Update (8/4/14): Gratitude, Reviews, and Whatnot (Intro to SBox Recommends)

Greetings peeps!

I have an update for you all on this fine Monday. I am thinking of making one of these updates every week including the time after August 17. The way I see it these updates don’t take very long to make and can fill in some gaps in my posting schedule. Not sure, but who knows from here. If I do there will be a less boring name for these types of posts. Maybe I can even let you all know little things here and there about myself within these updates. Just an idea, but I’ll let you know.

First order of business involves a dozen thank yous to all of those who have read any of my blog posts. Today marks 4 weeks since this blog has launched and I have already reached impressive milestones. Middle of last week I reached 50 views and today I reached 75. I thought it would take an eternity for me to reach such numbers and such attention. It’s amazing to think some site made by some nerd could get this much attention. Thank you all for your support. Please, if there is ever anything you would like me to do on this blog, let me know and I will do my best to provide that for you. I owe you all for what you do.

Speaking of which, I have noticed a pattern among those views. It occurs to me that the majority of my views don’t even come from WordPress users. A good bunch of them do come from WordPress users and I owe a bevy of thanks to people like Harsh Reality and What’s Your Tag Blog for bringing in readers out of the kindness of their hearts. I bring this up because WordPress users have the option to follow my blog and receive my posts in their subscriptions page. There currently is no function on my site to accommodate outside readers.

So this part goes out to those kind of readers. I am working on an e-mail list or something for viewers who wish to receive my content but don’t have an account with WordPress. Please stayed tuned, because this is my new priority.

Next order of business involves content. Yep, you read the title right. It’s time for me to start posting reviews. For those of you who read my about page or one of my other updates where I mentioned it, this website also serves as a source for written reviews. This is actually where some of my best work is. I’ve been writing reviews on several sites for years under the title SBox Recommends, and believe I am ready to begin again.

SBox Recommends is my review segment that I have used since 2012. It’s been on many sites over time, but the idea has always been the same. I make written reviews covering just about anything and everything, regardless of relevancy, timeliness or obscurity. While these reviews are my most prided work, they tend to be my least frequent content. That’s because I take a while writing it. I don’t claim to be a professional, but I do promise you my honest opinion with reasonable explanations. Hopefully you will all enjoy my reviews as they come to this blog.

I will confess that this was supposed to make its WordPress debut this weekend with a review of Guardians of the Galaxy. We were set to see the film but had complications involving Fandango, so we are now looking to see the movie this upcoming weekend. Once I see it, I will get straight to work on a review. I must warn you again that I tend to spend a long while on reviews, so don’t expect it too soon.

Onto some more content. I feel bad that I didn’t cover a lot of Comic-Con as promised. I do have just a couple more posts that have something to do with what was announced at Comic Con coming in the future. I particularly want to touch on The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Family Guy/Simpsons crossover and maybe even Skull Island. There was also some interesting Big Bang Theory news I may want to cover and a Supernatural post I’ve been waiting to cover. I was hoping for more Smash Bros news to be at Comic Con, but rest assured I have some more thoughts before the game releases.

One thing I can probably promise you is that I will be watching tomorrow night’s Nintendo Direct of Hyrule Warriors (11 p.m. EST). I’m hoping to get a post going for that.

One last reminder goes for my schedule change that is closely approaching. For those unaware, I have set to make at least 3 posts per week up until August 17. From August 18 onward, I will only be making 1 to 2 posts per week in the interest of schooling. Thank you for your understanding.

So that’s all I have for now. As always, I am open to any requests, complaints, and criticism. Leave a comment here or in any of my blog posts at any time if you ever wish to discuss something with me.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

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SBox Soapbox: Should there be Kingdom Hearts in Disney World?

One of the most beloved video game series around is the Kingdom Hearts series. Rightfully so, too. The games are indeed very good regardless of your experience of RPG games or Square Enix games. It is one of the best examples of a crossover done right as it captures the mechanics of a Square Enix game with the tone of Disney. Who knew that such an odd combo like that could create something so special?

I in recent months had the pleasure of visiting Walt Disney World for the first time in 13 years- best of all as an annual pass holder. I love the place even in my teenage years. The atmosphere is unbelievable, the attractions are unforgettable, the sights are so wonderful. It’s quite the place really. Currently it is a day until August, and my family and I have visited the park on 4 separate occasions, with another visit coming in a couple of weeks. However, every time I visit the same question seems to cross my mind eventually: Where’s Kingdom Hearts?

