Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Resurrection S2 Ep.1 "Revelation"

Recap: A week has passed since last season.  Agent Bellamy wakes up in a field alone.  He goes to the Langstons’ home and has no recollection of the last week.  He was apparently drugged and interrogated.  Some of the “Returned” are still with their families in Arcadia while others are have been taken away.  Rachael finds out she is having a boy and is actually four months along.  Some townspeople are still angry with Sheriff Langston for calling the military in.  Agent Bellamy decides to stay at Maggie’s house.  Jacob’s grandmother returns from the dead.

Maggie and Sheriff Langston argue.  Agent Bellamy and the sheriff fight a little.  The sheriff is clearly drunk.  Later, Henry calls Sheriff Langston to tell him their mother is back, but the sheriff says it’s not her and hangs up on him.  He continues to drink at the bar.  Later, Sheriff Langston’s mother stops him from shooting himself by smacking him a few times and making him admit that she is his “Ma.”

Agent Bellamy goes to meet his colleague Toni, but he sees some of the people that were interrogating him, so he flees.  He learns that Toni sold him out.  The woman that was chasing him is waiting for him at his apartment.  She asks him to spy on the “Returned” because they trust him.  He then remembers that he was killed by a gunshot wound during a struggle when he was being held captive.  The woman threatens to put him with the others if he refuses.  He is shocked that he is also one of the “Returned.”

Review: Nice premiere.  Agent Bellamy realizes he is one of the “Returned.”  Now we need to figure out when he died the first time.  Is he one of the Thompsons?

Looks like the Sheriff Langston had to get smacked around by “Ma” a few times to knock some sense into him. 

I can't wait to see what other mysteries will be explained this season.  It seems like there will be a lot of focus on Agent Bellamy.  Overall, this was a good season premiere. 

Please let me know what your comments or thoughts are.

Veronica Fitzpatrick
Twitter: @RonnieLauren

Monday, September 29, 2014

Gotham S.1 Ep. 2 "Selina Kyle"

Show starts with Bruce Wayne purposely burning his hand and being yelled at by Alfred who is afraid for him. We see Selina and other youth being attacked  by some crazies but she gets away. Gordon shows up to the crime scene the next day and sees the homeless man that was killed. Bullock is a jerk about it and Gordon is upset that it was vet. Gordon interviews the other boy that runs away and he is explaining what happened. Cobblepot now has a limp and is hitch hiking. He is talking crazy and then goes crazy when the drives says he walks like a penguin. He promptly kills one of the guys. Bullock and Gordon explain to the chief what is going on. Nygma shows up and explains the boy has a medication in his system that knocks people out quickly. Apparently it is a drug that was used at Arkham Aslyum. Falcone shows up to Fish Mooney. He says that he worries about the power vacuum now that the Wayne's are gone. Falcone threatens  and beats up the guy that he knows Fish Mooney was sleeping with. You can tell that she is upset by it.

Internal Affairs show up to interview Cobblepot's mother. They believe he was killed and want to find out what happened. Cobblepot turns at a farm and rents a trailer from the guy. The kids wake up in some dungeon type place. Gordon and Bullock show up to ask Mooney about the kids. She says there is a buyer overseas that wants the kids but does not know anything specific. The creepy couple work for the Dollmaker. Gordon and Bullock show up to one of the makers of the substance and they come face to face with the creepy couple. Gun shots are exchanged but the couple gets away. Luckily the kids are saved. The Mayor makes a speech about how they will do something for the homeless kids. He plans to get kids off the streets and into juvenile services. 

We see poor Selina being taken away. The real plan is to send the good kids to foster homes and to send the other kids upstate to a correction facility. Alfred visits Gordon and asks Gordon for his help with Bruce. Turns out the creepy couple is on the bus taking the kids upstate. The Mayor is upset that the bus was taken. Gordon and Bullock are determined to find the kids. Selina is able to escape from the bus. Selina scratched out the eyes of one of the captors. It was very creepy. Selina sadly drops her locket and is caught. Luckily Gordon shows up. Gordon shows up as Alfred requested. He wants Bruce to talk about what he saw and to stop hurting himself. Bruce wants to help the kids and at least knows he can give them clothes. Selina refuses to go upstate and wants to talk to Gordon. Cobblepot tries to use the guy from the truck for ransom but his mother refuses to pay. Selina tries to work with Gordon to get from going upstate. She informs him she has been watching him. She says she knows who really killed the Waynes.

My Thoughts: Bullock is too over the top. He is playing the bitter corrupt cop too much.  The show was a bit all over the place. I think for this episode they did not need to have the Cobblepot parts. It was unnecessary filler. Plus they are pushing the importance of Fish Mooney too much as well. The show needs to slow down and become more focused. The show wasn't bad but it will not last long if it keeps this pace. 

