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Hey! I apologize for the lack of posts lately. I have been trying to put together an important page for my blog here, and life has been fairly busy (plus I managed to get some sort of allergy or whatever.) but I want to blog about a show that was premiered last week.

One of Marvel’s top television shows, Agent Carter, was a hit last Tuesday when their second season premiered. The show was very popular, and actually became the most popular topic talked about on Tumblr. My family gathered around the big screen with bowls of cheesy popcorn in the hopes that this season would be awesome!

I actually didn’t watch Agent Carter when it first was on TV, but not a day after Christmas, as soon as we received the show, my whole family introduced it to me. The setting was awesome (I am a big fan of the 40’s era.) and the characters were portrayed in interesting and fun ways.  It ranks right up there with Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The story follows a woman by the name of Peggy Carter, who was a respected leader of the army during the war and a good friend of Steve Rogers (Captain America.) With a heart full of remorse and sadness, Peggy not only has to deal with that but also the adjustment of living back in the normal world, where women were not respected and were more viewed as coffee people in the work place.

One day, Peggy met with Stark, who helped Captain America become who he was and a scientist.  Stark was on the run from SSR and he needed Peggy to do some things for him while he was off in hiding, so he left his butler Jarvis with her and ran off. Now the real trouble starts with having to keep what she knows about Stark a secret and trying to solve mysteries while watching her back for a certain woman and her counterpart who want her dead.

e5d46495c4a4c69e53990e7f36f733b1It’s probably best to watch the very first Captain America before you see this, otherwise you may be lost. The show does remind the viewer of what happened in the important scenes of Captain America, but you probably won’t fully understand what is going on. Luckily for me, I sat with the bro when he watched the movie a few times over, so I remembered some incidents.

The show definitely has a different feel from the hit show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Suits and skirts definitely give the feel that this isn’t modern, although there are some modern units and devices in the show that really make it interesting. The chase for HYDRA’s history is still going on, though, and while Peggy is trying to uncover the secrets of Captain America’s enemy, the S.H.I.E.L.D. crew is receiving some chilling discoveries that could topple both of the shows’ worlds.

I am an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fan, I admit. Though the acting was very poor in the beginning of the show, and it seemed like they were lacking a good plot, they got a move on, but Agent Carter was immediately up and rolling without problems. That was what impressed me about this show. Marvel seemed almost ready to show Peggy Carter’s future.

And now for the review. There was not a whole lot of swearing in the show, and all scenes have so far been clean, so for a good plot, cleanliness, and well-built characters, I give this show an 8 out of 10. It’s appropriate for children and is interesting for the adults, so the whole family can gather around!

Thanks for reading! I there is a topic you want me to consider writing about, feel free to comment below any of my posts!

Have a wonderful week!

This entry was posted on January 27, 2016, in TV. 2 Comments

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) Rant and Review

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As most of you have probably seen on the side of my blog, I have been working on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shows, featured as a classic cartoon, a CGI film, a new, updated cartoon, and Nickelodeon animation. Although it’s been hard looking for websites to watch some of these off of, I have managed to actually get to season 2 of TMNT 1987, probably one of my favorite versions of the TMNT universe that I have seen.

Unlike most of the versions of TMNT, some of the characters’ personalities and the story line itself is quite different than what we have seen. The 1987 version follows the four ninja turtles as they come face-to-face time and time again with their master Splinter’s old enemy, the Shredder. Along the way, they meet up with a news reporter by the name of April O’Neil, who tries to convince the doubting public that the ninjas are heroes in the city where crime is imminent. Along the way in the plot, they make their way to the center of the evil, where the evil Kraang and his cronies are controlling the crime rates in New York.

I am rather surprised by the changes in today’s versions of TMNT. Although the animation of 1987’s version wasn’t that great (a lot of times, the turtles’ masks would change and their voices would not match up with the right character.) the characters themselves as well their lines were pretty funny. Pun after pun is stated, jokes are nonstop, and one-liners are hilarious. Seeing what the makers of the original TMNT wanted in the story is rather interesting, especially compared to the TMNT 2012 version currently ongoing. The characters have much different personalities than the original characters.

latestLeonardo doesn’t nearly have as much leadership roles as 2012’s Leo. He actually doesn’t do a whole lot of talking either. When Leonardo does have some lines, it’s more of pointing out the facts about a situation and telling the others which way to go when they are not sure. His voice is a ton more deeper than I would have expected.

