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Renée
23 July 2019 @ 04:34 pm
I tend to get all this information as it's coming out, though idk why but it seemed like there wasn't as much happening this year at SDCC? Or at least not much that interested me, personally, since there was a lot of announcements that occurred but it wasn't something that I was that into or didn't care for. But there were things that I was anticipating to come out from the event, and while I may be missing some things, here are the main ones that I'm excited about:

++ We finally have the much awaited official teaser for the fourth season of The Expanse, which will be premiering December 13th on Amazon Prime. I'm excited, for the fact that the show is returning on a new home and will hopefully remain there for a good long while, and also just to see the story unfold and continue on. This show is just so amazing and awesome, some of the best scifi I've seen in a long time, and I cannot wait to see what happens next. For anyone who is curious about the show, the first three seasons are available on Amazon so you can get caught up before the fourth season premieres.

++ There was a sneak peek trailer for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which includes a little bit of behind-the-scenes of what they did to make it which absolutely looks stunning. I mentioned this before, but I like how there is this equilibrium of using practical effects and special effects, and actually getting to see that here is remarkable. Seeing the puppetry, the built sets, and seeing how they incorporated the special effects to scenes that enhances the experience, it works so well because it's a combination of things that are needed. Everything I've been seeing in regards to Age of Resistance has me very impressed, from how it looks to how it'll be expanding the universe and world, and I'm really hoping that it delivers.

++ As for the MCU, I don't really have much to say about the Phase Four of films coming out. I've never been huge on the MCU anyway, so. I will say, though, that the only film that looks remotely interesting to me is Shang-Chi, because having an Asian-led MCU film, one of the first Asian-led superhero movie? With an Asian-American director and writer? Yes please. Also, hearing how Simu Liu basically championed for more racial diversity in the MCU, especially in regards to Asian-American representation, and that somehow got him the role makes it even better. So yeah, that's basically the only thing I am looking forward to, to be honest.

++ The trailer for the third season of Dear White People was released, which I was wondering when we were going to get it. I'm hoping that it doesn't end up getting cancelled (since that's what Netflix does a lot now after three seasons), or that the show has a nice conclusion regardless.

++ Doom Patrol was renewed for a second season! I was so happy hearing this news, since after the unfortunate circumstances surrounding Swamp Thing and hearing certain things about how DC/Warner Bros were handling things I thought that it wasn't going to get another season. The show has gotten a lot of positive reviews and reactions from people, it is considered one of the better DC shows because it is so different, so unique and fresh, which based on what I've seen it is absolutely true, so seeing it renewed makes me happy to see it continue to thrive.

++ While not revealed at SDCC necessarily, finding out that Katee Sackhoff is going to be in another science fiction series called Another Life on Netflix has me incredibly intrigued. I would've checked this out simply for her alone, but based on the trailer it actually looks quite interesting.

++ And lastly, of course I have to mention Critical Role. Some of the cast appeared to do a live reading for The Adventure Zone comics with the McElroys and Lin Manuel Miranda. I know many, including the cast, want to have these people guest on their show at some point in any capacity. I mean, Matt already has had quite a few amazing people guest, including doing a one-on-one session with Stephen Colbert. So this might be a possibility, whether a guest in the second campaign or doing voices for their animated series. The cast was also there for their Talks Machina panel, and also to promote the upcoming next issue of the Vox Machina: Origins comics.

Was there anything at SDCC this year that was announced or happened that made you excited?
 
 
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Renée
19 July 2019 @ 01:01 pm
++ I've come to realize that I've only ever liked the first season of Stranger Things. It was a fresh new show that had a nice mixture of 80s references and nostalgia, having that 80s horror/scifi mood and tone, the story was intriguing and I liked how all the pieces came together in the end. But after that, I don't know, the show kind of lost its charm imho, or that it bought into its own hype, or was overhyped by everyone else. idk, I'm not saying it's a bad show, I'm just saying that, for me, I enjoyed the first season more than the rest of it.

