There are many styles of decks out there when it comes to Magic The Gathering.
Different strategies become popular, certain cards; new and old, become trendy. However there is this one deck that I have come up against recently, and hands down; it was one of the most brilliant and most douche bag decks I have ever played against.
I am talking of course, about the "Infinite Persist Combo" deck for the Modern format of MTG.
The way the deck works is genius. To play against it once it's engine kicks in sucks pond water!
I sit down for my weekly FNM (Friday Night Magic) at my local store. The Format for the evening is Modern, and I am raring to go.
I come up against this deck. Then out comes the Murderous Red Cap. Then the Kitchen Finks. Then comes the dreaded Melvira, Sylock Outcast. Everything plays off each other and now I am up against an undying, infinite health gaining and damge dealing line of cards coming against me.
Needless to say I was frustrated. Me, playing Red/Blue Delver; I couldn't get my bolts out fast enough. The guy wins, displaying a cocky attitude along with snide remarks; and we get to talking. I ask him where he came up with the concept for the deck, and he replies that he copied it from the internet.
Another damn "Net Decker"!!!
As you may have guessed from previous articles, I loathe most "Net Deckers" and seriously feel that a vast majority of them lack imagination other than the sparkling notion they get to spend a ton of money on a deck they didn't create just so they can win and have something to feel good about in their lives. (Personal Opinion, most of the "Net Deckers" I have met are tools.)
So, heres my thing. How much does a deck like this cost to build?
I did my research. Thanks to the gang over at Channel Fireball, I have a complete list of the cards. And thanks to TCG, I have their listed cost.
So, let's begin!
According to Channel Fireball the main engine in this deck is the "Sacrifice". They say "To make this combo work the sacrifice needs to gain a +1/+1 counter or lose a -1/-1 counter when it comes back from the graveyard. Melira, Sylvok Outcast and Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit both do this for cheap, with Melira being the cheapest green engine. Juniper Order Ranger is the least expensive multicolored card that does this..." (Read More)
So the "Sacrifice's" they are talking about are Kitchen Finks and Murderous Red Caps. Hate these things. Although they're cool. The deck continously gives its player health while also dealing damge. Infinitly. It's annoying as hell to play against. They keep gaining life and doing damage to you. I could go on and on about how the deck works, but that's not the point of the article. The point is the "COST". So, here are the cards and their prices according to TCG.
I'm not even going to add in the sideboard that Channel Fireball suggests. If you want to see what it is you can go check out Channel Fireballs article HERE.
And the total, for an " Infinite Persist Combo" deck, not including the suggested sideboard, store mark up and sales tax is.........DRUM ROLL PLEASE?
Yes Ladies and Gentlemen! That's how much it costs to NOT have an imagingation and copy cat someone elses shit just so you can feel better about yourself by winning a card game.
First published in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast, Magic was the first trading card game produced and it continues to thrive, with approximately twenty million players as of 2015.
When I was about 14 or 15, this game came out. Magic the Gathering. I was already a huge geek, and when this game came out I was all in.
Starting with the original series, I played for many years. Then I joined the military. I was a little too busy to play as much as I liked but occasionally found time to play a hand or two or even manage to scramble a D&D group together.
After I got out of the service, Magic fell to the way side. Work and family took priority. Now that my son is older and I own my own company, I have the ability for more leisure time. BOOM! Magic came back into my life. I had forgotten how thrilling it was to get a booster pack and open it!
Almost like a child on Christmas day, the sheer anticipation of what cards you are going to get is an addictive feeling. Creating decks out of cards you pull from packs, coming up with new strategies to beat your opponent; it's a challenging and rewarding hobby.
However with all things, there is a down side. You can only play casual MTG for so long before you get pulled into the realm of tournaments. And here is where MTG has changed over the years, and not for the better I fear.
Apparently, there are two types of MTG players I have noticed.
