Friday, July 25, 2014

Dominion: Black Eyes Blue

Another week and it's time for another Dominion recap.  Just want to say thank you for all the support and comments. You guys rock! So Dominion fans let's dive in and discuss another fantastic episode.

That's right, this episode was heavy in the feels department. I had such feels and that's no understatement. But I'm getting ahead of myself. This week's episode is titled Black Eyes Blue and it starts off with Alex showing Michael a captured Clementine, he'd imprisoned her in an abandoned casino vault. Michael is not happy but Alex thinks he can save Claire's mother by performing an angel exorcism. Michael is hesitant and says it's too dangerous. 

David Whele, despite Claire's warning, moves forward with his vote of no confidence in General Riesen. He also decides to confront William about his extracurricular activities. William's hesitation and fear is all David needs to confirm his suspicions.  David threatens to kill all traitors, implying he'll kill his own son. So intense! 

So Alex wants to save Claire's mom, Michael tells him the only way that'll happen is with the....dramatic music and gasp....the Aprocrypha....the what?!? I don't know what it is but it's got an Latin sounding name so it must be some kind of ancient angel killing weapon of epic epicness. Of course Michael doesn't have it but he knows who does.  It's Uriel of course, I'm starting to think Uriel is some kind of archangel hoarder. Michael attempts to barter with Uriel for the epic sounding weapon-thingy. At first she is all in love with the painting he brought but then says she wants something else. 

Yeah suspicions confirmed she wants to ogle Alex's tattoos. After several awkward minutes Alex says it's time to pay up.  She tosses him the Aprocrypha and we get to see the epic weapon and it's a book....wait a book?!? Lame sauce and great it's blank! WTF!? Wait why are Alex's tattoos move and rippling across his back and ONTO THE BOOK!? This book isn't that lame after all. The book belonged to the only prophet to exorcise an angel. Apparently all demonic possession throughout history has really been angelic possession. Mind blown. So apparently in this universe demons don't exist or at least not in the way we traditionally believe.

William disband his cult for the time being. However one of his followers is an idiot and gathers all of the other followers in the secret meeting place and of course David sent his guards in to kill them all. Dumbass. Meanwhile General Reisen and Claire summon Ambassador Arika. They discuss the fact that Helena's grand and great airforce is just two helicopters and one B-52 bomber. Arika doesn't deny this and admits to lying to David, General Reisen works out a deal similar to the one she made with David. I'm seriously thinking Arika has alot hidden up her sleeves and will say anything to survive.

Alex sneaks Claire away and shows her the 8-ball with her mother's face. She gets very angry and wants "it" killed. Alex convinces Claire that her mother is still in there and he can save her.

The exorcism begins and it seems like every other exorcism. Michael holds onto the chain, keeping Clementine under control for the most part. After several agonizing minutes the angel spirit is purged and Claire us reunited with her mother. Yes Alex is the chosen one and he can save everyone! 

Then everything goes from Disney to Game of Thrones real quick. Clementine has a seizure and lays on the floor limp all but for her gasping and slight twitches. Claire blames Alex and Michael isn't surprised at all. WELL FUCK! Thanks for making me fall for this secondary character and then killing her off! I wasn't ready for Game of Thrones level feels! Well shit, back to the recap.

So from the beginning of this episode it's been about General Reisen's counterattack to David Whele's political coup. Reisen summoned the Senate early and laid out Arika's plan and thusly knocks the wind out of David's sails, also the vote of no confidence fails. So pretty good day for General Reisen, until Claire gets home and tells him he done fucked up. She tells him that he's going to step down and she'll resume duties as Lady of the city. While all this drama is happening William finds his dead or dying cult followers.  They managed to kill their attackers,  William recognizes them as his father's guards. DING DING IT'S TIME FOR ANOTHER SHOW DOWN! 

David v. William, Father against Son and who will win. My money is on David cause the man is ruthless. So William pulls a gun on his father, whom replies with " were destined to be a curse, weak, useless..." David laughs at his son and believes he won't shoot. Then William beats David with the gun until he passes out. So David wakes up in the cult hide out, they initiate him by breaking his ribs. he a convert or what? I'm happy he's still alive but William done messed up.