1173382_1359216879778_fullRaphael has a ton more lines than all the others combined. Most of the TMNT versions make Raphael out as moody, arrogant, and very stubborn, but 1987’s version is more witty, sarcastic, and pretty confident, but there really is no sign of an angry attitude in his character. Raphael is the one to make as most puns as he can, which are sometimes super funny and other times something that make you go,”What?” I think 1987’s Raphael is my favorite, though. The consistent amounts of wit and funny lines really makes the show. Though I don’t mind 2012’s Raphael much, I still can’t figure out how a joking character can turn into an angry, pessimistic, and aggressive ninja within just a few years time and some seasons.

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-fred-wolf-season-4-donatello-weird-roomDonatello, as usual, is the brains of the group. He’s always trying to fix things up or build inventions, and he’s the one responsible for many of the inventions he created, including a giant blimp. (They use the blimp to get around a ton in season 1, which I consider kind of funny because a blimp is totally secretive and noone will notice a giant blimp with ‘Turtles’ on the side of it.) Besides, Raphael, Donatello has quite a few lines as well. Although he doesn’t crack as many jokes as Raphael, he still has some of those crazy one-liners, but, you know, that’s the show! *Shrugs* Can’t be helped.

latestMichelangelo also makes quite a few puns. I think he’s more of the hippie kind of dude, similar to 2014’s Michelangelo. His personality and the other version of Raphael are sort of flipped, I think. Michelangelo is quite a go-getter character, and if there’s a fight, he’s in! However, despite the confident personality, he’s still Michelangelo the prankster!

1987_SplinterSplinter….ah, Splinter…..I’m not even sure what to say about him because this version of him sort of bugs me and makes me laugh. Really, all he does in 1987’s cartoon is sit in a certain room meditating or he’s getting trapped (very very easily. I mean, that guy hardly puts up a fight!) by Shredder. Half the time, the turtles are saving him! He says a ton of wise things to the turtles but when he’s faced with something he must battle, he just doesn’t fight well! If the ninja turtles are so well trained, why in the world is Splinter getting caught so easily? I just don’t understand!

latestThe 1987 April O’Neil is a totally different character from 2012 as well in certain aspects! Most of the time, when we get to see what April is doing, she’s working at the news station, either fighting with her boss or trying to find the turtles. She’s seems sort of a whiny character to me, though she isn’t exactly helpless either. Quite frankly, I think she’s a good addition to the show. Even though she doesn’t know ninjitsu like some of the other version of April, she uses her wits to carry her through some tough situations.

Aaaaaand the enemies. The leader of the Kraang and Shredder are featured as two of the main protagonists, and the iconic Bebop and Rocksteady are added in as well. I get rather bored with the shots of the enemies talking to one another, because they talk to one another for so long! The thing that is really funny about Shredder in this version is his slight stupidity and helplessness. 2012’s Shredder really seems like a fearsome character-the leader of the crime-but this version makes Shredder out as more of a wimpy character that the turtles are always defeating pretty quickly, and if he escapes, it’s merely out of pure luck.

Overall, I really enjoyed this version. I especially enjoyed the witty jokes said throughout every episodes, and even though the animation isn’t the best, I’d say it’s pretty good for that time! The theme song is pretty catchy as well! I sort of wish 2012 kept the classic theme, but I have to admit that 2012’s theme is really good, too!

Okay, the one thing that seriously has me wondering is where Casey Jones is! There is no sign of him anywhere! His friendship with Raphael in later versions was really cool to see, so it seems like something here is missing! And Karai! Does she not exist in 1987’s version! Where is she?!

Other than 2007’s TMNT (which I need to watch and therefore can’t officially declare as a favorite even though the characters and the story as well as the CGI looks amazing!), I think that this version is a total favorite!

Thanks for reading! I haven’t done a whole lot of rants like this before, but it was fun! Hopefully I’ll be able to do more of these kinds of rants on TMNT as well as more of my favorite TV shows and movies!

