Reflections at 24.

 

As my 24th year comes closer to an end and my 25th slowly approaches, I thought it be a good time to reflect on what this time in my life means. I must say I am not in the place I thought I be. Living at home and jumping job to job after earning my college degree was not exactly part of the life plan. Then again, I may have had illogical hopes for what life had in store for me after my formal education. As things go, I have very little room to complain. All and all life is good. Yes like I said before I am not where I wanted to be 5 years ago but I am gaining a better Idea of what I want and where I am going. So here is a list of the top 5 things I have learned at 24 that I hope others will benefit from.

 

  1. Just because you live at home doesn’t mean you are a failure. Lets face it, jobs are hard to get now a days and nothing is cheap. Now if you found yourself in college the last 4 years you probably have a massive student debt to pay off as well. Living at home is a perfectly logical option. I know it can be hard to deal with. The news hounds on us, calling us “lazy, unmotivated, and too good for the jobs open to us.” But just remember that most of these people haven’t had to be a part of the job market since the early ‘90s. If you don’t have to get your own place, don’t. Save that money and enter the rest of your life debt free.
  2. Grad school and internships are still an option.  The fact is everyone wants experience in this market. Also many jobs today, especially in the arts and humanities, require a focus. It is beneficial to expose yourself to various aspects of your field through part time jobs and internships. Better to gain the knowledge before committing to a second degree. But it will be worth it in the long run if it helps you towards a life you can be happy with.
  3. If you are not happy, do something about it. I have slowly started to make lifestyle changes in the areas of habits, diet, and fitness. I have also had to come to terms with the fact that I suffer from depression and ADD. So, with the help and support of friends, I have begun looking for a therapist. It is OK to admit when you need help, especially if it will improve your well being in the long run. Weakness only becomes strength when you acknowledge it. Never feel ashamed for your flaws, for every human has them.
  4. Love, oh boy. Well first off don’t think a spouse, a house, and kids mean you have made it in life. Life is a long and complicated thing, and for any How I Met Your Mother fans out there, it can be unclear and filled with many loves and losses as we saw with Ted Mosby. Just because something doesn’t work now doesn’t mean it will never be. That being said, you have to be willing to let things go and move on. Also, do not hold on to toxic relationships. Anyone who causes you pain or creates self doubt is not worth having in your life. Now, knowing that, never think you are not worth being loved. Date, have sex, make friends, have fun. You will only be in your twenties for 4 more years! No one is going to live and love for you.
  5. This bit of knowledge I gained last night while driving home from rehearsal and listening to NPR. The guest was talking about how we need to not be “Premature Worriers”. Why worry about what hasn’t happened, what may never happen. Focus on the goals of the day and savor life for what it is. What is on your plate today, lets finish that up and then deal with tomorrow’s plate. Will you get that job? Will you get into that school? Is this part really for you? Don’t worry. Edit your resume, tweak your cover letter, fill out your application forms, and then let it go. Move on to what else needs to be done during the day. Clean house and visit friends. Meet a new love interest for a date, and by the time you get home you may be one step closer to the future you want. Have a goal, but don’t plan every detail, because life is always changing. There are many things we do not have control over, this is just a fact.

You will be missed.

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We have lost a lot of icons in pop culture, in journalism, in literature and music lately. I am overwhelmed with the expressions of grief and lose fans have felt following these individuals deaths. I am one of those people. But as I was over thinking this topic, as I often do, while listening to a news report of another icons death, I decided to write a little free flow poem to all those who die everyday but don’t make the news.

 

You will be missed.

A tragedy, a loss, a life gone from this world.

You will be missed.

To you, the lonely, the popular, the homeless, the rich.

To those who have no one to say good-bye.

To those who have millions to say good-bye.

You will be missed!

Here’s to you!

You who has left this world.

Here is to the homeless who die un-noticed.

Here is to the parent taken too soon.

Here is to the lonely elderly who have been forgotten.

Here is to the child who never had a chance.

To those who lived long lives, those who lived short ones.

