Dragon Age Inquisition Thoughts: The Threat Remains, Part 1

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • Well it’s a short road from “tell us what to do,” to “SAVE US, BLESSED OF ANDRASTE!”
  • I’m not sure why in DAO and DA2, you could click on loot in the next room, and your character could figure out how to get there and pick it up, but in DAI, you have to pretty much be standing on top of it to manipulate it.
  • Cassandra is uninterested in Roderick’s mansplaining.
  • Wow, I think I’ve been playing this for like two hours, and just got up to the title card.
  • I wish we could name saves like before. I basically just want to know which conversation branch point I saved before.
  • Ok Threnn. Taking me for the janitor and then bad-mouthing Alistair isn’t going to get you far in the Inquisition.
  • Yeah, that’s right. A Templar, a high official of the Chantry, and an Orlesian diplomat, but suddenly the magical Dalish elf is the person best suited to recruit for the Inquisition.
  • People are kinda rude to you when you’re an elf.
  • Odd how DA2’s “junk” inventory is now categorized as “valuables.”
  • I love Cassandra and her disgusted noises.
  • At this point, I think it would be kind of awesome if we ended up finding that all of Dragon Age was actually the story of Cullen, like Star Wars ended up being the story of Vader.
  • Leilana is kind of a downer, now.
  • Actually, when she goes into her whole “is that what you want from us?! Blood?!” speech, all I can think of is that episode of Wonderfalls where the protagonist is all “ARE YOU THE COW OF PAIN!?”
  • Man, if there was one thing I could change about this game, it might be the way doors automagically shut all the time. It’d be nice to be able to tell when you already looked around a room.
  • Ugh. I don’t know how to implement the increase banter mod.
  • Ok, off to the Hinterlands!

Dragon Age Inquisition Thoughts: Wrath of Heaven

Spoiler thoughts:

  • Someday I’ll add up all the hours I spent painstakingly picking out eyelash lengths for my characters, only to get the game started and think “NOOOOO! THE LIPSTICK COLOR DIDN’T LOOK LIKE THAT BEFORE.”
  • Well we did human warrior before–maybe we’ll go elf Mage this time. That should make us popular.
  • Trying out the non-Traynor voice this time.
  • Nice to meet you too, Cassandra.
  • I can’t get used to not being able to talk to party members whenever I want.
  • Roderick and Cassandra are apparently BFFs right out the gate.
  • Pretty short distance between “execute her!” And “tell us what to do!”
  • Well nice to meet you too, Cullen.
  • Being the lead in a BioWare game means pretty much no one is glad to see you, ever.

Teen Wolf, Season One, Episode Eight: “Lunatic”

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • “Closed book” Stiles.
  • I guess, judging from what we know now, we’ll assume it wasn’t Scott that just toasted those guys.
  • I thought Lydia initially wanted to be friends with Alison because she liked her clothes–now she seems to think she has no taste whatsoever.
  • Sheriff Stalinski always looks like he should be on a horse, wearing a Stetson.
  • Wow, these Beacon Hill tests run pretty personal.
  • Jackson’s starting to act like that guy in Dracula who ended up eating flies.
  • Conjunctivitis is a Harsh Mistress.
  • Danny gives Jackson a “Let it Go”
  • Oh golly, this thing with Lydia seems like it may end poorly.
  • Stiles will always have the guts to protect Scott.
  • Oh dude, this isn’t even going to be the first time Alison breaks up with you.
  • Derek saves the day again.  Too bad everyone thinks he’s a serial killer. (Thanks Scott!)
  • The alpha was up over the grapevine?!

Dragon Age 2: Post-Game Thoughts

Our quest to revisit Dragon Age in its entirety continues here, with Dragon Age 2.

Spoiler Ending Thoughts:

