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Media Update 4/8/21

April 11, 2021

Godzilla vs. Kong

I really liked King Kong: Skull Island and I have a lot of nostalgia for the Godzilla movies whne I was a kid. I watched every single one that I could get a hold of. This is the continuation of a franchise so there is a lot going on. This movie covers the inevitable clash of King Kong and Godzilla and I’ve become a fan of these versions of the monsters. The movie largely follows two intersecting plotlines. The first plot line is helmed by Rebecca Hall, a linguist working with Kong who is great as an insightful advocate. She is joined by Alexander Skarsgård who is great as a scholarly good guy trying to do the right thing. Kaylee Hottle plays a great character, one of the best child actors I have seen in a while. The other plot follows Millie Bobbie Brown, an inquisitive young woman, and Brian Tyree Henry, a paranoid engineer. They are dealing with Demián Bichir and Shun Oguri who are great as villains. The movie went along at a great pace and the human story never stood in the way of the monster story. The special effects and monster design were both really good. I recommend this movie.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Since I liked Kong vs. Godzilla, I decided to check this one out as well. I had not watched it yet because I disliked Godzilla (2014) so much. This was a mistake. The movie has a huge ensemble cast but we mainly follow two characters. The first is Millie Bobbie Brown, who is great as a troubled but highly intelligent young woman. The second is Kyle Chandler who is great as a man trying to pull his life back together. We also get Vera Farmiga who plays a brilliant but misguided scientist. We get other great performances from Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, David Straitharn, Ken Watanabe, and Zhang Ziyi. Somehow, the human parts flow without being too much and they all work to serve the Godzilla plot. Nothing gets in the way of the Godzilla and the monster plot. Again, I really loved the monster design and the fight choreography. I recommend this movie.

Destroy All Monsters

It was intensely interesting to go back and watch this movie. While it is by far not a perfect film, you can see direct through lines to the above movies (and other movies throughout the years). In fact, the movie came up with a lot of interesting plot points even if they are somewhat clumsily crafted. I like a lot of the interesting takes on global politics that this movie deals with. I really loved that this became more of a thing into the Godzilla movies of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and onward. Shin Godzilla in particular did a really good job on that sort of commentary. The special effects are, of course, not super great but still fun. This is “guys in rubber suits” era of Godzilla so all of the monsters move a little weird. You get weird frames where Rodan is doing the Shimmy and Godzilla is shadow boxing. Later films would do better with giving the humans more stakes by putting them in the same shot as the monsters and have better models for the monsters to destroy. I won’t really talk about the acting because it was all melodramatic dubbed over English and I imagine the Japanese is much better but I do not know. Still, I recommend this movie as something fun to put on in the background.

Music of the Week:

ParkingLotGrass -Rain Man

Yat-Kha – Charash Karaa

Playboy Manbaby – I Wish My Brain Was A Computer

dodie – Guiltless

Mashup of the Week:

Allen Riley – Surfin’ With Butterfly Wings

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Go Go Godzilla!”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
i watched more Elementary Season 4
I watched more Teen Wolf Season 1
I started watching Q: Into the Storm
I watched more Allen v. Farrow

I also got vaccinated on Tuesday so that’s why this post is late!

The Electrocutioner Strikes – A Batwoman Story

April 6, 2021

(I decided to posit what might happen if Ruby Rose got a second season on CW’s Batwoman)

“I am the Electrocutioner!” the woman yelled in the middle of Gotham’s main street at the top of her lungs. “Gotham will fry for what they’ve done to me!” She was wearing a black hood over her head but blond hair spilled from a hole in the back of it. She had some kind of heavy-duty gauntlets on and she was threatening everyone who came remotely close. She had a sack at her feet which was presumably filled with cash from the bank a few yards from her.

“Check this one out, Luke,” Kate said, perched far above in her Batwoman suit. “She’s absolutely crazy and kind of pathetic.”

“Careful, Kate,” Luke said over their communicator. “I’m reading a lot of energy coming from somewhere on her.”

Kate studied this so-called Electrocutioner before tapping the side of her cowl and activating lenses in her mask that allowed her to see closer. “It’s probably those gauntlets, Luke,” Kate said. “I mean, it seems pretty obvious.”

“Keep an eye on her for a moment,” Luke said. “The Batcave’s computers are analyzing her gear.”

