Like I said last time, I love it more every time I see it.
I see more every time.
More Easter eggs, more background details, more performance/character nuances, it's a jam packed flick.
Can't wait to examine the Blu-ray with a fine toothed comb.
I've seen it enough now, it's starting to integrate more and more into the larger saga for me.
I move the original ANH around on the scale as the mood strikes me, but I still like TFA a smidge better than ROTJ.
ESB is still the king.
Prequels are always last, going 3, 2, 1.
I'd discuss spoilers in this one, but....doesn't everyone know them by now?
If you haven't seen this by now, WTF are you doing?
Got my ideal seat, and hardly anyone was there, and everyone shut the fuck up.
Best viewing yet.
Someone in a Facebook thread jogged my memory, that this coming July will mark 5 years ago this bullshit started.
So, here's where we are with this shit.
And it's actually pretty good news.
The elevatorgate-ers became Atheism Plus, Atheism Plus became Freethought Blogs, and Freethought Blogs has completely fucking imploded, and people have left it like rats off a sinking ship.
Now, it's just down to PZ Myers, and he's twisted up, and sad, and bitter, and hateful, and increasingly crazier, and people are washing their hands and feet of him in droves, and he seems to be planning to just go down in flames and smoke, spraying poison the whole way down.
Flame out, Peezus.
I'll get the marshmallows.
Their day is done, this shit seems to have a 5 year cycle.
But, the next cycle has started with the Social Justice Warriors going after video games.
The whole Anita Sarkeesian thing started up in about 2012-2013, so....we've got about til 2017-2018 for it to burn out.
Part of me wishes I'd blogged that new saga, but I covered pretty much how I feel about the SJW crowd in this Halloween post.
We've still got some residual atheists who've drunk the SJW Kool-Aid.
Steve Shives is pretty much ruined.
Eli Bosnick from "God Awful Movies", made an asshole of himself on "Cognitive Dissonance", but his show buddies kinda all laughed at him when he came back, and it all kinda blew over.
Mostly, its burnt off.
It's fading out, not building up.
It sure as hell is gearing up in the gamer community though.
But, thanks to the internet, there's a record of their damage, and tactics, and there was a quicker backlash this time.
We'll see in 2018 if their strain of the plague has been crapped out.
Be interesting to see what social group the SJWs try to destroy next.
I hope it's the Republicans.
Yeah, that'd be good.
SJWs ruining lumbersexuals.
Pick them next, SJWs.
As far as the film went, Bill Murray resisted, then Harold Ramis died, and that really killed it.
Now, we're getting a female casted reboot.
Which I'm actually excited about, because the director has a proven record of bringing the funny, the cast has a proven record of being funny, and everyone minus Ramis and Moranis are going to be in it in cameos, so it's a reunion anyway.
Also, the director is as much a Ghostbusters geek as I am.
It's in good hands.
It could still suck, but everything I've seen so far gives me hope.
And I've chipped away, and gotten 18 chapters into season 2 with #19 on the way.
Most proud that I finally cleared the Freed Radicals recruitment drive chunk of the story.
I knew that was gonna be hard.
Now, like the Eidolon, Dr. Herbert, and Chokecherry anniversaries, let's do origins.
The origin of Dusty Irwin.
So, it's either 2012, or 2013, and I'm watching "Tales of the Rat Fink", on Ovation, and the origin of Rat Fink was, Big Daddy Roth hated Mickey Mouse, and all the cloying cute-ness he stood for, so he doodled Rat Fink on a napkin as the radical antithesis of every trait Micky had, and boom, a mascot of a mini empire was born.
I was stuck for ideas, so I followed the same process.
"Twilight", was at its height, and I hated it with a seething passion, so I took Edward, and made his anti-matter opposite, a fat, old, slovenly, surly, unkempt Ghostbuster/Vampire Killer.
Then, I needed a name,
So, among my favorite characters are Ambush Bug, and Ash.
So, Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Dust. Dusty.
Ambush Bug is Irwin Schwaub. Irwin.
Bam, there you go, it was that easy.
I was gonna base a whole book around him, but couldn't muscle up enough ideas, so it went into the "for later", pile.
Later on, I needed a secret identity for Jade-Shade, so boom, Dusty Irwin was pressed into service.
Then, I didn't wanna lose that character, and JS/Dusty wasn't that original guy anymore, so I took Dusty's original body, and gave it to Captain Descrambler in "season 2, chapter 9".
And, he can be seen here.
SO, the real significance of that chapter, is that it's the two Dustys meeting each other.
Nothing goes to waste with me.
Origin of QD's overall structure.
This also goes back to about 2012/2013, I came up with the idea to do a radical reboot of Harry when the 25th anniversary rolled around, where Harry would ACTUALLY be 25, and start over in a real world with no supernatural or sci-fi elements, and place him in a world like my hometown.
