Season finales that sucked–Walking Dead, Magicians

*Spoilers, of course*

Two shows I can walk away from this season with no regrets are The Walking Dead and The Magicians.

I’m not a fan of Walking Dead. I just watch it with my sister. All the conveniently interracial relationships are fetishistic and racist, like the show itself. Rick and Michonne was the last straw,  I could throw up. Out of all the things Michonne could’ve wanted in the brutal zombie apocalypse world, a crazy white man (who locked her up and held her prisoner the first time they met) happens to be is it? But there’s something I hate more than all the people hooking up at every turn:

Wasting an hour and thirty minutes of my life watching a season finale that literally did not live up to its boasts. Take note: The point of telling an audience that a main character is going to die means you tell them who it is. Don’t hype it up then purposefully fail to deliver like a snickering schoolboy that thinks he’s being clever with some ridiculous prank. Everything the producers did in the Walking Dead season finale could’ve been done in an hour with the extra thirty minutes focusing on Negan’s b.s.

Moving on to Magicians. Which was distasteful for different reasons.

Everybody’s life is horrible, no one is happy at all, the world is all crappy, no one is safe–typical contrived, pumped up on drama-driven style, Magicians is. No surprise there. But what bothered me the most was the violent attack on Julia and the disgusting semen situation. The first time Quentin got a jar from Umber didn’t bother me as much, but then its revealed that Julia was raped, its Alice who drinks the stuff…and the episode ends quickly with a rape hotline number flashing on the screen. They use a Black actor as a false god then have a woman viciously assaulted after giving herself to what she believes is an act of faith.

That said, I’ve been watching SyFy for years. No show that they produce ever lives up to its concepts. This leads me to believe that Syfy is run by a bunch of immature boys appealing to misogynist male audiences and your average graceless boy geek slowly being cut from the same cloth. Like Twilight, like Fifty Shades of Grey, if The Magician books by Lev Grossman are anything like the show, it can’t be worth reading.

*dusting off my hands*

Done with both shows. No need to go any further.

Spy…

Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy…

I can’t believe I’m saying this.

I think I kind of…liked it.

Arguably, the writing of Spy was more true to satire (than, for example, a show like Family Guy which I am not a fan of). I read Spy initially as the kind of fiction that isn’t necessary meant to degrade fat women but more draw attention to fat stereotypes and machismo. It shows a fat woman being tough, capable, confident, calling out b.s. to an extent, and getting over a guy she’s attached to who obviously sees her in a not flattering light romantically.

There was a joke about Black people in there that pissed me off but I even thought that was handled in a way that I could deal with at the moment when McCarthy’s character says, “That’s not appropriate” and it was over.

Not to sing the film praises or those of Melissa McCarthy or anything. I never wanted to see the movie because of that trailer they played to death on television  around its release date of McCarthy getting that that motorcycle stuck in the wet cement. I assumed it was just another two-hour, thinly veiled attack on fat women using a desperate fat woman to do it. I would stare at McCarthy on that freaking scooter stuck in that concrete with absolute woe and burning contempt.

But even I laughed when I gave Spy a chance. I was glad to just be able to see a comedy, starring a fat woman, and for once just fucking laugh.

Why I Hate Weiss Schnee

In the episodes “The Stray” and “Black and White”, Weiss makes overtly racist remarks against Faunus. Yet somehow in the end Blake is made to be the one apologizing for being a member of a group that at first PEACEFULLY protested violent racism and injustice against their entire species by humans and the Schnee company.

Go Team RWBY? I don’t think so, boo.

Weiss would be the kind of white girl who wants to touch your hair and be all “gurrlfriend!” to your face while calling you racist slurs behind your back. There is no innocent version of a character like Weiss. Nice try, RWBY producers. Not.

Every time she opens her mouth, it irks me off. The rest of Team RWBY was passive in the face of Weiss’ unjustified hate of all Faunus and initially her hate of Blake too after she learned Blake was a Faunus. No one ever calls her out except for Blake who then apologizes for doing what she thought was right at the beginning of the White Fang. Meanwhile, Weiss is all “Thankies, teammate, for making me feel safe and justified in my hate by apologizing and reassuring me you’re not like the other dirty Faunus. I accept you now!”.

The best Blake can hope for is lukewarm acceptance from privileged, pasty Weiss. She might as well apologize for being a Faunus too while she’s at it.

‘The Visit’–obnoxious white rap and an empty ‘slice of life’ moment

*SPOILERS?*

Minding my own business, my sister asks me if I want to order a new M. Night Shyamalan movie… I was all, “Oh, it can’t be too bad. Its M. Night. And, look, producers from Insidious and Sinister.”

The Visit is a film about a two children who, for a week, go to stay with their grandparents. Grandparents who their mother has not spoken to in fifteen years (over something stupid) and that they have never seen before. There, they discover a shocking secret.

Where to begin?