To victims of violence, dieses, disaster, hate.

To those who’s lives where full of love, compassion, friendship, fulfillment.

To the banker and the poplar.

To the solder and the rebel.

To the criminal and the saint.

To the addict and the healer.

You will be missed!

You are loved!

You may not have been famous but you lived!

Today we lost you.

The world lost a great person.

You will be missed.

 

Our condolences, the human race.

Kyle Adam (4/8/2014)

A New Post!?

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So as you may have noted, I have not posted in a while. Why you may ask? Or not ask, I may have helped lessen the load of news you get on your feed. Two reasons:

1. No clue what to post! I have some book reviews and show reviews I plan to compose in the near future. Alas reason number two has kept me from doing so. And that is….

2. TIME! While yes, not having a full time job yet dose give me more loafing time then the average bear, I have been working hard to get my foot in the door as a professional actor.

Recently I have finished filming two local indie films (The Cleanland Movie Part 1, The Crimson House), being an extra in Jenny’s Wedding, and a local theatrical production of Shrek the Musical. I am currently in rehearsal for You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown and working on another film project. Recently I went out for an audition in Cincinatti, Ohio to be an extra in a major film shooting there. But before I did a fellow actor from The Cleanland and another friend mentioned to me that there where auditions for a major Indie film project taking place right down the street from me. Before I hit the road for Cincinnati I decided to give this audition a shot. I kind of had no idea what i was going in for, giving my self an hour to prep and read up on the film. You know, though, it is better to try an fail then wonder what could of happened. The audition was a learning experience for me and i felt my hands shaking the whole time. Never have I found myself in front of so many people. I also found myself in front of the local news, News Channel 5. It was rather fun to be able to be a voice for a new generation of local actors in Cleveland, even if it was a voice saying how nervous I was. Since I have started this journey I have meet so many talented people and am amazed how the Midwest has a growing if not already thriving Theatre and Film industry.

News Channel 5 interview:

Cleanland The Movie trailer 2:

Pic from The Crimson House:

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Shrek The Musical trailer:

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown cast:

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Quidditch: J. K. Rowling finally did it.

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In the year 2013 mankind can look back on it’s history and marvel at how much we have accomplished as a species. We have grown and spread to almost every continent on this planet thus creating vast, varied, and vibrant cultures. Yet despite this we are able to find common ground through the unity of Art, Education, and Sport. Yet one thing has bothered me, and that has been the concept that still in many of these fields, especially sport, we still see division. Sport is promoted as the great equalizer, especially the world ‘s sport of Futball or Soccer as many now call it. You see we still break our national teams into Men’s and Women’s. Now I am a HUGE Harry Potter nerd. Recently I have been rereading the books and I am on book four, right at the Quidditch world cup, and you know it just hit me. In the Wizarding world; where fashion, style, tech, and class structure all bare resemblance to the 19th and early 20th century with a dash or two of the 15th, they have managed to create a gender equal universal sport with mix gender national teams. Even at the school level teams are multi gender and it is seen as odd not to be (it is noted that Slytherin is an all male team in the first book and this seems shocking). It is also a fact that there are all male and all female teams that compete against EACH OTHER! What!? But what is most impressive is, you don’t seem to notice or care. You as the reader just accept that in this most grueling and physically trying game (Unlike anything we have seen) men and women compete at the same level. They are judged on ability not gender or sexual preference or race (or even eye sight, looking at you Harry).  Ergo, Quidditch (beyond how awesome it sounds to play) is the greatest sport ever invented. The true, great equalizer. Well done J. K., well done.

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Doctor Who: Defining the Genre Hybrid.

With the fiftieth anniversary of one of my all time favorite shows, Doctor Who, coming up I recently decided to revisit and edit a paper I wrote revolving around the multi- genre nature of the classic “Sci- Fi” hit. Though, as you hopefully will agree by the end of this article, calling Doctor Who  a Sci- Fi series really doesn’t foot the bill any more. Enjoy.

