Grind’s Head Podcast, Episode 11 – Character versus Reality and Work Life Balance

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Back Row Reflections – The Last Jedi

The following article contains spoilers for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.
You have been warned.
Besides it’s been out for over a month now. You’ve had time, damn it.

Well then, this has been a long time coming. I first saw The Last Jedi back in December, four days after it came out. Then proceeded to see it again three separate times in January. Partially because I gave The Force Awakens three showings, so decided since I like The Last Jedi more it had earned a fourth one. Though also because I could afford it.

Now, I could honestly go on forever about what I like, what I love, what I think is a little questionable and what gripes people have I can concede to, but if I did that all in this one piece I’d be here all day, and these things take me long enough to write as is. So instead I’ve decided to split my thoughts into one or two (three if I can justify it) entries, with this one being more of a “general scope” piece, and any additional stuff I write on the movie being a lot more specific to certain aspects of the movie that I can write about for long enough to justify it. That all being said I think I’ve exposited enough, let’s get into the meat of this thing.

Simply put, The Last Jedi is arguably the best Star Wars movie ever made. And it’s also, arguably, the single most polarising film in Star Wars history. And that’s saying a lot after the mixed reaction The Force Awakens received. Hell, my own opinion of The Force Awakens went from “what the hell is this?” to “Okay I like it now” to “Okay this movie is trying way too hard”.

But when I saw The Last Jedi for the first time? I loved it. I almost cried, because this was the Star Wars sequel I wanted. The Force Awakens was trying too hard to piggyback off the nostalgia train and ultimately doesn’t hold up upon further viewing (for me anyway) for the most part. Having seen The Last Jedi FOUR times in the cinemas now, I can tell you it absolutely holds up for me.

I honestly went into Last Jedi with very low expectations, given my waning interest in Force Awakens. I just couldn’t find myself getting hyped up for it at all. How could Rian Johnson do any better than JJ “Mystery Box” Abrams? Well, at least in my opinion, Rian Johnson did astronomically better by taking a lot of what bugged me about The Force Awakens and either handling it better, or going against the expectations everyone had for what may happen next.

To go into a bit more detail about that, since I may as well, let’s go for the low hanging fruit first. It’s often joked that The Force Awakens is basically “A New Hope 2”, which is hard to dispute given how many blatant similarities the movies have. All the way down to them feeling the need to hype how superior their “planet destroying space station” is compared to the previous one, in a moment that reads like a rejected Paul Hogan sketch.


“That’s not a Death Star. THAT’S a Death Star”

On the other hand, you have The Last Jedi. While Last Jedi does take elements from both Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi, it does something interesting with them, as opposed to purely playing them out virtually unchanged for the sake of nostalgia. As a friend of mine once said, “This is not The Empire Strikes Back”. Yes, the scenes that were inspired by Empire & Return are quite obvious, but they also actually do something different aside from execution.

The most glaring difference being exactly how Kylo Ren betrays Snoke, and the fallout of these actions. Unlike Vader before him, Kylo isn’t saving Rey from a torturous death, as she’d already been tortured for information. On top of that, Vader’s act of defiance in killing The Emperor solidified his turn back to the light before his death. We’re led to believe at first that Kylo has possibly turned back to the light, but it’s made apparent in short order that Kylo has no intentions of turning back. He’s too far gone at this point to even consider it an option.

And my God, Kylo Ren, now there’s a turnaround worth talking about. If there’s one thing this movie did right, it was the character progression for Kylo Ren. In The Force Awakens he’s a bit of a whiny emo living in the shadow of his grandfather, Darth Vader. Over the course of Last Jedi, that angst turns into a focused rage. Sure, he can’t bring himself to kill his mother (I’ll get to that later), but at least at that point he’s still unbalanced, so it made sense that he wouldn’t have it in him to do it. Plus, he’d never expressed hatred for his mother. So again, the hesitation makes sense.

Another interesting evolution Kylo has undergone is the gradual journey from someone who wants to be Darth Vader, to wanting to be his own man. As he himself says “Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. That’s the only way to become who you were meant to be”. It’s in this one revelation alone that we could possibly have foreseen Kylo’s eventual betrayal against Snoke and ascension to Supreme Leader of the First Order.

And then there’s Rey. Rey…doesn’t ultimately change too much in the grand scheme. I mean, sure, she’s had to hear some hard truths from Luke, but ultimately her undying optimism (which you could argue becomes Jedi arrogance) is almost her undoing. I would like to point out, however, I’m not saying the fact she doesn’t change much is necessarily a bad thing. If anything, I feel her character was generally handled a lot better in Last Jedi than in Force Awakens. You could argue it’s odd that she holds her own against those guards in the battle after Snoke’s death, but I was honestly okay with it.

