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Outside of a surprising cameo with Justin Roiland doing his best imitation as Rick from RICK and MORTY, this week’s INVINCIBLE looked “kinda dead” on arrival. The show goes into side quest mode as the main storyline with Omniman takes a backseat. The plot instead revolves around Mark’s best friend, William taking the gang to the school his boyfriend attends. Cue the frat parties and dorm room life. 🤮

This was my least favorite INVINCIBLE to date. Just when the story hit its high point, we get a weak edition that wasn't needed. My fear with this series is that creator, Robert Kirkman treats it the same as he did THE WALKING DEAD, which was notorious for brilliant moments coupled with boring drivel.

🤞 this was just a misstep and we are back to Omniman and Invincible excitement next week.

It’s available on Amazon Prime Video.

UNITED STATES OF AL was all about what’s acceptable for women and men to wear especially if you are a Muslim verses an American. Seeing girls in shorts really threw Al when he was trying to pass his driving test for his license.

What works for this sitcom is the thoughtful, humorous and semi-serious writing for the talented ensemble, though there are moments I want even more laughs to counter the heavy topics being discussed. I am not sure the producers know exactly which genre fits this show.

At one point I know all the grief and lost emotions will hit the fan. When that time comes, I am hoping Al, portrayed by Adhir Kalyan, will be able to pull his American family through the storm with pathos, style, grace and perhaps a large dose of appropriate chuckles.

UNITED STATES OF AL is available to stream on CBS ALL ACCESS Television.

This hit indie game makes its way from Steam to the Nintendo Switch with mixed results. The narrative of a little girl struggling to accept the loss of her grandma is heartfelt and should make any gamer cry, yet I cannot ignore the sloppy controls and the boring run to the right gameplay that ruins the experience.

In this innovative walking narrative, you use the power of words from your journal to unlock puzzles. If you are blocked by a large stone, simply select the word “break” to destroy it and clear the way. This mechanism is brilliant and holds the game together. However, we are stuck with level design that feels like something out of a bad 90s game.

The music, voice-over work, and art design soar in LOST WORDS, but the real reason to play it are the journal sequences where the main character writes her feelings about grief. While she does this you control a fictional character who runs over and selects the words on the page. These moments are where the heart of the narrative shines as we experience loss for the first time. It’s devastating and shows why video games are art.

If you can suffer through some awful-level design and want to support an indie game, you can do a lot worse than LOST WORDS. It's not quite the page-turner it strives to be and one can’t help to wonder what would’ve happened if this game spent more time perfecting the gaming elements and less time on the story.

It’s available on Nintendo Switch.


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