Friday, November 3, 2017

The Sixth Doctor

I finished the Sixth Doctor! That’s an accomplishment with how painful some of his stories were. Maybe my expectations were exceptionally low, but I liked him more than I thought I would. I actually have one or two stories to recommend here. So here we go.

Season 21-22
"Hunger Games" anyone?
Top Story: Vengeance on Varos
First time I watched this story in 2013, I really struggled with it. This time, however, I actually enjoyed it. It kind of had a “Hunger Games” feel, with the barbaric reality TV being the norm on Varos. The one thing I REALLLLLLY didn’t like was the odd spectator couple in the episode. I’m guessing they just wanted to show an outsider point of view to the events proceeding, but to me they added absolutely nothing to the overall story.
Flop Story: Revelation of the Daleks
Usually Dalek stories rank a bit higher for me, but this one was just so slow. The Doctor didn’t even see a Dalek until 50 minutes into the story. In addition to the lack of Daleks in a Dalek story, the Doctor and Peri seemed to just walk around outside forever before they actually joined the action.
Six and Jamie. Just saying.
Honorable Mention: Attack of the Cybermen
Very often in Cybermen stories they’re left ambiguous in origin. Telos? Mondas? It doesn’t always specify. This time we had specifically Telos Cybermen, like we did in the Second Doctor story “Tomb of the Cybermen”. This story also includes a “repaired” chameleon circuit. Thank goodness the TARDIS turned back into a police box again.
Special Story: The Two Doctors
It wasn’t an anniversary episode, like most multi-Doctor stories, but I really enjoyed it. The first bit was a bit bland, but I really enjoyed seeing the Sixth Doctor and Jamie interact. It made me wonder if the Sixth Doctor would have done better with a male companion, instead of Peri (I also just don’t like Peri).

Season 23
Technically season 23 was all one story “Trial of a Time Lord”, but it has four distinct parts. So I’ll be using the fan names of those four parts for my ranking.
As is typical, the Doctor is in control
Top Story: Terror of the Vervoids
This was Mel’s first story and it was episode 9-12 of “Trial of a Time Lord”. For fans of the modern series, imagine “The Unicorn and the Wasp” set in space with more aliens. We get a murder mystery story, with a sci fi feel. So throughout the whole story we get clues about the mystery and I actually found myself theorizing. Not so much action as it was intense and suspenseful.
Flop Story: Mindwarp
This was story was episode 5-8 of “Trial of a Time Lord” and it was Peri’s last regular appearance. I struggled with this story because it seemed the Doctor’s personality was altered, but I couldn’t follow what exactly was going on with it. Was he playing along? Was that really him? I could be that the Valeyard was messing with the images, but it was difficult to understand in the meantime.
The Doctor faces off against the Valeyard
Honorable Mention: The Ultimate Foe
This was episode 13-14 of “Trial of a Time Lord” and it was the part of the story in which the action was in the present, as opposed to past or future. I’ll admit that I’m not a fan of the paradox that would have ensued from Mel leaving the Doctor’s future to travel with the Doctor’s present self. It was difficult for me to handle. However, despite that, I enjoyed it. We had a return from the Master and we learned that the Valeyard is a future incarnation of the Doctor, just from his future. Somewhere after the Twelfth Doctor, it said. However, after everything that happened in this story, I’m thinking the Valeyard may have been prevented from existing. Maybe someday we’ll get a Valeyard season?

Peri        (5th Doctor) - Mindwarp
Mel        Terror of the Vervoids* - (7th Doctor)
*This took place in a scene from the Doctor’s future. Future Mel was later taken from timeline and traveled with the present Sixth Doctor. Paradox much?

Favorite Companion: She only appeared in six episodes of the Sixth Doctor’s two seasons and change, but I enjoyed Mel MUCH more than Peri. Granted, some of this opinion is from watching her with the Seventh Doctor, but I stand by it. She felt a lot more balanced to me than Peri did with the Sixth Doctor. Seems like she had more depth and more personality, whereas Peri just screamed.

