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Randomness from Rob’s Random Mind: Chapter One

1. Ben Affleck as Batman

I’m still not a fan of him being Batman, but he is pretty damn funny. I’ll give him credit for taking all the crap he’s getting in stride. Taking it like a champ. But it comes with the territory, I guess.

Fluid Man, Coil Man, Multi-Man

Fluid Man, Coil Man, Multi-Man

 

 

2. The Impossibles

I’m probably one of four people that remember this cartoon, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be revived with a live action movie. A trio of rock and roll musicians who become superheroes when there’s danger…the story practically writes itself. Superhero movie are all the craze now, so this could be a huge success.

RALLY HO!

3. Josh Homme vs. Jay Z

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Take that, Jigga Man!

Apparently, Jay Z is a bit of a douchebag. At his Made In America Fest, he had his security search everyone that performed. Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age wasn’t a fan of that idea at all. Jay Z also wanted them to take pictures with the champagne that he gave them, another thing that struck a nerve with Homme. “And I thought that’s not a gift that is a marketing tool. So I destroyed it. Because I thought it was rude overall. And you shouldn’t frisk my guys, you should f–k off.” [source]

Job well done, Josh Homme.

4. Arrow Season 2

I’m pretty stoked for season two. Black Canary, more Deathstroke, and The Flash. Bring it on! Who knows what other heroes and villains will be introduced this season. There were a few references to Bludhaven, so maybe they’ll bring in Nightwing. Crossing my fingers for that one. Also hoping they find a way to tie the Arrow universe to the Man of Steel cinematic universe.

5. Supernatural Season 9

Just try to watch the new promo trailer and not get excited for the new season. No more angels?! Holy crap! What are the Winchesters gonna do without the assistance of Castiel. I mean, he’ll still be around but without any powers. All hell is gonna break loose! (No pun intended)

Plus, Death is back! Huzzah!

6. NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month is about a month and a half away. I’m definitely going to try my hardest to participate in it this year. I need to avoid procrastinating with it like I do every year. I need the motivation, something that’ll kick me in the butt and get me to write on a regular basis.

7. PUMPKIN FLAVORED EVERYTHING!

*drool*

*drool*

My favorite part of Fall, other than Halloween, is that pumpkin flavored food and drink is available in abundance. So much deliciousness for me to enjoy! There’s also Peppermint flavored items but those are more of a Winter/Christmas thing. More on that later. Recommendations: Edy’s Pumpkin Ice Cream, Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin rolls, Pumpkin pie, Pumpkin Cappuccino, and Pumpkin fudge. YUM!

 

 

 

The Princess Bride. Excellent film.

The Princess Bride. Excellent film.

8. Mawwiage

“Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today. Mawwiage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam within a dweam. And wove, twue wove, wiww fowwow you fowevah and evah… So tweasuwe youw wove”

I’m getting married on the 28th of September, and I couldn’t be more excited. Just wanted to throw that out there. Love is a wonderful, wonderful thing, folks.

*happy face*

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Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse and Earn College Credit at the Same Time!

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What better place for a zombie to eat brains than college?

The AMC Network and the University of California, Irvine, have decided that the best way to prepare for a hypothetical zombie apocalypse is with a free online course. The eight-week course, titled “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead,'” will cover a little bit of everything pertaining to the zombie apocalypse. According to The Wrap, the course “will explore concepts as varied as post-disaster nutrition, the foundations of human survival and stereotypes in a Darwinian environment.”

I wish something like this would’ve been offered when I was in college. I probably would’ve taken it every time it was offered, just for the hell of it. But this got me thinking…what other television shows could be used for college courses?

Here’s some ideas:

  1. Batman: The Animated Series – Learn how to fight crime, solve intricate riddles, and deal with a variety of lunatics. Hone your skills to become a master detective. Construct gadgets such as batarangs, smoke bombs, grappling hooks, etc. Train in several forms of martial arts. Become the ultimate vigilante. For extra credit, take on your own ward/sidekick.
  2. Supernatural – Learn about all of the creatures that go bump in the night. Demons, angels, vampires, ghosts, goblins, and everything else. Become a trained hunter, learning now to dispatch your unearthly foes. Learn the do’s and don’ts of dealing with crossroads demons. Become fluent in speaking and reading Latin, for incantations and expelling demons.
  3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Students learn the importance of overcoming adversity by learning how the Turtles face each day as outcasts to the human world. Train to become a master of ninjitsu and learn how to use weapons like katanas, sais, bo staffs, and nunchuks. Understand the highs and lows of the effects of mutation. Experiment with a variety of pizza toppings and preparation techniques.

