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G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S is coming!

Well, yesterday was a big day in the geek com  oii506xcmmunity! That’s right folks, G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S is coming! If you are not hip to G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S it is this: The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. It’s the brainchild of Misha Collins, you know, that angel from Supernatural (Castiel just in case you don’t know).

 

Today’s news brings a mysterious countdown to the website, and also the MASCOT REVEAL!

 

MEET SLANGAROO!!

Isn’t she just precious? Aww, my favorite is still the elopus, though.

 

It’s not just a scavenger hunt though, it’s a way to meet new people and build friendships, to perform random acts of kindness, which is also the name of the non-profit Misha Collins runs, and what the registration fee goes towards.

 

It’s a competitive, but friendly virtual competition. The day the hunt starts, the powers that be release 120+ items. These items are delegated between your 15 teammates, which you can either hunt for through forums, or you can sign up and be paired with random people, it’s you’re choice. Each item has a point value, creativity counts, interpretations can either make you or break you. At the end, the team with the most points wins, and you can also earn additional points by making it into the Hall of Fame, the coffee table book and by helping judge submissions of the worthiness, though the last 3 don’t count towards your team points, just personal points, which no one knows that they’re planning on doing with those.

 

Just what do you win? An amazing trip to some exotic location in the world and dinner with Misha Collins. Last year it was Viking themed, one year it was a trip to Scotland and dinner with Misha in a haunted castle. You never know what shenanigans will be had!

 

Personally, this will be my fifth year competing. And every year, the list makes me shake my damn head with the absurdity of some of the items. There are a few givens each year though that you can count on being involved somehow: KALE, something to do with the Queen of England, and some form of clothing made from random shit, like cheese, or flowers, or paper.

 

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S attracts tens of thousands of people every year. There are even some celebrities that participate, the most noteworthy being William Shatner. He has the money and pull, but his team has yet to win. Last year it was a competition to make sure he DIDN’T win.

 

I encourage all who want to participate to keep an out for updates as to when registration opens. It usually stays open for a month or two. The official hunt days have not been announced yet though, but I suspect it to be in August again like it was last year. Registration is usually around $20 for the basics, upwards to hundreds of dollars, but you get a lot of bang for your buck there, he’ll record a voicemail for you and send you a more than likely scandalous Christmas card.

 

So, what are you waiting for? Go join the hunt and have an abnosome time!

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Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa Costume Reveal

Growing up in the 90s, you weren’t cool if you didn’t watch Power Rangers. If you were a girl and watched Power Rangers, you were something else, even though the show features two females. With several movies, and an amazing 14-minute fan film, Power Rangers is once again hitting theaters with an all new reboot, with Elizabeth Banks in the title villain role of Rita Repulsa.

ritapowerNow, in the show, she has some huge head contraption that makes her look like some crazed medieval sorceress crossed with Sailor Moon. This version though, that Elizabeth Banks wears…is quite different. Sleek. It almost makes you wonder if this movie will take on a less campy tone and be a little more darker, more mature even.sdfsd

You would hope so with Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, the writers of Thor and X-Men: First Class, penning the script. However, director Dean Israelite puts that to rest by saying while it has been updated, it is still playful and fun take on the source material.

Honestly, I am not too sure how to feel about the look. It’s definitely different, but is it different good, or different bad? It seriously looks like Effie went a tad bit crazy after the events of Mockingjay and truly embraced the Capital and had some body modifications done and became a dominatrix.

But, that’s just my opinion.

What do you think? Is this a promise to what’s to come for the Power Rangers, or is it too drastic of a change?

Power Rangers kicks into theaters March 24, 2017

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Book Review: ‘North of Here’ by Laurel Saville

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The sounds of unexpected tragedies—a roll of thunder, the crash of metal on metal—leave Miranda in shock amid the ruins of her broken family.

As she searches for new meaning in her life, Miranda finds quiet refuge with her family’s handyman, Dix, in his cabin in the dark forests of the Adirondack Mountains. Dix is kind, dependable, and good with an ax—the right man to help the sheltered Miranda heal—but ultimately, her sadness creates a void even he can’t fill.

When a man from her distant past turns up, the handsome idealist now known as Darius, he offers Miranda a chance to do meaningful work at The Source, a secluded property filled with his nature worshipers. Miranda feels this charismatic guru is the key to remaking her life, but her grief and desire for love also create an opportunity for his deception. And in her desperate quest to find herself after losing almost everything, Miranda and Dix could pay a higher price than they ever imagined.

North of Here by Laurel Saville, tells the story of a young twenty something year old named Miranda, who pretty much loses everyone and everything around her. She is rescued by the handsome Dix, the family’s handyman, and offered a place to live. Their relationship begins and ends almost as suddenly, when at a local farmer’s market Miranda meets the enchanting Darius, the owner of a place only known as The Source.

