Thor’s New Crib Is Stirring The Pot

Chris Hemsworth’s new house is fit for a God of Thunder. The enormous mansion is said to be costing the star $8 million and has been compared to typical shopping centers. Once you’ve seen it, you start to understand the comparison.

 

 

The new house, which has been under construction since 2016, is near Australia’s Byron Bay and will be home to Hemsworth’s wife Elsa and their children Sasha, Tristan, and Inda Rose.

 

According to Metro News, Thor’s new home will include an infinity pool, gym, steam room, a second huge pool, six bedrooms, a media room, games room, and a spa. It’s been reported that the home that was knocked down to make way for the concrete castle contained eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.

 

 

However, it’s not all sunshine and bulldozers. The lavish structure has been reported as being a source of drama among the area’s residents, as some locals, such as Darren Birch, believe that the fortress is out of place.

 

“It seems excessive but there’s not much we can do about it. Nothing surprises me in this town these days,” Birch told the Herald Sun.

 

 

Hemsworth and his family aren’t the only celebrities who have picked Byron Bay as their home; Miley Cyrus, Matt Damon, Olivia Newton-John, and Naomi Watts all live in the area.

 

Can you blame the people who have the money? The mega-mansion looks like its straight out of Tony Starks’ book of home ideas. It’s surrounded by beautiful forestry and within walking distance of a private beach.

 

It’s a slight downgrade from Asgard, but I think they’ll manage. Chris better invite the Avengers to stay with his family pretty often because half of those rooms are going to be vacant year-round.

 

 

Photo Credit: Daily Mail, Splash News, Screen Rant

A Look Back At R.L. Stine’s Scariest Goosebumps Books

Author R.L. Stine’s second movie, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, will hit theatres October 12. The film, which is based on Stine’s best-selling horror book series, also titled Goosebumps, will pick up where it’s prequel left off; with two boys happening upon a mysterious book that locks away the horrors held within.

 

Jack Black will continue his role as Stine in the second film, which Sony revealed in its latest trailer. Haunted Halloween will star Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris, Chris Parnell, and Ken Jeong.

 

The film has a budget of $35 million and hopes to top the $150 million in box office sales its prequel made in 2015. In preparation for the upcoming film and to celebrate the nostalgic introduction to the horror genre Stine provided to 90’s kids, here are a few Goosebumps books that gave us nightmares back in the day.

 

  

Night of The Living Dummy – May 1993

 

Night of the Living Dummy is the seventh book in the original Goosebumps series. It revolves around two competitive sisters who find a ventriloquist dummy in a dumpster. One of the sisters, Lindy, begins to play with her new toy, which makes her sister, Kris, demand that her father buy another dummy.

 

Before long they realize that something’s off about the new dummy; it’s speaking and moving by itself. The sisters try to tell their parents that ‘Mr. Wood’ is alive, but the adults don’t believe the girls and actually end up grounding them for lying. As Mr. Wood’s behavior takes an evil turn, the sisters realize that they have to get rid of the dummy themselves.

 

The Curse of The Mummy’s Tomb – January 1993

 

The fifth book in Stine’s creepy collection is about a boy named Gabe who is spending his Christmas vacation in Egypt. While on his Egyptian adventure, Gabe is forced to stay with his uncle Ben, a scientist working in the pyramids. While exploring one of the pyramids, Gabe’s uncle unleashes an evil curse that leaves most of his team ill.

 

The next day, Gabe and his uncle return to the pyramid to investigate, but this time they’re separated. Ahmed, a member of Ben’s team, finds Gabe first and claims that he and his uncle have violated a sacred Egyptian law, for which they must die. Ben and Gabe are forced to fight for their lives against Ahmed, the endless tunnels of Egypt’s pyramids, and mummies who’ve returned from the dead.

 

 

The Werewolf Of Fever Swamp – December 1993

 

This spooky story is the fourteenth book in the Goosebumps series and follows Grady Tucker, a boy who recently moved into a house next to Fever Swamp. Strange things begin happening almost immediately after his family moves in, starting with a deer’s brutal murder near the swamp.

 

Grady’s father believes that the family’s dog, Wolf, is responsible and plans to take him to the pound to be put down. Grady is positive that there’s a werewolf in the swamp. In an attempt to clear Wolf’s name Grady goes to investigate and finds a creepy old shack lurking in the mist.

 

Grady hears growling coming from the shack and begins to run, but not before a werewolf attacks him. He ends up being bitten by the creature during the ambush and is ironically turned into the monster he was hunting.

 

 

The Horror At Camp Jellyjam – July 1995

 

Camp Jellyjam gave me nightmares for weeks as a kid; it was seriously creepy. It follows a girl named Wendy and her younger brother, Elliot. As the siblings are riding in a trailer behind their parents’ car, it becomes unhinged and they begin to wildly roll down a hill.

 

When they come to a stop they find themselves greeted by Buddy, a counselor at a nearby camp called King Jellyjam’s Sports Camp. Wendy and Elliot decide to stay at the camp until they can contact their parents. Wendy immediately notices that there’s something off about the children at the camp; it’s almost like their hypnotized.

 

After some snooping around, she finds the culprit to be a gigantic, purple, ooze creature that has enslaved the camp’s counselors. It’s up to Wendy and Elliot to free the children and escape King Jellyjam’s grasp before it’s too late.

 

Stay Out Of The Basement – July 1992

 

Since Margaret and Casey Brewer’s father lost his job as a botanist at a local university he’s been acting pretty weird. He’s completely obsessed with the plants he’s growing in the basement of the family’s house and since his wife left on a work trip it’s gotten much worse.

 

This book has a twist that will make your skin crawl even as an adult. When Margaret and Casey’s mom gets back from her trip, their dad is forced to pick her up from the airport. While he’s away from the house the kids sneak into the basement, where they find their real dad bound and gagged. The thing driving to the airport is actually a mutant plant that has cloned itself after Dr. Brewer.

  

The Girl Who Cried Monster – May 1993

 

Another one of my personal favorite Goosebumps stories, The Girl Who Cried Monster tells the story of Lucy Dark, a 12-year-old girl who is constantly telling monster stories. This ends up being a good old fashion new-school iteration of the boy who cried wolf, as Lucy finds an actual monster in her local library.

 

The librarian, Mr. Mortman, turns into a lizard creature when no one’s around and his favorite snack are the flies he keeps for his pet turtles. Lucy tries to tell her parents about Mr. Mortman, but no one believes her. Determined to find evidence that will set the record straight, Lucy returns to the library, but this time she’s caught by the monster and forced to flee.

