Star Trek Beyond Review and Synopsis

11 Aug

So it’s been about a week since I got to see Star Trek Beyond and I’m still a little conflicted.  I enjoyed the movie, but it didn’t stand out to me as Into Darkness or the first one.  I feel like a really horrible theater experience tainted my views of it and I should give it another chance.  I also saw it in 3D; there were good reviews of the 3D version and I had seen Into Darkness in 3D and wanted to have the same great experience as that movie.  However, there were some issues with the 3D visualization at the start of the movie.  Even after it was corrected, it never seemed to have the same level of depth as other 3D movies.  Into Darkness was visually stunning and I expected the same from Beyond but it felt lack luster.  I am hoping it was mostly an issue with the 3D effect issue at the theater.  In addition to that though, for a nearly empty theater, the majority of the movie goers attending were rude, loud, and obnoxious.  The girls behind me talked the entire film (like you would hear someone talking at a horror film; “Oh no man, don’t do that!”).  Another person a few rows back snorted and sniffled the entire time and also decided the quiet lull about two-thirds of the way through needed to be accompanied by cracking his knuckles.  Very slowly.  I rarely had had bad experiences at this theater, even in a crowded movie, so I feel I should give it another chance and probably see it in 2D.  If I do, I will report back.

For a quick spoiler-free overview, the movie was okay.  As I mentioned it was not as visually appealing as Into Darkness was, but that may have been the 3D issue.  The plot also seemed a tad rushed in spots.  I understand it is an action, but things happened very suddenly.  I think the biggest issue I had with this is the time span of the movie.  It seemed to take place in the matter of a day or even just 8 hours or so.  It was almost like a space version of an episode of 24.  I also found the plot and some of the characters to be super predictable, which is hard to say much about without spoilers.  I will go more in-depth to this criticism below.  The best part of the movie by far was the new character we have seen a bit in trailers, Jaylah.  She is a young kick ass female and the way she is treated in the movie, especially by Scotty, is great.  I’m sure Simon Pegg had a lot to do with the creation of the character and how his own character deals with her and her gender, and it’s great.  Now, this will be your one and only spoiler warning.  Proceed to the next paragraph at your own risk!


ConGregate 2016 In Review

22 Jul

Ahh another ConGregate come and gone.  Granted this is on my second one (and the third ever ConGregate!) but it’s such a fun little con.  This convention takes place mid July in High Point, NC and the wonder programmer (Love you Tera!) always keeps me super busy.  Okay… I volunteer for most of it, but she lets me!  Here’s a quick look at what I was on this year:


  • How Star Trek Created Our World
  • I Wouldn’t Run Unless Zombies Were Chasing Me
  • AI:  Science Fiction and Fact
  • Ask a Mad Scientist


  • Duct Tape Bowties are Cool!
  • The Practical Physiology of Immortality
  • HollyWeird Squares
  • STEM for Kids
  • What’s Up With That?


  • DC vs Marvel

I was a little worried I wasn’t going to make my first panel because 85 south SUCKS.  Big ones.  But I squeaked in 8 minutes before the panel and even though it was a small audience it was a fun talk about Star Trek technology.  I didn’t even get lynched for not being a huge Star Trek fan!

Next was a geek exercise panel which was fitting with Pokemon Go having come out literally days before.  I got to moderate this one and we learned about some of the geekier ways people have used to get their workout on.  Shortly after this I went to Ted Roberts self defense panel which was a helluva lot of fun.  We had some people from his dojo who taught us some different moves and we got to pair up and practice.  Much fun and sweating was had by all.

The next science panel was about AI and thank goodness I was moderating this, because I really don’t know as much as Jim Beal, Stephen Simmons, or Darin Kennedy about AI!  These panels are fun for me to moderate because I can come up with the questions even if I don’t know much about the topic.

The last thing was the Ask a Mad Scientist which is always fun.  Late night ramblings about science.  I didn’t hit up many parties Friday night since I had such an early morning the next day.

Saturday I had the two “workshop” kinda panels targeted at kids.  I had two come for duct tapes, but there wasn’t much interest in the STEM for kids sadly.  I was going to make slime with them too!  Woulda been awesome.  Next year though.

My favorite panel of the weekend was the immortality panel though.  I love being on panels with Ted Roberts and we had some great discussions about immortality and is it physiologically possible.  We easily could have talked for another hour or two without even discussing the ethics and other implications of it.

Other panels that day were the HollyWeird Squares which was fun, but so much anxiety!  I’m not one for improv or on the spot thinking and some of the questions made me doubt my geek cred.

Saturday night I hung out at the Nth Degree party with some of my friends new and old and caught some Pokemon.  I mean why not? I could touch two spots both with lures!  I even caught a Charmander!  Much excite.