Michael tells Uriel to keep the tattoos in her head. The tells her the "Vermeer" is hers...what ever that is. So after confronting her father Claire returns to her mother's body not speaking to Alex as she passes him. She hums a song from her childhood as she smothers her mother.

So much feels! How are you holding up after this intense episode? What do you think is next? Could this event be what leads Alex to Gabriel? Please let me know.

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"Black Eyes Blue"

Thursdays @ 9/8c on Syfy

The cast is absolutely amazing and I hope this show gets renewed.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why It's So Dangerous

I have never played The Legend of Zelda; this is something that most gamers give me a hard time about. I will state that I started gaming on the NES back in the mid to late 80s, and transitioned to the Sega Genesis by the 90s never going back to Nintendo.  So franchises like Zelda, Mega Man, and Metroid are not staples in my gaming history, mine are Sonic, Ecco, Altered Beast, Golden Axe, so on and so forth. So this past week I decided to go off alone and find out why it's so dangerous.

I played The Legend of Zelda with an emulator on my phone, quickly switching to an emulator on a PC. If you're wanting to know if I beat it or not, the answer is no I did not beat the game.  I did play it long enough to realize that even after 28 years the game play is crisp and challenging,  one of the hardest games I've ever played and at the same time enjoyed every minute of it. I now know why this game is still talked about and how it's invaded all aspects of pop culture. Like all things I like, I got obsessive and did some research.

Here is what I learned:

The Legend of Zelda was first released on February 21, 1986 on the Family Computer Disk System. The game is inspired by Shigeru Miyamoto's childhood memories of exploring the countryside; particularly the discovery of a cave entrance in the middle of the woods. Miyamoto has referred to each Zelda game as a miniature garden for players to play in.

(Photo: Rustenico)

I was also curious about the unique title and where the name came from. Hearing of F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife Zelda,  Miyamoto thought the name sounded pleasant and significant. Paying tribute, he chose to name the princess after her, and title his creation The Legend of Zelda. 

The impact on pop culture ranges from celebrities like Robin Williams naming his daughter Zelda Rae to Jimmy Fallon saying the game is his favorite. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World makes multiple references to Zelda games. Back in 2008 released a film trailer for The Legend of Zelda as an April Fool's prank. The game has been referenced on shows like The Big Bang Theory, Psych, The Goldbergs, and even Jeopardy. Video game creators like Hideki Kamiya (Okami) to Peter Molyneux (Fable creator) have stated Zelda games as major influences on their own work. 

It's always been apparent to me that Zelda was influential to all aspects of pop culture. I just never realized how much and why. I also now understand why some gamers miss being challenged and thus games like Dark Souls are so popular. I loved my time with The Legend of Zelda and I can't wait to start playing it again. Please tell me what you think of this game or others in the series.

The Legend of Zelda (1986)
Nintendo R&D4


Shigeru Miyamoto
Takashi Tezuka

Toshihikon Nakago
Yasunari Mishima
Kazuaki Morita

Takashi Tezuka

Koji Kondo

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Dominion: Something Borrowed

It's that time again Dominion fans, this week's episode was orgasmically mind blowing and proves two points: 1)that the writers and producers are extremely talented and 2) there are a lot of kick ass surprises around the corner! So let's dive into the recap.

The episode starts off with what I've been wanting to see since the show launched, badass angel combat training. But unfortunately no 80s training montage and no epic Chosen One powers displayed. Alex is distracted by Bixby's death and the pressure of having the world on his shoulders. Michael is easily able to dispatch Alex. 

They segue into a flashblack where a younger David Whele and family are attacked by 8-balls (lowest class of angels, similar to demonic possession). David looses his wife, two eldest children and almost kills William. Apparently discussing the wedding toast is what caused this flashback. Speaking of the event of the year, the residents of Vega won't shut up about the wedding. Everywhere the wedding this, the wedding that. It's kind of a big deal.

