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Supernatural: The Fifteenth and Final Season... Reviewed!

 I'd like to thank Warner Bros for supplying a copy of this show for review. My opinions are my own.

The Winchester's have been to hell and back, and now they've arrived for their fifteenth and final season of... Supernatural. This show has been running for well over a decade now... and now it's time to ride off into the sunset after one last hurrah.

Story: Supernatural is a show that has really stood the test of time. Not everyone is into horror, but they serve up enough action, adventure, drama, fantasy, and all that good stuff to keep things interesting... for the loyal fanbase. Supernatural has literally spawned several novels, comics, magazines, games, and an anime series! Talk about support, because if it were just the typical show... you can forget about all those extra. The support has given Supernatural the title of being the longest-running American live-action fantasy TV series.

The show was well received with the pilot's 5.69 million viewers, and according to sources... the creator was only going to create 3 seasons. Did you know that it took nearly a decade for the show to be picked up? So if you're working on pitching something that you believe in, continue developing it because an unsuccessful pitch doesn't always count you out. The creator actually concluded his run in season 5, and here we are in season 15 thanks to several other showrunners helping his show get as much love as the time he's put into developing it. It's that cool? I just wanted to give you a few extra tidbits as you prepare for the Winchester's final ride against... God.

If you aren't familiar with Supernatural, it's a story about the trials and tribulations of two monster-hunting brothers by the name of Sam and Dean Winchester. These brothers take on all sorts of otherworldly creatures, supernatural beings, and anything else that goes bump in the night... and day.

The Winchester's go from scenario to scenario at times as they tackle some pretty serious baddies, like all the souls released from hell in episode one of the season. The threat level remains high in the opening of the season and goes on for a number of episodes before serving up a bit of normalcy. The brothers obtain information under the guise of being FBI agents and track down the supernatural baddies by way of collecting clues. I like the way it's served up as far as the flow of the show goes, and since they aren't actual agents... the script isn't tied to a certain course of action. You get to see how they interact as siblings, and they're still holding down the fort at the Men of Letter's bunker which is the safest place on earth in the show.

So you aren't just getting goodbyes, you're being served up with enjoyable episodes that deliver what you know and love about the series. Atomic Monsters was probably the most enjoyable episode for me, it threw a little twist in there (maybe not as good as the one in Proverbs 17:3 but still good), special effects weren't really required and the acting was solid on all fronts (making it more believable). There are other solid episodes in the season, but that's the one that stood out for me initially and got me in the groove.

I don't want to give anything away, but (hmmm) I feel like "Inherit the Earth" would've been a much better ending. It was satisfying, and they could've left it there. It takes a much better route than "Carry On" took because the door remains open for more Supernatural action in the future. To be fair, it doesn't have to deliver more... but there could be a movie or something if it were left at "Inherit the Earth". I think there's enough creative juice left there to make a solid film every now and then, and they could use Jack to make it happen.

I didn't even like the way "Carry On" played out, it felt like an episode that was created in order to quickly throw something together for the sake of what occurs in the episode. It still had a bittersweet ending, but you know what I'd prefer to have. Technically they don't even have to follow the show's timeline to deliver Supernatural movies, because the episodes during their everyday missions didn't run along a specific timeline either (other than the visions Sam would have).


Visuals: Visually, Supernatural had a lot of your standard shots, and I was actually a bigger fan of the standard shots than the more ambitious angles. Certain angles wouldn't have been bad if they weren't accompanied by cheesy SFX's in some scenes. That's actually the reason certain scenes didn't deliver the intended feeling for me.


Visually you get a good mix of medium close-ups, medium shots (like the one seen here), and close-ups for the most part. They do the job, and I believe that certain effects would've done the job over CGI unless it's really good work.


Audio + Extras: Audio was enjoyable, the sound effects delivered on all of the shooting, gunfights, the growls of monsters, and otherworldly powers. I didn't use headphones in this review, I let it put the surround sound system to good use with  DTS-HD Master Audio in 5.1 surround sound. I remember Dean was either eating or tinkering around with something in an episode and it was as clear as day out of a particular speaker. Great audio is always a plus and I appreciated it from start to finish in this final season.


