Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Thoughts after the Season 5 TV Spot

     The TV Spot for Adventure Time gives away a lot in regards to what happened/what will happen.  We now know that after going into the portal, Finn and Jake follow the Lich to a room that resembles the Time Room as shown in the map of the multiverse.  A strange being that grants wishes grants the Lich's wish for "the extinction of all life."  Aside from the question of why anyone would want all life to be eliminated especially when they could easily rule the world, Finn and Jake each get one wish.  Finn wishes that the Lich never existed.  While Finn is saying this, there are two scenes that are shown.  One is the Lich moving through a ruined city with other similar sized undead beasts and the other is Simon Petrikov looking up at bomber planes flying overhead.  It then cuts to Huck Finn waking up and saying "What?" in typical Finn fashion.

The clip can be found here:

Here we have the Adventure Time Season 5 TV Spot

I don't even...  Full thoughts on this tomorrow when it is not 1:45 in the morning and I don't have class in seven hours.  I am just going to sleep until things make sense again.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Nicktoons Network Power Rangers SPD and Power Rangers Super Samurai "Trickster Treat" Review

For those of you interested, Power Rangers SPD will be airing on Nicktoons Network starting with a 48 hour marathon on Sunday, November 11th at 9 am.

As for "Trickster Treat": do not waste your time watching this episode.  It is the worst written episode and worst acted episode of the worst season of Power Rangers.  There is no scene that was originally recorded for this episode and the unmorphed ranger scene is from the finale.  And the worst part about this is that it disrupted the main series of events to say "it's Halloween, let's show a Halloween episode that is vaguely related to Halloween."

Terrible use of Shinkenger Returns Saban, why make it.  Nickelodeon, what are you thinking.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Discontinuity that went unnoticed

   I noticed this about the episodes "Holly Jolly Secrets" and "I Remember You."  There is a slight discontinuity about the Ice King.  In "Holly Jolly Secrets" the Ice King appears to remember his past and knows that he was at one point Simon Petrikov.  In "I Remember You" he has no recollection of Simon even after watching the tapes with Finn and Jake that established his back story.  Here is my theory behind this: the crown hasn't completed it's process of transforming Simon into the Ice King and he will inevitably reach his "final form" that will transfer his character from neutral evil to chaotic evil and require him to be slain by Finn and Jake or rescue Simon from within the Ice King. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

After the Adventure Time Blow Out

I finally got back to work on The Legend of Arkana and here is a new poster.  Don't be to harsh, my photoshop and artistic skills are terrible.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

And Finally...

My thoughts on "The Lich":

“Scared something fierce”
Billy asks about the cosmic owl
Stealing the gems
Finn finds the Enchiridion in Billy’s bag
Billy found it in a bear’s mouth
Turn the sword on the E. and it opens up and the gems go in.
Hello, My name is Book-o.  What you see here is a map of the multiverse.  It shows all the known dimensions and the links between them.  This is the dimension that contains the universe in which we currently reside.  At the center of the multiverse is a dimension called the time room believed to be a quasi-comporial dwelling place of the all mighty prismo.  The time room is a secret dimension that exists outside of time.  The Time Room produces time waves that are experienced by other dimensions.  Some dimensions have permanent links that allow travel to and fro.  Others become linked temporarily by naturally forming wormholes and others can become linked artificially by magical portals opened by objects of great power.  Once the last gem is inserted into the Enchirideon it will have the power to create a portal to any dimension in the multiverse.  An activated portal has the power to create a time dilation in which either side of the portal experiences a temporal synchronization allowing for the safe passage of particles through a nonlocal region of spacetime. 
Finn and Jake steal Princess Bubblegum’s gem.
The Enchirideon turns to stone.
Billy is actually the Lich.
Lich offers Finn immortality.
Finn destroys the Enchirideon.
It forms the portal anyway
Jake tries to stop the Lich
Finn helps Jake
Both get pulled into the portal and it vanishes.                           
Fade to white like the end of Lost season 5
Finn is sitting barefoot on the root of a tree with Jake sitting like a normal dog next to him on a farm with a barn/tractor.  He has a visible nose and a robotic arm.  He is fatter with a sash going across his chest.  Jake’s eyes are different and he is also slightly fatter.  Finn is playing a flute type instrument.  Jake howls and it is unknown if he can speak English.  Finn is called inside by a woman in a pink dress with a ring on.  Finn refers to her as “Mom.”  The barn has a very steampunk look to it.
“Finn, Finn will you come in here please.  Hurry!  It is very important. ” 

