By: Justin Hopkins
By: Justin Hopkins
I am somewhat of an old soul at this point. Bones cracking and all that fun stuff and once upon a time, was a massive poke fan. Had hundreds of cards, including a holographic Charizard. Had the hat and stuffed animals and played hundreds of hours of Pokemon Blue, Stadium and a bit of Silver, but that was as far down the line as I got. Played a bit of Ruby, but never too much further than the first gym, before hustling. As I grew up, even after I threw all of my stuff away (Blue was one thing, the game wouldn’t even hold a save anymore, but the Charizard card hurts still. So does the hat) I always counted myself a fan, but only really talked about the first generation. Kind of dismissing the others as being lesser without ever giving them a fair chance. Didn’t outright bash them, but yeah. Than I heard a phrase, “Gen Whunner” Poke fans only interested in the first generation and will blindly bash all of the rest. To which my original response, was up yours they are the best and.. of god I am that exact thing. Like those crazy fans who bash movies from the trailer. We got to fix that. If I like Pokemon as much as I say I do, I should at least give the other games a chance and share my experience along the way. Choosing to start where I left off, Generation 3, Pokemon Ruby. We all know the story, so instead, will go through the run I had and then pros, cons and all that fun jazz. With all of that said, Lets dive in shall we.
Started Mui’s Adventure by having to pick a starter. Didn’t want Mudkip cause he reminded me of a drunk hillbilly whose is ranting about Bigfoot from his porch. Treecko was out cause I always went with Bulbasaur, So fire chicken Torchic it was. I named it Wahoo and off we went. Powering on our way to Route 102. Where I grinned him while trying to find a Ralts. Knew I could find one and it was either Ralts or Abra and wanted something different. Managing to track one down and named her Stormy. From their it was off to Rustboro and despite a fair amount of training. Roxanne beat us the first go around. Needing to go up one more for Ralts to learn confusion and we blew her out the next time. Making the trade for Makuhita and the long journey. We found everything and anything we could. Wanting to get them fully evolved quickly, Only picking up two Zigzagoon which I named Ziggy1 which was lower level and Ziggy2 who was 26. For their pickup ability and my love of Raccoons. With the combined might of Gardevoir and Blaziken was too much for any Gym Leader we went against, and those who did try, Hariyama finished them off. Tate and Liza were the only ones that looked like they might have a chance at beating me, but an Absol named Fionna I picked up outside of Fortree City, came in clutch and wiped them out. With the circuit done, we went to deal with Groudon and our first issue arose. I had played to loose and missed the chance to pick up the Master ball. Wasn’t about to let that stopped my and three resets later, Nea the Groudon took the final spot from Ziggy1. Just to fill up the numbers and off to the league.
Standing outside the building and I knew we were not ready. Stormy being out highest level at 49 and all. I took a swing, but even though we nearly took out Phoebe’s last Dusclops. We were in trouble. Gardevoir was not hitting hard enough and Blaziken had a real problem with Power Points. So the grind began. Mixing it up with a series of wild encounters and throwing myself at the elite four. When two heroes arose. Absol was becoming a powerful closer and with Ice Blast. Was going to be able to take care of Drake and the biggest hero, Ziggy2 had amassed a collection of not only eithers, but PP Ups as well and Groudon enough to take some hit and soften some tougher opponents up the heavy hitters. Making it to Steven Stone and we took him down to Claydol on our first shot and to be a troll. Took him out with a Perish Song. Becoming a Pokemon Champion for the first time in fifteen odd years, but the game was not over yet. Real fast, I caught the Regis, won a ribbon with Castform and Rayquaza should have got into the ball when I told him and he got a Perish Song as well. With everything done, I spent all my money on decorations and retired to a cave on Rt. 116 like all good Champions, with Nea, Fionna, Stormy, Wahoo, Makit, and Ziggy2.
I really enjoyed my time in the Hoenn Region. For the most part, I enjoyed a lot of the designs of the Gen 3 Pokemon had to offer. Could see some fun combinations to use on multiple playthroughs, but loved the team that I had. Felt like everyone one of them had a purpose and wasn’t just powering through with 1. Really liked the fact they showed Norman helping Wally. The idea that being a prestigious honer for towns and seeing Norman helping out a local kid with something as trivial as catching a Pokemon was a nice touch. Team Magma was a fun enemy. ice change up from Team Rocket and felt a bit more dangerous since they were actively messing with Legendary Beasts. Than their was Brendan. This wasn’t much of a rivalry in the terms of like Gary, but he was a good counter part. Wanting to be helpful like his Dad and frustrated that he was getting past up, because he is probably use to being a leader for people his age. He was fine.
Con wise, got to go with the Regi’s. The hoops you have to have to jump through just to open their caves are dumb and if you have to google what to do, because you can’t read the clues then it is a faulty system. Made the horrifying mistake of not bringing a repel to New Mauvillie. caught Magnemite and voltorb to fill out a bit more of the pokedex and hated both of them by time I left. Speaking of, the Ghost Pokemon were a massive letdown, but I am being immensely bias. Haunter is my favorite Pokemon of all time. Ghastly and Gengar are in the top ten. Caught one and immediately binned it, because I disliked it so much. It was the one hangup I couldn’t move past.
With all that said, i wished kid me would have stuck with Ruby. Hate a great time and would gladly play through again at some point down the line. Try and actually catch Rayquaza. Who knows. Final Grade- A+
As always, I hope you all enjoyed reading this and…
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By: Justin Hopkins
Thanks to how the last few months have gone, I haven’t been able to do a Classic 13 and was definitely looking forward to getting back on track with it and when a co-worker told me I have to watch Naked Gun. Figured, that I would save it for today. It may sound strange that I haven’t watched this classic, but I don’t normally go out of my way to watch comedy movies all that often. While some are good, I don’t get a lot of enjoyment out of them. Lets dive in and see how Naked Gun is shall we.