Also, if there is a topic you’d like me to consider writing on, feel free to comment below any of my posts! Suggestions are welcome, just please keep it clean!

Have a great weekend!

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This entry was posted on December 6, 2015, in TV. 5 Comments

Psych You Out In the End

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One of the few shows I have finished includes a running eight-year project with a storyline about a analytical yet slightly immature young man and his best friend. It was and is one of the most popular detective television shows and includes wit, humor, and a good plot. What am I talking about? None other than Psych.

Yep, this show is all about a young man’s spiral into the detective world. When Shawn Spencer is convicted of murdering someone, must find a way to figure out who the true murderer is before it’s too late, and he brings one of his childhood friend along to help him, Burton Guster (AKA Gus.) Throughout the show, Shawn and Gus make friends and create for themselves a job, using Shawn’s ability of observation.

f96ed2950a381fe818ede99727928d6dI finished this show just about two weeks ago, and I was sad to finish it. For the past three or four years, I had sat down with my family and watched this show together with them. Frankly, it’s a well-done show with interesting plotlines, creative characters, and a great place for shooting- California!

There are a few downsides to this show to watch out for, however. There is frequent use of swear words, and a few parts that need skipped. There are also some creepy and just rather odd episodes, so I’d say the age rating for this show would be around 13 and up.

For this show, I give it a thumbs up. Creative plotlines and well-made characters are created, giving the show a humorous twist. It’s most definitely on my list of favorite TV shows.

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The ‘Positives’ and ‘Negatives’ -It Has To Add Up (Part 2)

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Last week, I gave a definition and examples of what a ‘negative’ character is. As the name suggests, a negative character is one who has a bad view on life, failing to see good in those around them. We call these characters pessimists sometimes, but I don’t want to label them with such a severe title because negative characters don’t have to see the bad in everything. A traumatic experience could cause them to react a certain way (see my post ‘Writing From a Villain’s POV for more details on that subject), or perhaps they have lost something important to them and that caused them to behave a certain way.

The opposite of a negative character is what I also call ‘positive’ characters. These are the sort of characters we see in much literature today. They have a fairly good view on life and they want to do good for others. They don’t have to be the protagonists, just as the negative characters don’t have to be villains. They can be side characters, maybe an added character, or they could possibly be the hero, but this doesn’t exclude them into being just main characters.

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The opposite of a negative character are what I also call ‘positive’ characters.

When I think of a positive character, I imagine something like the Amity in Divergent. Their main focus in life is to be happy and give encouragement and comfort to those that need it. Parties and social gatherings are some of the things that keep them happy, and they actually enjoy life and all it gives them, good or bad. These are some traits of a positive sort of character.

But what do negative and positive characters have in common? They are polar opposites in many ways, sure, but there are also some similarities they share. Maybe they have similar experiences, and they just handled them in separate ways, or perhaps their views of life and humanity are the same, but the beliefs that they keep to themselves are relatively secret. The possibilities could be endless.

Now, the real question is: How do we add such characters into a storyline? What if you don’t want them to be the main characters? How do we handle that? There are also many options, but most authors tend to make these characters friends, bullies, or comrades they work with or know at school or in the neighborhood. For example, Pride and Prejudice uses many side characters that were important for the story, but weren’t really main characters. The story focused primarily on Lizzie and Mr. Darcy, and the sisters acted as either negative or positive characters depending on their personality.

So, negative characters are those who appear grumpy and slightly misanthropic and positive character act as comforters and encouragers, depending on the situation, and the possibilities for how you use them are endless. So feel free to use them as you wish! They’re yours to control.

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Each character has a destiny, even if they are not protagonists.

 

Why Fandoms Matter

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It’s all around you.

The internet, clubs, social groups. They dedicate themselves to TV shows, books, movies, anything they love. Sometimes they may become a little insane, but they make up a part of the internet, including Tumblr, Pinterest, and other social sites.

