Week by Week Walkthrough

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The following is about to be a quick little runthrough of my stats totals for personal predictions each week of the regular season and into the post-season thus far. As of the time this is being written, I am four for four in post-season predictions and waiting to see the outcome of the rest of the playoff games leading up to the title matchup. Anyway, let’s get to it.

Week One: 8-8 | Week Two: 11-5 | Week Three: 9-7 | Week Four: 8-7

Week Five: 10-4 | Week Six: 9-6 | Week Seven: 8-6-1 | Week Eight: 7-5-1

Week Nine: 9-4 | Week Ten: 7-7 | Week Eleven: 10-4

Week Twelve: 10-6 | Week Thirteen: 11-4 | Week Fourteen: 7-9

Week Fifteen: 10-6 | Week Sixteen: 10-6 | Week Seventeen: 9-7

Wild Card: 4-0

Interesting Stats:

  1. Every week except for Week 14 had a winning or at least even wins/losses record for the regular season and thus far in the playoffs as well.
  2. Two weeks (1 and 10) had even wins and losses while two weeks also had unaccounted for ties which couldn’t necessarily be factored in.

Divisional Round Predictions:

  1. Seahawks v Falcons | Pre: SEA
  2. Patriots v Texans | Pre: NE
  3. Chiefs v Steelers | Pre: KC
  4. Cowboys v Packers | Pre: DAL

Notes: All of the games have the potential to be fairly close but I particularly think the Falcons/Seahawks and Chiefs/Steelers matches will be very close. Seattle has had issues of late but then they are still after all the resilient Seahawks. Atlanta has been an explosive offensive powerhouse for most of the year. Kansas City has the Swiss Army Hill. Pittsburgh has been on a hotstreak for a long time and dominated the Dolphins in a revenge game and wild card match. The Packers and Cowboys also have the potential to go either way and Aaron Rodgers’ promise of “running the table” could come through. I could see the Texans’ defense providing some hiccups for the Pats in their game, however I feel like barring an upset of epic proportions, that match is the surest of the bunch.

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Playoff Rankings

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First of all, yes I did not indeed post actual rankings for Week 17, however I will gladly add them in the beginning here with a simple list as at this point in the season there’s less of a need to explain things along the way. The main purpose for this post is to offer rankings going into the post-season in particular, and that is what I seek to do here. I will be traveling and as such still have paltry access to the interwebs so this may very well be the only week I get to on time for such rankings.

Week 17 Rankings By the Books:

  1. New England Patriots 13-2 +/-
  2. Dallas Cowboys 13-2 +/-
  3. Oakland Raiders 12-3 +/-
  4. Atlanta Falcons 10-5 +1
  5. Kansas City Chiefs 11-4 +1
  6. Seattle Seahawks 9-5-1 -2
  7. Pittsburgh Steelers 10-5 +1
  8. Green Bay Packers 9-6 +3
  9. Washington Redskins 8-6-1 +4
  10. New York Giants 10-5 -3
  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8-7 -2
  12. Detroit Lions 9-6 -2
  13. Miami Dolphins 10-5 -1
  14. Houston Texans 9-6 +4
  15. Baltimore Ravens 8-7 +/-
  16. Denver Broncos 8-7 -2
  17. Buffalo Bills 7-8 +/-
  18. Indianapolis Colts 7-8 +1
  19. Tennessee Titans 8-7 -3
  20. Minnesota Vikings 7-8 +/-
  21. New Orleans Saints 7-8 +/-
  22. Philadelphia Eagles 6-9 +1
  23. Arizona Cardinals 6-8-1 +1
  24. Cincinnati Bengals 5-9-1 +3
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars 3-12 +3
  26. Carolina Panthers 6-9 -4
  27. Chicago Bears 3-12 -2
  28. San Fransisco 49ers 2-13 +3
  29. San Diego Chargers 5-10 -3
  30. Los Angeles Rams 4-11 +/-
  31. New York Jets 4-11 -2
  32. Cleveland Browns 1-14 +/-

Who Has Been Eliminated:

  1. Titans, Broncos, Buccaneers 9-7
  2. Redskins 8-7-1
  3. Ravens, Colts, Vikings 8-8
  4. Cardinals 7-8-1
  5. Bills, Eagles, Saints 7-9
  6. Bengals 6-9-1
  7. Panthers 6-10
  8. Jets, Chargers 5-11
  9. Rams 4-12
  10. Jaguars, Bears 3-13
  11. 49ers 2-14
  12. Browns 1-15

Who Remains:

  1. Patriots 14-2
  2. Cowboys 13-3
  3. Chiefs, Raiders 12-4
  4. Steelers, Giants, Falcons 11-5
  5. Seahawks 10-5-1
  6. Dolphins, Packers 10-6
  7. Texans, Lions 9-7

Power Rankings:

  1. Patriots
  2. Cowboys
  3. Steelers
  4. Chiefs
  5. Falcons
  6. Seahawks
  7. Packers
  8. Raiders
  9. Giants
  10. Lions
  11. Dolphins
  12. Texans
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Final Predictions of the Regular Season

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I’m a little late here with some of my posts, but I’ve had unreliable connection where I’ve been of late so that is semi-excusable. I’ll start off with the final predictions of the regular season and I’ll try to upload the final week’s worth of regular season power rankings here in the next day or perhaps later today or so. Let’s begin.

Week Seventeen Predictions

  1. Bills v Jets | Pre: BUF Act: NYJ
  2. Browns v Steelers | Pre: PIT Act: PIT
  3. Panthers v Buccaneers | Pre: TB Act: TB
  4. Texans v Titans | Pre: HOU Act: TEN
  5. Bears v Vikings | Pre: CHI Act: MIN
  6. Cowboys v Eagles | Pre: DAL Act: PHI
  7. Patriots v Dolphins | Pre: NE Act: NE
  8. Jaguars v Colts | Pre: IND Act: IND
  9. Ravens v Bengals | Pre: BAL Act: CIN
  10. Chiefs v Chargers | Pre: KC Act: KC
  11. Seahawks v 49ers | Pre: SEA Act: SEA
  12. Cardinals v Rams | Pre: ARI Act: ARI
  13. Raiders v Broncos | Pre: DEN Act: DEN
  14. Saints v Falcons | Pre: ATL Act: ATL
  15. Giants v Redskins | Pre: WAS Act: NYG
  16. Packers v Lions | Pre: DET Act: GB

Weekly Record: 9-7

Final Record of the Season: 153-101-2

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Short Stack Week

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I know I’d initially stated that I would do some sort of triple feature for the final three weeks of the season in regard to week by week predictions. However I’ve since changed my mind and will seek to do something along the lines of a week by week review of the predictions.