The movie kicks off with a meeting between terrorists. Trying to plan out an attack on America. Only to be stopped by Police Squads on, Frank Drebin in an over the top fight, before making his escape through a window and we go to a opening title sequence from the view point of a police siren watching the car going through things like a house, roller coaster and even a girl’s locker room. Movie picking up with Nordberg watching the ship about to make a massive drug bust on his own. When he failed to kick down the door though. Ends up getting shot and running into a slew of awful things before going overboard. Frank comes back from his trip from Beirut to both that news and the news his girl had run off and married someone else. Going straight to the hospital to find out what Norbert knew about his attackers, only to do more damage to him than anything else. His wife showing him a picture of the ship. Before they can go to the dock they have to attend a press conference that pertains to the impending arrival of the Queen of England. A conference that goes wrong pretty quickly. After a back and forth bribery exchange with the Dock Master, is told he is dealing Heroin for respected businessman and owner of the docks Ludwig. The same man who ordered Nordberg to be killed on the dock. Who is quick to help him by getting assistant Miss Jane Spencer to collect the shipping files. Files that don’t have the ship in question. Then he finds out that they found drugs on Nordberg’s clothes and is given twenty four hours to clear his name, before the Queen’s arrival and that is where I will leave it for now.
This was a fun story. A cop who tried his best, but continuously bungled the situations that he found himself in. Fact that he plays it serious half the time added to the amusement. Some of the jokes were hysterical. Such as the back and forth bribery scene and when the airbag blew all the way up and kept going. To the point it put the car into gear and rolled away. Actually most of him hitting stuff when he parked and the car chase was great. Helped massively by a comedy great, Leslie Nielsen.
Leslie is just a legend in comedy. His delivery and ability to play it as straight while insane things breaks out around. To go along with his ability to talk. Made this movie fun to watch and he was backed up by a solid supporting cast.
With that said, there were some negatives. Some jokes fell just flat and boring and some just didn’t know when to end. Such as when Nordberg was shot and kept hitting things and was funny, but they just kept it going. To the point it wasn’t funny anymore and just meh. Then the musical montage with him and Jane was just dumb. It felt like it slowed down the pacing and one two many being that they would do something similar later on when he was in disguise as the umpire.
I get why this is a classic and beloved movie and it should be held up in high regard and there are plenty of good moments to be had. If you haven’t checked it out. You should you’ll probably have a great time with it. Comedy is just not really something I enjoy all that much and think that hurt it going in. I am glad I watched it, but won’t be in a hurry to watch it again. Final Grade – B –
As always, I hope you enjoyed and…
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By: Justin Hopkins
Stories are all about heroes doing battle with heinous villains. All throughout media this is almost always the case and is no different in the world of wrestling. Dramatic tales of underdog heroes fighting to unseat the diabolical heel champions or fend off weaselly opponents. However, a lesser seen feud is when two faces or two heels mix it up themselves. We see matches here and there, but I am looking for proper feuds or heels where neither are expected to turn by the end. Which is a lot trickier especially when two heels square up, but was sold enough on the idea of putting my fantasy booking hat back on and talking about one of the things I love the most. So, here they are. Four matches, two heel and two faces and how I think it could be booked to where there are no turns. Using AEW and WWE. Sorry, Impact I don’t get the channel and struggle to keep up and wouldn’t do anything from there justice. So without further adieu, lets dive right in with the match on the Thumbnail.
Abadon vs Kris Statlander (Face)
Alright, two things, I am stretching the idea of Abadon potentially being face or heel. Her character is certainly not a normal face, but when the crow is chanting, eat your soul, at Shida, You aren’t an outright heel either and more importantly, Kris Statlander is injured and could be out for a while to come, but that is okay. Gives us time to set the table in advance. So, here’s how it could work. Keep pushing Abadon. She is running her way through everyone on Dark. Just keep it up. Beating everyone she gets in the ring with. After some time of this. Makes it all the way to a title match with Shida and gets the strap. Getting her win back and setting herself on top of the castle and she just keeps going. Leading to a Dynamite where her opponent no shows a title match. Is found by an interviewer leaving. Wants nothing to do with the Living Dead Girl. Angering Abadon who catches up with her in the back and takes her out. Other women start to avoid the number one spot because of this. Until, Brandy, or Matt Hardy depending on how far out you want to go, we are booking a feud between a zombie and alien after all, have fun with it. Where she declares she found a challenger not from this planet who is not afraid of her and the return, when she is healed and ready, Kris Statlander, who should walk away victorious. At this point, Abadon has made a name for herself and a force to be reckoned within AEW and Statlander picks up as one of their top women. Plus, these two are so creative with their characters that I want to see the match they can come up with. Winner – Kris Statlander.
Drew McIntyre vs Keith Lee (Face)
Okay, do not turn Keith Lee. This was the rumor that started the conversation that birthed this idea, and it is a woefully bad idea. He is one of your biggest crowd favorites you got and it doesn’t need it. Both of these guys are overflowing with charisma and are more than capable of making this feud happen. How, just have Keith Lee win the Royal Rumble. Just have them being friends but making it known that is secondary when it comes to the title. Don’t have them outright attack each other, but bumping each other. Let their promos and interviews build the tension up until the final raw and everything blows up. have them Main Event Main Event Wrestlemania as it should and… Drew should win. I would love to see Keith win it, but it would be almost too predictable. He’ll get the win back at Summerslam after cashing in the Money In The Bank. Just don’t want the champ losing at Mania this time around. Winner – Drew McIntrye
The Miz vs Roman Reigns (Heel)
This was much harder to book. Wanted to put John Morrison in The Miz’s place, but couldn’t think of any way Morrison doesn’t flip back to face in the process. When the Miz gets the chance, he is the best heel on the mic going today and that is what is needed for this and want to see the promo work between him and Paul Heyman. That would just be wonderful. How I would do it, is have The Miz line himself up as number one contender after Jey. Roman fresh out of destroying his cousin. Have Miz and Morrison rag on him for everything from his time off and attaching himself to Heyman and needing to check in at the end of a match in order to win the belt. He’ll need to dig deep in the bag to keep heel and can even go right into the Morrison turn from there. Roman will retain after another savage beating and showing the locker room that no one is safe. Winner – Roman Reigns
Brodie Lee vs Chris Jericho (Heel)
This match has had to have changed a good number of times. From Omega to Hangman, but as a friend pointed out, neither are official changes yet so that brings us to Mr. Brodie Lee vs Le Champion. Two extremely talented wrestlers and heads of their own top groups going right now. How I would start the feud is to have one of The Dark Order give a sheet to Sammy Guevara. This would obviously anger Jericho who will not be taking the idea of The Dark Order poaching on his boys and have Jack Hager beat up some of the Dark Order lesser members and the feud is on. A full on Faction War between The Inner Circle and The Dark Order. Leading to the match between Jericho and Brodie down the line to settle the score. Winner should be Brodie at the end of the day, he could use the rub from beating someone like Jericho and he wouldn’t lose anything in the loss. Winner – Brodie Lee
And that is all I got. As always, I hope you enjoyed and…
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By: Justin Hopkins
It has been a long time coming for this movie. I have watched Sharktopus nearly an inappropriate amount of times and enjoyed Sharktopus vs Pteracuda and after the last few B-Movie Sundays. Kind of needed a fun goofy movie and had hopes fir this one. Lets dive in and discuss shall we.