 

She eventually has her friend Aaron accompany her to the library and she finally gets the proof she needs. Lucy tells her parents about Mr. Mortman one last time and with Aaron backing her up, they decide to invite the monster to dinner.

 

When Mr. Mortman arrives and asks what they’ll be eating for dinner, the children’s book takes a darker than expected turn as Lucy’s parents say that they’ll be eating him. The adults suddenly turn into monsters and devour the librarian, explaining to the children that there can’t be too many monsters in the neighborhood or it’ll attract attention.

 

 

Say Cheese And Die – November 1992

 

For some reason, Say Cheese and Die is never listed as one of Stine’s top Goosebumps stories. I beg to differ. This is a dark, twisted, story that follows four friends who find a camera hidden in a supposedly haunted house.

 

Greg, one of the four friends, begins to take pictures with the camera but finds that each picture mysteriously depicts something horrible happening to the subject of the photo. It starts with his dad’s car, which is totaled after its picture is taken. Next, his friend Doug is hit with a baseball and falls on his neck in the exact fashion the picture predicted he would. They eventually learn that the camera was built by a deranged scientist and cursed by a master of the dark arts.

 

The friends decide to dump the camera back where they found it before it can be used to hurt anyone else, but as they walk away, two local bullies pick up the camera and snap a selfie. The story ends with the two waiting for their picture to develop.

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Geek.com

 

 

A Look Back At R.L. Stine’s Scariest Goosebumps Books

Author R.L. Stine’s second movie, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, will hit theatres October 12. The film, which is based on Stine’s best-selling horror book series, also titled Goosebumps, will pick up where it’s prequel left off; with two boys happening upon a mysterious book that locks away the horrors held within.

 

Jack Black will continue his role as Stine in the second film, which Sony revealed in its latest trailer. Haunted Halloween will star Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris, Chris Parnell, and Ken Jeong.

 

The film has a budget of $35 million and hopes to top the $150 million in box office sales its prequel made in 2015. In preparation for the upcoming film and to celebrate the nostalgic introduction to the horror genre Stine provided to 90’s kids, here are a few Goosebumps books that gave us nightmares back in the day.

 

  

Night of The Living Dummy – May 1993

 

Night of the Living Dummy is the seventh book in the original Goosebumps series. It revolves around two competitive sisters who find a ventriloquist dummy in a dumpster. One of the sisters, Lindy, begins to play with her new toy, which makes her sister, Kris, demand that her father buy another dummy.

 

Before long they realize that something’s off about the new dummy; it’s speaking and moving by itself. The sisters try to tell their parents that ‘Mr. Wood’ is alive, but the adults don’t believe the girls and actually end up grounding them for lying. As Mr. Wood’s behavior takes an evil turn, the sisters realize that they have to get rid of the dummy themselves.

 

The Curse of The Mummy’s Tomb – January 1993

 

The fifth book in Stine’s creepy collection is about a boy named Gabe who is spending his Christmas vacation in Egypt. While on his Egyptian adventure, Gabe is forced to stay with his uncle Ben, a scientist working in the pyramids. While exploring one of the pyramids, Gabe’s uncle unleashes an evil curse that leaves most of his team ill.

 

The next day, Gabe and his uncle return to the pyramid to investigate, but this time they’re separated. Ahmed, a member of Ben’s team, finds Gabe first and claims that he and his uncle have violated a sacred Egyptian law, for which they must die. Ben and Gabe are forced to fight for their lives against Ahmed, the endless tunnels of Egypt’s pyramids, and mummies who’ve returned from the dead.

 

 

The Werewolf Of Fever Swamp – December 1993

 

This spooky story is the fourteenth book in the Goosebumps series and follows Grady Tucker, a boy who recently moved into a house next to Fever Swamp. Strange things begin happening almost immediately after his family moves in, starting with a deer’s brutal murder near the swamp.

 

Grady’s father believes that the family’s dog, Wolf, is responsible and plans to take him to the pound to be put down. Grady is positive that there’s a werewolf in the swamp. In an attempt to clear Wolf’s name Grady goes to investigate and finds a creepy old shack lurking in the mist.

 

Grady hears growling coming from the shack and begins to run, but not before a werewolf attacks him. He ends up being bitten by the creature during the ambush and is ironically turned into the monster he was hunting.

 

 

The Horror At Camp Jellyjam – July 1995

 

Camp Jellyjam gave me nightmares for weeks as a kid; it was seriously creepy. It follows a girl named Wendy and her younger brother, Elliot. As the siblings are riding in a trailer behind their parents’ car, it becomes unhinged and they begin to wildly roll down a hill.

 

When they come to a stop they find themselves greeted by Buddy, a counselor at a nearby camp called King Jellyjam’s Sports Camp. Wendy and Elliot decide to stay at the camp until they can contact their parents. Wendy immediately notices that there’s something off about the children at the camp; it’s almost like their hypnotized.

 

After some snooping around, she finds the culprit to be a gigantic, purple, ooze creature that has enslaved the camp’s counselors. It’s up to Wendy and Elliot to free the children and escape King Jellyjam’s grasp before it’s too late.

 

Stay Out Of The Basement – July 1992

 

Since Margaret and Casey Brewer’s father lost his job as a botanist at a local university he’s been acting pretty weird. He’s completely obsessed with the plants he’s growing in the basement of the family’s house and since his wife left on a work trip it’s gotten much worse.

 

This book has a twist that will make your skin crawl even as an adult. When Margaret and Casey’s mom gets back from her trip, their dad is forced to pick her up from the airport. While he’s away from the house the kids sneak into the basement, where they find their real dad bound and gagged. The thing driving to the airport is actually a mutant plant that has cloned itself after Dr. Brewer.

  

The Girl Who Cried Monster – May 1993

 

Another one of my personal favorite Goosebumps stories, The Girl Who Cried Monster tells the story of Lucy Dark, a 12-year-old girl who is constantly telling monster stories. This ends up being a good old fashion new-school iteration of the boy who cried wolf, as Lucy finds an actual monster in her local library.

 

The librarian, Mr. Mortman, turns into a lizard creature when no one’s around and his favorite snack are the flies he keeps for his pet turtles. Lucy tries to tell her parents about Mr. Mortman, but no one believes her. Determined to find evidence that will set the record straight, Lucy returns to the library, but this time she’s caught by the monster and forced to flee.