The Characters

Dix comes from a life of privilege, though he doesn’t flaunt it. He works as a handyman/landscaper for several families, which is how he knows Miranda. He seems very humble and forgiving. He tries to understand the world around him and just wants those he’s around to be happy.

Miranda is a 23 year old who went to school for the wrong subject. She doesn’t have a job and lives at home. Her brother died in a car accident, her father died as a result of a tree branch falling in a storm, and her mother is the victim of strokes brought on by excessive drinking.

Darius is a man that runs a commune of sorts called The Source. He takes in wayward teens and women and tried to live a pure life, a life free of modern technology, gadgets and medicine.

Sally is a social worker that helps Darius get The Source, but she quickly realizes her mistake.

Review

North of here took me by surprise. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either, and I think that’s because of the way the story is told.

The story is told in four different parts: Dix and Miranda, Darius and Sally, Darius and Miranda and Dix and Sally. I don’t fully understand the reason as to why it was told like this. For me, it broke the story up unnecessarily never really allowed readers the chance to fully connect with the characters. I found myself finally connecting with Dix and Miranda in part one, only to have it end abruptly.  It wasn’t made clear that the characters were being replaced in the second portion, which is very confusing to the reader.

The writing, however, is rather beautiful. Laurel really gets in there and tells an intricate and heartbreaking story despite having separated it into different parts. She really shows how people, especially who are easily influenced, can go from living a pretty basic and normal life to the complete opposite. It shows how people can easily can be seduced by something that seems so great and amazing, but in the end that thing will either get them killed or drive them to the point where even if they wanted to leave, they no longer can because they’ve lost themselves to the point where they’re unrecognizable to those who care for them.

There were several times when I didn’t think I could continue this book because the writing was so raw and it made me very sad to read. While I didn’t fully connect with the characters, the story was all too real of what goes on in the world, especially with cults and the way that young people can be easily persuaded to join something if they’re not strong enough to realize this isn’t the best situation to be in.

The story, while it ends happily, isn’t like a fairy tale ever after. It is very somber, but shows that light can prevail in darkness. Overall, I am going to give this book a 7/10. It gets major points for the writing and story, but not characterization and the layout.

About the Author

laurelsavilleLaurel Saville is an award-winning author of numerous books, articles, essays, and short fiction. Her work has appeared in the LA Times Magazine, The Bark, NYTimes.com, Good Housekeeping, The Bennington Review, Ellipses, House Beautiful, POL/Oxygen, Room, Seven Days, and other publications. She holds an MFA from The Bennington Writer’s Seminars and lives and writes near Seattle. She is also a corporate communications consultant, has taught at the College of St. Rose and Western Connecticut State University, and spoken at a variety of colleges and writing conferences including AWP, Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and the Whidbey Writers Conference.

Her memoir of her mother’s colorful life in the midst of LA’s arts and hippie heyday and her tragic decline to a murdered street person, “Unraveling Anne,” won the memoir category of the Indie Book Awards and was a runner-up to the Grand Prize winner at the Hollywood Book Festival.

Her first novel, “Henry and Rachel”, is a fictionalized account of her great grandparent’s lives, loves, deceptions, and trials, which uses alternating, first-person narrative voices and actual letters. Booklist hailed “Saville’s poetic, lyrical voice”, and called it a “touching story,” , and a “tender, poignant debut novel.” It was also a finalist for a Nancy Pearl award.

North of Here was published on March 1, 2016 and can be purchased here.

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The Road So Far: ‘Supernatural’ Episodes 1-15 Recap

Have you ever read a fanfiction and noticed the visible challenge the writer is facing to complete story in 100 words? Well, that’s what I am going to attempt to do here, but as recaps for each episode of  Supernatural season 11.

I am incredibly late to the game here. I originally planned on doing individual episode recaps, but I made a promise to my guy not to start the new season until he was caught up with the previous ones. Now here we are, finally at a break and fully caught up with the series. I normally would not do a recap in this format, but for hilarity sake, let’s see if I can manage to recap each episode of season 11 in 100 words.

Let’s BEGIN!

Episode 11×1: Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire

Castiel is super sick because of Rowena cursing him. Sam and Dean meet zombie like beings after The Darkness explodes across the land that just tear and eat at one another in order to infect others. An infected daddy gives his kid to a local sheriff, Jenna, naming her Amara, who sports the Mark of Cain, before he dies. Sam creates a diversion so Dean and Jenna can leave without getting mauled. Crowley comes back à la sexy housewife. Dean keeps having visions of Amara and her thanking him for setting her free. Aww, they’re bonding already. I don’t agree.

Episode 11×2: From the Void

Dean gets Jenna to her grandmother. Sam is traveling around trying to find a cure. A reaper gives him clues on how to get purified. Dean leaves Jenna, but gets called back because that baby is weird. Crowley, is there.  They hear a noise and find a soulless Jenna. Sam finds out that holy oil just might be the cure and he burns the evil away. Cass gets tortured for information. Angels die. He shows up to the bunker needing help. Crowley the greatest candy van man offers a more grown up Amara souls to eat, that she gladly accepts.

