Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Wisdom of Douglas Adams

Tomorrow, May 25, is Towel Day, the day that Douglas Adams fans everywhere will carry around a towel in a show of solidarity and appreciation. Of course, if you know anything about hitchhiking the galaxy, you know that one should always have a towel on hand because it can be used for many things, including but not limited to: keeping you warm, sailing down a river, hand-to-hand combat, a distress signal, and, if it still seems clean enough, drying yourself off.

But that's not the only wise thing Douglas Adams wrote. The man was a brilliant fount of inspiration and advice, if you know how to look for it. So, in honor of Towel Day, I've collected some of my favorite bits of Douglas Adams's wisdom for your reading pleasure. Enjoy.

"A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that."
The Salmon of Doubt

"Let's think the unthinkable, let's do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all."
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
Mostly Harmless

"Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws."
Mostly Harmless

"There are some people you like immediately, some whom you think you might learn to like in the fullness of time, and some that you simply want to push away from you with a sharp stick."
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

"He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which."
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

"Don't you understand that we need to be childish in order to understand? Only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn't developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don't expect to see."
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

"There is no point in using the word 'impossible' to describe something that has clearly happened."
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

"There's always a moment when you start to fall out of love, whether it's with a person or an idea or a cause, even if it's one you only narrate to yourself years after the event: a tiny thing, a wrong word, a false note, which means that things can never be quite the same again."
The Salmon of Doubt

"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."
Last Chance to See

"If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands."
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

"The quality of any advice anybody has to offer has to be judged against the quality of life they actually lead."
Mostly Harmless

"Well, I mean, yes idealism, yes the dignity of pure research, yes the pursuit of truth in all its forms, but there comes a point I'm afraid where you begin to suspect that the entire multidimensional infinity of the Universe is almost certainly being run by a bunch of maniacs. And if it comes to a choice between spending yet another ten million years finding that out, and on the other hand just taking the money and running, then I for one could do with the exercise."
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

"He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot."
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

"Protect me from knowing what I don't need to know. Protect me from even knowing that there are things to know that I don't know. Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about. Amen.

Lord, lord, lord. Protect me from the consequences of the above prayer."
Mostly Harmless

"Yes, it is true that sometimes unusually intelligent and sensitive children can appear to be stupid. But stupid children can sometimes appear to be stupid as well. I think that's something you might have to consider."
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

"Having not said anything the first time, it was somehow even more difficult to broach the subject the second time around."
So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

"Rather than arriving five hours late and flustered, it would be better all around if he were to arrive five hours and a few extra minutes late, but triumphantly in command."
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

"It is a rare mind indeed that can render the hitherto non-existent blindingly obvious. The cry 'I could have thought of that' is a very popular and misleading one, for the fact is that they didn't, and a very significant and revealing fact it is too."
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

And of course,

What's your favorite Douglas Adams quote? Tell us in the comments!
Happy Towel Day!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Arrow Reaction: "Missing" (5x22)

Warning: Arrow is rated TV-14 for mature content. Spoilers included below.

Oliver is forced to make an unlikely alliance with Malcolm Merlyn after Chase's allies, including Black Siren, kidnap Team Arrow and take them to Lian Yu.

"When did you become all zen like and well adjusted? We should celebrate that tonight, not your birthday." -Thea

What I Liked
Oliver's birthday party
The episode started out great with the surprise birthday party for Oliver. It was hilarious that Oliver was so paranoid he accidentally attacked Curtis. But the party itself with the Green Arrow themed cake and Team Arrow giving Felicity and Olive "alone time" was amazing. (Also, Curtis not taking the hint and Diggle dragging him away was hilarious, and Curtis fangirling over Oliver and Felicity was perfect.) The writers are definitely trying to pull Oliver and Felicity back in a relationship, and somehow, it's working.

Same, Ollie. Same. (source)

At first, I wasn't impressed with the flashback because Kovar is annoying and we've seen Oliver being tortured before. But then the torture ended up being very different this time, and it was actually devastating to watch Oliver fall so hard. But gosh, thank goodness hallucination Laurel convinced him not to kill himself but to escape instead. That hurt a lot. It was good.

