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Recap and review of season 1, full of spoilers, beware.
Attack on Titan is an anime series based on the manga by the same name. In the first season the series begins by focusing on Eren, Mikasa and Armin as they go from children to young adults. Their village is destroyed when titans breach the protective wall. Titans are generally giant humanoid creatures devoid of sex organs who seem to only exists to eat people. When they first showed up and slaughtered people, walls were built to keep them out. Three walls were built so that if one was breached, people could flee behind the next. When the titans breach wall Maria, Eren witnesses his mother being killed by a titan. He vows to kill all titans. Mikasa is devoted to Eren as he saved her when her family was killed and she was to be sold into slavery, she vows to go wherever he goes. She also seems to be the much stronger warrior. Armin eventually loses the last of his family and goes into soldier training with his two friends.
The training is hard but the three friends are adamant. Mikasa is a natural warrior and excels at everything. Armin is brilliant and though he is weaker, his mind makes up for it. Eren is fiercely devoted to the cause and refuses to give up, making him a worthwhile soldier. Eren has been determined to join the Scout regiment since he was a child, he wants to venture outside the walls and see the world and battle the titans.
Five years have passed since the attack on Wall Maria and the cadets have passed their lessons. The three friends want to join the scout regiment. As the cadets are assigned to their first district, the Colossal titan that started the attack on Wall Maria appears and destroys the gate to Trost district on Wall Rose. Eren leads the counter attack. During the battle many are lost. A titan is about to kill Armin when Eren shows up and saves him, but loses his arm and leg before being swallowed.
It looks like the humans will lose the battle when suddenly a titan begins fighting other titans. The soldiers take advantage of this opportunity to refill their gas canisters. As they return to the fight, the rogue titan continues to battle and when he finally falls, the cadets are shocked as Eren emerges from the nape of the titans neck, fully healed.
The cadets were not the only ones who witnessed Eren emerge from the titan and he now has to face the suspicions of his superiors. Mikasa and Armin rush to defend Eren, but are unable to sway the opinions of the scared leader. When Kitts orders the cannons to be fired on Eren, he transforms himself partially to protect Mikasa and Armin. When they continue to fail to convince Kitts Eren is no threat he orders the cannons to fire again but is stopped by Commander Pyxis.
Pyxis asks Eren if he can use his titan ability to save the people and they hatch a plan for him to block the gate with a giant bolder by transforming again. Though at first Titan Eren does not remember his friends and attacks them, Armin is able to get through to him and the plan ultimately prevails.
The military is not convinced Eren is safe but the scout regiment convinces them to let them take him with them to study and work with. Eren is excited to join the scouts. Shortly afterwards most of his cadet friends also join the regiment. All except Annie who joins the military police. After they arrive at scout headquarters, the unit leaves the walls on their first mission.
AS the unit spreads out into scouting formation, they are attacked. The titans are lead by a rare female titan who appears to possess intelligence. They realize she is similar to Eren, a human inside a titan. After a fierce battle they are able to capture the titan, but she escapes by calling other titans to devour her body. The team realizes she could be traveling in her human form but not in time to stop her from finding Eren and attacking him. Another titan battle resumes, eventually the female titan bites Eren from the nape of his titan body, but Captain Levi and Mikasa are able to save him and the regiment retreats.
The military leaders consider Eren a failure and risk and demand he be returned and face death. The scout regiment has a plan though. They out the human who becomes the female titan and are finally able to subdue her. Eren is allowed to return to the scout regiment and the team takes time to grieve those they lost.
This was a long first season, containing 25 episodes. I enjoyed the story as well as the artwork and style of animation. I loved the range and depth of the characters and the struggles they live through to become who they are. There were so many surprises and shocks and i admit I got emotional a few times. As I begin season 2 I just hope for more Mikasa and Levi. Season 2 is available on Crunchyroll.
