The Lord of the Rings -The Return of the King – Movie Review

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The Lord of the Rings- The Return of the King

Sméagol and Déagol are fishing. Déagol hooks a very big fish. It drags him into the river. On the river bed, he finds a ring. Taking it ashore, it begins to possess both young men. It’s Sméagol’s birthday and he wants the ring. They fight over it. Sméagol, the stronger of the two, strangles Déagol until he dies. Taking the ring. “My precious.” He puts the ring on. Cursed. Driven away.

Smeagol mutating

Smeagol slowly mutating in the cave

Overtime, he mutates into a loathsome creature while living in a cave and feeding on live catfish. All while clinging to the ring.

Samwise Gamgee and Frodo Baggins are asleep in a cave. Sméagol wakes them. Frodo has the ring. They are on a journey to Mordor.

At Isengard, Saruman is locked in his tower. His powers are gone. Treebeard stands guard.

Pereprin Took finds a sphere in the water. Gandalf covers it quickly in his tunic, a palantir.

Sméagol has a plan to lead Frodo and Sam to the Winding Stair. Up the stairs to the tunnel. Once in, no coming out. Purpose; to kill them and take the ring.

Frodo doesn’t believe Sam. Sam knows about the plan.

Sauron the wizard

Sauron the wizard, locked in his tower

While Gandalf is sleeping, Pippin takes the palantir. He saw a glimpse of Sauron’s plan. To strike the city of Minas Tirith. His defeat at Helm’s Deep taught him men are not as weak as he thought. Also, the heir of Elendil came forth.

If people of Middle-Earth unite under one banner Sauron will be defeated again.

Gandalf, Pippin, and Merry begin the walk to the stables. Sauron thinks Pip has the ring. For the safety of the villager’s,  he must go. Three days ride to Minas Tirith, as the Nazgṻl flies. At the stable, Pip and Gandalf climb aboard Shadowfax, his white stallion. “Show us the meaning of haste.” They ride swiftly toward Minas Tirith, as Merry remains behind.

Arwen

Lady Arwen

Lady Arwen pleads with Lord Elrond to re-forge the sword.

Gandalf and Pippin pass into the realm of Gondor. Minas Tirith is over the bluff. City of kings.

They speak to Lord Denethor, not a king. A caretaker of the throne. Lord Denethor was Boromir’s father. Pippin is told not to speak.

“Boromir died to save us,” Pip said, then pledges his loyalties as payment.

Gangalf tells Denethor of the impending war with Sauron. “Send word to King Théoden of Rohan. Light the beacons.”

Gandalf and Pippin stand before Lord Denethor

Lord Denethor eats as Gandalf warns him of impending war

Denethor knows of Aragorn, son of Arathorn, Ranger from the north, the king. He refuses Gandalf’s request. He’s not sending for help. He’s the only king.

Sauron’s deadliest servant who led Mordor’s army, a soldier no living man can kill. The Witch-king of Angmar.

Orcs, men, legions of Haradrim from the south, meŕceraries from the coast. All answer Mordor’s call. The Witch-king of Angmar will lead Mordor’s army.

He stabbed Frodo on Weathertop.

The lord of the Nazgṻl, Minas Morgul is his lair.

Frodo, Sam, and Sméagol at the Sectet Stairs

Frodo, Smeagol, and Sam at the Secret Stairs to Mordor

The Dead City, Sam, Frodo, and Sméagol are there. They find the secret stairs to Mordor. Climb!

The attack on Minas Tirith begins, Orcs attack.

Pip lights the beacon. The beacons of Amon Din are lit. The message is sent across the mountain range by burning beacons.

“The beacons of Minas Tirith are lit! Gondor calls for aid. Rohan will answer. Muster the Rohirrim,” King Théoden orders.

Faramir saw Frodo and Sam in Ithilien, two days ago, taking the road to Morgul vale. And then the pass of Cirith Ungol.

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The Witch-king

The Witch-king of Angmar commands, “Send forth all legions.” He wants everyone in Minas Tirith killed. He will kill the white wizard, Gandalf, break him…

Frodo and Sam bicker over Elven bread and the ring. Frodo sends Sam back home.

Lord Denethor is Boromir and Faramir’s father, Boromir is dead. Faramir leaves for war with his soldiers. His father wishes it was he that was dead.