Sunday morning I had the DC vs Marvel which was a fun panel, but I felt lacking in my DC and general comic knowledge.

Overall, it was a great conMyMy and I look forward to being able to attend next year.  It is a great way to celebrate my summer because by that time I’m finally done with class and TSA responsibilities.

ZzzQuil… Spoiler! It’s just Benadry!

13 Jul

Alright guys, I got my first Influenster VoxBox! Unfortunately it’s something that just rubs me the wrong way and that is *drumroll* ZzzQuil!

So you might have seen the adds on TV and online.  It’s from the makers of DayQuil and NyQuil and it’s a “sleep aid” medicine.  It’s supposed to be non-habit forming and help you fall asleep in 20 minutes.  There’s just one catch.  The active ingredient in ZzzQuil is Diphenhydramine HCl, otherwise know as Benedryl.  That’s right, this “sleep aid” is really an antihistamine that just happens to make most people sleepy.

There are a few problems with this.  To start with, most people don’t read the drug labels and might not realize that it’s the same.  They could also be taking other antihistamines and there could be drug interactions.  On top of that, most medical institutions do not recommend taking Benedryl as a sleep aid.  Benedryl was developed to stop allergies from wrecking your system, a side effect is that it makes you sleepy.  On top of that, a lot of people have a paradoxical reaction to it, meaning when they take this particular drug it makes them hyper instead of sleepy.  Not exactly what you want from a sleep aid.  This is also something that’s easy to develop a tolerance to it and it no longer makes you sleepy.

Most sleep aids on the market are antihistamines though!  This blew my mind.  Melatonin is a much better option for a sleep aid that is intended for sleep.  This is the natural hormone that occurs in your body (and helps animals hibernate) but sometimes our bodies don’t produce enough or need an added jolt.  It’s also helpful if you are working shit work and need to sleep during the day.  I’ve been using it when needed for a few years and it really helps to mellow out my brain so I can turn off and get to sleep.

If you wanna know a bit more, take a watch of the video below!

Walmart Summer 2016 Unboxing

8 Jul

Ah… It’s been a while.  But I’m back(ish?).  I’m going to be adding new things (in addition to the geeky things) to this page including some unboxing and product spoilers (aka reviews) for things.  I’ve started to adventure into the whole “beauty” trend of things, mostly just exploring what most girls do (it took me a while).  This will include videos and some video reviews and such of movies and things too.  The first geeky thing I’m looking to review is going to be Ghostbusters, I’m sure I will get shit for it, but I want to see it, so there.

Moving on!  Today I’m going to talk a bit about the Walmart Summer 2016 Beauty Box.  Who knew they had gotten into the subscription box realm?  I got the Spring box and it was pretty decent, so now I’ll be talking about the summer box.  This is not a monthly box, instead it’s quarterly, getting one box with each season and the cost is $5 which includes shipping.

Without further adieu, here is what I got in my box:

If you want to check out a bit more, take a look at the unboxing video below!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, the box was purchased with my own funds and my opinions on the products are my own.

ConGregate 2015 Schedule

3 Jul

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve had a post because I’ve been super busy.  First finishing up the end of the school year and then I took a group of students to Dallas, Texas for our national conference for the Technology Student Association.  It was long and I didn’t get in until almost 4am last night, but it was a blast and we now have a national officer! It’s very exciting.

But moving on to more fun things this summer like ConGregate!  We’ve got a week to go and I’m going to be a science guest.  Unfortunately I was unable to attend ConCarolinas, but I will definitely be at ConGregate and I have a huge schedule of fun panels, so please find me there!  You can find the full schedule or my individual schedule on


  • 1pm – Medicine of the Future
  • 3pm – Build a Better Space Habitat
  • 4pm – Warrior Women (M)
  • 9pm – Weapons in SF
  • 10pm – Doctor Who Through a Woman’s Eyes
  • 11pm – Ask a Mad Scientist
  • 12M – Step On It


  • 11am – STEM for Kids


  • 10am – Costuming vs. Cosplay
  • 12N – Unique Costuming Materials (M)
  • 1pm – Women in Science and Tech (M)
  • 2pm – Back to the Future

I hope to see everyone there!



19 Apr

On the spur of the moment, I decided to use a free movie ticket and go check out Cinderella this evening.  I wasn’t expecting much.  I had assumed it would be more along the lines of Into the Woods and a basic remake of the classic animated film and a musical.  However, I was pleasantly surprised.

