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A Series Of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill Part 2

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Today I'm wrapping up my look at season one of the Netflix Original Series 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' with episode eight 'The Miserable Mill Part 2'




The Tale of the Baudelaires

It’s tale full of sorrow and woe, that is quite clear that is how the story goes for we have reached the end of season one of A Series of Unfortunate Events which certainly sets the stage for season two in a big way, but obviously those of you who have read the Lemony Snicket novels would be aware of this.

However since I am not familiar with the novels and have been watching the series based on its own merit, I can assure that I am very excited to see the continuing adventures of Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire to see what happens at this boarding school that Mr. Poe shipped them off too after getting his totally undeserved promotion and following the incidents with have occurred involving Count Olaf.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves, let us wrap up our look at The Miserable Mill with part two of the story, which sees that Klaus when he hears the word ‘Lucky’ he turns into an obedient tool for causing fatal or near-fatal accidents at the mill. Turns out that Count Olaf’s plan was to first present himself as Shirley St. Ives, a receptionist for Dr. Orwell looking to adopt three children, and I actually like this, as it shows Olaf trying a different tactic, but his plan doesn’t work when Sir, the person running the Lucky Smells Lumber Mill, refuses to let the Baudelaires go into ‘his / her’ care because they are a source of cheap labor (they chew less gum than an adult) and the only way he’d let them leave is they cause accidents, which is why when Klaus is his trace state, he’ll intentionally try to crush a man to death using a stamping machine and be more than happy to work the controls to send a guy tied to a log down towards large buzz saw.

Which leads me to the discuss the type of hypnosis use, which is the classic trigger word in order to get the person hypnotized to perform whatever action they were programmed for. It’s possibly the most common of hypnosis seen in fiction and used quite effectively for the most part. Most often however, a story forget to have a trigger word to counter-act the hypnosis, but in the case of this episode that is not the case, and it expands to more than just Klaus, for all the Lucky Smells Limber Mill workers were hypnotized to be ‘happy workers for no pay’ so finding the deprogram phrases plays a big part in the story.

But there is the question of why Dr. Orwell would do this, and the reason for it is simply ego and revenge, she knew the Baudelaires parents and they caused her to be banned from her profession as an optometrist, and thus she struck a deal with Sir that if he split the profits of the mill with her, she’ll give him a perfect work force. For all intents and purposes Dr. Orwell had it going good unto Count Olaf re-entered her life, and gradually because of Olaf’s own ego and greed, their alliance falls apart with Olaf turning on Orwell when the deprogrammed Mill workers come looking for answer, ans she ends up accidentally falling backward into the blazing inferno. In comparison to some of the other deaths seen and implied of the cause, Orwell’s death is clearly more a fluke.

Then we have the ending which sets the state for the next story called ‘The Austere Academy’, which sees that not only Baudelaires left waiting to meet who I’m assuming is the headmaster, but also two of the three children of the Mother and Farther we’ve been following as side-story as well, turns out that like the Baudelaires, these two kids Isadora and either Duncan or Quigley had their parents murdered in a fire (and I’m assuming which each ever one of the boys that is not at the boarding school as well), and they like Klaus have part of a broken spy glass, thus going back to what I said this episode sets up the next story.

Which we will not see for a while, depending on when they are filming the series, and I’m assuming they are going them in short order to keep the young actors involved from aging too much.

My overall impression of the season as a whole is that they are indeed staying as true as possible to source material with the number of references and explanations done to make sure everyone is able to follow along, which makes it great family entertainment. The characters are fully likeable unless presented as complete buffoons for no real reason other than the story calls for it. Outside of the Wide Window being a bit uneven, the remaining three stories were really good and as I said before I am excited for season two.

With that said, the next Netflix series that I intend to look at will be Marvel’s Iron Fist when they debuts on March 17, 2017 as normally the middle of March means most of the weekly shows I follow should be break prior to April Sweeps, so perfect filler material.

