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    "Dovie'andi se tovya sagain."
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    Bayle: Likes DC, plays trumpet, that stuff. Also prefers dogs. Favorite color: Orange Favorite Book: The Way of Kings Favorite Bands: Journey and Queen. Favorite Song: Wheel in the Sky Favorite Movie: The Prestige (Christopher Nolan) Favorite Superhero: Martian Manhunter(DC) Vision(Marvel) Favorite TV Show: Psych

    Rodel: Likes Marvel, plays viola, that stuff. Prefers cats. Favorite Color: Blue Favorite Book: Warbreaker Favorite Band: Mannheim Steamroller Favorite Song: I'm Gonna Be(500 Miles) Favorite Movie: Unbreakable Favorite Superhero: The Flash(DC) Wolverine(Marvel) Favorite TV Show: Doctor Who

    Common Interests: Brandon Sanderson, DC, The Wheel of Time, Legend of Zelda, etc.

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  1. Episode 5 of What If...? was ok. It wasn't anything super special, though it could have been. The element that really drags this episode down is the comedy. It is just way too light-hearted for something as dour as this. Having the Wasp die a heroic death only to be followed by Paul Rudd cracking a pun every half-second was really dragging. (Ant-Man makes way too many jokes in this situation). Similarly, Happy yelling "Blam!" over and over again as he is dragged to his death does not work. Also the Watcher literally says, "Oof." ....what??? Now that's not to say every joke didn't land. They just should have toned it down. I particularly like Bucky's jab at Falcon after Okoye splits the zombified Sam in half. And Spider-Man receives better writing here than he does in his own movies. Marvel finally mentioned Uncle Ben. Good things do happen. I also really like that they upped the gore in this one, even if it's just zombies. Now I'm also confused by some spoilery elements too.
  2. When it comes to Marvel movies, I've developed a critical eye for them because most of them follow a standard formula. Most of them have a weak villain. And they don't have anything of significance to say about the world around us. So when I say Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is one of the best Marvel movies in years, I don't say that lightly. I think Shang-Chi succeeds where Black Panther falters. It's not bogged down by its existence in the MCU, its themes and message are clearly developed and shown and all of the characters have some sort of importance to the story. I wasn't sure how I felt about this movie leading up to its release. I think I was afraid it would be another misstep like the aforementioned Black Panther or Captain Marvel, movies that Marvel insisted were going to be culturally significant but were held back by the Marvel formula. Shang-Chi proves that Marvel needs to give more creative freedom to its creators like Destin Daniel Cretton, who was obviously given a lot of freedom to tell the story he wanted. This film feels more like a Chinese martial arts film that is given a Marvel twist rather than a Marvel film given an Asian twist. The fights are extremely well-choreographed and well shot, making them look great to watch. The visuals are also very good, and there are some shots that look amazing. You can tell a lot of care went into this production and a lot of care went into the story as well. Every major character in this movie has something to do and a great character arc to match it. Every one of them is relatable. Simu Liu puts a lot of energy into his performance, which is also helped immensely by the fact that he did most of his own stunts and fights. Tony Leung is great as Wenwu (or the Mandarin, but even the characters in the movie don't call him that) and I would hesitate to even call him the antagonist because he is much more complex. Meng'er Zhang also is great as Xialing, Shang-Chi's sister. I think I enjoyed her arc the most in the movie. The biggest risk in this movie is Awkwafina. She's a great comedian but she's given a lot of the overbearing Marvel humor, which makes her character seem less interesting. But being an Asian-American myself, I related a lot to her position and her struggle in life. I think her arc is a great message for Asian-Americans but the film should have put more emphasis on it rather than the humor. She does have some funny lines, but they could have toned it down. The only other issue I have is the amount of exposition in the film. Because Shang-Chi is introducing a new world and part of this universe, there's a lot of explaining that it has to do. Fortunately, a lot of information is presented in a good way, but there are just a couple of scenes that could have used some work. If you like movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, chances are you'll like this film. It has a lot to appreciate and a lot that Hollywood can learn from. It is a wonderful representation of Asian culture (a good 30-40 minutes in total is completely spoken in Mandarin) and has many things that can entertain international audiences. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings gets a 9/10 from me and you should go watch it in a theater, on the biggest screen you can.
  3. Free Guy is a movie in theaters now and it was fine. I found it funny that one of the screenwriters, Zak Penn, also helped write Ready Player One, a movie that is essentially a worse version of this. Free Guy wisely does not try to take itself very seriously and its humor is especially funny. I would say that is the strongest thing about this movie. Ryan Reynolds is delightful as always and a lot of the best jokes are either his or involve him. Jodie Comer is also very good in the movie and I hope this means she'll be in more movies now and not just Killing Eve. Taika Waititi didn't feel very genuine to me and unfortunately, he is not very funny nor threatening as the villain. There are also a lot of cameos in this movie and some of them work and some of them don't. Tina Fey and Channing Tatum have absolutely hilarious cameos. But several YouTubers and streamers like Jacksepticeye, Pokimane and Ninja appear in the film and they were all super distracting. And they weren't very entertaining either. It's a fun movie to watch with friends and it's very entertaining overall. It's no masterpiece but it's pretty good for what it is. 7/10
  4. There were two quotes in my mind as I watched the most recent episode of What If..?: "What is grief, if not love persevering?" spoken by Vision and "The things I do for love..." spoken by Jaime Lannister. To really understand, you're going to have to watch the episode yourself because the events that take place are nothing short of incredible. Episode 4 has literally broken the Marvel formula. To discuss, I must talk spoilers. This episode is in another level entirely from the others. I seriously doubt they will top this one.
  5. Episode 3, in short, lived up to my expectations.
