This book was a doozy. Seriously, I had to finish a liter of vodka just to choke this stuff down. Heck, that was after taking the pound and a half of cocaine.
Erich von Daniken started his research asking a couple of cousins and waiters if they knew what the Voynich Manuscript was. As expected, their answers were all in the negative.
Heck, I’m a professional archaeologist and I don’t even know what it is!
But I digress…
After Erich von Daniken asks about a 100 of these goobers he explains that everyone’s lack of knowledge on the subject is indicative of the lack of knowledge of the subject in academic circles. This, and only this, is the only point in this entire book in which I will agree with Erich von Daniken.
The purpose of archaeological studies (as I’ve stated repeatedly) is to enlighten and educate. The Voynich Manuscript is a 15th or 16th century, currently untranslated, document. Shy of a press release dating and marking its provenience, the public wouldn’t have heard anything about the manuscript until it has been interpreted. Instead of jumping on the sane train and saying what I just said, Erich von Daniken instead decides to state that the lack of public knowledge on the subject is instead part of some plot to hide what most academics are too close minded to admit: we can’t decipher it because it was written by aliens.
Fact: the Voynich manuscript is written in an, as of yet, undeciphered script.
Fact: the Voynich manuscript has detailed star/sun charts.
Scientific conclusion? An as of yet undetermined culture had the mathematical and observational skills to plot star/sun charts.
The Erich Von Daniken conclusion? Our inability to interpret the foreign language implies no failing on our part but instead implies that beings much smarter than us wrote it. Also, the detailed star charts are obviously contrived from mathematics too complex for early man to decipher and are indicative of beings who have grander perspectives than early man.
The Erich Von Daniken conclusion that I just gave you is basically all of “History is Wrong” pertaining to the Voynich manuscript. You’ll also find that when reading this book you come across, repeatedly, two signature pseudoscience tools:
The first of these tools is the “piece it together yourself” questioning. Pseudoscience is opinion based over factual. For this reason, after a pseudoscientist makes a claim he/she will usually follow it up with a question instead of a factual explanation. This is a con man slide. It chooses to engage you in hopes that while contemplating related conclusions you’ll not question the lack of cited evidence. When asked to answer a question, you’re usually too busy answering to take the time to say “Woah…wait a second…that doesn’t make sense.”
Politicians use it too…a lot.
The second, and probably slightly more annoying, tool in the pseudoscientist toolbox is one I like to call “Look at my big friend…” This method is the presentation of proof that you know someone famous instead of proof to your claims. Its a means of von Daniken to say “I must be right because this famous person wrote me a letter.” The major example in this book is the letter from Neil Armstrong, also known as the first man to step on the moon.
In short, von Daniken claims to have been part of an excavation that discovered a metal library within a cave system in Los Tayos, in South America. After the supposed discovery, he claims that the press had covered it up and wouldn’t believe him, he also takes this moment to point out that documentation that would prove his point (photographs, journal entries) are simply missing (at one point, even saying “(my archive is missing)”[page 130 opposite the letter from Armstrong]). He then claims to have just surrendered until he heard that another crew had visited the excavation and brought along Armstrong.
Von Daniken mails Armstrong a letter asking for his take on the alien library in the caves and Armstrong states: “I understand that there have been magazine articles in Germany and Argentina which reported on the excavation and related it to your theories…I was asked in Ecuador whether I had observed any evidence of highly developed societies having been in the area, and I answered that I had not.” He continued the letter stating that he appreciated the offer to accompany von Daniken on an excavation but would have to refuse.
So…Armstrong said no aliens. Pretty clear cut, right?
Erich Von Daniken instead states that the letter is proof that he has been victimized by the media and that Armstrong had given him his full support. Very simply, a celebrity contacted von Daniken in response, and von Daniken is using it to drum up popularity.
This of course follows Erich Von Daniken’s refuting of the comments in the media that he admitted to never actually being in the caves in Ecuador.
I shall answer this one from personal experience.
I, Matt the Spaz, have actually watched the interview in which Erich Von Daniken states that he had never been to the caves. Back in college, in Riddles of the Past 101 with Dr. Marqusee, we watched the whole video and not only does he say that he’s never been to the caves, but also that half of the Nazca lines that he claimed were landing pads for alien beings he had never actually visited. He ended the interview saying that, when he writes his books, he knows he’s writing for an audience and that he brings a large portion of poetic license into each book he writes.
For those of you new to literary parlance, poetic license is “make-believe.”