Kingdom Hearts as an entity is almost entirely absent from the park. I’ve only been to Disney World in Florida, but I also heard that California’s Disneyland and most of Disney’s other locations also don’t feature Kingdom Hearts. There isn’t a lick of the game anywhere. No merchandise, no attractions, no rides, no characters, no monuments, not even physical copies of the games. This is one of the few aspects of Disney that are not represented.

Shouldn’t they make some reference or attraction of Kingdom Hearts in their parks? Why isn’t it there in there in the first place? If they were to represent the series how would they go about it?

First we’ll tackle the “should” part. I don’t see why not. If you were to ask me about 10 years ago I’d say what’s Kingdom Hearts it would be cool, but they’d need to establish themselves further in popularity to warrant much more representation than it already had. Nowadays the game is pretty well-known and established both within the gaming world and Disney lore in general. Sure your everyday person won’t know what the keyblade is, but enough people would.

Furthermore, Kingdom Hearts tends to sell its best in North America despite being a Japanese creation. But even Disney World Tokyo gave more attention to the series than Florida. This statue was once in Tokyo DisneySea.

Imagine this baby in one of the American parks. Even in this situation, though, this to my knowledge isn’t there anymore.

But we have to ask ourselves: what’s been stopping them? Could it be Square Enix? That’s the most widely accepted theory, but people seem to forget that this franchise is owned equally between Square Enix and Disney. Sure they’ll have to arrange a little deal with Square in terms of merchandising, but it wouldn’t hurt them that much since Disney souvenirs are already more expensive in the parks than anywhere else. Even if Square Enix had the final say (which they kind of don’t), why stop them? What better way to market your upcoming game than in a place where Disney reigns supreme? They can even sell Kingdom Hearts III in Downtown Disney or something.

Some might say that Disney doesn’t really acknowledge video games as much as their movies, shows and cartoons. This is actually not true. I’ve been to almost every park in Disney World. It’s not too common, but you can find Disney Infinity and buy it in their souvenir shops. Plus there’s DisneyQuest, which is a five-floor arcade. So yes they do represent video games in the park, just not this one.

Some may also argue that relevancy plays a part in Kingdom Hearts inclusion. I will concede that Kingdom Hearts isn’t as known as many of the other Disney properties. However, relevancy plays no part in making a Disney park attraction. Case and point, Splash Mountain. One of the most famous rides in Disney World is based on characters from a movie so controversial that it never received a physical release. If Song of the South gets a ride so should Kingdom Hearts.

Besides, people who visit and work at the parks actually do know what the game is. I own a Kingdom Hearts t-shirt and have worn it twice at Disney World; once in Magic Kingdom and once in Animal Kingdom. I was acknowledged 3 times for that shirt. Two of them were from the cast members (Disney’s word for employees), and one of them was from a tourist. Not to mention when wearing the shirt in general places like school or malls, people still complement the shirt. Either Kingdom Hearts is very popular or I’m just that good-looking.

With that said, there is one last thing that could very well be the reason we don’t see attractions for the game. It all comes down to what you can do with the intellectual properties you have. Exactly what could they do with Kingdom Hearts?

The problem with Kingdom Hearts is that it relies on other Disney properties in order to even exist. With all of the things you are able to do in Kingdom Hearts you could just as easily do with other franchises. When making a Kingdom Hearts ride, you’ll have to strip it down of most (not all) Disney, Final Fantasy or World End’s With You elements. Is it possible? To an extent, yes.

I may be a newcomer to the games, but even I see where ideas can resonate. Probably your safest bet is with the Gummi Ship. I’m thinking DINOSAUR ride mixed with Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin with a touch of Space Mountain. You know, a slow moving ride with cooperative shooting for points with moving cart effects. Heck, I think it would be cool if it went fast at some points and slow at points of shooting. Of course, there are plenty of ways to go about this includng just making a straight-up roller coaster or even DisneyQuest simulator game.

Of course, I think this is the one I would want to see. And it is from a Kingdom Hearts III trailer of all places. That train is perfect! Look at it go!

Tell me with a straight face you wouldn’t want to ride that so that I can deem you a liar. It practically makes itself. Just the concept of a roller coaster with disappearing and reappearing tracks in an irregular pattern while fighting a massive beast is enough to get people interested. I’d ride that all-day long.

What about you guys? Let me know in the comments if you agree with anything I said. Do you think it’s likely to see Kingdom Hearts have some form of representation in Disney parks? What would you want to see of they end up doing so?

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

My Quick Thoughts on the Batman v Superman leaked trailer

I am making this post now while the trailer is still fresh in my mind and while the video can still be found. That way I will regret nothing when the video can no longer be seen.

