Episode 3: Of the three novels, it has the best story. I LOVE how Palpatine manipulates Anakin in this book, if you enjoyed Palpatine's manipulation in the movies, then your jaw will DROP like mine did at just how much Palpatine plays Anakin like he was a piano, and Palpatine is a master pianist.
Episode 1: It is better than the movie, but not by much, in my personal opinion. I will say the parts they add that have to do with Anakin before Qui-Gon and the others arrive on Tattooine are really good, and I'd say read it just for that, but beyond that, not much else to really say. Besides the fact the best Jedi in the Prequel Era, Qui-Gon Jinn, is obviously in this book, and you should read it just for him!
Episode 2: So I am at Page 101 of 353, however so far I have to say that not only do I like Episode 2's novelization more than 1's, but of the three, it is actually the most enjoyable, and this is coming from someone whose least favorite movie of the prequel trilogy is Episode 2, however so far every page has just about every page has kept me enthralled, and excited to read more. I felt the same with Episode 3, but that was more because of the story and the character arch of Anakin. But the enjoyment of the events happening? The manipulation is, like, ninety-percent of the events, and it is enjoyable, but trust me, the speeder chase in the novel is MUCH better than in the movie, not saying it was bad in the movie, just better in the novel. Now Episode 2 does have the most memorable scenes of the Prequel Trilogy, with, like I said, the speeder chase, Obi-Wan VS Jango Fett, Shmi Skywalker's death, "I don't like sand", The arena fight with the Beasts AND the Jedi, and the fun fight with the three Jedi against Dooku. It has it's very fun scenes, and the book can focus on those scenes! We'll see if this stays the same as I read the book.
So personally, even if you don't like the Prequel movies and aren't certain if you want to try the novelizations, then just stop doing yourself a disservice, and read them already. Trust me, they won't take you too long to read, and you won't regret it
Maybe there's something I am missing here, but I don't see why this is the "Black Sheep" of the series. From what I've heard, that's Stargate Universe. I mean, honestly, I'm not a die hard Stargate fan, but still! This show does not deserve the hate that it gets.
Setting: The Teen Titans has been a small group in a single city for years, sticking with three team members, the first three listed down below. They are fine with staying like this until they are introduced to a new team member by Batman, which you will learn more about down below at the number four spot, and how this new team member is going to start them on their adventures, and quest to grow the Teen Titans.
1: Nightwing = There has ALWAYS been a Robin with the Teen Titans, so if I didn't have one, that would just be crazy. Here's the thing, I'm fine with Dick Grayson being Nightwing here since his story is that he has become used to being not only the leader of the team, but also is having trouble being the leader. The Titans, at this point in time, are not only three members, but not really a team. They're off on their own in the same city, and might occasionally help each other, but overall the most they would do is meet up, give reports, and inform the others of any potential threats that could rise up in the future. Dick is fine with this, as since his training with Batman, he believes he needs to be a bit more like him, in the shadows, wanting to do everything alone, and that he can only improve by pushing himself harder and harder and doing it alone, making him work with the other two much less than the other two work with each other. Nightwing's main story is about growing into a leader, and discovering what it means to be a part of a team. Kinda basic, but I think that it is believable that one of Batman's Robins would start believing this since Batman is... Batman... and LOVES to do everything on his own.
2: Kid Flash = I think it would make sense that Dick would want a Speedster, so Wally West is here to fill that role. Wally wants the Titans to be more like a team than they really are, but the other two don't necessarily agree and are fine with doing things their own way. Wally West is more of a down-to-earth kind of character, he has a job at a gaming diner, where the team members go to have their meetings while they have some food. Wally is the peace maker, helping to keep the team members happy with each other and the team together. Not much for him at this point in time, but his character, at least for the beginning, is just to help the team as a whole, something that it needs.
3: Osiris = I know, Osiris? A Captain Marvel character? Well, after doing some research, I found that going with Osiris was much more interesting than going with, say, Aquaman since Osiris got his powers from Black Adam, and I thought that maybe this could help with some interesting stories that a bad guy has given him powers, and that will lead to him keeping it hidden from Nightwing. Why does Osiris not want to reveal this to Nightwing and not want to work with the others? Imagine if this Nightwing found out one of his team mates got his powers from someone evil. What would he do? Osiris doesn't know... but he doesn't want to find out, and since Nightwing is a very good detective, and that Osiris gains his powers by saying "Black Adam", so it wouldn't be too hard for Nightwing to figure this out, but Osiris is willing to hang out with Wally since Wally is pretty chill, and isn't known as being trained by the world's greatest detective.
4: Petals = So if there is a character already like this, let me know, but Petals is a character of my own making. Why? Well, I thought that Osiris was not the only change I should add, but also try a new character idea I had. So what is Petals backstory? Well, in short, she was once Poison Ivy's side kick, learning how to use her powers from Ivy, whom was still a villain at one point. The long version is that unlike Ivy, Petals, which is not her real name, was born with her powers, but they didn't start developing until she got older. Her skin started to grow green, her hair turned from black to bark brown, and she can control plants... she developed these powers in Gotham City, right after Poison Ivy tried to cover the city in her plants. Her family and friends became scared of her, and they thought she was working with Ivy, so they tried to kill her. She ran away from them, not wanting to hurt anyone, but is saved by Ivy, who promises to train her to use her powers. Petals loses her old name, Dahlia, and takes the villain name Petals. However, after Ivy is defeated by Batman about a year later, Petals almost accidentally killed a pregnant woman. Petals turns herself into Batman, who see's the good in her, and after she spends some time in prison, wanting to be sure she was telling the truth, and then gets her out and sends her to Dick, believing Dick can actually help her learn how to use her powers for good considering how Dick has been a part of a team that has two super powered team members. Petals sticks with Dick because she doesn't know what else to do, and no, they don't grow a romantic relationship with each other. However, Petals is the starting point for Dick Grayson's character into being a leader.
Enigma = The daughter of the Riddler, and a future Teen Titans member, Enigma is... well, the daughter of the Riddler. Guess what type of character she is? She starts off by leaving riddles around the city the Titans are in, and if the Titan's can't solve them, eitehr someone dies, many people die, or something gruesome happens. Enigma's first Riddle? If it's not solved, then it will lead to the secret identities of the Teen Titans being released to everyone in the whole country. "Tick tock, Titans. The Timer starts... NOW~"
Kid Eternity = A little different from his comic counterpart in that he is the brother of Osiris, and that he can call upon the spirits of dead people and demons by saying, "Infinity". He is the main villain of Season One, and is a future Teen Titans Member, but his goal is to push Osiris as far as he can before "The Daughter" arrives and brings doom to them all. He understands the potential of the Titans, but knew they needed something, or someone, to unite them, like a common enemy.
That's all I got for the first season off the top of my head, tell me what you think of it, and what you think of Petals. And no, that's not her definitive name, but I needed to come up with a name for her, and I liked the name Petals.
(I'm open to suggestions)
So I was about five to seven-years old, and I was a HUGE fan of animated hero shows, such as Static Shock, Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Justice League, X-Men, and any other shows that involved heroes. (Also Power Rangers, but that one's a given for me.) So when I was tucked into bed by my mother one night, I had a epiphany. Since I loved Super Heroes so much, why not make one myself? So I quickly look around my room, hoping to find some form of motivation, and then it happens, my eyes land on the object that will inspire my first ever not just Super Hero, but also my first ever character ever:
My Piggy Bank.
Thus, PIGMAN was born!
Yes, Pigman... Did I mention that my creativity that I am at least somewhat proud of now a days didn't come until after I started writing in Middle School?
Anyways, Pigman's origins was that he was a farmer who was bitten by a radioactive pig... and he decided to become Pigman. Great origin story, huh? And he had three powers, none of them having anything to do with pigs, but the last one did have something to do with the origin. The first two is Super Strength and flight because I liked Superman's ability to fly, and the idea of just punching through most of my problems. The last one came from my love for Power Rangers and Anime, when the main hero would have that super duper awesome finishing move, so I gave him the Pig Blast! This is when he shoots a large beam of radiation from his stomach, and he hits his opponent... no, no one ever dies. They just get arrested, and are completely healthy.
I remember I had made three to five stories of Pigman, no reoccuring villains but the last story I remember writing had to deal with a rather dark idea. There were two evil scientists, Dr. Red Apple and Dr. Green Apple, whose plan was to cover the city that Pig Man was defending in a large dome that not even Pig Man could break, even with his Pig Blast! So Pigman quickly finds out that the two doctor's are the ones that are causing this, and when he goes to their lab, he finds out that they have hostages! Their plan? To use a machine of theirs to fill the dome with apples, not just fill in a slow pace like one at a time, but with a machine that acts like a sort of bomb that will shoot out thousands of apples, filling the dome and pretty much squishing the city and everyone in it. I know now a days apples would be squished against the building, and probably wouldn't do what they wanted, but let's not tell them that. Either way, Pigman saved the day, I had moved onto something else, and I forgot about Pigman.
That is, I forgot about it until about a year or two after High School. My reaction to remembering this?
"Man, am I ever happy I don't come up with such silly ideas anymore... however, this could be a good idea for a Spoof hero."
