Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Whew, it’s been a while since I last posted. This time, I am going to give my thoughts on Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Yes, I have only finally just seen it. Quick version, it is fantastic. I much liked it over Captain America: The First Avenger actually. The main reason being that the climactic battle had a much better payoff for me. There will be plot spoilers here and there, but being two weeks after the release of the movie, probably most people that wanted to see it have already seen it. This also makes this review not that useful, but I wanted to put down my thoughts anyway.

First off, I already had an idea of The Winter Soldier’s plot because I also watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. With recent events there, I knew that Hydra was back and had taken over SHIELD. I also knew that Nick Fury is still alive. Did it hurt the movie any? I don’t think so. While the movie is much more of a government thriller, the main focus for me is how Captain America adapts to the new world and how it’s different from his world. He’s not quite so out of water, but he does still hold on to the old-fashioned ideals.

The actual mystery of the title character isn’t that mysterious. Even the commercials mostly try to stop hiding it, since any one that has read the comics or looked at the casting credits will know that he’s Bucky, Cap’s friend from the first movie. Their meeting was still poignant with a lot of punch.

And I felt that the Winter Soldier made for a better dramatic climax compared to the Red Skull. The Red Skull and Captain America fight each other for a bit with the Red Skull never seeming to threaten Captain America in direct confrontation. Then the Red Skull touches the Cosmic Cube and just disappeared. In the Winter Soldier, their climatic clash was done much better. They had more history as well as a better fight, overall.

As for the plot, I also liked it more than The First Avenger, actually. The First Avenger felt a lot like it was meant to set up The Avengers. The Cosmic Cube was just on Earth for some reason? In The Winter Soldier, the threat of Hydra could really be felt. Though let me ask, who decided it was a good idea to hire Hydra’s top scientist? Not only that, to give him a brain upload into a bunch of computers?

The movie goes at a good pace with a lot of fun character interactions between Captain America, The Black Widow and The Falcon. They are so used to dangerous stuff that it just doesn’t even phase them anymore.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a fun romp through some high action places. While the mysteries aren’t particularly mysterious, watching Cap save the day is better than ever.

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Pysch, Series Finale

This will not be so much of a review. It will just be me saying how great the show is. I am a fan of nearly every crazy thing that goes on in the show.

Oh, I am so sad that Psych has ended. It was a great series and the series finale was really fun as well. I missed the earlier seasons, but I’ve been following them starting from the season where Mister Yang first appeared, season 3, I think.

Psych is such a funny and hilarious show. Everyone, even the bad guy sometimes, gets in on the craziness in their own way. Never has a show about people dying every week been so fun. The cases actually stay decently grounded if not for the characters involved in them. A few are farther out there, such as the one where everyone is invited to a mansion. Of course they get trapped and people start dying.

The show and characters can also transition into seriousness pretty well, mostly the episodes dealing with Yang and Yin. They still never lose that charm, though.

The zaniness pervading the show and the two main characters, Shawn and Gus, allowed them to do all sorts of even crazier things in the name of awesome, such as the musical episode. Each and every character can have all these ridiculous quirks, and everyone goes with it because the entire show is a sort of crazy. The coroner, Woody, and the head detective, Lassiter are just a few of the stand-out examples. Even Shawn’s father has a quirky side, being that he taught Shawn how to be a detective through ridiculous training starting as a child. Juliet and Chief Vick are a little more low-key, but even they get their own moments, like how Chief Vick just rolls with having psychic detectives.

Many of the guest stars are equally weird and fun. I am not a product of 80’s television, so I don’t know most of them, but they are fantastic on the show anyway.

For the series finale, I think it was a good way to end it. The adventure continues on for Shawn and Gus in their new city. And now Santa Barbara is being taken care of by Chief Lassiter, the new head detective and the hew junior detective. In the after pshow, even Mary Lightly showed up, and that was great to see.

I’ll miss Psych, and Shawn and Gus’s antics most of all. One of my favorite moments was when Shawn brought a fake beard that he intended to use as a disguise, but then Gus showed up also wanting to go in. They cut the beard in half so each one was only wearing half. Good times. Goodbye Psych.