  1. A lot of people might not, but I accepted the idea that the children have never seen even a photo of their grandparents before as a basic premise of the film. As ridiculous as the idea might seem.
  2. The rapping white kid? Not funny (Okay the last rap was a little funny). I’d want to slap him upside the head even if he was Black. Misogynist lyrics and attitudes–not cool, not when anyone does it. I don’t care how many Black guys you bump fists with or how many “hos” and “bitches” you add to the verse. And this white kid had no flow whatsoever, plus T-Diamond Stylus is a stupid name. Co-opting and appropriation of Black culture/arts will never be a good look, whites. For the record.
  3. What was the mom even mad about??? One, white people have illegitimate anger issues; deny them even something simple and they go crazy because they’re used to getting what they want when they want it, even using violence to get it–WHITE PRIVILEGE. Two, her parents were actually right and they only concerned for her. Three, she’s so mad she never even showed her kids a picture of her parents?
  4. Having involuntarily lived with someone who needed serious care for his mental health and oftentimes neglected it on purpose, you can imagine why The Visit was disturbing for me.
  5. Becca, the young woman in the film, seemed more sad than angry over their father abandoning them yet she gets the whole “Don’t hold onto anger” anecdote from her mom. The movie nears its ends with Becca showing the glowing, nostalgic video footage of their now absentee father playing with them when they were little. As a man directing this film, at a glance, Shyamalan is potentially sending the message that Becca’s earlier refusal to forgive her father and use the footage in her movie was misguided. The guy coldly abandoned her and her family for another and Becca’s refusal to remember him fondly and warmly suspiciously and silently transforms into the same glowing footage she refused to include in her film near the end. And right after a conversation about holding onto anger when the situation between Becca and her father versus that of her mother and her mother’s parents wasn’t remotely analogous. Has Becca forgiven her father? Was her resolve to see his actions for what they were and her own feelings that weak? Or has she imply accepted their past together along with his abrupt and callous departure? The whole situation rubbed me wrong, as someone whose sperm donor was absent until I was a teenager, told my mother that me and my twin were her children alone, and only showed his face because he expected me to take care of him after he aged, as he had used women this way his entire life and has like ten kids. The whole thing sends a bad message that might work for girls on that patriarchal stuff or all into forgiveness regardless of the situation but it didn’t work for me.

In summary, aimless white anger, the obnoxious rapping white kid, the “grandparents”, and that empty slice-of-life crap on Becca and her experiences with bye-bye daddy are the things that stood out the most to me. And that plot twist was the sickest I’ve seen in a long time.

Windows 10–simple reasons I will probably go back to Windows 7

I downloaded Windows 10 on my laptop last night. For weeks, I was like “Ooo look, free upgrade! Poor people dreams realized!” I thought upgrading might help my aging computer run better (got it in 2010, can’t afford a new one).

So far though, I’m not enjoying Windows 10.

  1. Windows 7 looks better to me, it looks smoother and brighter. I don’t like the blocky, pixelated look of Windows 10, particularly its taskbar.
  2. Solitaire is gone? AND they took my desktop widgets? Oh hell no. Not here for it.
  3. I can’t play DVDs as conveniently. Windows Media Player played my DVDs better than Cyberlink PowerDVD without glitching over a couple of minor scratches. I never had problems with the Windows 7 player and DVDs, whatever my other issues may be .
  4. It appears to be screwing with my mouse. I can’t scroll on the right side of my touchpad anymore without clicking and dragging with the pointer.
  5. The start menu has all this extra crap in it that Microsoft thinks I’m supposed to find helpful…I don’t, it isn’t.

And this may only be the beginning of things I don’t like about Window’s 10. I’m really not that keen on exploring. I just want to watch Hellboy: The Golden Army without messing about with apps, new software rules, or playback issues while I do my hair. That’s not too much to ask for.

I really should’ve researched this before I downloaded.  Luckily, I can revert back to Windows 7 if I do it before a month is up. I intend to keep Windows 10 until I’m sure its in no way helpful. I am the kind of customer who has no problems remembering to cancel free trials and subscription before its too late–best believe that.

Where ‘Legend of Korra’ fails

There’s a million things I could be talking about but I’m choosing to spare a few words to The Legend of Korra. A few things bother me about this show, beginning with how Korra is almost completely a hotheaded dudebro girl, like a sexist boy who is portrayed as super tough and powerful in a girl’s body. They even snuck in a princess trope: Korra’s father was supposed to be chief of the Northern Water Tribe which would’ve not only made her the Avatar but a princess as well. Perhaps arguably, Korra is constantly made into a damsel in distress, or rather yet another female character who needs to be saved or mentored by male characters, in addition to the fact that not even one episode into the first season she’s getting set up with male love interest AND A FREAKING LOVE QUADRANGLE (Mako-Bolin-Asami-Korra)–because the show couldn’t have possibly done without that, right? *rolls eyes* There’s very little that’s original about her character archetype for me right now.

