Tuesday, 8 November 2011

The Riddler - New Intel

Almost forgot; there's a very interesting document I've happened across...It details communication between somebody as of yet unknown and the Riddler...

'After the Arkham Asylum Incident in 2009, this was retrieved from the Ridder's computer system by the Gotham City Police Department. The transmission occured a few months before the incident itself.

In the following document, the Riddler is identified with the letter 'R'. The other person has so far only identified himself/herself with the letter 'B'.

March 03, 2009

B: Hello there.
R: Who the hell are you? How did you get into this network?!
B: The same way you did; don't worry, the line's clean. And I'm nobody in particular.
R: What do you want?
B: Actually this is about what you want...
R: What could you possibly have that I would want?
B: Information.
R: Unless it's the identity of the Batman, I'm not interested.
B: Oh Heavens no. Everybody knows who he is; Dr. Strange, Bane...Even yourself, if you take time to fit the pieces together. No, I have information that Batman himself would kill for and I can give it to you.
R: Alright, obvious question; why should I trust you?
B: No particular reason, but if you stop trying to trace this signal (it won't work), I can show you what you've been missing out on.
R: You can see me...!
B: Bravo. Unfortunately it won't be the other way around. Paranoia aside, I know how spine-chilling it is to know you're being watched. I know how the balance of power shifts if I were to say 'my cross-hairs are on your back'. But would I be bluffing? Am I bluffing now? Would you really want to take that gamble?
R: Somebody's having fun...!
B: Indeed, one can get carried away, but the information I have is as valuable to the criminal underworld as it is to the authorities. If you knew what it was, you could play them against each other.
R: If it's that valuable, why don't you?
B: I'm not that 'well established', so to speak, unlike yourself. I've admired you for some time now. Very few people recognise the value of intellect...Including the intellectuals themselves. If I may be bold enough to say so, people are starting to realise that you're all 'bark' and no 'bite'; they don't take you seriously enough. You focus all your efforts on trying to show how much of a genuis you are, when you could be proving it.
R: What do you have in mind?
B: How can I put it; I think you should prove that...You're not to be trifled with...I know it's bringing in brawn to support the brain, but actions definitely can shout louder than words will ever scream.
R: You mean deaths.
B: Bravo again. How you conduct them is up to you, but speaking as a fan I'm very eager to see what you can accomplish. If you are successful, I shall arrange a one-to-one meeting where you shall learn (verbally of course) the true identity and the real name of the Joker.


As you can imagine, GCPD are very keen to track down the Riddler's accomplice. This is the only contact we've had from him/her and we are certain that he/she will make contact again. But why? What is this contact's motive? Why should he/she make that much effort to contact the Riddler and why at that particular point in time? Is he/she hiding something? Does the letter 'B' mean anything to his/her indentity?

GCPD, along with the staff at Arkham Asylum, are appealing to anybody who may have any clue as to whom 'B' may be. If he/she is telling the truth, then interception will potentially save lives and uncover one of the greatest mysteries surrounding one of the most dangerous criminal masterminds.'


Thursday, 3 November 2011

Check Up

Hope you'll all been well! ^^

If you don't like soap-box rants, then I suggest you don't have a look at David Mitchell's YouTube channel, either...

Now then, I find certain things very annoying...And most of the annoyances are annoying because I can't express how they annoy me so! So bare with me...

You see, I'm certain you'll know how much I love my science-fiction...But did you also know that it doesn't necessarily make me a 'geek' or a 'nerd'?

Astonishing, isn't it...?

Simply, I cannot abide the terms 'geek' and 'nerd' and such, because they are extremely vague classifications of 'social groups' that are fuelled by popular media perceptions (also why I don't like 'emo', 'mosher', 'goth', etc or worst of all; 'Hipster').

Media perceptions force people who like particular things under a particular umbrella (he likes 'Star Trek', he's definitely a 'geek'! That girl has a Twitter account! She must be a 'computer-nerd'! And so on...) and as such, the people are not seem in any other way (aka STEREOTYPING).
   Take for example the dramas that the US comes up with...One of my favourites is 'NCIS', but even that is saturated with stereotypes; Abby, the forensic scientist who is 'classified' as a 'goth' and seems to like nothing else apart from black and death (but wait! She's cute and really clever with a 'surprisingly' lovely personality, which makes her 'kinda quirky' -_-). And then there's Dr. Mallard, the wonderful British (yep, the Americans can't distinguish between English and Scottish, so they just call him British) pathologist who always shares historical yarns and tales of his past exploits. Nothing stereotypical there, really...But once you know he's of a 'certain age' and tells his stories to the cadavers he operates on, it's the point where you think 'here we go...' Moving on, there is a former Isreali Mossad agent operating within the team who frequently gets US colloquialisms muddled (borderline racism there, I think). And not forgetting McGee, who is a whizz with computers and loves all things tech (have a wild guess what others call him) and lastly; DiNozzo, the egotistical womaniser who loves films. 'Hang on' I see you think in your face 'don't most people like films?' Oh yes, but this is American television and as such, DiNozzo is really the only person in the main cast who ever watches, quotes, enjoys and talks about films...Everytime a film or something related is mentioned to/between other characters, they round it off by stating that DiNozzo needs to know! (Newsflash, NCIS! More than one-out-of-eight people like films, y'know!)

The point is; media seems to think that once a character has a particular like/dislike, then the whole essence of that figure must be based around it and they must not be allowed to stray into other territories!

Only one quote from a Mel Brooks classic can help me here; "Bullshit!"

And it's seeping over here too; like all the fast food eateries, the language, the humour...American styles of media presentation are here, destroying all that isn't! (Okay, a bit dramatic, but the point still stands!) Take for example, 'The Fades' which started on BBC Three recently...It was a nice little dark-fantasy idea, kept you asking questions and displayed potential. However, one of the characters would not shut up comparing situations to films and quoting them (oh hello DiNozzo) so, naturally, he was the only person who ever talked films! Bravo BBC, you're not commercial, but you're getting there!

The worst affected are comedies; when things such as the aforementioned happen, programmes can flatline easily and they all too easily rely on cheap laughs and 'abnormalities' to display humour (the media seems to have a problem with anybody who they do not deem 'normal'...It's perception-based; NOBODY IS 'NORMAL'), which is why I'm not really all that keen to watch 'New Girl' (but I'll check it out), despite the fact that the incredible Zooey Deschanel is in the impersonal eponymous role. Zooey is a wonderful, free-spirited lady, which was perfectly shown in 'Yes Man' without being too patronising, so to me, Fox (evil anyway) casting her based on how they see her as 'different' and branding her as 'quirky' & 'adorkable' *VOMIT* is basically on par with humiliating the disabled or people of other ethnic origins, saying 'hey world! Look how 'abnormal' this person is! Let's laugh at her! It's funny because 'normal' people don't act like her, right?!'


And that is also why I do not find 'The Big Bang Theory' as funny as others do.

So there you have it; media is just a group of bullies, mocking and laughing at those who are 'different', forgetting one fundamental truth that makes us who we are...

We're all different...And it's absolutely marvellous.