“I’m not going anywhere,” Kate said. “But I shouldn’t have to remind you that there’s a dangerous lunatic with potentially killer tech down there.”

“Oh,” Luke said without elaborating.

“What does ‘oh’ mean, Luke?!” Kate said forcefully into the commlink.

“The scan triggered something in the computers,” Luke said. “Her tech is definitely a match for the other Electrocutioners that Bruce fought.”

“Plural?” Kate asked. “How many?”

“Three of them,” Luke said. “They all shared the last name of Buchinsky.”

“Look to see if they had any younger blonde relatives maybe?” Kate asked. “Oh hell.”

“What’s wrong?” Luke asked.

“Sophie’s here,” Kate said. “Playing the hero again.”

“I’ll remind you that you ‘play the hero’ all the time and also that you’re both heroes,” Luke said. “I mean, in each in your own way.”

“I get it,” Kate said. “but she’s not equipped like Batwoman is.”

“I’ve got a hit,” Luke said. “Avery Buchinsky. She has the right build for Avery Buchinsky.”

Down below, The Electrocutioner’s gauntlets sparked and a bolt of electricity shot out and hit a trash can, setting the trash inside on fire. Sophie started to get people to back up, pulling her gun out.

“That’s my cue,” Kate said and she jumped from her ledge.

She activated her gliders closer to the ground and she drifted down to land on the top of a streetlight. She activated a microphone in her mask. She tapped into nearby public address speakers.

“Avery Buchinsky!” Batwoman yelled out and her voice filled the street with the aid of technology. “Make it easy on yourself. Surrender yourself to the authorities.”

“That’s not my name!” Electrocutioner yelled. “He said you’d show up and now you’re cooked!” She gestured with a gauntlet and a bolt of lightning hit the street light, overloading it and sending broken glass and sparks everywhere. Batwoman barely managed to swinging away using her grappling hook. She swung down to the street.

“You don’t have to go down the same road as your family, Avery,” Batwoman said. “I’m telling you from experience that you don’t have to let family tell you who you are.” She thought briefly about Alice, her father, and even Bruce. She was doing her own thing and she was helping people no matter what they might say.

Electrocutioner shook her head. She flexed her hands out to the side and arcs of electricity surrounded her. “I can’t stop,” Avery Buchinsky yelled out, her eyes wild under her mask. “I won’t stop! He won’t let me!”

“Then I have to stop you,” Batwoman said. “Don’t make me do this, Avery!”

“You can try!” Avery yelled out and prepared to unleash everything she had at Batwoman.

Batwoman sighed and dodged Avery’s full force attack and then threw a bolo. When the lines connected the two gauntlets, there was a blinding flash as they short circuited which sent Avery flying back through the bank’s plate glass window. Batwoman rushed to her and held two fingers against Avery’s pulse. She was still alive.

“Get an ambulance!” Batwoman yelled out toward Sophie who was already on her phone.

“Please,” Avery said weakly.

“Who was making you do this, Avery?” Batwoman asked. “Who?”

“He’ll hurt my family,” Avery said. “I can’t.”

“I’ll protect them,” Kate said. “I promise.”

“It was Zeus,” Avery managed to say before passing out.

The Birds Solve a Riddler – A Birds of Prey Story

April 2, 2021

(Specifically takes place in the continuity of the Birds of Prey movie)

Edward Nygma aka The Riddler ran around the corner with his henchmen close behind him. They had just robbed a bank after Nygma had laid out a very clever heist. The heist had gone very smoothly but unbelievably, the getaway car had refused to start. Nygma cursed his luck. He was brilliant and wise but his luck was always bad. It was completely unfair when all of the other criminals, many of them half of his IQ, were far luckier. Now he and his goons were hoofing it through a Gotham alleyway. He stopped short when he saw a caped figure start to emerge from the shadows.

“Batman!” he cried out. “No! Impossible! My riddles should have occupied you across town for hours. You really are a match for my intellect. No matter, you’ll still die.” He pointed his gun but he felt a blinding pain in his hand and he dropped the gun. Was that a crossbow bolt in his hand?

“I’m not Batman,” the woman said as she stepped fully out of the shadows, cocking her crossbow.

“Well, who the hell are you!?” Riddler yelled. “Batgirl?”

The young woman shook her head and let herself smile a little. There was no reason to be so serious. At least, that is what they kept saying. “They call me… Huntress,” she said regarding the Riddler as she leveled her crossbow again. “Give up now.”

