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Lyonne/Polcanco Prison TV Criss-Cross


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There has been a lot of time loops being discussed this week here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  First I had my own time loop when I was keeping warm from the cold this past month; then we looked at the new Netflix series Russian Doll.  Nadia and Alan (Natasha Lyonne and Charlie Barnett) go through their own vicious time loops in this modernized Groundhog Day-themed story.  Throughout their loops, the dig deep into their traumatic past to find the real solutions.

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In the midst of discussing these two time loops, there was one other surprising event unfolding during the story.  You see, Natasha Lyonne wasn’t the only actress on the show after being on Orange is the New Black.  Alan’s girlfriend, the one he was going to propose to, is played by none other than Dascha Polanco a.k.a Dayanara “Daya” Diaz.

Lyonne and Polanco. two actresses, appearing in two similar shows.  This calls for a TV CRISS-CROSS!

Ah, yes – we have discovered our first TV criss-cross here in 2019.  Not only is this our first criss-cross of the year, but it goes a LOT deeper than the previous events.  Things are about to real twisted, real quickly.

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Here we go.  Natasha Lyonne and Dascha Polanco first appeared in Orange is the New Black.  Lyonne was Nicky Nichols while Polanco was Dayanara “Daya” Diaz.  They both make up as the main characters of the show.  Ever since season one, Nichols and Polanco have been serving their times in prison for their own crimes.  Not only are they facing problems in prison, but they are wrestling with the prison in their minds as well.

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Fast-forward almost six years later over to Russian Doll.  Natasha plays Nadia Vulvokov, a woman stuck in her own time loop while celebrating her 36th birthday.  She isn’t exactly in prison anymore, but she is trapped in another prison within her mind.

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In the meantime, Dascha Polanco plays Beatrice in the later episodes.  She isn’t stuck in a time loop of her own, but later becomes associated with Nadia during the series.  Nadia explains to her about the infinite time loop she has been raveling with the entire time.  It is then that Beatrice and Nadia fully understand the psychological torture happening.

Two actresses starring in two series about the same type of prison they face.  It’s that kind of content that makes this TV criss-cross truly unique among others.  This is the kind of criss-cross that is set on a much deeper level.

With that, our first TV criss-cross has been discovered for the year.  Who knows what other hidden criss-crosses will be discovered with the media?  Maybe the next criss-cross could go deeper down the spectrum.

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Santa Claus’s Arrival – Dec. 24th 2018


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Alrighty folks – here we are at CHRISTMAS EVE.  Our famous red-suited friend Santa Claus will be visiting here shortly.  He always knows when we’re sleeping so that he puts the presents under the tree.  We just have to remember to leave out the milk and cookies for him (for those in the cannabis community, pot cookies would DEFINITELY work just as well).

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Whether you’re giving Santa the tradition order or adding ingredients that would give him the munchies, we all prepare the same way for Santa’s arrival.  We have been waiting mere weeks (practically MONTHS) for what we wanted for Christmas this year and the countdown is finally coming to an end.  You can expect Santa to be here very shortly.

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And you know, Santa is REAL – a special kind of real.  Santa Claus is that one joyous fictional character that we talk about every year.  His unique characteristics shows through his daily tasks such as delivering presents and spreading Christmas joy among the people.  Its those personality traits, being this big jolly man delivering presents all across nations, where those ideas spread among the community.  He becomes real because we WANT to keep him real.

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No matter old you are, Santa Claus will always pop into your mind during Christmas.  He is the most talked about character during the later months of the year.  As a matter of fact, Santa’s buzz soars higher than most holidays during the year (including Thanksgiving!).  Santa’s cheerful spirit keeps us joyful for the new year.

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Days after Christmas and the new year will already be coming.  Christmas acts as a joyous time preparing for the new changes happening in the near future.  2019 is approaching very soon, so now will be the time to celebrate some of the best things soon to happen.

