Review: Harley Quinn – Quit while you’re ahead.

So… Harleen “Harley Quinn” Quinzel. Fan favorite ever since she appeared on Batman: The Animated Series in 1992. This last year they announced she was getting her own TV series, and it looked promising. And it was enjoyable for a time! And then suddenly… it wasn’t.

…Well, let’s get into it.

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Harley Quinn by Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, and Dean Lorey

Official Rating: TV-MA | Personal Rating: Adult

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The Lego Batman Movie Review: I am slightly less bad at MarioKart then my parents (look, guys, I love you, but you’re really bad, we both know that, we played it today)

I am. Extremely bad at keeping a blog. I am extremely bad at a lot of things. I’m just really goshdarn lazy.

Uhhhh so what on EARTH have I been up to since my last (serious) blog post?? Well, I had to work for a big exhibition my school had. That was cool. And now my professionally-printed art is hanging in my house! Baller. I also continued rehearsals for a little 45 minute play and performed that four times in two days. I like to believe I did an excellent job. Oh, and I got my hair cut. And I saw Rent. Then we went up to Oregon to meet my sister at college, then we went up to Seattle to tour two colleges before flying back home. Then I saw The Lego Batman Movie, which was so amazing oh my gosh??? So if you couldn’t tell this is going to be a review of The Lego Batman Movie.

So first off, backstory of me going to the movie. So basically if you didn’t know I’m kind of bad at making friends, so I’ve been trying harder this calendar year. Which meant that I invited a friend I made to come to the movie with me! First time in a long time I’ve invited a person to do something, hah. After a bit of scheduling mishaps we managed to decide on Thursday in the afternoon. We met up at the theatre, got snacks, sat down and watched this masterpiece of a movie, then hung out afterwards to finish off the free refill we got on popcorn. And we’re probably going to do this again in September when The Lego Ninjago Movie comes out! Oh, and I put on a special outfit for this momentous occasion.

So first off: spoiler-free review. If you’ve seen The Lego Movie, it’s pretty much as good as that one! And if you haven’t seen The Lego Movie, you’re fine. There isn’t anything in there you can’t understand – there are like 2 references to it in there, tops. There are definitely some jokes that are specific to Batman lore, but I think you can enjoy it without extensive knowledge of Batman’s history – I mean, as long as you understand Batman’s basic premise (guy dresses up as bat and fights crime along with various youngsters in halloween costumes) you can certainly get most of them!

Honestly? This movie was a breath of fresh air when it came to superhero flicks. I’m sure everyone and their mother has told you by now that superhero movies have been ridiculously serious and gritty recently, and boy howdy that is true. I mean we don’t need it to be ridiculously campy like the Batman 60’s show, but we can have a serious movie without making everything boring grays! And this certainly shows it. There is a serious conflict and sense of urgency in this film, but it still manages to be light-hearted and funny.

I just realized last time I tried to divide this review up into categories or something?? LOL that’s for scrubs, real reviewers just barf out their feelings without any sense of structure.

Alright let’s go into the SPOILER ZONE!! Below the cut.

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Periods, Presidents, and Dreams, Oh My!: A big long rant post about various topics

So, I was writing a post, it was totally awesome and wowing everyone, I was so glad I was finally getting my shiznit together and actually making another post, and then I realized I dreamed the whole thing up. Pbbbt.

Which leads me to the topic of today’s post: why I fricking hate dreams. Also various rants about other things happening in my life right now, like politics and menstruation, which will be put below a “read more” so that little kids don’t get scarred by opinions on the Head Cheeto and the completely natural thing about 50% of the population goes through at least once in their life.

So, dreams. For most of my young life, I didn’t experience dreams so much. And by this I mean I didn’t remember my dreams. Everybody dreams, I just don’t like remembering them. Why? For me, they’re too realistic. Now, of course, I don’t mean they make sense, really – once I wake up I often look back and kind of wonder how I could’ve possibly thought it was real. Regardless of the content, the scenarios I find myself in are just realistic enough to confuse me – for example, as in the recent dream I had, I was writing a blog post for this very blog.

I think now is a fine time to note that I am able to read in my dreams. The first time I observed this phenomenon personally was a few years ago when I was in middle school, but in the dream I was at the elementary school with a DS that had a sticker that said “This is the property of Emily and Adam”. Now, it didn’t actually say “Adam” – it had a different name – but that’s not important here. I have talked to my family members about this, and they say they cannot read in their dreams no matter how hard they try. Meanwhile, I dream and find myself browsing the Internet, using Discord, and watching Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse. (Look, I told you they were realistic, right?) I also saw an episode of Batman: The Animated Series where he (Batman) figured out he was in a dream because he couldn’t read in it. My casual Google searching on the matter has yielded no results, so I’m curious: can you read in your dreams? Or am I just a Special Snowflake?

Anyways, back to why I hate dreams. The thing is, once I wake up, I’m not sure what actually happened and what was in my weird dreamscape, like say, the blog post I wrote in the dream. (I have absolutely no idea what I was writing it about, but I definitely wrote it.) Of course, details may be tweaked in a dream – like the layout of Disneyland when I dream I’m there and trying to help two lovely tourists find a ride only to find I don’t know where the ride is even though I’ve been going to the park for 15 years and should definitely know this by now.

Quite possibly the worst instance of this was a few years ago. Remember how I mentioned the Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse episode? At this point in time, BLITD was kind of… sporadic with when the episodes were released, and we hadn’t had one in months. I was also the only active admin on the wiki. Thus when I dreamed there was a new episode, I recall getting excited in the dream about having to update the wiki. A little while later while I was conscious I realized it was a dream and instantly became depressed that there wasn’t a new episode.

