E3 2018 Begins Tomorrow

It’s that time again, E3 will flood downtown LA bringing with it an immense collections of games, world premieres and tech marvels.  If you were lucky enough to get a badge, the next 3 days is going to be a wild ride.   We have seen the conferences ahead of time and it seems that the big companies are bringing great products for all of us to see.

There are many games I am excited for, though I can’t list them all here but one is definitely The Last of us II.

This is just a taste of what I am looking forward too. Of course this is PS4 exclusive.

We will be updating our Facebook and Instagram daily as we make. our way through the show.  Please be sure to take a look at what we post and look at our pictures.

 

Solo a Star War Story

I saw Solo A Star Wars Story last night.  Now I went knowing that I do not like Han Solo.  I just don’t.  I prefer the complexity of the Darkside, but that’s just me.

However, immediately I was impressed with the Solo film.  No so much the actor, I mean its a hard thing to do to fill Harrison Fords shoes 40 years later.  I didn’t dislike him, but for me it was more about the story.  I love backstories.

It was interesting to find out how he actually got his last name.   Where the Solo of his name came from, yet they didn’t exactly say what his actual name was previously.  I could read books and scour the internet, but I’d rather it just be told in the film.  I think that is a big deal.

How he met Chewie.  That was not how I expected it, but it makes me feel better about their friendship.  They’ve been through a lot.  Woody Harrelson did a great job, it was a small role for him in my eyes, but it gave Han that push he needed to continue smuggling, the courage and confidence to do what has to be done.  In this film, Han did actually shoot first.

I was surprised about Qi’ra.  As I said Im all about the Dark Side.  What happened to her in those 3 years.  Is it just a survival thing?  I read the she was just made for this film so to look her up in books or other places, we just won’t find her history.   Part of me felt that she is the mother of Rey.  I’m fairly confident that Han is her father, but this would make her older than Kylo.  I’m not sure that would check out.   I would be on board with it his that was the case.  I don’t see much true Darkside for Kylo, I really don’t.  Just like in this movie, Qi’ra says to Han “your the good guy”.  Which combine that with Leia and I think we can see that Kylo is trying way to hard to be bad.

I do wish they would give us a comic, a book, something that explains what happens to Qi’ra.  Yes, Darth Maul was in it, but at the time of the prequels, she didn’t exist.  Maybe it’s Qi’ra and Paul Bettney’s character that could be Reys parents.

I must say the Solo film was way more than I expected, and I really liked it.  It gave us just enough taste of Hans past.  And lets not forget Lando.  Donald Glover did a wonderful job playing him.   Another set of shoes hard to fill, but he did a great job.  Even the star of the show, the Millennium Falcon was great.   I’m hoping the next Star Wars films continue on with the story give answers instead of creating more.

What are your thoughts on the Solo film?

Infinity Wars; A reflection

I’ve had a few weeks now to think about the Infinity Wars film.  There was so much to take in, and so much to ponder.  Am I any closer to knowing what will happen next.  I won’t know until the next one comes out.

I thought the film did a great job of cumulating all the previous films and characters together.   There were times I did go back and re-watch a few movies before  I went  and saw Infinity Wars, which really helped a lot.

I found that the movie flowed well.  Bringing them all together and knowing their backstories and what they had been through, really made it feel very comfortable to watch.

Josh Brolin was great at playing Thanos, and his relationship with Gamora seemed to be his weakness.  To me, all villains have a weak spot.  I wish he didn’t have to do what he did, but we had two storylines going on.  One of Thanos trying to get the stones, and the other tryings to stop it.

I dont think the ones that were “dusted” at the snap of his finger are actually gone.  I’m not quite sure what Doctor Strange saw in his visions, but I do believe he saw that in order to win this “war”, Tony had to be alive, and perhaps Doctor Strange wasn’t even part of it.   We all know the the time stone can reverse time and if someone, whom I think is Nebula or Cap can get close enough to the Gautlet, give it to Thor who does indeed know how to get to where the mold for the Gauntlet is, we just might be able to recreate a new Gauntlet.  What would a second snap do?  Would they turn back time?