As far as extras go, you get:

Supernatural: The End Of The Road - A Behind The Scenes Look At The Journey To The Finale.

Supernatural: Family Don't End With Blood - This Documentary Examines The Importance Of Family Within The Series And Among The Cast, Crew, And Fans.

The Winchester Mythology: Midwestern Heroes - A Look At Same And Dean As Classic American Heroes

Supernatural: The Long Road Home - A Retrospective Of All 15 Seasons

Supernatural: 2019 Comic-Con Panel - The Emotional Final Event

Winning Baby: A Supernatural Giveaway - A Lucky Fan Wins A Replica Of The Iconic Impala

Gag Reel


Price:  Pricewise, you can get Supernatural: The Fifteenth And Final Season Basics on DVD for $44.98 SRP (5 Discs) & $49.99 SRP on Blu-ray (4 Discs). Save nearly $15 here!

If you want Supernatural: The Complete Series Basics... you can get it for $329.99 (86 Discs) SRP & $359.99 SRP (58 Discs). On DVD that's about $3.83 per disc and $6.20 per Blu-ray disc. Save nearly $90 here!



Story 4

Visuals 4

Audio + Extras 5

Price 5

4.5 out of 5 Cool Points
 
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Infinity Train: Book Two... Reviewed!

 Before I jump in, I would like to thank Warner Bros for supplying a copy of this show for my review. My opinions are my own.


All Aboard! Thank you for riding the Infinity Train... let's go!

I wasn't sure what to expect when it came to Infinity Train: Book Two, and I wasn't familiar with the show at all. It takes place on a train (duh of the day), but it reminds me of Snowpiercer where the various cars... don't exactly feel like your standard train cars. They actually feel like a series of dimensions tied together, and you access them through the different doors of the train.

Story: Infinity Train is an interesting concept in itself, but... the characters and their story make it an experience worth watching. Mirror Tulip, is a reflection of a girl named... Tulip (the main character from Book One). The adventure begins with Mirror Tulip (aka M.T.) changing her appearance to escape the Mirror Police (aka the Flects) from the Chrome Car (available in Infinity Train: Book One). These guys use reflections to gain access to any location, but I was confused as the why M.T. wouldn't use such an ability. That would've made for some kick-ass fighting scenes and stealth... but I guess they wanted to keep it confined to the train for the main characters. 

Her attempt to escape... resulted in her meeting a deer with superpowers, and Jesse, a 14-year old jock from Arizona. The Infinity Train exists to put people in situations that force them to fix their personal problems if they want to leave, so this is the reason why Jesse is on the train. Like all other human passengers, he has to get his number to zero in order to leave. Could you imagine if that were true to our reality? The world would be completely different.

Anyway, the trio has a good balance as far as personality goes. M.T. is more of the rebel who refused to settle for life as a reflection, Jesse is a fun-loving teen who needs to realize the error of his ways, and Alan Dracula is the super-powered silent type (but... he's a deer, so talking wouldn't really be his thing anyway).

The different train cars put this interesting trio in a variety of scenarios that require them to work together (for the most part). You might see them running from one door to the next while escaping the Mirror Police, but most of the time it's a big question mark of what's on the other side of the door. In this adventure, you experience a little more than 10 cars that challenge the characters... and initially, they were just going through the motions to overcome the challenges of that car until the episode with the Toad car.

There wasn't much going on in that car when it came to action, but... there was plenty in the episode to connect the dots in terms of Jesse's backstory. So... yes, I knew he was there, I just didn't know the reason why, but the same episode also revealed more about M.T. which increased their bond. It also showed that she didn't simply consist of this strong exterior, because she was trying to show Jesse the wrong in a situation. Her softer side began to reveal itself as the episodes progressed, even though I saw it in the first episode. She escaped the servitude of being a reflection, she wanted to live her own life... which probably grabbed the attention of some viewers who wonder if our reflections have lives of their own (my answer is no because a reflection is a reflection).

I don't want to get off-topic but think about the color of things. We can't see the color of anything without light first bouncing off of it, so wouldn't that result in our reflection merely being a reflection of... light? I didn't mean to get this deep, but... let's move on.

