Once Upon A Time, S5E1: “The Dark Swan”

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Spoiler Thoughts:
  • Well that worked differently than in “Sword in the Stone.”
  • Robin Hood still trying to wrap his mind around how quickly people change sides here.
  • Wow, I thought he was dead.
  • Oh, a dud.
  • Well, I might argue that you don’t owe anyone for something you didn’t ask for, but I might be evil.
  • Kind of a jerky peasant.
  • Maybe it would have been more meaningful if Robin Hood had jerked her hand away.
  • Rumple is so much more fun as Rumple.
  • I feel like maybe Zelena is not so reliable.
  • Oh Hook, you are such a dupe.
  • Merida doesn’t have the best judgement.
  • Bringing the Dark One home might not be the best move.
  • Breaking the Wicked Witch out might not be the best move either.
  • Wow, that did not go well at all.
  • How could anyone ever believe anyone is who they look like now?
  • There are a lot of conflicted feelings about mothers and children in this show.
  • I’m not sure having a kid is a guarantee they’ll love you forever.  Just sayin’.
  • Yay Regina!  Always nice when going good doesn’t mean going stupid.
  • Not that we’re looking at you, Hook, but…
  • Hard to blame Merida.  You pick up a hitchhiker that starts talking to themselves about killing you, you’re going to drop that sucker like a hot potato.
  • Maybe you shouldn’t take the kids and babies on the certain death adventure?
  • Merida is kind of an idiot.
  • Gosh, I didn’t think they were going to get there that fast.  I figured they were going to turn out to be good voices in her head, to combat Rumple.
  • At least Merida’s poor judgement is consistent.
  • I think Merida was pretty forgiving, considering how she reacted to Emma just saying she was going to kill her, versus actually trying to kill her.
  • They brought their own fast-food restaurant to Camelot.
  • Because you never know if you’re going to like the food when you travel.
  • That castle looks a mite familiar.
  • Everyone’s back!  And they stopped at a Renaissance Fair on the way back!
  • You know, the number of times these guys have had amnesia, they should probably all get MRIs.

Heroes Reborn, Season One, Episode 101: “Brave New World/Odessa”

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • HRG man!  Still trying to make up with Claire, like he was for around 3 seasons.
  • Well that could have gone better.
  • I’d have to say, Claire is probably the last person I’d be worrying about in this situation.
  • I feel like it might have been easier for him to cut through the leather cuff than his arm.
  • Flynn Rider, no!
  • This drunk and the pathetic teacher are pretty ugh.
  • Wow, HRG went younger this time.
  • #GoAsians!
  • If this girl was really that nice, it’s hard to think she’d be with that jerk.
  • Oh, the brother from Dark Matters!
  • Oh this fiancee is a total plant.
  • [Gentle foreboding music]
  • [Gentle exotic music]
  • Ophthalmologists are only trying to help everyone.
  • String theory:  TV’s shorthand for crazy person.
  • I feel like maybe he could have got to an ER by this time.
  • This girl could play Alicia Silverstone’s little sister.
  • Looks like Flynn just got sent to the cornfield.
  • This is not a very profitable Ophthalmologist’s office.
  • Well this is a lot faster than most exams.
  • The sigil!
  • Ok, what?
  • Wha…
  • The Haitian speaks!
  • Poor Rene.
  • Also all those people who will never get their contact lens exam.
  • Mohinder voice over!
  • Wow, that was some bad timing, Peter Pan.
  • I don’t think this couple passed grief counseling.
  • Apparently no one in Japan locks their doors.
  • NO.  They did NOT go to LEEROY JENKINS.
  • I don’t want to say that this terrible stepfather reminds me of someone, but he does.
  • Oh man, this Japanese subplot is the best.
  • He’s a master at this game because he’s spent “hours” at it.
  • Gambling is no good for anyone.
  • Well at least HRG still has his parking spot.
  • I don’t think I’d jump into anyplace unless I knew how I was going to get out.
  • Why would Claire die?  She was the one who couldn’t be killed!
  • Like Sylar literally scalped her, checked out her brain, and then reassembled her, and she was fine.
  • If anyone thinks HRG is going to be full-out honest with them, they are sadly mistaken.
  • I’m not sure this is an upgrade for Tommy.
  • This is a lot of things this poor girl can’t tell anyone.
  • Sadly, he just sent them to EVO file room central.
  • You know, this couple might not be all that stable.
  • Are these the people HRG was selling the car to in the beginning?
  • OMG.

