ARROW & THE FLASH & KATANA: Superhero Relationships Would Be Super-Complicated

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and rock musical enthusiast. He recently co-wrote a feature film about superheroes and sidekicks. He is working on a startup comic book. He is often found in karaoke bars being @dommah and@thorhulkcritic.

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OK nerds, in the last two episodes of ARROW and THE FLASH, we’re introduced to Wildcat, Plastique, Girder, Gorilla Grodd, Reverse Flash, General Eiling, Cupid, Captain Boomerang, and Katana! But also and more importantly, dating is tough. There are Love Triangle Scenarios happening between the superheroes, their super-friends, their super-exes and super-platonic-BFFs, even their super-villains. It’s very complicated. Girl, let me fill you in on all this gossip:

You Go, Thai Orphan, Who’d Rather Remain a Thai Orphan Than be Adopted by Kim Kardashian

Apparently, the latest must-have accessory for the American rich and famous is a Thai orphan. It turns out Kim Kardashian, currently best known for this, tried to adopt a 13-year-old Thai orphan named Pink because…well, she’s Kim Kardashian.

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According to an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kim decided against the adoption at the request of her family even though she felt like this: “When you meet someone that you really connect to like this, you can’t help but think like how you could change their life. I literally cannot stop thinking about her. I told Kanye, I was like, honestly, this girl is so sweet and so cute, like, I would honestly adopt her.”

Cafe Lu: The Documentary!

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So, we’ve written up about the phenomenon of Vietnamese owned coffee shops in Orange County. In fact, a bunch of us went on a field trip some years ago and you can read up about it here. We wanted to check out hot, bikini or lingerie-clad girls serving us iced tea and/or iced coffee.

One of the most famous operations in OC is Cafe Lu. They’re so popular that they’ve just recently opened up a new location called Cafe Lu Lounge, which serves food and is more of a sports bar. The girls there are not bikini-clad but in more Hooters like garb. Well, either way, it seems to be doing fine and also garnering a reputation for being the flagship of coffee shops in the area.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Season 2, Episode 8 — ‘The Things We Bury’

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Coulson and team find themselves in an epic face-off against Hydra to uncover an ancient secret, while Ward kidnaps his brother, Senator Christian Ward, for a violent trip down memory lane.

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This was the best episode of the season so far. Finally, we have both SHIELD and HYDRA in a race against time to find this magical and secret city and unlock the mysteries that have been dangling in front of us for the past season and a half. The episode, titled “The Things We Bury”, is also the penultimate episode before the mid-season finale and when the show goes on hiatus until March to make room for the new AGENT CARTER series that will serve as a bridge.

Goldfish in your Tea

The weather’s finally starting to chill out and feel more Autumn-like here in Southern California which makes it the perfect time for a cup of tea. But if you’re tired of the same old tea bag, how about this:

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They’re goldfish-shaped tea bags from the Taiwan-based Charm Villa and these tea bags supposedly come in Oolong and rose tea flavors.

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Around the Horn: What’s your entertainment binge obsession?

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I am currently obsessed with the Serial podcast, a weekly podcast that unravels one story. I binged listened to it over two days and I cannot wait to listen on how it will end. If you haven’t heard of Serial, it’s so damn amazing, a true crime story unraveled with the very best tropes that make murder mysteries so compelling. It’s a mix of 60 MINUTES, TWIN PEAKS, HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET, and THIS AMERICAN LIFE.

A classic PORTLANDIA skit best represents this type of binge obsession:

What series, of any medium (movies, TV, podcasts), that got you hooked that you holed yourself up at home to “consume” it all?

YOMYOMF’s TV Showdown – THE WALKING DEAD – “Consumed” (Season 5, Episode 6)

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David: Finally we get to Daryl and Carol, but with the past stories of Beth at the hospital and the Hunters church raid, we already knew the ending of this past week’s episode. I have to say that these parallel stories are kinda tiresome, but I guess they’ll all be joining up soon enough. But on the positive note, this story was much better only because Daryl and Carol are really the best characters to follow.

Ramen+Donut=Ramnut

In recent years, we’ve seen everything from ramen burgers to ramen pizza, but now comes the ramen hybrid that may just top them all in sheer awesomeness…or sheer grossness, it’s hard to tell. Behold the Ramnut:

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Though it sounds like something you’d find in a sex toy store, it’s actually a hybrid of ramen and donut, two things you’d normally think wouldn’t do well hanging with each other, but I’m up for trying anything once.

Making the First Asian American Psycho Thriller

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Writer/Producer NaRhee Ahn and I have been fans of the horror thriller genre since childhood and we have been talking about working on a genre project for years. As Asian Americans, we wonder why there hasn’t been a project like this earlier. Justin and I made Shopping for Fangs, which was initially branded as a thriller but it’s essentially a genre-hybrid dramedy. I also remember Offender Philip had an Asian American horror in the works several years ago.

But this genre has been virtually unexplored in Asian American cinema.

SAF Seeking… New Home

My home... For now.

My home… For now.

Well, the condo has been rented.

My pride and joy, the fact that I was able to purchase a small tiny home in the SF Bay Area ALL BY MYSELF on a non-profit theater maker’s income, is… rented.

Granted, the lease won’t begin until March 2015 which is when my baby’s due date is. As a single mom-to-be, I’ve decided to move back in with my parents directly after giving birth and staying there at least 6 months if not more. That way, I have someone who will help me with post-partum and daycare and I don’t have to commute in order to drop off the baby. It’s not something one wants to do in this old age, but one of the great things about being a daughter of filipino immigrants is that my entire ginormous family is here in one area and willing to help raise my child with me.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Season 2 Episode 7 — ‘The Writing on the Wall’

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The team discovers murder victims with the alien glyphs on them that Coulson’s been etching, which neatly wraps up what the whole alien glyph thing is in the first place and also brings into the fold TAHITI and it’s ramifications and consequences. It was great to see Monique Curnen (FINISHING THE GAME, SUNSET STORIES) as one of the TAHITI agents with an erased memory, who sadly gets murdered by Brian Van Holt’s character.

With Coulson losing his mind, we get closure at the end of the episode that the drawings are actually three dimensional and that it is a city. My theory is that the city in question — Attilan, the home base of the Inhumans — who share a history with the Kree, and whom are reportedly going to be Marvel’s workaround for how to present a film and TV universe without mutants, given that “Mutants” in the movie universe, belong to rival studio Fox.

YOMYOMF’s TV Showdown — THE WALKING DEAD — “Self Help” (Season 5, Episode 5)

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Last week, we saw Beth wake up from a mysterious hospital, get slapped around, and kills an oncologist before Carol is wheeled in at episode’s end. This week, Abraham and the group run into problems on their way to Washington, D.C.

David: I liked this episode way more than the “what happened to Beth” last week, but it doesn’t mean it was that good. Off the bat, I like Abraham, Rosita and Eugene because they seem like they time traveled from the 70s and 80s to post apocalyptic future riddled with zombies… hmmmm, that would be a cool movie. This splinter story of getting Eugene to DC seems like the glimmer of hope we’ve been waiting for, but I really never felt I bought into the “Saving Private Ryan” plot line because this show won’t allow it. Am I right that you knew Eugene was a liar?