Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thursday with Amber Heard

Batman & the Outsiders #5


The Outsiders have arrived in Khadym to search for the missing Sofia Ramos. The search ends up leading the team into not one but two separate traps. For the first, Black Lightning, Katana, and Kaliber walk into with their eyes open having found Sofia. The second is sprung on the remaining members of the team while the rest fight for their lives in the desert.

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Batman #78


"City of Bane" catches up with Batman and Catwoman on the road back to Gotham City. On an unnamed beach, somewhere still far from home, Catwoman continues to help Bruce Wayne get back to full strength (both physically and mentally). This means a bit of training, and quite a bit of dialogue between the pair who recognize, but are not willing to give into, the attraction that still exists between them.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Titans - Trigon


In a dick move, Titans returns for its Second Season with a premiere which feels very much like it should have been the First Season's finale. Almost entirely dealing with themes from the previous season, "Trigon" begins with Trigon (Seamus Dever) brainwashing the rest of his daughter's friends just as he did to in the previous season's finale to Robin (Brenton Thwaites), proving that a full episode didn't need to be devoted the the alternate reality mind games he pushed Dick through in "Dick Grayson" (as Trigon manages to brainwash nearly the entire group, who are then able to break his control, all in less than half that time).

Event Leviathan #4


Event Leviathan continues as the heroes are still no closer to identifying who is behind the attack on all the DCU's spy agencies. The issue opens with Superman recounting his encounter with the apparent head of the organization, and his defeat as Leviathan was able to use some kind of temporal weapon to counter his super-speed and make off with Amanda Waller (who the group very much wants alive).

Lucifer - Save Lucifer


The penultimate episode of Lucifer's Fourth Season features the death of a local celebrity realtor and Lucifer (Tom Ellis) struggling with becoming more and more demonic. While the murder of the week boils down to family drama and squabbles, Lucifer's transformation is much harder for Chloe (Lauren German) to deal with. In a watershed moment for her character, Chloe accepts Lucifer (devil wings and all) and in doing so allows Lucifer to accept and forgive himself for his past mistakes. Tying back to Chloe's season-long struggle with the bombshell she learned at the end of the previous season, this would allow the season to end on a happy note for both Devil and detective, but fate it seems has other plans. The episode is also notable for the birth of Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) and Linda's (Rachael Harris) child whose mere existence will lead to trouble for everyone involved the the series finale.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Young Justice #8


The team's travels through the Multiverse continue in Young Justice #8 when they discover they've been dropped off in the evil mirror dimension of Earth 3. The comic features our heroes getting their butts kicked (rather soundly at times) by mirror images of themselves and other heroes from their own world (although our heroes do manage to get a few licks in).

Patriot - Milwaukee, America


The opening episode of Patriot introduces us to burned-out intelligence officer John Tavner (Michael Dorman), and the son of the head of the agency (Terry O'Quinn). Since the end of his last assignment, John has been hanging out in Amsterdam getting stoned and writing autobiographical folk songs which are becoming more and more about his botched missions. With Iraq elections holding the key to the continued stall or reinvigoration of the country's weapons program, the elder Tanner tasks his son with a new mission. He also enlists the help of his other son (Michael Chernus), a Congressman from Texas, with helping keep his brother on task by providing him a role of an attache overseas. As with John's previous assignment, things go wrong rather quickly.

Tuesday with Hannah Ray


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Monday, September 16, 2019

Usagi Yojimbo #4


Usagi Yojimbo #4 begins a new arc when Miyamoto Usagi encounters Lady Mura on the road. A talented writer whose work captures Usagi's attention, even causing the ronin to imagine himself as a character in her story, Usagi decides to walk a ways with Mura who is on her way to see her father after a dust-up with her abusive husband the night before.

Titans - The Complete First Season

Surprisingly, DC Universe's Titans isn't the dumpster fire that it appeared to be from the show's initial trailer. In the show's First Season, recently orphaned teenager Rachel Roth (Teagan Croft) brings together brooding police detective and former vigilante sidekick Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), amnesiac alien Koriand'r (Anna Diop), and shape-shifting teen Gar Logan (Ryan Potter). Over the course of the season the show will also introduce a few of Dick's crime-fighting buddies such as Donna Troy (Conor Leslie), and Hawk (Alan Ritchson) and Dove (Minka Kelly).

