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E’ery Halloween, Mass Media is All Over the Paranormal & Pop Culture

30 Oct

ed in shadowBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
Former Paranormal Investigator for PARAVI

Practically every Halloween season will see the media be all over the paranormal. Whether that is through an increase in articles in a published work (newspapers), on television, with more movies than usual or a sudden rise in public ghost hunts, the choices are not limited. The big question some folks may have is which of these is the best to participate in or to experience some thrills? Television networks believe having a special during this time is fashionable. When programs like Ghost Wars and Ghosted are two new entries, this genre will not fade away anytime soon. Not only has interest in the spiritual world become part of the pop culture scene — beyond comic books, fiction and film — the wonder of why some folks want to investigate these haunted places now than at any other time come into question.

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The Fun Continues with The Freemaker Adventures. Will There Be A Season Three?

30 Sep

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The team behind making LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures has not only kept to the true spirit of but also added to the mythos of both franchises. The writing is exceptional because it includes jocular nods to the dialogue from the original films and how can anyone not like this construction set? I would not be surprised if Rowan, the lead character, starts appearing in the LEGO Universe video game (if he has not already). Like the new films by Disney/Lucasfilm, this troubled part of a galaxy far, far away shows how other people is affected by an Empire intent on ruling through tyranny.

The video release is coming and my hopes is to see it appear on shelves before the next film in December. The timing will also be right because this month was when season one became available for purchase.

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Returning to the Fold: Thoughts on the Ixalan Release

20 Sep

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

As the release of Wizards of the Coast’s Magic the Gathering Ixalan nears and the spoiler card information is fully released, everything I’m discovering about it is hardly exciting. Set one offers a bit of cool narrative, but I’m still not entirely sold in this mixed genre realm. Plus, the news on the incentive promotion cards for Friday Night Magic changing to token cards next month is more of a deterring factor. Because these participation bonuses are not shiny, I’m not as inclined to participate.

The Davy Jones in me thinks the plunder is slim. The last set drained my funds so I can pick up duplicates of certain cards. Ixalan offers very little I truly want to play with. While Sorcerous Spyglass and Revel in Riches are two nice cards, the appeal of fighting dinosaurs is not all that hot. I still feel going Land of the Lost should be its own entity. I do not mind the vampire pirates as much (I was hoping for a few lich types inspired from Pirates of the Caribbean), but I have a burning question: just how much sunblock are they wearing to in order to cross the sea to arrive at a new world? The folklorist in me is appalled by the fact these members of the undead can cross water. This fact goes against tradition.

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The Rocky Road to Star Trek: Discovery

18 Sep

By Shawn Trommeshauser
(Dreaming in Digital)

Debuting Sept 24, 2017 on CBS (USA), Space (Canada) and Netflix (other countries).

I hope Star Trek: Discovery is great! I honestly do! This series needed a revitalisation ever since Enterprise ended after only four seasons back in 2005. Even though the reboot series of films has kept the series in the public eye, they clearly traded an exploration of science and the human condition for flashy effects, and intense battles.

The ‘Kelvin’ universe movies, as they’ve come to be known as, are fun, humorous adventures, but they are not very good at doing what makes Star Trek special. They certainly lost something along the way in the transition into full-fledged action movies and most people I’ve spoken to agree.

The reboot films have to be given some slack because it’s impossible to build up and maintain the kind of lore and character comradery that the Star Trek TV series offer when you’re limited to a single story every couple of years. And in today’s environment, it would be much more feasible convincing a movie studio to fund a rollercoaster of an action film would be much more feasible than something more along the lines of “Inner Light,” easily one of the best episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation — a much more cerebral story where Captain Picard learns of the culture and fate of an alien civilization when a probe makes him live out a lifetime inside his own mind.

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