Before I go on, here’s what a ‘fandom’ is according to Wikipedia:

Fandom (a portmanteau consisting of fan [fanatic] plus the suffix -dom, as in kingdom) is a term used to refer to a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of empathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest. Fans typically are interested in even minor details of the object(s) of their fandom and spend a significant portion of their time and energy involved with their interest, often as a part of a social network with particular practices (a fandom); this is what differentiates “fannish” (fandom-affiliated) fans from those with only a casual interest.

A fandom can grow up centered on any area of human interest or activity. The subject of fan interest can be narrowly defined, focused on something like an individual celebrity, or more widely defined, encompassing entire hobbies. genres, or fashions. While it is now used to apply to groups of people fascinated with any subject, the term has its roots in those with an enthusiastic appreciation for sports. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary traces the usage of the term back as far as 1903.

Fandom as a term can also be used in a broad sense to refer to the interconnected social networks of individual fandoms, many of which overlap.

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They may sound a bit too obsessive and crazy, but everyone has at least once in their lifetime been like that. I don’t go as far as that definition (I don’t think.), but I am a part of some fandoms such as Doctor Who, Sherlock, The Hunger Games, and The Hobbit.

So why exactly do these fandoms matter?

Reality can be quite harsh sometimes. We often need a break from it, so what better way than to turn to a favorite book! They helps us heal, they point out morals, they help create us. Everything we watch and read develops our character from what we see, whether good or bad. A fandom is a group of people who enjoy the same show or book and come together to discuss what they truly love. We can learn so much from fiction just as much as nonfiction.  Almost every story has a lesson behind it, something we can try to apply to ourselves.

The best part of this is proof that people do actually care for others. So no matter what anybody says, enjoying something that inspires you should be appreciated.

Because we all deserve hope.

By the way, my mom is running an Etsy shop where I am working an internship and she’s trying to sell hats, so any of you interested in a nice beanie or sunhat, this is the perfect place to get those! To check out some of her stuff, go here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ConradFashions

Also, I have created a Tumblr account. You can find me at: http://deducingdoveinthetardis.tumblr.com/

Have a great week!

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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When Marvel first announced they were going to do a show about Agent Coulson, I was a bit shocked. Where we had last left off in the Avengers, Loki had killed Coulson and surprised all of us. At that time, noone really knew much of Coulson other than the fact he was leader of S.H.I.E.D. and a huge fan of Captain America.

I missed the first two or three episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but one night, my sibling and I sat down together and watched an episode. We were instantly hooked, and I soon grew to enjoy the show.

*Spoilers*

The show is about a group of agents hired to save parts of the world from a growing threat known as the clairvoyant (and I spent the whole first season wondering what the heck a clairvoyant was.), who is trying to seek out ways to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson and his group manage to discover something else, though;the serum injected into Coulson and Skye to bring them back from their death is alien technology, therefore making it so that the agents have no clue what this serum will do to their two friends. Along with this, they discover that HYDRA, the enemy of Captain America, is back and ready to annihilate S.H.I.E.L.D and everything to do with them.

Later on, in season 2, Skye is faced with unearthly problems, such as a growing energy inside her and threatening to come out. When Coulson and the team find out, they are forced to separate her from the rest of the team, thus stressing her out. Skye discovers there is a place built just for people like her, and when she is released, she lives there, soon finding out her mother was the person mentoring her. Not only that, but she is evil and looking for a way to destroy everything S.H.I.E.L.D.

Season 2 was not half as good as Season 1, but there are interesting concepts in Season 2 and it ended fairly well. I am not sure if I like the idea of making seemingly normal agents into these super powerful human beings. It makes things too odd, and it almost comes across as if the producers of the show ran out of ideas at the last minute, but at least they are keeping the characters alive. For now.

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My favorite characters are without a doubt Fitz and Simmons. When I started the show, I thought they were siblings, but as the season progressed, I quickly realized this was not true. They have a sibling-like relationship but they certainly do not act like it at times. I like scientist-like characters and I definitely think these two make it on the list. Fitz is very caring and kind and Simmons is smart and alert, and that makes them a really good team, I think. Hopefully Simmons lives, because what was shown at the end of the season’s episode was horrifying.

