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Sunday Funday Quote!

And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.

~Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner


Sensing a new Sense8 Season for 2017!

We have less than a month until 2017 and there’s already been some exciting things lined up for the year.  Sony announced that the Crash Bandicoot series would be getting a reboot all three titles from the PlayStation 1 title (more on this news can be found here).  The game won’t be released for Christmas, but it’s still great to see Crash Bandicoot coming back next year.  Other than Crash making his comeback, there are also some exciting news from Netflix.

Netflix recently announced that a two-hour Sense8 Christmas special will premiere on December 23rdSense8 season one was released on June 5th, 2015 and there hasn’t been much update on the series until now.  No information yet on what the Christmas special story will be, so we’ll have to dive into this spoiler-free.

And the best part?  It gets even BETTER.  Other than the Christmas special set to air on December 23rd, season 2 of Sense8 will premiere on May 5th next year.  The next season will pick up the story from where season one left off on.

Sense8 is sci-fi drama series that portrays eight different people from various parts of the world.  These characters become “sensates”, people who are both emotionally and mentally linked.  They use their ability to help each other out in any way they can.  It had a multinational ensemble cast starring Doona Bae, Aml Ameen, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt,  Miguel Ángel Silvestre, and Brian J. Smith.  Much of the series was shot in various places around the world in order to properly tell the international aspects of the story.

These are some exciting news from Netflix!  It isn’t even winter yet and it feels as though Christmas came early for us.  Not only will we see season 2 of Sense8 in May, but there will also be a Christmas special just a few days before Christmas.  2017 is definitely looking better and better each week.

I am SO pumped about this news!  Sense8 was really great last year and I am excited to see where the story goes in the 2nd season.  Christmas definitely came early for me because I am DEFINITELY checking out that special in a few weeks (thanks Santa!).  It’s one of those thought-provoking series that makes you think about close human beings are, even if they are thousands of miles away from us.  Surely there isn’t such thing as a “sensate”, but the world is getting smaller because of our rapid advancement of technology here in America.

Things haven’t been running smoothly for 2016 (especially after the election results!), but there’s definitely some great things to look forward to next year.  Crash is getting a reboot of his classic titles, recreational cannabis use will become legal for more states, AND Sense8 will be returning to Netflix in the Spring.  It’s time to do away with the bad and look forward to the good things happening soon.  In a time for anxiety and confusion, we could use any and all exciting announcements that will keep us looking forward to the future.  Here’s to the exciting announcement from Netflix about Sense8 returning in 2017!


Sunday Funday Quote!

Do not fall in love with people like me.  I will take you to museums, and parks, and monuments, and kiss you in every beautiful place, so that you can never go back to them without tasting me like blood in your mouth.  I will destroy you in the most beautiful way possible.  And when I leave you will finally understand, why storms are named after people.

~Caitlyn Siehl, Literary Sexts: A Collection of Short & Sexy Love Poems

A Secret Category Approaches: Clue #2

Now that Thanksgiving is over, business has been open again for MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  It’s only a few days after holiday and we received yet ANOTHER clue on our desk!  Another empty glass bottle was found in the office with a label that reads, “12/15/16 – ????”.  Inside the bottle was a message rolled and tied up.  We pulled out the paper and the message said, “Barbara Streisand recorded We’ve Only Just Begun on April 20th 1971”.

Well then…Barbara Streisand recorded a song on April 20th 1971.  What does this even entail?  Is Barbara Streisand a big clue to the secret category?  Why have there been 2 musicians (Freddie Mercury and Barbara Streisand) mentioned in these clues?

I think it’s best if we dive into more details about the history behind the clue itself.  Barbara Streisand has become an icon in multiple fields of entertainment within the past decades.  She is known as singer, songwriter, actress, and even a filmmaker.  Streisand is also one of the best-selling music artists of all time, selling more than 68.5 million albums in the US and 145 million records worldwide.

After diving into the music industry, Barbara started her gig as an actress with her role as Fanny Brice in Funny GirlFunny Girl is a musical set around New York City around the time World War I was happening.  Fanny Brice waits for her husband Nicky Arnstein from prison and the story moves into an extended flashback, focusing on their history together.  It is a classic play that introduced catchy songs like ‘People’ and ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’. The film landed her multiple awards including the Academy Award for Best Actress, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

Our clue dives back into Barbara’s music career with the song We’ve Only Just Begun that she recorded on April 20th 1971.  The lyrics to the song were originally written by Paul Williams and it became a hit single by The Carpenters.  Paul Williams may have originally wrote the lyrics, but Barbara recorded her version of the tune.

