i post the most unremarkable things

Reasons we need Midnight, Texas back for a second season (and to watch the fuck out of it):

• found family feels
• in season one, our protagonists face demons, ghosts, a serial killer, vampires, a weretiger, a rogue angel, a succubus, black magic, and white supremacists - and the white supremacists are the only ones that get zero sympathy
• almost half the main cast are poc, all but one of the established couples on the show are interracial, and the most established of them all is gay
• the only character who gives one fuck about the gay thing gets eaten post haste
• an angel/demon lovestory
• arguably, women are the most badass characters on the show (next to Lemuel, who is inarguably the most badass ever)
• Lemuel the vampire
• Francois Arnaud, who plays the main character, is hot like burning, and his Manfred is the most adorable fuck-up to ever fuck up
• Lemuel’s gratuitous shirtlessness
• I admit that Manfred’s love interest is trash - another remarkably unremarkable damsel that everyone is just supposed to prioritize for no discernable reason - but the theme of the show, so far, seems to be “See, Manny? SEE?? *This* is why you’re a fuck up. Your choices.” And she’s a part of that, so I can handle it.
• Lemuel in shirts (dude can dress)
• a talking cat
• a hot young guy is named Bobo and everyone just accepts it without question
• neat stories about quirky gypsy ancestors and their various remaining body parts
• Manny is one of “the ones” - with a prophecy and everything. He’s the only new resident of a tiny town and the only living person he knows with the power to interact with the dead. But when he hears that “the one” is all of these things, his reaction is basically “Really?? Oh, wow, awesome. Where can we find THAT guy? Boy, am I glad he’s gonna fix all of this, because I am EXHAUSTED”.

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So! As I mentioned in the last post I made, I ended up spending the time after Naboris hunting down the last of the shrines. Most of them were pretty fun-but-unremarkable (a timing puzzle that I cheesed by carrying the orbs over the water with Cryonis, a gyroscope puzzle, and a stasis puzzle), but of course the two big ones that I’d left for last were Thyphlo Ruins and Eventide Isle, mostly because I’d heard good things about the latter and the former I tried to do and then gave up on fast because it was way, way earlier in the game.

Turns out that it’s actually not too bad, since they do provide you a torch and everything, I was just coming into the forest from the wrong angle. It was a lot of fun to actually wander around and use the torch for something practical, since even though using it as a torch doesn’t seem to use up its durability (a real big advantage over wooden weapons), there was never much use for torches themselves. While I don’t necessarily mind it (I don’t mind it here as much as Skyrim, at any rate), I think if they end up doing another one of these with more indoor areas like I’d like them to (caves, fortresses, etc), I hope the torch/light becomes more useful.

Though I did get a chance to fly my way up onto the Hinox’s belly with Revali’s Gale and steal the shrine orb right off of his neck. He actually fell back asleep afterward, so I fought him after getting the spirit orb.

As for Eventide… man, that was quite the trip. And getting there in the whole classic getup just made it extra exciting, in all honesty. :V

It was an interesting little adventure. The first thing I actually did was light a fire and wait til night to sneak up on the Bokoblin camp (though this actually backfired afterward since Stalkoblins spawned), and after that I ended up trying to head up the hill past the Hinox - which didn’t actually work, it woke up and all. I ended up having to hide on the cliffside to get it to go away, but then my sneak attack on the monsters up top was somewhat ruined. After a bit of bombs, headshots and good old fashioned smackdowns, I ended up just deciding to fly onto the Hinox’s belly like I did before and stole the thing.

All in all, it was a very nice little microcosm, though I wonder if it might have been a “first tutorial area” or something of that sort that was eventually repurposed. In a more linear Breath of the Wild in my head, I could see you starting on Eventide Isle, eventually taking a boat to the mainland, likely landing somewhere near Lurelin Village, and having to head to Kakariko that way. Then again, it’s not a very central location to start the game off in, is it? Who knows.

Anyway, after sniffing out a couple lingering shrines after that (just combat ones, for better or worse), I have just one shrine left. And since I know it’s the one in the general Hyrule Castle area, I opted to get the DLC finally and take on the Trial of the Sword

That’s what I did today… but the post about it can wait until tomorrow.

A Quick Word on Frodo

I’ve been seeing a lot of Frodo discourse lately, so I think this is something that ought to be cleared up.

Frodo is not a bad character.

Frodo is, to put it simply, an everyman. Your basic, unremarkable Average Joe. But once we get to know him, we learn that he’s got some pretty interesting qualities to his person. He’s surprisingly clever, remarkably persistent, and most of all, overwhelmingly compassionate. One of my grievances with the fandom is that they kind of perceive Frodo (and especially Film!Frodo)’s compassion as a weakness… and worse yet, Sam’s abusiveness towards Gollum as a kind of virtue (which is a totally different post for a totally different time).

I think it’s important to mention that there IS such a thing as being compassionate to a fault. An example of this that appears elsewhere in the films is with Aragorn, when he stops Theoden from executing Wormtongue. Like dude. Not a great plan.

Okay. So Aragorn is in fact a warrior, but he’s not about killing dudes willy-nilly; he’s a bit of an idealist, trying to see goodness in everyone (except orcs, I guess) and to give them a second chance before splitting them open in the town square. Obviously this completely backfired; Wormtongue escaped, and later informed Saruman of the exodus to Helm’s Deep. The result? Lots of lost lives. Thanks, Aragorn.

But the thing is… Film!Aragorn doesn’t get nearly as much shade as Film!Frodo does. I guess what I’m trying to say here is that Aragorn, like Frodo, is a character who is compassionate to a fault. But he’s not ridiculed for this in the way that Frodo is. Frodo made plenty of mistakes obviously, but his compassion doesn’t make him a weak character. It makes him make a couple of bad choices, but shit, that’s life. Our moral systems don’t always steer us to make the greatest decisions, no matter how good our intentions are. 

So hey. Let’s cut the guy some slack.