Saturday, December 31, 2011

Cracking a Goddamned Book-The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Starting up Haruhi month with a bang, let’s start where the series did: book 1. For those scratching their heads wondering what “Haruhi” is, well let me explain. The “Haruhi Suzumiya” franchise is a series of light novels, anime episodes, CDs, and a movie. I won’t divulge much about the entire series plot here, the spoiler’s here start early as hell, and most “spoilers” you’ve already heard are completely wrong.

The plot of this book starts off simple. Kyon (not his real name, but a nickname an aunt gave him that stuck so well no one calls him his real name, which we have yet to discover) is just starting high school. He’s very cynical, and narrates how he’s had to leave his childhood fantasies and grow up. On the first day, while everyone introduces themselves, the beautiful girl behind him announces thus,

“Haruhi Suzumiya. From East Middle School. I have no interest in ordinary humans. If there are any aliens, time travelers, sliders, or espers here, come join me. That is all.”

With that, Kyon is sucked into a spiral of insanity and fun. Basically, he accidentally goads Haruhi into making a club to search for what she wants, a club soon populated my 3 more members: Yuki Nagato, the silent bookworm; Mikuru Asahina, the shy beauty; and Itsuki Koizumi, the intelligent and asskissing transfer student.

 I won’t go past the plot from there, but let me tell you it rocks. The first thing you may notice if you start the book is the odd style. It is told in first person, though Kyon. That is uncommon, but not unheard of (The Dresden Files). No, what’s weird is that Kyon rarely actually answers people’s dialogue flat-out, he just narrates his response, and sometimes they respond, leaving you wondering what stuff he says aloud and what he keeps to himself.

The characters are all wonderful. Though they have little development in this story, it’s the ‘pilot’ of the books, and starts them off well. Kyon might be my favorite protagonist ever, completely relatable in how he thinks and what he thinks about.

A big sticking point with a lot of people here is the same with the webcomic XKCD. This comic is nerdy as all get-out. Not geeky, though it is that too, but nerdy. You know how a lot of stories just have stock phrases for technobabble to explain everything, which to people who know anything about that field is complete bull? Well here, either most of what is discussed actually exists, is theorized to exist, or is a well-thought out sci-fi idea that makes you think just hearing about it. To those people who aren’t scientifically inclined, this makes it the same as any other series. But to those who love the hell out of science, this book rocks hard.

Overall, for the first book of the series, it sets the franchise up well, and the actual content is made of win by itself. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you love science, sci-fi, slice-of-life books, or anime, this book is for you all the way. Laters.


Several things at once:

1. That Apollo Justice dub I announced a year ago? Actually happening. Find the info here to try out for a part.

2. I will now update once a day, and not shitty updates like, "I'm bored. Bleh.", full fucking content.

3. Every month will have a theme. Next, technically this, month will be "Haruhi Month". that means of the 31 posts that month, at least 5 will be Haruhi related, but I can tell you now the number for this month will likely be 8.

And because I haven't been able to say it during my stay at my folks, Happy Holidays and New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Classic Who Review 1-An Unearthly Child

        Hey there guys. I'm finally beginning my binge through the classic Doctor Who episodes. I'll drop by here after each serial to spill my impressions here.

        Let's start with the story. I've never been a big fan of the episodes where they go to historical times, and this first serial isn't an exception. The story is just alright, the 'politics' of a caveman tribe, really. The scenery and effects are again alright, they did well enough that my suspension of disbelief never broke.

        My first time with him, I don't know what to think of the 1st Doctor. He is definitely as I've heard described here: cold, pragmatic, and much less moral than I'm used to. However, there are still moments where I can see the Doctor we know and love in him, such as when he screws with the cavemen to switch the polarity of the politics flow (sorry, couldn't resist.) Not only does it display his cleverness, the whole time he looks and sounds like he's suppressing a giggle-fit. The same joy and happiness we see today is still there, just buried deeper.

      I really liked the companions. Susan was very interesting, and I'm excited to see more of her. The two teachers (sorry, their names haven't sinked in yet) are pretty cool two. Overall, it's not an episode I think I'll remember too often, though it isn't bad either. Until next serial, laters.

