Why Did Everyone Hate Suicide Squad?

Suicide Squad – We’ve all heard about it, and I’m sure many of us, such as myself, have anticipated it for well over six months. Personally, I’m not a fan of DC; in fact, I haven’t particularly liked any movie or TV show that they’ve put out for a long time, but this….this I was excited for. The one thing that I’ve always loved about the DC Universe is, hands down, their super villains, and to discover we’d be getting an entire movie dedicated to them was phenomenal! I mean, think about it: a new, captivating Joker (Jared Leto), a beautifully eccentric Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the always fantastic Will Smith as Deadshot, and a bunch of other people no one really cares about. Unfortunately, upon its release, most critics seemed to loath the movie, giving it a staggering 27% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this writing. But I, for one, was not going to let the critics stop me from watching this movie to see for myself whether or not it truly was bad, and let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t nearly as bad as everyone says it is, but this review wouldn’t be nearly as fun if I didn’t rant about all of plot holes in the first twenty minutes of the movie. Hello, fellow geeks, I’m DecreeB, and today I’m telling you what I thought about the new Suicide Squad movie.

It all starts with a simple question: “What would we do if another alien like Superman came to Earth, but it was evil?” As if this wasn’t already asked in their last movie, Batman v. Superman, and answered with “Batman can kick Superman’s butt any day of the week, so don’t worry about it.” Why, exactly, does this still seem to be an issue in this universe? Why would anyone think that a super-secret group of super villains would be a better idea then, I don’t know, a group of highly skilled superheroes who already care about humanity and whom you don’t have to threaten or control in any way, shape, or form?! This plot hole is nearly as bad as the mythical “Rosebud” scene from Citizen Kane. No matter, I suppose, they are, after all, just a back-up plan that’s not really intended on being used. Surely the rest of the movie will make up for it by giving a good reason for them to be used, right? Right?

After posing this question, and introducing the six main villains for the movie as the answer, most of which have no good reason for being included anyway (I’m looking at you Harley and Boomerang), Amanda Walker (Viola Davis) convinces government officials that “Task Force X” is a good idea by showing off their “most valuable asset”, a scary witch named “The Enchantress” (Cara Delevingne) that is absurdly powerful, and who Walker claims to have “complete control” over. I mean, who wouldn’t want a huge super-powered warrior like The Enchantress working for them? Then again, why not use JUST the Enchantress, the only one proven to be controllable, and definitely the most powerful of all the others? Why do they need the all-around useless “Captain Boomerang” (Jai Courtney), and the way-too-unpredictable Harley Quinn? (*cough* sex sells? *cough*) Captain Boomerang did literally nothing important throughout the entire movie. Yes, he’s been in every iteration of the Suicide Squad, but they could have at least given him a good reason to be there in the movie.

Immediately after the man in charge, whoever he is, agrees to let these dangerous convicts be a last resort against an unstoppable opponent, something goes terribly wrong! The government officials, who have just been informed something terrible is happening, have to decide what to do. But I mean, what can they do? Dispatch their soldiers to see if they can tame the situation before jumping to conclusions? Ignite the Bat-Signal for some much needed assistance? Or assemble the criminally insane and highly dangerous task force that they barely agreed was an okay idea for a backup plan in case of extreme emergence where they have absolutely no options left?

You guessed it, they opted to send the untrained, deadly, and unpredictable inmates of Belle Reve Penitentiary to the scene without calling Batman, or literally anybody they could trust. Nope, let’s just send these people we believe are completely uncontrollable, whom we just barely accepted as potential possibility to save the Earth but only as a last resort because we doubt it’ll go well. Genius.

Alright, alright, we all knew there wasn’t going to be any good reason to send out the Suicide Squad, or at least any valid one, but I would’ve thought they’d at least try to convince us this was their only option by showing Batman being defeated, or reminding us that Superman is dead, or something. You know, make it seem like you actually tried to take care of the problem first; you know, pretend you care about the story a little bit. But I’m rambling now.

Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and the convicts all fly out to a desert compound, where they are briefed on their mission and his ability to push a button and kill them instantly. Then Suicide Squad is thrown boxes of a wide array of costumes and weapons. Yes folks, COSTUMES AND WEAPONS! You just barely let these guys free of their shackles, told them “listen to me or die”, and now you’re throwing the criminally insane and infinitely evil convicts all the weapons they could ever want! Not to mention you’re letting them play dress-up! This isn’t Halloween, people, the world could blow up at any minute and you’re letting them pick out cute little outfits? Just give them a standard military uniform and some armor, don’t waste your own time making them feel “pretty”!