Episode 11×3: The Bad Seed

Sam and Dean are trying to find a cure for Castiel who is still trying to hold himself together because of Rowena’s curse. Rowena on the other hand is trying her to make the Mega Coven, but is failing because the recruits are just lackluster. Castiel meanwhile snaps and Dean stops him from killing a woman, but in turn gets attacked himself, but Sam comes in with Rowena who lifts the curse. Crowley is still raising Amara, who is now a teen and demanding more soul food. See what I did there? Metatron is still in deep hiding. That jerk.

Episode 11×4: Baby

Baby has seen a lot of action, and most recently from Sam. Dean gives him crap and makes him sing the song ‘Night Moves’. Once at the case, the dead man’s wife is attacked. While checking out the crime scene, Dean is attacked by the acting sheriff; he kills and decapitate him, but it doesn’t keep him down. With the help of Castiel, they find out it’s a type of ghoul, a Nachzehrer, or a ghoulpire, and it needs copper in its mouth to die for good. Once decapitated by Baby’s door, all those sired by him return to normal.

Episode 11×5: Thin Lizzie

The brothers investigate a series of murders that happen in and around the Lizzie Borden Hotel. There’s a lot of paranormal things happening, but it is discovered that they are lies and it’s all staged for kicks and thrills. They meet a super-fan named Len, who says he met Amara outside the hotel and hasn’t felt right since. They find out Amara has been eating her soul food and the soulless are murdering everybody. Sam and Dean are targeted, but Len kills to protect them, turning himself so he can no longer kill. Amara creeps at them as they leave.

Episode 11×6: Our Little World

Amara is being naughty and eating too much soul food to grow up. Crowley sends a team to kill the soulless to keep things on the quiet. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam track down where Amara is and head to the asylum to kill her. Castiel sees Metatron and finds him only to discover he’s human, pathetic and wanting to die because all he can do is sell stuff to the media. Amara tortures Crowley for trying to hurt Dean, knowing he won’t kill her because of their bond. Sam has visions of Michael and Lucifer in the cage. CAGE FIGHT!

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Episode 11×7: Plush

Good ol’ Deputy Donna calls Sam and Dean to help with a series of killings that have occurred that seem weird. Come to find out, a man was accused of molesting children, and what they thought was a suicide, was actually murder, and now he’s possessing his old costumes to seek revenge. They find out it’s a restless spirit as a witness talks about how the room suddenly got cold. Once everything is burned, Sam reveals he’s been having more visions from praying to God, and realizes that his visions seem to be leading him to Lucifer’s cage for answers.

Episode 11×8: Just My Imagination

Oh no! Imaginary friends are dropping dead! The latest victim, Sparkle the unicorn-man and friend the mermaid. Sully, Sam’s imaginary friend, or zana, while growing up, makes himself visible to the brothers to help out in the situation. Tracking the killer, they found out it’s a girl named Reese. She and her sister were Scully’s next friends, but her sister died while playing with Sully, and is now trying to extract revenge. In the end she doesn’t kill Sully, but he does visit her. Sam still thinks going to the cage fight is what needs to be done, Dean disagrees.

Episode 11×9: O Brother Where Art Thou?

Now fully grown, Amara seeks out a religious group and strikes them down, hoping to get God’s wrath so they can talk. Crowley has Rowena captured and she reads from the Book of the Damned in order for Sam to talk to Lucifer. Dean looks into the church deaths, and comes face to face with Amara and they kiss. She sends him away when angels rain their fury, only to have her smited, but not die. Sam talks with Lucifer and says he’s the only one that can beat her, but Sam needs to agree to be his vessel. Nope.

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Episode 11×10: The Devil in the Details

Dean is sent by Crowley to a reaper named Billie to get into Hell. He has Rowena with him on a witch collar that Crowley controls as she is the only one that can get into Hell. Castiel and another look to see if Amara survived the smiting. She has, and sends Billie a message carved into Castiel’s chest saying she’s coming. Castiel heads for the brothers, and he, Dean and Sam are in the cage fighting Lucifer. Castiel agrees to be Lucifer’s vessel if  he can win. Rowena gets played by Lucifer, and in turn get’s killed. Enter Lustiel.

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Episode 11×11: Into the Mystic

A banshee kills a dad and mother, leaving an infant girl crying in her crib in Ireland around the 1980s. Sam and Dean investigate similar murders in a retirement home, and finally catch a lead from a resident named Mildred. Sam is captured by a deaf ‘maid’, Eileen, the baby from before, and proves he’s not the banshee. Together they devise a plan to kill the banshee and succeed. Meanwhile. Lustiel is looking for a way to kill Amara, and Dean reveals to him that while he hates Amara, he also cannot kill her because of his bond with her.

