They can vastly improve a show, particularly a superhero show.
Season two of RWBY has taken that lesson to heart and run with it. The villains are genuinely frightening, with style, amazing choreography and snappy one liners...
"Pick any three."
Yeah...This show is not high art, but it is definitely a keeper.
First season was amusing, but occasionally painful to watch. However, the people making this have really honed their craft.
RWBY has been pretty good all season, but now, just over two thirds of the way into this season this show has really hit its stride.
My only complaint is that NEXT WEEK IS A WHOLE WEEK AWAY!
"We can wait!"
Which, when one thinks about it, is not a damning complaint at all.
For those who want an overview of the currently active plot thread, click here:
Over the last several episodes our heroines in team RWBY have been doing a bit of extracurricular work, investigating a criminal enterprise that Ruby stumbled onto way, way back in the series premier. Blake had discovered that this outfit is tied to the terrorist group she was associated with during her misspent youth, (when she was trying to kill Weiss's entire family). Weiss discovered (via Blake over-sharing in a moment of pique) that.... well, see point 2. Yang? Yang likes to punch things and is nigh invincible, so she is very happy to tag along. The girls discover that the villains are doing a recruiting drive for White Fang, a racial supremacist organization for "faunus" (the people like Blake who have animal features) and said terrorist outfit has pilfered a bunch of top of the line GIANT WARBOTS, one of which gives our heroines considerable trouble despite the fact that they wore much more rational and stylish outfits to that particular fight. They learn that the villains have a base in the abandoned town of Mountain Glen, but are unable to act on this since they aren't supposed to be doing the vigilante thing in the first place. Fast forwarding past the subplots about team JNPR involving dancing, awesome sparring matches, cross-dressing and true love, (as well as the one about Yang looking for her mom) finally brings team RWBY to Mountain Glen accompanied by DOCTOR Ooblek ostensibly on a class trip...though they are pretty sure that Ooblek knows that they know more than they are letting on.There they encounter, not crooks, but monsters that tend to sneak up behind them, and over the course of two days they find no indication of the base they were looking for until Ruby has the ground collapse underneath her and falls weaponless into the clutches of Roman Torchwick. Our heroes subsequently rescue her with the help of DOCTOR Oobleck's awesome thermos and pursue the neer-do-wells onto a (very wide gauge) train. The villains respond by blowing up the train cars as our heroes move forward, which DOCTOR Oobleck realizes is not actually about them, but a plan to draw in the manny GRIMM monsters in and above the caves in order to have them pursue the train which will lead them into the city of Vale. Our heroes are somewhat outmatched by the villains and after a series of awesome fights are unable to stop the train, which crashes through a blast door sealing off the abandoned rail line and well....mayhem ensues.
I do have a few questions for those who watch the show.
What is with the flaming corgi? Also: What is the villain's long term plan? Generally taking over the world involves having a world to rule...This episode seems to indicate there has been an oversight in the villains planning committee. Am I missing something?
Also, just who is that bad-ass looking
woman who saved Yang? After sputtering "Who the hell is that?" several times, my gut instinct says Yang & Ruby's missing mom, but I'm fighting a bug this week (not Ebola), and might not be thinking clearly...
I agree that it is better than last season, and eagerly await the next episode!
Posted by: Siergen at Fri Oct 24 18:50:49 2014 (r3+4f)
That person almost certainly is or is associated with Yang's mom. ( ISTR that Ruby's mom is pretty much confirmed dead. ) I note too that the individual in question is wearing an outfit and weaponry very reminiscent of Adam (Blake's mentor from the BLACK trailer. ) Neopolitan seemed to know who she was and appeared just as confused by her actions as she was unenthusiastic about sparring with the individual.
I didn't think last season was all that bad, but it drug in places and the animation was wildly uneven. This season has been consistently decent, though some of the backstory digressions were understandably off-putting to some people. This last couple of episodes have been really good. The fights in this one carried a genuine sense of danger. It was particularly interesting to see that
The villains are smart. Yang was established as pretty much invincible earlier in the series and yet Neo brings comes within a hairs breadth of actually killing her by refusing to play to her strengths. All were outmatched except Blake, who had gotten an unexpected power up from Weiss that the villains had not accounted for. Yang and Weiss, arguably the teams heavy hitters got defeated and were both seconds away from death at one point...now they're all exhausted and must deal with the pandemonium they failed to prevent.
This was at best a draw tactically and much a rout for the good guys strategically .
I also found it interesting that when Ruby tried to call for help, she was calling JNPR. I suspect that Jaune is actually doing a decent job despite his "issues".
Haven't watched the latest yet, but at a wild guess:
Faunus don't normally live in the human cities, they must have settlements (Ghettos) of their own, so killing the human population and destroying their cities won't necessarily hurt them, it might even leave the cities habitable and the Faunus could take them over.
Posted by: Mauser at Sat Oct 25 05:22:01 2014 (TJ7ih)
We Have Morons on Our Team
It seems that Craig Spencer, a doctor with Medicines Sans Frontiers, recently returned from the ebola hot zone in Africa. 10 days or so into his 21 day quarantine period he began feeling ill. This sad news, is, of course, not unexpected. It is why we have the quarantine for those who are exposed to this vile bug. Unfortunately, it gets worse. You see, he began feeling ill, when, as part of his..umm...quarantine...he had taken the subway to that bastion of solitude that is...a bowling alley.
Yup. That's what you like to see. Potentially infected people should really try to mix with as many random strangers as possible. They should try to wear as many rented shoes as possible, and stick their fingers into bowling balls that other people will be handling.
Also stand in line for food.
I understand, that he took an Uber home.
This was a fricking DOCTOR! He had just spent a tour witnessing up close what this dreadful pestilence can do, and he broke quarantine?! To go BOWLING!?