 

Dragon Age Inquisition Thoughts: Side Quests and The Emerald Graves

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Spoiler Thoughts:

    • Back to Skyhold to see if anyone wants to chat now.
    • Dorian had the despair ham!
    • The Quizition has to be one of the oddest parts of this game.
    • Oh Cole. You’re so spirit-y now. I don’t know if we went the right way on this, even though you seem happier.
    • I feel like the way to approval with everyone is to just keep saying “I agree” to everything.
    • That’s great. Our surgeon apparently subscribes to the New England Journal of Trepanning.
    • Who should be the new Divine? I kind of favor Cassandra. Leliana is a little flighty, and Vivienne is kind of awful.
    • Poor Blackwall. Poor just-wanting-to-be-uninvolved Blackwall.
    • Morrigan is still so cool. Claudia Black does such a good job with her.
    • Irking that even though I killed Anders on my last playthrough and synced everything up with the Keep, it insists that he’s still alive.
    • Oh great. I think Blackwall left, and I didn’t finish Memories of the Grey yet. I wonder if you can do it when he comes back?
    • I still don’t get the whole Tyrdda song-story. I guess she had some unfortunate romances?
    • I think that’s an example of how tough it is to do a narrative when you don’t know the order people will find the segments.
    • Every time I’m walking around and just find a gigantic wheel of cheese sitting around for no reason, I like to think Alistair was there.

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  • Ok Varric, we’ll go to Valammar.
  • Ugh, Bianca, you are the worst.
  • Oh, and after all that, you’re going to threaten me? I almost hope something does happen to Varric, so you can come after me and I can pound you into mulch.
  • Varric, your love life is your own business, but I’d rip that page out of your little black book and feed it to the mabari.
  • Dorian and Bull never seem to say much beyond their personal quests.
  • Solas also has relatively little to say, compared with Cullen’s romance.
  • Ok, off to the Emerald Graves.
  • Fun fact: After investing about 300 hours into this game, until today I always thought this area was called “Emerald Glades.”
  • Wow, there are a lot of dead people who aren’t getting their burial sites visited.
  • I can’t believe they made us kill that poor bear and her cubs just because the guy who surveys the camp locations is high.
  • If I killed all the important people leading the Freemen, why am I still having to kill Freemen all over the place? Who’s leading them now?
  • We’re sitting here looking at a French-fried corpse, and Solus is all “he underestimated how dangerous the rift is.”
  • Cunning deduction, Mr. Bond.
  • I don’t even know why we follow up on all these sad letters to significant others sitting next to charred remains. It’s like we want to be sad.
  • All these haunted/possessed chateaus are just nightmare fuel. Poor Betta.
  • Oh nice. The wedding ring was in the spider’s stomach.
  • Ok, do these giants just keep spawning? Because holy moly, there are a ton of them here.
  • I also like how our agents are just sitting here in the middle of Giant Central, like they don’t realize this is a terrible place to put their chest.
  • This poor dude who was trying to compete with Genativi for Thedosian Historian.
  • Ok, killed our fifth dragon. At least it dropped some decent armor.
  • Poor Solas, who has to upgrade from those snazzy ancient elven robes to reinforced battle age mail, which looks like he killed a fox and slung it over one shoulder.
  • Ok, off to the Knight’s Tomb.
  • I don’t know if the map on this one is buggy or what, but the markers never seem to correlate that well with where the seal pieces are, and if I unlock a door, it still has the lock symbol.
  • Man, this tarot card codex system is practically useless. How can you look up anything, when it’s nothing but a mass of cards, most of which all have the same back? Even the “unread” mark is so hard to see most of the time, it takes forever to find the ones you haven’t read.
  • Alas for the Emerald Knights. Pocahontas all over again.
  • “The Executors.” I’m sure they won’t come back to bite us in the ass one of these days.
  • Ok Leliana, lets see what Justinia left you in Valence.
  • I can’t imagine hardening Leliana. How can encouraging someone to turn into a sociopath be a good thing?
  • Granted, she was a little kooky in Origins, she deserves to be happy and go shoe shopping once in awhile.
  • Time to go get Blackwall.
  • Oh man, I can’t believe I finally found the place that sells beds and drapes!
  • Poor Blackwall. Some crimes are harder to come back from.
  • Wow, Cullen came all the way from Skyhold. He must really be pissed.
  • Just get him out Josephine. Ohana means no one is left behind or forgotten.
  • Emprise du Lion time.

