Star Trek Ongoing: The Return of the Archons Part 2

Mel:  So when we last saw our faithful landing party they were fighting their way out of a bad place.  (If you need a little refresher go here. ) This picks up there and never stops moving. It was intense. Basically they have to find a place to hide but not just any place. They need one that will allow them to reach the ship. Should be easy right? Ha! Where’s the fun in that?

Stephanie:  I find it interesting that this starts off as a flashback, with Jim retelling the events for Admiral Pike.  I really like Pike’s character and am glad he’s involved in this series.  It also helps reinforce the fanon that Pike and Jim are pretty close and on friendly terms, despite Pike’s position of authority.

Mel: They do find a place after a few close calls. Praise be to Bones. Ten bucks says he threatened them all with hypos and they ran far far away. Sure he tells Kirk it was the girl, but I don’t believe it. Anywho, the girl, Ariel, then tells them all of how the people of this planet got this way. Turns out she fell in love with a Prince namds Erik but their love could never be bc she was a mermaid. Ariel was so heart broken she got her pet crab to put everyone under mind control with the help of a fish and a seagull. Now the entire planet is as sad as she is. True story. (girl, you know you’d be heartbroken too if you couldn’t be with Matt Bomer…I mean Prince Erik)

Stephanie: See, and the only thing I could think of was, oh boy here’s the first of Kirk’s girls to be introduced to the Reboot ‘verse.  I’m wondering just exactly how she’ll play out with Kirk. (He isn’t that easy ok?)

Mel: OK so I may have just confused two stories but it happens right? This part of the story follows closely with the TOS episode. You’ve got a crazy Sea witch  Scientist named Ursula Landru who goes nuts.  No one is amused by this story and they want to get off the planet as quickly as possible. Easier said than done. Once they do get a hold of Scotty the news isn’t good either. Turns out Kirk forgot to leave the parking brake on when he beamed down and the Enterprise is slowing being pulled to the surface of the planet. They eventually solve the problem while giving a wink and a nudge to the TOS episode. I don’t want to spoil it bc I was impressed.

Stephanie: Yeah, what she said.  Even though there are parallels between the television episode and this, there are also distinct differences.  I think it’s important to keep in mind that the Narada showing up changed not just Enterprise’s timeline, but everyone else in the known universe.  The effect of having a huge, tentacled, technologically advanced ship sets in motion so many different things (I’m feeling very verbose today) and thus the significance of Landru on the planet is much more far reaching than you first assume. (Look at you using big words! Spock would be impressed)

Mel: I have to say the ending was my favorite part. No really. Kirk has to explain why he thought the whole thing was a good idea to Pike but it doesn’t end there. Not by a freaking long shot. Not to give anything away but the whole thing reminded me of “A Scandal in Belgravia” from the 2nd season of Sherlock. There is so much that we don’t know. I wouldn’t put it past them to pull something sneaky by trying to get us to think a certain way. I’m on to you!

All and all I’d say this was awesome and every fan of the movies and show should read. Before you say: “But I’ve already read/seen this. It’s just a copy.” I call shenanigans. You haven’t. Sure they may have  some of the same events but these are completely different characters. If you want to learn THESE characters, what better way to do that then if they are put in similar situations. It lets you see what they would do differently or the same.  Maybe this Jim will never ever think the Fatshirt with Capri pants is a good fashion choice. I have high hopes for that one. (bahahahaha)

Stephanie: Yeah.  Leave it to Mel to stop the screencaps before the story gets to the really juicy part.  It’s good to see that despite the differences, Jim Kirk is still finding loopholes with the Prime Directive.  Some things never change.  But after the hell Kirk got about the Kobayashi Maru (where TOS Jim was applauded) I think we can agree there will be hell to pay.  Especially after…well…you’ll see if/when you read.

Each new issue gets me more and more excited for the next movie.  Especially since we’ve been told these comics hold some clues.  I’ve gone crazy trying to think of every possibility.  Especially about Benedict’s character and his villain fits in here.  Mel and I are sincerely hoping the next few issues sheds some light on things. (I WANT ALL THE THINGS NOW)

You can pick these up at you local comic shop or get them here.