Those are my top three at the moment but I’m sure I’ll think up some more later on.

What are some ideas do you have for television shows turned college courses? Leave your comments in the comments section.

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‘Twin Peaks’: What A Brief, Strange Trip It’s Been

Better twenty-three years late than never. (That’s how the saying goes, right?) It certainly applies to my latest foray into cult television, Twin Peaks. I was a wee tot when the series first aired, but the Internet gods preserved it for me.

On the surface, Twin Peaks is a murder mystery/cop drama set amidst the pines of the Pacific Northwest. Following the death of Laura Palmer, special agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) comes to the aid of local law enforcement. Other notable characters like Audrey Horne, the Log Lady, and Garland Briggs round out the quirky band of townsfolk who help (and sometimes hinder) the investigation. The deeper the law men delve into the secrets of Laura Palmer and her loved ones, the further the show strays from its original format.

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Here we see David Lynch and Kyle MacLachlan giving their enthusiastic approval for ‘Twin Peaks’.

Stylistically, Twin Peaks is perhaps the most complex show I’ve seen. Creator and director David Lynch teases viewers with abstract scenes of scarlet drapery and distorted conversations, but he doesn’t fully indulge them until the  end of the series. What he consistently delivers, however, is a combination of parody and pastiche. Overwrought portrayals of love and loss call soap operas to mind, while Angelo Badalamenti‘s jukebox score lends a distinctly retro feel. In turn, these elements find harmony amongst snappy dialogue, shared secrets, and cups of coffee.

What I love most about Twin Peaks–aside from dorky dreamboat Dale Cooper–is its commitment to weirdness. Watching via Netflix, I almost could not believe it had ever aired on network television. The premise of the show is palatable enough; primetime is saturated with dramas that depict similar situations. But the show’s intent can be challenging to navigate.

One could reasonably approach the soapy scenarios with an earnest mindset. Yet, it seems more likely that Twin Peaks is an exercise in the uncanny. Often the characters are caricatures and the subjects are clichés; this only seems obvious when contrasted with scenes that break from convention. (In other words, it takes a giant in a red room to suggest that there is more than meets the eye.) Viewers must possess a fair amount of patience and mental acuity to stick with a show that leaves so much room for interpretation. If one is a fan of the cerebral and the supernatural, however, the journey is well worth it.

 

Note: Both seasons of Twin Peaks are available on Netflix streaming.

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The Pros and Cons of Being a Winchester

Recently I’ve been trying to play catch-up on this season of Supernatural. It’s a little difficult to watch it regularly without cable at home, but I’m pretty much caught up and realizing that this season is getting better and better. I was a little iffy about it after last season’s Leviathan nonsense.

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Dean and Benny – Best friends? (Source: eonline.com)

I feel like last season was a bit unnecessary and costs the story a fantastic character, Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver), only to replace him with a sub-par substitute, Garth. (I’ve never been a huge fan of DJ Qualls.) But this season has been progressively interesting with the Dean (Jensen Ackles)/Benny (Ty Olsson) storyline, Castiel (Mischa Collins) being forced by Heaven to do their nefarious bidding, Sam’s (Jared Padalecki) normal life, and the boys trying to figure out how to use the Demon Tablet. And, the LARPing episode was one of the funniest they’ve had in a while. I’m interested to see where they go with the rest of this season.

With every episode I watch, I can’t help but wonder how cool it would be to be one of the Winchesters–but also how much it would suck. So I thought I might compile a list of the pros and cons of being a Winchester.

PROS

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That is one sweeeeeeet ride! (Source: Supernatural Wiki)

  1. You Get a Sweet Ride. – The Impala is one the coolest TV show vehicles ever. This thing is Batmobile cool. A badass muscle car, blaring classic rock (as long as Dean is driving) with a monster-slaying arsenal in the trunk. You can’t get much more badass than that.
  2. You Get some Cool Toys. The Colt, the knife that kills demons, the silver dagger that will kill demons and angels, as well as guns, crossbows, machetes, and whatever else the boys can use to kill any monster they may come across.
  3. You Get to Travel All Over. The boys take jobs all over the country and sometimes beyond. They are always on the move, taking in the sites, enjoying food and drink and fun from many different locales. They live the exciting lives of nomads and gypsies.
  4. You Get to Meet Some Interesting People. They’ve met angels, demons, ghosts, gods, hunters, and a lot of really cool regular folk as well. Granted, a majority of those interesting people have tried to kill them but still, it’s pretty cool.
  5. You Know Some Cool Stuff. Witchcraft, Latin, how to kill all kinds of Supernatural beasts and keep them from possessing you, and credit card fraud. Okay, the last one really isn’t cool but it has helped the boys out along the way.

