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Episode Recap: Agents of SHIELD s4e22 – “Worlds End”

By May 18, 2017 Entertainment, Marvel, Reviews, SuperHeroes, TV

The season finale has passed, and thus Agents of SHIELD ends it’s 4th season.  It’s been an amazing season, and the best news is that ABC finally announced that SHIELD has been picked up for a 5th season, along with the new TV series The Inhumans.  So, we will get to see the SHIELD cast return for season 5, and probably help jumpstart the Inhumans show.

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Episode Recap: The Flash S4E22 – “Infantino Street”

By May 17, 2017 DC, Entertainment, Reviews, SuperHeroes, TV

Last nights Flash was, to say the least, the payoff to what has been growing since we first saw Barry travel into the future.  We see the showdown at Infantino Street where Savitar stabs Iris and kills her.

They have shown flash backs, and flash forwards of Savitar stabbing Iris, since the first time Barry flashed-forward.  Savitar raises his arm, Barry tries to run, Savitar says “Finally, I am free of you!” and stabs Iris.  We’ve seen it in Cisco’s Vibe-visions, as well as the multiple times they’ve replayed it and re-visited the time.

The circle keeps looping, and Iris is stabbed.  No matter what Barry tries, Iris always ends up dead.

Last night, was their last chance to save her.

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Top 4 Wrestlers of all time

By May 13, 2017 All The Rest, Entertainment, Ramblings, Reviews, TV, Wrestling

Now, that might seem like a difficult list.  There are a few wrestlers who can call themselves the “Greatest of all time” or, GOAT.

Some think Bruno Sammartino can make claim to that title. He carried the WWWF, and wrestling in general, for decades.  The same can be said for the women’s division, with the Fabulous Moolah.  No one can deny Ric Flair as being “The Man” and a contender for the title of greatest of all time.  Recently, Chris Jericho has become the self professed GOAT.  Many said for years Daniel Bryan was the GOAT, and even had JBL calling him “goat-faced” etc to help sell it.

But ultimately, there are only four wrestlers who transcended the sport.  Who somehow become bigger than the sport itself, and who deserve the title of Greatest of All Time

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Morning Breakfast Recipe: Blueberry Cobbler

By May 13, 2017 Food, Ramblings, Recipe, Reviews

This morning for breakfast, my girlfriend and I looked at each other, with no idea what to make for breakfast.

We had just been to the store yesterday so we had everything you need to make something good.  But neither of us wanted to work too hard to make said breakfast.

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Restaurant Review: Outback Steakhouse Laughlin, NV

By May 12, 2017 Food, Reviews

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to visit Laughlin, Nevada. My father had flown out for a visit, and that was where he was staying.  Laughlin is a great little town, right on the edge of the Colorado River, and is on the very edge of Nevada, across the river from Bullhead City, Arizona.  The big attraction for Laughlin is that it’s a place with casinos, fairly nice hotels, a great view of the river, great restaurants, and almost none of the traffic of Las Vegas, or the crowds, and a fraction of the price.

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Episode Recap: The Big Bang Theory S10E24 – ‘The Long Distance Dissonance”

By May 12, 2017 All The Rest, Entertainment, Reviews, TV

The big news from the Big Bang Theory camp is, of course, the fact that the show was renewed for the next two years.  Fans reacted by giving them the lowest ratings in years.  Why?  Perhaps since they felt the show was ‘safe’ and they could watch the episode some other time.  Even the DVR replays were down.  Was it the storyline?  Was it that some people don’t like Sheldon and Leonard not living together?  Sure, it’s across the hall, but they’re no longer two nerds living together, now they’re two adult nerds living with their girlfriends, and live near each other.  It’s a subtle shift, and one I experienced in my own life in the past and again recently, but perhaps that shift was enough to give views a pause.

Whatever the reason, this show is going strong, and the season ended on a huge cliffhanger.

