Author: Rachele

Note: Contains some spoilers from DAI: Trespasser

It’s been about a month since I finished Dragon Age Inquisition: Trespasser. I’m still a wee bit perturbed.

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Inquisitor Francesca Trevelyan

I wish there was an option for my Inquisitor Trevelyan to tell the Fereldens and Orlesians to go screw themselves. Yeah, I know she gets to lightweight snap and tell them she’ll save the world, again. But seriously, I would have died if she had flipped them the bird and yelled “good luck saving yourselves from Solas, you rotten bastards” as she sauntered out the front door.  Ooh, that would have made my day.

What Happened?

First of all, Orlais can suck it.

I’ve been ride-or-die with Ferelden for 3 games, 15 DLCs and an expansion pack -I didn’t play Leliana’s Song, The Darkspawn Chronicle or The Golems of Amgarrak. Damn, for someone that just got into the Dragon Age series about a year and a half ago, I sure have spent a nice piece of change on these games. Did I mention I’ve read all the books? You’re welcome, Bioware.

Anyhoo, Arl Teagan really had me second-guessing all the choices I made during the series. I mean come on, he had the gall to crawl up my inquisitor’s ass to bitch about the Inquisition that saved his sorry Podunk town. Who slithered out of Redcliffe with his tail between his legs and cried to Alistair? Not Inquisitor Trevelyan! Nope! She only walked in like the boss she is and saved the damn day.

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Arl Teagan Guerrin

Who saved Crestwood from the walking dead and bandits? It wasn’t Arl Teagan Guerrin’s bitch-ass. In two games that chump stood on the sidelines while someone saved his home. Let’s not forget the Hero of Ferelden went to Redcliffe looking to get assistance fighting the blight and ended up saving the town from the undead. What’s up with Ferelden and the undead?

“But Teagan it’s me! I’m the Hero of Ferel . . . oh wait, I’m Inquistor Trevelyan. Nevermind.”  My thoughts when he first yelled at my inquisitor.

Grrr . . . Teagan should be begging The Inquisition to stick around. When he should have been standing his ground against a crazy Tevinter magister, he backed down. He left his arling and his people defenseless to a bunch of lunatics. Luckily my inquisitor, being the hardcore, demon slaying, Venetori crushing, bad-ass she is, rides in doin’ her thang. A little lightning crackling here, an ice mine there, then flash fire. My inquisitor likes to see her enemies burn.

Thus, Redcliffe is saved. What does she get in return? A letter demanding reparations. Wait . . . What? And the letter had a lightweight threat to snitch to Alistair. At least that’s how I took it. Of course, the Inquisition gives in and starts reconstruction in Redcliffe. “Thanks for the save, guys. Now, could you foot the bill for the reconstruction?” Hmm, I wonder if the Inquisition threw in a new windmill.

In hindsight, it sucked that I felt obligated to assist with the reconstruction. It’s not like the Inquisition gave the rebel mages safe harbor in Redcliffe. That was the King of Ferelden. Nor did my Inquisitor Trevelyan set up an alliance with Tevinter. Maybe Teagan should redirect that anger. I know I would. Ha! Who am I kidding? I could never be mad at Alistair (or Fiona for that matter).

In the next game, I hope Solas goes straight to Redcliffe. It seems to be the weakest place in Thedas.

Quick question – Do you think as Teagan was creeping out of Redcliffe, he even once considered taking his emotionally distraught nephew? I mean he went to Alistair. I’m sure Connor would have been more than welcome.

Whatever! Teagan is an asshat. So is just about everyone in Orlais. I still love Alis . . . err Ferelden.

Hmm, this seemed more like Angry Rachele. Ah, what the hell! I was the one playing the game.  Maybe my Inquisitor Lavellan won’t be as angry. But there is Solas . . .yes, Solas. Now he’s a special can of worms.

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Prison School is one of the most vulgar, gross, and silly anime I’ve ever watched . . . and I keep watching it. Why? Well, that is the million dollar question.

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Andre, Joe, Gakuto, Shingo, & Kiyoshi

I love all types of anime. I’m open to any genre; however ecchi is at the bottom of my list. There has to be a good story for me to endure characters with abnormally large breasts and endless crotch shots. I was pretty sure Prison School wouldn’t be my cup of tea, but I gave it a shot. Surprisingly, it has a decent storyline.

Usually, when Funimation announces the simulcast shows for the upcoming season, I wait to see which shows will be dubbed. -Fingers crossed, patiently waiting for dubbed episodes of Seraph of the End: Part 2- Prison School was one of the shows that was dubbed. I try a new show 2-3 episodes before I decide this isn’t the show for me.

Quick Synopsis

Hachimitsu Academy is a private school for girls that has recently started enrolling boys. Kiyoshi, Gakuto, Shingo, Andre and Joe are the only boys enrolled. This doesn’t go over well with most of the girls, especially the members of the Underground Student Council. The boys are caught peeping on girls changing, arrested and given the option to spend a month in the school prison or be expelled. Of course they chose prison. Why the hell is there a prison in the school? 