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Image Source: The INDEPENDENT  http://blogs.independent.co.uk

“Human beings, I thought I never get done saving you.” ~ The Doctor (S. Moffat)

The Multi Genre Universe of Doctor Who.  

By: Kyle Adam         

Intro:

            Doctor Who is one of the longest running television series in television history. From 1963 too 1989 the Doctor and his companions traveled through all of Time and Space, sharing their adventures with hundreds of families to around the UK. Then suddenly the adventures ended. Throughout the 90’s attempts to revitalize the series where made and in 2005 the series was re launched and has been gaining strength. A series that for all intensive purposes was dead, found re birth nearly 17 years later. And so this paper will examine the fifth and sixth seasons of Doctor Who, trying to understand the role of Science Fiction (or Sci-Fi) in the latest incarnation of the series, and determine if the series has become more of a genre highbred.

Thesis.

Doctor Who saw its end in 1989 and many thought that was the end of the Sci-Fi adventure series. Since the show’s return in 2005 the series has been noted to have an appeal to fans of the original show as well as winning over a new generation. In 2010 writer Stephen Moffat took over the position as producer of Doctor Who (Doctor Who) and the show has begun too grow in popularity overseas. Doctor Who has achieved a reboot that many series have failed to do so and I believe it is do to two main reasons. The first is that Moffat, and Russell T. Davis before him, made sure to keep the show a continuation of the original storyline, not a remake. The second, and the focus of this paper, is the fact that the latest incarnation of Doctor Who has replaced the Sci-Fi standard of the “monster of the week” with a sort of genre of the week, creating a show driven by character rather then the special effects that dominate the show.    

The Artifact.

All of time and space, infinite possibility and limitless potential, what better setting for the longest running Sci-Fi series on television (Meisner). Doctor Who follows the story of a 900 plus year old Time Lord; a humanoid alien with two hearts and the ability to regenerate his body before dyeing, simply named The Doctor and the various adventures he has with his (usually) human companions. Doctor Who began in 1963 on the BBC (IMDb) and has since found an international fan base. The series was canceled in 1989 much to the disappointment of fans. It was nearly 17 years before the Time Lord and his companions returned to television.

Doctor Who returned to the BBC in 2005 with the famous doctor in his 9th incarnation. No longer could the show run as it had before though. A younger more edgy doctor was needed to bring the show to a new generation. With an edgier doctor came newer, more adventurous story telling that was relatable to a 21st century audience. Since the shows return in 2005 there have been three actors to take on the iconic role of The Doctor. The latest is Matt Smith who is the eleventh actor to play The Doctor, as well as the youngest. Smith took over as The Doctor in 2010 as two new executive producers joined the show including writer Stephen Moffat (BBC News). Four episodes from the 2011/2012 season of Doctor Who will serve as the artifact for this paper. In this season, and these episodes we see The Doctor dealing with a companion who is linked to the potential unraveling of the universe, a fellow female time traveler from his future who knows more about him then he knows about himself, and the seemingly immortal Doctor must come to terms with his own approaching death and the ramifications of his hundreds of years of meddling in the very fabric of the universe.

What is Sci-Fi?

When trying to understand is the newest incarnation of Doctor Who one must first understand the definition of Sci-Fi. According to Read Write Think.org, Sci-Fi is “a genre of fiction in which the stories often tell about science and technology of the future. It is important to note that science fiction has a relationship with the principles of science—these stories involve partially true, partially fictitious laws or theories of science. It should not be completely unbelievable, because it then ventures into the genre fantasy.”

Analysis:

To say Doctor Who’s newest season is not a Sci-Fi series would be a stretch too far. The show deals with fairly relatable science, though one can argue that many of its elements border in the realm of the fantasy genre. The entire storyline’s main underlining plot for the past fifty plus years have been the adventures of a 900 year old alien called a Time Lord and his human companions. They happen to travel in an intergalactic, trans dimensional spaceship, and time machine called a TARDIS that looks like a 1960’s British Police Box. One can see where the Fantasy and adventure genres rear their heads in the Doctor Who saga. So really one can make a case that Doctor Who has always been a hybrid of genres. Yet at the end of the day the story of the Doctor is a Sci-Fi adventure. But from ones observations of the series one would have to say that with in the fifth and sixth seasons, under the direction of producer and writer Stephen Moffat, Doctor Who has incorporated newer and more diverse genres into it’s story telling.