Here’s the set of puzzles we have so far: Two empty bottles labeled ‘12/15/16 – ????’.  The first clue revolves around an All-Star Concert in tribute to Freddie Mercury that was held on April 20th, 1992 (more on this clue here).  Our latest clue is about Barbara Streisand recording her version of We’ve Only Just Begun for her CD on April 20th, 1971.  Two musicians, yet they create different genres of music.  Why are musicians only being mentioned in these clues?  Are there correlations between Freddie Mercury and Barbara Streisand?  Where are these clues leading us?

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In the end, we have been left with even more questions than answers about this secret category.  More clues and still no answer has been found about the mystery category.  What will the secret category focus on?  Could this drastically change the course of MakeSandcastlesNotWar as we know it?  December 15th is just a few weeks away and we are heading into the year 2017 in a month.  Things will start getting A LOT more interesting for MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Stay Tuned!

American Horror Story: Roanoke Season Finale

Last night was the season finale of American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare.  The season ended with random TV spin-offs, a guest appearance from an earlier season, more killing from the spirits of the Roanoke House, and a surprising survivor.  It has a been a long and twisted road after 10 episodes.  After a shocking season, we find out what happened to the final cast member.  Let’s take a trip down summary lane to discuss what happened.


            So we start off at a PaleyFest event that featured all of the cast members in the show.  A woman asked a question to Rory and got a sweet hug from him.  Next we see a YouTube video of her discussing her issues with the 2nd season (titled Return to Roanoke: Three Days in Hell).  Another video features Jether Polk of the Polk family (i.e. the one that cut up pieces of Lee’s leg and snorted coke with her) discussing his plans for being on TV for the 2nd season.  This happens before the title credits come in.

After the credits, we hear about Lee Harris’s calamitous life when she appeared on the show.  The jury decided that Lee was acquitted of all murder charges against her.  She was considered innocent of her accused actions…or so we thought!  Lee’s next appearance was at Lana Winters show.

American Horror Story fans would remember Lana Winters in American Horror Story: Asylum.  The duo discussed that they both overcame traumatizing obstacles to stay alive (Lana Winters kept inside Dr. Thredson’s house with furniture made of HUMAN SKIN…yeah, I don’t even want to go down that road again!).  Lana remarks that she has heard from Lee’s daughter Flora, which was when Lee starts to become agitated and shocked over the news (you heard me right, Flora was alive the ENTIRE time!).  All of a sudden, gunshots are heard from another room.  It is revealed that Jether broke into the station to seek revenge against Lee for trying to kill him.  Jether is shot by the police and we cut to commercial due to “technical difficulties”.

The next scene starts with a group of ghost hunters from Spirit Chasers looking to catch ghosts at the Roanoke house.  They trespass the house during the blood moon (bad idea!) to capture the spirits of the house on camera.  Lee interrupts the show, bursting in looking for Flora.  All of the Spirit Chasers crew are murdered by the ghosts.

Lee finally finds Flora in the house.  After being cooped up during the blood moon, Lee lets Flora go.  She decides to have Priscilla shoot her and set the house on fire while Flora gets away.  So who ended up the lone survivor of this season?  Flora Harris.  It was Flora Harris that would be the only surviving cast member for the show.

It was such an explosive season of American Horror Story this year!  The documentary-style format seemed strange in the beginning, but I finally understood parts of where the show was going.  Piggy Man was a crazy serial killer this season and it was ironic that he was already introduced back in season one with American Horror Story: Murder House.  Ryan Murphy definitely took the series in another direction with these twists each episode.  Usually most of the surprises are revealed in the first episode, but this season laid out the surprises every other episode.

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Overall, I really enjoyed watching American Horror Story: Roanoke this year!  Another killer season has been complete for the fall season.  The criss-cross references from the earlier seasons were interesting to discover in the first five episodes.  Season 7 will start in 2017 and clues to the new season will roll out in Spring.  Who knows what twisted stories Ryan Murphy has in store for us next year?  Until then, we will just have to breathe a sigh of relief that we finally made it out of the Roanoke House.