Speaking of the senator most sinister, David makes his play against General Riesen by letting Claire know he is going to ask for a vote of no confidence in the Senate to depose of her father. Her reaction to being informed that soon she may rule Vega isn't exactly a pleasant one. Only if David knew about General Reisen's 8-ball lover that lives just outside the city, Clementine. Yup General Riesen has been seeing a possessed human for years and keeping her like some kind of mistress on the dl. Clementine decides to visit Vega and accidentally kills a shop keeper. 

I'll admit that I didn't expect much from Clementine as a supporting character but she steals the show. Like all mistresses she longs for more, she has stayed out of the war and now her own kind rejects her and humans would kill her on sight. She worries about what will happen when Edward (General Riesen) dies. He reassures her that she will be taken care of.

Clear your mind and use the forc....I mean listen to your tattoos Alex,  the tattoos.....the tattoos. Michael let's Alex know that the reason why he had a vision in jail was because he was cut off from the world. So up in the tower of solitude Alex has another vision, a bloody Bixby begs him to not let anyone else suffer. Meanwhile, David Whele continues to manipulate the pieces on the board by going after Consul Becca Thorn and telling her to vote with him against Riesen or else all of Vega will know about the sick, perverse angel orgies.....that sounds awesome.

Also sweet innocent Claire attempts to manipulate William and fails miserably, however William is in love and promises to attempt to stop his father's political coup. While waiting for his father William attempts to destory some cult paraphernalia but he is interrupted by his father and stashes it instead. The scene plays out like their other father-son moments, William attempts to reasons with his father and his father responds with condemnation. This time however William responds with force,  he clutches his father violently and forces his father to bend so he can kiss his forehead....that's not weird at all.

Becca goes to Michael's tower of orgies...I mean solitude and we get to see some archangel combat excerises, it's really cool and...

Sorry I got distracted. Where was I? Oh yeah, Becca breaks up with Michael. I think Becca wanted Michael to be more argumentative but he is very supportive and understanding. Back at the Reisen house the General finds Clementine in Claire's room. He also found out about the man she killed, he reacts with anger and chases her off. The general pays a visit to Michael, confessing his love of the 8-ball and then asks Michael to kill her quickly and quietly. Poor Clem. 

The hunt for the 8-ball gets called off (because the general order it, so Michael can discreetly take care of it) but that doesn't stop Alex. He's determined to find that monster and kill it. No more victims. Here's where things get crazy, William asked Claire to get his notes (or something) which he left in his father's office. But is he playing his dad? Or did he actually forget? Either way Claire finds the cult paraphernalia and thinks it belongs to David Whele. She uses it as leverage against David, saying she'll expose him as a traitor if he votes against her father. This however tips David off that the actual traitor is his son.

In the dark and dirty alleyways Alex and his friend (another soldier) Noma track Clementine and engage. They injure her but she manages to make to the sewers. Alex goes in alone and confronts Clementine. She pleads and begs for her life. Alex, surprisingly, spares her. Back at the engagement party Claire makes a toast, saying that she wishes her mother was here and that her mother was a great woman. Then they do a close up of the Riesen family portrait. ...CLEMENTINE IS HER MOTHER!!!!!!

I didn't see it coming and like I said I had completely written off Clementine as a weak plot device and not a major part of the whole story. It explains why Edward Riesen had a relationship with an 8-ball. It also paints the general not as a dirty old man but a sad man unable to kill what once was his wife. How did this happen? How will Claire react? How will David Whele use this? What's on your mind? What do you think? Please let me know.

I wanted to give some shoutouts to the blogs/accounts where I find most of my images. Thank you for posting these awesome pictures and gifs. Also thank you for supporting this amazing show. 

"Something Borrowed"

Thursdays @ 9/8c on Syfy

Amy Bailey's portrayal of Clementine is spectacular. Her performance creates sympathy for a creature we, as an audience, should hate. I'm glad I was wrong about this amazing character.