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GregoPeck gives this an astounding "Must Play" on the Ghost Scale
This achieves something special, and it would be a shame to miss it.
GregoPeck gives this a "Must Play" on the Ghost Scale
This achieves something special, and it would be a shame to miss it.
I noticed that I didn’t write a review for Subnautica. Since I just finished Subnautica: Below Zero (BZ), I thought I’d give both of them a review here.

If you haven't played Subnautica, it may interest you if you like games that include survival, crafting, and exploring (probably the kind of game that has most interested me for quite awhile now). While you can craft things like base pieces and tools, you obtain these recipes by finding the items or fragments of them in the game and scanning them with your scanner tool.

There is a bit of a scary element, too, as there are huge creatures called Leviathans that are definitely scary as they will attack you and your vehicles. These games take place in an underwater environment, the planets are mostly made of an ocean with very little landmass. So, you’ll spend your time mostly underwater and you have to be aware of your oxygen level (along with food, thirst, and temperature, since BZ has frozen areas). There are different game modes, so these things are optional.

If you liked Subnautica, you'll probably like BZ. I bought BZ pretty much as soon as it was released into Early Access on Steam. I stopped playing it after a while as I decided to wait until the completed version was released. BZ is essentially Subnautica, just with more of an Arctic-like setting. Just like Subnautica, you’ll find there are different biomes, so it’s not all wintry. It also has some new things such as a Sea Truck and Spy Penglings, among others. At first, I didn’t like the Sea Truck. I liked the Sea Moth and Cyclops submarine in Subnautica, so initially (during Early Access) I was disappointed that these were missing. However, the Sea Truck has modules you can craft, connect, and disconnect easily. I found all of them useful, except the Sleeper module, which I didn’t build. It was frustrating in Subnautica when using the Cyclops and bumping into things, just like it is in BZ with the Sea Truck, although you can repair them easily with a repair tool (which was made easier in BZ). I also didn’t enjoy having to try to be quiet in certain areas with the Cyclops as it could attract Leviathans. That’s not the case in BZ, but if they see or get near you, they will attack. However, you can get an upgrade for the Sea Truck that lets you shock them, which will greatly reduce the amount of damage received. This will make them stop targeting you for a little while. I did find ways of killing a Leviathan (one of which is no longer valid as the tool used was removed), but they do respawn.

BZ also has a different story, though it's kind of related.

Subnautica received a lot of really good reviews and since BZ doesn’t stray very far from that game, I imagine that it will also get positive reviews. Already on Steam, the reviews are “Very Positive.”

I did restart my game a few times (something I frequently do in games once I start playing them). If you don't want to lose items when you die, then take my advice and save your game often, so that you can quit and reload to prevent that.

The game is short. I do wish it were longer, but I did enjoy it. At some point, you may want to look at a walk through to help you advance. I did this once I reached a certain point, because the game doesn’t always hold your hand and tell you what to do or where to go next. Also, it can be difficult to find some things on your own, though the game does give you some markers of places to visit. You can turn these beacons on or off in your main screen (PDA) and even choose a few colors for them. You can hit F1 to bring up a screen that tells you a lot of info, including coordinates. You can find coordinates of where things are on the game’s wiki page. If I remember correctly, the first number relates to East/West, the second is depth, and the third is North/South. You may want to consult a quick video on how this works, so you can find things easier and not get as lost (though you still may find yourself getting lost). You can also craft beacons to place so you can find your way back to an area easily. You may want to revisit an area for things that you may have missed or to gather more resources. Speaking of resources, it seems they do not respawn, though I seem to recall that the wildlife does (at least in Subnautica). There are plenty of resources, though, so this isn’t really something to worry about.

I recommend checking out Subnautica and then checking out BZ, especially if you liked Subnautica. I think Subnautica helps get you started and gives you a good understanding of the game in general. Plus, as I mentioned, the stories in both games are kind of related. Subnautica starts you off with you crash landing on an alien planet covered in a large ocean with little landmass. BZ, however, has you playing a character who wants to investigate the death of her sister on a frozen alien planet. Though it is interesting to note that you can freeze on land, but once you get into the ocean, temperature is no longer relevant (unless you get into a thermal vent).

If you’ve played one or both games, let me know what you think. Also, let me know if you think this is something you may be interested in.