Post by Vikki
Twitter: ProfessorWhite

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Once Upon a Time S4, Ep.1 "A Tale of Two Sisters"

Show starts with a boat on the sea. The parents of Elsa and Anna are on the boat. The queen writes a letter and puts it in the bottle hoping her children will read it. We then see adult Anna and Elsa at the graves of their parents. Now we are in present day with Elsa walking into Storybrooke. Regina just walked out of the diner after seeing Robin Hood being reunited with his wife. Emma comes out to apologize. Regina tells her to stop helping her. Robin comes out to have her meet Marian. Marian starts going off and screaming that she is the evil queen. Regina just walks away. The dwarfs are driving on the road and see Elsa who freezes the truck to save herself. Elsa is in downtown Storybrooke and sees a wedding dress. Flashback to Anna and Elsa in an attic. Elsa shows Anna her mother's wedding dress. Anna is getting married to Kristof. Elsa finds a book and begins to read it. She becomes upset as snowflakes form. She found her mother's diary she believes her parents' deaths are her fault. 

Rumple visits Neal's grave to have a few words with him and remember the good times. He plans to avenge Neal's death. Robin shows up to Regina's to talk. Robin apologizes for Marian's behavior. He believes Regina is good and he says his feeling for her are real. He says that Marian is alive and he has to stick to his vow to his wife. Regina gets very upset and breaks a mirror. She goes to the hospital and to a locked room and says she needs her mirror. She needs his help to destroy the person that is in her way. Rumple goes away with Belle and he remembers that they were there before. They dance and Belle and Rumple are in full Beauty and the Beast outfit and music playing in the background. Henry, Emma, Snow, and Charming are walking. They are all concerned that Regina is going to go bad. Hook joins them and asks if Emma is avoiding them. The dwarves run into town claiming that they are under attack. Flashback of Elsa with the book. Anna reads the passage and Elsa thinks she is evil and caused their deaths. Emma and Hook (run past a stone troll, hello!!!) looking for the ice trail that leads them to Elsa. She summons and ice giant. Flashback Anna and Elsa go to talk to the trolls about the diary. He cannot answer what the parents are doing on the voyage. He knows where they were going. The parents stop by to see the trolls and said they will not go to Northern Isles and they were going to Mysthaven. Anna wants to go. 

Hook and Emma run away from the snow giant. Elsa sees a paper with Rumple's picture on it. The snow giant leaves and goes into the forest. Regina meets with the Mirror about Marian and how the book gave Marian a happy ending. Regina does not want the Mirror to kill but rather she wants to go back in time to destroy her. Regina traps him back into the mirror and we see when she captured Marian. She captured her because she refused to give information about Snow's whereabouts. Elsa is still creeping around time. Flashback Elsa meets with Kristof and asks where Anna is. Kristof does a poor job covering where Anna went. Elsa realizes that Anna has run off and she needs to catch the boat. Present day - Hook, Charming, and Emma show up to Robin to let him know that the snow giant is coming. He knocks them all down and Regina shows up and then disappears as the snow giant is about to crush Marian and destroys it. She leaves the group shortly after welcoming Marian to Storybrooke. Emma shows up to Regina to say she will work to get her happy ending. Regina talks to the mirror and wants to change the book to have the happy ending. She wants to find the writer and wants to change the book and have villains get thier happy endings. Rumple uses the knife and this item that becomes a witches hat. Elsa shows up to Rumple shop and wants to find the necklace that she gave Anna which she noticed in the picture in the paper. Flashback - Kristof and Elsa watch the ship go as they know Anna wants to help her sister. Mysthaven is actually the Enchanted Forest. Elsa plans to find Anna. 

My Thoughts: Great beginning to this new season. I look forward to seeing how this all plays out. We have to see how evil Regina becomes to get her happy ending. It should be fun to see her confront the writer behind the book. I want to see how the Elsa storyline works out in the end. This is a strong storyline to explore and I know that we will see how Rumple captured Elsa. I also want to know what was in the bottle that the mother wrote about.

What were your thoughts?

Post by Vikki
Twitter: ProfessorWhite

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Gilmore Girls Coming to Netflix

What did we do before Netflix? A better question: what did we do before Netflix streaming? Answer: got up, opened the dvd player, switched out discs, sat back down again. It was SUCH a hassle, amiright? Okay, okay, obviously it wasn’t that big a deal but you have to admit that those Facebook memes about Netflix giving you fifteen seconds to decide if you’re going to do anything with your day are pretty dead-on. Once you find a show to binge on, that’s pretty much all she wrote.

Which is why October 1st is such a dangerous day for me. Friends, Gilmore Girls is finally (FINALLY!) coming to Netflix. All seven seasons of coffee, junk food, speed-talking and boys, I mean girls, will soon be available to stream.


Just typing these words makes me giddy. According to legend, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino (Bunheads) had a meeting at the WB where she pitched a bunch of shows and after each pitch the executives around the table went, “Eh.” She was about be escorted out when at the last second she blurted, “Mother-daughter show! The mother was a teen-mom so she’s young! The daughter is really brainy but sweet! They have a quirky and fun relationship! They like each other! They drink a lot of coffee! The grandparents are rich and don’t approve!”