Monday, December 12, 2011

On the Wrong Side of the 4th Wall-Teen Titans (V3 1-57)

         This is definitely a good series, and before the blast of fan's flame hits me, yes, I have heard of it's problems. For those not in the know, long time fans of the series are pretty down on this run, because they believe it totally derailed several characters, specifically Bart Allen and Wonder Girl. On the Wonder Girl front I have no idea, because this is the first series with her in it that I've gotten into, and with Bart I can see your point, I don't agree. I think his change from Impulse to Kid Flash was more development than derailment, and I actually prefer the Kid Flash version to the Impulse one. Blasphemy and all that, yadda yadda.

          I might as well type it now, this is the first full run of the Titans I've read. I know several people out there are like one of my roommates, telling me to start with the New Teen Titans of the 80's. Yeah, I get the idea of wanting my to read that awesomeness, but I wanted to start at a period that overlapped with some of my other comic interests, specifically Blue Beetle.

          Why do I like this? I think that, not counting the stuff in the next paragraph, it's well drawn and better written. I like the Titans, their interactions, and their subplots. I really like Geoff Johns, especially his runs on Flash and JSA, and his talent for characters and dialogue stand out here as well.

          The only problem for me to find with this is at 2 points: Infinite Crisis and Countdown to Final Crisis. At both of these points, the comic became almost unreadable to me, and directly afterwards it was hard to continue after so much bullshit had happened.

          Overall, I'd say that this run on the Titans is damn good. I'd probably agree with some fans that the New Teen Titans are better once I read that, but until then I can satisfy my urge for a good team book with The Teen Titans.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cracking a Goddamned Book-House of Leaves

Cracking a Goddamned Book
           After hearing in the name House of Leaves mentioned so much, both on and on various Slenderstuff, that I decided to try it out. And holy shit.

          Now, usually, when I try to tell someone about this, I describe the plot in an exact fashion. That fashion is called, "Copying TVTropes", so I'll save you all some time and let you just click this. I'll wait while you read. ... Okay done? ... You didn't even click it did you? TLDR my ass you lazy bitches. Whatever. What I will say is that this book is madness and paranoia incarnate, and easily the most unsettling thing I've ever read, and before you ask yes, I have read Lovecraft. The ever changing structure of the novel helps set the mood perfectly, and the truly insane aspects of the house was easily my favorite part of the book. If you're in the mood for having a good "What the fuck?" book, grab House of Leaves.

This is not for you.

Animation Outside Japan-Daria

Animation Outside Japan
         I started watching Daria after I heard about it from the big man himself, the Nostalgia Critic. Mr. Walker put it as his favorite TV show, an amazing recommendation. It took me about two months, but I've finished all of it.

        This show is hilarious. It is able to be completely crazy, yet keep a grain of truth, of the things most of us actually did experience in high school. The entire cast ranges from good to amazing, my favorite being the title character. Her snarky style is good enough, but as time goes on we see clearly that she isn't an infallible Mary Sue, she makes mistakes, and not in the classic cartoon drama way. She comes across as a real person, and someone we'd all gladly be friends with. The biggest strength of the show is the fact that, with a couple exceptions, every episode seems real and genuine. My favorite part of the show was the last two seasons, when they started having more branching plot-lines and character development. The way they developed Quinn of all people was great, and completely unexpected for me. By the end of Is it College Yet? I was kinda tearing up. Some of the things done and said broke my heart, which was quickly repaired by a good realization, a beautiful speech, and a heartwarming ending credits. Overall, I'm incredibly happy I decided to try this, and easily recommend this to anyone who has ever agreed with my taste in humor. To end, here's the earlier fantastic speech.

"Stand firm for what you believe in, until and unless logic and experience prove you wrong. Remember, when the emperor looks naked, the emperor is naked. The truth and a lie are not sort of the same thing. And there is no aspect, no facet, no moment of life that can't be improved with pizza."
-The Zen of Daria Morgendorffer

