Pokemon, Nameless, and Mandalorian | Rapid Reviews (Spoilers)

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Pokemon Sword/Shield (Game Freak, Nintendo Switch): From the little bit that I’ve seen of the games, through YouTubers like Stampy Cat and GhostRobo, it looks like the other versions of Pokemon. It seems to keep the same mechanic of battle and catch Pokemon. I do like that they added sneaking. It’s nice to see that there is a way to lower your wild Pokemon encounters than by using repel after repel. I haven’t seen a gym challenge yet, but I do like the idea; and from what I’ve gathered it sounds like the gyms have some kind of mission that you need to complete first. I also enjoyed that the player’s rival, Hop, seems to have more of a part than just “smell ya later.” He actually hangs out with the player for a little bit. They (the developers, players–I’m not sure where the tale began) said that the opening/tutorial was shorter, but it looked to be just as long too me. Finally, I have to say Yamper is cute. I think it might be my second favorite Pokemon; I still like Growlithe more–though they get bonus points for the “amp” Poke-pun.

In the Heart of the Fire by Dean Koontz (Nameless series): Pretty much everything you’d want from the first book in a series. You get introduced to the main character; you get a feel for the world; and you understand the character’s goals. The story has lots of suspense and action. The writing grabs you and you can imagine yourself in the world. Also since the character has no name, you can put yourself into the shoes of the character a little bit easier. I do have a problem with how OP Nameless is. He has this nearly all-powerful organization helping him. They can hack into anything, and they can plan for any problem. Nameless himself seems very capable. I didn’t feel worried that Nameless could be hurt. He can be injured, and he can be surprised; but it just seems like everything falls into place thanks to the planning of the organization. I’m glad the books are short; I can finish one in a short period of time and move on to something else. The shortness also adds to the sense of a deadline; it keeps the book moving forward. Finally, I liked that the whole series was released at once so I can “binge read” them. I think with the stories being so short, if Koontz released them one at time, I might have not been interested. FYI, you can get a discount on the entire collection on Amazon (not sponsored, not an affiliated link).

The Mandalorian (Chapter 3: The Sin, Disney+): I really enjoyed how well the production team showed more of the Mandalorian’s character, and the lives of the surviving Mandalorians, without telling. Within only a few seconds of a scene, you could tell who was the leader, what the Mandalorian culture is, and the personality of the main Mandalorian. The episode also did a great job with their battle scenes. Both the ranged/gunfight and the hand-to-hand stealth fight were done well; I enjoyed how they balanced it out–it wasn’t all fist fights or all blaster battles. The crew seems to be able to jump between the two well. I also enjoyed the hints at possible other plots or conflicts, such as one villain stating that the metal is easy to come by but not a crafter. I wondered if the villain knew that the Mandalorians were in hiding; I half expected the metal to be bugged. When young Mandalorian was about to be killed by a droid in his flashback, I hopped that Original Yoda would have shown up to rescue him, showing why he might care for the baby Yoda. Finally, I enjoyed how they make the Mandalorian tough but kind. He isn’t gruff and likable like Wolverine. You can tell Mandalorian had it rough and he’s been affected by it, but you can see his kindness and how he wants to protect his people. He wants to honor their culture, i.e. he is the culture and history of Mandalore–which is probably why he hasn’t been given a name yet.

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The Mandalorian and More |Rapid Reviews (Spoilers)

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Horace Crenshaw, Jr.: Author of Blowing Sandstorm which, as the website describes, is a memoir of “a commander that was put in charge of an Army Reserve Petroleum Unit during the initial months of Operation Iraqi Freedom.” I haven’t read the book yet, but I was impressed with the website. It looked very professional. It was easy to read; there were few to no errors; and everything was easy to access. Within moments of arriving, I knew who Crenshaw was, what services he offered, and what the book was about. I would suggest fixing the book trailer video to add a thumbnail, if possible. As it is of writing this post, it looks like a broken link and makes me hesitant to click it.

The Mandalorian (Disney +): I was a bit leery and skeptical about the show. I’m not that big a fan of bounty hunter/anti-hero type of shows (though they are growing on me). I was a bit worried in the opening scenes when The Mandalorian didn’t speak. I was concerned about what type of show this would be. I was glad to see that events picked up. It was a little slow at first, but first episodes usually are. I was glad to see the action pick up; and then when I saw who The Mandalorian’s target was, I was hooked. Then it got better in the second episode. It added some humor and we got to see more of The Mandalorian’s character. Finally, I like the lone-hero western feel of the show; you can feel the isolation of the character and the environment.

