Pokemon Goes Johto

I, like a handful of people, have really gotten into Pokémon Go. Granted, I get into it for a week or two at a time, but I am currently am hanging around level 19 and have been since Christmas. I went back to it, currently, because the series two Pokémon have been released and Pokémon Johto is kind of my favorite seasons and gaming systems series.

pokemon-go-johtoPersonally, I hope that as Pokémon Go continues to grow and get updates, the new Pokémon from the remaining series Pokémon aren’t released as fast as the series two ones where. Although they were released, I’m guessing, to bring people back into using the app, I’m personally not going to be Pokémon hunting outside while the weather is yo-yoing between now and pretty much the end of April.

I think that in the northern hemisphere, releasing new Pokémon starting in late April or early May is the more idea time. This is due to the fact that spring is typically setting in around the third week of April. Granted, this past February has been a warm one in northern Minn,

The other thing I am surprised at is the fact that some Pokémon, like the Ledyba and Spinarak that I recently caught would have been less common compared to something like a Jynx just due to the fact that its winter where I live. Granted, I am sure it’s either hard to connect the local weather to the game or the programmers haven’t figured out a way yet.

Oh the Pokémon you see around art studios. #PokemonGo #Pokemon #bugpokemon #art #artstudio #art🎨 #artstudent #studentlife

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Riverdale’s Third Chapter: Slut Shaming as a Theme

I’ll be honest, I’ve been a bad blogger…I watched Riverdale and didn’t post about it, I wasn’t kind of out of it after having two of my wisdom teeth removed.  Which, was actually less painful than I thought

Yet, that’s not here or there.  The first thing that comes to mind about the third episode is slut shaming. What happened to cause this focus was that Veronica went on a date with the captain of the football team, who is also the head coach’s son.

After this date, the football star started slut shamming Veronica, despite nothing happening on the date.  This pushes Veronica and Betty to take action about the issue at Riverdale High.  They initially seek revenge – which we see Betty having an episode of some sort where she thinks she’s Pauli, her older sister – but then Betty uses the restarted high school paper to write a story on what happened.

riverdale-1x03-the-cwAlthough I haven’t seen slut shamming happen in person, but I think that it was great that the show took on the issue.  Especially since it took on the idea that women should take charge.  (In fairness here’s I am using ‘women’ here as the main gender that gets slut shamed, since there is a double standard that essentially goes where if you’re a guy, it’s great that you’re having sex and it’s bad if you’re a woman)

Within the episode, we also get a glimpse into Betty’s mental state when she thinks that she is Pauli for a second or two.  We also got a glimpse into her mental heath in the pilot.  Giving a lead character of a beloved series is a brilliant move, I think, due to the fact that it give more depth to the series.  Granted, it sadly means that it also give more drama to series, possibly meaning that for a time, Betty wont be a well liked character.

The other thing that will have an impact in episode four (which I am holding off on watching till I have this posted) is that Archie’s secret affair with a high school teacher is one step closer to being exposed.  Dilton Doiley, a troupe master, was the one that shot the gun one July 4th and he trades The Blue and Gold – Riverdale High’s newspaper – their silence for the bit of info that  Miss Grundy’s car was at the lake the Jason died.  Betty said yes to the swap, even though she doesn’t know what this will do to Archie.  Jughead, however, knows what this will do to Archie.

Riverdale’s Second Chapter: A Touch of Evil

Riverdale‘s second episode sheds some light on what happened between Jughead and Archie, the story line that I am the peeks my interest the most at the moment.  This is due to the fact that Jughead, unlike Archie, seems to have a firm grasp on what’s right and what’s wrong.

But while we see Archie struggle with everything going on – dealing with his secret affair with a teacher, Jason’s death, what’s happening with Veronica – Veronica is trying to move past of the events in last week’s episode.

Jason’s Death is Stirring up some drama

Jason’s death is definitely causing the intended drama: Jughead is thinks that there is a correlation between Archie ditching on a road trip on the 4th and some people thinking that Cheryl blossom thinking that she might have had something to do with her brother’s death.  After having a bonding afternoon with Betty, Cheryl starts questioning Betty for info that pertains to Jason’s death

A bit on Jughead

Jughead is definitely the quick quip character and almost comes off as Archie’s moral compass.  Especially when it comes to getting Archie thinking about coming clean about what he heard on the fourth.
screen-shot-2017-01-16-at-11-03-35-am-640x300Yet, Jughead isn’t afraid to be speak out against the jocks at the school when they speculate that he might have killed Jason.

Since the series, so far, is narrated at the start and end of the episodes with a Jughead narrating, that does beg the question of how that might shade the story we’re hearing.  Yet, this does beg the question: when the series end, will it be set at some kind of book reading or Jughead trying to get it published.