Have a little time to waste? Need something to do when your standing alone in a line somewhere? Maybe you just don’t want to talk to people, phone games are the perfect distraction. Hannah reviews a few she has tried out.
You play an up and coming Magikarp trainer making your way through the eight Magikarp Jumping Leagues. Catch a Magikarp. Feed and train it to level it up. When it gets strong enough, battle through the leagues, until it’s time to retire your fish and start again with a new Magikarp.
It’s a fun, time killing game. You don’t need to devote all your time to it, maybe 5 minutes at a time tops. It’s brightly colored, teaches some positive life lessons, and gives you many rewards.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Mix two ingredients in a cauldron. Wait 3000ish seconds. Find out if you made an awesome new thing or a rock. You are rewarded either way. Customize your cauldron or your cloaked alchemist.
This is a mindless, thirty seconds at a time game. There’s a fun vaguely gothic design to the game and some of the quips your alchemist makes are entertaining.
3 out of 5 stars
Nick Fury, Odin, and Dr. Pym start an academy for potential Avengers in the middle of a field surrounded by Time Fog. Fight Hydra, welcome new students, complete missions, and clean up the campus grounds.
Teenage super heroes are cute and fun. They gush about costumes, rib each other about back stories, and do their best to solve the mystery of Avengers Academy. There are monthly special events where you can do different missions to collect new items and rare characters. It takes about 5-10 minutes at a time to play.
4 out of 5 stars
Walk around with your phone and catch Pokemon in the real world. You can train them up, evolve them, and fight with them.
If you walk a lot this game is great. Especially if you like to go to new places. If you don’t walk much or you don’t go to new places very often, this can be a monotonous game.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Farm Heroes Saga
This is a classic match three game with a farm theme. Each level has a different mini challenge. Often it’s about collecting a certain amount of something or other.
This is an incredibly satisfying game. I can spend hours on this game, just finding patterns and draining my phones battery. The art is cute and uses bright colors.
4 out of 5 stars
Batgirl is one of the first characters I ended up reading when I was trying to figure out who my favorite superhero actually was. I have only been aware of her existence for maybe the last five years. Wonder Woman was always my favorite superhero, but I started to wonder if she was my favorite because she was the only female superhero I knew about, or if she was actually my favorite. So I started reading comics and finished a Batman trade and said something about how I wished Batman were a girl and was then handed this volume of Batgirl.
The story takes place three years after The Killing Joke, where the Joker shoots Barbara Gordon (also known as Batgirl) through the spine and paralyzes her. Barbara has miraculously gained the ability to walk and be Batgirl again. This is briefly referred to in the comic. Now that Barbara has regained the ability to walk, she decides it’s time to move out of her dad’s house. Barbara also faces off against a villain who is determined to kill people who survived accidents that they should have died in. While looking for the villain, Barbara finds herself face to face with him and his gun. She freezes and someone dies because she unable to act and stop the villain. Through the story, Barbara grows as a person/superhero who is dealing with PTSD. She doesn’t have superpowers to keep her safe, she has herself. She has an eidetic memory that she combines with her brains and her skills as a dancer to help her beat bad guys. And she goes after bad guys because she thinks it’s the right thing to do. Within this volume of Batgirl we get to watch her question choices, doubt herself and be stubborn enough to insist on going on this journey alone.
This is a character I found myself in. I love how human Batgirl is and how in her head you are able to get with the way the character is written. There are thought bubbles so you literally know what she is thinking every step of the way and it’s awesome. This book is dark, people die and the villains really are bad guys. There is a grittiness to the story that keeps you invested, keeps you going back for more. Batgirl is human and flawed and she still tries to be more than she is. She is a character that is trying to find herself as a person and as a superhero. She’s not just Batgirl, or Barbara Gordon, she’s both and she’s trying to find the balance. The art is terrific, but it’s all about the storytelling with this book, which is amazing. This book is why I am so passionate about this character and it’s also why I’ll read anything Gail Simone writes. I recommend this comic to anyone who is curious about Batgirl.