CONS

Lock up Hell’s controller…demons get pissed. (Source: fanpop.com)

  1. Hell Hates You. I mean, you’re killing every demon and evil thing you come across and have been for many years. Your whole family has. You’ve built up a bit of a reputation with the creatures of Hell, and it’s not a good one. Luckily, if you smell sulfur, you can usually tell if a demon’s around but you don’t always detect them, so you always have to be on guard that someone might be possessed and trying to kill you. Plus, you’ve locked their leader in a cage for eternity and he’s been replaced by someone who’s even more of a dick than him. And now you’re trying to permanently trap all demons in hell. Yeah, I can see why they might hold a grudge.
  2. Heaven Hates You. Not only have you killed demons but you’ve killed angels too and gotten a bunch killed. Your buddy Castiel, an angel, has killed his own kind and absorbed all of Purgatory to become God. He then killed a bunch of angels and then set loose the Leviathan, who were the worst of the worst. And because of you, the archangel Michael is now locked in a cage in Hell, fighting an eternal battle with Lucifer. Not all angels are fans of humans to begin with but when you start meddling in their affairs and getting their way, they get a little pissed.
  3. You Can’t Live a Normal Life. You’re always on the move; you can’t have a normal family life, can’t settle down, can’t get married, can’t have kids. You are living in motels and in your car, never getting to enjoy a home-cooked meal or celebrating holidays with family. Stability is non-existent. Plus, Sam was possessed by Lucifer at one point. Nothing normal about that.
  4. You Die All the Time. Sam and Dean have died at least twice, I think. Dean was sent to Purgatory and Sam lost his soul. I’m pretty sure your life insurance premiums would be through the roof, if you even got approved at all.
  5. Everyone You Love Dies. Your mom, your dad, your grandfather, your girlfriend, your brother (but he’ll probably come back to life), your substitute father, your half-brother (although he’s not really dead, he’s just the vessel for the archangel Michael and trapped in Hell forever), everyone. Anyone you love or get close to is more than likely going to end up dead.

I’m still debating on whether the pros outweigh the cons and make the life of the Winchesters worth living. It’s a tough call.

What do you think?

And just for giggles:

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Hehe (Source: evilspacerobot.com)

 

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Is This the New Age of Geek-Friendly Entertainment?

Is this the new age of geek-friendly entertainment? We’ve been asking this question for a while. At least since the first X-Men movie was a success. Our popular entertainment has taken the kind of turn that makes it seem like gamers, comic book fans, trekkies and the like are no longer the out crowd. While it’s not clear that playing StarCraft will ever make you popular outside of Korea, it seems more and more like being a fan of the traditionally geeky is not a stigma so much as just another thing.

Geek fare makes big money now– the kind of money that can buy special effects that make geek fare look badass. Still, I can’t help but wonder how far we’ve come. To what extreme? Is anything still out of bounds? Where do the real outcasts lie? I mean, yeah, high school is probably still hard for cosplayers, but I’m talking about the kind of rejection that comes from going to a dance in a Star Wars t-shirt in 1990. Whose burden is that now?

Well there’s a movie about LARPing coming out. That’s Live Action Role Playing for any muggles reading, and that is something which stretches the limit of what I consider reasonable, out-of-the-closet geekiness. Granted, I used to LARP in high school, which I consider downright heroic bravery now, but I’ve toned down over the years.

Seriously? Seriously. And crazy as it seems, it looks fantastic. It makes me happy that Peter Dinklage, better known as Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s Game Of Thrones, is embracing a role that makes fun of the role he’s best known for. And I’m just happy he’s finding mainstream work.

But is it mainstream? From where I sit, that depends entirely on two things. Whether Knights of Badassdom is profitable or not and what the message of the film is. The first item should be pretty easy. While it isn’t set to catch a wide audience, the production costs of filming a single wooded location with horror-style effects is probably minuscule. So not a hard target to hit, and judging from the website, they’ve spared some expense.