You can check out my other BZ (spoiler-free) post here: https://cheerfulghost.com/GregoPeck/posts/4629/subnautica-below-zero-cinematic-trailer-and-release-date

Sony has released a new trailer for Venom Let There Be Carnage, the sequel to the Venom movie. It looks kind of interesting. I really enjoyed the first Venom movie, so I'm really hoping this one is as good or better than the first.

Surprisingly, my greatest disappointment with the trailer is that it says, "only in theaters." I'm fully vaccinated now and I did go see Godzilla Vs. Kong (before I was vaccinated), but I guess I've grown so used to watching things on Disney+ or HBO Max that I think I'm preferring to be able to watch movies and shows in the comfort of my own space. What do you think about this?

Let me know what you think about the trailer and what you thought of the first movie, if you saw it. If you did see it, I hope you didn't miss the post-credits scene where Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) visits Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson) who's in prison.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch is streaming now on Disney+. I actually forgot about this, but luckily YouTube brought it to my attention recently. You may remember The Bad Batch that were introduced in The Clone Wars. They're a unique group of clones, each individual in the group looks different and has they're own specialty. The trailer introduces them and also introduces us to some characters you may recognize from other Star Wars shows or movies. Tarkin is perhaps the most recognizable as he appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy as the commander of the Death Star. He also appeared in Rogue One and had a cameo at the end of Revenge of the Sith, although with some film trickery since the actor died in 1994. He also appears in The Clone Wars and Rebels. You may also recognize Fennec Shand who we got to see in The Mandalorian. I think what makes her more recognizable is that she is voiced by the actress who played her, Ming-Na Wen (she was also Chun-Li in the 1994 Street Fighter movie and Melinda May in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. among many of her other credits)

I haven't watched any episodes yet, but the Internet tells me there have been two released so far and there will be a total of 16 of them. Being a Star Wars fan and really enjoying everything Star Wars, I imagine this will be a good show (at least in my opinion, which isn't too critical).

I think if we can establish that some, most, or all of us have watched some or all of it, we can, together, agree to talk about it with or without spoilers in the comments. I'm sure those of us that haven't seen any of it yet want to avoid spoilers and once I do see some of it, I'll definitely avoid giving away spoilers unless I get a general consensus that enough of us have seen it and are willing to talk about it in detail. Otherwise, let me know if you plan to watch it and what you think about The Bad Batch in general (if you saw them in The Clone Wars or just watched the trailer, if you haven't watched The Clone Wars, you may want to go do that, I thought it was a good show).

Minecraft devs have been working on the next update which is called the Caves & Cliffs Update. It adds new blocks like copper, which oxidizes, meaning that after some time it will turn from orange to green, though it seems we will have control over whether or not this occurs. It also adds new mobs like the Glow Squid and the adorable Axolotl, along with goats. The update is also going to include new cave biomes and change how world generation works. Because the update is adding large mountains, the height of the world is expanding. Archaeology is also in the update.

The devs have just recently announced that this update is now being split into two parts. The first part will be released this summer and will include mobs and blocks. So, you'll see that adorable Axolotl, Glow Squid, goats, copper and more. However, because this update is making a change to world generation, this part of the update is more technically challenging and is being delayed to the end of the year. The devs want to make sure that they deliver a high quality update, they don't want to introduce new bugs (even if some are inevitable) or destroy old worlds. This means more time is needed. Archaeology is a new system within the game, which means more complexity. It will also be released in the second part of the update.

Part of the reason for the delay of some pieces of the update is the global pandemic currently going on. The company, like many others, values the health of it's employees and wants to keep everyone safe so that we can all safely get through this time together. The pandemic has affected very many people and companies world wide. Many game developers are finding it more difficult to work together by being physically separated and this has caused many games (and many other things like movies, TV shows, etc.) to be delayed.

This delay may be disappointing, but in the end it means that the quality of the update will be much better, because it won't be rushed and released too early. Many games have done this and have suffered by being a buggy mess.

What do you think about this Minecraft update? What do you think about this delay? I feel like the delay is reasonable. Ove the years my impatience for games or updates to be released has finally taken a chill pill. I find myself much more patient with things like this now. I think that's because there were things I impatiently waited for was disappointment with what I got. I also saw how the length of time of my impatience outweighed the amount of time I actually spent enjoying something. Plus, especially with all of the free games I've been able to claim and all the games I got during a great sale, I feel like I have plenty of games to play. Let me know if this is something you've experienced to.

