Daily Archives: January 3, 2019

The Titan Games Review

We all have dreams. Sometimes, it takes one person to believe in you to make your dreams come true.

The new NBC show The Titan Games premiered on NBC tonight. Hosted and produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, The Titan Games gives ordinary men and women with athletic dreams the opportunity to show their mettle in a series of competitions.  At the end of each episode, one man and one woman will be victorious and have a place in the final challenge at the end of the season.

I like the spirit of this show. I like it because it shows that one does not need to be rich and/or famous to compete for what they really want from life. If these people can go through these obstacles to see their dreams become reality, then you and I can do the same.

I recommend it.

The Titan Games airs on NBC on Thursday evenings at 8PM. 

 

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel Character Review: Buffy Summers

The new characters I be reviewing are…..the characters from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

*Warning: This post contains spoilers about the characters from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Read at your own risk if you have not watched one or both television series. In this series of character reviews, I will strictly be writing about the characters from the television series, not the 1992 film.

There is something to be said about a well written, human character. They leap off the page and speak to us as if they were right in front us, as flesh and blood human beings, instead of fictional creations.

In this series of weekly blog posts, I will examine character using the characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel to explore how writers can create fully dimensional, human characters that audiences and readers can relate to.

To be a teenage girl is hard enough. It’s even harder when you have to save the world on a near daily basis. Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is not just the average teenage girl dealing with boys, friends and school. She is the chosen one, the slayer who is gifted with power to protect the living from vampires and other creatures that can only come out of our nightmares.

But while she is slaying the undead and protecting Sunnydale from a constant stream of baddies who would love nothing more than to take her down, she is dealing with everyday stuff that all teenage girls deal with. Labelled as uncool by popular girl Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter), Buffy becomes best friends with equally unpopular Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendon) Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan). She also has a series of boyfriends, including the soulful vampire Angel (David Boreanaz).

To sum it up: when creating a superhero, the writer or writers cannot just create an all-powerful, perfect character. He or she must have something that makes them human and fallible. This allows the audience to relate to this character. Buffy Summers speaks to her audience because we understand her humanity and the common experience of being a teenager. As a character, more than 20 years after she was introduced to television audiences, Buffy Summers is still fondly remembered by fans not only as a bad ass, but as a woman who goes through the same sh*t we all went through during our teenage years.

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Throwback Thursday-Flea Market Flip (2012-Present)

Finding something at a flea market is akin to finding a needle in the haystack.

The HGTV show, Flea Market Flip premiered in 2012. Hosted by Lara Spencer, the premise of the show is as follows: two teams are challenged to visit a flea market and find items that they can turn into something else. After they have found their raw materials, they go to a workshop where they rebuilt what they have bought into new household objects. After all three items are assembled, the teams are in a race to sell those items at another flea market at the highest price. The winning team earns $5000.

Flea Market Flip is obviously reality show. But from my perspective, the challenge of finding the items, rebuilding them and then reselling the items makes the show worth watching.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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