  6. IMO, Episode 2 was way better than Episode 1 in every way. Chadwick Boseman really put everything into this performance, and I really enjoyed seeing him as Star-Lord. And here's just a list of things that were great about this episode. - Nebula having hair, having a complete opposite personality than she does in the movies and her more familiar relationship with Thanos - Thanos being a good guy. Everything they did with him, I was totally on board with. I also like how he still insists that his plan to help the universe still has merit - Yondu, Kraglin, Taserface, Korath, they were fun. Korath especially since he turns out to be a huge Star-Lord fan - The Drax and Howard the Duck cameos My only complaint is with the Collector. They give a really interesting concept here but I don't he was as threatening as he should have been. You can see that he not only has weapons from Malekith and Hela (two powerful villains) but Cap's shield and Mjolnir as well. With those victories in mind, the fight he has with T'Challa and Yondu should have been longer. And yeah, the Nebula/T'Challa ship is a little bit hard to get used to.
  7. So I went through all (specifically Cosmere) and gave each book its own anime opening and ending. I looked up the lyrics and went through the song before I approved each one. I would love to hear thoughts but also I would love to see other's additions or suggestions! Fire away! And we don't need to keep to just music either, let's talk about what scenes would look great as an anime or what voice actor would be best as a certain character or even what studio could be a good choice for a particular series. But here's my list of openings and endings. (Links included) Elantris OP 1 - Sirius by Eir Aoi OP 2 - The Day by Porno Graffiti ED - STYX HELIX by MYTH & ROID Mistborn Season 1 (Final Empire Arc) OP - the world by Nightmare ED - Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai by Yoko Hikasa Mistborn Season 2 (Well of Ascension Arc) OP - Red Swan by YOSHIKI feat. Hyde ED - Wareta Ringo by Taneda Risa Mistborn Season 3 (Hero of Ages Arc) OP - Shinzou wo Sasageyo by Linked Horizon ED - Koi wo Shita no Wa by Aiko Warbreaker OP 1 - Sakura Nagashi by Hikaru Utada OP 2 - One Last Kiss by Hikaru Utada ED - Is There Still Anything That Love Can Do? by RADWIMPS The Stormlight Archive (Kings Arc) OP - Colors by Flow ED - Lost in Paradise by Ali feat. AKLO Mistborn Season 4 (Alloy of Law Arc) OP - unravel by TK from Ling tosite sigure ED - The Real Folk Blues by The Seatbelts The Emperor’s Soul (OVA) OP - Sincerely by TRUE ED - Fukashigi no Carte The Stormlight Archive (Radiance Arc) OP - Gurenge by LiSA ED - Memories by Maki Otsuki Mistborn Season 5 (Shadows of Self Arc) OP - Duvet by Boa ED - Alumina by Nightmare Mistborn Season 6 (Bands of Mourning Arc) OP - Trigun ED - Kiri by Monoral Mistborn Season 7 (Secret History Arc) OP - Redo by Konomi Suzuki ED - Shunkan Sentimental by SCANDAL White Sand OP - Believe by Folder 5 ED - Grand Escape by RADWIMPS The Stormlight Archive (Oathbringer Arc) OP - Kaikai Kitan by Eve ED - One more time, One more chance by Masayoshi Yamazaki
  8. Hello, everyone. (If anyone cares) Some years ago now, a friend of mine and I created a hive mind account for this forum titled "Captains Domon". We had a lot of fun discussing various Sanderson topics and other things with all of you. Then we both graduated and went our separate ways for a while. Now one of us has returned to manage the account. I'm excited to get back into the Cosmere after a two-year absence (I have not read Rhythm of War yet and I highly anticipate it) and I'm glad for the next step!
  9. The series is kind of wonky but is incredibly interesting. The concept is pretty well-used. P.S. The best characters in the series are a couple of toothpicks.
  10. It would take a bit too long to write down my mixed feelings so I will just write a brief summary of my thoughts on the ends of certain character arcs. Tyrion Lannister: Peter Dinklage is one of the best actors today so it's really disappointing that they are giving him this material to work with. Since Season 7, they've done some strange things with Tyrion and unfortunately, nothing paid off for me in this season. Tyrion is my favourite character but he is not given much substance in this season. Furthermore, I'm pretty surprised that he suggested Bran. Would not have expected that from him. Cersei and Jaime Lannister: When Cersei first started out, I didn't like her that much. But by Season 3, I felt that they had come to the point where she had become an actually intriguing character. Cersei's arc is completed on a note that I feel is true to her character. Jaime, on the other hand..... yeesh. WHAT A LETDOWN. He had so much going his way but then he's pulled back so he can get back with Cersei. Jaime deserved better, honestly. Daenerys Targaryen: STORMFATHER. WHAT. WERE. THEY. THINKING? The twist for Dany's character does make sense to a degree but the problem is that they never justify her reasons for doing so. This change was so rushed yet so drawn-out that it came out of nowhere. It was too shocking for me and it was thoroughly disappointing. Jon Snow: Besides Cersei, Jon's character arc was the one that I had the least problems with. Part of me really wishes that he claimed the throne. They had built up to something but passed us some salt instead. I actually liked how he was the one who killed Daenerys. BUT STILL. He could have totally claimed it. Why didn't Tyrion suggest him? Any of Daenerys' supporters probably would have just left or been killed or something but I really see no major problems with Jon getting the throne. Sansa Stark: This may just be me but I feel like Sansa has never been given a lot of focus, compared to other arcs. I believe she's a great character and she does get what she wants in the end, but I feel like there's something missing. I really can't put my finger on it. Arya Stark: WHAT A WASTE. What a waste of potential! Arya has such an incredible power yet she never uses it in Season 8. I've really enjoyed Arya's character and I felt like they were turning it up to 11, but then changed their minds and dialled it down. A lot. It was so disappointing. Bran Stark: Ummm. Yup. So that happened. I've never liked Bran. To me, his story was never interesting. They had the chance to do so but never did. I feel like they should have put Bran and Jaime against each other in this season. That would have been entertaining. But they didn't. He just continues to sit in his wheelchair, complaining about his crippling depression. Others: Brienne got knighted which made me happy. I didn't like how the Hound died (or the Mountain for that matter). What they did with Melisandre was pretty weird. And I wish Davos had done something awesome. Feel free to disagree.
  11. They could do that and just say that Snoke was a malformed clone or something
  12. Rodel here. Just today, my collaborator and friend Bayle was in a car accident with another friend. I spent a couple of hours worrying anxiously.