 

She eventually has her friend Aaron accompany her to the library and she finally gets the proof she needs. Lucy tells her parents about Mr. Mortman one last time and with Aaron backing her up, they decide to invite the monster to dinner.

 

When Mr. Mortman arrives and asks what they’ll be eating for dinner, the children’s book takes a darker than expected turn as Lucy’s parents say that they’ll be eating him. The adults suddenly turn into monsters and devour the librarian, explaining to the children that there can’t be too many monsters in the neighborhood or it’ll attract attention.

 

 

Say Cheese And Die – November 1992

 

For some reason, Say Cheese and Die is never listed as one of Stine’s top Goosebumps stories. I beg to differ. This is a dark, twisted, story that follows four friends who find a camera hidden in a supposedly haunted house.

 

Greg, one of the four friends, begins to take pictures with the camera but finds that each picture mysteriously depicts something horrible happening to the subject of the photo. It starts with his dad’s car, which is totaled after its picture is taken. Next, his friend Doug is hit with a baseball and falls on his neck in the exact fashion the picture predicted he would. They eventually learn that the camera was built by a deranged scientist and cursed by a master of the dark arts.

 

The friends decide to dump the camera back where they found it before it can be used to hurt anyone else, but as they walk away, two local bullies pick up the camera and snap a selfie. The story ends with the two waiting for their picture to develop.

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Geek.com

 

 

Every New Game Release You Need To Save For

By this time of the year, the best games that were released in 2017 have been played into dullness. The sleek, fun allure of each of our favorite titles has long been worn down by the hundreds of hours we’ve undoubtedly poured in. For gamers, the lyrics “Wake me up when September ends” should be taken literally. We wait, dwindling our thumbs, playing the same old games until October finally makes its long-awaited appearance.

 

Obviously, new video games aren’t the only thing that makes this the best time of the year. You’ve got football, the start of the NBA season, and the holidays.

 

But over the next few months’ money will inevitably be tighter and you’re going to have to decide which titles to spend your money on upon their release. Look no further. Here is every game that you’ll need to save up for before the New Year.

 

October 12 – Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4

 

The last Call of Duty title I bought was Black Ops III. To be honest, I haven’t been a Call of Duty believer since they messed with sniping in the first Black Ops, but I can’t deny what I’ve seen so far.

 

Black Ops 4 will be the game that brings Call of Duty back into the spotlight. The game’s lead designer, David Vonderhaar, has been sitting back and watching everything that has happened with COD in recent years. Black Ops 4 didn’t waste any time on single player, it focuses on what players care about: multiplayer gameplay.

 

With the introduction of an incredibly smooth battle royale game mode, ‘Blackout’, a completely overhauled Zombies mode, and traditional Call of Duty multiplayer modes, it seems like this game is going to give us everything that we’ve been asking for and more.

 

This is a definite purchase and it will provide you with countless hours of fun value.

 

October 26 – Red Dead Redemption 2

 

If you’ve ever played Red Dead Redemption it shouldn’t take much to convince you to buy its sequel. If you’ve never played Red Dead Redemption then I’d recommend that you go purchase it on the Xbox Marketplace before its sequel comes out.

 

Red Dead Redemption is an action-adventure game that takes place in the Wild Wild West. The game follows John Marston; a former outlaw whose family is taken hostage by the government to force him into bringing members of his old gang to justice.

 

Redemption was way ahead of its 2010 release date, taking place in an open world environment and utilizing a morality meter that affected in-game interactions. It’s the second game in the Red Dead series and the one that gave the franchise its notoriety.

 

Red Dead Redemption won multiple Game of the Year awards the year it was released and if you’ve played it, the reasons why it’s an automatic pick-up should speak for themselves.

 

November 14 – Fallout 76

 

The infamous Fallout series is known for its role-playing, action-adventure, and decision-based gameplay that takes place in the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse. Fallout 76 is the newest installment of the franchise and will take place 25 years after a nuclear strike, making it the earliest game to date.

 

76 will feature a map that is much larger than any previous Fallout game to make room for the addition of its new online multiplayer feature. Players will be able to roam the Fallout universe with friends and fight against hordes of radioactive beasts or compete to drop nukes on one another using their in-game loot.

 

I trust that Bethesda will impress us, as they always do, with the newest Fallout title and it should definitely be a game you play throughout the holidays.

 

 

November 20 – Battlefield V

 

Battlefield is one of those games that you either love or hate. It’s a unique first-person shooter that uses enormous maps to implement vehicles, weaponry, and game types that no other shooter can. Depending on the class you choose each match can be as fast-paced as Call of Duty or as slow as PUBG, no offense Blue Balls.

 

Dice has put in the effort to improve on the mistakes they’ve made each year and the small adjustments go a long way. The Recon class is now the only setup that can mark enemy players, the Support class can now drop teammates ammo packs, and Medics can now drop first-aid kits for later.

 

Battlefield V looks absolutely stunning. Its graphics are unbelievable, its gameplay is very Battlefield-esque, and there’s a brand new battle royale mode called Firestorm. If you’ve never taken the chance on a Battlefield title, this is the one to leap on. There’s nothing quite like dropping into a war zone and shooting someone out of a moving airplane.

 

 

December 7 – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

 

Super Smash Bros. is a cultural classic that takes gaming icons from across the digital world and pits them against each other in the “ultimate showdown.”

 

Nintendo knows how much its fan base loves Smash and isn’t messing around with the latest installment. As of today (September 26, 2018) there have been 68 confirmed characters on Ultimate’s roster. No character from previous titles is being left behind and they’ve already added a bunch of newcomers to the mix.

 

Ultimate is going to be released exclusively for the Nintendo Switch platform, which is another thing to add to the Christmas wish list. On the bright side, Ultimate being on the Switch means that you’ll be able to face off against anyone, anywhere, something that was impossible in previous iterations of the game.

 

A new platform means an entirely new dimension to Smash Bros. Logging on and queuing up against someone from across the globe to fight with sounds incredible and makes this game another easy purchase.

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Call of Duty, GameRant, Bethesda, TechSpot, Nintendo

 

Venom Comic Book Reboot – All Things Venom

Venom has come into the spotlight quite a bit lately. If you haven’t read my article on what we can expect from the upcoming 2018 Venom film, you should definitely check it out. With Venom only a month away, I wanted to write about Venom’s latest comic book escapade. This way, you MCU nerds that might want to know more about the beloved anti-hero can talk shop with even the geekiest of comic fans. We may only be 5 issues in, but Marvel’s 2018 Venom run by Donny Cates has completely knocked the hinges off one of Spider-Man’s most petty rivals.