Although Adrian Chase is crazy and super creepy, I have to admire his fortitude. He really did come up with a fantastic plan to mess with Oliver. I mean, of course they'd end up back on Lian Yu. How could it not lead there? His cocky smirk just amplifies how he thinks he will win, and I cannot wait to see him fall.

I love his resilience, not just in this episode but throughout this past season. He doesn't give in to Chase, no matter whose life is on the line: Felicity, Thea, William. He won't kill Chase because he's choosing to believe he is better than what Chase is claiming, he's choosing to be something else. And I love it. This is the Oliver Queen I've been waiting for the past five years.

Arrow Assemble
I love that Oliver is teaming up with Merlyn and Nyssa to find his friends. That was completely unexpected, but he needs them. And Merlyn actually makes good points in his reasoning, and I can't wait to see Nyssa go up against her sister. It's going to be good. But the end scene absolutely blew me away. Not only is he teaming up with Merlyn and Nyssa... but he's recruiting Slade freaking Wilson. And boy, this crap just got real. I can't even handle myself. I need the next episode now.

Oh, buddy! This is going to be good. (source)

What I Didn't Like
Girl Gang
I don't understand why Black Siren, Talia, or Evelyn are willing to help Chase. Are they really just doing it for revenge against Oliver? Because it seems a bit far. I can't justify that Evelyn, who is opposed to so much violence in the first place, would go that far for justice against Green Arrow. And Talia doesn't need Chase to exact revenge; she has a whole legion of mercenaries at her disposal, so why submit to Chase? And Black Siren? There is no solid reasoning. It's just garbage.

Team Arrow
The sequence of Team Arrow members being kidnapped and injured was devastating. I am genuinely concerned for their safety, and I'm worried someone isn't going to make it off Lian Yu alive. I felt like Diggle and Felicity didn't even try to get away, but whatever. And I want to know where Dinah and Rene are if they're not on Lian Yu. Curtis, however, still sassed Chase and it was great. Come on, Team Arrow, pull through this.

While there were a few things I didn't like about this episode, overall, it was riveting. The build-up to Team Arrow being kidnapped and Chase getting his way was fantastic. But the best moments came when Oliver recruited his new team to help save his friends. The season finale looks promising, and I'm stoked to find out how this arc pans out!

Gosh, this pun was both the best and the worst. #dadjokes (source)

What did you think of "Missing"?

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Flash Reaction: "Infantino Street" (3x22)

Spoilers included for The Flash.

With twenty-four hours left to save Iris, Barry will do whatever it takes to save her, even breaking into ARGUS to find a power source for the speed bazooka. But in order to pull off such a heist, he needs help, so he travels back in time to recruit Captain Cold.

"Make the plan. Execute the plan. Expect the plan to go off the rails. Throw away the plan." -Captain Cold

What I Liked
Captain Cold
The return of Captain Cold, even if it's a past version, is the highlight of this episode. His sass is still strong, and I love that he can crack the world's greatest security lock in 37 seconds. And the fact that he stopped Killer Shark because he was bored and watched Shark Week was hilarious. I mean, literally if Team Flash would have done research about sharks they could have stopped Killer Shark a lot easier. His morally gray taunting of Barry to leave him behind is fantastic, and it plays well with the Legends of Tomorrow timeline as Snart would soon be sacrificing himself for his friends. I'm glad he was back for an episode, but I wish they were bringing him back for real this time. Please come back, please don't be dead.

Listen to him, Barry. (source)

Killer Shark
You can't go wrong with a creepy CGI shark-man and Jaws references, right? Killer Shark was an interesting twist to the episode, reminding us what ARGUS has stored in their base but also providing a tricky guard dog (or guard fish?) to defeat. The special effects were cool, especially the fin rising from the cold mist and Killer Shark growing back a limb. It was a nice touch.

