Inhumans IMAX Premiere Review

Despite Marvel dominating the big screen while the current iteration of the comics said films are based on, are going down in a flaming nose dive under the egos, heavy political agendas and incompetence of their writing staff;

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their works on TV has ranged from great like Daredevil and Agent Carter, to a complete time waste such as Iron Fist and Luke Cage as Marvel pushes the fans patience and time schedules given how much is produced nowadays. So does Inhumans become the now only great Network show on air for Marvel to justify the IMAX screening of its two-part pilot? ……kinda…not really.

For all the potential that adaptation of a series that amounts to Game of Thrones in space Marvel have surprising took the safe route to compensate for the fact that this production didn’t get the truck loads of Disney money it was supposed to get when featured as part of MCU Phase Four.

Not any more!

But the clearly scaled down scope that a project like this would’ve given you steams beyond setting large chunks of the story on earth. But to advertise a team of super powered aliens, and set up these powers as part of the shows status quo; just so you could cripple half the team and shove these guys far away from each other so the villain actually stands a chance. Well naturally, every Marvel show has always featured the characters in a constant schedule of running around the main city looking for shit and twiddling their thumbs figuring out how to save the day together.

What’s that? Our main lead can control her hair like additional arms? Have you seen how much we’ll have to pay the guy to animate that, after Tangled drain our backers wallet. Hey script guy! Let’s shave the bitch and save the call to the wig store. That’ll save us money, and like six pages of script done without the super powered hair. So what about the giant teleporting dog? “Ah just have him sedated and locked away somewhere, what? Infinity War needs another grand to animate Thanos’ left Ass cheek; why else do you think the main costumes look like something bought of cosplay Etsy page? I joke because the money clearly went into the varied locations and the IMAX cameras used to film these two episodes. Particularly when the outer space shots look better designed than the main city itself. Oh its cinematography is excellent, so is the CGI. But when the buildings of this intergalactic moon city looks like the graphic designer was given a tub of Lego and was told to go crazy with the several dozen brick pieces, and then spray painted the result grey; well its no wonder no one has ever found the damn space city when it blends on with the rest of the moon crater its hiding in.

But when the Inhumans do get to use their powers, they look great, particularly Karnak’s ability to reassess, change and calculate his way out of a fight like an episode of Sherlock staring Jackie Chan. Medusas actor was a good choice for the role and when there’s enough budget to use her tentacle hentai hair, the effects manages to capture the details. And while Lockjaws full body shots sends him into the uncanny valley due to being detailed and yet stick out from the live action sets in ideal lighting conditions. But hey, at least the animation more than made up for it. But even the better performances feel like they’re on auto pilot, especially when the mute Blackbolt’s facial acting amounts to expressing stubbornness and confused stubbornness. And yet given his body language, mannerisms and sign language without speaking; his probably the best character in these two epsiodes….no that is a joke about the dialogue.

https://pmctvline2.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/marvels-inhumans-review-abc.jpg?w=321&h=217And don’t even get me started on how under developed Loki…uh Maximus is. Oh sure his a human in a society where not having super powers puts you in working class mines, but outside of becoming Enjoras by preaching about how great things would be if I were in charge; in both scenes we see of said human under class. Was there really that little story in the pre-production notes from the now defunct Inhumans film, that the writers had to go full-blown Killing in the Name Of in terms starting an uprising scene in the first episode, just after establishing a status quo to break it in a time span so short it could be given the chance to direct The Flash movie; and to do so before the writers get bored with writing scenes in the moon palace?!

If these guys were any more desperate to get rid of the man in charge to focus extensibility on the aftermath, they would be reporting for CNN. This story feels like they skipped to the build up for the finale, and are just killing time until Blackbolt takes the throne back in the final episode. Look, I know that TV budget can’t exactly pay for Guardians of the Galaxy level effects every week, let alone for eight episodes in total. But I can’t say I’m surprised that the guy who botched Iron Fist to the point that the fighting was downgraded from Daredevils second season, and the usage of the particular Iron Fist could be counted on one glowing hand. I’ll say this much, at least I could remember the villains name this time. But you’ve established a group of heroes; and decided that the first plan of action was to separate them each on their own separate part of the continent, as they wander around and gripping about how much of a dipshit the guy currently on the throne is, until the plot paths connect at some point. Wow this is turning into an episode of Game of Thrones.

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And despite that, the problem isn’t the path taken by the writers, but rather the way it’s handled. The story is cliché and under development for something that’s meant to kick-start an ongoing story, with actors trying to work with their direction; and how they’re dealing with a cast of characters with little to do since the script is rushing to key plot points and keeping the characters somewhat occupied in the meantime; or is trying to work around moments that would actually need the super powers, that don’t involve the guy who can lever the building with a single belch. Either way you slice it, it’s sad to see that Agents of Shield found more use for the Inhumans as characters, and their abilities, than this show seems to be doing. I admit this could improve and last past the story’s current direction, but then I remembered I watched Iron Fist being made by the same guy who did this and the finale to Dexter……

5/10

Thank you for your time.

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The Impacts of Conglomerates within the Media Industries:

Image result for conglomeratesThe media industry is a large one, filled with many people and organisations running the business and project output. A large bulk of our media is released by conglomerate companies. Basically conglomerates are when groups of other smaller companies are bought, managed, and do business with one, or more, larger companies. An Avengers team of businesses if you will.

Image result for fourth estateSome examples include 20th Century Fox as they run Fox News; along with National Geographic and Sky. Or other examples being Sony. In the sense that they have a film division, (Sony Pictures) with an animation studio (Sony Animation) and parts of the company that work on their Play Station consoles.  As a result, many other well-known companies have been known to be bought by conglomerates. Such as Lucas Films and Marvel Studios being brought by Disney; with many of their properties being now owned by Disney, i.e. the Star Wars franchise, and the numerous characters from Marvel comics. Which has benefited both companies greatly, after those properties were bought, tons of money was then poured into projects such The Avengers and Star Wars the Force Awakens; which had tremendous returns from the box office as a result; with both of them reaching the billion dollar mark. So of course, the point of becoming part of a conglomerate is the profit returns; while being given plenty of exposure through adverting, and even merchandise. Case and point being Sony and the Play Station 4 console. As Sony markets a game that’ll be published on their console, alongside the studio that the game developer is working alongside with. Some developers like Naughty Dog Studios have been known to be backed by Sony for the development of games such as The Last of Us.Image result for sale As for merchandise, this would include DVDs, T-shirts and anything sold under the brand name; such the Harry Potter World attraction, which is owned by Warner Brothers. So the exposure, resources and money given to support does benefit the creators involved, guaranteeing larger returns in profit, usually. But does this make things better for the audiences?