And that, Possums, was how Gilmore Girls got green lit. And really, how perfect is that synopsis? How perfect was the show? I was out of the house by the time I became obsessed (yes, I’m admitting it, I was full-on obsessed), but many of the show’s fans would watch with their mothers and as a result were able to talk about all the icky boy-stuff they were going through. The show broke down barriers when it came to frank conversations about teen sex. When you get pregnant at sixteen, you’ve got a lot of opinions on teen sex.

Also, when you get pregnant at sixteen, you’ve got a lot of issues with your parents, or at least Lorelai did. Emily and Richard Gilmore were uber-rich Connecticut wasps that had very clear ideas about their only child’s future. When 16-year-old Lorelai revealed her pregnancy the already fraught relationship became even more fractured. By the time Rory was born Lorelai knew she had to get away from their control, and off to Stars Hollow she went.

Can we just talk about Stars Hollow for a second? The goofy town folk, the perfect town square, the insane town hall meetings, the quaint little shops (Miss Patty’s Dance Studio! Luke’s Diner! Taylor’s Ice Cream Parlor! Al’s Pancake World!), annual town-wide events (Founder’s Day punch!), the controversy when the one stop light was finally erected. Oh, how I wish I lived in Stars Hollow.

Okay, yes, not every season was a winner. Not every recurring character was perfect. If I had a nickel for every time I wished death upon Jess I would be a very rich woman. But the show as a whole always worked. And the parts of the show that worked well, REALLY worked well, right from the get-go.

In the pilot, Rory gets accepted to snooty Chilton and Lorelai gets walloped by the tuition bill. Hating herself the entire time, she goes to her parents for financial help and while Richard and Emily quickly agree (okay, not THAT quickly), canny Emily puts a stipulation on the money: the girls must have dinner at their house every Friday night. Meanwhile, Rory meets a cute new boy at her old school and starts having second thoughts about her new plaid skirt. Lorelai, fresh from the humiliation of asking her parents for money, is incredulous that Rory somehow wants to put her dreams of Harvard on hold over some silly boy. “Trust me, you don’t get knocked up at sixteen without being a fan of guys,” she tells Rory. “But this is more important. It has to be more important.”

Somehow it all worked out and each week the angst was balanced with colorful townies, stiff grandparents, and Rory’s new schoolmates (spoiler alert: they’re not so nice at first). Over the course of seven seasons we watched both Gilmore girls grow up and while I think we all agreed that it was time to say goodbye to them, we were so sad to see them go. And now it’s been seven more years and they’re finally coming to Netflix. Let joy be unconfined. No, really.

Or, rather: oy, with the poodles, already!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Movie Review: The Returned

IMDB Storyline: In a world where a deadly zombie virus has infected mankind, a single cure has been found. The cure, a treatment called the "Return Protein" which stays the effects of the virus in its host. With injections every 36 hours, the "Returned" are able to live as though they were never bit, despite the virus still coursing through their veins. When it is discovered that the protein stock is running low, chaos hits the streets. Returned who run out of the protein turn to zombies and wreak havoc, protesters turn to murderers as they try to rid the streets of the returned, and right in the middle of it all are Alex (Kris Holden-Ried) and Kate (Emily Hampshire). Kate a leading doctor in the field of zombie virus' and Alex a musician with a dark secret, he is a Returned. As death and fear run rampant, Alex's secret becomes known and his dosage runs low, he and Kate must fight for a chance to live before he becomes a zombie. 

My Thoughts: I was randomly scrolling through Neflix and came across this movie. I figured I would try it out. If you love crazy killing Zombie movies then this movie is not for you. There are hardly any zombies in it. This movie really deals with what happens after and how human always seem to turn on those that are ill or different. It truly makes you think about the human race and what will be our eventual downfall. I do not think it will be an epidemic but rather how we deal with it. 

I enjoyed the twists of the movie and seeing how each character made choices that led to the end of the movie. Great ending in my opinion. Check the movie out and share your thoughts in the comments.

Post by Vikki
Twitter: ProfessorWhite

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Xbox Home Surveillance Possible

Remember when Xbox One was announced with the new Kinect and how all were upset about the system spying on them. Well looks like with the Homevue HD Video Surveillance System for Xbox can now be used to spy on anyone that is in your home. 

The system works better than any Nanny cam. Basically, you can access the HD footage via Smartvue's cloud via your Xbox, any computer, or smart device. It features motion detection capabilities, two way audio, and night vision. Also, you can set up to receive texts and emails with images as soon as any motion is detected.

This system has a Kickstarter with a goal of 180,000. If everything works out then the consumer will be able to purchase the Homevue for $199.99. What are your thoughts?