    Thankfully, they have no serious injuries and Bayle is walking away with a couple of broken ribs.

    I'm very thankful for the miracle and this doesn't change what we do here. (Even though we've had a hard time posting stuff for a while)

    1. Darkness Ascendant

      Darkness Ascendant

      rust my dude, I'm so glad you guys are okay

  13. I love the fact that Ian McDiarmid is returning as the Emperor. If they do this correctly, they can fix almost all the plot problems in The Force Awakens and to a lesser degree, The Last Jedi. There's a story in Star Wars Legends where Palpatine is revealed to have survived by possessing bodies with his spirit until he finally decays. If JJ canonizes this, he could explain why Snoke exists. And how Starkiller Base was built. And how the First Order exists. Let's say Palpatine ordered the construction of not just the first two Death Stars, but Starkiller Base in the prequel trilogy. After his death, his spirit just possesses another body, Snoke. Snoke/Palpatine would then oversee the finishing constructions on Starkiller Base as well as gather the remaining Empire forces to create the First Order. I really hope this is the case. (Also LANDO HYPE)
  14. Mine is Winter Soldier, but here's my overall ranking! 21. Thor: The Dark World 20. Iron Man 2 19. Avengers: Age of Ultron 18. Ant-Man and the Wasp 17. Iron Man 3 16. Captain Marvel 15. Doctor Strange 14. Thor 13. The Incredible Hulk 12. Captain America: The First Avenger 11. Spider-Man: Homecoming 10. Ant-Man 9. Black Panther 8. The Avengers 7. Guardians of the Galaxy 6. Captain America: Civil War 5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 4. Avengers: Infinity War 3. Thor: Ragnarok 2. Iron Man 1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  15. Another thought about Captain Marvel: The release of this movie seems ill-timed. Not from a commercial standpoint, but from a storytelling standpoint. You see, if Captain Marvel had been released in Phase One or Phase Two, with no other mention of her, we would have been aware that A. the Avengers Initiative was named after her and B. her character was out there. Everyone would have been asking, "Where's Captain Marvel? When is she coming back?", creating anticipation for her return. This makes the logo reveal on Fury's pager more satisfying because it confirms she is coming back. However, Captain Marvel has been released only several weeks ahead of Avengers: Endgame which makes her inclusion seem more forced. It doesn't help that her movie seemed to push the message that she is one of the most powerful characters in the MCU. I understand that they need the character, but it seems too quick and too soon before Endgame to do so. They should have released this film much earlier so that A. there is an age difference in her appearance, B. it wouldn't seem so rushed and C. there is anticipation for her appearance in Endgame. The empty performance we got from Brie Larson doesn't raise any hopes either. Hopefully, she's better in Endgame.