Delivering a Robin who didn't get out from Batman's shadow before a bit too much of his mentor's world view rubbed off on him is a questionable one, but also helps frame Dick as every bit as lost as the young girl with bizarre powers who he tries to help. Dick's questionable choices are explored in several episodes, and the arrival of Jason Todd (Curran Walters) on the scene as the new Robin creates even more.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Official Secrets

The world could use a few more people like Katherine Gun. Based on the true story of a British Intelligence officer discovering her government's willingness to assist the United States in moving forward with an invasion of Iraq regardless of actual facts, director Gavin Hood's film stays focused on the personal cost to whistleblower Katherine Gun (Keira Knightley) as the film takes us through her discovery of a memo from the NSA asking for help blackmailing nations on the United Nations Security Council in order to rubber stamp the 2003 Iraq invasion through to her day in court a year later.

Knightley is terrific in the role of the defiant but terrified woman whose actions cause ramifications not just for herself but for her husband (Adam Bakri) who is nearly deported by a spiteful government that leaves her twisting in the wind for the better part of a year. Her supporting cast isn't too shabby either including Matt Smith as the reporter who broke the story (but who only shares a single scene with Knightley on-screen), Rhys Ifans as another reporter on the scent, and Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode who emerge when the case moves to trial.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Hustlers


"Stripper movie" isn't a term that often imbues a viewer with confidence. That said, the true story adapted for film by writer/director Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) exceeded my expectations. While not great, Hustlers is solidly entertaining and far from the fiasco of Showgirls.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #8


"Hellmouth Prelude" moves away from the recent storyline involving Willow and Xander and instead offers a little of Buffy's not-so-glorious Halloween Dance experience (although she does end up trading a few barbs with a tall stranger) and offering a glimpse at a night out for Giles and Jenny which turns dark quickly thanks to Joyce Summers' awful taste in art (in a nice holdover from the television series).

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Ghost Spider Annual #1


Ghost Spider Annual #1 follows the events of the recently relaunched series where Spider-Gwen has left her home dimension and arrived in the middle of the MCU to go to college (and do a little crime busting on the side under the new name Ghost Spider). Still getting into the swing of things (so to speak), the story looks into the early days of Gwen's time at college taking a swing around campus following an lecture.

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Young Justice - Princes All


Two years have passed since the end of the show's Second Season and "Princes All." In that time Nightwing (Jesse McCartney) has left the team, Aqualad (Khary Payton) has been promoted to a leadership role in the Justice League, and Miss Martian (Danica McKellar) is now the leader of the expanded teen heroes. There's quite a bit of set-up in the season premiere including several members of the Justice League resigning feeling hamstrung by politics and current world affairs and introducing the idea of meta-humans being kidnapped, harvested, and sold around the galaxy as soldiers in galactic wars. The later brings a toned-down Nightwing back into the story on the trail of a new lead on the trafficking which opens the door to old friends (a few of whom he enlists on his latest mission).

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Adam Savage's Knights of Ren Cosplay (Part 1 & 2)


Adam Savage collaborates with prop builder Darrell Maloney to create the Knights of Ren characters introduced in The Force Awakens to life

Angel #4


The first arc of the re-imagined spin-off comes to a close in Angel #4 as Angel is transported to a demon realm to do battle with Amarkax (who has been feasting on victims in California through social media). Despite being haunted by his past and visions of a future featuring a certain blonde Vampire Slayer, Angel is able to take down the demon after learning his name and providing the final ingredient in a spell to bind him for the next 10,000 years or so.

Tuesday with Nicole Whittaker


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Monday, September 9, 2019

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Killjoys - Don’t Stop Beweaving

"Don't Stop Beweaving" begins and ends with our characters in a happy place, although there is plenty of trouble to get though in between. The episode opens with Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) celebrating the return of Lucy. After that things get a bit tricker as he and D'avin (Luke Macfarlane) work on turning prisoners into freedom fighters and Aneela (Hannah John-Kamen) and Zeph (Kelly McCormack) take a trip back to the scientist's homeworld to follow a clue about the Lady back to the world of fundamentalists who Zeph ran from years ago. Meanwhile, Khlyen (Rob Stewart) has his own troubles both mourning the loss of his daughter (who isn't yet dead) and with the Lady's latest tantrums.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order - Dark Temple #1


The most interesting aspect of the first issue of the new Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order - Dark Temple are the first few pages as we seen an Inquisitor arrive on the Battlefield. Sent by the Emperor, Second Sister discovers a group of Stormtroopers in a bunker fighting the last hold out of the locals, unable to move forward, and frightened of a legend growing in their midst that a Jedi exists on the other side.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

GamesCom 2019 Cosplay Music Video

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chosen Ones


Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chosen Ones offers three separate tales of Slayers who came before Buffy Summers. "The Mission" involves the arrival of a new Watcher in the Sunnydale mission in 1808 after the death of his cousin by vampires and the rise of a new Slayer from the Chumash tribe named Hutash (who isn't all that keen on the Spaniard mansplaining Slayer lore to her on their way to prevent the opening of the Hellmouth).