 

Donny Cates

 

Here’s a crash course on the Venom reboot’s author, Donny Cates. Cates started breaking into the comic book mainstream with Image Comics’ God Country, but I stumbled across him while reading his subsequent Image Comic’s breakout hit, Redneck. Redneck is a tale of vampires in Texas that survived for hundreds of years off of cattle blood until one day, all hell breaks loose.

 

More importantly, is that this helped catapult Cates into the Marvel echelon. Once at Marvel, Cates took over Doctor Strange and wrote the Damnation run. During Damnation, Strange brings the entire city of Las Vegas back from the dead! Along with the City of Sin’s denizens, comes Mephisto, ruler of a level of Hell. Dr. Strange cheats against Mephisto during a game of Brimstone Blackjack and ultimately pays the price with his soul.

 

It doesn’t end there. Cates even took over Thanos’ Marvel Legacy run where Thanos is taken to the future by wait for it- Future Thanos! Future Thanos needed past Thanos’ help to take on a future Silver Surfer who gains the power to wield Thor’s mighty hammer Mjolnir. All of this and Cates still introduces a brand-new character.

 

The Cosmic Ghost Rider or, Frank Castle in the future who gains the power cosmic AFTER becoming a spirit of vengeance (aka a Ghost Rider). Cates has had a bombastic 2018. Cates’ work comes with his grit, twisted sense of humor, and love of all things badass. Yes, Venom was in for a ride.

 

Cates M.O.

You might think Cates wanted to take Venom and crank the action and surprise character features up to a hundred, but Cates had a deeper mission than that. He wanted to get to the core of Eddie Brock. For the entirety of Venom’s history, Eddie Brock was always characterized by his relationship to the Klyntar Symbiote. As we all know by now, Eddie Brock bonded with his symbiote equals Venom. Cates wanted to know what made up Eddie’s core.

 

 

Who is Eddie without the Symbiote? What makes Eddie tick? Surely there has to be more to Eddie than his hatred for Spider-Man. How co-dependent is Eddie on his symbiote and just how does that affect him? Cates set out to answer this and give the Klyntar an out of this world origin. Literally

 

New Origin

Up until now, The Kylntar are believed to have originated on their own planet, much like any other alien lifeform. Now this is where things start to get bonkers. In case I did not say it before, spoilers ahead.

 

The Kylntar all come from an original entity known as Knull. Much like many stories of creation, in the beginning, there was nothing. Knull was there in the darkness where he slumbered until the light of being blinded him. This Big Bang birthed the Celestials or first gods of the Marvel Universe. They banished Knull to the furthest corners of creation and called his kingdom Space because of its pure emptiness.

 

 

But Knull fought back and killed a celestial, for which he was banished to his void of Space forever. It was then that Knull used parts of himself to forge a great sword. This sword would become known as All Black The Necro Sword. Knull used pieces of himself to forge an army as well and began his war against the light.

 

Now fast forward to tie into the original origin story and we learn that Thor actually used the power of Thunder to defeat Knull when it came to Earth. The Symbiotes swarmed Knull’s body and trapped it in what is now known as planet Klyntar. Which explains why “Kylntar” is actually the symbiote word for cage.

 

The symbiotes know the evil that is Knull and fight to keep it trapped forever. However, Knull’s mind has awakened now and it wants to retrieve its body and renew the war against the light. And this is where we pick up with the current Venom Comic Book run.

 

More Venom stuff explained

Venom’s new origin story now explains why the symbiotes are weak against fire and sound. It is because they were created with the heat and hammering from Knull’s forge. The sound coming from the pounding of the hammer in the flames still affects the symbiotes to this day.

 

We also learn that Venom was not the first human symbiote host on earth either. S.H.I.E.L.D. had first discovered a dragon possessed by Knull frozen in ice. By extracting bits of it for study, they had the first symbiotes. These symbiotes were used to make soldiers for undercover government operations. The only problem is that after a while the symbiotes become mentally unstable and drove the hosts mad. This is where we find Eddie. He’s downing psychiatric pills to keep his mind quiet and calm the voices in his head.

 

New Powers

 

 

Phew! Talk about a wealth of new depth for Venom. After encountering Knull for the first time, it unlocks powers Venom did not know he had previously. This would include flight: Venom grows wings! On top of this, Venom gains a serious power boost. What’s more exciting is that we have yet to learn what else the symbiote is capable of.

 

What’s to come

Remember when I said Donny Cates likes to add features and cameos to his comic book runs? Well, none other than Miles Morales Spider-Man joins forces with Venom to take on the Knull in New York City.The other big cameo is Wolverine. With all the hype surrounding this year’s Return of Wolverine run, this is just the kick of grit and claws that Venom needed.

 

Like I said, we are only six issues deep into Venom’s reboot, so who knows what else is in store. From your resident Marvel Nerd here at Metahuman Entertainment, sleep tight and don’t let the symbiotes bite.

What A Hurricane Means In Hawaii

From June to November being in Hawaii makes you a target for natural disasters. We’ve been extremely lucky to avoid any major catastrophes in the last couple of decades, but we’ve still had our fair share of hurricanes, tropical storms, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

 

Oahu narrowly avoided two hurricanes in the last month alone, one of them being a powerful Category-5 storm, and hurricane season isn’t over. However, preparing for a hurricane in Hawaii is a different experience; if you’re local, you know what I’m talking about. Here’s a unique take on what a hurricane watch means if you live in Hawaii.

 

Traffic!

 

Hawaii is normally one of the worst states in the country when it comes to traffic and during a storm, the roads are a mess. There are so many people crammed on to this little island that when everyone decides to jump on the road at the same time, you’re not going to be moving much. Combine that with the subpar drivers that the DMV let slide and you’ve got yourself the perfect storm. A fully charged phone and a snack is the only way to power through.

 

Crazy lines at Safeway, Costco, and Longs Drugs

 

When a storm is on its way to the islands state officials stress the importance of having two weeks worth of food and water. Hawaii relies on daily imports for most of its supplies and during a hurricane, all shipments are stopped. This leads to just about everyone storming local grocery stores. Good luck finding a parking space, let alone getting through the extensive lines in front of the cash registers.