Episode 11×12: Don’t You Forget About Me

Sheriff Jody calls the boys in because Claire is harming people she thinks are monsters. She insists there’s a case. Well, after Alex’s favorite teacher is strung to the school’s light pole, the brothers and Jody finally agree there is one, but Claire is still acting like a little brat and they don’t like it. Come to find out, Alex’s boyfriend is a vampire, sired by another vampire previously made by the nest Alex used to lure human for their consumption. Both vampires are eventually killed and the girls agree to be little nicer to their awesome foster mother Jody.

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Episode 11×13: Love Hurts

It’s like herpes, but a spell! Dan is cheating on his wife with the babysitter. His wife Melissa knows. She hires a “white witch” to give her a love spell. Nope. It’s a curse and  kills all those affected and eventually circles back to the caster and kills them in the form of their one true love. Dean ends up kissing Melissa to transfer the curse to him to buy them time to find the Qareen’s heart to kill it. “Amara” attacks Dean, but eventually dies. Dean admits to Sam he can’t kill Amara because he desires her. Love Sucks.

Episode 11×14: The Vessel

A woman of letters, what? Yes, she’s tricky and a seductress, and kills a German Nazi general to gain a Hand of God object. Sam and Dean find out about it and with the help of Lustiel, Dean gets transported to a submarine to retrieve it, as they think it can kill Amara. A lot of bickering happens and Lucifer reveals himself to Sam, who’s offered up his soul to help bring Dean home safely. Once home, they find out the HoG is a one hitter, Sam tells Dean about Castiel’s acceptance of Lucifer and Dean thinks it’s a trick.

Episode 11×15: Beyond that Mat

Dean at his fanboy best. After one of Dean and Sam’s favorite wrestler’s die, they discover a crossroad demon at work. Come to found out their favorite, Lawless, is working with a demon to to spare his life from a deal made ten years ago, and killing people. The demon is killed, however, and Lawless accepts his fate and the hellhounds come. Crowley breaks out of his dog like status and double crosses Lucifer, twice, and uses another Hand of God foolishly. Dean is determined now to finally put an end to Lucifer and Amara in order to save Castiel.

Well, there you have it folks. The new episode is literally airing now, and will be premiering at about 9pm tonight on the west coast.

Overall, I am enjoying this season so far. It’s interesting to seem them creating a pre-biblical world with new creatures, and to see just how over their heads they’re getting. I hope that the coming episodes that finish out the season will see Castiel fighting off Lucifer, and Amara dying, but I doubt anything like that will happen because it’s Supernatural  and nothing truly good ever happens without something ten times worse happens.

So, what are your thoughts regarding how this season is progressing and where it’s now heading? Let us know in the comments! 

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J.K. Rowling’s Latest Work is a Controversial Splendor


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released later this year on November 18, and in preparation for the big event, J.K. Rowling has released little stories over the past few days about magic in the Americas.

New information about the American wizarding world is undeniably exciting for Potter fans, but not everyone is jumping on board with these magical facts. In fact, many people are in uproar over some of the content, and some have went so far as to call Rowling racist. To garner more insight into why this is, I’ve summarized each of these new stories and their corresponding controversies.

Fourteenth Century-Seventeenth Century

The first installment of these stories is considered one of the most controversial pieces that Rowling has ever written.

It gave us a brief overview of magical life from the fourteenth century to the seventeenth century, zeroing in on Native Americans and their powers, specifically that of skin-walkers (a person who is able to transform into the animal of their choosing). But because skin-walkers are exclusive only to Navajo Indian folklore, many Native Americans accused Rowling of generalizing Indian culture.

Okay, I guess I can understand that.

But the backlash doesn’t end there. Some Native Americans are in uproar because they believe that Rowling is painting Native American culture in a bad light, and they are publicly defending their culture as spiritual, not evil.

While I do understand the concerns of Native Americans, I respectfully disagree with their sentiments. Rowling is in no way saying that Native Americans aren’t spiritual and beautiful. Instead, she is praising their race and culture in this story while trying to respectfully incorporate it into her fantasy world. If anything, this piece could act as a resurgence for Native American culture, as people who have read her work are now going to be Googling Native Americans to learn more. I grew up in the American southwest, where I learned and saw first hand what this amazing civilization and race did before modern times. I’m already fascinated with Native American culture, and Rowling’s piece made me want to research it even more.

I understand where the social justice warriors are coming from with their criticism, but the way I see it you can do one of two things here: call Rowling a racist who has no right to write about a culture that she hasn’t lived around or grew up in, or use her story as a platform to educate the masses about the deeply diverse and fascinating Native American culture.

It’s not fair to say that Rowling, who, like many of us, probably got most of her information about Native Americans online, is a racist.  She used the basic information available to her about skin-walkers and decided to incorporate that into her story, which is perfectly fine. Perhaps another one of the reasons why she received backlash is because she’s essentially calling Medicine Men wizards in this piece, but honestly, if I went to one and they somehow take away the migraines I’ve been dealing with forever, then I’d certainly think that magic was at play.

