Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Correction

Next week's Adventure Time episode is not "Bad Little Boy."  It is actually "All the Little People."

Monday, November 26, 2012

Adventure Time "Up a Tree" Review

     Adventure Time this week revisited their true form with the random episodes with little bearing on the series.  This week's episode "Up a Tree" was a prime example of this.  Here, Finn and Jake's game of catch goes awry when their Frisbee goes into a Tree and Finn has to go get it.  Hi-jinks ensue as Finn eats a cursed apple and is  shrunk down and the animals that live in the tree try to get him to stay there forever.  He escapes with the help of a delusional squirrel.
     The episode as a whole was a strong one, complete with the iconic one episode characters that have better stage presence than most live action actors.  The factor of the cult that lived in the tree was a cute way to introduce a Monster of the Week antagonist.  The full circle ending came back when Finn escapes on the perfect throw, something him and Jake aspired for in the beginning.  Finally, in terms the story, this episode confirms that the waving snail is no longer possessed by the Lich.

The episode gets a 9 out of 10 for living up to expectations.

As of right now, the next air date is not confirmed to be December 3rd, but when episodes come back, "Bad Little Boy" is next.

Also, for those of you who care, "Fionna and Cake" DVD set comes out this February.

Rating 9/10

Monday, November 19, 2012

"Five More Short Graybles" Review

     Last season, we saw the first "Graybles" episode and it was very well received.  The third episode of this season "Five More Short Graybles" once again features Cuber doing his thing and showing five stories each with a common theme.  Where last time it was the five senses with Finn and Jake being touch, Princess Bubblegum being taste, the Ice King being smell, LSP being sound, and Beemo was sight.  In this one, the theme was the five tastes with Gunther being salty, Finn and Jake being sweet, Marceline being savory, Beemo being bitter and Tree Trunks being sour.  In the end, Cuber makes a joke saying that the audience could have thought that it was the five fingers (Beemo being the pinky, Finn and Jake being thumbs, the Ice King being the ring finger, Marceline being the index finger, and Tree Trunks being the middle) but Cuber says that people haven't had five fingers in a long time.
     If we are going to get this and another "grayble" episode later this season, Cuber and where he is better become significant, especially with "Another Five Short Graybles" being so close to the finale.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.  Nice lighthearted nonsequitor after the heavy hitting episodes "I Remember You", "The Lich", "Finn the Human", and "Jake the Dog".

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Adventure Time "Finn the Human" and "Jake the Dog" Reviews

