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A Review of Young Justice: Invasion

When Young Justice first started it was one of the most hyped TV shows on Cartoon Network. And at first, it seemed like it was definitely living up to this hype. However, with all the delays and the rushed story lines, I often felt it wasn’t living up to its full potential. The season finale of Young Justice was horrible in my mind, and the beginning of season two, Invasion, didn’t look too good either.The time skip was much too sudden, and there were a lot of changes that occurred right out of the blue, such as the break up between Miss Martian and Superboy.

But now there are seven episodes of Invasion out. The big question is if the show has improved at all, and if it’s worth a second chance. I’m glad to say, it definitely is.

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The Tenth Doctor

I just finished the final episode featuring the tenth Doctor ("The End of Time: Part 2"), and I must say it left me feeling dejected, albeit impressed.

It's been awhile since I've been so adverse to the death of a particular character. It's not that it was done poorly, or that it was bad storytelling. On the contrary, it was fantastic storytelling all around. It's because it was such good storytelling it left me feeling like there's something missing in Doctor Who now.

The tenth Doctor was very likeable, and his development over the course of the series was something to behold. He began as a cheerful and outgoing person, but that began to fade as he lost friend after friend, and after the various catastrophes he had to endure. He seemed broken in the end, especially after what happened to Donna. After he had to leave her, the one he once described as his best friend, I think that's when he really became bitter over all the things that have happened to him, over how little he gets to keep after helping so many.

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It's been a little while since I've read the manga, and I just caught up today. I'll admit, when I first saw the title of this chapter I thought it would be another confession from Hinata to Naruto. I was glad to see this chapter had nothing to do with Naruto and Hinata's potential relationship, as it feels forced, and has done nothing for the story. Romance has never been one of Kishimoto's strengths, and the dismissal of Hinata's confession is a prime example of why.

Instead, this chapter focuses on the final conversation between Itachi and Sasuke, which is not only preferable, it is actually very well done.

After Itachi defeated Kabuto he answers Sasuke's question just as he promised; he tells him what actually happened the night he massacred their clan. The majority of his retelling is hardly unexpected, but it does serve the purpose of helping us connect the dots between all the different versions that have been told. It also suggests Shisui may have really committed suicide, or at least was supportive of Itachi.

The one thing I found unrealistic, and maybe a touch annoying, is the parents' reactions to Itachi's betrayal. They seemed much too understanding of their son murdering them. Part of me would like to think Itachi softened that part of the story for Sasuke's sake, but I highly doubt it.

The best part of this chapter, though, is the final scene between Sasuke and Itachi. It's undoubtedly the most honest between the two, and it's perhaps the most touching in the whole series. There have been several momentous events in Naruto, of course, and many of them have had significant impact on the story. There's the scene when Sasuke "sacrifices" himself to save Naruto at the beginning of the series (and doesn't that seem like ages ago?), and the one when Sasuke abandons Konoha. While these are significant, I don't feel like either had quite the same buildup as this one.

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Diablo III: Some Thoughts

All right, before I start I'm going to admit I have yet to actually play this game. As such, this isn't a review about the game. Rather, I just want to rant about some of things I'm not too happy with from the clips I've seen, and other gamers' reviews.

The Diablo series first began in 1996, so already Diablo III is going to have some difficulties. Fans are familiar with this series, and when a game has enough history it's usually a bit of a gamble to see if you can satisfy old fans. Fans inevitably have expectations.

Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like Diablo III has all met those expectations. I think the main problem is probably the storyline and feel of the game for most people, including me, so I'll cover what I imagine the problems are with that.

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It's a dangerous thing, my friends. It really is. It's the perfect place to write complete nonsense (which I have), and no one will wonder why.

Twitter was invented for the bored, although I hesitate to say if it's actually done better than Bored.com; that site was a lot more honest about who its target audience was (i.e. everyone). Twitter is probably in denial about its actual usage, but that's okay. After all, it's the one site one can spam incessantly with bizarre facts of one's life, and no one will ever mind.

I say, have at it! But try not to stalk too many stars; it never ends well.

FanFiction.Net's Image Manager

I'll admit it's been awhile since I've been on FanFiction.Net properly, so when I signed in recently I was surprised to see a new feature on the site. It's an image manager. I assumed it would be similar to LiveJournal's avatar feature, and it sort of is, but there's one thing about the image manager in particular that both amused and baffled me.

When you want to upload a picture to this, you have to check a box saying you either own the picture or you have permission to use the picture. This brings up a few questions. Why don't they have this same requirement for avatars? By and large, no one owns the avatars they use, yet this has never seemed to bother FanFiction.Net before. Also, seeing as the entire site is dedicated to allowing people to write stories based off of other people's works, this new policy strikes me as a bit ironic.

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Musings on "The Reichenbach Fall"

It has been far too long since I've written anything on this!

Anyway, I was rewatching "The Reichenbach Fall" and I noticed a few things that may help clear the episode up or make it all the more confusing as it were. Be forewarned, there are spoilers in this post.

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There are a lot of manga out there, but for some reason the best ones never get adequate attention. While Naruto is a good manga and I like it, it is nothing in comparison to some of the less well-known manga (Nabari no Ou comes to mind, but that is a subject for another day). The manga I have in mind is somewhat well-known, but often passed up in favor of other stories. This manga is Pandora Hearts by Jun Mochizuki.

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Writer's Block: Fairy Tale Endings

What is your version of happily ever after?
There's an awful lot of talking about what constitutes a happy ending, isn't there? So there's already a kind of established parameter.

Still, I don't generally think of a happily ever after being terribly similar to those portrayed in fairy tales. For me, I would like a content life, one where I feel like I've made a real contribution to society. I would like to be financially secure, close to family, have good friends, and few regrets. I would also like to have a career, or careers, that I enjoy, and find worthwhile.

I think a happily ever after for me would be staying busy, and being able to continue to do the things I love.

Delayed TV Episodes

There's something I've been noticing about TV lately, and that's the delayed release of new episodes. I'm thinking of Supernatural and Young Justice in particular.

Let me start with Supernatural. This show has been going since 2005, and is now on its seventh season. I've never noticed it have any delays before, but I started watching it later when there were already a good deal of episodes out, so there may have been.

I can kind of understand why they didn't air any episodes during winter break--"Death's Door" was on December 2, while the next episode, "Adventures in Babysitting," was on January 6--but now we have to wait until February 3 for the next episode, "The Slice Girls." This delay baffles me. I'm going to assume there's a good reason for it, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating, especially since I'm eagerly anticipating the development of this season. It has been said Castiel will return on the 17th episode, and at this rate it's going to be some time before we get to it.

As for Young Justice, this show has been facing delays since it first began airing, so it's really not much of a surprise. I think this is unfortunate since it's a new show, and is still trying to establish a fanbase. It has done surprisingly well at this, despite all of the time we've waited for episodes, so I'll admit things are looking relatively all right for this show.

Anyway, here's to hoping these shows will both get on a more set schedule!