Seventeenth Century and Beyond

This section details the trials and hardships that were faced during the move from Europe to America, specifically highlighting the tensions between the Natives and Europeans, as well as focusing on the Puritans and their religious beliefs.

Native American history is taken into account once again with the mentioning of human trafficking and slaughter – events that happened because some of the settlers were dicks who thought that they were better than others. She doesn’t distort or lighten these historical facts, but people are upset at her mentioning of it because Rowling, again, took facts and melded it with her fictional world.

Scourers are introduced for first time in this piece. A Scourer is an individual or a group of people who have decided to take justice into their own hands. Unfortunately, as time went on Scourers became increasingly corrupt in their search to seek reward. As a result, the MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) was formed to help weed out the Scourers and help protect the wizarding community (especially after the Salem Witch Trials).

Here’s my main issue with this section: MACUSA was formed in 1693. America was not known as the United States of America until our Declaration of Independence in 1776 – that’s nearly a century off. Damn you, damn you Rowling for further screwing up! Now my life is a lie, and I can no longer read your stories! (Read: I will continue to read everything and anything you put in front of me because no one is perfect and mistakes happen. I wouldn’t have even thought twice about this if the date wasn’t mentioned).

Rappaport’s Law

In an already secretive America, witches and wizards seldom mingle outside of their own kind. The president of MACUSA, Emily Rappaport, created a law segregating No-Majs from magic users to help protect their way of life. However, a massive breach was made by the Keeper of Treasure (and Dragot’s daughter), Dorcus Twelvetree. A poor performer of magic, Dorcus was more or less a socialite who became infatuated with a young man named Bartholomew Barebone. Unknown to Dorcus, this young man came from a family of Scourers, and as such had a deep disdain for magic. Bartholomew wooed young Dorcus into telling him the secrets of the MACUSA and Ilvermorny, which led to a sort of new-age witch hunt that harmed the already shaky American wizarding community. Because of all this, Rappaport’s Law was passed, which banned all mingling between wizards and No-Majs; no friendships, marriages, etc.

I found this part to be pretty harmless, but there are some people that are upset because they believe that the fictional magical segregation mirrors the very real racial segregation of America. I understand their concerns – this story takes place in a very tough time for civil rights, afterall. We thankfully have moved on from this era (for the most part), and today we are a country that strives for equality and happiness. But we need to remember that this story is a work of fiction by an author, and fiction will ALWAYS have similarities to reality.

1920s Wizarding America

Rappaport’s Law is still firmly in place in the 1920s, even though many witches and wizards stood with both sides during the Great War of 1914-1918, aiding in the prevention of some loss of life.

MACUSA has relocated from Washington, D.C. to New York City, and it’s been brought to my attention that some folks are displeased with this. What is the problem with it being in New York? Wizards and Witches live in secrecy, but that doesn’t mean they don’t live among us, especially in New York, which is a major world hub. Rowling’s historical timeline ends in the 1920s, but maybe she eventually said fuck it and moved the MACUSA to Las Vegas in the 1990s when the Excalibur opened. It would be a hilarious little tongue in cheek, “hahaha we’re literally right under your nose.” Who knows?

As far as education goes, American wizards have the opportunity to attend Ilvermorny, one of the top wizarding schools in the world. The wizarding world practices the magical equivalent of common core education, but because there were initially no wand makers in the new world, American wizards were falling behind their international peers.

So, in came wand makers and legislation for them.

Wand permits were introduced in the last half of the nineteenth century. Anyone carrying a wand needed a permit so that any mischief that may occur could be controlled. In total there were four wand makers, each coming from different locations and each with their own special abilities. It doesn’t seem that the wand chooses the wizard here in America, though, but rather magic users could buy their wands according to the type of magic they favored ( in order to maximize spells).

We also learned that wizards gave no care for prohibition. They were already on the down low about existing, so why not keep that ‘Gigglewater’ flowing?

This section has one parallel that really stands out here. If you replaced wand permits with gun permits, then you basically have the second amendment. If you own a wand (gun), then you have a permit as to identify ownership in case of death and craziness. Hey, everyone needs accountability.

In conclusion…

To close, these stories are short, and some of them come off as insensitive even. There is no doubt about that.

I can understand the detractor’s points of view on these, but there also seems to be a bit of nit-picking coming through, and for what reason? Because it’s something new, and some people think that Harry Potter was done after book seven? There are so many people, including fans, who are turning their noses up to this new world that J.K. Rowling is taking time to create for us, even though it’s something that a lot of people have been asking for. I remember being one of those people who wondered if she’d do a story set in America, wanting to know if there were wizarding schools outside of Europe.

She’s finally creating these worlds for us, and it’s wonderful and amazing.

