[Review] The Flash (2014) – 2×03: “Family Of Rogues”

This week we’re spending quality time with friends and family. Grab a latte and chill, because it’s time to take a look at CW’s The Flash.


KEVIN

Family is an interesting thing, isn’t it? We’ve discussed before the importance of found family vs. the kind you’re saddled with, and this week’s episode is no exception.

The full phrase, after all, is “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb1. Which means that it’s the family you choose that is the most important, and can result in the strongest interpersonal bonds you can ever find.

Often this includes members of your blood family. Sometimes it doesn’t. This is your choice, and yours alone.

Sometimes your family is toxic, and you have to cut them out of your life. Sometimes, of course, your family will stick a bomb in your head to get you to case a vault with them.

Though this episode is old, spoiler warnings are in effect after the cut.
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[Review] Watch_Dogs 2

written by Matthew Finneman

Hype is a tricky beast. On one hand, it is a powerful tool for motivating gamers into anticipating your new IP. But that same wave of excitement can quickly turn to backlash when the hype-fueled, unrealistic expectations give way to reality. Hype can quite literally make or break a game. There are quite a few notable games this generation which have fallen prey to “the hype,” and one of the most well-known of them is the game which encapsulated all of the excitement and anticipation of the new generation of consoles – Watch_Dogs.

Years went by. Hype grew and turned to skepticism and snark. The game sold well, but its grimdark setting, repetitive mission structure, unlikable grimdark protagonist, and its GTA me-too gameplay kept it from becoming a true classic, despite the novelty and fun of a fully hackable world.

Enter Watch_Dogs 2.
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[Review] The Flash (2014) – 2×02: “Flash Of Two Worlds”

This week’s episode has us seeing double. Get ready for a big shock, because it’s time to take a look at CW’s The Flash.


BETHANY

Parallel worlds are just…really cool. I’ve always found the idea of a multiverse (not just in fiction, but for real) fascinating. And obviously, this idea has captivated comic writers. It’s hard to find a comic character who doesn’t have some parallel version in an alternate universe. It’s actually something of a common idea these days, though it was fairly new to pop culture when I first heard of it. (Back in the day, before cell phones and the internet, when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth…)

For example: the Berenstain Bears.

There’s this theory that those of us who remember Berenstain being spelled as Berenstein are (among other possibilities) from a parallel world, and we slipped into the Stain universe on accident or due to a glitch in the Matrix or because Mars is retrograde or something. Other notable theories include one which states this is an alternate timeline due to someone going back into the past and fucking with something (dammit, Barry!).

Now, in truth, these theories are most likely the result of confabulation on a wide scale (known in some circles as the Mandela Effect. It’s relatively common to have a confabulated memory which is specific to you (for example, for a few years I was convinced that my great-uncle, whom I knew as Uncle Leonard, was dead, and then I ran into him at a family thing. Awkward, lemme tell you), but it’s really an interesting phenomenon that we get them en masse like this. The universe is a weird and wonderful place, but it’s probably not evidence that some of us are from a parallel earth/alternate timeline.

Still, it’s fun to think about, no?

Anyway, spoilers under the cut.
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[Review] The Flash (2014) – 2×01: “The Man Who Saved Central City”

Kevin and Bethany return to Central City with the start of Season Two. Start up the band and prepare a ticker-tape parade, because it’s time to take a look at CW’s The Flash.


KEVIN

Welcome back, friends! Hope you enjoyed your holidays. I know I did – I have the first collected volume of Mark Waid’s Flash comics and I’m eagerly awaiting Volume Two to be released. Until then, we’ve got the next season of The Flash to get through, and gosh, is it a doozy.

Where did we leave off, again? Ah, yes. Black hole, Jay Garrick’s helmet, sacrifice, cliffhanger.

Let’s get started.

Though this episode is old, spoiler warnings are in full effect under the cut.
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[Review] Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

written by George Hatch

EDITOR’S NOTE: This review was written and published before Carrie Fisher’s death on December 27th. May the Force be with you, Carrie.

SPOILER WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first Star Wars property to hit the big screen that doesn’t follow the Skywalker bloodline, instead focusing on the age-old question: how did the Rebels get the Death Star plans? It’s a topic that’s been covered multiple times in the pre-Disney Expanded Universe, so much so that each one contradicts the other. We’ve had Kyle Katarn steal them from a secret Imperial base (Dark Troopers), Rebel dissidents on the Death Star transmitting the plans to Polis Massa (Battlefront II), Han Solo’s ex-girlfriend lead a suicide squad to get the plans off Toprawa (X-Wing, Rebel Dawn )…it’s a confusing slog, and that’s not counting the other continuity gaffes that make Disney’s jettisoning of the old EU look reasonable.
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[Editorial] Representation Matters

written by Kate Spencer

Representation matters. I’m going to be saying that a lot, so this is to get you used to it.

Representation matters.

Imagine you’re a little kid with red hair and freckles. Maybe you get picked on in school for it, maybe you have to suffer through tons of ginger jokes, maybe you just feel different. Then one day you pick up a comic book for a little escapism and toward the end of the comic, the superhero removes their mask and you see they’re a redhead too. They’re like you. Maybe they have to put up with ginger jokes too, but they can also fly or shoot lasers or run at the speed of sound. You can’t do all of that, but you can read the adventures of someone who can and maybe see a few more things you have in common. Maybe you start applying some of the morals and lessons of the comic to your own life because you admire that superhero, and you feel like on some level you can be like them.

Because they’re like you.
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