 “I’ve been running, as fast as I’ve ever run. And I’ve been running my whole life, but now it’s time to stop.” (S. Moffat) This line in the opening episode of Doctor Who Season six (The Impossible Astronaut) sums up the nature of the season itself. As opposed to previous seasons the audience is introduced to the concept of the Doctor’s impending death, actually witnessing it in the first episode. It’s a jarring concept for viewers of the show to witness. This episode introduced the idea that though the Doctor can regenerate if he is killed in the middle of this process his life ends. The episode uses two genres in the storyline and cinematic style of the show. The dramatic elements of the episode surround the death of the Doctor and the realization that he is still alive in the form of his younger self. The Doctors companions, Rory, Amy, and the mysterious River Song, must avoid revealing to the Doctor that they know when and how he will die and we have one of those rare occasions the Doctor’s companions know more about the Doctor then he himself.  This fits into what many imagine when they think of the basic story format of a dramatic television series. “Often, these dramatic themes are taken from intense, real life issues. Whether heroes or heroines are facing a conflict from the outside or a conflict within themselves, Drama film aims to tell an honest story of human struggles.” (the script lab)

Episode one (The Impossible Astronaut) and two (Day of the Moon) also delve into the realm of the horror genre. “Horror film is a genre that aims to create a sense of fear, panic, alarm, and dread for the audience. These films are often unsettling and rely on scaring the audience through a portrayal of their worst fears and nightmares.” (the script lab) Moffat introduces the concept of a new alien enemy for the Doctor to fight, an alien that plays with the human fear of the unknown, the Silence. The Silence are a race that have lived on earth since “the wheel and the fire” as one of the creators claim. Moffat introduced the concept that we humans where just unwitting pawns the have been living for millions of years under the rule of these aliens that could remove themselves from or memories. Moffat states, “it was just a creepy idea” (S. Moffat, Doctor Who: Monster Files – The Silence) and that he just became fascinated with memory and how much of our lives we have forgotten. The Silence are always watching and always lurking, and they will kill just to intimidate the Doctor and his companions. Much of the two episodes show the silence lurking in dark doorways, standing behind people, or hanging upside down in a hive like cluster. Moffat creates a scenario where there is a constant sense of unease and you never know when you are being watched. As stated the Horror genre tries to instill fear and panic in the audience and these episodes do, how can you defeat something you can’t remember ever existing.

The fourth episode of the series was also looked at do to the fact that the episode was written by a guest writer that Moffat had brought in (as he dose from time to time); comic book, book, and film script author Neil Gaiman. In this episode, The Doctor’s Wife, the Doctor receives a distress call from one of his fellow Time Lords. This both shocks and excites the Doctor because till now he thought he was the only Time Lord left, having been the one to kill off his own kind. The Doctor, Amy, and Rory all arrive at an asteroid at the end of their universe where unbeknownst to them their ship, the TARDIS, has it’s living soul ripped out and put into a human body. Gaiman is hinting at a concept that has been toyed with in the Doctor Who universe for a long time. It is the idea that the TARDIS is an actual living organism and not just a mere machine. One can delve into why the TARDIS is placed into a female body but for the sake of this paper one just needs to merely note the references to the way the Doctor has treated the inter galactic space and time machine. The episode has this almost tongue in cheek humor dealing with the Doctor’s embarrassment over the fact that the TARDIS has heard all the conversations he has had with “her” and how he has called her “Sexy thing” so often that “she” assumes it’s her name. In the same sort of post modernist vein the TARDIS states that the Doctor was “her thief” and she “stole him” as opposed to the general perception in the series that the Doctor stole the TARDIS from a museum on his home planet.