media-owned-six-corporationsThat’s debatable for a few reasons. For one thing, they are limited in terms of choices they have in terms of entertainment. To the point that over 90% of the US media is controlled by six different conglomerates; after being controlled by 50 companies in the 80s. General Electric, News Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner and CBS. All of them produce forms of media such as movies, TV shows etc; as well as license other companies to produce merchandise of said brand. This being done through the smaller companies that they own/ partnered with. The reason why big budget block busters like Batman, Harry Potter and Marvel’s Cinematic Universe get the most advertisement on film news sites and cinema screens, is because the studios pump loads of money into the production, while pumping more money into the advertisement in order to get more people in cinema seats; increasing the box office result. While the idea of producing a million dollar earning blockbuster and spitting the enormous profit with the third parties assisting, it creates problems for the rest of the industry. Image result for media business menWhy? Because it’s leading small budget productions and their creators having to find lesser known companies to distribute or create a project, because if they can’t get work with the big leagues, then they’re on their own; just ask some no name band starting in their mum’s basement, to maybe getting heard by some big name music executive. That is until they get turned down because to conglomerates, niche audiences are aren’t worth the smaller returns.

In an age where anyone could afford an advanced guitar app or Adobe After Effects, it’s still hard to get hard noticed when you’re a nobody drowned out by the adverts of the brands people know and trust. Thankfully platforms like Netflix and even You Tube have produced many breakout hits on their streaming services. Image result for crowd fundingAnd many film directors, performers and video game developers have used crowd funding sites such as Kick Starter to catapult those creators to success using donations from the public. With games like Mighty No 9 using Kick Starter to fund the game, earning 3 million dollars from online donors; before becoming an example of why crowd funding is looked down by some. But that’s a whole other can of worms for another time. An example of a project crowd funding to then gain success, would be Kung Fury. A parody of 80s action films that started as a crowd funded project meant for You Tube; until gain such a positive response it’s now being hosted on Netflix. Either way, in a world where someone like Justin Bieber can go from a teenager recorded on a crappy camcorder, to a teenager selling out stadium size concerts; many of those creators can get to eventually play with the big leagues after getting more notice and praise through word of mouth. Marc Webb went from directing indie romantic comedies such as 500 Days of Summer, to then direct The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel with Sony Pictures.

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From the fictional side of the media, to what is meant to be the factual real world events side. When it comes to the news, the main stream news shows and channels end up getting the wider attention; and given the conglomerates they’re partnered with, more resources. With majority of news coming from channels and sites like ABC, NBC, BBC etc. And News Corp owns some of the top newspapers in the UK, North America and Australia. The Sun, The Times and the Wall Street Times being examples. While many outlets have criticized for producing biased news reports, due to reflecting the believes of the higher-ups in the attempt of gaining the attention of those who share similar world views. Sky and Fox news have been accused of having a pro conservative agenda, like the company’s owner Rupert Murdoch. And in the past two years, other left-wing outlets have recently been accused of being biased against the Trump campaign. The reason for any agenda is that it comes back to money, as Anup Shah explains:

“Often, many media institutions survive on advertising fees, which can lead to the media outlet being influenced by various corporate interests. Other times, the ownership interests may affect what is and is not covered. Stories can end up being biased or omitted so as not to offend advertisers or owners.” Shah. A, Media Conglomerates, Mergers, Concentration of Ownership, Global Issues, 2009.

Image result for left wing right wingWith limited options often promoting left-wing articles to appeal to younger audiences repeating back what the government wants the world to know; this has opened the door to the fifth estate. Which is defined as news and opinions outside the main stream news sources. This lead to multiple sites like AMC news, Breitbate.com, Wiki Leaks and many others gaining traction in online hits from updates on the latest Hollywood block buster or news on the politics and world events for example. Not only did this produce more voices in the discussion, but more viewpoints. In a media landscape filled with a majority of left-wing new sources, right-wing publications such as Info Wars have gained millions of views during the 2016 present election alone. Hence why said publications are blamed and shamed for the election of president Donald Trump.

So do conglomerates mean a good thing or a bad thing for the viewers of the world media? At this point it’s hard to tell. On the one hand it gives exposure and resources to multiple talents with in the industry, while also being a struggle to the smaller names and new comers in all form of the media industry. Not to mention how getting your name out involves: either the struggle with the tough, but limited choices. Or find the smaller but unknown people to help get your feet of the ground.  In other words, for consumers who receive products, as well as the ones hoping to contribute in the industry, it’s a double edge sword.

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Trump V Clinton: The Shinest of Two Turds

Yes, I'm finally talking about the US election, a subject I have never given any thought about, until this blog post. For many reasons, as I mainly wanted this to be a more light-hearted page, and I honestly never really had much new shit to bring to a dinner table so crowed not even the after dinner mind can find big enough gap. But the result of the votes is in early November, and I'm writing this in late October, so until more jokes about Trump's actions as president are mad, I only have this small amount of time to hope on the mess of a band wagon. Now, before I begin I must state that I do not support either candidate, the title makes it clear enough, I'm just here to strike the iron of the campaigns while they're still above room temperature. So let us begin, by beating a dead horse.

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Ah Donald Trump, what can be said about the man who hasn't been said by every other news commentator, political figure, celebrity and every loud mouth millennial online. At this point his been given every insult imaginable: an idiot, racist, despite gaining votes from celebrities such as Denis Rodman and Azelia Banks, sexist, and there's even the "Trump is literally Hitler" meme. Yeah great use of literally by the way. And given how the man has switched positions more times than a quick fire porn shoot, insulted and bashed women such as Rosie O'Donnell for her weight, with the attitude of a college frat boy; some of these claims are at least rooted in reality. So for those who already calling the man's potential ascend to The White House the end times, his leaked " grab her the pussy" tape was their "I told you so" moment. As were the allegations of multiple female contestants, who coincidentally have gone public in support for Hilary Clinton by the way, from The Appearance saying they were sexual harassed by Trump.

