Summerslam 2018 Recap

Yesterday instead of doing work like I was supposed to I decided to go ahead and sacrifice my entire day to the WWE Network for another of its absurdly long Pay Per Views.  Thanks to running all their Pay Per Views on their own online streaming service, they're able now to run these things as long as they want now, so they've gone from three hour shows to these five hour marathons, even longer if you count their pre-shows...which we probably should considering they have things like championship title matches on them.  All total I was there from 4 when the pre-show started until 10:30 when things finally wrapped up, for a total of six hours. 

What'd I think of the show?  Well, let's talk about it.  Forewarning: After the abysmal Money in the Bank show I kind of opted out of watching the weekly shows so forgive me if they've covered something on them and I'm not aware of it.

7 Thoughts on Kamen Rider Build 3: "Borderline of Justice"

*sighs* Adulting is hard.

7 Thoughts on Kyuuranger Space 30: "All Right! The Miraculous Kyu Globe!"

Our heroes go up against the head of Jark Matter himself, Don Armage.  Let's see how they do!

7 Thoughts on Uchuu Sentai Kyuuranger Space 29: "The Strongest Warrior of the Orion System"

Remember how I said this team hadn't really been tested yet?  Yeeeahhh, it looks like that's coming to an end.

7 Thoughts on Kamen Rider Build Episode 2: Innocent Runaway

Our hero is now a fugitive from justice!  ...Wait, that can't be right.

 1.) Well, our intros appear to be handled by both Sento and Ryuuga, so I guess that's as strong a hint as anything that they're co-main stars.

Also, seeing a guy in his 20's described as an "old man" makes me feel uncomfortable.  ...The rest of this description is pretty accurate, though.

 2.) People who can't protect their secret identities properly don't deserve to have one.

As Sentou and Ryuuga are trying to figure out how he got framed for murder (including a hilarious scene where Ryuuga tries to recount his entire life story), the reporter that Sentou saved from last week's episode sneaks in and says she thinks she can help with the case.  As the group is trying to figure out how she got into the secret hideout, the owner of the shop casually remembers "Oh, I forgot to lock the door."    So, at this point, the reporter should just go public with their location…

7 Thoughts on Uchuu Sentai Kyuuranger Episode 28: "The BN Thieves, Disbanded..."

It didn't occur to me until I was several minutesinto this episode that I realized I hadn't seen 27 yet.  I'll try to go back, but no promises!

1.) Kyu Globe Update: The Camelopardalis Kyu Globe, which allows the user to....stretch their neck to absurd proportions for the most obvious attempts at reconnaissance ever. In Japanese, this is the "Kirin" Kyu Globe, which means I'm disappointed that it doesn't allow you to stop time.

2.) The group's second run in with Dark Naga works out about as well as the first one--they get freaking stomped.  Balance doesn't even try, refusing to fight his friend in the hopes that friendship would win out.  But nope, all that earns him is a scythe in the leg and nearly being murdered.

I was hoping this wouldn't devolve into one of those times the villain had the upper hand yet left for some asinine reason and give the heroes a chance to recoup, so I was pretty happy when Naga decided "Fuck it, you guys are…

7 Thoughts on Kamen Rider Build Episode 1: "These Guys Are a Best Match"

And it begins~  Super Hero Time!

 1.) Kamen Rider Build starts off with a pretty lengthy introduction of its alternate history.  Its a pretty strong deviation from what we're used to: at some point in their timeline, they had an expedition to Mars, where they discovered an item that would come to be known as "Pandora's Box".  When Pandora's Box was brought back to Earth, an unknown person activated it, creating something known as the Skywall, which split the nation into three sections: Touto, Hokuto, and Seito.  With Japan divided, each part began to focus on different things to focus their part of the nation--while foreigners from without seek to take advantage of the weakened country.

It's a lot to get into, but I'm really digging it. Some of my favorite Kamen Rider series have been ones that established a strong sense of alternate history--2005's Kabuto and 2014's Gaim are both personal favorites of mine.  It lends a sense of the unique, a tou…