Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Truth About Death Stranding - An Underrated Game Review

I can't see myself spending 80 hours on this game (or any other), but the game seems really interesting.  It is the kind of thing that they would turn into a movie franchise or a television series.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle is an alternate reality TV series where the Axis powers won World War II, thanks to the assassination of Franklin Roosevelt and Heisenberg developing an atomic bomb before the Americans.  Fast forward to 1962, and America is mostly under Nazi control and the west coast is controlled by the Empire of Japan.

The series started with great promise, but it spent 4 seasons mostly being a soap opera while the main story advanced very slowly.  As I watched the final episode, my first impression was the story had not advanced much beyond the end of season 3.  However, the show figured out a way to conclude the series properly in the last 10 minutes.  The final scene is a little confusing and I'm not sure exactly what it is supposed to mean, but I suspect that it is a cliffhanger for a possible TV movie.

I did find it entertaining.  This is a very much character-driven story, and there are several characters whose arcs are significant.  However, I was expecting something a little more exciting in a science fiction sort of way, and the show never gets there.  Instead, by mostly focussing on characters and drama, the show doesn't achieve the full potential of its premise.

Rating:  B.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Video resolution

When downloading videos, I have found 720P to be pleasant to watch. Rarely are higher resolutions available, nor helpful, and my 5K monitor is a multiple of 720P.

Standard Definition, tube TV's, are 480i, therefore many of the cheap channels broadcast reruns in 480p or 480i. They look terrible. I assume that reruns are limited to this resolution. Most of them were recorded on tape which is 480i.

Some shows, like Star Trek The Next Generation were recorded on film and therefore capable of higher resolution, but not Star Trek Voyager.

Best wishes,

John Coffey