 

Stocking up on gas at the last minute

 

The best deal on filling up your car’s gas tank is at Costco and the huge lot that they allocate for Members is full on an ordinary day. When a storm is coming it’s common practice to keep your vehicles at a full tank in case of an emergency, but we’re on Hawaiian time. You can count on people procrastinating all the way until the day before the storm is scheduled to hit to go and get gas. Of course, when they finally decide its time, they’ve got to go to Costco. I’m not sure what’s more absurd the line of shoppers inside of Costco or the line of cars outside, struggling to make there way into the actual gas lines.

 

Loading up on Spam, Vienna sausage, Water, Juice, and other snacks

 

A hurricane watch means that mom is bringing home all of the goodies. During a storm, there’s more food in the house than there is at any other time of the year. No complaints here. On the mainland Spam and Vienna sausage are probably legitimate last resort, doomsday survival food, but not in Hawaii! Time to fry up the Spam, make rice with Furikake, and eat dried Li Hing mango all day long.

 

Getting the flashlights, candles, and alcohol ready

 

Power outages are a pretty common occurrence in Hawaii. When there’s a bad storm with heavy wind and rain small portions of the island are often without power for a couple of hours. It’s really not a big deal, but during a hurricane power outages are all but guaranteed and no one ever knows how long they’ll last. Luckily, we’re always prepared with flashlights, extra batteries, and a ton of candles. Oh and beer. Lots and lots of beer. What else are you supposed to do without Internet or television?

 

Sitting around watching Hawaii News Now for updates

 

No matter what other activities are taking place at a local house during a storm, the news is always on in the background. There’s also always one aunty or uncle sitting way too close to the screen. The Hawaii News Now crew does a good job of keeping local residents informed on the situation and it’s always important to stay tuned to the latest developments. Whether it’s school closures, shelter locations, or Guy Hagi telling us that this is going to be the one that hits, the TV is on for as long as possible.

 

Bring out the ukuleles and guitars because we’re jammin’

 

This sounds like a stereotype of people from Hawaii, but this one’s actually quite accurate. While the hurricane approaches musical instruments come out and the singing begins. It’s a fun way for local people to get their minds off of the dangerous possibilities of a storm. Plus singing with friends and family is always a good time.

 

 

Playing cards with the family

 

Before and after the power goes out, there’s always a deck of cards being utilized during a hurricane watch. Trumps, Poker, and Pepito (Chinese Poker) are all local favorites. When alcohol is involved and money is on the line it’s guaranteed to get interesting and loud. Even the kids get in on the trumps action when the adults aren’t watching.

 

 

Eating all of the Hurricane food before it actually hits

 

Who could resist cracking open the hurricane food reserves and grinding down on all of those snacks? You start with the arare and salted nut mix, transition into the spam musubis your mom made, and before you know it you’ve eaten half of everything that’s supposed to keep you alive for the next two weeks. Seriously though, this probably an unhealthy local tradition for more than one reason.

 

 

Lie Hagi strikes again

 

Guy Hagi is Hawaii’s infamous weatherman and the center of countless memes. He’s charismatic, relatable, funny, and typically awful at predicting the weather. His uncanny ability to get the forecast wrong has given him the nickname ‘Lie Hagi’ because people have started to think that his predictions are a lie. The last thing that a hurricane watch means when you live in Hawaii is the storm turning away from the forecasted path towards the islands and most of the state getting out unscathed.

 

 

I want to reiterate that hurricanes and other natural disasters are no joke. Many people in Hawaii are heavily affected by the hurricanes that fortunately weaken or turn in a different direction before hitting the rest of the islands. While this piece is a lighthearted take on how things go during a hurricane watch in Hawaii, our thoughts and prayers go out to those individuals who have been affected by natural disasters in the past.

 

 

Photo Credit: Getty Images, Hawaii News Now, Star Advertiser, Thirsty For Tea, Reddit

 

 

 

Cry Pretty – Carrie Underwood’s Next #1 Album

The sixth studio album from American Idol alum, Carrie Underwood, was released September 14, 2018, with her single titled album, Cry Pretty.

 

At 50:26 in length, there is a lot to cover in this Country Pop, R&B crossover and spoiler alert – Carrie Underwood nails it.

 

The album leans toward a more mature sound with country undertones and heavy R&B influences in songs like Backsliding, That Song That We Used To Make Love To and The Champion (feat. Ludacris).

 

The country #1 single, Cry Pretty (not the album title), released in April earlier this year and was a morsel of a bigger set of delectable sounds that paint an almost immaculate tapestry of woven art.

 

Carrie’s emblematic belting prowess is heard in every song of the album, but surprisingly it all works.

 

Being a fan of Carrie Underwood for the past 13 years, having been in a movie with her, and gone to 4 concerts previously, Cry Pretty has a set of throwaway songs similar to her previous chronological album, Storyteller.

 

However, I’ll let you be the judge.

 

The album is available on Amazon containing 13 tracks and I’ll be giving a snippet of my thoughts on each one.  Come along with me on an eclectic musical journey with one of country music’s most decorated artists.

 

Cry Pretty by Carrie Underwood Tracks

Cry Pretty – With its effervescent bass line and a single snare beat, Cry Pretty has a haunting sound that compliments well with its lyrical story. Underwood belts in normal Carrie fashion with a crescendoing build up that tops the song at an emotional peak. She ends with a belting ad lib that shows us why this song hit #1.

 

Ghost On The Stereo – Ghost has a nice classical country sound but the hook and chorus become highly interpretive which can leave the listener confused. What is going on? I have no idea. The pedal steel guitar keeps it country and it’s a nice song you’d most likely play while kicking back and drinking a glass of Tennessee Whiskey.

 

Low – A vulnerable vocal that has a slight rock gospel sound with a percussion accompaniment. Carrie throws in strong acrobatic vocals that may help the listener get into the song. However, at the end of it all quickly becomes a throwaway.

 

Backsliding – We enter into the R&B region of Cry Pretty. Backsliding is quite literally about hooking up where two people are unable to keep from…ahem…getting it on. The song is very listenable and sets the perfect mood for music you’d play in the background of *brown-chicken-brown-cow*.

 

Southbound – An upbeat song which is an obvious winner and easily a top five song of the album. The beauty of Southbound is that it sounds like a song you’d hear driving along the coast of California, but contains lyrics that are more country than sitting in a seat at the Grand Ole Opry.

 

That Song That We Used To Make Love To – Another R&B/Pop set by Underwood and it’s not surprising that once again it’s about love making (I’m starting to think there’s a pattern here). The pop sounds come during the chorus with a seemingly stock sounding drum track and a lot of lyrics fitting into one breath/phrase. It could have easily been the top song of the album, but unfortunately, it simply misses the mark. It’s catchy but after a few listens, the feels of the song slowly fade away.