So in my head, this character's story is thus:
The origin is the exact same, but now Pigman is married! His wife is very happy with the life of a farmer's wife, and despite seeing him coming and going as Pigman, doesn't put two and two together, not because she is unintelligent, it's just she's so compliant with her life that she can't imagine her husband doing something so out there and dangerous as being a Hero, and just thinks either he's become a Cosplayer, or that she wasn't seeing things right. Then there's my favorite part of the story, the villain. So I had a hard time coming up with a villain for Pigman to fight against, who could be the best villain for Pigman to fight against? Then I remembered Lex Luthor, and I came up with a similar hero, named Larry.
Larry is similar to Lex Luthor in that he is egotistical, and is very rich, but his ego works differently for him. You see, Larry knows he is a villain, and he is fine with it. He is in charge of a corporation that has taken control of a city, and Larry, wanting to be a villain because he finds it fun, has his men cause crimes throughout the city, even robbing his own banks to try and get a Hero to come to his city. Why does he want this? Well, part of the reason why he became a villain is because he wants the satisfaction of outsmarting a Super Hero, however despite living in a world of Heroes and Villains, none of them have taken the challenge of trying to take him down, until Pigman came in, and stopped one of his robberies. While most of his corporation finds Pigman as just a annoying joke of a Hero, Larry, desperate to find a Super Hero rival, insists that Pigman's ridiculous outfit is just a guise, and that he is secretly a genius and is just trying to lower everyone's standards of him until he reveals his true plan, when in actuality Pigman, while not a idiot, is only mediocre, but Larry can't accept that! No! Pigman is one of the best, if not the best, Super Hero out there!
That's about it for Pigman, why did I decide to write this journal about him? I don't know, I felt like sharing this with people, so here we go. Anyways, I hope you all enjoyed this journal, and if not... have a good day! BYE! (I also hope one day I can finish a journal better, that would be nice.)
For one thing, there's the characters. Zayne Carrick is what I would most definitely be like if I was a Jedi, probably not that great but wanting to do the right thing. Not only that, but the story of him is really unique, and what happens AFTER that main story is something else I could also see me doing, so there is a personal level to this era for me. Then there's the history, despite there not being as much material in this era as there is in other era's, but there's still a lot of history behind it! The Mandalorian Wars, the fear the Jedi have since it's not been that long since Exar Kun fell to the Dark Side, so the Jedi are extremely scared of the Dark Side at this time. There is also the fact that the Mandalorian Wars was, indeed, was just a front for another Dark Side user... one that won't be brought to light until TOR, but it does show the Jedi were still able to detect the intentions of the Dark Side. However, not all of them did, like the Revanchist, or Revan, and Alak. Revan and Alak lead at the least a sizable number of Jedi to leave the Order, leaving a rather hard question to answer. Imagine you were a Jedi at the time, and you know the Mandalorian's are causing terror along the Outer Rim, however the Jedi are asking you to be cautious and patient as they decide on what to do... but it's taking years, and the Republic is unable to hold them off. You hear of two Jedi, both of whom are very respectable Jedi, start talking about how they will lead the Jedi and the Republic to victory against the Mandalorians, and how they will save people, something that Jedi should be doing. What would you do? Would you follow them to war? Or would you listen to the Jedi Council?
Well, for the Jedi that left, if what I have heard is correct, then there is only one that answered the Council's call for the Jedi to come back and face trial for disobeying the Jedi Order, Meetra Surik, also known as the Jedi Exile. The rest? Well, after the disastrous battle of Malachor V, the final battle of the Mandalorian War, Revan hears from Mandalore, whom Revan had bested in combat, he tells Revan of a Dark Empire out in unknown Space. Revan and Alak, as well as the rest of the Jedi, excluding Meetra Surik, and some of the Republic's forces went to the outer rim, where they meet a Sith Empire, led by Emperor Vitiate, whom is so powerful he managed to use the force to turn all of the Jedi and Republic Forces into Dark Jedi and a Dark Side army, and sent them back to fight the Republic.
So for those that want a specific timeline so far, The Mandalorian Wars began in the year 3976 BBY(Before Battle of Yavin), and then ends in 3960 BBY. In other words, this war lasted SIXTEEN years, which is a long time. The Clone Wars everyone knows about? That lasted about two-and-a-half to three years. Then what happens? Just a year later, Revan and Malak return after finding the Star Forge, and name themselves Darth Revan and Darth Malak. Two years later, Bastilla Shan leads a strike team of Jedi against Revan, but before they could capture him, Malak finds this as a good oppurtunity to take the reign of Sith Lord... probably also wants some revenge for Revan cutting his jaw off as some form of punishment, but also taking the title of Dark Lord, that's a big part too, certainly has nothing to do with his new metallic jaw... yeah...
I won't say too much of what happens as now we're getting into events of what happened during the game Knights of the Old Republic, but I will give a quick synopsis of what canonically happens. The Player Character wakes up on the Republic Ship the Endar Spire, where the player character as well as Republic Soldier Trask Ulgo run to the bridge in hopes of getting to Bastilla Shan, whose Battle Meditation has helped the Republic win many victories against the Sith. However, Bastilla has already left the bridge, and now the two make their way to the Escape Pods. Sadly, Trask stays behind to try to keep a Sith from killing you as well, but then you get to the Escape Pods where you meet up with Republic Pilot and War Hero, Carth Onasi. You two make it to the planet Taris down below as the Endar Spire is destroyed, and the planet is then out under planetary blockade. No one gets in or out until the Sith find Bastilla. You and Carth make some allies here, most importantly with the young Twi'lek girl Mission Vao and her Wookie friend Zaalbar, Jedi Knight Bastilla Shan, the Mandalorian Mercenary Canderous Ordo, and the Astromech Droid T3-M4. You manage to get on the ship the Ebon Hawk, and then escape Taris to the Jedi Academy on Dantooine. There, you are discovered to be a Force Sensitive, and you are trained in becoming a Jedi. You then go to the nearby plains where the fallen Cathar Jedi Padawan, Juhani, and you can choose to redeem her, keep her alive, or just kill her, but canonically you redeem her. Then you go back to the Temple, and are sent to the Plains again to a location you and Bastilla shared in a vision that Revan and Malak had visited years ago, and you find one piece of the Star Map that leads to the Star Forge. You then are sent to go find the other planets, Juhani joining you as you then go to these four planets, to the best of my knowledge there being no real order of which planets are visited first, to find the other Star Maps.
Tatooine(Where you can get the Assassin/Protocol Droid HK-47)
Kashyyyk(Where you can get the Jedi Hermit Jolee Bindo, my favorite character in the game)
Malak captures Bastilla after the third planet and you discover that Malak has sent his Sith Fleet to Dantooine to bomb it, and when you and your crew goes to Rakata Prime to find the Star Forge, the Ebon Hawk crash lands on the surface where there is a Rakatan temple, and very few of the Rakatan people left. You and the crew go into the Temple to deactivate the machine that caused the Ebon Hawk to crashland, and on the rooftop you find Bastilla, having turned to the Dark Side after a week of constant torture from Darth Malak. She fights you, but then retreats. You go back up to the Star Forge now, with the Republic Fleet coming in now to attack the Star Forge. You and your crew gets into the Star Forge, where after some time you go and meet Bastilla one-on-one, and she is convinced to join the Light Side once again, confessing her love for you and the start of a beautiful relationship. You then go and face Malak alone on the bridge of the Star Forge, whom has captured Jedi in Bacta Tanks around so that, when you start winning, he uses Force Drain to absorb their life energy into his own. You eventually defeat Malak, and then escape the Star Forge with Bastilla and the crew, and you and your crew are awarded Republic Medals of honor, and declared as Republic Heroes. We then find out the remaining Sith that were serving under Malak became Sith Warlords, the Republic attacking them and slowly getting rid of them, unaware of the real threat hiding in the shadows, the Sith triumvirate.
First off, events from the novel "TOR: Revan" take place here, which I would love to talk about what happens exactly, but due to spoilers for the first game, I will stay quiet to most. Just know Canderous and the Ordo clan found Mandalore's helmet, Bastilla and your character have a child, and your character goes missing when he goes to find out what happened to Revan and Malak in Unknown Space.
Oooh, this is where it gets good! The Sith Triumvirate are led by three Lords. Lord Nihilus, the Lord of Hunger, who was so powerful that when a group of Jedi gathered on the planet of Katarr, he used such a powerful version of Force Drain that he killed all organic life on the planet... except for one, Visas Marr, whom will soon become his apprentice. He is just a suit of armor that is kept alive with his will. Then there's Lord Sion, whom is just a walking corpse whose body is constantly breaking apart and stitching itself back together constantly through sheer force of will. He was the one that started the first Jedi Purge by sending his assassin's out against the Jedi Order, all but wiping them out. Then there's their teacher, the one who brought them together and all Sith Warlords under one rule: Darth Traya, lord of Betrayal. She was once a Jedi, then became a Sith. However, as stated by Kreia, "To be united by hatred is a fragile alliance at best." So guess what happened to the Lord of Betrayal when surrounded by Sith? She got betrayed.
... Maybe that wasn't the wisest of names to take when you are surrounded by Sith. Just saying.
