“Oh shit, what are we going to do now?”

“Oh shit, what are we going to do now?” are the words Spike Witwicky yells beside Bumblebee after their failed attempt to damage the monster planet Unicron with the detonation of Moon Base Two in the 1986 cartoon film, The Transformers: The Movie. That line was removed for the film’s VHS home release in the United States leaving some of us with no option in the ’90s but to bootleg the Canadian version in order to hear the complete film. Thankfully, the line would return in subsequent home releases this century. This past Thursday, September the 27th, the crowd gathered at the nearly sold-out Fathom Events screening of The Transformers: The Movie gave a collective laugh as Spike yelled the line, the first time most of us had probably heard it in a movie theater since 1986.

Watching The Transformers: The Movie on the big screen as an adult was not something I was going to miss, and I was amazed at how many people likewise felt the same way. Seeing the film so very, very large on the big screen was an experience I thought I’d never have again. I found myself noticing the sides of the movie frame, watching the facial expressions of Constructicons and Seekers as Megatron and Starscream bickered, and picking up little details in the design of the robots that I never really noticed prior, like Kup’s belt. Quite a few children were present with their parents at the showing. These caring parents were no doubt making sure a whole new generation of kids experienced the trauma of Optimus Prime’s death in the dark displayed on a gigantic screen in a room full of strangers.

Overall, though I’d seen the film numerous times, I found myself enjoying the ride. It’s a film that, thanks to its Star Wars-like story, never gets old. The movie itself was preceded by a preview of the forthcoming Bumblebee film. In it we saw a longer (though probably not complete) version of Charlie Watson and Bumblebee’s first encounter in the garage, and if that scene is anything to base the movie on, it’s going to be really, really good. The Transformers: The Movie concluded with a mini-documentary on Stan Bush’s work for the film which left me humming “The Touch” on the way out to the parking lot clutching my unexpected movie poster. All in all, a pleasant experience which has me looking more into what Fathom Events has to offer.


Ravage, Eject. Operation: Badassery

So the Bumblebee trailer dropped this morning, and at first, in my morning stupor as I sipped my coffee, I was like, “Nah. This doesn’t look like my thing,” which is fine, but then I was like, “Oh, Shockwave,” and then I was like, “HOLY SHIT THAT IS GENERATION 1 SOUNDWAVE AND OH MY GOD RAVAGE!!!”

Ravage, ejecting, transforming, and looking all badass is what sold me on the Bumblebee movie. Granted, I would rather watch an entire film of the Transformers on Cybertron than Bumblebee on Earth, but I’ll take what I can get here. They didn’t have to include that fan service. The movie could work without it, and I hope it succeeds in courting a new generation of Transformers fans, but I’m glad they’ve put in some material for us older fans to get excited about even if it only ends up being a few minutes of screen time in the theatrical film.

You can catch the trailer below, and yeah, I admit it, Bumblebee is so cute.

Goodbye, Wildstar

Having heard NCSOFT and Carbine Studios plan to shut down Wildstar, I recently re-downloaded it to say farewell.

Wildstar never really was my thing, but it was a quality game, and I’m sure some people really liked its style and tone. So, this shuttering of the game is a shame.

I know I must have rerolled a few times. My current character of Xylene Nox only made it to level 11. Apparently, based on my achievements, I played some PvP at one time. I do recall a giant pit in the ground as part of a PvP stage. What I remember most, though, is PvE leveling in some frozen area. Like I said, Wildstar was never really my thing. Had it managed to stick around, it’s something I might have gotten back to eventually, but very doubtfully.

Anyway, goodbye, Wildstar.

Please keep up with my gamelog at its new home here.

Hello, Syrenka!

My SYRENKA never got its due here because I held the big hoopla over at Cablepunk Press. So this is an attempt to rectify that.

The wonderful banner you see above is a detail of the cover art by Aubriel Evans.

Print and Kindle copies of SYRENKA are available at Amazon. Note that each of the two preceding links are affiliate links. If you buy something when clicking through them, I get a few extra coins.

And who doesn’t like a freebie? Tomorrow September 11, 2018 through Thursday the 13th, SYRENKA will be free to download for Kindle. So pick up your free copy and let me know what you think!