Outside of the Flects, and the bots running the operation... I didn't see a lot of reoccurring characters. I thought the Wasteland was going to lead to an additional antagonist that ran the course of the show, but at least it gave Jesse more of the focus for a couple of episodes. These episodes were more like crossroads for him because he had the option of going off the rails with antagonists who saw their numbers as cred or... continue his journey to qualify for his exit home. Each character got a satisfactory amount of shine.

Alan Dracula also go some love in the Parasite Car episode, which delivered the most comedic value of the show for me. They tried to deliver some laughs here throughout the season, but (I don't know)... It didn't connect for me.

Visuals: Visually... Infinity Train: Book Two, has that sort of jazzed-up plain art style as seen in many of your Cartoon Network shows. I figured this is done to maintain a recognizable style associated with the network, but... I would like to see a bit more oomph.


Going back to the art style, what I can say about this show is that you get different art styles served up based on what car you're in. I won't say I was wowed at any given time, but... I was curious as to what I was going to see next.




Audio + Extras: When it comes to the audio, I didn't mind the upbeat electronic soundtrack even if I didn't really focus notice it outside of the theme music. The sound effects were okay, nothing really stood out to me though.

You get 10 episodes in Infinity Train: Book Two... which have a short but sweet runtime of 10 minutes or so. So you get through the season fairly quick, which is why I appreciate the price seen below.

Extra include 3 special features:

Commentaries
Animatics
Image Gallery

These extras are a plus for fans, but I also think the commentary is a great addition for those still scratching their head about the show. Animatics are something I would recommend for the artists interested in animation, along with the image gallery... in order to get an idea of what you would have to produce in order to be part of an animation studio.



Price: Pricewise, this show is awesomely priced at $14.97. It could have been a steal at $10, but I have no complaints at $14.97 MSRP. Luckily we can make that $10 price tag happen for you... here!

The overall story in this season was enjoyable, after the second half I was all in trying to see how things worked out... and I was satisfied. There are factors in there that complicate Jesse's exit, but... I believe you will find the exit satisfying for the most part. If you're familiar with Infinity Train, then you know... there are different characters in each book... and this one gets a thumbs up. I wanted to see more fighting, but enough was injected in there to make me shrug it off.


Story 5

Visuals 4

Audio + Extras 4

Price 5

4.5 out of 5 Cool Points

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The Money Tournament featuring PAC-MAN 256! You in?




We're pleased to announce our first tournament and you're welcomed to join in. The selected game is simple enough for anyone to play, and so are the rules presented below. So what game is it? It's PAC-MAN256. The spec requirements are low, so you can play it on a PC running in beast mode or... a simple laptop. 

So whether you're a new school or old school gamer... let's see what you've got. You can get the game on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox

We can't accept Apple or Android gameplay because you're able to continue from a loss and edit without notice.

How To Join

Record up to 1-Hour (Max) of your gameplay in PAC-MAN 256

  • Must record video from the start of the gameplay (no edits)
  • You don't have to be on video.

  • If you don't know how to record your gameplay on Windows 10, press the Windows (logo) key + G key on your keyboard.
  • When the boxes pop up, go to the one labeled "Capture" and press the "Start Recording" button.

  • Just hover your mouse over the button to make sure that's the one.

  • When you're done with gameplay, press the "Stop" button next to the recording timer.

  • Your video should be in the Captures folder in your videos folder.

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Upload Video To YouTube During The Tournament Dates:

  • June 11, 2021 - July 9, 2021 (by 11:59PM PST)

  • The video can be unlisted, it will be shared for everyone to see.

  • Mobile gamers are welcome, but you can't continue.

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How To Win:

  • The 3 players with the Highest Scores Win!

Winners Announced:

  • July 22nd or July 23rd (2021) which allows time to review the videos.
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Prizes:

  • 1st Place - $20 Amazon Gift Card or Equivalent

  • 2nd Place - $10 Amazon Gift Card or Equivalent

  • 3rd Place - $5 Amazon Gift Card or Equivalent
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Email Your YouTube Link To:

  • ForTheWin@SdgtStudio.com
This will give you an idea of gameplay. Your goal is simply to get the highest score among those who enter, that's it. Good luck and... game on!



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