Players like me, who take time to put together decks on our own, formulating stratagems, coming up with new ideas, concepts and even 'Themed' decks. This, I recently discovered is known as "Home Brew" decks. Sounds harmless right? Wrong. Apparently players like me are largely looked down upon by the MTG Elitist cliques.
These 'Cliques' are known as "Net Deckers". A Net Decker is someone who carbon copies championship decks from the internet, or mirrors other successful decks almost verbatim. "It guarantees I have a better chance at winning..." one player told me at a recent tournament. Now, I see nothing wrong with wanting to perfect your game play, in fact I encourage it. But being a bully about how better you are than other players, while doing it? THAT I have a problem with.
Hell, I'd have a problem with a Home Brewer being a bully, and would be the first to speak out against it. But I haven't seen that, YET.
It's not the fact that people are unoriginal and can't utilize their own imaginations to create something on their own that bothers me (it does a little actually); it's the attitudes and social inept behavior that comes with it. Magic used to be about fun, and friendship and creativity. Sadly as I have become witness as of late, it's largely about the gratification of the win at any cost.
Now I am not saying that this is ALL MTG players by any means, however it does seem to pollute many tournaments and game stores I attend. When I see a grown man defeat a kid and rub the kids face in it calling him a "faggot", we have issues.
Yes, that actually happened. It took every ounce of pissed off Veteran restraint I had not to take the guy outside and put my foot upside his head. Like, Really dude? You're a grown man! You carbon copied a blue/green crush deck from the 2016 Standard World Championship to beat a kid, and then you act LIKE THAT? You're a piece of crap dude, and I hope you get to read this article.
Bullying has become a serious problem in the realm of MTG. I have seen new players, female players and even veteran players all treated like filth by the "Net Decking" elite. Shame on all of you. God Forbid you create something on your own.
None of this is MTG's or Wizards fault. It is the fault of society en masse. And like any problem, the way to fix it is to realize that there is a problem. I love MTG, I play every chance I get. The MTG elite can keep their Net Decks. I'll create my own Home Brew decks and have fun. The way that Magic The Gathering was MEANT to be played since the beginning.
We all have our heroes. Professional sports athletes. Movie stars. TV show stars.
When I was younger, I was in a rough spot in my life. Who am I kidding? I was bullied, abused and poor. Going to the food bank just to hopefully make it early enough that we could get food. Enough to feed the 7 of us. Ducking the gang of bullies waiting to beat me up on the way home. I wore my brothers hand me downs and was relentlessly tormented by the kids at school because I didn't have the latest fashions.
Burdens of growing up in a community of rich folk and going to a wealthy school district when your family is poor and lives in the same zip code. It was rough. I was constantly trying to find guidance and solace any way I could. No friends to speak of, because who wanted to hang out with the poor kid that smelled weird because his family didn't have a working washer and dryer?
My heroes, the only ones I could find were in comic books, movies, TV shows and cartoons. Daredevil and Captain America. G.I. Joe and the Autobots. Knight Rider, McGyver and the A-Team. Those were my friends. Those were my role models.
Years later, I overcame it all. A Paramedic, A Navy Hospital Corpsman, A Firefighter, A Police Officer, A Husband, A Father, A Friend, A Brother. I became, my own hero. Putting others before myself. Helping those that felt like I did. Being there for those, who had nobody. Like I was once. In the position of desperation, feeling like there is no help in sight.
Now, I am a successful Author and Businessman; I am in the position to meet my heroes that helped me get through it all. Heroes like Kristy Swanson and Michael Rooker.
In 1992, I was in 8th grade. It was one of the worst years in my life. My alcoholic relative was beating the hell out of my sisters and I, My 2nd brother was off for the Army ending Desert Storm/Shield with his unit. Mom and Dad cared more about Church and bible study than fixing the family. It was a hell of a time. I managed to sneak out one weekend. Instead of delivering my newspapers, I took my tip money and walked five miles across the bridge and down the highway to the movie theater to see a movie.
