Monday, December 20, 2010

They call this soothing?

So Jackie Chan Adventures is one of my favorite shows ever and I enjoyed it very much as a kid, but man do I hate Season 5. I mean, a lot. It's the final season and it's just dumb, plain dumb. Eventually I want to do an extended review of the show, but right now I want to talk about Season 5 because it's just so terrible.

Season 5 is full of terrible things which I'll list here: Retcons, rehashing (EVERYTHING is rehashed from previous seasons), discontinuity, an abundance of kid liners, a huge reliance on the idiot plot and a much more direct focus on Jade. It's annoying because Season 4 is so good because it's original, there is substantial amount of character growth and constant introduction to new things.

The retcons are some of the most annoying, and perhaps the worst part of the season. Maybe that can be forgiven though, because the more annoying ones are the things which would be unnoticed by kids, or even by adults who weren't paying attention or don't care about the specifics. So The retcons are bad, but forgivable.

I guess another slight annoying nag is how kiddish the show became. It was always very kiddish before, but the series grew out of it little by little. In the end, season 5 was the kiddish-est of them all. It was immature to an annoying extent and Jade was a much more prevalent character. Jade's dialogue was also worsened by the heavily addition of what I like to call 'kid-liners.' A kid-liner is just a one liner you would expect to be delivered by a kid, in a kid's movie. Yeah, I know, I'm a grown man watching a kid's show and I shouldn't even argue against things which I've even said are to be expected in a kid's show, but that doesn't mean that I can't be upset by an over abundance of them.

One-liners are dumb in adult movies: they are cliché, annoying and do nothing for the show as a whole. Kid-liners are the same, except worse because they're always stupid and about kids (and honestly, who fucking cares about kids?). Also, Jade having more focus is annoying because of how flat and unmoving she is. She, not unlike the other characters in the show but is somehow worse, has no character growth and is clichéd in her own right. She is uninteresting because of how obviously American she is and NOTHING is learned from her. She is annoying and her character is paradoxical.

So what's worse than this? Discontinuity. Maybe I should have talked about this during my retcon para' but I think it's actually worse than that. While retcon at least pays attention to some of the things which have happened, discontinuity ignores it outright. This is an issue throughout the series, but season 5, once again, makes the worst of it. There are episodes in season 5 which SHOULD promote character growth, but they only get ignored which is annoying to both me, as an adult, and children because something cool happens and it's interesting and then the show is just like, "fuck it, that doesn't matter." Fuck you Jackie Chan Adventures.

And so we come to the worst thing ever: Rehashing. Every season in the series rehashes the talismans, but season 5 is the only season which has literally zero original content. Everything is rehashed from previous seasons: the bad guys, the goals, the plots, the characters and just overall everything. Retcons are enormously intermittent with the rehash and so is the idiot plot. Strikemaster Ice is a cool name, especially for a dragon, but the character went from being a badass to just dumb and weak for the sake of the idiot plot and rehashed material. I can't stress enough of how much is rehashed. Everything is rehashed. EVERYTHING. Season 5 should just be renamed Season 1+2+3+4/shit.

The only cool stuff out of season 5 is the last two episodes, which were lackluster in comparison to the rest of the season finales. So there you go, don't watch Season 5 of Jackie Chan Adventures.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

I'm going to sell my dog and other thoughts

Yesterday I asked my mother to describe bipolar disorder. I asked her because she owns a copy of the DSM IV and she's training to become a social worker. This morning, after a night of no sleep (standard for me) my mother asked me if I was going through a manic episode.

When I reacted a little negatively to this, she then asked me if I was thinking rapidly and if I was making plans (such as selling my dog). I told her no. When I told my girlfriend about this, she asked me if I asked my mother about seeing a therapist. Apparently everyone thinks I'm crazy.

I have been writing a paper on Bipolar Disorder. I do not think I have bipolar disorder, especially after learning a lot about it and its diagnosis from the DSM IV. Being bipolar would suck. A lot. But I'm not bipolar. I'm not crazy. At least I try not to be.

A topic that was often discussed in school (while I was in high school anyway) is: 'what is normal?' For high school kids that is a quandary which they never seem to escape. It is some kind of existential argument they have within themselves as the rest of the world: 1. laughs at their stupid problems, 2. doesn't care about them and 3. knows what normal means.