++ Apparently Gossip Girl is getting rebooted, in a way, by the original creators of the show. And that's...certainly a choice. I watched only, like, the first three seasons of that show and the first season is probably the only good season out of the entire thing. And how the series ended has always been remembered as the worst thing ever. So, I don't understand the need for this, outside of it contributing to the whole reboot/spin-off culture we live in now.

++ When it comes to shows that I have been revisiting, outside of Ocean Girl which was a nice trip down memory lane, I randomly decided to do a sporadic rewatch of Pretty Little Liars, just skipping around to watch certain episodes in certain seasons. I had briefly forgotten how enjoyable the show was in the beginning, before it got so convoluted and cluttered with ridiculous "twists" that didn't really matter in the end. I still maintain that the show should have been cut in half though, because there are so many subplots and storylines that were only there to be red-herrings and went absolutely nowhere, and were completely forgotten about by the next episode, not to mention all the retconning and continuity errors that occurred. It could have easily been a nice self-contained three-to-four season show without all the misdirection and failed promises to the audience. Also, upon rewatching, the dialogue could also be incredibly cringey, like attempting to be witty with one-liners but never quite landing correctly, obviously written by people who don't know how teenagers speak or communicate with each other. But underneath all that ridiculous mess, I have to admit it was entertaining for what it was and had potential of being a fascinating teen drama/mystery. Had, y'know, they actually had a plan from the start instead of making it up as they went along, which I think definitely hurt the show the longer it went on.

Speaking of, I haven't yet watched Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, which is the spin-off from the show, despite my love for Mona and Alison. I'm kind of putting it off for now. Also, unpopular opinion, but I'm still bitter that Ravenswood was cancelled after only one season. I was never in the PLL fandom so I was shocked to discover that many hated it. I thought it was really good, and it had potential of just being its own thing instead of a direct spin-off, even though I liked Caleb's involvement and his story intertwining with everything. There was only one downside that I understood why some fans got mad at, which I wasn't happy with it either, but I felt like that could have been rectified rather quickly once things got figured out. But yeah, I'm disappointed that the show was just forgotten about and nothing was ever resolved. I was intrigued and curious about that story, about that town, the characters. It had a more supernatural/horror element that I liked, and I wanted more, dammit.
 
 
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Renée
11 July 2019 @ 01:02 pm
I just discovered, much to my pleasant surprise, that the entirety of Ocean Girl has been uploaded onto their official YouTube channel, all four seasons.

Ocean Girl was a live-action Australian science fiction children's show that syndicated in the US on The Disney Channel during the 90s (but only the first three seasons, I wasn't even aware there was a fourth season until much later). The entire premise centers on two brothers and their discovery of a mysterious girl, Neri, who lives alone on an island and who can swim unprotected in the ocean for long periods of time. The series focuses primarily of their friendship and bond with Neri while keeping her secret from others who might want to exploit her, but also uncovering the truth of her origins along with helping her protect the ocean and nature in general. This is a series that I grew up on, this is literally a huge formative piece of my childhood that has shaped me into who I am today.

I really wish there were more shows like this out now, because even for a kids show it was quite intriguing, filled with mysteries and suspense, but also a kind of whimsical wonderment. It also got me curious about marine biology and environmental activism as a kid. And also I wanted to become Neri because, come on, who didn't want to live on an island and swim with a humpback whale? I know the creator of Ocean Girl also went on to create H20: Just Add Water years later, a show that while different shares similar themes and concepts, and I've read there's been talk about possibly reviving both shows, but I haven't heard much outside of that.

If you haven't seen Ocean Girl, I highly recommend doing so. Every episode is only half an hour, so it'll be a nice thing to binge-watch. I honestly like that they uploaded it for those unable to have accessibility to the DVDs. It really is a fantastic series that I feel more people need to know about.
 
 
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Renée
07 July 2019 @ 06:06 pm
We have our first official teaser to the Disney Mulan live-action remake.

