Reader Mailbag: 12/1/2016

Posted: December 1, 2016 by Micah in Randomnicity
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Hey guys, and happy Thursdays! And congratulations on making it to December guys! We did it. Cause I’m not gonna lie to you guys: 2016 was a little bit the worst. Just… just real bad. Bad stuff happened. A lot. Repeatedly. And just when you thought we had finally hit rock bottom as a culture that bottom fell out from under us and we fell to a new, infinitely worse bottom. But we’re almost done guys, and this is (traditionally) at least a fairly easy part of the year to make it through. Just blast that Christmas music, eat those Christmas cookies, and just coast to 2017. Now let’s just hop right in this here mailbag and see what dear old life has dealt us this month!

Hey Micah, so what did you think of Gilmore Girls? – Nancy H.


Cause Girls just want to have snow….


Oh Nancy… look… I thought it was pretty good. I’m glad it exists. It had problems though. For instance: The third episode. An entire musical play that went on for (and I timed this) four thousand years. Like… the joke was that it was really bad and I got that it was really bad about three seconds in. I didn’t need a full 20 minutes of badness. I got the joke. But seriously: It was good. I could sit here and pick nits and talk about the story threads the show forgot about, the really weird Keifer Sutherland thing, the fact that (when you think about) this whole thing really only needed to be a two hour movie. But in the end: we got the Gilmore Girls reunion we had always wanted. And it was pretty good.

So as a fellow fan of the CW super hero shows what do you think of the The crossover episodes? – Johnathon

Well I haven’t seen the last episode of it Johnathon, but I honestly have really enjoyed it. For those of you who don’t know: the CW shows (The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow) have had a huge crossover event where they’re fighting VERY uninteresting looking aliens. It’s honestly been pretty great! The characters work well together, the storylines have been interesting, the only real low point were the parts of the Arrow episode that focused on the minor characters in that show, because the minor characters in that show are at their absolute best: very boring, and more often than not just plain annoying. Anyway, it’s a cool idea and I’m glad they did it and I really hope they do it again sometime soon. Bravo. Brava. Bravisimo.

Did you see the new poster for Alien Covenant? What did you think? – Kyle


Run… to the Dentist.


I mean… I guess yay?? I love/like/tolerate the Alien franchise depending entirely on which movie we’re watching at the time. I’m sure I will do one of those things where this movie is concerned. At least this confirms that there will be the traditional Alien and not whatever super skinny/angry Michelin man monster that attacked the crew the last time we did this. I feel like Ridley Scott isn’t crazy in touch with what makes his movies good or not good. He just kind of runs in and does things and sometimes it works out great (The Martian being the most recent example) and sometimes it does not (Prometheus .) So basically: it’s a crap shoot. Though if (as rumors say) the movie focuses on Ridley’s (the main character from most of the franchises) mom I will be super upset. Why do we feel the need to make monsters intimately acquainted with the entire family tree? I miss the older, simpler times when aliens just murdered random people cause that’s how monsters work, not because they met your mom once at a Costco and she took the last can of Who-hash.

So you can download things from Netflix now to watch later! How cool is that? – Micah

I mean… sure?? I guess. Yay? Apparently I cared enough to write and ask for my opinion but now that we get down to it… yeah I don’t really care. This will come in handy once in a great while when I’m… I don’t know… downhill skiing?? But like… every time I’m not in wi-fi I don’t constantly pine for the warm embrace of Netflix. That’s what books are for. I mean, people. That’s what people are for…. But also mostly books.

Are you excited for La La Land? – Jess


If these two ever start dating their couple name would be Stone-sling. And I fully support that.


I don’t know Jess… I was excited for La La Land, I mean a musical with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling? Absolutely, sign me up. But then it started getting nominated for every snooty-award ever and now I’m not so sure. All the sudden I feel it may have entered what I like to call “The Artist Zone.” You guys remember The Artist right? It came out in 2011 and was a really cool idea of like throwing things back to the old silent films days and oh my goodness the praises that were heaped up on it. The awards that it won! The number of times people said “this is a throwback to the olden golden days” “it will transport you to when movies mattered” “I watched The Artist and it cured my common cold” all that stuff. But in the end The Artists wasn’t actually a good movie. It was just a movie that people who watch movies felt the need to say was a good movie. Because it was snooty. No one would watch The Artist nowadays. If I downloaded The Artist from Netflix onto your iPad (cause you can now apparently) you would not watch it. It wasn’t really good, it was just a snooty movie for snooty people and snooty people are the ones writing the articles and handing out the awards.

I’m kind of getting that same vibe from La La Land. Everyone keeps talking about how it “transports them back” and “it’s a movie that says something about art” and things, and I just don’t know if it’s a movie that will actually be good anymore. It certainly COULD be good. I love the cast, and I love the sort of golden age of Hollywood musicals a lot! But I’m not as excited I was before it started reminding me of The Artist.

And there you go guys! Thanks for readin, I’ll see you next week, and just keep on cruisin’ through that last month!

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