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Whodunnit? – Episode 1 Review

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  Aww yeah, a new murder mystery reality TV show!  Honestly, lately I had been thinking that shows like The Mole and Murder in Small Town X could only have existed in a small moment in time (early 2000’s/beginning of the reality TV boom), and this show could certainly be a big flop, but I’m really excited that people are still willing to try stuff like this.  I’m planning on writing a post with my thoughts after each episode, so get watching and follow along! Each episode will be posted on Hulu the day after airing and will remain available…

Daemon

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I read a book!  It seems like I can never finish a book until the threat of library fines is upon me, and even this time, I justified taking a little more time with “It’s like a donation to the library!”  But the book is finished.  And that book was Daemon by Daniel Suarez.  Josh read it, Larry read it, now I’ve read it, too.  And it was good! Daemon begins with the investigation of several mysterious deaths that occur after the passing of a billionaire computer programmer, Matthew Sobol.  The story follows the many characters investigating the strange events and unraveling the…

Murder in Small Town X – Part 2

**Warning**  This post will have some spoilers about the show.  I will put spoilers in black-on-black text.  (The rest should be safe enough to read, unless you want to go in completely blank.)  I highly recommend watching it before you read any spoilers.  It’s just 8 quick episodes.  You won’t regret it! I just finished watching the final episode of Murder in Small Town X, and I have to say that show is really something special! When I hear the phrase “murder mystery,” I’m not sure why, but my brain goes to the most mundane of possible scenarios.  Very few…

Murder in Small Town X

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  Last year at MAGFest, I got to talking with a friend of a friend about mysteries, puzzles, and reality TV.  All hopped up on caffeine, I gushed about the perfection that is The Mole, and he told me about Murder in Small Town X, which aired in late summer 2001 (shortly after The Mole season 1).  It sounded great, and I found a means of watching it, but hadn’t gotten around to starting it until last week. The basic premise of the show is that a family has been murdered in the small town of Sunrise, MD.  Fifteen of…

Indie Game: The Movie

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Indie Game: The Movie is a documentary that follows two teams of independent game developers as they wrap up development on their games.  The movie came out in January to rave reviews, and early this month it was released on Netflix streaming.  We finally checked it out over the weekend and were not disappointed! The two teams followed in the film are the developers of Super Meat Boy (Team Meat, comprised of Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes) and the developers of Fez (Polytron, comprised of Phil Fish and Renaud Bédard).   The film covers the final crunch and launch day of…

Liar Game

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A friend recently recommended I check out the manga series Liar Game by Shinobu Kaitani.  I don’t keep up with manga much lately (though Liar Game debuted in 2005) and hadn’t heard of it, but my friend’s description of the plot sounded pretty intriguing.  I started reading, and now I’m totally hooked! Liar Game focuses on young woman named Nao whose defining feature is that she is honest and trusting to the point of being extremely naive and gullible.  Nao finds herself roped into a mysterious high-stakes game, the Liar Game, where the winner has the chance to make millions while forcing…

The Mole UK Season 1

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  Last week, we put another stamp in our passport of obscure reality TV shows by watching Season 1 of the UK version of The Mole.  The Mole UK Season 1 ran in January 2001, at the same time as US Season 1 and AUS Season 2.   This is the 6th season overall that I’ve seen (2 US, 3 AUS), and now I kind of feel compelled to watch every English-speaking season I can manage to find! The Games: The Mole UK Season 1 featured a lot of the standard challenges we’ve seen in every season like skydiving, hostage rescue,…

Eden of the East

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  From grade school through high school, Japanese anime, manga, and music were probably my most passionate interests.  I collected DVDs, graphic novels, posters and figurines.  I got up early to watch Sailor Moon on the USA network before school and spent all my allowance money on Neon Genesis Evangelion, one DVD at a time.  In college, I studied Japanese language and literature and even studied abroad in Tokyo, but by then my interest in anime and enthusiasm for keeping up with the latest series started to wane.  It seems harder to find series that bring anything new to the…

The Mole Revisited – Regional Differences

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  We finished watching The Mole Australia Season 3 last week and really got to talking more in-depth about the differences between that version and the U.S. version.  Keep in mind these comparisons are only between the seasons I’ve seen, U.S. 1 and 2, and Australian 1, 2, and 3. Our conversation started because of one baffling trend.  [Slight spoiler alert] In two out of the three Australian seasons we had watched, the runner-up player did not correctly guess who the Mole was on the final quiz.  In the two U.S. seasons we had watched, the winner, runner-up, and sometimes 3rd…

The Mole

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The year is 2001.  A young Clavicarius is watching TV with her parents.  She isn’t very familiar with the show they’re watching, a reality show at the birth of that phenomenon, but something interesting is happening.  Three contestants are separated into three different locked hotel rooms and tasked with the mission to escape.  Each room is a little different, and each has several objects and clues inside.  One of the rooms is pitch black.  The players begin discovering the clues and communicating with each other through the room phones, realizing that the clues and objects are somehow all connected from…