This week on DTRtv…

This week has been filled with quite a bit of Netflix. Due to being away from home, I’m watching mostly back catalogue shows. I’ve also been restricted because my girlfriend hates superhero tv shows (sad, sad times). 

Family Guy has been a key feature this week, with us watching at least a few episodes per day. Most of these have been pretty great, especially the earlier seasons (before Stewie went from funny-evil baby to gay-evil baby). “Petarded” (Season 4, Episode 6) is one of the best episodes this series has ever aired. In this, Peter finds out that he is technically mentally retarded, and decides to exploit the situation. This results in him hospitalising Lois and losing custody of the children to Cleveland. This whole episode is classic Family Guy at its prime. 

American Dad (Seth MacFarlane week over here in South Hill) has been another show we’ve been watching. I love the characters in this show, none more so than Roger. His flamboyant and overly dramatic character and endless supply of costumes and disguises provide laugh after laugh. Furthermore, Stan and Steve are great characters; my boss has compared me to Steve on a number of occasions – I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing??

I’ve something to admit. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a television series I have never seen, although it has been on my watch list for practically forever. Before you all leave in disgust and despair, I’m changing this, and fast. So far I’m up to Season One, Episode 11 and it’s been amazing. It’s crazy that an actor who only plays the voice of a character can do a much better job than the person who plays them in films. Yes, I’m looking at you, Mr. Christensen. I’ve been binging this show over the past few days, usually while Abbey does her make up or other things that don’t involve me too much. I can’t wait to watch the rest of this show, and expand my knowledge of the Star Wars universe. 

Any ideas on other shows I could watch? I’m open to any ideas, so shoot me a comment or two. 

If you’ve made it this far once again, thanks for reading and I’ll see you again soon. 


Gotta Catch ’em All

As I’m in America for the next three weeks, Dota is unfortunately taking a back seat. With the new 7.00 update dropping so recently, this isn’t the best time; but oh well, my trip will be worth it. 

7.00 looks… Interesting. Having playing zero games on the new patch so far, I can’t say for sure how I feel about the changes but things definitely look interesting. The talents trees look good, especially when it comes to support heroes who can benefit hugely from the extra XP available. These could, and very well will, be game changing. 

The backpack is another interesting update, allowing less restriction when it comes to item combinations. Choosing between items is tough, but having three extra slots you can switch between on the move will be invaluable. 

For my trip, I treated myself to Pokemon Moon, the latest version in the Pokemon franchise. Before release, I was skeptical. Things look different. Too different. The island trials seemed strange and unknown. The Alolan variants seemed laughable in some cases. 

However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. The story is engaging and actually interesting for once. I feel invested in the characters I’m playing with. This is definitely an improvement. The island trials are challenging as well, even with the EXP share being gained towards the beginning of the game. I find myself levelling my Pokemon to a high enough level above those I’m challenging, and still finding things kinda tough in cases. This is definitely a good thing. 

Down sides would be typical Pokemon problems. The story is slow to start, with the tutorial dragging on, teaching you each and every mechanic of the game. For new players, this is obviously of benefit; but for veterans of the franchise, this is somewhat of a bore. The characters help, but can only lessen the pain. 

Don’t let this put you off though, this generation of games are incredible. Pokemon is a franchise that I love, and a franchise that I’ll continue to love if they keep this up. 

Rating: 10/10 – Incredible 

Rogue One : Empire Nil

This week saw the release of one of my most anticipated movies of 2016, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 

Set between Episodes 3 and 4, the film tells the tale of how the Rebel Alliance managed to steal the plans for the Death Star, as well as the growth of the rebellion against the Empire. Directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla; Monsters) and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk and Donnie Yen; this film is up there with the Star Wars greats. 

The casting is amazing. Each character plays their role very well, with Yen and Tudyk being very memorable characters. Chirrut Imwe (Yen) played a warrior monk style character, who seemed to have some sort of connection to the Force. This character was very well written, as was Tudyk’s K2SO, providing much of the comic relief for the movie. This droid was a drastic change from C3PO, being a much more practical member of the team. Darth Vader’s cameo was epic, really showing off the strength and power of the character in a way that we haven’t seen before. 

Rogue One contains many memorable scenes; scenes that will remain up there with classic Star Wars scenes. This space battles are well shot, as are the ground battles; and CGI and practical effects blend effortlessly. 

This movie was engaging the whole way though, although at two hours and fifteen minutes, it was quite long.

Rogue One was another step in the right direction for Star Wars films. Bring on Episode VIII.