Dragon Age 2: Act 3 Thoughts, Part 6

Spoiler Thoughts (“Mark of the Assassin”):

  • Say, this wyvern is not doing me any favors.
  • Ok, managed to get him down with a handful of health to spare. On to the Chateau Haine!
  • I always like any mission that makes us change clothes.
  • Did…Did the Duke just say “BUT THE PRIZE…?”
  • Teeeeaaagan.
  • …And Isolde. Made only slightly more bearable by her having to do the “WHO IS THEESE WOMAN, TEAGAN!” line again.
  • I’m not sure I would stock up on the Ham of Despair.
  • Isolde and Dulci de Launcet are two peas in a crappy pod.
  • Oh Leilana. She doesn’t seem so glad to see us, however.
  • Well, lets try sucking at stealth instead of combat for awhile.
  • I just think if you knock someone out, that should probably raise an alarm somewhere.
  • “HURRY, GET TO THE VAULT BEFORE THE DUKE’S MEN SPOT US!” ” Oh hey, Bethany would totes love this painting…”
  • Hurg. Standing-on-switches puzzles always thwart me.
  • I feel like I don’t even know who you are, Tallis.
  • Oh, I don’t think I knew you could go back into the castle, vs. just leaving straightaway.
  • Tallis requires a lot of help for someone with pretty vague explanations.
  • Well it can’t be right to leave Felicia Day.
  • You know, Tallis, we are killing a lot of Qunari, for a group of people trying to save Qunari.
  • I am still not totally clear on why Tallis’ friend decided to betray the Qunari.
  • I’ll say this for the Duke–nobody else in Thedas seems to have capitalized on the wyvern-bait-shotgun.
  • Ok I get it Tallis. There are innocent Qunari.
  • “I’m sure we’ll see Tallis again someday.” Don’t get your hopes up, Varric.


Dragon Age 2: Act 3 Thoughts, Part 5

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • This quest always boggled me. As if Kirkwall didn’t have enough problems, now it seems like we’re systematically hunting down all the remaining reasonable mages and templars left, and killing them.
  • There’s not even any option to talk to them first. As soon as you clap eyes on them, it’s all “Kill Pussycat! Kill!”
  • Grace, you rat-bastard.
  • Trask needed to use his magic-sucking powers a little quicker there.
  • Thanks for showing up after the party’s over, Cullen.
  • I feel as though, if you reinstate Samson, a lot of subsequent events should go differently.
  • Little too late to be sorry now, Orsino.
  • “There’s this fantastic thing called ‘moving on.’  You should try it sometime.”
  • Isabela has no interest in indulging Anders.
  • Ok. Time for “Mark of the Assassin.”
  • You know, I have nothing against Felicia Day, but I always think these in-game representatives of real people come off weird.
  • Almost as if you’re playing something someone made for someone else as a gift.
  • Ok Anders. You are the last one to talk about someone only offering help with a catch.
  • I don’t know why it is, that I inevitably find the crucial part of a quest long before I find the guy who’s supposed to give me the quest.
  • This DLC really is pretty. I wish the main game had been as attractive.
  • There is approximately 100% more poop-related quests in DA2 as DAO.

Star Wars Celebration, Everyone!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Ph: Film Frame ©Lucasfilm 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Ph: Film Frame
©Lucasfilm 2015

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim!  Did you go?  I did, and blogged a bunch about it over on AllEars.Net:

What’s upcoming for next season on Star Wars Rebels

What’s upcoming for Star Wars in theaters

What’s upcoming for Star Wars video games

Thoughts and  sights in and about Star Wars Celebration

There is no Death, there is The Force–may it be with you!