The second item is a little harder to say. From the trailer it appears this is a “rise above your mundane life to fight evil” kind of story, where LARPing represents the mundane life. So it’s a question of sincerity. Do they choose to play it ironically and make fun of the setting they release their monster in? And what do our protagonists take away from the experience? Does the movie end with survivors embracing their geeky hobbies or do they put away childish things?

Actually, Supernatural had an episode about LARPing just the other week that demonstrates what I’m talking about. It was pretty good and while fun was made at geek expense, the message wasn’t that nerdy endeavors are the refuge of the socially unclean. Quite the contrary. The main characters finished the episode by joining in and LARPing fun was had all around.

I recall Role Models showing LARPing in a positive light as well, though the movie wasn’t about it.

But that’s the good. And Supernatural always had a connection with its geek fan base that just isn’t intuitive with CW programming. There are negatives too.

io9 has compiled a pretty extensive list of all the times television stereotypes the “geek loner” into a social problem.

One tried and true trope that these shows inevitably turn to is the “nerd episode,” where the straight-laced cops/doctors/whatever enter the bizarre and terrifying world of gamers, role-players, cosplayers… and even furries. These are usually poorly researched and almost always make nerds look like morons, lunatics and/or sociopaths. Here are just a few episodes of these super-popular, mainstream network TV shows that did nerds no good at all.

 I’m right there with them. Some of these episodes are embarrassing.

So maybe what we are seeing now is the civil rights movement of geek entertainment… if the stakes were far lower and no one had to get beaten or arrested. There are folks out there that see things like LARPing as just another game people play. And then there are people who see it as a gateway drug to practicing witchcraft or not getting dates or something.

No idea what's happening here, but a dwarf has never looked more awesome. Even Gimli.

No idea what’s happening here, but a dwarf has never looked more awesome. Even Gimli.

That said, the trailer for Knights Of Badassdom keeps making me think of Cabin In The Woods and Kickass for some reason. The premise is clearly different, but I feel like it’s almost perfectly set to be a commentary on horror films and the way we look at entertainment. Or it could go a completely different direction.

Whatever way it goes, it looks like it’s made with geek stock in mind. Setting aside Dinklage, True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten, Community‘s Danny Pudi, Firefly‘s Summer Glau and at least one of the McPoyls from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia are present. Making this cult-friendly fare by my estimation.

But that’s probably the best we’ll get. And this is all speculative, as the film has already been pushed back from its 2012 release date. With no date currently given, I think the best we’ll get is a marginally profitable cult-classic that shares some space on the shelf next to Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. That’s ok though. These things take time.

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The Pros & Cons of the Oncoming Storm Called Christmas

After working for almost 13 years in the retail business, I’ve grown quite disenchanted with the holiday season. But over the past few years, it has started to regain some of its magic. Some, but not all. This year looks to be a bit brighter than recent years thanks to my girlfriend and her little girl.

Something about the joy expressed from a children during Christmastime, that sparkle of wonder and splendor in their eyes at the sight of snow falling and presents under the tree, really brings a warmth to your heart. I look forward to reading Christmas stories to the new little girl in my life and watching her rip through the wrapping paper on all the great gifts I got her this year.

There are a few other holiday events that I’m looking forward to… and some that I’m not. I thought I might compile a list for you. I’ll start with the Cons of Christmas, so hopefully the Pros will rebuild your holiday cheer.

Cons of Christmas

OBEY. [source: greenlivingtemple.com]

  1. Marketing and Consumerism– It seems that, in the retail market, Thanksgiving is getting skipped over and we’re just jumping straight to Christmas. It’s still being celebrated, there’s still parades and everything, but Turkey-time has been getting the cold shoulder lately. (And I understand the irony of this statement, seeing as how I’m writing an article about Christmas before anyone from this site has written one about Thanksgiving. Not a care is had.) Nothing lessens my holiday cheer more than hearing Christmas tunes playing the day after Halloween. It has even come to the point where it looks like Halloween may soon be looked over as well. I noticed this year that Christmas decorations and paraphernalia went on sale before Halloween was over. Outrageous!That’s not the worst part. That “honor” goes to the After-Thanksgiving/Black Friday sales. Mobs of insane shoppers lining up and waiting for hours on end, all for ridiculous bargains on a lot of second-rate crap, I mean merchandise. Stores have even resorted to started the sales on the night of Thanksgiving, as an effort to reduce casualties during this time of madness. I don’t see it working. Nothing can quell the rage in an over-worked mother’s heart when she’s barreling through a pack of like-minded moms, in order to get to that prized toy or electronic device that her ungrateful, heathen child covets so.