Post by Vikki
Twitter: ProfessorWhite

Monday, September 22, 2014

Gotham S1, Ep. 1 "Pilot" Review

Show starts with young Selina Kyle (Catwoman) running the streets of Gotham. She is moving cat like and as if she did a parkour course. Plus she is stealing left and right as she navigates the area. She stole milk for cats and sees a family coming down the alleyway and takes off. It is Bruce Wayne and his family. It is that faithful night. His parents are shot and the pearls fall. You know the usual story. Selina saw the whole thing as Bruce screams and cries for his parents. Cop shop - Gordon talks down a junky that grabbed a cop as hostage. He beats the guy up and takes quick control of the situation. Gordon and his partner Bullock are called to the murder of the Waynes. Bullock tries to bail on the case when he realizes it is the Waynes. Gordon sits down to talk to Bruce about what happened. Bonding moment, awe! Alfred shows up and Young Mr. Wayne runs to him. I tip my hat to Fox for already drawing us in and establishing a connection. 

Gordon and Bullock show up to a typical city greasy spoon diner. Major Crimes tries to take the case but Bullock tells them no. Bullock is pushing that seasoned bitter cop role hard. I think he is playing it up too much. Now they are doing the typical light swinging in the interrogation room as they try to work out information from witnesses. 

Ballistics expert for the cops is Edward Nygma (Riddler) and he is fun. The right amount of odd. I hope to see him more. We are finally introduced to Fish Mooney who has Oswald Cobblepot (Penguin) as part of her crew. Bullock appears to be extra friendly with Fish Mooney. They are there to ask about the Wayne murders. Gordon returns to a pretty lady who gives him some motivational words. Mooney comes through with a name of who could of killed the Waynes. They show up to meet Mario Pepper and we get to meet Ivy Pepper (Poision Ivy) for the first time. Mario takes off running. Action sequence. Fight sequence and Bullock shoots Pepper to save Gordon. As the cops are checking out the Pepper residence they find evidence supporting Pepper as being the killer. It is obviously planted. Cobblepot tells the Major Crimes people that Mooney is framing Pepper with the help of the cops. Funeral time. Selina is lurking around. Gordon shows up and Bruce says thank you for finding the man that killed his parents. Major Crimes lady showed up to Gordon's lady and starts saying that Gordon is dirty. Apparently they have a history. Barbara later asks Gordon if Pepper was framed. Gordon is now determined to find out who killed the Wayne's and how Pepper was framed. Gordon tells Bullock that Pepper was framed. Bullock wants Gordon to forget about it. 

Gordon shows up to see Mooney. He wants to know what she and Bullock talked about. The goons show up and as Gordon is fighting Mooney knocks him out. Bullock lies to Barbara when she cannot find Gordon. Gordon is now tied up in the meat house. Bullock shows up to stop Gordon from getting in more trouble. He makes a deal with Mooney not to kill Gordon but he ends up strung up as well. Mooney turns on Cobblepot about how he snitched to Major Crimes. She beats him for turning on her. As Gordon and Bullock are about to die, in walks Falcone and he takes out some of Mooney's people. He says they are rules and they are free to go. Falcone framed Pepper to keep the crime of the city organized. He says Gotham is on an edge and bringing down the police department and city hall will not make it better. 

Bullock and Gordon are at a pier. Gordon has to kill Cobblepot so everything is right with Falcone. Gordon has to decide to do it to save himself and Barbara. Cobblepot's ankle/leg is messed up so we know how he gets his Penguin walk. Gordon fakes killing Cobblepot by shooting the gun by him and pushing him off the pier. Gordon is now playing the game. Gordon shows up and sees Bruce on the roof who is trying to conquer his fear. He tells Bruce the truth of Pepper. Bruce says he is glad he is still alive so he can see him again. Vigilante time! Bruce lets Gordon know he is fine with him. Selina is lurking outside the estate. Cobblepot comes out of the water a changed man. 

My thoughts: Well this show just started and it had a strong pilot episode. Based off of IMDB it looks like there are only 6 episodes and we shall see if they green light it to continue. The show was good I must admit. I know I must be careful as I was burned by Smallville. So I will try to wait and see how this goes. What were your thoughts on this show.

Post by Vikki
Twitter: ProfessorWhite

Movie Review: The Maze Runner

IMDB Storyline: Thomas wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name. He emerges into a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment, subsisting on their own agriculture and supplies. A new boy arrives every 30 days. The original group has been in "The Glade" for two years, trying to find a way to escape through the Maze that surrounds their living space. They have begun to give up hope. Then a comatose girl arrives with a strange note, and their world begins to change. There are some great, fast-paced action scenes, particularly those involving the nightmarish Grievers who plague the boys.

My Thoughts:  This movie is based on the New York Times Best Seller, The Maze Runner, by James Dashner. I read the books and forced my friends at work to read as well so we all could go to see the movie. If I am honest the main reason why I wanted to see this movie was because on of the lead, Thomas, being played by Dylan O'Brien who stars on Teen Wolf. 