Week Fifteen Predictions

  1. Rams v Seahawks | Pre: SEA W Act: SEA W
  2. Dolphins v Jets | Pre: NYJ W Act: MIA W
  3. Colts v Vikings | Pre: MIN W Act: IND W
  4. Steelers v Bengals | Pre: PIT W Act: PIT W
  5. Jaguars v Texans | Pre: JAC W Act: HOU W
  6. Lions v Giants | Pre: DET W Act: NYG W
  7. Titans v Chiefs | Pre: KC W Act: TEN W
  8. Browns v Bills | Pre: BUF W Act: BUF W
  9. Packers v Bears | Pre: GB W Act: GB W
  10. Eagles v Ravens | Pre: BAL W Act: BAL W
  11. 49ers v Falcons | Pre: ATL W Act: ATL  W
  12. Saints v Cardinals | Pre: NO W Act: NO W
  13. Raiders v Chargers | Pre: OAK W Act: OAK W
  14. Patriots v Broncos | Pre: NE W Act: NE W
  15. Buccaneers v Cowboys | Pre: DAL W Act: DAL W
  16. Panthers v Redskins | Pre: WAS W Act: CAR W

No Teams W/ Bye-Week

Weekly Record: 10-6

Week Sixteen Predictions

  1. Giants v Eagles | Advantage- Giants Act: PHI
  2. Vikings v Packers | Advantage- Packers Act: GB
  3. Titans v Jaguars | Advantage- Titans Act: JAC
  4. Chargers v Browns | Advantage- Chargers Act: CLE
  5. Jets v Patriots | Advantage- Patriots Act: NE
  6. Redskins v Bears | Advantage- Redskins Act: WAS
  7. Dolphins v Bills | Advantage- Dolphins Act: MIA
  8. Falcons v Panthers | Advantage- Falcons Act: ATL
  9. Colts v Raiders | Advantage- Raiders Act: OAK
  10. Cardinals v Seahawks | Advantage- Seahawks Act: ARI
  11. 49ers v Rams | Advantage- Rams Act: SF
  12. Buccaneers v Saints | Advantage- Buccaneers Act: NO
  13. Bengals v Texans | Advantage- Texans Act: HOU
  14. Ravens v Steelers | Advantage- Steelers Act: PIT
  15. Broncos v Chiefs | Advantage- Chiefs Act: KC
  16. Lions v Cowboys | Advantage- Cowboys Act: DAL

Weekly Record: 10-6

Total Record Thus Far: 144-94-2

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Week Sixteen Rankings

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One more week down, only  a couple more to go this season before regular season play wraps up. There are still many storylines alive and well today. Will the Cowboys win out? Will the Browns go the full monty with their “perfect” season? Will the Patriots be the dominant team to beat in the AFC for the umpteenth year? Only time can tell for most of these burning questions, and time is something that the majority of teams do not have a lot of if they hope to make the playoffs.Let’s get down to business.

Winning Smiles:

  1. New England Patriots- It was a defensive matchup all day but wow, what a rebound for New England in terms of beating the team that snubbed them last year and then went on to win the Super Bowl for added measure. The Pats held the Broncos to one field goal in the first quarter and then never looked back. Both teams had their fair share of troubles, but the Patriots are one of the most versatile and well-rounded crews in football and it shows in crunch time. +/- 12-2 *Playoffs
  2. Dallas Cowboys- This spot essentially boiled down to the tale of two comebacks but the Cowboys edged out the Raiders in spectacular fashion and leap into number two again just as Zeke leapt into the charity cauldron. The Bucs certainly proved they’re still hot and they’re still hot on the heels of Atlanta for a divisional title as well. I’d actually almost rather see them in the wild card round than the Falcons, but that’s beside the point. The Boys are back on the wagon again. +1 12-2 *Playoffs
  3. Oakland Raiders- Through no fault of their own, seeing as they clinched a spot in the playoffs for the first time in a good long while (think 2002), the Raiders drop a spot nonetheless. They overcame a slight deficit and tie game to win one and secure their playoff berth over divisional rival and regular party pooper San Diego. It’s a shame we haven’t seen a healthier and more competitive and evenly matched Chargers team this year but the rest of the division is probably thankful for that because it’s a tough match anyway. -1 11-3 *Playoffs
  4. Seattle Seahawks- The Los Angeles Rams didn’t stand a chance and they certainly weren’t Seattle-brand kryptonite this week. In fact, they didn’t amount to much of anything, least of all a challenge to the Seattle authority. The Seahawks absolutely dominated the Rams and to make matters better, they secured a divisional title as well as a playoff slot. Only time will tell where they end up seeding wise, but in a volatile NFC any slot will do right now. +2 9-4-1 *Playoffs
  5. Atlanta Falcons- Granted the Falcons played an abysmal 49ers team which is second only to the Browns in the level of which they do not play, however the routing that Atlanta gave them gives me shivers to think about. The Falcons have been one of the most explosive offenses all year long and they’ve certainly had a lot better luck than last year’s initially hot then stone cold campaign. They’re barely ahead of the Bucs in the NFC South playoff race, but they’ve got some interesting times ahead as well. I’d be interested to see how things go. +/- 9-5
  6. Kansas City Chiefs- Talk about bad luck at the most inopportune time. After a hard fought win over the Raiders gave them the divisional front seat and they improved to 4-0 for the division, Kansas City lost to the Titans who’ve been upsetting folks right and left lately. Now they’ve been bumped down a notch and despite their pristine record, they stand to lose even more ground. Kansas City needs a few more important wins and losses by themselves and other teams in their division and conference at this rate. -2 10-4
  7. New York Giants- In case you were wondering which of the two 9-4 teams that played this week were strongest, look no further. The Giants absolutely out-dueled the Lions and no amount of fourth quarter magic could’ve saved that team anyway. The Eli-OBJ connection was as real as it’s ever been. The Giants defense was swarming Stafford and the nonexistent Detroit run game all day. It was a tough time for one team and a relative cakewalk for the other. +2 10-4
  8. Pittsburgh Steelers- Not only did the Steelers notch another important divisional win over the Bengals who admirably tried to bring the game back their way, but they furthered their bid for the title over the Ravens who barely won this week. Big Ben and the Steelers have been a dark horse candidate for the Super Bowl run all year with many folks and those hopes could still be alive if this team keeps up the good work. All things taken for what they are, I’m interested to see how they finish the season first of all. +3 9-5
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Tough break for a Bucs team that deserves all the attention they can get this season. This team is a hot one and in the perfect world both themselves and the Falcons make the playoff cutoff. I’d like to see their hard work and difficult schedule well-rewarded. As it is, I’d also like to see how they fare for the rest of the season and whether or not they can win out now that they’ve made their bid against Dallas and just barely come up short. +3 8-6
  10. Detroit Lions- It was a dark day for a Lions team that has seen a spectacular run this season and may have just moved one step closer to seeing that run wasted. The Packers won their game, however barely a win it was, and while the Vikings lost and are essentially out of the question for a division title run, the Lions are feeling more pressure than ever to win out and maintain their first place spot. They may have already lost the first round playoff bye assuming they make the playoffs, but to lose the title itself would be a shame. -3 9-5