Well, that fell by the wayside, but I re-absorbed it into Quantum Dissolve.
I made Dusty 25, and I started the story the day after Harry's birthday, so they'd be right next to each other, so I'd always remember, and realistically age JS accordingly.
Then, I crossed JS over with Harry, and more Harry-verse stuff is on the way.
So, that all worked out anyway.
Again, nothing goes to waste.
The origin of QD's overall idea.
Again, about 2011/2012/2013, I was totally lost in a blizzard, blind as a bat, had no idea what to do.
So, I just started writing about shit that I like just to make myself happy, and de-stress my brain.
First, Freddy Krueger.
Then, all the genre slashers.
Then, to segue-way, the crossovers between horror characters, and superheroes.
Then, all the crossover comics period, which exploded forth huger than I could have possibly imagined, but I had fun making the puzzle fit together.
And in putting the giant puzzle together, a pattern emerged, and a plan emerged from the pattern.
If I could be like Witchblade, or Vampirella, I could create a character solely out of crossovers.
BUT, you need copyright permission to officially crossover with established characters.
BUT, Evil Ernie crossed over with parody versions of the heroes, and Superman crossed over with a parody version of Popeye.
SO, if I built my universe out of parody crossovers, and got my little universe to snowball, maybe someday, I could crossover with the real characters, and integrate myself into the universal cosmic canon.
But, I had to get that first fucking book done.
And then Jade-Shade emerged, and then I made him Dusty Irwin.
The origin of Jade Shade.
Okay, the bit where Dusty sees the mask at the grocery store, and it calls out to him?
That really happened to me.
But here's the backstory to that.
The Green Monster was a real thing done by some teenagers, and it ended up in the paper, and my mother showed it to me when I was a teenager.
So, when I saw that green mask, it resonated for me, and I almost bought it, and if I had, I would have done the Green Monster sequel.
But, I chickened out, and regretted it, but the adventures I imagined having with that mask turned into the first couple chapters of QD.
I had the 25 year old Harry reboot idea, I had the parody crossover idea, I had Green-Mask-Guy idea, and I had Dusty Irwin, and the pieces all came together.
BUT, "Green Monster", was too generic sounding, so just as I wrote it into the story, I just ran it through a thesaurus a zillion times until "Jade Shade", just kinda popped out.
Bam, there it all was.
And of course, I had Hyla do up the mask differently, so it wasn't a total ripoff of the store one, and then Paladin's version built off that.
The origin of Quantum Dissolve.
I was always obsessed with two things, and you can find my writings on the subjects without too much fuss, so I won't even link it.
Those two things, the Star Trek transporter, and acid.
And, they both break things down.
Just one can rebuild, and the other can't.
But, the one that can't is real.
So, I wanted to get artsy fartsy with the title, and I wanted it to be a metaphorical image that applies across my whole life, and has personal significance, and after trying a LOOOOOT of word combinations on a HUUUUUGE list, "Quantum Dissolve", finally stumbled out, and it was just fucking right.
And, I think I broke down the meaning of it all pretty well in "season 2, chapter 18".
Everything's getting written into this canon.
Nothing's getting left out.
Anyhoo, I think that covers the whole story pretty well.
As mentioned with the Harry 27th anniversary, this stuff counts for the bonus material in QD the book just like the Harry stuff will be in Harry book 5.
Like I said in "The (third) YEAR Of Hembock!", I want to cobble together a fifth Harry book.
It'll come after "Quantum Dissolve", is done.
It would be cobbled together from the online story content on the Harry page, and all the anniversary stuff, and "other stuff", will be the bonus content.
Plus, there'd be exclusive-to-the-book bonus material to make you shell out your shekels.
So, since this counts towards that bonus material, I ought to think of something.
Well, I've got big plans after QD and Harry book 5 are done, but I can't talk about them.
They'll either work or fail, and if they work, they'll change the universe.
Which is why I have to hide it under my hat.
But big things are coming!
I just gotta get these pesky books done.
They're the seeds from which will grow the mighty redwood.
So, clearly summer is obsolete, because there's so many geek movies coming, they're year round now, and doing "summer, winter, summer, winter..", is just going to be a pain to manage.
Time to upgrade to just doing the whole damned year.
I'll still do recap lists in summer and winter, with a year end one to moosh them together.
Taken pretty much from Christmas, and all my commentary is there if you want it.
Here we go...
Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice
Captain America: Civil War
Star Trek Beyond
Shatner confirmed as not being in it.
But, that'll still be my placeholder until the real poster.
Star Wars: Rogue One
We're up to ten flicks a year now.
Who'd ever imagine?
Well, I used to go to the theater more in the 80's, now we're just full circle.
Let the journey begin!