Subnautica: Below Zero joined Early Access on Steam about two years ago. They've recently released a cinematic trailer for it and announced it's release date of 5/14/21 for multiple platforms. If you liked Subnautica, you might like this. I thought the trailer was really interesting and funny. It follows a brief time of a guy living on the planet dealing with some of it's creatures, though they didn't show off any of the very large ones nor did they give much details in the way of the game's story.

S:BZ is much like Subnautica, but this time it takes place on an icy planet, so if you go to the surface, you'll see plenty of snow and some of the water you can swim under is covered in ice. There are new creatures, tools, and of course a new story. The story has changed since it's launch into Early Access. I played and followed the development early on briefly before they decided to rewrite the script and hire new voice actors. I got it right away, pretty much, because I very much loved Subnautica. Now that I'm looking at the Cheerful Ghost game database, I see no one's written about it. I'm surprised I didn't write about it, since I really enjoyed it (more than I thought I would). If you're unfamiliar with Subnautica, it's a crafting, survival, and exploration game, but takes place in the vast ocean of an alien planet after your space ship has crashed. You're left with an escape pod, which has some basic survival things you'll need. One of the greatest tools in the pod is a fabricator. There's a good variety of fish you can catch with your hands. They can be fast, so you'll want to craft your first major piece of technology, which is something you hold onto that can propel you forward. You can take fish to the fabricator and turn them into food or water. Different fish are better for satisfying your hunger, but some are much better for your thirst. You can breach the ocean's surface to get some air, but there are also plants that often pump out bubbles of oxygen you can breathe underwater. However, you're going to need to go much deeper, luckily you can craft some submersibles. In the end you'll have your own submarine. You can craft things with many of the planet's resources like copper, which is good for batteries, or quartz, which is good for glass. You'll find pieces of technology scattered on the floor of the ocean. Scanning these will give you progress towards being able to craft it. Beware though there are many dangers. There is a monster that can latch onto your submersible, which performs a really good "jump scare," but it's not the only thing down there to worry about. There are also a good amount of different biomes you'll find. While exploring, you'll find the logs of other survivors. You'll also find a very small island where you can find some useful things, like garden plots to scan and plants you can collect to create your very own self sustaining garden. You can build underwater housing, too, but if you build too many pieces (like glass windows), you'll need to support them by also building some reinforcement pieces or the pressure will break your habitat, which will flood. You can use a tool to repair leaks and also to add more reinforcement, so just because your habitat gets inundated, all hope is not lost as it can be fixed and the water can be drained. There are also a few different game modes, so if you want to play without the survival requirements (like food and water), you can do that.

Let me know what you think about the trailer and the game. Also let me know if you've played Subnautica. If you like games like Terraria, Minecraft, and Ark: Survival Evolved, I think it's a game you might like. If you want to watch some good videos on YouTube of someone playing Subnautica, I recommend looking at the channels of Paul Soares, Jr. and Sl!pg8r.

Oh, I totally forgot about Star Trek: Picard, luckily a new teaser has been released, which you'll find embedded. Most of the minute long trailer has Picard speaking about how "the true final frontier is time" and that "time offers so many opportunities, but never second chances." After that, we see deck of cards on a table and the only one that's face up and out of the deck is a Queen of Hearts. It then mostly dissipates as then all we see is a black screen and all that remains is the "Q" part of the card. In this instance we hear Q (John de Lancie) say, "the trial never ends" and laughs. I guess it wouldn't be a ST:TNG show without Q!

TNG is perhaps my most favorite of all of Star Trek, and I've seen almost all of it. However, I have not seen Star Trek: Lower Decks (an animated comedy) or Star Trek: Discovery (which I've heard is good). TNG ended when I was about 15 and it played on a local channel, so I got to watch it. There was a TNG video game that I had as one of the first games I got to play with my new Windows PC in '95-96. I also collected the cards for the TNG Customizable Card Game, which I played with some friends during high school. I still have some of those cards around. DS9 and Voyager also came out during this time and I really enjoyed those shows, too. I also read some books of TNG (such as Imzadi) and Voyager (especially the beginning). It wasn't until I was much older (in the last decade) that I finally watched or re-watched everything from the original and animated original series to ST: Enterprise. I've also seen all of the movies and I believe the NCC-1701-D is my favorite Enterprise. I've imaged myself in a blue TNG uniform long ago. I believed it belonged to those that worked in the field of science, which was where I saw myself if I were part of a ST crew.

