Lately I've been moody, more so than usual. I don't know why, maybe the tag-team of work and college is starting to get to me a little bit. I have good days and bad days as usual, but I've grown sick of my workplace and the typical problems I have there. And college demands more of me, but lately I just want to find time to relax and de-stress.
I'll take some time to talk about recent episodes of some of my TV shows I follow:
I haven't seen the most recent episode (that will be for tomorrow night) of Halt and Catch Fire, but last week's eppy, 'The 214s', was probably my favorite episode of the show thus far.
The episode revolved around Cardiff Electronics getting locked down and put under investigation, and the pending Comdex computer event where the company hoped to show off their new Giant PC. Everyone is at odds for much of the episode, but Gordon manages to bring everyone back together after breaking into Cardiff and stealing the Giant, and planning to take it to Comdex to sell to interested buyers anyways.
There was so much I liked about this episode. For starters, just the fact that everyone was getting along by the end of it was nice. There was a lot going on in the episode, it was eventful. And there was something going on for pretty much every character. It was nice to see Gordon and Cameron talk for pretty much the first time as well. Even Joe's potential abandonment of his teammates was unexpected.
Of course I can remember from previews that this week's episode would show the group wasn't out of the woods, yet. Comdex has frozen Cardiff's place on the floor, and it seems like there will be a lot of work involved just to get the Giant into Comdex. I'm excited to catch up on the latest episode soon. After that, there is just one episode left in the season.
The latest episode of Steven Universe, which hasn't technically aired yet, has been making rounds for days now. In the episode Garnet merges with Amethyst to form Sugilite, their crystal fusion, so that they can destroy a bunch of sturdy pillars with brute force. During the transformation the two do a weird and provocative little dance, which was funny.
I guess I should start by mentioning the fact that everyone has been making a big deal about. Nikki Minaj *cringes* voices Sugilite. Not that you can really tell. Or maybe you can. But anyway, the episode was heavily promoted during all of this Comic-Con biz that's been going on for the past few days. (Comic-Con got lots of over-coverage this year, as our society becomes one of superheroes and zombies mainstream geekery...)
Sugilite really didn't look anything like I was expecting her to. I guess after Opal turned out to be really cool and pretty, one might expect similar results from the other fusions. But I can also appreciate the idea to show that each gem fusion is created for a specific purpose, and yields different and original results.
The rest of the episode had Steven trying to get people buffed up, and then Pearl fighting the crazed and destruction-happy Sugilite. I guess it wasn't a bad episode, but I walked away feeling like it was disappointing when you consider all of the build-up. The show hasn't had any new episodes air in some time, and I felt like I came off of the high of the first dozen-or-so episodes since I'd watched them. But the show is apparently back, so I will look forward to more new episodes.
Adventure Time has gone back to being pretty much like it was for the majority of last season, unfortunately: aimless. The latest episode was called "Thanks for the Crabapples, Giuseppe", and followed the Ice King and some of those other odd wizardy characters as they went on a road trip on a bus. Where did the bus come from? Who knows.
The bus stopped and picked up different people, and along the way also some silent old man named Giuseppe. Giuseppe has hardly any purpose in the episode initially, but when the bus breaks down and the ice king makes an ice road for it to glide along, he spots some crab apples and sends Giuseppe to get some for them.
After this Ice King reads a story Giuseppe wrote on some toilet paper, which is overly sappy and dramatic, and shows that there was more to the character than some old man. Later, when the bus becomes stuck in a swamp, Giuseppe reveals that he is a powerful wizard and raises the bus from the water. And then he fades away. The wizards get special rings, in honor of Giuseppe and his crab apples.
I guess what irritates me the most about Adventure Time anymore is that most of its episodes have no real beginning or end-point. There is usually just some silly idea, and no real resolution or reason. For the most part an episode of Steven Universe goes somewhere, and has a defined beginning and end to the episode. There is almost no structure to Adventure Time, and it seems like anymore it is some medium with which to explore different artsy-fartsy styles and satire.
Recently D&D saw the release of its 5th-edition starter set. I have never actually played D&D, and I do not own this set, but I am at least somewhat interested in the game these days. The 5th edition has a guide you can download for free, and also a starter set and some other goodies you can buy to help you get on your way.
A key piece of this 5th edition release is that D&D is going back to its basics. What this means is that most classes and races aren't really a part of the focus yet. There also isn't a whole lot of variety for new character miniatures yet, but maybe there will be ones I like in due time.
I came to discover that there is an 'official' Wizards of the Coast gnome player character mini for D&D, which came out a few years back. And he looks pretty cool. But he is a ranger, and I was kind of hoping for a wizard or something.
And the human swordmage also looks kinda cool. I guess of the more recent releases, they are two of the more interesting ones. But I guess the newer figures have a bit more detail, maybe.
If I hold out for a while, maybe they will release just the kind of character I'm looking for.
But then again, do I even want to play D&D? And can I even? Maybe it's just one of those fleeting thoughts I have, like so many others that I have had. It probably is. But still, it was cool to do some research and learn a bit more about D&D and its miniatures.
Hopefully I can stay in a positive mood today, and just get through the night for tomorrow. I have some things I could be accomplishing, but I just want to get away from stuff lately. Tomorrow might be a good opportunity for me to get some things done.