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #266


G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #266 begins a new arc with Cobra Commander giving in to his obsession about Snake Eyes and enlisting Dr. Mindbender and his new MX-005 drone to do a little snooping in the Joe's home base. Although he misses the small detail that the current Snake Eyes is actual Throwdown (and not the original), the drone does pick up quite a bit of action as Snake Eyes is able to hold his own against Helix, Scarlett, Bombstrike, and Jinx.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Monday, September 2, 2019

Batman/Superman #1


The new volume of Batman/Superman launches with Superman being called to Gotham City. A young boy has gone missing and all evidence points to the return of The Batman Who Laughs (Bruce Wayne from Earth-22 who was infected by that dimension's Joker and has since become a hybrid of the two characters). Loose again on Earth-1, Batman and Superman team-up to find the missing boy and the villain who has teased the idea of turning all heroes into something just like him.

Carnival Row - Some Dark God Wakes


The best word to describe the first episode of Amazon's new series Carnival Row is awkward. Attempting to blend fantasy, sci-fi, and a kinda-sorta (but not really) steampunk ascetic around a winding story lacking a true focus offers some interesting ideas but really shows no intention of heading somewhere interesting (at least until its final few minutes). Before we even get to a single scene, a dump of narrative exposition informs us about three different races, a war, refugees, and human smuggling across borders. In the first few minutes we also get refugees fleeing an occupied land and a shipwreck. None of this, however, takes place in the show's primary setting. Here the shift focuses away from the faerie lands of Tirnanoc to the far more human lands of The Burgue where Inspector Rycroft Philostrate (Orlando Bloom) is searching for a serial killer. Th premiere also offers glimpses at the charged political climate of the land (a not-so-subtle allusion to the U.S. and its current views on immigration) and, for good measure, throws in the proclivities of a politician's son frequenting faerie whorehouses.

Monday with Rolyat & Hendo Art


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Friday, August 30, 2019

LEGO DC: Batman - Family Matters

The latest LEGO DC straight-to-video offers two storylines intertwined by the common theme of family. The more interesting of the two centers around the sudden appearance of the Red Hood (Jason Spisak) who picks off the Bat-Family one-by-one while enlisting the help of several other Bat-Villains including the Penguin (Tom Kenny), Riddler (André Sogliuzzo), Killer Croc (Nolan North), and Scarecrow (Steve Blum). Less deadly in LEGO form, the Red Hood still works fairly well as DC LEGO takes more family-friendly approach to the former Robin becoming a super-villain.

The other storyline involves Batman (Troy Baker) growing weary of being Bruce Wayne and deciding to sell off the company whose new invention Brother Eye falls into the hands of Two-Face (Christian Lanz) and becomes a problem the Bat-Family, with the Red Hood's help, will need to solve. Just as Jason Todd will reconsider his revenge and reclaim a role within the Bat-Family, Batman will reconsider the importance of his alter-ego to Gotham City.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

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Ghost-Spider #1


While not quite as quick-witted as the final issues of Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider, the new series centered around Spider-Gwen leaving her own dimension to come to college and fight crime in New York gets a solid opening. If the first issue is any indication, it looks like the comic will split time between Gwen exploring her new home and events back in her dimension (which may eventually effect her new life).

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Lucifer - Expire Erect


Looking for closure, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) decides on one final case with Chloe (Lauren German) involving the death of a collector of classic cars. Chloe, who has only recently begun to come around to the truth about her partner, meets Eve (Inbar Lavi) for the first time and discovers there is another woman who has known about Lucifer who she can discuss the Devil with (and who has been impregnated by an angel and just gotten an unexpected roommate).

The Boys - The Innocents


In "The Innocents" Starlight (Erin Moriarty) continues to flex her muscles and push back against corporate's attempt to control her forcing the company to take drastic action by throwing the Deep's (Chace Crawford) to the wolves by having him admit on-camera he was responsible for sexually assaulting America's newest shinning star. Well, at least one of the assholes got what was coming to him. Meanwhile, the Boys go to Mesmer (Haley Joel Osment), a supe with the ability to read minds, in order to learn more about Kamiko (Momona Tamada). She calms down enough to give up a bit of her life story (after breaking one of the psychic's hands). While the choice helps out the boys in the short-term it also foreshadows huge problems as Mesmer reaches out to an old friend about what he has learned. The show also leaves quite a bit on the cutting room floor by introducing, and then quickly moving on from, an intriguing character like Mesmer haunted by his ability to connect to people while being completely disconnected from his daughter.