Finally, the book ends weak. Erich Von Daniken falls into a lull and must have noticed, because he quickly starts just repeating stuff from his other books, all of it can be found in his original, “Chariots of the Gods?“
His book ends on a quote, pleading with the audience one last time to view him as the victim.
“Those who cannot attack the thought, instead attack the thinker.” (Paul Valery 1871-1945)
In response: Erich Von Daniken I don’t see you as a victim of the media or of “mainstream archaeology.” I see you as a person who completely ignores the Scientific Method. I love your “thought.” I think its awesome. Aliens rock. The purposeful bending of scientific evidence to your theories is what I attack. Read the evidence as it is, don’t make it fit your beliefs.
Pseudoscientists are either people who failed to correctly learn the scientific method, or snake-oil salesmen.
I encourage everyone to ignore this book, go out and buy Chariots of the Gods? and laugh your butt off reading that one. In forty years, he has come up with nothing new to write.
1 star out of 5.
This post was originally written back in 2009.
- Hey, they borrowed J’onn’s car! Love that car.
- DEO death package pays really well. That is a nice house.
- Alex is vulnerable. We know this because they take a moment to examine her after the shower. Showering people are vulnerable people.
- Eliza should worry more about Kara than Alex. Kara is an emotional wreck.
- Kara, you totally hashed this out in the first and then the second episode. Get over it. That being said, props to Eliza for rocking the the mom powers.
- “You can make it Irish.” Kara’s the sister I never had.
- Damn straight Alex! Tell her off! Kara’s being stupid!
- Most sisterly fight they’ve ever had.
- Little Alex and Kara are perfectly cast.
- Really makes you think the Kents had it easy with having no other children and with Kal-el being a baby.
- Really, I just feel bad for Eliza.
- Haha, Kara is a Superman fangirl.
- Oh hey, it’s the Midvale chapter of the Mean Girls.
- Same school colors as Smallville.
- Astronomy Fun! She’s going to cry over Krypton. I’m calling it.
- Nope, no tears. She almost kissed a human, though. Seems dangerous. Passing alien plagues and such.
- Shit! When he said “You’d be surprised what it sees,” I suddenly remembered the Tom Welling from Smallville using his telescope like a peeping tom.
- Alex is not cool.
- Oh No! They Killed Kenny!
- Tough girl Kara, getting up in the jock’s face.
- I like this cop. Must be the badguy.
- Heat-visioning Alex might not make her like you more.
- Clark has a friend named Chloe!!! WITH A WALL OF WEIRD! There’s a Chloe on Earth 38! I’m so happy! So Happy!
- Shit! The Teacher is a pedophile…
- I’d watch a Midvale series. Seriously.
- “Crikey, watch as the sisterly bond develops between the adolescent human and her adopted alien sister. This is where it could all go wrong, or all go right! Keep back now, we don’t want to anger the females.”
- Erica Durance is really J’onn. No one could look like her mother to that degree. J’onn’s an ass.
- Kara needs family. Why hasn’t she called Clark.
- Way to reverse psycho out your sister, Alex.
- Sheriff is the Killer. That sucks. I liked him.
- Email from CHLOE!!!!!
- I’ll bet Alex lives…
- Wait, random thought. If Chloe is here, does this mean that there is also a version of Oliver on this Earth that likes near-neon colors of green?
- “Screw it,” Good call, Kara!
- Badass Alex is always badass. It’s somehow genetic. Btw, Badass entrance for Kara.
- Kenny Lee was cool with Secrets. He could have been Kara’s Chloe.
- Lesson for the adults: “I’d rather be human than risk losing you.”
- Now Kara can be a peeping tom just like her cousin.
- Took her 10 years to set up that telescope. That’s what happens when you give a telescope to someone with telescopic vision.
- Awwww, “I feel at home with you.”
- “That possum came from nowhere.” – Kara, showing that she cares more for possums than white martian lives.
- Same crook tries to rob Barry that did in Season 1.
- “Stop shooting him!” -Barry, I’m kind of on Ralph’s side on this. That dumb crook sees that when he shoots Ralph he gets shot instead and then proceeds to shoot him again. Idiot.
- “What’s the second job? Long-winded lectures before noon?” – Ralph
- “One day, I’m going to throw a lightning bolt so far up – I’m taking him to the hospital.” Frustrated Barry is hilarious.
- Damn, the Thinker is good. That was cool.
- Cisco has ran out of damn’s to give.
- Harry has friends? Haha.
- “Pretty sure I relived my own birth.” – Cisco
- The Therapist comes back!
