Legion Lost: X-Men Legacy (2012)

   ​So with FX premiering Legion this week, I sat down and read through the penultimate David Haller story “X-Men Legacy”(2012). With only a cursory knowledge of Legion and a bit of a disconnect to the X-Book at the time (this is post Avengers v X-Men and it’s climax) I dove in with very limited expectations. What I got was a very strong, character driven story of self, loss, and destiny. By its bittersweet ending in issue 24 I genuinely felt attached and heartbroken by the decisions made. I’m trying very hard to avoid spoilers because the journey in this case is its own story, the conclusions springs from those steps preceding it and telling you the ending does the 23 issues before it a disservice. 

    This is a story of what defines the self, David Haller has always been the embodiment of unlimited potential hindered by a fractured psyche. His power set is so massive, so godlike, that he would be the most powerful being in the universe, on par with the cosmic beings like Eternity,  The Living Tribunal, and Death, in essence whatever Haller wanted to do he could. The only limitation on that godlike ability came in the form of his shattered self image and the disparit menagerie of monsters that embody each power. Like a Green Lantern, his self confidence and willpower allow him greater access to his powers, but unlike the GL corps David has to contend with a psychic representation of the power he wants to use, not merely turning a power on but literally fighting that personality for control. If he loses that fight the beast or entity takes control, or in some cases, are unleased in chaotic fashion. Legacy is a story of this broken person finding how to fix himself, if he even can fix himself. 

     We will dig into this later this week on The Geeks Respite, along with a review of FX’s first episode of Legion. 
Hoyt F.

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Alola, My Island Home

So a couple of days ago I arrived in the lush, vibrant, tropical Alola region. I’ve already met some of the locals, picked up some pets, and are starting some kind of rite of passage involving Kahuna’s and Idols and whatever else. Oh and also nearly died trying to help this little puffball on a bridge that was being attacked by annoying birds, and if the local guardian spirit hadn’t jumped in at the last second I’d be at the bottom of a very large chasm. Something about this place is very familiar but at the same time it is all new, not sure how to interpret that yet. Anyway, I think I need a few more minutes of sleep, as long as the cat doesn’t try waking me up again to give me a present. 

My Pokemon Adventure: Day Three

My adventure yesterday began with, well, the usual. Getting up, finding a ton or Rattata in the house and then off to run errands full of Pidgey and more Rattata. A laid back day, which is good because it was unbearably hot outside. The Gym we had taken the night before fell to Team Instinct over night but by the time we made it over to the park to retake it, another member of Team Valor had taken it back. We added a couple of pokemon to the gym to help defend it and wandered around trying to pop some eggs,  but the real world mosquitoes became a real pain so we head home. Not two minutes after leaving Team Mystic sneaks up and retakes the gym. That doesn’t hold though, as not long after that another Team Valor trainer retook it and set a CP1000 defender on top of it, where it has stayed since then.

My only real pokemon pick up yesterday came when a wandering Squirtle wandered into my house. Two pokeballs later and I have completed my first personal quest, I have all three starters!

Will today be different? I don’t know yet, but I do know that I have to keep going, because this is everything I’ve trained for since I was 17.

 

 

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My Pokemon Go Adventure: Day Two

I woke up this morning and began my training, or at least that was the plan. Server issues? OF COURSE THERE ARE SERVER ISSUES! About a hour later I log in and discover myself in a hellish purgatory of unexistance, my avatar appears on the map that is fully laid out, but there are no pokemon near me, and i wont stop trying to situate myself to my GPS position. I can’t access Pokestops or Gyms, they just appear as blank locations. What is this? Where am I? Oh well, looks like today is going to be a short entry.

A couple of hours later, as I am out running errands with the girlfriend, I am able to log back in and everything is right with the digital world (wait, would that be gimmick infringement?) so we begin to take a tour of our town, picking up a few pokestops near the house and attempting to reclaim the gym near our home for the might Team Valor. We each take turns attacking and trying to reclaim that gym. Every time we get the leader down to 1 HP it just stops taking damage and denying our rightful reclamation of our gym. It was during this event that we met our first members of Team Valor who had tried to do the same as us, and discovered the server glitch as well that denied our victory. We exchanged war stories, they set up a module and we caught a few extra pokemon. We would come back to this gym and reclaim it as our later, when the servers were cooperating again. Again back home for now.