Concession Handshakes:

  1. Green Bay Packers- It’s not often that a team barely wins a game by a field goal against an inferior opponent and moves up several spots in the rankings, but this week’s case has a story to go along with it. The Packers are now officially “back in the game” if the hype is believable and they can keep the wins coming. Not only did the Vikings flame out in glorious fashion, but the Lions lost as well which makes the division title that much more attainable for a raging Rodgers and co. +3 8-6
  2. Miami Dolphins- Don’t sleep on Miami just yet. Apparently you don’t even need Ryan Tannehill in order to post a winning season this year with the Fins. Don’t look now, but the Dolphins’ playoff potential grows by the week and if they can hold of a Bills or Jets playoff berth buster level of a failure then they may be good for a wild card slot indeed. +4 9-5
  3. Washington Redskins- A tough break for the Redskins this week as their playoffs hopes may be completely dashed in a surprising loss to Carolina. They would’ve had a tough time as is with the record they have, but now it’s gotten even tougher. Not to mention they’re third down in their division behind tow teams with more than ten wins apiece and better divisional and conference play. It’ll be interesting to see how Kirk Cousins and co cope. -5 7-6-1
  4. Denver Broncos- The Broncos were snapped back to reality in harsh fashion by the Patriots and are the second team in a row to be three down in their division and still hoping against everything that they can secure a playoff slot somehow. It really doesn’t help that the AFC West is continually one of the most difficult division to play within and that conference matchups are hard enough when you’ve got to play the Patriots. -4 8-6
  5. Baltimore Ravens- The Ravens may have gotten the win this week, but they’re still stuck one game behind the Steelers who currently hold the divisional lead. In a conference that boasts another close race in the AFC South between the Texans and Titans at the moment, it’ll be interesting to see how this particular one turns out. The Ravens have a tough time ahead of them for the next couple of weeks as well and may have lost out on the chance to win out. -2 8-6
  6. Tennessee Titans- Another week and another big, clutch-time win for Marcus Mariota and the Titans. As it stands, I can’t help but feel that Mariota and Jameis Winston will almost always be competing with each other in more ways than one. They’ve constantly come up against each other in both college and pro football and both post similar stats and results with their teams even now. I’d like to see the Titans win out and topple the tyrannical Texans who have somehow slithered their way to a 5-0 divisional run and still maintain the technical lead. +2 8-6
  7. Buffalo Bills- As impressive a win as it was score-wise, the Bills played the Browns and that counts for very little right this moment in a league where the race is so close between teams. They’re not completely out of the picture yet but this team needs to step it up just a little bit more since they have some of their most important pieces back on the board again. I’m curious as to where they will end up for the season as well. +/- 7-7
  8. Houston Texans- By simple virtue of somehow still being in the lead for the AFC South and because they won another game and did it with a surprisingly not-bad comeback as well (against the Jags though, ugh) I’ll grant the Texans a little leeway this week. But don’t expect much more than that. The Quarterback situation is still very much a mess. And there’s still a lot that’s just waiting to build into another week one playoff implosion when they probably play against the Chiefs again, at least as it would stand today. +3 8-6
  9. Indianapolis Colts- What an absolute blistering the Colts gave the Vikings this week, effectively eliminating their opponent from playoff contention for that matter as well. At least, any serious talk of playoff contention, which the Colts themselves are actually still in considering their relatively weak division as well. It’s hard to believe that they’re only one game back behind both of the teams ahead of them, and that it has been that way for most of the year with the teams occasionally flip-flopping each other along the way. +/- 7-7
  10. Minnesota Vikings- The Vikings have come seemingly full circle since their idiotic playoff chip shot field goal that apparently was symbolic of the end times in Norse mythology. The serpent wyrm has devoured their world and their record. Blair Walsh has since left but the curse of the black spot remains. After going a remarkable 5-0 and even being the number one here a few times, they’ve gone a thoroughly unremarkable 2-7 since. And now sit not-so-pretty at an even record. -5 7-7

Trips to the Bench:

  1. New Orleans Saints- In this week’s game that didn’t really matter, the Saints and Drew Brees dueled with destiny and the Cardinals and came out on top. I say it doesn’t really matter because the division is effectively going to either the Falcons or Buccaneers at this point, and the Saints, however much I respect them and their work ethic at QB, are only going to maybe edge out the Panthers this year. So congratulations on the win but at this point it may have come too little too late. -1 6-8
  2. Carolina Panthers- Oh Carolina, you’re always on my mind. But not always for the best of reasons. Tonight it is for a good reason, considering you all put a moderate dent in Washington’s playoff hopes and actually managed to keep the majority of a fourth quarter lead for the first time in forever. In fact, I’m proud that the Panthers actually showed up to play against former-Panther Josh Norman and his new trash talking and punch throwing teammates. +/- 6-8
  3. Philadelphia Eagles- Alas poor Philadelphia, we knew you well. The Eagles have had several last gasps this year but this one was one of the most painful to witness yet, because they came closer than they have in a few games and still fell short to the Ravens. It doesn’t make matters better that the team that beat them is also one that could in theory secure a playoff berth as well, however barely. +/- 5-9
  4. Arizona Cardinals- Yes, you’re reading this correctly. Three teams in a row thus far have retained their exact position from the previous week, which is virtually unheard of. But it’s happening nonetheless. The Cards showed up and showed out against the Saints but it just wasn’t quite enough for them to walk away with a victory. The Seahawks have already secured the division title and the other two teams in the division aren’t doing much to change that either. +/- 5-8-1
  5. Chicago Bears- The Bengals played the Steelers close but they didn’t even score in the second half once. The Bears on the other hand scored a whopping seventeen points in the fourth quarter and Matt Barkley and co put the burden on Aaron Rodgers and his team to come and take the win from them. Really, even in a lost season and on a lost team, some games just shine. And the Bears have been doing far too well to be the 3-11 team they are for at least the last few games and their win over Minnesota earlier in the season. +1 3-11
  6. San Diego Chargers- For much the same reason as the Bears and Bengals being in the slots they will find themselves right now this week, the Chargers played well against a superior team as they have even in this dismal season so far. It wasn’t enough to get a win but it was more than enough to get the blood pumping and hearts beating. I really wish things had been different for this team so far but it looks like they’re in for a six win season if they’re lucky. +1 5-9
  7. Cincinnati Bengals- The Bengals are once more the Bungles this week even though they showed some poise last week. They had the chance to win and led for a while and ultimately lost the game in a second half where they couldn’t score even the measliest of field goals to secure a victory. It’s been a tough team to watch this season and ever since they gave their would-be playoff victory away on penalties and a field goal to the Steelers last year, it’s been a tough game to watch anytime the two play. -2 5-8-1
  8. Jacksonville Jaguars- Well, the Jags finally showed some signs of life as they gave the Texans a run for their money. Even though I predicted them carrying out the win and they didn’t, I’ll gladly take this week’s L knowing they had the opportunity to do so as I’d hoped. +1 2-12
  9. New York Jets- As I get closer and closer to the bottom of the barrel, there’s always seemingly less and less to say about teams because it’s past the time for them to take any of those things into account anyway. The Jets had a wonderful albeit frustrating year last year and could’ve made the playoffs if not for literally one game. This year they’d be lucky to win one more game. -1 4-10
  10. Los Angeles Rams- After a hot rookie debut, Todd Gurley has cooled this year. After a cold season debut and then a hot four games and wins, the Rams have cooled this year. Such is the way things are in Rams-land with and without Jeff Fisher it seems. I’d like to see how the team evolves past that and how they do in the future. +/- 4-10

No Man’s Land:

  1. San Fransisco 49ers- The 49ers outscored the Falcons 13-7 in the second quarter of their game this week. That’s the only thing I have to say about them and those were the only points they scored at all to the Falcons’ 41. +/- 1-13
  2. Cleveland Browns- If it weren’t for that pesky record I could put Cleveland above San Fransisco based upon the relative strength of their earlier games and upon the fact they also scored 13 points this week. Alas, one can only hope as the Browns further their pursuit of the imperfect season. +/- 0-14
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Rogue One: The Depressing yet Promising Tie-In You Never Knew You Wanted

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For all its aspirations and even all of its drawbacks, Rogue One is not only a success but a genuinely good addition to the cinematic Star Wars mythos. Unsurprisingly, if you know anything about the films, then you know this isn’t a story that ends happily ever after. However, it’s a necessary event that sets up the beginning of the original film (Episode Four) by quite literally running all the way up until that fateful opening scene. There were some callback elements in the guise of easter eggs and CGI appearances by Peter Cushing (deceased) and Carrie Fisher. Overall, while newcomers to the series or fans with minimal memory of key points in the now-canon and extended universe(s) can watch with ease, it is best appreciated if you have seen the other seven films and specifically episodes three and four.

I will do my best to avoid the majority of spoilers, but for the most part the plot of the film is pretty straight forward and simplistic, similar to that of the original film. Whereas the original’s premise was to complete a suicide run and destroy the evil Empire’s operational battle station known as the Death Star, Rogue’s goal is to obtain the plans for said station. This film also really puts it into perspective just how close the Rebel Alliance came to failing every step of the way leading up to the destruction of the original Death Star. Rogue One puts this into the limelight in ways that the original film never seemed to seriously do, and as a result is much darker than any Star Wars movie we’ve watched to date. It may not be “killing younglings” dark, but the tone is definitely a lot more gritty and the stakes are a lot realer despite us knowing how it will ultimately end.

Although this film went the route of the prequels in having a relatively star-studded cast as opposed to unknowns in the lead roles, I think it helped for sure. Felicity Jones is phenomenal and each member of the rogue’s gallery that comprises the Rebel Alliance as well as some of the new faces of the Empire are fleshed out and portray their parts quite well. I was a bit disappointed but not altogether surprised that some of the more familiar roles and faces didn’t play as big a part as I had initially speculated that they would. Forest Whitaker plays grizzled guerilla veteran and leader Saw Gerrera (notably from the animated series), however his role seemed to be relegated to a little bit of backstory, tying the mission to Jones’ character, and tying up Gerrera’s arc in the universe as well. Despite that and despite Peter Cushing being given a little bit too much screentime and this bordering on irreverence considering he could’ve easily made his initial cameo and then the other scenes could’ve been pulled off without his appearance, my gripes are relatively few.

The characters themselves, while not necessarily so fleshed out seeing as this is a one-shot kind of one-time story for the majority of them, played their parts perfectly and seemed to mesh on-screen. I thought the melding of new and old characters was promising and worked much better than it seemed to with the original trilogy characters meeting The Force Awakens’ characters in episode seven. While I’m still curious as to what exactly Episode Eight will entail and what exactly it will be called, I cannot deny that Rogue One will be a success and admittedly deserves it. It has it flaws here and there but a simplistic story is not one of them. We knew where it was going to go based upon the time period and universe’s chronology and history, but even with that linear path set in stone and in mind, the story managed to do a lot of things that kept it fresh as well. Yes, by the end it is depressing and dark indeed, but there’s still that glimmer of faint hope on the horizon that will eventually blossom into the roaring wildfire of rebellion come Episode Six.

I was pleasantly surprised that the film actually concludes virtually with the opening scene of Episode Four, as that really put into perspective where exactly it falls in the scheme of things and also how brutally efficient the Empire is with cracking down on the Rebellion, despite never being able to train efficient Storm troopers in the art of hitting targets. I loved that the cast was as diverse and attentive to detail as it was, as well as the strong presence of Jones in the lead role, shining in more than a couple of moments in the film. I also particularly liked Donnie Yen’s character and would be interested to see some more detail and thought put into the origins of his organization- the ‘Wills’ and all that Force-related stuff has been mentioned before, just look back at Yoda and Qui-gon Jinn’s mention in Episode Three. There were plenty of memorable moments, special effects to make any fan drool, and tiny homages and moments made specifically with other moments in mind. All in all, not only is Rogue One a solid film on its own, but it is a welcome addition to the Star Wars universe and will hopefully prove that even stories outside of the main episodes and outside of the recognized or unrecognized expanded universe are welcome too.