“Fat chance,” Riddler yelled. “They’re going to call you dead. Get her boys!” His henchmen started to aim their guns when two other women leapt out of the shadows and his guys started to get punched, sending their guns clattering to the ground.

“You know what,” Renee Montoya said. “I know Batman. I think Batman didn’t bother with your riddles. He’s just not here because he doesn’t care about you anymore.” She clocked one of the henchmen, sending him to the ground.

“I am Batman’s greatest rival,” Riddler said, somewhat defensively. “I’m sure he’ll be here to show you amateurs up at any point.” He said it proudly but the confidence did not quite reach his eyes and betrayed his true feelings. It was sad to see somebody get ghosted by an ex.

“Bad news, Riddler,” Black Canary said as she roundhouse kicked a henchman. “You’re stuck with us. You’re also forgetting the Joker, the Penguin, and ton of other people.”

“You’re just a bit above the Condiment King these days,” Montoya said. “It’s sad.”

“Yeah,” Huntress said. “I think people are all about Cluemaster these days.”

“Cluemaster!?” the Riddler yelled. “He’s a hack!” This is about when he noticed that his henchmen had all been knocked out. He sighed and his shoulders slumped.

Montoya held up a bunch of zip ties. “Make it easy on yourself, Riddler,” she said. “We won’t tell. You can tell them we beat you senseless. You can say there was ten of us.”

The Riddler grunted and slowly put his wrists together and extend them out, closing his eyes and turning his head away as if it would be Batman tying him up if he did not watch it happen.

It made the Birds of Prey chuckle a bit. They tied his hands behind his back and started the job of tying up his henchmen as the Riddler sat and pouted. They made quick work of it and then Montoya set off a blue smoke signal and they walked away.

“You know,” Black Canary said. “I think you’re getting better with the patter, Huntress.”

“Yeah?” Huntress asked with a smile. “Thanks. We still need to get Renee a mask.”

“I don’t think so,” Renee said.

Amongst the Debris – A Star Trek Story

April 1, 2021

Taran Alder had barely crawled into the Jeffries Tube before his quarters had exploded and then decompressed. He was able to mash the button to close the tube again which prevented him from being sucked into space. He rolled onto his back and breathed hard for a moment, staring at the uncomfortably close ceiling. He would have to get moving soon. The damage might spread from his room and who knew what other decks were compromised. He also had to find his sister and his mother. He had to believe that they were still alive.

He rolled back over and tried to take inventory of his physical wellbeing but all he could feel was ‘ouch’. His ears were still ringing from the sound of the impact and his body was starting to ache from being thrown from his bed. He had thought that the impact was from debris but he had no idea what the debris was from. There had been a red alert just before impact so it had not been a complete surprise. Still, whatever it was had gotten through the shields (if they were even up). Not a surprise since the ship was only a transport and not actually designed for battle.

As he started making his way through the Jeffries tube, he noted that the lights were still on so the power was not completely damaged. The air was still breathable so maybe life support was still operable. That was good news. Maybe the damage was minimal. Maybe they would effect repairs and wouldn’t even need rescue. They couldn’t be that far from a space station. It was good to remain optimistic. There were plenty of things that could go wrong but it made no sense to worry about them until evidence presented itself.

Taran realized he was clutching something in his hand. It was his dad’s old tricorder. He didn’t even remember grabbing it in the scramble for safety. He pointed it at the nearby door and found that the thing was reading a breathable atmosphere on the other side. He pressed the button and climbed into a hallway that was scorched. The fire suppression system must have successfully triggered and released. It mostly looked like surface dangerous but some systems looked exposed and one of the light panels flickered ominously. He hurried on.

He arrived at the quarters where his sister and mother were staying and was about to see if the door was still working when he saw his older sister poking around in some wiring in the wall.

“Aurelia!” Taran called out, making her flinch and drop the tool in her hand. “Be careful, we don’t know how stable that is.”

Aurelia turned, clearly annoyed. “Relax, Taran. I took the panel off myself,” she said. “I was trying to jury rig access to this communicator panel.” She reached down to grab her tool.

“Alright, that’s not a bad idea,” Taran said. “We’re not getting any alerts from the Captain so we need to know what to do.”

“We also need to find mom,” Aurelia said. “She wasn’t in our quarters when I woke up.”

“Is there damage in your quarters?” Taran asked.