Batman #77


Batman #77 is most notable for the death of a major supporting character (at best a questionable choice, at worst potentially damaging the core of the Bat-Family). However, much of the issue focuses on Damian and his attempt to enter Gotham City (despite warnings from Bane and his minions about what will occur should any member of the Bat-Family enter the city limits).

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

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Silver Surfer: Black #3


Still lost at the other end of a void, separated from his proper place in space and time, Norrin Radd will make a new friend and a dangerous discovery in Silver Surfer: Black #3 that will tie back to his past and the universe's future.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Killjoys - Three Mutineers


Alliances continue to shift in "Three Mutineers" as Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) struggles to deal with backstabbing convicts and murderous envoys. Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) on the other hand makes a new friend (Rachael Ancheril) and puts Nucy to work to get the Killjoys a new ship. By the end of the episode the Killjoys have all made it out alive, have a way back to Westerly, tricked the Lady into thinking that they are dead, and Dutch and Johnny have (thankfully) put hurt feelings and bruised pride aside just in time to continue the fight of their lives. Not bad for an hour's work.

Batman & the Outsiders #4


Batman & the Outsiders #4 offers the calm before the storm as Ra's al Ghul bends Sofia Ramos to his will and the Outsiders lick their wounds and gearing up to jump into the fray once more. The issue offers an allusion, if not a full explanation, about why Batman isn't joining the team on this mission. I'm guessing that the comic is referring to events tied to City of Bane, but honestly can't be sure as writer Bryan Edward Hill vagues this up as much as possible. Whatever the reason, it appears the Outsiders are on their own.

Monday with Vixence


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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Angel Has Fallen (And Can't Get Up)

Gerard Butler returns as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning who was introduced in the dumb, and not really that much fun, Olympus Has Fallen. Things haven't changed much. The sequel frames the decorated agent as the mastermind behind the assassination attempt of the President (Morgan Freeman). Armed with circumstantial evidence, and ignoring the agent saving the President's life and his service record, a dimwitted FBI Agent (Jada Pinkett Smith) fingers Banning for the bad guy while his friends at the Secret Service do nothing to help. Luckily for our hero, the real villain is just stupid enough to not only fail to kill his patsy but also arrange for his escape allowing Banning to go on the run and attempt to clear his name.

Since it isn't much of a list, let's look at what works in the film. I'm always happy to see Piper Perabo who offers the film's best performance as Banning's wife, angry at him for keeping secrets about his health but not enough to believe her husband has become a terrorist. And second, there's Nick Nolte who is the only one having fun in this dog of a movie that takes the ridiculous events far too seriously.

Lucifer - All About Eve


"All About Eve" offers a proper introduction to Eve (Inbar Lavi) when the second human being in all of creation shows in Los Angeles in need of Lucifer's (Tom Ellis) help. When the man who flew her to Los Angeles turns up dead with his priceless necklace missing, the Devil sets out to protect Eve from both the mob and the police. Having fled Heaven to enjoy life on Earth, it isn't until the end of the episode that Eve reveals her true interest is Lucifer (whom she is able to accept for all that he is, unlike a certain police detective). Chloe (Lauren German) seems finally able to make an effort to accept Lucifer, Devilnes and all, but has she missed her chance? And is Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) correct to worry that Eve is exactly the wrong kind of influence Lucifer needs as she may push him back in bad habits?

The Boys - Good for the Soul


Much of "Good for the Soul" centers around the Believe Festival, where Starlight (Erin Moriarty) continues to chafe under the expectations of what others want her to be and Hughie (Jack Quaid) blackmails a supe to give the Boys dirt on Compound V. Despite having to trade on her fame to further Butcher's (Karl Urban) plans, Hughie continues to grow closer to the new woman in his life while she loses her shit a little standing up against the hypocrisy of what her beloved festival has become (or what she had just failed to notice when she was younger and even more naive than she is now). Hughie's inner conflict and Starlight's common sense allow the pair to be the only likable characters in a world gone to shit.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Wu Assassins - Drunken Watermelon


The opening episode of Netflix's Wu Assassins offers an interesting premise, with some impressive fight sequences, even if the storytelling is bit less focused than one would hope. At the core of the story is a Chinese-Indonesian chef (Iko Uwais) whose sense of honor and justice gets him in hot water with the Chinese Triad. Luckily for Kai Jin, he's granted the power to become a Wu Assassin (although he is hesitant to live up to the later-half of that title) and tasked with taking out the heads of five criminal families to the recover supernatural powers before they destroy the world.

