So I met up with this seemingly fine chap named “Nurgle” and it turns out he’s just a jerk whose obsessed with spreading disease and sickness and the like. As a result, expect my stuff a little later than normal. I’m gonna see if Vecna, dark god of secrets and necromancy, can’t turn me into an undead as a means of combating illness. Till later!
Since this past year, I’ve been slacking off on watching various shows/movies. Sounds kinda funny considering I’m all about reviewing movies and shows too, right? Needless to say, I’ve been catching up on tons of content I’ve missed for a while; whether that be through video release or the divine gift to the masses that some people refer to as “Netflix”. Among those things was a charming animated dark faerie tale called “Over the Garden Wall.” This mini-series/movie (either works, depending on who you ask) involves two boys lost in a strange otherworld full of anachronistic people, horrible creatures, and some really catchy music numbers.
It’s not exactly easy to nail down what Over the Garden Wall is. Is it comical or dramatic? Is it merely an homage to the works of yesteryear or the expectation of tomorrow? Is it a tongue-in-cheek folktale or something right out of The Twilight Zone? And this doesn’t even cover a lot of the mini-series’ countless mysteries that countless fans are still trying to figure out. That combined with the questions above, people are still coming back for more. From a small cult hit to a recognized Emmy winning masterpiece, it’s likely one that will endure for a while yet. But this begs the question, why? Well, I’ll certainly do my best to try to figure it out!
NOTE: This review contains heavy spoilers. While this mini-series has been out for almost a year and was recently released on DVD, you have been warned.
This all stemmed from a thought in my head, which is by no coincidence the title of the post. This was after weeks and weeks of dealing with miserable work, feeling like I haven’t been getting anywhere, contemplating quitting my job, and just dealing with depression in general. The world kinda sucks and you wanna know what? We could all use a hero to help us out, ya know? Now, I’m not just talking about the kid who collects extra lunch food for the homeless guy that hangs across the street, the clever tech hacker that thwarts cyber attackers and scammers, or the friendly neighbor who helps get your cat out of a tree. Sure, these people are heroes in their own right. I’m referring to incredible beings with equally incredible power who devote themselves to virtues of righteousness and justice. Why do we want them? In addition, why do we escape to fantastic worlds where people with incredible powers and over-the-top costumes fight the powers of darkness?