- Woah! Meta moves statues! Night at the Museum, anyone?
- “Remember the days when we wouldn’t calmly consider a stone statue a prime suspect?” – Barry
- Council of Wells!!!! Harrison Wolfgang Wells, H. Lathario Wells, Wells 2.0, and Wells the Gray!
- Of course Cisco names them…
- Wells 2.0 ate his Cisco… That’s pretty fucked up.
- Dark Matter is the new meteor freak from Smallville. Not complaining, just noticing.
- Puppy’s raincoat!
- I kind of agree with Black Bison. Choke the asshole!
- Barry Savatar’d the suit of armor.
- “I can see your frank and beans.” – followed by – “Baby violence solves nothing.” – Council of Wells
- “It’s like your junk has been burned into my brain.” – “You’re welcome.”
- Ralph dropped the ball.
- No HIPPA Laws on Earth 1. Barry and Ralph can hear a full medical diagnosis for a kid they have no reason to know anything about.
- “I hate them, I hate them all.” – “I’d like to gouge out the other eye.” – Harry on the Council of Wells.
- “Sometimes, you’re a Wizard, Harry.” – Cisco with the Harry Potter reference.
- Seriously, I love the Council of Wells.
- Touching Ralph and Barry moment.
- Black Bison is quick with her hands.
- Onions Everywhere! (I don’t remember why I wrote this note, so if anyone doesn’t mind reminding me. I’d appreciate it. Maybe I’ll rewatch the episode this afternoon.)
- Dinosaur time! Getting Harry Dresden vibes…
- Good Job Barry!
- Good guy Ralph mailed the necklace back to the Sioux Reservation.
- Hospitals let stretchy pervs into people’s rooms. Seriously, why would they let him in there?
- Council of Wells succeeded!
- Woah! The Thinker changed his outfit pretty quickly.
- 1937 at the WB, great start CW…owned by WB…
- Holy Canoli!
- Love the old timey Legends Logo!
- Nanites courtesy of Ray Palmer!
- Ha! They’ve been freaky Friday’d.
- Great actors. Well done on the switch.
- Hollywood Trojan War
- “Don’t knock the Academy, Gray.”
- Helen’s a perfect victim. Like of all time. And why do WB Execs carry guns?
- Gray has it bad for Hedy Lamar. Of course he does.
- I like Nate’s hat. Of course I do.
- Mick doesn’t even try to dress up. Love it.
- “I’d do her.” – Mick.
- Why doesn’t Helen ask why nothing makes sense or why she’s even there?
- Oh, they answered that.
- Darhk is her agent and now a series regular? Love him as a villain, so I like this decision.
- By the way, when the Crossover happens are they going to address the whole Oliver not knowing that Darhk is alive? I feel like he wouldn’t be too happy about this.
- I’m liking the advance of the Totem plot.
- She’s totally Amaya’s descendant.
- Mick is crazy smart.
- Ooooh! Ray knows her! She has to be Amaya’s descendant. He knew the water totem lady from the cartoon. They are bringing more cartoon info into it. Love it.
- Nasty in the pasty. haha.
- Is Helen blind? They ARE killing each other in your name.
- I hope Helen falls for Sara. That’d solve everything.
- Why can’t they take the mini-time-ship thing?
- “Better not be calling in your hall pass, Gray!”
- Sometimes, you have to be crazy if you want to burn bright. – That’s a good quote.
- How does Darhk use magic now? In Arrow, he had that head thing that provided magic based on how many people you killed. He doesn’t have that now.
- Pee Break!
- Fight Time!
- Hedy believed the nuclear man thing very easily.
- Sara is so kickass. Seriously. Great fighting.
- Oh right. Hedy is smart.
- Eleanore is Darhk’s daughter!!
- Kickass Gray!
- “Please tell me Firestein’s a thing!” – Nate
- Gray gets hit on by Hedy. That’s fun.
- Thymescara is part of the Arrowverse! That also means that Zari knows about it from 2042. So, Wonder Woman must come about before then.
- Deathstroke with nothing left to lose. Yikes.
- Flashbacks! Touching flashback with flashbacks in it. Meta flashbacks!
- Diggle’s drugs are wearing off.
- Enter the Dragon!
- Lyla! Haven’t seen her in a while. Maybe now would be a good time to ask her about getting the FBI off of your … oh, nevermind. You’re just gonna bang her.
- Shit! No more drugs.
- Reassignment of Resources? Vaguebook much?
- I don’t like this Nylander guy who keeps teasing Deathstroke.