 I’m Surprised I’m Still Watching

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Meiko

After the first episode, I remember thinking “if there is one more incident with pee, I’m out of here”. Then boom . . . accidental golden showers in the very next episode. What the what? Seriously?

Then there’s Meiko, the vice-president of the Underground Student Council (I call her Boobs McGee) and her endless blacked-out crotch shots. And series of crude moments.  I mean really . . . this show is not for the faint of heart prude-type.  Did I mention the headmaster of the school is a real perve that indulges in his inappropriate fetishes at school?

What Keeps Me Watching?

I want to see the boys win.

Hana
Hana

These girls in the Underground Student Council are ridiculous. Mean, abusive and just plain insane. Hana is a real nutcase. So is Mari, the President; she’s the daughter of the headmaster. Clearly she’s working through some daddy issues and taking them out on the boys. During most of the series, the Underground Student Council has had the upper hand over the boys. I watch every week, rooting for the boys, hoping they’ll turn the tables on these wacky broads. At episode 10, it looks like they may get their chance.

Mari
Mari

Everything about Prison School is so crazy over-the-top, you can’t help but laugh. I think that’s the point. I think the creators have done a good job. I don’t foresee myself seeking out other ecchi anime in the near future, but Prison School has been truly entertaining.

 

 

Watch subbed episodes Prison School on Funimation and Hulu. Get a Funimation All-Access Pass to watch English dubbed episodes.

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After a few days of uncertainty, I’ve decided I will watch the season premiere of Arrow.  First there was the ship that nearly sunk the show for me and I wasn’t feeling the season finale. Yeah, season 3 had its ups and downs, but it was still entertaining. Now add Stephen Amell’s Twitter incident (yeah, I’m still a little peeved but I won’t rehash old news; what’s done is done) had me rethinking my Arrow loyalty.

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Arrow

I was late to the party with Arrow, having only started watching last season. I got into because of my sister, who on more than one occasion insisted . . . I mean urged me to watch the show. Every Wednesday, her Twitter was on fire so I had to see what that was about. I binged watched seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix and I bought the first 4 episodes of season 3 on Amazon Instant. Obviously, I became an instant fan. I love Oliver and Diggle. Who doesn’t? And when the writers pointed me in the direction of the Olicity ship, I hopped on board with everyone else, even though I thought crazy Helena was a better match for him. I mean, she seemed to understand him more than any other woman he “dated”. She wouldn’t have tried to change him, unlike do-gooder Felicity. Snore. It didn’t take me long to hop off the Olicity train.

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Oliver and Felicty

I know, I know . . . “Felicity grounds Oliver; she makes him a better man”. Blah, blah, blah. In my opinion (IN MY OPINION), Felicity weakens him. Not to mention, the off and on childish love story was boring and didn’t give me a reason to give a damn about them . . . well, Felicity (I’ve always been an Oliver Fan First). If I’m being honest, season 3 killed any like I had for Felicity; she has become a truly annoying character. Did they find Deadshot, yet? I have a job for him. It would be nice if Shadow wasn’t dead so she could pop up in Starling City. Oh, the joys of wishful thinking.

Season 3 had its moments, but for me the finale lacked that something special that compelled me to binge the first 2 seasons. I like the finale but I was disappointed at the same time. These few WTF moments from the finale ruined things for me:

  • Felicity rescuing Oliver in the Atom suit was a bit much for me.
  • Why the hell is Nyssa the not new the Ra’s?
  • Olicity riding off into the sunset like it was a series finale was lame.
  • The death of Ra’s al Ghul was blah. Who believes he’s really dead? I don’t. He lived for nearly 200 years. He took a dip in the Lazarus Pit on a regular basis. He’s not dead.

As the new fall season drew closer, I thought I’d go ahead and give Arrow a chance. Then I heard about Stephen Amell’s the Twitter kerfuffle. For a moment, I thought maybe he didn’t want people to watch his show. Or maybe he’s ready for a new gig. It’s possible . . . doubtful, but possible.

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Eric Dane – McSteamy Grey’s Anatomy’s

Like I told my sister after all of this blew up, he’s replaceable. He’s playing a comic book hero and they get replaced all the time. How many people have played Batman and Spiderman over the years? Hell, on The Flash, The Flash is playing The Flash’s dad! So replacing the guy that has yet to become the Green Arrow should be easy. Some of the fans will balk, but with a good enough storyline and good actor to step into the role, it will be fine. Picture it: Oliver grew tired of Felicity’s yammering and drove them both off a cliff on the way back from Coast City. Now transition in the real Green Arrow. Ooh, maybe Eric Dane could play him. McSteamy in green leather . . . I’m down for that. I know . . . what about Oliver’s story; his past, his family and his child? The writers can work that out. I mean come on, Oliver was stabbed through the gut, kicked off a cliff, shirtless in the cold and lived. Sarah Lance drowned a brunette and came back a blonde; was killed again and will turn up in the new DC spinoff Legends of Tomorrow. Let’s not forget Thea died and was brought back to life. I bet the writers can figure out a way to replace Oliver (or change actors), if necessary. Besides, I’m not saying they should replace Stephen Amell, I’m just saying it could be done in a believable manner.