Least Favorite Companion: Like I just said, Peri annoyed me a lot. She screamed a lot. Her American accent was HORRENDOUS and she just didn’t seem like a good match for the Doctor. During her tenure, I enjoyed the Doctor interacting with Jamie MUCH more than with her. Can we just forget that she was around? Also, there was the whole thing about her fate being left a bit ambiguous. "The Ultimate Foe" changed her fate but did they have to mess with us in "Mindwarp"?

What thoughts do you have on the infamous Sixth Doctor? How would you choose to dispose of his awful rainbow jacket? Personally, I’d go with gasoline and fire.

Colin Baker later (around the time of the 50th Anniversary Special) returned for a featurette called "The Five(ish) Doctors", along with Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Arrowverse Wishlist

A few weeks ago I finally finished up binge-watching the DC Comics Shows (also referred to as a the Arrowverse). I happened to time it perfectly for the premieres of “Supergirl”, “The Flash”, “Legends of Tomorrow”, and “Arrow” next week. Now I’m not a DC Comics guru by any stretch (most of what I know is from movies in the past ten years, “Smallville”, and cartoons), but there are a few things I think it’d be cool to see in this next season of the Arrowverse. Full disclosure: No intended spoilers for the new season. However, I can’t promise that I won’t give spoilers to the end of last year’s seasons. All of this is just wishful thinking and possible speculation of what could happen.

Justice League: So the new Justice League movie comes out this fall and while it’s kind of been established that those big names (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc) will stay on the big screen and the others will stay on the small screen, it would be cool to see cameos by these characters. In fact, in conjunction with the Justice League movie coming out I’d love to see them appear, maybe in the crossover. I’m aware that this isn’t gonna happen, but I can wish. According to the posters, the movie will have Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, and Superman. The Arrowverse already has a Flash and Superman, but the other four could all have cameos in the four shows (Batman in “Supergirl”, Wonder Woman in “Arrow”, Aquaman in “The Flash”, and Cyborg in “Legends of Tomorrow”) and then have the whole team appear in the crossover. It’s almost guaranteed not to happen, but I think it’d be cool.

Joker and Harley Quinn: So since I’m already suggesting having Batman in “Supergirl”, why not have the Joker? Gotham has been referenced in Supergirl’s Earth, so it’s logical to assume he exists there at some point. And after he’s introduced we could have an “Arrow” and/or “The Flash” crossover to show him meet and have his dysfunctional relationship with Harley Quinn. I suggest a crossover since Harley Quinn was referenced to be with ARGUS on “Arrow” (she offered to give Diggle and Lyla counseling from her cell in “Suicide Squad” in Season 2). So have Batman and the Joker crossover into Star City. That could be fun right?

Backstories: With Oliver Queen’s missing five years concluded, the suspicion is that we’re gonna get backstories from other characters now. I’d love to see backstory from some minor characters. How did Paul and Curtis meet? What were Felicity’s growing up years like? And what childhood trauma could possibly explain why Merlyn is so crazy?

More Superman: We already saw some Superman in Season 2 of “Supergirl” but I’d love to see more of him. Regardless of the rest of the Justice League, I would love to see him in the crossover episode. Maybe get some backstory on him and the Kents after he arrived from Krypton? We kind of have a cocktail of Superman stories vaguely mixed together to give us his history with Lex Luthor, but I’d kind of like to see a little more of what happened there. Speaking of which, let’s see some Lex. Any chance we can pull Michael Rosenbaum in to take the role back?

Hawkgirl and Hawkman: It’s been a year since they left the Legends, so it would be interesting to see them again. How is their fated love working out? Whether it’s with the Legends or with another set of heroes, I’d love to see them turn up again. Just don’t have anything between her and Ray again. I didn’t care for that.

NOT Another New Wells: We’ve had three incarnations of Harrison Wells so far, including Thawne. I’ve heard he likes to play a variety of characters, but I would like to have some consistency. The character changing up too much gets frustrating for me. With Jesse on Earth 3 to replace Jay, maybe we could have Harry back to help Team Flash again? He’s my favorite of the Wellses anyway. HR was…. Meh.