Teen Wolf, Season One, Episode Nine: “Wolf’s Bane”

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Thoughts:

  • OMG, Derek can NEVER catch a break.
  • OK, if I knew I was totally sensitive to bright lights, and people were going to use that to kill me, I might invest in some good polarized sunglasses.
  • I think Scott is maybe underplaying the whole “I fingered you for a serial killer” move he made.
  • Also, nothing like saying “sorry for being such a jackass to everyone,” Scott.
  • Jackson was growing a plant inside his neck?
  • Holy CRAP would a RN never let someone use their computer like that.
  • Stiles is occasionally not that helpful.
  • I guess it hasn’t occurred to Jackson that maybe someone who is way stronger and faster and whatever could be a lousy person to try to blackmail.
  • Alison is also kind of a creep for totally allowing her BFF’s boyfriend to creep on her like that.
  • Well for such an aggressively defensive family, the Argents certainly don’t have much of a security system on their house.
  • “My cousin Miguel.”  DYING.
  • Wow, Alison didn’t have very refined survival instincts at this point.
  • OH HAI PETER
  • “Can you get turned by a scratch?”  Yes, Kate.  Yes, I believe you can.

Dragon Age Inquisition Thoughts: Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts

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Spoiler Thoughts:

    • I really like this quest because it’s so different from the “march-around-outdoors-killing-things” we usually do.
    • Having read “Masked Empire,” I’d have to say that I’m not a huge fan of Gaspard or Briala. #TeamCelene
    • Briala in particular, grates on me for some reason. She’s one of those characters I feel I’m supposed to really like and admire for her spunk and her determination, but whom I actually just think is kind of a jerk.
    • Hmm…who shall we bring? Last playthrough we took all the people we thought were least likely to embarrass us, so maybe this time we’ll go with Team Totally Inappropriate.
    • Sera, Solas, and Bull, get your dancing boots on.
    • Solas seems to be enjoying himself a little more than I would have thought he would, here.
    • I mean, he is literally all “woo! Open bar! Good luck with whatever you’re doing!”
    • Oh Bull. You are such a comfort.
    • You get the feeling the Qunari are light on the culinary sciences.
    • Gaspard is so awful. Cullen really shouldn’t be supporting him.

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    • “Elves have no place in politics.” Do you really wanna say that straight to the elven Inquisitor, Gaspard?
    • I wish these palace segments weren’t timed. The environments are so pretty, I’d love to be able to look around a little rather than sprinting through like a mad person.
    • I also feel like the hurry to get back to the ballroom keeps me from really getting the whole dead elf thing. All of a sudden Briala shows up like “thanks for revenging my dead agents!” And I’m all “…They were shooting at me?”
    • I swear, Bull is the only one who can make these weird jumps. For a big guy, he’s pretty nimble.
    • I love this dancing scene so much. I wish more of the game had used scenes like this.
    • Josephine is all “yeah, you should go search those quarters.” Hey, how about someone who isn’t the total object of everyone’s attention do that?
    • Nobody’s having a better time at this party than Bull.
    • I always laugh hysterically whenever the Inquisitor has to abruptly change clothes when they’re going to start fighting. Like you came to the ball with this elaborate formal uniform with belts and sashes and buttons up to your chin, and then you sneak into a passageway and all of a sudden guys pop out with swords and you’re all “Uhm…hold on a second. Could someone hold my boots for a minute? Did anyone remember to bring my other pants?”
    • Ah Florianne. Such a villain, you could almost believe she had Tevinter blood in her.
    • That’s ok Cullen. Don’t mention that I’ve shown up in totally different clothes covered in blood. It’s all cool.
    • Oh thanks, WordPress, for totally deleting my finished post and leaving me with this earlier draft.  NOT HELPING.
    • I feel a little bad for totally lying to Celene about Briala doing all this stuff to help her, when Briala was trying to kill her just as much as Gaspard.