I enjoyed Star Trek: Picard, I'm not sure how I forgot about it. I can't even remember if I was expecting a season two, but I'm delighted that it appears to be coming. I look forward to watching it. The fact that Q is going to be in it makes it even more exciting.

Did you see Star Trek: Picard? What did you think about it? Are you excited for season two? It looks like it'll come out sometime next year.

Source: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/star-trek-picard-season-2-gets-new-teaser/1100-6489774/

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier currently has three episodes left. On June 11th Loki begins on Disney+ just a couple of days after Black Widow is finally released. There's a new trailer for the show, which you can watch as I embedded it in this post. There's new footage in this video, so I recommend watching it. It looks pretty cool and funny. Afterwards, I watched a quick reaction video by New Rockstars, which you can watch here: https://youtu.be/xJj3oVpl4ao There will be a breakdown of the trailer later, but for now Erik Voss answered a couple of lingering questions. For one thing, you can see Loki on a purple looking planet talking to a woman. At first, my impression was that this was Black Widow, but it's most likely to be a woman playing the female version of Loki. "This Loki variant," the male we all know is mentioned in the trailer, which could mean there are other Loki variants out there. Erik also mentioned other shows that this will be like including Rick and Morty, Dr Who, and Quantum Leap. He does say it's interesting that it seems the TVA is blaming Loki for the messed up time line, instead of the rest of the Avengers. We do see in the trailer it being explained to him that this was due to him stealing the Tesseract. We also get to see Loki in different places and as different people. It looks like some adaptations will be made from real life events and the comics, including the one where Loki ran for president.

Let me know what you think about this. Do you plan to watch it? Are you excited about it? Are you enjoying all this Marvel content we're getting? I'm looking forward to it and I kind of feel an insatiable hunger for Marvel content. Keep it coming!

There's a new Black Widow trailer. It includes some new footage, including a very young person with blue hair (New Rockstars says this could be a young Natasha). If you're not familiar with Task Master, that character (in the comics) is able to copy the moves of someone he (or she) studies. One of the locations in the movie is Budapest, which if you remember Black Widow and Clint Barton reference a time there so maybe this covers it. The end of the trailer announces that the movie's release date is July 9th in theaters and on Disney+ premier access, "at an additional cost." I recently reported that to watch this on Disney+, you're going to have to pay $30 for it, which I still think is a bit expensive (as movie tickets in my area are $8 each and new Blu-Rays might cost that much or less).

If you want to get some more details, check out this video posted by New Rockstars: https://youtu.be/7kjrjVhTs_Q

Are you looking forward to this? How or when do you think you'll see it?

This discussion may include spoilers, so if you don't want anything spoiled, this may not be for you. However, if you're like me and are keeping up with the Disney+ Marvel shows and movies, feel free to share your thoughts. I also want to give you a FANTASTIC source for this discussion, the New Rockstars Channel on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7yRILFFJ2QZCykymr8LPwA/videos

Captain America’s shield was destroyed by Thanos in End Game. However, Steve Rogers took a trip through time and we see him return, but looking much older with a different shield. It’s possible that while the original was made of Vibranium and the new one is made of Proto-Adamantium. You probably recognize Vibranium from Wakanda and Adamantium is what was used to give Wolverine his metallic skeletal enhancements. I believe I saw that this is what the shield is made of in the comics. Anyway, Steve apparently spent time with Peggy Carter (who I LOVE personally) and delivered the new shield to The Falcon, Sam Wilson. Bucky Barnes, The Winter Soldier and The White Wolf, was present and he approved of this. However, Sam couldn’t accept it. He didn’t feel like it belonged to him, even though Cap had told him “it does.”

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier starts off showing Sam on a mission where he meets up with Batroc, who we saw in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We get to see Sam flying with his wingsuit and using his drone named Red Wing. Unfortunately, Red Wing was destroyed in the next episode.

After the mission, we see an extension of how Sam felt about Cap giving him the shield. He was part of a ceremony in which he gave up the shield, seemingly to be displayed in a museum. However, we see at the end of the episode that the government has given the shield to a new Captain America, John Walker a.k.a. U.S. Agent. This was definitely a slap in the face to Sam and Steve’s memory.