Published by IDW, Written by Michael Johnson, Art By Time Bradstreet and Stephen Molner

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Movie Review: Brave – New World of Princesses

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Steph: This past Friday (6/22) Disney Pixar released their highly anticipated animated movie Brave.  I was lucky enough to take my 4 year old to an early 3D showing of it.  And it’s already become her new favorite movie.  No, seriously.  We hadn’t yet left the theater and she was already asking when she could see it again.

Brave is the story of Merida, a young Scottish princess who’d rather go out exploring with her bow and arrow than live up to the expectations placed on her due to her nobility.  Ultimately, it is her lack of desire to live as a “true” princess that leads to her changing her fate, along with her mother’s.  I didn’t know much about Brave going into the theater (kudos to Pixar for keeping things mysterious), so I was a bit shocked at discovering how Merida’s decisions so directly affected her mother, Elinor. (I know! I thought something completely different was going to happen… Like singing bears or something.) 

As much as this story reflects the way Merida grows and matures, it also deals with Elinor’s change of heart as well.  Their relationship is the pivotal part of the entire movie and really is quite touching; even as Elinor is changed due to the spell Merida bought. (Both Mini and I cried.) 

Not only is the animation stunning, but the plot as well.  The old legends shared weave together with the main story arc seamlessly and really adds a richness to the entire movie.  You can bet I teared up a bit with everything going on.

It’s funny too (as all these animated movies tend to be)!  King Fergus is this adorable teddy bear (ironic, really) and the triplets  are marvelously mischief.  (My son times three!)  Even the three lords and their sons bring humor to the table as they compete for Merida’s hand.  And let’s not forget all the butts.  Oh my, but there were a lot of butts.  My daughter, and all the other kids in audience, were near cackling every time there was one on screen.  I don’t know what this says for the youth and hope for tommorrow but…I laughed too.  So, yeah.

But what truly amazed me was seeing a “princess” movie that doesn’t rely on a prince (or a man who will become a prince due to his love of the princess).  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good love story like everyone else.  But it’s refreshing to see a young, strong girl take her place in the world without a man by her side.  And I think it’s important for the young girls (Pixar’s target audience) to see that too. (YES TO ALL THE THINGS!) 

So would I go see this movie again?  Definitely.  Though, not in 3D.  Honestly, I’d save your money.  There’s yet to be a 3D movie that impresses me enough to make me think it worth the additional cost. (I’m too cheap to ever do 3d.) 

Mel:  So I saw this movie this weekend as well and loved it. I’m not going to repeat what Steph said but I will share one thing that stood out to me most. The two main women were both so strong and powerful in their own ways. All too often I find that to be a “strong” woman you need to be more of a Merida and less of an Elinor. There is one scene (won’t spoil it) that proves that theory wrong and I loved every moment of it. The main thing I took away is we need to learn from each other.

My mini loved it but was a little stressed in a few parts. (She is my child.) Once we got home she asked for a cloak like Merida’s.I told her only if she promised not to cast a spell on me like Merida did to her mom. She agreed and I whipped one out. (I would take a picture but that would require her sitting still.) It was simple enough and if you want the DIY break down let me know. (Oh, you know I want it.  My mini wants to be Merida for Halloween.  Hello, workin’ the red hair!)

All and all I loved this film because it was about a different type of love and showed a different type of strength. Sometimes that means admitting you’re wrong and saying sorry. That lesson is timeless.  Well Done Pixar. Well done.

Legend of Korra season finale: Skeletons in the Closet/Endgame

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Let’s all pretend I didn’t forget to post last week’s episode here.  I think I was too incoherent from all the feelings running through my head thanks to this show.  It’s lucky enough I’m able to string two words together after this Saturday’s hour long event.  Because let’s face it, Korra is far more than just a kid’s show.

This write up is bound to be full of spoilers.  Though I don’t want to say too much, Mel is still dragging on watching due to her fear of what’s to happen, and I don’t want to ruin all the fun.  So!  Under the cut I go!

