Suicide Squad

Finally got around to watching this … mostly. Found a thing on YouTube that has the movie in chunks – caught some of it out of sequence, but I was able to understand the gist … and it was every bit the steaming turd I expected it to be. The storyline, as I understand it, is utterly retarded. Amanda Waller, who is supposed to be a highly intelligent badass, wants to assemble a team of super-criminals and use them to potentially stop the next Superman (presuming he showed up evil.) Her team? A hyper competent hitman, a deranged pyschopath, a thief who uses boomerangs, a crocodile man, a pyrokinetic (who might be channeling a demon? Not sure) and an idiot archaeologist channeling a centuries-old witch. Of this group, only the witch could potentially do much harm to Supes … although again, the pyrokinetic is iffy, depending upon the source of his powers.

And then, because she is evil, the witch manages to escape control and cause havoc. Which results, based on what I saw, thousands of casualties, all the fault of Waller who did a real shitty job of maintaining control on said witch. This results in the bad guys having to inexplicably decide to act in the greater interest and be good guys (briefly.)

The movie, from what I saw, is a mess. Will Smith’s Deadshot is basically Will Smith from every other role he’s played … which works for me cause I like him. There’s a firefight where he attacks the (literally) faceless horde that is pretty badass. Margot Robbie … well, she’s pretty and was game for this take on Harley Quinn, but the stripper look was terrible. None of the other characters have actual characterization.

There was a cool Flash cameo in this that I legitimately liked (even if I hate the casting choice they made for Barry) as the effects for how they did his speed were really nice. And, because DC can’t not have Batman in anything, he’s there more than I expected (which doesn’t really bode well for the DC-verse. I’m already having flashbacks of the Timm-verse which might as well have been called the Batman Universe.)

So right now, Wonder Woman is the last hope for the DC movie universe for me. If it stinks, then I’m done (although I probably will eventually see Justice League on HBO or something.) And if BvS and SS are any indication, my hopes for WW had been tempered rather significantly.

Medical Update

Doctor’s appointment this a.m. Was in and out within 10 minutes, excluding time in waiting room (about another 5 minutes.) On one hand, this felt like a waste of time – I went in, got weighed, had my blood pressure taken, waited for a few minutes for the doctor to come in and tell me “Blood pressure medicine is working. See you in six months!” – but on the other, no news is good news, yeah? He did mention my cholesterol is a little high but not so much so that I needed to get more drugs. Something else for me to research, I guess.

So …

Here we are. Good news: Hillary Clinton, the most corrupt and despicable politician in America, lost. That’s fantastic news and at least prevents us from running full tilt toward even greater amounts of socialism. Unfortunately, it comes with bad news: Donald Trump won the election.

Think about that for a moment. Donald Trump is going to be the President of the United States. We have officially entered … the Twilight Zone.

Look, I have no illusions about the amount of gridlock we’re going to see going forward. All of the Democrats who cried foul when the Republicans blocked a judicial nominee are now going to be doing exactly that and not seeing anything wrong with it. For that matter, quite a lot of the Republicans in Congress are going to be doing the same thing to President Trump (and man, saying that makes me throw up a little in my mouth), which means he’s going to fall back onto what Obama did to ram through crap that couldn’t get proper legislation: more executive orders. The media is going to rediscover what its job actually is since the one with all of the things needing to be covered up (ala Hillary’s emails, the utter (and promised) collapse of Obamacare, the positively abyssmal Obama economy) isn’t in charge anymore. Overnight, the crap state of the nation is going to be Trump’s fault … despite the fact that Obama spent eight years shifting blame for the failures of his policies onto George W. Bush. There will be no wiggle room for Trump. None. If he starts backtracking or reneging on a promise, the media will pounce on this, probably with side-by-side comparisons of what he said previously, something they utterly refused to do for Obama or Clinton.

And that doesn’t even take into account the foreign policy mess we’re looking at. Obama’s two terms have been a disaster in that regard, what with the collapse of Libya (Clinton’s fault, by the way, since she pushed for it), the growth of ISIS/ISIL/Whatever the Hell They’re Called, Turkey’s collapse into totalitarianism … which I don’t think the current POTUS has even remarked on yet! And let’s not forget Russia’s return to prominence as a global threat (exactly as Romney said and was mocked for … but I digress.) Unless President Trump – ugh. Threw up in my mouth again. – picks some really good people for SecState and the like (someone a helluva lot better than Kerry or Clinton who made a bad situation disastrous), I anticipate even more global conflict across the planet.

It is an … interesting time to be alive, I suppose.

Monday v Tuesday

Monday is N7 Day where Bioware is dropping new info on Mass Effect: Andromeda. Tuesday is election day in the US where we get to choose between a buffoon and a corruptocrat. Can you guess which one I’m actually looking forward to and which one I’m dreading?

Writing Woes

The problem with writing about an alien bug invasion (see before-mentioned references of “Earthfall equals Starship Troopers meets Man of Steel”) is that one has to do a lot of looking at bugs. Like this beast. Now imagine it bristling with laser weapons and high-tech armor.