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Synthesis - Columns

From 2008 to 2015 I wrote a weekly column for Synthesis Weekly under the name Zooey Mae. What started as an outlet to review graphic novels and comic books evolved over the years to cover everything from pop culture to whatever menial event was happening in my life. Looking back, I think I spent much too much time regaling Chico with tales of my allergies. 

Dinklage, We Hardly Knew Ye

Originally published in Synthesis Weekly: May 2011

If you’re reading this, then one of two things has happened. Either our Earth has survived God’s wrath on the 21st long enough for another issue of Synthesis to be released and made its way into your grubby paws -or- there was no second coming, no earthquake that made its way around the world, and (unfortunately) no cats and dogs living together, although mass hysteria might have reared its panicked head to yell and flail its arms a bit. I’m kind of at a loss as to what to write about this week. Maybe it’s this ass backwards weather we’re having, (do April flowers now bring May showers?) or maybe I’m just worn out from the past few weeks, (they’ve been a little regrettable). Whatever the case may be, I’m feeling super low energy and as such am having trouble deciding what to write about this week.

I read recently that NBC is planning on launching a new show called Grimm, which just so happens to be pretty much a direct rip-off of Fables. If you’ve been paying attention you already know that Fables has been slated to air many times, but due to logistical failings has been postponed too many times. It doesn’t take a huge leap of intuitive guessing to figure out that once this Grimm bullshit airs, Fables will most likely be swept under the rug for good. Oh NBC, you ruin everything…

In other news, I don’t know if you all have been watching Game Of Thrones, but every Sunday it has been blowing my goddamn mind wide open. Horse decapitation? Royal incest? This show has it all. The best character so far in my opinion has been Peter Dinklage’s portrayal of Tyrion Lannister. There’s just something so likable about his wacky exploits. And boy, does he love his hookers! By the time this issue of Synthesis comes out the next episode will have aired, and I have high hopes for where the show will go next.

In movie news, I saw Thor last week and I have to say I was fairly disappointed. Although I’m not a huge fan of the series, I thought it might have translated on the screen better. Anthony Hopkins was definitely the best part of the movie, although as he’s in a coma of sorts for most of it, it felt a little lacking. “Lacking” would be a good word to describe the movie as a whole. The scenes in Asgard were pretty fantastic, but the overall campiness of the dialogue and acting were too distracting for any consistent enjoyment to settle in.

So readers, that’s all for this week, hopefully your Judgment Day experience wasn’t too traumatic or riddled with earthquakes, and all your looting was fruitful. 

Arielle Mullen