    If I woke up to this, I wouldn’t leave the house.

  2. Snow and the Cold– I have grown to despise the cold and the snow. I used to love them when I was a kid but now I dread them both. I think my hatred started once I started driving. When you’re a kid, you don’t worry about breaking down during the winter and having to suffer through the frigid weather. You play in the snow then you go inside and get warm. When you get older and you start driving, there’s a very good chance you’re going to break down and have to sit and freeze your butt off while waiting for a tow truck. Or maybe even sleep in your car on a frosty night. I know I have. And let’s not forget about having to wake up earlier so you can warm up your car and scrape the ice off of your windshield. Once you get on the road, you have to worry about not hitting a patch of ice and careening into a snow drift. Add to that, the horrible drivers who already can’t drive under normal conditions are on the roads as well.Making sure your kids are kept warm so they don’t get sick and winterizing your home to keep your heating costs down; all stuff you have to worry about as an adult. Also, add to list that once snow has first fallen and it is untouched, it’s beautiful. After that, it’s nasty slush.

    Yup. These Guys. [source: teamjimmyjoe.com]

  3. Spending Time With the Ones You Loathe – You know those friends and members of family that you ignore and spend all year trying to avoid? Well since this is the season of togetherness and caring, you’re probably gonna have to interact with them. More than likely in a wonderful holiday visit where they can regale you with news of how awful or better their life is, so as to guilt or gloat, ask you for money, and/or tell you what you’re doing wrong with your life and how they don’t approve. And a lot of times, you’re going to get all of that and more once alcohol starts fueling the misery train. It may only be for one day of the year, but it’s gonna be the worst day, that’s for sure. Especially if they decide that they want to spend more time with you afterwards and try to keep in contact. Prepare yourselves for that nonsense.
  4. Holiday Sensory Overkill – Too much of a good thing is bad. Some people should heed these words wisely. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve hurt my eyes from looking at someone’s Christmas display that was just way too bright and gaudy. When your lights start to number in the hundreds of thousands, you might be overdoing it. And for some, tens of thousands is too much. It was funny when Clark Griswold did it, but you sir/madam, are no Clark Griswold. This also goes for the people who like to fill up their yards with tacky, plastic decorations to the point where no yard can be seen. You’re doing it wrong. I don’t know how many artificial versions of Santa and his eight tiny reindeer you think you need on your front lawn, but one is truly enough. I know common sense goes out they window once “Jingle Bells” starts playing, but how about we take a small step in re-establishing it by easing back on the outdoor (and indoor, for that matter) decor. And to the person who decided the giant bags of cinnamon-scented pine cones were a good idea…I hate you.

Pros of Christmas:

  1. Spending Time With the Ones You Love– For all the horrid people that you have to visit with this time of year, there are a bunch of really great people that make it all worth it, and you get to see them too. The ones who brighten your day, make you smile and laugh, truly warm your heart, and give you a reason to enjoy the holidays; those folks are gonna be around to share the season with you. So when you’re utterly disgusted and annoyed after talking with the ones you can’t stand; turn to the ones you love, smile, give them a big hug, and regain your joy. Remember, those negative jerks don’t matter. That’s why you avoid them all year long.

    If you haven’t seen it, watch it. [source: acartoonchristmas.com]

  2. Quality Holiday ProgrammingA Charlie Brown Christmas, Christmas with The California Raisins, A Garfield Christmas Special, The Grinch (animated and live-action), The Santa Clause movies…I love Christmas movies! I could go on and on listing all my favorites, but I’ll probably do that in another article. Nothing makes me feel like a kid again quite like sitting in front of the television and watching all of my favorite holiday specials, even when shows like Community and Supernatural have Christmas-themed episodes. The joy they bring is insurmountable. This includes the parades. Don’t judge.
  3. Holiday Sensory Nirvana – I have said before that some people can overdue it with the decoration, but there are a few, a great few, who know how to decorate well. So well that you must stop whatever you’re doing and stand in awe at the greatness they have created. Not too over-the-top and not too underwhelming, just right smack-dab at the center of yuletide perfection. The lights are done right (and sometimes splendidly timed to music), the yard ornaments are tastefully placed and not overcrowding each other, and there maybe be one inflatable Santa but they are keeping him constantly inflated. No flaccid Santa’s here (snicker if you must). It’s a display so wonderful that you want to run up and knock on their front door and when they open, give them the most awesome high-five you’ve ever given in your life–A high-five so powerful that it acknowledges their greatness in decorating on into the new year.
  4. Michael Buble – As well as The Rat Pack, Nat King Cole, Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, and few other greats, but mostly Michael Buble.