I’m going to stop soon to avoid spoilers. The massive plot holes continue for a bit into the story before most of the sloppy storytelling ends and the movie starts to get pretty good. Characters are introduced only to be killed off, protagonists shoot what unnamed grunts can’t, etc. But after that, there’s action, funny comebacks and jokes courtesy of the only two well-written characters, Harley and Deadshot, and it starts to build some pretty decent character development for some of their villains. I just wish they had shown more El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), though, because I felt he could’ve been a strong character if he was on screen for more than 10 minutes.

While the movie started with its worst foot forward, it got much better as it progressed, although it did suffer for the same reason Batman v Superman did: it tried to do way too much in too short a time. Nevertheless, it did do it much more gracefully than the Batman movie did. The story was nothing special, all of the plot-twists were very predictable, but it was an interesting watch for the rest of the movie. Suicide Squad wasn’t particularly great or original in any way, but it wasn’t even remotely a bad movie. It’s nothing special, but it is worth a watch. Honestly, I believe this movie was only rated at 27% because people got their hopes up too high, and this movie wasn’t exactly what they expected. It wasn’t bad, it was just different from what they wanted, so they decided to bash a perfectly decent movie for it. If it were me, I’d give the Suicide Squad a 60-70% rating, and I’d definitely recommend it to everyone who’s even slightly interested in the movie. As long as you don’t get your hopes up too high, you’ll definitely enjoy yourself!

If you found this article informative and entertaining, make sure to check out some more awesome articles from everyone here at The Geekwave!

Enter to be “Prey for the Gods”

               From preyforthegods.com

When I was planning what to write in this post, I stumbled upon a game that seemed to be nothing but a “Shadow Of Colossus” cop-out; however, on further analysis, this game was far more than just a copy. From the studio No Matter, I introduce you to a world of isolation and cold barren lands in “Prey for the Gods.”

The game tells the story of an unlikely lone hero in a world of colossal creatures known to the people as gods. Our hero is dead set to fight these gods when her people’s lands became barren and cold, leaving the hero no choice but to engage in battle to win the lands back from the gods’ control.

                                                                                From Youtube.com

From the description and game-play demo, you the player not only fight the gods, but mobs of lower level creatures as well.This will help you gain experience in fighting ungodly creatures. And to further enhance your “casual n00b” gaming experience, your survival skills are also put to the test in the game’s “fun” and “quirky” environment system. As the saying goes, “Brace yourselves men winter is surely coming.” However, this is just only the tip of the iceberg.

All of this combined, is why I highly support this tiny studio! From character design to environmental experience, this is definitely one to be hyped-up for. Players will undoubtedly experience rushes of adrenaline as they work at becoming an un-noted hero.

Test your bravery for you are “Prey for the Gods.”

 

So If you’ve enjoyed the gameplay and want this to happen please support their Kickstarter and show these awesome creators some love!

And as always I will see you in the next blog!

From onlysp.com

 

 

 

Geek Wish-List: The new world of Modding

Hey guys welcome back to the Geek Wish-List. This week I want to rant about how game mods have finally come to consoles.

No longer will the PC master race lord sole use of game mods over our heads. Instead they will just have to lord over the truth that the PC has more mods and that they look better. Sorry guys, but there is only so much that console fans can be happy about at any given time.

Moving on to the good news. Earlier this year Bethesda released the creation kit for Fallout 4 and with it came the introduction of Fallout 4 mods for Xbox. Bethesda also said that PS4 will be getting their own mods soon. Although its rumored that they had to postpone due to legal reasons with Sony. But fret not for soon both consoles will be able to have the Buzz Lightyear’s power armor mod.

From www.gamesradar.com

From www.gamesradar.com

I am personally very happy that those of us with consoles can now enjoy the art of modding our games. Up until this point the only way that gamers could mod their games was by having a PC and visiting the nexus. However, now that the creation kit is out I’m so excited to see how much I can mod my Fallout 4 before it decides to die on me. The mods that I’m wishing for them to carry over the most are some of Elianora’s house mods as well as some graphic mods like those in the Fallout 4 Seasons Project.  Most of all though I want the Better Settler mod by Thom293 and a mod that allows me to get rid of Preston Garvey for obvious reasons.

From gamerant.com

From gamerant.com

The only issue that I have with the flood of new console mods coming out is that I’m really not sure which ones to pick. There are soooooo many mods out there that are extremely good, like the ones that I listed above. However, for every great mod there is an equally less than desirable mod or two. Which is why many people will take the advice of mod reviewers. My personal favorite reviewer is MXR, who has made hundreds of videos reviewing some of the best mods I’ve every seen. So I really hope that MXR will point out some of the good Xbox One mods in his future videos.