     Three weeks ago, Adventure Time wowed us with a stunning display of plot development over a four episode arc that finally came to a satisfying ending this week.
     The story picks up when Finn and Jake go through the portal after the Lich and follow him to the Time Room.  They meet Prismo who tells them that the Lich used his one wish to wish for the extinction of all life.  Finn wishes that the Lich never existed.  It then cuts to Farm Finn who is being told by his mother that he has to sell the family mule, Bartram.  Finn argues and is overruled.  He goes outside and starts talking to Bartram who wanders off.  Finn finds him in a tree and, while trying to retrieve him, falls into a hole.  In the hole is the Mushroom Bomb frozen with the skeleton of Simon Petrikov crushed under it.  A 1000 year old woman jumps out of the bush next to the body when Finn goes to retrieve the Ice King's crown.  The woman explains that Simon sacrificed himself to stop the bomb and the world was frozen over for 400 years.  She has guarded the crown ever since.  Finn goes to retrieve it and the woman fires on him with a laser gun. The laser passes through him and Finn retrieves the crown.  Simon, from beyond the grave, tells the woman, who is revealed to be Marceline, to get the crown.  Meanwhile, in town Finn goes to Choose Bruce (Choose Goose's equivalent) to try and sell the crown.  The Destiny Gang (sort of the rogue entity that calls the shots in Farmworld) steals the crown.  There is a moment of tension as the leader of the gang (hilariously self-dubbed "Big D") is given the crown to wear.  He puts it in his belt and retreats on a ski-lift type apparatus to a large house.  Finn attacks one of the members of the Destiny Gang and the rest retreat.  Finn decides to go after them because they kidnapped both the Crown and Bartram and Choose Bruce gives Finn an add-on for his arm that turns it into a blade.  Finn gives chase and Big D just hands the crown back.  Meanwhile the Destiny Gang torched the entire town where Choose Bruce lives.  Finn goes down and is informed that his house is being attacked next.  He, Jake, Bartram, and Marceline rush home and they find his family trapped in the house.  Finn, in an effort to save his family puts on the crown.
     At that point, the episode switches to "Jake the Dog" and picks up with Finn's transformation into the Ice King.  He starts putting out the fires and shooting the Ice Lightning that is the Ice King's primary weapon at the Destiny Gang.  Marceline and Jake rush down to the hole where we first found her and they watch the bomb go off.  Finn saves his family and Bartram.  Back at the Time Room, Ooo Jake is looking to Finn.  Prismo tells him that Finn is in his own timeline created by his wish.  Jake is told he gets a wish too.  He tries to wish for a sandwich and Prismo tells him to hold off.  Jake decides to watch it as it plays out.  Back in Farmworld, Finn breaks his family free and tells them what happened.  He hears his sibling crying and snaps out of it long enough to send his family away with Bartram.  He starts freeing the Destiny Gang and he hears Jake howling.  In the Time Room, Jake and Prismo are in a hot tub discussing relationships when the Cosmic Owl shows up and joins them.  In Farmworld, Finn goes to the epicenter of the bomb and finds Jake in the green goop that was seen in "Mortal Folly.  Marceline's skeleton comes out and says I told you so.  Finn kills it.  Jake starts gnawing on Finn's cyborg arm and his eyes have the possessed color that the snail and Princess Bubblegum had.  Finn drops Jake.  In the Time Room, Prismo, Jake, and the Cosmic Owl are doing a rap about sitting in the hot tub.  The Cosmic Owl accidentally unmutes the screen where the Farmworld is visible and Jake sees the possessed Farmworld version of himself attacking Finn.  Jake grows and his face is ripped off and replaced with the Lich's.  The screen goes fuzzy and Jake starts pleading to Prismo to wish for Finn to be safe.  Prismo informs him that his wish needs to be very specific because all the wishes have an ironic twist.  Jake vomits under pressure and Prismo tells him to wish for the Lich's wish to be that Finn and Jake were back home. Jake does it and it cuts to the beginning of the episode and instead of the Lich wishing for the extinction of all life he wishes for Finn and Jake to go home.  They do and the gems go back to the crowns.
     This episode taught us many things about the world.  First, Marceline is half-demon and the Vampire-ism was inflicted later in life.  Second, the Mushroom War actually was a nuclear war.  Third, the Lich's creation comes out of the radiation from the nuke.  Fourth, the creation of Ooo is inevitable, just the players are different.

Rating: 10/10.  Great Job

Thursday, November 15, 2012

How to Actually Make Changes

Secession won't work.  There is a way in the constitution that would allow for things to get done.  The way to do it is to amend the constitution.  There are four ways to do this and only two have been used to date:

1. The Senate and the House of Representatives both with two-thirds majority pass the amendment and it is passed on to the state legislatures where 3/4 have to ratify.

2. The Senate and the House pass the amendment with 2/3 and it is ratified by special conventions in 3/4 of the states.

3. Amendment is made at a national convention when requested by 2/3 of the states and then it is ratified by 3/4 of the states legislatures.

4. Amendment is made at a national convention when requested by 2/3 of the states and then is ratified in conventions of 3/4 of the states.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Secession from the Union

     As you may or may not know, over 20 states have filed petitions to the federal government to peacefully secede from the United States using the White House petition website "We The People."  Under federal law, any petition made to the government that gets over 25,000 signatures must be reviewed by the Obama Administration.  Here is a list of states that have petitions up:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Delaware
Florida
Georgia (2)
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri (2)
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Jersey
New York (2)
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio (2)
Oklahoma (2)
Oregon
Pennsylvania (2)
South Carolina (2)
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah (2)
West Virginia
Wyoming

Sunday, November 11, 2012

"The Lich" Storyboards

    A lot of information was cut out of the season 4 finale of Adventure Time.  First of all, the Lich is inside Billy from the dream on.  Second, when Lich/Billy says "I'm going to push the Lich in there" he isn't referring to just the void he is referring to a prison dimension.  That's not all either, Finn's dad was a great hero of Ooo that was unjustly locked up in the Prison Dimension.  The Lich also says to Finn when he is bargaining for the book that he can bring his parents back.  I assume that any similarities to Harry Potter are purely coincidental.

Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 Reviews with Spoilers

     Very few other things compare to the feeling of satisfaction when a person finally wrecks the Champion in any Pokemon game.  Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 make it all the more satisfying because of the context of the journey to get to that point.
     While the game may continue two years after the events of Pokemon Black and Pokemon White, there are immediate and noticeable changes.  You start off in a new city in a portion of the Unova region that was previously a forest.  Cheren, your rival from the first game, is the first gym leader while Bianca, your other rival from the first game, is an assistant to the resident Pokemon expert for the region, Professor Juniper.  Alder, the previous game's champion, makes a return appearance early.
     After playing through for a while, you get the opportunity to return to old locales.  There are differences in the appearance and subtle changes in the layout but majorly, they have new areas to explore.  The game progresses linearly, get to town, fight Team Plasma, fight gym leader, rinse and repeat which helps to ensure that players stay on track with the game.  It should also be noted that the role of the HM has been minimized more by removing badge requirements to use them.
     After beating the eighth gym, you confront Team Plasma.  The final scene makes excellent use of the processing power that the DS possesses in terms of usage of the 3D graphics and leaves the game open with the cliffhanger.  You then go on to fight the champion and beat the game.
     You may be wondering to yourself, where are the spoilers?  Here they are.  This game features many references back to Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.  One includes the Colress Machine which moves Pokemon that are blocking routes.  This functions similarly to the Devon Scope to remove Kecleon from in front of the Fortree gym.  Also, unlike in past games, one of the gym leaders is very important in terms of plot development.  In R/S/E Wallace was important to stop Groudon/Kyogre while here Drayden has the DNA Splicers to fuse Kyurem with Reshiram/Zekrom.  The eighth gym is water, sharing this trait only with R/S/E and the town where the eighth gym is located is designed similarly to Pacifidlog Town where the wood houses floated on the water.  Finally, the eighth gym leader from the previous game becomes the champion with the previous game's champion still able to be battled.
     I give this game a 9.5/10 and I am looking forward to the R/S/E remakes.

Final Rating: 9.5/10

Friday, November 9, 2012

Adventure Time Seasom 5 News **Massive Spoilers**

     According to an animatic clip that I have watched, we will see Finn's dad in the season premier of Season 5.  We will also see Finn's little sibling.  Finn will meet Simon in the episode and he will wear the Ice King's Crown. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Why the Republicans Need to Rethink Their Image and Other Post-Election Thoughts.