Yes, the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had a very big presence at San Diego’s Comic Con 2014. We got everything from the Batman suit display, to the first Wonder Woman image, to the dimly-lit Bat-selfie. What we unfortunately didn’t get was the trailer. Oh it was there alright, but not for the eyes of mere mortals like you and I who couldn’t attend Comic Con. We have to wait for Warner Bros and DC to make such awesomeness public… or do we?

Thanks to our sneaky little friends who were at Comic Con who used their camera, the whole gets to see what they saw that fateful day. For those watching this in the not-so-distant future who won’t be seeing this for a good while, here’s what was shown in short.

It all starts with Batman on a rooftop turning on the Bat signal. The signal shines on a flying Superman who looks down to Batman. Batman looks back to Superman with glowing white eyes, and Superman retaliates by showing his red eyes. And then… there was the logo.

I feel bad if you didn’t see the trailer in time because, believe me, it’s much more awesome than it sounds. It’s such a simplistic and seemingly insignificant value of about a minute, but it’s so cool!

Now I’m not the biggest comic book guy at all. I am not the guy to go as in-depth as a die-hard fan would, but I still have a small bit to share.

For one thing, I like how the Batman suit looks in motion. We’ve seen a few instances of the suit in pictures and snippets, but we haven’t actually seen that thing with Ben Affleck doing things in it. It seems kind of slow yet it manages to seem menacing almost as if it’s calculating every move. Really intimidating and awesome stuff, even though we don’t see his face.

In a way, they should just not show the eyes of either. I like it that way. It captures the more cartoony (I don’t mean that in a bad way) nature of the comic book designs. And from what I’ve heard from fans, it looks extremely faithful to the original comic.

Superman’s suit is hard to see, as is everything, but it seems virtually the same as in Man of Steel. It makes sense that Not too much to add here except that I like how Superman’s eyes ended the trailer and lead into the logo; almost to suggest that crap went down right then.

So, that’s my two cents. Sorry this isn’t the most interpretation out there, but there is plenty of places to find the comic fans’ point of view. What did you think of the teaser trailer if you saw it? Did you catch something I didn’t? (Of course you have). Let me know, and we can be excited for the 2016 release together.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

Analysis: The Last of Us movie

The San Diego Comic Con is quite an exciting time when it comes to announcements. Doesn’t matter is your a massive geek or a casual fan of entertainment. It doesn’t even matter if your into comic books, movies, video games, television, or anime. Everyone can get something out of Comic Con, and sometimes you won’t even see certain things coming.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than a year since The Last of Us endured and survived on store shelves. The little game has come a long way since then with multiple award nominations, an upcoming next generation Remastered edition, and now a feature length movie to coincide with our Uncharted movie news.

Even though we’ve known that plans were being made for this movie for a good while, to get a confirmation and big announcement was such a surprise. It’s even more exciting (and terrifying) for me because The Last of Us is my favorite game of all-time. If Hollywood can get this right, we’ll have a beautiful and epic blockbuster coming our way.

I know this movie is light-years away from now, but we can still analyze what we know now and see how much our current facts really tell us about this project. Additionally, I want to share my thoughts on what I want to see from the film.

The first thing we know is that movie will be distributed by Screen Gems, a Sony-owned company. From what I gathered, Screen Gems is one of 4 specialty production arms known for a mixed assortment of genres, but most notably horror and action. Their film library is actually not too great. Their most notable films include the remake of CarrieThink Like a Man (including Too), the Underworld series, and Dear John. However their most known and profitable movies are the Resident Evil movies. In fact, their highest grossing film is Resident Evil: Afterlife. This is actually quite concerning. The Resident Evil movies don’t sit too well with gamers nor with many moviegoers. These guys clearly aren’t the best at video game adaption.

To the credit of Screen Gems though, while many of their movies are sub-par at best they do house some noteworthy movies. Heck, I actually liked the Underworld movies. Besides, it’s not fair to the movie to assume the worst too quickly.

What was announced at Comic Con was that Sam Raimi was the producer of the movie and Neil Druckmann is writing the film.

Sam Raimi is known for many movies whether as an actor, director or producer. I personally know him best for directing the Spider-Man trilogy. He is also known for movies like the Evil Dead series, the Darkman movie, and Oz the Great and Powerful as well as TV shows Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. I think Raimi is a trustworthy addition to the staff, especially since I’m a fan of a lot of his work.

As for Neil Druckmann, well… he’s the writer and director of the freaking game! Could you have picked a better choice to write a movie about The Last of Us? We’ll at least have a well written film here. If you need to be further assured, he also worked on the Uncharted series.

