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Repeat after me: NATHAN FILLION IS NATHAN DRAKE

Remember when test footage of Ryan Reynolds playing Deadpool made the internet collectively lose their shit back in 2014? Well, Nathan Fillion just did the same thing with Uncharted.

If you ever imagined Nathan Drake being portrayed by anyone but Nathan Fillion, you’re straight up delusional. Sorry about it. Roses are red. Violets are blue fucking violet. Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool. NATHAN FILLION IS NATHAN DRAKE. Christ, they even share the same first name what more do you want!

Nathan Drake

And yet???

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Reading roundup! June 2018

June was a busy month for me! Between Comic Con, Pride, and the release of a couple games I’ve been anticipating for a long time: Jurassic World Evolution, and The Sims 4: Seasons. Neither of these games are kind to one’s freetime, and I was all too happy to give each of them every bit of it I had.

On top of that, we had some kitty cat emergencies with my poor old lady Shade. Lots of back and forth to the vet, nursing at home, and VERY STRESSFUL MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION. It’s a wonder I read anything at all.

It ended up being a great month in reading despite this. One of my resolutions this year was to read new titles that interest me as they’re released. I’m pleased to report that 3/4 of my titles this month fit the bill! Damn, guys. I’m so current!

 

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Westworld season 2 is a good example of why it’s sometimes best to ignore your fans

Westworld character poster season 2

Well. I just finished the (super long!) finale to Westworld’s second season.

I’m sad to say this wasn’t must-see-TV for me this year. These episodes racked up to tackle “later”, me in no particular hurry to keep up. Frankly, I’ve had more to say about Rupaul’s Drag Race this year than Westworld.

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“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” – and boy, is our nation crazy right now.

Two months ago, I read Farewell to Manzanar.

At the time, all two months ago, I found it shocking that such a dark moment in American history had been so thoroughly buried and forgotten.

Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

For those of you that don’t know, as I didn’t, Farewell to Manzanar is a memoir of a woman who was a child at the time of Japanese internment camps during World War II. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese immigrants were forced out of their homes and placed in the camps under suspicion – an ordeal that went on four years. When the camps finally ended, many of them were dumped back into the world to find their homes gone and essentially had to start their lives over again.

I couldn’t believe that, for all our holier-than-thou talk about Nazi’s and concentration camps, we had essentially done the same thing on our own turf. Sure, we weren’t gassing people in chambers, but these people had their lives ruined regardless.

Two months ago, I didn’t think we’d ever see something like this again. Two months ago.

And here we are.

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Kiksuya is the best of Westworld S2 yet

I’m going to be honest: season 2 of Westworld has bored the hell outta me.

At this point, I feel like they’re being confusing just for the sake of being confusing. I can’t make heads or tails of anything going on. Is this scene now? Is that scene the future? Are they in the past? WHY are they being so vague about everything? I’ve felt like I’m watching a magician who, after pulling off a moderately surprising trick in the first act, continues to try to outdo himself to no avail for the rest of the show. And for my next trick…

To be honest, I could probably figure it out if I actually cared to do so. That’s just the problem: I don’t. The character arcs seemed to reach a satisfying peak in season one, and now they just seem to be running off the rails. Dolores & Co are just rampaging robots, out for revenge. They’re windup toys, let loose only to fall off the edge of the table. Is that really the best you’ve got?

But this week’s episode was a HUGE step in the right direction for me. Kiksuya appeared to be a filler episode, something I wouldn’t be interested in watching at all. What would an episode about one of the Ghost Nation have to do with anything?

kiksuya - westworld

Y’all, this episode was AMAZING. It did so many things right, and is hands down the best of this season so far.

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