Superman Villains: I don’t know what is planned for next season of “Supergirl” obviously, but I would love to see some Superman villains make (at the very least) cameos. Zod, Lex (as I mentioned above), Braniac, etc. would all be cool to see. Maybe not as big bads, but for short, substantial story arcs in the season. I suppose the same could be said for some other classic DC villains. Why not have some big names attack Central City and Star City too? Problem is that most of the ones I know are Superman and Batman villains, which I’ve chosen to put in the “Supergirl” Earth.

Rip Hunter: I know Rip was on his way out of the Waverider at the end of Season 2 of “Legends of Tomorrow” but I want to see more of Rip. He was the man who got the team together and then his disappearance was one of the driving forces behind Season 2. I’d love to see him and Sara co-captain the ship. Why not? (Plus maybe dress him as a Roman at some point as a nod to his role of Rory Williams from Doctor Who? Please!)

Smallville Cameos: Like I said before, Smallville is where I know most of my DC Comics stuff. I'd love to see some of the actors return for cameos. Maybe have Tom Welling meet Kara? Kyle Gallner (Bart Allen) could meet Barry. Lots of ways this could work. Smallville could also be another Earth in the Multiverse I suppose.

A Speedster-Free Year: Besides Barry, Wally, and Jesse that is. We’ve had three speedster villains in a row as the big bads in “The Flash”. In some ways I actually expect them to break this pattern with the new villain. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if they still throw in a speedster somewhere. Please no. I love the speedsters and all, but unless it’s a Kryptonian sneaking across a breach, I would prefer to not see an antagonistic speedster in this season of Flash.

Historical Figures: One thing I've enjoyed among the mundane aspects of Legends of Tomorrow is the inclusion of historical figures. HG Wells, George Lucas, King Arthur, George Washington, JRR Tolkien, etc. There are infinite figures we could see. Just a few I'd like off the top of my head include CS Lewis, Winston Churchill, Shakespeare, etc.

Monday, October 2, 2017

SLC Comic Con 2017 Highlights

Another SLC Comic Con has come and gone. I’ve done many of these post-Con posts before, so I’ll just keep it simple with some highlights of my weekend.

Meeting Catherine Tate: You’ll know her from Doctor Who, her sketch comedy show, or the Office most likely. She’s hilarious as a comedian and she’s sweet as a person. She came half an hour late to our autograph signing, apologizing profusely, up and down the line, because she’d been caught up at the Humane Society. Not only that, but when we told Catherine Tate that the autograph we were getting was for a coworker who couldn’t make it, she gave us both a gratuitous autograph for ourselves as well. Am I bovvered? Absolutely not.

Cosplayers: As always cosplayers are one of my favorite parts of a Con. I posted several on our Mormon Geeks Facebook page over the weekend, but here were a few of my favorites: Captain Canada (yes, he’s a legit character), Galinda and Elphaba, the USS Enterprise, Pacha and Kuzco, and the Flash and Vibe. I also had a bit of cosplay inspiration of my own, which made me happy. As I’ve written before, I enjoy doing my cosplays as cheap and simple as possible. I impressed myself in being able to throw together a couple t-shirts in my closet and my Mario overalls to make a Wreck-It Ralph costume. Cosplay can definitely be cheap guys!!

Stephen Amell Panel: Some quick highlights from the Stephen Amell panel.
  • ·         If he could create a superhero from scratch, he would be Superdad. So cool to see him and his wife on that panel, showing himself as a family man.
  • ·         He really enjoyed the script for the crossover this year. I guess it felt like a more cohesive story, instead of feeling like individual episodes of different shows.
  • ·         If he could bring a dead character back, it would be Tommy.
  • ·         If he had to pick between Arsenal and Speedy, he said he’d pick Arsenal, because of the familial connection with Speedy.