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dream and Break

I had the weirdest dream last night. It started off with a series of scenes I'm quickly forgetting, where I had a girlfriend. It was mostly just us hanging out, and holding hands. Then I 'woke up', only to find myself somewhere else. In this dream my dad was healthy, and Superman. My dad's best friend was alive and Batman. We went to the hospital to visit my grandmother, who has severe dementia, and she was...good as new. She was exactly as I remember her from when I was a kid, joking around with me and my dad. Then I again 'woke up' back in the first dream, and realized that one was real, and the other wasn't. I purposely went back into the other dream, and found it had turned into hell. After going through a couple 2D sidescrolling levels of it (I know, awesome right?), I realized it would never end. So I decided the other was real. I went back there, was no girlfriend awaiting me. And then it hit me. Both weren't real, and I needed to wake up in the real world, because I had to pack so I could go on home for Thanksgiving. And then I did. The profound sense of loss that I had as I woke...sucked. I now know, that I really do want a girlfriend, more than I thought I did. I also realized I need to not watch too much Doctor Who, apparently my subconscious really loved "Amy's Choice" and decided to replicate that for me.

In less depressing news, I'm staying at my parents house for 5 days or so for Thanksgiving Break, (I'll be there by this afternoon) so that gives me more time to read and blog. I'll have a review of House of Leaves up soon. Maybe ones of "A Dance of Dragons" and "Daria" if I can finish either soon. It feels good to splatter my thoughts on the screen again. Laters.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Marble Hornets Season 2 Finale

Totally worth the wait. Won't spoil anything, just watch it. I'm ready to wait for season 3 now.


I need help! While watching Daria, I've noticed a reoccurring background character that looks similar to a characters from another show I've seen, but I'm not sure which. I'll include a screenshot.

It's the girl on the far right. The combination of hair and clothes style remind me of someone, but who? Please help me discover who this is! I would REALLY appreciate the gesture. Laters.

EDIT: Here, a better picture, if it helps.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Good News and Meh News


Meh News: I've stopped work on my NaNoWriMo book indefinitely, for reasons I will now explain: The idea was a pseudo-documentary diary about me and my daily life. I would write about was on my mind, and then at some point it would jump from me reading House of Leaves to me finding Marble Hornets, and then getting slenderstalked, culminating in an open-ended ending where I most likely died. The problem is that it is much easier to write 2000 words a day on a fictional story then on your life. With a fictional story you can pad it out with anything imaginable, but with what I was doing 1200 words would be about one subject, then I would run out of things to say. I got far behind, daunted by the amount of work in front of me. Only yesterday did I realize it wouldn't work. Sorry. If any of the non-existent people who comment here want to read the 2800 words I managed to write, I'll post it. Most of it was stuff I'd write on here normally anyway.

In other breaking news, I'm eagerly waiting for Skyward Sword, and am watching my roommates love-fuck Skyrim a new asshole. I was up until recently trying The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, but I gave up after 4 episodes. Not my kind of show. Sorry Aaron. Right now I'm lifting up my spirits by watching Daria for the first time. (Enjoying the hell out of it.) I need it, I've been sick for 3 days now. I've also been rewatching Case Closed. GODDAMN YOU FUNIMATION! PLEASE DUB MORE SEASONS! I NEEEEEEED IIIIT!

On the Slender-front, I'm eagerly/impatiently awaiting the season 2 finale of Marble Hornets. SO MANY SCHEDULE SLIPS MAKES ME MAD!! Also, I'm surprised that the big surprise of the day is Observer taking control of Noah's accounts...again. I hope a good video comes out of this. I shall be posting more regularly soon. So, to the maybe 2 people who I don't know IRL that read this shit, laters.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Why I'm not posting

QUICKLY: Writing NaNoWriMo novel, reading House of Leaves, school, general insanity. Sorry.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


AKA National Novel Writing Month. It's a program where you have the entire month of November to write a 50,000 word novel. Some get picked up, most don't. It's a big challenge. I joined, and I encourage you to as well!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

2 Things

1st, my friend has started a blog about HIS life. It's not as cool as mine, but whatever. Link.

My review of all my favorite web comics.

Awkward Zombie
This is a comedy done via video games, and it is hilarious. Many times she replaces the main character with herself, Katie. Her art is good, and her writing is funny. Not much to say with this one. 9/10

I...really don't know how to describe this. It's like a comedic-dramatic-fantasy-racing comic. Yeah. Basically, Heaven is a LITERAL bureaucracy, and one angel there is high as my friend with a blog, and misfiles two people's shit. He gets kicked down to Earth until further notice for being high (NOT for misfiling, he hid the files so no one knows.), and finds the results of his mistake. Ash's file was moved from boy to girl, making everyone but him/her think he/she had always been a girl, and actually being one. Two pages of Emily's file were hidden, making her two years younger with the same reality-altering effects. Now they're pissed and won't stop until he gets their lives back to normal. Won't spoil beyond that, good writing and art, and I love the characters. 8/10.

