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Powerless: Parks and Wreck

Powerless

For every super fight, there is a city. For every awesome altercation, there is destruction, and largely comic book films have only just begun addressing the fact that heroes like to break stuff. The good guys win and the bad guys get sent away to Arkham or some frightening super-max designed specifically for villain shenanigans. But the aftermath is always, almost the same. Powerless deals with the aftermath and the prevention of each violent event. Luckily, Wayne Securities is tasked with the burden of helping regular people deal with their weird, violent world.

Epi-Pens and plagiarism

This series takes place in the fictionalized Charm City, which is apparently the brighter, more colorful neighbor of Gotham. Day to day, Charm City is bombarded by villains and heroes come to save the day. Of course after a while, any person will get jaded when they have to live in constant fear of city level destruction. So as Emily, played by Vanessa Hudgens, watches in awe as her morning commute is disturbed by a massive fight, other citizens just try their best to ignore it. At work, it’s revealed that Emily is tasked with helping motivate the staff of the strangely start-up like Wayne Securities.

The company’s hugest accomplishment was the creation of the Joker gas epi-pen, but ever since that, Wayne Securities has been coasting and just choose to rip off Lex Corp. It’s a funny premise and the topic of people dealing with super hero destruction is unique. However, that doesn’t mean the series is wholly original.

Powerless

Powerless

Old Familiar Places

It’s not far-fetched to say that Powerless follows sitcom formulas quite closely. The cast is made up of familiar faces like Danny Pudi and Alan Tudyk, both of which bring their bubbly charms in spades. Vanessa Hudgens plays the quirky bright eyed, small town girl quite well but this is where the series kind of falls into same-y territory. There are inspirations taken from a number of other comedy shows like Parks and Rec, along with other series that feature quirky characters and goofy office shenanigans. At the same time, Powerless also leans heavily on wink and nod humor in its references to the DC universe at large.

DC's Powerless

DC’s Powerless

The Staying Power

At the end of the day, Powerless is an inoffensive sitcom with a lot of comic book references and a bit of potential. The first episode has just come out and a lot of other shows only find their stride after a few more episodes. It’s a fun watch and only the future will tell whether or not this show will get a bit cleverer. Try it out, because there are a few funny gags in its half hour run time and its closest rival, Marvel’s Damage Control, won’t be out for a bit longer.




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I think I’m thinking too much reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy (A Review)

Guardians of the Galaxy

It’s very hard not to fall in love with The Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s got a great lineup of very talented actors, a plot which doesn’t take itself too seriously, and enough balls to make fun of what superhero films stand for.

Not to mention a mix tape that hit the number 1 slot on iTunes. Boy oh boy I haven’t overplayed something that much since Protest the Hero’s Volition.

Everyone’s already done a review for the film, no doubt, so instead, I wanted to talk about what lies right beneath the skin of the film. GotG is trying to teach us a funny lesson about hope. Like how Sesame Street and the Muppets used to do.

Okay, before you close this page and start scoffing, think on this for a few seconds. The Guardians are composed of very broken people. We have Gomorra, whose planet was destroyed and is now serving the man who did it. Drax, always filled with anger and only aims to exact his revenge upon the monster who murdered his family. Then there’s Rocket Raccoon, who is basically a Frankensteined creation with some very deep existential issues. Finally, there’s that tree guy, I don’t remember his name.

This band of misfits is led by a boy from earth, and yeah, this dude acts like a little boy all throughout the film. His youth was robbed from him when he got abducted by an alien mercenary group called the Ravagers.

You can probably see why cynicism is the default function through which all these characters relate to one another. However, their prickly and often antisocial behavior is the thing that centralizes them. It gives the Guardians a very human core. So when they start hoping, you actually start believing in the reality of their change.

Because they don’t start out hoping like Captain America does. They aren’t solidly dark throughout the film like in Man of Steel. In the span of a 2 hours film, we see the group change and learn about the importance of placing faith in people, though cautiously, as if they’ve been through this before with very negative results. Does that sound familiar to you?

But the thing that gets me about GotG is that they don’t go the way of the care bears by becoming obsessed with spreading love and friendship everywhere. No, instead they pepper their hope with zany antics and often almost anti-climactic punch lines. James Gunn decides to pull the most left field ending battle ever, and yet somehow, I liked it better than the action packed final act of The Winter Soldier.

GotG is about cynics coming together and discovering that they can trust people again. And that’s one helluva message if you ask me.

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In the Flesh: Whooping the Walking Dead’s Rotting Bum (A Review)

In The Flesh

In the Flesh opens like any other standard zombie fare would. A young woman rolls around on a shopping cart, gleefully collecting supplies. She’s having a conversation through a walkie talkie, and that provides enough distraction for the undead to get the drop on her. What ensues is a bloody scene, where one would assume the hero would be introduced. But not in the way you’d expect him to be.

Now I’m a firm believer of Internet rules, so here it goes. The show is great and the writing is brilliant, however if I mention the plotline, I’d be robbing you of a good hook.

