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The Weekly TV, Movie, & Games Discussion Post For Week Of October 1st, 2023

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Take look at the shows we've covered, games we're playing, and movies we're watching this week that may not show up elsewhere on the site.

We’re heading into the final months of 2023 and it’s a different world to be sure due to the actors and writers’ strikes as there won’t be a broadcast season for the most part, unless you’re interested in game and variety shows. The streaming side offers us a bit more material that was in the hopper already so we’re definitely good other.

We’re in a minor lull at the moment with three main shows we’re watching have ended. We’ve got Star Wars: Ahsoka now underway and this month gives us Lower Decks as we wrap up Foundation as well. We’re hoping to slip a few movies into the reviewing pattern as well.

First up, Daniel’s stepping in on the games side with a review of the Fear and Hunger 2: Termina Steam Deck edition review. “Fear and Hunger 2: Termina may not be for you, but if you vibe with its brutality and unforgiving nature, you’ll find yourself immersed in a video game like no other, one that lays bare the traumas and pain that make up every person’s life. An instant favorite for me, and perhaps an instant favorite for you as well.”

Check out his full review

This week we also have a review of a new film that may have slipped by you with The Inventor which Kevin checked out. “Alright, so “The Inventor” isn’t the most revolutionary film I’ve seen. It’s not going to turn too many heads. It might not even be one of the best-animated films I’ve seen this year. All that being said, “The Inventor” is charming, well-meaning, cleverly animated, and has a pure heart that has been lacking in even some of this year’s best animated films. It is easily something that the whole family can enjoy and maybe even inspire kids to dream big even when government bureaucracy is trying to get in the way of your dreams. I have no idea how hopeful that sounds, but in the end, it worked for me.”

Check out the full review.

Next up this week we’ve got our look at the first fourth episode of the fourth season of Star Trek: Lower Decks. The episode has a decent subplot with Rutherford getting Shax to try and help Boimler with his need to know everything by putting him with the security team for a while. It’s a bit more complicated than that and we get to see some amusing stuff with the slam poetry and the like, and it provides for good action at the end. It’s good for Boimler and has some fun moments while playing out in contrast to the hedonistic things going on throughout the rest of the ship. It’s also good for Shax to highlight the varied ways that one trains to work in security beyond what people think it’s all about. It’s a very fun episode overall and hits a lot of absolutely delightfully silly bits while also thankfully avoiding setting up much in the way of anything with romantic trysts being revealed for the main cast. Just a lot of very good fun in a very TOS kind of way.

Check out our review of the fifth episode.

Also this week we’ve got our look at the seventh episode of Ahsoka. There are times when I feel like Filoni, whose work I largely enjoy, is falling into the trap as Lucas did in the prequel filming time in that there aren’t enough voices going “no” around him or showing him better. This is his first big project as a showrunner/director so there’s some give there, but we’re seeing so many basics just not being done well that it’s frustrating. There are huge differences between animation and live-action work but the crossover is just as immense and it feels like those areas are where it’s failing the most. This episode may grade higher than how I’m describing it but the action sequences a great, the Thrawn material delivers for me as does much of what happens on Peridea, and getting that taste of classic Ezra really hits a sweet spot. It’s like each storyline gets 75% of it right but missing that 25% in each storyline keeps it from working as it should. Excluding the New Republic material as that’s like 25% right and just terrible for the rest.

Check out our review of the episode.

This week, we also Review The Ewinracing Flash XL Series Gaming Chair. Having gone the past four years with probably one of the worst chairs to have for someone who sits most of the day, it’s a world of difference in going to a chair like this. It reminded me why I enjoyed the chair I had tried out back in 2019 from them but also why it ended up with my daughter since, well, that’s what a parent does. With a recent office change for me in redoing everything, checking this out was perfect timing. It’s made my being able to work a lot easier and a lot more comfortable while providing the support I had forgotten that I really needed.

Movie reviews:

  1. The Inventor
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Review
  3. Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Film Review
  4. Shazam! Fury of the Gods Review
  5. Justice League: Warworld Blu-ray Review
  6. The Little Mermaid
  7. The Boxtrolls Review
  8. Kubo and the Two-Strings Review
  9. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania Review
  10. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War – The First Kiss That Never Ends Anime Movie Review
  11. Sword Art Online The Movie – Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night Movie Review
  12. Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan’s Island
  13. Missing Review
  14. The Whale Review
  15. Point of No Return Review
  16. Blonde Review
  17. Wendell & Wild
  18. Clerks III Review
  19. Luck Review
  20. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  21. Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko
  22. Hustle Review
  23. Top Gun: Maverick Review
  24. The Bob’s Burgers Movie Review
  25. Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers Review
  26. Stu’s Show Review
  27. Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition Review
  28. Bubble Anime Review
  29. Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis Anime Review
  30. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Review
  31. Turning Red Review
  32. The Batman Review
  33. Belle Review
  34. Drive My Car Review
  35. The Power of the Dog Review
  36. Robin Robin Review
  37. BoxBallet Review
  38. Bestia Review
  39. Eternals Review
  40. Encanto Review
  41. 8-Bit Christmas Review
  42. Music Box: Jagged Review
  43. Ghostbusters: Afterlife Review
  44. Tick, Tick…BOOM! Review
  45. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review
  46. Free Guy Review
  47. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission Review
  48. Dune (2021) Review
  49. Black Widow
  50. Jungle Cruise Review
  51. As the Village Sleeps Review
  52. Space Jam: A New Legacy Review
  53. A Quiet Place Part II Review
  54. Knots: A Forced Marriage Story Review
  55. School-Live! The Movie Blu-ray Review
  56. In the Heights Review
  57. Over the Moon Review
  58. Feeling Through Review
  59. Two Distant Strangers review
  60. Yes-People Review
  61. A Love Song for Latasha Review
  62. If Anything Happens I Love You Review
  63. Burrow Review
  64. Godzilla vs Kong
  65. Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story Review
  66. Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years Preview
  67. Raya and the Last Dragon Review
  68. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Review
  69. The Little Things Review
  70. In Other Words Review
  71. Earwig and the Witch Review

What did you watch this past week?