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Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: The Legend of Korra
« on: Dec 02, 2013, 09:34:56 AM »
Needed more Lin, but otherwise I enjoyed this season quite a bit.

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: The Legend of Korra
« on: Oct 03, 2013, 11:36:17 AM »
4 episodes in and I think I'm already liking this season better than the last.  I think getting out of the city helped.  It took a while to get straightened out which tribe was the southern one and which was the north and how that related to what we saw in Avatar, but once I did, everything began to fall into place.  I like that we're spending so much time with the water tribes since, in the previous series, we only had three episodes set aside for them (well, plus the one for the bloodbender chick).  Chief Unalaq should make for a good antagonist.

Loved the focus on Aang's kids and grandkids in the B story.

I even enjoyed the C story, with Bolin helping Asami with her business deal with Varrick.  Everything about hiding in the stuffed platypus bear was amazing.  The thing with him and Korra's weird cousin, however, came about way too suddenly and felt really forced.  The dynamic could have worked, but it should have built up more over the course of the season.

That said, I want Lin back in the cast.

I, as well, am a fan of your birth and continuing existance.

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: Would you eat...
« on: Jan 23, 2013, 03:20:23 PM »
I will it eat it here or there.  Joe, I will eat it anywhere.

If that IS your real name.

But of course it isn't, because the internet is built on lies.

Your tardiness is excused.  You're on the other side of the planet and the speed of news, I assume, travels more slowly in the winter, much like how the speed of sound decreases as the air temperature decreases.

My family bought me a monocle.  My family is awesome.  All sophisticated and shit now.

That's right, it's that time again.  Strap those party hats back on and lets celebrate once more.  There were several birthday topics to choose from, but I bumped this one because it involves orgasms, scars, and cannibalism.

That's what they want to peek at?

I would also be ok with that.

Let's talk more about women and their sexual peaks.

Speaking of owls, I was chatting with some folks the other night and we determined that owls are the third coolest birds one could have as a pet behind falcons and ravens.

Oh, and Happy Birthday, lady.

The only thing better than contractions are double contractions.  This thread shouldn't've gone so long without someone mentioning them.

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: Olympics XXX
« on: Aug 14, 2012, 02:47:25 PM »
It's all lame. Olympic martial arts are ridiculous and unwatchable.

I hope you're not including fencing in this statement.  Fencing is awesome.  Especially with the super duper slow motion replays.

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: Olympics XXX
« on: Aug 14, 2012, 02:43:31 PM »
I got myself access to the BBC online feed for most of the Olympics.  Full access to streaming coverage of every event plus all the archived video.  I wish they would have shown me some ads or something so I wouldn't have felt somewhat guilty about stealing their bandwidth.

It's just that NBC sucked so much.  There was no choice.  I wanted to see something other than the USA swimming, beach volleyball, and gymnastics matches.

Let's all listen to Suicide Note because Faye loves Pantera so much.

True story - my best friend from high school was the one who originally introduced me to Pantera.  He offed himself a few years ago and that song became even more poignant.  After I found out, I think I listened to that album on a loop for a couple hours and that particular song at least 3 times back to back each time through.

In conclusion, Pantera. \m/ :headbang: \m/

I strategically waited until today to wish you a happy birthday so I wouldn't get lost in the shuffle.

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: Legend of Korra leak
« on: Jun 28, 2012, 09:02:52 AM »
Like most Penny Arcade strips, it's almost funny!

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: Legend of Korra leak
« on: Jun 26, 2012, 10:07:56 AM »
I may have to pick up those graphic novels.  Zuko's post-100 Year War story is definitely the thing I'm most interested in.

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: It's finally here
« on: Jun 25, 2012, 04:28:56 PM »
You also could have asked someone here to buy a box and send it your way.

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: Legend of Korra leak
« on: Jun 25, 2012, 01:10:41 PM »
I really don't agree at all with his base postulation, that Legend of Korra is fundementally about how cool it is having cool powers and having cool fights.  Boiling it down to that ignores the various obvious parallels that can be drawn between the situation in Republic City and the powder keg that was places like 18th century France and 19th century Russia.  The only way that could have been more overt is just calling Amon Robespierre or having one of the council members saying the non-benders can eat cake.  May as well just have the bending removal take place with a guillotine-like device.  If the first series was about the dangers of unrestrained nationalism, this one just as effectively portrays how fucked up it is if we try to force the whole world to be equal.

What about the themes of racial cleansing?  I mean, the air nomad genocide prior to Last Airbender while evil, wasn't even about trying to wipe out their culture.  It was a means to an end of combatting the Avatar.  But in Legend of Korra, it's all about wiping them out as a people.  Amon hates them and everything they stand for.  You can hear the glee in his voice when he has Tenzin and his family up on the stage and he's about to wipe out the airbenders once and for all.  With Sozin, it was buisiness.  With Amon it was pleasure, which I found much more frightening.