Rey does okay, yes, but it’s clear she’s struggling a lot more than Kylo is, which makes perfect sense. It’s more so quick thinking on her part that saves her at one point more than skill. I mean, hell, at least now she’s had a tiny bit of training. It’s better than Force Awakens, where apparently all it took for her to beat Kylo was to remember the force exists and concentrate really hard. Sorry if it seems I’m being too harsh on Force Awakens by the way, but that’s kind of what happens when my only point of reference right now in modern Star Wars is Force Awakens (No, Rogue One doesn’t count).

I think that will do it for now on that subject, so since this is already longer than I expected, I’m going to move on to the elephant in the room. Leia’s “Superman” scene. I honestly didn’t mind it. I can kind of understand why people think it’s stupid or silly, but, this is the daughter of Darth Vader we’re talking about here. If Luke can force-project across the galaxy, and Vader can do half the crap some of the expanded universe has allowed him to do? I think we can let Leia saving herself from the vacuum of space, only to go right into a coma a bit of leniency. Don’t you think? By the way that most of why I give it a pass. It’s not like she’s totally fine after the fact. She’s in a coma for several hours in-universe, and needs a cane to get around after she wakes up.

As far as the last major talking point I have goes, I have an idea for something else I’m going to write that doesn’t allow me to talk about Luke’s portrayal much here. However, I will say I loved how they portrayed him. And to anyone who thinks his reasons for going into exile are “weak”, just remember he almost killed his own damn nephew out of fear and was the catalyst for Ben Solo to become Kylo Ren. If you can’t believe the depression that would bring on would be enough for Luke to want to hide away from the world? I don’t know what to tell you.

That being said, I also loved the force-projection stuff. Especially the attention to detail. At first the whole thing confused the hell out of me, personally. “Why does he look like he did the flashbacks? How did he get there so quick? (I know, light speed travel, but still) Why hasn’t he got his green lightsaber?”. Once it became obvious I almost had to applaud them. Especially upon further viewings, and noticing that while Kylo disturbs the ground every time he moves his feet, Luke’s projection never does.

Moving on from that I think I’ll round this out by finally mentioning my favourite talking point. The fact Rey is NOT a Skywalker. So many people seem confused or angered by this, and I don’t see why. Sure, her seemingly natural ability with the force would probably be a lot easier to hand wave away, but I prefer the notion that she’s a nobody. It actually makes her more interesting in my opinion. Besides, we already have a third-generation Skywalker in the mix with Kylo Ren, so they’ve checked that box already.

Wow. This really did end up being a lot longer than I thought it’d be. Apologies for that, but I’d rather get everything out there than regret leaving something out later. There were some things I didn’t mention, but they were fairly minor by comparison so I don’t mind leaving them out. So, what do you guys think? Agree with my thoughts? Disagree? Think I should rot in hell for not liking The Force Awakens? Let me know.

WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Review

So, hello. Been a good while since I’ve done one of these, and with good reason. I decided rather than doing catch-up reviews I’d just actually bother catching up on the PPVs before reviewing them again.

Kick-Off Matches

Kalisto, Gran Metalik, & Lince Dorado vs.
TJ Perkins, Jack Gallagher & Drew Gulak

Very solid six-man tag match. Kind of bugged me that the crowd was so dead for most of it, but I guess to be fair the fans had only started getting let into the arena a short while before this match. Best spot of the match was when all three of the faces got up on the same turnbuckle and all hit a moonsault onto someone on the outside. The faces ultimately got the win when Kalisto hit TJ with the Salida Del Sol.

Match Rating – Solid B+

The Revival vs. The Club

Honestly this match was nothing to really write home about. Not a terrible match necessarily, but fairly forgettable in hindsight. The Revival getting the win was nice to see though, since this was basically them getting a win back on Gallows & Anderson. Yeah nothing else to really say. Again, not a bad match, but also fairly by-the-numbers.

Match Rating – Solid C+

US Championship Open Challenge: Bobby Roode (c) vs. Mojo Rawley

Was kind of surprised to see Mojo Rawley be the challenger, but it works. Although I’m a little disappointed in hindsight that Mojo didn’t interrupt someone else answering the challenge by beating them down and taking their place. Would’ve given him some more heat going into it, but oh well. The match itself was okay. Not the best match these two could’ve had by any stretch, but like the former match I didn’t exactly hate it.