We decided to go back to the park from yesterday, maybe just do a lap or two around the closely packed pokestops of the park. Arriving, the park looked busy, a birthday party, some people at the skate park, and…wait, why are all of those random pairings and groupings just wandering aro…oh my god…we were not the first ones to find the park! Not only that but the other groups were tossing out Modules and drawing tons of pokemon to the area. Again we make nice and talk to everyone, that is the great thing about this game, people TALK to one another, they take their nose out of their devices and look at the wonder that is natures beauty and interact with other people. It’s almost like that is what Nintendo intended, for people to actually interact. We spend about an hour gathering items and making some friends, even if they are in that OTHER team, and just sharing this thing that brings us together. Again, back home.

About that time my two cousins show up. One, having never played any kind of Pokemon game in his thirty-ish years,  and the other a child of the generation immersed in the lore and the marketing giant that is pokemon. With them in tow, we attempt to retake the local gym again, and during our trek another member of Team Valor had reclaimed it, but had left an extremely weak Abra behind to defend it. We roll in and back it up. It is ours again, for now, but only one thing is certain. War, war never changes…(there I go crossing franchises again.)

 

to be continued…

 

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My Pokemon Go Advenure: Day One (Update)

Servers are back up! I was able to go in and empty out all the Pidgey that I had accumulated over the day before the server crash. Also caught the roaming Doduo in my living room. With that I hit level 5, which team to choose? Randomizer told me team Valor. Conveniently my girlfriend was also a member, we are relaxing at the house, and she notices that there is a Gym not far from here, and it was easy pickings! We grab a couple of bottles of water and begin the trek to the gym. Outside the skies were slowly darkening, distant thunder could be heard and felt, but that didn’t deter us and we marched on to the gym!

Fifteen minutes later we have hiked about one kilometer, thanks incubator for being my rough pedometer, and there she stood. Her Venomoth toe to toe to the blue teams Venomoth! It was a hard fought battle, and though her’s was stronger the Gym leaders Venomoth was faster, weakening hers to almost defeat. In flies Pidgeot, that bug never had a chance! The Gym is ours!! Thats when the skies decide to open up, drenching us as we walk back home, a victory shower! Now I shut the game down for the night to dry off and relax. Tomorrow? Who knows what tomorrow brings…

 

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My Pokemon Adventure: Day One

I downloaded Pokemon Go when it officially released on Wednesday, but because of the ever present server issues and the Pokemon Trainer Club login not working at all, I had to restart. After rebuilding my trainer and finding some version of my name that wasn’t already taken, thegeeksrespite was too long and my fallback name of Waffles I had already used on my first account before it went down so I had to go with the ever popular name plus numbers at the end. Grabbing a Doduo and my Blubasaur starter, Des and I went out and took care of our errands on a payday.

First stop was Wal-Mart, grabbed a couple of Pidgies and a Rattata but not much else there, rent check in hand the next stop was the ATM at the Chase bank near the house. Since I was driving and handling the ATM I missed my chance at a Magikarp but  that was ok. While Des ran and talked with her Credit Union I got to sit in the car and catch a Venonat. Then I was off to the local utilities department. One Rattata, Pidgey, and a missed Bulbasaur later we  took a step outside to find the park across the street filled with Pokestops. I picked up a Goldeen and a few Eggs, and a ton of Pokeballs. Almost as soon as we finish hitting the pokestops the ones behind up had refreshed, needless to say we did about two laps, completely unplanned and in a light sprinkle, of the park to load up. It was here that my app crashed and I couldn’t get back in, Des was still online though, and picked up a Beedrill and some more Marikarp. While driving through the OU campus we see a ton of pokestops….and active modules in a few of them. If we only had a valid parking pass and enough time to explore it all…maybe next week.

 
I’ve seen this screen more than the actual game so far…
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