Which was kinda refreshing, as a lot of news coverage around the man was centred around his infamous border wall, since he made his policy's clear to the public. I'm not kidding, ask any old bum of the street to list a policy of Donald's, the first answer will definitely be about the Mexicans. Which given his lack of information about the building materials and time to do so, that aren't vague estimates that won't cost several arms and a leg for the average tax payer; and yet some how expects Mexico to split the bill.Suddenly everything make sense. Except for why people would support the man after that point, when members of the Republican Party (his party) have been sceptical for the man. He's lucky that his cuts on taxes, and increases of payments from richer tax payers are keeping the supporters. However, whatever your thoughts on his policies are, it's the man's presence that's attaching the voters and keeping them there.
I'm mean the man is bold and confident speaker, whose pretty much a middle finger to political correctness; which would be welcome in the age of SJW cry bullies. But that's it; his giving his supporters what they want to hear, with enough stage presence to keep the attention of the media. It's not secret a lot of the right-wing supports of America consider issues such as immigration and many other issues as what's wrong with the country. And a man who tells those people who he'll do what they want would seem appealing. Screenshot (146).pngParticularly when said person is a rich businessman with a net worth larger than Boris Johnson's belt length, that is financing his own campaign, so no issues with him selling out to corporate interest; all the while bluntly bashing the competition, in his usual proud of himself big shot persona. Using plain, emotive language to appeal to with the frustrated supporters.  Like a politician, his telling his supporters what they want to hear. I could say more, but I'm running low on time, so here's an interesting post on the subject if you're interested.

As happy as I would be to have world leader brave enough to tell the politically correct morons of the world to go suck a fat one; specially when Clinton is known for wanting to decreasethe wage gap, and giving her support to Black Lives Matter.A move for equality so backwards, it's one step away from letting Chris Brown and Bill Cosby run a women's abuse shelter. The point still stands that Trump is way over his head, and is driven solely on his ego, in order to win the election. Now his unprofessional nature is bad enough, especially with the more recent things said about him. And yet there are still people who disagree with the guy, but are planning to vote for him, solely out of spite due to the competition. And given said other candidate, you can't blame them.

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If Trump is seen as the American version of Jay from The Inbertweeners…I mean the adult, American version of Jay from The Inbertweeners; then let me present the female Frank Underwood. Even if she acts like more of a professional than Trump, that won't stop her policy's being one of the numerous reasons people are against her. Putting aside the shady private shit of the deleted emails, there's the no fly zone she's planning to set up, while her campaign is funded by defence industries; coincidence? So yes, she plans to make Syria a no fly zone, which would at an estimate take around a thousand US troops, setting of conflicts with both Syria and Russia, the latter being a country with way more man power and nuclear weapons than the US, without adding to the country's trillion-dollar debt as it would start a war in the process….somehow. And people say Trumps border wall is going to be a waste of cash. But given how she voted for the war in Iraq…and then said she didn't, not surprising in hindsight.

What's worse is that she plans to do this despite every political figure attached to the debate from Obama, to Bernie Saunders and Trump himself saying that this was a bad idea. To the never Trump people, you now have something to think about. And we get the two true reasons she's disliked by many voters: she flips positions, and is a crook. I've already mentioned her two positions on Iraq, and the no fly zone that, by her admission, would lead to many deaths. But there are other agendas she's changed for her means. Such as: abortion, and gay marriage. With any criticism being deflected by saying "due to new information, I now know this". Say what you want about Trump, but at least his policy's stayed somewhat consistent. This coming from a woman who said every politician needs a public image, as well as a private one, in a meeting with Goldman Sachs.

And now we get into the Wiki Leaks shit. Not just the deleted emails she accidentally deleted, after accidentally sending classified information on an unregistered account…thirty thousand times. There's the child rapist she helped in court, clearing his charges despite knowing he was guilty. And how she blackmailed and bullied the women her husband had sex with during his time at The White House. Nice one miss feminist president. Her corporate interest falls somewhere between The Sheriff of Nottingham and Mr Krabs from Spongebob Square Pants. Till the point that Wiki Leaks have exposed her campaign of rigging her way to winning the Democrat Nomination. If you're confused about how Bernie Saunders, the Democrat with the larger supporter numbers than Clinton, got turned down due to lack of votes from Democrat supporters. Well that was mostly due to the reduced number of polling stations in states that over overwhelmingly supported Bernie Saunders.

Yeah. Hillary Clinton, got away with rigging the system in her favour, while the main stream media aids her in her goal to able the people calling her out as conspiracy theorist. And of course she did this to Trump. She was the woman who labelled his supporters as hateful and violet after all. With the cases of Trump enforced violent outburst, has now been revealed to be caused by members of the democrats. She's taking the creationist approach to research; if you can't find any proof of your claims, make your own.  Am i watching real life politics or an episode of House Cards?

So these are the candidates America has to choose from. A blow hard egotist that knows what his audience wants; or a candidate so unpopular she has bend reality to suit her needs, and hope the main stream media is too high on the anit-Trump wagon to even notice. Good luck America you're going to need it.

Thank you for your time.

 

Top Four Star War Anthology films i want to see

With ‘Star Wars: Rouge One’….oh I’m sorry, “Rouge One: A Star Wars Story” reaching theatres with a few months, seriously can I just say how that title makes the film sound like something from a Channel Five documentary? Well in any case this kicks of the first of the Star Wars Anthology films; or rather the films Disney will release while we wait for episodes eight and nine. Either way this unlocks huge potential for the world of the franchise, given the endless possibilities that can be taken….when Josh Trank isn’t involve as he was mean to be; until his career ended like a fart in church. But this is just some of the many ideas that could come from this sub section of the franchise. Whether they’d be many takes on existing ideas (confirmed by Disney or other wise) or some I haven’t seen suggested. Here are the top four ideas of the next Star Wars anthology film.

1) Boba Fett: Fett is known as one of the most popular Star Wars characters…ever. Which is surprising as the guy didn’t do much in the two films he appeared in. He looks great, and sounds cool; but does very little. Then comes the expanded universe, giving him more stories and further development. And when the anthology idea was announced; a lot of fans looked at each other and went “they need to do A Boba Fett film”. And it’s going through, and given the opportunity and the money they can make of Boba’s popularity, why would they not? After all the Disney executive that turns that idea down will be forever tared throughout the offices…

” Get on with it”!  OK quotation person, good god!

Anyway, my take on the film, is that it could do well as a potential thriller of Boba tracking down a bounty, obviously. A film in the style of ‘The 39 Steps’ or ‘Mad Max Fury Road’; where the bounty is chased from planet to planet, as Boba is tracking the guy and investigating the location. Have him as a ‘Dirty Harry’ sort of character. Hey if Rouge One can pull of gritty in its first trailer surely that idea isn’t that far of a stretch. Or maybe have the potential target be the protagonist of the story, with Boba as the villain paid to track him down. Have them go to different worlds in the franchise as he meets new people as they help him escape Boba. With the main story could be something like a falsely accused person running from the law, while trying to investigate who set him up.  Or any other crime that could set the guy of on this wild goose chase. And with Boba, he has the Slave One ship, so we’ll get great action scenes on land and IN SPACE! As a fan of The Muppets, I had to.