More than anything, Legend of Korra was a story about accepting responsibilities and learning to serve people that may not even like you.  People hated Aang, but it was either because of what he did, abandoming everyone for 100 years, or because he was seen as an enemy of their nation.  But Korra?  People hated Korra simply because of who she was, because she was born with the equivelent of a genetic abnormality.

Any failings of Legend of Korra lay with the individual characterizations, not with the base themes or lack thereof.

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: Legend of Korra leak
« on: Jun 24, 2012, 10:56:01 AM »
The romantic subplot was utterly useless.  It feels like the only reason it was there was to appease teenage girls who are only interested in imagining what it would be like if various combinations of people in a show bang.

I feel I would have enjoyed Bolin more if he had retained more of the suave ladies' man thing the character was originally conceived as.  Instead, he turned into Sokka-lite.

The finale was pretty good but I thought the exposition dump at the beginning of the penultimate episode was pretty jarring.  It was like the writer's realized, "Oh shit, we forgot to flesh out our main villain and we only have 40 minutes left to tell this story!".  I like the revelation and the partial explanation of how the bending was taken away (though we still don't know how that actually works), but, come on, let Korra and the audience figure that shit out over the course of a few episodes, at least.

And I still don't like how effortlessly Mako can shoot lightning.  The more I think about it, the more I dislike most of what we saw of lightning bending in this series.  It was, at first, a cute little touch.  Oh, ha ha, electricity in the city is from from lightning bending.  It's like how they used water bending for raising and lowering ships with lock technology and the trains in the Earth Kingdom were powered by earthbending.  I get it.  But it severely undermines the powet and specialness of lightning bending.  And more importantly, it's not even necessary! There are internal combustion engines everywhere and we can see from the Equalist technology that they have dynamos or something similar to generate en electrical current.  Slap the two together and there's your powet producing equipment.

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: Legend of Korra leak
« on: Jun 14, 2012, 12:33:18 PM »
I certainly agree that Korra/Asami would make a much more interesting group than Korra/Mako/Bolin.  However, I don't really see Tahno as a much better replacement.  Perhaps an older person to top off the trio.  One of Lin's lieutenants, perhaps.  I'd say Lin herself, but that's too much estrogen for Team Avatar.  It needs a dude.

Could be nice to get out of the city for at least an episode or two.

On another topic, I just rewatched the first season of Last Airbender and, damn, Katara sure does progress with her water-bending lightning quick.  In the first episode, we see her struggling to perform a relatively simple move.  By the end of the season, after just finding a single water-bending scroll and practicing with Aang, another novice bender, she's able to pull off some pretty advanced shit when fighting Master Pakku.  Oh, she also randomly discovered how to use bending to heal.  (That said, I really liked her fight with Pakku, especially when she "dug in" and froze her feet to the ground after flipping over him.

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: Legend of Korra leak
« on: Jun 12, 2012, 01:36:58 PM »
I mean, I was a little leery of all the metalbending, but I could understand how it's now a thing.  Before Toph, no one even thought about doing it.  I can accept that Toph was good enough to open peoples' eyes (heh heh, puns) to the idea and trained a bunch of new students who were open to the idea.

But dudes know how to bend lightning -- it's just that it's friggin hard and only a few of the most powerful firebenders know how to do it without killing themselves.  And Mr. Angsty just ain't that good.

Maybe it all has to do with how the rules of bending seem to be going out the window: blood-bending at any time of the month, non-bendable Mr. Mask, etc.  I'unno.

Sidenote: adult Toph was awesome as expected.  I'd hit it.

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: Legend of Korra leak
« on: Jun 11, 2012, 10:17:38 PM »
I'm not all a fan with how easily what's his face was tossing lightning around in episode 8.

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: Legend of Korra leak
« on: May 21, 2012, 05:09:44 PM »
1. It doesn't really need to be said, but holy crap, Bei Fong + Korra is one kick-ass team.

2. I know it's kind of derivitive of the original series, but I like the fire ferret/polar beardog (Ugh, I hate that species creation/naming convention) pair.  The shot of them drinking at the same time with the former perched on the latter's nose was especially cute.


Family tree.  Nerds.

Well look at the way they're dressed.  THey're asking for it.

I'm not playing anything because, after 6 years, my 360 finally red-ringed.

Caddyshack - still hilarious.

Prince of Space is a good one. The Fugitive Alien movies...Space Mutiny, Manos, Pod People, Cave Dwellers, The Day the Earth Froze, Teen-Age Strangler, Outlaw, Laserblast...

I could really go on like that all day.

Which one had the gang of teenagers who ended up in a shoot-out at the school?  That one's good.  I'm also a fan of the giant spider invasion one.

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