The Netflix Queue: Voltron: Legendary Defender

Voltron: Legendary Defender I never really watched the original ’80s Voltron, being as that it first aired the year I was born. So I didn’t even realize that Netflix was doing a reboot until my roommate—who did watch the original cartoon—told me about it and said, “Hey, I think you’d really like this.”

Being as that I love both science fiction and giant robots, I was more than happy to give it a watch.

Spoiler alert: Roommate was right. I ended up absolutely adoring the show.

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Movie Review – Pacific Rim

pacific-rim-posterThis is one of those movies that I saw the trailer and made squeaky noises normally reserved for stuff involving hobbits. For someone who was never a huge Godzilla fan, I still have a soft spot in my heart for giant monster movies, as well as giant mecha anime. (That may be a holdover from loving Power Rangers as a kid.)

Pacific Rim is a movie that’s like a love letter to both of those genres. In fact, the dedication at the end is to Ishiro Honda, the original director of the Godzilla films, and Ray Harryhausen, stop-motion animation monster master. I walked in not expecting anything more than giant mechas fighting giant aliens from under the sea, and this movie ended up hitting so many happy nerd buttons for me I don’t even know where to start.

In Pacific Rim aliens called “Kaiju” have started emerging from an interdimensional rift deep within the Pacific Ocean. The Kaiju are massive, destructive, and hard as hell to kill. When it becomes clear the invasion isn’t going to stop, the world governments come together to fund the Jaeger Program, which gives humanity an army in the form of gigantic robots controlled by two human pilots.

After more than a decade of war, though, the Jaegers are deemed too expensive and the program is scuttled. With only four Jaegers and a handful of pilots left, the remaining members of the program prepare a desperate final charge that will either save our planet or doom it.

(minor spoilers follow)

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A Contest, a Niece, and a Giant Mech

Why yes, I’ve seen The Hobbit. Why yes, you’re going to get a review. Why yes, it will be as soon as work stops looking like this.

But until then, some other news, shall we?

My friend and NaNo ML partner-in-crime, Rebekah, has entered the NaNo Virtuosos contest put on by Curiosity Quills with the novel she wrote for NaNo this year, Catalyst. (I begged her to use that title. I’m not ashamed to admit it.)

So go to the site, read her first three pages (featuring a character for whom “creepy” is too mild an adjective), and then vote!

Also, in honor of her 300th blog post, Rebekah is giving away some pretty cool prizes. Drop by her blog to enter for a chance to win some pretty delicious homemade goods or a feature on her blog!

You may remember helping me pick out books to give to my niece. Well, on December 10 at precisely 3 p.m., said niece decided to grace us with her presence.

Everybody, meet Lillian.

I might possibly have been singing Oogie Boogie's Song to her. Just maybe.

I might possibly have been singing Oogie Boogie’s Song to her. Just maybe.

She is about 20 different kinds of adorable. Also, I am going to spoil the everloving hell out of her.

And finally, we got a chance to see the trailer for Pacific Rim in front of The Hobbit. To say it looked “good” is an understatement. I’m REALLY looking forward to seeing how Guillermo del Toro handles a movie that is basically giant robots vs. giant monsters.

Again. Giant robots. Giant monsters. Fantastic.