     Before I start, I would like to correct myself on the electoral college/popular vote comment I made last night.  At the time, President Obama had clinched the electoral college but was 1.5 million behind in the popular vote.  As of right now (with Florida still pending) President Obama is up by 3 million in the popular vote.  Kudos to the President for his victory.  All I hope is that in four years there will still be a country for me to work in.
     Anyway, last night should have opened the eyes of the GOP and they should understand something.  As long as they go against the Democrats on the social issues of birth control, abortion rights, and gay marriage. Is it really such a big deal to let gay people get married?  Or let someone get an abortion?  Or get contraception covered by their insurance.  Granted, any person that votes for the Democrats purely for just one of these issues (especially if they are in college and just want cheap birth control) should have their right to vote revoked.  What is more important, having a job in four years when you graduate or having sex.  And yes I know that not all birth control is used to keep women from getting pregnant and that it is used to give women a regular period cycle and all that.
     Also, the GOP has become too polarized a figure in the American mainstream.  Because of this, the media will pick up on small things said and make them blown out of proportion.  Take the debates for example, what is the one thing that everyone remembers from the debates?  Big Bird and that Mitt Romney has "binders full of women."  At least when he was attacked for the Big Bird comment that was in context.  The binders of women was taken out of context to make him sound like a misogynist when, in reality, he was attempting to include the opinion of women in his cabinet.   However, trickle down/top down/Reaganomics will not work at this point unless you offer tax incentives to people who bring jobs back to America.
     One of the more important issues not talked about in the elections as much is education.  Did you know that Mitt Romney was called an "Elitist" for saying that every American should get a college education?  Did you know that the Democratic Party/Super PACS/Obama Campaign attacked Romney for his ability to speak French?  What was Romney's standpoint on Education?  He wanted teacher accountability and the ability for a student to be able to go to any school he wants as long as he meets the qualifications by removing money as a factor.  Using New York City as an example, if a student is zoned to go to a failing high school and they have the grades to go to a top-tier high school, the government would help them.  Think about how many people would be able to get out of the intercity and how much that would help Science, Math, and Engineering.  I'm not sure of any arguments against this yet the "elitist" GOP want to incorporate poor people into schools and the Democrats are against it.  Teacher effectiveness ratings are essential to elevating our schools back to the top.  Tenure is killing the system because once a teacher has tenure, they have no incentive to improve or change.  They can't be fired unless they do something extreme such as drugs, alcohol, assault, and/or sexual misconduct and they can't have a pay deduction.  Groups like the UFT (United Federation of Teachers, New York City's union) blocks legal efforts to raise teacher effectiveness.  For example, the city wanted to close down (I could be wrong on the number) 12 schools.  When phrased that way it sounds bad, but what it means is that half the teachers are fired from the system and replaced with outside hires. The student's continue going to school and face absolutely no changes except for the teachers/administration in the building.  Who did the UFT donate to in the 2012 Presidential and Congressional elections?  The Democratic Party.  So to answer your question, yes, you voted in four more years of educational stagnation.
     For welfare, the Republicans were in the wrong for repeatidly implying that people on welfare are lazy.  I think that they have poor money management skills as I have seen welfare lines in Queens where people are wearing $300 sneakers while using $400 phones while waiting on line for food stamps and unemployment checks.
     These are just my views, feel free to comment and I will reply.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Four More Years of Douchebag!

It is official, At around 11:15, President Barack Hussain Obama won his re-election bid against Governor Mitt Romney.  Ohio fell to the Socialist regime and soon after went the other states.  However, people should be aware of the fact that the Electoral College elected Obama not the people.

It's Election Day

    For all of you Americans over the age of 18, do not forget to vote today in the elections for president, senate, house, state government, and local elections.  Tonight, Steven Colbert and Jon Stewart will be doing live coverage on Comedy Central.  CNN and Fox News are devoting all their time to covering the election.

Monday, November 5, 2012

An apology

I would like to apologize for the fact that I have not yet reviewed Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 as well as The Casual Vacancy.  I hope to have the Pokemon games done by this weekend and the book by January when I actually have time to read it.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Power Rangers Super Samurai "Stroke of Fate" Review

   Having finally been able to seen the episode that should have aired last week, the Serrator story arc came to a close.  Picking up immediately after the last episode the Rangers find themselves in the ruins of where the ground exploded.  As they recover Antonio notices Deker (you may remember him as Cole Evans, the Red Wild Force Ranger) lying unconscious.  Rather than just killing him there to completely destroy Serrator's plot (and save Jayden a ton of trouble down the road) he lets him go.  Conflicted with this decision, he brings it up in the post-defeat meeting.  Antonio decides to go after Deker himself leaving behind Lightzord and a note.  Just as Mike and Kevin discover the note, the gap sensor sounds and Serrator reappears.  Jayden takes Mia and Emily (ladies man) and goes to Serrator while Mike and Kevin go after Antonio.  Needless to say, Mia, Emily, and Jayden have to deal with Moogers and defeat them handily while Antonio attempts to reason with Deker.  Deker attacks and Mike, Kevin, and Antonio are all beaten and Deker escapes.  Serrator not only defeats the other three but makes them de-morph.  Deker arrives and Serrator starts monologue-ing (yes monologue-ing) when Antonio, Kevin and Mike arrive.  They are also knocked out of commission.  Deker, instead of slicing the world open, decides to strike Serrator.  The Rangers morph and defeat Serrator's smaller version.  Then the drawn out Megazord battle ensues starting out with Claw Armor, Bull, Light, and Samurai Zords fighting against Serrator and two Papyrox.  Then they combine to the Samurai Gigazord.  That fails and they have to beat Serrator with the Samurai Gigazord, Shark Attack Mode, with Red Shogun Mode.

