Jun 30, 2016

[Videos] 107 More Facts About Rick and Morty

While we all wait for the third season of the ever crazy Rick and Morty animated series, ChannelFrederator seems intent on keeping us busy with another of their 107 Facts videos, which I rather enjoy. If you missed the first one, you can check out this link. Otherwise, on with the facts!

Jun 29, 2016

[Books] The Long Utopia

A trilogy has become the more common long story format for genre fiction. Whether we're talking about a series of books or a series of movies, there's something that feels right about them coming in sets of three. Many of the former Expanded Universe (now Legends) Star Wars novels were all mapped out as trilogies, in the grand tradition of the movies that kicked off the franchise.

The Long Earth series of novels was mapped out as a series composed of five books, which is definitely not that common a number for books. And given a story about near-infinite Earths, you'd think that there'd be a lot of stuff to write about. And with The Long Mars, we were then introduced to the possibility of a near-infinite iterations of Mars that were not in-sync with the Long Earth iterations.

It's interesting to note that Sir Terry Pratchett was still actively involved with the writing of these books almost to the very end. It's a big part of the reason that I continue to read these books and hope for the best of things.

Jun 27, 2016

[TV] Call the Midwife: Season 3

Our continued celebration of shows like Call the Midwife that masterfully balance serious drama with timely humor at times feels like a guilty pleasure for me. And while there's nothing wrong with enjoying a period drama of this nature, but it does feel like something that exists a little outside my geekier spheres of preferred entertainment. But I guess that just goes to show why this series has become so celebrated and multi-awarded as well - it's just some really solid television entertainment that crosses audience demographic definitions.

This third season of Call the Midwife almost feels like they were somewhat preparing to wrap things up entirely or somehow be prepared to quit while still ahead, or something like that. It doesn't make it automatically bad or something, but it does mean that a lot of plot threads were generally tidied up this season, setting the stage for other characters to come into the mix and take more primary roles, I suppose.

But I do enjoy the mix of characters that have come along at this point. And we'll talk about one particular addition at considerable length soon enough.

Jun 24, 2016

[TV] Downton Abbey: Series 3

The second series of Downton Abbey certainly had more than its fair share of plot twists and turns that by the end off the season I was feeling a little bit drained. Was the true message of the story was that this family of minor nobility was actually somehow cursed? Is the show a weird statement on how the 1% also suffer terribly in life?

I exaggerate of course, but the mix of happiness and heartbreak in this show has really helped define what has made it so popular. This is like a pseudo high class telenovela or something - it has just about as many plot twists and character reveals after all so the similarity is there if you want to see it for yourself.

And as if the second season hadn't been traumatic enough, this third series of the show only continued to stir the pot and add to the drama of things. The end result may not always be to everyone's liking, but it'll always make sense somehow and one can only accept what cards are dealt to the family and those who help them live in Downton Abbey.

Jun 23, 2016

[Videos] Dont Hug Me I'm Scared

With the release of Episode 6 on Father's Day, Becky and Joe web series Don't Hug Me I'm Scared is finally over. And given how much of a following the series has gained since its release, naturally the internet was ablaze with theories on what it meant and thus how the entire series fit together as one larger narrative.

YouTube Explained's video  came out fairly quickly and I think it was a pretty comprehensive analysis with a lot of references to past episodes and other fun stuff. I especially appreciated its efforts to address the date 19 June 1955, which was one of the primary memes in the series that was present from the very beginning. And given how his theory flows, the resulting explanation sort of makes sense:

Channel thought released his own theory for all this, although it felt a little shallow or not quite really well-thought out. Maybe it would have been better given more time. But I did appreciate his efforts to also explain 19 June 1955.

But the explanation I was really waiting for was CP Games. He had really put a lot of thought into the different videos and had already posted a comprehensive analysis of the first 5 episodes and how those ones fit together. Sure, not all of his ideas were necessarily correct in the light of the final sixth episode, but then, he presented a lot of good ideas.

And his take on Episode 6 and thus the whole series is actually quite well-said. Sure, he doesn't become hyper focused on all the different Easter eggs but the resulting concept is a pretty solid one and a take on things I'll probably adopt to some extent.

What did you think of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared? Which theory made the most impact on you? Or maybe you have your own theory you'd like to share, feel free to post in the comments.
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