Figma Motoko Kusanagi: The New Movie Ver. Announced, Don’t Miss Out!

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The Good Smile Company have announced a new Figma figure that I know I’m really excited for. Based on the latest Ghost In The Shell anime — which is a remake of the original 1995 animated film — celebrating the 25th anniversary of the series comes the Figma Motoko Kusanagi: The New Movie ver. action figure. From these images, it definitely looks to have perfectly captured the cyborg leader of the Section 9 assault team as if she jumped right out of your screen of choice and into our hands.

The Figma Motoko Kusanagi: The New Movie ver. comes with the standard interchangeable facial expressions that includes a calm and collected look, along with a smiling expression and finally a clenched teeth ready for battle look. And what would Motoko be without her favorite pistol, and a handy-dandy assault rifle, don’t worry those are included too. Also featured is an alternate front hair piece that has her trademark visor attached so you can vary your displaying options. Lastly, it comes with the standard Figma stand for a variety of posing.

The Figma Motoko Kusanagi: The New Movie ver. figure is priced at 5,370 yen, which is about $45 USD. It will be shipping some time in February 2016. Pre-orders are now open, so check your favorite import retailers!

SENSE8 Season 1, Opening Your Mind

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

One thing Netflix has been really good at the last year or two, is the diversity of their original programming. I have not watched all of their shows, but I think I can safely say that the Wachowskis’ (The Matrix, Jupiter Ascending) and J. Michael Straczynski’s (Babylon 5) Sense8 might be one of their most, if not the most, diverse show currently in their line-up. I know I’m a little late considering the show debut on Netflix back in April, but hey better late than never!

The series follows eight people known as Sensates, they are from all around the world and discover they are mentally linked to each other. They must find a way to survive those who believe them to be a global threat, which includes “Mr. Whispers” and his organization, the Biologic Preservation Organization (BPO).

Sensates, can interact with each other within their cluster, either by “visiting” or “sharing” with each other. When “visiting,” they can talk and interact with what they are feeling, tasting, hearing, seeing, etc. When they “sharing,” they can lend the talents and ability that each has to another in the group. For example, the character Will Gorski (Brian J. Smith) is a police officer and he is able to “share” his training with the others when they are in need. The same goes for Sun Bak (Doona Bae), who is trained in martial arts. These skills are only temporary while the Sensates are connected.

We do spend a great deal getting to know each of these characters and what makes them tick. At the same time we see the growing threat to them become more and more clear, but not until the end does it really show itself. This is okay, but it would have been nice to see it happen a little sooner as it would have been more impactful in my eyes.

There are many familiar faces in the first season, they included: Naveen Andrews, Doona Bae, Brian J. Smith, Freema Agyeman and Daryl Hannah. It appears a few of them were also in this year’s Jupiter Ascending as well.

The Good: Interesting lo-tech sci-fi/evolution story with spirituality and global views. Gorgeous locations from around the world. It will get you thinking about how we are all connected in various ways.

The Bad: This is only bad if you are easily offended by sexuality, homosexuality, transgender or spirituality. If you are not an open-minded person, then this might not be for you.

Overall, Sense8 Season 1 was a little slow to start, but eventually it got underway and found itself being something I had hard time turning off and not watching the next episode. I suppose that is why this is a great example of why Netflix’s original programming is meant to be binge watched. If you are looking for something unique and mind opening, then definitely check it out. Netflix did announced that Sense8 would be getting a second season, but not when. Over on IMDb they have season 2 listed for 2017, whether this is just a guess remains to be seen.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones #1, Netflix Tie-In One-Shot

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

To give fans a little something extra, Marvel Comics released a free comic today with a short story featuring Jessica Jones. The story features our heroine who is in the middle of a case and at a local hospital searching for her target, Turk Barrett. Now, the name may or may not be familiar to you, but for those that do recognize it, Turk is a character that was feature in Marvel’s Daredevil comic series, but more importantly was a character in the Netflix Daredevil series as well.

Now the Jessica Jones #1 story is short, and it doesn’t reveal anything about details for the upcoming Netflix series either (that I can tell). But it does give us a little insight to the attitude of the character, along with some nice nods that tie Jessica Jones and Daredevil together. Which we will hopefully be getting much more of once the series debuts on Netflix next month.

The Good: It’s free and dives further into the world of Jessica Jones and the Marvel Television Universe being created on Netflix. Good story and art.

The Bad: It’s short. I mean really short. There are only eight pages of actual story, but hey, did I mention it is free?

Overall, it’s worth the download of Jessica Jones #1 to get more Ms. Jones. Maybe we’ll get another backstory if this one is well received?

