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Alright, lets talk about The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. There's going to be a few spoilers here, just be warned.

If you like Riverdale, specifically the way the writers wield plot devices like blunt objects and aren't concerned about "the twist" as a narrative device, you'll enjoy the way each episode unfolds. It's very similar in that way, which I personally enjoyed. Also, you don't need to have ever seen any of Riverdale to enjoy this, but you do get a couple of small extra things to enjoy if you have seen that show.

Like its source material, the writing suffers from illogical opposites for attention. These are "Satanists" so everything is "ha ha ha" different on purpose. There's a scene where everyone is in a Dark Court for a trial, and when everyone got unruly the people with the gavels shouted disorder in the court when they wanted everyone to quiet down, which was dumb as hell. Stuff like this happens occasionally, and it's really just sloppy writing. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

Don't let this take away from the overall character writing, which is actually very good. Our main character spends the entire season being told there are only two ways to do something, and dedicates a lot of time to finding a third way. This doesn't mean that third way always works, in fact when it doesn't work it tends to fail spectacularly, but the way this happens is enjoyable. It's far more real than the usual "you can't do the thing oh wait you did the thing because magic" we typically see with shows written like this.

My favorite part of this show is by far the most controversial. This show regularly reminds you through almost every episode that this universe does not share the same morality you share. You aren't supposed to be able to watch this show and say "well if I were in that situation I would do this" because you'd never be in this situation. These people are, for the most part, monsters. Polite, friendly, attractive monsters who have lost their humanity because of the deal they made to gain power. And yet, a lot of the outrage surrounding some of the larger plot points have to do with trying to inject our morality. There's a brief scene where a group of teenagers are about to start an orgy, which upset people because showing teen sex on TV is not something we really want to see. But, hilariously, no one complaining about the sex in that scene had anything to say about the reason that orgy was taking place to begin with - the person being celebrated was about to be literally eaten alive by her peers in a ritual sacrifice. It's a weird place to draw a line, all things considered. If I were you, I wouldn't pay too much attention to the people playing outrage at the content. These are satan-worshipping witches. If you were expecting to share morality with them, you're not thinking this through.

I really enjoyed this season, and I hope we get a lot more. There were a lot of threads left open with this season, including a Hellsing-esque holy warrior of the Vatican possibility and some other things that could be a lot of fun. Here's hoping for more.

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Oh hey there, Baltimore. I have returned.
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I take a lot of pictures, but am rarely happy with how I look in them.

Today is not one of those days.
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Caught this group at the Maryland Renaissance Festival on the last day, and was delighted to discover they're on Play Music. I find so few of the Renn circuit performers actually know how to market themselves online, so this really makes me happy.

Group is called Sirena. I prefer them live, but these albums will be solid background noise for a bit.

https://play.google.com/music/m/Axd4t7nx24lmztlvfrtzgnixsne?t=Sirena
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I am frequently not a fan of headlines, but this one is going to keep a smile on my face for the rest of the day I think.
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It is a rare thing for me to dance and sing and enjoy the company of friends until my body aches.

But damn, did it feel good.
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This is NOT an article about Google+. I mean, it's not not that, but it's mostly about other things.
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It turns out playing giant Pac-Man is exactly the same as every other single player Pac-Man I've ever played.
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