New Super Lucky’s Tale (Nintendo Switch–Playful Corp.): It’s hard not to like a game with a cute fox who wears a cape. The graphics and animations are bright and cheerful, perfect for kids and the young at heart. The game comes with a ton (and I mean a ton) of puns. The characters are also very unique and colorful. I liked the burrowing mechanic; it allows you to avoid dangers by passing under them or you can use it to sneak up on foes. Also, it’s nice to see a game where a tail whip attack actually does something–I’m looking at you Pokèmon (LOL). Finally, it didn’t seem like you needed to be a master gamer in order to collect all the items. I didn’t play the game but watched the gameplay series by Stampy Cat (aka stampylonghead)–the videos are sponsored by Playful Corp.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows–Respawn Entertainment): I haven’t played the game, but I saw the cutscenes and some of the gameplay thanks to Gamer’s Little Playground. The story was very intriguing and hooked me right away. It was great to see what surviving Jedi were doing since the Purge. I quickly became attached to Cal and the other characters. I did notice times where the game got glitchy, such as characters passing through objects. Also, at times it looked like the characters would change appearance slightly. I don’t know if it was just the gameplay or something with the game, but at times the animations–especially during some of the fights–would seem odd. But, I like the ending and I hope this means we see more of Cal and the Mantis crew.

Lady and the Tramp (2019 live-action, Disney +): I think I liked the animated version a tiny bit better, but this version was also great. I liked how the animal characters showed emotion. They looked like they were sad or happy; they didn’t look stiff. I enjoyed how believable the CGI was; I could believe that these were “talking” animals. I also liked how it followed the original but wasn’t a carbon copy. It did start to feel long near the end.

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Hail FOWL?

Brief spoiler warning for the “Moonvasion” episode of Disney’s DuckTales.

At the end of the “Moonvasion” DuckTales episode, we see F.O.W.L (the Fiendish Organization for World Larceny) watching the McDuck clan as they celebrate their victory over the (planet) Moon. The High Command is afraid that Scrooge and friends’ adventures endanger the world, but they aren’t worried about the world’s safety; they want the world protected so they can terrorize it. FOWL decides to give the McDucks their final adventure. It is also revealed that the members of High Command are the vultures who are Scrooge’s financial advisers.

I found the fact that FOWL is ran by these vultures intriguing. Here are the leaders of a terrorist organization working within Scrooge’s business under his nose–kind of like how Hydra operated within SHIELD in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Both Hydra and FOWL are secret global organizations; and now, both have been hiding under the noses of their respective heroes feeding off the success of the good guys.

I further saw a strange connection to FOWL and Hydra when I watched a YouTube video by DuckTales Squad 2017. The video shows season three teaser character images Disney showed at Comic-Con. The list included pretty much every Disney Afternoon character, such as Chip and Dale.

So, it looks like Clan McDuck might be running into other heroes while dealing with the secret global organization FOWL. They could possibly gather the characters for a battle with FOWL like in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I find it funny that it might be Scrooge, a wealthy “person,” meeting these other heroes (ahem, Tony). And isn’t it interesting that the “Moonvasion” episode brought together all the previously known characters, such as Darkwing, to fend off an alien invasion. Sounds slightly familiar. And who did the Avengers face off against after the Chitauri? Hydra.

That being said, I hope it is true because I would love to see a return of the Justice Ducks. Scrooge (or more likely the kids) gather the other Disney Afternoon characters and create the Justice Ducks so they can battle FOWL. I think it’d be awesome to see Scrooge stand there and go, “Justice Ducks…” uh, what would be their catchphrase? “Flock together?” “Fly?”

Also if there was more of a connection between FOWL and Hydra, we could have a ton of Hail FOWL memes. It’d be great. Though instead of “hail” what would it be?

Let me know in the comments section what you think should be the Justice Ducks’ battle cry and what FOWL members would say to greet each other.

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Musketeer Questions

A few days ago I watched the Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers movie from Disney. I noticed a few…things.

Why is it that most everyone looks like Goofy? When there is an average person/extra they look like Goofy. Is this because Goofy is a dominate gene? And along these lines, what about Goofy’s son, Max? We’ve never see the mother and we hardly see a love interest for Goofy. There’s Minnie and Mickey and Donald and Daisy, but the only one we see Goofy fall for is Clarabelle the cow. Is Clarabelle Max’s mother? If so, this could explain the genetics of the Disney universe. It would show that “Goofness” is a dominate trait.

Or it could be that Goofy is easier/more fun to draw.

It’s also funny how the two with love interests (Mickey and Donald) have nephews but the one with no love life (Goofy) has a son.

