It’s peculiar timing as I was updating that mission just yesterday. (It’s probable that the reviewer saw the older version.)
Steam Workshop stats show that there have been 450 extra views and 200 subscriptions in last 24 hours or so, no doubt mostly driven by the article.
As for the mission itself? It was my first mission for ArmA 3 and so it was kind-of surprising to see it in the article. As a first mission I kept it simple — you charge into a town alongside some friendly AI and quickly get into a fire-fight. But maybe that uncomplicated simplicity was part of what impressed the reviewer?
Good, Bad, Ugly: Diablo 3
Diablo 3. After a brief stint in the Beta I only bought the game when it was discounted in the lead up to the expansion. I then proceeded to play through co-op on jacked-up difficulty settings, quickly reaching level 60 and eventually defeating Diablo.
Alas poor Yorick! I knew him, Mephisto; a yellow of infinite (lemon) zest.
Metacritic gives it a score of 88. Read on for what I think.
Quick Review: Jonah From Tonga (2014)
I think Jonah was pretty much everyone’s favourite character from Summer Heights High. So a whole season about Jonah? Fantastic.
But it’s been a disappointment. Why?
Firstly, Jonah’s character has been turned up to 11. In Summer Heights he was a plausible trouble-maker — disruptive and inconsiderate but still cowed by school authority. Now he’s a fearless monster. He welds other kids into lockers. He routinely physically assaults teachers. And he never, ever shuts up or backs down.
Extremely disruptive kids like this Nouveau Jonah exist, but for them mainstream school is not an option. Their stories are usually too tragic for a comedy show — abuse, mental illness, etc. No, Jonah surely is meant to be more of a garden-variety trouble-maker. One with a lovable side. So when he acts like a total monster it damages the show’s comedy and its storyline.
(What happened I wonder? Was it a case of “the audience loves it when Jonah is rude” so therefore “let’s make Jonah as rude as we possibly can”?)
This brings me to the other problem. The series definitely has some take-home messages about gangs, family and the education system. But at six short episodes these messages have got bugger all room to fit in amongst the necessary comedy. Ultimately they all seem rather hollow. This series really needed some room to breathe — either more minutes or less plot.
That said, I did like how four very different adult characters are shown as being able to work with Jonah. The angry drill-master teacher, the touchy-feely hip school counselor, the kindly old nun and the strict but motherly prison guard. The only thing they have in common? Actually caring for Jonah. I think there’s truth in that. “It is a bad plan that cannot be altered.” It is something that bad bureaucrats and bad managers tend to forget.
On a lighter note I love it that no matter where Jonah goes he always gets a gang of followers and always finds himself a foil.
Summer Heights High is a tough act to follow. But it is possible to make a worth-while spin-off. I thought Ja’mie: Private School Girl brought something new and interesting to the table. Jonah from Tonga doesn’t. Not unless you find the idea of a 14 year old boy saying “fuck” while hitting others in the balls amusing.
My rating: Ordinary ★★☆☆
Quick Review: 2001 A Space Travesty (2000)
You know a movie is scraping the bottom of the comedy barrel when the protagonist’s name is Dick Dixs and the credits literally end with a series of fart noises.
Nothing wrong with juvenile comedy for juveniles, but Space Travesty isn’t even for the kids. Not with used-condom jokes.
You can see they were trying to emulate great Nielsen comedies: a detective’s bumbling investigation culminates in a zany high-stakes rescue at a big public event. Travesty can do a mediocre slap-stick. But it fails at everything else — it totally lacks any form of subtlety; it mistakes reference for parody; and as for clever wordplay, let me repeat… Dick Dix.
It can’t even be bothered lampooning the sci-fi genre for its whole length. Seriously — at the half-way mark the story takes things back to Earth. From then on the only whiff of sci-fi you’ll get is when the plot necessitates the appearance of an alien character from the first half. Sticking to your schtick is something even Scary Movie franchise movies can do!
My rating: Critical ☆☆☆☆