- One Year Back From The Dead is totally a thing in the Arrowverse. Sara Lance celebrates Deathaversaries. So does Thea.
- Somebody wishes Oliver was really his kid…
- Mirakuru flashbacks?
- Dragon supplies Arrow with Drugs. Introducing Ricardo Diaz.
- Deathstroke doesn’t want to kill anyone.
- Stress-eating time! Wild Dog is my kinda teammate.
- Diggle knows Ricardo!
- Honest up, Diggle, please.
- Oliver got caught by Nylander? Right. I’ll believe that the same day I believe that Mick isn’t the best thing about Legends of Tomorrow.
- Ghost Shadow is a bitch. Anybody weirding out seeing Slade makeout with the air? I guess they wouldn’t say anything. He might get stabby.
- Diggle is telling Lyla! First right thing he’s done all season.
- Blade by the eye. Not cool.
- Oh, Joe. Don’t threaten Oliver’s son. That’s the dumbest thing you could do.
- Yes. That was a “little too convincing.”
- Poor Slade. Gonna have to kill his son.
- Oliver is great this season. He’s turned into a legit good person.
- Ricardo Diaz doesn’t show up on traffic cams, but they have surveillance of him so he’s not that good.
- Ricardo fights with his men. That’s a good bad guy boss to work for.
- Your days as the Arrow are done now, Diggle.
- Nylander is totally the fall guy. Cane/Joe knows that the guy who pulls the trigger is going to die.
- Oliver is killing again. If you recall, he kills because he “likes it.”
- I said last week that Joe totally saw Slade kill the spy on the camping trip.
- Brother Drop! Grant? Is the Flash his brother? Oh, no, he killed him.
- Both of them? How is Slade going to find both of them. Grant’s dead.
- Neat mist vanish scene.
- Aww, Diggle’s doing the right thing!
- Ice cream for dinner. Felicity gained cool points.
- Damn straight you’d better apologize to Wild Dog!
- Curtis is so right! Literally used science to make a woman walk again, he can fix your nerve damage. Seriously.
- Haha, “Kiss ass.”
- Of course Dinah is keeping the secrets now.
To be completely fair, I haven’t read the entire series of currently available titles in the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I’m read three of them, and I’ll try to limit my remarks to only those three titles.
First of all, I’d like to mention that the best thing about these books is the narrative. As a proper fan for the original works by the master, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I find the voice of Dr. Watson in each of these stories to match perfectly with the vocabulary and use, as well as the mind set, of the originals.
The first I read, right at the beginning of the New Year, was The Ectoplasmic Man. The story focuses on how Harry Houdini, recently on tour in London, made the mistake of demonstrating his act in front of several police from Scotland Yard. Then the very next day a crime takes place that only an escape artist could have achieved. Naturally, the recently impressed police arrest Houdini and Holmes is fast on the case to prove the frame up. This story was awesome and silly. On the one hand it reminded me, in concept only, of Scooby Doo when he met the Globetrotters and Batman. On the other hand, it was very specifically a classic Holmes tale that availed itself towards being a Houdini biography. Even better though, was that it wasn’t written like a biography, and instead kept my rather easily bored attention span. You get to see the trials and problems that Houdini had to go through as a Jew in a still predominantly Anti-Semitic culture. And of course, I enjoy any scenes in which Mycroft Holmes gets to partake. Not because I greatly like his character or feel he was never fully fleshed out, so much as I love the interaction between the brothers. This book was great and managed to entertain me thoroughly.
On a slightly more fantasy scale of things, we have the Seance for a Vampire. Only partially narrated by Watson, as parts of his manuscript were lost or not up to the par of the more recent narrator’s opinion. The rest of it though was narrated by Dracula, the Prince of all that is unholy as well as the distant cousin to Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes. This story involves Holmes being asked to prove foul play in the death of a young woman who is of the lineage of a thief who wronged another thief, turned vampire, 200 years previously. Long story short, she’s a vampire now, and never wanted to be. Her entire turning is treated like a rape, an interesting way to put it, as it was sexual for the evil vampire (evil because he’s not Dracula), and because she really didn’t want to be turned, and now that she has been, she hates it. And while fantastic in that it includes vampires, one thing the author does is include historical notes about the rise of Stalin and the entire Russian aristocracy, including an introduction to Rasputin. It was both a great branch off into science fiction and a great telling of another Holmes tale.
