Monday, April 27, 2015
Starting May 1, I will be returning from my hiatus and resuming my regular blog posts. While my posts never really followed a strict schedule, I've decided to create a schedule as to make it easier for you all to know when to expect them. Bear in mind that this is a tenative schecule, and I don't expect to follow it strictly. But this is what you should come to expect from my blog:
Need a good laugh? We all do. Enjoy your weekly compilation of political cartoons.
A sample of my favorite video game music from my favorite video games.
Statist And Anarchist
My weekly webcomic (and unabashed ripoff of Cyanide and Happiness). Because statist talking points make for unintentional comedy gold.
Satirical articles about news so messed up, it almost seems real.
This Week In Review
Can you tell satire from real news? Test yourself and see which headlines are fake and which ones are the real deal.
90s kids unite! A new blast from my past every week.
Fan Art Friday
A weekly compilation of fan art from all of my favorite shows, movies, and games.
Shameless Plug Saturday
Something different featured every week, be it a YouTube Channel, deviantART gallery, or website or blog.
Something new featured daily from the My Little Pony fandom. (Plus, a recap of the newest episode every week.)
Something new featured daily from the Steven Universe fandom. (Plus, a recap of the newest episode every week.)
When I first read the title, "Tanks for the Memories", I had assumed the worst for Dash's faithful pet. Would the creators actually be audacious enough to have an episode on the death of a pet? (Granted, judging by their work so far, I have enough faith that they could pull it off very well in a very mature yet kid-friendly manner.)
Well, the answer was no, but if you think about it, as every other fan has figured out, hibernation does seem to serve as a metaphor for "death." It's the closest thing there is to death for the episode to convey a message about death without expressly addressing it.
The episode does a very good job covering the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. And while we know for certain that Tank isn't going away forever, the overall message of the episode translates just as well for death as it does for hibernation. So kudos to the creative team for covering the topic of death without actually talking about it.
Anywho, here are my thoughts on this week's episode:
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Even in its simplicity, Steven Universe can be really deep for a kid's show. This episode proved just that by touching on the subject of unrequited love and love at first sight. Sure, other shows, even kids shows, have touched on this subject, but SU touches on it with as much maturity as it does with humor.
Yes, it's humorous to see Jamie being bluntly turned down by Garnet, but it's also comforting to hear her explain that he never really was in love with her to begin with. Tommy Oliver elucidated best in his review: "It's really easy to get caught up in that surge of emotion when you see someone that you find attractive...but that's not love. Like Garnet says in this episode, that takes time and it takes effort, and love at first sight has none of those qualities."
With that said, here are my thoughts on this episode:
Friday, April 24, 2015
And with this episode, the Luna dream trilogy has come full circle. First, she helped Scootaloo in "Sleepless in Ponyville." Then, she helped Sweetie Bell in "For Whom The Sweetie Belle Toils." Now, she has assisted the very last Cutie Mark Crusader, Apple Bloom, in this episode.
I find this episode very fitting for this season with its overall theme of Cutie Mark and special talents. I even thought that Apple Bloom's nightmares were the result of Starlight Glimmer, and to be honest, that would make sense.
However, for what it is as a stand alone episode, or at least an episode part of a three-episode story arc, it works. The message is especially relevant, as it teaches that we should all accept ourselves for who we are, even when others do not. A very relevant message in this day and age.
Anyway, here are my thoughts on this episode:
Thursday, April 23, 2015
This episode was a welcome change of pace. There were no evil gem monsters to fight. No intergalactic threats. No gems having to come to the rescue. Just a simple slice-of-life story where Steven resolves his own conflict himself.
This episode also had a very relevant moral about the unintended consequences of memes. Sure, making fun of other people's art, especially on-line where bad art blogs abound, seems funny, but to the original artist, it really isn't. That's a lesson anyone of any age should learn.
A very simple story for a very simple episode. Other than that, here are my thoughts on it.