I am one of those people who will sit here and defend ANY author I read and admire, primarily because it’s THEIR world, THEIR story, THEIR way. Yes, she is taking some liberties, intertwining history with her wizarding worlds, but that’s what writing is. If you don’t borrow a little from here, a little from there, and put your own twist on things, then there would be no great literature there would be nothing new.

Sit down and read these stories for what they are: a work of fiction.

These stories are something that another person is taking time out of their day and families to create for other people, to give folks a way to escape reality just for a short time and imagine a world that is awesome and fun. No one is telling you to read it or watch the subsequent movies, but it’s wrong to sit here and criticize everything that is written in a piece of fiction. There are far more abhorrent things going on in the world, and frankly it’s a waste of time to sit here and get your knickers in a twist over someone’s writing.

But then again, we are also a world (and country) that bans books because they’re too depressing or include nudity…because READING about someone losing their pants is apparently scandalous.

You’ve heard my thoughts on the controversy, now share yours in the comments!

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‘X-Files’ Recap: Episode 6

X-Files Season 10 Episode 6: My Struggle II AKA YOU BETTER MAKE MORE EPISODES OR SOMEONE IS GONNA GET SHANKED!

First and foremost…WHAT IN THE HOLY HELL!? LIKE SERIOUSLY? THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A SIX EPISODE EVENT! RIGHT NOW YOU’RE JUST TEASING US IN A NOT SO GREAT WAY! WHO ENDS AN “EVENT” LIKE THIS?! YOU BETTER DELIVER CHRIS CARTER, OR YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE SOME VERY IRRITATED AND PISSED OFF FANS. SO MUCH HATE MAIL!

Okay, now that is out of my system, let’s recap. ‘My Struggle II’ is a continuation of the first two episodes of the event. Tad O’Malley is back with his conspiracies, that turn out to be sort of fact, about alien DNA that been implanted in every person in America, nay, the world. That’s not all. Mulder is missing. After Scully watched the Truth Squad show, people start to slowly freak out, new agents Miller and Einstein are back and there to help as well. Einstein is skeptical about the alien DNA, but her and Scully, after encountering a man who seems to have been exposed to Anthrax, geno her DNA and Scully’s only to find that the sequence no longer has the anomaly. But due to Einstein’s cleverness and why it not be there, further explore Scully’s DNA, to find it and start to produce the serum to help cure people. Einstein, and a lot of other people meanwhile are all falling ill and dying.

Tad of course is there until the end, with shaky internet transmission, relaying the message that there is a ray of light, don’t give up, because Dana Scully is one bad ass mofo and she has the special stuff that will make us all feel better once more.

All of this is thanks to agent Monica Reyes, who has come out of hiding and reveals the truth that she left the FBI to basically be a slave to Cancer Man, Smoking Man, Overall Creep Man that should be dead, whatever you want to call him. She tells Scully about the plan the break down people’s immune systems, but that she’s immune to the virus that is now wreaking havoc across the world. YAY!! CRAZY!

While all this is happening, agent Miller is locating Mulder via phone tracking. He makes his way to the area where is he, and finds Mulder very sick and beaten. After exchanging words, he gets the hell out of dodge, and calls Scully, letting her know that he has Mulder, and both of them could use a couple of doctors.

Scully has made the cure! YAY! She administers her the vaccine and makes her way towards where Miller and Mulder are. After seeing the state Mulder is in, she tells Miller is in need of stem cells, and the only person he could get that from is from William, their son, but she has no idea of where is he. Just as she’s explaining this to Miller, a spacecraft appears over, a green beam ensnaring Scully.

OH NO, THEY’RE GOING TO BEAM HER UP! OH NO, THEY’RE GOING TO EXPLODE HER LIKE SVETA! OH YAY, THEY HAVE WILLIAM AND THEY’RE BEAMING HIM DOWN TO

SAVE HIS DADDY!

OH NO! THEY’RE GOING TO END THE FUCKING EPISODE ZOOMING IN ON SCULLY’S EYE!

What? Why? I was putting my child down as I watched it and nearly dropped her out of my arms wondering what the shit just happened. REALLY?!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this episode because I want to believe. I don’t want to sound crazy, but this season, primarily the premiere and finale, has resonated a little with me and I’m sure some of the Americans, and world, to the direction we’re heading. And that’s what, like I’ve said before, I like about this season, it’s bringing some thing, some people might not even be aware of to the forefront, and there is some truth to it.

With this season closing, all I can think about is the lingo used. Season finale. Not series. Also, they don’t use the words conclusion or anything to suggest that we WON’T be seeing more of Dana and Fox, hell, I’ll even take seeing more of Miller and Einstein.

In the end, I just want some more, and I leave with an open letter to the creator:

Dear Chris Carter,

Everyone involved in on board with more. Please make that happen. Please do another six part series in the fall, wrap of this gem of show at least and out a shiny red bow in it. That’s the least you can do with what you just gave us. There needs to be more. Please. Pretty please.

Thanks,

                        Charmaine.