So while my brother is trying to get lucid dreams (he got really close the other day, apparently – he became aware he was in a dream seconds before he woke up), I’m trying to get my dreams to go away. Maybe if I had a better sleep schedule that would help? Or would that be detrimental? Hmm…

Alright, that’s enough of that. Time for me to rant about periods and politics after the read-more.

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DC Super Hero Girls: A post that’s me getting really excited over a franchise

Last night, while going through my friend list, I saw something that made me very happy. It was a LEGO DC Super Hero Girls Advertisement! Buckle up kids, since I’m going to be screaming about this for a while today.

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Featuring BT, Joshua, Taitoki, Fishy, Slippery, Syd, and my friend who hasn’t played since 2011.

Alright, let’s talk comics and superheroes real quick. Spoiler alert: I really love superheroes. I especially love teenage superheroes. Like, seriously. Most of the cartoons I watch is all superhero stuff. The DCAU is my jam, I’m so pumped for the LEGO Batman movie, and I need more Static Shock in my life. Sidenote: I’ve tried to read some of the comics, but I have mostly no idea where to start since there’s like almost a century of comics, ahahahahah, help.

Alright so I was planning to do a thing where I went through the most popular female characters in comics based off of their category set up, but it turns out they deactivated that for the DC wiki, weak. (Interesting note: why do we have to have subcategories for love interests? It’s almost like the females are just there to… oh. That’s some unfortunate implications.) It’s there on the Marvel wiki though, so I’m gonna real quick go through the top 8 characters there. Let’s see…

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So we’ve got Elizabeth Allen, which, according to the first paragraph of her page, her character is that she’s a “love interest”. Nice. Then there’s Daisy Johnson. Pretty sure she’s up there because of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Then we’ve got Hope Summers, adoptive daughter of an X-Man, Wanda Wilson, the genderbent version of Deadpool, Raven Darkholme (Mystique), whose page image is a pinup, Doreen Green, whose Squirrel Girl and therefore perfect, Satana Hellstrom, who’s got one heck of a chest window, and Lorna Dane, who seems to exist. At any rate, my point is this: looking at these characters, at least half of them all seem to exist for some sort of male gaze and not for their own merit. I mean, you’re welcome to disagree with me, but there’s absolutely no reason for that picture to be Mystique’s page image. I mean really. If you feel like comparing with the Male Characters category, you get six superheroes, a villain, and some guy.

Hang on, gotta back up this argument more! Time to search google images for “female superhero”.

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Alright. Let’s tally it up: five boob shots and ten needlessly pin-upy images. So, if you haven’t gathered by now, the trend seems to be female superheroes tend to be needlessly, erm, “sexy-ified” and tend to be completely useless if you want to actually fight bad guys without having a wardrobe malfunction. Shoutout to those images of Captain Marvel I’m seeing up there though. Dishonorable mention to that image of Power Girl though. I mean, really. Trust me, the next few pages of this don’t get any better.

Alright, let’s take a look at the DC Super Hero Girls. Hey, there’s an image of them in the search! Awesome.

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Let’s take a look at the costumes. See any midriffs? Nah. See any boob shots? Nah. Any needlessly tight spandex outfits? Heck nah. Pin-upy poses? No way! See, for so long, boys have had Batman to look up to, and girls have had a woman in an armored bathing suit to look up to (I’m sorry, I mean Wonder Woman. My bad.) Basically, DC Super Hero Girls is a cute new reboot of the series aimed for younger girls, where everyone’s going through hero training in high school, heroes and villains. Notably, Batman and Superman are out of the picture – they graduated years ago. The episodes just consist of them goofing around with powers, and the TV specials that air are based on them fighting villains. All of the characters are so much more than just “oh hey, here’s a girl for the boy to fall in love with”. Not to mention they’re releasing tons of awesome merchandise for this, with both dolls and action figures being released. I’ve already got a Batgirl action figure, look at how awesome it is!

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Look, our hoods match and everything. Hee.

They’re super articulated and designed to be played with, like really played with. Like the toys boys get, the ones that you can throw across the room and bring outside in the rain and into the pool and not worry about the hair being frazzled beyond all reason now.

Anyways, back to the advertisement, let’s look at what’s available for LEGO DC Super Hero Girls!

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Look at them. They’re gorgeous and beautiful and they made a custom mold for Harley Quinn’s legs and they look like they’re ready to kick Lex Luthor’s butt and then go out for smoothies, because hey who doesn’t like smoothies.

Unfortunately, there’s not much to the site yet. The sets they have ready for release look amazing, though, and it’s too bad my Christmas List is already set in stone, I’d totally love to get these under the tree. I think I know what store I’m headed to after Christmas, though. 😛

I’d like to mention that in the webisodes, they got the voice actors for Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Starfire from the original Teen Titans show, so if you want to see them not horribly slandered like they are in other recent media, check out some of the episodes. And feel free to explore the website, or the wiki I work on. Support this endeavor by a major company to try and add some good representation for young girls, we need more of this. I know I would have loved this when I was a kid because I still am a kid at heart and I love them now. If you know any young girls or heck if you are a young girl feel free to look into getting these for the holidays or your birthday or just whenever, they’re just the best.

(#NotSponsored, in case you were worried. I just really love things a lot)

I think I was going to talk about other things today, but I feel like this is enough of a post on it’s own. Guess I’ll talk about popularity and holidays tomorrow, whoops.

-Ylimegirl