Either way, she gets betrayed, with the Jedi almost extinct and the Sith fighting from the Shadows, but then comes a very important character into play. Meetra Surik. Remember her? The Jedi Exile? Well, she's returned now as the Sith now believe her to be the last Jedi, and she picks up some allies. The Force Sensitive Kreia, whom I will say is obviously Traya as it was never any big surprise that's who she was. Then the Scoundrel Atton Rand, whom seems very secretive when it comes to his past. The Astromech Droid, T3-M4, again. The Zabrak engineer Bao-Dur and his small floating droid Remote, whom worked with Meetra Surik at the battle of Malachor V, and was the one who designed the Mass Shadow Generator. In canon, you get the Disciple/Mical, but non-canon you get Handmaiden if you choose a male character to play as, but back to canonocity. Then you get the new Mandalore, whom we also know as Canderous Ordo from the last game. HK-47 again, and a new droid ally, GO-TO, whom was in charge of the Exchange, a large crime syndicate. Visas Marr, the lone survivor of her planet and redeemed servant of Nihilus. And finally, Mira the Bounty Hunter.
After Meetra, Kreia, Atton, and T3 escape the Peragus Mining Field, they go to Telos where they pick up Bao-Dur (And possibly the Handmaiden), and then discover from the surviving Jedi Historian, Atris's, archive that the Jedi Council has survived the Jedi Purge, and have all gone into hiding on these planets. Master Vrook on Dantooine, Zez-Kai Ell on Nar Shaddaa, Lonna Vosh on Korriban, and Kavar on Onderon. Meetra wants to find these Jedi as the Sith have finally revealed themselves, and she believes that getting the Jedi Master's together she and her allies can work with them, alongside the Republic, to fight and kill the Sith. Vrook, Zez-Kai Ell, and Kavar are recruited, sadly Lonna Vosh is killed by Darth Sion on Korriban, and Atris does not get the invitation because she is rather... bitchy. And Sithy. Yeah, during her time hiding from the Sith, she thought that learning from Sith Holocrons could help her learn how to fight these Sith, but instead she just fell to the Dark Side, but didn't want to admit it. This is probably a good thing, though, as Meetra learns that the Jedi Masters will just go back into hiding, and have gathered here to cut Meetra off from the force. For good, this time. However Kreia, angered by the Jedi Master's, stopped them and then killed the three Masters using Force Drain, cutting them off from the Force. Kreia then goes to Telos, and then lures Darth Nihilus to the planet to end him. Meetra meets Atris first in her secret Jedi Academy, and manages to redeem the Jedi Historian whom tells her that Kreia has gone back to Malachor V where she plans on actually KILLING the force. Meetra, with the help of the Mandalorians, boards Nihilus's ship and Meetra, along with the aid of Visas Marr, defeat Darth Nihilus.
They then go to Malachor, where the Ebon Hawk crash lands on the planet due to the storm constantly surrounding the planet, and we see Bao-Dur has died, but given the Remote the codes to activate the Mass Shadow Generator again to fully kill the planet this time. Remote manages to do so as Mira fights a demon from her past, and the Force Sensitive crew members of your party try to stop Kreia... but fail in doing so. Meetra, right before facing Kreia, finds Sion waiting right outside. Meetra then manages to convince Sion that, while death is a frightening thing, it is far better than a life full of pain and misery. Sion, convinced by Meetra of this, dies the only way he could die: By letting himself die. Meetra then meets with Kreia, whom after a lightsaber duel, at a certain point where Kreia calls upon three lightsabers to float around her and fight for her, Kreia tells Meetra that there is a greater threat, and just how much she hated how the force controlled Kreia, Meetra, and everyone, how no one had free will. Meetra is then told about how your character left known space, and has been missing since then. She leaves Malachor V with at least T3-M4, the other companion's fates confirmed for surviving this. Meetra is then met by Bastilla, whom tells her more about what happened with your character, and then Meetra also leaves for unknown space... where she won't be seen by anyone again. Until TOR, that is.
I didn't go into too much detail, but you all can hopefully see why this era is not only so interesting, but also my favorite. So much potential for stories and already so many interesting characters, I can't get enough of this era! I wish there was a KOTOR novel, not just a TOR novel, and explore more of this era. Sadly, I highly doubt that will ever happen now... so yeah, there's my random journal of the day. I hope it was somewhat interesting, and you all enjoyed it.
3: Legacy Era
This Era is the farthest that Star Wars has ever gone so far, including both Canons in this. The bulk of this era deals with the great-grandson of Luke Skywalker, Cade Skywalker, who had to watch his father get killed by Darth Nihl on Ossus when the Sith Lord, Darth Krayt and the Empire, took over the galaxy. Cade then left the order, and became a Bounty Hunter where, after several years, he is being pulled back into the fight because of his ability to bring the dead back to life as Darth Krayt is sick with some illness, and he wants Cade to ensure his continues rule of his Rule of One Sith. Sadly, this era does not have too much material around it. Besides the main comic series of this era, and the sequel that deals with one of Han Solo's great-grandchildren, there's no other matreial that I really know of. And sadly, the sequel was more interesting in my opinion. There's something about the cast and the story that reminded me of my favorite comic series, which I won't say on here for spoilers, but a rag tag group of unlikely people seemingly against the galaxy as they fight for what's right, even if all of the members of the crew are morally grey. If there is more material for this era, let me know, but to the best of my knowledge, that is it, and that is kinda sad since it is a pretty interesting era, in my opinion.
2: Prequel Era
While I do like the OT more than the PT, I just find the "world" of the PT much more interesting. A corrupt Republic, interesting stories with plenty of material to spare, a ton of characters to go through and read about, and my favorite part is seeing just how manipulative Palpatine can be. I just finished reading Cloak of Deception, and I enjoyed it much more than I should just because I could see how Palpatine was controlling everyone and everything for his benefit. I do like the Jedi characters as well... except there is one problem I have with this Era.
Anakin and Obi-Wan.
Now I don't necessarily hate these two, I really don't, but honestly I just feel like these two get WAY too much attention, and I do understand why they do. They're the big stars of the Prequel Trilogy, and that would bring more readers into books and comics, however I am not a huge fan of Anakin's character. I can stand a certain amount of his character, but they made too much stuff with him in it, and that is sad since I wanted SO many more Jedi to get more stories, like Plo Koon, or even Saesee Tiin! To the best of my knowledge, there is only ONE story that has him as a main character, and that is the one short story in the original Clone Wars animated series, the one in the style of Samurai Jack, and where he and Clones leap from their ship onto an enemy ship as their ship was too damaged, so Saesee decided, "You know, if this one is too damaged, why not just take theirs?" THAT is bad ass, and yet that seems to be the only story with him in a lead... in a two-to-five minute short... I do enjoy the story of Anakin, I really do, it's just the character I don't like when there's too much focus on him. Either way, I find it to be a very interesting era, it is fun to see just how wrong the Jedi Order are, and how Palpatine can just play everyone like a fiddle! But now for my favorite era of all time...
1: KOTOR Era
I know this is technically part of the SITH ERA, but this very specific part is my FAVORITE part of all of Star Wars! I love the two "Knights of the Old Republic" games, mostly the second one, and my favorite comic series of all time? It's the "Knights of the Old Republic" Comic series with Zayne Carrick, and his crew is similar to the crew I mentioned in the Legacy Era, which is why I was so dissappointed when they had to cut it short for Disney Era, and got it replaced with Ma-Rey Sue, hooray... but at least we got KOTOR done! Ish... You see, this does have another issue that I don't feel like there's enough material for this. I know of the two games, and the comic, as well as one of the Star Wars Tales comics, issue 6 I believe, having a story with Darth Nihilus and the time when he destroyed the planet of Katarr... with just the force. "But Fel, there's the Star Wars novel Revan, and that book takes place during the KOTOR Era." Yes, yes it does... but it is called a "TOR" novel as it is more of a prequel for TOR, and while I do appreciate the answers given in the novel, overall I don't really count it as a KOTOR novel since it was made more for TOR, which has about four books? Five? I don't really recall, and it does have some of it's own comics as well. I don't dislike the TOR era, I do find most of the books, or the ones I've read anyways, to be good books, I just don't find the era as interesting as KOTOR. I love the stories during the KOTOR Era, the characters, and I love some of the mystery and darker tone around this era. So if anyone knows of any good KOTOR fan-made material that does stick well with the old material and expands on it even, let me know because I need my fix of this era ;-;
Bit first, a quick synopsis of Silent Hill. Silent Hill is a series known for being a horror series, however there is more to the games of Silent Hill than just scary looking monsters. You see the monster's all represent something. For Pyramid Head, he represents the lust of the main character of Silent Hill 2, as most times you come across it, the big guy is grinding against something and that his weapons, either a giant sword or spears, are usually pretty phallic.
There is also the Closer from Silent Hill 3, which could be viewed as a interpretation of mall shoppers with it's large bag hands and it's large lip's as well as the ridiculous mini skirt and heels its wearing, as well as the fact it was first found in a clothing store. But it is most likely a symbolism of the abuse that Alessa was put through, as to a kid adults are giants, and the Closer, which not only has large arms that could be representing abuse from being hit by a adult, but it's also a huge creature even to Heather, a fully teenager that is somewhere around sixteen to eighteen-years old.