Sorcery 101
Easy as hell to describe. It's a comedy/drama fantasy about a guy learning magic from a werewolf while teaching high school. It's funny, well drawn, and the characters are incredibly memorable, especially Seth. An underlooked series, it easily deserves a 8/10.

I can only use the writers own words to describe this: "A webcomic of Romance, Sarcasm, Math, and Language." A very humble description for a great comic. Basically a joke a day newspaper strip, but made by the biggest nerd/geek hybrid I've ever seen. A percentage of the jokes go over EVERYONE'S head, so don't worry when you see one you don't get. However, if you actually read my blog, you'll get a large amount too. Hilarious, and made of win. 9.5/10

Brawl in the Family
 This is a lot like XKCD, except replace nerd and geek jokes with Nintendo jokes. This is really only for Nintendo fans, as all of the jokes are aimed in that area. As a HUGE 'tendo dork, I laugh consistently at it. The multi-part stories are always great, and it is general a wonderful experience. 9/10

El Goonish Shive
Ah, now this one is special. It was the first webcomic I ever read, my favorite by far, and the hardest to explain. It's weird. REALLY WEIRD. And there's no explanation I can give that will make any sense. All I can say is this for those starting: A)The art improves over time. A LOT. B)While it sometimes gets really serious, it always returns to comedy soon thereafter. It isn't a fantastic webcomic. The art starts of terrible, there are plot holes abound, and for those in a certain mindset, the characters suck. So why do I love it so? 2 reasons. 1)It makes me laugh. A lot. Nothing has ever made me laugh at times as much as this does. 2)I love the characters. Tedd and Nanase and Susan and Sarah and...everyone. So I must give two ratings. QUALITY=8/10. LOVE=10/10 Laters.

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Things Coming Tomarrow

Basically the reason I haven't posted in 2 months requires merely 1 word: college. Seriously, who know that it required work? So I really haven't been doing much, geek wise. Plowing through A Feast for Crows, finished Doctor Who New, starting Torchwood, then Doctor Who Old. Reading some interesting fanfiction, webcomics, and blogs. So really, I've just been too lazy to post. So sue me. Oh, and just in case some future projects actually happen, this blog is in no universe with anything I do. So if you see a vlog or something with me as a character, that is me playing a character. Sorry, but this blog is and always will be OOC. No being hijacked by proxies or anything. So tomorrow, a very large post coming, hopefully one someone actually likes. Another reason I find it hard to post is that it seems no one reads this but me and my friends. But then I realized, "Fuck it. It feels good to type this shit out." So...yeah. Laters.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Rink Rats Review

Another review of a fanfiction, though this time with much less vitriol. Have you ever seen a 80's or early 90's sports movie? Well imagine one done with Roller Derby, and the characters of Avatar the Last Airbender. I'll wait a second for your brains to stop frying from awesomeness.

Good? Cool. Done by hoshizora, this fic is made of epic win. the characters are all adapted well, and no one is horribly OOC. It's the story of Sokka, who works at his father's skate shop, falling head-over-heels in love with the head of a local roller derby team, Suki. It follows his attempts to woo her by hanging out with their derby team. It is really funny, incredibly cool, and overall well done. My only gripe is that it is only half-done, with a trailer for the next half, which should have come out a year ago. So basically, it's dead. Still, it is well worth a read, and I highly recommend it to all. Link, and laters.