From www.youtube.com

From www.youtube.com

With that my work here is done, or at least I hope it is, and that you are now surfing the web to find more game mods. Next week I’ll hopefully be talking about some games that we could be streaming in the future. However, that is still under discussion right now so I’ll be waiting for that information and let you know next week. Until then peace out and enjoy your week.

Geek Wish-List: Game Con 2016 Part 2

Welcome back to the Geek Wish-List guys. I hope you all had a great weekend. Over the course over the past few days The Geekwave has been doing our best to keep you up to date on Gaming Con this year. While we were there our crew managed to get some epic prizes from our connections at Fresco Press that we gave away. But, getting down to business let’s talk about what went down at Salt Lake City Gaming Con 2016.

Photo by Lee Neuschwander

Photo by Lee Neuschwander

The first thing that I want to talk about is how surprised I was to see so many board games set up on the con floor. Usually when I think of gaming my mind goes straight to video games. However, at the con I would dare to say that there were more board games present than video games. It was somewhat unfortunate that I didn’t get enough time to play any of the board games that I found, but i’m looking forward to playing some of them later this year. Walking around the floor talking to the multitudes of different gamers at the con, or more accurately listening to Logan talk to said gamers, I found that the gamers in Utah are so much more varied in their interests than I ever could have conceived myself. I admit that I found the experience very exciting and look forward to broadening my horizons as a gamer as a result.

From www.youtube.com

From www.youtube.com

From forums.tigsource.com

From forums.tigsource.com

Yet, at heart I know that no matter what kind of games I play in the future I will always love video games above all the rest. Which is why I was so happy to have gotten to play all the indie games that were being showcased at the con. Two of my favorites out of these demos were, but are certainly not limited to, “We Need  to go DEEPER”  and “Crashnauts”. Both of these games were created by the developers partnered with the Utah Games Guild. What I loved about these games was how creative they were and just how much fun they were to play. What I really enjoyed was looking at these games and thinking that one day I’m going to be the one that’s creating games like these. Though I just relished in the fun of getting to play with and against my friends while playing these two works of art.

Photo by Lee Neuschwander

Photo by Lee Neuschwander

Photo by Lee Neuschwander

Photo by Lee Neuschwander

Last but not least, I want to show some of the fantastic cosplay that I was privileged enough to see at the con. First of all I did not get as many pictures as I would have liked to, but I still managed to get some of the good ones none the less. In my opinion two of the best cosplay that I found included the one of Rex from Mass Effect 2, as well as a Warrior version of Zelda. Both of them were very high quality and instantly made me stop to take their picture.

I wish that I could talk to guys more about how much fun Gaming Con was however that would take far, far too long. Thus we arrive at the end of this weeks’ Geek Wish-List. I hope you all enjoyed our content from the con and look forward to all the good stuff coming later this summer!

Geek Wish-List: Game Con 2016

Welcome back Geeks for another week of the Geek Wish-List. Today I wanted to tease you guys about our upcoming  trip to Game Con 2016. The con itself will be going on from June 2nd through the 4th at the South Town Expo Center.

The Con will be hosting tons of tournaments on the floor as well as a gamer related cosplay event. During these festivities The Geekwave will be there to provide you with all the content we can muster. Some of the events that I’m really excited for are the cosplay event, as well as, the Halo 5, League of Legends, and Rocket League tournaments. However, what I’m really wishing for is to have enough free time to really enjoy the festivities as a fellow Geek and gamer.

From u92slc.com

From u92slc.com

Speaking of being a gamer I’m excited to see how many people show up for the tournaments at the Con this year. Hopefully, the tournaments there will have a better showing than at Comic Con. This year there will be a total of seven different games being played. Out of those seven the ones I want to see the most are the LoL and Halo 5 tournaments. Partially because those are the only games that I’m somewhat good at, but also because those two are the only ones I don’t mind watching instead of playing.

From www.overwatchfrance.com

From www.overwatchfrance.com

Personally when it comes to Cons in general my favorite part is the cosplays. I love it when you walk onto the floor and you start to see your favorite characters walking through the halls. To be completely honest there is no other feeling like it. I’m really looking forward to the different kinds of cosplay that I’ll see there vs. what I’ve seen at other cons. However, my biggest hope is that people will be walking around in their new Overwatch cosplay. I’m looking forward to seeing how many of the characters have been brought to life since its release on the 24th.