The final of the three that I’ve read is The Man From Hell. This tale was more classic Holmes than the rest I think. No guest stars and no vampires. It even had a note at the beginning from Watson about how the characters are still alive and well and how the names must be changed in the retelling, which I thought was the most classic element of all three. Holmes is called to do his own investigation into the death of Lord Blackwater, who happens to have died, as the police put it, by poachers. Holmes immediately deducts that it’s not poachers, but a flat out murder. We learn about the mid-19th century penal system known as “the System” and how it effected children and men, and we learn of a mysterious group known as the Ring. The previous two kept my attention because of their guest stars. This one kept my attention because it was just a great mystery. I couldn’t put it down when Holmes was doing his thing. This one also had some very nice notes in the back for historical context, which I think only proper since anyone writing in the early 20th century would be referencing events I would know nothing about.
Long story short, all of the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are more than worth your time and I encourage you to run or type your way to the mystery section of your bookstore or ereader and purchase a copy immediately.
Now I’m going to eat dinner and watch a cartoon.
This review was originally posted to an old blog of mine back on 1/27/2011.
- SUPERGIRL STOPS BUS AND ENDANGERS HOSTAGE! Tonight at 11!
- Lead Poisoning kids. Way to make an old school problem hip and with it again. Stay away from paint chips kids.
- Thank you CW for saving us that 8 day debate between Alex and Maggie.
- Geeze Louise, Morgan! That Cobra Effect thing is pretty damned messed up.
- Rich Gal can see private medical records by making a phone call. HIPPA doesn’t exist yet on Earth-38…
- CatCo needs a security check in booth. How do these people get in so easily? What is this? Star Labs?
- Is this lead poisoning only in National City? Lex’s device was supposed to seed the entire atmosphere. The first red flag should totally be the only victims are in National City.
- Shootout at the public address and Kara catches only 1 bullet. Tom Welling and Barry would have caught them all. Just sayin’.
- That 10.2% of people should have been of the entire world, not just National City.
- Moving out Montage!!
- Holy crap Lena. That wine glass is so huge you should forgo it and just chug from the bottle.
- Lena says “Lex never poisoned children,” but let’s be fair: He would have if he thought he could blame it on Superman.
- This episode is very Erin Brokovich.
- Death by Dumpling!
- Crazy Goodbye Sex!
- Adoption Stories! Kara should be suspect of anyone her age who was adopted around the same time…
- Winn makes cool shit. I definitely need him and Cisco working on something together.
- Lena totally knows Acre Lee Chemical. She’s a horrible liar. And Kara, the investigative journalist who can literally hear heartbeats,has no idea.
- “Where the coyote goes to get all the stuff to kill the roadrunner from, right?” Smooth, Morgan. Real smooth.
- Lena’s a killer! “I’m thinking like a Luthor.” She would have shot him. Without a doubt.
- Shit! They are going to crash Lena in a plane just like Lex a la Smallville!
- Doublt Shit. Edge is a cold asshole.
- She could have heat visioned those engines quicker.
- Where the fuck is J’onn? Supergirl wouldn’t need to choose between saving Lena and saving hundreds of people if J’onn just showed up and caught the other half of the plane.
- Although that scene with Kara holding the plane halves was really cool.
- Damn Morgan. Just damn. You’re colder than Caitlyn.
- Why does he keep threatening a person who can catch planes? I get that he knows she won’t kill him, but she could just annoy the hell out of him with all sorts of things that nobody could ever trace back to her. Pop his tires every day, leave him on top of more containers, make sure that everything he eats is either too cold or too hot. I mean…anything.
- Although, his threats are pretty cold. This fucker and Cayden James would be unstoppable.
- Lena and Jimmy are so gonna hook up…
- Emotional goodbye: Damn right she’ll be a great mom!
- Yes, Lena, it is too much…
- Danvers sisters moment! Family Road Trip!
- REIGN GOT SHOT!
- Totally forgot to take notes this episode, but that’s ok because the whole episode was noteworthy. Everything about this episode had me laughing, although I feel they overused the #feminism thing to the point where it didn’t feel like it was empowering so much as it was just a mantra that lost it’s effect by halfway through the episode.
- Also: Drunk Barry is 100% right. Chicken wings deserve love and Jack could have lived.
- Rip discovers a vampire in full Sherlockian style.
- Nate pages people like my boss pages people. Which is funny.
- “My whole life.” Mick. Episode’s over. Go home folks.
- Nevermind, HAHA, Mick stabbed the corpse. Now the episode’s over.
- “Because the corpse you buried was a vampire from the future, you idiot.” Mick
- This whole thing is going to be Mick quotes.
- Rip comes crawling back like a whiney baby.