I had seen the previews on TV and it had caught my attention. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" I was filled with nothing but awe. Here was this girl. Lost, trapped in a world of popularity and ignorance. Maybe feeling somewhat oblivious to the plights around her, and BOOM! She finds out that she has a super power. She is there to rid the world of evil. For her, it was popularity and vanity, only to find out she can save the world. She went from stereo typical cheerleader to a hero.
I related on some strange facet. I was poor, abused, ignored and bullied; but what if? She went from "Top of the food chain" to hero. A Strong, independent female Alpha that wouldn't let evil win. What if I could go from a poor, abused, bullied weakling to the same? Later that year I became a First Responder and a member of Search and Rescue team. Leading to Emergency Medicine, the Military, Fire Department and more.
I have always held a place in my heart for Kristy Swanson. Not in a creepy way. She was so strong in that role, that it inspired me for years to come. She still does. I had the fortune to meet her recently at Steel City Comic-Con. I was in attendance selling my latest Fiction Novels and signing autographs as she was there doing photo-ops and signing autographs as well. I approached her and got an autograph and picture taken with her. I was completely star struck, but I think that I hid it well.
The next day at the hotel bar, I am outside getting some air with some friends, and she walks out of the door. Standing no more than a foot away from me. She joins in on the conversation, and I am still flabbergasted that the woman that pretty much kept me going all these years is standing next to me. Somehow, the conversation turned to Military Veterans. A dear friend, "Skippy", mentions that he, another and I are all Veterans.
She hugged every single one of us and thanked us for our sacrifice. She went on to tell us how much she appreciates and is grateful for us; and of how her and Actor Gary Sinese do charity work for the Men and Women over seas in Afghanistan.
On screen and off screen, this woman is still my hero. Compassionate and kind. I now know for a certain, that I was right to hold her in such high regard.
Then, there is Michael Rooker. A class act ALL TO HIMSELF. In a good way. ;)
Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead, Jumper, Stargate SG-1, The Dark Half...
This man has been in so many movies that I have seen that I can't keep count. I first saw him in "Days of Thunder" with Tom Cruise. To be honest, I REALLY loved his character more than I did Tom's. Sorry Tom. Not everything can be Top Gun, Edge of Tomorrow or Jack Reacher. Which, side note; "Top Gun 2" Really?
Michael Rooker has the ability to take any role he plays, and make it HIS! Good guys, Bad guys; Michael can portray it to perfection! It feels like Michael can take any character he plays and get into their head and know what they would be like. Feel how they would react. Whether it's "Mr. Svenning" in "Mallrats" or "Merle Dixon" in "The Walking Dead". Michael brings the character to life.
Michael and I both belong to a fraternal organization called Z.E.R.T., The Zombie Eradication Response Team. Over 20K strong worldwide and growing. It is a group of people that bond together over training, survival techniques and emergency preparedness. So when I found out he was attending Steel City Comic-con, I just HAD to meet him. I got my autograph, and had my membership card in hand. "I hear that we're both Brothers..." I say to him playfully. He sees the card and laughs. "I know. We're EVERYWHERE." I respond. He shakes my hand like a man and embraces me under his arm to take a picture.
On the last day of the convention, my son was with me at my booth. Michael is in the aisle behind us and my son spots him. "Yondu!" He shouts at Michael! I can't be certain of what happened next, because my view was obstructed, but it looked like a cool, "Hey Lil' Man" finger point! And my 6 year old was head over heals. "Daddy! Yondu! Yondu said hi to me!" The grin on my boys face couldn't have been any bigger.
The world needs heroes. Whether they're actors and actresses. Sports figures or celebrities. And of course the women and men in uniform on the streets and in the service. Our heroes, protect us. Give us inspiration. Set examples of how AWESOME humanity can be. If it's either on the silver screen or on the streets; heroes can change the world.
I am a huge advocate for Cos-Play. Always have been, ever since I was a child going to my first Star Trek convention with my mother.