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And here are my thoughts on some things I've been seeing re: this movie...Collapse )

I'm just really happy that there's an all-Asian cast, and based off the teaser alone it looks gorgeous, the cinematography and what seems like the choreography for the fighting sequences. It also seems void of any noticeable CGI, which is quite refreshing. That's not to say that the next trailer there won't be something like that, this is our first glimpse after all, but so far I'm liking what I'm seeing. This will be one of the few remakes I will be anticipating for, tbh.
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Renée
++ After seeing the trailer for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, I am even more excited than I was before. We only had a brief sneak peek last time, but here we get actual footage from the series and I'm incredibly impressed with it. So far from what we see in this trailer, there's a blend of the old school puppetry and use of special effects to enhance the world, and I really like that. And this is only a teaser trailer, which I'm assuming we'll be getting another one between now and before it premieres, but damn. I'm all in. Although I know that Netflix has been very picky about this very thing, I'm just hoping that it'll be released onto DVD/Bluray. Because, what's the point if I can't have the movie and the series together on my DVD shelf? I need a completed collection, dammit.

++ One Day At A Time has been saved by CBS! I was honestly surprised by this news, because based on what was being reported it seemed that Netflix was refusing to budge for anyone to save the show. But it seems like that was only for other streaming services to pick it up, not network television. It's still shitty what Netflix did, and continues to do, with the majority of their programming by cancelling after three seasons (or less) with no warning whatsoever based on a fucked up subscriber algorithm, but I'm happy that at least ODAAT was able to be saved.

++ Very recently, since many videos were popping up in preparation for the release of the Child's Play remake, I went down the rabbit hole of watching Aubrey Plaza videos on YouTube, from compilations to interviews and other segments. I've always loved Aubrey ever since Parks and Rec, but I hadn't watched some of her interviews and things in a while so I just went down that rabbit hole of hunting them down. I love her so much. We kind of share the same sense of humor, and I do like how she's become more comfortable during interviews now, while still maintaining that level of deadpan humor and awkwardness. My favorite recent ones are her episode on Hot Ones and her taking a lie detector test. But really, everything she does is gold. ❤

++ It was announced yesterday that Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in the upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid, and naturally all the racists have come out of the woodwork being mad about it because this Ariel is going to be black. This happens every single time, it's quite predictable, and just seeing the mental gymnastics they do to defend their racism and ignorance is just wild. It's not really surprising anymore, just disappointing. Either way, while The Little Mermaid is not my favorite Disney movie, and while these live-action remakes are a huge hit-or-miss for me personally, I have no problems about this casting at all.
 
 
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Renée
Reply here and I'll give you 3 subjects I don't think you know or care much about. Then you talk about those subjects in your journal. It's interesting to see who knows what about what?

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Renée
12 June 2019 @ 05:52 pm
++ The reveal that Keanu Reeves is going to be in Cyberpunk 2077, never mind his appearance presenting the game at the conference after that reveal happened, was probably the best moment in E3 history. I think that moment overshadowed everything else at the event, tbh. Everyone is practically in love with Keanu. I was already intrigued by Cyberpunk 2077, but now I'm really excited for it. But the most important question is: will Keanu's character be romanceable?

++ Kesha released a brand new song called, "Rich, White, Straight, Men" which is a gigantic middle finger to the patriarchy. I approve. Also, this is a completely different sound from what we're used to hearing from her. It has a sort of dark cabaret vibe, similar to that of The Dresden Dolls (specifically "Coin-Operated Boy") and Emilie Autumn. It may be an acquired taste for some people considering it is more of an experimental kind of track, but I personally really dig it.