- Awww, their totems kissed.
- Emperor Mollusk?
- “I’m no one’s side piece.” Mick again.
- “Is it because I’m handsome?”- Nate, “Pretty.”- Mick
- Oh shit! DoppelStein!
- Stein has an asshole actor ancestor.
- Mick again, “Anyone doesn’t have a reflection gets a stake.”
- “It’s that stache that’s astonishing.”
- Oh, hey! It’s the mother of Lucifer’s baby and Brandon Routh’s wife.
- I have no idea what Nate is singing.
- DAAAAAAMN! Sara can fight!
- Lucifer’s mom is a damned kooky woman… and mean too.
- “Instead of a sexy vampire, I get stuck with this weirdo!” – Nate
- Hey! CURTIS Cameo!
- WTF? Damien? Really?
- Damn Straight Sara’s the captain!
- Still bitter that she’s been resurrected, though.
- Knew Rip was going to screw it all up.
- “Told you we shouldn’t have trusted the Englishman.” – Mick Honestly, everyone should just listen to Mick. They’d have a lot less stress.
- It’s all on Zari, now.
- Gave up her totem like a damned idiot. She must be a Legend.
- Woah! Time Bust!
- Eleanore is totally Mallus, just guessing.
- John Noble! Eleanore isn’t Mallus?
- “Who stole my watch?” Good entrance Darhk. I also like that he remembers everything that was wiped, too.
- Fricken Toy Story 3!
- Damien Kill Montage! And really good too!
- Rip just became a Pseudo-Speedster. I want that toy!
- Cool trick with the totem. Accio Totem!
- Holy crap, Rip. You seriously messed up and got a lot of Time Agents dead.
- Grape fruit is gross.
- Sara is the voice of reason. That’s when you know you’ve fucked up, Rip.
- Sara made the right call.
- My actual prediction: Future Rip is Mallus.
- What are the odds that Dinah would see that sniper?
- Cane? Kaen? Caen?
- Slade needs diplomacy. This sounds like its going to be an interesting episode.
- Bringing back the flashbacks!
- I want some freakin t-spheres.
- FBI asking why Diggle is there when I’m also asking it. Props FBI gal.
- Get your wife to call this FBI lady off your backs already, Diggle.
- If Oliver doesn’t go, it’ll be a very slow episode.
- Is Vigilante a Meta? That was a surprise.
- “It’s You!” … guy I’ve never seen before. Probably her old partner.
- Vincent Sable, old partner. Called it.
- Dark Matter flashback, he’s totally a meta.
- Slade’s not the Terminator, Arnold is.
- “I’m not so nice a guy,” The build up.
- I liked’s Felicity’s joke about her glasses.
- That was a short and useless interview. Literally just asked her if she was dating Oliver and then let her leave.
- Why do I feel like Slade has something up his sleeve?
- That’s a very old tv in their Kasnian hotel.
- Ferris Air name drop. Green Lantern is on the way?
- Sickle and Hammer. Going old school Commies.
- Slade’s kid isn’t dead. Oldest trick in the book.
- Do you think he has to drain the eye patch when he cries?
- Rugby, haha. Must be Australian…
- John says what I’m thinking, too. Psychic show. Why isn’t she happy to see her dead partner?
- Slade’s angry. You won’t like him when he’s angry.
- The Wolfman (Cane Wolfman) was taken by Jackals.
- FBI is using the Council woman as bait. Geeze. That’s kind of intense.
- Suit up, Deathstroke.
- Just let Oliver help you, dumdumb. He’s bored. Oh wait, you drugged him.
- I’ve been camping. A lot. People don’t just keep walking by your camp when you’re deep in the woods.
- Your kid totally saw you kill that guy, Slade.
- Watson doesn’t need to see Diggle. You had all the cops double checking ID’s. They know he was there.
- How is she corrupt?
- He’s not dead. Told you he was Meta.
- Team Arrow will not be happy that she let Vigilante go.
- We gonna get some Deathstroke fights or what?
- There we go!!!
- His son is the boss. I’m calling it.
- Don’t have a gun? Oliver will take a gun.
- Told you his sone was the boss.
- That’s how it ends? WTF? Didn’t know this was a two-parter.