 

Drinking Alone – A sassy at-the-bar R&B song that explores the topic of alcoholism. The song has a nice gritty vibe that brings the listeners back to the “Before He Cheats” days.

 

The Bullet – A light country folky song that covers gun violence and talks about the aftermath of what possibly happens when a life is taken by a bullet. These are the deep songs that really make Underwood who she is and it’s here where she truly shines. If you’re looking for a tear-jerker you’ve got it with The Bullet.

 

Spinning Bottles – An emotional pop mix with light piano sounds formatted in a country story teller lyric. This song may not win any awards, but it should. It is that good.

 

Love Wins – Announced as the second single of Cry Pretty, Love Wins has already hit the top 25 on iTunes and charted on the Billboard Top 100. A Celine Dion melodic-style song that acts as an anthem of hope is catchy and will do well playing in the mainstream. The song could be played on any Adult Contemporary station and will be played for years to come. Similar to songs like “So Small“, “Till I See You Again” and other Top AC songs put out by Underwood, it will surely “win” a lot of fans over.

 

End Up With You – My absolute favorite song on the album. I’ve already played this song 73 times, according to my iTunes account. This song is the perfect combination of instrumentation, lyrics (that actually make sense) and vocal layering. The song is romantic, sexy, and whimsical. The electrical guitar pierces right though your emotions transporting you to the exact experience that Underwood sings about. It should be a single. Will it be a single? Probably not. Similar to “Wasted“, depending on how popular Cry Pretty becomes, I can see the song being released as a fifth single. Thank you Lindsey, Brett McLaughlin and Will Weatherly for writing such an incredible song.

 

Kingdom – A very close second to the top, Kingdom is the traditional tribute to God song that appears on every Carrie Underwood album. It’s a song you’d likely hear on a Christian radio station and iis easily one of the best out of all six studio albums.

 

The Champion (feat. Ludacris) – The official song of Super Bowl LII which is included as a bonus track on Cry Pretty. NBC Execs liked the song so much that they decided to use it for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Then after its Olympic run, it was later used as the anthem for Sunday Night Football. My personal opinion is that songs like these are out of Underwood’s element. That said, it was the sports song of 2018 and certified Gold by the RIAA, so from an objective perspective, it made sales, was marketed well and went on to sell thousands. The song also won Video Female Of The Year at the CMT Music Awards.

 

Cry Pretty showcases Underwood’s growth as an artist. She displays a mature tone, using the vehicle of mainstream music to touch upon ever-present topics that range from gun violence to same-sex relationships, to alcoholism. She also talks about sex tastefully in a way that only someone like Underwood could pull off without appearing wishy-washy; especially covering a broad set of topics.

 

If you’re looking for a number one hit to sit atop Billboard’s Top 40 Hits, you won’t find it here. Will she earn the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 album charts? More than likely.

 

Cry Pretty is Carrie Underwood wrapped up in a nice pretty bow and since joining her new label, Capitol Records Nashville, welcoming a new baby into her life and facing adversity from her accident in 2017, she illustrates to all of us what it feels like to Cry Pretty.

TI 2018 – A Cinderella Story

Some would say this year’s ‘The International’ winner, OG, was a long time coming. And by some I mean the lucky fools who somehow predicted this outcome despite all odds, not to mention the overwhelming strong presence of Chinese teams at this year’s TI. I mean what did people do, consult a ouija board?!

 

I have always been a huge fan of DOTA. Starting back during the original version of the game, which was a Warcraft 3 mod, and then scoring a beta key for DOTA 2 back in 2012, I haven’t once lost interest in the game.

 

So it was only a matter of time before I finally decided to attend The International. The International is the final professional DOTA 2 event of the year and this time it was hosted in Vancouver, unlike its previous iterations which took place at Key Arena in Seattle, Washington.

 

 

The International (TI) brings the top teams from every region to compete against one another for the chance to be called the best in the world and win a portion of the tournament prize pool of $25,532,177. This year’s IT had the largest prize pool in esports history with the first place team receiving $11,234,158.

 

That being said, it’s quite easy to see why this tournament is regarded as the most intense tournament of the year. It is also considered by many pro players to be a measure of success. A team could lose every tournament or major of 2018, but win the TI and call it a successful year.

 

However, this year’s TI was much different from previous ones. In fact, it felt like more than just a tournament. There was more substance than just the matches being played or the rivalries between players, it showcased the DOTA community.

 

VANCOUVER, BC – AUGUST 20: Hundreds of gaming fans stand in line outside Rogers Arena as they wait to enter on the first day of The International 2018 DOTA 2 Championships on August 20, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

 

While everyone is there to watch their favorite team win, what people sometimes forget is that there is a community; the non-pro players that make the game what it is. For example one of the casters, Jake Kanner, who goes by the name SirActionSlacks, had the opportunity to visit Japan and explore the DOTA community. There he learned of a unique tournament called the Mara Cup, also called the Oyster Major. The Mara Cup tournament rewards its winners not with money but with food, more specifically oysters and other fresh seafood.

 

While the scene is still small in comparison to the overall DOTA community, it definitely made a fan out of me and the next time I’m in Japan, I am definitely checking it out. It’s these stories brought out to the public that makes the tournament as a whole a memorable experience.

 

Perhaps the biggest story of them all was the story of this year’s winner, Team OG, who has been dubbed as the Cinderella team. This all started back in May of this year when players Gustav “S4” Magnusson and Tal “Fly” Aizik would leave the team for team Evil Geniuses.  Fly helped co-found OG with his best friend Johan “N0tail” Sundstein.

 

 

Not only was this shocking news to the whole community but it also meant that the team would not only need to replace two key players but would need to do so in a couple of weeks before the open qualifiers for the European region. Normally they would have been invited to the regional qualifiers, but because of the roster shift, they had to play through the open qualifying rounds, which meant they would have to face more teams.

 

The most interesting aspect of this surprising run of events was the players recruited to join team OG. Normally with the deadline being a matter of weeks away, a team would be hard pressed to find anyone decent enough to fill their roster, let alone win with the players that that are new to the team.

 

 

But on June 3rd as the DOTA world waited in anticipation, they announced their lineup. It would be the two remaining OG members, N0tail and Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka, their coach Sebastian “7ckngMad” Debs, alongside retired member Anathan “Ana” Pham, and newcomer Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen.