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Movie Review – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

By May 12, 2017 Entertainment, Marvel, Movies, Reviews, SuperHeroes

The Guardians of the Galaxy was a smash hit when it came out.  Those who knew Marvel, and were comic book nerds (like myself), knew characters like Rocket and Groot could be popular.  I had seen the team, as the ‘old’ Guardians, before the movie, on Marvel’s animated series, as well as the comic version, for several  years before this movie came out.  The animated series usually centered more on Rocket being the most interesting, as he is more often than not doing the talking.  Star Lord was a much more serious, stoic, and ‘mysterious’ character.  And his helmet was a LOT different!

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Episode Recap: Agents of SHIELD S4E21 “The Return”

By May 11, 2017 Entertainment, Marvel, Reviews, Stuff I Like, SuperHeroes, TV

Wow.  That’s all I can say about this season.  Last night’s episode was, to say the least, pretty emotional.

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Guest Blogger: Starr Piercy – The Quest for The Perfect Cheeseburger

By May 8, 2017 All The Rest, Food, Guest Bloggers, Ramblings, Reviews, Stuff I Like, Travel

Originally posted Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at www.StarrPiercy.com

The Quest for The Perfect Cheeseburger

I don’t know what it is about a burger. Perhaps it’s the juicy meat patty or the melty cheese; maybe it’s the soft bun or a nice hard ciabatta bun! Man, I was in heaven when Jack in The Box had the Ciabatta burger! Pretzel buns never really struck me though. I mean seriously…what was that about? I love a Wendy’s Baconator, and Scott has totally sold me on In N Out’s Double Double Animal Style, my favorite though is BBQ Bacon and Cheddar burger from Smashburger…that with some SmashFries…yum!

Clearly, I have a thing about burgers.

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Let’s Talk: Agents of SHIELD S4E20 “Farewell, Cruel World!”

By May 5, 2017 Entertainment, Marvel, Reviews, SuperHeroes, TV

So, the latest episode of the Agents of SHIELD has come and gone this last Tuesday. Another adventure in the Framework – with some possible lasting consequences.  And with only a couple of episodes left in the season, we’re going to have to have some closure..soon!  I hope it’s not too much of a cliffhanger season closer.

Here are the Agents, they know where the backdoor out is, it was programmed by Radcliffe originally, it cannot be removed, so they know that’s their only way out.  AIDA (aka Ophelia) is working on something called “Project Looking Glass” which is supposed to, some how, give her a body in the ‘real’ world, and allowing her to be fully human and circumvent her programming.  Specifically the programming not to kill humans, especially the Agents of SHIELD, and MOST especially, anyone connected to the Framework.    It’s a bit of a convoluted way to get her into a human body, but the Darkhold has plans within plans.  There always seems to be another later.

We while have the Agents trying to escape, Ophelia is in critical condition in the Framework, thanks to Daisy’s 44th story defenestration of her.  She is running Hydra from a hospital bed, as they work to complete their side of Project Looking Glass.  In the Real World, she has the Russian running things, as he is an android now, too.  She keeps promising him a new body, so he’s working with he.  For now.  I’m sure that won’t last.

During this, Simmons asks May about Fitz, and finds out his father is alive, and the reason why Fitz is such a terrible person in the Framework.  His dad’s influence makes him a cold,heartless man, with no room for sentimentality…except for Ophelia.  And Ophelia and Fitz’s dad both make use of that love to manipulate him to no end.  So now that Simmons know what caused Fitz to change, she thinks she can solve it, by confronting the father.  In his home.  Alone.  With no one else there as backup.  But hey, she brought a gun, so she could threaten him!

Simmons makes Fitz’s dad call him, and during the call, tells her the fugitive is with him.  He reaches out, and tries to strangle Simmons, as they both fall to the floor.  He is near the point of killing Simmons when she fires off her gun.  Fitz gets to hear it all over the phone, as his father dies.  He swears vengeance, and chases after her, wanting to kill her as she killed his dad.  Simmons returns to the SHIELD base, and Daisy convinces her to go to the back-door location.