Sadly, I was only impressed by this as a book that involved super abilities and the awesome narrative that showed that Tom DeHaven had done a lot of research into 1930’s America. It was very impressive. That being said, I was thrown for a loop by the whole story of the 1930’s Superman. Clark Kent in this story is cynical, depressed, horny as all hell, and easily swayed to break the laws if you’re nice to him. As a matter of fact, I found it impossible to believe that the Clark Kent of this story could have became Superman. Instead, I could easily see him becoming some sort of down trodden city cop who’s bullet proof and tries to drink himself to sleep every night. This was more of a Frank Miller’s Superman, than a proper Superman. Also, the only point in the story in which I found myself in utter agreement was when Lex Luthor tells Superman that he’s an idiot. That being said, the use of the powers, as well as the very anticlimactic fight scene with only 1 robot were probably the most Superman-esque parts of the whole book. Kind of depressing. That being said, I had started off this review wanting to give this book 3 out of 5 stars, as I had fully enjoyed reading it and how well it was written, but as I think on it throughout this post I think I’ll end with giving it a 2 out of 5. Sadness.
- Did a goose hit the engines?
- Creepy Perv watching a kid’s soccer game? Must be a cultist…
- Literal Baptisms by fire.
- Never accept Parenting advice from a Luthor. Seriously, how many times did Lex say “Take it from me, Clark. I wrote the book on dysfunctional families.”
- Jimmy Olsen trying to help Kara by explaining how she’s really a religious symbol… So not helping, Jimmy.
- Voyager Probe Mention! SCIENCE!
- Am I the only one noticing that they are avoiding showing the Guardian? They mention him in passing but completely avoid using him all of the time.
- How does the cult leader get that probe/bomb thing everywhere?
- The old “Gods don’t bleed” trope. Slow clap for you.
- The kryptonite effects on Kara are really well done. That’s a win.
- That entire dropping the bomb in the hole thing…I don’t think it would really work like that, but what do I know?
- Psycho jailbird giving Psychological advice…
- Alex getting the feels right in her Ovaries!
- They really fast-tracked the entire friendship with Samantha. Two days ago, nobody knew each other, now everyone is Ruby’s pseudo-aunt… Did anyone ask Ruby if this was ok?
- CW is really milking the Erica Durance contract. “Quick, get as many scenes with her as you can before she gets tired of it and ditches on us!”
- Holy Kryptonian Possession, Batman!
- Weird Kryptonian Pods?
- The new introduction, as spoken by Barry, mentioned that Barry was “lost in time” not lost in the Speedforce. That lends itself toward all of those quotes he said from first season and possibly future episodes (ie: This house is bitchin’)
- I’d vote for Mayor Joe West long before I voted for Mayor Oliver Queen. Just saying. Joe’s priorities have never been a question for me. And he can sing.
- Everybody keeps saying Joe is glowing, and I get why, but let’s be completely honest: That’s not glowing, that’s brooding on par with Oliver. As a guy who recently received similar news from his significant other, I have a general idea of how “glowing” feels. Joe ain’t feeling it.
- “This facility is poorly guarded.” That’s old news Breacher. But will anybody do anything about it? No, probably not.
- Breacher: “You look like someone I sent my daughter to kill.” Harry: “I get that a lot.” Love this exchange. Hilarious and unfortunately true.
- He then quotes Princess Bride. Turns out that it’s the only constant on every Earth.
- All the ladies loving on Oliver. Hilarious as well. All the Arrow haters out there can’t fight the huge ego-stroking he must get on set. (Arrow haters make no sense to me, just sayin’)
- Dibny’s a perv. That’s cliche, but funny.
- The Barry/Dibny backstory is great. It gives character development for both of them and that’s something I wasn’t sure we’d get much more of with Barry.
- Why’d Iris grab the shoe?
- “Four years of seeing this stuff, I finally puked.” HAHAHAHAHA!
- I want to know more about these coffee-killing multiverse invaders.
- “I don’t know where you go when you die.” Funny and well-acted. Just rolled out calmly. I loved it.
- Vibrating through the floor was really cool. I like how Iris was describing it to Caitlyn later.
- “12 of those were butt dials.” Dibny is my kind of funny.
- Machete Easter Egg. No reason they’d have a machete in the lab, but they do.
- Laughed out loud at “I look like a Hemsworth.” No, Dibny, you look like Jim Carrey.
- Cisco with the Die Hard quote.
- Joe is right. That super speed slowmo stuff never gets old. Ever. Great speed scene. Everyone online keeps comparing it to that scene in X-Men, but I see a huge bit of Smallville influence. This is exactly what Clark would have done and I’m sure did. I like the call back.
- Plastoids? Plastic Guys broke coffee? Plasticene? Doctor Who? What?
- “Everyone else gets struck by lightning and dies and you get super power?”
