Last night, my beloved pit bulls and I binge-watched the entire first season of Kingdom on Netflix. Kingdom takes place in medieval Korea as it experiences a zombie apocalypse. It was a very enjoyable show that was a combination between Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. While the Korean countryside was being ravaged by the undead, the nobles were selfishly engaging in their cutthroat politics. The first season was short, but it left me craving for more. I am already eager to watch the next season and look forward how the undead will be defeated.
I have started watching a new History Channel show called Knight Fight, which depicts a group of men in armor pounding the crud out of each other. The weapons they use are blunt yet represent real historical weapons such as swords and axes. The armor they wore was thick and provided decent protection yet was also modeled after historical armor. In the latest episode of the season, I was introduced to this man, Paul Friedel, who was fun to watch fight in the ring. He is six feet seven inches tall (5 inches taller than me) and he is incredibly strong in a contest of brute strength. The armor he wears is modeled after medieval Russian armor and he usually wields a five foot long battle axe. In the final round of the episode, Paul fought with rhomphaia (pictured above) and he was a beast with that blade. In addition to striking his opponent with that sword, Paul used his armored hands to punch his foe repeatedly in the head. This left his opponent dazed and mostly on the ground. I was VERY impressed with Paul’s performance and I wish him the best of luck in the battles to come. I am thinking of drawing inspiration from him for one of the characters in my spin-off fantasy series. The character I am thinking of will be a giant of a man who is inhumanly strong, wields a large weapon, and fights with great ferocity.
I watched the first episode and trailers of the fifth season of Gotham and I look forward to seeing Jeremiah complete his transformation into the Joker. Based on what I have seen, it looks like Jeremiah will become even crazier than he was last season such as laughing more often and displaying more theatrics. On a map of Gotham City’s current state, it was revealed that every supervillain has carved out their own chunk of territory and are defending them to the death. However, when Harley Quinn snuck into the room, she drew a smily face with a mouth that said “HA HA HA”. This implies that Jeremiah is the true ruler of Gotham City’s criminal underworld and is seemingly ruling from the shadows. Later in the season, we will see Jeremiah fight Bruce Wayne within the Ace Chemical building, right above some vats of chemicals. This is obviously a reference to the Joker’s origin story in the Tim Burton Batman film. In that film, the man who would become the Joker fell into a vat of chemicals, which resulted in him becoming the Joker. With this in mind, it is obvious that Bruce is going to knock Jeremiah into one of those vats of chemicals, which will result in his completed transformation into the Joker. I hope this is what will happen because it was such a letdown when Jerome died.
When I was a kid, I thoroughly enjoyed the old Superman cartoons. In the documentary, Superheroes Decoded, Superman was created to give people hope in the wake of the Great Depression. This cartoon was one of the ways they did it.
After watching the documentary, Superheroes Decoded, I became aware of the old 1943 Batman short films. After watching it, I can instantly see how low budget it was. Batman’s cape kept wrapping around his arms when he fought and the ears on his cowl were flopping everywhere. It was kind of funny. Still, I enjoyed this part of the constant evolution of the superhero genre and would recommend it to the die hard Batman fans.
Porky Pig of all people swears!
This is my reaction when Cersei Lannister dies next season in Game of Thrones! Can’t wait!