Captain’s Log: October 2016

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Recently you might have noticed a slowdown in posting on this website. Things are getting busy at school, and there’s less time to post. I’ve tried to keep to my one post a week rule, but that’s become a little more difficult. I’ll try to be more active on twitter, since that takes significantly less time than doing an entire post. So, to my 75 readers, I just wanted to say thank you for bearing with me!

LUKE CAGE! ūüėÄ And, y’know. Iron Fist and the Defenders

Did you guys watch¬†Luke Cage? No? Well then go watch it! It was really something. It reached similar heights as we saw with¬†Daredevil¬†and¬†Jessica Jones’¬†inaugural seasons, and was similarly great to binge-watch.

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Something I adored about¬†Luke Cage¬†was that they didn’t feel the need to be subtle about the commentary its trying to make. Good. There’s no reason they should be. There’s so much racial tension in America at the moment, it feels so refreshing to see a Black American hero like Luke Cage

*Spoiler warning: if you have not yet finished the series, scroll down at least to the trailer for Iron Fist*

The overarching villain bothered me. Cottonmouth was a nuanced, interesting, and menacing villain who made a fitting foil to Luke’s kindness and humility. On the other hand, Diamondback was simply way over the top, and the motivation of him being Luke’s half-brother just felt a lot less realistic when compared to Diamondback’s desire for power, or Senator Dillard’s attempt to reinvent Harlem. And yes, given the costume that Diamondback wore in the final episode, it was made apparent that he is a comic book character, and wasn’t necessarily meant to be realistic. But he just felt less compelling.

That and the idea that the series ends with Luke getting carted back to Georgia to serve the rest of his jail sentence. This was clearly added to produce a cliffhanger for The Defenders¬†or whatever comes next.¬†The side-character Bobby Fish clearly finds the evidence folder which clears Luke’s name, so there’s no real tension for the between seasons.

Whatever. These are nitpicks. I enjoyed pretty much everything else about it.

Also a trailer for¬†Iron Fist¬†debuted. I actually don’t have much to say about it, other than it looks good, and gets me really excited for¬†The Defenders. It’s starting to feel like they’ve set up a smaller-scale universe within the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe.¬†I feel like¬†The Defenders¬†is going to be so wonderful; it will be five seasons of buildup into one glorious series featuring four heroes we absolutely adore (assuming I enjoy¬†Iron Fist¬†as much as I’ve enjoyed¬†Daredevil, Jessica Jones,¬†and¬†Luke Cage.)

The Game of Thrones Leak and the Issue of Predictability

So, let me just clarify that I’m not going to show what it was from the set that was leak, or directly talk about it, since that’s not what the showrunners and others involved would want. And it certainly wasn’t anything that viewers couldn’t have guessed would happen eventually. But this does raise a question that I’ve wanted to write about for a little while now. Does knowing certain things that will happen during a television show ruin the suspense?

Now this relates not just to leaks but to fan theories as well. There was an explosive twist (haha get it?) in the final episode of the previous season, but things said by various characters in various plot lines clearly foreshadowed what would happen. All this foreshadowing began with one character asking another ambigously, without context: “That old rumor you told me about. [I had it] investigated,” but then evolves into other characters using more vivid imagery and recalling historical events that resembled what would eventually happen. Now, does this ruin the suspense? For some people, maybe. But I feel that it makes for a better structured plot. I for one feel that the sequence in question from the finale still managed to be exciting, even though most viewers had an idea of what would happen. And I expect that we’ll get the same sensation when I see what was shown in the leaked set photos.

Point is, yes, the showrunners & co. might be frustrated by the leak, but that doesn’t mean that it will ruin the pleasure of watching the show, or even how suspenseful it is.

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Also, I’ve taken the Iron Throne. I’m ruling Westeros now.

 

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Two teasers dropped for the new Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events series on Netflix. The first one, found here, focuses on Lemony Snicket, played by Patrick Warburton from Seinfeld and Family Guy. It captures the tone found on the book covers (where other books would describe the plot) which discourages readers from reading the book that they’re holding because it is so tragic. Warburton’s Lemony Snicket urges everyone not to watch the series: “Don’t make the same mistake Netflix has and look away before this dire tale is even filmed and avoid the cruel whimsy and whimsical cruelty of what’s to come.” I’m a little hesitant on Patrick Warburton’s casting, but I expect that that’s just because I have such fond memories of Jude Law’s narration of the Lemony Snicket character which guided the 2003 adaptation of the first three books in the series. I just can’t picture Warburton capturing the same feeling, but then again, I expect that his comedic background will help in the delivery of the darkly humorous jokes, whereas Jude Law’s advantage was the dramatic aspect of the narration.

The second trailer, found here, showing emphasizes the role of Count Olaf, played by Neil Patrick Harris, who looks shockingly different under make up. I appreciate Jim Carrey’s performance in the original film, but now that we’re about to see another person take up the role, I have to wonder if Jim Carrey brought¬†too much humor and not enough menace to a role in which he plays a grotesque villain who relentlessly terrorizes three orphans in an attempt to steal all their wealth.

A Series of Unfortunate Events will debut on Netflix in January 2017.

Check this out: Mr. Brick

One of my favorite pages on Instagram recently is Mr. Brick, who recreates scenes from¬†Game of Thrones,¬†Star Wars, etc. with Legos. These moments are beautifully recreated with great attention to detail. I don’t know how Mr. Brick has only a little more than 2,000 followers on Instagram. Check out some of his photos below:

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Check out his gallery on Instagram here.

 

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2 thoughts on “Captain’s Log: October 2016

    1. He’s so cool!
      And I don’t want to give too many details about the leak, or to link to it (but you can probably find it if you search for it) but it shows two characters (who came from two different places in the story) meeting and having a conversation of some sort. The notion that they eventually met was expected to happen eventually, but the showrunners and cast still did not appreciate it.

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