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Vampire Brain

April 25, 2018

Living in Neptune had never been the most stable thing in the first place. It was a town divided by class warfare, those living in the fabulous 90909 zip code versus everyone else. Like most 09ers, Crystal had lived the high life thanks to her parents both being high-priced lawyers in high demand and a sizeable inheritance from Grandma. She had never wanted for anything in her life. Here parents’ wealth and the wealth of her friends was the eternal wellspring that would always be there. When the Hellmouth had opened in the basement of Caitlin Ford’s mansion, it had changed everything. Vampires were something sparkly in that movie with Robert Pattinson one moment and then they were suddenly real. The town of Neptune had changed. Instead of the haves versus the have-nots, it was humans versus vampires and demons.

Crystal had been at a party at Caitlin’s when it all went down. At the time, Caitlin was attempting to buy her way back into the hearts of Neptune’s finest. She had left a bad taste in everybody’s mouth when she had cheated on her boyfriend with a biker who later turned up beaten to a pulp. When the vampires arrived, they just started ripping through the mansion and feeding off of the wealthy guests. Crystal had been lucky to have been in the spacious backyard when it started. As she ran, she witnessed the infamous Veronica Mars try to fight the vampires and then the whole Sheriff’s office arrived. In the melee, Crystal had been forced to fight which is when she discovered that she had powers of her own. She was recruited by a squad of Buffy Summers’ slayers and taught that she had had potential which was realized when she was exposed to the Hellmouth’s magic. They brought her back to the Neptune Grand which would be a base for the Slayer Army and a refuge for survivors of the vampire attacks.

Although Crystal had become a lieutenant in this new army, she had recently been benched because she had violated the quarantine agreed upon by the Sheriff’s Office and the Slayers. She had let two scientists and some mercenaries in from Seattle. She thought maybe the scientists could help and the Slayers had agreed but she was still grounded for breaking the rules. She had decided to check in on the scientists while she was stuck on guard duty to see if any progress had been made. If they provided new information, maybe she would be allowed back on the front lines where it was not so boring. She took the stairs down from the roof and headed to the makeshift laboratory. The door was open but Crystal knocked on the doorframe. Almost getting killed and combatting the undead had somehow impressed the importance of politeness.

Ravi looked up from scribbling some notes in a journal and smiled at her. “Oh come in,” he said in that British accent “It’s nice of you to check up on us, Crystal.”

“Well,” Crystal said. “I’m excited that you might have news each time I visit.”

Ravi shrugged. “Scientific progress takes time. I know things are desperate what with the gaping doorway to Hell but I can only go so fast.”

Crystal nodded. “Has the vampire body helped? It’s strangely hard to kill one without it bursting into dust and ash so getting one intact like you asked was really hard.”

“It’s been fascinating so far,” Ravi said. “I have been able to figure out a little based on my findings compared to these Watchers journals. I always wished that magic could be real, I guess that kind of backfired.”

“Be careful what you wish for,” Crystal said. She lifted the sheet a bit from the body and tilted her head to the side. “Hey, um, I notice its brain is missing.”

Ravi nodded and swallowed a bite of the sandwich he had been eating. “Yes, well, I dissected it.”

“And then I turned some of it into shish kabob,” a voice from behind Crystal said. She turned to see the pale woman with white hair that she had met before. Except that Olivia, the woman who she had thought was a scientist too, was now in a cage. Olivia smirked at her surprise. “And then I ate them.”

Crystal backed up, making sure she was out of reach. “Why would you do that?” She asked.

Before Liv could answer, Ravi stepped up to stand next to Crystal. He looked unconcerned. “Liv is a Zombie, Crystal.”

“A zombie?” Crystal asked. “Weren’t vampires and demons enough?”

“Zombies aren’t actually like they are in the movies and television,” Ravi said. “For the most part, zombies retain their personalities. Liv is completely harmless.” Liv gave him a questioning look. “Mostly harmless.”

“Then why is she in a cage?” Crystal asked.