 

Topson, an untested player who had never competed in a big tournament like TI was about to step onto the biggest stage of his life and compete for millions of dollars.

 

What OG achieved was nothing short of pure brilliance. Not only did they prove they could perform at the highest of levels, but they could do so convincingly. They got through the open qualifiers and were placed in the upper bracket during the group stage. What’s even more surprising is that they had to face off against team VGJ Thunder, one of the top performing teams during the group stage.

 

There was also the rivalry between OG and Evil Geniuses in the semi-finals.

 

By combining a display of bold tactics and unique strategies they would eventually arrive at the grand finals against PSD LGD, a Chinese team that was highly favored to win. They would end up taking the match in a 3-2 series to become the best team in the world and win the 11-million dollars.

 

 

While it wasn’t the final matchup I was hoping for, nor was it the one people were expecting to see, it was without a doubt the best possible outcome anyone could have hoped for at such an event.

 

I for one cannot wait to see what the next TI will bring when it’s held in Shanghai, China.

5 Sweet Treats You Can Only Get In Hawaii

Hawaii is an ethnic melting pot, which opens the door for thousands of excellent food spots. Typically you find four or five of your favorites and rotate between them throughout the week. If you’re like me, regular food is great, but sweets are where it’s at. Luckily for me, Hawaii has some of the most unique desserts in the country. Whether you’re born and raised on the islands or planning a vacation, as a self-proclaimed expert on local snacks, here are the top five sweets that you need to add to your rotation.

 

1. Poi Malasadas from Kamehameha Bakery

 

Everyone knows about the Poi Malasadas from Kam Bakery. Poi is traditionally a Native Hawaiian dish made from Taro, which is baked and then pounded into a paste. This flaky, soft donut is deep fried and then smothered in sugar that melts and hardens around it. The subtle taro flavoring works perfectly with this delicious pastry.

2. Uncle Clay’s Shaved Ice w/ Mochi Balls

 

You’ll hear about Matsumoto’s and Waiola, but Uncle Clay’s House of Aloha, or HOPA, is my personal favorite place to get shaved ice. The ice is fine, the syrup is plentiful, and the homemade mochi balls wrap it all together. Mochi is a sweet rice cake that is commonly served with ice cream and shaved ice in Hawaii. Top your shaved ice with condensed milk and some azuki beans and you’ve got yourself a winner.

 

3. Jello Cheesecake Squares from Zippy’s

 

The world needs to know about Zippy’s and Napoleon’s Bakery. There isn’t much to say about it because it speaks for itself. These geniuses slapped a thin slab of jello on top of a square of cheesecake with a perfect graham crust at the bottom. No Zippy’s meal is complete without something from Napoleon’s.

4. Poi Mochi Donuts at Liliha Bakery

Liliha Bakery is a local favorite for a reason. They took mochi, taro flavoring, and created a deep-fried pastry that’s chewy, sugary, and has the unique flavor of Hawaii. While you’re in Liliha, sit down and grab breakfast and go home with a box of these scrumptious donuts.

 

5. Chocolate + Vanilla Bakery’s Ube Butter Mochi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butter mochi is another take on the Japanese rice treat, mochi, except it incorporates a ton of butter, which makes it even more delicious. Ube is a Japanese sweet potato and its used locally as a flavor for everything from ice cream to tea. Chocolate + Vanilla Bakery is known for its unique use of Ube in all kinds of different treats, but its Ube Butter Mochi is an absolute unit.

Brandon’s Binge – The 100 Season 5

When The 100’s fourth season came to a close we were left with plenty of questions. Praimfaya had come and made the Earth unlivable once again, Clarke had been left alone on the ground, Octavia had let 100 members of each Grounder clan into the Second Dawn bunker, and Bellamy and crew had launched themselves into space.

 

The show’s fifth season recently arrived on Netflix and much like I do every time one of my favorite shows makes its way onto the streaming platform, I binged it in a single sitting.

 

Strap in everyone, this season got very dark.

 

During the last five minutes of season four’s finale we fast forward six years and learn that Clarke survived the death wave and has a new friend; a pre-teen named Madi. We also learn that the giant tower built above the bunker collapsed during Praimfaya and trapped Octavia and all of her people underground. In the closing seconds, Clarke sees an unknown ship making its way to the ground.

 

Season five’s opener explains how we got to that point and what it all means. After escaping Becca’s Island, Clarke confirms that her body is immune to the radiation left by Praimfaya because of her nightblood. Luckily for her sanity, and ours, Wanheda isn’t the only nightblood roaming around the post-post-apocalyptic Earth.

 

 

The first time Madi is introduced she tries to murder Clarke with a rock dagger and a bear trap, so you can already assume she’s a solid character addition. Madi is a natural nightblood making her the rightful heir to the flame, which inevitably complicates things. Clarke takes Madi under her wing and they form something similar to a mother and daughter relationship.

 

That mysterious ship that Clarke saw was actually a transport ship called the Eligius III and we learn that it is filled with very dangerous criminals. If you watch the series you’ll know that if Wanheda sees, Wanheda must kill.

 

Clarke sees the ship as a threat (rightfully so) and immediately begins picking the newcomers off. Unfortunately, she also underestimates their level of firepower and gets her self caught. The criminal group’s leader is a cunning, levelheaded woman named Colonel Charmaine Diyoza.

 

 

Diyoza’s crew had been in ‘cryo-sleep’ for hundreds of years and was pretty surprised to come back to an inhabitable Earth, which is where Clarke comes in. In return for information about what happened to the world, Diyoza agrees to have her crew remove the rubble blocking the bunker’s entrance and spare Madi’s life.

 

If she had known who and what was going to escape that bunker, she probably wouldn’t have agreed to that deal. Luckily for us fans, The 100 is at its best when there is a conflict that is seemingly impossible to resolve. This season achieves that and then some.

 

When Octavia won the tournament at the end of last season she became the Commander, or Heda, of every clan. When she decided to allow 100 members from each clan to live in the bunker with Skaikru, she abolished the idea of 13 individual clans and created ‘Wonkru’. Of course, she didn’t account for Praimfaya burying the exit of the bunker under thousands of tons of rubble.

 

When word gets out that they’re probably trapped in the bunker forever, panic sets in across every clan’s people. Thankfully, Octavia is a badass of a leader and is able to get everyone in line by murdering anyone who makes themselves an enemy of Wonkru.