Apparently, it’s not known exactly where Steve is during this time. Sam’s partner on this mission, Joaquin Torres, asks Sam about a theory that Steve is “on the moon,” but Sam doesn’t necessarily confirm or deny this. I think he said something like “don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.” When he was leaving their meet up, Joaquin asked him where was going and Sam joked that he had business to do “on the moon.” In the comics, Joaquin becomes The Falcon as Sam becomes the new Captain America.

When we first see Bucky Barnes he’s The Winter Soldier on an assassination mission. Later we see he’s befriended Yori Nakajima, the father of one of the guys he killed in that mission. Clearly Mr. Nakajima doesn’t know that it was The Winter Soldier who killed his son, but Bucky is trying to make peace with his past. It isn’t until the second episode when Sam and Bucky finally get together. Bucky confronts Sam and asks him why he gave up the shield and that he was stupid to do so. Bucky joins Sam on a mission against a new global terrorist group called the Flag Smashers. The Flag Smashers are super soldiers who want to return the world to during the “blip.”

The nature of the show is clearly tackling race issues. We can see this in the second episode more clearly when Sam and Bucky go to visit Isaiah Bradley, who lives with his grandson Eli Bradley. It turns out Isaiah is a super soldier, but wasn’t as well known as Steve Rogers. He was sent to defeat The Winter Soldier and although he failed, he still broke the Winter Soldier’s metal arm in half. Afterwards he was imprisoned for 30 years as tests were conducted on him. He is rightfully very angry about this when Bucky goes to see him and we get to see a taste of his power. In the comics, Eli joins the Young Avengers, which the MCU seems to be leading to as we’ve seen other characters through the MCU who are in the Young Avengers, such as the daughters of Iron Man/Tony Stark, Clint Barton, and Ant-Man along with Billy and Tommy, the twin sons of Wanda Maximoff and Vision.

The racism doesn’t stop there. As Sam and Bucky leave Isaiah’s house, police officers pull up to the two of them. They show off Bucky’s white privilege and treat Sam as though he’s some how bothering Bucky. They ask for Sam’s ID, but not for Bucky’s. Sam doesn’t have his ID and soon enough the officers recognize him and Bucky as Avengers. Then they find out that there’s a warrant out for Bucky’s arrest since he missed his court ordered therapy session. In the end, John Walker gets Bucky free of his court ordered therapy. Sam and Bucky get in a heated discussion with John Walker and his buddy, Lemar Hoskins a.k.a Battle Star. So they go their separate ways.

Later, we see Bucky convincing Sam that they need to go see Zemo, who’s in prison. They need to find more about the Flag Smashers and their use of the super soldier serum and Hydra was apparently hunting super soldiers, as we learn in episode 3. We see them break Zemo out of prison, who leads them to Madripoor. There they meet with someone Zemo knows and they find out the name of the doctor involved. Sam's cover was blown by a call from his sister. She then orders the men to be killed, but she gets killed by an unknown assailant. This puts a bounty on the group. Later, as they're escaping, they find that some mysterious person is still killing the people that are after them. It turns out to be Peggy Carter’s great-niece Sharon. You may remember her from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War, in which she was first keeping an eye on Steve Rogers, but later Sam and Bucky witnessed the two kissing, which even they said was kind of weird. She claims to be in Madripoor, because of being a fugitive in the U.S. due to stealing Cap's shield and Sam's flight suit for them. Sam promises to get her a pardon for helping them find the doctor who created the new super soldier serum, which was derived from blood analysis of Isaiah Bradley. I feel kind of suspicious about Sharon, it's hard to explain. Sure, she stated that she's in Madripoor, because they don't extradite people, but she could have gone to any other country that has that same policy. She's obviously well connected, so I wonder what's really going on with her.

The identity of the Power Broker is still a mystery. There are actually two Power Broker characters in the Marvel comics, so it's possible it's one of them. You may notice "The Power Broker is watching" written on one of the walls in Madripoor. Apparently, he (or she) is living in the upper part of Madripoor, which the group avoided due to Nemo's advice.