++ Ever since the news broke out that Swamp Thing has been cancelled after only one episode, which completely blindsided and baffled everyone and there's been varying reports as to the reasons why, many have been questioning the future of DC shows, especially since one of the reasons given is that the people at WarnerMedia seem to want all DC shows to be similar to the CW formula. Understandably, many are pissed. You cannot place these shows underneath the same kind of formula, superhero stories are not homogeneous. They can, and should, have variety to reach a whole bunch of different audiences and not just the same thing over and over again. Some can be family-friendly, while others can be more mature and dark in content. Not everything has to be absolutely the same, otherwise it gets boring real fast, and this is part of a larger problem overall with higher ups looking at things at being marketable versus having a good story the curse of the entertainment industry, tbh. And this is making people nervous about what will become of shows like Doom Patrol (something I've recently been wanting to watch) which has gotten much praise and positive reception but might also be affected by all this fuckery that's been happening.
 
 
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Renée
01 June 2019 @ 08:10 pm
This is the last part of the meme.

My favorite and least favorite television cliches...Collapse )

And now I'm finally done! This was an incredibly long meme, and I wanted to take my time doing it. I left some questions out that I felt I couldn't really answer, but for the most part I finished all of it. It took quite a while, but I'm glad I did because it was fun answering these. For anyone who missed the other days, you can go through the tag and see the rest of my answers.
 
 
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Renée
++ Midsommar is an upcoming horror movie by the director of Hereditary, and I'm already curious and enthralled by it. One of the things I like about A24 trailers is that they give off unsettling atmospheric vibes without revealing anything of the plot. I also love it when horror goes bright and vibrant instead of the typical dark/gritty route often seen, so automatically I was intrigued by that direction this film seems to be going for. Plus it has Chidi from The Good Place, so.

++ There are apparently plans for Saw to be rebooted which...I do not want, to be honest. First of all, while people's opinions about the quality of the franchise vary, I still enjoyed it for what it was. And at this point it's basically considered a classic in its own right, and it is well-deserved. I even liked the recent Jigsaw movie despite some of its retconning. Secondly, rebooting for the sake of rebooting and banking off from something popular is just tired, old and lazy at this point. The Saw franchise has become quite a classic among horror fans that even attempting an reboot this early is out of the question, especially since you cannot replace the genius that is Tobin Bell as John Kramer. If nothing else, they should just continue what they were doing with Jigsaw because I am curious about some things that were in the movie, which could actually lead into a whole other connecting franchise altogether. Plus, the only way I would ever accept a remake, or a retelling of sorts, is if it was done by someone like Jordan Peele, because I feel like he would actually do justice with a fresh and interesting take on the story. But otherwise, leave this franchise alone.

++ Bryan Fuller recently tweeted a confirmation that they're still wanting/hoping to continue with Hannibal for a fourth season, they're just waiting for the right network/service to come along and support them. I know that this has been an ongoing discussion for a while about him wanting to still do a fourth season, but with revivals happening all the time to continue series that have been long cancelled (see: Veronica Mars, as someone pointed out) it is not out of the realm of possibility for it to become a reality. And with Hannibal still being praised as a television series and fans still being active, hopefully someone out there will take that chance. Just not Netflix, please.

++ Speaking of, we finally have a teaser trailer for the third and final season of Jessica Jones. It's incredibly short, but it looks like it's going for S1 vibes, and I'm here for it.
 
 
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Renée
25 May 2019 @ 05:51 am
Favorite shows/characters and number of episodes in a season....Collapse )

Also, Matt Mercer just did a special one-shot D&D game with Stephen Colbert for Red Nose Day! It is pretty much nearly an hour of pure wholesomeness, with this being Stephen's first time venturing back into the world of D&D in decades. It's so amazing watching the two of them geek out, along with what people are considering the Mercer Effect with seeing how immersed Stephen was with his storytelling. Someone even pointed out that Matt used old school D&D terminology to kind of bring him back into the swing of things. It's just so awesome, and it's for a good cause too. Plus, I know that Matt and the rest of the CR cast have been wanting to get Colbert to be on their show somehow for a long while now, so their wish definitely came true.

I definitely think that, as they've grown much bigger in terms of starting their own company and the growing fan community surrounding their game, not to mention the immense success of their kickstarter campaign, it gives them these kinds of amazing opportunities.
 
 
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