At one point, you are treated to an underwater scene. The moat is filled with skeletons–that’s weird enough for a Disney movie–but what interested me is that they were all human looking. What’s a bunch of human remains doing in a world filled with anthropomorphic animals? Did all the humans die out? Are Mikey, Donald, and the gang’s skeletons human-like? The skeletons didn’t even look like a cartoonish human-animal; they looked realistic human. Maybe the Pixar Theory about animals taking over is true.

Finally, why does everyone keep calling Mickey a runt? He’s a mouse the size of a duck (aka Donald). I wouldn’t be calling a mouse that big a runt. Donald isn’t called a runt. But, I get it. The whole point of the movie was that each character had a shortcoming they needed to overcome. Donald was a coward. Goofy was dumb. But, what about Mickey? What’s his shortcoming? Being nice? Courageous? Dedicated? So, you gotta go with runt.

It’s amazing how you can go back through a movie you’ve seen a million times and spot new things.

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Holy Disney Takeover, Batman!

I’d just finished watching the IGN video going over some of the new franchises owned by Disney now that they have bought part of Fox. Among listing things like Predator, Aliens, Die Hard, and Avatar (not the Airbender), they said Disney owns the rights to the 1960s Batman with Adam West. I thought, “Now if they could only somehow add Mickey into the show then we could connect the Disney Universe with the DC Universe as a shared universe which would also connect the Marvel Universe because DC has crossed-over with Marvel many times.” But, I then thought of a more feasible approach: Aliens.

Batman and even Superman have fought the alien xenomorphs, so it is possible to link the universes that way. All Disney would need to do is have a xenomorph invasion of some of their new properties. And who wouldn’t want to see John McClane battle a xenomorph or have one chest-burst out of Mickey Mouse. Disney wouldn’t even have to do that big of an invasion. They now own The Simpsons and they’ve had crossovers with X-Files, South Park, Family Guy, and even Rick and Morty–according to a video done by the Nerdist.

The Nerdist video goes on to talk about how many cartoons are all connected, even connecting BoJack Horseman to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which the TMNT also connects to Batman via the Batman/TMNT comics. The TMNT also connects to DC through the Injustice 2 game (which also connects it to Hellboy and Mortal Kombat). TMNT also connects to the Power Rangers; the Power Rangers also connects to DC via a JLA/Power Rangers comic. There have also been many Looney Tunes and DC stories as well. Looney Tunes can be connected to the show Tiny Toon Adventures which had appearances by many real-life actors and other Warner Brother properties.

Mortal Kombat also has a connection to Jason Voorhees from Mortal Kombat X, which also connects him to Jason Vs. Freddy, and thus to Freddy Kruger.

Speaking of a real-life connection, videos by The Game Theorists connected many video games to real-life through Mike Tyson and some through Tony Hawk. This got me thinking about further “real world” connections. I thought, “How could you show a connection between a show–or game–and the real world?” One way is the real-life celebrities. So this would connect Scooby-Doo to the real world because he’s met many real-life people, such as the WWE, but he also has connections to Archie and Batman (man, Batman gets around).

Another way to connect the real world is using the same technique that scientists use to find dark matter: look for what isn’t there. This one is a bit of stretch because it basically asks for some faith. I started thinking about the show Captain N, where a teen from the real world is transported into the Nintendo game world. I started thinking, “How would you know for sure this never happened?”

Look at Toy Story, it is supposed to take place in the real world. How do we know that toys don’t come to life when we aren’t around? So, in theory we could add any show or game that takes place in a real world where the general public is unaware of the events of the plot. For example, the Harry Potter series, the general public doesn’t know that magic exists. Who’s to say that there isn’t a Hogwarts? It’s kind of like the discussion about alien life; there’s no proof that they exist but there is no proof they don’t. So as long as Harry Potter doesn’t get on the six o’clock news and say, “I’m a wizard,” it could share a universe with us. For clarity, Cloverfield wouldn’t count because everyone knew about the monster attack; and as far as I know, a monster did not attack New York in our world.

Another way to connect the real world to other worlds is when the characters travel to parallel worlds and they call our world “Earth Prime,” “Keystone Earth,” or “Land Without Magic.” So this could add things like Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.

We could also potentially connect every LEGO game and movie because of The LEGO Movie. The movie connects the LEGO world to the real world when Emmett goes through the portal. The LEGO Dimensions game then connects The LEGO Movie to the other LEGO worlds. Since The LEGO Movie even mentions other toy sets and LEGO Dimensions also mentions other dimensions, we can add connections to all the LEGO toys, like Minecraft (at least the LEGO version). Also, Into the Spider-Verse and TMNT have also said, “every version of Spider-Man and the Turtles are part of a multiverse” LEGO TMNT and LEGO Spider-Man connect to the Marvel Universe and TMNT Universe. LEGO Michelangelo is in The LEGO Movie.