So far, Jughead is the most interesting character in my opinion.  This is due to the fact that he comes off as he knows something.

Interview pertaining to Jughead

Here is Cole Sprouse’s view on Jughead

 

Netflix’s Release Date for 13 Reasons Why

Back in the summer of 2010, I was first introduced to the book Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher in a Lit for Young Adults class.  Since then. I’ve read the book a couple of times and even purchased it as an audible book.  When it was announced this past summer that Netflix had purchased the rights to create the adaptation of the book, I became excited.   After all, that is the hope of everyone’s favorite book: that some day, you’ll get to watch it come to life on-screen.

Selena Gomez, who is serving as a producer, posted a teaser of the 13 episode series on Instagram:

A peek at a passion project I've been working on with @Netflix. @13ReasonsWhy arrives 3/31.

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The teaser answered a much awaited question: When will the series premier?

Format of the series prediction

Netflix, thankfully, had decided to turn this Young Adult Novel into a 13 episode series.  I’m personally betting what will happen is that each episode will revolve around each of the reasons why Hannah Baker, the leading female protagonist, decided to kill herself.

New Netflix series 'Thirteen Reasons Why' launches MarchCredit: Netflix

New Netflix series ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ launches March Credit: Netflix

The male protagonist, Clay Jensen, will serve as the ‘present day’ storyteller leading us through the aftermath of Hannah’s suicide while Hannah will serve as the storyteller in the flashback portions of the series.

For those of you who need a quick refresher, Hannah sends out her ‘suicide note’ in the form of seven cassette tapes to each of the people she connects to why she commits suicide.  When we enter the book, Clay is sending the tapes to the next person on the list and then we see a flashback to when he got home the prior day and found the cassette tapes and then spends the night listening to them.

The Cast

The cast consists mostly of young up-and-coming actors:

In regards of cast credentials of the younger actors, I personally think Minnette might be an actor that a younger audience will be the most familiar with due to the fact that in 2015, he stared in the Goosebumps movie.

I think it’s daring, in a great way, that the show cast Langford as Hannah since she only has one other IMDB credit.

 

Riverdale’s Chapter 1: The River’s Edge

In regards of mid-season new TV shows, I was interested to watch Riverdale, the CW’s take on the Archie Comics cartoon after seeing the promo:

Sneak Peeks:

The sneak peeks I watched showcases how the creators and producers of the show have decided to take the 1930’s comic and puts a 21st century twist.  In a day and age where we’re seeing shows, like Stranger Things, set in the 1970’s or different time periods, it’s nice to see a modern-day take on a classic.

Although I’ve never read the comics, I remember watching a few episodes of The Archie Show.  This live action rendering seems to take the wholesome small town orientated show and showcase what it might be like living in a small town.  this is personally interesting to me, just because I grew up in a northern Minnesotan town.

This sneak peek is probably the most appealing to me because I think it’s a struggle a handful of children struggle with: pursuing what we want compared to what out parents want us to do.

Episode Review:

It’s clear that there will be a love triangle between Archie and Betty and Veronica.  It’s also clear that Archie is divided with the expectations of peers and his father.  Betty is feeling the pressure of the expectations of being a great student and Veronica is proving to being a great new friend, despite the fact the Veronica seems to spark a certain interest in Archie.

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A promo poster for The CW’s new show Riverdale.

Archie is clearly torn between a sophomore guy, an only son, and trying to figure out what his love interests. Betty comes off as a pushover at times, but already seems like she’s to be finding her footing.  Veronica is trying to find her footing after her father went to jail, causing her and her mother to move to Riverdale.    When the episode started, Jughead came off as the narrator for the episode, since we find out that he’s writing a novel inspired by the events that happened over the summer.

One thing that is a bit of a disappointment is the cliché of Archie hooking up with a teacher over the summer.  The main reason why this is a bit of a disappointment is the that we’ve seen this specific story line in Dawson’s Creek and Gossip Girl.  The whole male student being ‘seduced’ by a female teacher seems to be over done.  Regardless, it should be an interesting story line due to the fact that Archie and the his fling with the high school teacher is being kept a secret not just because of their  age difference, but because they both heard a gun shot on the  day that a Riverdale resident died.

What’s to Come…I think

With the series starting out with the show’s namesake as a high school sophomore, I think it’s safe to say that the producers are expecting the show to last a couple of years.  There is clearly some great potential of drama that can happen down the road: romantic drama, lost friendships, parental drama, life after high school, and so on.

Granted, there’s also the drama of the a Riverdale resident having possibly being murder.