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Daymare 1998

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I’m always down to be introduced to newer projects in the gaming industry and whenever I stumble across something that sounds interesting or seems like it has promise, I typically do my best to share it with people. My latest interest has been a game that initially started out as essentially a Resident Evil 2 fan remake and has since turned into its own project, albeit with similar roots and origins. Daymare 1998 seeks to add the current generation of visuals to the gameplay and atmosphere of some of the greatest nineties games and films. While in many ways this seems like the perfect combination of catering to nostalgia, it also looks to hold up by today’s higher standards as well.

This particular game was brought to my attention through the first alpha trailer that debuted not too long ago, although the project itself has been talked about since roughly September or October. I’ll admit there aren’t too many details out to discuss as of yet, however I do like the tense atmosphere and the haunting scenery that I’ve seen so far firsthand thanks to YouTube videos and discussion on other forums. Actually, one of the first things I noticed and thought when I glimpsed the footage was how much the third person perspective and outfit of the protagonist seemed to surprisingly remind me of Sam Fisher, best known for his role in the Splinter Cell games. While this is a far cry from that series and also bears striking similarities of course to the Resident Evil titles of old, it was an interesting connection for my brain to make.

As best as I can compare it right now without degrading the hard work of Invader Studios or the project as a whole, it sort of reminds me of a Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps look albeit with the horror and atmosphere of a traditional Resident Evil game. I like that the pacing seems to be on par with the older more tense and suspenseful horror titles, although the mechanics looked well-oiled an pretty good even for alpha footage. They’re certainly on the right track and seem to have an interesting horror game conceptually as well as physically on their hands. So if that alone interests you, I’d suggest you keep up with the project through their website and through Google, which offers plenty of juicy sites to view other people’s opinions and comments on.

I know there’s not too much to be said for the game yet despite it’s self-sufficiency as a third-person survival horror right now, but I do like what I’m seeing so far. It reminds me a little bit of Metro with the gritty visuals despite supposedly planning on utilizing Unreal Engine. I feel like drawing in some elements of other cult horror series might do it some more good, so perhaps we may even get to see familiar elements from FEAR or STALKER in there as well. You never know, and a guy can hope am I right?

I do hope you all enjoy these short blurbs and sort of previews I’ve done here and there lately, as well as the continual stream of content I’ve been trying to provide across all mediums- gaming, films, television, and more. I’ll do my best to stick to a semi-schedule and get posts out every few days or so at the least. After all, I do what I do not just because I enjoy it, but because I like being able to help others to see a wide variety of games that are released each year and to maybe discover a new project they hadn’t heard of previously as well.

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Week Fifteen Rankings

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Another week comes and another week goes. The Dallas Cowboys still have their playoff berth but things have been put into a little bit more perspective even for that previously untouchable team. A ruthless streak has ended and other teams are hungrily sizing two rookies up. This week featured perhaps the closest games yet as many were decided by a single score. A few were runaway contests but that’s to be expected when touted offenses come up against cupcakes. Let’s see where the state of the league stands after yet another number one has fallen.

Contenders:

  1. New England Patriots- It’s been a little while, but the cream of the crop has returned to the top. Tom Brady made a few mistakes but it boiled down more to Baltimore’s secondary making excellent reads. The New England special teams left something to be desired…two times. For a team that is missing some of its most important weapons, the Pats look pretty good sitting at 11-2. For a team that played four games without it’s starting QB and went 3-1 and has gone 8-1 since, they’re at the top of their game and in peak condition. +1 11-2
  2. Oakland Raiders- It’s hard to decide right now who should get this second slot due to the fact that the Cowboys, Raiders, and Seahawks all made mistakes and paid the price for them this week. The Chiefs beat the Raiders and edged the Falcons but I don’t think that warrants such a high move in the top few slots. Derek Carr, for all of his missteps against a divisional opponent on the road, proved he is still in contention for MVP even in their loss. Dak and crew have played worse in not just their last game but the one before as well. +1 10-3
  3. Dallas Cowboys- The Boys may be America’s team but they’re no longer the number one team after a less than stellar performance over the past two weeks finally leading to Sunday night’s loss for the second time this season to the Giants. Dak Prescott had his worst game of the season and the offensive unit itself had one of its worst showings. The Giants didn’t fare much better but were much more explosive when they knew they needed to be. -2 11-2 *Playoffs
  4. Kansas City Chiefs- What a dynamic team. First of all, Tyreek Hill is a monster on any side of the ball. I don’t know where the man came from this season but he’s destroyed entire teams in the past few weeks alone. I’m almost convinced Eric Berry and Hill alone could defeat some of the lesser teams in the league. Almost. The Chiefs have hit their stride and don’t look to let up even with stiff competition coming up. +1 10-3
  5. Atlanta Falcons- This is a team that lost to the Chiefs by the barest of amounts after being literally two yards from a three point lead. And it only came due to the clutchest of plays by Eric Berry…twice. But they’ve paid their dues and they showed LA what it was like to experience the utter dread of humiliation in a multiple score victory this week. This remains the most explosive offense and certainly one of the best passing games in the league right now. They’ve got to be on their toes with a hot Tampa Bay on their trail however. +1 8-5
  6. Seattle Seahawks- If this was any other team and this weren’t the top ten, the Hawks would be dropping like flies. Green Bay (unsurprisingly) dominated them, but the score was still higher than I expected. It was essentially how the NFC Championship should’ve turned out a few years ago if not for the utter clutch play of Russell Wilson and four minutes of scores upon scores. Sadly, Wilson was a ways from his A-game and Rodgers stole the win instead this week. The Seahawks have some hurdles to get over but they’re still one of the most threatening NFC contenders out there. -2 8-4-1
  7. Detroit Lions- Matthew Stafford plays well versus any team save for the Bears this season and there is undeniable proof of that in both of their matchups. However, the Lions have still won these games when it counted even if it has been ugly. Such has been the story of Stafford’s team this season. They’ve trailed in every single game save for one and yet here they sit with a pretty record in one of the penultimate weeks of football. His clutch play and surrounding talent are buoying the team when they need it the most. +1 9-4
  8. Washington Redskins- The NFC East has proven that it’s a pretty damn talented and competitive division this year, which is way more than could be said for it last season. Outside of the Cowboys there are two other teams vying for playoff berths against all odds. It’s strange to some that I would list the Redskins over the Giants, who have the better record, and yet this ranking isn’t merely about numbers and results but performance as a whole. And so Kirk Cousins and DeSean Jackson get this spot over even Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. For now at least. +1 7-5-1
  9. New York Giants- So far this season the Giants have bested every other team in the league at one thing and that is defeating the Cowboys, who’ve otherwise been on an 11-0 roll. Against the Giants and Eli Manning, Dak Prescott’s team is 0-2 for the year and it’s come off a combination of 4 points across their losses. I can’t think of any other post-season matchup I’d rather see than a Giants v Cowboys rematch if that were to happen. Would it be a Cindarella story or will it be Dallas’ Empire Strikes Back (with them as the evil empire)? +1 9-4
  10. Denver Broncos- The Broncos have looked like a shadow of their former self for a while this season but it’s started to hinder them yet again in the past few weeks. First they let the Jaguars get entirely too close for comfort and then this week they let yet another AFC South opponent best them. Granted, it was the Titans and the Broncos have had trouble stopping the run all year. Much less starting their own run game. And man, Justin Forsett is just not what he used to be. They’ve been looking for answers but so far they need to keep looking. -3 8-5