I loved the introduction and the character development.  Even though the mother is not on screen much, she came across as very powerful and kind to me.  I also did not even realize, and find it hard to believe, that it was Hayley Atwell who also plays Agent Carter.  The roles are so different, but the underlying characters are similar to me.  The father on the other hand did not seem as developed.  He did not have much of a personality outside of his love for his wife and daughter, but after his wife died, I could feel his brokenness.  His desire to remarry came across as grasping at threads with the hope of being happy, though I think he realized shortly after that it was a mistake.  I think they did a pretty good job showing how much Ella’s father meant to her.  It did make me dread when they would come in with her father’s death, but it was a little anticlimactic.  Her father dies while traveling and someone delivers the news.  The stepmother leaves her at the door and the step sisters complained about not getting the items they asked for.  I expected to feel more, but I think I felt more like Ella did, just empty and alone.

The next characters we have are the evil step mother and the stepsisters.  The evil stepmother was not so much developed, but everything about her is cold, from her small movements to her outfits.  Cate Blanchett’s portrait was pretty much perfect.  She made every movement seem thought out and calculated, almost unnatural, which really makes you hate her.  She displays very little actual emotion.  The step sisters on the other hand, were a little flat to me.  They have no special skills and act like bumbling idiots for the majority of their screen time.  While they were cruel to Ella, their actions did not have the same thought intentional hurtfulness of the stepmother.

My favorite part of the movie, however, was the prince.  I was blown away.  Of course he is a very good looking man and has stunningly blue (and probably contacts or digitally enhanced) eyes, but they actually develop him as a person.  In most Disney tales, the prince is just a handsome guy to come sweep the woman off her feet and take her to a better life.  When Ella first meets the prince, she did not know he was royal and got to know him a bit as Kit.  He was excited that his status would not sway her opinion of him.  We also get to see his interactions with his father, the king.  His father, like most kings, is insistent that he marry a princess to strengthen the kingdom, and not some random girl in the forrest.  To further his development, after the ball, his father is about to die and he is by his side on his bed.  The king has (of course) changed his mind and told his son to marry for love.  In the king’s final moments, his son lays his head on his chest and cries while he holds him.  When the camera shows an overhead shot, we see the prince curled up on the bed letting his father hold him in his last minutes.  Unlike the death of Ella’s father, the death of the king ripped my heart out and stomped on it.  It also showed the prince to have real emotions and to have depth.

I was a little disappointed in how little the fairy godmother was in the movie.  She showed up, did her magic, and wasn’t seen again.  I expected her to pop up at the end to see the happy couple or something.  She was funny and bubbly, but didn’t play as big of a role as I expected her too.

The rest of the movie was pretty expected.  There were plenty of cheesy bits, such as the prince and Ella’s first dance at the ball.  Though the dance did make me wish we still had events and dances like that.  It was very elegant and flowy, not at all sexualized.  Then there was the scene where the Prince shows her his secret garden that he’s never shown anyone! It’s a small walled in garden with a single swing.  I can’t really imagine the Prince using the garden and swinging himself, it seems like the ultimate pickup scheme.  But to top that all off, as she is swinging she loses one of her shoes and of course the charming prince slips her glass slipper back onto her foot and is a complete gentleman.

The ending of the movie was very pleasant and not what I had expected.  I had assumed the movie would end in this grand wedding, and while we do see them after they are married, there is a little moment where Kit looks at her and says “My Queen” but she doesn’t respond with “My King” like I expected, but “My Kit”.  Yes it’s cheesy, but I think it was a nice cute touch.  It showed that she didn’t care that he was the prince and now king, she would have loved him no matter what.

In the end, I was very pleased with the movie.  It had plenty of cheesy moments, but they were the good kind of cheesy moments for me.  There wasn’t anything too unexpected about the plot, but the way the film portrayed emotions and characters is what really captivated me about it.  I’d give it a 9/10.

Glee Series Finale

20 Mar

Let’s be honest, Season 5 of Glee kinda sucked.  A lot.  With all the kids leaving and going off to college and stuff, it pretty much turned into the Rachel Berry show.  Most people expected it, but I thought it would focus more on the kids at the high school, not venture off with the original cast.  I still watched it but it didn’t have the appeal that the previous seasons had.

This season started with Rachel failing in Hollywood and coming back to run the Glee club.  It was odd and I wasn’t really sure what to do with the season up to the finale.  A lot of the kids just come back and hang out at the high school which makes me feel a bit awkward.  I’d feel weird if I went back to my high school, but then again, my high school was a little redneck and unwelcoming.  Returning there really would be admitting failure to me.  The new club members aren’t that intriguing and the school gets combined with Dalton Academy (seems like a stretch) to fill up their ranks.  Overall it was an okay season, but not something I’d clear my schedule for at 9pm on a Friday night.

