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From Dragon Master to Dragon Knight. Can Kung Fu Panda Regain His Honour?

2 Aug

Kung Fu Panda Dragon Knight Poster

Available to view on Netflix
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Po (Jack Black) has to make “The Journey to the West” in true Monkey King fashion if he’s to regain his honour. In the latest entry to the Kung Fu Panda franchise, he’s neither the Dragon Master nor the Dragon Knight (the title of this latest series) because his tomfoolery destroyed a village. Also, he let it lose its most precious protected relic to two weasels. If he can’t recover the stolen WuGao Gauntlet with Luthera of Landreth (Rita Ora), a bear from England, then he’ll have a lot more to lose. But this female knight has problems too.

If this plot sounds familiar, that’s because we’ve seen it before in Avatar: The Last Avatar and Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. It combines ideas from the early seasons. One is in finding your true potential all over again. To see Po wanting to see people to have faith in him is far more important than the other arc about saving the world from a Thanos level threat.

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Conjuring Kesha Isn’t All That Scary or Compelling

31 Jul

Kesha wants to be more than a musician these days. Now, she’s a wannabe ghost hunter in Conjuring Kesha—if that’s what she is doing. Instead of entertaining listeners with her good vibrations, she wants to make it weird. All she’s getting from these visits is the experience of getting spooked. This pseudo Reality TV program is allegedly a continuation of this singer’s short-lived podcast, Kesha and the Creepies, and if this show is any indication, I can’t wait to see her appear in the cartoon series, Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? (should it get a third season).

I suspect the idea to produce both series didn’t come to mind after appearing in The Haunting of eight years ago. She presented herself differently and I like this show more. It’s a lot more realistic than what’s shown in Conjuring Kesha. This new show feels like, in essence, to be very much like The Osbournes: Night of Terror.

Before this occupational switch, she’s an EDM superstar. Because of this, I knew she would eventually sing. However, I can’t tell if her voice will wake the dead. To be fair, I had to watch more than four episodes to see if that’d happen. Instead, the last two episodes saw her go camping in the woods at Mount Shasta, where she hopes to meet bigfoot! It’s a shame she didn’t go visit Devil’s Tower, where it served as a backdrop to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. She would have better luck for a supernatural meet-up there!

The latest concerns the Odd Fellows Lodge in Illinois–to which I doubt all the meeting places are equally haunted. Nothing was said about how this association has Lodges everywhere around the world and they aren’t necessarily a secret society. I have to wonder what other members elsewhere thinks. Between this outing (which offers nothing new when compared to other paranormal reality tv shows) and past, I can’t say I’ll bother with the finale, unless we hear from the news she’s quit because of some recent encounter giving her grey hair.

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Spooked Scotland is Mostly Popcorn Style Scary Shananigans

23 Jun

Spooked ScotlandStreaming on Discovery Plus
New episodes every Friday

Most people know the United Kingdom is the most paranormally active sovereign collective in the world. Here, each separate country is freaky in its own unique way, and it’s about time there’s a show about Spooked Scotland. This series is very similar to other shows. As it is in now mid-season, I can finally remark about which aspects of its production works or not.

The good news is that this paranormal reality tv show offers a lot of interesting locales. Gail Porter is the host, and Chris Fleming is the lead investigator. Tech specialist Ryan O’Neill and parapsychologist Dr. Evelyn Hollow round out their team. Long time fans of this genre may remember the leads from Dead Famous, which ran from 2004 to 2006. However, as with every program that’s out there, they have their fair share of critics. I don’t believe celebrities should be chased down to see if they’re still lingering around. When Harry Houdini can’t make the greatest escape of them all, then some things are best left buried.

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Ms. Marvel’s On That Lonely Road of the Gypsy

9 Jun

Ms. MarvelAvailable to View on Disney Plus
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How many Marvels exist in the MCU? With the release of Ms. Marvel on Disney Plus, it’s safe to say she’ll join the ranks of even more characters with Marvel as part of their name. That is, we’re expecting Marvel Girl aka Jean Grey to arrive next. But for now, a miniseries about a young Pakistani girl, Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), having a rough go at life at home and in school.

After the damage wrought in the past MCU films, nowhere is safe. In Jersey City, this youth is just living the typical life of being just another face. Her parents want her safe from this terror and will do anything to protect their little girl. Continue reading

A Bold New Look with Star Trek’s Strange New Worlds

16 May

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds poster features the classic USS EnterpriseStreaming on Paramount+

Some long time fans of Star Trek might investigate the latest, Strange New Worlds (SNW). It’s almost a return to form. Not everyone will take to it, and I’ve spoken to a few of my friends who are steadfast in their opinion in our nerd chats. To be specific, since it’s part of the rebooted Kelvin timeline, there’s no true link with Gene Roddenberry’s creation.

Co-showrunner Henry Alonso Myers wanted to produce Star Trek in the way it was originally done, and this series honours that aspect. The stories have given Captain Pike (Anson Mount), Spock (Ethen Peck) and crew more backstory to character development to appreciate. At least the direction is off to a good start.

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