The main thing that bothered me was the finish being a bit sloppy. Roode goes or a Tornado DDT from the second turnbuckle but rather than doing it properly, he ends up landing on his feet before hitting a normal DDT. I don’t know if that was a case of miscommunication or not but it was really weird. To the point I thought Mojo would kick out and Roode would hit a normal Glorious DDT. But he didn’t. So yeah, serviceable match, but hindered a bit by that iffy finish.

Match Rating – Solid C-

One last thing I’d like to mention is the absolute hilarity of the crowd hyping themselves up by counting down every time the counter to the main show got to ten seconds and even making a buzzer noise. I got a few cheap laughs out of it. Thanks for the laugh Philadelphia. Hopefully you keep that enthusiasm the rest of the night.

Main Show

Handicap match for the WWE Championship:
AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

Not the match I was expecting to open the PPV if I’m honest, but a good match none-the-less. I’m definitely glad they also exploited the fact this was a handicap match by having Sami or Owens help the other from succumbing to AJ’s finishers, since it helped to protect them a little. The finish itself was initially a little confusing until I realised they did it on purpose. That being Kevin Owens getting pinned despite clearly not being the legal man.

AJ comes away with the win in any case and both Sami & Kevin looked good despite losing. Hell, the victory roll finish helped with that I’d argue, but generally the way they worked the match made it believable that AJ could beat the two. I assume this feud or the Sami/KO & Shane feud will continue into whatever the next SmackDown PPV before blowing off at Mania, but who knows.

Match Rating – Solid A-

2/3 Falls for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships:
The Usos (c) vs. Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable

Holy shit was this match good. It took forever to get one fall, but the build to it was great. That said I did not see The Usos winning two straight falls coming at all, and the latter fall almost seemed a bit unintentional as well. It legit looked like Gable was supposed to break it up to me but fucked up his timing. That said that’s just one minor nit-pick in an otherwise fantastic tag team match.

Match Rating – Solid A+

Men’s Royal Rumble match

Funny how we have to make that distinction now isn’t it? What a time to be alive. I’m honestly surprised this match was the third match in, but I guess the novelty of the Women’s Rumble being a first-time thing makes sense for it to go on second. That said rather than write out varying thoughts on what happened I’ll list some moments/aspects of the match worth mentioning.

• Corbin gets eliminated then knocks out Balor, Rusev & Slater (as Slater comes out)
• Elias sings because everyone’s knocked out
• Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas is a surprise NXT entrant
• Tye Dillinger draws #10 again only to be taken out backstage
• Sami Zayn takes Tye’s place
• Slater eliminates Sheamus in about two seconds after finally getting in the match, then gets eliminated
• All three members of New Day are in at once
• Adam Cole (BAYBAY) is another surprise NXT entrant
• Jinder eliminates Big E & Xavier before being eliminated by Almas
• Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt eliminate each other
• The Hurricane returns then gets almost immediately eliminated
• Almas lasts almost a half hour before finally getting eliminated
• Rey Mysterio is a surprise entrant at #26
• Dolph Ziggler returned to WWE after about a month off TV as #30
• Final 4 are Reigns, Cena, Balor & Shinsuke

And finally, SHINSUKE WINS MOTHER FUCKERS! WAHOOOOO! HOLY SHIT! I am SO happy right now. I’d kind of had it spoiled for me but I marked the fuck out when he won regardless. And they even custom made it to have the biggest pop possible by having him eliminate Cena and then Reigns to win the whole thing. Honest to God this is the best Royal Rumble match I’ve seen in YEARS.

Can’t praise it enough. Sure, some eliminations bothered me, but guys like Rhyno & The Hurricane weren’t gonna win anyway so it’s more of an issue based on personal bias. But yeah, damn, the women’s Rumble match has a lot to live up to now.

Match Rating – Solid A+

RAW Tag Team Championships match:
Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan (c) vs. The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro)

Three of these men were in the Rumble that just happened. Speaking of which I really wish the Men’s Rumble had happened after this instead of before. The match itself was interesting, though I’d half think Jordan was working through an injury for how little he was in this match. He got smacked into the post and then did literally nothing aside from tag himself in, then tag back out to sell the post.

Also, I gave so little of a shit about this match that I almost finished writing this review up before realising I hadn’t finished my thoughts on it. Take that how you will. Though I didn’t hate it. But I do hate short title runs, so you know, there’s that.