The Doctor’s Wife is very creative in the use of the Romance genre in that through out the series Rory and Amy are our romantic leads, if that is not to far a stretch, and the Doctor and River clearly have a romantic relationship in the future with their current being very flirtatious. What Gaiman dose is he creates a new romantic relationship between the Doctor and his TARDIS. According to The Script Lab the romantic genre is defined as “a genre wherein the plot revolves around the love between two protagonists. This genre usually has a theme that explores an issue within love, including but not limited to: love at first sight, forbidden love, love triangles, and sacrificial love. The tone of Romance film can vary greatly. Whether the end is happy or tragic, Romance film aims to evoke strong emotions in the audience.” (the script lab) Much of this comes out in the inter actions between the Doctor and the TARDIS. They both hint to love at first sight, how it was love that motivated each to “kidnap” the other all those hundreds of years ago. The love is forbidden in a way as well because the TARDIS cannot remain in “her” human body for to long, as it will eventually die not being able to handle the machines energy, and so “she” must return to her confines with in the physical machine known as the TARDIS. What really defines the story line between the Doctor and the human TARDIS is the heart retching ending. The viewer knows the TARDIS’ human body is going to die, there is no stopping it, but it’s the fact that the TARDIS pushes herself accelerating her own demise in order to help the Doctor save the ones he loves defines this as a tragic romance. The Doctor begs the TARDIS not to go and she simply replies, “all things must come to an end” but to remember, “this was the time we talked.” (Gaiman)

The finale episode examined for this study was the mid season finale, A Good Man Goes to War. This episode meets many Sci-Fi and Adventure genre conventions seen through out Doctor Who. A looming battle, lots of enemies and aliens, and impossible odds, this is what the Doctor lives for. Amy Pond has been kidnaped, in fact she was never really in the season at all since she was kidnaped before episode one and was replaced with a puppet like clone controlled by the unconscious Amy. To make matters worse she is giving birth to her a Rory’s first child by the time to Doctor reveals the fake. So in order to rescue Amy Pond and her new born baby girl, Rory and the Doctor go fourth and gather the allies of the Doctor, many of whom are indebted to him, and plan to storm the headquarters of the enemy based at Demons Run.  But what is interesting about this episode is that despite everything else going on in it the main driving force behind the story are the characters.

When the battle is done and over it is reveled that the Doctor has been tricked and now Amy’s baby is in the hands of the Silence. River Song arrives to reveal who she is as well as taunt the Doctor a bit. This scene has great commentary on how the show has evolved and how societies views have changed. The Doctor is aghast at the idea that the Silence would want to create a weapon out of a child just to defeat him, that he is seen as the bringer of the end of the universe. River tells the Doctor it’s because he never thought of the ramifications of his actions essentially through his years of adventures he must now face the fact the he has made himself, unknowingly, some sort of god. “The man that can turn around armies with the mere mention of his name.” (S. Moffat, Doctor Who “A Good Man Goes to War”) The episode concludes with River Song finally revealing who she is and in true dramatic style the show ends on a huge cliffhanger, leaving viewers with new questions and few answers.

Conclusion:

A series, that like its main character, was able to be reborn even though many thought it was dead. Doctor Who is a cultural icon and a staple in the Sci-Fi genre, but still given what this paper has reviled one will be hard pressed to justify that the series is still a pure Sci-Fi adventure program. Like many shows today, Doctor Who has embraced a “post modern” style and the growing trend of Genre hybrids. Doctor Who has evolved from a single genre story to a dramatic/sci-fi/adventure over its fifty years on air, growing deeper and more complex with each regeneration of the Doctor himself. Moffat has created a character rich series with his contribution to the Doctor Who franchise, and he has humanized the all-knowing time traveling Alien. To say Doctor Who is a Sci-Fi series is to over simplify this complex and rich series that exemplifies the creation and transition to the genre hybrid. Knowing this one can be assured that now that the Doctor is back he will be with use for a long time. Besides, as he says himself, he never seems to be done saving us humans.