I could talk about how Katara, Kya, Eska, and Beifong are basically downplayed and stereotyped, the casual sexism, how most of the villains so far are brown people from the Water Tribes and Earth Kingdom (all of whom appear to have been beyond redemption and dead now), the frequent use of ableist slurs and situations (sometimes actually used as ableist slurs or in casually ableist ways), and this obnoxious attempt at multiculturalism/mixed heritage theme that’s going on. No matter who’s in the wrong, there is a sea of apologies going on when maybe people do just need to butt heads. Let’s not forget how the show seems to be ladled in drama meant for viewers who are so privileged that they find the suffering of others to be entertainment and not a pause for thought and action. Another thing that’s totally bothering me–the title of the first episode of Season Three: “Rebirth of a Nation”. Reallly? I don’t think its a coincidence that its called that. Do the producers even know what Birth of a Nation is???

But what’s really getting to me right now is how none of the characters have actual character development. They are characters that seem only to carry and play out ideas that the producers think are cool and will get boys (and maybe girls and everybody else) to watch the show. I have yet to see any substantial character development. And the three year time skip, which is exaggerated as such a long amount of time in the latest episode, doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense to me because of the story’s lack of of focus on cohesive and unrushed, uncrammed character development.

The characters play roles to present perspectives, ideas. In Book of Air, Amon and Tarrlok are both victims of abuse who end up going down extreme paths, but both are villainous and of course they have to die to wrap up that bit of the show and end their “sad story”. Korra gets angry about Tenzin and her father trying to run her life, only to find out later in Book of Change (in the interest of the plot) that its to protect her from the Red Lotus, so their hiding things is justified. In Book of Spirits, Korra wants to go over the President’s head to help the Southern Water Tribe, what do the producers do? Put Mako in her way by having him suddenly become a Republic City police officer who snitches on her and then they use a greedy eccentric capitalist, Varrick, to justify the story by scripting that he was using everyone as pawns to start the war in the first place. While wise, infinitely skilled, and sharing a unique connection with the spirits, Unalaq is portrayed as a stick in the mud who seems to pointlessly desire to destroy the world by becoming a dark Avatar. In Book of Change, instead of having someone like Zaheer on the side of good, he is constantly referred to as a mad man bent on destroying the world by killing world leaders and inducing a state of chaos. Do I even want to know why such a badass metalbender like Kuvira is doing what she’s doing right now in Book of Balance? The producers are either attempting to create complex villains or making stuff up for want of a villain. “We need actors for “good cop, bad cop,” who do we have here?”, basically. I’m simply wondering how some of the choices of plot influencing character instead of character influencing plot were made. The characters are used as mere plot pawns, puppets, defying their established flow of character; their actions and thoughts are dictated by the plot using mere convenience but the plot’s dictates on the characters thoughts and actions don’t always make any sense and don’t flow well with how the character would likely behave. The plots themselves seem totally contrived and arbitrary.

I hope the producers of The Legend of Korra are getting around to a point that will help me feel like spending time watching this show wasn’t mostly a waste of time but I won’t hold my breath. That’s enough, I might come back to this topic later.

Why ‘The Great Divide’ episode bothers me

The gang arrives at the Great Divide, the world’s largest canyon. Two Earth Kingdom tribes bicker with each other about how to cross the canyon, having been enemies for a century. Aang helps them cross the canyon together and is able to end the feud by fabricating a story about their ancestors.

The Great Divide episode overview, Avatar Wiki, the Avatar the Last Airbender resource page

This episode overview speaks for itself, claiming that Avatar Aang ended a feud by telling a lie. Aang is made out to be the mischievous prankster who found a clever solution to solve a problem that was escalating towards violence. Nothing more is ever said in the show about the Zhang and Gan Jin, the two groups that Aang “helped”.

Even if what the Zhang and the Gan Jin were feuding about sounded ridiculous and impossible to resolve while trying respect the contradicting histories between the two, Aang’s lie wasn’t the way to handle it. As the Avatar, I think that Aang could have found out what happened between the ancestors of these two groups instead of creating a peace that is built on his lie.

In reality. telling a lie like that usually only makes tensions worse later, especially when the lie is told from someone in a position of power and influence like Aang, and I wonder if the producers of Avatar will bring up the Zhang and Gan Jin again, or a group like them, in The Legend of Korra. Not that I trust them, looking at all the issues I see and suspect in both series so far.

Like white people do to Black people throughout history and even at this moment, spreading misinformation and disinformation between conflicting groups is not only immoral, its an injustice to both groups in and of itself, especially when its clear one group is lying and clearly the oppressor/aggressor.

Sad Stuff I Won’t Watch

There are some things I just won’t watch or read. I reached my limit for watching anything with graphic sexual violence in it a long time ago. My sister was watching Set It Off the other day, and I was like, “Why?”.

Now, two things in particular that I’ve seen once and I won’t watch again: A.I. starring Haley Joel Osment and that episode of Futurama about Fry’s dog. No no no no no no NO. SAD!

That is all.