First post of many-The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

I have been looking forward to this movie for years now, and I cannot explain in words the amount of joy this film brings me. Want a plot synopsis? Too bad. Watch The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, seasons 1 and 2, then this. And yes, I still like the second season. Go bitch about Endless Eight somewhere else. I L-O-V-E this movie. No explanations needed. This is the geekiest, nerdiest, heart-wrenching, tension-filled film I've ever seen. Watch it when and where you can, it is worth your money. If you're wondering why I'm not telling you why to see this, it's because I don't want to give a second of it away beforehand. Laters.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Current Thoughts on all the Slendervlogs I've Seen


1. Marble Hornets
Ah yes, the one that started almost everything. The biggest thing this one has going for it is it's story. Sure, the scares are good, the acting is varied but decent, and the special effects are used well, but no other Vlog has this good of a story. For all the nay-sayer's dismissing the creators as "making-it-up-as-they-go-along", I heavily disagree. They have had an exact idea where they were headed from the beginning. If you look at recent entry's, you can see hints to their contents much earlier on. I can't wait to see how it all ends, which will be very soon. (We're waiting for Entry#50 out of 52) The only downside here is the Fridge Logic of why Slender Man doesn't just kill people right away, or rarely does anything at all for that matter. Still, it's a great series, and I'll give it 9.5/10.

2. EverymanHYBRID'
This one is the biggest ARG (Alternate Reality Game) of the Big Three. The viewers are incredibly important, and we move the story along almost as much (and sometimes more) as the protagonists. The characters are all great, and the actors have a good rapport with each other. It is hilarious, and there are several moments that are pure undiluted awesomeness. The story is fucking crazy, and I have no idea how long this one will last. (It could seriously go one for several more years) There are only 2 downsides to it: 1. it is not very scary; 2. it has the worst special effects of the Big Three. Also, the sound quality is generally shit. Still, a very fun series, I'd definitely be safe at giving it 8/10.

3. Tribe Twelve
The last of the Big Three may be my personal favorite. The special effects, editing, and scares are all top-notch, easily the best of the entire mythos. I am never quite as scared as when I click on the link of a Tribe Twelve video, wondering what will be in store for our foul-mouthed hero today. The biggest disadvantage here is the acting and dialogue. Early on, both were terrible, and it was really hard to keep watching. However, as time went on, Noah went from being annoying to hilarious. We kind of just accepted that he talked like that. He has a great in-character Formspring account, and may be my favorite character of the Mythos. Overall, I'd feel completely at ease giving it 8/10.

4. DarkHarvest00
Now we start on the little boys. DarkHarvest00 is my personal favorite of the smaller ones. Some of the scares are really good, and I love their distortion sound for when Slender Man is super close. My favorite thing, however, is the story. They have a really storyline going here, and I love following it each video. I think the characters are all cool, and it does a couple things no other vlog has done. The backstory going on is cool, and overall it has a very cool atmosphere. The only flaws are the fact that occasionally a video will come up and it will be completely filler. Still, I'd do it a disservice if I didn't give it 8/10.

5. Apple Of Our Eye
Quite a dichotomy here folks. On the one hand, I haven't seen a scarier Slender Man vlog. That should count for something right? The problem is: A)The characters are completely forgettable; B)The story is completely boring; C)If the latest video is the ending (as is likely by the fact it is 4 months old) then I am so mad bro. I'll have to try and be fair, because the scares are still fan-tucking-fastic, and give it 6.5/10.

6. Future Refused
I very little known one here. This one has a great premise, and every time the protagonist describes something, I can see it in horrible horrifying detail in my head. Several things they do are quite effective and put me on edge. Stack himself is a cool guy, and far smarter than many other Slender-Stalked. However, it isn't very scary. I was really only scared by anticipation for scary things. Even it out, and I'd give it 6.5/10.

7. MLAndersen0
A very strange series, and in this context that is saying something. Quite scary at times, the acting is good, and the story is going in really crazy (pun intended) directions. Not much to say with this one, just that it's definitely a good watch with a 7/10.

8. The 4 Steps

You know, when I heard this was the only English Slender-Vlog, I was very interested. Sadly that interest is very misplaced. Not 1 second of this series is interesting, funny, or the least bit scary. I would rather watch After Last Season again then this. 1/10.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Russel T. Davies

