September 25, 2012

Shadowcon Reviews- Rock Bottom



Shadowcon Reviews: Transformers Prime season 1, episode 19: “Rock Bottom”

            I’m going to be taking my style in a different direction for the next couple of reviews, partly because I want to try something new, and also because the subjects of these reviews have either simple or non-linear plots, so my normal “take you through the piece while analyzing it” method of writing won’t work with these. Our first outing, “Rock Bottom”, has a simple plot: characters get trapped in a cave and have to struggle to survive. There’s not much more plot or story to this episode than that, so I’ll be instead focusing my efforts on discussing the art, emotion, and character interactions. This means that I’ll be assuming that everyone has seen this episode (though that really should be a given for any of my reviews here), as I won’t really beat around the bush or give a detailed synopsis of how the characters got here or why something is happening. So, with that out of the way, let’s get started.

September 18, 2012

Shadowcon Reviews- Scrapheap



Shadowcon Reviews: Transformers Prime season 1, episode 7: “Scrapheap”

Back in my “Convoy” review, I mentioned that it and today’s episode are two examples of a typical Prime episode, in that they’re both straightforward and have a steady plot and characters, but nothing really jumps out at you. This isn’t bad, as it gives the show something to measure itself against, and these two are just fun episodes. “Scrapheap” introduces us to the Scraplets, it lets us explore some of the Transformers’ weaknesses, and it gives our supporting characters, Ratchet, Bumblebee, and Bulkhead, room to shine, while Optimus and Arcee are pushed back to a pretty good B-plot.

A Look at Lindsey Stirling



Why I love Lindsey Stirling

As some of you may know, I’m a pretty big fan of a mild YouTube celebrity named Lindsey Stirling, a self-proclaimed “Hip Hop Violinist”. That, to me, barely describes her many styles of music, as she has since branched out into a number of different genres. From her classic hip-hop style to dubstep, Stirling has captured the essence of how to make the violin a modern sensation, which is something that I have not seen done before her or since her arrival into the celebrity world.