Thoughts on "I Remember You":

Marceline, is it just you and me in the wreckage of the world?  That must be so confusing for a little girl.  And I know you’re going to need me here with you.  But I’m losing myself and I’m afraid you’re going to lose me too.  This magic keeps me alive, but it’s making me crazy and I need to save you but who is going to save me?  Please forgive me for whatever I do when I don’t remember you.
Marceline, I can feel myself slipping away.  I can’t remember what it made me say but I remember that I saw you frown.  I swear it wasn’t me, it was the crown. This magic keeps me alive, but it’s making me crazy and I need to save you but who is going to save me?  Please forgive me for whatever I do when I don’t remember you.

It is assumed that the “Mushroom War” that wiped out the humans is the point when the magic returned.  However, it is shown that the magic returns earlier because Marceline is a vampire in “I Remember You.”  My theory is that Betty Petrikov became Princess Bubblegum.  The “friendly rivalry” between Marceline and Princess Bubblegum is because, while the princess may not want the affection that the Ice King gives her, Marceline wants it.  The engagement between Simon and Betty was never stated to be broken off so I believe that Betty went to find a similar crown so that she can live forever like Simon.  Unfortunately, her memory was wiped and her sanity was lost similar to Simon but instead of developing mental illness causing him to kidnap princesses, she dedicated her insanity attempting to fill the empty void in her life left by Simon.  I believe that if both these characters continue to be main cast players on the show, they will be written off at similar times but I doubt that both Princess Bubblegum and the Ice King as we know them will last longer than season 6.

Comments, Feedback, and more.

I would like to take the time to acknowledge comments.  Comments are encouraged and I will take all feedback into account.  On that note, a comment yesterday said that my review lacked substance.  My question is, would you rather I continued to do reviews like that with a bare-bones review within a few minutes and then in-depth analysis within 24 hours or should I do both at once within a few hours?  Comment responses.

Also, Friday I would like to do a post discussing people's views other than my own.  If you have a theory on November 12th's episode of Adventure Time or on the show in general, email it to TLOAOfficial@yahoo.com.  I will feature the top 5 theories and I will discuss them.  If I can't get 5 emailed to me, I will use Tumblr theories.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Adventure Time Theories for Season 5

     To quote Frieza from the Team Four Star dub of Dragon Ball Z: "Well that happened."  Of course I am referring to the royal mindfuck that was last night's episode of Adventure Time, "The Lich."  Now, even as I am writing this, people are speculating as to what will happen next season.  Here are my theories:

1a. The Finn and Jake we see in the finale are an alternate timeline where one key event is different, namely the Mushroom War never happened.  Every other event remains the same.  In this theory, Marceline is still a vampire because her becoming a vampire is independent of the Mushroom War and Simon Petrikov becoming the Ice King still happens as him discovering the crown is independent of the war.  However, the two characters never met because their meeting is the result of the war.  As a result of the Ice King's "wizard eyes" he can see what happened and restores their memories of Ooo.  They go on a quest to find the gems and the Enchirideon of that dimension with the help of the Ice King so they can return to their own timeline and fight the Lich.

1b.  The Finn and Jake we see in the finale are an alternate timeline where one key event is different, namely the Mushroom War never happened and the Enchairideon and gems were never created.  Thus, Simon would not be the Ice King and Marceline would not be the Vampire Queen.  BUT considering that Finn and Jake lived over a thousand years after Simon and Marceline, both would be long dead however their descendants would be alive.  With the help of Simon's descendants, Finn and Jake find a way to return.

1c. The Finn and Jake we see in the finale are an alternate timeline where one key event is different, namely the Mushroom War never happened.  The Finn and Jake from the Ooo timeline will appear and team up with the alt-Finn/Jake and the Ice King and Marceline to get back to Ooo using that dimension's Enchirideon.