I remember seeing all the Klingons, and Starfleet uniforms and aliens... It was like a fantasy world. All these characters that I watched for so long on T.V. and in the movies; here they were. Made flesh! Then, later on in life I attended Pittsburgh Comic-con.
Spider-Man, Captain America, Storm Troopers, Darth Vader, G.I. Joe, Battlestar Gallactica, and so much more! I was in heaven! Posing for pictures, shaking hands and greeting people. The Cos-Players were few back then, but spectacular.
Now a'days, Cos-Play is a life style. One that takes time, patience, dedication, and passion. I myself Cos-Play as characters I love. "Jayne Cobb" from "Firefly", a "Cobra Viper" from "G.I. Joe" and more. Now, as a Father, I get to see my son have the same reactions as a child that I once had when you attend a convention and get to see your favorite heroes and villains made real.
Super Mario in Steam Punk representation, the Punisher, Ghost Rider, the Joker, my sons eyes light up like it's Christmas morning. Attending Steel City Comic-Con, my son is in paradise. Politely asking to have his picture taken with all of the Cos-Players he could find that are the Avatars of his heroes; "Spider-Man! Spider-Man! May I please have my picture taken with you?" his voice is filled with so much excitement that he is near spontaneous combustion.
At Steel City Comic-con, all of the cos-players are top notch and filled to the brim with class. Sadly, I have attended other conventions where I have seen not so nice Cos-Players. Kurt, and rude. Crass and ignorant, these people are forgetting a simple common sense lesson. When you decide to dress as your favorite, character from fiction, a video game, a comic book... you're dressing as everyone else's favorite as well. Especially a young child's.
A hero, a villain, a phenomenal costume job... If your demeanor and attitude emanates in the negative, and a young child picks up on this? If you are rude towards someone that has a love of that character...?
That is all that child is going to remember. "...Spider-Man was mean to me..."
Congratulations, you just killed Spider-Man for that kid. That child will more than likely begin to dislike that character from then on.
Nothing like this happened to my son at Steel City Comic-Con this weekend. It just got me thinking as a Dad and a Cos-Player. When I portray a character, I always adopt the persona and embrace it. I act that character out and embrace the fans that ask for pictures and/or shout out their verbal praise. In my head I am saying, "they're fans of this? Heck yea! I'm a fan too!" It makes me happy to know that someone else loves something that I do so much.
Whether you Cos-Play for the fun, the challenge, or even the prize money; I have to give courteous warning. You're not just Cos-Playing for you. You're Cos-Playing for all of the fans. I have seen Cos-Play performers that are mean. Their costumes maybe top notch, but their attitudes weren't. "With Great Cos-Play, Comes Great Responsibility."
"So Spike, why do you always spend your time going to Conventions?" The answer is simple. Because at a convention, everyone is equal. Everyone is there for the same purpose. GEEK-DOM!
All my life, I have been brought up in the church. Russian Orthodox, Presbyterian even "Born Again" non-denominational Assemblies of God. Every single church was filled with the same types and cliques of people. The devout, those that are always there and border line zealot. The "lip-service" weekly's, those that put on their Sunday best and attend putting on a show mean while they live the rest of the week going about their decadent and sinful ways. Then there are the "habitual's" those that just attend because they are so ingrained, so used to it, that they just go through the motions and then drone on through their lives.
Do not get me wrong. I know this is coming off as an atheist rant. It is not. I intend for this article to hopefully be an eye opener. For I am a Christian. I am just a Christian that is tired of judgement, false disciples and people that don't do their homework.
You see, at a Sci-Fi convention, Anime Convention, Comic Book Convention; we are all there for the same purpose. GEEK. NERD. Fan-dom, call it what you will. At a Con, we are all equal. Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist; it DOESN'T MATTER! Under that roof, we are all the same.
