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Despite all the bad press about 50 Cent being broke, his personal TV show Power still goes on. Season 3 has finally started and it seems they managed to secure a little marketing deal. It’s probably for the best since executive producer 50 Cent isn’t going to provide much more than his namesake’s worth of currency if the rumors are true.

In episode 2, James St. Patrick’s kids have a sleepover at Angela’s place, and what’s better to calm a juvenile than video games? That’s right! Angela has got the technology all set up and also provides the game of choice:

Angela
Hey, Tariq, I got you your favorite video game.
You can play it now if you want.
Everything’s set up, I think.

Image (c) Starz

Image (c) Starz

Killer-Instinct-Xbox-One-Box-ArtIt’s only visible for a few frames but that’s a Killer Instinct box – exactly the one pictured on the left, by the way, so the Day One edition. If you look closely, it’s already unwrapped, so maybe she got it used? I don’t know.

Tariq couldn’t possibly be more excited about that gift:

 

Image (c) Starz

Image (c) Starz

He really doesn’t look like he has seen the game ever before because that’s not a look you have on your face if you’re excited about something you love. It’s more the look you have on your face if you’re not sure what the fuck is this thing in my hand but hey, that might just be me (if you give me my favourite video game, I sure as hell wouldn’t read the box because I already know it).

The kid objects:

Tariq
That TV’s way too small.
My mom got a big screen at home.

That’s right, folks! Microsoft wants you to know Xbox One plays best on a BIG SCREEN TV!

Fortunately, before any more discussion about the viability of smaller TVs can ensue, the Xbox boots up – presumably without the game disc inside because we never see the box leave Tariq’s hands – with its (likely) trademark sound. Father and son can Jump in!

Image (c) Starz

Image (c) Starz

It’s (almost) all good – the console is clearly an Xbox One. It’s turned on (wow!). The controllers are not PlayStation or Wii controllers for once (woo!). They aren’t turned on (boo!) but at least the game is indeed Killer Instinct (hooray!). So what am I complaining about?

Oh, just that the Xbox One doesn’t exactly boot up that fast, let alone start a game that’s not installed (which can be assumed since Angela is fishing the game box out of her purse). Even considering the game was already installed, the console would take way longer to jump into action than one second. Sure, the Xbox One has a standby mode, but then you won’t get the boot sound, it just wakes up from hibernation. But of course, since the entire scene is obviously paid for by Microsoft, we can’t possibly wait the entire minute the damn thing usually takes to boot …

Easy to read

Ah, Rush Hour. If this terrible movie spinoff is any indication of the quality of all the other remakes or spinoffs coming in the near future, that future looks pretty grim. Fortunately, CBS already cancelled the show a while back and is now burning off the remaining episodes on saturday nights.

In episode 9, the two (mostly annoying) detectives are briefed by their (also mostly annoying) colleague. She’s showing them an article about a suspect:

Image (c) CBS

Image (c) CBS

Let’s take a look at the paragraph of text in the center of the picture. Well, for one, it’s terribly formatted – no real news site would publish an article with that kind of block formatting, especially not with such small text. However, the text is really irrelevant anyway since it’s Lipsum – there’s nothing there, just Latin gibberish. Seems that whoever had to put the screenshot together made every effort to add more or less legit looking advertisements and video links to the page but couldn’t be arsed to write a halfway decent article. Granted, considering how low-effort the entire show is, that’s not entirely a surprise, but it’s funny nonetheless.

Later in the episode, the detectives are tracking a car using this incredibly detailed map:

Image (c) CBS

Image (c) CBS

I like how the map has to state it’s Los Angeles in (comparatively) huge letters so everyone is aware it’s not any of the countless other cities built in a grid layout. Pretty amazing tech, folks!

And while writing this post, I went back to the beginning of the episode where I found this little gem:

Image (c) CBS

Image (c) CBS

Yep, that’s the camera sitting on a dolly, and there’s the camera operator and a dolly grip pushing the dolly. Ah, glass fronts, they are always so tricky to film!

Breathing troubles

Here’s a quick one about the first episode of CBS’ new snoozefest American Gothic. I’d wager a few bucks on this show being cancelled before the first season has run its course – it’s just so dreadfully dull!

At the end of the first episode, the patriarch of the wealthy Hawthorne family is in hospital after suffering a breakdown.

Image (c) CBS

Image (c) CBS

As you can see from the tube that leads to his nose, the hospital thought it would be better to give him some additional oxygen to ease his breathing. However, that doesn’t mean he can’t breathe on his own. If that was the case, he’d be connected to a medical ventilator – either via a face mask, mouth tube or a tube connected directly to his windpipe (via tracheostomy).

The poor sap is being visited by his wife who decides to end his life by blocking the oxygen tube.

Image (c) CBS

Image (c) CBS

He dies within seconds despite the fact that he doesn’t need the additional oxygen to survive and could very well breathe on his own. It just doesn’t work that way.