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    • However, since I think you get more approval if they rule together, you’ll have to resume your relationship of lies, Celene.  Sorry.
    • Also kind of feel bad about Gaspard getting killed when he wasn’t really playing The Game any more horribly than anyone else there.
    • But that’s what you get for trying to start a fight in a burning house.

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  • Welcome aboard, Morrigan! I guess we can find you a double room.  At least you don’t need much closet space.
  • That was a pretty quick dance, Solas.  I feel like I remember Cullen making a bigger deal about it.
  • Ok everyone, party’s over.  You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.

Live Blog: “American Experience: Walt Disney, Part 2”

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/walt-disney/

Back for the second half.  On the one hand, yay Disneyland!  And on the other, hard to think this one isn’t going to have a downer of an ending.

  • Ugh, Neal Gabler.
  • Man, can you imagine what your life would be like, if you had bought Disney at $4 a share?
  • Well this seems like an awful long amount of time to spend on Walt’s questionable reaction to the strike, when we spent virtually no time on his stint overseas with the Red Cross seeing the world and learning to cartoon.
  • Ok, I think it’s a little bit of a stretch to say that the whole South American goodwill tour was solely intended to let Walt “skip town.”
  • I think Rockefeller, the US government, and the Nazis might have had a little bit to do with it.
  • Nice.  The Bambi death scene.  HDY.
  • I don’t know–this seems like a long way to come just to pummel us with his involvement in McCarthyism.
  • I’m not sure I buy the whole “man in crisis” pop psychoanalysis.
  • How do we know what the context the quote is in?  Maybe he was being realistic, acknowledging that the market wasn’t going to allow him the same financial and artistic freedom he had with Snow White, and accepting that future productions would be under constraints?
  • With all the talk about how he apparently didn’t care about animation anymore, I don’t see them mentioning that he stated his favorite animated sequence was Marc Davis’ Cinderella transformation scene.
  • …Or maybe the Dude just liked trains?
  • DISNEYLAND
  • It’s weird to me that the interstitial music always starts out like I think they’re going to use the music from “Wall-E.”
  • This Ryman Disneyland drawing has to be one of the most amazing pieces of contemporary artwork ever.
  • This Ellenshaw Disneyland painting with the black-light effect is also one of the most amazing pieces of contemporary artwork ever.
  • It says something about Walt’s powers of persuasion, that after over sixty years later, and as many times as I’ve been to Disneyland, I never fail to feel like getting in the car and driving over after watching him present it.
  • This is weirdly unhappy-sounding music for this building-Disneyland montage.
  • Wow, I would not have wanted to be one of the WED workers who tried to tell Walt to push back opening day.
  • “Traffic was backed up for seven miles on Harbor Boulevard.”  Now, we call that “Friday night.”
  • Oh man, I remember ticket booths.
  • Ah, the world’s least safety-compliant trams.
  • I see we cut away before shooting the dead guy lying outside the burning cabin.
  • I would move into the Monsanto House of the Future in a hot second.
  • Who in Heaven’s Name would ever think Reality was better than anything?
  • You know, I keep finding excuses to pause the video, because I know eventually they’re going to start bashing Disneyland, and then I’m gonna want to leap through the screen and rip someone’s lungs out.
  • Ron Miller!
  • The fact that you can’t imagine someone successful not being a jerk, maybe doesn’t mean that every successful person is, in fact, a jerk.
  • “Mary Poppins” is really practically perfect.
  • Oh, serious?
  • Funny, I actually thought I heard that corn anecdote as something Diane Disney had said to him.
  • Can you even imagine what it would be like to wander around EPCOT in a climate controlled environment?
  • Nooo, not 1966.  It’s too soon!
  • …And, we’re out.  *sniffle*
  • Well, I think it’s nice that it wasn’t a total hatchet job, but clearly they were taking pains to not look like they were making a Disney movie about Walt Disney.
  • On the whole, I’d agree that most of their important points in his timeline were correct–I would just question the lines they drew between them.
  • For example, it’s true that Disney did appear to abandon various mediums as soon as he peaked in them, but they make it seem more like he was constantly racing away from failure and feelings of worthlessness versus pursuing innovation and curiosity.
  • I also understand the viewpoint that says they needed to keep it more general for the broader, non-Disney Geek audience, but realistically, are we really thinking a huge number of people not already interested in Walt Disney are going to be seeking this out?
  • If you’re willing to commit four hours to watching a documentary on something, I think you’ve probably already self-selected yourself into a biased group.  I think it’s ok to dig a little deeper.
  • “True Hollywood” style “he was riding high–but then it all came crashing down” patterns aside, it was a nice looking piece, and if  “One Man’s Dream” isn’t going to be around anymore, it’s good there’s archival footage of Walt’s earlier days available.