At the end of episode 3, we see that Bucky has found some small metallic spheres that give off some kind of odd sound. Bucky follows these and picks them up, which leads him to an alley. Ayo appears and Bucky says, that he was wondering when she would show up. She says she's after Zemo. You may remember her from Black Panther, T'challa's body guard.

New Rockstars has suggested other Hydra cameos may appear such as Red Skull, who we last saw in Infinity War when Clint Barton and Black Widow went to get the soul stone. It seems as though Red Skull may have been freed of his service there, since the stone was collected. Arnim Zola was a very prominent Hydra scientist. His digital self was apparently in the background on one of the computers when Tony Stark went back in time and met his father. In the comics, Zola gets a robotic body, so it’s possible he could make an appearance.

Most of the Easter eggs appear in the show’s credits. New Rockstars pointed them out. It seems possible that Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross may make an appearance. You may recognize him from The Incredible Hulk, which starred Edward Norton. He also makes an appearance in the MCU as Secretary of State. He was the one pushing the Avengers to sign the Sokovia Accords. However, even in The Incredible Hulk, Thaddeus had his hands on a kind of super soldier serum that was used to create the Abomination. In the comics, Thaddeus creates a team called the Thunderbolts. This group includes Zemo, so we may see the beginning of this group’s formation.

There’s been a bit of news recently that there’s going to be a special cameo of a “well-rounded character” who’s kind of on the same level as Thor. New Rockstars also pointed out that this is going to be emotional some how. They have a new video out with their own theories and hopes of who that character could be.

I’m enjoying the show so far, though it doesn’t feel as exciting as WandaVision. Maybe that’s because WandaVision was our first thirst after a long drought of Marvel content, or maybe it’s because that show was just extremely fantastic. I’m still looking forward to seeing what happens in the show. I’m not all that fond of John Walker, although at the start of the second episode he appeared to be a decent guy. Although he’s still a mystery, because it was mentioned during his interview with Good Morning America that scientists had studied his body. Apparently he excelled in many traits, which could possibly mean he’s had some of that super soldier serum. He certainly could use the shield just as good as Cap. Still, the trailer shows Sam and Bucky with the shield, so we have yet to learn how they get it.

I really love the Marvel intro in these shows and the movies. It feels electrifying. It's like it sets up my psychology to expect that something great is coming.

What do you think of the show? What do you think is going to happen? What do you want to see? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier only has six episodes and after that Loki’s show begins on June 11th!

This discussion may include spoilers, so if you don't want anything spoiled, this may not be for you. However, if you're like me and are keeping up with the Disney+ Marvel shows and movies, feel free to share your thoughts. I also want to give you a FANTASTIC source for this discussion, the New Rockstars Channel on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7yRILFFJ2QZCykymr8LPwA/videos

I've recently watched all of the Netflix Marvel shows along with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and other Marvel movies (some of which I'd already seen). I have some thoughts on those, but I might set aside that discussion for now as to be more current, plus I'm not entirely sure those shows are considered to be canon. I know at least, from what I've seen Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t seem to be canon, which is sad, because it was FANTASTIC.

Let's start with WandaVison, which recently ended. I thought it was quite an exciting show to watch. I eagerly awaited each episode every week. I also watched New Rockstars, which helped explain some things and point some things out. This was especially helpful to me, because I’ve hardly read any Marvel comics, so all the material is pretty much new to me. Thanks to New Rockstars, I jumped on the "Mephisto train." Some of us thought Mephisto was going to make an appearance, but alas he wasn't there. Paul Bettany (Vision) teased a very special cameo. Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda) also teased a "Luke Skywalker" level cameo (I may write more about that in another post). However, it turns out that cameo was just a duplicate Paul Bettany (white Vision). We also went wild when we saw Evan Peters (Quicksilver). We though this meant that the multi-verse was going on and he was taken from the modern Fox X-Men films. Unfortunately, it just turned out to be a "nod," though many of us just felt like Marvel trolled us. I thought giving him the last name of "Bohner" was kind of an insult (calling him a "boner"), but it turns out that was just a nod to a character on the show Growing Pains with the nickname of "Boner." Because of these, New Rockstars learned that we have to manage expectations. They explained that this was the first of Marvel we got after End Game, we were starving for Marvel content, especially since much of it got delayed due to the COVID outbreak.