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‘X-Files’ Recap: Episode 5

X-Files Season 10 Episode 5: Babylon

This episode seems like it ruffled a few feathers! I say that because after this episode aired, I was reading what people had to say about it, and the majority of people seemed to think that Agents Einstein and Miller were somehow going to be our beloved duos replacement.

Am I one of the few who didn’t get that feeling? Even my boyfriend felt that. Newsflash: People other than Scully have red hair and can be interested in the same things as her. And, more than one person can be interested in seeking the truth by not the standard means, à la, Agent Miller.

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Some people also thought that this episode was hitting a little close to home because of the Muslim extremist plot. But that’s what I like about this new and improved series. It’s taking today’s events and giving them that little extra something, making it more real. Kind of like what the X-Files did with the FBI building bombing in the original movie, which happened not too long after Timothy McVeigh’s OKC bombing.

 

And that’s where we will begin. The episode opens up on a Muslim man praying. He then goes to meet a friend, where at this point I was hoping they were going to portray these two in a less than sinister way, but those hopes were quickly thrown out the window when they exited their vehicle, entered a building and it exploded.

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Being not of the supernatural, this case is not assigned to Mulder and Scully, but to agents Miller and Einstein, who then seek out our agents because of the non-traditional techniques Miller wants to use. A psychic. But Mulder quickly shuts it down, and the two newcomers are on their way. However, Scully contacts Miller and tells him about a questioning technique that may work, and likewise, Mulder contacts Einstein and asks for a mushroom trip down memory lane.

 

The episode goes a little AWOL for a bit here. Scully’s technique seems to work, but when spoken in the terrorists native tongue, and through the placebo effect, we see Mulder go on some crazed trip to a country bar, where he drinks, dances half-naked (YES, PLEASE!) sees the Lone Gunmen and finally sees the terrorists where he whispers something in his ear.

 

Through this placebo trip, he was able to relay a message to Agent Miller, one that led him and his team to a hotel where there are about twelve terrorist bombers, praying and getting ready to head out to their locations.

 

‘Babylon’ ended with sweetness between Mulder and Scully. They held hands and talked of good things, but then Mulder heard the horns of truth. Is it a sign of things to come in the finale?

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Overall, this episode was so so for me. It hit the nail on the head with today’s current news, while it also relayed the message of the power of suggestions. Something the young terrorists mother talks about, how her sweet boy wasn’t raised like this and he was seduced. The power of written and spoken word is great, but it may not always be the best of choices.

 

What do you think? Leave a comment below, and don’t forget to watch the SEASON (Not Series, that some big lingo) finale tonight on FOX!

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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Book Release!

Well, it has been nine years since the last Harry Potter book was released, and five since the last movie hit theatres.

This year, all things magical are about to take over the world again because the series will go on for years and years and new generations will find, discover and love it.

Today Pottermore announced that the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1&2, which releases this summer on stage in London, will release simultaneously in script book form. This is especially exciting news since not everyone has the funds and abilities to travel to England, and hell, even if you live in England these tickets are coveted and sold out through March 2017 (I know, I looked already because I’m traveling to Ireland/England this winter and the cheapest tickets I could find were like $2000 American. Big fat nope there).

Also being released will be the rehearsal addition, meaning at the time of first showing, this is what will be said on stage. Through rehearsals and reviews, we can only expect there to be revisions made, and later in the year the Definitive Collector’s Edition will release, which will be the amended and final version.

The rehearsal edition will be available for purchase on July 31, 2016, which is Harry’s birthday of course.

From Pottermore, the premise of the play is as follows:

The eighth story. Nineteen years later.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

You kind of have to wonder where this will eventually lead to, and whether there will be more than just this single book/play to come in the future. Part of me wants to see his son sort into any house other than Slytherin, but on his way to becoming a dark wizard. I think that might be an unpopular opinion, but you never know, I could be nailing it on the head.

October 2016 also sees the release of the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by Jim Kay.

2017 is the 20th anniversary of the first publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK, and to honor this occasion, they will once again be re-releasing the first book, this time Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff themes. The Hogwarts library of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and Tales of Beetle the Bard will see new versions, Fantastic which of course is being expanded upon.

THAT’S NOT ALL THOUGH FOLKS! Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them also will be released this year on November 18, 2016 and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Los Angeles opens April 7, 2016.

THAT’S A LOT OF HARRY POTTER FOR ONE YEAR… and then some!

What are you most excited to see from the Harry Potter universe? Let us know in the comments!

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‘X-Files’ Recap: Episode 4

 X-Files Season 10 Episode 4: Back in the Day

Now, to date, this episode was my least favorite one to air. Not saying it wasn’t good, it just wasn’t my favorite.

This episode takes its name, and shows us several points ‘back in the day’. While investing a gruesome murder, Scully is called by her brother who tells her that their mother suffered a heart attack and was in ICU in D.C. Scully rushed to her mother’s side where she is told that Margaret Scully had updated her will and was not to be revived if unconscious. At this point she’d regained consciousness once while there, and it was calling out for her estranged son, William.

