What I’m Watching: Once Upon a Time
I love OUAT. However, even I have to admit that, overall, season 2 wasn’t quite as successful. That’s not to say that it was a terrible season; just, in my opinion, it wasn’t quite as interesting as season 1 and had more issues. The reason this post is so late is because I was at the CONvergence convention in the Twin Cities. It’s my favorite convention, and I was excited to be on the OUAT panel for the second year in a row. Before I went to the panel, I decided brush up on some of the episodes so I could better talk about the show.
I think the one thing I loved about season 1 is that it was a pretty easy structure. There was the Enchanted Forest (Fairytale land) and Storybrooke (our world), and each episode dealt with parallel stories that happened in the past in fairytale land, and what was going on now in Storybrooke. Emma was the reluctant hero, brought in by her son Henry, but still didn’t believe in magic until the end. Not everything was perfect, but it had some really great stories, and I absolutely adored the character exploration, seeing the flawed Mary Margaret and David Nolan in comparison to Snow White and Prince Charming. Season 1 did a really great thing, in my opinion, which was breaking the curse before it became laughable, but things became more complicated. The fairytale characters remembered who they were, characters traveled to fairytale land and back, more characters were introduced, more worlds were introduced. This isn’t a bad thing necessarily, but the show became a bit muddled and didn’t focus enough on the original series regulars. However, I did love Mulan and Aurora and I sincerely hope they come back for season 3.
That said, while I have a lot of issues with the show I manage to still love it. This is such a female-dominated show, with far more competent female characters than you’d usually see on a show like this. The female characters tend to outnumber the males, at least in terms of presence, and it deals a lot with mother-daughter relationships. The show is also just a lot of fun; while it takes itself seriously enough so that not everything’s a joke, it recognizes that there’s a lot of camp to the show, which makes it fun.
OUAT is cheesy fun that I love to watch. Despite my issues with it I’m glad to be a fan, and I’m excited to see what happens next year.
What I’m Playing: Fallout 3
Still playing DA:O, don’t you worry, but decided to play Fallout 3. I was unable to play it on my last computer, and while I’m still having issues (it’s crashing a lot), I thought I’d give this a shot. I know it’s different from the first two Fallout games, but to be honest I don’t really care all that much. I’m planning on picking up New Vegas in the steam sale this summer, so hopefully I’ll enjoy that.
While my playthrough of Fallout 3 isn’t quite as story focused as I normally like, it’s been a really interesting experience. I started off the game planning on doing a playthrough as non-violently as possible. I know this is more possible in New Vegas, but this prospect excited me. I upgraded my skills pertaining to conversation, bartering, lockpicking and sneaking. However, despite these specialties, I wanted to do a fairly morally good playthrough as well. Early on, I realized how tough a non-violent game would be. Certain enemies attacked no matter what, and my sneaking wasn’t that good yet. However, the most telling part came a bit later. One of the interesting things about the game is just how tough it can be. Finding stimpacks, which restores health, is difficult, and resources are scarce. In my travels, I came across a trader. I sold him things, he sold me things back. I wanted to buy a gun, but sadly I didn’t have enough. I walked away. Soon after, the trader was attacked by an enemy, and while I managed to defeat the enemy, the trader had died. One of the game mechanics is being able to loot dead bodies for their possesions. I wondered if this was possible with him. Sure enough, I was able to get the gun.
While my playthrough has hardly been ruthless since, and there have been plenty of times I’ve held my fire, I realized that more than anything I was doing that because it was easier, and I was more likely to survive. My game narrative switched from being morally good to just survival. I can’t say this is my favorite game yet, but I’ve been enjoying how my thought process has changed during the playthrough I’m on.
(Also Liam Neeson is your dad, which is pretty great)
What I’m Reading: Captain Marvel
At CONvergence, I had a really fun time because I cosplayed as one of my favorite comics characters (I was Kate Bishop from the cover of Hawkeye #9), and I got a couple of people who recognized me. However, while I was pleased with any conversation around Hawkeye, I finally got around to reading more of the current series of Captain Marvel, featuring Carol Danvers. And I’m very glad I did.
Probably my biggest complaint with the Marvel cinematic universe right now is the lack of a Captain Marvel movie in the works. Carol Danvers is fantastic. I’ve become a fairly big fan of female superheroes in the Marvel universe, and Captain Marvel has done a great job of writing a strong female character, who is currently not the female counterpart of another superhero. Yes, I know that there was another Captain Marvel, but right now Captain Marvel is Carol Danvers. Which is a really amazing thing. This isn’t to slight other female superheroes; I love Kate Bishop, and I’ve heard great things about Jennifer Walters (AKA She-Hulk). However, I’m very impressed that Carol Danvers is so badass and a superhero of her own.
So far, I’ve been really liking this run of Captain Marvel. I’ve been reading what’s on Marvel’s Unlimited service, and the time travel story is so far an interesting one. It also features a support team of many more strong ladies, which is much appreciated by me.
The comics industry isn’t perfect. I’d love more female superheroes, more minority representation, etc. However, this is becoming better. I encourage everyone who can to start buying or reading Captain Marvel comics. They’re really good, and I hope that the audience can show that Carol Danvers is more than welcome.