I had an interesting weekend of fail. For one thing, I watched the
Mariners show how awesome they can be while being crap. I mean there
were some close games against Texas, but each one resulted in a loss
despite solid pitching. On Friday, Cliff Lee finally had his first
start for the M's. Despite pitching eight shutout innings, the M's
couldn't score a single run. Hell, the M's got the bases loaded in
the 10th and 11th innings and still came out with a 0-2 loss in the
The one good thing about the horrible defeats was that it showed
some of the weaknesses that needed addressing. Sadly, not much can
be done about the M's lacking any powerful bats, but some of the
worst can be adjusted. For example, despite being one damned fast
runner, Byrnes is a horrible player. His batting average, for
example, was less than 0.100. That's not just bad; it's
unacceptable. So, he's now gone from the team.
Also, it's nice to see that the M's have one of the best pitching
rotations in MLB. Hernandez, Lee, and Fister are amazing, and Vargas
and Roland-Smith are not exactly slackers. Hell, the M's have the
2nd best collective ERA right now. Sadly, despite being built up as
a pitching team, the M's organization seemed to forget one important
thing in the offseason; a good defense will help to win games, but
only a good offense can get the runs to seal the deal.
I also, for unknown reasons, watched New Moon. I normally wouldn't
even talk about seeing such a horrible movie. I mean this is just
embarrassing to admit. However, I have to say that this series (I
sadly saw Twilight a few months ago) is one of the best examples of
bad cinema I've ever seen. It's the only movie series I can think of
in modern times (maybe even in all history of mainstream cinema)
that glorifies f#@$ed up relationships.
Bella, the main protagonist, is the worst example for young girls
that has ever existed in a movie. I think Charlize Theron in Monster
is a better example of how a young girl should grow up than
Bella...and that's talking about a psychotic killer being a better
example than a young woman who just wants to live a good and
wholesome life. In what other movie series is a girl told more so
that she should chose between a violent boyfriend who could severely
scar her, physically, for life and a boy who shows complete
detachment (to the point of causing mental scars and obsession) and
also manages to throw her against a wall in the name of protecting
her. I mean that is the Twilight movies, so far, in a nut shell.
What type of anguish is better and how much should one get mentally
messed up in the name of love?
Anyway, I think I'll stop talking about the nightmare that is
Twilight now. While I'm deeply ashamed to admit I've seen the first
two movies, I just had to say how truly bad they are, and not just
in terms of plot or acting...both of which have their own unique
take on lowering the bar for all other tween-targeted movies.
On a final note, I'm still playing Lunar 2 on the PSX (well, on the
PS3, but a PSX disk/version). I can't say too much so far, but I
will say that some of the changes versus the Sega CD original are
not for the better. On one hand, the running mechanic is annoying
since you movie so slow, and you can only run for about 1 second at
a time, with a two second cool-down period. On the other hand, the
menu system is crap compared to all other versions of either of the
first two Lunar titles. At least the game is still fun...just not as
good as the Complete version of Lunar 1 was.
Minor Lost spoilers
today. Ok, major spoilers if you didn't catch last nights episode
I found it funny,
in a very un-humorous way, how last night played out. When Sayid
died, I said to the people I watched with, "In standard Lost
fashion, another minority is killed...now they just need to kill off
Sun and Jin." Yes, I forgot that Miles is still around, but he seems
to be on the back burner for now. Little did I know at that moment
that there was only so many minutes left before Sun and Jin died in
a very lame way.
Ok, with Lost, all
death is something that can only be partially accepted. I mean dead
people come back from time to time in one way or another, and dead
people can miraculously survive and resurface in a few episodes. I
mean Jin already "died" once before.
I have to say,
first off, that Sayid dying does put a bit of a dark cloud on the
rest of the series. I mean here we had not only an awesome
character, but one that was shafted this season. He started near
dead, before becoming fully dead. Then he was back, but he was just
a bit of a shell with very little personality showing. I mean Sayid
spent the last six or so episodes as more of an automaton than a
character as he just shrugged his shoulders, moved around, and did
whatever was commanded upon him. The only thing he did that showed
personality, before his final minute of life, was in the "other
More than that, I
have to say the death of minorities is pretty weird with Lost. It's
been this way since the beginning. Of the main non-very-white
characters we have had on the show, we've seen Eko, Anna Lucia,
Michael, Jin, Sun, and Sayid die. We've also seen Rose, Walt, and
Miles go from being pretty important in their own right to being
gone or nearly gone from the show...usually without even anymore
mentioning of them. The only one who seems to remain in any position
that is not completely in the background is Hurley...maybe Miles,
but he seems to have gone from "constantly present" to "oh yeah,
he's still alive, isn't he?" Oh, and I don't count Richard (A.K.A.
Bat-Manuel). Richard has always been interesting, but he's never
been a main character.
probably saying half of that from frustration at seeing awesome
characters like Sayid and Jin get kicked out of the closing of Lost,
while someone like Kate can remain. Not only have I constantly felt
annoyed when Kate is on screen, but last night was just ridiculous.
I mean she was shot. Not just a minor grazing wound, but a major
injury, considering the amount of blood they showed. Then she's in a
sub explosion, swims through ocean water to the beach, and seems no
worse for wear...despite the, supposed, gaping bullet wound she
should still have. Why do I get the feeling that, above most others,
the one mystery that will definitely remain after the show
concludes, in my mind, will be "how did Kate not die?"
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