We open to a water on the funeral on the water, with the Captain of the boat, Ray, coming out halfway through. Having no idea what was going on and made a scene out of it. His friend Pablo was the one to rent out the boat since he was out cold and made a scene arguing over it. Cut short when Sharktopus attacks. Taking down the casket and eating the widow when she went overboard. Earning him a trip to jail for reckless endangerment and Inspector Nita going to hit him with Manslaughter charges if the woman doesn’t turn up. Ignoring the warning he was shouting. Meanwhile we jump to the office of mad doctor Elsa Reinhardt with her patient Felix Rosa. A former Baseball Player who is desperate to get back to the league, but is slightly turned off by what he is hearing, but when he is laughed out of the bar. He has a change of heart. Meanwhile, Ray gets bail from Voodoo Priest Tiny. Whop agreed to Bail him out if they will bring him the heart of Sharktopus. Turns out Sharktopus is pretty well known, even having a Twitter page. Back at Reinhardt’s, Rosa returns for his procedures. She is prepared and ready. Going to inject him with DNA of various animals and shots it into him with electricity, She cut it off after awhile, but he commences another round before flat lining, She drags the body to the dock and dumps it in and on contact, he turns into half wolf half whale. Returning to the Doctor who feeds him the nurse and doesn’t take long for him to start rampaging and that is about a good of place as any to leave it for the time being.
Normally, can’t really bash the story to much. When your characters are Sharktopus and a Whalewolf you are not expecting the strongest of stories to back them up, and while this is really weak story even by these standards. The over the top carnage from Sharktopus was more than enough to cover some of it and Whalewolf wasn’t to bad. He was no Pteracuda, but passable.
But that might be the end of the positives for this one. Outside of the Sharktopus and some of the Whalewolf scenes. There really isn’t much to say about any of the characters. The Voodoo scenes actually slowed the pacing down to a crawl. Continuity issues glare its face in ways that makes it impossible to ignore. When the cop is inspecting the garage, the car door is open in one shot and closed in the next and they flip between the two shots making it impossible to ignore the mistake. There were scenes where Sharktopus and Whalewolf were fighting and the next they were separated. They really could have used a bit more fighting between the two of them to transition a bit smoother.
While this movie wasn’t as good as Sharktopus and Sharktopus vs Pteracuda. There is a decent amount of fun to be had with this film. So if you are a fan of cheesy monster movies. You might have some fun with Sharktopus Vs Whalewolf. As Always, I hope you enjoy and…
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By: Justin Hopkins
This was one of the movies I was rather looking forward to seeing going into this year. The Bill and Ted movies were always good fun movies to kick back with and just enjoy yourself and had some high hopes for Face The Music. Didn’t think they would come back for anything less than a good script. Certainly been a trip to get to this point but now that it finally here. Let’s dive in and see if it was worth the wait.
The movie starts with a voice over from Thea and Billie. Explaining what had transpired since we last seen their dads, Bill and Ted. That they thought they had written the song to unite the universe, but that wasn’t it and they had been beating themselves up and sinking the band lower and lower in the process. Finally joining them at Missy’s new wedding. Performing their next song that they hope is the song, but it most definitely is not. The only two who do like it are Billie and Thea, who are nearly a carbon copy of their Dads. Getting lectured by Ted’s Dad about how they need to grow up and how they have ruined the girls by being how they are. We jump to Bill and Joanna going to marriage counseling and wildly disappointed to see Ted sighed him and Elizabeth up for the exact same session. Trying desperately to get one of them to say I love you, instead of we and end up sending them away. Going back home and after a conversation with their Daughters. Ted confesses to having got an offer for the Les Paul. Tired of hitting their heads off the wall over it and hurting those around them. Just about to give up when a Time Traveling pod arrives and out comes Kelly, Rufus’s Daughter. Who says they have a problem and they need to come with her. Taking them back to meet with the leaders. Passing a Phone Booth with a hologram of Rufus along the way. They discover that if they don’t perform the song at 7:17 reality would collapse in on itself and the affects are already happening with historical figures being displaced across time. In a panic, they take the Phone Booth to go into the future and steal the song from their future selves. When they had already written it. Only when they jump ahead two years. They find their future is not bright and they not only don’t have the song, but have lost Joanna and Elizabeth and the kids. Meanwhile the Great Leader reveals that the song is only one interpretation of the destiny. Another is Ted and Bill dying. So she sends a robot names Dennis to go kill them. Trying to get ahead of it, Kelly goes back to the present to warn them, and is stopped by Billie and Thea who saw them leaving before and want to use the time machine to go back in time to collect the most famous musicians in history for the band their Dad’s will need to perform their song and this is where I will leave off for the time being.
The story was simple, let elegantly woven together. Everyone having something to do and coming together nicely at the end. From Billie and Thea’s trip through time that was so well put together and performed that I could have easily watched more from them alone. Had the killer robot lurking around every bend. The wives dropping in and out of the timeline and of course, Bill and Ted’s adventure which was hysterical. Getting to arguments with every iteration of themselves. Taking them all the way to the end, with a detour into hell along the way.
The pacing was perfect. Moving at a rather quick pace to show how little time they have. Only slowing down to show importance of a moment which helped heighten the moment all that much more. The characters all felt real to who they were. Bill and Ted were two guys who are trying their best to do right by everyone and two daughters trying to help their Dads. There was no fighting to pad out the run time and it benefits largely from it. The jokes hit for the most part and was still able to pull out a twist at the end and a large part has to do with the cast.
