TV Show Review: Star Trek: Discovery, Season 1

 

Details: First aired in 2017 on CBS All Access, CBS’s streaming service. There are fifteen episodes in this first season with each episode at around forty-five minutes to an hour-long.

When I first heard that they were making another Star Trek show for television, my first response was one of dread. After reading through some comments on a few online forums, I found that I was not alone. My fear as well as the fear of many others was that they would try to make this “dark.” How many times has it happened already where some show business executives take an existing franchise and try to make it “gritty,” or more violent, or more “real?” Too many times by my count, and many of those times resulted in shows that mostly sucked. Surprisingly, Star Trek: Discovery is not one of those shows. It is actually surprisingly good and remains surprisingly loyal to the tone of prior shows in the franchise.

Very few spoilers ahead. Just a brief description of the premise.

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Anime Review: Akagi

 

Details: Also known as Tōhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai. First aired in 2005. Twenty-six episodes with each episode at a little under twenty-five minutes.

I was looking for an anime about gambling the other day and came across an article about a manga that had been notoriously in the same continuous story arc since around 1999. This manga was called Akagi and had just ended recently. After a quick search, I found an anime for it on crunchyroll.com and started watching through it.

It’s been a while since I’ve been so immersed and addicted to a series. I binged watch the whole thing in one sitting and, though mostly enjoyable, found myself extremely sad at the unfinished ending. As mentioned above, this series only recently finished the same story arc that had been going on for the last twenty years. The anime simply didn’t have an ending with which to end on. Even still, I can easily recommend this series to most anime fans.

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Restaurant Review: Candle 79

Details: Located at 154 E 79th St, New York, NY 10075. Official site is http://www.candle79.com/

I came here for vegan brunch because… vegans.

We sat in a comfortable booth.

I had the cranberry apple french toast for fourteen dollars. It was okay.

Overall, vegan food is still pretty depressing. Worth mentioning is that this place is really popular and was packed when we got there, which was around lunch time.

Score: 5/10

Restaurant Review: Mango Mango Dessert

Details: Located at 136-28 39th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354. Official site is https://www.mangomangodessert.com/

Mango Mango is a comfortable place to eat Asian style desserts. Unfortunately, it has few seats and is usually packed during peak hours.

The space is comfortable. This specific Mango Mango location has been open for a while so the couches are a little worn down, but there are couches.

Service was fine.

I had the snow white mango slush-o. I tried some of the sweet soups that the other people I came with had. It was all just okay. Most things cost somewhere between five to ten dollars.

Overall, it was fine. It’s a nice place to hang out, but the food and drink were just okay.

Score: 6/10

Fast Food Review: McDonald’s Bacon McDouble, New Classic Chicken Sandwich and the $1 $2 $3 Dollars Menu

Details: Located at 946 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019, among other locations. Official site is https://www.mcdonalds.com/

McDonald’s has redesigned their value menu and, in my opinion, has made itself a much more competitive option versus the other fast food companies in the United States. This $1, $2, $3 value menu is a step in the right direction.

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Video Game Review: Final Fantasy VI

Details: Originally release in 1994 by Squaresoft (now Square Enix). Released for Windows PC in 2015. I purchased the game through Steam for about eight dollars. Played for around sixty-five hours.

Final Fantasy VI is one of the most beloved games in the Final Fantasy series. Some of my earliest memories were watching friends/family play this game. Decades later, I now have a chance to walk down nostalgia lane and play the updated version of the game for myself.

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