2) Knights of Ren: Back when ‘The Force Awakens’ had it’s first trailer released, one discussion point was the hilt on the lightsaber of Kylo Ren. Why does it need on other than to look cool. One, to stop the user’s hand being cut; watching the Obi-Wan V Grievous fight if you don’t believe me. And secondly, according to a book called “Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary” his design resembles a design as used by accident Jedi knights.

“Ding” goes the light bulb.

Have a film where we see Kylo’s discovery of Sith history, seeing how his Knights of Ren operate, while also seeing the Solo family fall apart as Ren rise to power. Naturally this could greatly further explore Supreme Leader Snoke as a character, as well as show his capabilities as a Sith. The guy pretty much worships Darth Vader as his own personal Jesus, so why not further explore the other elements of Sith past that inspires him; hell maybe even learns from. And at that point, the film can even bring some Expanded Universe stuff (or Legends as Disney now whats to call it) be worked back into cannon. The Sith Wars, Sith Holocrons, Darth Bane, Darth Plagueis or the villains from The Knights of the Old Republic games for example. There are some many great stories no longer consider canon by Disney, I swear if you make any of those elements fit the continuity again fans will be throwing the cash. Come on Disney, do you like money?

3) Poe Dameron: One of the breakout characters from The Force Awakens was Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron. A tough, smart ass that excellently fits the Han Solo role now that this position is now…. available. And given how X-Men Apocalypse showed that Isaac is capable of leading a story; this could lead to a Top Gun style film with the X-Wing  and Tie Fighters, where he leads some pilots on a mission without the homosexual undertones Top Gun is mocked for. Have the story be about how the Poe needs to lead some pilots to save a planet under the control of The First Order; the film ending with a battle of Tie Fighters and X-Wings above the planet of story setting. For inspiration, take any story from books like the Rouge Squadron series and games like Jedi Starfighter; Just to name some endless examples. Basically, do Rogue One with X-Wings! Poe is a likable enough character to lead to carry the story depending on the film’s co-stars. Plus given the amazing action episode seven had; this will be a film well worth singing Highway to the Danger Zone to.

4) Darth Plagueis: Look, say what you will of the prequel films, one good thing to one out of them, was Palpatine; his performance, and In particularly, the brief glimpse at his back story, alongside his Sith master Darth Plagueis. The short story fable Palpatine told Anakin during Revenge of the Sith; a short scene that further developed Palapatine’s character and the idea of bringing people from the dead, was a good way to tempt Anakin; even if his turn to the dark side is rather out of left field. Regardless the scene did this without feeling like a typical prequel scene of two characters randomly talking about every detail of the subject matter. “So why make a movie about Plagueis then?”

Good question. You see with the mystery of Kylo Ren’s master from ‘The Force Awakens’, Supreme Leader Snoke, there’s popular fan theory of Snoke from is going to be revelled as Plagueis, despite the character dying at the end of Palatine’s story, with Palpatine being the one who killed with force lighting; according to the Darth Plagueis novel. So given the guy’s goal in that story was to become powerful enough to the point where he could kill someone only to bring them back to life by his sheer will; why not explain and further develop the character for the main stream audiences? Which further shows how powerful Snoke is, if this is the case. Because if Rey can get called a Mary Sue for getting shit done rather easily, then can you imagine the reviews for episode eight when they pretty much bring a demigod into the mix. Unless they mange to get the characters up to speed with Plagueis’ past, how he’s still alive, how Kylo fits into the plan, along with Snoke’s/ Plagueis’ new plan; all without bogging down the story of Rey and Luke Skywalker. So yeah an adaptation of the Plagueis novel, or a similar story that shows him meeting Palatine, training him in a way that shows how powerful and dangerous this guy is. Even the most basic Star Wars fan knows that The Emperor is powerful, so think about how you can hook the audience on the idea of a villain more powerful than that.

So that’s my list, did I forget about, or flat-out miss out any possible suggestions? Do you agree or disagree with me? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Thank you for your time.

Think It Through #4 : Snap Chat Attention Seekers 

Welcome to the four installment of ‘Think It Through’, the series where I poke holes in the logic of things that don’t seem to run on any logic.

And boy does today’s topic make little sense.

Image result for snap chat logoI like the app Snap Chat. It’s fine app where you can chat with friends, show people what’s happening in your life, show what you had to eat at that time of the day, as well as send dick pics from the comfort of your bed; I don’t partake in said actions, shut up, but I don’t judge either. Now this isn’t really about the app, it’s about a certain type of person you’ll see using it. And believe it or not, it’s not the dick pic people, I don’t really take issue with those people….”insert your own joke here”; I said rolling my eyes in the process. But back on point, this habit I’ve seen often with people I’m friends with on the app; and it really get on my nerves, and it makes me want to punch the person who made me feel this way.

So let’s set the scene, and I’m sure it’s familiar to some people; so here we go: I lay down on my bed to relax. To which I then hear the Snap Chat notification sound. So I grab my phone, load the app, and I see I have a snap sent directly to me from a mate. So I open it, only to find a random selfie of the person who messaged me saying something about the image in the caption. Which leaves me confused as this never mentioned me, or was I involved in anyway; but whatever I move on. Only to go to the stories feature of the app, I tap on that same mate’s story; only to find that exact image in their story.

What the hell is this?! What was the point of sending that image directly to my messages, if you’re also going to add it to the feature that literally shares it with everyone whose friends with you on the app? That is such an attention whore thing to do. And why go to the trouble of finding my name on the app’s message feature, when you have the feature I just described earlier, because you feared I wouldn’t notice you? Is the response from your friends worth the extra time?

Snap Chat stories have a list feature that shows who saw your story after it’s been published. So despite that, I know people who are actually willing to send an image to the entirety of their friends list in order for them to see their image. Why? Listen, the app does allow users to view people’s stories multiple times after being first opened, so if you want us to see it again; for some reason, we’ll decide to do that, or we’ll screen shot the damn thing if you want to see it more than once. But given some of stuff I see from those people, not likely.

To said people, if made a forty word Facebook status about…something, you pick the topic, it’s you’re imagination that’s setting the scenario. Anyway, if you spent the time reading that, only to find that exact block of text in you’re message notifications (without mentioning or referencing you by the way) would your first response by something about asking me what the point was? Exactly, yes it would. So if that scenario sounded stupid to you, well a change in platform doesn’t make you less of an idiot!

That’s annoying enough, but do realize the effect that’ll have on everyone else. Not only will they see you as a dick for doing that, but your name in the notifications will be taken less seriously. Because with you, Snap Chat has turned to relevance roulette. Because when the app say you sent me a message; I no longer think about what important news that person wants to tell me, but rather if the image is going to be the sandwich he had for lunch that day. Thanks for not only wasting precious seconds of my life, but also a minute of yours.

