I intend to get a bonus post out on Korra Friday-ish, before the next episode comes out, since NY Comicon is this weekend.
And now, random roundup of stuff–maybe a little more esoteric than usual, but hopefully there’s enough variety that something will be of interest.
Newsflesh Trilogy and Fed:
In a post-apocalyptic zombie infested world, the politics can’t seem to stay out of zombie business. A team of bloggers works to uncover the truth for the American public. That said, if they knew what they were getting into before it was too late, they probably would’ve just packed up and gone home to their families (for the ones who have them).
I haven’t talked about the third book in the Newsflesh trilogy, Blackout. Suffice to say, much like the rest of the trilogy, it was awesome and I recommend all these books. That’s pretty much a given at this point.
Fed (pdf available on this page) is an alternate ending for the first novel in trilogy, Feed. Spoilers for Feed, Fed, and Deadline, the second book, follow.
This was a nice touch for Mira Grant to release around when Blackout was coming out. Between the first two books, it wouldn’t make sense, because it didn’t change the plot or the events of Feed except in one way; it added one more major death. But for those of us who have read Deadline, and gotten to see how far Shaun went to accomplish his sister’s mission, it means quite a bit more.
Deadline showed us how driven Georgia was in her goals, and how much Shaun loved her, that he would keep going for her sake instead of his own. And Fed shows us why Georgia’s motivation and Shaun’s love matter so much. Because that was the only thing that kept them fighting.
Without that, the rest of the trilogy doesn’t happen. The bad guys win.
The story is written by the same person who wrote Fullmetal Alchemist, which is already a good reason to try it. The premise is completely different from the fantasy/steampunk adventures of FMA, though. This series follows a student who enrolls in an agricultural school to get further away from his parents, and ends up surrounded by classmates with a deeper knowledge and affinity for farming than him.
Okay guys, so, funny story about how the first episode of this show made me believe I was going insane. I watched it not long after I had a class on epigenetics and X chromosome inactivation. And then this scene came on, where in order to demonstrate how skewed the students’ knowledge is, they had a conversation that included a detail on X chromosome inactivation. And I was like, ‘oh, okay, so now I think anime is talking epigenetics at me. Clearly this graduate program has made me lose my mind.’
But I wasn’t crazy, they did really include that!
In terms of the show in general, it’s not my usual, but it’s nice. And it’s good for picking up some information on living a different kind of lifestyle. I hear from sources who know way more about this topic than I do that the information is pretty accurate, as this is something the author is knowledgeable about. And it’s really nice to have some fictional media where the author knows about the topic.
Just for that, I’ll probably watch it all eventually. I doubt I’ll marathon it, though.
The title drop in the first episode claims that, in Europe, they give every newborn child a silver spoon to symbolize that they won’t go hungry.
Um…they do? I don’t think that’s actually true.
This is probably a misinterpretation of the saying “born with a silver spoon in its mouth,” I think. More details about the phrase and historical content via Wikipedia.
If I’m wrong, though, feel free to let me know!
Dawn of the Seeker:
Set in the Dragon Age universe, Cassandra Pentaghast is a Seeker serving the Chantry (church analog). When an intricate plot against the Chantry’s leader is set in motion by extremist blood mages, she’s one of the few in a position to stop them.
This is a short, fun movie. Not the greatest thing I’ve ever seen, but as good as any average movie. Definitely interesting for anyone who’s played Dragon Age 2, or will play Dragon Age 3.
Cassandra is very, very angry. She’s brash. But she’s also absolutely loyal to her cause, and when she isn’t pissed off, she can actually be a pretty good sport. I liked how she reacted when her mentor beat her in a bout and he says she’s a better fighter than any man–she quips that he’d just beaten her. When things are good and she’s with people she trusts, she shows good humor and a sense of maturity. When things aren’t so good, she loses her temper and gets mean. It’s a fun dynamic.
I also really loved the scene where, no matter what it looks like, the leader of her Order believes that she has reasons for doing what she’s doing. It’s a nice show of loyalty and trust that we see so rarely, either in media or in real life. So it’s a little touching.
It’s interesting to get a story with Cassandra as the protagonist–she makes an appearance in Dragon Age 2 (chronologically later than her appearance in this story), where while she isn’t unlikable, she also isn’t in the most sympathetic position. She’s poised to judge the main protagonist of DA2, and since the main protagonist is the player, that makes her a little harder to empathize with. So it’s refreshing to see a whole other side to her.
Also, this isn’t exactly the most high budget thing, so for anyone who wants to see this, expect that. Overall, it’s not great, but it’s not bad.