I feel like poor Merle Highchurch gets a lot of shit: he's not the best cleric (although he does actually help the other boys way more often than they are willing to admit) and has a weird fetish for plants. He seems to follow the other two more than he leads, and a lot of time, he is more reactionary than proactive. He is this crunchy, irreverent, Pan-kind-of-worshiping, deadbeat dad and runaway husband that ends up the butt of the joke throughout most of the "Balance" arc. But Merle is truly the heart of the group, and this monologue from "The Stolen Century" is why.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018
I think if you took a poll, Taako would probably be at the #1 spot for Favorite Character, and a big part of that is Justin McElroy. He's such a witty guy, and for me, he's the most relateable of the brothers*. I wouldn't say that Taako is my favorite playable character, because they all, in the moment, become my favorite, depending on what's happening obviously, but so many of his quotes are hilarious.
- "Between this fan and the fancy sunbrella, I'm one 16-in waist away from Scarlett O'Hara."
- "Yeah, no shit. Great job, Angela Lansbury."
- "How about I just shoot magic ouchies at him?"
- "Arcana check. (rolls) Twenty-four. I know exactly what it is. I built it."
- "Hell yeah, goin' rogue! Been waiting for this the whole time! Fuck yes, off the grid! (Justin narrating) I pull out my credit cards and shred 'em."
My absolute favorite moment, though, is kind of a mixture of Justin's sense of humor and some honest character building. Also, God bless people who do animatics.
Sunday, April 8, 2018
You know those people who like different types of things just to be different? Well, that person is not me today, because I'm pretty sure my favorite bit from "Murder on the Rockport Limited" is a favorite series moment for a lot of people because it. is. hilarious. Oh, and no spoilers!
Saturday, April 7, 2018
I'm just going to jump right into this because I am running super behind on like ... everything in my life right now. Luckily for me, though, my favorite moment from the first "Balance" arc springs right into my mind. And as always, spoiler alert.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Well, it's time for that Sophie's Choice statement again, because dammit, I love all of the arcs. They all have their shortcomings, of course, except for "The Eleventh Hour," because it's perfect and there is nothing you can say that will change my mind.
Ahem, moving on.
Monday, April 2, 2018
Oooooh, damn is this one tough. There's so much I appreciate about all of the arcs, even the non-traditional "The Stolen Century," and I will gleefully go back and relisten to each. As of today, I have listened every single of the sixty-nine episodes in "Balance" three times, and I plan on doing another in the near future because the entire thing is just that fucking good.
(Also, I'm gonna get super spoilery here in this particular post, so if you wanna listen to The Adventure Zone before you read this, feel free. It'll be here, I promise.)
Sunday, April 1, 2018
This is super easy, actually! A friend of mine on was talking about the podcast on Facebook, and I wondered what all the hype was about. At first, I was like, "Meh, podcasts, I'm not super into the resurgence of the audio drama." I had tried to get into Welcome to Night Vale and a few other podcasts, and I had not really stuck with any of them because ... well, I got bored? I'll admit that I almost quit listening after "Here There Be Gerblins" ended; it was funny, sure, but I wasn't captured by it. Honestly, I wasn't completely engrossed until I got to "Petals to the Metal." I can't really remember the exact moment it clicked for me, but when it did, I was sold and eagerly awaited each Good Thursday* to hang with my good friends Merle, Taako, and Magnus.
Oh, and also, I will put up spoiler warnings when they're needed, but rest assured that I'm not going to avoid discussing the series in depth, especially when it comes to the characters, so ... be prepared?
DAY TWO: FAVORITE ARC >
* They released a new episode every other Thursday.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Okay, so I might be a little excited about my next challenge because, well, I freaking love what I'll be covering. Although I've listened to podcasts for years, I was never really a regular member of the audience, eagerly awaiting each episode like I was for this one, and if you haven't listened to The Adventure Zone, you are missing out, like in a big way.
The podcast was started as kind of a one-off episode on the McElroy brothers' primary podcast, My Brother, My Brother, and Me (or as McElroy stans call it, MBMBAM - pronounced "ma bim bam"), and it got such a huge positive response that they just created a brand new podcast surrounding it. The three brothers - Justin, Travis, and Griffin - and their father, Clint, get together and play D&D, and while it sounds like you have to be a nerd to enjoy it, I say, "NAY!" You do not. You will get just as swept up in the incredible story and feel emotions for disembodied voices more quickly than a kobold gets chopped in half by a barbarian's sword.
Alright, before I start flailing and prematurely spewing praise for The Adventure Zone, here's what you have to look forward to next month:
Monday, January 29, 2018
Okay, on this one, I have a lot more to say.
When I first started writing what would eventually become The Legion, I was going through my own discovery period. I'd always had difficulty dealing with the fact that I was just as attracted to women as I was to men, and I was raised in a very strictly "hetero good, homo bad" way. Not only that, but I went to a school that taught abstinence-only exclusively, so suffice to say, any talk of the wide spectrum of sexualities wasn't something that came up too often, if ever. Understandably, I didn't write about actual sex because LOL how I could I? Even I knew that what little porn I'd managed to see wasn't realistic. But the emotional side of it? I could do that, even as an inexperienced sixteen-year-old. Lace, the main character, struggled with her own romantic feelings toward another woman, and ultimately, she rejected the love of a male suitor in order to explore her own future, wants, needs, and dreams. It was a very bittersweet ending, and I remember feeling very emotionally connected with Lace's story in a way that went deeper than just being her creator. I was her. But I didn't know exactly how. I wasn't fully prepared to fully delve into that at the time, but now? Well, let's talk about that, shall we?
Sunday, January 28, 2018
This is actually going to be a really short one because, honestly, I've tried to make this into a full essay but just cannot. Anyway, the reason that I went with a fantasy-scifi mixture is because I have a really difficult time writing one or the other. I tried writing a hard scifi short story the other day and had to fight myself on trying to include "space magic."
So ... that's that? I wish I had more to say on this, but oh, well. Off to bed I go!