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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

Star Trek: TNG | re-viewed

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It's been quite a long time, but is have finally completed my reviewing of all Star Trek (official) TV series and movies. Well, OK, I have not yet seen the animated series, so I guess I can't claim "all" official ones yet. The latest one to get the check mark is the Next Generation and its associated movies. TNG was my first trek, wathvung it in Greecewhen is as a kid with my grandfather. Personally I would have preferred cartoons back then, but I developed a taste for trek. When I was a teen I saw all of the series on reruns, but that was really it - until now.

The first season was a bit shaky. The uniforms we just a bit off, and the plots really resembled some original trek plots, like encounter at farpoint. They weren't bad, just not my preferred cup of tea. Watching these again reminded me if two characters that I was lukewarm about back then: Wesley and Q. Q back then was interesting, but I really didn't dig the superhuman being meddling in human affairs. This time around I saw Q as much more of a plot device than anything else. In other series I think Q is developed more and is made more "human".

Wesley was annoying as hell when I was a teen. New as too much of a "sir,yes sir" kid. Watching it again I thought that Wesley was just another kid looking for a father figure and being annoying at it, but annoying in an awkward way. I bad completely forgotten that at the end if the series he quit starfleet to go find his star destiny (or whatever). It was thus a bit weird to see his in a starfleet dress uniform at The Riker/Troy wedding reception. Small plot hole there, guys :)

Speaking of the movies, I think the same holds true for TNG movies as was true for TOS movies: they were two hour long TV scripts that were made into movie form. They were good, but they are not necessarily what one goes to the movie theater for. Although, I do remember going to the theater for a couple of them. That said the movies weren't bad. I preferred Generations, First Contact and Nemesis; Insurrection really didn't do much for me. At the end if nemesis I was a bit peeved that they killed off data. Sure, Spiner is getting old, a fact of life, but the character doesn't need to be included in future movie; (after all, in a related example, how many plot devices can you use to bring Worf back from DS9? It seems from the comic books that preceded the 2009 Trek Reboot that data somehow was resurrected using B4's android body. Well, at least there's that ;-)

All things considered, I liked TNG (despite the first season). I doubt there will be another movie of this. I wonder who will play Picard in the reboot in 30 years ;-)

 

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Metal Gear: Peacewalker | done

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Big Boss

I've been meaning to writ a quick recap of metal gear: peacewalker for a few weeks now, but something always seems to come up. I guess it's good that I have some commuting time to prepare a draft blog post ;-). In any case, a few weeks ago I was going through trying to complete peacewalker, and after an "aha" moment I was able to get through to the end. The game was pretty interesting, the handling of the controls was good, and the story was pretty freakin' awesome. I'm becoming much more of a fan of the franchise. There cinematics and the manga feel of some cut scenes was also pretty welcomed. It reminded me of the PSP metal gear (that I never finished).

There were some really frustrating moment in the game. First, the button mashing. There is a scene where Dr. strangelove is torturing you and you have to resist electrocution by holding up your stamina. How do you hold up your staming? Button mashing! This was a major #fail because ended up walking away frustrated and with a sore index finger for a few days while I was stuck here; until I read the "trick" with using a spoon to button mash that apparently helps you button mash much more efficiently and quickly.

Another issue was the fake ending. Upon completion of Act IV, you get a fake ending where you have to keep going after Zadornov who keeps escaping, but you need to play extra side missions to get him to escape and then go catch him and bring him back. Not only that, but I didn't realize that I could replay the AI original AI battles (which are easier) to get AI parts for peacewalker, so I ended up playing the Version 2 AI battles that were harder,and didn't necessarily give more points or AI parts...#fail. Well, once I went back and played some quick AI version 1 battles to get some parts, I built my peacewalker and had the final battle and "real" ending.

A thing I liked was the recruiting of former energies to be part of your MSF. The mechanic for getting them back to your base was much more streamlined than the PSP version where you had to drag knocked out enemies all the way back to the beginning of the stage. Another nice thing: no over the top bosses! When all is said and done, I completed the game with 18 achievements (36% if the total). Not bad, but I don't really care to go back and complete the rest. Maybe in a few years ;-).

Now, let's see how Sons of liberty is. I remember playing it on the original PS2 with a friend and getting close to the end when it originally came out. Let's see how much patience I have for the overhead camera aesthetic.

 

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Το τέλος του Μάϊκ και του Ντέξ

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Πριν περίπου δύο εβδομάδες είχαμε τα φινάλε δύο σειρών που παρακολουθούσα από τότε που άρχισαν: το Burn Notice και το Dexter. Φυσικά μάλλον στην Ελλάδα οι πιο πολλοί γνωρίζουν την σειρά Dexter απ ότι κρίνω από αυτά που βλέπω στο twitter. Το Burn Notice μάλλον δεν το ξέρουν πολλοί, οπότε ας αρχίσω με αυτό.

Στο Burn Notice έχουμε έναν κατάσκοπο (michael weston) της CIA ο οποίος, για κάποιο λόγο της σειράς “κάηκε” από την CIA, δηλαδή τον απέλυσαν αλλά με κακό τρόπο. Ξυπνά λοιπόν στο Μαΐάμι, σπίτι του δηλαδή, χωρίς δουλειά, χωρίς λεφτά, χωρίς τίποτα και προσπαθεί να επιβιώσει αλλά και να βρει ποιος τον έκαψε. Μαζί του έχει έναν παλιό φίλο από το ναυτικό, μια παλιά γκόμενα που ήταν παλιότερα με το IRA στην Ιρλανδία, και αργότερα με έναν άλλον “καμένο” κατάσκοπο (που οι ίδιοι έκαψαν). Για να βγάλουν το χαρτζιλίκι τους, όσο προσπαθούν να βρουν τους σκάρτους κατασκόπους στην CIA βοηθούν κόσμο που έχει πρόβλημα με την μαφία και άλλους “καθημερινούς” κακούς.

Η αλήθεια είναι πως δεν ήξερα πως θα τελειώσει η σειρά. Η ένα μεγάλο μπαμ θα γινόταν ή θα συνέχιζαν να είναι οι καλοί Σαμαρείτες στο τέλος της σειράς. Αν δεν την έχετε δει την σειρά δεν θα πω και πολλά για το τέλος, εκτός του ότι μου άρεσε, αλλά δεν μου άρεσε που σκότωσαν έναν κανονικό της σειράς. Πραγματικά ήθελα ένα “ζούσαν αυτοί καλά και εμείς καλύτερα” τέλος, άλλα δεν ήταν και τόσο μέλι- γάλα στο τέλος.

 Όσο για τον Dexter, εκεί απορούσα τι θα γινόταν στο τέλος, στο κάτω κάτω αν ο άλλος είναι ψυχακιας και θέλει να σκοτώνει κόσμο (και ας είναι εγκληματίες), μπορεί ο λύκος να αλλάξει την γούνα του; Απ ότι φαίνεται ο Ντέξτερ άλλαξε κατά το τέλος της σειράς, αλλά το και πάλι δεν είχα το happy ending που περίμενα (δηλαδή η Ντέμπρα ισορροπημένη στην δουλεία της και ο Ντέξ με την γυναίκα και το παιδί στην Αργεντινή). Μου φαίνεται πως το τέλος το Ντέξτερ είναι μια αρχή για μια νέα σειρά, έτσι όπως τελείωσε. Το Burn Notice είχε μια τελεία και παύλα, ενώ το Dexter είχε τρεις τελίτσες στο τέλος...
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