GODZILLA 2019

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I got a closer look at Godzilla’s appearance for the new film and I am pleased with what I see. For the most part, Godzilla looks almost identical to his appearance in the 2014 film with the exception a several minor changes. The 2014 version of Godzilla was more faithful to the original design than the 1998 version. Now, Legendary has made their Godzilla even more faithful to the original design. Instead of the tree trunk legs from the 2014 film, Godzilla’s legs have proper feet with claws. The tip of his tail is now more rounded like the original design instead of pointed. His arms and claws are more developed and seem capable to properly grapple opponents such as King Ghidorah or King Kong. Godzilla also seems to have lost some weight since 2014 even though he is still somewhat pot-bellied. Most crucially of all, Godzilla’s dorsal spines now look like the ones he had in the original 1954 film, which is a nice homage. In the trailers, Godzilla’s atomic breath is larger and more powerful than it was in 2014, which promises an even more satisfying fight. Overall, I like this new and improved design of the almighty King of the Monsters!

RODAN 2019

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I never thought much about Rodan as a Kaiju, but I am loving his new look in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. I have seen him emerge from a volcano before in King Ghidorah’s first movie. With this in mind, it is not entirely outrageous to see him crawl out of a volcano. Also, I am pleased to see that the filmmakers included Rodan’s ability to destroy everything he flies over. It is basic physics. Something that big moving that fast will blow away everything in its path. In addition to his classic abilities, I am pleased that Legendary has remained mostly faithful to Rodan’s appearance. Just as Godzilla’s roar was updated in the 2014 film, I hope Rodan’s roar gets updated in the upcoming film.

KING GHIDORAH 2019

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I am looking forward to seeing King Ghidorah’s new look for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Out of all of Godzilla’s numerous enemies, King Ghidorah is arguably his single greatest rival to his crown as King of the Monsters. Apart from a new minor changes, I am pleased that Legendary has been faithful in the appearance and design of the Planet Eater. Based on what I have seen in the trailers, King Ghidorah will retain his iconic gravitational beams that he shoots from his mouths. Also, to make him similar to Godzilla, the filmmakers have made his throats glow yellow when he is about to launch his energy breath. Godzilla does something similar when his dorsal spines glow blue before firing his atomic breath. Also, it looks like King Ghidorah’s twin tails can actually be used as weapons since their spikes act like switch blades. What makes this version of King Ghidorah even more frightening is the fact that his colossal wings create super storms strong enough to swallow up entire cities whenever he takes flight. I also like how the filmmakers are giving each of King Ghidorah’s heads their own unique personality with the center head being the alpha. Easily the most terrifying aspect of this King Ghidorah is the fact that Monarch described him as a living mass extinction event. In other words, if the meteor that killed the dinosaurs had a will of its own then that would best represent King Ghidorah. Apart from the anime King Ghidorah, I never got the feeling that the earlier versions of King Ghidorah truly had the power to destroy the planet. However, I am getting the vibe from this King Ghidorah that he truly does have the power to destroy us all, human and Kaiju alike. Overall, I think we are about to see the very best battle between Godzilla and King Ghidorah yet and I look forward to see these two rival kings clash for the Monster Throne.

A GREAT WINTER

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I discovered something interesting about the mythology of my Viking ancestors. On the eve of Ragnarök, there was a brutal winter that lasted three grueling years. This winter was called the Fimbulwinter, which means “Great Winter” in Norse. It caused a massive loss of life and was followed by countless wars. After these wars were finally over, the Twilight of the Gods began and the world was remade forever. I am thinking of including a similar winter in my spin-off fantasy trilogy that will set the stage for the beginning of the story.

INSPIRATION: CINDERELLA

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Permit me to let you in on a little secret. My very first crush was Cinderella. There was always something about her unbreakable hope for a better life that was contagious. Thanks to Disney, everyone knows her story. A young noblewoman who was enslaved by her stepmother and stepsisters in her own home. Then she received salvation from the intervention of her fairy godmother. She was called Cinderella because she would cover herself in soot while working near the hearth. Most people don’t know that some of the original versions of the Cinderella story were quite dark and disturbing. I read some of these versions in an English History class in college. Easily the darkest version of Cinderella was one in which she is a witch who relies on demons instead of birds and mice. She would routinely conceal her beauty by covering herself in ash and all other kinds of filth. Then she used dark magic to drive the prince mad with an obsession to find her no matter the cost. This relentless search resulted in the prince being killed by a mob.

For my spin-off fantasy trilogy, I will be drawing inspiration from some of the older versions of Cinderella for the female lead. Like Cinderella, she will be a young noblewoman who is forced to work as a servant in her own home. However, it will not be an evil stepmother and stepsisters who become her captors nor will a fairy godmother be her savior. In medieval times, it was common for captured nobles to be used as hostages to guarantee the future loyalty of their family. This character’s situation will be like that, but she will also be made a slave in her own home. As for her salvation, the fairy godmother and the prince are one and the same. I look forward to tinkering with this idea further.

“BUILD THE WALL!”

I had a funny idea regarding Trump’s obsession with his vanity wall project. In Game of Thrones, the character known as Hodor had a seizure and kept saying “Hold the door” until it slurred into “Hodor” and it became all he could say. What if something similar happens to Trump where he has a seizure and keeps saying “Build the wall” before slurring it into “Billall” and it becomes all he can say. Lately, talking about the wall that will never be built is all Trump talks about so I thought it would be fun if this happened to him.