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Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts Season 2 (Spoilers)

Kip and the Age of Wodnerbeasts Season 2

In season two of Kipo and the Wonderbeasts, the thirteen-year-old and her friends solve the clues her father Lio left in various places above ground. Although they find him, Scarlemagne quickly captures Lio and uses his pheromones to enchant/enslave him so Lio uses his scientific skills to produce large quantities of them. Meanwhile, Kipo and her friends work on a plan to free Lio and the other humans under Scarlemagne’s control but first Kipo has to solve the strange things that happen to her.

A few of these strange things include a stronger sense of smell, her eyes changing to cat eyes to see in the dark, her arms getting gigantic cat-like. This gets solved when Kipo and the others find a journal hidden in the apartment complex where her parents used to live. In it she finds out her parents Lio and Song are scientists who were working to unravel the mystery of the mutates and to cure the world of them. However, they get a change of heart during their work and decide instead to have their child. This child will be a bridge between humans and mutates and so Lio and Song add mega jaguar DNA to their child’s DNA.

Yet Lio and Song choose not to tell their scientific partners which include Dr. Emilia who it turns out was the right thing to do. Dr. Emilia is hell-bent on not only finding what makes animals mutate and gain human abilities she also wants to “destroy” them through a cure. There is no middle ground with her.

Around the same time Song is pregnant with Kipo, she and Lio are working with a primate named Hugo would becomes Scarlemagne. Most of his behavior is anger toward Lio and Song for abandoning him soon after Kipo’s birth and why he feels he must conquer humans and mutate kind.

The world-building from season one keeps going in season two and gets even better. I also did not feel the series dragged in season two at all. I zipped through the season I could not get enough. Now I am into season three which is dragging a little which I hope stops as I want to see if Dr. Emilia can be stopped and if Kipo’s dream of humans and mutates getting along can happen.

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts Season 2 (Spoilers)
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The Mysterious Benedict Society Series (Spoilers)

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The Mysterious Benedict Society opens with a young boy named Reynie Muldoon, who is in foster care and an outsider. The boy loves to learn and reads books as well as languages too. Also, Reyie has the attention of tutor, Ms. Perumal. One day she sees an ad in the newspaper calling on kids to take a test for an opportunity to attend the prestigious Boatwright Academy.

Thousands of kids take a series of tests and only four kids including Reynie get through them. The others include George “Sticky” Washington (he has a photographic memory), Kate Wetherall (who carries a bucket full of tools), and Constance Contraire (a very stubborn, crafty, and intelligent young girl). However, instead of going to the Boatwright Academy, the four kids find out they have been recruited by a man named Mr. Benedict.

He is a very distinguished and intelligent man who is on a mission to stop the Emergency. The Emergency is a series of subliminal messages via television and radio that get sent to the masses. These messages make people do certain things like over buying food or getting blue berets.

Mr. Benedict figured out that these messages are coming from the Institute and he wants Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance to go undercover there. He trains them in Morse Code and has the kids bond with one another before heading off to the Institute.

Reynie and Sticky do well in their classes and routinely rank high on the class message boards but Kate and Constance consistently get a risk of being kicked out of the Institute. Reynie and Sticky work hard to aid both girls to avoid this however they only succeed with Constance, not Kate. However, she gets saved from expulsion when Martha Crowe (the top pupil of the school) witnesses Kate’s talent at tetherball and convinces the school to let Kate stay.

It takes some more time but eventually Reynie and Sticky excel enough at the Institute that they get picked to be Messengers. This is a coveted role where a student goes to the Whisperer, the device the kids got told about by Mr. Benedict, and where Reynie and Sticky learn is indeed the device used to broadcast the Emergency. However, rather than the device producing the messages through programming, it is a Messenger who unknowingly produces them just by conversing with the Whisperer.

Around the same time, the kids learn the person heading the Institute is the twin brother of Mr. Benedict, L.D. Curtain who yearns to rule the world. He also holds a grudge against his brother for being adopted instead of him and then not coming back for him as he promised.

