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Just Punishment

And with that, convention season 2017 has ended. Now I get to work on all the projects we’ve got planned for the next year, while at the same time preparing for convention season 2018.

If of course, we’re all still here.

Regardless of that, today I wanted to talk about The Punisher. More specifically, the 19th Marvel and Netflix series.

I’m only 5 episodes in, but thus far I can confidently say The Punisher is my favorite to date. I’m not saying the others were bad, Luke Cage was my previous leader; but Punisher is something else.

Yes, it’s incredibly violent, and yes, that comes at a time when gun violence on this continent is becoming more common everyday. That said, this is the Punisher I grew up wanting to see.

I remember picking up Punisher: War Zone as a kid, after spending time convincing my mother that the comic was appropriate for me (it wasn’t). The tortured hero, who takes his anger and does something with it; the bodies he leaves in his wake. Frank Castle is a tidal wave of death, and god damn does Jon Bernthal deliver on that promise.

I’m excited as hell to watch the rest of the series, which I’ll do at my pace of 1 per day.

All that said, this is how my Marvel series are currently ranking:

  1. The Punisher
  2. Luke Cage
  3. Dardevil Season 2
  4. Jessica Jones
  5. Daredevil Season 1
  6. Defenders
  7. Iron Fist

What’s yours?

-Because I Can.

Quote of the Day

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
-Isaac Asimov

 

Last Call: PAX Unplugged

As 2017 runs towards the finish line, and our own oblivion, turns out we’ve got one last show in us before I hang up the sharpie until 2018.

Fortunately, we get to end the year on a high note, with another tapletop gaming con that I’m hoping will become another Gencon. This week, Costello, Will, Greg and myself will be at PAX Unplugged in some place called Phillydelphia? Flydelphia? Filedepia? Something like that.

Unfortunately, Lar will not be with us on this trip as the man’s been a road warrior of late and needs to remind his 317 cats who he is.

Should also be noted that we won’t have many books on hands, as we’re focusing predominating on our line of games. So come by, Booth 956 all weekend long, sit down and play a game with us, won’t you?

(Note: I’m told while typing this, Lar has acquired another 7930 cats).

-Because I Can.

Quote of the Day

“Somebody said they threw their copy of Dungeons and Dragons into the fire, and it screamed. It’s a game! The magic spells in it are as real as the gold. Try retiring on that stuff..”
-Gary Gygax

Unpopular Opinion

Quiet.

Old man talking.

So I don’t like the Netflix model for television series. I like their shows, mind you, a great deal of my viewing time takes place on their platform. Their original programming is of the highest quality.

But I don’t like their model. More precisely, I don’t like the trend of binge watching shows.

We live in an age where technology and a diverse group of storytellers and actors can put some of the best entertainment available in the history of the medium, and we down it like a 12 year old me would a bucket of KFC.

It takes thousands of man-hours to create these universes, writes these stories, build these sets, let alone act and produce them. Why can’t we savor it?

To age myself further, I miss the days of Must See TV on Network television.

I miss the days of watching an episode of Cheers, talking about it the next day at school, then letting anticipation and excitement build for the week until another new episode airs. Yes, of course I want all the answers and all the character moments I crave in the immediate, letting the content sit with me only makes it better.

Which brings me to my other point, and I speak only for myself here, I’m not digesting the shows in the same way. By binge watching, I’m missing character names, key points and not thinking about them the same afterwards.

I’ll watch a season of Daredevil in a few days, and when season 2 hits a year later, I have no idea who anyone is, or where we left off.

All that said, and this will be an unpopular opinion, I wish they would not dump an entire season of a show on us at once, but rather dole them out on a schedule.

They took a year to make this season, the very least I could do ™ is spend more than half a day on it.

I know the counter argument is going to be about control, about giving the user the choice as to how they enjoy the content. My counter-counter-argument would then be, with social media a part of our daily existence, it’s impossible to not get things spoiled.

All in all, I guess I just miss the shared experience of everyone gathering around the TV at 9pm on a Thursday night for Cheers.

-Because I Can.

Quote of the Day

“Life Itself is the Proper Binge.”
-Julia Child