Tonight I was at home and thought why not, it’s the last episode, I’ll go ahead and watch it and I’m very glad I did.

The first half of the finale starts with some flashbacks to when the glee club was getting started.  We’re reminded of how arrogant Rachel is and hinted that Kurt might be thinking about suicide.  We are bought back to the initial struggles of the main cast, except for Finn of course.  There is some original footage from the pilot episode of Finn and the classic Don’t Stop Believing.

The second half brings us back to the present.  Well slightly ahead from the previous episode where the team just won sectionals.  They are at Nationals and of course win first place.  After that there are a lot of changes at McKinley.  Mr. Schuester is asked to be the new principle and the school is converted into a center of the arts and Sam becomes the new coach of the New Directions.  There are then some flash fowards into the future.  Kurt and Blaine are successful and doing their thing in New York, Mercedes gets to tour, Artie and Tina get together, Will has a house full of kids, and Rachel finds a new love, Jesse from Vocal Adrenaline, and is carrying a child for Kurt and Blaine.  Everyone has gathered at 10 years in the future to watch the Tony Awards as Rachel is nominated for one.  She is absolutely shocked when she wins and gives an acceptance speech that perfectly wraps up the series.  The last scene is a fairwell number after Sue dedicates the stage to Finn.  While I think it would have fit better earlier in the episode, I do like that it ended with an upbeat song.

Usually when a series ends for good, the finale leaves a lot to be desired for me.  How I Met Your Mother just made me angry and felt cheated in a way.  But Glee did not.  It’s always going to be bittersweet, but given season 5 and the start of season 6, I think it had outlived it’s prime in a way.  But the finale to me was perfect.  I started watching the series in 2009.  I was so excited when I saw the original trailer because I have a major soft spot for musicals (sue me) but I didn’t think I would become so attached.  It’s understandable why though.  I was a bit of a misfit in high school as well.  I was geeky and didn’t really fit in with most crowds.  Thankfully there was little bullying and no one throwing slushies, but it can still be isolating.  In college I struggled with making friends and in 2009 I was second to last year of undergraduate.  I had very few friends and an almost non-existant support network.  In a way, Glee was there to show me I’m not alone and maybe it will get better.

I’ve since finished a graduate degree and scored a job that I love, but there are still days that I feel alone.  The finale may have hit me so hard because today was one of those days for various reasons.  I know that the show is not real and it shows a pretty ideal future for all of them, but think back to where they started.  Rachel was a pretty awful person, she wasn’t personable or nice. Over the years of the show she grows into an extremely caring and dedicated individual.  Kurt struggled with his identity and was in a very dark place, but he found happiness.  And I know it’s cheesy, but it’s the little things that remind you that maybe, just maybe, life doesn’t suck as much as you think.  Even when something ends, it may be bittersweet, but there is always hope.  The major takeaway for me from the series finale of Glee:  It gets better.

MystiCon 2015 in Review

6 Mar

I haven’t posted in a while, maybe Lucy really took it out of me, but since I’m going to be a guest at some conventions coming up soon, I need to get my butt in gear.  So here I am to talk about MystiCon 2015!  MystiCon was my first convention and is always a blast.  Plus I get to see a lot of old friends since I moved from that area.  So let’s start with this…


I had thought about getting there very early, but decided to wait and arrived about 2pm and parking was all gone, blast! Now I know for next year.  So I parked in the extra lot and took the shuttle up only to run into fridge also on the shuttle.  Score!  Checked in and unloaded all my stuff in the room and made some rounds.  Ran into so many people and did some catching up.

After some catching up, I decided to hit up panels.  Up first was Putting the Science in Science Fiction.  The panellist focused on what science fiction gets wrong with known science.  My favorite was Darin Kennedy’s concern about where all the poop goes on a spaceship (a valid concern).  Other topics included where some talk about genetics and things getting into police procedurals.  I think it’s interesting to talk about and I know things are not realistic, but it’s never really bothered me for some reason.  Well except some of the crazy shit in Lucy…

Next up was Penny-pinching, how to save money in costuming and cosplay.  There were some awesome cosplayers and costumers on the panel and they had great tips.  I really wish I had taken notes…  The biggest tip I remember was about using industrial cable ties for boning in a corset.

I was going to check out Nerdiquette 101 or Is There a Doctor on the Starship? but I got whisked off to dinner with my previous roommate and his girlfriend.  It was a nice dinner and we got in just before the dinner rush.

After dinner, I checked out the start of Iron Costumer as well as snuck off to the room to charge my phone and then caught the end of Iron Costumer.  My friend rooming with me finally showed up late and we got him into the room and hung out before catching the Bloody Desires and Sexual Magic (an erotic art show) put on by my friend Mark Davis.  It was pretty cool, though hopefully next year will have a lot more art.  We chatted with some of the artists and then checked out the Con-Gregate party and called it a pretty early night.