Dragon Age 2: Act 3 Thoughts, Part 4

Spoiler Thoughts (Legacy DLC:)

  • Oh look–a key blade…which is not apparently as good as the sword I was using…
  • Storage chest: I get the feeling this is last chance to stash.
  • I feel as though, if our Dad set it up so that some supreme evil is locked in here, and only we can unlock it, maybe we shouldn’t unlock it.
  • Surely it’d be worth it to try to find some other way out before releasing this ancient evil on the world.
  • …Or we could just follow the crazy tainted guy downstairs to free Corypheus.
  • “This is a strange business. I do not like it.” –Fenris, getting straight to the core of the apple.
  • When you start finding random health potions lying about in the street, is when you know you’re in a good part of town.
  • Ok, I get that we’re choosing to set free this awful thing to get out of this place, but remind me why we’re going to such lengths to free the random demons our Dad used his own blood to trap?
  • I don’t care what you get in return, there’s no way making sacrifices at Dumat’s altar is the good choice.
  • Varric isn’t much of a sentimentalist when it comes to his ancestors.
  • You know, I am not so sure Janeka is going to be able to bind and control Corypheus.
  • Wow, this Helm of the Fortress is the silliest helmet ever. You could barely get through a doorway with that on.
  • “Nothing personal, but you’re kind of crazy. And a bitch. Wait, I guess that was personal.”
  • I might not be playing the diplomatic Hawke.
  • Wow, Larius seems to have some hidden anger issues.
  • I am not a huge fan of plots where evil people tell you to do something/free something, and you go ahead and do it.
  • Larius and Hawke are having this whole conversation, and Corypheus is probably all “I’M RIGHT HERE.”
  • I don’t remember Corypheus sounding like this in DAI.
  • The quest description changes at this point to “Corypheus is free. Kill him.”
  • Oh, Bethany and Varric really did not dodge those rocks very well.
  • Ok Fenris. It’s just you and me.
  • You’re welcome for your freedom Larius…wait…
  • Oh hey Leandra.
  • No, it’s ok. I just…have something in my eye…SOB.



Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., S2E21: “SOS, Part 1 and 2”

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • Skye is such an idiot.
  • I don’t know if I’m more irked that Skye is able to beat May, or that everyone is just going to go back to thinking Skye is the bestest person ever right after this.
  • I think Ward may be through dancing around the borders of evil and just went for smack dab in the middle.
  • Oh Cal.
  • How does Ward know some short person won’t go through the door?
  • Even with the clone girl, it’s pretty telling on SHIELD’s security that like five powered people were able to take a whole ship.
  • It’s a good thing that Evil Asian Woman™ isn’t an overworked trope.
  • May better not lose to Ward in this–one embarrassing loss is enough for her this week.
  • Ok, that was pretty clever. Point to May.
  • Lincoln is kind of wishy washy.
  • …And then she calls up her ex for support, after he told her he was with someone else. Taking the point back, May.
  • For the Love of Pete, Simmons. Make up your mind.
  • On this whole ship, Skye couldn’t find some scissors to cut the inhibitors off?
  • Gordon seems like he has some issues. I guess he’s been BFFs with Jaiying from before she got harsh, tho.
  • Well, I guess we know Coulson isn’t an Inhuman, now.
  • Oh, that’s gotta sting. Like way worse than a bee.
  • Oh why would we think Skye would hesitate when she ALWAYS hesitates?
  • Wow, that wasn’t even close. Like she didn’t even hesitate about hesitating there.
  • I feel like throwing the crystals into the ocean and figuring they’ll vanish is kind of a Climate-Denier sort of a move.
  • At this point, it might be more entertaining if Skye got dehydrated but took out Jaiying, and Cal roamed the countryside like “The Incredible Hulk.”
  • I have no idea what it was that Cal did that killed her. Did he lift her to death?
  • Well at least Ward found some new friends.
  • Ok, you can’t tell me May doesn’t keep a lock on her locker.
  • Goodbye Cal. We’ll miss you–like Garret before you, you were the only one on the show who seemed to be having a good time.
  • That’s right: Let SKYE drive Lola.
  • What did I tell you about just throwing stuff in the ocean?
  • Poor Fitz is just never going to get a date.