Match Rating – Solid B+ (Decided to be nice since Rollins put in a good showing considering how long he lasted in the Rumble)

WWE Universal Championship match:
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman vs. Kane

I don’t give a flying fuck about this match Why? Because Lesnar won. Fuck you Lesnar. Drop the title or retire already.

Match Rating – Solid Z (Fuck you I can rate this as badly as I want, it’s my review)

Women’s Royal Rumble match

Well thank God, my prayers were answered. Since the men’s Rumble didn’t close the show, this one did. And really, I hope that’s how it goes from now on. That being the men’s and women’s Rumble matches take turns closing the show. Like before I’ll just point out moments of interest from the match as opposed to making five or six paragraphs talking about stuff in detail.

• First women ever involved in this match are Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch
• Lita makes her in-ring return as a surprise entrant at #5
• Kairi Sane makes her main roster debut at #6
• Tamina becomes the first woman ever eliminated from the Women’s Rumble
• Torrie Wilson makes her in-ring return to WWE as entrant #9
• Molly Holly makes her in-ring return as a surprise entrant at #12
• Michelle McCool gets 3 straight eliminations
• For some bizarre reason Vickie Guerrero is a surprise entrant at #16. Way to waste a spot WWE.
• For some other bizarre reason Kelly Kelly is also in this match at #19
• Jacqueline makes her in-ring return in WWE at #21
• Ember Moon makes her main roster debut at #23
• Beth Phoenix returns as a surprise entrant at #24
• Trish Stratus makes an in-ring return as the final entrant
• Final four are the Bella Twins, Asuka & Sasha Banks

And finally, ASUKA WINS! I mean yeah sure, we all knew Asuka was gonna win but damn it’s still good to see happen after how disappointing I’ve heard her main roster run has been so far. Even if the finish was a bit clunky. Then after the match we have this really random and awkward segment where Ronda shows up, points at the Mania sign, stares at Asuka, Bliss & Charlotte, points again, shakes hands with Steph and then leaves. And that’s how the PPV ends.

What should be Asuka’s crowning moment in WWE gets spoiled by a woman who does basically nothing aside from show up. I really feel they should’ve just saved this for the RAW after the PPV instead. Or have just had Rousey be present for the entire match so this whole thing didn’t come out of nowhere. Seriously, watch that segment and try to convince me it didn’t seem anti-climactic.

Either way, Asuka wins, yay, I don’t care who she faces since either match should be good. That said I feel the men’s Rumble was ultimately the better overall match. The women’s Rumble wasn’t shit by any means, no, but I just felt a lot more excited for the men’s Rumble, and ultimately what we got was a better overall experience.

Cut some of those bizarre entry choices out and it would’ve been a lot better than it already was. Again, it was a solid match, but just didn’t live up to the hype for me, unlike some of the other “first time in WWE” women’s matches have.

Match Rating – Solid A-

Overall Thoughts

Aside from my unbridled hatred for how Brock “I win lol” Lesnar is booked this was a very solid PPV, which makes me happier than I’ve been in a while for a big four PPV. I really hope they keep this going leading into WrestleMania. Mainly I hope Lesnar drops the title at Elimination Chamber. A man can dream, right? Anyway, I may as well stop now or I’m just gonna keep finding ways to bitch about how Lesnar is being used. So yeah, solid PPV, fuck Brock Lesnar. I’ll see you guys again for Elimination Chamber.

Overall PPV Rating – Solid B+
(Would’ve been at least an A or A- but my hatred of Lesnar brought it down)

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Grind’s Head Podcast, Episode 10: Moral Impacts of Marketplace Changes

AshniChrist joins Jim for an excellent conversation about the morality, psychology, and attitudes needed in an ever-changing marketplace of content creation!

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Back Row Reflections – Blade Runner 2049

The following article contains minor spoilers for the movie “Blade Runner 2049”.
You have been warned.

The day I’m writing this is the day I saw both the original Blade Runner (Director’s Cut) and the subject of this article, the 2017 sequel Blade Runner 2049. As such my thoughts are gut/initial reactions to both, so keep that in mind, please. That said, this will primarily be my thoughts on certain aspects of the sequel. Though there are some thoughts on the original that I’ll be bringing up when they’re relevant.
With that preamble out of the way, let’s get to it.

(Final note: Occasionally I’ll simply refer to the sequel as “2049” for short)

Blade Runner 2049 is a movie I’m surprised actually managed to turn out the way it did. This, a sequel to a neo-noir sci-fi movie from the early eighties that actually manages to keep the spirit of the original intact. Logic dictates this should’ve been an action-filled mess, or generally have just missed the point of the original entirely.