Catherine Tate Panel: Some more notes. The notes WILL NOT do her justice. If you ever get the chance to see her at a Con, just go. You’ll thank me later.
  • ·         I asked her what she thinks Donna’s been doing since she got married at the end of the Tenth Doctor era. She thinks Donna spent all her lottery winnings pretty quick and now she’s back to being the best temp.
  • ·         Some of her favorite stories to film were “Runaway Bride” and “Partners in Crime”.
  • ·         She doesn’t really do any of the Sci-Fi stuff personally, but if she had to choose she’d choose time travel over space travel. So much more fun to have with history, instead of some other world where they can make up their own rules.
  • ·         She started doing conventions this year because of John Barrowman.
  • ·         She didn’t know how Donna’s story was going to end, but it was a good, solid ending and she approved of it.
  • ·         For her comedy and acting work, she takes personality quirks from people in her life and turns them into characters.
  • ·         She said it was magical to work with David Tennant AND she said she’s going to drag him to Comic Con.

What were your favorite parts of Comic Con? What was your favorite cosplay this weekend?

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Beast is Alone; We Are Not

(This post was originally posted on my personal blog in June 2014)

The Doctor and Rose end up on a space base on a planet that should not exist: a planet that is orbiting around a black hole. The crew of the base, out of pure human curiosity, came to the planet in order to discover how that planet could possibly stay in orbit and possibly harness that power. Things start to unravel in the space base as a being that seems to be the devil incarnate, the being from which the legend of the devil emanated from, begins to terrorize the Doctor, Rose, and the crew. He begins speaking to them and digging at their deepest fears. The crew and Rose start to panic at his taunts, but of course it’s the Doctor who brings everyone back to their senses with a speech:

“That thing is playing on very basic fears: darkness, childhood nightmares, and all that stuff … What makes his version of the truth any better than mine? Hmm? Because I’ll tell you what I can see: Humans! Brilliant humans! Humans who traveled all the way across space, flying in a tiny little rocket right into the orbit of a black hole, just for the sake of discovery! That’s amazing! Do you hear me? Amazing! All of you: the captain, his officer, his elders, his juniors, his friends. All with one advantage: the Beast is alone. We are not.”

Just like Satan would, he plays on the fears of every living being. He uses our fears until we feel utterly alone. Those are the times that I feel most vulnerable and weak. The adversary tells me that I’m alone, that I have no friends, that I am not loved, or some other twisted tale. The adversary loves to use half-truths. Yes, I may be alone at this moment. Yes, I may be having a hard day. I may have had a bad day at work. I may have failed a test (thank goodness I’m not in school right now).

But even if those things are true, what makes his version of the truth any better than God’s? The truth, the better truth, is that God loves me. God knows I am of infinite worth. God sent His Son to suffer for me because He loves me. God is my Father. God wants me to be close to Him. God cares for me. God will always do what is best for me.

I don’t know about you, but one of those stories sounds a lot nicer and happier than the other. If I focus on the negativity of Satan, darkness will fill my life, but if I will listen to the light of the Savior and to the Spirit, He will bless me with truth, comfort, and love. I’ve seen this in my life and I know it to be true. The Savior loves me and He will always be there for me.

Satan is alone. He will always be alone. He will never have a body, a family, or the experience of this mortal journey. He will never be happy. On the other hand, I have a body, I have my friends, I have my family, I have my agency, and I choose to be happy surrounded by those who love me.

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Fifth Doctor

Just recently I finished the Fifth Doctor’s last story. I’m a little apprehensive about continuing with the Sixth Doctor, but I’m determined to do it. But first, I really enjoyed the Fifth Doctor. In a way he’s a bit of a legend in his own right, with his daughter playing the Doctor’s daughter and his future son-in-law playing the Tenth Doctor, but we’ll probably touch on that more later.