So… LOL 5P01L3R5…

Are you still here? Well then, you must be interested in hearing the rest of the story. What happens in the grocery, as I mentioned, seems like a standard action set up, almost reminiscent of that one moment in 28 Days Later. However, instead of heroes popping in to kill the zombies, turns out it was all a flashback and the one having it is a reformed zombie. What follows next are a series of revelations about a Rising of the dead in 2009. How neighborhoods fought back, and how humanity managed to find a cure for the rotter disease.

In The Flesh

In The Flesh

Now a lot of you can probably figure out from here that this reintegration into society might be a heavy handed metaphor for racial integration. In fact, one of the major factions in the town is a local militia hell bent on keeping this from happening and that almost mirrors the equal rights groups during the civil rights movement. It might actually be a clever means of getting you hooked in, but I’ll leave the heavy thinking to you guys.

There’s a new level of drama to be had here that the Walking Dead television series has yet to touch. While WD is still one of the best currently running graphic novels around, its TV counterpart may need a little help with its inconsistent writing. Maybe they can learn a thing or two from In the Flesh’s well-paced and twist filled storytelling.

In The Flesh

In The Flesh

If you’re still interested in redemptive storylines, check out the returned. It’s a French zombie show that runs a lot slower, but boils a lot harder. For people who want a lighter twist on the cured zombie concept, you can check out Warm Bodies.

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Guardians of the Groove…What!?

Guardians of the Galaxy

Although the movie is sadly not totally faithful to the comic, we here at TheGameArmory only have sublime applause for how well the movie was made. I’m sure that a lot of you have seen the motion picture by this time but we could say that only those from the past eons of the 80s and 90s will fully appreciate the value of a mixed tape and of course, a Walkman. And what a mind blasting reminiscent sound track this picture packs. For whatever reason the makers had for putting in such low budget sound tracks for high caliber futuristic content, we could but only give them a nomination for this year’s geek movie category. We don’t want to spoil the flick for those who haven’t seen it but be prepared for some corny dance moves and a whole bunch of laughs. And if I were you, I’d bring along a pack of my comic geek buddies and a pair of boxing gloves (for the after show discussion)…just to spice it up a bit. Don’t forget to play the sound track while your having at it.

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Snowpiercer: Killing Your Soul One Train Car At A Time (A Review)

Snow Piercer

There’s not a lot to be said about this film that hasn’t already been blasted by other more established sources. It’s the pet project of Joon Ho Bong, and numerous prominent western actors but that’s not what made this film so good. Themes are important when it comes to films, and Snowpiercer’s absolutely filled with philosophical ideas and they’re pretty well executed. It’s just a shame that this film is so relentlessly dark.

What starts as a revolution, quickly turns into revelations about the nature of the train and its inhabitants. Each car that Chris Evans and his motley crew conquers reveals an ever darker secret about their so-called utopia. The film touches on the delicate balance of nature, the importance of children, and how the big guy may actually have some very twisted plans regarding the control of the population. In fact, if you take a look at the Ferguson crisis erupting now, you may actually draw a few parallels for yourself. I highly suggest this film for those that want to kill off their optimism just for a little while.

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Would you care to Photosynthesize with me? (Knights of Sidonia Review)

Originally a manga series by Tsutomu Nihei, Knights of Sidonia(not to be confused with Knights of Cydonia the song by Muse) tells the tale of the last(?) human colony ship(Sidonia) to survive the invasion and destruction of Earth by an alien race called the Gauna. With a dwindling population Sidonia fears the imminent assault of the Gauna and trains its most promising youth to pilot the Gardes – mechanized robots armed with a long range cannon and the priceless spears called the Kabizashi.

The story revolves around Nagate Tanikaze, seemingly, the last human who is plagued by hunger. This due to his inability to photosynthesize. Knights of Sidonia accounts Nagate’s rude awakening into being a Gardes pilot.

The series will remind you of the classic treatment of the robot pilot series of the 90s. The Gauna and Gardes share the same depth the Angels and EVAs of Neon Genesis Evangelion. The story may seem jagged and hurried at the beginning, even a bit disjointed at times, delving deeper into this series is, in a weird way, its own reward. The beauty of Knights of Sidonia is in how all your questions appear to be answered as the story unfolds, ’til you come to a point where everything pretty much fits and makes sense.

The story telling is thoughtfully done and compelling, with epic space battles and even a tiny tint of be being marooned in space. Knights of Sidonia is easily one of our favorite animes released this year.

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Kingdom Under Fire II OBT Gameplay(PH Server)

You can play KUFII by registering under on of the following servers. We tried to find an NA server but can’t see one as of yet. There maybe IP restrictions per region so do look them up first. If you own a PS4 you might as well wait as the game looks like it would be awesome to play on a console. Thanks for watching!

kuf2.mmog.asia/
kuf2.ph/
www.kufii.eu/

A link to an Interview with Sang Youn Lee – Kingdom Under Fire II’s Executive Director
http://mmoculture.com/2014/01/kingdom-under-fire-ii-exclusive-interview-with-developer-blueside/

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