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Friday, April 19, 2019

My Thoughts On. . .

Vampire Sire

Angels, demons, witches, ghosts, vampire hunters and the demon possessed. You get all these and more in “Vampire Sire”, the latest action packed escapade featuring former federal agent and ultra-protective mom, Samantha Moon.

Sam thinks she’s seen just about every weird and warped thing there is to see in the twelve years since she became a vampire. But when a representative from a renowned attorney’s office arrives on her doorstep, she brings news that helps Sam realize how little she knows.

Yes, out of the blue, Sam is provided with an eyewitness testimony of the attack that changed her life all those years ago. And more importantly, she is given the identity of the beast who carried that attack out, and why he did it.

Needless to say, the details presented to her turn her world on its head, opening doors of opportunity she never thought existed.

Vampire Sire: Take a bite from one of the best vampire series in existence.



The Umbrella Academy

Until Netflix thought to introduce me to the Umbrella Academy, I’d never heard of the comic book series created by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá.
My Bad – I’ve missed out on some quality quirkiness!
Thirty years before our story begins, the world is stunned by the birth of forty-three babies to women who weren’t even pregnant moments before! Seven of those babies are subsequently purchased by an eccentric member of the aristocracy, Sir Reginald Hargreaves, who promptly takes them home and turns them into something rather special.
Special? Oh yes, it seems the children have been endowed with remarkable gifts: Number one, Luther, is super strong; number two, Diego can hold his breath for an exceedingly long time as well as control the blades he throws so that they hit any target he desires; number three, Alison, can coerce people into doing what she says; number four, Klaus, can speak with the dead; number five, “the boy” can teleport through spacetime; number six, Ben, can unleash supernatural horror on his targets; number seven, Vanya, can play the violin. (seriously) – and that, it seems, is that!
Growing up, they formed the “Umbrella Academy” – a crime fighting super elite who were renowned throughout the earth. In latter years, however, they went their separate ways and didn’t talk to each other much. It’s not until Sir Reginald dies that the former team have a reason to get back together. Assembling back at the manor where they grow up we find things have radically changed.
For one thing, Luther has been on the moon for years and seems out of touch with society. Diego is now a vigilante, as much in the cells as he is putting people there. Alison became a filmstar, married, had a child then got divorced for daring to use her skill in the wrong place and at the wrong time. Klaus is so high or drunk, it a wonder he hasn’t pickled himself to death. The boy is missing, presumed dead.  Ben IS dead and has been for some time and is the only one Klaus can relate to. And Vanya? Well, she still plays the violin.
Everything is morbidly awkward, until the unexpected return of the boy – now a world-weary time traveler who has spent decades in the future and is trapped as his 13 year old self with bad news. Humanity has been destroyed, and they need to do something about it.
And THAT my friends, is when things start to warp into a splendidly bizarre adventure featuring temporal assassins; talking apes; robot protectors; sugar-coated donuts and wry, self-depreciating humor backed up by great tracks.
(Wait until you see the mansion wide dance sequence at the end of episode 1 and a later department store shootout. You’ll see what I mean.) Brilliant!
This is caped crusader meets John Steed & Emma Peel of the Avengers while visiting the Royal Tenenbaums and getting home in time for tea kinda stuff.
Delightful. Distracting. Dark and despicable. A fantastic way to spend your evenings.

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