It took a bit of time before we learned who was the villain and even though who we thought might show (Mephisto or Nightmare), we instead got to see others such as "Agnes" Agatha Harkness ("it was Agatha all Along" as the cool theme song suggested), however Wanda was also guilty. It was her magic that created the Hex, which turned Westview, New Jersey into a TV show. It was her grief of losing Vision that caused all of this. The Darkhold also made an appearance with Agatha, which took a different appearance than the one we see in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which is why I initially wondered if it really was the Darkhold). Agatha was definitely one of my most favorite characters on the show. It’s hard to describe, but I loved her flamboyancy and devilish humor. I found something about her to be very attractive. Wanda left her in Westview under the spell. Maybe we’ll see her return to the MCU some day.

Wanda and Vision had children, as they apparently do in the comics, twins, Billy and Tommy. Unfortunately, they were created by Wanda’s magic which created the Hex and thus disappeared along with (colorful) Vision when the Hex disappeared. We were left with a scene of Wanda in a cabin in a remote area. We saw her drinking tea while she was also using astral projection to study the Darkhold. Within it, we hear Billy and Tommy crying out for their mom. Maybe she has to break into the multi-verse to rescue them, or maybe it’s just a trick by Mephisto. She’s returning in Doctor Strange and the Multi-verse of Madness, so we’ll possibly see how that all goes.

The show was fantastic, really! I loved how each of the early episodes progressed to be a replication of older sitcoms such as The Dick Van Dyke show, Bewitched, and Growing Pains among others. We later learned that this was because Wanda really loved watching these sitcoms while she was living with her family in Sokovia, as the bomb (made by Stark Industries) dropped in their house. We learned that Wanda was able to prevent the bomb from exploding. We also got to see Hydra experimenting on Wanda with the Mind Stone, but it’s not the source of her power. Apparently she had inherent power, she is a mutant after all, daughter of X-Men villain, Magneto.

In the final episode, we see Wanda and Agatha duel, which was pretty cool, especially with how Wanda was very sly in creating runes in the Hex to nullify Agatha’s magical abilities (as Agatha had done to Wanda when she took her to her basement). We also watched (colorful) Vision fight a white Vision. The former was re-created by Wanda’s magic. The latter was Vision’s body, which was recovered by S.W.O.R.D. They were trying to put him back together (after getting destroyed by Thanos) and hoping that they could control him, but they couldn’t find a power source for him. However, they received what they were looking for after retrieving a drone they had sent into the Hex. After the drone was taken out of the Hex by Wanda while she confronted S.W.O.R.D., it still contained Wanda’s magic and that’s what they used. This worked, but not for long as (colorful) Vision defeated this new white Vision with a logic puzzle. In the end white Vision flew off, but we don’t know where he went. I imagine we’ll see him again.

We also can’t forget about Monica Rambeau. We last saw her in Captain Marvel, as a kid, but when she returned in WandaVision, we see her return from the “blip.” We got to see her play a role in Wanda’s show, but she questioned Wanda and reminded her that Vision died, which angered Wanda, who cast her out of the Hex. Monica was scanned by a doctor, but the scans didn’t show anything, except what looked like a bright light. Monica later re-entered the Hex, in the flesh. When she got inside we see that she can see differently. She apparently sees magnetic fields. Later, she tried confronting Wanda again, but was thrown back by Agatha. We also found out more about Monica’s power, but later we also found out that bullets can pass right through her. In the end, she was led into the local movie theater by someone who turned out to be a Skrull. She said someone was waiting to see her “up there.” This may refer to Nick Fury, who we last saw in what may be a Skrull space ship. Apparently, she goes by many names in the comics and it isn’t yet known which the MCU will chose. However, it seems she may later join Billy, Tommy, and other Marvel youth as they were part of the Young Avengers in the comics. This includes the daughters of Iron Man/Tony Stark, Clint Barton, and Ant-Man.

The show certainly didn’t answer all of our questions. For instance, we never learned what exactly was up with that rabbit who ate a bird in Agatha’s basement, though it was later mentioned in a podcast that it was Agatha’s familiar (which is like a witch’s pet).

I thought the show was like an emotional roller coaster. I know my emotions were in high gear. Much of it was tear jerking, especially seeing Wanda suffer through her grief of losing Vision.

I may have missed some things here, but I thought I’d write about the show. I created this so we could talk about the show here. So, please write in the comments and let me know what you thought of the show.

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