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The Holzer Files Season One in Review

31 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

* Renewed for season two;
Due Late 2020

There’s now a running joke that those still self-isolating are are living alone will notice every noise made–the ghosts– around them. Whether that’s because you’re living in a haunted house, or someone is playing a prank, I think the ongoing request to stay at home is a good time to get caught up with programs like The Holzer Files. 

This paranormal reality show is over the top because the post production elements overshadows everything else. These inserts have the feel of reviving the golden oldies—the stuff you hear on radio—than to get serious about the matter. When considering you’re listening to old tape recordings of trance mediums from the original case files of Hans Holzer channeling their best version of Kane, the malevolent preacher in the 1986 movie Poltergeist II: The Other Side, I can’t take this program seriously.

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Unravelling All That is … Frankenstein Undone #2

29 May

Available Now
Dark Horse Comics

Spoiler Alert

In the last issue of Frankenstein Undone, the beast swore to be consumed by fire not as an act of cleansing but to be rid of those dark impulses which defined him. In the second issue released this week, we look at the creature’s life turned around at an isolated Eskimo-like village. He’s at peace, and there’s people here who won’t judge him by his looks and now demure nature.

The human he rescued is a shapeshifter. Though they share a mutual bond, the question of whether his name, Arobas, can be etymologically traced to Ouroboros  (where life can be seen as cyclic) was being considered in the back of my head. When these two are seeking redemption from their past, the cues are certainly there.

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[Unboxing] Magic the Gathering, Godzilla, Ikoria & This Franchise’s Future…

27 May

MTG Booster Box (36ct) Ikoria Lair of Behemoths (IKO) — Twenty ...By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Not every set of Magic the Gathering is worth playing. My interest lays less on being devoted to this hobby of CCGs and more on where the narrative is headed. The story-based focus has been at the forefront for years now, and I can thankfully ditch the expensive side of the hobby and simply enjoy the tale.

After War of the Spark, the story concerning the desert gods from Amonkhet came full circle (died) and lest Hazoret returns, I’m biding my time to see what the next expansions offer.

When I heard about a partnership with TOHO Studios, my interest peaked at what’s going to happen. Planeswalkers Vivien ReidLukka and Narset will no doubt be important. Plus, you can never go wrong with giant monsters! Ikoria fulfills my fondest desires with the trample mechanic. The two recent additions–mutate and companion–might break standard play, but I’ll rely on reports than experiment to find out myself. For now, I can also go full on Kaiju with alternate art cards in my play deck on those kitchen table games with my buddies.

As my unboxing video shows, I got extremely lucky with pulling not one but two of the few most talked about cards.

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On Where DC’s Stargirl Sparkles

23 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

DC’s Stargirl has the golly gee feel of classic Americana, and I can’t wait to see the mecha S.T.R.I.P.E. in action! In this latest live action superhero treatment, high school student Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) has a lot to learn about her past. Her biological dad went missing and she’s the next in line to carry his badge of honour. Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson) is part of this mystery, and when he becomes her stepdad some time later, that can either lead to problems or he has a secret agenda.

Technically, the story is set in the modern day in Blue Valley, Kansas. It’s as laid back as it can be, more reminiscent of the bygone era when we had radios belting out the tunes than smartphones.

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