I rate this book five out of five stars.
There are spoilers in this review, so if you have not seen the episode, you’ve been warned.
Holy Crap! This episode starts with Sarah waking up at Dyad and being told that all of her sisters want her to cooperate with Rachel. Rachel herself tells Sarah that she can have everything she wants, her sisters safe, Kira safe, her family back if she just cooperates. Even Mrs. S is telling her it’s the right thing to do. All Rachel wants in exchange, is to study Kira after school sometimes, but that nothing will hurt Kira. Sarah agrees to this even though we can tell everything in her is fighting against that decision. I was fighting against that decision watching it. It felt like we were giving up somehow.
We get back to the house with Mrs. S and Felix and they all tell her, yes we agree with the plan, until they are left alone, then the plotting begins and they tell Sarah that no way are they going to let Kira go to Rachel and that they’re working on an escape plan. MK makes an appearance in this episode. She goes to Felix’s loft and does computer magic. She is supposed to go with Sarah and Kira when they escape so she can meet up with Cosima and get the cure as she is also sick.
The story flashes to Helena and Donnie who are in the hospital because Helena’s stomach was punctured with a stick in the last episode and the concern was for the babies. The stick is removed and the doctors notice something odd about the babies, the one that was injured from the stick has healed somehow and the doctors are confused and want to do more tests. Helena tells Donnie that she’s going to get out and hide and only Sarah can know where she is going. We do not learn where she is going. Donnie gets pulled from the room for questioning about why his pregnant wife got stuck with a stick. Donnie is able to evade the hospital staff when Helena causes a distraction and pins the doctor to the bed with a giant needle through her cheeks. Helena and Donnie are both on the run again.
Sarah, Mrs. S and Felix create and execute a plan to get Kira out of school before Rachel can get her. Kira goes with Felix and Mrs. S, while Sarah goes back to Felix’s loft to try to convince MK to come with them. Ferdinand follows Sarah from the school to Felix’s loft. MK tells Sarah that she is tired of running and she will hold off Ferdinand so Sarah can escape, but that “it” is bigger than keeping Kira safe. Sarah runs and Ferdinand comes in and fights with MK. MK is killed by Ferdinand as Sarah catches up to Mrs. S and Felix. Kira insists that she wants to go with Rachel and that MK is dead, which she knows because she can no longer feel her. Kira wants to know why she is the way she is and she believes Rachel can help her find out why. Because this is what Kira wants, everyone agrees to it and they surrender again. The episode ends with Delphine showing up on Mrs. S’s door telling her that she has something she needs to tell her, but Sarah can’t know. Of course we don’t find out what it is.
This episode had some of my favorite Orphan Black elements in it; Sarah pretending to be Rachel, and the odd relationship with Donnie and Helena. Maslany is so good at what she does, it continues to boggle my brain. In this episode, she was also MK pretending to be Sarah pretending to be Rachel, the subtle nuances that she does with each character make it really believable. The Donnie/Helena relationship makes me laugh a lot, so I’m always happy when we get to see more of it. We did get some answers to questions we had at the end of the last episode. We know what happened to Mrs. S and Kira now, but that’s about it. I have even more questions now: Helena’s babies are able to heal themselves- does Kira also have that ability? How much can Kira feel from the clones, can she feel ALL of them? How much about Rachel have they actually told Kira? Have they been protecting Kira too much on that front? What is the deal with Mr. Westmorland? What did Delphine tell Mrs. S? Where is Helena? Does the cure actually work? So many questions and so few answers. Until next time Clone Club.
This is a review of season 1 of Big Little Lies. I had seen the commercials for the show and the cast was what caught my attention the most. Reese Witherspoon as Madeline, Nicole Kidman as Celeste, Shailene Woodley as Jane and Alexander Skarsgård as Perry. I was really impressed with who was cast and it was part of my drive to read the book as well, because I knew that if I watched the show before I read the book, I was probably never going to read the book. The previews for Big Little Lies implied that there was lots of mystery and secrets afoot and that this was not a drama to be missed. After I finished the book and was meh about it, I still found myself curious about the television adaptation, so one weekend I sat down and watched it.