Live Blog: “American Experience: Walt Disney, Part 1”

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/walt-disney/

Ok, ready for this fairly-well publicized Walt Disney documentary.

  • Ugh, Neal Gabler.
  • Always amazes me, these people who have such a strong drive to do something from such a young age.  Jim Henson sounds like he was the same way.
  • Watching how Walt operated in his early years of Laugh-O-Gram, reminds me of that scene in “Music Man,” when Harold Hill is getting hunted down for scamming the townspeople towards the end, and Ronny Howard asks him if there was ever going to be a band, and Robert Preston says “I always think there’s going to be a band.”
  • Roy is such a generally unsung hero.
  • Ub Iwerks is an unbelievable genius.  It’s so unlikely that Walt would have lucked into working with him from the beginning, it almost gives the whole thing an air of destiny.
  • Wow, that was a quick jump from Ub to Lillian.
  • Now again, this makes it seem like some sort of unilateral-Roy-squelching measure that Walt takes on renaming the studio.  It’s the same thing they portrayed in that small musical that was made about Walt a couple years ago, but I have never heard or read of anything that implied that Roy wasn’t just as much a proponent of the idea as Walt.
  • Ugh.  F’ing Mintz.
  • Strange to put the whole Marceline segment during the train ride back from New York.
  • Interesting that they’re not going with the usual story of Walt coming up with Mickey on the train ride back.
  • I’m not totally sure I tend to think of Mickey as a big rebel figure.
  • Man, I want that $3.95 watch.
  • I wonder why they didn’t get Julie Andrews to narrate this, like with “One Man’s Dream.”
  • But maybe they didn’t want it to seem like a “Disney Production.”
  • An uncredited Marge Champion.
  • I can never figure out how Roy did all this intricate financial management with like a high-school level education.
  • All these years later, and “Snow White” still makes the majority of animated features out there look like two cents.
  • The Evil Queen design is so great.  Archetypal.
  • One of my favorite Walt quotes about this time period runs something like “I didn’t know if people would go to watch an animated feature, but what I did know, was that no one would go to see a bad one.”
  • This always seems like probably the single time in his life where he has a completely unadulterated success.  All those failures and bankruptcies and the years of people telling him he was crazy, and for this one moment in time, everyone liked what he did.
  • Well, if he was waiting for Hollywood to take animation seriously, he’d be waiting still.
  • Walt was such a great storyman.
  • He made his studios air conditioned and 75 years later, I have to spend the day in a Coffee Bean and Tea so as not to die in the heat.
  • Ok, I’m not totally sold that this is underwater photography, but it doesn’t detract from the amazing art “Pinocchio” featured.
  • Ok, THAT’s a better eye drawing than you’ll see in any modern-day feature.
  • Wow, that scene where Lampwick turns into a donkey is pretty horrifying.
  • That’s the thing with Old School Disney films.  You’d be watching along thinking “well that’s pretty.  Look at that, that’s cute, and GOOD LORD, WHAT’S HAPPENING, HOLY MOTHER OF”
  • Ah.  Always a good time when the gatekeepers come in to tell you you’re enjoying their favorite thing wrong.
  • So quaint now that they were agitated at Walt making 5x more than some of his offices.  How many times more do we think Trump makes compared to his lowest paid employees?
  • It paints a fairly unflattering portrait of Disney as far as his employees go, but it’s not hard to see where his viewpoints came from.  He had risen from abject poverty and worked all his life to get to where he was, so the idea that other people wanted money without having done the same was probably maddening.
  • Well that was kind of a down point to end on.