There currently is no confirmed director, but I can see wither Druckmann or Raimi filling that position. I wouldn’t oppose to it much either. Together with Screen Gems, I see a pretty good combination of people. All benefactors seem to be focused on horror and action, Raimi knows how to make a fun blockbuster, and Druckmann assures that we’ll have a faithful representation of the game in this movie.

The one place we have for speculation is the cast. Who will play Joel and Ellie? Let’s keep in mind that Naughty Dog and Neil Druckmann have the absolute final say on casting choices.

We already have a good idea for Ellie as she already has a potential actress picked out: Maisie Williams. For those of you like me who don’t know, she is best known for playing Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. Now I just started watching the show, so I’m not too familiar with characters at the moment. However is this goes through, I couldn’t be happier. She looks like a perfect candidate, though my one concern is if she will look 14 by the time filming starts. Her character Arya is also known as a head-strong, tough character lending her perfectly to a role like Ellie.

Fans are reporters are also suggesting Elle Fanning of Maleficent and Ellen Page of X-Men: The Last Stand and Beyond: Two Souls among others for the role.  I’m not really against these choices either, but I like many others prefer Maisie Williams for the role.

As for Joel, that’s anyone’s guess. Popular opinion from the fans seem to lean on Hugh Jackman. I have to agree that Jackman seems like the perfect candidate. Especially when you consider his portrayal of Wolverine, he can definitely pull off Joel’s personality. This would be my first choice. Josh Brolin is another popular choice, and I wouldn’t oppose to him either given that he does have Joel’s look about him.

The one aspect I’m wondering about is how the story will be executed. I say this because movies nowadays go for about two-and-a-half hours give or take, especially major blockbusters like this one is trying to be.  The Last of Us is over 3 hours long with cutscenes alone; and this is without the action scenes represented through gameplay. Obviously there’s going to be elements that are cut, but which parts?

The game takes place in the span of a year, following 4 stories spread across the 4 seasons. Each season minus Spring introduced new characters that greatly impacted the story, such as Tess, David, Marlene, Tommy, Henry and Sam. The most efficient route is to either rush certain parts or cut them entirely. I’d imagine Henry and Sam’s part could be cut, Tommy’s would be side-lined, and David’s would be shortened. I think it would be a shame to do that, but time is the enemy of many movies. (Just ask The Amazing Spider-Man 2). I could be entirely wrong, though. I trust that Neil Druckman will represent all his characters in a way that makes sense.


 

Well, that’s my side of the whole movie. I’m insanely excited as I am nervous. Keep in mind my observations could entirely far-off, but this is the way I personally see it. Do you guys agree at all, or do you feel differently. Let me know so we can speculate together.

I’m Sbox180. Thanks for reading!

Update (7/25/14): Comic Con | Schedule Change

Hello peeps!

This is just a quick update to let you guys know what’s been and will be going on here,

First up, apologies for the sudden absence the past couple of days. I have a couple of posts as drafts right now because they need work. They still need work, but I should have those posts up soon. However, the posts are going to be on hold due to Comic Con. There is a whole slew of awesome crap being announced right now that I really want to cover first. So expect some Comic Con related content out of me the next couple of days.

Speaking of which, I decided to abandon my original schedule for the summer. The whole one per day thing clearly isn’t working. So from now until August 17, there will be at least 3 posts per week. My aim is to make a post every other day, which would make some weeks have 3 and other weeks have 4. However, the August 18th and beyond schedule will remain at 1 post per week.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. I promise you guys that things will go back to normal soon.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

Sbox Soapbox: The Future of Video Game Movies

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It is abundantly clear that video games and films are phenomenal on their own, but horrible together. Between the mindless Resident Evil movies, the dull Alone in the Dark movie, and just the Super Mario Bros movie in general, these types of adaptions don’t have a good track record. Every now and then you get a decent or good one, like Mortal Kombat or Pokemon, but they aren’t too common.

But that doesn’t stop Hollywood from trying anyway, with a slew of game-to-movie adaptions on the way for years to come. To our surprise though, these movies are actually starting to look and sound good. Even if we don’t have much of an idea of how it will be, we still get excited for these movies just in the hope that it will be decent.

There are currently 21 planned productions of video game films. These include reboots of already-existing films like Mortal Kombat, Agent 47 and Tomb Raider, CG animated films like Ratchet & Clank and Sly Cooper, live-action films like Uncharted and Assassin’s Creed, and oddball choices like Angry Birds and Minecraft.

Can these movies be good? Is the world finally ready for video game films to be great? Is it even possible to have a great movie based on a game?