Keanu Reeves did a great job stepping back into the role of Ted after all this time was amazing. Along with Alex Winter returning to play Bill. These two just have great chemistry together. Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine were brilliant as Thea and Billie though. They were so good playing as spaced out as Bill and Ted, but when they talk you can hear how smart they are. Especially when Billie is talking to Curdi about what is happening to reality. Able to play off one another so well. Thrilled that we got to spend so much time with them and if they come out and wanted to do a movie around these two; I would be all for it. Kristen Schaal was good as Kelly and always great to see William Sadler as Death and can’t forget Anthony Carrigan’s Dennis Caleb McCoy. Didn’t expect the robot to be as funny as he turned out to be and glad he got to dance at the end.
When I started typing this out, was going to talk about the ending, but I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who decided to click on this without seeing it. If you haven’t seen it, you should go and check it out. Either at the theater or on VOD like I did. Especially if you are a fan of the serious. It was a fun ride with a great way to bring the series to a close. Final Grade = A +
As always, I hope you enjoyed and…
Thank You For Reading.
By: Justin Hopkins
I am not normally a fan of possession films. Tend to all go about the same formula and never really enjoy them all that much, but going into the B Movie Selection. Decided top give one a go and finally settled on June. Mostly because the picture of the little girl with a bunch of knives floating about her seemed like a good time. So lets dive in and discuss the movie, shall we.
We start with a voice over of a women talking about a savoir, a child with two souls. One good and the other evil. A bit of a title screen and a ritual happening around a baby. With bright lights swirling with darkness. When the lead cult member is stabbed an things get out of control and everyone except one teen who ran and the baby die. We jump ahead to nine years and we see now orphaned June. Living in a trailer, with a bunch of other orphans and parents who collect them for the money. Which the Social Worker, Emmanuel sees through and tells her he can find her a new home, before leaving. That night when the other kids start picking on her. The Demon, Aer, comes out and fries the electricity and the next day during a BBQ. When one of the kids picks on her again. Only this time when Aer came out. Takes down everyone with a ten foot radius in a loud scream. Which got her removed from the house and place with Lily and Dave Anderson. A friendly couple who are a little taken back by her drawings, but more than thrilled to have a child. They take her to school and when she gets called on to answer a question in front of the class. She begins to bleed everywhere and blacks out. Having a nightmare and comes face to face with Aer. Turns out it was her first period and Emmanuel believes homeschooling is the way to go and the Mom agrees. Going into a montage of the three bonding, but mostly June and Lily. When Dave is taking pictures, we see a glimpse of Aer before the camera breaks and he begins to get more concerned after finding pictures of him scratched out and I will leave it there for now.
I didn’t outright dislike what they were trying to do here. Presenting this cult that were trying to bring this demon into the world to reset the world for nature and had some fun ideas set up, but didn’t take any time to capitalize on any of it. I loved the fact that Lily was the survivor if the ritual and June once again ended up back in her life. They could have played with the concept the Aer knew her and had some fun interactions with them. Could have had David really investigating and discovering everything on his own. Even have the occult sway him over due to his love of nature. They could have done a lot with what they were presenting, but only did a little bit of everything. Dave figured out Emmanuel from his pictures, only had a slight stare down between Aer and Lily and rather weak end with the Cult made very little sense. Especially when we have seen just how strong Aer is.
It wasn’t outright awful. June was an interesting character and liked the concept of the two spirits inside her. Seeing her coming out of her shell and finding happiness but Aer threatening to cost her that. Lily trying to take care of June to keep Aer appeased even at the cost of her marriage. There were some fun things throughout that kept my attention.
The acting was just alright. Kennedy Brice did a really good job as both June and Aer. Had pretty good chemistry with Victoria Pratt who played Lily. No one was outwardly bad, just alright.
The movie suffers from trying to tell a story with so much going on, with bare minimum effort to tell the tale. Had so much going on and instead of going into it. Just shrugs it off and carries on, without bothering to explore it and it is because of that, can’t really suggest it to anyone. Which is kind of disappointing. Don’t really like telling people to pass on a movie, but kind of becoming an ugly habit. Here’s to next week being better. As always, I hope you enjoyed and…
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By: Justin Hopkins
I lost my mind when the Trailer revealing that they were remaking this game. Destroy All Humans is a game series that I have held close to my heart since it first came out in 2005. From over the top violence and comedic lines. Thrown in with some levels that have made me and my friends absolutely insane. So was all for them updating the graphics and bringing it back. So, lets dive into the invasion shall we.
They really didn’t mess with the story in anyway. Bringing us the exact same story in all of its glory. Telling the tale of how the US Military accidentally blew up a UFO and captured the alien, Cryptosporidium-136. While high up in the Mothership, Orthopox watches on. When another Crypto comes up behind him asking what happened. Turns out they are a race known as Furons, and they reproduce via cloning, and this one is Crypto – 137. An ultra violent one who demands to not only go and rescue his brother, but to destroy everything in the process. Pox agrees, but to a point. Humans see have buried in their DNA, Furon DNA. Which is needed to help restore the degrading cloning process. All the while, Crypto is being chased by the Military and shadow organization known as Majestic. Lead by the mysterious leader called Silhouette. Which was the perfect way to go.
Not changing the game to much may not make for any exciting changes or new little surprises, but didn’t really want any of it from this game. Being more of a remaster than an outright remake. Wanting to relive the magic of the first game, with the witty dialogue and challenging boss battles with newer graphics and they gave us just that and the game looks gorgeous.
Crypto looks amazing. The purple veins and hues around the side of his head. Opening and closing pores, and especially his eyes. Deep red that had layers beyond, that looks so alive and ominous. Loved the fact the humans kept a cartoonish look. The colors of the Mothership and the UFO really pop out at times. Then you get the color burst explosions from his weapons which were both a blessing and a curse we will talk about later on.
Most of the voice acting was done with using the archived voices and yeah they still sound great. J. Grant Albrecht is stellar as Crypto. So was Richard Steven Horvitz and Nika Futterman as Pox and Silhouette. Would have liked some newer dialogue from the NPCs. When you blow through the town on a side mission. Tend to hear the same the lines on repeat kind of gets old pretty fast and going to have the line, “…My name is Bill and I am right” in my head for the next fifteen years, but the main cast does well enough to make it worth while.