“I’m a little drunk on vampire brain,” Liv said. “When I eat somebody’s brains, I can usually access their memories. The problem is that I also temporarily take on their personality too.”

“It’s been worse,” Ravi said. “She was a racist once. Actually twice.”

“The predator part of me only wants to get out and hunt so I volunteered to be put in this cage,” Liv said. “How does Veronica do this all of the time?”

Crystal felt the need to stand up for a fellow Neptune native, somebody she would never have given the time of day to in her old life. “Veronica Mars is a vampire but she has a soul,” she said. “We checked.”

“My working hypotheses,” Ravi said. “is that because Liv is getting this mindset from a vampire without a soul, her soul is not allowed to weigh in.”

“Have you learned anything at least?” Crystal said, looking Liv in the eye.

“I passed some locations of some vampire nests up the chain of command,” Liv said. “I had some visions and this guy got around. Hey, can I ask you something?”

Crystal took another step back and nodded. “Sure.”

“Are you in Major’s squad?” Liv asked.

“Major who?” Crystal asked.

“Major Lilywhite,” Liv said. “Major is his first name. He came in with us but he hasn’t visited in a while. You’re obviously not on the same squad.”

“Sorry,” Crystal said.

“If you see him,” Liv said. “could you tell him I’m looking for him? Also maybe mentioned that I’m a little tied up at the moment and I can’t come to him.”

“Sure,” Crystal said. “I’ll do my best.”

Media Update 10/15/2015

October 15, 2015


Memory is an interesting thing. I remember things all the way back from childhood and some things I completely forgot. Whole pieces of my childhood are only remembered by me because my mother told me about them happening. At least I have my memory. The female protagonist of Blindspot (Jane Doe) has absolutely no idea who she is as she has had her memory chemically wiped. Sure, it’s a little science fictiony but it is still an interesting concept. She wakes up in the middle of Times Square naked with no memory and her body covered entirely in tattoos. I have a thing for tattoos as they have the potential to be absolutely beautiful. The tattoos here are a puzzle that will be slowly solved as the show continues. This show has a lot of stuff I’m into and I’m pretty excited to see it unfold. The acting is pretty good so far and the characters are pretty likeable and I’m interested in getting to know them. I’d check it out if I was you.


So I had heard this show was good but I never caught it and then it popped right out of my head and I forgot it existed. When it popped up on Netflix I thought it was the perfect time to check it out. I make no secret that Veronica Mars is probably my favorite TV show of all time. It’s a show that was lost before its time and had particular rhythms that resonated with me. This show was created by the same people who created Veronica Mars. It has a lot of the same rhythms and scratches an itch I’ve had since I watched the last episode of Veronica Mars. The dialogue is my favorite part of the show but the premise is really fun too. This is the science fiction flavor of zombies and Liv’s status as a zombie allows her to see the memories of those who are murdered once she eats their brains. It’s the strangest zombie comedy/crime procedural and I love it.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

I have been watching the Daily Show for a long, long time. I first started watching it when it was hosted by Craig Kilborn and it was just a piece of fluff produced by Comedy Central to fill time while the station was still figuring itself out. They found Jon Stewart and it was a match made in heaven. Stewart forged the Daily Show into a news satire juggernaut that helped shape the cultural and political landscape by making fun of everything and the way we look at everything. Stewart gathered great writers and comedians around him and launched the careers of people who soared to new heights and also people who couldn’t survive away from his light. After 17 years, Stewart retired from the show still on top of his game. South African comedian Trevor Noah has now taken over hosting duties and I have to say, as a huge Jon Stewart fan, that Noah is great. He started strong and can only get better as he grows into the role. He’s hilarious and insightful and he has a strong team to back him up. The legacy is in good hands.


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– Sons of Anarchy Season 2 was awesome but very emotional leading into Season 3
– Arrow Season 2 is awesome so far
– Picking The Flash back up mid-season one and it’s as awesome as I remembered
– I hope people are enjoying the Halloween reviews or at least checking the movies out themselves
– Blacklist Season 3 is strong and even better than the first two seasons

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