“No,” Aurelia said. “The lights are out and I had to manually release the door.”

“Mine kind of exploded,” Taran said. “Can I sleep on your floor after we get through this?”

“I’ll think about it,” Aurelia said. “This is going nowhere. We should pick a direction and head that way.”

“Agreed,” Taran said. “Obviously, in the opposite direction of my room.”

“Obviously,” Aurelia said.

They started down the hallway and came to a large bulkhead door.

“They sealed off this section,” Taran said. “We must be the only ones who didn’t get out.”

“What do we do now?” Aurelia asked.

“We get through that door just like you got out of your room,” Taran said. He moved over and started to remove a panel. “There has to be a release here somewhere.”

“Forget it, Taran,” Aurelia said. “This door is different. We’re not getting out this way.” She sighed.

“I won’t give up,” Taran said.

Just as he said it, a shimmering light enveloped him and Aurelia. Suddenly, they were somewhere entirely. Blue-clad Federation medics headed their way and started checking them out.

“What’s going on?” Taran called out.

“Relax,” a voice said. “My name is Nog. This is the USS Maryland and we were finally able to track your life signs to transport you out of the damaged section. You must be Aurelia and Taran. We’ve already beamed your mother aboard as a precaution. We’ll take you to her when our medics give the all-clear.”

Taran nodded and closed his eyes and finally relaxed.

Media Update 4/1/31

April 1, 2021

Falcon and Winter Soldier

Coming off of WandaVision, I was interested where they would go with Marvel television. This story already feels a bit more political and connected to the world at large (which is different not better or worse). Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan return as the title characters and do a great job continuing those characters’ stories. Since we are not focusing on Steve Rogers anymore, we get to see more of the personal life of both characters and how they fit in to society. We also get to see a lot more of the realities of a post-blip world. Adepero Oduye is a scene-stealer as Falcon’s sister. Emily VanCamp gets to return as the criminally underused Sharon Carter. The whole cast is really interesting and it seems that they are able to tell a meaningful, deep story while also having a lot of exciting action scenes. I definitely recommend this show.

Operation Varsity Blues

Since I followed the scandal in the news, I was definitely going to check out this documentary. This documentary obviously follows the high-profile conspiracy investigation that busted a college admissions cheating operation. It exposed many wealthy people who were able to cheat to get their kids into prestigious universities and colleges. The movie is told in reenactments which are leagues ahead of your average reenactments. Part of that is that Matthew Modine plays Rick Singer, the charismatic and morally bankrupt ringleader behind the whole scheme. The movie does a good job breaking down possible motives for the parents who eagerly cooperated with the schemes. The documentary also goes into some interesting discussions about what makes a college desirable and how broken the college admission process has become. It never excuses the people who were guilty in this but it does bring some understanding into it. I recommend this as well.

Icarus

This is an award-winning documentary about steroid doping in athletics. The director, Bryan Fogel, started out his story with frustration about always being toward the middle of the pack during marathon bike races. Partially spurred on by the Lance Armstrong scandal, he starts to investigate a bit. He is told that far more people than we know are using drugs to gain an unfair edge. He decides to try doping and see if he can pass drug tests like Lance Armstrong. He starts a regiment and is coached by an eccentric Russian scientist who is in charge of a huge lab in Russia. When a larger scandal breaks in Russia, the movie suddenly changes from medical scandal investigation to political thriller. The movie took turns that I did not expect but it manages to stay light even in its darkest moments. It exposes a lot of the worst of the sports world and how easily people turn a blind eye to it. I recommend this as well.

Music of the Week:


Lil Nas X – MONTERO

Jessi (제시) – ‘어떤X

Devour – No Escape

Apocalyptica feat. Lacey – Broken Pieces

Mashup of the Week

Wantwon – Sexy Like a Hole

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Feeling Like a Fake”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
i watched more Elementary Season 4
I watched American Murder: Family Next Door

Video Game Lore: The Super Mario Dating Scene

March 29, 2021

The other day, I was writing about Bowsette and I realized I had more to say about Nintendo. It is not exactly a meme but is instead about the ongoing lore of the two biggest properties that Nintendo controls. Those properties are the Mario games and the Legend of Zelda games. This is going to get pretty nerdy and does not really mean anything but it is something that I have grown to like contemplating sometimes. I suppose it is the writer in me. Anyway, I want to discuss specific parts of both of these franchises. Both have a ton of lore but, to varying degrees, both franchises require their fanbase to fill in a lot of the gaps.