The tv show does follow the book remarkably well, it’s still a story that’s told through multiple viewpoints and backwards. We start off six months before a murder takes place during a school trivia fundraiser night. The main perspectives we get are from the three main characters, Jane, Madeline, and Celeste. Jane is the single mom of a child named Ziggy, Jane is 24 years old. Madeline is the mother of three children, she has just turned 40 years old. Celeste is the mother of two twin boys. The drama starts to unfold when Ziggy is accused of bullying another child. This events starts a whole drama between the mommy circles. The main trio become friends and we get to watch their lives unfold through the turmoil as well. The tv show did add additional story lines that were not in the book to add more dimension to the show.
What was missing in the tv show, was a sense of urgency, a desire to know who was going to die at the end. I’m not entirely sure if this was because I already knew who it was from reading the book, or if it really wasn’t there. The tone was different as well, with the book I felt like I was constantly looking for clues about the ending and the writing really led to the sense of urgency I felt. The tv show almost felt lackadaisical, it lacked any urgency and seemed to mosey towards the end. I continued watching because I wanted to see how exactly the end was going to be handled. The endings are slightly different in the way things are wrapped, the book-things were tied up better and the show was more open ended, potentially for more seasons. I didn’t love or hate either ending to be honest. As far as book to tv adaptations, this one was surprisingly close, while a couple of characters were different in terms of looks, the essence of their characters was still captured in a way that satisfied me and made me happy. When I turned this on, I was in the mood for a drama and that’s exactly what I got. I would recommend season one to anyone who actually liked the book.
I rate season one 2.5 stars out of 5 stars.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is one of those few books that I would read all over again. It reminded me a lot of signing my kids up for Little League. Even though all the kids are on the same team, the parents are too busy having their own little soap opera to really notice what’s going on. I think this book was easier for me as a mother than it would be for someone who didn’t have children and understand how childish adults can be.
Character-wise I was fascinated with how one author could so easily portray so many different mindsets. Even the little side characters that speak through the interviews had their own personalities. And none of them ever broke character. The setups to find out why each one was the way they were, made it so easy for me to like unlikable characters. The book portrayed the way that we each only see one side of a story when there are so many little details missed that can turn a small lie into a disaster. It was almost as if each character was a world in their own.
Of course this made me a big fan of her writing style and the storyline all together. Throughout the book I was wondering what things I had done to make people see me the way that they do, how different things would be if people can see things through my eyes, and how different I would treat people if I could see things through their own eyes. This book makes people think and if an author can get people thinking they have mastered their craft. Becoming the different character in each chapter made me want to read what the next character was thinking about the same things. Her writing style made me want to see what they were seeing, smell the ocean, be in the room with them, and she did it in a way that I could see all of it in my head. I could see the playground, I could see the restaurant, I could see the people without her needing to put page after page after page of endless detail.
At the end of the book I did have two negative remarks. Considering I’m good about bitching about everything, two negatives is not bad at all. It took me getting through the first third of the book before I really got into it. If I hadn’t known someone dies at the end of it, I probably would have put it down about 50 pages in and not finished. Then after that first third I was hooked. At that point I was so invested in these characters that my heart broke when they revealed why they were in so much pain. It almost got to the point of being a little overwhelming with how much pain each character was going through. Of course it made me see why they were the way they were, it was just a little hard to get through without needing a break.
If we’re giving out stars or cupcakes or unicorns or whatever we’re giving for this as ratings, I would give it 6 out of 6 star unicorn cupcakes.