Season 19
The Doctor finally returned Tegan to
her job, only for her to return later.
Top Story: Time-Flight
I had low expectations of this story, since Peter Davision had said on his panel at SLC Comic Con last year that he would have redone this one. All the same, this story had a very fresh take on time travel, which I enjoyed. Kind of like how “The Day of the Doctor” used the rifts in time, instead of the TARDIS, to get the three Doctors together.
Flop Story: Four to Doomsday
The worst part of this story was just how slow it started. I almost picked “Castrovalva”. The premise is interesting, having figures from multiple eras on Earth all put together. However, I spent a long time on this story waiting for something to happen. The mystery of the story was satisfying, but the new Doctor spent a long time standing around.
The Cybermen returned in "Earthshock"
Honorable Mention: Earthshock
Despite how much modern Doctor Who fans talk about the companions always dying, it’s not that common. It took almost 20 years for a regular companion to die (Katarina died with the First Doctor, but she wasn’t around that long… it’d be like if Adam had died on Satellite 5). Amy and Rory lived out their lives in the past, Clara was pulled out of time, Donna was mind-wiped, and so on. However, it’s uncommon for a companion to straight up die. That’s what happened to Adric. So even though I didn’t care for him, it was a tragic episode for the Doctor to lose a friend.

Season 20
Tegan and the Doctor get captured by Omega.

Top Story: Arc of Infinity
I enjoyed the fresh take on time travel. Like Time-Flight it was refreshing to see something new. This episode also saw the return of Omega, who was last seen and defeated in ”The Three Doctors”. It was also nice to see Tegan return. Despite her annoying whining when she was first taken by accident, she grew on me. But more on that later.
Flop Story: The King’s Demons
The return of the Master and the introduction of Kamelion. Again, interesting premise, but the use of Kamelion was too complex. Kind of over-complicated the story, in my opinion. In the end it was just one of those stories that I had a hard time getting into.
The Brigadier returned, but with amnesia
Honorable Mention: Mawdryn Undead
We got Turlough introduced here. Not my favorite companion, but not my least favorite. More importantly in my mind is that this was the return of the Brigadier (first appearance since “Terror of the Zygons” seven years before) and the Black Guardian (first appearance since “The Armageddon Factor”). I didn’t particularly care for the trilogy of Black Guardian stories, but it was great to have these characters return.

Season 21
Turlough tricked everyone into thinking
a coat rack was a weapon.
Top Story: Frontios
This story had the kind of feel that I like in modern Doctor Who; the TARDIS is gone, the natives are suspicious of the Doctor and companions, and some alien mystery starts unfolding. I liked the way the story unfolded, built up, and then resolved itself. Nice and clean.
Flop Story: Warriors of the Deep
I don’t know what it is, but I guess I just don’t like Silurian stories. I’ve said it before, but the Silurian stories all feel the same. Again, maybe I’d feel differently if I hadn’t seen the Eleventh Doctor Silurian story, but still. Madame Vastra though, I’ll take her any day.
A crack in time. Deja vu.....
Honorable Mention: The Awakening
The story overall was kinda meh, but I’m giving this one honorable mention for one reason alone: the crack in time and space. It functioned differently than the crack in the Eleventh Doctor era, but I’d be cool if it was also crack caused by the TARDIS exploding.
Four Doctors defeat Rasillon in the Death Zone
Special Episode: The Five Doctors
The 20th Anniversary called for a return from the five doctors and five companions. It would have been wonderful if Tom Baker had agreed to return, with Sarah Jane as his companion. However, it was clever of them to use leftover footage from an unfinished story to include the Fourth Doctor and Romana anyway. If I had to change any of them companions, I’d have put Jamie or Zoe with the Second Doctor instead of the Brigadier and I’d have put Jo with the Third Doctor. All the same, just look at how many companions returned, even just as hallucinations. I’m also glad they could tastefully have another actor play the First Doctor. That paved the way for another actor to play him this Christmas.

Adric                      (4th Doctor) - Earthshock
Nyssa                    (4th Doctor) - Terminus
Tegan                    (4th Doctor) - Resurrection of the Daleks
Turlough              Mawdryn Undead - Planet of Fire
Peri                        Planet of Fire - (6th Doctor)

I like companions who can give
equal support and sass
Favorite Companion: She annoyed me at first, but I really grew to like Tegan Jovanka. She had some definite character development. She went from being an annoying, whiny brat to becoming a loyal, sassy friend for the Fifth Doctor. My biggest complaint is that her exit was so abrupt. I could kind of see them taking the Doctor in a darker direction, but Tegan’s reaction seemed to come about suddenly. However, as of 2010 the character is still alive (as noted in the Sarah Jane Adventures) and the actress Janet Fielding is still alive, so it’s not unreasonable to think that she could reappear at some point. Fingers crossed.