Well one thing to consider is what makes these films bad to begin with. The two most common complaints of these movies are that it failed to be a good movie or that it failed to represent the game. There are films like Tekken (which I actually like) and Resident Evil that took liberties with the source material to the point where it was unfavorable to fans, but could please some movie-goers. Then there are films like DOA: Dead or Alive and Bloodrayne that failed because the film itself was bad.

I think that hope for game movies were restored by Wreck-It Ralph. It was a big movie with a big name like Disney, featured actual video game characters, and captured the essence of what makes video games great while also telling a good story. What that film did right was understanding gaming, treating it with respect, and being general. It’s a great movie that got a lot of gamers gain hope once again for these adaptions.

But what’s different now from back then? Why have hope for these projects when so many others failed?

Well I believe that the change in attitude coincides with a change in gaming. Let’s compare Super Mario Bros with Assassin’s Creed. Not the actual games, but more the time both games were introduced. Games have come a long way from 1985 to 2007. For one, the way games tell stories takes a more cinematic approach now that wasn’t that common in the 80’s and even early 90’s. Super Mario Bros for example has a very weak story of two plumbers fighting a koopa to save a princess. There wasn’t much potential from the get-go. With Assassin’s Creed, you have a deep storyline told through easily recreatable cutscenes. There is a bunch more hope in one project from the other.

I’m not saying you can never make a game like Mario into a good movie. Japan already beat us to that with The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach, and there were a whole bunch more reasons our Mario movie was terrible. However, you can’t deny that games nowadays have more cinematic potential.

Not to say that these movies are guaranteed successes though. Max Payne, Hitman and Silent Hill also came from games with good stories that ended up bad movies. However, I’ll refer back to Wreck-It Ralph and say that the way filmmakers view video game movies can be forever changed. With that film’s success and popularity they can see what works and apply it to their projects. We are already seeing with the trailers for Sly Cooper and Ratchet & Clank that they are already taking lessons. So far it looks like those films will take their source more seriously.

But there is one other issue that may be difficult to tackle. Like I said, video games are taking more cinematic approaches to story-telling. How are these movies going to top these stories that are already renowned as they are? You have projects like The Last of Us and Metal Gear Solid that are considered the some of the best stories in gaming. On their own they can be films. It’ll be interesting to see how Hollywood attempts to build on these already existing stories when they are already well-told as they are.

Overall, I think that there is reason to have hope for movies based on video games. With how games are now, we are probably on the cusp of the first great game movie, but there is still reason for concern. We’ve been wrong about this before. Who knows where it’ll go from here, but we can only hope that direction is up.

What do you guys think? Are game movies just bound to be terrible no matter what, or is there a ray of hope somewhere that film and games can be one? Are you excited for any upcoming video game movie?

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

Analysis: The Mighty Morphing Power Rangers movie remake

Recently I was perusing some movie news and noticed a headline that took me back 10 years. A new Power Rangers movie is in the works, but not in the way you expect. Instead of picking up from the more recent incarnations of the Rangers, this is actually a reimagining of the series that started it all. Back when teens took orders from a big talking head with the voice of God. Back when the color of your Ranger uniform was coincidentally the same color as your skin. Back when even the biggest threat to our planet could be horribly dubbed. Ah, those were the days.

I may be too young to have watched this part of the series when it was new, but my introduction to Power Rangers was, in fact, the Mighty Morphing series. I went on to watch every other series up to Mystic Force. I have a terrible soft-spot for Power Rangers and was ecstatic when I heard this news. And though there is something to be said about how Hollywood does nothing but remake nowadays, I’m actually all for this.

It’s been a couple of months, and we have some details surfacing: some rumors, some confirmed. So, let’s first go over what we know.

This movie is being made by Lionsgate in association with Saban Brands. Lionsgate has a healthy backlog for the most part and does hold promise as the distributor of The Hunger Games. They also distribute The Expendables movies. When you think about it, this combo of epic adaption-work and over-the-top action would fit a Power Rangers movie perfectly. With Saban providing the basis of what Power Rangers is and Lionsgate providing the basis for modern-day quality films, this is promising.

The writing staff also shows promise. Ashley Miller and Zach Stentz, who are writers of X-Men: First Class, were recently confirmed to be writing the script. Additionally, Star Trek: Into Darkness and Thor writer Robert Orci will act as executive producer. I think that there is no better group of people to have their hands on this license. These people know how to properly adapt a classic license and make it accessible to both general audiences and hardcore fans alike.

And so far, the rest are rumors. The cast, director, and synopsis are currently unknown. All we can do now is speculate, and that’s what we’re going to do.

I think the choice in cast is going to be the most controversial part of this movie. We already have a feeling that the original cast will not be reprising their roles, or at least won’t be in the suits. That leads us to 2 options: a cast of unknowns or a cast of A-list actors. My preference would be to cast fresh talent to play the Rangers.