The AGENTS leave, taking Mack (who doesn’t want to go), and leaving Tripp behind (because he’s dead in the real world, the exit wouldn’t do anything for him….right?).  They head to the location of the back-door, but when they get there, they see some changes have been made.  AIDA couldn’t destroy the back-door, it was hard-coded into the Framework by Radcliffe.  But she has changed te nature of the area.  Instead of it being a nice, public park, and the back door being a pool of water – AIDA has made it a steel mill, and the portal is a vat of molten steel.  Not much of an exit anymore.

Fitz is close behind, and Mack discovers he was tricked.  This wasn’t a mission that needed him for his skills, but because Daisy wants him to return to the real world.  The Hydra stormtroopers show up, and start shooting.  Daisy realizes she can quake the molten steel out of the way, and below is revealed the reflecting pool exit.  Coulson starts towards it, but is shot in the chest.  He collapses, while May comforts him, and he says it all feels familiar (A call back to The Avengers movie, of course).  She pushes him through the portal, and Coulson is out!  May follows soon behind.  Free of the Framework, and trying to readjust to their normal lives, Coulson immediately takes a scalpel to AIDS’s body, which is connected to the Framework….effectively killing her!

Inside the Framework, Simmons confronts Fitz, expressing her love, and giving him every chance to ‘come out of it!  I know you’re in there!”.  That speech doesn’t work, although TV history says it should, and right before Fitz puts a bullet in the head of the woman he really loves, Radcliffe kills the two Hydra agents keeping guard over him, and knocks Fitz out.  They carry him to the exit, and push him through.  Fitz wake u p, and is absolutely horrified by his actions in the Framework – including the death of Director Mace in the real world.  He fights for emotional equilibrium as Coulson and May try to confirm him.

Inside, Simmons has a heart-to-heart with Radcliffe, about how it’s all his fault and not Fitz’s.  She gets out, and is awakened in the airplane where she and Daisy had their Framework pods plugged in.  Unfortunately, that aircraft is almost out of power, and is being gunned down by a Russian plane.  Not a great place to come back to.

Daisy is still inside the Framework, talking with Mack, trying to convince him to come home.  He asks about his daughter, Hope.  Daisy tells him the truth, that Hope is dead in the real world.  She explains that’s how AIDA keeps him from wanting to leave, is by giving him a false daughter.  He sees the digital reality revealed around him when Coulson and May leave.  He knows it’s a recreation, and not real.  Daisy pleads for him to come, but he refuses.  If his daughter isn’t alive in the real world, he isn’t going back.  Daisy finally has to leave him behind, hoping she can convince him to leave at a later date.

So, she exits, Yo-yo asks about Mack, and she has to apologize for leaving him behind.  Yo-yo is devastated, but they have more pressing problems – like the Russians shooting them down!  Mack is shown going back to the SHIELD base, and meeting up with Tripp who is looking over Mack’s daughter, Hope.  Tripp says he didn’t think Mack was coming back, but Mack says he could never leave his daughter.

So the end of the episode comes with Everyone but Mack waking from the Framework, AIDA’s robot head on thee ground, and everyone thinking that it’s over.

Then AIDA shows up, in her human form.  Fitz is still enthralled by her, and is inadvertently blocking May’s view, and shot.  May wants desperately to kill AIDA< and end the threat.  But Fitz is blocking.  AIDA gets closer to Fits, holds his hand, saying how she is real, and can feel, and can experience!  Then she grabs him in a hug, and seems to teleport away.

So, Mack stays behind, neither Ward, nor Tripp, nor even Hope gets a new body to come back from the dead, and AIDA gets away with Fitz and her human body – and SOME kind of power?

I think back to where this all started, with the Darkhold.  Obviously, there is a long term plan.

Plus, if the Darkhold is involved, it means Ghost Rider will be back!  And that is good news for the Agents of SHIELD.

 

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