Monday, October 22, 2018

The Return of the Giant Aliens

I awoke to discover that not only had I slept later than planned, but I finally caught that mouse who'd been running around the kitchen for months. Of course, I noticed this right as I was about to eat. I didn't really have the time for a big breakfast, anyway. I ate yogurt, Cranberry Flummery, a breakfast cookie quickly, changed into my uniform, got the trap into a plastic bag, tossed it in the outside trash can, and rushed to work.

After all that fuss, work was off-and-on steady. Those good sales meant that it wasn't as quiet as last week, but it still wasn't as bad as it likely will be next month. No wonder. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, really too nice for shopping. The sun was out, the sky was blue, and while it was windy and chilly, it wasn't nearly as much of either as it was yesterday. While I did do a few returns, gathered baskets, and did the outside trash and recycling, I was mostly outside doing carts and content to be so.

As soon as I got home, I changed, took out the recycling, and worked on writing. Harry and Charel use their strength to turn the statues around, so the light will destroy the weapon. Leia and Luke use the swords. Palpatine finally decides that if the weapon has to go down, he's going to take the Skylark kids with him. He attacks Luke and Leia...which doesn't delight their father one bit. He throws his boss into the bubbling molten gold surrounding the weapon. The remaining light from the weapon and Palpatine makes it churn and smoke...and makes Leia realize that it's time to get out of there...

Broke for dinner at 6:30. Combined the leftover stove-top chicken casserole with leftover Brussels sprouts and Star Wars chicken soup for dinner. Watched a spooky episode of Fairie Tale Theatre while I ate. "The Boy Who Left Home to Learn About the Shivers" is a lesser-known Grimm's Fairy Tale and this show's pure horror entry. Young Martin (Peter MacNichol) is a simple lad who desperately wants to know what it's like to be afraid. He goes to an inn, where the king of the land (Christopher Lee) is advertising for a brave man to rid his haunted castle of a terrible curse. His daughter Amanda (Dana Hill) warns Martin against staying there, but he wants to get the shivers. Martin eventually learns that he's not afraid of bowling with ghouls or a sorcerer roasting him on an open pit...but even he has a fear that no one could ever expect.

Finished the night after a shower with Pacific Rim Uprising. It's ten years after the events of the original film. Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), the son of the original movie's hero Stacker Pentecost, is making a living selling old Jaeger parts on the black market. With no war going on, many of the Jaegers have been scrapped. Not everyone has given up on them, though. While looking for a Jaeger core, he discovers Amara (Cailee Spaeny), who loves Jagers and has made her own version. After getting into the trouble with the police, Jake's sister Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) recruits them as a teacher and pilot at a Shatterdome in China. It's also the home of Jake's old co-pilot Nate (Scott Eastwood). They're worried that a drone program may replace the Jaegers. After a rogue Jaeger kills Mako and destroys a Jaeger building facility where she'd worked, the council decides to approve of the drones.

It was the worst possible thing they could have done. The new kaiju aliens easily take over the drones and possess the mind of one of the scientists in the council, Dr. Geiszler (Charlie Day). Jake has to lead his team, including Amara, into battle against these new, larger, fiercer foes, especially when Geiszler has them form one Mega-Kaiju!

Ehh, more of the same. If you're a big fan of monster movies with a lot of stuff blowing up and you liked the first movie, you'll love this as well. Boyega and Spaeny were especially good as the veteran pilot running from his past and the Jaeger-loving mechanic who wants a chance to show what she can do. Once again, the special effects were amazing as well, especially in the huge fight scenes towards the end.

It pretty much has the same problems as the original - dull characters and a story that's way too complicated. To give it credit, this one did do a little bit better in the US than the original, becoming a minor hit in early March...but once again, it made most of it's money in big monster-loving Asia. If you're also a fan of huge monsters, Boyega, or the original film, you'll want to check this out. For everyone else, it's a rental at best.

Oh, and one of my managers had a good idea this morning. She said she didn't know anyone on her block who would buy my American Girl items, but she did suggest selling them on Facebook's Marketplace. I like that better than that's what I did. If you're interested in buying an American Girl bed and bedding set and you live in the South Jersey or Oaklyn area, here's the listing:

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