Solid ending for a mediocre character
Least Favorite Companion: I mentioned last time that Adric was my least favorite of the Fourth Doctor companions. It was all because of Fifth Doctor stories I’d seen. He ends up as this annoying, arrogant teenager who constantly defies the Doctor and oversteps him. Not only that but on multiple occasions he selfishly aids the enemy of a given story because he’s being an angsty, prideful teenager. However, I enjoyed his resolution. He died a hero and his death was satisfying (and not even because I didn’t like him). I would love to see more companion exits like that (minus the death part).

Any favorite Fifth Doctor moments? Any companions you'd like to see back? I'd be up for Tegan and Nyssa at least.

The Fifth Doctor returned in the Tenth Doctor area for a
charity short with his future son-in-law.

Monday, August 21, 2017

The True Nature of the Eclipse

So apparently there was an eclipse that happened today. I didn’t get the whole hype of it, but I had a few thoughts that made it a bit more exciting. Choose your head-canon for the eclipse.

The eclipse is a sight that the gate to the Digital World is opening. (Where did I put my Digivice?)

The Eight Digi-Destined hear the meaning of the eclipse.
Seemingly random people are about to get some crazy superpowers.

They also had another eclipse where everyone lost powers.
It’s time to attack the Fire Nation.

The Death Star is about to kill us all.

Nice knowing you guys.
What else guys? Did I miss any other meanings of the eclipse?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Pokémon Theories

Pokémon has been out for 20 years and despite genwunners and naysayers, the cultural phenomenon continues with no sign of stopping. There are new games scheduled to be released and despite playership lower than the initial fad, Pokémon Go is still going strong. As a result of all the games, manga, and anime, there are many fan theories that have been thrown around over the 20 years of the franchise. Here are a few of my favorites. Where possible I’ve included links to YouTube videos, podcasts, and articles where I found these theories.

One popular theory that I kept coming across was about Blue/Gary (the rival of the Generation I games) and his Raticate. The theory states that after fighting and losing to Red/Ash/You on the S.S. Anne, he couldn’t heal his Raticate (or Rattata in Yellow version) in time and it ended up dying. That’s why when you see him in Lavender Town he doesn’t have Raticate anymore. It’s especially pertinent seeing that the Pokémon Tower where you fight him is the memorial for dead Pokémon. The problem with this theory is in the post-battle text. If you take it at face value, after the battle, Blue starts asking about your Pokédex and telling you about Cubone and Marowak. He doesn’t exactly seem choked up or too keen on paying his respects. However, Blue could easily just be putting on a tough guy façade because he’s upset with you.  (Source: Creeps Plays)

Next I found a theory about Ditto being a failed clone of Mew. The evidence states that both Ditto and Mew are the only Pokémon able to learn Transform. Also, they are the same color (even in shiny form) and similar weight. We also only find Ditto in the Pokémon Mansion on Cinnabar Island in Generation I (and Unknown Dungeon in Yellow), where we learn from the scattered journal entries that Mewtwo was created. In more recent games, Ditto is also found at Pokémon Village, which is also where you find Mewtwo. This theory seems legit and has every possibility of being true. (Source: Silph Radio)

Another theory about Pokémon origins is that Cubone is Kangaskhan’s baby. If you look at Cubone right next to a baby Kangaskhan they look similar. So the theory goes that if a baby Kangaskhan’s mother dies, it wears its mother’s skull and becomes a Cubone. They’re found in similar locations and just their sprites next to each other is enough evidence for me. Also there’s the whole Missingno thing evolving into Kangaskhan, so there was obviously some code in Red/Blue for something to evolve into it. Perhaps it was going to be an alternate evolution for Cubone? Maybe Cubone was going to evolve from happiness into Kangaskhan (because it wouldn’t be grieving as much?). (Source: Screen Rant)