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Pokemon, don’t over think it…..

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Recently I found a witty little Facebook page called PokéLogic which has some enjoyable little meme’s on the zanny logic of the Pokémon universe: https://www.facebook.com/logicofpokemon?hc_location=stream.

Just remember where you are before you use dig:

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Ever notice, what every Pokémon you use, once it is using surf it becomes a Lapras O_o;

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 Soooo, what happens if  a Shellder doesn’t bite the TAIL of the Slowpoke?

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Oh yeah, Pikachu is just SOOOOO cute! We all remember how this began.

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Do Pokémon trainers get their backpacks from the same company that made Marry Poppins’ bag?

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Who gives their kid a Magikarp!

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Who’s my little MewTwo!?

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Arms? We don’t need no stinking arms!

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We have computers, cell phones, video watches, and teleportation devices! Flashlight? What sorcery is this!?

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Why didn’t I think of this when trying to explain Pokémon to my mother?

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Friendship and Love: Ever changing and “flowing”

Well today seems like it’s one of those days where some lemons need to be turned into lemonade.

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As I am getting older; I hear more and more about how it’s harder to make friends past 24, and though I do think it is possible, I understand where that fact comes from. If you are no longer in the field of education then you most likely will find yourself at work. So the people you deal with are mostly fellow employees, who will most likely have no desire to hang with anyone from the office. Needless to say any relationships in the work place are a total “no no” in many cases making love even harder then friendship. So as I am entering the land of women; wait, sorry that’s the wrong movie, I mean the land of ADULTS, I like to take this time to muse a bit on love and friendship. Mainly the almost fluid state our relationships in both categories seem to be. Why do I choose to use the term “fluid”? Simple, the fact of the matter is no one ever leaves our lives anymore. If they are still living, we will most likely cross paths and meet again. This may actually mean physically encountering one another or just seeing someone again on the net or even television. In the social media dominated age of the 21st Century we are slowly learning we cannot cut people out, and often times we seek them out if only out of curiosity. Also it should be noted that every person we meet in our lives leaves an imprint on us. More often then not we will find ourselves thinking about them if only for a few seconds.  This is even truer for those we have been intimate with, loved, or had a strong friendship with. We can also find ourselves thinking about the negative people in or lives, being those who have judged us, hurt us, or mislead us. Many times sadly those who hurt us and those we bound with end up being the same people.  Yet if you think about it every time one of these events happen and someone “flows” through our life and “flows” back into it, we begin to see how much they have formed who we are. Our loves and friendships really do help define us and in reality, beyond this fact, we begin to see there is no permanence.  I have heard the expression the “Right person, wrong time” many times in my life. The older I get and the stranger and more unsettled my life becomes as I enter into the realization that it is up to me to develop my own existence, the more I look at this phrase and see how true it is. Every friendship I have had, every romance I have engaged in, has all been influenced by the time and place. I am a huge proponent though of chasing after things such as love and dreams, so this fact to me is more of an inconvenience. This brings me to another phrase I have heard, “ If it is worth it you will make it work.” Think how many friendships or relationships have fallen apart because both parties where not willing to put in the time to actually care about the people in their lives. When did helping a friend become an inconvenience, or taking time to talk a nuisance? Was it when we started letting our lives become so busy trying to “live a life” we forgot to “live our life”? So now enters the “flow”, the simple fact that these two phrases exist is proof of the “flow”. As we grow our needs and wants change, but what doesn’t is what attracted us to those we let into our lives. Now more then ever we have a greater opportunity for second chances. If someone is willing to flow back into your life they may be the “right person” at the “ right time” and you need too decide is it “worth it” so you can “make it work”. You may find that this person has always been your truest love, or the best friend you ever had. So we need to keep letting new people into our lives, and we need to keep the door open for those who have left. Love and friendship will always keep flowing through our lives, and that in it self is reassuring. There is never an end, just new beginnings.

