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Elves on Netflix

Posted by xccj , in TV Sep 13 2017 · 93 views

So I just watched the Lego Elves series on Netflix. I've seen the previous two seasons (episodes, they didn't really last that long) and while it was a decent story, the animation always seems a bit off, and the voice cast wasn't always the best. Well, the voice cast stayed the same for the most part, but either they got better or I just got used to it. The animation, however, is way better; you can definitely feel the Voltron / Avatar vibe to it. I was expecting the elemental uses to be a bit more of the martial arts style of Avatar, and while there were a few instances of that, they kind of did their own thing, which works. (And maybe a bit more like Bionicle... I mean twice they did "combine powers for the ultimate power" kind of thing.)

The story was a bit more kiddy than I'd prefer, but I recognize that I am perhaps not in the target audience for it, so that I can overlook. The characters got a lot more time to shine (and Farran's awkwardness was one of my favorite parts) and the story had a nice positive message to it, so that was very nice. Plus, most of the playsets got some screen time and were easily recognizable. (And there were even a few bits involving the characters building something, to go along with the Lego theme... even a hilarious bit where they build something upside-down.) Plus, there were plenty of callbacks to the previous episodes to better connect the world, like the treehouse and dragons and such. (Sadly, one of the characters who didn't return was Ragana, the evil elf from last year. Don't know how they could've fit her in, but some sort of reference or quick scene might've been nice.)

But the very best part was how they threw in random bricks in with all the fantastic scenery. Like, they're walking through the forest and there are just rock bricks scattered on the ground and stuff. It wasn't calling attention out to itself, but it didn't look out of place either and was a great connection to the Lego sets.

Anyway, it was an enjoyable series. Maybe not as good as some of the Ninjago seasons IMO, but better than Legends of Chima, with an artwork style that will appear to non Lego fans but enough tributes to the construction sets to entice the set's fans. All I know is that I have to pick up a few more of this year's Elves sets.

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Force Awakens Thoughts

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, TV Jan 13 2016 · 304 views

Things to discuss about the latest Star Wars movie.

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And that has been my random thoughts about nitpicky things in Force Awakens. Until next time / I think of more.

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No Stars in Star Wars

Posted by xccj , in TV Dec 17 2015 · 316 views
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Have I complained about this before? I feel like it's something I've complained about here before, but I don't see it in a search.

Anyway, a crucial problem I have with Star Wars is the lack of scenes with, y'know, stars. (Not like movie stars, but the big balls of burning gas and such that give off light. For local reference, see sun... just don't look directly at it.)

I mean, a big part of this takes place in space. You see planets and big ships. You see big ships casting shadows on other ships, so you know there's a big light source nearby. And you do see the sun(s) on the planets... heck, TWIN suns.

But in no shots in the original trilogy do you actually see a full on star from space. I mean, you see the little white dots in the background... technically stars, yes. But they're moving around so many planets and such that you know they get close to real stars, and yet they're never visible from the camera angles.

I rewatched the original trilogy this weekend and confirmed this to be true... except for two cases. In "A New Hope" when the Millennium Falcon flies to the rescue in the last scene, it flies with the sun at its back... which is probably a legit tactic in space (it's hard to detect something small when you have the sunlight behind it overpowering the sensors... like your vision. I mean, it's possible... it's actually one way astronomers detect planets around distant stars... but I said it's hard for SMALL objects.) The second time happens in Empire where the Millennium Falcon again flies out of the sunlight as they escape Bespin.

So it seems that the only time you see a star in Star Wars is when the Falcon is flying out of it. Keep that in mind when you watch the new movie tomorrow. (Because of course you're all watching it tomorrow night, right?)

Also, don't ask me about the prequels, I didn't rewatch those looking for star scenes. Not that I greatly dislike the movies, but I don't feel like going out of my way to rewatch them, sorry.

No, I think this is a totally productive use of my time.

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I Still Don't Like Ants

Posted by xccj , in TV Jul 17 2015 · 453 views

But Ant-Man was a good movie.

Some great action, some decent characters. Pacing felt a little off near the middle, but the finale was solid. But it played it high with the humor, which I really appreciate. A lot of LOL moments, especially with his "crew". But quite a few deaths in this one too, and although a lot weren't a huge focus, there were a few that were emotional. Still, would see again. Probably will see again.