I may not be into all things Anime, and the person I just met may not be into the comics or movies that I am. However, we can both agree and admit that we are there for the simple fact that we are fans in some aspect of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy realm. We find common ground and go from there,
This is where the world has gotten it wrong. It's not about confirmations, and baptisms. It's not about how many times you attend service on a Sunday. It's not about whether you prayed your mandatory 5, 10, 15 times that day. It's about your actions as a person.
Did you treat your neighbor kindly? Did you do the best you were able to at your job? Were you selfless, and stop your car to help that person to the side of the road when their car died in the middle of traffic? Did you speak up and defend that kid being bullied in the hallway after class?
You see, as a student and writer of literature, I have often delved into the religions of the world. Although many of the religions say many different things, the main sentiments usually ring true through each and everyone. Don't kill, don't steal, don't rape. Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Now, are there "followers" that read into these or misinterpret these teachings for their own political/societal means and become mass murdering zealots? Sadly yes. Look at ISIS. A ton of idiots, that took their faith and use it to justify their insatiable blood lust. Hell, the Catholic Church did similar things in the Dark Ages.
At a Convention, this isn't an issue. Cos-Players, Artists, Writers, Celebrities, Vendors; we are all there for one thing. It's freaking CON! We get to forget about the corrupt politicians, evil bosses, and the fact that the rest of the world sucks. We get to be our Geeky selves and enjoy each other and the magical escape that Con affords us.
Do I believe in God?
Do I believe that society, on a GLOBAL scale has the misconceived notion that you have to believe their faith is the right one or you are wrong?
You see, the bible says; "...where two or more are gathered, there I am...". It, along with the Koran, the Torrah and much more, all preach the same thing. Ultimate paradise, do no harm and work together. As a Military Veteran, I worked with men and women from many different races, cultures and religious beliefs. They were my Brothers. My Sisters. We got the job done and then partied our butts off. Conventions are much the same way.
We are all there for one purpose. To express our love and passion for all things Sci-Fi/Fantasy related. I am proud to say, that i am a #ProfessionalGeek and that I attend "The Church of Geek" as much as possible. Because according to my faith, and my Bible; Jesus was a fan of mankind and humanity. And there is nothing that exemplifies this aspect of humanity, and the ability to work together and love one another; more than a Con.
Don't you just hate it when a new series comes out, or when a current series puts out it's new issue; and there are 2,3,4,...10 Different Variant Covers?
I remember in the 90's, Marvel started doing story lines that sprawled across multiple series. "Maximum Carnage 1-14" for Spider-Man comes to mind. Back when Marvel almost went bankrupt. (Did they go bankrupt? I can't remember) Anyway, Lately I have been seeing a significant increase in Variant Covers for comic books.
Let me tell you, although the art work is ALWAYS AMAZING! As a collector, this is infuriating. I'm the kind of guy who tries to get the complete run of a series. Now with multiple upon multiple variant covers for issues, this poses a monumental hurdle. I'm not ridiculously wealthy. I can't afford to buy 10 issues of the same darn book, just because there are multiple variants done by different artists.
I mean, it's really cool when a guest artist does a cover for an issue, Todd McFarlane, John Byrne and the like, but when you have 10 different artists, doing 10 different covers; it really puts a strain on the readers wallet.
I had an AMAZING conversation today with John Engel, District Manager and Super Fan boy from New Dimensions Comics. While we both appreciate the art, we were both agreed that this "Catch 22" of comic books is rather stressful and annoying.
For example, "The Walking Dead" Reprints of issue #1 have over 26 variant covers. 26!!!!!!! To quote Jason Mewes from "Dogma"; "...What The Shit Is That?..."
"...I get why they do it. But you're right Spike. It is a bit much to expect readers and fans to get every single one..." He says rocking his much awesome face armor. (beard)
I love the art that goes into the issues. I really do. However, isn't the goal to KEEP your fans, not drive them away by emptying their wallets each month to the point that they stop reading?
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In the world of comic books there is one thing that totally baffles me. Graded comic books.
