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Aside from the "Super Friends" number co-written by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom, The Flash's musical episode was really not all that interesting. More fanservicey than anything else. That's probably the point. The leads of the two superhero shoes were previously featured on Glee, and a few of their supporting cast members have starred in many stage musical productions.

The most disappointing thing to me is that we didn't get more of Victor Garber. Not many are familiar with his history as a performer prior to Alias and Titanic. Way back in 1973 he starred in the film adaptation of the cult smash musical Godspell, in which he portrayed a clownish/hippy Jesus wearing an off-brand Superman shirt. He also performed the role in the Canadian production of the show, but technically Godspell was his breakout starring role in America. I didn't get enough of him in the episode, but at least I have "All for the Best" (https://youtu.be/39tXfUm80Bc) and "Alas for You" (https://youtu.be/DYuzuk8ApoU?list=PLfo71w5BCcQQir_MDzb29g6ualmjGToRs). And YouTube assures me there are more performances of his I can watch and listen to.

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There are many who are worried about an American live-action adaptation of Death Note, but I've been optimistic. This trailer actually has me looking forward to it now. I'm pumped for it!

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I really like the mini Kotobuki Condiment Containers I picked up, but apparently they aren't leak-proof. Who doesn't enjoy grapes in a soy sauce marinade? Makes the flavor pop.
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Listening to the latest Reveal podcast's interview with white nationalist Richard Spencer was, well, revealing. Spencer comes from a wealthy background. His maternal grandfather owned a cotton plantation. Let that sink in for a moment.

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Some interesting things here about comic book publishing that I did not know. Totally worth watching. Unfortunately, the best way to actually support a comic is to setup a pull list, but digital is likely to get up there very soon. But casual purchasing is not going to help a book you like. Which is a shame because those fans turned onto things because they saw a movie and then saw a book at the store don't impact a darned thing in any way. That's not how capitalism is supposed to work, right?

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Scroll to the bottom of the linked post for a speech James Mangold, director of Logan, gave about Shane, a film that obviously influenced Mangold and his work on Logan, and westerns in general. This is for anyone who has seen the film and wants to get a little more into the head of the director.

For the record, I saw Logan. It was very much OK. It's not the greatest thing ever that some have hyped it up to be, but it's a film that I hope promotes a trend in more superhero moves to at least try to slow moments down and let audiences feel the emotions of the characters. Mostly, Fox needs to try harder.

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Time to sing the praises of Dragon Ball Super again!

What is important is not what the latest episode made the focal point, which is Goku's brief skirmish with Universe 11's Toppo. The important matter is the twist to Dragon Ball mythology that was teased in the last story arc featuring Goku Black. While that story focused on Future Trunks' struggle to be a world's sole protector, the great story was essentially "What if Goku were a villain?" He may have been evil, but he was aiming to become more and more powerful, just like Goku.

This current story arc features a tournament - really a battle royal - of all but four universes. Zen-Oh and the Zen-Oh of a Future Trunks' abandoned timeline are holding the Tournament of Power in which the winner's universe is the only one that does not get erased. (The four exempt universes are spared.) They say that they were inspired by Goku. Naturally, all of the competitors are targeting Goku for essentially damning the multiverse. And for his relaxed attitude and inappropriate familiarity with the Zen-Oh pair.

Toppo challenges Goku because he believes himself to be a warrior of justice against evil. Because Goku put everyone in this predicament, he is determined to be evil. Because Goku enjoys fighting, he must be evil. Because he is laughing and enjoying ever twist and turn of the fight, he must be evil. Despite Goku's not being at all involved in the decision to blink entire universes out of existence, it's hard to argue with the fact that Goku's behaviors are villain-like. He doesn't really care about anything so long as he can fight strong opponents. While it's played for laughs that he skirts responsibility in his home life to train and fight, it's a frighteningly selfish desire.

Whether by intent or not, the Tournament of Power story arc is about Goku the villain and how all of the other universes are justified in despising him. And how they'll fail, but hopefully not against him directly. I'm hoping that Gohan or even the Turtle Hermit (very unlikely) pulls off the victory in the end, but I'm not holding my breath. I just love how, save for a few filler episodes that include a couple of shockingly self-aware crossover episodes with Dr. Slump (Vegeta's hit so hard by a little girl robot that he flies around the planet, so he gives up because physics are being bent by characters from a gag manga), the series keeps the momentum going. And not even by requiring big fights that run over the course of multiple episodes. But I know that I'm looking into things deeper than I'm meant to for a shonen action series.
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We held Vivi's 4th birthday party today. After the first kid arrived, it was pretty much the linked song. (Or this one if you want something silly with gross imagery: https://youtu.be/NzQWLSYxa90) LOUD AND FAST AND ALL OVER THE PLACE. I now understand why most people tend to set aside only two hours for kids parties. Any more than that and you start thinking about how flammable kids are.

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Why won't Sony just let this idea die? The story goes that there's an executive at Sony who really, really loves Venom. Every few years something comes out about Sony preparing to work on Venom: The Movie. And then it doesn't happen because for this reason (Spider-Man 3 was not a movie people particularly appreciated) or that (Amazing Spider-Man 2 was just a bad idea). So are they expecting Spider-Man: Homecoming to do so well that they can rush out a Venom movie and make a lot of money? Something tells me that in a few months we'll hear that the movie has been postponed to 2019...and then indefinitely. Again.
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