-Silent Hill3- -Closer-
So Silent Hill has it's own form of symbolism on top of it's horror themes, where the symbolism is about facing your demons, quite literally, and coming to terms with them... or you die. However there is one question that popped into my mind, the same question that I said I thought of when I watched the review of Silent Hill Shattered Memories and Downpour.
What is more important to Silent Hill? Being scary, or being symbolic?
You see the thought came to me as I would hear the symbolism done in Shattered Memories and Downpour, and while it's not perfect, or even the best symbolism done in the series, it's still good symbolism. I won't say much about the symbolism for Shattered Memories as I don't honestly want to spoil the story and it's pretty great ending and I won't say much about the symbolism in Downpour as the length I'd have to go into to fully describe that one could take up a whole other journal, but I will say that after at least two Silent Hill games that not only were not scary, but also had very mediocre symbolism at best, I found myself happy that the game went back to being symbolic, even if they're not scary. Then I remembered something, something rather interesting. Many people's favorite game of the series isn't the first game, which many consider to be a masterpiece of horror gaming, but the second one. This is interesting because it's not that scary. It has good atmosphere, don't get me wrong, and the monster's are scary looking, but there's only about one part I had found scary. I don't remember what it was since I haven't watched Silent Hill 2 in a while, but that is one thing I remember thinking after watching the walkthrough, just how few scares there were.
So if it's not the horror, is it just the symbolism? Not exactly, as Silent Hill 3 is quite possibly the second-favorite game of the series, at least from what I've seen, and while it does have good symbolism, it's more known for it's horror. This could be symbolic of how maybe the fan base wants more to do with symbolism than horror, with 2 being more popular than 3, yet then we see the two games I've mentioned up above, Shattered Memories and Downpour. After Silent Hill 4, all games made after wards are declared worse than the first four games, which even I admit is true, but then something came out that is rather interesting to this thought process of mine. The infamous Silent Hill P.T., infamous because it seemed very promising but because Konami is Konami, they cancelled it. It did have a little symbolism from what we could tell, but it was much more horrifying than symbolic. The fans were excited, and truly disappointed and angry when it was cancelled, so... which is more important?
Since P.T. was only a playable trailer, we won't have a clear answer since a lot of the excitement came from the POSSIBILITIES of what could come, however there is still plenty of good horror and fun to be had in P.T. So it seems like the answer is a combination of the two, right? After all, the two top games of Silent Hill are 2, the symbolism, and 3, the horror. Yet there is a game that has both of these, and it's considered by many to be the weakest of the first four games, Silent Hill 4: The Room. Silent Hill 4 focuses around a character, Henry, whose moved into a new apartment, but one day he wakes up, and finds the door is chained from the inside. The windows don't open, no one can hear him screaming for help, the TV, radio, and the phone don't work, and then the Hole appears. He walks into his bathroom where he finds a hole just large enough for him to get through, and that takes him to Silent Hill's other world. There he meets monsters that aren't symbolic of him, but the main villain of that game, which is hard to explain why that is the way it is but just know that it does make some sense. It was scary with not just the premise, but how the common enemies of the game, the Ghosts, are unkillable, and you can only run from them until you get a special sword that doesn't kill them, but just pin them to the ground. There is also plenty of scary monsters running around, including the Twins... oh god, the Twins. You're just in a new area, unsure what to expect, looking around until you turn a corner, and... you see this.
Twin Victim (Silent Hill: The Room fan art)
Just pointing at you, standing still until you get too close which causes it charge at you! So it has a good mixture of symbolism and horror... yet it's considered the worst one of the first four? I will admit, Silent Hill 4 is the most different one out of all four of them, mostly due to the ghosts and how the main character seems to have a safe place in the Room... until the haunting's start to happen in it, but that's a different story.
So now I am curious about which one is more important to Silent Hill, the horror, or the symbolism? Both seem important, yet it doesn't appear you need both of them, so I'm curious about what you all think on this subject. Do you all enjoy and/or play Silent Hill? And if so, what's more important to you? The horror, or the symbolism?
Personally, I enjoy the symbolism since Silent Hill is supposed to try to help you get over some part of you most of the time, so it makes sense to me you get the symbolism of the monster's down right before you worry about the horror. If the symbolism isn't there, or it's not good symbolism, then that is more of a problem than not being scary, in my opinion.
1: Why is this the Sequel Trilogy? = I don't get why this story is the Sequel trilogy. Like, is it because it has the OT characters in it, and it happens to be told in movie format? Is that it? Because so far it appears like TFA and TLJ are just two random stories of Finn, Poe, and Rey, and not really a continuation of the story of the past six movies, and while there is some debate as to what the overall story of the first six movies are, this trilogy could've easily answered that... instead it's just two random movies with a third that is going to wrap up a almost non-existant story right now. So we need something to connect at least Episode 9 to the first six movies, hopefully find a way to connect TFA and TLJ to the first two movies stories.
2: Give Finn more connection to the plot = I do feel like Holdo's plot in TLJ was very badly done, and was not really worth much of anything, if anything at all, so because of that Finn's plot suffered because of it too. At this point in time, the only reason I can see for them even bringing Finn in is because he was already a established character, and they probably felt like they HAD to use him like this, but really his plot could've been done by any new character they wanted to bring in. So for Episode 9, have his plot be more connected with the main plot instead of just feeling like a side quest.
3: Give explanations = Me and a good friend of mine are having a... conversation... about TLJ, and he just mentioned this, but personally I do not consider any answers you would have to find outside of the film count towards helping the film. Unless it is a movie that is a sequel and/or prequel, the movie(s) should be able to answer these questions themselves, if they can't either because they don't want to, or there's not enough time, then unless it is a question they are planning on answering in another film, then they probably shouldn't put the question in it. However, for any story, explanations are needed, otherwise it will be hard to follow the story. Some stories can get away without explanations, but this is usually done in one of two ways.
A) They hide the REAL story in Easter Eggs and in the background, leaving subtle clues for you to find what is REALLY happening, but there's still enough in the foreground for you to watch the movie and enjoy it.
B) The story's way of giving the explanation requires a second watching to fully grasp the movie, and I don't mean the movie's plot and viewing stays the same it's just your opinion improves with each watching, the more you watch something the better it does become to watch... most of the time... but like a story is set up where, once you have the whole picture, watching it again means you understand what is happening, and why, and you can appreciate it more during the second viewing.
However, I do think Episode 9 needs to give answers for the general audience, as not everyone is willing to go looking through books or online for answers to questions since, if the novelization isn't out by the time they see the movie, not only can they not find any answers it gives, but also most people will judge a movie based on what you see at the theatre at that time, and most people will stick with that one viewing without going to look up what happened in the books since not everyone is into that. Hell, i don't even read the Star Wars books for answers, but just for fun, so not even I read books for the answers in films.
Just a short list, not too sure why I made it. But what do you all think of it?
1: Rebuilding Luke's Lightsaber
So Rey was pretty much raised a Scavenger, right? Well, what if she just rebuilt Luke's/Anakin's lightsaber? Obviously it would need a new crystal, as it looked like it exploded in the movie, but as a scavenger I could see her using her skills and experience to remake that lightsaber, maybe some differences to the hilt but I could see her using at least some of the parts in the lightsaber that may not have been destroyed to help make her new lightsaber.
2: Force Pike
So this is the least likely option, but since Rey uses a staff before she used a lightsaber, I think it wouldn't be too far fetched she would make a Force Pike. It could even be viewed as a way to combine the single-bladed lightsaber with her staff, but again, I highly doubt she would do this one since Force Pikes are really... well, not good weapons for fighting. But again, it could be interesting.
3: Saber Staff
This is the more likely option, in my opinion. She is used to fighting with a staff, and using a Saber Staff would only make more sense for her to use as this would be a better combination of her lightsaber skills (However she got them) with her staff skills. Also, for her lightsaber color for any of these, I think her having a yellow lightsaber would be pretty cool, no matter what happens.
I wouldn't be against her having a Crossguard Saber, but something is just telling me that she probably won't get that, that it's unlikely she would get it. No real reason why I am feeling this, just doubtful. If she doesn't get a yellow lightsaber, then maybe blue again, or maybe purple. What do you all think? Do you all think she will get one of these lightsabers, or will she get another type of Lightsaber? And what color would she get? I honestly hope she doesn't get green, there's already way too many similarities with previous movies in 7 & 8, but maybe some of you want to see her with a green lightsaber.
1. You can choose one fantastical creature as your pet, which is it?
Since I don't know if fantastical means fantasy-related or just that it's fantastic, and assuming it won't kill me since it's my pet, XENOMORPH!
2. What is your quest?
Become a writer, eat, and be happy.
3. What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
What do you mean? African, or European?
4. What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?
Don't know, but the farthest the computer got was 42.
5. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
My bed... I think the reason is easy enough to figure out.
6. You are given the chance to write an official story for your favorite fandom, which fandom is it and what would you write?
The fandom would be Power Rangers, and the story would be about the Megaforce Rangers taking on the Psycho Rangers. I have a story about that on here on DA, so check it out if you're interested in a badly written story! XD
7. I ride up to you one day upon a giant wolf and shout: "NO TIME TO EXPLAIN! HOP ON!" What do you do?
I hop on.
8. You see me at a convention, what do you do?
Nothing, I'm too awkward and shy
9. Would you hug me?
I feel awkward hugging my own mother... so no.