Dragon Age Inquisition Thoughts: Side Quests and The Exalted Plains

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Spoiler Thoughts:

  • Back to Skyhold to see if anyone wants to chat now.
  • Blackwall’s all “it’s not really about the joining. You don’t really need to have undergone the joining to be a warden.”
  • Actually, I kind of think you do.
  • Look Varric, you might not like having to write to Fenris and tell him Hawke’s going to Weisshaupt, but it could have been a much worse letter after all.
  • Cassandra is, I think, the character who most improves as the game goes on. She turns from kind of a harpy to someone who really wants to set things right who is surprisingly funny.
  • While I think Cullen’s a hero for quitting lyrium, didn’t Alistair prove that you don’t need to take lyrium to have all your Templar powers?
  • Ok, let’s go try to make the Dalish like us.
  • I remember last time inadvertently defiling their graveyard and I’m not sure they ever really liked me after that.
  • I wonder if this veterinarian elf would be as grateful if he knew I accidentally shot the golden halla a couple times trying to herd it over here?
  • Man, you shoot one halla a little, and now you roast everyone in the area whenever you use lightning.
  • I do not get this bear hide thing. The elf girl wants a couple of bear pelts–I know I’ve killed a jillion bears, but for some reason none of them had pelts?
  • This quest where you have to collect dead soldiers’ notes is pure BioWare.
  • Half of them are like “a note with a single heart and the words ‘don’t worry’ rolled up with a wedding ring.” And you take it off a corpse crushed under a wagon.
  • Bianca is pretty much the worse.
  • “How did they find out where the red lyrium is?” “THAT’S NOT IMPORTANT.”
  • I’m always confused by this one random broken-down bedroom in the battlements. There’s fruit and stuff there, so someone’s obviously using it, but everything’s destroyed…and there’s an axe stuck in the footboard…
  • LOL at the Sad Weapon schematic. Good luck with the old banana-nailed-to-a-stick defense.
  • Ugh, I hate these ramparts that you can’t climb out of for anything.
  • Like, keep the loot already, just get me out.
  • Actually, I always thought it was odd that by this time–maybe, what–2/3 the way through, I’m inevitably not finding virtually any loot that’s of use anymore.  All the loot usually seems to be at around a 7-12 level.
  • I think Exalted Plains is the part of the game where I start feeling like I’m losing track of the plot because I keep running into places and clearing the demons out, and then realizing I missed the whole backstory on it.
  • So let me get this straight: Someone thought a closed-off area swarming with gurguts and a Fade rift was a good place to set up camp?
  • Ugh, these map quests. I always wind up wandering around trying to climb up impassible surfaces for forever when the real point is 50 yards away.
  • If you look carefully at all the dead people stuck outside the elven fort where they cleverly activated the defenses without knowing what they were going to do, I think there’s a couple of Harlequins or Zithers lying around.
  • Even in an abandoned elven glyph temple, everyone’s reading “Hard in Hightown.”
  • Well, I don’t know what we expected, picking up something called “eyes of the sorrow.”
  • In a real-world situation, I can’t imagine that anyone world think it was a good idea to reassemble the dead priest of Dirthamen.
  • It’s a bad job when even Solus is all “yeah…I probably wouldn’t.”
  • Ok, off to the Storm Coast to open up the Red Templar port.
  • Don’t you kind of worry about us, given how much time we spend prancing about red lyrium?
  • Isn’t it basically like wandering around, fondling radium?
  • And this dragon level is…19. So we’ll be coming back later to Dragon Isle.
  • Hey Cole–I found your amulet.
  • Oh whoa, Cole.  Easy on the killing, tiger.
  • While my first choice would be to go with Varric and make Cole a real boy, this is the Solasmance playthrough, so he gets to stay a spirit.
  • I would say, however, I think the ex-templar dude is getting off pretty easy, being able to forget all about the time he let some poor kid starve to death.
  • Ok.  Time to go to the ball.