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Avatar The Last Airbender: The Promise Parts 1&2

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Story written by Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko bring

So I bought these thinking they’d be great for me to read while I wait for Korra to end and I can watch them all in one fell swoop. I tend to get overly emotional over fictional characters and I wanted to avoid that. Also, I was hoping these would tell me what the hell happened to everyone after the show ended. (AKA WHO GETS WITH TOPH, SOKKA, SUKI, AND ZUKO. ) LOL oh boy was I wrong. First off I wasn’t paying attention when I was buying these and thought all three were out. Nope. Third one’s not out until Oct. Good news, I preodred it. (Steph, go buy these so we can flail. kthnxbye. I will check my local comic shop.  Though it kind of sucks as far as having the things I want so I may have to turn to Amazon.  Unless they’re available for iPad? Hmmmmm -stephanie)

Now on to the story. It literally starts where the show ended. Aang and Katara are making smoochy smoochy on the balcony and Sokka interrupts them. Cue hilarity and adventure.

While the war may be over there are so many thing that need to be set right. Zuko gives his word that he’ll move the Fire Nation colonies out of the Earth Kingdom. Easier said than done. The moment the conflict raises I had an “AH HA” moment about Capitol City and why it needed to come to be. I’m excited to see how it will unfold knowing the endgame.

The *awesome* thing about these books is it keeps with the tone of the show perfectly. Toph and Sokka are still hilarious and I want them to make smoochy smoochy let me have this Aang and Zuko are trying to figure out what the right way is, while Katara is the voice of reason. I found myself lol’ing a lot as I read. Now I can only hope that Dark Horse will have the third one at Comic Con for a sneak peek (BEYOND JEALOUS BECAUSE I CAN’T GO AND NOT ONLY WILL YOU BE ON THE HUNT FOR THIS BUT KORRA IS HAVING A PANEL AND WAAAAAH /rant -stephanie).

Whose story are you dying to read about?

Con-Going Skirt Tutorial Take Two: The fold over top

Remember when I said I was obsessed with maxi skirts? Well, there’s a bit of a fancier version of the 15  min Con-going skirt. Same benefits as the other maxi skirt. They’re as comfy as sweats but look ten times better! It sounds harder than it is and I find it more comfortable than a skirt with an elastic waistband.

Alright let’s get started.

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Star Trek Ongoing: The Return Of The Archons

(Watch out world, Mel’s got her sassy review pants on today. They’re blue btw. Like my name)

Mel: In this issue we start with a flash back involving Sulu and a bunch of old guys in white coats. They’re basically telling Sulu he’s awesome and trying to get him to ditch the Enterprise to join their ~special group. It’s safe to say he passes. (Suck it old guys! Sulu has his own epic friendship to define him on the Enterprise. *cough* Pavel *cough*) or does he? Perhaps he keeps ties with this secret branch of Fleet and still remains on the Enterprise and that’s why he’s so badass and will save the day? Hmmmmm?

Stephanie : I was going to be totally geeky and make my name Command Gold, but that doesn’t show up very well on the screen so…I’ll go with Redshirt Red instead.

This issue really should’ve been named The Return of the Archons; in which Sulu Proves His Badassedness. If you’re familiar with the TOS episode by the same name, then you know the beginning matches up pretty well with this issue (minus the secret meeting between Sulu and what I’m assuming are unnamed Starfleet officers). But unlike the television episode, Sulu is not made to succumb to the influences of Landru; something you glimpse right away in this comic.

Mel: Flash forward to the present. The crew of the Enterprise are on a hunt for a star ship there is no record of, on a planet with no life because Captain “My swagger is better than yours” Kirk has a hunch. Kirk knows about the ship only because he got an Admiral wasted and said Admiral let it slip. Naturally Jim goes off to explore the first chance he gets. (Because that’s always a good idea.)

