My all time favorite Christmas story would be A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. We were introduced to three spirits who represented the past, present, and future. The spirit that really intrigued me was the Ghost of Christmas Future. For the longest time, I have wondered why he looked like the Grim Reaper and why he did not speak. After much analysis, I believe I have an idea of why the Ghost of Christmas Future was portrayed this way. He looks like the Grim Reaper because death is the one future everyone inevitably faces. He does not speak because he is the embodiment of the future and the future is unknown and in motion. If he speaks, then the future will no longer be unknown and would be set in stone. As Ebenezer Scrooge proved, his fate was not set in stone because the Ghost of Christmas Future did not speak a single word to him. If the spirit did speak, then Scrooge would not escape the dark fate he was shown.
In the aftermath of The Death of Superman, we were introduced to four new so-called “Supermen”: Superboy, Steel, the Eradicator, and Cyborg Superman. Even though each of these characters claimed to be the new Superman, I noticed that each of them represents a particular aspect of the original Superman. Superboy is how Superman would have turned out if he was raised by the Kardashians instead of the Kents. Superboy symbolizes the part of Superman who loves the spotlight as well as the fame and glory that comes from being a hero. Steel AKA John Henry Irons is a man wearing a mechanical power suit and a war hammer. Because Steel is a normal human, it would safe to say that he represents Superman’s humanity. The Eradicator is a Kryptonian artificial intelligence and is essentially Spock on a truckload of steroids. The Eradicator represents the Kryptonian or inhuman part of Superman. Cyborg Superman AKA Hank Henshaw symbolizes Superman’s power because his Kryptonian DNA made him strong while his cybernetics made him even stronger. Overall, because Superman was such a model superhero, there are bound to be others who are willing to take up his mantle and carry on his legacy.
I know this is going to raise some debate amongst you, but there is something I need to get off my chest. I am not particularly fond of Kenshin Himura from Rurouni Kenshin. I know that he suffered from internal struggle, but in terms of fighting skills he seemed all but invincible. While I can connect with his psychological issues, I think he would have seemed more human if he actually lost two or three fights (five tops). His first duel with Sojiro does not count because that was a draw and not a real loss. His training with his master Hiko Seijuro also does not count because he is the man who taught Kenshin everything he knows so he is obviously going to be superior to him. His Amakeru Ryu No Hirameki being bested by Enishi’s Kufuku Zettosei also does not count because he kept fighting even though it should have been physically impossible for him to do so. There are times in which I think Kenshin received injuries that should have either crippled or killed him and he still kept fighting. It is like the author was depicting a god of war instead of a normal man. If Kenshin fought two or three opponents that not even he can defeat then I might like him better because it would prove that even he had limits in terms of combat. What do you think?
I have been reading the Game of Thrones books and I have a few theories about the mysterious character who calls himself Aegon Targaryen VI, son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia Martell. There have been countless issues and theories revolving around the character because Aegon was supposedly dead before the events of the books, but in A Dance with Dragons it was revealed that he may in fact be alive. The reason for this is because the spymaster of King’s Landing Varys claimed be replaced Aegon with an impostor infant who was killed instead of him. Then after sending him into hiding in Essos, Varys had secretly been training Aegon for his future role as King of the Iron Throne.
In my own opinion, I believe “Aegon” may be an impostor raised to believe he was the real Aegon. If Varys wanted to convince the Seven Kingdoms that he was the real Aegon when the time came, he would have just taken Aegon into hiding instead of replacing him with another infant. That way, the Seven Kingdoms wouldn’t know his final fate until he revealed himself. Also, even though “Aegon” has been trained all his life to rule and has all the necessary skills to be King, there is no guarantee that his descendants will be good kings or queens, which would ultimately doom Varys’s plan.
There have been multiple hints that “Aegon” may not be a Targaryen at all, but a survivor of House Blackfyre, who were close relatives of House Targaryen who tried to overthrow them multiple times. While it was mentioned that the male line of House Blackfyre is extinct, they made no mention about the female line of House Blackfyre. With this in mind, “Aegon” might be either the son or descendant of the female line of House Blackfyre.
Since House Blackfyre tried to overthrow the Targaryens on multiple occasions, the current conditions of the Seven Kingdoms would greatly work in their favor for a variety of different reasons. First, the War of the Five Kings has made the Seven Kingdoms weaker and more vulnerable than they have ever been, which will make them easier to conquer. Also, since the Targaryens were the only ones standing in House Blackfyre’s way of inheriting the Iron Throne, this would also be beneficial for them because the only known Targaryen is on the other side of the world and unable to oppose them.
In general, I cannot wait to find out the truth (if there even is one) about “Aegon” when the new book comes out.
After watching Game of Thrones for six years, I have made certain connections between a number of characters, particularly Jon Snow and Ramsay Snow. Upon examining the personalities and mannerisms of each character, I believe it can be safe to say that Jon and Ramsay are foils and polar opposites of each other since they are both bastards from two prominent Northern families, House Stark and House Bolton. In contrast, Jon Snow is honorable, compassionate, and just while Ramsay Snow is sadistic, insane, and cruel. Overall, Jon and Ramsay both embody the core nature of their individual Houses. Jon Snow represents House Stark’s sense of honor and justice while Ramsay Snow represents the sadistic delight House Bolton gains from their tradition of torturing and flaying their enemies. Because they are foils of one another, I can see a battle between them taking place in the future, which will be a good old-fashioned battle between good and evil. I cannot wait!
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we are introduced to a new organization of dark side practitioners known as the Knights of Ren. From what I can tell, they have replaced the Sith as the dominant dark side practitioners in the Star Wars galaxy. So far, all we have seen of the Knights of Ren are Supreme Leader Snoke, Kylo Ren, and the shadowy individuals we saw in Rey’s vision. Other than that, we know extremely little about them and all we can do is speculate until we get answers in future films.
Based on what I can see, the Knights of Ren resemble the Sith, but they are drastically different. For example, Kylo Ren and the shadowy figures in Rey’s vision possessed a ragged appearance as though they are trying to decide what their organization’s attire should be. Also, even though Kylo Ren was powerful with Force techniques, it looked as though he only possessed basic dark side knowledge. With this in mind, the Knights of Ren may be trying to discover the inner workings of the dark side of the Force, but only have a partial knowledge. Kylo Ren’s lightsaber was poorly made and unstable while the shadowy figures in Rey’s vision did not seem to possess lightsabers. This could be that they may have limited knowledge of lightsaber combat and construction. In the novelization of The Force Awakens, Supreme Leader Snoke encouraged Kylo Ren to utilize both the light and dark side rather than just the dark side, which could have played a role in Kylo Ren’s psychological instability. Due to these factors, the Knights of Ren are not as refined or powerful as their Sith predecessors.
I believe the Sith started in a similar fashion in that they tried to discover their identities as dark side practitioners and eventually perfected themselves into the evil we know and fear. If the Knights of Ren refine their attempt to use the light and dark side at the same time, then they might be a force to be reckoned with. Due to this, I think that once the Knights of Ren have perfected themselves as dark side practitioners, then they would be at the same level as the Sith or worse. I look forward to finding out more about them as the sequel trilogy unfolds.