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With that, time to be ready for Santa Claus’s arrival.  He’s already checked his list and he will be swinging by with all the presents.  Here’s to hoping we all receive wonderful gifts we asked for earlier.  In the meantime, be ready to celebrate the joyous gift of what’s to come in the new year.

AHS: Return of The Rubber Man!


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The season premiere of American Horror Story: Apocalypse was quite eventful.  We were introduced to a new story, some diabolical characters, and a twisted setting that resembled something out of The Handmaid’s Tale.  This year’s chapter of American Horror Story is only going to get better from here on out.

Other than fresh new faces, the last episode reintroduced a monster from the very first season.  That monster just happens to be… The Rubber Man.

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That’s right folks – The Rubber Man made its return!  Seven seasons later and The Rubber Man entered back into the AHS universe.  This is the Murder House/Coven crossover aspect that we have been waiting for.

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You may remember The Rubber Man from American Horror Story: Murder House.  The Rubber Man first made his appearance in the first episode when he impregnates Vivien, which made for one of the most disturbing scenes in AHS history.  This was the pinnacle scene that would set the stage for the whole season.  Not only would this scene shake up season one, but it made a major impact for seasons to come.

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Flash-forward seven seasons later and The Rubber Man is now in Outpost 3.  Mr. Gallant obsesses about The Rubber Man, having his way with him in the bedroom.  Gallant claims that the man behind the mask is Michael Langdon.  Langdon remarks that he is not The Rubber Man and that he would never have sex with him.

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Regardless, Mr. Gallant continues his obsession with The Rubber Man.  The Rubber Man attempts to seduce him again, only to be stabbed in the stomach with scissors.  Gallant realizes that he was looking upon his grandmother’s bloody corpse.

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Who is The Rubber Man this time?  Could it really be Michael Langdon?  Is The Rubber Man even a person or a twisted sense of imagination?  Does the answer lie within an aspect of American Horror Story: Murder House?

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One thing is for certain – the Murder House/Coven crossover aspect is starting.  The Rubber Man is one of many characters that will be returning real soon.

Stay tuned to see what other surprising characters will pop up this season on American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

Dank & Dabby = Best TV Sitcom Stoners


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Every great American sitcom has that one memorable character that stands out from the crowd.  Norm Peterson was always welcomed to the bar in Cheers, Barney Stinson followed the infamous ‘bro code’ in How I Met Your Mother, Charlie Harper wooed many women into his beach house on Two & A Half Men, and Joey Tribbiani worked as a struggling actor in Friends.  A lot of these sitcom series won over a lot of audiences with their quirky characters.

As time went on, it’s had to find the unique character that stands out the most in these newer sitcoms.  That wasn’t the case with Netflix’s Disjointed.

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Disjointed features Kathy Bates as Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, owner of Ruth’s Alternative Caring.  Feldman leads a team of crazy stoner characters that work with colorful customers.  The quirkiest customers of all time?  Dank and Dabby.

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Steven ‘Dank’ Dankerson and Deborah ‘Dabby’ Shapiro are two of the biggest potheads of the series.  Known as frequent customers of Ruth’s Alternative Caring, Dank and Dabby wreak havoc for Ruth and her team.  They are usually seen smoking weed (LOTS of weed!), wearing clothing containing cannabis brand, cracking silly jokes, and discussing how amazing pot is.  It’s the perfect kind of characteristics that make for two hilarious stoner characters.

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If that weren’t original enough, Dank and Dabby even have their own YouTube channel!  Dank and Dabby’s YouTube clips feature the duo smoking cannabis and informing their viewers on news, personal experiences, announcements, and even showcase their own segments for the show (Best segment ever – ‘BEST OF DANK AND DABBY COUGHING 4!!!’).

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Usually the duo ends up in some sort of trouble, which leads to Ruth having to bail them out in the end.  Whatever the case may be, Dank and Dabby are never afraid to show their true love for the ganja.  Dank and Dabby always count on cannabis (even if it DOES lead them to trouble afterwards!).