The Super Mario Dating Scene

As most video game nerds will point out pushes up glasses, Mario first showed up in Donkey Kong. In that game, he tries to save his then-girlfriend Pauline from the giant ape Donkey Kong. Fewer people remember that Mario was actually the antagonist of Donkey Kong Jr. who was just trying to rescue his dad from Mario’s who kept his old foe in a cage. Mario would eventually end the generational feud by befriending Donkey Kong the 3rd. At this point, he had broken up with Pauline. Side note: Mario eventually met up with Pauline in Super Mario Odyssey where she is the Mayor of the democratic kingdom of New Donk City.

Anyway, Mario would go on to team up with his brother Luigi and the two would pretty much be inseparable from then on. Well, unless one of them was kidnapped and the other had to save their brother. Mario and Luigi first got involved with Princess Peach when rescuing her the first time Bowser kidnapped her in Super Mario Bros. They would go on to have a routine of rescuing Peach whenever Bowser kidnapped her in pretty much every game. They eventually met Princess Daisy, a princess of far off Sarasaland (exclusive to the Nintendo Game Boy). At that point, people figured that Luigi did not have to be a third wheel and the two princesses and two plumbers could double date.

However, Nintendo has always been pretty coy about these relationships. Official word is nestled in little easter eggs and ambiguous scenes in spinoff games. Notably, when Mario saves the day in many of the games, he is rewarded by Peach baking him a cake and not giving him a kiss. If he does get a kiss, it is the same chaste cheek kiss that his brother Luigi gets. It seems a lot of people read too much into Mario and Peach’s relationship and Daisy x Luigi as well. In fact, while Mario and Peach (and Bowser) seem to be inextricably linked by fate and politics, Mario and Peach do not act like a couple.

This apparent disconnect between fanon and canon caused a big ruckus from the MRA folks. In Super Mario Odyssey, Mario spends the whole game trailing after Bowser, Peach, and Bowser’s wedding planners as Bowser tries to prepare to marry Peach whether she wants to or not. Mario finally catches up at the wedding chapel on the Moon where he soundly beats Bowser Punchout-style. At the end of the game, Bowser and Mario both offer Peach flowers but she rejects both of them and leaves them both stranded on the Moon. Finally, a definitive statement (possibly?) that Peach may not be into Mario. More importantly, it was a great message to MRA types and young impressionable boys that helping out a woman does not mean that she is obligated to date you.

Time will tell if they ever go all in on the relationship or whether the four remain platonic friends who like to hang out and play sports together.

Bonus: This awesome music video from Starbomb where Luigi makes a play for Peach.

This got long so tune in for part 2!

Media Update 3/25/21

March 25, 2021

My Bloody Valentine (1981)

This definitely felt like a solid 1980s horror movie. Movies like this are often tonally all over the place, goofy one minute and dead serious the next. There’s a lot of emotional whiplash. The story mashes together imagery from coal mining and Valentine’s Day. The movie takes advantage of a relatively large ensemble cast as the town of Valentine Bluffs is stalked by a killer. Paul Kelman was good as the troubled yet good-hearted boy. Neil Affleck is good as the hot-headed local guy who is the leader of the pack. Lori Hallier is great as the plucky but confused good girl. A special shoutout to Keith Knight who plays the lovable goofball who often acts as the group’s peacekeeper. There are a lot of great scenes between the characters between the horror parts. The movie is largely bloodless and lets you imagine the deaths which is pretty effective. I recommend this movie.

My Bloody Valentine (2009)

I had this on my radar for a while because the director and screenwriter have both worked on some fun schlocky horror stuff. (Drive Angry, Scream the TV Series, Dracula 2000, Jason X) So basically, we’re dealing with guys who love horror and are not just in this for a quick cash grab. The movie has a lot of the same characters as the first movie but updates it and steps up the carnage. It also focuses on fewer characters, dealing directly with interpersonal conflict. The movie stars Jensen Ackles as the loner hometown boy who has been gone for a long time. Kerr Smith plays the angry Sheriff trying to solve the latest killings. Jaime King is good as the small-town good girl all grown up. There are definitely shout-outs to the original but it is difficult to compare the two as they have different mission statements. This one focuses more on the mystery and also has a lot of very gory but creative kills and ups the body count. I recommend this movie.