2. The Finn and Jake we see in the finale ARE the Finn and Jake from Ooo Prime but altered to fit into the new dimension like how we saw Stewie and Brian in "Road to the Multiverse."  It is a covert operation to track down the Lich culminating in a showdown using the universes with Finn and Jake and their gender-swapped versions vs. the Lich.

Personally, I think none of these will happen as they are too easy to figure out.  It will probably be some new outrageous mindfuck that will leave with more questions than answers.  Penn, meet J.J.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Review: Adventure Time The Lich

Well the gems have power.  Basically, the gems from the crowns, when put into the Enchirideon open a portal to another dimension.  The Lich takes the form of the Hero Billy and tricks Finn and Jake into opening the portal.  Finn and Jake follow the Lich into it and end up on a farm in what I assume is the American South where Finn has a robotic arm, his face resembles that of Lemongrab and his mom is there.

That is an amazing finale.  They basically said the rules of connecting the dimensions and the reference that is master of it all is the one from "Five Short Graybles."  The end was unexpected and a massive cliffhanger.  Season 5 better begin explaining

Not at all what I expected but a solid 10/10

What is Ooo?

Well I have a theory.   But first, here is the chronology of important events:  Note that years are denoted as "Age" with "Age 0" being the Mushroom War.  Also, note the time and date this was written; it is before the airing of "The Lich."

Age -5: Simon Petrikov finds the Enchirideon, Simon Petrikov buys the crown from a Scandinavian dock worker.  He puts it on and begins to lose his sanity and loses Betty, his fiance.

Age 0:  The Mushroom War occurs and wipes out all humans with the known exceptions of Simon and Marceline.  Simon meets Marceline and gives her Hambo from the ruins of a toy store.

Sometime between Age 0 and Age 1000: Simon completes his transformation into the Ice King, the Kingdoms of Ooo are established and the magic returns.  New species are created and somehow Finn comes into existence.  The Enchirideon somehow finds its way to its new location.  Billy's adventures occur and the Lich King is defeated the first time.

Age 1013: Finn finds the Enchirideon, Finn defeats the Lich the second time, the Lich possesses the "waving snail" and Princess Bubblegum, the Lich gets the Enchirideon, the Lich returns for a third time, Marceline attempts to restore the Ice King's memories.

Now to try and explain the Ice King's behaviors.  I believe that Betty became the Princess Bubblegum after the Mushroom War.  Basically is my theory is based on the wording of what Simon said.  All Simon said was that he never saw her again after the hallucinations started.  I take this not as she couldn't deal with Simon's curse but instead wanted to become immortal like him so she went on a search to find another similar crown.  The crown that she found was the tiara that Princess Bubblegum wears.  The crown created a similar effect to the glasses of nerdicon and made her intelligent swapping Simon and Betty.

Here is how it all fits together under this theory.  Princess Bubblegum is scientifically inclined in her character design because Betty's intent is to rid Simon of his curse.  However, Betty lost her memory and is unable to remember that.  The Ice King is in love with Princess Bubblegum because of the fact that, since she was at one point Betty, she is "his princess."  Marceline and Princess Bubblegum have the rivalry because Marceline has abandonment issues and wants the affection of her father who didn't abandon her willingly, Simon.  The Ice King wants the love of Princess Bubblegum and is indifferent toward Marceline in his current state so this creates Marceline's feelings toward Princess Bubblegum.

I also believe that Hunson Abadeer is not Marceline's real father OR he found the locket and became the Demon.  The difference between him and Princess Bubblegum and the Ice King is that he would have retained his memories (he remembers that Marceline is his daughter) and he made her a vampire so she would live forever.  The option that he is not the father is that Simon was her father figure until he became the Ice King and she was taken in by Hunson Abadeer as a little girl.

Hopefully tonight's episode can shed light on some of the mysteries.    