Wannabees:

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers- For now at least, the Steelers hold the AFC North and have kept the Ravens at bay by their loss to New England this Monday night. It’s a wonderful thing, winning. The Steelers are looking to hit their hot streak it seems like and it could all be very doable, especially when considering their schedule in relation to Baltimore’s in terms of holding the Ravens off until the season’s end and clinching the divisional title for themselves. +2 8-5
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- This team has already heated up much more than they ever did last year and Jameis Winston has shown great promise in a year that has been largely dominated by some of the younger players in the league at his position. His team is still tied for first just slightly behind the Falcons in the South, but it’s either team’s spot to lose and both have a long road ahead of them in the final weeks. As it is, the NFC South is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and surprising parts of the playoff contention just based upon who makes the cut. +3 8-5
  3. Baltimore Ravens- It ended up being a lot closer game than it initially looked like it was going to be, but then both Joe Flacco and Tom Brady were playing good ball even with their respective mistakes. Despite a fifty yard or so difference, their stats were pretty comparable as were those of their teams. The Ravens definitely won the turnover battle, however New England repaid them in kind by beating them in the penalties department. -2 7-6
  4. Green Bay Packers- Well look who showed up to the NFC Playoff Race party 2k16! The Packers and Aaron Rodgers finally seem like they’re ready to brush off the cobwebs and make a bid for the NFC North title. They have a tall task ahead of them but could very well come close, if not achieve their goal. I’m eager to see how things play out in this division for sure, and in the NFC as a whole in the next few weeks leading up to the grand finale of it all. +3 7-6
  5. Minnesota Vikings- Not to be outdone entirely, and still technically above the Packers as far as actually records go, the Vikings are seeking a little bit of the NFC North pie as well. I’m curious as to who will play the better ballgame in the coming weeks despite being biased enough from previous experience both this season and in others to speculate that it’ll be Aaron Rodgers and not Sam Bradford. Time will tell and this is a team I’ll keep an eye on in a division that burns bright some days and burns out on others. -3 7-6
  6. Miami Dolphins- I know they beat a team that, record notwithstanding is probably the better ballclub on any other given day, but Miami is staying put for a number of reasons (the least of which being other teams fared better this week and moved up higher). The status of Ryan Tannehill is iffy at best and for better or worse he has been the face of the team in their clutch situations this year, oftentimes in combination with Kenny Stills when the latter can actually catch wide open passes. Jay Ajayi should continue to be a factor, but the QB is also important. +/- 8-5
  7. Buffalo Bills- Despite their record that may argue otherwise, these guys are always going to be dangerous even when they’re not entirely healthy or playing their greatest game. They weren’t doing or feeling either of those against the Steelers and letting Le’Veon Bell put almost 300 yards on them should showcase that. But as it was, the Steelers still only won by seven and not by 28, which is more than the Rams can say for themselves. -3 6-7
  8. Tennessee Titans- Tennessee gets the big propel here for their domination in a low scoring affair over the Broncos who should’ve been the superior team. While they handled the first half of the game and then disappeared offensively in the second half, they still managed to hold on for both the steal and the win. Marcus Mariota has improved greatly this season throughout the season and the Titans are perhaps the most explosive running ground game in the league right now, riding high off of the Murray-Henry tandem. +5 7-6
  9. Indianapolis Colts- Surprisingly, the Colts are staying put even with their close loss to divisional leader (for now) Houston. I really thought they had it within themselves to upset the balance of power and allow for themselves and Tennessee to both surpass Houston, but somehow the Texans’ continue to get lucky when they’re on the cusp of losing their division titleship. In what is arguably the weakest division in the AFC, I’m honestly not sure but it boggles my mind week to week. Sorry Andrew Luck. +/- 6-7
  10. New Orleans Saints- The Saints have always been a mixed bag of tricks and probably always will be. Drew Brees has been the one constant highlight performer in their roster for more seasons than just this one, but the defense has really been at a remarkably low level in 2016 and when it came down to a defensive showing they got beat by Tampa Bay. The Saints may not have much hope for a playoff berth at this point but they could still finish the season with a .500 record if they put in the work and have the willpower to succeed again. -2 5-8

Pretenders:

  1. Houston Texans- The Texans have continually played like a team that should be batting well below a winning record and yet somehow they come up with enough decisively clutch moments to win games. They’re not quite sitting pretty but they’re still at the top of the pile that is the AFC South for the time being. I’d honestly like to see someone knock them off of it by the end of the season just so I don’t have to watch the same utter trouncing I saw last post-season versus the Chiefs. Do us and the Texans a favor and put them out of their misery before then. +1 7-6
  2. Carolina Panthers- I’m severely disappointed in this team. Typically you get Super Bowl ‘fatigue’ after winning a Super Bowl game, however this team went 15-1, killed the competition in the championship, fumbled the biggest game away and haven’t recovered since. I guess the only thing that’s semi-heartening is that their NFC Championship competitors (Arizona) are doing virtually as bad right now this season as well. +2 5-8
  3. Philadelphia Eagles- It’s almost past the point of no return for Philadelphia’s season here and they don’t show any signs of recovering their early season success. In fact, if three of four teams are doing extremely well in a division then it’s almost necessary that the fourth be doing marginally less and typically downright bad. So technically they’re already exceeding expectations at least. I’d hoped to see more out of the criminally underrated rookie QB Carson Wentz, but it seems like there’s now enough tape on him to shut him down completely in games. -3 5-8
  4. Arizona Cardinals- Honestly, I still thought the Cardinals could pull a fast one on the Dolphins despite both teams being on opposite sides of success this year. The Cards played well for the most part the last few weeks while the Dolphins mostly scraped by or scraped their brains out of their helmets after games like the one against the Ravens. But sadly it just wasn’t so. Miami escaped with a win and an injured QB and Arizona continues to make me question their aging player at the position. Carson Palmer shows signs of resurgence and then falls into the same old routine that has become normal for this season. -3 5-7-1
  5. Cincinnati Bengals- The Bengals are showing some late season fire, even if it may be coming on much too late to save their season in fact. I do like what I’ve seen in the last two games even if they’ve still got a ways to go and for the most part are just playing to finish at a middling note for the season and to get as far away from the dregs of the bottom teams as they can right now. +/- 5-7-1
  6. Chicago Bears- In a rare turn of events, Chicago lost another game that was closer than it may have had any right to be, but they’re moving up in the world of football rankings instead. They’ve got potential even in this lost season and Matt Barkley is playing well enough to probably cement himself a 2nd string position behind the healthy Jay Cutler if and when the man returns. It was a shame to see Brian Hoyer go out earlier in the season since he was putting up some great numbers, but such is the will of the football gods. +1 3-10 *Eliminated
  7. San Diego Chargers- It really has been a sad year for Philip Rivers and the Chargers. They had such promise in early games before succumbing utterly to injuries, allowing too many deep fourth quarter runs, being their own worst enemies, and losing the turnover battle game by game. Life is already hard enough when you play in what is arguably the most difficult division to play in the league this year. -1 5-8
  8. New York Jets- The Jets won a game. With Bryce Petty. In overtime. Egad. +2 4-9 *Eliminated
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars- I’ve not much left to say about this team. Blake Bortles lives to fight another day I suppose only because there’s nobody present to take his job at the moment. I’d like to see a Tom Coughlin-coached squad again though. -1 2-11 *Eliminated
  10. Los Angeles Rams- Domination and humiliation were a packaged deal for the Rams this week. And boy was it tough to watch. Even Todd Gurley couldn’t stomach it at all. -1 4-9 *Eliminated

Those Guys:

  1. San Fransisco 49ers- *sigh +/- 1-12 *Eliminated
  2. Cleveland Browns- *longer sigh +/- 0-13 *Eliminated
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The Stack: My Results in Week Thirteen and Fourteen Picks

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Yet another two weeks are down for the count and I can usher in my welcome predictions as well as the results of the previous few weeks. As there are three weeks remaining in the action prior to the playoffs, I will be doing a special finale and doing a three parter as opposed to the customary bi-weekly update. So stay tuned for that. As for now, let’s see how I fared in the action for the previous two weeks.

Week Thirteen Predictions

  1. Cowboys v Vikings | Pre: DAL W Act: DAL W
  2. Broncos v Jaguars | Pre: DEN W Act: DEN W
  3. Lions v Saints | Pre: NO W Act: DET W
  4. Texans v Packers | Pre: GB W Act: GB W
  5. Rams v Patriots | Pre: NE W Act: NE W
  6. Chiefs v Falcons | Pre: KC W Act: KC W
  7. Dolphins v Ravens | Pre: BAL W Act: BAL W
  8. 49ers v Bears | Pre: SF W Act: CHI W
  9. Eagles v Bengals | Pre: PHI W Act: CIN W
  10. Bills v Raiders | Pre: OAK W Act: OAK W
  11. Redskins v Cardinals | Pre: ARI W Act: ARI W
  12. Buccaneers v Chargers | Pre: SD W Act: TB W
  13. Giants v Steelers | Pre: PIT W Act: PIT W
  14. Panthers v Seahawks | Pre: SEA W Act: SEA W
  15. Colts v Jets | Pre: IND W Act: IND W

Teams W/ Bye-Week: CLE, TEN

Weekly Record: 11-4

Week Fourteen Predictions

  1. Raiders v Chiefs | Pre: OAK W Act: KC W
  2. Vikings v Jaguars | Pre: MIN W Act: MIN W
  3. Redskins v Eagles | Pre: PHI W Act: WAS W
  4. Broncos v Titans | Pre: DEN W Act: TEN W
  5. Texans v Colts | Pre: IND W Act: HOU W
  6. Cardinals v Dolphins | Pre: ARI W Act: MIA W
  7. Bears v Lions | Pre: DET W Act: DET W
  8. Chargers v Panthers | Pre: SD W Act: CAR W
  9. Steelers v Bills | Pre: BUF W Act: PIT W
  10. Bengals v Browns | Pre: CIN W Act: CIN W
  11. Jets v 49ers | Pre: NYJ W Act: NYJ W
  12. Falcons v Rams | Pre: ATL W Act: ATL W
  13. Seahawks v Packers | Pre: GB W Act: GB W
  14. Saints v Buccaneers | Pre: NO W Act: TB W
  15. Cowboys v Giants | Pre: DAL W Act: NYG W
  16. Ravens v Patriots | Pre: NE W Act: NE W

No Teams W/ Bye-Week

Some Notes: This is my first week with a losing record thus far this season. I took some risks and bet on games that could go either way and won some and lost others. OAK v KC, WAS v PHI, DEN v TEN, HOU v IND, ARI v MIA, CHI v DET, PIT v BUF, NYJ v SF, NO v TB, DAL v NYG, and BAL v NE all could’ve easily gone the other way. It was a close week.