Suicide Squad reference
I also enjoyed the name-dropping and Suicide Squad references that were made in in the ARGUS facility. Once again, we see what else ARGUS has hiding in its base and reminds us that the world of the CW superhero shows is bigger than we think.

Cisco was a gem in this episode (as always), and his commentary lightened up the darker mood. I love his dialogue so much. And while I'm worried about him, I'm glad he's going to confront Caitlin and hopefully show her how much he and the others care about her. Go, Cisco! Go!

In this moment, I am Cisco. (source)

HARRY. Harry returns! (But where is Jesse?) It was kind of stupid, however, that he didn't do anything to help them. I don't know why Team Flash didn't ask him for help a long time ago, especially with building the speed bazooka or finding a power source. Earth-2 has absolutely nothing to help them? I doubt that. Still, it was nice to see him and the Earth-2 skyline. Initially, it was a good plan to hide Iris there. And the moment between her and Joe where they sing was heartbreaking and touching. (Though, it didn't make sense that Iris gave Joe the ring to "give back to Barry." Like Barry literally holds you in his arms as you die, Iris... he can get your ring back. You could have changed the future somehow by keeping it on. Idiot.)

Award for best father-daughter relationship on TV goes to... (source)

What I Didn't Like
I felt like this episode was a waste because Lyla refused to give them the Dominator tech, but then they break in and she hands it over because she doesn't want to see Iris die? I didn't understand it. Why didn't Barry just tell her what Savitar is doing or could potentially do if he isn't stopped? He could destroy the world, but Barry doesn't mention Savitar, just that Iris will die. It was too easy. I don't know why they couldn't just hand over the power source from the beginning if they were just going to do it anyways? Or better yet: why not hide Iris in ARGUS, which is apparently the most secure facility on the planet and where Savitar cannot use his abilities? Seriously. The logic of this show sometimes.

Poor Team Flash
By the end of the episode, the entirely of Team Flash is broken, and it is not fun. HR blames himself because Savitar tricked him. Wally feels inadequate because he couldn't stop Savitar. Tracy feels like a failure because her gun didn't work. (Though, why didn't it work?) Where the frick-frack is Julian even at? They never explained his absence. And Cisco is currently locked in a death match with his best friend, which is terrible. But the worst? Barry. He just stood there. He didn't try to save Iris until Savitar started in for the kill. He tried to plead with him, but obviously we knew that wouldn't work because he'd already tried it. It was garbage. All of it. I am, however, pleasantly surprised that they did kill Iris. Shocker, I know. I can't believe they did it. I think they'll find a way to fix it by the end of the season, but I'm impressed they didn't let Team Flash magically stop Savitar. It was a nice twist.

Iris' message
Honestly, the whole beginning and end and how it came together was the worst. The episode started off sad with this depressing song, and I knew it wasn't going to end well. But the ending with Iris' message being played while Barry ran toward Savitar and Savitar killed her and everything was actually worse than I was expecting. It's on the same level as the season two ending of BBC's Robin Hood, especially with the wedding vows. Why did you kill all my feelings, Flash? Why?

*ugly sobbing* (source)

As much as I love seeing Captain Cold back, I felt like this episode suffered from illogical decisions. Team Flash is a group of super-geniuses and you're telling me that they can't think of a better solution to keeping Iris safe? They didn't even use all their resources (hello, other dimensions) or make a plan to stop Savitar in the off chance the speed bazooka didn't work. Still, the episode pulled at my heartstrings and left me anticipating the season finale to find out what Barry will do next. Seriously, though, where was Julian?!

What did you think of "Infantino Street"? Are you surprised by the turn of events? React with me in the comments!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bollywood Film Spotlight: Chennai Express

Bollywood is an exciting and colorful, musical and over-the-top, wonderful group of films. It's a vast and intimidating breed of film—knowing the good ones from the bad takes hours and hours of subtitles and musical numbers. That's where I come in! Now, "Bollywood" is often used to refer to the whole of Indian cinema, though it really only refers to Hindi language films. It's formally known as Hindi cinema and is based in Mumbai, but I will openly admit that as I do not speak Hindi, a few other Indian films might accidentally make it into these spotlights. For that, I apologize in advance. If you're new to the genre, maybe start with an English Bollywood-style film, like Bride & Prejudice, to ease you into it. If, however, you want to dive right in, here's your platform. Happy watching!

