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I was at my sister's house on Sunday with my mom, and while they were off doing other things, I was idly flipping through channels on her TV. I landed on a channel and said, "Hey, that's Wil Wheaton! What's this about?"

It turns out that it was an episode of Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana. (Obligatory TVTropes link.) In fact, I will show you the exact point at which I flipped into the show. It was during Chapter 5, just as they landed at the Skyside Stronghold. I knew immediately that it was a show about a tabletop RPG, but I thought at first that it was mostly in a science fiction setting, what with a ship landing and robots and blasters and cyborgs and all that. Well, it's kind of like that, but also about half-and-half with fantasy as well. Since then, I've gone back and watched the entire series. It's pretty great.

Here, have a redundant embed, too, just for the hell of it.

Youtube playlist embed behind cut )

Also, I am now subscribed to Geek & Sundry in general, and plan to go and watch some of the channel's other stuff. I'd heard of it before, vaguely, but had never really looked into it until now. Basically, this and Counter Monkey are the only real exposure that I've had to tabletop gaming. CRPGs like Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment are great, but I guess it's just not the same thing. Maybe someday I'll have a chance to try the real thing (despite being mostly an asocial [not to be confused with "antisocial"] homebody).
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"A somewhat-mostly-accurate educational parody film by Max Landis, Produced by Bryan Basham @bryan_basham
Starring Elden Henson, Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Morgan Krantz and many more."

Yeah, that's pretty much how that Death and Return of Superman thing went, as far as I can remember of reading the whole thing myself, years ago.

Okay. So here's (mostly) the chain of events that led to me finding the above video, which I'd never seen or even knew existed before today (well yesterday, actually).

First of all, I was watching an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In this episode, I got as far as to the point where Xander and Oz were briefly discussing various colors of Kryptonite.

And so, completely derailed and completely abandoning my viewing of that episode of Buffy for the time being, until probably tomorrow (later today) or whenever, I started looking up stuff about Kryptonite. While doing so, I found a mention in the Gold Kryptonite section of someone named Clark Luthor, and I was like "Who the fuck is Clark Luthor?" It turns out that Clark Luthor comes from Smallville, apparently (the TV show, that is, of which, incidentally, I've only seen maybe the first season or two). He's an alternate universe, evil version of Superman.

Which got me to thinking about other alternate universe versions of Superman (and there are so many), specifically evil versions of Superman. And, on a whim, I decided to see if there were any versus threads anywhere concerning Justice Lord Superman from the DCAU and Regime Superman from the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us. There are such threads, by the way.

However, as you can see from that Google link (at least as of the time of this post, anyway), one of the top results in that search was to this thread on GameFAQs, where people debated about whether or not Regime Superman was justified in what he was doing (which was interesting, until it devolved into people hurling insults at one another, as is typical for GameFAQs forums). In that, I found a link to another, similar thread, also on GameFAQs. And it was in that thread, finally, that I found the link to the above embedded Youtube video (on the bottom of page 2 of that second, 28-page thread).

So yeah...


...yeah. Uh huh.

And now I'm going to bed.

*nods sagely*
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Details here. It sucks, but oh well. :/ Hope to be able to come back to this sometime next yearwithin the next decade.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
Okay, the second episode of "Star Trek: Pegasus" has gone up.

It can be found here and here.
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As of a few seconds ago as I write this (though by the time I finish this it'll probably be more like an hour or three), with the viewing of the final episode of Enterprise, I can now say that I have finally seen all of Star Trek. It took me a while. (And, looking back through my LJ, I notice that I never made any posts about TAS, TNG, or DS9 for whatever reasons, even though I definitely watched those as well. Probably because I didn't have much to complain about with those, I guess. I'm pretty sure I probably made posts about them on Facebook or Twitter, but I'm not going to bother searching through all of that to link it here. Suffice it to say that The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine were probably my favorite two series, and I can't really pick between them which is more my favorite, to be honest. The Animated Series was pretty good for what it was, I guess. Better than I expected it would be going into it, at least.)

So, now I'm going to talk about Enterprise. Here's my overall assessment of it: it's not nearly as bad as most people seem to say it is. I mean, sure, there were some stinkers in there definitely, but I'd say that what I'd consider to be the worst of Enterprise is nowhere near as bad as what I consider to be the worst of Voyager.

Now, a bit more in depth )
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I'm five episodes in now (if you count the two-parter first episode as two eps), and while I hear that it gets pretty bad later on, it's certainly off to a much, much better start than Voyager was by the same number of episodes in.

In the fifth episode of Enterprise, "Unexpected," they meet aliens with holodeck technology[1], Trip (a male character) gets pregnant, and a Klingon has a valid reason and opportunity to say "I can see my house from here." I genuinely enjoyed the episode, despite how ridiculously stupid it was, mostly because they knew this ep was silly and were kind of playing it up for the comedy, though not overly so. The ones that came before that were pretty good too.