  • I have to say, this is one game, along with KotOR: Sith Lords that really improved with repeated play.
  • The repeated environments didn’t really bother me as much this time around, although the part where they would use the same map and then just randomly block off certain passageways after I walked all the way over to the entryway was kind of a bummer.
  • There is a lot of talking in this one.  More than I remembered.
  • While I love the characters of DAO, I think your BFFs in DA2 are a little more fleshed out.
  • Alistair is still my overall favorite, but I find Isabella a more interesting character in DA2 than Leliana in DAO.
  • What I think is the main downside of the game, besides the reused areas, is the way the game eventually boxes you into doing missions that you know aren’t on the up-and-up.
  • I mean, if you really thought Anders was making you find him poop to free him from Justice, you possess a lot more hope than I did, at that point.
  • Plus, poor Trask–I still don’t know why we ended up killing all the templars and mages who actually wanted to work together for peace.
  • It took me until this time around to actually notice that Orsinio was in cahoots with Quentin, the crazy mother-killer.  Given that, and his weird sudden turn to blood magic right after we killed all the templars, it’s no wonder Justinia didn’t send in the troops to rescue the downtrodden mages.  He made them all seem wacked.
  • Out of all the followers, I think I found Merrill the least compelling.  Her story was sort of a light analogue of Ander’s, where you ended up helping her do stuff that you were pretty sure wasn’t going to work out well in the end, but you did it anyway because otherwise there’s no game.
  • Both the DLC I thought were far better than any of DAO’s DLC, except Awakening, and maybe even that.  They were visually great, and had interesting plotting and good variations on activities–it’s too bad that everyone I know was so burnt out on the whole game by the time they finished, that they never got around to them.
  • I’ll always be sad that they axed the third DLC, because I suspect we would have gotten more Fenris (HEART) but on the other hand, that probably means he would have met some horrible fate by the end of it.
  • Alright, off to DAI!

Teen Wolf, Season One, Episode Seven: “Night School”

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • Weird to think we were supposed to suspect Deaton of being an Alpha back then.
  • As any Batman fan knows, every storyline is improved if someone throws a car battery at someone.
  • Doesn’t Alison remember Scott’s phone was destroyed?
  • Oh Scott.  Denying Derek like Peter did Jesus before the cock crowed.
  • No one notices that Derek’s car is gone?

Dragon Age 2: Act 3 Thoughts, The Last Straw

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • Ok. Time for The Last Straw.
  • Nothing like the Battling Bickersons to start off the day.
  • Anders, you goober.
  • Look Meredith. I’m not going to support a side that wants to kill my last sibling.
  • Just cool your jets Sebastian. You’re not helping.
  • Varric always did have the best grasp on any situation.
  • Sorry Anders. You’re a killer. And killers have to pay.
  • Wait, we were at the Gallows. Why are we now trying to get to the Gallows through Lowtown?
  • Varric is basically Max from “Sound of Music.”
  • I feel like everyone should have different conversational replies at this time. Merrill saying “it’s a pretty evening” while we’re fighting our way out of a burning Kirkwall doesn’t seem appropriate.
  • Well OK now you’re just being a jerk, Meredith.
  • Cullen? Did you have anything to say?
  • Last chance to talk! These are always heartbreaking.
  • Emile de Launcet is always totally nonplussed as long as he has the prospect of some action.
  • I’m glad at this last few moments, we were left a chest with a small, wet pouch of incense.
  • And a complex chest I can’t open.
  • I’m pretty sure Mom would not have enjoyed being here to see this, Bethany.
  • Oh Fenris.
  • Alright Orsino. Lets get this show on the road.
  • Hm. Orsino seems a little depressed.
  • Bringing up Quentin’s research is not winning any points with me, Orsino.
  • Orsino, you goober.
  • Hm. I don’t see Isabela now that the fight is over.
  • Sebastian is still asking me if Anders ever told me what he wanted with the Chantry. I think he did. I think he told all of us, Sebastian.
  • Sandal. Because of course, Sandal.
  • Holy Moly, these fire traps startled me.
  • See Cullen? Was that so hard?
  • Sometimes, Meredith, you should just buy your swords off the rack.
  • Apparently red lyrium gives you the power of backflips.
  • Oh Isabela’s back. Glad you didn’t die!
  • I’m glad everyone else relaxed and put their weapons away while Meredith did another flip and landed with her sword in my head.
  • Hey, Zevran.
  • It’s like old home week.
  • Ooh. Not a good look for you, Meredith.
  • So… I guess we’ll just go, then.
  • Don’t listen to him, Cassandra! He does too know!
  • “Well it’s in the hands of The Maker now. Maybe we should hold a big summit meeting and invite every reasonable-minded person to Haven.”

 

Tomorrowland, Everybody!

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So…How about that “Tomorrowland,” huh?

Whether you liked it, or were disappointed in it, or were somewhere in-between, there’s no denying “Tomorrowland” entertained some interesting concepts.  Whether or not they actually asked those concepts in to stay awhile, or just booted them right out the door, is a little more debatable.  Want to read more about it?  Check out some of the articles I have on it over at AllEars.Net:

Press Conference with the major Tomorrowland cast, along with Director Brad Bird, and writers Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen.

The cast and crew of Tomorrowland walks the carpet at the World Premiere.

Review of Tomorrowland

See you in the Future!