Well, I've been through quite the emotional trip last week.
I missed out on watching [i]Girl Meets World[/i] for a while, but I'm so glad I caught the last two episodes because "Girl Meets Hurricane" brought back two major characters from the original [i]Boy Meets World[/i] series. Angela, Shawn's girlfriend from the original series, made a return in a pretty "out of the left field" moment that feels a bit too sudden, but I won't object seeing her again. Previously, I said I disliked what they did with her character since she left Shawn between the two shows, and when she said she was married when she came back, I felt my heart sink a bit. However, the writers somehow managed to make me okay with Angela's decision, but also kind of given her my blessing. The quick gist is that even though she wasn't ready to be married when she was with Shawn, she used their relationship together to help springboard her new relationship, and she suggests that he does the same with his potential new love interest. D'aw.
What's even neato is that Shawn's father came back for another cameo. In the original series, Shawn's father died from a heart attack, but his ghost comes back every once in a while to provide some kind of guidance. A bit hokey for a otherwise realistic show, but it's a nice emotional angle that works. I wouldn't have guessed that he would appear so soon, so I kind of wish this episode didn't telegraph it right before he showed up: see, they hinted at the possibility when Angela told Shawn her dad died, and that he "doesn't show up" when he's needed for "important decisions" like Shawn's father do. When Riley told Shawn that the decision to ask out Maya's mom was an "important decision," I felt like it was too "on-the-nose": if we see Shawn's dad, then we know Shawn considers this to be an important decision. Then again, it IS a kid's show... but at the same time, it's surprisingly emotional for a live-action show that airs on Disney Channel.
Honestly, when [i]Girl Meets World's[/i] "Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels Goes to Washington," I am not ashamed to say I almost teared up. First of all, I came in very skeptical about the episode because it felt too out there: Cory's goofy brother was running for mayor? Even if he was only in the running to lose, I still felt like it was a little unbelievable. However, Cory's history lesson involving the first televised debate between Nixon and JFK (I learned something?) was pretty on-point, proving that the underdogs could win. Then another worrying aspect of the episode were Eric's forced antics: whereas they were executed near-flawlessly in his initial appearance, they felt more shoehorned for this episode, and I keep getting the impression that the actor himself, Will Friedle, knows that. However, it was pretty cool for them to have him meet his reformed bully face-to-face in a pretty funny exchange, and seeing him with a big bowl of Cocoa Puff was a really obscure reference that was lovely and goofy.
The biggest part of this episode was the reveal. When Eric was in need of a campaign manager, someone named T.J. Murphy offered his assistance. At first, it seems like he was doing it because he hated the other guy, but during the debate, he showed off his true identity at a nice time. When Eric was faced with a criticism that, if he never had kids of his own, that he has no idea how to run the country for the kids, T.J. revealed that his full first name was Thomas Jonathon, whom Eric used to call "Tommy." Back in the original series, Eric became a "big brother" to him when he was an orphan, and although Eric really wanted to adopt him, he didn't realize it wasn't practical until the adoption agency broke the rules by allowing him to see the file of another family that would've adopted Tommy. Knowing that Tommy would be better with them, Eric gave up Tommy in an emotional scene, and seeing Tommy again brought tears to my eyes. The flashback montage was icing on the sad cake.
I know it's weird, but I develop an attachment to lot of waifus for plenty of TV shows, and [i]Steven Universe[/i] is no exception. Pearl has always captured by my heart: even though she is so totally a lesbian (*heart breaks*), I love everything about her like her personality, her know-it-all attitude, her passionate side... all of it. She also feels damaged, which makes me just want to hug the hell out of her. The episode that made me realize I had feelings for her was "Space Race," when she was depressed for not being able to travel to other planets since the warp pads on Earth is disabled. However, seeing her snarky skepticism when Steven showed her his mock spaceship turn into a passionate desire to reach the stars when she realizes it might be possible to build an actual spaceship was adorable.
She does build a working spaceship, but it wasn't perfect, so it started breaking apart while trying to get through Earth's gravity. Steven, who was with her, warned that they weren't going to make it... and seeing the longing, almost desperate look in her eyes as she stares at the stars is one of the most emotionally poigant moment I've seen from a cartoon (so not an anime like[i]Clannad[/i], which is too full of feels). I seriously tear up everything I watch it, which was last week.
Yeah, last week was so full of feels that I felt emotionally drained almost every day. The good part was that [i]Steven Universe[/i] "introduced" a new character (if any other episodes are of any indication, we'll probably never see her again) called Sardonyx who jumps straight up to my list of favorite characters in that show despite her two minute appearance. She's this upbeat, enthusiatically theatrical comedian that has a lovely manner of speaking, and I would love to hang out with a girl like her in my life. Just check out of her entire spotlight with the clip blow; words can't do her justice.
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/SigfriedLion/paper-danmaku-a-touhou-card-game-design--296238.phtml][b]* -[/b] SigfriedLion lends his account to his pal Firebrand who wants to talk about his own ideas of what a card battle-based game of [i]Touhou[/i] would be like, complete with their own mockups and set of rules! There's a lot of details put into this so check it out![/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Hyper+Lemon+Buster+Cannon/guilty-gaming-pleasures-296274.phtml][b]* -[/b] Hyper Lemon Buster Cannon knows that everyone has a couple of habits that they just can;t help but do in videogames such as jumping through the boss door in [i]Mega Man[/i]. What's yours?[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Esteban+Sky+Cuevas/discussing-introduced-by-emulation-296251.phtml][b]A -[/b] I won't go into my feelings about emulators, but Esteban Sky Cuevas thinks they're nifty because they were the reason he took a chance with several videogame series that he ends up loving.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/TheKodu/-18-a-response-to-thomas-apperley-of-digra-and-his-research-nerdcore-porn-296271.phtml][b]A -[/b] TheKodu takes the time to explain why the idea of "nerdcore porn" being such a bad thing is a laughable stance on the matter, saying that it's not just the ladies who gets sexualized.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Forgotten+Bastion/the-morality-system-in-dishonoured-296275.phtml][b]A -[/b] Forgotten Bastion hasn't forgotten about how bad [i]Dishonored[/i] made him feel for being a ruthless killer, and how some games could stand to do the concept of mortality better than keeping it black-and-white.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Manchild/what-the-flock-296257.phtml][b]T -[/b] Maybe it's because I agree with the fella, but Manchild successfully defends the upcoming "controversial" videogame [i]The Flock[/i] by likening it more to an experimental experience rather than a quick cash grab.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Jed+Whitaker/what-makes-you-randy-pitch-a-tent-for-d--296270.phtml][b]? -[/b] Jed Whitaker stops by the Cblogs to talk a little bit about Gearbox's Randy Pitchford, a little something about his open sexuality, and some chick who can't decide what race she wants to be.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Kirby-Sonicfan/games-and-stuff--296273.phtml][b]C -[/b] Kirby-Sonicfan is new to the community, but I think a lot more could've been said about themselves.[/url]