There are already rumors of well-known actors being in the film. The ones I’ve heard going around include Taylor Lautner, Liam Hemsworth, and Chloe Grace Mortez among others. It’s not that these are bad actors. It’s just that these characters are so hard to cast for in the first place. It doesn’t matter who you put there, I won’t take them seriously. I’ll immediately associate them with prior works and it will take me out of the film. With a cast of unknowns, you don’t have that problem. All you have to worry about is whether they give a good perfromance or not.

However, these aren’t the only characters who need representation in this movie. You still have Zordon, Alpha, and whichever villain they chose to be in this movie to consider. For Zordon, all you need is any deep voiced actor. Given the fact that Zordon only needs voice work, this performance can be given by a well-known actor without much controversy. Imagine Zordon played by James Earl Jones. That would be pretty cool. There are so many candidates for this role that even Tay Zonday doesn’t sound that bad of an idea.

Alpha can be played by anybody. I’m not sure who would play him, but my preference would be that whoever it is maintains Alpha’s personality.

You also have Bulk and Skull, who we aren’t sure will be in the movie at all. I’m really iffy about how they would go about this. To me, there is only one Bulk and one Skull. I can’t see anyone else taking their place, and I doubt that the original duo could reprise the roles. It would be silly to see these teens getting harassed by grown men. Then again, they were a big part of the show; several seasons of it to be exact. I’m not sure who would be a candidate for these 2. I predict that if they get in, they’ll be side-lined majorly. Kind of like Easter eggs in the background with a couple of lines.

Then there are the villains. Will it be Rita or Zedd? It would make sense to make it Rita because she was the villain during the first season and plays a big part in the story. However, Zedd has the most potential for a movie in my opinion. His design alone has a lot of possibilities. I doubt that it’ll be both, because this movie’s success would guarantee a sequel, and they’d probably save Zedd for that sequel. So my money is on Rita, if they even go with an already established villain. I don’t know who the hell would play her. Rita is such an animated and over-the-top character that casting her is an unbelievable challenge.

The last thing I’ll touch on is the story- primarily whether or not we’ll see the Green Ranger. Well seeing that this is a reimagining, we very could see a lot of changes. To me, the Green Ranger is contingent on which villain they choose. If it’s Rita, then yes. Keep in mind that the Green Ranger was one of the earliest plotlines of the show. (Second episode of the show to be exact). It would make a lot of sense to establish this into the movie. Besides, the Green Ranger is a crowd favorite.


Let me know your thoughts on the Power Rangers movie, and what you want to see from it. Is there any aspect I didn’t touch upon that you want me to? Do you agree with my opinions or do you feel differently.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

Analysis: Big Bang Theory Season 8 Predictions

Our whole universe was just a hot, dense space. Then nearly 14 billion years ago… You know the rest.

The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows and one that I never get tired of watching. It’s combination of a modern TV-14 sitcom, scientific intellect and geek culture makes this show stand out. It’s a show I think anyone and everyone should at least try, because it truly is a gem when you get into it.

Season 8 of the Big Bang Theory premieres September 22 on CBS. However, since we are in the middle of the show’s break, we are starting to uncover rumors and even leaks for the upcoming season. And given all the crap that hit the fan during the Season 7 finale, I’m sure everyone is wondering where our favorite physicists go from here. So today, we’ll dissect what we know and predict them accordingly.

It should be noted that they will kick off Season 8 with a 2-part episode, potentially calling toward something special. Also, things can and probably will be elaborated during Comic Con’s Big Bang Theory panel. If new information develops, I’ll cover it later.

Penny and Leonard’s Wedding

Well we all know this is going to happen next season. It’s what a lot of us have been anticipating, and will probably be the central story arc of the season. The question seems to be “When?”.

Some are predicting it to take place in the season’s beginning, and others say the end. Given that we’re starting with an hour event this time around, I see where that first argument comes from. I say our safest bet is toward the end, because comments particularly from Kayley Cuoco imply that a chunk of the season will be spent planning the wedding. Besides, Howard and Bernadette’s Wedding ended that respective season. It could also take place midseason, though.

Penny’s Mom

Maybe we’ll finally learn Penny’s last name after all. Penny’s mother would make sense coming in now for the wedding. But that’s not the best part of this announcement.

Rumor has it that Lisa Kudrow (known as Phoebe from Friends) will play this part. If that holds true, this is ideal casting that I’m all over. She’s a hilarious actress, especially in terms of sitcoms. Plus, she’s making a pretty good comeback lately. (She was one of the highlights in Neighbors). It would make sense for her to be casted, and I can’t wait to see her if this holds true.