 

 

In order to reduce the population to a more survivable number after its understood that no one’s leaving, Octavia creates a fight-pit based justice system. Those who break the law are thrown into the pit with other ‘enemy’s of Wonkru’ and the crowd decides whether or not the last combatant standing deserves a second chance.

 

Remember when I said things got pretty dark? After the fight pits are established we also learn that the crops that are supposed to keep them alive in the bunker are rotting and they’ll soon have no source of protein.

 

Let’s think, what’s another source of protein that they could possibly use to survive. You guessed it, cannibalism. Not only does Octavia begin to feed her people the meat from the losers of the fight pit, she also kills every person who refuses to eat.

 

In one particularly disturbing scene, Octavia goes person by person and commands them to take bites of the pink, gelatinous cubes of human flesh. Every person who refused to eat was shot in the head. We eventually learn that this is why the sixth year in the bunker was referred to as the ‘Dark Year’ all season.

 

“All of me for all of you.”

 

 

While many people think that Octavia becomes so dark that she is unlikable, I thought that the development of her character was one of the more intriguing aspects of the season. Plus, the show’s writers do an incredible job of taking us by the hand and describing each step of her descent into darkness. All hail Blodreina.

 

After Octavia and her cannibals escape the bunker, thanks to Diyoza, war breaks out between the two groups pretty quickly.

 

Much like every season of The 100, it’s hard to say who the real antagonist is. Diyoza and her murderer’s row are occupying Shadow Valley, the only livable area of Earth, and are partial to the idea of sharing. Octavia and her loyal army of cannibals absolutely refuse to share and are actively seeking an excuse to fight. I believe Kane says it best when he’s pondering the options of siding with “a monster or the devil.”

 

However, the main villain of the season is a man named Paxton McCreary, the murderous leader of the men on Eligius III prior to Diyoza’s take over. McCreary eventually re-establishes leadership after violently overthrowing Diyoza, despite the fact that she is carrying his child.

 

 

While the main conflict between the two groups plays itself out there are almost too many internal struggles to keep up with. Clarke has always been the leader who would do absolutely anything to ensure the survival and happiness of her people. During the six years alone on Earth’s surface, Madi became Clarke’s people.

 

Throughout season five we see a new side of Clarke. She no longer sees herself as the protector of Skaikru and betrays them on multiple occasions. When Clarke learns that Madi is the rightful Commander and a threat to Octavia, she sees no reason to stick around and keep her ‘daughter’ in danger. Clarke still loves the original members of the 100 that she landed on Earth with (Bellamy, Monty, Harper) and we can see her struggle with that for most of the season.

 

Speaking of Clarke’s family, her mother is one of the weakest points of the season. Due to the side effects of Alie being removed from her conscious, Abigail becomes addicted to pain medication. Her drug addiction causes a rift between herself and Kane and creates a new blossoming friendship with a psychopathic serial killer. Truthfully, I’ve never liked Abby’s character and this season wasn’t any better. Eventually she gets off of the drugs, but not before her murderous new friend, unfortunately, gets his hands on Kane, which also sucked.

 

Every character that escaped into space during Praimfaya had an excellent season. Every one of them matured significantly during their time working together in space and they all contributed to the story. Bellamy is no longer the hothead who rebels against authority. He’s a calm, thoughtful leader who fights for what he believes is right, even if that means going against his dear sister.

 

 

Bellamy and Octavia butt heads constantly. He realizes early on that his sister is gone and the person that remains needs to be dealt with. This tragic power struggle between siblings is amazing to watch.

 

Echo brings another unique aspect to the show. She’s essentially a Grounder who spent more than half of a decade inside of a spaceship with people who grew up in space. Echo becomes completely assimilated and has the technological training of someone from Skaikru but the ruthlessness and combat skill of a Grounder. When Echo gets back to the ground Octavia commands that she remains exiled, despite the relationship she has with Bellamy.

 

Monty and Harper play an enormous role in the new season and are actually the ones who take us into season six. While he’s one of the quieter characters from The 100, Monty’s agricultural skills are what keep our favorite characters alive. He’s one of the only people to stand up to Octavia and the only one to find a peaceful solution between Wonkru and Diyoza’s conflict. We won’t be seeing Monty and Harper in the next season, but they’ll be remembered in a big way.

 

 

Octavia’s bloodlust eventually leads Wonkru into an unwinnable battle and the criminals, under McCreary’s new rule, slaughter most of them. It takes Madi’s acceptance of the flame and inheritance of the role of Commander to rally the troops and defeat the enemy. However, before Wonkru can celebrate, McCreary drops a nuclear bomb from space and forces everyone back into orbit.

 

Much like Octavia allowing Grounders into the bunker, the surviving criminals are allowed to join Wonkru in their spaceship and they escape before the nuke can exterminate what’s left of the human race. It was supposed to take years for Earth to recover, but luckily the ship’s cryo-sleep technology was still operational.

 

Monty and Harper choose to live out their lives while the others hibernate and wait out Earth’s revitalization. Unfortunately after 10 years of waiting Monty sees that McCreary did more damage than they had previously thought and that Earth isn’t coming back. He begins to hack into Eligius III’s internal files and finds that the ships real mission was to find another planet suitable for human life.

 

 

Season 5 ends with a completely mind-blowing sequence. Bellamy and Clarke are the first to wake up from their slumber. They are immediately greeted by an unknown face, which introduces himself as Monty and Harper’s son. The newcomer explains that it took 50 years for Monty to crack into Eligius’ secret mission files and another 75 years to reach the intended destination. Yup, they were asleep for 125 years and they’re about to land on a completely new planet.

 

The 100’s writers did an astonishing job of completely clearing the slate and giving themselves the freedom to go in absolutely any direction they want. With the radioactive, barren, wasteland called Earth out of the picture, our characters are going to encounter an entirely new set of challenges. This will keep the show fresh and avoid repetitive, forced conflicts.

 

 

It’s going to be fun seeing what direction the show takes. Madi is going to be the leader of Wonkru, but how will they interact with the original crewmembers of Eligius III. What’s going to be waiting for them on the ground of this new planet? If it’s habitable for a human who is to say that there isn’t an advanced civilization already established on its surface? If there aren’t any advanced forms of life, what kind of dangerous wildlife is going to be lurking in the shadows? How will they cultivate edible food without Monty’s help?

 

There are so many questions that need to be answered, but that’s what makes this show so enjoyable. I can’t wait for season six to begin, but I’ll still probably wait for it to be on Netflix before I start my binge.

 

 

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