I watched the film Overlord tonight and I developed an analysis on the creatures in the film. Ever since I saw the first trailer, I was curious about the exact nature of the creatures the Nazis were breeding for war. After seeing the film in its entirety, I have reached the following conclusion. Calling these creatures “zombies” is far too simple a word to describe them. It would be fair to say that they were a mixture of zombies, mutants, and super-soldiers. They are zombies because they are created from the dead and they are mutants because their flesh twists and deforms in unnatural ways. As super-soldiers, these beasts are inhumanly strong, fast, and are immune to all forms of physical pain and injury. All of these abilities made these abominations well suited for combat because they can’t die and can overpower any normal soldier. However, when these creatures are created from the dead, they are mindless and uncontrollable. When they are created from the living, these creatures seem able to control themselves to a certain degree and their minds are mostly intact. From a spiritual perspective, when the soul has left the body, there is nothing controlling the body except pure instinct. It would be like a runaway car without a driver at the wheel. However, if these beasts are made from the living and the soul is still in the body, then the body is more controllable with the exception of a few defects in the steering. Overall, these undead, mutated, soldiers would symbolize the Captain America super-soldier program going horribly wrong.
In my expanded Kaiju short story, there are mutated isopods. What sets these mutants from their normal relatives is that the largest normal isopods are two and a half feet in length and are solely aquatic. These mutated variants were about five feet long, amphibious, have jaws and claws that are sharp enough to cut through human flesh and bone, and exoskeletons that are durable enough to withstand gunfire. These creatures become a serious problem for human survivors while the Kaiju known as Karmathaur rampages in Los Angeles.
I found another video that depicted a real life lightsaber. Instead of a blade of energy, this lightsaber was a rob made from multiple metals with high melting points. Once the rod was superheated to around 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, it would glow and cut through pretty much anything. However, while the Star Wars lightsabers either cauterized or melted through anything they cut, this lightsaber not only melted and cauterized things but also set them on fire. Another feature that set it apart from Star Wars lightsabers was that its power came from a cable and power pack it was hooked up to. This was similar to the protosabers in the Legends continuity. They do not have the technology to make the lightsaber self sufficient like in the movies so they have to make do with the cable and power pack.
I found this video on Youtube and it showed a bunch of guys building a real life laser gun that was based on a weapon in the game Overwatch. The end result was quite frightening and fascinating at the same time. They showed how real life technology can create a real life science fiction weapon. I wonder how this technology would develop as its flaws are worked out.
I have started reading a Kaiju story called Operation: Red Dragon. It takes place in an alternate timeline where Kaiju are real. I look forward to seeing what this story will present and I will keep you updated.
At first, I did not know what to expect when I watched Shin Godzilla, but I was in for a collection of surprises. To begin with, the film was a reboot of the traditional Japanese Godzilla films, which brought forth a new way to reimagine the almighty King of the Monsters. The film depicted Japan’s first encounter with Godzilla and how their government would react. As for Godzilla himself, I like this version of the King of the Monsters because we got to see the various stages of its life cycle and how it evolves to overcome limitations. When Godzilla evolved into its fourth form, it looked like the Godzilla we all know and love. When the Japanese military fought Godzilla, I loved watching his famous indestructibility being depicted through 21st century CGI technology. It made the whole experience more believable than the original 1954 film. Also, not only was Godzilla’s infamous atomic breath more overpowered than ever, but we got to see a certain weakness Godzilla had that we did not know was there before. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Shin Godzilla and watched it dozens of times already. I would recommend it to the new generation of Godzilla and Kaiju fans.
I was surprised as anyone when Kylo Ren killed Supreme Leader Snoke, but I am not displeased. This provides us with a very interesting scenario because Kylo Ren succeeded where his grandfather failed with Palpatine. Throughout Palpatine’s reign, Darth Vader remained the Emperor’s loyal enforcer and did not take significant opportunities to overthrow him. Now, the Sith may be gone, but Snoke and Kylo Ren obviously continued Darth Bane’s Rule of Two, which dictates that there can only be one master and one apprentice: one to embody power (Snoke) and the other to crave it (Kylo Ren). It was clear that Kylo Ren was no match for his master in a direct contest of raw power. However, knowing Snoke was constantly reading his mind, Kylo Ren was able to manipulate his own thoughts so that he would thinking of something that was technically true. That was what allowed Kylo Ren to outsmart his master. It is as Palpatine once said in the Legends continuity, “Choose someone more cunning and you won’t be able to block the blade at your throat.” Kylo Ren may not yet be as powerful as his grandfather, but he is certainly more cunning. Now, Kylo Ren is the Supreme Leader of the First Order, which will be a way for us to see what it would have been like if Darth Vader overthrew Palpatine and became Emperor.