Stuart and the Comic Book Store

No one is talking about this one and I don’t know why. There’s no leak as far as I know, either.

Stuart is becoming a rather main character in recent seasons, so I’m interested to see how living with Raj will affect his popularity thereafter. Plus, he has a story arc being the caretaker of Howard’s mother.

One thing I’m incredibly curious about is the Comic book store. To see such a signature location of the show burnt down is kind of heart-breaking. Can it be rebuilt? Possibly. I’ll refer to a recent episode that shows Stuart highly-successful rival (played by Josh Peck if you recall). Maybe Stewart can take over that store. Hell, wouldn’t it be great to see actual good news happen to Stuart?

Raj and Emily

Here’s another one no one talks about, though I do say why. It’s just a straightforward event from the season. What will be interesting to see is whether this relationship will last through the next season.

Emily is a good character and it would be cool to see her be a permanent addition to the series. Raj is also a character in desperate need for a companion, as he is the only one of the 4 guys that is single. They seem to have good chemistry and I’d like to see them stay together.

There is a chance Emily and Raj could break up. Between Raj having a new girlfriend and a new roommate, anything can happen with him.

Sheldon Boldly Goes

And now for the biggest buzz for this season. As a result of Sheldon’s leaving to be on his own, many are saying and fearing that Shedon is gone for good.

I’m going to safely say: No he’s not!

I’ll admit that it would be a very interesting concept if they went that way, but it makes no sense to do so. Sheldon Cooper is the most profitable character on the show. He’s the one on all the T-shirts, has most of the big lines, and is the first thing everyone thinks of when you hear the show’s name. Jim Parsons not only confirmed that he will be in Season 8, but is currently renegotiating his contract with CBS where he may be receiving $1 million per episode. He’s not going anywhere.

The way I see this happening is that Sheldon disappears for the first couple of episodes and returns soon after. Or he can have a separate story arc for the first half of the season, then return. It makes no sense to get rid of him entirely. Besides, that’s a theme with these season cliffhangers. Someone leaves and returns all the time. Howard went to space, all 4 went to Antarctica, and Leonard went on an expedition. Just as they came back eventually, so will Sheldon.


Now that I’m done with my predictions, what are yours? Do you agree on any of these points, or feel a bit differently. Was there anything I missed that you want me to elaborate on? Are you excited about the new season? Let me know  in the comments, and we can discuss things.

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SBox Soapbox: Should There Be a Friends Reunion?

Fan-made, fake promotional poster went viral.

For those of you who don’t know, Friends is my favorite TV show of all-time. I have watched each episode at least 3 times and at most 17 times. I own the entire series on DVD. I have memorized entire episodes inside and out. I still make references to the show in my everyday life. Smelly Cat is my ringtone (not really).

Well 2014 marks a lot of anniversaries for a lot of different entities like Seinfeld (25 years), Tekken (20 years), Forrest Gump (20 years) and SpongeBob SquarePants (15 years). Friends happens to be one of them as it celebrate its 20th anniversary. It also means that it has been 10 years since rumors of a Friends movie arose. And ever since the start of the year fans have been clamoring for the Friends to reunite now more than ever.

However, among that clamoring exists a decade’s worth of denial from cast, crew, and the creators. We’ve been scratching our heads for so long that most fans are tickling their brain-stems. So I am here to give some insight as to whether this Friends movie/special/reunion/thing is likely, what nature this event should be, and what I would like to see from this.

Is the reunion likely?

Although they tell us it isn’t, it most certainly is possible. It’s been a long enough time, the show is relevant to this day, the cast is still alive and well, fan demand is still very high, and there’s almost no better time than an anniversary to make it happen. As long as everyone who makes the show possible is on board, we can have a Friends reunion.

I do understand the quotations made by several members of the cast and crew that state otherwise. Co-creator Marta Kauffman once said “Friends was about that time in your life when your friends are your family and once you have a family, there’s no need anymore.” Basically, the characters by now would be in a different stage of their lives which defeats the purpose of the show. This makes sense.

To me, though, that’s not what made the show special. It was the characters and the situations that made Friends work. The quality of sitcoms in general are contingent on 2 factors: the comedy and the characters. It wouldn’t matter whether the cast were in their thirties or their seventies. When backed by the right people, it all comes together.

But that’s the only asterisk. You need everybody or it won’t work. More on that later.

It’s now or never.

Maybe not NEVER, but it would be unlikely if it doesn’t happen soon. In 2014, we managed to have pretty much all the members of the cast and crew still alive and active. All the cards are pretty much in place, so they should act now while they can.