Think it through!

Thank you for your time.

Ghostbusters (2016), destined to be a…bust and here’s why.

If Batman v Superman will go down as the film that got burned at the stake during the first week of release this year. Then Ghostbusters will go down as the film that collapsed before the reaching the starting line; let alone the first hurdle. “But why, wasn’t Ghostbusters three one of the most anticipated sequels to finally come out development hell?” You would be right random sentence of text that I clearly didn’t type, but this isn’t what we got. This new film is basically a remake of the original film…but with women. That is basically been the marketing so far.

You see while Ghostbusters three was talked about and planned, with multiple drafts and actors (with the exception of Bill Murray) keen to return….until Sony Pictures were fed up with the constant delays, and decided to do this without Murray. And they’ve doing this with the characters , while leaving the franchise legacy of Ghostbusters behind with him; in exchange for the four women we have now.

Which wouldn’t be a bad thing, I already like Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wigg, and at this point in the franchise new team mates were kinda the first thing needing to be sorted. Films like The Force Awakens have shown an old franchise with new characters can work. However it’s not them or the other actors who are to blame. But rather it was the fact that from the first two trailers, viewers and life long fans could tell it was a film made because Sony had the license to use the Ghostbusters brand. The fact that the film was a repeat of the original, but having flat jokes and characters, lack luster effects and a seemingly bland story (at least from what is seen in the two trailers). And the fact that Sony is clearly using the all female cast as a way to show the company as progressive is the least of the films problems. Hell i even tried to review the domestic trailer when i came out, but gave up as i had nothing new to say, even if i could phrase it properly.

All this and more has led the film’s first trailer to become the most disliked trailer on YouTube. Ghostbusters trailer.jpgKeep that in mind, trailers to some of the worst films ever made, were more well received than this one. However like most terrible things, where there’s decorators there’s also supporters. Mainly from feminist groups and online feminist. OK either you’ve been keeping up to date with these events, or this was inevitable; either way the lack of surprise in your face is showing.

“Well OK, but given how many failed adaptations there have been in the past, what’s making this one show infamous?” Good question someone who isn’t me, the news of this being a reboot was the ignition to the fuse of the bomb which will be this film. In between the time of filming, and the release of the first trailer; it was clear that the cast and decision to scrap the franchise’s past was the least of Sony’s problems. By the way I didn’t find this myself, and there’s a lot to talk about, if you want full details, go and watch this video by Midnight’s Edge; he explains probably better than I could, but I’ll try my best.

In 2015 Sony announced the cast of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as the new team for the film; with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig directing this film. Despite the Sony hacks of 2014 revealing emails from Fieg stating that would only do the film, unless he got final say on everything; along with arguing and flat out refusing to work series creator Ivan Reitman, the film was set to be made. Which was promising to the leads, as they were fans of the original, McCarthy stated that she was a fun of ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ cartoon series. So this must have been the time of their lives, right? Wrong! angry Ghostbusters cast.jpgAccording to a 4Chan user (who apparently worked on the set) McCarthy and other members of the cast would regularly argue with Feig over the “lame duck of a script”. It had gotten so bad that Sony took legal action, making the leads to keep quite about anything negative from the film. And given the performances  from the trailer it shows that the cast was miserable on set. What’s worse is the fact that, when Sony couldn’t get the original cast back; they legal pressured them into making cameo appearances; yeah.Ghostbuster poster.jpg

Feig isn’t of the hook here. Anyone who followed the man on Twitter will know he rants like a sailor with Tourette’s syndrome. The back lash of replacing the original cast and characters,  with four people who just so happened to be women, being one of his rambling topics. Yep joining the social justice feminist who were champing the film for its female cast, before the first trailer had any footage. Then some time later, a Redit user named “Stanz1984” (again works at Sony) wrote a post outlining the story of the film, and called it “a train wreck”. Again, it’s a bit long, so watch this video if you’re interested then come back here. Despite the majority of the comments agreeing with Stanz, many others debated whether this was serious or not. Then comes the first trailer, and many scenes are reflective of this leak. From the spray painted logo, the vomiting ghost, the Chinese restaurant used as a base and a possessed McCarthy. Those same people saw that this post is some what reflective of the finished project. So fan back lash met the trailer, and then two more trailers didn’t help….like at all.

 Finally I’ve mentioned how the film’s trailer has gotten major backing from SJW feminist, who’ve been leading the charge of: “if you hate this film, then you’re sexist!” However guess who else is playing that card; Sony. I recently found a video from  Youtuber Alachia Queen, she made a review of the first trailer of the film, to which multiple people in the comments had informed her, of how their comments and criticisms in the trailer’s comments had been removed by Sony….except for the ones with sexist or racist statements of course. Oh and remember that Stanz guy from Redit, yeah he mentioned how Sony is now in complete damage control after the disastrous response of the released trailers; claiming the sexist responses are the ones hurting the film. Nice try Sony,if there’s anything to be learned from Feminist Frequency, is that you can only play the misogyny card before people realize you’re trying to use newspaper to save a sinking ship.

This is quite possibly the most tiring blogs I’ve had to write yet; so let’s get this done. If some how you avoided the trailers for the film, and don’t know what the fuss is about. Well pick one of the many things I’ve talked about here, either way you’ll be right. Like with Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four back in 2015; this film will have serious effects on everyone involved. Sony the most, as they were planning to have this as their big flag-ship franchise, since they gave Spider man back to Marvel last year. I’m writing this in May, with the film coming out in July here in the UK; and unless Sony some how makes a movie better than the original Ghostbusters, this film will tank at the box office. Because believe or not Fantastic Four had its buzz killed due to director melt downs on Twitter, arguments on set, and the plot being mocked via leaks on the internet; and even those who haven’t seen the film know how badly that turned out.

Alright everyone, I’ll see you again with a less serious blog.

Thank you for your time.

Discussion on Penny Dreadful season three, episode two (spoilers)

So this will not be a usual review, instead its a dissuasion on my feelings towards the latest episode of Penny Dreadful, Predators Far and Near. Specifically it’s ending, so if you haven’t seen any of the show; it’s best to just go away and do something else. Because this will be spoiling this latest episode, as well as the last two seasons leading up to this one.  Either way it’s an excellently done episode of an amazing show, so fans of the show who are readying this, don’t worry I’m not going to rip into it and say how bad it is. In any case before i bring up some points towards this episode, let’s address the ending. Again you have been warned.

