I really wanted to like the CWC Cruiserweight classic. But after watching the first several episodes, I came away relatively unimpressed. Now, however, we are entering the first episode of the quarterfinals. After watching the August 10th episode, it appears clear that the first round was limited for whatever reason. However, in the first match of the second round, I thought Tajiri and Gran Metalik puta match as good as any of them in the first round and better than all but a couple. I especially enjoyed Tajiri and Metalik going to the mat and trading holds for a substantial portion of the match, with Tajiri bent on keeping Metalik grounded. Can’t say I was surprised by the outcome, but I am a little disappointed that Tajiri is gone and really hope he stays around.
So, I thought Kota Ibushi and Cedric Alexander had a tough act to follow. I’ve seen a little of both of these guys, but not a ton. I think Cedric Alexander has some star potential. This was another really good match with a nice escalation toward the end, with a lot more big moves with both guys doing some flying and trading a few nasty looking strikes, as well as both guys looking just drained as the match went on. It didn’t flow as well as the first match, but it also felt more epic. I do wonder if “Fight forever” it the new this is awesome. I really hope not, but I certainly liked the 15 minutes these guys went at it. I wouldn’t have minded seeing Alexander win the tournament, but Ibushi seemed poised for big things from the start, so the win is no surprise.
I do wonder if we are getting to the point where there needs to be some upsets in the tournament. To this point, I feel like pretty much all of the matches have ended the only way that they could, with the favored fighter winning. Still, if you like wrestling matches (and I do) this episode of the Cruiserweight Classic felt like a big step forward for the series. And, yeah, and I got a little choked up there at the end. Like, for real.
The title is pretty self-explantory, but there are some deals worth mentioning on Steam this weekend. The first is that the Steam Hardware (the controller and the Link) are both 33% off this weekend, bring down the price for each to $34.99. I honestly don’t have much interest in the Steam Link, which allows you to stream your Steam library to a television, but I’ve heard very flattering things about the controller and $34.99 brings it down into a much more palatable place for me. Cities: Skylines, which I already own and think very highly of, is marked down by 66% to $10.19 (its DLC also receives so smaller discounts). Skylines is a pretty great take on the old SimCity formula and, unlike recent iterations of that series, allows you build some pretty massive, spectacular cities. Like most city builders I have played, there does seem to come a point of critical mass where your city kind of takes care of itself, but I really enjoyed the time I spent with it, personally.
Okay, I’ve been out of my depth a few times as I’ve read the DC Rebirth books (having not read the DC books for some time, and being especially out of the loop regarding Green Lantern despite having a very strong affection for the character, generally), so I am really confused what is going on here in Green Lanterns: Rebirth. It is not, if you thought it was, about a Green Lantern you are likely to have heard of unless you are a previous, recent reader of DC, although the book does at least have the modesty to mock the number of Green Lanterns guarding Earth for whatever reason.
Instead of Hal Jordan or John Stewart or Guy Gardner (no one wants to read about Guy Gardner) or Kyle Rayner, Green Lanterns: Rebirth (written by Geoff Johns and Sam Humphries) goes with rookie Lanterns Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz, both of whom suck at being Green Lanterns but Hal Jordan totally has some things to do on the other side of space so he’s giving them the keys to the car. I know nothing about these characters and this one issue wasn’t enough to make me interested, to be honest. Of course, it is all setup, so it could pay off in the end, but they are going to have to continue to put effort into making Cruz and Baz likable, as their interactions here both feel a little childish. Which is probably what they are supposed to be, both having only very recently having been granted super powers and now being tethered together by a single magic ring battery that they both have to cooperate to share. It’s more that it’s a tough sell for why I should invest in these two petulant heroes as they defend Earth after just being dumped on the collective lap of the Justice League as they try to protect the Earth by the soon-to-be-invading Red Lanterns. Who I gather are not friendly and perhaps very angry.
Verdict: Just enough here to be curious as to if Humphries can develop Cruz and Baz into an interesting team beyond the ‘these two don’t get along and are learning to trust each other’ schtick and what sort of threat the invading Red Lanterns pose. I think Atrocitus’ parents should have thought long and hard before naming their kid that.