Photo taken by Jaime yesterday.

Photo taken by Jaime yesterday.

I recently finished watching Death Note (full series streaming now on Netflix). I have to say I’m a bit baffled by the amount of praise it’s been showered with. Yes, it was smart and had some pretty badass battles of intellect, but I could not get passed some of it’s more glaring flaws. I almost gave up early on, but the one compelling character - known as L - kept me going. In the end I was only watching to see if there was anything redeeming to explain the hype.
Why would the Shinigami - ancient multidimensional beings and gods of death - use lined notebooks that look no different than something you could pick up from a drug store to do their killings? Maybe it’s nit picky but I found it a little preposterous considering it was the central element to the story.
The stories protagonist, Light, is inherently unlikeable and arrogant to begin with, and straight up evil by the end of it. Again, this could have been forgivable, but coupled with the next thing I’m going to complain about it became overbearing. 
I got the distinct impression that the writers of this series believe all women are totally helpless idiots. There is not a single compelling female character who holds any real weight. There was one towards the end who had some degree of complexity, but she isn’t introduced until very late and she is ultimately murdered in a particularly cruel fashion. By an large the only female character to play any major role was a loud and dimwitted pop star who wanted nothing more than to be a devoted wife. In a series that’s ultimately about the battle between two of the worlds greatest minds (both males, of course) it became impossible to ignore the fact that there was not a single prominent and intelligent woman in the entire 36 episode run.

I recently finished watching Death Note (full series streaming now on Netflix). I have to say I’m a bit baffled by the amount of praise it’s been showered with. Yes, it was smart and had some pretty badass battles of intellect, but I could not get passed some of it’s more glaring flaws. I almost gave up early on, but the one compelling character - known as L - kept me going. In the end I was only watching to see if there was anything redeeming to explain the hype.

  1. Why would the Shinigami - ancient multidimensional beings and gods of death - use lined notebooks that look no different than something you could pick up from a drug store to do their killings? Maybe it’s nit picky but I found it a little preposterous considering it was the central element to the story.
  2. The stories protagonist, Light, is inherently unlikeable and arrogant to begin with, and straight up evil by the end of it. Again, this could have been forgivable, but coupled with the next thing I’m going to complain about it became overbearing. 
  3. I got the distinct impression that the writers of this series believe all women are totally helpless idiots. There is not a single compelling female character who holds any real weight. There was one towards the end who had some degree of complexity, but she isn’t introduced until very late and she is ultimately murdered in a particularly cruel fashion. By an large the only female character to play any major role was a loud and dimwitted pop star who wanted nothing more than to be a devoted wife. In a series that’s ultimately about the battle between two of the worlds greatest minds (both males, of course) it became impossible to ignore the fact that there was not a single prominent and intelligent woman in the entire 36 episode run.

daverapoza: New tshirt design coming to my online shop soon!

daverapoza: New tshirt design coming to my online shop soon!

Coeus has decided to steal my bed sheets.

Coeus has decided to steal my bed sheets.

Another one of Reed’s pieces from last night.

Another one of Reed’s pieces from last night.

Star Trek 3x02 - “The Enterprise Incident" - Stardate: 5027.3
On the heels of “Spock’s Brain” is one of the better Star Trek episodes of the series. It is also the first one to feature a female commanding officer, as Kirk and and Spock are taken captive by Romulans. Captain Kirk’s motives remain hidden well into the episode so that he may complete a secret mission and protect his crew from harm if he fails. This episode also features Vulcan seduction at it’s finest.
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Star Trek 3x02 - “The Enterprise Incident" - Stardate: 5027.3

On the heels of “Spock’s Brain” is one of the better Star Trek episodes of the series. It is also the first one to feature a female commanding officer, as Kirk and and Spock are taken captive by Romulans. Captain Kirk’s motives remain hidden well into the episode so that he may complete a secret mission and protect his crew from harm if he fails. This episode also features Vulcan seduction at it’s finest.

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One of my favorite pieces from Reed Olsen’s ‘Granny Ring the Void’ art show last night. If you missed it you can check it out tonight at Spa City Bicycle Works in Saratoga.

One of my favorite pieces from Reed Olsen’s ‘Granny Ring the Void’ art show last night. If you missed it you can check it out tonight at Spa City Bicycle Works in Saratoga.

Children of Men, 2006 (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)

In the aftermath of one of the craziest scenes in one of my favorite movies.

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Far Out Worlds // Ray Feibush.

Far Out Worlds // Ray Feibush.

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Star Trek 3x01 - “Spock’s Brain" - Stardate: 5431.4
This is widely considered the worst episode of the series. It certainly is ridiculous and terribly written - but I would take “Spock’s Brain” over “The Omega Glory” any day. Basically an intruder breaks onto the Enterprise and steals Spock’s brain, so the Enterprise crew is left with 24 hours to recover it before losing Spock forever. Exactly why this was chosen to be the season premiere is difficult to figure out.  The above picture is unfortunately not Dr. McCoy getting a space perm, but rather getting beamed the temporary knowledge on how to perform Vulcan brain surgery.
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Star Trek 3x01 - “Spock’s Brain" - Stardate: 5431.4

This is widely considered the worst episode of the series. It certainly is ridiculous and terribly written - but I would take “Spock’s Brain” over “The Omega Glory” any day. Basically an intruder breaks onto the Enterprise and steals Spock’s brain, so the Enterprise crew is left with 24 hours to recover it before losing Spock forever. Exactly why this was chosen to be the season premiere is difficult to figure out.  The above picture is unfortunately not Dr. McCoy getting a space perm, but rather getting beamed the temporary knowledge on how to perform Vulcan brain surgery.

// Scrapbook Enterprise //

Storm by Daniel Mikah Govar.

Storm by Daniel Mikah Govar.

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NIGHTNIGHT by DEDDY