     It was one of the better episodes of the series and it exemplified the acting abilities of Mike and Antonio (in perspective of course).  The best part of the episode was the MMPR reference by Bulk.  Megazord sequences should have been cut down and I swear to god if Deker says "My Sword Uramasa" one more time, I will save Jayden the trouble of killing him.

This episode gets a 8.5 out of 10 purely because it is clearing the train wreck that is Power Rangers Samurai off the air.  Also, if you were to make a drinking game where you take a shot every time Deker references his sword, the rangers morph, the rangers use a more powerful weapon, and every different Zord combination, just on this episode you would be D.O.A.

8.5 out of 10.  Please no Megaforce drinking games.

Catch Power Rangers Samurai every Saturday at 1 P.M. Eastern Time on Nickelodeon, Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Jungle Fury, Time Force, and Ninja Storm on at assorted times on Nicktoons Network and Power Rangers SPD starting Sunday November 11th at 10 A.M. for Morphenomenon on Nicktoons Network.

To Return to Non-Bias

   In review of my articles I have written in the past, it appears as though I have been leaning conservative.  In order to rectify this, I have decided to now write an article about two other issues that I have not exactly covered that are more liberal ideas.  First is something that appears to be very widely debated in our society is gay marriage.  I don't understand what the big deal is.  Why is it the problem of the conservatives to decide who can and can't marry.  As a straight man, I have absolutely no issue with two gay people getting married.  The argument that it will destroy the institution of marriage is a ridiculous proposition because two people that love each other is a more healthy thing, regardless of the genders involved, than two people who don't love each other or are only married because of a baby and get divorced in their 20s or 30s.
     This brings me to my next point, abortions.  How "Pro-Life" are you if you will not let a woman abort a baby that could kill her?  How good of a life will a child born out of a rape in the intercity have?  Or a teenager who hasn't finished high school, how can she support the child that she will be bringing into this world.  I am not advocating for abortions to be used as contraception.  Being Catholic, I am totally against abortions.  However, I agree with what Vice President Joe Biden said in the debates: "I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews. I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that – women – they can’t control their body."  On the other side of the argument, saying that people wanting to get an abortion have to go through counseling as to options and means of caring for the baby is not right is just as horrible as saying to use it as a contraceptive measure.  I totally understand and support a woman that gets pregnant as a result of rape or a woman that is in a high risk pregnancy getting an abortion but a teenage girl or a young woman getting pregnant and using it as emergency contraception should have to go through therapy and learn how to care for the child.  If at the end of that, the person still wants an abortion, go right ahead and get an abortion.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Adventure Time Season 5 Episode Titles

Here is the list of tentative episode names as put out by Pendleton Ward:


1014-105 Finn the Human
1014-106 Jake the Dog
1014-107 Five More Short Graybles
1014-108 Up a Tree
1014-109 All the Little People
1014-110 Bad Little Boy
1014-111 Jake the Dad
1014-112 Davey
1014-113 Mystery Dungeon
1014-114 Little Dude
1014-115 All Your Fault
1014-116 Vault of Bones
1014-117 The Great Bird Man
1014-118 Simon and Marcy
1014-119 Puhoy
1014-120 A Glitch Is a Glitch
1014-121 One Last Job
1014-122 Princess Potluck
1014-123 BMO Lost
1014-124 James Baxter the Horse
1014-129 Shhh
1014-130 The Suitor
1014-131 The Party’s Over, Isla de Senora
1014-132 Another Five Short Graybles
1014-133 LSP Gets Robbed
1014-134 Only Wizards Allowed
As you can see, we get two more Grayble episodes, Jake's puppies are born, Finn the Human and Jake the Dog are the first two episodes on the 12th, the finale takes place in Wizard City, BMO has at least one episode (maybe two depending on the glitch episode) and most important: an episode about Simon and Marceline.  Bad Little Boy is the genderswap with Fionna and Cake.