I feel like poor Merle Highchurch gets a lot of shit: he's not the best cleric (although he does actually help the other boys way more often than they are willing to admit) and has a weird fetish for plants. He seems to follow the other two more than he leads, and a lot of time, he is more reactionary than proactive. He is this crunchy, irreverent, Pan-kind-of-worshiping, deadbeat dad and runaway husband that ends up the butt of the joke throughout most of the "Balance" arc. But Merle is truly the heart of the group, and this monologue from "The Stolen Century" is why.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018
I think if you took a poll, Taako would probably be at the #1 spot for Favorite Character, and a big part of that is Justin McElroy. He's such a witty guy, and for me, he's the most relateable of the brothers*. I wouldn't say that Taako is my favorite playable character, because they all, in the moment, become my favorite, depending on what's happening obviously, but so many of his quotes are hilarious.
- "Between this fan and the fancy sunbrella, I'm one 16-in waist away from Scarlett O'Hara."
- "Yeah, no shit. Great job, Angela Lansbury."
- "How about I just shoot magic ouchies at him?"
- "Arcana check. (rolls) Twenty-four. I know exactly what it is. I built it."
- "Hell yeah, goin' rogue! Been waiting for this the whole time! Fuck yes, off the grid! (Justin narrating) I pull out my credit cards and shred 'em."
My absolute favorite moment, though, is kind of a mixture of Justin's sense of humor and some honest character building. Also, God bless people who do animatics.
Monday, April 9, 2018
"Petals to the Metal" has so many amazing moments throughout the ridiculous number of episodes that cover its story (seriously, up until that point, almost half of the episodes they'd done were for this arc) that it's hard to pinpoint just one as my absolute favorite. I mean, you've got Merle talking dirty to some vines, Klaarg returns in the most epic way possible, Hurley is the most kickass monk that ever existed, Trent the Tree-Ant loses his ass to Magnus' Rail Splitter ... like seriously, so many awesome moments.
Sunday, April 8, 2018
You know those people who like different types of things just to be different? Well, that person is not me today, because I'm pretty sure my favorite bit from "Murder on the Rockport Limited" is a favorite series moment for a lot of people because it. is. hilarious. Oh, and no spoilers!
Saturday, April 7, 2018
I'm just going to jump right into this because I am running super behind on like ... everything in my life right now. Luckily for me, though, my favorite moment from the first "Balance" arc springs right into my mind. And as always, spoiler alert.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Without further ado ...
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Alright, I know I said that "The Eleventh Hour" is my favorite arc, and Id stand by that firmly. It's the most narratively satisfying, and I love the relationships the Tres Horny Boys develop with the various NPCs so much more than a lot of the other ones (save for Angus, for whom I will fight to the death). And while the finale of that arc is definitely up there* in my favorites, I'm going with another one: the episode that made me realize that this show was something I absolutely had to continue following.
Oh, and spoilers ahead, so ... don't read below the cut unless you a) love spoilers or b) don't care even a little bit about them.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Well, it's time for that Sophie's Choice statement again, because dammit, I love all of the arcs. They all have their shortcomings, of course, except for "The Eleventh Hour," because it's perfect and there is nothing you can say that will change my mind.
Ahem, moving on.
Monday, April 2, 2018
Oooooh, damn is this one tough. There's so much I appreciate about all of the arcs, even the non-traditional "The Stolen Century," and I will gleefully go back and relisten to each. As of today, I have listened every single of the sixty-nine episodes in "Balance" three times, and I plan on doing another in the near future because the entire thing is just that fucking good.
(Also, I'm gonna get super spoilery here in this particular post, so if you wanna listen to The Adventure Zone before you read this, feel free. It'll be here, I promise.)
Sunday, April 1, 2018
This is super easy, actually! A friend of mine on was talking about the podcast on Facebook, and I wondered what all the hype was about. At first, I was like, "Meh, podcasts, I'm not super into the resurgence of the audio drama." I had tried to get into Welcome to Night Vale and a few other podcasts, and I had not really stuck with any of them because ... well, I got bored? I'll admit that I almost quit listening after "Here There Be Gerblins" ended; it was funny, sure, but I wasn't captured by it. Honestly, I wasn't completely engrossed until I got to "Petals to the Metal." I can't really remember the exact moment it clicked for me, but when it did, I was sold and eagerly awaited each Good Thursday* to hang with my good friends Merle, Taako, and Magnus.
Oh, and also, I will put up spoiler warnings when they're needed, but rest assured that I'm not going to avoid discussing the series in depth, especially when it comes to the characters, so ... be prepared?
* They released a new episode every other Thursday.