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Meanwhile, Mulder stays behind to investigate this murder, and the murders following. After a bit of work, he finds that a security camera was pointing at a billboard, with nothing on it, but looking out the window, he sees graffiti artwork on it presently.

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While heading out to see if there was a name attached to the artwork, he steps on a band aid, which he keeps, and heads off. While asking around, one man says it’s the ‘Band Aid Nose Man’ and he protects them.

Mulder left the case to be closer to Scully during her mother’s hospitalization. He holds her as her mother’s intubation tube is removed.

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She seems stable for a while, and they get a call from William, who doesn’t know what to say, but talks to his mother via phone. Her pulse quickens and her eyes open, only to look at Mulder to say, “My son’s name is William, too,” to then close her eyes and flat lines.

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The episode progresses with them finding out this ‘Band Aid Nose Man’ is a sort of Tulpa, created by a homeless man living in an abandoned building. He protects the homeless, but at the cost of lives of those who try to disrupt their way of live, whether it’s hindering them, or helping them by moving.

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The creator of the Tulpa manages to rework his art and it stay forever on the side of the building with a smile, seemingly done with its task.

The episode ends with Mulder and Scully at a lake with her mother’s ashes, pondering what their son, William, must think of them, if he thinks, if he resents them and hates them for giving him up when he was a baby.

I think, now that I write this out, I didn’t like this episode as much because it gave me the super feels of sadness. I don’t like being sad when I watch a show. Overall, it was good and enjoyable, but because of the sadness reason, ranks low on my list.

What are your thoughts on this episode? Let us know in the comments!

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‘X-Files’ Episode 3 Recap

X-Files Season 10×3: Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster

Where to begin with this episode?

I will say right now, I have been a pretty devoted fan, and would have to say this episode is in my top ten, maybe even top five episodes.

This episode is about a man, a lizard man, at that, that is a were-human? He’s a lizard man, but upon being attacked by a human, starts to turn into a human, much to his chagrin. When becoming human, he has natural human feelings: get dressed, find food, get a job, pay bills, get a dog for a companion.
The episode opens up with Mulder and Scully, almost in a reverse places. She has to convince HIM to go seeking the truth, by luring him with an “it has a monster” line. You see, Mulder is now skeptical that his life has been a lie, and he’s finding out that all the things they once researched or would have researched has been debunked. But, the fact remains, there are dead people in this town and they are being sent to investigate it.

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At this point, I am already howling with laughter because for me, they are making it semi-realistic that Mulder has led a very sheltered life and doesn’t know how to properly use a camera phone. After some shenanigans, they see the lizard run into a port-a-potty, only to see a guy sitting there using the bathroom. Hmm…

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The scene that follows is sweet. While yes, it is taking place during an autopsy, Mulder is going on about what he caught on film and Scully just stands there, trying to do her work, giving him side glances. You can tell she’s enjoying herself –  and Mulder notices – prompting her to happily admit that she’s missed these types of cases.

Mulder learns that there are several more people who are seeing the lizard man, one of which is the owner of the motel they’re staying at, who has an interesting way of looking on his guests, à la the jackalope.

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After Scully has a run in with the lizard man (who in his ginger form is known as Guy Mann), Mulder tracks him down at a local cemetery, where he tells Mulder (after he tries to get Mulder to kill him) the story of how he came to be a were-human, and his instincts. Mulder doesn’t seem pleased when he talks of scandalous acts with Scully, which of course were falsified, as Mann feels he needs to lie about his sex life now that he’s human.

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Guy Mann ended up leaving after spinning his tale, and Mulder then drank himself into a stupor. Scully calls and wakes him up, and his ringtone is none other than the X-Files theme, which made me giggle even further. She says she’s at the Animal Shelter wanting to ask Pasha, the animal catcher that was present for all the killings, if he knew anything, only to be attacked by him.

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By the time Mulder got there, Pasha was detained and telling those around him that ever since he was young, he felt the urge to attack people and gnaw on them. They tell him to save it for the courts as he is taken away, and Scully ends up taking in the dog Guy Mann adopted (but which ran away), in a very hysterical, uncharacteristic way for her. Sketchy Scully I am now calling her.

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The episode ends with Mulder seeing Guy off. He sheds his clothes, hopeful that he doesn’t not turn human again during his hibernation, which apparently lasted 10,000 years. He scurries into the woods and his gone.

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Overall, this is by far one of my favorite episodes, probably top five even. For me, there weren’t any flaws in writing and direction. These are the kinds of episodes I live for –  those sort of tongue in cheek, offbeat types. I’m hoping we see at least one more episode like this during this short run.

Or, ya know, they can just order a full 20 episode season 11…

What are your opinions on the new season of The X-Files so far? Let us know in the comments!

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