The movie is rated PG 13 and is surprisingly good. I know that it did not follow the book exactly and changed a few things but overall I enjoyed the creative liberties they decided to take with this movie. The movie has a lot more action in it than the book did and it was actually good. The action added a much needed element that helped the movie to be smooth. The movie ended with the possibility of a second so we shall see. 

The actors all did a wonderful job. Dylan O'Brien did a wonderful job as Thomas. Aml Ameen as Alby, Ki Hong Lee as Minho, Blake Cooper as Chuck, Dexter Darden as Frypan, Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt, Will Poulter as Gally, and Kaya Scodelario as Teresa. Oh, and the Grievers are way scarier on the big screen. I did not picture them as gruesome as they were in the movie. 

I recommend this movie for all those that enjoy the post apocalyptic young adult genre. Check the movie out and let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Post by Vikki
Twitter: ProfessorWhite

Friday, September 19, 2014

Super Smash Bros - Final Roster

Okay everyone, the game has now been released in Japan and a select few were able to get their hands on the Demo. We are all waiting for October for the release of the 3DS version. Here is a quick list of the final roster:

Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Bowser Jr., Peach, Rosalina and Luma, Yoshi, Wario, Dr. Mario, Link, Toon Link. Zelda, Sheik, Ganondorf, Samus Aran, Zero Suit Samus, Pikachu, Lucario, Charizard, Greninja, Jigglypuff, Kirby, King Dede, MetaKnight, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Fox McCloud, Falco, Pit, Palutena, Dark Pit, Captain Olimar, Sonic, Ike, Marth, Lucina, Robin, Captain Falcon, Ness, R.O.B., Mega Man, Wii Fit Trainer, The Villager, Little Mac, Pac-Man, Mii Fighters, Shulk, Duck Hunt Dog, and Mr. Game and Watch.

With this list then you know the truth. My Ice Climbers did not make the cut. Yet, I do not feel like this is the end. I must point out that Nintendo recently released an awesome DLC for Mario Kart. I think that we will get the same for Smash Bros and I believe we will see my Ice Climbers and many other favorites. Also apparently the reason why Ice Climbers were not included was because they did not translate well on the 3DS. My question is why can Rosalina and Luma work but not this duo? Oh yes release date November 21st according to a picture from a random Nintendo website.

What are your thoughts?

Post by Vikki 
Twitter: ProfessorWhite

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Arrow – Why you should watch!

Okay, so you’re looking for washboard abs, fun plotlines, and sexily brooding heroes? Look no further than Arrow on the CW. It could have been another terrible show about a crusader in tights versus a mustache-twirling villain (think The Cape…actually don’t, that show was terrible).  Instead, you get Oliver Queen, hot scion of the wealthy Queen family, shipwrecked on a deserted island for five years, rescued and returned to the arms of his crazy dysfunctional family (Dad died in the same shipwreck, Mom has remarried the guy who took Dad’s place in the firm – awkward!) and a hometown in the grips of corruption and greed.

Daddy Queen was part of that corruption and greed, repented at the last minute and inspired in Oliver the need to put things right. Each episode operates with a Baddie Of The Week but you always get extra juicy back story, jaw-dropping (and more importantly shirtless) physical feats, and smoldering looks of unrequited love, lust, hate and more (okay, the hate is sometimes requited). But wait, there’s more! The women are just as hot as the men, even the trusty computer-nerd side-kick. The story arcs are compelling and fun, the Easter Eggs are rampant for the comic book geeks, and the writers are careful to make the storytelling compelling for people who have no earthly idea who the hell these people are in the D.C. universe they came from.

Season three is about to premiere so if you start DVR’ing now you can catch up on the first two seasons via Netflix. This year there’s a bunch of talk about Oliver’s successes at the end of last season and how that might lead to his resting a bit on his laurels (there’s even a rumor that he gets to have an actual date!) before he’s called back down to earth to deal with his deadliest villain yet – Peter Stormare (Fargo) as Count Vertigo. 

As if that’s not enough, Arrow has been so wildly successful (great writing, great cast…) that it’s getting its first spinoff after only two years on the air. Last year we were introduced to Barry Allen, a geeky but sweet scientist who as the result of a lab accident suddenly has the power of super speed. The Flash is set to premiere on Oct. 7th and based purely on the trust I have for the writers of the Arrow, I’ll be tuning in and you should too.

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The Witch with No Name Review

Amazon Storyline: It’s Rachel Morgan’s ultimate adventure . . . and anything can happen in this final book in the New York Times bestselling Hollows series. Rachel Morgan has come a long way from her early days as an inexperienced bounty hunter. She’s faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She’s crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She’s lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has unexpectedly become something much more. But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. Rachel has known that this day would come—and now it is here. To save Ivy’s soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything. . . .

My Thoughts: It is the end of a fantastic series. I remember walking into the bookstore and looking for a book to read. I was looking at the books by Charlaine Harris (the series ended horribly) and noticed a book with an awesome cover. I read the back and thought this seems like my type of book. That began my fascination with Rachel Morgan and the world constructed by Kim Harrison. I even had my Mother and Aunt join in the fun. I have had the chance to meet Harrison a few times at New York Comic Con. She has always been so nice and I enjoyed conversing with her. She has truly created a world that I will miss visiting.