But all of that is just faith and theory…on to the facts and back to my main point. Another Game Theorists’ video connects the Kingdom Heart games to Doom which also connects to Fortnite and many other games, including ones discussed in their videos about a Ubisoft Universe and the Mike Tyson connection. So, the Disney Universe has many connections to video game universes as well as real-life.

The videos also connect Spider-Man to Star Wars and the Star Wars universe is all one universe. This would bring in any (non-fan made) Star Wars book, comic, and show. Spider-Man then connects us back to the DC Universe.

My main point is that if Disney connected their new properties (and it wouldn’t take much since many of the Fox shows they acquired were already connected through shows like The Simpsons) via xenomorphs, they would have connections through many show universes–thanks to Batman and Scooby-Doo–as well as many game universes. Almost every fictional universe could connect back to Disney. There would be one massive shared universe, including our own, with “one mouse to rule them all.” Disney would be the center of the fictional universe AND the real universe! BWA-HAHAHAHA!!!

Well, except for Five Nights At Freddy’s, like the Game Theorists, I couldn’t connect it either. Unless you want to count the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode “War and Pizza.” Donatello upgrades the pizzeria’s mascot, an animatronic bear (cough, cough), and it comes to life and attacks everyone. But…I doubt it because he used science and not the souls of murdered kids. Wait a minute…Donatello wears a purple bandana. Oh my gosh! Donatello is the Purple Guy!!! Hee, hee…LOL.

It’s not like the Turtles have a connection to anything else in the game, for example the infamous Bite of ’87. Wait, didn’t the original animated series came out in 1987?


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Are They Human | Kingdom Hearts III

May contain spoilers for Kingdom Hearts III.

What confused me most about Kingdom Hearts III was not the lore (though that is pretty confusing at first) or the fact that it starts out by saying Kingdom Hearts II.9, but how they kept talking about needing to keep “the order” of the worlds they visited.

When Sora, Donald, and Goofy visit places like the Toy Story world and the Monsters Inc. world, they change to fit into the world, such as turning into toys, but in places where the main people are humans, like in the Tangled or Frozen worlds, they look the same. Sora remains a human; Donald remains a giant talking duck that wears clothes; and Goofy remains a talking dog.

I don’t know about you but if I saw a talking duck and dog, I’d be a little bit concerned. Why aren’t Donald and Goofy transforming into human characters when they visit a “human” world?

This actually brings up a funny side note. When the first trailer for the first Kingdom Hearts game came out (so very long ago), for a long time I thought the plot was that Mickey had somehow been turned into a human. It wasn’t long before I discovered that person was Sora. But come on, don’t tell me you wouldn’t think the same after seeing Sora in his original red pants, oversized yellow-ish shoes, white gloves, and white and black shirt; he looked very similar to a certain iconic mouse. Plus, he was always hanging around Goofy and Donald.

Anyway, back to what I was saying.

No one seems too bothered by a talking dog and duck. I found it kind of funny and odd that Donald and Goofy had to be turned into monsters for Monsters Inc. I could understand why a human like Sora would need to but Donald and Goofy are “not human” already. Or are they?

Maybe for some unknown reason, even though they don’t look human, they are considered to be human. Since it is Donald that changes the group, maybe he doesn’t think to change them on human worlds because he sees Goofy and himself as human. Maybe to the people of the game, they are just another race of humans, much like there are Hispanic and Asian people. Kind of blows your mind, don’t it.

It would certainly explain why Goofy can talk and walk on two legs but Pluto cannot; Goofy is a dog looking human while Pluto is just a dog. But then how can Chip and Dale talk? Why aren’t they human size? They wear clothes too. Was Chip and Dale given some kind of intelligence serum? Are they the next step in animal evolution? Or are they human but just short? People come in all shapes and sizes mind you. More questions for another day, I suppose.

The other possibility is that people in realms like Tangled, Hercules, and Frozen are just used to strange creatures walking around. I mean, Rapunzel has healing hair, Hercules is a demi-god with super-strength, and Elsa is an ice queen. Seeing anthropomorphic animals might be a normal Tuesday for them. (Or they could just think they’re Furries.)

Or…it could be that the game developers knew that no one would want a video game that promises teaming up with Donald and Goofy only to make them look human every few levels. But I wonder what a human Goofy and Donald would look like.

Hmm…personally, I kind like the idea of Mickey, Donald, Goofy and the others being considered some kind of unknown (to us) human race. It just goes to show you it isn’t what’s on the outside that matters…Also, it could totally mean that there is some kind of anthropomorphic race of humans living on Earth. Hey, a guy can dream.

Kingdom Hearts III is available on Playstation 4 and Xbox One and published by Square Enix.


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