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Monday Musing #18🦸🏽
Mostly about The Flash.
Good Monday Gamer,
This week, I watched The Flash movie on Amazon. There are Spoilers in Here! I gotta say Sasha Calle is my favorite Superman version ever. I love the tighter General Zod narrative, but I didn't see Man of Steel. Keaton is beautifully nostalgic for me. I was that non-believer that a stand-up comedian could ever be a good Batman. Keaton kills it as old man Wayne.
And missing your mom...man, that'll never get old for me. I never had a shot at a good relationship with my mom; I wish we could have had more time.
But first. Ezra Miller. I'd be some kinda A-hole to ignore all the baggage that comes with this actor. As a rule, I do not fanboy celebrities. I don't dig into their lives, politics, and religions - I just wanna consume the art, the work. I want them to keep their human shit to themselves and out of my awareness because you and I know we fall down. We humans fall down, we make mistakes, and some of us are real pieces of dung. I feel like celebrities 10X this. And then, the trending behavior bubbles up into my curated yard, and I have to make choices. Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce are BIG NEWS in my town of KC. I don't follow either of them, but their combined might joined -punched right through to my work environment. They both donated big dollars to a social service agency I work with; that's a good example. My rubric is all out of whack these days. So I don't have answers for you. There are places I boycott, actors I won't watch, places I won't go - but I'll never preach to you about these things. I watched the Flash movie because I like superhero stories, especially alternate version stories. </rant>
ANYWAY, I missed out on the Superman lore from The Man of Steel movie; I didn't see it. I love the idea that Kal-El has the Kryptonian codex infused in his DNA. And Zod wants it to remake Krypton. I love Kara's WHOLE story in The Flash. I love her unfettered, unchained, angry use of her powers. "I am not Human, I'm Kryptonian" is my new Battle Cry!! I liked seeing Zod's invasion as a 'rally' point in The Flash, a sort of "where were you when?" for Barry Allen. It's what I'd do in a Supers RPG.
Oh, did I mention I never liked Superman?!
I don't. It's me. My background, culture, and how I grew up. This isn't a Superman is bad or sucks, this is I don't like Okra. I just cannot grok Superman stories. I’d take the Martian Manhunter as the poster alien over Kal any day. General Zod, I get this Kryptonian mission-driven general and his cohort here and in the Man of Steel. Kara Zor-El, I'm in love with, imprisoned in Siberia?! Mad AF, WTF!? Why are some of the best superhero stories from 'What If' type beginnings? I hope we see more of Kara and Keaton.
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Anthem Zero: Tenra Bansho Zero
We got through character generation for Tenra Bansho Zero. Max is playing a young Javelin pilot (Armour Rider) being recruited into a Freelancer group, rebuilding its members from the losses of its last mission. We'll get through the Zero Act and Act I tonight. These will be about his recruitment by a fast-talking recruiter and the first mission of this mostly new member Freelancer team. I expect by the Act I intermission, we'll have an idea of where Acts II and III are going and maybe what that failed mission was?! Budapest?!
The plan is to play through this arc of TBZ and start another with the same character, but slightly older as to have aged out of being a viable armour rider; in TBZ the “mecha pilots” are typically young folks for in-game mechanical reasons.
See you next week!