Recommended 10-2-18

The following are my recommendations and do not reflect the views of any person or organization. 

Carter–A TV show about a TV actor who returns to his hometown and begins solving crimes. It’s a funny show with lots of humor and some action and mystery, but follows the usual theme of the “civilian” who solves crimes much like Castle or Murder She Wrote. I found the light-hearted mood of the show to be refreshing. 4.3/5img_2674

Smallfoot–A movie about a Yeti who comes across the mythological creature known as Smallfoot (aka humans). The movie is filled with tons of humor; there are moments you just don’t stop laughing for minutes. There isn’t a lot of action or violence, which makes it a great family movie. I enjoyed how it had a lesson but didn’t hit you over the head with it. Also, the animation was great–you can see each hair on the Yetis. 4.4/5

Total Dramarama–A TV show that takes place in a daycare and showcases the crazy adventures of the kids in it. At first I thought this would be a show really directed to very young audiences, but I found that even “older” younger audiences would enjoy it and maybe even “older” audiences. They don’t give you life lessons all the time; most of the episodes focus on the crazy things that happen in daycares but just cracked up to eleven. 4.4/5

Minecraft Evolution SMP–A group of Minecraft YouTubers (including SystemZee, Netty Plays, and Solidarity) “travel” through the different versions of Minecraft showcasing how it has evolved. On Oct. 1, they celebrated their one-year anniversary, which also was close to the “soft reboot” after Grian’s departure. The Evolutionists were kicked out of their old area and forced to begin again (but not completely from scratch–they were allowed to bring some items with them). Right now, the Evolutionists are building bases and getting started, but I’m sure the pranks and other mischief will begin again soon. In the meantime, they’ve added a Death Counter and the loser will face some form of public embarrassment. 4.3/5

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Mega Review

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I recently started watching Mega Man: Fully Charged thanks to Cartoon Network’s on-demand service. I’ve been impatiently waiting for the release. I’m a big fan of Mega Man. It was the first action video game I played–up till then it was Mario Bros. And I enjoyed all the comics and TV shows of the Blue Bomber (who can resist name gags like Rock and his sister Roll).

But, after watching the first few minutes of the first episode, I could see how old fans could be turned off by it. First, Rock is now Aki and his sister is now a human named Suna. Second, the Mega-Mini that “lives” inside Aki’s head was kind of disturbing and off-putting at first. Then there was the fact that for awhile they kept putting “Mega” in front of everything.

However, as the episode continued, I found the series to be quite interesting. img_2674They hint at some previous dark and troubling war, and it was nice to see someone other than Wily be the main villain. I also enjoyed how Mega Man has to stay in range when he’s copying robot powers. In the first episode (second part), he also copies a piece of Fire Man’s personality and has to learn to control his anger in order to finish the fight. It was also interesting how the robots weren’t reprogrammed by Wily (at this point–they might change this at some point); the robots were choosing to attack; it added a bit more personality to the characters.

I also enjoy the short episodes. It makes it great to watch during breaks or just before bed or work. And the moments when the characters switch to 8-bit game characters for flashbacks or moments of extreme emotion add a nice twist to an anime-like formula.

For now, I find the show to be enjoyable and hope it continues. That opinion might change as the series continues; but now, I find it fun and funny–4.5/5.

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