Okay, we got to talk about that nightmare of a final level. Wow, I have seriously forgot how hard the older bosses were. Before I go into it, I did enjoy how hard this fight was. Seriously miss when the final boss was a force to be reckoned with, but this had some serious flaws to it. First you get the infuriating UFO fight against the Robo-Prez and the UFO controls that makes it the least fun flying a UFO can be when you are trying to do anything more than casual destruction. Then you go right into battle with Silhouette. Which was fun, difficult and overloading all at the same time. Destroying you if you dare try to retreat. Having to juggle her variety of destructive weaponry, mounted guns and ever back up Majestic Soldiers and Mutants and keeping the Disintegrating Ray loaded at the same time. As well as a Robo-Prez electrocuting the ground intermittently. At times that there is so much going on and colors flashing wildly that it overloads your eyes and will miss something that will end up destroying you and then I made a horrible mistake. I backed out to Upgrade Crypto and had to restart.. from the Robo-Prez fight. Seriously spent more time on these two fights, then I had with the entire game leading up to it. Like I said at the start. Love the fact Silhouette is no pushover. Made it one to remember, but everything around it was a nightmare.
With that said, I had a blast playing Destroy All Humans again. Getting to relive the fun moments, challenging levels, and a difficult boss level. So, if you missed it the first time. Check out the remastered classic of a game. Fingers crossed they green light the second one. Final Grade – A
As always, I hope you enjoyed and..
Thank You For Reading.,
By: Justin Hopkins
It has been way to long since I did a B Movie Sunday Review. Had a bunch going on as is life, but I am back and decided to go back and pluck out a classic from 1985, The Stuff. A movie that I haven’t watched in about 15 years so I couldn’t remember a whole lot when I sat down to give it a watch. Without further delay, lets dive back in shall we.
The movie kicks off with two homeless men eating some white goo, that was bubbling out of the snow. Deciding that it tastes so good. They might as well try and sell it. We jump forward a bit to a kid, Jason, waking up in the middle of the night and heading downstairs for a drink and a bite to eat. When he sees the container of, The Stuff, knocked over and it’s contents moving about in the refrigerator. His Dad comes up behind him too late to see it moving and scares him back upstairs. Helping himself to a bit of The Stuff afterward. After a commercial selling The Stuff as being better then Ice Cream. We see a group of business tycoons talking about how they have failed to find out how The Stuff was made and a Chocolate Chip company had been sold to them as well. Deciding that drastic attempts must be taken and are going to hire Industry Spy David “Mo” Rutherford to steal the ingredients for them. Proving himself capable after already knowing everything due to having bugged one of them the night before and after getting his check. Knocked out the guy who was giving him a hard time for being ousted from the FBI. Meanwhile, Jason is trying to warn his family about The Stuff but they are not listening. Back to Moe, we see him posing as a wealthy Oil Tycoon to get into a Sound Stage where they are recording the next commercial. Full of scantily clad women who are walking down runways and feeding each other. Being directed by Nicole. The woman who pretty much got their advertisement up and running. After smooth talking her into believing he was a potential buyer of the entire ad agency and agrees to go back to his hotel to talk more. Leaving us free to rejoin Jason in his destruction of as much of The Stuff as he can at the grocery store, before workers manage to grab him. After an Interview with someone with the FDA, who is killed by his dog after. Mo follows a lead to Stader, Virginia. A ghost town, with just a postmen and Gas Station Worker. After an altercation with a man named Chocolate Chip Charlie. The former owner of the Chocolate Chip Company. Turned out he was swindled out of his company by his Family and wants to find evidence to use to get his company back. Together they confront the postman. Finding out that everyone’s mail was being routed to Midland, Georgia. He excuses himself to the bathroom. Where The Stuff begins pouring out of his mouth. After hearing strange noises, break down the door. Finding him dead on the ground. Mouth opened outstretched. They go out the window to find who did it. Are attacked by a group of men, who are hollow and break under their attacks. Finally getting away by boat and somewhere safe. Mo sends Chocolate Chip to get the FBI while he pushes on with his investigation. Goal shifting more from the ingredients to what exactly is The Stuff and I will leave it there for now.
This was a compelling tale of consumerism. How easily it is to get people hooked on a product. With several sexy, flashy commercials, songs and radio advertisements. People eating it all up without even wondering what exactly they were putting into their bodies. Only people asking were the ones who wanted to use it to do the same thing for the sake of cashing in on it. Even after knowing, still willing to put it in their products as low doses to get people hooked, without the mind control effects. A story that not only stands the test of time, but can easily be re-done today to similar affects.
Of course, being a horror movie from the 80’s, we got to talk about the effects. Which were pretty good. Affects of The Stuff coming out of people’s mouths looks good and they did a good job for the most part making pools of The Stuff move about rooms and shooting out of beds. A bit of the green screen and CG are a bit dodgy but passable for its age.
Michael Moriarty was easily the standout in the cast. Bringing a suave swagger to his character. Likable right from the gate, when he showed his prowess with the bug and the way he knocked out the guy who mocked him from the gate. Putting together a good guy, who believed his own hype and knew how to back it up at the same time. Garret Morris’s Chocolate Chip Charlie was criminally under-utilized. When he was on screen he was so good. Entertaining and had good chemistry with Moriarty and a shame we didn’t get more screen time. The same can kind of be said for Andrea Marcovicci. Played her role well enough, just felt like her character needed more fleshing out.
Negative wise is the Militia scenes. They really add very little outside of humor. Which could have easily have gone to Chocolate Chip and been a lot better. Even the fact that they had a radio station could have gone to Nicole or one of many of Mo Contacts. Just felt like they were tacked on for time and not much more. Although, did chuckle at the ‘Nam joke.
Before we round this out. Let me say something that will certainly rock the boat with some people. In a world that loves dusting off movies and giving them a new shine. The Stuff would actually be perfect for a remake. Like I said, The Consumerism Story they told is still prevalent today. Quite a few Horror Directors active today could tell a chilling tale today with a bit higher budget and newer practical effects. Especially if they get the nerve to give it a much darker ending.
With that said, The Stuff is definitely a movie you should give watch if you haven’t already seen. Have some good laughs and decent horror spread out. As always, I hope you enjoyed and…
Thank You For Reading.
By: Justin Hopkins
Psych was one of my favorite TV Shows during it’s run on USA. Telling the story of super sleuth, Shawn Spencer. A guy capable of picking up every detail in a room the moment he walks into it. Who uses this to help the Santa Barbara Police, under the guise of being a Psychic Detective along his reluctant friend Burton Guster. Eight season of funny and charming moments and a pretty goods movie along the way. Was over the moon excited to hear about this one and what they had in store this time around. So, with this being late as it is, (Sorry), lets dive in shall we.