10. What is your favorite Don Bluth film?
Land Before Time.
11. Which fictional character would you want to meet and why?
Genie from Aladdin because A) This will bring back at least a small part of Robin Williams, and B) if I befriend him, I've befriended Robin Williams and a Genie who can wish up most of what I would like.
12. Everything you know is wrong! What now?
This is different from my regular life... how? In all seriousness, I'd do nothing different. just keep on living the best that I can.
1.) you have to post all the rules
2.) answer all the questions and then create 12 more
3.) choose 12 people(Personally, I don't care if you choose less)
4.) legitimitly tag people
5.) you can’t say you don’t do tags (Personally, I don't care if you do or don't)
6.) tag backs are allowed
1. Who is your favorite comic character? (Villain or Hero)
My favorite Comic Character would have to be... Zayne Carrick from Star Wars KOTOR, he's someone I can really relate with on a personal level ^^
2. Do you like creating your own ships? (as in characters, not actual ships.)
My own ships for characters? Well... Eh. I will be fine with whomever the characters get with most of the time so long as, in the end, they're happy, so it's very meh to me.
3. Would you rather be a Jedi or a Sith and why?
Jedi, I'm more of a healer than a fighter, and the Jedi are better healers than Sith XD
4. If you could have a superpower, which would it be?
Invisibility, so that I may hide away when I make a fool of myself... which happens way too often for me.
5. Do you like being a geek?
Well, DUH! I love being a geek! It's so much more fun than being a NORMAL person!
6. What does art mean to you as a person?
For me, Art is a great way to tell a story of a thousand words with a single glance, or represent the story's theme(s). If it doesn't help tell a story, I lose interest in it.
7. Would you take me out for a cup of coffee?
Maybe? I hardly get coffee myself, most likely if I was to take you anywhere, it would either be a gaming store, or a theatre so we can watch a movie.
8. Would you stay friends with someone you've only met over the internet? You get along well with this person, but you've never met them...would you still be friends?
Yes, my best friend is here on DA, and I only see him on DA ^^
9. Your take on Rick and Morty. Like it, hate it, or don't know it?
I know of it, but never saw it. It doesn't seem very interesting to me, personally.
10. Do you create OC's? (Original Characters)
I do, but not always. If I do make a OC as the main character, don't expect them to interact with the main characters of whatever series he/she is in.
11. Do you have any favorite OC's that aren't your own?
Not really, I don't read Fanfiction much anymore, but I do remember one Fanfiction where Naruto was trying to get with Hinata, whom had a young son, and I remember liking the son... whatever his name is XD
12. If you're a fanfic author, what inspired you to write?
It's mostly that I love to write, make worlds, journeys, and characters. I love writing, it's all I want, and I've waited for so long. Stacy, can't you see? There's nothing else for me. I know it might be off, but I'm a fan writer. (I was doing so well up until that part)
So now my questions, let's see here...
1. Whom is your favorite Star Wars Character?
2. Whom is your favorite Nintendo Character?
3. If you could meet any one video game character from your childhood for a get together, whom would you choose?
4. What is your favorite Pokemon? If you have none, name your favorite animal.
5. You and your group of friends are in the middle of a Zombie attack, one of you just got bitten. Who is the most likely to be the first to get bitten?
6. You can either get a real life Lightsaber from Star Wars that couldn't hurt you, or a Lancer from Gears of War that couldn't hurt you. Which one do you choose?
7. Alien attack! Who do you want to help you? The Spartans from halo by your side, or the Clone Commando's from Star Wars?
8. You can become the leader of a team of Force Users, you being the leader with three other members. Who do you choose?
9. You have just been told you get to add a new character to your favorite game, one from a previous game or one of your own OC's. Who do you choose?
10. You have the power of transformation, but can only transform into one other object/person/sentient being, what do you transform into?
11. What is your favorite anime, but if you can't decide which one is your favorite, or don't have one, what is your favorite animated show?
12. You wake up to find everyone has forgotten about you, and all traces of your life is gone. What do you do?
I hope I did this right... HAVE FUN, EVERYONE!
Where does he want the story to go? What sort of change should the characters go through? Will Luke join the Dark Side, or save his father? Will he live or die? Or what about Vader? Will he be saved? Will he live? Or will he stay on the Dark Side, and die alongside the Emperor? Then there's obviously Leia, Han, Chewbacca, and Lando. Where do they go? What is the end of their story? And do realize that knowing the direction is not the same as having every little detail planned out. As you do a layout of where the story goes, just keep in mind of that direction, but don't be deadset on it as you let the story flow naturally, which is very important to do with writing. Don't force your characters or events to happen, let them happen naturally, and as the writer, with complete control over the characters, setting, and story, you can change parts of the story to better go along with what is natural. The direction is just to help you direct where the characters go, and how to advance the story and character growth/development.
So let's give a example. Hell, let's use Star Wars as a example! So first off, let's say I want to tell the story of a young man who just became a Imperial Officer in charge of a small Imperial ship as his twin sibling joined the Rebel Alliance, and the two end up facing off in the Battle of Coruscant, or just some other battle. So the direction I want is a battle between two brother's on opposing sides, both of them tacticians and in charge of their own forces. Note that I don't have the ending, who wins the battle? Our MC(Main character), or the sibling? Empire, or Rebels? And if the Empire wins, does our MC survive, and the same question for the Rebel fleet? Does the MC betray the Empire, or stay loyal? I don't have that down, but I have a direction to where I want the story to head towards. As I write the beginning, and the middle, leading up to the climax, I get to develop the character's more, and see into their psyche. Does our MC value family more than he value's the power and responsibilities the Empire had given him? Maybe the MC doesn't want to leave the Empire because he is married to another Imperial Officer, and he can't leave her, despite him wanting to help his brother, but no matter what he does, he is betraying one of his families. I got one plot down, and suddenly, because I have direction, I can now work the growth of these characters to help build up the suspense and development of the story towards the direction I had already set up, that final space battle between the two.
Now, some people write by just sitting down, and just start writing, like we see with J.R.R. Tolkien when he started writing the Hobbit, however, if for whatever reason you are not the only writer, and can only write a part of it, then please, do write out that direction for the other writers. something that my good friend will disagree with me on for this particular example, but I can't think of another one off the top of my head. We see in Episode 7 J.J. Abrams, while I am not a fan of that movie, I will admit that it did a LOT of set up for future stories/plot points... but then Rian Johnson happened. You see, Rian Johnson, when he came in to work on Episode 8, the only thing he was given to work with in terms of direction, or this case a time line, only went as far as Episode 7, which meant that he was put in a tough position of writing a movie in the middle of a trilogy, continuing 7's plot while leaving enough material to be left for the sequel to wrap things up... all without any idea what direction he should go in. So, what's the difference between the Sequel trilogy and Tolkien is one thing: That, overall, when Tolkien wrote a plot point that will be explored in later books/stories when writing the Hobbit, he was the one to continue them. He knew where he was going with them, or at least what direction. Oh look, that word again, direction, and what happens with Tolkien? Well, even if you haven't read the books, or watched the movies, you still know about Lord of the Rings. It's that huge, now what about the Sequel Trilogy that is different? Yes, everyone knows about these new Star Wars movies, it's not because of how good they are, it's because of the advertising. Well, how did Rian Johnson, left with complete freedom to do what he wanted due to a lack of direction, did with the plot points set up by Abrams?
Yes, we get answers and solutions to the problems... but with Episode 8, what we get added very little. For example, Snoke. Snoke was built up in the movies to be some big, bad guy that was important... but he wasn't. He turned out to be a nobody in these stories, and that added... what? What did we gain? Or Rey's parent's being nobodies, what did that give us that was of worth that we didn't have already? Well... someone who has no Jedi lineage, and before someone does bring up that Kylo may have tricked Rey, look up how Rian Johnson has confirmed that Rey's parents are nobodies. If Abrams will keep true to that is uncertain, but we'll see. Anyways, I'm going to stop my rant and get to my point, that being... who here thinks Abrams actually planned for Rey's parentage, or Snoke's importance to the story, would be this? And let's be honest here, even though at the time of writing and directing Episode 7 Abrams was believed to only be directing the first movie, he still had his own head canon of where the stories would go, as any writer would do when coming up with plots. Tolkien? He wrote the books himself, and while I am certain he may have asked a loved one or two about their thoughts or something similar, overall when he made a plot point, like Gollum and the ring, he knew what he wanted to do with that plot point, use it in the Hobbit to set things up for the LOTR trilogy.
