaire parents arriving via plane and unknowingly giving their kids an assist by reflecting light down to their boat when it’s stranded and being attacked by the Lake Lachrymose leaches are all great segments.

The stand out scene however goes when the Baudelaire’s find Josephine in the cage and Violet just goes off on her fears, pointing out that she, Klaus and Sunny were all terrified with everything they have been doing but they are pushing onward instead of letting their fears control them the way Josephine. The deliver of the dialog by Maline Weissman gets high marks from me

Also, Patrick Warburton as Lemoney Snicket is just awesome, and with his manner of speaking with that deep voice of his, it just adds something to the show as a whole to where I’m just waiting for him to appear and speak.

And on that note, we have two episode left in the season, and tomorrow it we’ll go over ‘The Miserable Mill: Part One

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