So after Vanessa Hives (the main character) won the battle against the demon that had possessed her throughout most of her life, she is now free, but miserable with her life; to the point where she’s now seeing a psychologist name Doctor Seward. During the times in between sessions, she meets a zoologist named Alexander Sweet. The two have started to form a friendship throughout the past two episodes; and most likely a romantic relationship. Meanwhile she has been followed by two unknown characters who later turn out to be vampires working for their mysterious master, Dracula a character who constantly remains hidden from the audience. And then we get to the ending, this is now the point of no return if you don’t want to know the ending. The episode ends with Seward’s assistant Renfield (now turned vampire) is begging Dracula for more blood to feed on, so Dracula cuts his arm for Renfield to drink for it. To which we find out that Sweet is actually….. Dracula, and is clearly hanging out with Vanessa in order to kill her; for what reason, we’ll find out soon.

So while this is a farther good twist with potential for great drama, my main complaint is this. This season is set to have nine episodes, and we’re currently on episode two; two! And they’ve already reveled the main villain’s identity. See in most shows that keep the identity of the villain a secret, you’d expected to find out who the master mind is until around the half way point of the series; maybe later. But here, we’re technically just out of the starting gate with this series’ new story lines, and yet they’ve already given the main twist of the story.  

An example of how to do this right would be season one of Flash. In which the main mystery is the identity of “the man in the yellow suit” who is then known as “The Reverse Flash”. In terms of the character that it’s revealed to be; the show takes it’s time establishing the both sides of the character, his back story that doesn’t revel his true origins, his relationship with the other characters, and how he fits into the main story before the mystery is revealed. In the meantime we’re given other possibilities of who this guy is, and any clues that could make the viewer suspect the real identity of the masked villain. But with Alexander Sweet, we have an understanding of his character and his relationship with Vanessa, but in the context of the story, the two have only known each other less than a week. So while it will the whole idea of him not being who she thought he was, it won’t exactly have the same impact to the viewer as the Reverse Flash arch; especially when everyone else trusted the guy before find out about their powers.

Of course the show will continue the romance between the two characters, it would’ve been so more shocking to see the two so happy together before we as the audience learn the horrible truth, about the man our main character has fallen for, and then get shocked about Vanessa being killed after seeing gain her hope again. But now while we watch the romance develop, we’re just left waiting for her and the other characters to catch on to Sweet’s plans. It’s like opening a Sherlock episode with crime taking place, with a full shot the criminal writing their name onto the wall of the scene;it’s done way too damn early is what I’m saying.

But that’s what I think about this otherwise excellent episode, what did you think? Did they rush the surprise of the Dracula reveal, or could there something bigger install for this season? Either way if you’ve seen this episode what did you think?

Thank you for your time.

Think It Through #2 : Fired Over Social Networking?

Welcome to the second installment of Think It Through, the series where I poke holes in the logic of things that don’t seem to run on any logic.

In this digital age pretty much everyone is connected to at least one social messaging service; whether it’d be: Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or WhatsApp. And they’re used to message each others, share pictures of places they’ve been to, share something they found online that made them smile, to see what your friend or favorite celebrity are up to, or express what ever thought you had that day. Despite the jokes people make about badly spelled tweets, pointless status’ and whatever trash ends up on Twitter and Instagram, this  sort of stuff is actually listened to; and if you post the wrong thing you can find yourself at a short end of a very blunt beating stick.

I think anyone who has, is or will be looking for work may already know what I’m talking about. When a boss is thinking about accepting an application for a job at their company; most bosses will look up the person’s name online to find their social networking sites; and any other dirt they can find. Too many pics of you partying on night outs with your friends; well the boss doesn’t want someone who may come in hung over every Monday. And admittedly i have to address some flaws with that argument. Yes i get the need for a reliable employee; but while you can read a profile you can’t read people. Sure they say they won’t be getting drunk on work nights; but everyone goes out some nights to parties, wedding receptions, new year parties etc. And as much they try, they’ll end up drunk on the night, sleep through their alarm clock and be late for work. I get the point and those chain of events are irresponsible, but the pictures someone post is ill relevant because of how much of a gamble it is.

Plus, some can still post tons of drunken photos of themselves online, and still not go out drinking regularly; in the same way someone else could go out drinking every night and not tell the internet about. Not exactly Mr Holmes in terms of deduction skills were we boss?

Statuses and Tweets are important to be careful of as well, for two reasons; content and presentation. An employer will want someone to represent their company or a department with in it. By presentation i mean basic spelling and grammar. Most companies nowadays also have their own accounts on Facebook and Twitter, with employees often having their own accounts on websites such as Linkedin.co.uk. Most jobs will workers write reports for the head of their department, letters and emails to other companies in order to do business with. And speaking from experience in order for said employee to do this they’ll need good spelling skills, correct punctuation, basic understanding of sentence structure. Because chances are, if your soon to be employer sees that you regularly post badly written statuses with spelling with the coherency of a tin of alphabeti spaghetti; you’ll remain on the unemployment line.

http://swf.tubechop.com/tubechop.swf?vurl=n7TsxhtfBNM&start=109&end=178&cid=7056813 SOURCE: Scumbags of the Internet #2 – ADoseofBuckley.

I understand a company wanting a smart, well written and intelligent staff member when communicating with others; what i don’t support is the content being a reason to get someone canned from a job. We live in a world of many different believes and i don’t like the idea of someone saying “you said this, so we don’t want you here”. Most of the time said post are unrelated to the company. The views of a worker don’t effect the profits or anything with a company. Most people like to come home in order to get away from their job; and policing their views just adds to the stereotype of bosses being nasty bullies who treat their employees like dirt. To all business owners of the world: whatever bigoted or moronic things said by your employee doesn’t sink your company image. If said inappropriate comments aren’t being put on your company website, your customers aren’t being insulted, or said actions aren’t done in your name; you have nothing to worry about; let your workers live the days where they can breathe how they choose.

An example would be from February in 2015 in which a teenage girl named Cella (No article i could find didn’t say her last name) as she posted a tweet saying

“Ew i start this fucking job tomorrow”.

Naturally expressing the views of most people, that they have to get up for work; and part-time jobs for teenagers aren’t exactly making fat stacks yo. Her boss Robert Walpe found that tweet and responded:

“No you don’t start that FA (Fucking Ass) job today! I just fired you! Good luck with your no money, no job life”!

That is flat rude on so many levels; behavior wise, and that’s putting aside the language police on display. She couldn’t represent the company as she hadn’t started her job yet; nor did she mention it in the post. This shows how Robert abusing his power of head of staff, by censoring criticism. Again, this was done outside her work time.Unless she’s reviewing the company on a site like Yelp; Robert has nothing to worry about, in terms the reputation of his business.

That was a tweet that wasn’t representative of the business Cella worked at; this example was. On the 6th October 2015 Goldsmith University’s Diversity officer Bahar Mustafa was arrested in England for hate speech.