It took me until episode five to get into the show and feel interested in it. The setup of the characters, the dilemma, and so forth are explained piecemeal. I wish it had been faster and the explanations not given are too simplistic. Luckily by episode, five things pick up and the show plays much better. I am glad I hung in there and hope the show continues this pace to finish well.

The Mysterious Benedict Society
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Between Two Worlds: Scott’s Story Part 17

Lunch plate of spaghetti and meat sauce

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Lunch plate of spaghetti and meat sauce
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Carla is in the breakroom at St. Joe’s cafeteria chewing a bite of an egg salad sandwich she has in one hand. With her other hand, she writes a report on Mel, Mr. Henderson’s friend. He brought him in just after midnight fearing, the worst. It turns out Mr. Henderson was right. Mel took a heavy pain medication with alcohol and reacted badly to the two things mixing.

Jessica figured it out when she found a bottle of hydrocodone prescribed by a local dentist in Mel’s coat. When Carla heard this, she was surprised any doctor would give a drunk like Mel heavy pain medication. Then Jessica said it did not belong to Mel but rather his wife before Carla opened his mouth and held his head back so Jessica could put a tube down Mel’s throat. Once complete, Mel had his stomach pumped.

Now he rests on a gurney with his wife, Rachel, at his side whose in tears. She mistakenly thought it was okay to let Mel take some of the pain medication she had leftover from dental surgery so the intense pain he experienced from having three teeth pulled would go down. However, despite her making him promise not to take a pill using alcohol, he would do that anyway. And between sobs, Rachel told her and Jessica that Mel would be in for one tough conversation. She has to find out if he will try to give up alcohol and get sober, or an event like this could happen again, and Mel could lose his life.

Both Jessica and Carla are not so sure Rachel can pull this off. They feel this because of their history treating Mel, but neither chose to dissuade her from trying.

Just as Carla signs her name and puts down the date on the finished report, she hears a clattering of metal pans and cursing. At first, she thinks someone in the cafeteria kitchen dropped them until she hears another person shout, “You idiot, how did you not see me with this pan spaghetti and meat sauce? Your glasses lenses are large enough you couldn’t have missed it!”

“I am not blind, and I am no idiot! I was working on fixing the damn dishwasher, so don’t you go blaming me for your mishap.

“I spoke to you. idiot!”

“There you go again, well bud, let’s wipe that hate right off your face!”

Uh oh, thinks Carla, and she rushes from her table believing a fistfight is about to start, and the blood will fly.

Christy’s Short Stories

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A few years ago, someone I know thought I should turn my blog site into a subscription site offering entertainment and book reviews, short stories, and more. However, I thought it was too much of a risk. This year with encouragement from additional people I know, I have chosen to find out if this idea will turn out well or fail. Please, click on the video to hear the details.

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Between Two Worlds: Scott’s Story Part 16

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Image courtesy of Circe Denyer and publicdomainphotos.net

Tyler wakes in his bed, sits up, and stretches his upper body toward the ceiling, clasping his hands together above his head. He then relaxes, pulls off the bed covers, moves his uncast left leg around to the side of the bed to dangle down before taking his cast leg in both hands to lift it so it can join his other leg. Tyler then stretched toward the left to grab his crutches that lean against the wall by his bed.  

Once each padded top is under his arms, Tyler pushes down on his crutches while at the same time lifting himself off of the bed. He thinks to himself about the call he got from Scott just before he went to bed. His brother told him he had to change counselors after Mike would not stop making false claims about Tyler.  

He said some nutty stuff Tyler! Including that you injure yourself during rugby to feel things, and that connects us in some weird way. I told him, you have yourself together, and he should let go of this line, but he never did, so I reported him. Wayne, the head of the center, understood and apologized for Mike crossing the line. I would have liked it if Mike had apologized instead of Wayne doing it for him. 