Once Upon A Time, S4E22: “Operation Mongoose, Part 1 and 2”

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • Walt Disney died December 15, 1966, making it pretty clear that he was The Author that predated Isaac Heller.
  • Maybe The Apprentice and The Sorcerer should vet their recruitment process a little more.
  • He may be a hack, but wow, Isaac is a fast writer.
  • Did Isaac follow him in?  Or did he get sucked in?
  • I love that they even gave Rumple HERO TEETH.
  • Poor Regina cannot catch a break for anything.  No happy ending as a villain or a hero.
  • Ok, we might have needed that book, Regina.
  • So was Charming not actually turned evil?  He would have been a hero if Snow didn’t have his heart?
  • How did Regina manage to get James killed as a little girl?  He was a prince, not a vulnerable stable boy.
  • Robin Hood:  A sucker in any reality.
  • Actually, how do people like Henry and Isaac get around so easily in the Enchanted Forest?  It’s not like they have horses, or carriages, and yet they move from town to port to castle like it’s nothing.
  • Things must be pretty close if you can get from some inland village to Hook’s ship that day by just jogging.
  • You can put the hero in the villain, but apparently you can’t take the villain out of the villain.
  • Henry is kind of badass in this episode.  I guess he got a lot of rest from not being in most of the rest of the season.
  • For a prison that was supposed to be impossible to find or enter, a kid and a quivering deckhand did both pretty nonchalantly.
  • Good thing Emma knows every pirate ship keeps cannonballs connected to a large chain net around for emergencies.
  • I guess now that dwarf is known as “Deady.”
  • Just a thought, but maybe Emma and Henry should start running about now.
  • Oh ouch.
  • So…Did Zelena know all the time?  Why was The Author so nice to her, and so crappy to Regina?  They were both kinda evil.
  • Why is Isaac so happy?  The book is over, but isn’t he now stuck in this world with no health or dental care just like everyone else?
  • Oh Emma.  So close to a nice moment.
  • I feel like it’s kind of a jump to go from your resentment at your TV salesman boss to hating all heroes.
  • It seems like you could bring someone back from the dead by just writing that it never happened.  Like it was their evil twin or something.
  • Well great:  Now how are you going to be The Author without a pen?
  • Oh Belle.  Still such a sap.
  • Ok, the person that is making out like a bandit?  Granny.  Every time they have a celebration, she must rake in dough for catering.
  • I’m sure Maleficent is happy that Lily is telling everyone around town she doesn’t know who the father is.
  • There must be like 5 people in town who can’t rip people’s hearts out.
  • Why did the Black Evil kill the Apprentice, but not Regina?
  • Why didn’t Emma do her magical exorcism on Regina, like she did for the Apprentice?
  • Well, I guess it didn’t work out all that well for him, in retrospect.
  • Maybe the Apprentice could have just left, like, half the evil in Rumple’s heart, and then kept the rest in the magical Tupperware.
  • I feel like we could have picked a less powerful person to contain the evil.  Or Pongo.


Once Upon A Time, S4E21: “Mother”

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • Well, there was a reason they called her the Evil Queen.
  • Oh hey, Cora.
  • Not helping, Robin.
  • Wait, the storybook is written in EVIL BLOOD INK?
  • The same storybook that was supposed to represent hope?
  • Also, are you telling me this Author traveled all around the Eastern Seaboard looking for stories, and never once had a bagel?
  • Nice to know that Nurse Ratchett still has her position after all these years. Who else does Regina still have down there, that needs nursing care?
  • Why is the Author working with Gold again?
  • I have trouble thinking this incident wouldn’t have come up the last time Regina and Cora spoke.
  • No touchee.
  • Not helping, Author.
  • Wow, Maleficent may actually be the least evil of any of them.
  • I wouldn’t be Old Henry for anything.
  • Oh ugh.
  • Well that could have gone better.
  • I guess when you have someone who hatched out of an egg, this probably shouldn’t be a surprise.
  • Regina gets such pretty outfits in The Enchanted Forest. I wonder if Parilla misses them when she stays in Storybrooke for the whole season?
  • Aww, Hook.
  • What, exactly, did Mary Margaret think she was going to accomplish here?
  • I’m glad they bonded over…mutual evil?
  • It is an unfortunate truth, that as soon as a character gets good/happy, they often get amazingly careless.
  • The Author is kind of a jerk.