Saturday seemed like it was a very long day.  Started with getting my friend his badge and then heading up to the Con Suite for some breakfast.  Free food is always good, but after the Con Suite at MarsCon… very few stack up.  But I got some noms and then went down to meet my friend to help her prep for the Masquerade since I was her minion for the weekend.  We got all the judges folders and applications ready and then had to run to Food Lion for a few things.  Had some lunch and then I helped her prep for her Henna class.  I did miss a lot of cool panels during the day Saturday, but it was fun to help get everything ready.  I do wish I had gotten to see one of the Q&A with Sean Maher though.

After the Henna workshop, I did wander off to the Match Game, which was hilarious as usual. This years naughty theme seemed to be peanut butter.  Think about it.  After that I stopped by Cosplayers Unite! Cosplay is For Everyone! and it was very empowering.  Jillian Ryan was awesome.  She really pushes the idea that it doesn’t matter if you cosplay to your body type or gender or anything like that.  It really made me want to get out there and start costuming, so maybe PowerGirl will be happening sometime soonish.

Just before the panel was over I had to run and change and get ready for the Masquerade green room.  I got to use my teacher voice and help get everyone lined up and started prejudging.  It was fun and there were some awesome costumes.  I didn’t actually get to see people go across stage, but it was cool to be behind the scene and talk to everyone.

After everything was done, I grabbed my friend and scarfed down some food.  We then wanted arounded through some parties and also went to KT Pinto’s last reading.  I had also chained into my chainmail top because I was feeling extra confident.  Afterwards and hung out with some friends and finished a bracelet one had asked for.  I wandered out as they were heading out for the night and ran into some more people, specifically one of the Hellboy’s from the Masquerade.  He introduced me to some of his friends and we chatted for a bit.  Shortly after I think I wandered back up to the room and crashed decently early.


Sunday started a little early (my roommate snored and kept me up a bit) but I got my bags packed up and ready to check out and grabbed another bagel from the Con Suite.  Afterwards I hit up the Cosplay Armory panel which had a lot of great info.  I had no idea the amount of things you could do with craft foam!  I got to chat with some of the panelists and they are all super awesome.  Turns out Jillian Ryan is actually local to me!  I also got to chat a bit with Hazel Dayze about making a PowerGirl costume.  Yey for having future help.

I got checked out of the hotel while I had some time and stashed my stuff in a friends car.  Then I wandered until I decided to get in line for an autograph from Sean Maher, woo first in line.  I had him sign a Firefly t-shirt I had, hopefully I’ll be able to add to it at some point.

After that I did some wandering in the vendor room.  I decided to buy a pair of wire wrapped elf ears and that was the only vendor room purchase I made all weekend.  I did some rounds and said my goodbyes before heading out shortly there after.

Overall it was a pretty great convention.  There were loads of panels I missed that would have been awesome to see, but I lacked a time turner to make everything.  I also had wished I’d went to more things that Sean Maher participated in.  Next year they are having George R.R. Martin as a guest, which I’m not terribly excited about.  It’s going to sell out crazy quick and I’ve never read or seen Game of Thrones.  I’m hoping they still have a media guest of some sort, but they may not, we shall see.  I’m also hoping to be able to be a guest there as well and I think my odds will be good seeing as I will have been a guest at Con Carolinas and Con-Gregate by then.


18 Aug

I tend to be a bit of a trailer junkie when it comes to movies.  I’ll get bored every month or so and will go and look at all the trailers that Apple has up and see what strikes my fancy.  When I first saw the trailer for Lucy I just knew that it was going to be right up my alley.  There’s a little bit of action, Scarlett Johansson gets to be a bad ass, some cool science-y stuff going on, what’s not to love right?  Well, apparently no, that’s not really what the movie is about.  I apologize if some things are a bit out of order.  If you see it or have seen it… you will understand why.

The movie starts off with Lucy, no not the Scarlett Johansson character, the first “human”.  The little ape thing is sitting drinking water from a stream.  There’s then a voice over by Johansson that talks about what have humans done in all their existence and lots of sped up video of traffic and people in an Asian city.  Then we come to Lucy, this time the Scarlett Johansson character, and her douchey boyfriend Richard.  I’m surprised I remember his name partly because he’s a general tool bag and also because well he dies 5 minutes later.  Douchard wants her to take a case of something into this office building to give it to Mr. Jang.  He doesn’t know what’s in it and he doesn’t want to take it in because he’s scared so he handcuffs it to Lucy, forcing her to take it in.  As she’s standing in the lobby asking for Mr. Jang there are flashes between her and a scene of a cheetah hunting a gazelle.  This parallels her being hunted by the body guards for this supposed Mr. Jang (so artsy!).  They shoot the boyfriend and cart her up the stairs and into a room.  It’s clear by this point that this Lucy is a little pathetic in a way.  By the time they get her upstairs she’s a bit of a blubbing mess.  I think it bothers me more because I’m so used to seeing her kick ass.