Review: Paper Girls #1, Fun Adventure From A Time Lost

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Released today from Image Comics is Paper Girls #1. The series created by Brian K. Vaughn (Saga) and Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), takes us back to 1988 where we follow the story of four 12-year-old girls that have newspaper delivery routes in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. But like with many stories, things are not always as they seem.

In the first double-sized issue, we are introduced to four girls in the early hours of the morning following Halloween night in 1988. They are all out on their paper routes when they all meet after an encounter with some hoodlum teenage boys. After an exchange of words, they move on to finishing their routes, but soon come across something that defies all their logic. Eventually they are faced with something more they don’t understand and we are all left with questions at the end of the issue.

I’m trying not to give anything away here. The series is described by the creators as, “Stand By Me meets War of the Worlds.” How this will play out has me hooked after the first issue.

The Good: A great story that draws us in, along with fantastic art. It reminds me of when I was younger and out with my friends just riding our bikes around the neighborhood. Though only the first issue, this is a book I want to read more of, now!

The Bad: Too early to say anything bad really. The issue was totally enjoyable from cover to cover.

Overall, if you are a fan of movies like The Goonies, or Stand By Me, or the more recent Super 8, where the adventures of the youth take you on a voyage back in time to an era where the outside world was our playground and not the computers we sit at on a daily basis, then check out Paper Girls #1.

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Season 1, A Retrospective

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

This past Sunday night was the season finale for the Fear The Walking Dead (FTWD) Season 1. This was a short season as it only contained six episodes. Definitely not enough episodes to really get into the “meat” of the story for something like this show. We spent the first couple of episodes being introduced to some of the characters, with just teases of the zombie outbreak.

Then the next few episodes were spent learning more about these characters and what makes them tick. The fourth episode didn’t have one walker throughout the hour-long episode. By the fifth episode things started to ramp up as military was showing their true colors and abandoning the citizens they were once protecting.

And in the finale, chaos ensued. There was definitely some poor and questionable choices made the entire time. Some of which had their consequences.

The Fear The Walking Dead Season 1 definitely could have used more episodes. At least another two, to balance the storyline out and bring the audience deeper into the start of the outbreak. The same thing could have been said about The Walking Dead’s first season. Thankfully that was corrected with a longer second season, the same thing has been done for Fear The Walking Dead which will have a 15-episode second season.

So let’s break it down…

The Good: More zombies! It is a backstory to the world of The Walking Dead all while giving us new characters and stories.

The Bad: Too short a season for this kind of drama. They could have dropped a few more hints into the cause for the outbreak, maybe not revealing the exact cause, but just enough to get fans to bite.

Overall, Fear The Walking Dead isn’t bad. I think it just had a rough start is all. This is common with a lot of TV. It just needed to find its legs. Having a lead-in to The Walking Dead is pretty great too.

For those looking for more, AMC has posted the first part of their FTWD micro-series online, future chapters will air during commercial breaks of The Walking Dead. This is meant to be a tie-in between the two shows as there will be some events unfolding during it that will have some relation to the events of The Walking Dead. Also one of the characters in this series will survive and become a regular cast member of FTWD in Season 2.

SCREAM QUEENS, Is Brilliant Horror-Comedy

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

When I first saw the promos for FOX’s new series, Scream Queens, I honestly wasn’t sure what to make of it. It wasn’t really registering on my must watch list. Then I caught the replay of the premiere episode and now I’m hooked.

If you are a fan of the Scream series of horror films, or the first Scary Movie, then you will find enjoyment here. The show does a great job of capturing the spirit of those movies and others like them. I great balance of horror, with comedy thrown in. If you have ever seen the 1981 Student Bodies, I feel as though there is a little of that mixed in as well.

There is some definite commentary on how we as a society treat each other and the priorities many of us have in this false reality star filled world we are currently living in. With one scene with a sorority girl being murdered by the killer in the series and she goes to Twitter to ask for help. It is just brilliant.

The series was created by those behind Glee and American Horror Story, which you can get a definite sense of after watching the pilot episode (along with some of the casting as well). This certainly isn’t a bad thing, even if you weren’t a fan of those shows (I wasn’t a fan of Glee, but I do enjoy AHS), this one is a different animal.

The Good: It is hilarious. The commentary on society and especially how it behaves in the face of tragedy is genius. It feels like classic 80’s horror with a wash of the superficial of today’s society. It has Jamie Lee Curtis, and Niecy Nash!

The Bad: Right now, I don’t have anything bad to say, other than I want to watch more!

Overall, if you aren’t watching Scream Queens, you are missing out. This show is a lot of fun! New episodes premiere on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on FOX.