Dragon Age 2: Act 3 Thoughts, Part 3

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • Ooo…Alistair.
  • So I’m already anti-Meredith just from the point where she yells at Alistair.
  • One of my favorite things I discovered this playthrough is stopping to chat with Seneschal Bran every once in awhile. He is just so done with everything.
  • GAAH. I hate that sound the spiders make as they drop down. It always startles me.
  • Yes Fenris. I believe we all understand that you are not “pro” on Merrill summoning the demon.
  • In retrospect, maybe we should have been more suspicious that Merrill prays to Mythal at the same-looking shrine that we used to free Flemeth.
  • Merrill and her Keeper really should have sat down to talk more.
  • No one seems all that happy to see Merrill again.
  • Well look on the bright side Merrill. At least we didn’t have to kill your whole clan, like last time.
  • Ok, maybe it’s time to tackle Legacy: The DLC I bet sold a lot more copies after DAI came out.
  • You know Varric, I think Cassandra may be very interested in this expedition.
  • Hey, Bethany’s back.
  • Malvernis the Defiler has an orb. It seems like that might be important, someday…
  • Man, this is a lot of dwarves. The whole Carta must be here trying to kill me.
  • I hope we find an exit home sometime. My backpack is almost full of torn trousers and stale biscuits.
  • Oh, hey, an orb. You don’t think…
  • Pretty sure obelisks aren’t supposed to be pulsing.
  • Why would we activate something like this anyway?
  • Well hi Malvernis.
  • This is a considerable amount of defiling Malvernis is trying to accomplish. Like I think we might die.
  • Sorry Varric…Er…walk it off?
  • Well nice to know my assassination attempts are getting you back in touch with old friends, Varric.
  • Ok, that’s pretty personal, Varric.
  • Ugh. I can’t pick up anything more.
  • Oh, thank goodness. A magical Return to Kirkwall statue.
  • This is the least used Chanter’s Board ever.
  • I think these dwarves have cataracts.
  • Say, this Corypheus fellow seems like a troublemaker.


Once Upon A Time, S4E20: “Lily”

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • I think he’s a toyin’ with fate again.
  • I feel like we might have met the expiration date on that “friends forever” deal.
  • Half-Evil road trip!
  • Emma’s kind of a pill.
  • Man, how crumby do you have to be, when Regina’s more fun on a car trip than you?
  • This VW has nine lives.
  • I don’t usually assume a coffee shop also dispenses Advil.
  • Yeah, this can only end well.
  • Oh now she cares about her family.
  • Wow, Rumple is so much smarter than everyone else, it’s hardly a contest.
  • Nice work by Parilla in that scene! Although I’m not convinced that Emma would whack out this easy, I would have to say that I did not anticipate it going down this way.
  • I feel like the Apprentice isn’t helping matters.
  • I thought Regina had asked Belle for her heart?
  • Oh Belle. Don’t be a sap.
  • Oh Robin. Don’t be a sap.
  • Oh barf.


Once Upon A Time, S4E19: “Sympathy for the De Vil”

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • Maybe not a lot of agency in your choice of moral polarity if your parents name you “Cruella.”
  • I feel like Cruella, although admittedly over-the-top, has enough style to do her eyebrows more flatteringly.
  • Is it weird that Regina’s hair totally changed from one shot to the next? Or maybe she has magic hair?
  • Why doesn’t the magic in Storybrooke maintain Rumple’s heart like before?
  • Ok, thumbs up Regina. You go girl.
  • Unexpected.
  • Kind of a Crunderella number going on, here.
  • Wow, he bought her new flapper clothes and everything.
  • What a strange speakeasy. It looks like someone’s apartment.
  • I feel like we just wandered into “Mickey and the Magical Map” territory.
  • Emma: Princess of Overreaction.
  • Storybrooke needs better road cleaners.
  • Er…What?
  • This is a tale of some very disturbed people.
  • Pongo no!
  • He took from her…the ability to murder?
  • The thing she loved most…was murder?!
  • At least we know what the deal is with the eyebrows, now.
  • How did Emma fling Cruella backwards without her taking Henry with her?
  • I feel like normal people might commit manslaughter in self-defense, and not turn totally evil.