We get things started with little Lassiter, on a walk through the woods with his Dad. Talking about the strength of the Lassiter families ability to grow legendary beards, but the most important part is their queen, before his Dad disappears. Leaving him scared and alone. Before jumping back to modern day, and Lassie is on the ground. Two bullets in his chest and a gunman in front of him. Doesn’t remember how he got there. Begging for him not to kill him. A plea that goes unheard and shot again. A shot that leads to a stroke. He wakes up in a nursing home, to Shawn and Gus. Surprising him with a dog Morrissey. When the nurse tries to get them to take the Dog away. They leave with her convincing her to let the dog to stay is they tell her why they are really there. Where we learn that he had called them in secretly for things he has been seeing and doesn’t want anyone to know, for fear people will think he is crazy. While she tells them that what he has been seeing is delusions in his mind. From stress, medication, and the Stroke and they are not doing him any favors by feeding into it. When they go back, find the dog had jumped out of the window. They are going to turn him down, but the dog returns with a severed hand. They ship the hand to Woody and return to their old office. Finding it had been turned into a pop-up Cat Restaurant. Due to Shawn’s Dad sub-renting the office space when they failed to notify the owner of their departure. After some bickering agrees to help them find the stuff they left behind. Meanwhile, we see Juliet arriving at Lassiter’s room. She too is working on his case. Showing him a picture of the guy who had been arrested for shooting him, only Lassiter doesn’t seem to convinced by this, but doesn’t want her to look into it. Having already been told twice to stop getting involved. Despite the fact she thinks there is more to it. Such as a missing bullet. Instead gets a 90 plus to do list. When she goes to leave, spots Morrissey’s dish. Calling Shawn to yell about him being there. Telling him it was fine and so was she. Only she tells him she is at the airport. When in reality, is at the scene where Lassie was shot. Find a homeless woman with a bullet wound in her leg. Later that night, neither of them share information just that they wouldn’t be working the case. Shawn especially, after getting the call that the hand belongs to a tech mogul who committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. Back with Lassiter though, after a sad, scared confession over his fears of not getting better and being a burden on his loved ones. Sees a man with a gun shot, going into the stables outside of his window. The next day Shawn and Gus try to turns down the job again, but he asks them to please keep looking into it. After finding nothing in the stables, they start to investigate the Mogul, Devon Tileback. Which leads them to a Viking Bar, and after an altercation and motorcycle chase that goes awry immediately. Find that Devon is alive. Having faked his death, but is shot before he could answer any of their questions. Turning out that Lassie may in fact be onto something much larger than what it seems and perfect spot for me to leave off with for the moment.
I got to give the writers so much credit for crafting this story so much around the limitations of Timothy Omundson. Who only had a brief cameo in the first movie, due to a real life stroke. They not only tailored Lassiter’s story arc so he could spent it in a bed or chair, but sure some of the lines must come from a real place in him after his stroke and giving us the tear jerking moment of him walking to Marlowe. Showed just how important every member of the group is and just nice to see them do what they had to do to give him a place in the movie.
The group doesn’t feel like they have missed a beat. everyone’s chemistry still going strong. The humor was way more hits than misses. From Morrissey to the back and forth between Shawn and Gus and pretty much everyone that had to deal with their hi-jinks. Felt like they were right back into the swing of things. The mystery seemed to take a back seat at times, but was passable enough for the story they were trying to tell, and the pregnancy angle, was kind of obvious that it was not Juliet’s. Did give us a heartfelt moment between Shawn and Henry, which are always the best, and the stellar proposal between Gus and Selene. I so, hope we get to see that wedding. It would just be outrageously over the top and I am one hundred percent all for it.
On the negative side of the ball. Probably could have done the reveal of Dolores being behind everything a little better than what they did. It works as it gives Lassiter his sense of power back, but felt lacking especially with the conversations she was having with Shawn and Gus and Mary’s part felt really just dumb and his lines were the worse part of the movie. Love seeing Mary, but he didn’t work at all here.
I normally talk about the cast, but they all do fantastic at this point. They know their characters so well that it’s magic anytime they are together. If you haven’t seen it, download peacock and give it a watch. Going to have a great time with it and hope this is not the last time we see them all together. Final Grade – A +
As always, I hope you enjoyed and…
Thank You For Reading
By: Justin Hopkins
It is time to finish what was started last week and bring the arc to a close in fallout to an end in season 2. Like before, only going to cover some points. so not going to cover everything. So, in between what I am covering, Legion are tearing through both tribes and NCR Bases and Boone will slowly go from being torn between choosing sides to their sides. As a former member of the First Recon, he will be having a hard time picking sides throughout. With that, lets dive in and get started shall we.
We kick the season off where we left things. In the hotel room with Yes Man going over the details of Benny’s plans to use the chip to activate the robot army and implant Yes man into House’s system take over New Vegas and the Mojave. Driving out the NCR and Legion and anyone they want. Up to them. Veronica is all for it and Boone is the voice of the NCR. Admits their issues but more responsible then they are. Raul is trying to keep the peace. Behind them, Maria is helping herself to the little bar. Pouring herself a drink. Joined by Cassidy and they each share a drink. Maria confides in her that she was kind of hoping to be celebrating her successfully getting her vengeance by having this drink while she is watching the strippers next door. Leave it to Veronica to start pulling the morale card and she can’t find a reason to dispute her. She doesn’t believe the NCR is outright bad, just not capable or has the people’s best interest in heart. Only wanting the resources and to look more powerful on the outside and House just wanted to lord over the place, but the Legion was still a threat to everyone. So, while Boone is on the fence. A plan is made and the episode ends with Legate and his men taking down the base at Neelson.
Two begins with a sign reading Boomers. Maria and Cassidy limbering up for the road. Starting the countdown when Veronica bolts past them both and the bombs begin to drop. Meeting the leaders, reluctant to follow along, but after a bit of persuading and helping out. They gain their trust and agree to fight in the battle to come. During this, Lanis is getting word from Legate. That he would be moving toward Echo and Caesar issues a request to locate the Courier known as Maria.We go back to Nellis as the three are walking back down the hill and are attacked. Maria and Cassidy are dropped by electrical based weapons. Maria remaining conscious just long enough to see four men in heavy duty armor dragging off a screaming Veronica.