I hope you guys enjoyed the tease. I apologize for it being shorter this week. However, with The Geekwave planning out our schedule I have been a little busier than usual. With that, plan on seeing more about Game Con in the coming week and Geek-out.

 

 

Gamer Moms: The Importance Of Moms To Gamers

Hopefully you are aware that Mothers Day is this coming Sunday. If you were unaware of this very important holiday then you receive a poop emoji.

poop emoji

It is actually quite cute. (Taken from Pintrest)

That is how I feel about you, end of story. Mothers Day is important! Very important! Being a mom is hard, and that is coming from a young adult male. I know nothing about being a mom, aside from the fact that they put a lot of work into doing a good job and it is nice that we can at least take one day to thank them for that. Really Mothers Day should be everyday, but their are other holidays.

Now this is not a rant about how important Mothers are. This is a rant about how important moms are to gamers, and this is from personal experience:

  1. Without moms many gamers would most likely starve to death. Without that occasional sandwich, soup, or snack how would a gamer eat? Unfortunately, when you become a grown-up gamer, you don’t live with your mom(at least most of us…), and realize that you have to make your own food. Thank god for cereal.
  2. Remember when you were a kid and couldn’t buy mature games? All of your friends had Call of Duty and Halo, not you though. That is until you asked your mom, cool kid status achieved! Well, unless your mom visited one of those parent rating review sites and read how those games turns your children into demons. In that case, no cool kid status for you , because, you know, demons are bad. But as those of us who play Call of Duty know, the world if full of cool kids.
  3. The gaming mom! Plenty of moms nowadays play games on their phones but what is super cool is when madre jumps in on the couch battle royal and starts throwing red turtle shells and using that star power! Shout out to all those gaming moms. You are pretty dope!
  4. When your screen is really dirty and your mom lets you use her micro fiber cloth to get you back in the game. GG madre!
  5. The mom who approves of you playing video games! Thankfully, these moms are becoming more and more common. For give-or-take the first eighteen years of life, Moms are basically your boss (and not the fun video game kind) so when they approve of your gaming habit, its a good thing.

 

So treat your moms well! Don’t be the gamer who flicks them off, karma will get you. Instead give them a great Mothers Day surprise and make them dinner for once. Happy Mothers Day!

 

-Ollie, who loves his mom (goes and prepares a mothers day surprise!)

Featured image www.cloud9erie.com

Geek Wish-List: FanX 2016

Guess what event it is! That’s right, FanX is this week and I’m very excited to share with you guys my Wish-List for this week.

Since our first Comic Con in 2013 I have had the pleasure of going to each Comic Con and FanX since that fated day. While there I always have a list of three things that I aim to accomplish before the final day.

For FanX this year I really hope to get some awesome merchandise to help fill up my loot cave that I’ve been working on. Some of the things that I’ll be searching for this year include Pop Vinyls, geeky rings, and Deadpool comics because you can never have enough Deadpool.

From www.thinkgeek.com

From www.thinkgeek.com

My Second goal is to get as many pictures of the epic cosplay artists as possible. Each year I try to beat my high score from the previous Con. Currently my biggest Comic Con album consists of 464 pictures. My goal this year is to try and get up to or over 500 pictures. Wish me luck.

Photo by Lee.

Photo by Lee.

Finally, as someone who tries to do simple cosplays. It’s always been a goal to see if the cosplay I make for the events get people’s attention. We all want to be recognized for our work and I’m no exception. The only things that I really want though as far as cosplay goes however, is for the FanX people to get rid of the ‘No Metal’ rule that they started using after the last Comic Cons.

Photo by Lee.

Photo by Lee.

That’s all for this week. Look for me next week when I’ll be giving a run down on what I was able to accomplish during the FanX this year. I hope that all of you that want to go to the FanX have tickets and good luck out there.

The Geekwave Episode 27: Geek Madness Round 1

Hey Geekdom,

Hope your week is filled with geeky goodness. On this weeks episode of The Geekwave we talk about Geek Madness! Round one is taking place over the next 72 hours so make sure to vote for your champions. Following that Round 2 will take place and then we have our next episode before Round 3! Make sure to vote in all the rounds to get as many entries as you can for our fantastic iHome prizes.

You can find the voting form and all of the details here: kuteradio.org/geekmadness.

You can also fill out the bracket and send to geekwave@kuteradio.org to earn some extra entries. Due date is March 14th at Noon!

There’s also a password in today’s episode that will get you extra entries, but it’s only valid for one week!

Also, Logan “Ollie” Erickson will be at GDC next week! Pay attention to all of our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and coverage from the show floor.

Have a fantastic spring break everyone!

 

-The Geekwave