Once in the room, Lucy promptly throws up (though it didn’t seem too realistic) because there are some dead bodies in the bathroom.  Mr. Jang comes out of the bathroom, hands covered in blood.  One of his lackeys pours a bottle of Evian over his hands so he can clean them.  Yes, it was Evian.  The bottle was positioned so the label could easily be read.  Great marking ploy there Evian!  After that fun little bit, Mr. Jang asks Lucy what’s in the case.  The kicker here is he doesn’t speak English so he uses a phone service to translate for him.  Perhaps he has his own special line for his murdering and drug dealing?  He gives her the code to open it and leaves the room while his guards pull out shields.  He really must not trust Richard, seems I was right on the douche part.  She gathers up her courage and opens up the case.  Unfortunately it doesn’t explode, so the movie continues…  Inside are pouches of the blue powder that we’ve seen in the trailer.  The next step is obviously to test the drug.  Mr. Jang brings out a drugged out guy and makes him snort some.  This takes a good deal of work because he is completely out of his mind.  After the dude snorts up the magic blue crystals, he flips out a bit and then just starts laughing before being shot in the head.  Alright… that explained a lot.

While this is going on, Morgan Freeman, Professor Norman in this movie, is giving a lecture to a big audience about the brain’s capacity.  Now I know the whole “you only use 10% of your brain” is bull, but I rolled with it for the movie.  He gives theories that at 20% you can control your own appearance and 40% other people and at 100%, who knows!  In bits of his lecture though there are more clips of animals and such.  The most memorable being when he talked about reproduction to pass on genes.  Yep there was some mild animal porn going on in the middle of the movie.  Yey animal porn.

Now that we have our weird mystery drug.  Lucy gets knocked out and wakes up with a bandage around her middle.  The bad guys throw her some random clothes and take her into a fancy suite with a dragon sculpture on the ceiling.  Three other dudes are brought in that have apparently had the same thing done.  Next enters a guy who actually speaks English.  He explains that the drug is called CPH4, but doesn’t say what it does, just that it will be a hit with the kids in Europe.  Each person has one of the pouches of blue stuff in their abdomen and is given a fake passport to travel to different parts of Europe.  Here come the bags over their heads (because that’s totally not suspicious looking right?) and off they go.

The handlers for Lucy, however, aren’t very smart.  Since she’s a purty lady one guy gets handsy and she fights back a bit.  This sends him into a blind rage (anger management dude, seriously) and he kicks her repeatedly in the stomach before the other guy pulls him off and they both leave with Lucy chained to the wall.  This is where the shit gets weird.  Things have been strange up to this point, but this part is just plain weird.  There’s a cool animation of the drug entering her blood stream just before the poltergeist comes out.  Lucy starts spasming and twitching on the floor having a seizure.  This progresses to her standing up against the wall.   But oh… now she’s in the fetal position on the wall.  Wait… what? Is that the floor? Nope, that’s definitely the wall.  Completely not touching the floor.  Oh look now she’s working her way onto the ceiling.  Then trying to pull herself back to the ground with the chain and then she collapses and is sucked against the wall.  Alrighty then…  I assume she passed out a bit at this point.  We get a screen that says 20%.

When she wakes up, there’s one fluid motion where she grabs a chair, turns it right side up, and sits in it.  In comes random bad guy who thinks he can get some only to have his ass handed to him by super Lucy.  She takes his gun, marches out, shoots all the other bad guys, and then eats all their food.  Someone’s got the munchies!  It’s clear at this point she is no longer the Lucy from the start of the movie.  She has no emotion, no reactions to things; she becomes very robotic and almost inhuman in a way.  After the noms, she goes out and gets a cab driver to take her to the hospital.  Here is where she does some of the impossible; she walks around the hospital with a gun.  Really? She does not even try to hide it would no one really notice this?  Suddenly she can now read Chinese, or whatever language it may be, and finds an operating room.  The poor surgeon and crew are just shocked telling her “Ma’am you can’t be in here!”  Lucy ignores them and looks at the patient’s x-ray.  Using her new super powers she determines that the patient is going to die anyway, so she shoots him.  How merciful right?  She then demands the surgeon take the drugs out of her at gun point.  While the doctor is doing his work, Lucy decides this is the perfect time to call her mother.  She tells her mother how much she loves her and all the new things she can feel, including old memories.  The TMI moment is when she tells her mother that she can remember the taste of her breast milk.  All the while a little Asian man is pulling a pouch of illegal drugs out of her stomach.