Don't misunderstand me. I know what they are and don't need explanation of the grading process. That I get. I don't understand the reason why people do it. "It increases the value, and preserves it at that level of quality for all time..."
Relax dude. I understand that too, but what I don't understand is the appeal behind it. You have a hard to find issue, a "holy grail" or "unicorn" of a comic book, you get it graded and BOOM! Sealed forever, you can never read it again.
Or, let's say you find an already graded, hard to find issue that you have been looking forever for. You pay WAY TOO Much money for it, and now it gets to sit on a shelf or in a long box where no-one gets to read it, appreciate it and enjoy it.
"...well I can just download a digital copy and read it there...."
BUT WHERE IS THE JOY?
I guess I am a very practical and tactile person. I like to hold the book in my hand. Smell the pages as they turn. Leaf through the artfully mastered pages and experience the plot developing with every page turn. "Old Fashioned" might be a term one would use.
Look, it is my experience, that graded comic books, largely en masse', are an excuse for store owners and booth dealers at Conventions to ridiculously drive up the price. Even on Amazon and Ebay this occurs. I saw a copy today, of "The Walking Dead #1 Monthly" CGC rated 9.8 being listed for $3,600.00!!!
That is OUTRAGEOUS! Talk about scamming people! At convention, where all prices are usually jacked up anyways, I saw a 9.3 CGC TWD #1 (The same darn book) go for $1,300.00
I get the preserving the book and posterity, blah blah blah...but Price gouging like this pair of clown shoes above; is disgusting. Using a "Graded Book" as the reason to jack up the price is morally wrong. Not that I think that this person is losing any sleep over it. Scum bag. The sad thing is, PEOPLE PAY IT! It blows my mind! Especially, when they buy a graded book they can never read unless the crack it, and "decrease the value".
People are going to continue to get books graded, I'm never going to stop that. I realize this. I just personally want to have the book in hand. I can read it whenever I want. My son can read it. His son and so on.
Certain books that I have read, I can tell you everything about what was happening and going on in my life when I was reading that book. Sites, smells, where I was in the world... I don't get that same experience with digital print. Probably why the concept and appeal of graded comic books eludes me.
Like a creepy old collector, cackling in his dimly lit study polishing his trophies and then putting them back in his vault never to be seen by mankind again. It is for him and him alone. That is how I view graded books. Where as a museum, the books are preserved, and available for all to enjoy for future generations. You can't enjoy it, if it is sealed up and locked away.
Just some food for thought, I will leave you with a conversation from Season 1 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer between Giles, her watcher (played by Anthony Stewart Head) and Jenny Calendar, the Computer teacher (played by Robia LaMorte):
Jenny Calendar: Honestly, what is it about them that bothers you so much?
Giles: The smell.
Jenny Calendar: Computers don't smell, Rupert.
Giles: I know. Smell is the most powerful trigger to the memory there is. A certain flower, or a-a whiff of smoke can bring up experiences long forgotten. Books smell musty and-and-and rich. The knowledge gained from a computer is a... it, uh, it has no-no texture, no-no context. It's-it's there and then it's gone. If it's to last, then-then the getting of knowledge should be, uh, tangible. It should be, um, smelly.
Season 1: Episode 8 "I Robot, You Jane"
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There are NO INTENTIONAL SPOILERS IN THIS ARTICLE! There. I said it. Are you okay? Is the heart attack and almost spontaneous utterance of Internet Troll language gone? Good.
As stated before, there are no intentional spoilers here. If that's what you're looking for, go else where. Also, you should be ashamed. You're like the kid who sneaks around the house looking for where his/her parents hid the Christmas presents. SHAME ON YOU, but I digress.
I will not be revealing plot lines, telling you about whole scenes or that the Butler did it in the final scene. (Inside family joke)
In true "Deadpool" fashion, the movie was AMAZING! Raunchy, bloody, gruesome, warped, filled with profanity and tons of sexual references. THIS IS NOT A MOVIE TO TAKE YOUR 6, 10, 12, 14 year old too!