Three kicks off with Maria flipping over a table, in a fit of rage. Wanting to know who hit them and get Veronica back, but they don’t have enough to run off of. Her description is too vague. Anyone could have been in them, but they certainly feel like they targeting Veronica since they left them laying them in the dirt. Dawning on them just how little they actually knew about Veronica. Enter Boone. Carrying a black lock box, with a not so happy Rex following. Already forcing the lock and pulled out a stack of photos, with Veronica and three men, standing in front of The Brotherhood of Steel Emblem. Raul and Cassidy each let out a sigh. Her picking at Boone making a lot more sense. After checking on the chip, they start to make a plan. Figuring on Rex can lead them to the bunker, but they don’t want Maria anywhere near this. This needs perfect timing and she is clearly not in the right mindset for that, she isn’t happy. Threatens everyone if they fail. Creating a plan they don’t really like. Following Rex to a hidden bunker. Using the Dust Storm as cover. Boone blows out a vent. Managing to fall inside and fights his way to where they are keeping Veronica. Making a whole lot of noise along the way. Almost making it to the door, when they are finally surrounded by security and the Elder comes out. Scolding them both for different reasons. When a man in full armor drops. Exposing Cassidy armored with a Pulse Gun from their Silver Side collection. With everyone distracted, allowed Raul to get the door open and they came right through the front door. After some harsh words. They leave with Veronica and her and Boone settle their differences.
Raul goes off to Jacobstown, in episode 4, to meet with the Super Mutants. Hoping to have more luck talking to a ghoul than a human. Where he bites off more than he can chew. Finds the town on the verge of going to war with the town at the base of the Mountain. Each blaming the other for starting it and they have no idea who has been attacking their town. He looks into it and finds a Super Mutant name Fawkes who breaks down in tears. He heard people were nicer out West and just wanted a place to fit in, but was heckled a group wearing solider clothes. He tried to leave but they shoved him and things escalated. Too ashamed to go on and doesn’t know what he is doing anymore. Raul gets to him and after confronting the troops that started it. Walks him up to Jacobstown and in doing so. Makes a new ally along the way. While that is going on, Veronica, Boone and Rex are meeting with the Followers of the Apocalypse who will help with medical, if they were to win and Veronica helps improve their tech along the way. Veronica agrees, but insists on taking the abandoned eye bot, with the words, Ed-E spray painted on the side. Cassidy and Maria are busy running various chores. Meeting with Mr. House and doing away with a group of Omerita’s men. People they are overlooking and will take care of after everything is done. A group of NCR Men then has them meeting with their man outside of Vegas. Questioning them about the rumors they are hearing, but neither tell him anything of use. They are stressing over everything, but are having a great time. Laughing and getting closer. When they are again confronted, this time, by disguised and armed Legion. Caesar has requested a meeting with Maria. She agrees, but only if they leave Cassidy alone and off they went.
In 5, Maria is insulting the boatman as they arrive to the Legion 4. She is pretty much snarky to anyone who looks her way too long and makes it clear she is not thrilled to be here. Making it clear that they won’t be taking her weapons as she enters the tent. Meeting Caesar. A lengthy back and forth commence. He knows that they are planning something around the chip and why she has been meeting with the other tribes. Congratulating her on her killing Benny. Genuinely blown away by her vigor and warrior spirit. Seeing right through this and fires up a cigarette. Telling him to get to the point. Caesar holds up his hand and receives a holodex. He is also aware that she has no memory of who she is. Lucky, his men are the best at finding things out and he has ever detail about one courier named, Maria and it is all hers, if she aligns herself with The Legion and proves it by helping his right hand man, Lanis on a mission to take down the Brotherhood base. After a long pause, agrees. Telling them of a place she knows can get them in and leads the way in… to the same Death claw pit she barely made it out of. During the chaos kicks Lanis into an incoming Deathclaw and for the second time. Makes it out alive. While she is looking over her shoulder. Doesn’t see the incoming Cazador. Managing to kill it, but gets stung in the process. Immediately, getting dizzy when she starts to run.
In 6, Raul and Cassidy rushes into the NCR Base, where Yes Man has pinned her Pip Boy. The Solider at the gate confirming that she was in fact in the medical ward. Found her passed out at the gate. Taking a sigh of relief. Raul opens up about his past and how he looks at them like family. Never seeing this level of kindness before. Cassidy agreeing, but is interrupted by the rest of the group and the Doctor, with some question of his own. The Auto Doc picked up several previous injuries. Some, from being shot in the head, such as a dislocated retina. Getting a chuckle from Raul. But fades away as the Doctor continues. Pointing out scars from several broken ribs and fingers and damage to shoulders and slew of others. Putting Raul on edge. Sure the Wasteland was a dangerous place, but not to this extreme. How much more stress and torment could she handle and if she could survive a battle of which they are preparing for. She lurches awake in the middle of the conversation and sits up. Laughing and coughing. Cracking her neck and shoulders. Starting to say she had good news, but upon seeing the looks she was getting. Asked what was wrong.
7 is back in Vegas. Veronica is working on Ed-E. Trying to drown out the argument from Raul and Maria. Well past the point of no return and should have said something before she killed Caesar’s right hand man. While Raul is pointing out how dumb that was. Before the door slams and Raul has gone off to cool down. Cassidy goes to check on her, when Yes man chimes in with news. While, surfing through Ed-E’s files. Found plans of an Enclave base nearby. Maria takes the directions to go on a treasure hunt, Cassidy going along to talk to her. Trying to explain that they are just worried about her and she kind of laughs it off. Saying that she knows she isn’t going to survive a fight with the Legion and she is fine with that. She is expendable. Doesn’t have her knowledge of the Caravans and how they work. Lacks Raul’s repair skills, Boone’s Military prowess or Veronica’s knowledge in general. She was going to be forced to take them on head on and as long as she had a breath, would take as many down as she possibly can, as long as it meant they crossed the finish line. Cassidy obviously takes offense to that. Pointing out how she has united the Mojave in a way no one thought was possible. Through her they can actually make something of the wasteland for a change. Maria goes to argue, but falls through the ground. Falling into the base and crashing hard on a table below. Filed with power armor, weapons and a Veritabird.