Monday, October 15, 2012

Review: Adventure Time I Remember You

There are no words to describe what I just saw.  I tasked Adventure Time to make up for the abysmal failure that was the 100th episode and they did.  The episode revealed that Marceline and the Ice King knew eachother before the destruction of the Earth and it is also the first episode to show the actual carnage of the thermonuclear war that destroyed everything.  Wow, just wow.  10/10

Adventure Time just became must watch.

     This year truly has been a big one for the hit show Adventure Time on Cartoon Network. Within the past year we have learned where the Ice King came from and why he kidnaps princesses, Finn got a new love interest, we learned about the Nightosphere and the Spirit World, we learned where the magic man came from and that Abraham Lincoln from the pilot is from Mars, we learned that there are different elementals (Fire and Water are all that we know of), we learned what happened immediately following "Evicted", we learned Princess Bubblegum's successor and we learned that Lady Rainicorn is pregnant.  Based on descriptions from tonight's and next Monday's episodes, it appears as though this year is poised to be the true "shit hits the fan" year setting up for next year.  This week, the Ice King and Marceline the Vampire Queen bond over memories while next week the Lich King comes back and reveals Ooo's secrets.  I will be posting a list of information gathered from tonight's episode by 8 P.M. and a review of "Tales of the Park Part II", this year's Halloween special of Regular Show.

Sorry about the lack of posts

News:  Goseiger v. Shinkenger has been confirmed for Megaforce.  It will be a full cast team up similar to the ones starting in Lost Galaxy and ending in SPD.   The full cast of Samurai has been confirmed to return which means that we will have Antonio in Super Samurai Mode.  Also, RangerCrew's FuryDiamond has stated that in off the record unofficial conversations that fans will be more stoked for season 2 of Megaforce.    Also, Megaforce will be 50 episodes and three movies.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Power Rangers Super Samurai Final Arc!

    Yes, Nickelodeon has been threatening this for months but it is finally time for Power Rangers Super Samurai to end.  The final arc begins on this Saturday, October 13th at 1 PM with "A Crack in the World." I am interested as they are using footage from Shinkenger Returns for the Halloween special.  Still no word if we will see the Black version of the Super Samurai suits.  Next year, we can expect Goseiger v. Shinkenger to be made into a Power Rangers version and that is when we will see Super Samurai Gold.

All information here is courtesy of rangercrew.com

Friday, October 5, 2012

Online Store Review: Gamestop PC Direct Download

     Yesterday, I decided to buy Mercenaries 2: World in Flames on PC direct download.  I weighed the options and decided to buy it through Gamestop's direct download server.  It had a vast selection of games to choose from for download as well as DLC for said games.  The selection rivaled even Amazon and was comprehensive of modern games across genres.  Prices were good and were even lowered to the points where, with tax added, it equaled or was less than the advertised price.  The only drawback was the 4+ hour download time.

I would recommend using Gamestop for direct download

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Legend of Korra Season 1 Review with Spoilers.

     Following the abysmal failure that was The Last Airbender, Nickelodeon launched in spring of 2012 Avatar: The Legend of Korra.  The show was an absolute success both in ratings (the highest rated animated television show thus far in 2012) and in storytelling itself.  The show managed to set itself apart from the past three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender and reignite the massive fan following the franchise has.  
     The show starts out in a way that is similar to most spin-offs within the story's continuity.  It introduces the new main character while using an old character in a minor role to establish the time lapse.  Korra, after an issue arises in Republic City forcing the son of Aang and Katara, Tenzin, to not be able to train Korra.  Korra sneaks away with the help of Katara who takes on the role of "Gran-Gran" in this episode.  Korra gets to Republic City and learns of the anti-bender unrest growing in the city.  She takes up professional bending and moves in with Tenzin and his family.  During the final of the Professional Bending Tournament, Amon (the bad guy) and the Equalists attack and take the bending from the other team.  Korra, Tenzin and Lin Bei Fong (Toph's daughter) fight back and drive off the Equalists.  Korra begins working for Tarlok in an effort to keep the Equalists from taking over the city.  It is revealed that Tarlok is not only working against the greater good of the city, but is also a blood-bender.  Korra is taken captive by Tarlok and attempts to contact Aang for advice.  Amon finds Tarlok and Korra and Korra escapes but Tarlok's bending is taken.  The equalists attack Airbender Island and Tenzin and his family escape, Lin sacrifices her bending to save Korra and the Airbenders.  Korra infiltrates the Equalists and finds out that Amon's real name is Noatok (I probably spelled that wrong), he is Tarlok's brother, both Tarlok and Noatok are the son's of Yakone (the leader of a criminal syndicate in Republic City who was the first blood-bender that could blood-bend when it wasn't a full moon and he had his bending taken by Aang) AND he is a blood-bender that can use blood-bending to take other people's bending.  Korra and Mako fight Amon and Korra loses her bending.  The fight seems not to be going well until Amon almost takes Mako's bending and she miraculously learns to airbend.  Amon gets thrown out a window and his secret is revealed to the world so he gathers Tarlok and they escape.  In their escape, Tarlok blows up the boat they are on in a murder suicide.  Meanwhile, Katara is unable to restore Korra's bending.  She runs off and meets the spirit of Aang who restores it and gives her access to the Avatar State.  She then restores the bending of everyone who lost it to Amon.  The season ends with Tenzin referring to Korra as "Avatar Korra."