Still, some of the swarm scenes with the ants creeped me out. I'm not a big fan of ants IRL. It was cool to see them acting like a team (and god forbid ants actually learned how to do that IRL our species would be toast) but there were a lot of scenes that felt more realistic and thus squeamish-worthy.

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Make sure to stay until the very end... there are TWO end credit scenes here, and both are worth it.

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I Saw Ultron

Posted by xccj , in TV May 01 2015 · 368 views

He was actually a far more interesting character than I thought the trailers made him out to be.

The movie was good overall. A lot of cameo or guest appearances. Except for one that I was hoping for...

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But, of course, the most critical part of the movie must come under some scrutiny, and that is... how well do the Lego sets fit in with it? Spoilers beware:

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Anyway, good movie, glad I saw it. Based on first impressions, not necessarily my favorite Marvel movie (that might go to Winter Soldier, and even the first Avengers was a bit better) but still a very good movie, especially for all the characters it managed to handle, and all of the future plot lines it left for future films.

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Last Korra Episode

Posted by xccj , in TV Dec 19 2014 · 248 views

Was great. I was worried they wouldn't be able to pull off something awesome, but I shouldn't have. Also:

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Hobbit III: They Shoulda Stopped at Two

Posted by xccj , in TV Dec 17 2014 · 364 views

Spoilers below Smaug burns and eats everybody and then goes to sleep on his gold pillow. He also burns Sauron too, just cause.

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And that is the story of how Bilbo and Smaug moved into 22B Baker Street together and now solve crimes.

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No Dark Side; No Problem.

Posted by xccj , in TV, Lego Conventions Oct 01 2014 · 371 views

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No Dark Side? No Problem! by Xccj, on Flickr

So this is my new last-minute BrickCon Project. I mentioned in my earlier entry that the Dark Side display, which is meant for black light MOCs and MOCs with lights that look better in the dark, has apparently been discontinued this year. I'm basing this on my observation of them removing it from their theme list on the website. (I had a few MOCs registered for it, and then they got moved to "uncategorized".)

In previous years, the display was a giant cover that went over roughly two tables, with some space in the back for people to sit. Black lights were strung up overhead and on the table, and while it was a far cry from true darkness, it was shaded enough to give lighted models a little bit of a boost. Thing was, hardly anybody would contribute MOCs. I have for the last couple of years (and never managed a trophy from them) but it helped make some of my stuff look cool. But, I guess from the lack of interest, or because the guy running it is too busy this year to contribute, it's not showing up.

So I could just put my models out there without special lighting... or just do the whole dang thing myself.

The above is my version. It's 16 x 20 x 16 inches, roughly. The frame is made of piping, and I actually ventured into a fabric store to get the covers, and then a black light is hung up on the top. And it works, almost better than the old display. There's less of an opening to let ambient light in, and the smaller space means the black light can be more concentrated. On the other hand, it's way too small to accommodate my SHIP, but it will give Gali a chance to shine. (That, plus I can get away with this extra display in Bionicle, but not so much at the Space table.)

So I made my own dark side, and I am keeping my cookies. (And if my deductions are wrong and there actually IS a Dark Side display this year... oh well, egg on my face.)

Speaking of the dark side, I just watched the first episode of Star Wars Rebels. I've read a little bit about it from FBTB, and it sounds like they absolutely loathe the idea. But I thought it was pretty good, and seems to capture the universe better than the Clone Wars cartoon (from what little I saw of that) and, let's just say, the prequels. In my opinion, obviously. I might have to follow this one, see if they can keep it up.

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Korra Season Three Finale

Posted by xccj , in TV Aug 22 2014 · 406 views

Spoiler: It was good. I was kinda annoyed cause I saw other blog entries pop up while I was at work and I couldn't watch this until the afternoon... but I guess that's what you get for being a responsible adult, can't watch cartoons whenever.

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GotG

Posted by xccj , in TV Aug 03 2014 · 355 views

Man, it was more of an adventure getting to this movie than I'd like to admit but will love to brag about. Between timing, troubleshooting at work, Max trains not running, and a distance of about 0.5 miles from the station to the theater, I only just got in as they finish the credits at the beginning. But man, was it worth it. Great movie, and I have just one thing to say about it! (But beware, may contain spoilers.)

*ahem*

I AM GROOT.

That is all.

(Gosh now I need to buy The Milano Spaceship Rescue set)

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