Being normal, is simply, the level at which society openly accepts you. Everyone is different and there is no real norm (at least not in the US) at which people operate. Done, moving on.

Really, what I want to talk about is why people think I'm crazy. I don't think I'm crazy, but that's far too self serving and this entire argument is unjustifiable by me, but I will do so anyway (because crazy people don't do that). I've always thought of myself as an intelligent fellow with a naturally high inclination to learn new things. I've always had a different way of thinking, but I've never thought that is eccentric.

You see, I've always thought about what it takes to break out of societal norms into something that is easier to understand or do. Even as a kid, I've done things to make life easier (or at least tried, kids are stupid). At a young age I noticed that people generally live their lives differently with different methods, habits, smells etc... And this intrigued me. I've always had an open mind (but I'm not gay, don't think I'm saying that) when it comes to most everything.

This has gotten me to really dislike how most people live their lives, with a closed mind. As an American, it's hard to point to one thing that most people do, or how Americans view a certain subject. In America we have organizations such as PETA, but then we also have Texas. It's all very different and hard to understand. Americans then tend to be more open minded as I've found. South Americans, The Chinese and Haitians are people who I interact with a lot, and they've tended to be much less open minded. It's almost a paradox when we consider the view most people have on Americans, as even Americans themselves look down on America.

I'm going to stop now because this post has proven that I'm crazy, self serving and racist.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Substantiality

This is a bit of a prudish topic, I'm sure, but a lot of issues I see with arguements on the internet have to do with substantiality.

Generally, an argument with no substantial material behind it is called a flame. The argument follows the lines of "THIS is good because it's good" or "IT'S bad because it's bad." The argument is always disjointed in both subject and substance, even from the initial subject. There is a strange distance.

Now, I, like the rest of the world, don't care about flame wars. They're annoying and stupid, but they don't change anything. If you're a big enough moron to argue with flames, chances are nothing anyone says will change your mind or how you continue living your life. What bothers me is when a flame tries to find justification.

Here are three popular flames:
1. An argument that is wrong: Rock Band 2 sucks because you can't import Rock Band 1 songs.
2. An argument that is wholly subjective and limited: Castalvania sucked because I didn't like it.
3. An argument which is inarguable: I liked Mass Effect 2 because it had guns.

An argument that is wrong is most common. I find them all the time on the internet, and even while playing PC games. They are the least annoying because they prove that they are morons out the gate. A very limited argument is often annoying because there isn't much you can say about it, but you can argue against it. Normally ending with more frustration than it started with. The last is just as bad as the first. Stating a fact as an argument isn't an argument at all, just misplaced substance, but you find them all over the place.

My issue isn't that these arguments are being made. The bare no effect on the world at large. My issue is that these arguments become glorified. Who cares? Why should anyone else care? It's nice to share your opinion, but at least have one first, or one that makes sense. It's annoying. Shut up.

My Oatmeals, Let Me Show You Them

I realize every time I make a post, it's about making posts. Somewhat ironic considering that I don't post for years at a time.

But this time, I'll actually talk about something: Oatmeal.

I don't know why, but I've never really eaten oatmeal until now and I'm not sure why. With a little bit of sugar, it's actually delicious. Not as delicious as, say, a cheeseburger or cheesecake, but a lot better than what we've come to expect from something that is so very healthy. Oatmeal is good for your cholesterol (Good for me as I have a naturally high cholesterol level) and happens to very nutritious as a meal unto itself.

This leads me to talk about eating healthy. I, as a habit, don't. I love cookies and cake and little sweets and babies. It's hard to not eat that stuff when it's around, but I've found I have a propensity to like healthy food. I love hummus, bananas, grapes, raw spinach and a host of other things. Often I find I like that stuff more than, say, a cheeseburger or cheesecake. The reason why I generally eat unhealthy food is because it generally feels more filling, or at least I get to that point quicker.

This is rather odd. I like eating, it's one of the few things I enjoy, so why do I try to shit it out as quick as I can? I don't know. Lately I've done my best to eat healthy food and I've found that I generally don't get full or tired by eating. This is great I suppose, but I haven't felt satisfied by the range of healthy food I've been eating. I think, starting soon, I'm going to start buying my own food to see how much it costs and how healthy I can keep it.

Not a post about posting posts, but hopefully I'll work on some in the coming days to have either a few a day, to a few a week and maybe keep it consistent.