That is the importance of Direction, whether you are writing the story, or multiple writers are writing it. Come up with the direction, either before you start writing, or when you start writing it to help advance the plot/characters better. Take it from me, I know how important that can be. A story that I had written that I was proud of writing is the Stari Chronicles, which is, surprise-surprise, a Star Wars story... I think I'm obsessed with Star Wars guys. O.O
Anyways, when I was writing that, I knew I wanted a war between Jedi and Sith, but the War was only the set up. Stari Chronicles was going to be the first story of a larger series, where, spoiler alert if you want to read that old... and badly written... story, you'll see I had things set up with Danis Stari having a alternate mind inside of his own, Horuck Falco becoming the main character and for most of the other stories with the focus going from the Stari family to the Falco family, as well as three (Or four, I can't recall) Sith Experiments being released into space by the first defeated Sith Army who will be in stasis for multiple years before waking up to cause trouble again, and much, much more. Now imagine, for that first story of Stari Chronicles, I had set up these plot points, then just dropped the stories on (an)other writer(s) for them to either continue this, or finish it. What the hell are they going to do? Especially when I say that, before we go from Stari Chronicles to Falco Chronicles, we have the Lordess Chronicles, a side story between the two series that sets up the leftover Sith threat that will rise up in Falco Chronicles making deals with pirates and even some Jedi, but also that the main character, Linora Lordess, is a female human Jedi who has to join a rag tag group of pirates who got sucked into a mess that involves Linora being branded a traitor to the Jedi and Republic by her old Master, and as she spends time with the female Pirate Captain, she starts to grow feelings for the captain. Yeah, I'm CERTAIN the writer(s) can work with that just fine, no problems, none what so ever. You see what I mean?
Making a TV show/Movie series without any clear direction of where they are going is popping up even more and more. While I haven't seen Legend of Korra myself, but I have seen some reviews, and, if I am wrong let me know but I honestly can't get interested into that series no matter how hard I try, Korra is the same. They do have the previous season have some sort of effect on the next season, but from what we see in terms of characters and stories, they seem to be just going at it. They write Season One, and then... well, they'll think of something. More and more stories in the media are being written like this... and I hope they stop, but hopefully you see why it is good to come up with direction when you can to avoid... well, bad writing. I do apologize for the rant, but I am against the idea of just winging it. If you can do it, great! But if you can't... don't. Anyways, let me know if you agree with what I have said on here, or if I'm just wrong. (Also, my good friend and I are probably going to get into a debate about Episode 8 now, so be warned when going down into the comments sections XD)
What is... how did... THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE! This is not the worst episode of Power Rangers, not even close... but I am so confused and shocked at this episode. No Sledge? You bring a previous villain into your season premier, something that not only you promote with your trailers for this season, but also something we haven't seen since Lost Galaxy when Karone came back to become the new Pink Galaxy Ranger, but you do NOTHING WITH HIM!? Like, he comes in, fixes the ship up, and then leaves? What? He literally could've been replaced with that new sidekick of hers as some royal member who wanted to be a part of Galaxy Warriors, and took a large chunk of the Super Ninja Steel back to her planet as payment for fixing the ship. What was the point for Sledge? To bring him in for a possible later episode? Was this filler episode really that important that Sledge had to be pushed back to another episode, and that is IF he is even coming back? Really?
There is a little thing in writing where, if in one scene you make sure to point out that there's a gun hanging on a wall, then in the next scene you better use it. The only thing I have to really talk about with this episode, which I will not be going over everything in this episode, is the monster. You see, Power Rangers has had MANY monsters in the past, many of them threatening, like the chainsaw attack robot from RPM, or that giant monster at the end of Turbo that the Ranger's had to sacrifice all their zords and even power weapons to defeat.
Yes, there are silly monsters, like Pudgy pig from Season 1, but then there's weird monsters, monsters that bake you into a giant pizza, or the rapping pumpkin monster... this monster gets stronger if you lie, but if you tell the truth, he's powerless. Well, not entirely, but I have one problem with this: How specific this monster is. Yes, it is definitely not the worst or weirdest monster, but the most specific one. I mean, imagine if this monster came at just about any other week prior to all of this, and the Ranger's weren't lying to each other, he'd be at a disadvantage, and this is a problem with the story telling as well. Instead of having his powers come from just lying, how about guilt?
Calvin's guilt at forgetting their anniversary could empower him, and the more he lies, the more guilt he gives off. However, since the bolts used on Hayley's, Preston's, and Levi's morpher's were made from his guilt, once he got that lie off his chest by telling the truth, the bolt's disappeared. Not as preachy, it actually makes the younger kids think for themselves, and can be taken more seriously. This is very important because, despite the fact that plenty of kids now a days still watch shows like the Backyardians and Paw Patrol, they still like shows that take them seriously. It's why so many of them watch shows like the Flash, Supergirl, Arrow, and why so many kids loved the Batman animated series, it took them seriously. It doesn't have to go uber super dark, but just takes kids seriously, and honestly look at shows like Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Teen Titans, and other kids shows that are extremely popular, and do you know what you get? Shows that, even if they do get pretty childish at times, overall takes their audience seriously, and doesn't mind being at least somewhat indirect with their message and showing kids that there's not just one truth. *glares at the Lion Fire Galaxy episode*
But yeah, this episode's monster was just... not good. Only lies can empower him but he is rendered powerless if someone just tells the truth, very direct and boring message, a stupid pickle joke that even kids wouldn't laugh at, the best they could hope to get is maybe a chuckle, and... this is it? The sequel to the premiere of the 25th season of Power Rangers is this dull and boring? Instead of having Sledge be back and be a major villain again, he made a random, worthless cameo in episode 1 and now he's just... gone. A big time villain, the main villain from two years of Ranger's had returned... for really nothing. Don't expect a review for each episode of Super Ninja Steel, but this is just... just... bad writing, to be honest. I know Power Rangers is not always known for amazing writing, but they've been known to have good writing except for a small few seasons, but now that bad writing is just the norm for Rangers... I am now very depressed, and going to finish my math homework now, good night everyone.
Just a foot note, honestly... and the finale of Ninja Steel is just worthless now. Why lose the powers if they were just going to get it right back in the beginning of Season 2 episode 1 with all their power ups and everything? Why send Mick away if he was just going to come right back? Also, why does Preston have the ability to make a cage with his magic if the prism is no longer working? Or does it still give the Ranger's their powers? Why did they all decide to stay in one spot after Madam Odius caught the cage in midair? What was the point of the ending of Ninja Steel at all? So far, it appears that it was all for nothing except for them finding Brody's dad. I do have one good thing to say about this episode.
Out of all of the episodes in Ninja Steel, when they were all scouting out the statue and staying hidden and setting the trap up... that did feel like Ninja things to do. I actually felt like I was watching a Ninja-themed season for a bit, even with how they escaped the cage and quietly snuck out of it... but tthen it's ruined when all of their stuff is remade with Super ninja Steel, and it just feels like a lot of stuff from last season was just a waste of time. *sighs*
Remember back when Power Rangers had good stories? Like how Wes from time Force had to wrestle with whether destiny controlled his life or if he did, or if Cole from Wild Force believed everyone had a heart, but then how he found Master Orc, the man who killed his parents in cold blood because he simply felt cheated they stole the fame from him, and Cole's mother not getting with him but instead Cole's father? Or how the Ninja Storm Ranger's were the worst students but then became the best through experience, hard work, and team work? Or how about Mack coming to terms finding out he's a robot? Or Dr. K dealing with the guilt of being the one that released the Venjix Virus that has wiped out more than 75% of the human race? Or hell, how about how Jayden from Samurai was forced to deal with lying to his whole team, remember THOSE days? Sadly, those days are now in the past. This is modern day Power Rangers, mediocre writing at best, no real idea how to cause tension or anything of the sort, and characters that in any good TV show are currently at the phase of "Still on the blackboard, need more time and thought into their stories and importance".
So, everyone, I've got some news to say. I am going to watch the rest of this season, as I want to see how they do the 25th anniversary, and I might watch the first five episodes of the next season, but if this season isn't even mediocre, which is all I am asking for, then I am giving up on the new Power Rangers. This hurts me so much... SO MUCH! My two favorite fandoms are Star Wars and Power Rangers, and I've already given up on the majority of the new Star Wars material, most since some stuff is good, and now the new Power Rangers... I... I don't know what else to say right now. Obviously, the season could change, and become better... but since Victor and Monty are STILL taking up too much screen time and have had no development, I doubt it. I mean, they're LITERALLY right where they left off, only difference is you switch Galvanax with Sledge, and even that is, SOMEHOW, not impressive. When was the last time we had a previous Power Rangers Villain come back in something that isn't just a crossover? If you don't count the Super Seasons, which I don't know why you would, then the last time we've seen this is Lost Galaxy, with Astronema/Karone coming in to become the pink Galaxy Ranger, this should be huge... but it's hardly a foot note. I'm just... I'm just gonna go now, just cry in a corner. Have a good night, everyone.
(Caution: Wrote half of this on my phone, so sorry for any bad grammar/spelling in this journal for now)
Big thanks to these previous groups for accepting my last "My Thoughts On" Journal, thank you all so much~
First off, I should let people know that my favorite season of Power Rangers is SPD, so I'm just going to say right now that I like SPD more than Dekaranger. Now, there is one reason for this: Dekaranger's story, or almost lack there of. You see, Dekaranger has this huge gap in their story where, if you were to watch only the story-focused episodes and didn't care for the episodes where the Extra Rangers were introduced, then you would watch Episodes 1 & 2... Then skip straight to episode 30, and besides the extra Rangers introductions, you would miss nothing of importance to the story, and guess what? Episode 31 is yet ANOTHER filler episode. I know some people give Goseiger Crap for most of their stories not being all that well connected, but at LEAST their stories were not only connected, but lasted through the season. Dekaranger is, overall, a okay season, and the reason why is for two reasons.