The Real Ghostbusters: Look Homeward, Ray

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We're diving into the Ghostbusters Containment Unit today with a review of The REAL Ghostbusters Episode 'Look Homeward, Ray'

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I Ain't Afraid Of No Ghosts

The Real Ghostbusters
Look Homeward, Ray
Original Air Date: November 8, 1986 as part of the original 13 episodes to air on ABC


THE STORY: Ray Stantz is returning home to Morrisville (about 30 miles from New York City) to be the grand marshal of a parade to that is held every 10 years to celebrate that no one has seen a creature called the ‘Winged Puma’ in over 100 years… Upon arriving in Morrisville, Ray is welcomed by the Mayor (who calls him Roy Stantz), greeted by his childhood crush Elaine and an old ‘friend’ and clear slimeball Alan Favish, who points out to Ray that everyone expected him to one to make it big, instead he runs a shoe store in town while also pointing out that Elaine has inherited an old house that is haunted… which plays right into Ray’s desire to show off exactly what he can do. Unfortunately for Dr. Stantz, this is all apart of plot by Favish who uses spells to enhance the ghosts to where they can resist the capture streams of Ray’s proton pack and publicly humiliates Ray who returns to Spook Central with his tail between his legs as the Mayor declares that Favish will be the grand marshall.

However Ray can’t let it go and returns to Morrisville and has the same difficulties as perform, but this time the rest of the Ghostbusters show up as well, unknowingly playing into Favish’s plans as he de-powers the ghosts making them easy to bust. The humiliation Ray feels leads him to quit the team and actually take a job offered by Favish to be a bunny-suit wearing shoe salesman. Seeing their friend is in need a confidence boost, the other Ghostbusters come up with a plot to dress Slimer up as a ghost they can’t handle to bring Ray out to their rescue, but this backfires when Slimer sees an ice cream truck and Ray seems destined to his fate, until he and Elaine find Favish’s spell book and learn what’s going on… just as the Winged Puma awakens, apparently from all the energy that was used because of the spells Favish cast. In great irony, Favish tries to deal with the Puma but is chased and his shop is destroyed.Ray rejoins the Ghostbusters, reversing the polarity on the capture streams and using a giant balloon of himself and shoe float, they pursue the Winged Puma and capture it in a daring mid-air zap & trap. Ray is declared the Grand Marshal of the parade once again, gets a kiss from Elaine & all is right with the world.

THE REVIEW: This episode is great little trip into the past of Ray of where he came from, but also how fragile he is as character, for he is considered the ‘heart of the Ghostubsters’ thanks to his childlike wonder about certain things. While eager to show off, Ray getting dishearten to the point of quitting the team reveals that Ray puts a lot of pressure on himself to succeed and that he is very much proud of his accomplishments. At the same time, Favish is too easily telegraphed as the villain in this story based not only on his design but attitude, and it takes a bit of the mystery out of ‘what’s going on’ when the viewers can see Favish causing the trouble right off the bat. The character of Elaine is also a nice link to Ray’s past as he clearly still likes her a lot and would like to go out with her after the crisis is over with.


Beyond this this episode has a great use for Slimer, disguising him as another ghost is quite brilliant and until you actually hear the spud’s gurgles and burbles you think it’s maybe another ghosts, cause Slimer actually ‘attacks’ Peter Egon and Winston in a much different manner, using vines to hold them at bay. Sure it’s clearly staged to hae Ray be the hero, but Slimer’s tactics are pretty effective in disarming the Ghostbusters.


Switching gears, the ghosts in this episode certainly had variety, the original two haunting Elaine’s property in their normal forms appear to be generic ghosts nearly humanoid looking in appearance just looking to exist quietly, but their more monstrous forms that caused by Favish’s magic spells are fine and basic. The Winged Puma on the other hand is a fine one off monster of the week spook, I like the design of it overall outside of the choice to make it bright yellow which makes it look a lot more cartoonish than needed, and despite being more dangerous than the other two ghosts , it’s dealt with fairly quickly after it


And lastly lets talk about poor Wintson, who not only places a foolish bet with Peter over the odds of Ray returning to Morrisiville, but clearly saw some stuff in this episode that he turned white. Yes, one of the more famous errors when it came to animation for the Real Ghostbusters see a rather peachy-colored Winston appear towards the end of the episode. Yes color mistakes was pretty common with cartoons back in the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is notorious for it, for something like to happen on a show where there is only one black character as part of the main cast, it really sticks outs when one considers Winston’s big line from the first movie.