I will not give away any spoilers but I can honestly say that this is the first book series ending that made me happy. I felt content with how all the characters turned out. Harrison truly understood her world and did not let us down. I would recommend to everyone to finish this series. Trust me you will have a resolution for Rachel, Trent, Ivy, Al, and Jenks. I look forward to hearing others thoughts on this series; leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Twitter: ProfessorWhite

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Supernatural Season 10 Trailer

Hi Everyone,

If you are like me you have been patiently waiting for this new season of Supernatural. The show is set to air on October 7th, 2014. Check out the Season 10 trailer below.

We are now entering the year of the Demon Dean. I do like the name Deanmon. So what are your thoughts and what do you hope for this season? Side note the only way I see this show ending is for God to come back and set things straight. There is truly no other way.

Post by Vikki
Twitter: ProfessorWhite

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Microsoft Buys Minecraft

Yes you heard right! Microsoft buys Minecraft for 2.5 billion dollars. However Markus "Notch" Persson will not be along for the ride. There has been statements made by Notch saying that the responsibility of owning this large company has become too much and he was not able to start other projects. Well he now has the time and a nice check to work on what he chooses. We have an official statement about the acquisition of Mojang, “The founders: Notch, Carl [Manneh], and Jakob [Porsér] are leaving. We don’t know what they’re planning. It won’t be Minecraft-related but it will probably be cool.”

What are your thoughts of Microsoft's purchase and Notch bailing for his sanity?

Post by Vikki 
Twitter: ProfessorWhite

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Destiny Patch Explained

Hi Everyone,

Like most games nowadays you will find that there will be a day one patch for Destiny. This patch will effectively make the game version 1.0.1. This is good in a sense as the game was not delayed like some other games we know. I will not name any names. Destiny Development team notes the changes as being all classes received tweaks, weapons, perks, vehicles, maps, PVP, destinations, vendors, and a small list of technical improvements. Check out the below list pulled from Bungie's Website.

Removed subclass locking from builds.
Adjusted the unlock order for all subclass trees.
Adjusted the cooldown ranges of armor stats (Intellect, Discipline, Strength).
Agility now has more impact to move speed and acceleration.

Catapult no longer has screen effects
Shoulder Charge now deals Arc damage instead of Kinetic
Lightning Grenade shock damage increased by 66% (base 60 to 100)
Amplify Super bonus-on-kill increased from 6% to 10%
Flashbang no longer disorients ultra combatants
Transfusion now has a 5-second cooldown before it can trigger again
Juggernaut shield is removed after jumping or sprinting for 6.5 seconds
Ward of Dawn now immediately regenerates your health on activation

Golden Gun is now unable to overpenetrate through a Ward of Dawn shield
Incendiary Grenade detonation damage reduced by 18% (base 140 to 115)
Chain of Woe now grants an additional 5%, 10%, 15% bonus to reload speed
Gunslinger's Trance buff duration increased from 10 to 15 seconds.
Arcbolt Grenade impact damage reduced by 17% (base 120 to 100)
Razor's Edge distance traveled slowed and reduced
Quickdraw now no longer requires a melee hit
Blink now cancels invisibility when used

Nova Bomb Vortex duration reduced from 5 to 3.5 seconds.
Nova Bomb Vortex effects now has displays for its victims.
Energy Drain impact damage increased by 10% (base 100 to 110)
Soul Rip super bonus on kill increased from 6% to 10% bonus
Vortex Grenade linger damage reduced by 50% (base 15 to 10) per tick
Surge now grants a bonus to reload and weapon-ready speed
Surge now activates when doing damage to an enemy instead of killing blow
Surge agility buff increased by 33% (base 10 to 13)
Firebolt Grenade impact damage reduced by 20% (base 100 to 80)
Flame Shield now activates when doing damage to an enemy instead of killing blow
Flame Shield now provides a small overshield
Solar Grenade linger damage reduced by 50% (base 15 to 10) per tick

Removed weapon speed penalties from extended sprinting
Capped inventory to 999 rounds
Fixed several weapons that would display an incorrect magazine size
Swapping weapons from inventory now only takes 50% of the ammo in PvE

Return to Sender now procs more frequently by 15%
Range Finder bonus reduced by 4%
High Caliber Rounds damage to combatants increased by 67%

Assault Rifles
Reduced the base Damage of all Assault Rifles by 7%
Reduced the base Accuracy ranges by [14% to 25%], modified by weapon stat
Reduced the base Stability ranges by [8% to 80%], modified by weapon stat

Pulse Rifles
Increased the base Damage per bullet range by [2% to 17%], modified by weapon stat
Increased the base Stability range by [8% to 25%], modified by weapon stat
Reduced the base Rate of Fire by [8% to 19], modified by weapon stat

Scout Rifles
Reduced the base Damage of all Scout Rifles by 8%
Fixed an issue that broke the fx for explosive rounds

Hand Cannons
Increased the base Zoom of all Hand Cannons by 20%
Increased the base Damage per bullet range by [4% to 15%], modified by weapon stat
Increased the base Magazine size range by [8% to 20%], modified by weapon stat
Reduced the base Accuracy range by [75% to 100%], modified by weapon stat

Sniper Rifles
Increased the base Stability range by [6% to 100%], modified by weapon stat

Fusion Rifles
Fusion Rifle charging is now more reliable.