One theory I came across that’s kind of interesting is that Team Rocket is good (at least in the games). The rationale is that their missions in Red/Blue/Yellow all lead to capturing Mewtwo, who they accidentally created and unleashed on the world. This could get long, so I’ll give you the cliffnotes. (1) Dr. Fuji and Team Rocket create Mewtwo on Cinnabar Island and accidentally unleash it. (2) Team Rocket confront Mr. Fuji (same man) in Lavender Town but first (3) they need the Silph Scope to reach Mr. Fuji in Pokémon Tower. After all of that, (4) they need the Master Ball to catch Mewtwo, so they store Silph Co. The problem I have with this is that Team Rocket still has some sketchy operations in Mt. Moon, Game Corner, etc. I could see it that they’re doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, but I wouldn’t necessarily call them good guys in that came. (Source: Pokémon World Tour #43)

Back to Pokémon origin theories, remember in Ecruteak City we have the Burned Tower where Entei, Raikou, and Suicune are? It’s said that they were three Pokémon who were killed when the tower burned and they were resurrected by Ho-Oh. What Pokémon were they though? Well, Ecruteak City also has the Kimono Girls, who special in Eeveelutions. If you look closely, the abilities and typings of Raikou/Suicune/Entei match up to Jolteon/Vaporeon/Flareon. It would make sense that these Eeveelutions would be original forms of the Legendary Beasts. That begs the question though… are there also Legendary Beasts in Dark, Psychic, Grass, Ice, and Fairy types? (Source: Creeps Plays)

My finally theory for this post is about Pokémon Go. Ever since the game first game out last year, there have been jokes, web comics, etc. about the Pokémon you send to Professor Willow. The joke is that the Pokémon are ground up and given to you as Pokémon candy. That’s grim and dark so here’s what I buy into: Catch and release. I’ve seen this theory go around as simple catch-and-release, like when I would go fishing as a kid. I’ve also seen this been Professor Willow tagging the Pokémon you send him, before releasing them, so that he can track and research them.

So this is all I have for now. I found several other good (or at least decent) Pokémon theories but this post was getting long, so I’ll save those other theories for another time. In the meantime, as a reward for reading to the end of this post, I decided to include some Mega Stone codes for Pokémon Sun/Moon that were released over the past few months. If I missed any, let me know. Enjoy!

AZUL (for Pidgeot, Steelix, Heracross, and Houndoom)
INTIMIDATE (for Beedrill, Medicham, Audino, and Mawile)
M2DESCENT (for both Mewtwo)
MATSUBUSA (for Sceptile, Blaziken, Swampert, Camerupt, and Banette)

POYONG (for Diancie, Gardevoir, Gallade, and Lopunny)

Monday, August 7, 2017

I Choose Hope

(This post was originally posted on my personal blog in April 2014)

I've been thinking a bit about the power of agency and to what extent we choose happiness. Of course there are things like clinical depression and other mental conditions that affect a person in ways that no amount of positive thinking can fix. However that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about negative thinking. That can be fixed with positive thinking and choosing happiness and hope.


In the mid-season finale of Once Upon a Time, the flashbacks featured the theme of happy endings. In Snow White and Prince Charming's flashback the Blue Fairy talks to them about their daughter Emma's destiny to save them all from the impending curse. At first Snow is worried about the uncertainty, that they don't know if the future will hold anything good for them. Charming responds that the future isn't what they planned, but that doesn't make it bad. In the end, Snow says, "I choose hope."

In another episode (chronologically after the flashback I just mentioned), Snow White/Mary Margaret is talking to her grown daughter Emma who is frustrated by her parents' insufferable optimism. How could they always be so optimistic when their lives have sucked so much? A line from Snow White/Mary Margaret right then hit me: "The minute I let go of the idea that things will get better is the minute I know they won't."