 

Dragon Age Inquisition Thoughts: Here Lies the Abyss

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Spoiler Thoughts:

  • Welcome to Crestwood.
  • Oh look. It’s raining again.
  • This guy you can’t talk to who only says “Hello Stranger” in Crestwood is kinda creepy.
  • Yeah Jana, now is really not a good time to join the Wardens.
  • I’m glad we kept this hidden cave a secret, by claiming it as a landmark.
  • Blackwall and Dorian have issues.
  • Dorian’s idea of trash-talking is “take that, you filth!”
  • Stroud! Nice to see you, guy-I-am-not-emotionally-invested-in.
  • For an elite squad, the Wardens sure do get duped a lot.
  • “How ’bout you Blackwall? You hearing the calling?”
  • “Uh…no! Calling’s just for weaklings!”
  • Gauld, Judith is Just Not That Into You.
  • Ok, one more dragon whittled down from the next state in like 20 minutes.
  • Alright. Time for the Western Approach.
  • Given that we already visited a swamp where everyone died of the plague and became undead, Harding saying this is the worst place in the world is unsettling.
  • Hey, look, a perfectly good keep.
  • Varric was really not a fan of Sebastian. I wonder why? He even admits Seb was nice.
  • Oop, I killed a fennec again. I hate when they get in the way of the lightning.
  • Look Vivienne, you don’t have to sneer at everyone–you’re just getting to go so you can find your books.
  • I was never totally sure how the whole Seeker thing shook out. The new guy in charge read the secret book, got horrified, and then decided to throw his lot in with demons and kill everyone?
  • Because that doesn’t seem like he was all that stable to begin with.
  • And the Big Secret was that the Seekers always had the ability to reverse Tranquils? I’m not sure why that would have been a source of outrage in the first place. You’d think people would be happy that they could reverse the mages that got turned inappropriately.
  • You know, I kind of feel that any magic that freezes all these demons in time might be the kind we don’t want to reverse.
  • So a big staff apparently supporting a levitating ball of magic exuding blood. I should probably screw with that, right?
  • Ugh. This Reinforced Enchanter Mail is the highest rated armor, but it is ugly as sin.
  • I can’t even think of what Dorian and Vivienne would say at having to wear yellow plaid.
  • “Next time the damn demons can stay frozen.”
  • I’m with Bull.
  • On to “The Trouble With Darkspawn.” Nice Trek reference.
  • “Don’t worry! We’ll hold the bridge! No Darkspawn coming throught here!” Except the dozen or so that are always roaming around this area.
  • Coracavus is a much nicer prison than you’d expect.
  • Although, I guess the Vints always were stylish.
  • I hate when you pick up a veilfire torch because a) I can never tell when we’ve gotten all the runes and feel obligated to carry it around forever after, and b) I keep dropping it every time I fight.
  • Wow, killing giants is so much easier when you’re playing something that can attack at range. Melee is for chumps.
  • Ok, off to pick up Hawke and Stroud.  Varric, Blackwall and Solus, saddle up.
  • The Tevinter Empire, one can only assume, is based on everyone else in Thedas being dumber than a sack of bricks.
  • Ok that was a short encounter. On to Adamant!
  • This part I always had trouble with. We know they initially went along with the Vint plan because they were scared of the Calling. The mages, you get, are all mind controlled. What about all the other guys? Don’t they ever wonder why everyone is attacking them all of a sudden? Why would they go along with a plan where most of them die, when the whole point was to prevent them from dying in the first place?
  • Well ok, I guess from the notes you find around, they weren’t exactly letting the non-mages in on the whole plan. You would think, though, that there would be ONE other person besides Stroud who thought calling in the Vints was a bad idea.
  • I have never been able to talk the little band of wardens into joining me. I think I had to kill them all last time, and this time I was able to make them just go out for coffee until this all blows over.
  • Wow, these Pride demons require a bit of work.
  • Erimond, you jerk.
  • Well, at least we saved that elf back in Crestwood from being a random sacrifice here.
  • Go on, Blackwall–tell them what’s what!
  • Clarel, you dummy.
  • Erimond wasn’t so much for dueling. It’s like he failed the self-defense course at Vint school.
  • Ok, I have a hard time believing Clarel could do anything, after the dragon literally chomped down on her, much less bring down the battlement.
  • …And now we’re in the Fade.
  • Hey, it’s Justinia/Not-Justinia!
  • Man, those Wardens were the Weakest Link.
  • Maybe we could have waited to pick up all out memories and alerted the Nightmare to our presence until we found a way out and had one foot out the door already.
  • The Claws of Dumat seem to indicate that Corypheus was a normal guy until he became fearful that the Vints were turning away from the Old Gods. Was Nightmare actually the orchestrator of this whole thing, starting back with the second sin?
  • It’s all candles and skulls until you hit a bit that looks like a part that fell off the Mako.
  • Ugh, the list of fears from the kid whose Dad is clearly going through The Calling is the worst.
  • Ha, I love the fear that’s taken the shape of a spider called “Ironically, Spiders.”
  • Not sure how effective Justinia’s sacrifice was here, given that the giant spider just came back again.
  • The Sophie’s Choice moment. RIP Stroud.
  • So this part also never made any sense to me. First, are we really thinking that such a sizable number of wardens survived, and none of them were any kind of officers?
  • Plus, what about The Warden?  In my playthrough, she might be missing, but she’s still alive somewhere, and is pretty high-ranking.
  • For that matter, Alistair is still a warden, even though he’s king, and he should be able to help out.
  • Even if there’s nobody, how can you exile all the wardens? What do you think is going to happen when the next blight comes around? It’s like we forgot everything we knew about why we needed the wardens in the first place.
  • All the disapproval.  Look Solas, I know you have a beef with the wardens because of that whole “kill all the old gods” plan, but it’s the best way.