Dagon

This is an HP Lovecraft-inspired movie so I went in expecting it to be trippy and I was not disappointed. Basically, a bunch of tourists are stranded on an isolated island in a foreign country and the townspeople are not what they appear. This movie goes from zero to a hundred extremely quick and then never lets up. A lot of the tension from the movie actually comes from the physical and vocal acting from the human monsters. It really added to the strange and troubling atmosphere throughout. The main actor was Ezra Godden who is really good as the put upon geeky guy who is forced into impossible situations. The movie is directed by the legendary Stuart Gordon who has a history of Lovecraftian movies (Reanimator, From Beyond, Castle Freak). I definitely recommend this one too.

Music of the Week

REI AMI – SNOWCONE

Carly Rae Jepsen – Want You In My Room

THE AGONIST – As One We Survive

Metro Station – Shake It

Mashup of the Week

MashupChuck – No More Tears Of A Clown

Weekly Update
This week’s theme is “RNG Horror Podcast No. 9”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
i watched more Elementary Season 4
I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 11
I finished WandaVision
I finished The Vampire Diaries Season 3

Meme Tracer: Bowsette

March 22, 2021

I was reminded today of the story of Bowsette which happened almost three years ago now. It is really fun to watch things catch fire on the Internet so quickly. This is why I love memes so much because they are a fun game to play with the rest of the Net but also kind of fun to trace.

In September 2018, Nintendo revealed to the world a new concept connected to New Super Mario Bros. U for Switch. Though, to understand it (as much as you can understand it) you would have to go back to Super Mario Bros. In that game (the third to feature Mario), they introduced Toad (the character and the species). The little mushroom-headed guy was a loyal subject of Princess Peach. You could first play as one of the Toads in Super Mario Bros. 2. He became a well-known character and his race appeared in every game after that, often getting huge roles. He was once again playable in spinoff games such as Mario Kart, Mario Strikers, Mario Tennis, Mario Party, and so on.

Eventually, Nintendo wanted to create a new variant of Mario Kart called Mario Kart Double Dash. The conceit of this version was that the cars would be driven in teams including a driver and a weapons specialist. This would allow for co-op play where two players could control the same car as well as drive separate cars. Nintendo obviously wanted iconic teams for people to choose from. Teams included Mario and Luigi, Princesses Peach and Daisy, Bowser and Bowser Jr., Wario and Waluigi, and Yoshi and Birdo (see note). They wanted to include Toad but he did not have an established partner. Now, up until this point, Nintendo insisted that Toads were nongendered beings. They just were Toads. However, instead of just making the team be two Toads of different colors, they decided to create Toadette.

As you can see, Toadette was a new clearly feminine form of Toad who could join them on adventures. She never really showed up outside of Mario Kart and other party games but she was always around. A hyper pink, eternally optimistic character. Very cute. Her art was everywhere and the fans embraced her pretty much immediately just like every Mario character ever. However, flash forward to New Super Mario Bros. U in 2018. Remember I mentioned it earlier? They revealed a new item called the Super Crown. The Super Crown was introduced solely because Toadette would be a playable character in her first “course clear” Mario game. The purpose of the Super Crown would transform Toadette into Peachette, a transformation which sparked a lot of new theories about how Toad culture worked.

The Super Crown transformed Toadette into a character very similar to Princess Peach (and sort of like Princess Daisy). Does that mean that if you took off Princess Peach’s crown she would transform back to a female-gendered Toad? Is the Toad sociological/biological situation similar to bees? There is one Princess and only a few other females as backups to rule over the genderless masses? It boggles the mind. Nintendo has not really gotten into any clear explanations. We are left to speculate.

Anyway, an artist known as Ayyk92 seems to be the first to wonder what would happen if other characters got a hold of the Super Crown. Namely, they posited that if Bowser touched the Super Crown, he would genderbend to Peach-like character named Bowsette. Bowsette is a little buffer than Peach and generally wears a black strapless dress with spikes on it. Bowsette retains Bowser’s horns and spiked tail but mostly looks like a sassier, edgier Peach.

Artist Credit: poderosoandrajoso on DeviantArt

The Internet seized on this new concept and fanart of this new unofficial character flooded DeviantArt and other corners of the Web. Notably, the original comic (seen here) depicts Mario and Bowser both giving up on ever dating Peach and Mario decides to date Bowsette instead. This followed the actual canon attempted wedding to Peach by Bowser in Mario Odyssey. Artists also started to give the Super Crown to other Mario enemies creating new characters like Bulette, Booette, Goombette, and so on. The Internet is a wonderfully weird and creative place.