She was punished for using the hashtag #killallwhitemen in multiple tweets on her twitter page (yes i do see the irony, why do you ask?) SOURCE: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/bahar-mustafa-charged-with-sending-malicious-message-after-tweeting-kill-all-white-men-a6683241.html This incident is only the straw that broke the camel’s back; as she was already notorious on the internet. She was well-known for having segregated classes and assemblies, where white, straight, men weren’t allowed to attend. Not just that but she also stated as a rule that women are the only people who were allowed to speak first due to society not giving them chances to impact the world around them. All of which was explained in a speech where she states that

“Therefore women of colour and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist because we do not stand to benefit from such a system.” B Mustafa – 2015.

And yet if a white man said she would cry racist, not seeing the irony.  The most ironic thing about that speech is this: If women can’t be classed as racist and are above laws such as hate crime, wouldn’t that make her have the benefit of a power structure? Also this speech is spoken by a white woman, while a young black woman holds her microphone.

Since then she has been fired from her job and was arrested in England for the #killallwhitemen tweets. Ironic given how she was the negative stereotype of a feminist. You know the: “that’s sexist, that’s racist! Ban this now!” The type that purpose language police for no reason other than being PC.
I call this ironic because this is the sort of law people like her and her supporters fight to in act, only this time with a feminist at the short end of the law; and not anyone who disagrees with their views….i mean a racist bigot.

I agree that it was right for the university to fire her; i do feel her imprisonment wasn’t the right decision, given the draconian hate speech laws in England. You may call me a hypocrite for what i said in paragraph two; but here’s the difference between Bahar and Cella. All of what i said about Bahar’s comments and such; those were the ways she ran her job, as the woman who is meant to help relationships of students of different races and genders. That speech i linked was at the university, she admits to segregating her classes; all of which she admits online. Imagine yourself as a white male student looking to imply at Goldsmith; imagine you read about how class mates of your gender were forbidden to speak because of their gender, imagine hearing how a member of the student union opening supports segregation and other such acts on campus; all with the university allowing her to work there. I’m guess if you were in that situation, I’m guessing you’d like to take business else where. I’m in the position of: the internet shouldn’t factor into someone’s job, unless it’s done in the name of the company or on their grounds, in a way that makes them look bad. Much like Bahar did to the name of Goldsmith.

For famous people like celebrities, spokes people, politicians, web celebrities, people in high-profile companies etc; it’s a different story. When you’re in the public consciousness, no duh you’re going to have more people keeping an eye on you if have Twitter or Instagram. Not just for updates in their career and new products to sell; but rather if you say something incredibly stupid you are bound to get the back lash on high scale; and yes depending on the point it can and well affect your job. Such as Adam Orth, a former Creative Director for Microsoft. Those not in the know when the Xbox One console was announced, it was said to have DRM restrictions. It’s a long complicated story but basically the publisher of a game would be monitoring the play through viva having the game constantly connected to the internet. This received a huge backlash, as this ruined the launch of games like Sim City (2014) and Diablo 3 due to the servers needed not working well enough or at all; sometime later Adam sent this tweet.
This didn’t help Microsoft; as they fired him due to the hate he got over this. While that was stupid, i do believe firing him was a bit extreme. I believe he should have made an apology to the audience and the companies higher-ups. Hence why people shouldn’t be fired for something they said on Facebook. If someone’s going to post something stupid, then surely their responses by everyone who sees it is going to be punishment enough; having you be mocked by friends and whoever else. I feel that a person caught in a situation should make an apology, face any backlash, and then earn their respect back.

At the end of the day, I feel that someone’s internet comments should be the last thing anyone should be fired for. Because unless it’s being done on company time, or aimed towards customers or business clients; it’s just a case of paranoia of consumer back lash or a quick way of taking the back lash of the boss and company, which is usually why this is done. So either this practice needs to stopped; or all employers should link their personal social network pages to their company’s website to let their customers judge their views on the world. Either I what to hear your thoughts on the matter.

Think It Through employers.

Thank you for your time.

Think It Through #1 : Silent Letters

Have you ever seen something that doesn’t make sense to you, something that seems really questionable, and yet everyone else is excepting it?  Well this is the subject of this blog; or rather future blogs. As I’ve decided to open up a new segment on this blog called Think It Through, or T.I.T for short. Stop laughing! Through this segment, i shall be looking over things in the world that flat out make no sense and poke holes in their logic, all in a comedic (i hope) way. So let’s begin.

So i’m sure at some point in your life you’ve had difficulties spelling words. Very common mistake, right? Sure you have, I’ve certainly had my moments. And the one thing i find the most pointless thing i find about spelling, is silent letters. Seriously they’re like the flower vases someone pleases around the house to make the room look nicer. If a letter is gong to be featured, why would you not prononce…. oh sorry “pronounce” it? Trust me there’s more examples to come. In any case the whole process of not saying a featured word, it’s like buying a game for a video game console you don’t own, nor intend to buy.

A good example is Wednesday. If you look at the word, it looks like it should be said as Wed-nes-day. But no as we all know, it’s pronounced as Wens-day; do you see how pointless the D and second E are? Another example is plumber; you would think with the included B, you’d say it as “Plum-ber”. But no, the B is silent, meaning it pronounced plumber. Because for some reason the person who created them words; or the person who created the concept of silent letters, thinks that it makes their words look all fancy  and stuff. Oh how can we not forget about the K when it’s silent; because K is a repeat offender in all this. Take the word knight for example, when the royalty member that created the  role an knight to protect the kingdom, did they not realize that an extra letter to the name doesn’t show the higher class over the people they ruled over; the armor and clothes did that job.

It’s the same issue with knee. When the doctor that mapped out and researched all of the medical research on the knee area of the leg, did that person write knee as we do today or did he or someone else convince them do do it in an attempt to impress their piers in the medical world? You discovered how the human leg works, surely that should’ve given you enough praise for your research. Am i the only one who noticed that K is automatically silent when next to the letter N? Think about it: knight, kneel, knee and knowledge. All of them start with a silent K and are then followed by N. Apparently N is the playground bully, while K is the wimpy kid who keeps quite in order to not be tossed in to the nearest dumpster.

And while were on the subject, how many times does P get picked on by many different letters? Look at this: Pneumonia, Pterodactyl, and Psychology. Unlike K where there’s a clear pattern. P’s use of being silent is just random, especially when being next to letters like N, T and S. All three of those words start with different sounds, and a silent P. How bad is P social skills? Or maybe P has a crush on all three of those letters and is just to shy to admit it. I never knew letters could identify with the Mormon church.