Now that the drugs are out, what oh what should she do?  Revenge of course!  She heads back to bad guy headquarters and shoots all of Mr. Jang’s guards.  Once there, she shoos away his tattoo artist and stabs him in the hands.  Shooting him is too good for him I suppose, but she’s going to talk at him for a while.  Now, Mr. Jang doesn’t speak or understand any English, so I imagine the whole situation is very confusing for him.  Super Lucy interrupts his tattoo, stabs him, and starts jabbering.  She wants information about where the other drug mules had been sent, but since he doesn’t speak English, this is kind of pointless.  However, she is not part Vulcan and does a mind meld type thing to get the information out of him.  I mean of course she can do that now right?!

After she’s done, she decides the next place to go is her house.  Her roommate lets her in and talks about a date she had all while Lucy uses her laptop to do some crazy typing and reading.  She then calls Professor Norman from the computer, because oh by the way, she can do that now too.  She talks to him about his research and wanting to meet, makes the lights flicker and do some weird stuff with his radio and that’s it.  Her main concern here is that she has all this knowledge but isn’t sure what to do with it and she is asking him for advice.  He tells her that she should figure out how to pass it on.  She seems to think that’s a good idea and tells him she’ll be there in 9 hours.  Professor Norman is a little weirded out by the whole situation.  It seems very similar to a ghost movie, except a little more sciency.  Before she leaves the apartment though she gives her roommate a prescription and tells her that her kidneys are failing and she needs to change her lifestyle.  Random, but maybe she isn’t a complete robot yet?

Off she goes to the airport; she changes her hair since the police are looking for her for shooting the patient in the OR.  I think it would have been cool if she had changed all her looks for a while, but that would have required another actress.  While getting her tickets she calls a random cop in Paris.  I assume she knows that he is some sort of expert.  She gets his attention by knowing things about him that she shouldn’t be able to (oo he has a red pen on his desk!) and gives him the information to catch the other three dudes with drugs in them.   I think she was around 30% here, I really don’t remember when the different percents happened.  The police catch them all and Lucy is on the plane to get the rest of the drugs.  It’s not really clear why she wants them, that is until a super weird scene on the airplane.  She’s using two computers, with one hand on each typing at an insane rate.  The stewardess tells her it’s time to close them and gets a nosebleed for some reason, so Lucy asks for some champagne.  When she takes a sip, a tooth falls out in the glass.  Because molars totally fall out like that.  A cough and more teeth come out in her hands. This is where shit really hits the fan.  Her skin starts vaporizing and she’s really tripping out.  It’s hard to tell if the other people in the plane can see it or are just freaked out because she is flipping her shit.  She locks herself in the bathroom.  In the mirror you see her eyes are starting to droop and her cells are flying off.  She is literally coming to pieces so the obvious to answer is to chow down on some more of the blue stuff and poof she is back to normal.

Upon landing though, she is detained and knocked out.  The doctor said she should be out all day from what he gave her, silly him, he doesn’t know she can control her own metabolism!  Out she walks into a hallway full of police.  She asks to talk to the cop alone, but everyone has guns pointed at her.  With a wave of her hand, she makes everyone else pass out and drops the bullets out of his gun.  Here she has reached 40%.  She tells him she needs to get the other drugs and they get in his car and off they go.  While sitting in the car, at an absurdly long stop light I might add, she is looking through people’s cell phone data.  There is a neat scene where you see all these streams going up into the sky, but then she finds Mr. Jang’s cell phone and realizes they are sending people into the hospital to get the drugs back.  She takes over the car and drives like a crazy person, mostly up one way streets, to get to the hospital.  Lots of other cars crash and flip, but’s of no concern to her right now.  So maybe she doesn’t care much anymore.  They get to the hospital where Mr. Jang’s people have recovered two of the pouches of drugs.  She does some of her magic which turns the one guy into a mime when he tries to run away and floats the rest.  Fuck gravity man, it’s such a downer anyways.  She takes the case of drugs, rips the last pouch out of the last mule’s stomach and she’s ready to go.  The cop asks why she needs him and she gives him a very impassioned, and almost depressing, kiss and says “To remind me” and walks away.

