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DC Universe: Swamp Thing – 1.09 “The Anatomy Lesson”

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Yuck. Usually, when I watch a horror movie when it ever comes to the autopsy scene I usually skip unless it’s in a theater and there’s no escape for me.

This one would be no different, but dammit the extra creepy factor of Swamp Thing (Derek Mears) being alive as Woodrue (Kevin Durand) opening and looking at every organ in his body. YUCK, but also what was I going to expect with Woodrue? Him just to go soft on a captured Swamp Thing? NOPE and boy he does in most of this episode.

Abby (Crystal Reed) thinks of one of the right reasons as to how Swamp Thing was swampnapped in the last episode, and in a very nice scene with her and Liz (Marie Sten) the two begin a quest to free the captured plant elemental. Ah, but we get also get the coming hour of need that Daniel (Ian Ziering) has been stuck in Marais, and the Phantom Stranger (Macon Blair) is here to collect on that promise. But do we learn what happened to Harlan? NOPE. Like seriously this show is gonna let me buy that he was just sent on another mission by the CDC when it clearly looks like he kidnapped by Conclave. ….. We’re never gonna find out are we? ARGH!

Anyway, this episode was the crossing point for Woodrue and does he pay for this obsession with Swamp Thing. I mean it was predictable yes, but to finally see Woodrue after being introduced in episode two and we’re here at this point. Yep, he is just one more domino away from true supervillainy. I kind of hope we see it in the final episode. I dunno.

Avery (Will Patton) and Maria (Virginia Madsen) subplot comes to a head, and I’m somewhat disappointed in it. I was rooting for you Maria. Your plan was perfect, just that well Avery is just more demented and prepared than you. Plus it helps that you basically were possessed by an evil spirit for half this series. So– yeah. That so didn’t help your cause.

See that’s the problem I have with this series. If it had known it was only going to be ten episodes instead of an entire series. It would have been mighty interesting to see what other directions this show would have gone. Instead, this feels like a TV series that doesn’t know it’ll be canceled. Besides Harlan, we still have the threat of the Rot (which I guess was what caused Avery his delusions last episode or was one of many things that forged the man to be the bastard that he is today). We barely have anything other than how powerful the Conclave organization is.

On the plus side, it was nice seeing the Daniel’s subplot finally reach a point that maybe can get some finality. That and poor Matt (Henderson Cable) seems about tired of this soap opera surrounds his character and he breaks down (wait I’m siding with Matt now after all these reviews? Huh).

That, and Swamp Thing really beginning to question his origins. Is he Alec? Is he something else entirely? The episode ends on one of the things Alan Moore‘s comic book run was famous for. Will it go the same route? I guess we’ll see as after the next episode. No more Swamp Thing, which is a darn shame. You could see the possibilities of good in some of these episodes. Well, when the burden of being a serial TV show in other aspects. This episode though? It fully embraced the comics and it was one of the stronger episodes of the series for it.

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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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Masterchef Is Back! For Halo Season 2

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A quick recap – Halo is set in a war-torn 26th century, where humanity led by the United Nations Space Command or UNSC and their supersoldiers known as Spartans, fights against the onslaught of the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant. The full dust-up of Halo Season 1, can be found here. Onward into the introduction of Halo Season 2!

It’s been six months since the forced separation of Spartan Masterchief John (Pablo Schreiber) and Cortana (Jen Taylor), and the Silver Team has been sent on a mission to evacuate residents of the planet Sanctuary before the Covenant glasses the whole thing. This comes with its own set of challenges, given the resistance of the planet’s inhabitants, and it doesn’t help that Masterchef starts seeing things right in the middle of trying to save some marines. Or is he? Those energy swords the squad of Elites were carrying looked worryingly real.

Back on Reach, the Silver Team is entirely dismayed to learn they have a brand new Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) representative come in as the new boss, to finally replace the traitorous Halsey, James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan). And of course, Ackerson manages to immediately get under Masterchief’s skin, by not only expressing far too much interest in John’s relationship with Cortana but also apparently disbelieving of John’s report of his encounters on Sanctuary. That just means Masterchief has to go around, if not entirely over, Ackerson’s head.

Elsewhere, Soren (Bokeem Woodbine) is trolling the slave markets in his boredom, only to stumble across a soon-to-be indentured servant who claims he knows the whereabouts of the UNSC’s most hunted human, Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone). That should bring a huge bounty, but really, Soren should’ve known better by now.

Halo Season 2 premieres Thursday, February 8th, 2024, and will continue to air every Thursday, only on Paramount+!

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Reborn as a Vending Machine I Now Wander the Dungeon’: I look forward to your next use!  

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If the title of this delightful little isekai anime entry didn’t give it all away, our nameless protagonist is a vending machine fanatic who, after being killed by a vending machine, gets reincarnated in another fantasy-style world as one! 

Japan has a tendency to give birth to all sorts of crazed fads that can last for decades, and no one does better when it comes to the vending machine industry, too. These days there are vending machines that will serve you sushi you can actually eat, hot pizza in the box, wagyu steaks, freshly popped popcorn, and a whole mind-boggling array of tasty treats, and other non-edible but still useful items! Umbrellas! Condoms! Oxygen masks, sterile bandages, shoes, and emergency clothing! Actually, far more things that we use on an everyday basis, could be considered as technically a vending machine, and the anime explores that beautifully. Into the world of vending machine fanaticism, we dive! 

So our poor protagonist never gave a name, and inevitably when he’s discovered by his first official friend the starving hunter Lammis, she dubs him “Boxxo”. Like many isekai that seem to take inspiration from video games and RPGs, Boxxo discovers he ways he can communicate, level up his existence, and even evince magic-like powers and attack and defend against monsters and enemies. Though in the beginning, and as an underlying theme throughout the show, Boxxo is primarily concerned with providing unique never-before-tasted-in-this-world food and drink to the amazed folk, human and otherwise. 

Boxxo’s prices are entirely reasonable and hey, he can even choose to give out his wares for free on occasion, so his popularity immediately skyrockets. Lammis with her awkward charm and prodigious strength blessing, introduces Boxxo to other friends of Clearflow Lake Village and associates along the way – Director Bear, an actual bear-monster who’s the head of the Hunters Association; Lammis’ friend Hulemy, the insane genius magic item engineer; the Bearcats Suco, Pell, Short and Mikenne, cheerful hunters with astronomic appetites; even suspicious Kerioyl, leader of the Menagerie of Fools party. 

The show approaches the practicality and versatility of the true vending machine with amusement, but also with the love true fans display for things they’re passionate about. Certainly, things like a brothel needing a condom vending machine exist in our world, but to toss them into a potentially more innocent other-world isekai is a welcome and often hilarious treat. The show celebrates the cheerful idiocy and devotion of the fans to their chosen fandom, in this case, yes vending machines, but also the spirit of the lonely otaku finally finding their Tribe! 

Pay your coins to watch ‘Reborn as a Vending Machine’ on Crunchyroll now! 

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