And then you have cases of letters replacing other letters, despite the sound of the word’s starting point. Urge is an example of this. Given the “er” sound in the beginning, i thought it was spelled “erge”; sounds reasonable right? But as you saw earlier, it is spelled with a silent U at the beginning; because reasons. Going back to P again, i already explained it’s often used as a silent letter. But that doesn’t explain why putting it and the letter H together, makes an “fuh” sound. Ph=F. No sense has been made here. It appears that when the two letters come together, they fade away into nothing and become silent; and yet during this process, they then merge together and start to do a Megazord style transformation that results in them becoming the letter F…some how. Case and point: Phil, photograph and phrase. All three could be be replaced with the letter F at the start, i mean they already sound they do start with F. Why are these two letters pretending to be something they’re not?

In conclusion, silent letters are the bow ties of the English alphabet: in the sense that it’s used in the attempt to make a word look smarter than it is. Secondly, we need to improve whatever issues the letter K and N have going on between each other. Thirdly if P and H were people, they would be in jail for multiple accounts of identity theft. And finally, silent letters are something the creator of the concept should’ve looked back on; and decided to think it through. As i child gramma…sorry “grammar” and the English subject was difficult enough, and all of this wasn’t helping. In the words of Homer Simpson. “You can’t change the rules in the middle of the game!” Again people, think it through.

Thank you for your time.

My experiences with autism

After recently going to London to watch the play ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ (try saying ten times fast) I was planning to write a review of it, like I did with The Light Princess a while back. However given the subject of the play, I decided to write about my experiences as someone who is on the autism spectrum. Because after seeing the play, it really did make me do quite a lot of thinking, in terms how I’ve coped in the world, compared to others like me. Note that autism affects people in different ways, some cases being worst or better than others. This isn’t the be all end all on the subject. This is just my experiences, along with  an analysis of the story, showing how the story represents autism and other conditions from the point of view of someone with said condition.

But first and quick catch up to those who haven’t seen the play. Based on the book by Mark Haddon, the play (I’ll keep calling it given how long the title is) follows a teenage boy named Christopher Boone, a fifteen year old character with Aspergers Syndrome. After finding the dog of his neighbor dead in the garden, he investigates and searches for the person who did killed the dog named Wellington. During this process he uncovers some dark truths about his family and his parents. That’s about as much I can say before giving the whole story away; also I need to mention how the majority of his inner thoughts are told from a journal he writes in, with it narrated by his teaching assistant named Siobhan. Caught up is what you are.

Now then I bring up my own autism experiences in relation to Christopher, because well I see parts of myself in him, for better or for worst. For one thing during the first act he explains how he struggles with understanding metaphors, people’s facial expressions such as raised eyebrows and how his pretty much is a logical and literal thinker. I admit that I have a straight forward way of thinking, always trying to find the most sense out of, well anything I look at or experience. Example, for a while I spelled the word ‘urge’ with a ‘er’ at the beginning due to the sound that’s used to pronounce them. That always made sense to me until someone corrected me. As a child understanding new things was certainly a challenge from time to time. Whether it’d be a subject at school, an event or a task I was asked to do. Which was why I had tutors to help me through primary and even my first years at high school; like Christopher does. This is quite common for people with similar cases.

Then there is his social skills, or lack there of. And this was the point in the show where I started to relate to the character. Throughout the play Christopher is shy when talking to many different people, he barely looks at people when talking (especially strangers) , along with how he likes spend time on his own. As a child in pre-school, I often failed to look at people when they talked to me, at least according to my mum. In any case I also attended speech therapy during those years, which has certainly helped, and I even still keep in contact with the woman I had the meetings with. This links to another trait of developing with autism as a baby, lack of response to parents. However there some traits I still have; anyone who knows me knows that I’m quite and I keep to myself. While I can interact with people, I never usually know what to say to them, I often feel uncomfortable when speaking because i don’t know what to say when stating a lot of the time. Plus I often mess up what I’m saying when talking, due to my nerves kicking in, so that doesn’t help.

Which is why I loved doing drama at high school, the whole point was that we had express our emotions and lines clearly and confidently, so this has helped me quite a bit in my life. But also when it comes to drama clubs and the such, pretty much everyone try’s to make each other laugh during activities like improvisation and the such. And I have to admit in those activities it did make me more willing to say or do something and not look like a damn fool, no matter how clever or how stupid.

That said while i like interacting and seeing people, i often feel the most comfortable on my own; no judgment, no distractions, just me and whatever thing that kept me busy. Christopher is most of the time alone during his monologues, with the exceptions of Siobhan reading his journal to the audience with him addressing her every so often. And during multiple scenes of the first act, his seen setting up a model train set on the floor; with multiple letters from his mother explaining how he loved playing with the train set. And as a young kid i did often prefer the comfort of playing with action figures rather than meeting the other kids….well depending on who i was set to meet that day. And i can say i still have the same habit, only with my phone and my Ipad, because well it’s less stressful situation.

Then we get to the second act where to make a long story short; Christopher goes to meet his mother by taking a train and then the London Underground by himself. Part of the scene can be viewed here, sorry about the quality. Notice how the beginning was loud, busy and flat-out chaotic? Depending on the persons condition, some people with Autism, Aspergers and the such do tend to be effected by loud and crowded situations, due to them often being more sensitive; in what is usually called “Sensory Sensitivity”.  Some cases being more painful for the person than others, with sounds often mashing together into one big mess. Which is the point of that scene, using the busy day-to-day life of the Underground as a way showing part of his condition. With the people, adverts, tannoy systems and the loud techno track showing how it affects Christopher. And while I’ve never broken down like Christopher and many other people like him; I will admit when it comes to events like parties and the such, i do like a little get away from the noise when i want some peace and quite, and i usually have the urge to leave and go home during the later hours….depending on how the rest of the day went. And I’m often hopeless when doing something new without assistance.

Do you see what I’m getting across with drawing connections between Christopher Boone and myself? Many people would identify with a fictional character or real life person; whether they want to be like them, have things in common with them or see bits of themselves in that character. This is a similar case with me, I connected with Christopher as i experienced and shown similar traits in my life; and given how it’s done in a respectful way, it makes me all the more conformable connecting with a like able character like him and feel for him during the story. And that’s why the play works in terms of the issues it addresses. It’s done in a respectful way that gives anyone watching a clear understanding of what life’s like for him, without over explaining, exaggerating or simplifying it. With the staging and incredible effects helping to show what goes on in the characters head. And the all around great performances from the actors, showing how Christopher acts in his life, but how people around him react to his condition; especially his parents.

I do recommend seeing the play. Great story, great acting, amazing effects, and you may even learn a thing or two. I certainly did.

Thank you for your time.