Friday, June 28, 2013

Eragon: The Arrogance Cycle

So. Eragon. Spoiler alert if you haven't read them yet. But don't. I'm probably going to get hated on. But oh well. Here's what I think.

My opinion on these books... is... well... they were ok. Now, I haven't read the last one, but that's by choice, so if it's really good, tell me. But someone *cough Rachael cough* already told me how it ends. Really? A whole cache of dragon eggs? And they don't even end up together? Hey, if you can't get the two main characters together by the end of four books (each approximately 2 in. thick), then... well... yeah. But it's not just the ending.

If dragon riders are virtually extinct, then why does everyone Eragon knows turn into one? That was the whole point and beauty of the first book, that Eragon was the only one. The only hope. The chosen one. Why is it always the chosen one, anyway? Anyway, what happens is pretty much statistically impossible. We've been told that dragon riders are practically nonexistent. But then every other character becomes one.

Also, starting in the second book, we start to see things from Roran's perspective as well. Some chapters are from his point of view, and well, WHO CARES? Sorry Roran, but we don't really care about you. We want to know what's happening to Eragon and Saphira and Arya. I kept waiting for the author to kill Roran off so we could have more of the people we care about. Basically, I eventually just started skimming the chapters from Roran and counting pages until we got to hear from Eragon again. That's the thing, we never really cared about Roran. At all. At least I didn't.

And now, Eragon himself. As a character, he was good. Flawed, you could relate to him, he was just an ordinary kid. But throughout the course of the books, he seemed to change very little. The whole cycle of the books was basically him not knowing what was happening, him getting cocky, him getting more cocky, someone taking him down a notch, him being moody, and him realizing that he was wrong. And repeat. Instead of The Inheritance Cycle, the books should've been called The Arrogance Cycle.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading these books. At least the first one. They were original. The magic was really well thought-out. Saphira's character was quite well-written, I loved the chapters from her perspective. But in all, they were merely average. Half the time, they were confusing, The other half, predictable. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to find something amazing to read.

Monday, June 24, 2013

We Were SO Close...

Ok, so I'm gonna be posting about Star Trek: Into Darkness, so if you haven't seen it, this may contain spoilers. You should go see it. It's really good. It's better than the 2009 one. They don't try messing around with time and all that. Leave that for The Doctor. Oh, and this will be about TNG as well, so it may not make much sense if you haven't seen it.

Anyway, I was watching it yesterday in the theatre (yeah, I feel cool when I spell it the British way). It was about halfway through the movie. You know, the part where they have the John Harrison character in custody on the Enterprise, and he was getting mad and yelling about his people. I was mainly thinking how strange Benedict Cumberbatch looked without his trench coat and scarf.

Wait. Did he just say— no! It can't be! No way. Did he just say his name was Khan Noonian Soong? NO. FREAKING. WAY. My mind exploded. But that meant—Data—no!

(ok, at this point, some of the more hard-core trekkies will be saying something's wrong. Hear me out.)

In case you forgot, or—gasp—haven't seen Star Trek TNG, Dr. Noonian Soong was the one who created Data, obviously the best character in the series. You know, the emotionless android? Right. Ergo, mind explosion. Because that meant that Khan created Data. Whoah. I went home from the movies with so many hypotheses and questions. But I was excited. Very excited. They were bringing Data back.

However, my excitement was short-lived. My dad was talking about Star Trek after we got home. We were talking about all the different Star Trek movies they made, and The Wrath of Khan came up. My dad said something about it being based on an episode of TOS in which Khan Noonien Singh did something.

My excitement shriveled up and died. WHY???? The names were so close. I mean, SO so close. I mean—well, you get it. Curse you, Star Trek writers. Although Brent Spiner was irreplaceable in that role, we were this close to getting Benedict Cumberbatch as Data.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Team Tardis 2014

So, since there's all the hype about Matt Smith leaving Doctor Who, and even MORE hype about 12th Doctor rumors, I decided to put my two cents in. Here's who I think should be Team Tardis 2014.

12th Doctor: I've done quite a bit of thinking on this one. Many sleepless nights debating with myself. Who could be The Doctor? Or, maybe those sleepless nights were just a result of talking with my sister until 2 AM and looking up pictures of male British actors on google. We're not creepy at all. But that's what google's for, right? Exactly. So here's who, in my opinion, should play Twelve. And sorry, I couldn't decide on one. So here's three. In no particular order.

Matthew Gray Gubler. He plays this nerdy character on Criminal Minds (I have yet to see it, but it's on my list), and is every bit as nerdy in real life. Yeah, he looks pretty young, but whatever. I think he'd maybe act a little more like the 11th. Awkward and adorable.

Billy Boyd. He'd make an adorable Doctor and has an amazing accent. Enough said.


Jude Law. Yeah, yeah, the guy who played Watson in the new Sherlock Holmes movies. You know, the ones with Robert Downey jr. He's good too. I think he'd be a little more serious, maybe like 9th.

So that's what I think for The Doctor. Although, come to think of it, Benedict Cumberbatch would make a good Doctor too... but he's already taken over the Sherlock, LOTR, and Star Trek fandoms. If he was The Doctor, it'd probably rip a hole in the Space-Time Continuum.

Onto companions!

So, although we just got Clara and I like her well enough, this needs to happen. Everyone knows that Emma Watson was BORN to be a companion.
You really can't disagree. Well you could—but, never mind.

And I think we need a new occasional companion. You know, like Captain Jack, Mickey, or River Song (to some extent). Who else but...

 Tom Felton. British, British, adorable, and British. And it would be amazing to see Him and Emma on the same screen again.  Right? 

So there's my two cents. Or, probably a little more than that. Maybe like, my minimum wage or something. Who do you see as the next Doctor or companion?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Geeking Out

So...hi. Nice to meet you. Or—not meet you, per se, but—you get the point. Right? Good.

So let's get the story straight. Straighten your bow tie, set phasers to stun, have your wand at the ready, know where your towel is, and keep it secret and safe. I'm starting this blog pretty much to geek out, rant to when Moffat happens, and stuff like that. So if you got any or all of the previous references, you should be good.

Let's face it, geeks are becoming more and more accepted, even popular to some extent. Geek is the new sexy. Nerd is the new hot. Our numbers are increasing. This is a wonderful thing. More people to care about fictional worlds more than reality! Hey, reality is sometimes boring.

So I'll basically be talking about everything geeky and in between. Sherlock, Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Star Wars, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Once Upon a Time, Narnia, etc. Every crazy hypothesis, every Moffat rant, every paradox. Should be a fun time, right?

Here's to the fandoms. And here's a random thing. You should get used to it, those will happen frequently.

So, Warp 9. Engage. All magic comes with a price. Don't panic. I've got a bad feeling about this. Always. Precious. Allons-y.