Almost surprised at how bold Ben Askren still feels like he can be, wagging his chin and his thumbs.
Not totally surprised though. You need a certain ego (or otherwise insecurity) to be a fighter. Mainly I'm surprised we didn't even get a cooldown period.
I really don't understand the undue hatred the armored costume of Daredevil gets in the Netflix TV series. For a TV show, it's a GREAT looking costume. Plus, it makes perfect sense for someone like Daredevil to wear some form of body armor considering his street level status as a vigilante. It's smart, it's practical and looks fantastic.
I can't help but wonder if the unnecessary fan hate led the showrunners into going back to the black suit for season 3. I also wonder why and how the black suit is held in higher regard than the armored costume when the armored one was so much better.
I liked it a lot! Plus the fact that they managed to have it be body armor but not have it hinder his mobility upped it even more in my opinion. I'd honestly rather see the armor than some Spandex or something as equally dumb. I think the costume adds fashion just as much as function so I don't personally see anything wring with it.
@thomas_richards: Awesome! Good to hear. ^_^
I'd honestly rather see the armor than some Spandex or something as equally dumb.
This is one of the reasons why I despise the black suit from season 1. While it made sense to wear it since Matt was first starting off in season 1, he never should have gone back to it once he started wearing the red armored look and I really wish the showrunners hadn't written in a reason for the black suit's return.
I really wish the showrunners hadn't written in a reason for it's return.
I thought it was severely dumb and did not see a reason for it at all. He could have updated his armor or anything else to help him efficiently solve this problem, but instead he chose to use the suit that was the least efficient. That's like starting out super poor. Getting super rich. Then deciding to go back to being poor...I didn't get it. But I still liked the season.
I really wish the showrunners hadn't written in a reason for it's return.
That's like starting out super poor. Getting super rich. Then deciding to go back to being poor...
Well, Matt was technically as poor as someone could get after what happened to him in Defenders. Plus, the reversion made total sense for the overall theme of rebirth in season 3. He had to go back to why he started fighting crime in the first place, to be humble. With the suit he grew to rely on becoming a symbol of mockery, hell, even being embodied as a literal demon that he has to face throughout the season. Executive meddling aside, I actually dug the reason why Matt went back to black.
I haven't watched DD in a while, but didn't he get his suit for free the first time? Cause he was tight with the craftsman of his armor? He saved his life or some sh*t like that in Season 1? And I mean sure that's cool and everything that he went back to his OG costume to be humble, but I mean...When the Chameleon or all of those other villains who decided to cosplay and make Spider-Man look like sh*t Peter didn't just put on his OG wrestler costume and fight them old school. He used his current gear and he took the problem out as fast as he could to prove his innocence.
Now I get what your saying from a viewer standpoint, I'm just seeing it in a practical way. Like if I was Matt, I would have suited up in that Spare that he had and, taken the problem down as fast as I could. I get the symbolism for it. So I can agree with you from that standpoint
@thomas_richards: Even practically speaking, Matt couldn't even wear the suit if he wanted to. Because of what happened in Defenders, his suit was totally destroyed as a result. As I recall, he even makes a mention of how he only had the one suit that the Armorer made for him. He couldn't get another one, because by season three, the Armorer was back in Fisk's pocket, and wouldn't have made Matt one anyways. So he was reduced back to his most primal attire.
I can't believe Nate's actually stepping into the octagon a few days from now, LOL.
you think he'll win?
He could win but I don't think he will. Nate Diaz is basically a boxer with good BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). Specifically, he's a tall and lanky counter-puncher who often fights either moving backwards or staying stationary whilst waiting for the opponent to throw something to counter. He always stands really heavy on his lead leg, which exposes it to leg kicks a lot, and Nate himself rarely throws kicks and doesn't check his opponent's kicks either. And despite his high-level BJJ, he rarely attempts any takedowns to move the fight to the ground. He doesn't really dictate where his fights take place or how they take place.