I would assume the involvement of Ridley Scott (who I was surprised to learn was just an executive producer, not the director for this) helped with that. And the safe assumption the director, Denis Villeneuve, was committed to keeping the tone in line with the original. Also helps that one of the original writers was on board. Generally speaking, the stars seemed to align in this specific case, and the movie is all the better for it.

The main talking point I have is something I might as well get out of the way now, and is a nice segue from the point I just made. 2049 has several moments where it looks like it could turn into an action-movie out of nowhere. But it doesn’t. Sure, there are some action scenes, but they’re very subdued and brief. The most “action-movie” thing that happens (apart from a few, very brief fight scenes) is when the character “Luv” and some lackeys come to kidnap Deckard.

They blow a section or two out of the side of the building Deckard & K are in, which knocks them (and Deckard’s dog) back as a result. From memory that was the only explosion in the movie, and even then, it was a fairly small one. Especially given the size of the building being hit. This was one of few key instances where I expected the movie to devolve into a typical action set piece…and (thankfully) that never happened.

Don’t get me wrong, I like big action set pieces as much as the next person. When they actually belong in the movie in question. Blade Runner & 2049 are not action movies, and they never really try to be. While I’m not sure how much this made Blade Runner stand out back in the early eighties (given I wasn’t born yet), I know for sure it makes 2049 stand out among the movies of today.

Of the few sci-fi/sci-fi-related movies I have seen (and one yet to be released) this year, 2049 stands out like a sore thumb in the best way possible. I have a feeling Hollywood thinks this kind of movie can’t be made anymore, or can’t make money. Hopefully the fact that 2049 has already made its budget back proves them wrong. Though at the same time, I hope it doesn’t make them try to milk the franchise dry. Given rumblings of sequels to 2049 I won’t hold my breath though.

Tangent aside, I’ll now end on my thoughts comparing the original to the sequel. Straight to the point, I actually like 2049 more than the original. While I will concede I may have to give Blade Runner a proper watch later on (and also watch The Final Cut, as I’ve only seen the Director’s Cut), there’s just something missing from it that I feel 2049 actually has. And while I can’t pin-point too much, there is one major factor 2049 has over the original. Time. 2049 has a run time of almost three hours. Blade runner, no matter which version you’re watching, falls short of two hours.

While this might seem like an odd thing to bring up as a flaw of the original, I really do believe a lack of time is what hinders it slightly in comparison to 2049. 2049 has plenty of time to set up the plot and characters involved, especially the main character K. Blade Runner has some characters that you could honestly cut out entirely and it feels like you ultimately wouldn’t lose much. At least from a story perspective.

Whether it was thought a two-and-a-half-hour movie of this nature wouldn’t sell in 1982, or Ridley Scott just envisioned it as being as long as it was, I don’t know for sure. But again, I feel an extra half hour could’ve been added, which could’ve allowed for certain aspects to be expanded upon. Oh, also, I feel 2049 has a better/more fulfilling ending than Blade Runner. Sue me.

All-in-all I enjoyed the absolute hell out of Blade Runner 2049. And while I am very sceptical about any potential sequels that may happen in the future, I feel the future is bright for this franchise so long as the team behind 2049 is kept around to make sure it’s handled correctly.

The Podcast Without Banners: The Dragon And The Wolf

The Podcast Without Banners returns as Thomas, Maeve & Bill give their thoughts on the season finale of Game Of Thrones season 7.

The Podcast Without Banners: Beyond The Wall

The Podcast Without Banners returns as Thomas Fyrehart, Maeve LaFey & Bill Silvia give their thoughts on the penultimate episode of GoT season 7, “Beyond The Wall”.

The Podcast Without Banners – Eastwatch

The Podcast Without Banners returns as Thomas Fyrehart, Maeve LaFey & Bill Silvia give our thoughts on episode 5 of GoT season 7, Eastwatch.

The Podcast Without Banners – The Spoils Of War

The Podcast Without Banners returns, this time they give their thoughts on episode 4 of Game Of Thrones season 7. Due to technical difficulties, only Bill Silvia & Maeve LaFey will be giving their thoughts on this episode.

The Podcast Without Banners – The Queen’s Justice

The Podcast Without Banners returns as Thomas Fyrehart, Maeve LaFey and Bill Silvia give their thoughts on episode 3 of season 7; The Queen’s Justice.

The Podcast Without Banners – Stormborn

The Podcast Without Banners returns as Thomas Fyrehart, Maeve LaFey and newest recruit Bill Silvia give their thoughts on episode 2 of season 7; Stormborn.