Like I said, Season 2 is a bit of a downer because of the path they took, but overall, it’s a fairly decent show. There are a few swear words and one part I had to skip, but other than that, it’s pretty clean.  And the good news is that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just got renewed this month, so maybe their act will clean up a bit in the next season

Just a bit of advice for those interested in starting the show: You must remember this is set between Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There are many references to these two movies, and characters from each are mentioned and put into the show (and there’s someone guest starred in both seasons.) so this is a huge plus for me.  HYDRA is from both Captain America movies, so if you haven’t seen those movies, go watch it or else you will be very confused. Very. Confused.

The show is a sideways thumb for me. I think the majority of the plot can be turned right side up again if something happens, but for now, I’m just going to say,”Meh, it’s okay.”

Thanks for reading!

 

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Doctor Who

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What’s that one show that you here about all the time, has a very blue telephone box, and a man you think is his name in the title? If you guessed Doctor Who, then you are right!

So what is this show called Doctor Who about? You hear about everywhere indeed, whether by word-of-mouth or the internet (Tumblr loves to talk about Doctor Who.) and you wonder,”What’s really so great about this show after all?” Well, today I’ll be explaining why this show is truly a work of art in the science fiction world. (Or even beyond.)

The show is about a man who calls himself ‘The Doctor’, and he travels in a phone box called the TARDIS (Abbreviation for Time and Relative Dimension In Space. See why it’s abbreviated?) This traveling phone box is not what it appears to be, though, nor is the man what he appears to look like. In reality, the TARDIS is a time machine and the Doctor is actually an alien from the lost planet Gallifrey. Along the way, during his travels, he picks up some interesting and curious companions, who, in the end, soothe his loneliness.

Surprisingly, this show is not new. Doctor Who has been aired since 1963, which means the actors keep changing in this show.  Steven Moffat, the man behind Sherlock (beside Mark Gatiss) and a number of other shows, picked up this show and began airing more episodes featuring the Ninth Doctor (Acted by Christopher Eccleston.), the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant.), the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), and the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi). Each Doctor regenerates, so it makes it easy to keep the show going.

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I will admit, I was hesitant to start watching this show. The internet had been raging about this, and I wondered myself,”Why is this show so good that people need to rant and rave over it?” One night, my family and I decided to start the first episode featuring Nine, and I was fascinated with it from then on, eventually getting even my sibling into it.

One of my favorite Doctors…..well, that’s a hard one. Today I started the first episode with Eleven, and I think he’s my favorite so far, but Ten is pretty cool too. Each season is different in Doctor Who, and you never know who is going to die, so after a while you kind of just expect something is going to happen. Which is why it is dangerous to get emotionally attached to characters!

So that’s my review on the fan-favorite Doctor Who. This show is a thumbs up, and take it from a person who was hesitant to start the show, it really deserves a watch. I am admittedly a Whovian, after all!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

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BBC Sherlock

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So today I’ll be reviewing on of the most trending shows right now in the TV world. BBC’s Sherlock is one of the most famous shows besides Supernatural and Doctor Who, which is why many fans today call the mashup of shows ‘Superwholock.’ As a Wholock myself, both shows are very appealing, but right now I am really drawn towards the premise of Sherlock.

The series begins with John Watson, a war-torn veteran from Afghanistan, and Sherlock Holmes, a brilliant consulting detective, meeting up in the laboratory of the police department.  Curious about Sherlock, John does a little bit of research on him and soon he finds himself being pulled into the detective’s crazy theories, unsettling crime-solving, and they eventually face off with some of the world’s most horrifying criminals.

There are currently three seasons of Sherlock right now, although I have heard a fourth season will be released in 2016. There are three episodes in each season, and the shows range over an hour, which is a long time for some shows, but trust me, this show needs all the time they can get.

My favorite character in the show is John Watson. Throughout the shows, we see his unwavering loyalty to Sherlock and his willingness to stand by his best friend’s side no matter what danger he might be put in. To me, this is very inspirational, and it easily makes him my favorite.

Out of all the seasons, there were only two episodes I had to skip, which is quite good for a show, I dare say! There were a few swear words in the show, but overall, it managed to stay pretty clean minus the episodes in which I skipped.

That’s my review on BBC’s Sherlock. Fans, stayed tuned for the next season coming out in 2016! We’ll be waiting to see what this show has in store for us!