Off they go to meet Professor Norman with all the drugs.  Mr. Jang happens to see them and follows and he is quite pissed off at this point.  Lucy meets Professor Norman at a university and they happen to have a lot of random lab equipment that is never really used.  They talk a bit and the cop is sent to setup a defense because bad guys are coming.  Tons of cops flood through the front of the building while the bad guys on the other side of the street are loading up their guns.  Neither group noticed each other.  The bad guys casually walk in and shoot up the place.  During this time Lucy is talking with the group of scientist explaining what the meaning of life is, which ends up being time.  Without time nothing exists.  Okay, that’s not too weird I guess.  There’s the reference to a video of a car and if you play it faster and faster at infinity the car will disappear.  After the gun shots happen, they decide to get to work.  Lucy decides she needs to take all of the drugs at once to get her to the last few percent to reach 100% of her brain capacity.  I don’t remember where she reaches other percents past 40, but the last scene is where she goes the last 20% or so.

To take all the drugs, they mix the drugs in water and give them too her in an IV.  This pushes her to 99% and she makes the room completely white and starts building a crazy futuristic super computer.  Outside the room, the cops are fighting the bad guys but one bad guy grabs a random rocket launcher thing and shoots one into the room.  This interrupts Lucy and she starts teleporting to random places.  She’s at the Eiffel tower, then some random cliffs over the ocean, then Time Square.  Its here she realizes she can control time, forward or backward.  She reverses time and you see New York City de-evolve.  She stops at a few points through history.  One you see an old timey New York City, another time a group of very surprised Native Americans, and the last time in front of a raptor.  The raptor lunging at her makes her jump and she teleports through time and space and is now sitting in front of the Lucy primate we saw at the start of the movie.  She reaches out and touches fingers with the freaked out primate (which is similar to the ceiling of the Sistine chapel which was a scene shown at the start of the movie) and then she is zapped again.  This time we have time going back farther, you see earth change to molten lava and then meteoroids coming out of the crust and it goes backwards more to what I can only assume is the big bang.  While this is happening in Lucy’s mind she is still sitting in her office chair in the middle of the room.  Most of the cops have been shot and Mr. Jang makes his way into the room with his gun pointed at her head.  Blackness is creeping over Lucy’s body as Jang approaches, ready to kill her.  But just as he pulls the trigger she hits 100% and just vanishes.  He shoots at the empty space and flips his shit, which I think most anyone would do if the person in front of you vanished and their clothes fell to the floor.  In comes the cop Lucy had called and he kills Mr. Jang who just happens to fall perfectly into the empty office chair.  Still standing however is the giant weird super computer that Lucy created.  One of the scared scientists remarks that it is moving and out pops a very large flash drive.  It is no ordinary flash drive though, its surface looks like space and it contains all the knowledge that Lucy accumulated from being able to use all of her brain.  Once Professor Norman takes the flash drive the super computer disintegrates and that’s pretty much the end of the movie.

Now, does anyone else feel like they just came too from a really bad trip?  Okay good so it’s not just me.  I had gone to see this movie with a friend.  He really wanted to see it so I tagged along.  Even though he loves weird shit, he even found this weirder than he even expected.  Someone in the theater actually turned around and looked at us at the end with a “What the fuck just happened” expression.  It was nothing like the trailer had made it out to be, likely because no one would have wanted to see it otherwise.  It definitely came off as more of a bad-ass action movie with a touch of super-hero-ness to it.  Now there were some parts that I liked, but the whole movie just seemed like a grab bag of stuff, especially when it came to science related things.  I’m not really even sure what to say about the movie besides that it was weird.  The first thing I did think was that Sharknado 2 (which I have been adamantly avoiding) probably has a more cohesive plot and not be as fucking weird as Lucy was.

As far as a rating… well maybe a 2? I don’t even know.  It’s hard to rate something that you don’t even know what you watched.

Doctor Who 2048

8 May

Being a teacher at a school where students have their own laptops can be nice, until it comes to video games.  They are always coming up with ways to play games on their computers when they shouldn’t be.  Plus there are a ton of games online.  I’ve noticed as well that there tend to be fads with games.  There was Flappy Bird for a while and then 2048.  And then there  were the other versions of 2048.  I saw doge 2048 and a few others.  But then I happened across the Doctor Who version of 2048, and… well… I might be sort of addicted.


The basic concept of 2048 is that you add blocks together (2 + 2) to get to a higher number.  You can only add the same numbers together and the goal is to get 2048.  It requires a lot of thinking to it.  With the Doctor Who version you add the doctors together to get the next level.  For example, two Doctor Ones gives you a Doctor Two.  I’m told by someone who has beaten it, that it ends with 11 (Matt Smith).  So far my highest score is 11,252 and I got to the 10th doctor.  This has only happened once but I have gotten to the point that I can regularly get to 9.

I think it’s a neat concept and it’s good at getting you out of your head to focus on beating it.