He sits back and counters, he doesn't pressure the opponent. The guy he's fighting, Anthony Pettis, is a bad stylistic matchup for him. He's a fast and heavy kicker of all kinds, head kicks, body kicks, leg kicks. Nate being so vulnerable to leg kicks, is going to have his lead leg brutalized by leg kicks from a guy who throws them with good power, a lot of speed, and almost no telegraphing in his kicks. Anthony Pettis has a lot of flaws as a fighter but his kicking game is great, and he's facing a guy who is pretty vulnerable to leg kicks. Conor McGregor was able to make his second fight with Nate a lot more competitive just by including leg kicks in his gameplan, and Conor isn't anywhere near the kicker that Anthony Pettis is.
So I'd pick Pettis to win but that isn't to say Nate can't win. It's just that the people who beat Pettis tend to exploit his weaknesses e.g. his vulnerability to forward pressure, not knowing how to counter off the backfoot very well, and a few other things. Nate's style doesn't attack those weaknesses. But we'll see.
First of all, Sasha looks fantastic.
Second, the timing couldn't be more perfect. Feels like Becky'd really started to slow down, and a major part of that was the problem of "who?" To keep a character from going stale, you need an adversary who isn't just a stand-in, and unfortunately that's all Natty was. Hard to invest when you already know the outcome. Lacey Evans got more buy-in as a threat for me personally, and she was arguably a case of "too soon" as well as "completely mismanaged." They could've probably gotten some play out of Becky's history with Bliss, at least some, although something needs to happen for Bliss to ramp up again because as meteoric as her rise felt, she's cooled off immensely, especially since having Twitter spats about fans chanting things during one of her matches [which, to be fair, in a match like that isn't entirely her fault.] But it couldn't be her, not the way she is now. And she needs someone who isn't Charlotte. [Although a Triple Threat with her and Charlotte and Sasha, or Fatal-4-Way with the Horsewomen, would be perfect if WWE could manage a 4-way feud like that.]
Sasha was perfect. With her completely gone from TV since wrestlemania, making cryptic SM posts, people questioning whether she was gonna jump ship, her showing up was guaranteed hype. And well-managed. Sasha is someone who, unlike the others, can bring an interest to both characters, not just Becky Lynch. With her being fresh off of a return, and being who she is, there's a legit feel that she could be a threat to Becky, like you don't know who's gonna come out on top. [I find me saying this ironic since one of my main issues with WWE was how badly they've mismanaged Sasha in the past.] And maybe it's too early to tell, but so far it feels like the kind of energy she brings is a perfect contrast to what Becky brings.
@8th_wonder: Exquisite breakdown. I like reading your stuff.
But I'mma play devil's advocate and pick Diaz. He's an all-around exciting dude and I would love to see him win in his return. I'm far from an expert or anything, though I think it'll be a good fight regardless of the outcome.
@_araneae_: I know! But the 2 levels in war cleric seem's better in longer, more intense boss fights. Being able to use bane and lower the opponent's wisdom score gives me a much higher chance to stun big bads and lock them down a round. That's a full round we can dog pile'em and they can't use their crazy spells, or abilities, or the BB's burn through their legendary resistances to overcome being stunned, meaning they won't be able to use them against our group's high damage spells. Also, I get cantrips, Divine favor, bless.(better AC) Also it's just a two level dip instead of three. Which means more ki points in the long term. But I kinda regret not taking Gloom Stalker. It seemed more suited for Roland from an RP perspective.
@paragonxxx: Well Helena has been wandering Earth since Ancient Rome, so that isn’t a far fetched idea. The Gods can’t die though, only injured or dethroned. They could fade from existence from a lack of worship, but seeing as how America indirectly worships them, they will never fade. Also if they run out of nectar, which keeps them immortal. So if Helena did do something for Poseidon, it would be something that doesn’t involve protecting his life. Speaking of nectar though, I just hatched an idea: I am going to do do an RP where the Gods start panicking because they’re running out of ambrosia and nectar, which leads to a massive quest to keep them immortal 😱
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