- Cigar scene is great! Now, Joe is glowing.
- The Devoe revelation was great. It’s about time they got a break in the Thinker case.
- Young Ray is a crazy adventurer.
- Woah! Is that the agent from the crossover? What happened to his hair?
- Zari pegs them all except Sara. Good. I wouldn’t risk trying to give her a label.
- That fucker actually shot a kid.
- “Trust Ray to find the bright side of dying.” Correction: bright side of everything.
- Amaya is dressed like Lisa from Saved by the Bell.
- Nate and the Delorean. Nuff Said.
- Calls the baby Dominator “Gumball.”
- “Or worse. Fight together.”- Mick, haha.
- I would like to comment on Mick’s always eating. I don’t know what comment to make, but consider it made.
- I love how Nate and Ray find ways to bond over everything. Great friendship there.
- Dominator pulls ET stuffed toy trick.
- Ray and Barry (and Kara) love Singing in the Rain. Mick likes Fiddler on the Roof. He’s deeper than anyone knows.
- “Is there a cougar on the premises?” HAHAHAHAHAHA. So much for Ray and Nate’s bonding. They were dressed/written as disguised as Animal Control for only this reason.
- I want a toy version of the Atom, then I can tell everyone it’s my supersuit.
- Mick is very good at being a detective. Surprising. I’m telling you, there’s more to him than burning things.
- Gray isn’t a traitor, he’s calling his daughter. I don’t know why anyone would keep this a secret.
- Laughing at Sara and the Reeses Pieces
- I’m liking Zari a little more. She’s growing on me.
- Ray’s mom is a naughty/lonely woman…I mean, oops, Dominator!
- Turn into steel! Turn into steel! Why doesn’t he remember he can do that when he’s fighting the Dominator?
- Kara and Barry need a video of this dance-off. Why isn’t anyone recording this?
- I bet Baby-Stein (Ronnie) become the new half of Firestorm
- Getting the feels over the Trick or Treat friends scene.
- Jackson wanting to breakup Firestorm, more feels! Jackson’s the best.
- Curtis was an original shipper. Olicity haters can burn in hell.
- Lots of forensics, I wonder if they have a super fast forensic friend they could call…?
- “I thought you wanted to change the world and look where you ended up?”
- Is Oliver going to be out of shape when he inevitably puts the hood back on? Or does he have a salmon ladder he hits every morning?
- Why does Curtis keep typing when he locates Laurel?
- I guess Laurel did like those shoes…
- I’m calling it: Curtis and Felicity are going to make Brother Eye from the comic books.
- Weird double-headed baby doll. New game to find it in every episode?
- Knew Oliver was going to follow Felicity. Still funny though.
- Amnesiac or whatever his name is says “Assthetic.” That bothers me. It’s Aesthetic, pronounced “Ays”
- Oh, that’s how Ollie will stay in shape. Beating people up without the hood on.
- I totally agree with Oliver. Too dangerous without backup.
- “What are you saying, Hoss? I mean Boss?”
- Tracking her “residual vibration?” In an episode that claims the internet is locked away in an American bunker, I find this just as annoying. If you can track her residual vibration why didn’t you help the Flash locate any of his speedster enemies? Hmmm?
- It’s not two plots! It’s all one plot!!!
- Cayden’s voice is actually scary. Props for that.
- Arrow always has the best fight scenes.
- None of the hacker lady’s blood that’s already on Felicity’s hands gets on the hacker lady’s face when Felicity touches her.
- I get it now! The plot is Y2K for a generation of kids who weren’t around for it. Strap in kiddies, expect to have a ton of everybody either freaking out or partying and then a whole lot of everybody pretending like they weren’t terrified. “I wasn’t locked in a bunker when it went down…now…not me…”
- Hahaha. Oliver basically says “I wasn’t the Green Arrow, we were the Green Arrow.” Who invited Iris West to the scene?
- Black Siren is a cold bitch.
- About to go full tron! They are in the INTERWEBS!!!
- A virus to overclock the CPU and blow up the servers. I feel like C4, while less nerdy, would have been simpler.
- Also, Sonic Screams, Back flips, Throwing bad guys, all breaking the internet. As I’m watching this show, I suddenly can’t access Facebook. Thanks for nothing Diggle!
- Oliver as Overwatch is kinda funny.
- I want to know who’s on Wild Dog’s fantasy football league.
- The internet asked and the hacker provides: Cheap spinal repair device!
- Cayden James is pretty cool as a bad guy. Maybe he’s going to make Brother Eye?
- SLADE WILSON