1: The filler episodes are different cases, and since we're talking about cases about not only aliens, but Sentai Aliens! They're fun to watch, and try to figure out as well.
2: If you like seasons focused around the characters, then the many filler episodes do help with you getting to know these characters, and connecting with them a little better. .
Besides that... Eh. The story I am not a huge fan of... But first off, what is this show's premise, exactly?
S.P.D., Special Police Dekaranger. Five detectives who fight criminals(Alienizers) under their leader, Doggie Kruger. Their mission: To combat space criminals who invaded Earth. They will protect the peace and safety of all humanity! Their red ranger, Ban, while a hot head who has just been assigned to them, is going to be needed for their fight against a unknown Rainian Agent Abrella is supplying all of the Alienizers with foot soldiers, weapons, and mecha's. Can the Dekaranger's defeat the Rainian Agent? Or will Earth be just another planet lost?
Most of what I just said there was not even on the Wikipedia page when I looked that up for a quick reminder of any names of races, organizations, or anything of the sort, so I had to look up the main villains name as well since, due to the type of season this is, he is just that unimportant to the premise. Anyways, my main problem with this story is that the Dekaranger's, despite being detectives, never once find it odd that each Alienizer have the same foot soldiers, or that they may be receiving help until Episode 30, and that's because he revealed himself to the Rangers! Be aware of this before going in, as it drove me nuts when they just didn't even find this odd. So, onto the Dekaranger's mecha.
I like it well enough, unlike Abaranger it has a equal amount of the Mecha distributed equally among them. It definitely looks like a cop-themed mecha, and I love the lights and the helmet on it's head. The sword looks okay, overall, but the gun it has looks really cool! Three different firing modes, small, and it helps the Mecha with it's surprisingly nimble and quick movements. I do enjoy it a lot, but yeah, the design is just good. Now, onto the main team's outfits.
I honestly have so many mixed feelings about these outfits. I love the black half, the white line that takes the shape of their number, and their smooth silver mouth pieces and red police lights on the side of their helmet... But then there's their visors. I don't know why, but their visors just don't do anything for me. I don't hate them... But I don't like them on these suits. I don't know what else I would've done with the visors, but this doesn't help it, and the white gloves I do not like either, but that's it for me. Up next is technically the Sixth Ranger, but doesn't hold that spot, Dekamaster!
Yes, yes, and yes. I am 100% completely BIASED for this outfit as I love Doggie "Anubis" Cruger, whether it is the Sentai or Power Ranger counterpart. He is a badass sword fighter, and I will admit that his outfit is only okay, maybe good at best, but I love it because of BIAAAAAAAAAAAAAS! Now for Dekabreak, the official sixth ranger, despite the fact that Cruger was the sixth Ranger to show up.
I really do enjoy it, the color scheme of white, blue, and gold is a really nice color combination. I also like the six black marks on his helmet where the other Ranger's will have black marks, but his is in the form of wings. I'm not too sure about the morpher, since I like it's design, but the throttle it pulls out and revs up is... well, I just don't like it, but everything else I do like it... but I really do wish that they didn't make the PR version of Dekabreak NOT become a ball of light outside of Ranger form. I like the idea... just not the execution. Now for Dekaswan... what, you thought it was over with Dekabreak? HAH! Just you wait until we get to Kyoryuger!
So this is the second Orange Ranger in Rangers, the first one being from Battle Fever J... whose outfits are not very good... but I do think this is a good outfit, but nothing that really helps it stand out, per say, but nothing bad about it. If I have to say something good about it... I like her belts. Onto Dekashine!
First of all, I would like to now say that finding a good image of Dekaswan, shine, and the next Ranger is hard to find, and even then I'm not always pleased with the pictures I found, like this one. It's of good quality, but I don't like the fact you can't see the full front of the helmet, as I do try to find good pictures of not just quality of the picture, but also of the pose, so quick apology for that. But yes, Dekashine... she's alright, much like Dekaswan, but without the belts.
Again, sorry for the lack of a good quality for the picture... but Dekagold was only in the movie, and even then only for, like, a second before there's a huge explosion, and she's forced back to civilian form so I'll get through this real quick. I like the side pistols, and how shiny she is. NEXT! Wait... that's it! That's it! No more Ranger outfits this season, so here we go with the theme song!
I like it, it gets me pumped up for some detectives solving crime and kicking ass with giant robots, but I also like the countdown that goes with it right before it really gets to the big rock out part of it, it really builds it up as if there's a bunch of bad guys, and then one by one the Ranger's come out and start attacking the bad guys, then when it says "Get on" for five, we see all the Ranger's together before one big action scene of pure awesomeness. However, I do find it hard to remember anything besides that after listening to it personally, but that could just be me.
So yeah, that's my thoughts on Dekaranger. Not enough story, but you do get the filler episodes giving you some really interesting cases, and you get some good characters, but I will admit that not all of them really grow all that much... actually, I don't think any of them had any real character growth, but maybe I'm wrong. Overall, this is a decent season, to say the least, and I wouldn't be surprised if I heard people saying this was their favorite Sentai Season, or one of their favorites. Anyways, join me next time when I give My Thoughts on: Mahou Sentai Magiranger.
Well, let's start off with the first episode. The beginning with Brody being captured, and yes I will be using the names they made for the current season to make it easier to tell who I'm talking about, and his brother going into hiding with his father disappearing will be the same... but then everything else changes when we see Galvanax talk with Brody, telling him they can finish his Ninja Training, and even help him find his father if he swears allegiance to him. Brody, being so young and scared, agrees, and we cut to present day where we see Brody bowing to Galvanax after we see the Fearcat and Genvix fight. Galvanax tells Brody that his training has gone well, but that they have a mission for him. It is obvious that the current plan isn't working, and they are aware of a group of rebels is coming to steal the Ninja Power Nexus, which this 'group' is actually just redbot, whose name I am changing to ANYTHING ELSE BESIDES REDBOT! THAT IS THE LAZIEST NAME TO CALL A ROBOT WHO HAPPENS TO BE RED! So for now, we'll just call him Rust. Anyways, Galvanax tells Brody that he is to befriend them, which should be easy since his presence on the ship was kept a secret, and that when all the Ninja Star's are gathered, he is to steal them from the chosen, and bring them back to Galvanax so he can use them to find Brody's father. Brody agrees, and he acts like he was a slave on the ship to help out Mick and Rust get the Ninja Power Nexus off of the ship and down to Earth.
Meanwhile, we see Preston is being dropped off at his school by his father, who is not pleased with Preston missing the bus and gives off the sense of not liking things going amiss and very controlling. Preston is about to ask him to come to his magic show, but his father takes a phone call from work, and just drives off. There, Preston turns around to walk to school, but stops when we see Sarah fly by on her hoverboard. Also, no Vic and Monty, as while I do like Victor's charisma for the first few episodes, I see no real point in them being in the series overall, and only being a hindrance, but we see Sarah get off her hoverboard... after flying it through the hallways, where she is told by a teacher that she can't just do that, but she says that, until there's a student who surpasses her in her knowledge in math, science, gym, history, and geology, to say the least, then she'll listen to others, but until then, she's the top dog and doesn't need any advice from others. We then see Hayley and Calvin entering school, Calvin driving them into the school's garage where Hayley's dog jumps out. Hayley and Calvin are still a couple, as you can do something with that which someone needs to tell Neo-Saban writers that, but here we see Hayley and Calvin's relationship isn't so great. Calvin see's no problems, and is perfectly happy, but we do see that something is bothering Hayley, but we don't know what that is.
We then cut to Brody, Rust, and Mick landing on Earth, which Preston see's but was going to ignore so he wouldn't make his father any more disappointed with him, but Sarah also happens to come across him, the two discussing the meteorite and that Sarah was going to go home since she already knew everything that the teacher's were going to teach today. Preston goes with her, showing some signs of romantic interest in her with how straight forward and brave she is, and the two go towards the crash site as Galvanax sends the Fear cat down, not telling him about Brody being undercover. Madam Odius and Ripcon ask Galvanax why not tell any of the monster's not to hurt Brody, and Galvanax simply states that Brody should be strong enough to handle himself, and if not, then they didn't lose anyone that important. Brody fights the Fear cat, but he is having trouble when, suddenly, Preston and Sarah come in and saves him. That's when Brody, Preston, and Sarah pull the Ninja Star's out, Brody showing shock that he could pull it out as Mick and Redbot show excitement, but we know that this is much more interesting than a hero pulling a sword from the stone, this is a villain doing so, and now is going to act as the team leader of the new Ranger team. They morph, defeat the Fear cat, and the Ninja Power Nexus flies away, the team left wondering where it could be going now.