 

Teen Wolf, Season Five, Episode Ten: “Status Asthmaticus”

Screencap from http://teen-wolf-mtv.wikia.com/wiki/Teen_Wolf_Wikia

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • Not the jeep, Stiles!  The jeep is probably the only blameless thing in this whole town.
  • Wow, these paste-on commercials for whatever this girl sticking her tongue out is for, are really annoying.  They could at least try to avoid sticking one straight over Hayden’s face.
  • Not looking like this is going to be a great night for Liam.
  • This is a really strange first date for Lydia and Parrish.
  • If Parrish is a Hellhound, I feel like we would have at some point seen him as…well, a hound?
  • You know, if we knew that Parrish goes all garbage man when he falls asleep, maybe someone could have gone and got the poor guy a Red Bull or 6-Hour Energy Drink or something?
  • Oh Theo.  So pretty.  So awful.
  • You know, by this time, so many people have become chimeras, I have no idea whether I’m supposed to recognize blood-slurping-guy or not.
  • Braeden’s back!  Ok, if Derek comes back, all the trauma of this season is forgiven.
  • Theo wants Void!Stiles?  Is that even still a thing?
  • Is there some Nogitsune left in Stiles?  If there isn’t, what use is he to the pack?
  • You know, Liam might not be the best Beta.
  • Why doesn’t Scott just leave from wherever Liam got in through the Mountain Ash?
  • Mason gets the absolute worst jobs.
  • I feel like Mrs. McCall should probably go ahead and go to medical school if she’s going to have this level of medical expertise.
  • …Because you’re EEEVIIILLL, Theo.  Also, pretty.
  • Those are some not very convincing chest compressions, but I guess at least the thump got results.
  • Scott and Mrs. McCall are the best.
  • Be your anchor and bring us hope, Scott.