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RIP Flash Player

Well, saw this sad news story: https://twitter.com/i/moments/890109172754329602

This gives us a few years to still enjoy some of the classics of the early Internet. For instance, I don’t know where I would be without Homestar Runner.

They’ve moved some of their content onto YouTube, but by no means all of it – and it lacks all the Easter Eggs and games.

For one you may not know, Amy Winfrey’s short films on Flash are some of my very favorites.

The final tweet in that Twitter Moment was a plea hoping that someone does something about preservation for Flash videos – and I second that thought. Hopefully someone figures out a way to do that. Would be an amazing museum exhibit. Or a good conversion project to some newer technology – even if the best they can do is uploads to YouTube, like with Homestar Runner.

What Flash videos and games are you sad to see go?

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Adult References

One of the shows that we have started watching with the Geek Baby is My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. Now first of all this is a very different My Little Pony than I grew up with. At the same time the show is definitely entertaining and something that I can kind of understand why adults would be willing to watch it as well.

One of the best parts about the show are the mostly subtle adult references that the kids don’t get, but definitely reveal some of the geek fandoms of the creators and artists. It is so great when a show can be good for kids and adults at the same time.

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Trollhunters on NetFlix

Netflix is on a roll for shows that David and I like. Recently I started watching one of their new shows Trollhunters and so far I am thoroughly enjoying it. It is great because instead of taking human lore they turn it on its head a little bit and the lore is actually about the trolls. The troll hunter is actually traditionally a troll who hunts bad trolls. Then through a series of events it ends up being a human teenager, Jim Lake Jr. (played by Anton Yelchin), who happened to find the troll hunter amulet. Then we get to dive with him into this secret hidden underground world where trolls, gnomes, shapeshifters and more exist. At the same time he is also figuring out how to get through high school and not let his mom and others find out about the whole other life. It is a fun time and I highly recommend the show.

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Dragons: Race to the Edge

So an interesting show that I discovered on Netflix is Dragons Race to the Edge. It is a continuation of the How to Train Your Dragon movies. David and I both loved the How to Train Your Dragon story, partly because: who doesn’t love dragons?

The show brings us to the dragon riders having explored most of the area, discovering most of the dragons along the way. At the beginning Hiccup is having a bit of a crisis as to what to do now, so of course suddenly they discover something that opens up a whole new world!

It has been interesting to watch the continuation of these stories, but they only got some of the voice talent back so when first watching it there were moments that were a little jarring, but overall it has been a fun exploration.

Continuing the Story

How to Train Your Dragon actually functions as a perfect story for a larger series. I mean who doesn’t want to see a group of people riding around one dragons, finding more dragons? It is great because they have trained some dragons, but they show that there are dragons that they can understand yet cannot be tamed.

The other side is that with the introduction of the dragon hunters they can use that to create an appropriate villain for dragon riders. Besides just general dragon hunters there is also a crazy Viking from Bart who is obsessed with Hiccup, which makes for a pretty good counterpart to our main character. In general it is a fun ride and the more dragons they find the better!

Different Voice Actors

Luckily they got some of the main voice actors for the show, but there were enough that were different that it is a little jarring at first. Now getting Hiccup, Astrid, Tuffnut, and Fishlegs helps a ton because those are the main characters, although Ruffnut is a different voice, which can be jarring. The more difficult one is that Stoik was voiced by Gerard Buttler in the movies and it would be difficult to get someone to replicate that voice – so they don’t really even try. As the show goes on the different voices become a little less weird, but it would be difficult to go back and forth.

Netflix Originals

Netflix has been doing some interesting shows lately and this is just another one in a growing list. It is a fascinating choice to take two in-theatre movies and choose to continue the story on the small screen. Yet, they seem to have kept the heart from the movies, which helps make the show successful (with 3 seasons currently on Netflix). It will be interesting to see what other shows might end up on Netflix that you wouldn’t think it would be continuing.

 

Hey, Did You Know “Star Trek: The Animated Series” Was a Thing?

Even as an involved internet Trekkie for two decades, I was only vaguely aware that Star Trek: The Animated Series existed. It was a low-budget cartoon produced the early 1970s, intended to be a kind of fourth season for the live-action show. When I did hear about TAS, I assumed it was awful and just never cared… Until a few years ago, when I found out it was all original actors doing their characters’ voices! I saw a few episodes, but as part of this project to watch all the Star Trek ever, I definitely wanted to see it as a whole. There are 22 episodes, each about 24 minutes long, all currently available on Netflix.

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