9 starts with Raul being snatched by members of the Omerta. Who want to know what they are doing in Vegas. When it becomes clear he isn’t talking. Send a goon to inform Maria and lucky for them. Run into her on her way into town. She laughs when they tell her. Scribbling out a note to take back to their boss. Which she proceeds to stab into his shoulder with the pen. Pressed for time. The Legion were nearly want them and they had to get going. Instructs Boone to go collect Loyal from the Boomers, Cassidy to get in tough with Jacobstown and Veronica to get the Enclave base prepped and she is going to get Raul alone and she runs her way through the Gomorrah. Only missing one, who has her line up, but Raul finally picks up a gun. Showing her marksmanship by shooting him between her eyes. The two reconcile on their way out.
10 sees the fall of Mr. House. Maria knows from Yes Man that his body is inside and with a push of a button, he is gone. With Yes man, transferred into Ed-E. Follows her up to the penthouse. Waiting till she got close and picks off securitrons with the Pulse Gun. House is frantic trying to stop her. Following her through monitors. Throwing out every bit of information on who she was. That she was a nobody. Some homeless woman who The Thorns took pity on when she was just a teenager and had to fight for food, becoming their prized piece of entertainment. Only let her out because she earned the eye and heart of Red Lucy. She persuaded to go on a hunt and ran away. He could offer protection, safety and more caps than she would ever see. She doesn’t say a word during any of this. Not even breaks stride till she hits the pod. “Imagine the Irony.” she says. ” Caesar falling to a slave.” Then hits the button. Watching the pod be sanitized. Thinking about what was just said. She doesn’t remember any of it, could be a lie, but deep down. Believes it. Plugging in yes man. Who successfully takes control of the system and updates her Pip Boy, of everyone’s locations. Before she leaves, tells him to keep that conversation to himself. Heading back to the Enclave base, where everyone is waiting, including Loyal and the Boomers who tagged along are gushing over the Vertibird, Fawkes and Marcus, and the leader last remaining group who hasn’t committed yet, Papa Khan. Who is quick to agree when he hears them out.
11 starts off with the fall of Camp Delta to Legate’s troops. Men tossing women and children around. Seeing which was good to take and who would join the troops on crosses or head’s on pikes. When they hear a loud sound. Finding one of their own, dead. Pike going through their chin, but can’t find the attacker. Another Legionary goes flying. Then another and hear sounds coming from everywhere. Grouping together, when one of their own turn and slices the throat of another and the last three are taken out by appearing Nightkin and Super Mutants lead by Faweks and Marcus. Leaving Legate by himself. Maria removes the headgear. Legate starts to talk. Going for his weapon, but she beats him to the punch. Putting her weapon into his stomach and takes off his head. Putting it in her bag, making sure to thank each of them and will be seeing them soon.
We are getting closer to the end with episode 10. We see Maria on her own, in a row boat. Going across Lake Mead. only seeing her whistling away. Flashing back to the bunker. Telling them she doesn’t have any speeches. Just that… things need to change. The Mojave is so broken it is no surprise that bot sides feel like they can take over. No one talks, everyone holds on to grudges and everyone thinks the least of them. It doesn’t have to be that way. Today is the day things can change, but it will be up to them to see that this actually sticks beyond today. Goes through her talking to everyone one on one. How proud she is of Veronica. Talk with Boone and hugs Raul. Then, Cassidy. They share another drink and she opens up and Cassidy tells her to save it till the end. Not wanting to have the end of the World speech, but hugs her tight telling her that she can’t die. Back on the lake, The Legion see her coming and can hear the screams coming. Managing to make it to the shore and got up. Showing herself decked out in Enclave armor. Caesar standing above on the hill looking down at her. While Legionnaire are coming down the make shift stairwell. He yells down that she was foolish coming alone. To which she replies, that she had something of his. For his collection. Reaching into her pouch and pulls out Legate’s head. Holding it up and says that she didn’t come alone. From behind her, the Vertibird comes into sight and the fight is on.
11 is an outright brawl. The Boomers are opening fire and dropping explosives from the sky. Keeping clear of the slave pens and Maria’s position. Getting low enough to drop Great Khans and Cassidy. Super Mutants are coming out of the lake on all sides. Boone is notifying the action to the NCR. Who go into immediate panic. Trying to figure out what was going on and starts to send in troops of their own. Wanting to catch everyone in one swoop. Meanwhile, Maria is wasting no time. Armed with two bladed gauntlets and cutting through anyone getting in her way and tracks Caesar down to his tent and they go at it and it goes back and forth. She doesn’t have his level of training and can’t finish him off. While Caesar has the advantage does a lot of damage. Shattering her nose and busts her open above her eye, but she uses his desire to talk to catch her breath and trick him in to close and sticks him with one of her gauntlet. Bringing him down to his knees. Picking up his blade. Telling him that he isn’t a god, but a monster who has preyed off of scared and desperate people. Only thing inevitable was his failure and stuck him in his chest with his own weapon. Walking out of the tent and seeing her people had taken loses, but pulled off this crazy plan. Just one more part to go and her came the NCR. Starting to limp away, when Cassidy joined her side. Grinning from ear-to-ear and they hooked arms around one another. Making their way down the hill. Where NCR Troops and Commander Oliver are waiting demanding answers. She says they are about to find out. When their radios all chime out with the sound of Yes Man. While they were distracted, Veronica and Raul slipped by and into the control panel. Sending power to where it was needed and into their computers. They had taken control over everything. Oliver berates her, saying she has no idea how to run a country and she agrees. On her own she is nothing, but look around. There will be in fighting and learning curves much like anything else, but they have the means to pull it off. They have got the people who do. Cassidy runs caravans and Veronica and the Followers have tech knowledge. Khans can run security and a home to Super Mutants and ghouls. Even have Doctors who can patch up bullets to the dome. The NCR are free to trade and visit Vegas and can make great friends, but this is The Mojave. Run by them and them alone. Backed into a corner, and the Vertibird still flying overhead. Oliver has nothing left to do but give in and retreat.
The end comes with passing shoots over celebrations. Marcus and Fawkes bringing the good news to Jacobstown. Great Khan Partying, and even the Doctor at Good springs smiles as the news comes over his radio, and Maria and everyone are celebrating at hoover dam. The last shot though is the Enclave base. Hearing the National Anthem click on followed by President Eden’s Voice come through.
And that is it. Brought the story to an end and a way to continue on if someone chooses to. Either showing their struggles to be taken serious, in fighting or even bring in the Enclave as the next enemy or just end it. I hope you enjoyed and as always…
Thank You For Reading.