Image result for chennai express poster


Rahul just wants a peaceful, fun trip with his friends, but when his grandmother wants him to submerge his grandfather's ashes in the Rameshwaram, his short detour takes a very unfortunate turn. But of course even the most dangerous of situations can have a bright side... like a very beautiful woman who drags him along on the adventure of his life.

I know it's only half in English... Guess you'll just have to watch the film!

Why You Should Watch It

This was my first experience with Shah Rukh Khan, the famous SRK--one of Bollywood's finest--and I must say that so far it's my favorite. This film is fast-paced, almost but not quite to the point of being uncomfortably so, and it often feels reminiscent of an 80s action television show. It's funny, it's absurd, it's heartwarming, and it will keep you entertained from beginning to end. Definitely worth a watch.

"Don't underestimate the power of a common man!"

Have you seen Chennai Express? What did you think? 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Reaction: "World's End" (4x22)

Spoilers! Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. contains PG-13 level content.

Ever since the season four premiere, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been explosive. The high-octane atmosphere and elevated stakes haven't let up since that first episode, and now we've finally reached the end... and potentially the world's end. How did it all go down in the final episode of the season? Let's find out.

My Favorite Moments

★ GHOST RIDER WAS BACK. I missed him so much. And the portal to the other world (Hell? Though, as Robbie said, hell is relative) was really gorgeous. I'm so intrigued. Can Robbie please come back for season 5?

★ Oh, that's another favorite thing of mine: we get a season 5!

★ Daisy and Robbie together was really incredible to see. I don't know, but I think I might definitely ship them. (GhostQuake? QuakeRider?)

★ Speaking of ships, um, is Coulson/May gonna become a thing yet? Finally? (Philinda, yeah?)
★ Coulson as Ghost Rider was amazing.

★ I absolutely loved the whole team eating in the diner. It was incredibly reminiscent of the shawarma scene at the end of The Avengers. 
★ Daisy's speech to Fitz and the team coming together was so, so heartwarming. They have come so far since the very first episode of the show, and this finale was proof of that.

★ I am a huge fan of the fact that nobody died.

My Least Favorite Moments

★ Watching Ophelia stab Jemma and twist the knife was uncomfortable. I didn't think she could handle it. And then when we thought Jemma was dead... nope. No... nope. So much nope.
★ Why did Coulson make the deal?
★ Hope disappearing was not!!! okay!!! I'm heartbroken.
★ All the moments with Elena and Mack were so, so sweet but so, so sad.

Why did Coulson make... the DEAL?
★ I'm so sad to see Radcliffe die. Even after all he did, it was still sad. Though I thought it was a fitting sendoff. Thanks for the memories.

★ After all that we went through with Aida/Ophelia, I felt that her death was sudden. I was like... "That's it?" I kept expecting her to come back and haunt us some more. Though I guess I should be relieved that she's finally gone.

★ I'm confused and concerned as to why on earth Coulson is in a weird space prison doing work. That was such a weird jump and an even worse cliffhanger. However, I'm extremely excited to see what happens next. If AOS is set in space, I'll be SUPER excited.

Why DID COULSON MAKE THE DEAL? (I am very concerned.)

Favorite Quote

This season finale was so good. While it wasn't what I expected and I had a complaint or two, I overall absolutely loved it. It was everything you could hope for from a season finale, and I think it was a worthy end to an absolutely incredible season. Heartbreaking and filled with all the plot twists, it kept me guessing until the very end... and beyond. I'll definitely be on the edge of my seat until next season. I absolutely can't wait.

Actual video footage of me.--(source)

What did you think of this episode? What do you hope to see in season 5?