I try to keep myself together Scott, as you are well aware, our parents’ breakup was messy. I could have fallen down the rabbit hole as you did, yet somehow the counselors helped me avoid it. It was not easy. There were times my self-worth took a hit, and the depression socked me hard. I was tempted at parties to drink too much or be part of one of those drag races that took place off-campus. You know a taste of living dangerously. What is important now is you are catching up to me. Keep it up, Scott. I know you can make it.

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Between Two Worlds: Scott’s Story Part 15

Image courtesy of Elisa Xyz and publicdomainpictures.net The counselor puts down his pad and pen on his lap. He then leans forward with his elbows on his knees, and his hands come together against his chin for a few seconds getting his thoughts together before he removes them. The counselor then sits up in his…

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Dreamworks: Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts

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The world has changed and few humans live above ground instead they live below ground as burrow people.  Thereas above ground the rest of the species have evolved and mutated into either giants or develop human like abilities/characteristics.

 One day as the humans’ world comes under attack and they flee, a girl Kipo gets caught in a rush of water separating her from her father and her people. Finally she breaks free above ground where dangers and adventures ensue. Along the way Kip meets and hooks up with Wolf (a girl raised by wolves) Benson, another human and Dave, a bug (best buds and music/dance lovers) and Mandu (a four eyed blue pig) in her quest to find her father and people.

I have seen the first season and I have just begun the second season. This is a charming series and although the main focus of the series is Kipo we do get to know the other characters and learn their stories. As a result I came to care about all the characters just as much as I do for Kipo. I also found although there are side adventures fun too as well as the other animals and mutates the characters meet or face. I look forward to learning where Kip and the rest of the gang go next in their new quest to save Kipo’s Dad and her people from Scarlemagne, a humanoid ape who makes humans his slaves.

Dreamworks -: Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
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Monsters at Work: A New Disney Plus Series

Monsters at Work: A New Disney Plus Series

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Monsters at Work: A New Disney Plus Series
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Monsters at Work opens with a new monster, Tylor Tuskmon who has a similar build to Sulley and has a great scare ability.  Just before he graduates university his instructor gives him a letter from Monsters Inc with a job offer. The only problem is between the letter going out and him arriving to work Monsters Inc has gone through several changes.

The former ceo has gone to prison for hoarding screams to power Monstropolis and the board has chosen Sulley and Mike to run the company. The goal now they get told is to store laughter and this means the two buddies have to retrain and hire monsters to fill this role.

Unfortunately for Tylor instead of going straight to retraining and getting paid, he gets reassigned to Monsters Inc Facilities Team which he feels is beneath him. So Tylor finds his way to the working area and tries to make a boy laugh. It goes terribly wrong and the boy like Boo comes to the monsters domain however, he gets sent back faster.

Tylor thinks he will get sacked for this but Sulley and Mike don’t do that and instead tell him to continue in the facilities team and do funny classes on the side.

I saw the first two episodes and I found them amusing but they lack some of the magic of the films. I think part of this comes from two things. First the facilities team goes over the top trying to convince Tylor to bond with them. This is not necessary and instead of stretching over two episodes been done in a few minutes. Also, the move from scares to laughs and how it got handles plays out like a fast scene change on a stage instead being a series of scenes and going slower.  Despite this I do feel I want to see the next two episodes to see if things improve and I stick with the series or I choose to go no further with it.

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Between Two Worlds: Scott’s Story Part 14

Image courtesy of kai Stachowiak and publicdomainpictures.net Scott’s oversized corduroy shirt and the t-shirt he wears underneath it are dark with sweat stains under his arms and on his chest. His forehead has beads of sweat that he keeps wiping off with a damp washcloth before squeezing it into the garbage can beside the chair…

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Clarence Avant: The Black Godfather

https://youtu.be/Gp_MsziYf4s The Black Godfather: A Netflix Documentary Film Image from Netflix Youtube Channel Throughout this film I kept smiling. Nothing could burst my bubble on how much Clarence Avant has done in his life and the number of people he impacts in the decades he been in music and film. In the late 1950s Avant…

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