Stephanie: Um. Does anyone else look at this exchange and think, it looks an awful lot like Kirk is teasing Spock…especially with the whole “read your mind” bit (I hope this is either in reference to Jim having shared a meld with Spock Prime and knows his mind pretty well, or even better, that he and his own Spock have melded in the line of duty and therefore knows the way Spock thinks).

Yup, that’s right. More focused on their epic romance friendship rather than the plot. IREGRETNOTHING

Mel: Bones isn’t down with the dress code or having to leave sickbay. I’m with you Bones! Let’s stay on the ship and drink! (Anything but Romulan ale. That stuff is like paint thinner.) You can tell me about growing up in Georgia and how you secretly love being in space. You don’t tell Jim because annoying him is one of your favorite pastimes, save annoying Spock. It’s a good life.

Stephanie: And see, I’m torn on their disguises. On the one hand, they’re not all sharply dressed in suits like on the television episode. On the other, Spock doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb; the only one wearing a hooded cloak.
But what I enjoy the most on this page is the artistry with the transporter. The swirls of light around their bodies as they are on the verge of being broken apart only to be reassembled planet side.
Isn’t 23rd century science grand?

Mel: Needless to say things don’t work out exactly like Jim planned. They find things are much crazier than they thought. Who knew? I’m guessing Sulu.

It really sucks having to wait for the next issue. While yes, this is based on a TOS episode of the same name (that I have seen) I really don’t know what to expect with this. I love it. The writers and creators of this have done an amazing job of weaving the old with the new. It pays homage to what’s come before without feeling like a copy. Plus this time around Spock isn’t the only one stuck wearing a ridiculous hood.  There’s a reason we work so well together, eh Mel? Great minds think alike.

Stephanie: The writers sure know where to cut things off in order to maximize anticipation…and aggravation. The great thing about the ongoing series is that while, yes, it follows a similar line of the TOS story, it’s still unique. Each issue has the opportunity to take a familiar plot and twist it, take it in a different direction, or just delve deeper into the motives that drive characters we already thought we knew.
What can I say? I love me some Trek. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

You can get it at your local shop or online here

Published by IDW, Written by Michael Johnson, Art By Time Bradstreet, Stephen Molner, and Joe Phillips

“Rocketeer Adventures 2” Review: Issue #2

I was going to do a post reviewing both issues #2 and #3, but I couldn’t do it. I should have #3’s review up soon. *fingers crossed* Until then let’s talk issue #2.

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I was really pulled in to the first story from the get go. “Work to do” was dark, real, and beautifully done. The creative team for this did a fantastic job pulling all the elements together. I was stressed reading it and really wanted everything to work out. I found the ending bitter sweet and perfect.

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The second and third one offer a bit of a relief from the tone the first one sets and I was thankful for it. In “Betty’s Big Break” we got a chance to see jealous Cliff which can be really funny if done right. And I thought it was! It really had the feel of a 40’s romantic comedy.

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And the third story in this was a mix of both action and romance. Cliff gets the chance to save the day AND make his girl happy. The characterization for the mystery woman being rescued on this one was spot on. I knew who she was before the reveal and that only made it more fun.

All and all this was truly enjoyable to read. Especially for someone like me who’s a late bloomer in the comic world. It allows the reader to discover someone new or see their favorites in a new light.

Legend of Korra episode 8: When Extremes Meet

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After a week off, Korra is back this Saturday with a BANG. Oh my, the Korra feels…I cannot. To avoid spoiling any who haven’t seen it yet (I’M LOOKING AT YOU MEL, HURRY THE EF UP AND WATCH ALREADYYYY), I’ll put all my feels under a cut. That way I can at least vent some.

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A New Sundress like Satsuki’s

Mini asked me for a new dress and this is what I came up with:

I was basing it off of this one:

From this movie:

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It’s a family favorite here and she was super excited when I told her where I got the idea from. When we watched it today she yelled: “LOOK! WE HAVE THE SAME DRESS!”

There are few things that are a little different. Like the band on the bodice and the straps are thicker.

And she found chocolate instead of acorns. I think she’ll live though.

All in All I think it turned out well.

I used this as a guide for the dress but instead of a romper I made a dress. lol