Next episode, we see Hayley and Calvin are leaving school, Calvin having forgotten his backpack and Hayley coming along for the ride because her dog isn't feeling well, so the two are going to drop him off. However, Kudobots appear, and the two try to fend them off but, obviously, overwhelmed by the sheer numbers until the Ninja Power Nexus appears before them... but this time the six stars aren't down to just three, but two, the Gold star having disappeared. The two pull the stars out, morph, and fight the Kudobots, the two unsure what is going on before the morph back to normal. Meanwhile, Brody heads back to his home, finding memories of his time before Galvanax coming back to him, which only causes him to want to gather the power stars even more so than before. However, they can't find the Ninja Steel, and Sarah, having seen the trophy wall in Episode 1 and having made special notice of one special trophy, tells Brody about the trophy that had his father's name on it. They leave to go back to school, but we quickly go up to Galvanax's ship, where we see Ripcon and Madame Odius talking with each other, Ripcon mentioning how much he loathes Brody and how much special training he had received. Odius mutters to herself how interesting that is, and then tells Ripcon that, if he wants to prove himself to Galvanax, he should defeat Brody, take the Ninja Power Stars for himself, and present them to Galvanax. Ripcon loves it, but the next star for the hit TV show has been selected, the chainsaw weasel monster, who is sent down to get the Ninja Steel from the school, which they know because of their camera's watching Brody and the other's. Galvanax tells Odius that, either through Brody or through his monsters, he will gain his Power Stars, and use them to initiate some sort of ritual, which Odius seems excited about. We cut back to the school, where Hayley and Calvin get back on school grounds, and exit the car as they talk about what just happened when the weasel monster attacks. The two morph again, but is over confident, Calvin running in first before he is just tossed around. Hayley goes to help him, but she is also just tossed around before Brody and the other's show up. As Mick and Rust go to get the trophy, the Ranger's fight and defeat the monster, but when the other Ranger's are celebrating, we see Brody look back and, at the top of the building, we see Madam Odius standing on a building. They nod to each other, and Odius pulls out her hammer. Once the crowd chooses to cause the monster to grow big, Odius points her hammer up, and then the front opens as a beam of light shoots out, and covers the Weasel's remains, causing it to grow huge.
The Ranger's all seem shocked, Brody now going to grab their stars and run, but stops when Mick and Rust runs up to them, and tells them of their Zords and how they can use their zords to battle the weasel. When they call upon their Zords, they get Zord's similar to what they like, Brody wondering why his looks like Redbot. After the battle, they go to Mick, whom is in the garage of the school, and they are shocked to find the Power Ninja Nexus waiting there for them. Brody pulls out his star, and is about to steal the other's stars when he hears Mick mention that not all the star's are here, and one is missing, the Gold one. Brody later calls Galvanax for instructions, and Galvanax tells Brody he will need to stay undercover to search for more clues and answers as to who this Gold Ranger is while we see in another part of the ship Odius is in a empty hallway, and she pulls out the Gold Ninja Power Star, laughing to herself.
Yes, there are a lot of similarities, and yes, this is kinda all over the place, but it's late at night, thirty past midnight, and I wanna get this done with so I can at least have SOME activity on this channel. But what this did differently was set up character plots for future episodes. Preston with his father, Sarah with her big ego, and then Calvin and Hayley having a troubling relationship, which we later find out the reason for this is because Hayley isn't human, she's a alien and that she will have to leave Earth soon as her species can only survive on Earth for so long before they need to return home for a few months to recover before they can come back. We also see Brody is not close with the other Ranger's, not wanting to get close to them since he'll just betray them, but they get through to him. However, we do find out that Levi is actually Brody's brother at the beginning, and the reason why is because, yes, Brody want's to find his father, but now he needs to think to himself if he can truly betray his brother like this. It can create some interesting stories, and this will affect the whole team, and we get to see how the team would react to their Red Ranger originally being a spy to steal from them, and how that would go. Also, Odius's owning of the Gold Star we also see is because, yes, she did kidnap Levi, but no robot brother, just putting some mind control inside of Levi's brain so she can control him with certain commands when the time comes. A lot of secrets, betrayals, and scheming going on, and honestly, for a season about Ninja's, that seems to go hand in hand, and we also find out that the reason why Brody's Zord looks like Rust is when we find a few episodes later that Rust was actually made by Brody's father, but Rust has lost some of his memories so he isn't certain where his father is. Again, another reason for Brody to think twice about just leaving them, but what do you all think? Is my version better, worse, or just the same, and what would you all do if you were given the chance to adapt Ninja Steel? Let me know in the comments below, and I hope you all have a nice day ^^
1. You must list TEN DIFFERENT favorite characters from TEN DIFFERENT fandoms
2. Tag 10 people who must do the same.
Not in ranking order
1: Kreia - Star Wars/KOTOR 2 - Honestly, she is just my favorite character of all time. I love her philosophy, her look on life, and honestly, I just love listening to her talk in KOTOR 2, it's really my favorite part of that game! (Also, I wish I could put more Star Wars characters on this list, but sadly, one per fandom, so... yeah)
2: Scott Truman - Power Rangers/RPM - The Red Ranger of RPM, this is a leader who knew what needed to get done, like many Red Rangers before and after him, and like the others he also looked out for his team members, and like me, he doesn't have the best relationship with his dad, although mine still thinks we do have one. However, Scott is my favorite because, if I was stuck in a domed city and was tasked with defending it, being one of the main defenders, I would want Scott to be my leader because he seems like the type of leader that doesn't try to be just a leader, but also a friend, which is what one needs in that situation. A leader to look to for guidance, but also someone that I can talk with, and relate with, which is why he is my favorite Red Ranger. Also a side note, RPM has my favorite Gold Ranger as well ^^
3: Jolteon - Pokemon - I don't know if this counts, but Jolteon is my all time favorite Pokemon! I know he's not the best pokemon, or even the best electric type, but he is my favorite. Good speed, best Eeveevolution, great design, and is a fox, and I would LOVE to have a pet Fox one day! But yes, he is my favorite, and in all of my Leaf Green playthroughs, I will always pick up that Eevee, and give him that Thunder Stone.
4: Krillin - DB/DBZ/DBGT/DBS - I know Krillin is kind of a joke to many people, but I like Krillin a lot. He does die a lot, yes, but do you want to know why? Because he's on the front lines, and he knows he's dealing with people and beings far stronger than him, but that doesn't stop him. He fights on, even if he knows he will die and his death only accomplishes in buying time for Goku to show up and be the hero, but he still does it and he doesn't ever stop. Hell, Krillin has died less often than Yamcha, and has died more honorable deaths than Yamcha. He is loyal, brave, and a good friend always, and that is the person I would want watching my back.
5: Hinata Hyuga - Naruto - I think it's only fitting that Hinata is on this list. This channel used to be a huge Naruto Fan Fic channel, which it hasn't been that in a while, but Hinata, and all the other characters, has helped me greatly into getting into writing. Without all of these great characters, Hinata especially, I don't know how good my writing would be right now, or if I would even still be here on DeviantArt, so Hinata, thank you for being such a awesome character.
6: Davis Motomiya - Digimon - I know, I know, no one likes Season 2, and I don't like it either, so why do I like Davis, quite arguably the most hated character in all of Digimon? It's easy, it's because he's a good character, but he just has a bad team. Yeah, if you ever watch Season 2 again, then look at what Davis does for his team. He is willing to bow to his enemy, emberass himself, even let himself be eaten by a Digimon for his team... but they NEVER give him a fair chance. He's not the best Digimon Leader, he's not, but he deserves a better team. Honestly, I remember me and my brother decided to re-watch the first two Digimon Seasons again, and the ONLY reason we got through season 2 was because of the old team coming back, and note how the older digidestined, minus Kairi and TK, actually treated Davis with respect and gave him a chance, and Davis himself, for being a good leader, despite his team giving him crap. They call him dumb because of his grades, but he's smarter than them where it counts. They say his plans are never good, but they never follow his plans or consider his plans before shooting it down, and honestly, Davis gets all my love because of the shit he's put through... and how he just smiles through it, and continues to do his best.
7: Sgt. Johnson - Halo - If you've played any Halo game with Sgt. Johnson, then you know why I love him. If you haven't, I can't explain why he is awesome, just play a Halo game.
8: Sly Cooper - Sly Cooper - He is a smooth criminal, with a currently hot (Ex)girlfriend and is talented beyond belief, sticks true to who he is, and saves everyone he can. He is a thief with morals, a thief with style, and a thief... with no pants... I'm surprised no one has brought that up since Carmelita and Penelope and even Dimitri wear pants, including several other characters, but not Sly? Huh... Either way, I love Sly Cooper, and his game series will always be my favorite game series.
9: Spider-Man/Peter Parker - Marvel - I grew up watching the animated Spider-Man animated series, I loved playing just about any Spider-Man game, and I love his outfit, villains, stories, and the characters. Spider-Man to me is what Batman is to almost everyone else, just the best. I like Batman as well, but Spider-Man just has him beat.
10: Belle - Animated Disney Movies - Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, is my favorite Disney Princess, and surprise, it's also my favorite animated Disney Movie. While the first Shrek movie did do a better job with Fiona not turning back human, but Shrek still calling her beautiful, I still love the rest of this movie. Some say she has stock syndrome, but I always see her as being strong and independent, but she see's the dire situation that the Beast is in, a situation he did not ask to be in, and grew a little warmer towards him until, at last, she fell in love with him, and one of the best parts is that it's never shown how long time has passed since her capture, so her falling for the Beast could be just a few hours, days, weeks, or even months. And, of course, the songs are amazing... but we don't talk about any of the Beauty and the Beast spin off movies or "Sequels". They're still in the banned hole
But yeah, I think I got a little more emotional in this than I had originally thought I would, but I am curious to hear everyone's opinion on this. Now to tag four lovely people~