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Dank and Dabby are two of the most hysterical characters to watch!  After a nice bowl of Purple Trainwreck, I can always look forward to them making me laugh harder than ever over their silly shenanigans.  They were funny on season one and their hilarity ensues harder on season two.

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Like I mentioned before, EVERY sitcom has that one (or more) characters that audiences remember the most.  Dank and Dabby stand out the most from Disjointed because they are the most hilarious stoner characters.  They mimic the dumb, lazy stoner stereotype that we all laughed about decades ago.  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and this holds true for Dank and Dabby.

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Disjointed definitely got LIT with their popularity for creating the Dank and Dabby duo we all know and love.  Who knows what other silliness Dank and Dabby will run into next.

Crash Bandicoot Spins Into a Reboot in 2017!


By the mid-90s the home console war revolved around Nintendo and Sony Computer Entertainment.  Sony’s PlayStation may have been released first, but the Nintendo 64 won audiences over with their new games.  Rebooting new title from the Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong series reeled in millions in profits and took Nintendo right to the top of the chart.  Titles such as Donkey Kong 64 and Super Mario 64 played on the nostalgia factor, taking players back to the time when the Super Nintendo was still popular.

Both Sony Computer Entertainment and Nintendo utilized their popular characters as their brand mascot in order to capture their audience’s attention.  Nintendo already has their slew of characters (Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, to name a few!) while Sony PlayStation revolved their brand around Crash Bandicoot.  Crash Bandicoot was the answer to Sony’s lack of any mascot character that would compete with Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario.  He is an orange bandicoot who spins around like a tornado, knocking off any enemies/boxes at his sight.  His main quest is to defeat his antagonist Doctor Neo Cortex before he completes his scheme of world domination.

Crash made his first appearance on the Sony PlayStation with the title Crash Bandicoot in September 9th, 1996.  Players can run, jump, slide, and spin away any enemies that could hinder his journey to defeat Doctor Neo Cortex.  This release followed with the release of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (October 31st, 1997)  and Crash Bandicoot: Warped (November 4th, 1998).  Sony hasn’t made any announcement about other Crash Bandicoot titles lately…until now!

Sony announced that all three Crash Bandicoot titles from the PlayStation will be remastered for the PS4.  The remastered games will become a trilogy pack titled Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.  Vicarious Visions utilized the original level geometry as a guide, but they also rebuilt the gameplay by adding its own ‘lush and zany art, animation, and audio’.  Other than level design, the characters will also be rebuilt through the original designs as well as updated cinematics inspired from the originals.

Three other unique features for the game include:

  • Unified checkpoint & save game system (including manual & auto-saving)
  • Unified menu system
  • Time trials for ALL three games

The rebooted trilogy won’t be released until 2017, so you’ll have to wait until AFTER Christmas to pick up this nostalgic title.  What’s interesting is that it isn’t the first video game to be making a re-mastered comeback.  We’ve seen this trend of releasing old games with the launch of the NES Classic Mini and the Sega Mega Drive (see my former post here!).  This trend of reboot classic titles is being heavily favored by the Millennial audience because these were the games that they grew up with.

It was great to hear about Crash Bandicoot getting a rebooted trilogy series!  I used to love playing the Crash Bandicoot series when I was kid and I look forward to this game’s release.  Now I may always have been Team Nintendo, but I loved playing some titles from Sony and Sega!  Mario and Sonic already got their reboots and now it was Crash’s time to shine for Sony Computer Entertainment.

Remastering Crash Bandicoot will truly increase people’s awareness of Sony’s brand mascot.  This is an easy and cheaper way to bring back awareness of Crash Bandicoot without having to come up with a whole new title for him.  This nostalgia strategy is really increasing video game sales for 2016.  Video game sales haven’t been slumping, but it is providing a boost for the latest consoles.

With that, I am excited for the release of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.  This and other titles make it seem more convenient to purchase a PlayStation 4 soon.  Here’s to Crash spinning into the 2017 with his rebooted adventure!