A Quick Note on Birdo:

Birdo was a character that first appeared as an enemy in Super Mario Bros 2. As you can see, Birdo is decidedly coded as feminine what with the bow on her head and being bright pink. However, in the manual, it said that Birdo is a “male who thinks he is a girl” and would prefer people to call them “Birdette”. In all later references, Birdo is referred to as female leading many to continue to think of Birdo as the first transgender video game character. Birdo has a similar silhouette to Yoshi (a dinosaur friend of the Mario gang) but is an entirely different species. So, it is kind of weird that they were paired together in Mario Kart Double Dash.

Media Update 3/18/21

March 18, 2021

Coming to America 2

I enjoyed the original Coming to America, directed by a favorite director of mine, John Landis. It was a very fun fish out of water story about African royalty trying to navigate America. Doing a sequel decades later makes sense as it gives time for the characters to change and find new perspectives. This movie catches up with Prince Akeem as he becomes King Akeem and is under pressure to find a male heir. Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall return to their roles along with many from the original movie. They are joined by the addition of Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Jermaine Fowler, Tracy Morgan, Kiki Layne, and Nomzamo Mbatha. Mbatha and Kiki Layne are particularly good. However, I found this movie to be a bad sequel and a very strange and surprisingly joyless movie. Part of that was the writing for the characters played by Leslie Jones and Jermaine Fowler. Part of it was that the movie just felt strangely cruel. It put a lot of emphasis on what felt like the wrong parts as well. It just felt like a really bizarre movie. I do not recommend it and I bailed on the movie halfway through.

Guns Akimbo

I love Daniel Radcliffe’s career. He got all of that Harry Potter money and now is able to pick the craziest independent movies to star in. This one is no different. Radcliffe is very funny as a computer programmer who gets drafted in a real-life violent video game. Samara Weaving plays his main opponent and is delightfully funny as a psychopath. Ned Dennehy is goofy and good at playing an over-the-top bad guy. Natasha Liu Bordizzo is cute and charming as the only normal person in the whole movie. There was even a really funny appearance by Rhys Darby. The movie is nonstop interesting, funny, and exciting. It has a lot to say about Internet culture, what makes a person a person, what makes life worth living, populist underground movements, and so much more. This movie is absolutey insane in some of the best ways. Radcliffe really shines as an everyman who gets elevated to a totally different character. I definitely recommend this movie.

Ponyo

Hayao Miyazaki is a brilliant filmmaker who just so happened to choose animation to succeed in. I still have yet to watch all of his movies but I am slowly working my way through them and I could not resist with this week’s theme. This is a modern fairy tale of a goldfish who wants to be a human girl and the human boy she befriends. That is a gross oversimplification of the plot. The animation is so beautiful. Every single character comes through with such life to them that they are almost more human than human. I watched the English language version which has a fabulous cast and Studio Ghibli always does a good job with it. The cast includes Noah Cyrus, Frankie Jonas, Tina Fey, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Lily Tomlin, Betty White, and Cloris Leachman. The movie fills me with such joy and it has so many relatable moments with characters I loved spending time with. I absolutely recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Bear Ghost – Necromancin Dancin

Angie McMahon – Pasta

Selena Gomez – Look At Her Now

Internet Money – Somebody

Mash up of the Week:

Elysian Sounds – Phantom of the Chopera

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Fish Out of Water”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
i watched more Elementary Season 4
I watched more Vampire Diaries Season 2
I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 11
I started watching Allen v. Farrow

Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2021 Theme Reveal

March 15, 2021

Honestly, I did not think I was going to do this again this year. I have a brand new job that just started two weeks ago and I am DMing a D&D game. However, I thought about it and I would love to do it. I always get a rush from it and it has spawned some content that I have loved to create and I am even still working on a fanfiction piece that started less than a year ago.

My Theme Reveal:

Fanfiction!

I enjoyed writing fanfiction last year so I thought I would do it again. I’m planning some interesting stuff and I am starting to get really excited about it. I have never been less sure that I will complete the challenge but here we go!

First post is April 1st. Each day’s story title starts with a different letter of the alphabet (in order, obviously). We’ll see what shakes out of my strange imagination.


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