I give the season a 9 out of 10 because it had great art, storytelling, themes, and characters but it didn't do enough to continue the continuity to Avatar: The Last Airbender.  Foremost, not once is The Mechanist mentioned.  Zuko has a few passing references and Iroh has no references.  Also, I don't want to rate it too high because a clip out of SDCC (San Diego Comic-Con) leads me to believe that Koh may be the main antagonist from this point on and THAT would earn a 10/10

9/10 I hope Book Two is as good

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Adventure Time 100th Episode Review (Spoilers)

     On the night that featured both the season premiers of Adventure Time and Regular Show, one show did well, the other had a hundredth episode special that left a lot to be desired.  For a show that ended last season with the announcement that Lady Rainicorn is pregnant with Jake's baby (something that the fan community has been calling for for years) they did not do a very good job commemorating the 100th episode or bringing the premier up to at least the par standard established for the show.  The story was stock and generic.  All I can say is, the Fiona and Cake episode better be good and the Lich story line should at least be continued in a way more satisfying than "Did you get the book?"

Rating: 7.5/10

It was good, had it's typical funny moments, but for a show as "bombastic" as Adventure Time I expected more from the 100th episode.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Regular Show Season Premier (Spoilers)

     With a show like Regular Show, anything can be expected from any episode.  With this in mind, the first episode of the season four was something totally new and original.  The show's tagline "it's anything but" may refer to the strange creatures that appear out of seemingly mundane activities but in this case, it refers to the fact that this was nothing like anything ever done before.
     When the episode starts and a man with a suit is shooting the main cast in the head with a laser, the first thing that popped into my head was "what did Mordecai and Rigby do now."  Mordecai and Rigby both manage to escape using the time machine used in the episode "Bad Kiss."  Two months pass and Mordecai and Rigby come back.  Everyone has had their memories erased and their time at the park has been replaced with other common place jobs.  In a very Lost season six fashion they do things that make them remember everything from the time and override the brainwashing.  Once Mordecai, Rigby, Skips, High-Five Ghost, Muscle Man, and Pops are gathered, they go to find Benson so they can get the park declared a historical landmark and stop the construction of Exit 9B. Unfortunately, they are captured and it is revealed that the whole thing was a revenge scheme by the son of Garret Bobby Ferguson (the giant Jesus head from season one) to bring back his father and kill everyone in the park.  Fortunately, Skips calls in all their allies from the first seasons.  An epic battle ensues and, upon Benson and Thomas (the new goat intern) signing the petition, the villains are all sucked back into hell.
     Despite it's similarities to a Dragon Ball GT story line with the deus ex machina ending similar to Power Rangers in Space, the episode is something totally new and unique to the show and introduces the new character Thomas in a way that leaves the audience wanting more of him.

I give the premier a 9.5 out of 10 rating and I only take off the .5 because I would have preferred this episode been the 100th episode special.

Rating: 9.5/10 Keep it up.