I picked up this book because it was the book chosen for my monthly book club. I had also seen previews for the first season of the adaptation on HBO and the cast made it look really good. I like to mix up my reading genres and it had been awhile since I’d read anything that didn’t have some elements of fantasy in it. I will admit, it was hard for me to get into this book initially, because I was so entrenched in an epic fantasy series two days before I picked up this book. This story is definitely not fantasy.
This book is a story that’s told through multiple viewpoints and backwards. We start off six months before a murder takes place during a school trivia fundraiser night. The main perspectives we get are from the three main characters, Jane, Madeline, and Celeste. Jane is the single mom of a child named Ziggy, Jane is 24 years old. Madeline is the mother of three children, she has just turned 40 years old. Celeste is the mother of two twin boys. The drama starts to unfold when Ziggy is accused of bullying another child. This events starts a whole drama between the mommy circles. The main trio become friends and we get to watch their lives unfold through the turmoil as well. The books pushes heavily that someone died and it implies that it’s one of the three main moms, but really it could be any of the moms that die.
This book was tough for me to get into, but that was perhaps because I don’t have any kids so I had a lot of trouble relating to any of the moms since I’m not one. I am married though so I was able to get more into the story when the moms started talking about their relationships with their spouses. I kept reading because I wanted to find out who died and who the murderer was. The book did get into enough people’s lives that it was compelling to read once. I probably won’t read it again. If you don’t like books that switch between multiple viewpoints, this is not the book for you. There are a couple twists at the end, but I kinda thought they were meh and the ending was only okay. I would recommend this book to moms maybe.
I rate this book two out of five stars.
There are spoilers in this review, so if you haven’t seen the episode, read this at your own risk.
This episode picks up where season 4 left off. Sarah has a knife wound to her leg and is running through the woods looking for Cosima. Sarah gets attacked by something in the woods, it looks part human and part beast. We don’t know what it is. I think it’s an experiment gone wrong that has escaped to the woods. Men are hunting Sarah through the woods and they stumble upon an animal that’s been stabbed and has what looks like a giant bite taken out of it. One of the men insists that it’s a bear, but we can tell he knows it’s something different and is afraid of it.
We also get to see Cosima in this episode and learn from Delphine that the island is the heart of neolution and all of the crazy science is happening there and that it’s real. Cosima is scared but curious about the science. Delphine is sent away, but leaves the cure for Cosima and tells her where to find it. Sarah finally catches up with Cosima as she’s about to take the cure. Cosima insists that she has to stay on the island for her sisters, otherwise they will never stop chasing them. Sarah leaves before Cosima takes the cure. Rachel finds Cosima about to inject herself and stops and helps her with the cure. I kept waiting for Rachel to do anything but give Cosima the cure. The fact that Rachel gives Cosima the cure can only mean that Rachel wants something from Cosima and I have no idea what that is.
Our favorite drug dealing duo is hiding out in the woods with Helena. They make the decision to return to civilization and Alison is captured. Donnie watches her get taken away and goes to find Helena. Between Donnie and Helena, I have no doubt that they can rescue Alison. When Donnie reached the car they have hidden in the woods, he is almost captured, but Helena jumps on the assailants back and they either kill him or knock him unconscious. Helena emerges from the kerfuffle with a stick sticking out of her belly. At this point we can only hope that none of Helena’s babies are harmed, otherwise we’re probably looking at a future very bloody rampage.
The episode ends with Sarah being captured by Rachel. I have no idea what Rachel plans to do to Sarah, but at this point, anything is possible.
This was a really good episode. I was really happy that Cosima finally got the cure, that girl has been sick since season 1. I like that there are more questions, what is the beast in the woods, what does the police know about clones, is Charlotte going to be given the cure, what other crazy science is happening in the heart of neolution, did Mrs S and Kira get away, what does Rachel actually want from Cosima? Wanting to know more is why I keep watching tv shows, and that’s an area Orphan Black excels at. I look forward to continuing the trip with the next episode.
Orphan Black airs Saturday nights at 10:00 PM on BBCA or you can stream each episode on Amazon.