Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Close Encounters of the Flash Kind

Kicked off an early morning with more Flash. "Plastique" is a young woman who can turn anything she touches into a bomb. Unlike some of the other villains The Flash has rounded up, she's more confused than evil. She's on the run from a general who is determined to use her abilities. Unfortunately, also unlike the others, the bomb shrapnel that caused her condition bonded with her and can't be removed. Upset and angry, she easily allows Wells to persuade her to go after the General, whom he has some ugly past history with.

Work was generally as quiet as it's been all week. The weather was gorgeous, sunny, breezy, and in the mid-50's. Not only is it too nice for people to be in a grocery store, but it's the end of the month, and the only thing going on is March Madness. I did get stuck in a register briefly when it got mildly busy around noon. Otherwise, I gathered carts and baskets, did returns, shelved candy, and did the outside trash and recycling.

It was so nice, I took the long way home down Nicholson Road again. This time, the traffic was far milder, and I had no problems on the road. Everything is just starting to get greener here. Daffodils are blooming in yards; buds swell on the trees.

To my surprise, Charlie was gone when I arrived, but he did cover the kitchen wall with what I assume to be boards. I had a snack and got organized while continuing with The Flash. Barry's stuck in a "Power Outage" when a high-voltage villain can not only drain electricity, but his powers as well. He has to figure out how to overcome his fears when this new menace attacks Wells. Meanwhile, Iris has to deal with another villain, the Clock King, on her own.

Worked on writing for a while after that. Ben explains to Luke that he was one The Negotiator, a member of the elite superhero squadron from the years before, during, and after World War II known as the Jedi Knights. His father Anthony was their most famous member, The Hero With No Fear, before he was (ahem, supposedly) murdered by Darth Vader. Rudy made their gadgets and weapons.

Broke for dinner at 6:30. My Saucepans and the Single Girl cookbook had a simple quick recipe for cabbage and cooked noodles sauteed in butter called "Noel's Noodles." I used regular pasta rather than the egg noodles called for, but other than that...oh, yum! Earthy and slight sweet, it was a nice accompaniment for the last turkey burger and a spinach salad.

Returned to The Flash while I ate. I was going to skip "Flash Vs. Arrow" until after I'd seen the latter show, but since I already had it on, I figured, why not? "Arrow" is The Green Arrow, aka Robin Hood-like vigilante Oliver Queen. He arrives to help Barry and his friends deal with the Rainbow Raider, a villain who sends people into rages by touching them. Unfortunately, Barry's been effected...and his powers makes the anger last longer and even more uncontrollable. It'll take help from Joe and Oliver to get Barry to calm down and help them find the real culprit.

Finished the night after a shower with Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Electrical lineman Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) finds himself up closer to a UFO than he ever wanted to be when he's nearly burned by one. He nearly runs over upset mother Jillian (Melinda Dillon) and her son Barry (Cary Guffey), who have also seen the strange vehicle. Roy and Jillian become obsessed with UFOs and paranormal activity, to the annoyance of Roy's wife Ronnie (Terri Garr). Their worst fears are realized when little Barry vanishes. Meanwhile, they're not the only one interested in alien activity. A group of United Nations scientists are also on the track of these strange beings from another planet and have even figured out a way to contact them. But it's Roy they want to join them on their travels...and only he can get them to release those they've taken over the years.

Wow. This was really weird, especially for Steven Spielburg. Dreyfuss and Dillon were excellent as the duo who become more and more convinced that Earth's been visited by folks from another world. French actor and director Francois Truffault made his only English-language movie as one of the French scientists. The real stars are the incredible cinematography and special effects, especially when we actually see the UFOs towards the end, and John Williams' majestic score. If' you're more into the darker side of sci-fi than I am, you'll probably find far more interest in this much-loved classic.

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