Weekly Record: 7-9

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(Week Fifteen Predictions)

  1. Rams v Seahawks | The Rams have consistently been Seattle’s kryptonite for the past few seasons, however their defense has collapsed lately and that has historically been the only way they’ve stopped the Hawks. Pre: SEA W
  2. Dolphins v Jets | The Dolphins have done well when they need to, however with Ryan Tannehill possibly out and the Jets showing some signs of life, I think they may upset their fellow AFCE competition and potentially ruin a playoff bid in the same way the Bills did to the Jets last season. Pre: NYJ W
  3. Colts v Vikings | It’s going to be a close one through and through more than likely and the Colts will definitely test the Vikings, however I think Sam Bradford and his team are going to step up and eventually win it. Pre: MIN W
  4. Steelers v Bengals | It’ll be an interesting matchup especially now that the Steelers own the lead in the division by default over the Ravens, however I wouldn’t count the Bengals out just yet even without much news to be heard on A.J. Green right now. Pre: PIT W
  5. Jaguars v Texans | The Texans have had better luck than most teams and have stuck to the top of the division for far longer than most have expected. I don’t expect their luck to hold out against this flawed but desperate and hungry team. Pre: JAC W
  6. Lions v Giants | In a battle of 9-4 NFC juggernauts, ultimately I think it’s going to come down to the wire and come down to two quarterbacks and two receivers in Stafford/Manning and Beckham/Boldin. Stafford has been the more clutch of the two so far. Pre: DET W
  7. Titans v Chiefs | In a week where Tennessee could forge a lead as the division leader, I think their hopes are about to be dashed by a consistently thrilling Kansas City special teams and defense. Pre: KC W
  8. Browns v Bills | I don’t foresee the Browns winning their first game of the season this week, although I know that they’re desperate not to go the imperfect season and hit the 0-16 mark anytime soon. Pre: BUF W
  9. Packers v Bears | The Bears have proven that they can play good teams in their division close and even best them, however Matt Barkley is not Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Rodgers is neither Sam Bradford nor Matt Stafford. Expect carnage. Pre: GB W
  10. Eagles v Ravens | Up until today I expected this to go the other way, but now the Ravens are hungry and they showed up against the Pats too. The Eagles desperately need a win but Carson Wentz’s team has lacked discipline lately and makes mistakes. Pre: BAL W
  11. 49ers v Falcons | The Bucs are hot on their heels but I don’t think the Falcons are ready to collapse just yet. After an explosive showing against LA, they look primed more than ever to make that late season gauntlet run. Pre: ATL W
  12. Saints v Cardinals | It’s a battle of two teams who lost close games this past week thanks to losing the turnover battle by huge margins. The Cards have the superior defense but Drew Brees is by far the superior offensive power this year. Pre: NO W
  13. Raiders v Chargers | I almost went the other way but I’ve since changed my mind. Derek Carr made mistakes against the Chiefs but the Chargers don’t have that same defensive front or talent outside of Bosa for the most part. Pre: OAK W
  14. Patriots v Broncos | This would’ve been a great game even in the waning years of the Manning era, but right now I’m not confident in the Broncos offensively enough for it to be a contest, especially after losing to the Titans and playing the Jags close. Pre: NE W
  15. Buccaneers v Cowboys | I definitely think this will be a much closer game than I originally thought, based largely upon both of the Cowboys previous two games and upon the streak the Bucs are currently on. I still favor Zeke and the ground game though. Pre: DAL W
  16. Panthers v Redskins | I initially had this as an upset Carolina win but I’ve revised that thought. Washington came in clutch to make the playoffs last year and Kirk Cousins looks primed for another similar late season burst of fire. Pre: WAS W

No Teams W/ Bye-Weeks

Total Record Thus Far: 124-82-2

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For the Love of Spock- A Touching Tribute

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For the Love of Spock is a biographical documentary directed by Adam Nimoy (son of Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy) and released in September of this year. The run-time is just shy of the two hour mark, coming in at roughly 1 hour and 51 minutes total. It is currently available on Netflix and I am almost positive it is more than available on other streaming services as well for those of you interested in the material.

I recently watched the documentary on a whim and was touched by the equal parts tribute and historical glimpse into both the character of Mr. Spock and the character of Leonard Nimoy respectively. It truly is a marvelous work in its own right but is even more important to myself and the millions of Trek fans out there that have appreciated the series and fandom over the years because it not only gives light to previously unknown or relatively unknown details behind the scenes, but also operates as a fully functional tribute to Spoke/Nimoy himself.

Adam Nimoy cleverly pieces together footage and film from a variety of Trek sources and couples that with appearances on-screen and off by fellow actors and directors and friends and family who have worked with Spock/Nimoy over the years and/or otherwise had an influence upon him or he upon them. I cannot tell you how heartening it was to see the origins of the character as well as Leonard Nimoy’s acting career both explained and revisited by both Nimoy himself and his compatriots. Appearances by William Shatner and George Takei are easily some of the highlights but even they pale in direct comparison with the segments moderated or discussed by Leonard Nimoy himself.

Originally, the work was prescribed to be a documentary project telegraphed by the father/son duo themselves and exploring both the history and impact of Spock through the years. While it is still very much so, it has since taken on another purpose and that is choreographing Nimoy’s own chronicles within and without the character due to his death in early February 2015. I think it is a very well-thought out documentary and also one that should be watched and can be appreciated by fans and non-fans alike. It is just as much a tribute to the character and the series as it is a calling for mankind to work together and seek to embody the very values oftentimes dictated and shown by Spock to viewers. While on one hand he is seen as an emotionless and logical half-breed, on the other he is perhaps the most human of us all.

Whether you have watched the series and the films since their inception, came on board with the new era of films under J.J. Abrams, or have never watched a second in your life and don’t quite know what I’m talking about besides a pointy eared man with strange eyebrows and a horrendous bowl cut, you should still watch and absorb the details of the documentary. I think you will find them insightful and helpful even outside the realm of the fandom and Trek universe, even outside of Nimoy’s career and life. In more ways than one, Star Trek is just as much a contributor to the rise of science fiction in mass media in the latter years of the twentieth century and certainly in the beginning of this twenty-first one. Without the writings of esteemed science fiction authors we may not have seen Trek, but without Trek we may never have seen or heard of the films and stories which have since influenced game developers to ply their craft and trade as they have these last several decades.

Science fiction has rapidly grown from a pulp fiction to a cult following in mass media and has spawned numerous flagship franchises such as Star Wars and Alien, not to mention Star Trek as well. Science fiction has extended from television and film and written works to gaming as well and it’s hard not to see the influence in galaxy spanning quests such as Trek in games seeking to do the same or similar things, even outside of games directly related to the Trek franchise itself. So if you don’t feel any sort of investment in the documentary because you can’t call yourself a fan of the series or its material, or you feel at odds with viewing a biographical and non-fiction films because you feel those are “boring,” think instead about where gaming would be without the man who has been a cultural icon and part of one of the most influential and important projects in history.

Some men and women are born leaders or grow to become some of the most influential politicians, leaders, and philosophers of our time. Others, like Leonard Nimoy, make their own mark upon culture and people and trod their own path towards both greatness and influence.

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