Need I say more?

What are some of your Pros and Cons for Christmas?

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Recaps & Ramblings

I wasn’t really sure what to write about this week; I didn’t have a super-stellar idea for an article, so I thought I might just talk a bit about what’s going on in some of my favorite, and possibly NEW favorite shows, and offer my thoughts and musings.  Potential spoilers lie within.

Arrow

Arrow [source: megavideozer.com]

Honestly, I’ve only seen the first episode of this (the lack of cable television make it difficult to watch things on a regular basis), but it seems like it has potential. I know TJ has talked about it, but I thought I might offer some additional words. I was skeptical about the show at first because Justin Hartley wasn’t playing Green Arrow, but the new guy, Stephen Amell, seems like he might be okay. His acting comes across as a tad stiff sometimes, but hopefully he’ll grow out of that. Actually, I’m still warming up to most of the cast. It may take a few more episodes.

The stunts and fights have been pretty on-key, and his archery skills aren’t too shabby either, making for the potential of a great Green Arrow. There’s hints towards key characters, mainly Deathstroke, and they’re done very subtly, hinting that the writing might be pretty decent. And I’m stoked to see how John Barrowman’s character is going to fit into the mix. This show may end up being a new regular of mine.

Dexter

Dexter [source: wikia.nocookie.net]

I knew after last season’s ending that this season was just going to be amazing right from the beginning– it’s delivered. I mean, Deb figures out pretty much everything before the first episode ends. Well, the basics anyway. Sure, she took 6 seasons, but whatever, she knows–and there’s no going back now. This means Dexter has to be more restrained and a lot more careful with his kills because she is watching him like a hawk. It’s going to be incredibly tough for him, but I think he can pull it off. Just thinking about the tricks he might pull to get a kill gives me goosebumps. Also a plus, Ray Stevenson, aka “the good Punisher,” is on the show this season as the potential main bad guy, which means he has work. And that always makes me happy. I still have yet to see the latest two episodes, but I’m sure that they are incredible.

 

Supernatural

Supernatural [source: wikipedia.com]

This show just gets stranger and stranger, which I guess works for a show of its nature. The first five seasons had this huge story arc involving their dad, the yellow-eyed demon, and the Devil, all of which lead up to the apocalypse. After that, it’s pretty much gone on a season-by-season basis with tie-ins here and there, possibly leading up to something big. Not quite sure.

Series creator, Eric Kripke, only planned for fives seasons, so after the fifth ended and CW wanted more he handed over story control to someone else and became an executive producer. That might have something to do with the new weirdness. Season six was about Castiel‘s search for Purgatory, then finding and absorbing it to become “God,” then things got out of control so he tried to put it back but the Leviathan got out, and that’s where season seven took off. Seven was all about Leviathan and the brothers stopping them from using humans as a continual food source. Well they stopped Leviathan, but Dean and Castiel ended up in Purgatory and that brings us to the current season. Dean gets out (because it seems that neither Hell or Purgatory can hold Dean) by making buddies with a vampire and hitches a ride though some portal, but Castiel doesn’t escape. Apparently he’s dead, but probably not. It’s possible Dean may have left him there.

Sam tried to live a normal life and Dean got pissed because he didn’t try to find him, but they got over it. There was also an auction where some creepy old guy bought Mjolnir with five-eighths of a virgin, which I just shook my head at. (I thought you had to be worthy of it to possess it, but apparently you can buy it at auction. I’m gonna check eBay.) I hope this season doesn’t turn into a confusing ball of “When is this getting cancelled?”

Finally, my favorite:

Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy [source: Collider.com]

By far, the best show on television. Hands down. And I know that I’ve already talked once about the show this season, but I have to speak again. I just finished the past week’s episode (“Small World”), and eagerly await my chance to watch this week’s episode (“Toad’s Wild Ride”), and let me just say that my mind has been blown once again by this show’s awesomeness. First off, the title “Small World” makes me happy. If it had not been titled as such, then it should have been titled “Opie’s Redemption.” Because that was the best thing about this episode, payback for Opie’s murder. I breathed a sigh of relief when it all went down and smiled devilishly when it was over. Does make me slightly sadistic? Some more stuff happened that was also pretty damn good, including a total WTF ending, but the redemption part was the best. I can’t wait to see where this season is going.

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