Improved Shotgun damage falloff networking.
Reduced base Damage per bullet range by [2% to 5%], modified by weapon stat
Reduced base Shotgun range by [1% to 7%], modified by weapon stat

Improved HMG projectile networking

Fixed audio dropouts from vehicles for local player.

Dodging while boosting is now easier to execute.

Cabal Interceptor
Reduced Rocket Rate of Fire from 1 to 1.5666 seconds per shot.
Reduced Rocket damage blast radius from 7 to 6 meters.
Reduced Rocket damage falloff curves so they are less effective at long rangers
Reduced Arming shape from 1 to 0.6 meters.

Crucible Marks drop rate increased from 2 to 3 for wins, 1 to 2 for losses.
Match completion XP and Glimmer awards increased.
Match completion can now award Engrams.
Playlists now unlock sequentially instead of based on character level.
Health numbers are now normalized at a 200 base value (up from 175) to be easier for players to calculate.
Ghost ammo collection disabled in all playlists.
'Crushing' voice-overs now plays properly when the game has 0:30 and 0:10 seconds remaining

Mark of the Unbroken minimum threshold increased from 7 to 15
Back in Action death streak threshold increased from 3 to 5
Heating Up medal removed to avoid spam and player confusion
Domination now only fires only once per domination zone per player
Domination medal score increased from 40 to 125

Game Types
Salvage Zones now do not return to the most recent salvaged relic locations
Fixed a bug with Salvage probe offense points being given out incorrectly
Fixed spawn policy content that caused bad behavior on (PS3 only)

First Light
Pike spawns reduced from 4 to 3.
Interceptor spawns reduced from 2 to 1.
Interceptor spawn times reduced to 2 minutes.
Interceptor timer now does not start incrementing until after the game has started.

Blind Watch
Windmill now pumps approximately 14% less liters of waters per match from 3.5L to 3L.

Rusted Lands
Line-of-sight spawn influencers changed to reduce spawning near enemies.
Level-of-detail volumes adjusted for better performance on slower platforms.

Shores of Time
Playable space volumes adjusted to remove exploit zones
Level-of-detail volumes adjusted for better performance on slower platforms.

The Anomaly
Fixed a hole that let players see out of environment in the lower tunnel.

Pike spawns reduced from 4 to 3.
Interceptor spawns reduced from 2 to 1.
Interceptor spawn timers reduced to 2 minutes.
Interceptor timer now does not start incrementing until after the game has started.

Exodus Blue
Added physics volume to keep players from getting on top of the giant hose reel near Control Zone A

Fixed an issue with Ishtar Collective Venus mission to enable the Vex Turret to drop Mind Cores for assisting players, instead of only killing blow players.

Strikes now award increasingly more Vanguard Marks at higher levels.
Strikes now award significantly better Gear at lower levels.
Fixed an exploit using Ward of Dawn against Sepiks Prime

Raid condensed to two difficulty tiers, in order to get straight to the punishment. Levels adjusted.
Flawless Raider achievement cut, then un-cut, then cut, then un-cut, then declared immune to further cutting.

Patrol VIP objectives brought in-line with other objectives, but still award additional reputation.
Treasure chest glimmer drop rate reduced, but added Materials to loot table.
Treasure chests now have a small chance to award large drops of additional Glimmer, Materials, Engrams, and Consumables.
Fixed various bugs where combatants were spawning in front of players
Fixed bugs where too many combatants were spawning during some instances of the Vex Block event

Removed spurious XP bonuses for Fallen Captains, Hive Knights and Wizards, Vex Minotaurs, Cabal Centurions
Stealth Vandals should award XP now.
Acyclic Geometer's name now display properly.
Fixed Hydras to reward the correct loot for Patrol missions on Venus
Spidertank leg health reduced by 16% (base 3000 to 2520) per leg.

Bounty introduction unlock moved from Level 6 to Level 4.
Bounty Leads will be sent to characters upon reaching various milestones.
Engram and Package tooltips now indicate what they can contain.
Packages earned from Faction reputation rewards now contain Glimmer instead of awarding XP.
Cryptarch reputation requirements to reach Rank 2 increased.
Cryptarch reputation earned from purchasing Engrams are greatly reduced.
Vanguard and Crucible Marks are now accruable beginning at Level 18.