So my Lemonade for today is this: I am going to keep my door open. You never know where life will take you.

Mobile Suit Gundam F91: A New Generation in a Classic Saga

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A New Generation in a Classic Saga.

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 Universal Century 0123, 44 years after the ‘One Year War’ in which the Principality of Zeon first proposed Colony independence from Earth, the Federation forces once again find themselves facing an enemy in space. The Cross Bone Vanguard wishes to depose the corrupt Earth Federation and unit all humans in space (or Spacenoids) under the rule of the ‘high born’ (nobility). They begin their plan of creating ‘Cosmo Babylonia’ by invading the space colony Frontier Four. Seabook Arno was a typical student studying to be an engineer just like his parents. His life is turned upside down when his home is attacked by the Cross Bone Vanguard right in the middle of the school festival. Forced to flee with his young sister, Reese; the popular girl who he has a crush on, Cecily Fairchild; and his gang of best friends, Seabook soon finds himself entangled in the very war he tried to avoid. Worst of all it turns out Cecily is really Berah Ronah; the Granddaughter of Meitzer Ronah leader of the Cross Bone Vanguard. If that wasn’t enough her father is the cold and heart less ‘cyber newtype’ Iron Mask, leader of the Vanguard’s military. Iron Mask and Meitzer send Cecily’s half- brother, Dorel, to fetch Cecily so she may take her estranged mother’s place as heir to the Ronah family’s throne. Soon Seabook and Cecily find themselves facing off on the battle field. Will Seabook and Cecily end up having to destroy one another? Will the Earth fall to Como Babylonia? What is Iron Mask’s true plan? And what does the codename BUG mean?

I’ll be the first to admit that I am rather bias when it comes to anything Gundam as I am one of the biggest Gundam fans out there. Gundam F91 was the 1991 theatrical addition to the vast Gundam Anime franchise that started in 1979. The idea behind the concept of Mobile Suite Gundam was to show that the future would not be the peaceful utopia previous series preferred to portray. Gundam F91 carries on this tradition, once again focusing on the conflict between humans who were forced to live in space and those who remained on Earth. The failure of Gundam F91 is the simple fact that it was originally meant to be a 51 episode T.V. series. For unknown reasons director Yoshiyuki Tomino; creator of the original Gundam series, which aired in 1979, as well as its sequel Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, opted to rewrite the story in a movie format. This sadly leads to a rather rushed storyline. Characters seem to die left and right, but the impact is not as strong due to the lack of development. The ending is rather a let down, not because it lacked creativity or originality but because it leaves you wanting more. The animation is rich and the story is classic. Tomino takes a fresh new look at the Universal Century timeline by setting the series 30 plus years after his last Gundam film, Char’s Counter Attack, in which he brought an end to the long time struggle between the main characters of the first Gundam television series Amuro Ray and Char Aznable. With all new characters and settings, Tomino shows that even after they fought so hard and ended up losing their lives, Char and Amuro had very little effect on the will of mankind. He shows that there is no happy ending for the human race. Gundam F91 opened the door for other directors to take the series in a whole new direction. By parting ways with the story line that had dominated Gundam for nearly a decade, Gundam F91 began a trend of ‘alternate universe’ (no relation to the original) Gundam series. To date there are 7 of these series and dozens set in the timeline of Gundam F91.   As I said before, the truly major flaw of this film is too much story in too short of time, but even the casual anime viewer will enjoy this wonderful, futuristic drama that help shape a new era in the Gundam franchise.

Review by Kyle Adam 

Poem: Living, Be You.

'Lost in Thought'

Be you.

Take time to enjoy the small things.

Drink when you can.

Laugh a lot.

Don’t bury the past.

Embrace past hurt.

Savor every friendship no matter how fleeting.

Indulge.

Keep your mind and body healthy and reward yourself for it.

Have sex when you know you will love it.

Study hard and try new things.

Never give up but cry often.

Look at the stars and wonder about it all.

Be you, and nothing else.

~Kyle Adam(12/17/2012)