I’ll leave you with this, I though it was way out of character for Tony Stark to have a flip phone.  for Doctor Strange to hand over the time stone, and Tony’s vision of having a child, as if it was real, had already happened.  Could that have happened and he actually remembered it, even though Pepper had said no, no child.  I do not believe that he meant Spiderman.

Lastly I think we’ll see some heroes come back.  Some we won’t.  But overall Marvel did a great job with this film.  It gets you to think.  There is so much more I have to say about the film but I’ll keep it short.

What are your thoughts?

Renaissance Faire 2018 is a Must Visit

 

This years Renaissance Faire will transfer you back to the past.  With its authenticity and its jovial characters you will feel as though you’ve stepped through a portal, or perhaps travelled via Tardis, (which by the way there is one) to a time period long before the one we live in now.

How the times have changed.  However, the Renaissance Pleasure Faire stays pretty consistent and is always an event to look forward to each year.

One of our favorite things to do at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire is to watch the Queen’s Joust. Yes, that’s right I said joust.  It’s actually pretty fun.

Two jousters prepare to entertain the queen. Rallyin the crowd.

Once everyone has made it to their stands, where each person sits around the arena.  One thing to note is that the queens entrance is somewhat spectacular and another thing to look forward to each year.  Her presence is larger than life.  I’ve been coming to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire for a few years now and one thing I like about this fair is that the queen seems to be the same each year.  A familiar face.

The Queen has arrived

Everyone you come across is a character from another time and place.  They do not break character and that is one of the coolest parts of the Renaissance Faire that I love.  It feels real.

One thing that is of important mention is the selection of drink and food.  From Turkey legs to a simple sausage, bread and cheese plate, will take you into a food paradise.

If you are looking to be taken into an authentic  world, then Renaissance Pleasure Faire is for you.  Check it out, you won’t regret it.

The Renaissance Pleasure Faire  runs on weekends from April 7th until May 20, 2018.  Hours are 10am-7pm.  Bring the whole family!

Address:

15501 east Arrowhead Highway

Irwindale, CA

Or give them a call at 626-969-4750

Wondercon 2018 Day 2

Today was the second day of Wondercon at the Anaheim convention center.  This was my first day going as I was at the Roseanne premiere yesterday (I mean how could I miss that).  It was a con as usual, and being Saturday, it was busy.  Many a cosplayer lined the front of the building as well as the show floor.

I found this year to be a bit confusing even though I had a “map” in the guide book.  Many of the vendors were the same, some were new.  It seemed however as if they had moved vendors around a bit, and that’s okay.  Just try to remember where you saw that awesome item you wanted because you just might spend an hour trying to find it again.

I always like to spend time in the small press area.  It’s where I discover new comics, new stories and new characters to love. Or hate.   I do read some main stream comics, but I have always been a big supporter of small press.

Besides there being a lot of people there today, traffic and especially parking was a disaster.  Honestly the extra money I paid for a hotel for one night was totally worth getting around the parking debacle.  This happens every year.  This year though it seemed they had more roads closed off, routes re-routed.  The pedestrians weren’t being funneled by the police, so if you were driving and needed to turn, you had to wait for all 50+ people to walk across.  Remember we are also dealing with the Disney Crowd.

If you are coming tomorrow, remember, it closes earlier than it has been.  It closes at 5.  Come early.  If you see something, buy it.  Don’t pass it by if you an afford it.  Check out every booth.  I’ve found countless things I never would have found if I didn’t stop, have a chat and pick up a book, comic or toy.

Most importantly, have fun!

Dont forget to follows on Twitter GKQNOX and follow our Facebook page @https://www.facebook.com/geekquinoxeffect/

Instagram @gkqnox