Not to mention that Friends is still popular today. Just the fact that a fan-made poster went viral back in January (seen above) speaks volumes of how relevant the show remains. We all were fooled and disappointed. This made headlines. It’s best to strike when the iron is hot. At this point a Friends announcement would be big news today.

How do you go about it?

Like I said before, the only way this can work is if all the essential people are involved. This especially goes for the actors. We need all 6. Not 5. Not 4. SIX! Friends is one of those shows without a main character. Actually there is a main character, and by “a” I mean SIX!

While the show was going on, the cast members all requested to be paid equally in order to avoid the idea of a main character. And even today, when the former cast is asked about a reunion, their one condition is that everyone is involved.

But when and if they do get the entire writing staff and cast together, what could they do and how?

For starters, in terms of format I would say that Friends shouldn’t aim for the big screen. I know a lot of people would prefer it that way, but I’m not sure if that’s the right move. On paper it sounds excellent, but the film would lose a bit of the essence of the original show. Sitcoms are especially difficult to put in a full-length movie. The direction I would take is in a TV special. Make the special about an hour long, get a live-studio audience, and there’s your reunion. That way the event is available to everyone, budgets are lower, and the tone is maintained.

Now don’t get me wrong. If they make a reunion and put it in theaters, I will watch it on day one and enjoy it; then watch it another 3 times. If they can pull it off, they pull it off. I’d support whatever it is, but I think it would excel more on TV.

Will it happen?

All-in-all, now that I’m done dreaming it’s time to be realistic. Does this project actually have a shot of being made. Honestly, this is anyone’s guess. I really don’t have an answer. It all depends on what the writers want to do. And even though fans are banging on their doors for it, there’s no obligation to do so on anyone’s part.

I think now is the time for everyone to prepare themselves for the idea that all we’ll ever have is the original show. It’s a disappointing revelation, but it’s best for a series to go out on a high note and be remembered fondly than to create a new note just to make a new note. Always remember that the show did have an ending, and a dang good one at that.

However, never lose ALL hope. There’s always a way. Hollywood is always looking for the next big thing to reincarnate. It could also be that the cast and crew are just toying with us. If so, this is one of the best kept secrets in entertainment history. Maybe even the fan demand will get to them some day.

The message I’m trying to convey here is to basically have an optimistic doubt. Don’t expect anything, but never stop asking for it.

That’s my take. Do you agree at all? What elements for a Friends reunion would you want to see if it were to happen? Do you think there is hope or is there not a chance?

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

Update (7/17/14): Plans, Schedule, and Whatnot

Greetings peeps!

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank anyone and everyone who read my content so far. In 4 days I have gained 6 followers and had the pleasure of talking to and meeting many interesting people. My first couple days at WordPress have been nothing but positive and it is my hope that I can extend the appreciation I have to you in whatever way I can. Hopefully giving you some good content to read can be a good place to start.

With that said, because this is a developing blog I am still in the experimentation process. I apologize if there isn’t much consistency in the next week or so, but I’m still trying to get into a groove with things. However, I have been coming up with a plan of action and a means of scheduling that will make up the blog a source of regular and consistent content.

First I want to discuss the schedule. This was the aspect I struggled the most with deciding. You see, this isn’t my first blog. I had it running for 2 months until I abandoned it due to real-life conflict. I intend for this not to happen again so I developed a schedule I can work around.

Between July 21 and August 17 of this year, there will be 1 (maybe 2) post per day. There will be some exceptions to the rule because life may very well get the best of me, but I will do my best to keep that schedule. August 18 and beyond will see a different schedule pattern. The site will switch to at least 1 post per week. The reason for this change is due to schooling in my area beginning at that time.

For the remainder of time before July 21, content frequency will be random because of an outing this weekend.

Speaking of content, some of you may not know what I will cover on this blog. I basically cover gaming, television, film, and other assorted means of entertainment. This ranges from editorials to reviews, to news coverage. I do take requests on topics to discuss, so be free to ask.

To give you an idea, as a form of gratitude to you all for being reading my work, here are some of the upcoming content I will cover at one point or another:

  • Analysis: The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie reboot
  • Should there be Friends reunion?
  • Big Bang Theory Season 8 Predictions
  • Supernatural Season 10 Predictions
  • Rant: Games Left in Limbo
  • How to Bring Crash Bandicoot to the Next-Gen
  • Analysis: Ready Player One movie

These are ideas I have for the coming weeks or months. Hopefully this gives you an idea of what this blog will cover.

That’s all I have for now. Once again, thank you for everything guys! Please let me know if you have any questions or requests for me.

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