Anyhoo, in spite of a little controversy, a boring ship, and a lame finale I will watch the season premiere. Actually, I’m looking forward to it.

Quick question: Where is Nanda Parbat in relation to Starling City? I mean damn, with the exception of that first trip, it seemed like Oliver was using Goku’s Instant Transmission technique to get back and forth between both places!

Season 4 of Arrow premieres Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 9:00 pm EST, on The CW.

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Sonny Corinthos: Soap Patriarch in the Making?

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A.J. held at gunpoint by Sonny. Sean Kanan (left) as A.J. Quartermaine – Maurice Bernard (right) as Sonny Corinthos

Lately, I’m getting the vibe the writers of General Hospital are trying to make Sonny Corinthos the new patriarch of Port Charles. For me, that is a big HELL NO. Michael “Sonny” Corinthos is not patriarch material. He is no Steve Hardy or Joe Martin from All My Children. Hell he’s not even an Edward Quartermaine.

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John Beradino as Dr. Steve Hardy
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Ray MacDonnell as Dr. Joe Martin of All My Children

I grew up on soap operas. I know that many soap patriarchs don’t start off as squeaky clean, apple pie, all-American boys next door. They are human. But none, to my recollection, have been irredeemable mob kingpins.

I’m not old enough to know if Steve Hardy had flaws, though I suppose he did. Alan Quartermaine was once a philandering scoundrel and he struggled with an addiction to prescription pills. Yeah, I know he accidentally killed someone, but come on, you still can’t compare his sins to Sonny’s. Although he was an imperfect man, he was a redeemable man. As time grew, he grew and he changed. You have to admit some of his fights with Monica were classic. But that’s another story. Speaking of Alan Quartermaine; big freaking mistake killing off this character. Great going former GH writers and execs. You guys suck! I, for one, am glad you all are former. Alan should be the patriarch of the show, right now.

Alan Quartermaine
Stuart Damon as Dr. Alan Quartermaine

Don’t get me wrong, I like Sonny, sometimes and I love Maurice Bernard. I mean who doesn’t love Nico Kelly? However, being portrayed by an amazing actor doesn’t mean a character like Sonny should step into the same position as a character like Steve Hardy or Joe Martin.

Sonny is a mob boss; he’s had many people shot and/or killed. He shot his own son and the biological father of his adopted son! He is a thug. A dramatic, nuanced thug with many entertaining ups and downs, but a thug all the same. Steve Hardy is a character people still look back on fondly with admiration. A person some characters strive to be like. Sonny is not a character that should be revered to that level.

The problem is General Hospital has no one suited for that role, just yet. Most of the men on the show are relatively young, hot, and always ready to mingle. They just don’t have that patriarch-like vibe. Let me clarify; I don’t think a soap patriarch should be older and grandfatherly. He should be someone to look up to, no matter his flaws and complications. He should be a role model for other characters. I could see this being Patrick Drake one day. Or Lucas Jones. Aww, now I’m missing Tony Jones. Why? Why former GH demons? Did you not think the show would last past your piss-poor decisions? You really do suck!

I would love the future patriarch to be a Quartermaine, but Jason is just as unacceptable as Sonny; maybe more so. Jason Morgan was a soulless robot. And it can’t be Jake because . . . well, he’s Jason. If Ned comes back, he would be a great future patriarch. We’ve yet to see what direction they are going to take Michael. Plus he and Dillon are still young. So here’s an idea, forget about having a patriarch on the show and instead have a matriarch? Why not? Why should a man always be the one the whole town loves?

Monica Quartermaine
Leslie Charleson as Dr. Monica Quatermaine

My first choice for matriarch was Monica. Why? Because she’s Monica, duh! I read on a message board that Leslie Charleson is semi-retired {Ha, me and my reliable sources.}, but, Monica could still be the matriarch. Show up for holidays and weddings and drop by the hospital to read the Christmas story. Oh please have Monica read the Christmas story! No more tales of Krampus.

Tracy Quatermaine
Jane Elliot as Tracy Quartermaine

If not Monica, then of course it should be Tracy, because she’s freaking badass Tracy Angelica Quartermaine. Tracy was a piece of work back in the day; and she still is. But she has redeemed herself over time and she is more than worthy of admiration and the role of Port Charles matriarch. Tracy is hardcore and something of a sweetheart. I’ve always loved Tracy, even when she was a first class bitch. Plus, she is a far better person than Sonny Corinthos.

No matter what the writers do with Sonny going forward, they will never be able to erase the character he has been for the past two decades. Everything he did to A.J. Quartermaine and his family, the people he killed or had killed, the constant shoot-outs and all the other mob stuff. How are viewers expected forget his past? How can viewers accept him as a patriarchal figure? Now, I could be wrong. Maybe I’m misreading everything the writers have been doing lately. Perhaps they are not pushing Sonny in the direction of the future patriarch of Port Charles. But if they are . . . NO!

Why don’t they just bring back Robert Scorpio? Please!

 

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