"...but Spike, it's a comic book movie...." Yes. Yes it is, and if you have ever picked up a Deadpool comic in your life and read it; you would know that this is an ADULT oriented comic book.
"....I'm taking my kid. He's not a wuss and he's 11...." Awesome. Good for you . How very progressive of you. Then you can explain all the breasts, camel toe, sexual positions, strap on up Ryan Reynolds backside and why he masturbates so much in the movie. Okay, there's one spoiler. But no more, I promise.
It's rated "R"
Under 17 not allowed without parent.
"....but Spike, who are you to tell me how to raise my child?"
I'm a parent. I tell you these things because I am trying to help. I don't want you to have to go through the embarrassment I saw today when MULTIPLE parents brought their children to see the "Merc with a Mouth" and then had to leave 20 minutes in because their kid was crying.
I sat there watching the movie, when out of my peripherals I saw parents getting up and leaving, mumbling phrases like, "...Oh my God! This is supposed to be a comic book movie..." and my personal favorite, "...sshhh, sshhh sweetie, I know he's not wearing any pants...."
There are many different types of comic books in the world. From the heroic Captain America and Batman, to the raunch of Deadpool or Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. All it takes is a little time and effort to do some research on the web to find out what you're getting into.
There. Now that I am done preaching, I will get off my soap box and say this. DEADPOOL was EPIC! Not exactly canon to the Comic, but pretty darn close. Tons of 4th wall breaking, quips, one liners that I plan to use in the future and tons of action. Enjoy the movie. I did and so did my wife! Which totally blew my mind.
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So, how does one review a movie without giving away any spoilers to those that haven't seen the movie yet?
One has to approach it as only a True FAN BOY can. You write the article the way a zealot like Fan Boy would want to read an article about his/her favorite Sci-Fi Saga. With class, style, respect and elated Geek Goose Bumps!
There will be no spoilers here. If you want spoilers, you are not a true fan, and should be ashamed. You're lazy and should feel like a low life . Go see the darn movie.
To say that I was eager, excited even flabbergasted to see this movie is an understatement. With no disrespect intended to George Lucas for giving us the original 3 episodes. Episodes 1-3 left me wanting. Were the special effects amazing in Episodes 1-3? Yes. Was the light saber duel between Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi amazing? Hell yes! However George Lucas did Episode VII a huge favor when he said, "...I don't like it...".
I walked into the theater with my 6 year old son, and the intrigue and excitement was overwhelming. The title rolled, the audience clapped and cheered and the story began.
It felt like home. The character development, the humor and "one liners", the action sequences. This is what Episodes 1-3 should have been. A perfect blend of Modern day technology, C.G.I. and classic "original" style film making. I seriously feel that J.J. Abrams did a service to the die hard's by getting back in touch with what the original movies were. Home.
The character attachment you develop to the new and original characters is almost instantaneous. A touch of old with a smothering of new is not overwhelming. The special effects are fantastic! The dog fighting between X-wings and Tie-Fighters is phenomenal!
I have to be honest, I was worried Disney and Abrams were going to botch the whole thing. However they did us justice and put out an amazing movie. I have no doubt that Disney is going to milk every penny they can out of their acquisition of the Star Wars franchise, but if they do what they did with Episode VII; I'm okay with it. The second that it begins to suck, I promise... I will be the first to declare shenanigans!
I GIVE "STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS" 5 STARS *****
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To be quite honest, there are so many AMAZING TV Show Intros that it is really hard to pick and choose.
From Cartoons to Sitcoms and TV Dramas, the choices are a little overwhelming. Knight Rider, G.I. Joe, iZombie; there's just so many.
These are hands down some of my most favorite Intros, but the list is really closer to over 100 show intros. That would be a REALLY LONG article. What would be your Top 15 List? Tell me what your list is in the comments below!
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