The fifth episode of Voyager, by contrast, was "Phage," i.e. the episode that is at the very top of my personal "worst Voyager episodes ever" list and one that I've ranted about before (not only because it introduced the terribad Vidiians, which I have also ranted about quite a bit). It wasn't even "so bad, it's good" bad like the Enterprise ep was, mostly because they took the whole thing so seriously despite it being ludicrously "Spock's Brain"-level stupid. It was just bad, period, and the ones that came before were rather lackluster as well.

The only low marks I give Enterprise so far are for T'Pol being so... let's say overly antagonistic at times. Spock and Tuvok were never as bad as she has rather consistently been so far, even at their absolute Vulcan-y worst. Still, I guess I should cut her a bit of slack for being the first Vulcan to serve on a human ship. The worst thing about it, of course, is that T'Pol is usually 100% right. They'd have avoided whatever horrible problems that they encountered if they'd just listened to her, instead of being all "rah, rah, we're humans and we do things differently than Vulcans do, so screw your protocols and regulations." So I totally get why she'd be rather irritable, even for a Vulcan. Of course, the episodes would have been far less interesting if they had taken her advice, so... yeah. Still, it makes T'Pol look bad for being such a hardass, and it makes Archer and the others look stupid for just blatantly ignoring her concerns. I guess she's kind of like Worf in that respect, although Worf was rarely so "ugh, what are you stupid humans about to get us into this time" about it.

[1] - Two hundred or so years before the Federation gets it in TNG, though technically they did have something similar in Kirk's time, even if it was only ever seen in that one episode of the cartoon.
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Allow me to put on my super-nerd/geek hat for a moment here. I hear a lot of people saying that the timeline for the Star Trek reboot is pretty much the same as the timeline for Star Trek Prime prior to the 2009 movie. That is, things shouldn't be any different prior to the moment that Nero first appeared and started messing things up. But here's the thing: in Star Trek Prime, Kirk and company go back in* time on several occasions to points well before that. So I'm just wondering how all of this has been affected or changed in the new reboot universe. Will reboot Kirk go back to these time periods at some point, or does the reboot universe simply have Kirk Prime going back to those time periods already baked into it somehow, or something else entirely? I'm sure none of this will ever be dealt with, of course, but it's still something interesting to ponder, at least for me anyway.

Yeah, yeah, I know, parallel universes and all that, but still, if people are going to be saying that the reboot universe was exactly the same as the Prime universe prior to the events of the reboot movie, this kind of muddles the waters on that a bit.

* - And if you follow the Star Trek expanded universe stuff at all, Gary Seven played a direct role in all the Khan stuff from the 20th-21st century, so who knows how all of that was affected by Kirk not going back in time (or if his going back in time happens a different way in the reboot universe) during Gary Seven's introduction.
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Got back an hour or so ago from seeing the new Star Trek movie. I did like it, but not as much as the first one.

Huge spoilers behind the cut.

Huge spoilers )
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Oh, and while I'm on the subject of Star Trek, I watched this yesterday for the first time (and how I managed to go almost five years without knowing of the existence of this, I don't understand):

Huge Spoiler: Huge spoiler behind cut )

Also, this.
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Okay, while I still have very little interest in the game itself, that was a pretty good commercial for it. I might look more into the game once it comes out, but it's not something I'm eagerly anticipating. It just sounds like it's going to be mostly running around and fighting, which doesn't really appeal to me (in general, but especially in a game based on Star Trek).

Seriously, why can't they make games like the PC version of 25th Anniversary, Judgment Rites, or A Final Unity anymore? Star Trek isn't just space battles and hand phaser fights, you know.

Those are the Trek games I enjoyed the most, by far. Beyond that, I've played several more Trek games over the years, ranging from pretty good to pure crap.

I liked Bridge Commander, even if it was mostly just space battles. Same with Starfleet Academy and Klingon Academy. Armada was pretty good, if you like RTS games, but again it was just all space battles all the time, and for some reason I've never really been able to get into Armada II. Legacy got panned quite a bit by critics and players alike, but I thought it was... okay, I guess, even if it was yet more space battles and nothing else. The NES version of 25th Anniversary was okay for what it was I guess, though I only first played it a couple years ago (well past the expiration date). The Game Boy version sucked though, in retrospect, despite the fact that I have a bit of a soft spot for it given that it was the first Trek game I ever played as a kid, decades ago. Future's Past for the SNES was fairly interesting, but not great. The simply titled Star Trek: The Next Generation for Game Boy was kind of lame as well in retrospect, since again it was just space battles, but that didn't stop me from playing the hell out of it at the time. The Generations Game Boy game was just more of the same. The Generations PC game, however, sucked some serious ass, at least based on what little I remember of it (which is mainly just the fact that you can get Riker sucked out into space during the first mission and something about Dr. Crusher and gigantic blood cells or some shit like that). I managed to get through the Federation campaign of Starfleet Command but I didn't like it all that much, and never played any of the sequels to it. New Worlds was pure, unadulterated shit, and the less acknowledgement of its existence the better. Borg was awesome, in my opinion, if only because it had Q in it and that it was still the pre-"Borg Queen" Borg when they were still actually cool, and despite being in the FMV genre, which seemingly everyone hates. Klingon on the other hand... well, I don't really remember much of anything about that, except that it wasn't very good. And, lastly, I was sad when they never released The Secret of Vulcan Fury.