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Usagi Yojimbo #3


Usagi Yojimbo #3 ends the comic's opening story as Miyamoto Usagi and Sasuké fight for their lives against the demonic puppets and discover that Takagi isn't the puppet master they believe, but just another puppet being played by the true force behind the scenes.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Killjoys - A Bout, A Girl


It's hard to tell whether our heroes are in better or worse shape after the events of "A Bout, A Girl." The arrival of Qreshi onboard the space prison for a prisoner super-brawl known as Bellaxion gives Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) a plan of escape. Joining the contest with Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) working behind the scenes to hack the security chips within all the prisoners gives the team a change. However, to make the plan work they'll need the help of their new pal Sparlow (Alain Goulem) which turns out to be a very bad idea. Along with a montage of Dutch kicking some serious ass, the episode also features a tender moment where she breaks down to D'avin (Luke Macfarlane) about the fracture of her relationship with Johnny who, as Khlyen (Rob Stewart) so eloquently pointed out, is her true North.

Event Leviathan #3


Event Leviathan #3 picks up from Batman and the heroes he's gathered wrongly accusing the Red Hood for being the mastermind behind Leviathan. As expected, Jason Todd isn't the one responsible for the attacks on various spy organizations across the DCU, although writer Brian Michael Bendis does up the character's game in making him a legitimate threat to the heroes if he chooses to be in the future.

Elementary - Their Last Bow


After seven years on CBS, Elementary concludes with a series finale that focuses not on a case to solve but on the core relationship of the show's two primary characters. Set years after "Reichenbach Falls," with Odin Reichenbach (James Frain) now sentenced to hundreds of years behind bars, Watson (Lucy Liu) brings back her partner who has traveled the globe in recent years solving crimes under a slew of different pseudonyms while the world has believed Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) to be dead. Initially it appears Holmes' old flame has lured him out of hiding, but further investigation reveals that Jamie Moriarty (who sadly doesn't make an appearance here) has known about Holmes' survival for some time.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Lucifer - O, Ye of Little Faith, Father


Unable to use Chloe (Lauren German) to take down Lucifer (Tom Ellis), Father Kinley (Graham McTavish) approaches the Devil and attempts to drive a wedge between the pair by providing some half-truths about Chloe's trip to Rome and her desire to force the Devil back to hell. While investigating the murder of former gang members who had each turned their lives around, Lucifer catches his partner in a lie and struggles with what to do next while he begins more and more to compare himself to the victims and Chloe to the murder unable to allow for the possibility of redemption.

The Boys - The Female of the Species


After releasing her while searching the hidden supply house where A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) gets his drugs, Butcher (Karl Urban), Mother's Milk (Laz Alonso), and Frenchie (Tomer Capon) scour the city for the murderous woman (Karen Fukuhara) whose connection to larger events none of them yet understand. (I'll admit, I'm a little lost, too.) Meanwhile, Hughie's (Jack Quaid) goes out on a date with Starlight (Erin Moriarty) continuing to find more in common with the hero than he though possible making it even hard to lie to her, and use her to spy on the Seven as the show continues to push Hughie towards a major decision which Hughie will be forced to choose between his new life (and revenge for the death of his girlfriend) and possibly moving on with Starlight.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Wonder Woman #76


Wonder Woman #76 is a transitional issue bridging the gap between the previous arc and teasing what is to come as the comic gets wrapped up in DC's current Year of the Villain event. While I'm not all that interested in Cheetah going all god killer over the next few issues, this issue works impressively as a standalone issue (even if you, like me, haven't been paying close attention to the comic recently).

Legion - Chapter 27


Legion comes to a close with a final episode that features Kerry (Amber Midthunder) fighting time demons, Switch (Lauren Tsai) evolving into something more, David's (Dan Stevens) squaring off against the younger version of Farouk (Navid Negahban), Charles Xavier (Harry Lloyd) coming to an understanding with the older Farouk, and David being granted his most fervent wish for a second chance. More linear than many episodes of the series, "Chapter 27"'s low-key tone feels a bit underwhelming as the show's finale. That said, it wraps up the existing plot points and offers a much happier ending than any of these characters had a right to expect. Subverting expectations by making the final confrontation with the Shadow King ultimately non-confrontational allows David to grow further (although I don't know if I accept the growth necessary in either version of Farouk to make this ending possible). Still, for what it was, Legion offered a host of memorable moments over its three seasons which ends (not unexpectedly) with a song.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Black Cat #3


Black Cat #3 wraps up the heist of the Sanctum Sactorum as Black Cat an her team struggle just to make it out alive of Doctor Strange's home after losing control of their wizard Xander. Getting out of Doctor Strange's home is challenge enough without a crazed power-mad wizard trying to kill you.