Okay, so like I said last time I am hip-deep in Doctor Who. Now, as I move from one Doctor to another, I keep hearing things online about Russel T. Davies being "rubbish" and "ruining Doctor Who". At first I was perplexed, so I looked up which episodes he wrote. When I did, I was astounded. I at least like, at most love, all of his episodes. The worst ones for me were "Voyage of the Damned" and "The End of Time". Why the latter? I prefer the Master from the end of Season 3 much better. The powers and new personality really screwed with me, and I would have preferred the villain I love. Besides that the two-parter is golden. I soon discovered why people didn't like him: Steven Moffat. Moffat did many episodes during Davies's run, and has been in control of the series as a whole since the beginning of the 11th Doctor. so I looked at his episodes too, and I liked all of them as well. Why do we have to pick which one is better? I like them both. Also, I so far am really meh with 11. If this is the direction Moffat is taking the show, I would rather Davies be back in charge. Do I hate 11? No. He is a very different Doctor, but still the one and only. I just prefer 9 and 10 by far. Back on topic. Have all the haters forgotten the three-part finale of "Utopia", "The Sound of Drums", and "The Last of the Time Lords"? Those are my favorite episodes of the show as a whole, along with Moffat's "Blink" and Robert Shearman's "Dalek". If anyone can give me a good reason NOT to like Davies, speak up in the comment section.

Monday, September 5, 2011


Hey there guys. I just finished season 2 of the New Series of Doctor Who. I have never seen anything DW related before starting this series, and the finale just brought me to tears. Right now I am enjoying the 10th quite a bit, but my favorite will always be Eccleston. I will miss Rose a lot. For ANYONE who hasn't tried Doctor Who yet for some unexplainable reason, go to Netflix and watch it. It is great science-fiction, and now most likely my 2nd favorite sci-fi show of all time (behind Firefly). Sorry for not posting more, but I'm quite busy with life and stuff. Laters.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My Top 11 Batman the Animated Series episodes!

For those of you who don't know, the Nostalgia Critic just put up his new video here. It's his best video in a while, but I disagree with some of his choices. I won't list all the reasons, but a big one is I really hate the original design for the Penguin. I just can't stand it when he looks like that, so sue me. Here's my top 11 favorite Batman the Animated Series episodes, with explanations on ones that he didn't talk about.

While the Critic had a similar episode here (and even mentioned how similar they were), I prefer this one because: A) I love Harley Quinn. B) It's hilarious. C) I can't stand the mutant design for the Penguin. For those of you who don't know, this episode is where Harley Quinn is pronounced rehabilitated and released from Arkham Asylum, and her struggle to keep on the straight and narrow. No matter how much she regresses, you (and Batman) sympathize and hope she can straighten it out and live free.

Critic already talked about it, next.

Here's the setup: a major crime boss dies, and bequeaths a ton of cash to the Joker in his will, even though they hated each other. Joker uses some of it to clear himself of all his past crimes, and sets out to be a free man. There's a great running gag with Harley, and the Joker has some side-splitting dialogue.

Consider it Criticed.

In this episode, one of the worst of worst case scenarios happens: the Joker has a nuke. In order to stop him the Batman takes Harley Quinn from Arkham, hoping she will locate him. The episode is one of the funniest in the show, and Harley sings a song at one point that I love with all my heart. The chemistry between Bats and Harley is great, and if you don't laugh once during this episode you have to funny bone.

Temple Fugate was a man who let his watch rule his life, and when a man told him to take a break and forget about the time, his life fell into shambles within hours. He swore revenge against the man, and as the Clock King set out to ruin his life. this episode is fantastic, with a great villain who comes so close to stopping Batman with only his brain.

The Critic mentioned this one too, but I just have to add that I teared up and almost cried just from some of the clips he showed. Beautiful.

An overlooked episode in my opinion, I won't ruin a thing. It needs to be experienced firsthand. I'll just say that it's frightening and adds a new perspective into the superhero mythos: the everyman.

The Riddler is my favorite supervillain of all time, and he's never been handled as well as he was on this show. (At least until the redesign) His introduction episode is great. The title is perfect, and he way they portray him is exactly as he should be: an egotistical genius who sets up elaborate death traps, but is not silly. He is cold, ruthless, and has a cold fury thing going I love. Plus, him as a game designer is kinda cool.

Criticed and done.

Yep, my favorite is a Riddler episode, no surprise there. The idea of him trying his best to go straight, but being unable to because for him matching wits with Bats is like an addiction is genius to me. It shows how great his life could be if he gave it up, but also how he can't because of how obsessed he's become. His breakdown at the end is magic to me, and if they do the Riddler in a new movie soon, that should be used as an influence. Wow, three posts in one night. Time to take a break. Laters.