I haven't played any of the other multitude of Trek games though, and thus can't really comment on them. I did watch the entire Linkara Let's Play of Elite Force but that's about it. Lately, though, I've been kind of vaguely interested in Star Trek Online, despite it being a MMO game, primarily because I've heard that it's more solo-friendly than most MMOs tend to be. (EDIT) I've since played through a good chunk of STO, and it was pretty cool, especially for being a free-to-play MMO game. It is indeed quite solo-friendly. It may be a bit too heavy on the space combat and hand phaser combat on the ground for my liking, but there was still enough non-combat stuff to make it fairly interesting, at least for me. (/EDIT)

One thing I don't get, though, is why nobody ever tried to make the Trek equivalent of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. That would have been amazing. (Ah, the days back when BioWare didn't suck ass. How I miss those days.)
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What is it with me and posting these things on or near April Fools' Day? It's not a joke, I assure you.

Anyway, yeah, I've written yet another Star Trek / My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic crossover fic, called "Star Trek: Pegasus" this time.

It can be found here and here. It is the sequel to my previous fic "Where Nopony Has Gone Before", which was itself a sequel to my first such fic, "The Quandary of DisQord".
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)

Yeah, I know this is pretty old in Internet Time™, but I only just watched it, so it's new to me anyway.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
It's been about one year, plus or minus two or three days, since I first started watching a little kids' show about colorful talking ponies.

The only real difference between then and now is that I'd say that Rainbow Dash has been bumped up to a close second in my list at this point.
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Very brief gist, as this is explained much more fully in the interview itself: Last weekend (February 22-24) there was a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic/Brony convention in Las Vegas, called Las Pegasus Unicon. From what I understand, the convention ended about as well as the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic, apparently. One of the highlights to come out of this, however, was that Robert Picardo, through John de Lancie's agent, was able to lend a hand during the fallout. Thus, the above interview with Everfree Network.
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I just learned of the existence of this today, thanks to one of my coworkers. ★_★
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
For those who have watched the season 3 premiere of MLP:FiM, compare this to this.

They've used Star Trek and Star Wars effects before in episodes of the older shows as well.

(EDIT) And so, given the fact that links to videos on Youtube are utterly ephemeral and I don't feel like taking the time to look up new versions of the previous, now vanished videos, the gist of this was that both the current incarnation and previous incarnations of My Little Pony have used sound effects from other shows and movies, in particular the Proton Pack start up noise from Ghostbusters, phaser sounds from Star Trek, and lightsaber sounds from Star Wars. (/EDIT)
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
Copy/pasted from Facebook:

I'm four episodes into Star Trek Voyager (or only three if you count the two-part premiere as one big episode) and already *two* of them have involved time travel in some way. That's... I'm not sure what to make of that, actually. Hmm.

And... the next episode after those involves Neelix getting his lungs stolen all "Spock's Brain" style and having them temporarily replaced with holographic lungs. I mean... what. I do hope some of the ups start showing up soon rather than these downs, because Voyager as a whole has just been kind of meh at best, so far. >_>;

I'm going to stick with it though, because I know that TNG was pretty weak during its first season as well, so hopefully Voyager will similarly pick up as well.

New content beyond the above:

This episode. "Phage." It was hilariously terrible. I mean, really, Neelix's lungs are stolen by a couple of ghouls from Fallout (no, really) and are replaced by holograms. Voyager flies inside an asteroid which has a giant funhouse hall of mirrors kind of thing inside of it. Just... what. o_O

I started watching this series expecting to experience what TVTropes calls Critical Backlash, because I'd heard it was supposedly so bad, but I just figured that was the Internet being its typical, overly critical self, you know? But wow. So far, it has started out rather lackluster and has only gotten progressively worse with each episode. Seriously, though, this thing with "Phage" here has to be the nadir, right? It simply can't get much worse than that, can it? But then, just for the heck of it, I did a quick Google search for "worst Voyager episodes" and this "Phage" show doesn't even seem to register on the lists of bad episodes that I glanced at. Really, if this is any indicator at all of what is to come, I might just have to revise my stance and start watching it simply for the "so bad, it's good" eps (though I can't say that "Phage" rises to meet even that low standard) and just be pleasantly surprised by the ones that actually are good.

I mean, really, even as bad as TNG season 1 was, I don't remember anything being as ludicrous as "Phage," aside from maybe "Code of Honor." As for DS9, "The Storyteller" from season 1 is what I consider to be the worst episode from that series, but it is still head and shoulders above "Phage." I'll admit that "Phage" is not quite as blatantly ridiculous as some of the Original Series episodes I nitpicked before, but then those at least had "made in the 60s" as an excuse. >_>;

But really, I can't hear the holographic doctor saying "His lungs have been removed" without immediately thinking of this:

My reaction to "Phage" was pretty much the same as Kirk's reaction in the above clip.
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So yeah...



...this is what I've been doing off and on for around the past, oh, two or three months now. ¬_¬
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Pretty sweet.


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