Remakes

I’m sitting on my couch right now with my wife watching an episode of “Elementary” which seems to be some kind of re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes.  Katie was telling me how it’s interesting that having a Sherlock style character in modern day was fine, but the trick was finding an excuse for a Watson character.  Apparently she’s his “companion” to keep him off drugs.  Does anyone still find Lucy Lu attractive?  I never really got what people saw in her.

There are more and more remakes.  I suppose I can’t write about this without mentioning the impending new Star Wars movie.  With Disney at the helm, I was initially worried, until someone mentioned to me that Disney also owned marvel, and the last few marvel movies were pretty good.  I think I’m getting excited for some more Star Wars movies.  It’s such a rich mythos that I think they can do a lot with.

I’m most of the way through my second play through of X-Com: enemy unknown.  I have to say its one of the better games I’ve played in quite some time.  I was a big fan of the original version (enemy unknown and UFO defence) but I was never very good at it.  One thing I didn’t like about that was that it had many “black box” aspects where I didn’t understand what was going on.  The soldier stats were somewhat helpful, but were annoying to look up.  The remake really streamlined a lot of things.  There seem to be very few stats on each soldier, but they have a randomly (?) assigned class and some perks which give them special abilities.  Base management is more simplified (1 base instead of infinite bases anywhere).

So I’d say: skip elementary, see Star Wars, play XCom.

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