My life hasn't exactly been ideal lately. I've been stressed by school and preoccupied with making sure that my relationships with others are healthy. Many times I've wanted to just break down in tears feeling hopeless. Other times I have felt hopeless. As hard as it is, and it is incredibly hard, I am holding onto the hope of a "happy ending" (or at least reminding myself that the semester has an ending). It's really easy to be bitter toward God or others for what's going on in my life. However, instead of being bitter I choose hope. Hope that I will get acceptable grades in my classes. Hope that I will be able to maintain healthy relationships. And hope that no matter how many tears I shed, the Savior will be there to wipe those tears away (Revelation 21:4) and comfort me. I need Him. I cannot go through this journey alone.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lost Upon a Time

Though they didn't spent much screen time together on Lost,
Rebecca Mader and Emilie de Ravin reunited on Once.
So recently Once Upon a Time released some teasers for their Season 7 soft reboot. At the same time, I’ve been rewatching Lost for the first time in years. Now it’s common knowledge for fans of either show that the creating team overlaps. As a result we’ve also seen some cast overlap over years including Claire/Belle, Widmore/King George, Hurley/the Giant, Charlotte/Zelena, Juliet/Ingrid, Sayid/Jafar, Ilana/Amara, and perhaps others I’ve missed. So as Once Upon a Time enters it’s seventh (and hopefully last season) it would make sense for us to see some more Lost alumni. So here are some that I’d like to see back and who I’d maybe like to see them appear as. WARNING: I might mention some minor casting/plot spoilers for Season 7 of Once Upon a Time.

Matthew Fox: So seeing as Matthew Fox played the top lead in Lost as Dr. Jack Shephard, it would make sense to bring him into Once Upon a Time at some point. As far as who I’d like for him to play, I could see him playing some Land Without Magic character in Seattle (likely just as a cameo, maybe as a doctor). However, if he were to be a fairy tale character I could see him being some sort of rebooted Prince Charming (after all, we got alternate versions of the fairy tales references in the sneak peek).

Malcolm David Kelley: Known for being the 10-year-old Walt on Lost, I could see Malcolm David Kelley appearing. Since he’s aged 13 years since Lost began (and he only had scattered appearances after the first season anyway) it would be a nice subtle nod to Lost without being as intrusive as Zelena or Ingrid. Perhaps he could be an African-American Flynn Rider to go with our Rapunzel from Season 3? Although I kind of like the idea of a bi-racial relationship for Rapunzel if they ever bring her back. Something more to explore.

Josh Holloway: He was the conman Sawyer on Lost, but I could see him being a Disney prince on Once Upon a Time. Especially if we have the right one.  Since we have it teased that we’ll see Tiana, what if he was Prince Naveen. Whether it’s set in the Enchanted Forest or early 20th Century Louisiana, Josh Holloway’s Southern accent could at least be a nod to the Disney movie taking place in the South. And if we’re going with my bi-racial couple idea that I mentioned for Rapunzel, this one would work well too.

Dominic Monaghan: He was the rock star/drug addict Charlie on Lost but lots of people also recognize Dominic Monaghan from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Since he’s a recognizable hobbit, it might be funny for him to be an oversized dwarf in Once Upon a Time. Or maybe he could be a short giant that he can be reunite with his on-screen buddy Jorge Garcia. I’d absolutely love to see Charlie and Hurley on screen together again.

Terry O’Quinn: The man of faith Locke was played by Terry O’Quinn. He also played the Man in Black for the last season and a half, so you could say his character skills are versatile. As such I have a little trouble pinning him down for who I’d like to see him as. Because of the soft reboot I could see him being one of the kings in one of the new fairy tale realms. Maybe the father of Cinderella’s prince… although Cinderella is supposed to be with Henry? I dunno. It’s going to be weird.

Michael Emerson: The devious and cunning and plotting Benjamin Linus. Michael Emerson was brilliant in Lost, so I’d love to see him return. Maybe as a cohort of this season’s big bad (supposedly Lady Tremaine?) but I’d like to see him as a legitimate good guy this time. Maybe he could be a rebooted Rumpelstiltskin. I’d doubt that one since Robert Carlyle is returning, but who knows. Alternatively, I could see him as some other sort of magician character. Maybe a new Merlin?

Any Lost alumni you’d like to see back? What about the idea of the soft reboot? What are your opinions? Regardless of your opinions of the reboot, since it’s happening anyway are there any stories you’d like to see revisited?