Next time around, in two weeks, we’ll be bouncing back to Extreme Ghostbusters to talk about Darkness at Noon Part 2, after that the door is open so if you have a suggestion for an episode of The REAL or Extreme Ghostbusters for me to review, leave it in the comments section below!


SEGA-DAY NIGHT!!! #TeamEmmmmsie

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This is a replay of my January 21, 2017 Twitch Broadcast, playing a bunch of old Sega Genesis Games, starting off badly with Ghostbusters, WWF Royal Rumble, X-Men, then things get good with Power Rangers, Virtual Fighter 2 Sonic The Hedgehog, Streets of Rage and WWF WrestleMania The Arcade Game!  -- Watch live at https://www.twitch.tv/fredcasden


 

A Series of Unfortunate Events: ‘The Miserable Mill: Part One’

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We are nearly finished our look at season one of the Netflix Original Series, 'A Series of Unfortunate Events', today we're going over episode seven 'The Miserable Mill, Part One'






The Tale of the Baudelaires

My, oh my, oh me, oh my… talk about an all together different tale, with actual dissension between Violet and Klaus over how to proceed that ends up with dire consequences… following everything we have seen up to this point… for you see, the Baudelaires arrive the Lucky Smells Lumbermill which is run by a gentleman named Sir and his associate Charles who put them to work in the mill for tresspassing and due to the fact that apparently everyone in the surrounding town blames the Baudelaire parents for a fire that wrecked the town (though this is not true, it’s a cover up due to a deal made by Sir to ‘re-write’ history in order to keep the Mill open.

But what about the consequences I spoke of? Well Violet and Klaus have two very different points of view of what to do, Klaus just wants to get the hell out of the mill, between the harsh working conditions that make even sweet little Sunny not want to bite things any more (even down she can strip bark off a log within seconds), and the overly happy workers… he’s just terrified and figures it’s best to move on before Count Olaf catches up to them. Violet on the other hand wants to stay and clear their parents name as it relates to the fire that destroyed the town. We see the two of them argue over this point, even with them disagreeing over the foreman of the mill possibly being Olaf, Violet accuses Klaus for not wanting to clear the name of their parents… and he goes off on his own to check his suspicions, however ends up getting his glasses broken in the process.

Which leads to the dire consequences, for Count Olaf is in the area coming to the offices / residence of an old acquaintance, an optometrist with just as vile a villainous personality Dr. Orwell. While they did have a bad break up, the promise of striking down the Baudelaires is enough for Orwell to associate herself with Olaf once more and when Klaus is brought to her to get his glasses fixed, she hypnotizes him, turning Klaus into an too willing to work lumber-mill employee to the point it greatly disturbs both Violet and Sunny. The trance does seem to get broken when Violet says she misses him, but the very end of the episode reveals that a new pair of glasses form Dr. Orwell is placed on him.

On top of that, it turns out who I thought were the Baudelaire parents, were actually parents of another group of delightful children from down the lane, that of Duncan, Quigley & Isadora … and since I am unfamiliar with the books, I certainly did not see this twist coming… for all this time I was thinking there would be an eventual reunion of the Baudelaire clan, but clearly this is not the case, which leads me to wonder what is special about these three kids and their parents, and what is the connection to the Baudelaires.

Now in terms of a standout scene, that I already covered with the discussion of Violet and Klaus’s argument which lead to him being hypnotized, however I will say that Lemony Snicket pointing out directly to the viewer that Mr. Poe was calling around searching for the Baudelaire’s (after getting distracted with clam chowder at the start of the episode) is someone who is of no help what so ever was quite amusing. We also learn that Snicket got into a fight with a refrigerator repair man, who is implied to be the same one encountered by who I thought were the Baudelaire parents.

So on this, we shall wrap up here… tomorrow we’ll back to finish up our look at season one of A Series of Unfortunate Events with The Miserable Mill, Part Two

Borderlands 10/23/2017

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