People gave grief to the late Thomas Duncan who was, at one point, told that he was clear and sent home, but this guy was a doctor with direct experience with this disease...he knew better. Presumably, he just decided that it wasn't going to happen to him.
Hubris kills, and it does not confine its wrath to the arrogant.
At this point, all medical personnel should immediately move, if exposed, to _enforced_ _mandatory_ quarantine, because the odds are, based on current experience, they'll decide "what the heck, let's go out in public!"
That's, what, 2 out of 3 exposed nurses and doctors deciding to spread the love?
Posted by: RickC at Fri Oct 24 18:39:11 2014 (0a7VZ)
He based this in large part on studies of artifacts and cultural aspects found on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Opinion of the day was that the Amerindians were incapable of such voyages and that Heyerdahl was a nut. The famous Kon Tiki expedition was intended to test the feasibility of Hyerdahl's theory and address his critics objections to it.
April 28, 1947 Kon Tiki sets sail from Callao, Peru
Kon Tiki was a replica of an ancient Peruvian balsa raft and constructed with no metal aside from a radio in the hut. It sailed from Peru all the way to Ramoia in 101 Though the voyage was successful, (and a huge, international sensation) Dr. Hyerdahl himself was quite clear that the voyage did not prove his theory but did indicate that it was possible.
Thor Heyerdahl's theory was widely criticized and fell out of favor, in part because it was misunderstood. He did not posit that Polynesia had been populated from South America, only that there had been some cultural exchange between the two.
Well, it appears that Heyerdahl, was, at the very least, on the right track.
Genetic data on 27 Easter Island natives indicated that interbreeding between the Rapa Nui and native people in South America occurred roughly between 1300 and 1500.
"We found evidence of gene flow between this population and Native American populations, suggesting an ancient ocean migration route between Polynesia and the Americas," said geneticist Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas of the Center for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen, who led the study. ['quote]
What's more, at least one Native American tribe was originally completely Polynesian.
A second study, also published in Thursday's issue of Current Biology, illustrates another case of Polynesians venturing into South America. Two ancient human skulls from Brazil's indigenous Botocudo people, known for the large wooden disks they wore in their lips and ears, belonged to people who were genetically Polynesian, with no detectable Native American ancestry.
If this data pans out, then it sure looks like Thor Heyerdahl nailed it!
There were reports on the radio that Canada had just increased their alert levels due to intercepted terrorist "chatter".
There is a lot of confusion so I'll just link to the people on on the spot. CTV, CBC, 680, and the Ottawa Gazette all have updating pages with video. Small Dead Animals is a Canadian blog that is covering this here and here. She obviously has access to the local news outlets.
There is some speculation that the shooting may be tied to Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzi's being given Canadian Citizenship today, but while quite possible, and likely if this is indeed a Jihadist action, there doesn't seem to be any confirmation of that.
First one was tanked by the Big Island - basically the entire bottom of the hurricane hit the island and sheared off, so we got bupkus for rain or wind. Second one is now incoming but might meet the same fate...
And full marks for the world's best NPC. You're a scholar and a gentleman, Mr. Brick.
..at the end of the first decade of the 20th century that the war that would soon engulf the world was even possible. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. Then, not halfway through the second decade of the 20th century, came the great disillusionment.
Here is some recently restored film footage of that terrible, perilous time.
This footage is from a BBC production called "The Great Martian War" that I found to be nigh-on brilliant. It was on BBCAmerica a month or two ago, and I watched it in one sitting, it got me so hard.
Though it has some elements familiar to fans of the old show , this looks vastly different from any of the original series or films. However, Yamato 2199 was one of the best space shows of the last 10 years or more so this new project (due out in December) certainly bears watching.
Why the Publication of this Article is a Troubling Indicator of the State of Journalism Today
I should have something substantive to say about this headline, but the derp is so strong with this one that I find myself without words.
The Nobel Prize for Peace has had something of a chequered history in recent years, but both the recipients this year richly deserved their title. In particular, Malala Yousafzai is awe inspiring. The youngest recipient ever, she took a Taliban bullet to the head in retaliation for demanding that women be allowed to go to school.
There are persistent reports about scientists saying that Ebola could mutate and become airborne...well a lot of things COULD happen, but this does not appear to HAVE happened. There seems to be nothing other than Niberuistic speculation and doesn't serve much purpose. In the vanishingly unlikely event it goes airborne, we're screwed anyway, so it seems better to focus on the matter as it exists. This short video shows what it takes to deal with the actual disease.
Ebola is quite infectious as it exists now and even with its limits could cause some serious issues. , I suggest you read this whole thing. There are further thoughts on how to protect oneself here. Both are very informative, neither is encouraging.
So what to do?
I suggest that, if there is an outbreak, if possible, avoid mass transit, and don't shop or eat out (eat out of the hurricane chest..that's what it's there for). In other words, one should keep ones disaster stock current and be prepared to stay in ones home for a month or so in the event of a quarantine or lockdown. Above all, don't panic.
Bad Day For BorepatchBorepatch has apparently had a bike accident...
7 broken ribs, a broken collar bone, and a bruised lung. I was lucky that the lung didn't collapse or get punctured. They had me in the ICU for almost 24 hours. The guy in the next room didn't make it this morning. I guess it could have been worse.
Well, not so bad when taken from a certain perspective I suppose, but still...OUCH!
China's New Path
Via Eaglespeak comes this interesting piece on China's current political direction. It's only 8 minutes, I strongly suggest you watch the whole thing.
The most worrying bit is the mention towards the beginning where the guest mentions the current emphasis on an unsavory strain of Howard Zinnesque nationalism that focuses on China's victimhood. That tends to lead to rather dark places. Note though, that there are promising signs as well pointing to less bellicose influences.