Fixed an issue with skill distribution that caused convergence to take much too long.
Fixed an issue where players’ skill rating was too often shifting negatively causing less than ideal matches.

Seems like a lot but it makes the game better and more enjoyable. So how are you enjoying the game so far?

Post by Vikki
Twitter: ProfessorWhite

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Teen Wolf S4, Ep. 12 Season Finale Recap

"Smoke and Mirrors"

Show starts with Kara waking up on the bed of bones. The door to her cell is open and she keeps saying Scott's name as she walks the corridors. She comes face to face with berserker Scott and sees the tattoo. Kate tells Kira her evil sinister plan. She mentions how the temple is a Smokey Mirror filled with obsidian. I guess we have the title reference. The berserkers helped her survive. She learned that she could create berserkers she is called the bone woman. She has Scott stab Kira. Stiles is trying to convince his father to let him go to Mexico. Mr. Stilinski wants to make a plan. Braedan and Derek have their guns and planning to head to Mexico. They have a special moment, awe! In walks Peter saying that they need help. Liam wants to go to Mexico too. Malia and Stiles says he cannot go because he isn't able to control himself during the full moon. Braedan secures a prison transport van in order to transport Liam. They need to wait for Lydia but she gets confronted by a berserker. Peter keeps telling the group to kill Berserkers which is foreshadowing because you know Scott is one. 

Liam calls Mason to find Lydia. Mason comes face to face with a berserker. Mason and Lydia both find themselves kidnapped by the Berserker. Kira is delirous from blood loss and sees her mother who talks her through finding a way to trigger her healing ability by causing pain. Liam loses control in the back of the van. Stiles is able to get Liam to focus and get himself under control before they make it to the church. As soon as they stop a berserker attacks injuring Derek badly taking him out of the game. Stiles get a call while they are in the church. Mr. Stilinski is concerned about Stiles but Stiles tells him to find Lydia and Mason. Braeden stays with Derek and takes on a berserker. As she is about to die in rolls Parrish and Argent! Great background music always follows Argent. Stiles finds Kira who is informed that one of the berserkers is Scott. That is why Lydia is not there because she could tell them. Derek passes out and dies. 

Lydia and Mason decide to confront the berserker to escape. Mason runs at him with a baseball bat and gets knocked back. Mr. Stilinski comes in and throws the berserker a bomb effectively killing it. Mr. Stilinski points out that it was all to stop Lydia from telling them that they are trying to kill someone and that someone being Scott. Stiles gets there in time to stop them from killing Scott. Scott grabs Liam. Liam tells Scott he is not a monster he is werewolf. Scott wakes up and takes off the berserker gear. He rips of the mask and roars. He looks at Peter and notes that it was Peter behind it all. Peter changes and Scott goes to confront him. Peter looks more like a vamp from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Braeden checks on Derek while Argent and crew take on Kate. Argent is in pain but pulls out some bullet that has a yellow glow in it, maybe the flower from before? They hear a wolf howl and in comes a real wolf with blue eyes. It attacks Kate and turns back into Derek. Wow he is able to fully change like his mother. Derek is now naked taking on a berserker with his bare hands and winning. Argent shoots Kate with his magic bullet. She runs into the church ruins. 

Peter and Scott fighting. Scott gets thrown. Peter tries to kill Liam and Scott stands up between the two. Scott is now super charged and able to take on Peter with no problem. He does a Mortal Kombat upper cut causing Peter to fly in the air and hit the wall. Scott says that Peter was never an alpha and then knocks him out. Argent is chasing after Kate. Kate says that Argent is lost because Scott isn't a hero because they killed Allison. Argent says Allison died saving her friends. Kate makes a run for it. Argent is going to be with the Calaveres as they will leave Scott and scooby gang alone if he helps catch Kate. Peter is down for the count with yellow wolfsbane. Derek talks to Braedan who says that she used to be a US Marshall but was always looking for the Desert Wolf. There we go again! Looks like Derek will be going off into the sunset with Braedan. Stiles returns home and Stilinski is happy to be home. He gives a hug to Malia and handcuffs Stiles for running off. Kira brought back the obsidian that she used to cut herself and it becomes her first tail. Stiles, Scott, and Liam try to come up with a story for coach but he doesn't believe them. Lydia and Parrish are talking. She shares with him the bestiary and wants to help him figure out what he is. 

At the crazy house Peter is now locked up on the special floor. He is in the same room as the three eyed guy and apparently the cells are made of mountain ash. Peter starts screaming and freaking out after seeing the eye.

My Thoughts: 

Looks like the Derek we knew died and he evolved into a full wolf just like his mother. So that makes Lydia's scream partially right. Okay Eiken house now has Peter. Is it just me or isn't Eiken house just Arkham Asylum just waiting to happen. I just feel like we are all waiting for the mass break out to occur.  I cannot wait for Season 5 to see who the Desert Wolf is, Derek's new powers, and what Parrish is. 

What are you looking forward to?

Post by Vikki
Twitter: ProfessorWhite