King Théoden

King Theoden

King Théoden of Rohan is gathering troops. 500 men from Westfold. 300 men from Fenmarch. No riders from Snowbourn? 6000 spears. He hoped for twice that many. Not enough to break the lines of Mordor.  They ride at dawn.

They see the road to the Dimholt, door under the mountain, no one ever returns. The mountain is evil. Aragorn is drawn to the road.

Lord Elrond is there. Arwen is dying due to the evil spreading from Mordor. The light of the Evenstar is failing. As Sauron’s power grows, her power wanes. Arwen’s life is now tied to the fate of the ring, he tells Aragorn.

Elrond

Lord Elrond

Elrond suggests Aragorn call upon the mountain dwellers, murderers, and traitors. They will answer to the King of Gondor.

Elrond has the re-forged sword. Andǘril, the Flame of the West, forged from the Shards of Narsil.

The Sword of Elendil. Sauron will remember the sword. Aragorn has the weapon.

“Take the Dimholt road,” Elrond says to Aragorn.

Lord Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas take Dimholt road.

King Théoden leaves Ẽowynin in charge in his stead

King Theoden places Eowynin in charge

Théoden leaves Ẽowynin in charge in his stead. Take his seat in the Golden Hall. Defend Edoras.

Lady Ẽdwyn Arnen takes Merry into battle with her, aboard her stallion.

Aragorn confronts a Dead Soul, in their dwelling place, made by those who are dead. Only the King of Gondor may command them. Aragorn wields the Sword of Elendil. “Fight for us…and regain your honor. What say you?” He is Isildur’s heir. “Fight for me…and I will hold your oath’s fulfilled…What say you?”

Faramir is drug to Minas Tirith by his horse. He is dead. Shot by two arrows. His entire army is dead.

Orcs

Orc army

The Orcs attack Minas Tirith. Lord Denethor orders, “Retreat!” He’s a coward.

Gandalf assumes command. Everyone fights! Except Lord Denethor.

Sméagol led Frodo into a giant spider’s nest and web. He uses the light of Eärendil, their most beloved star. A light in dark places, when all other lights go out. The giant spider tries to drink his blood. He defends himself with the light and escapes.

He and Sméagol fight over the ring. Sméagol falls over the cliff.

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Galadriel, Lady of Lothlorien

Galadriel, Lady of Lothlórien, appears to Frodo in a vision. “This task was appointed to you, Frodo of the Shire. If you do not find a way, No one will…”

Lord Denethor sees to Faramir’s burial, cremation.

The Orcs invade the city.

The great spider finds and stings Frodo. Sam is back and fights the spider. Frodo is under the venom.  He will wake in a few hours. Orcs capture and take him to the tower. Sam follows.

King Théoden and his army arrive at Minas Tirith. Their army is small. The king shouts his orders.  “Death! Forth Eorlingas!” They charge the Orc army.

The Orc army is huge!

Faramir is alive. Lord Denethor burns himself to death by mistake as Gandalf and Merry intercede. “So passes Denethor, son of Ecthelion.”

The Giant Elephants Attack

Giant Elephants carrying troops attack

Giant elephants arrive carrying fighters and attack.

The Witch-king arrives flying on his Nazgǘl. He attacks King Théoden. As the king lies on the ground wounded, Lady Ẽdwyn stands between the king and the Nazgǘl. She chopped off the flying beast’s head. The Witch-king of Angmar, leader of Sauron’s army is mad. He attacks her, Ẽdwyn.

Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas arrive with the Dead people and join the battle.

The Witch-king of Angmar

The Witch-king of Angmar

The Witch-king has a secret. No man can kill him. Ẽdwyn takes off her helmet. “I’m not a man!” She shoves her sword through his face killing him. He dies and withers.

As always, Gimli and Legolas have their contest as to who can kill the most enemy.

King Théoden dies as Ẽowyn comforts him.

The battle is over. The orcs are dead.

Aragorn releases the Dead people. Their oath’s are fulfilled. They are at peace. They all fade away.

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Sauron’s tower with his EYE and Mount Doom, the volcano, in the background

Pippin is back. He finds Merry.

In the tower, Frodo awakes. The structure is teaming with Orcs. Sam fights his way into the tower. He rescues Mr. Frodo.

They’re in Mordor.  Sauron’s Eye is at the top of the tower, high above Mordor.  Frodo must get to Mount Doom.

Gandalf, Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas make a plan

Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli make a plan

Gandalf and Aragorn have a plan. 10,000 Orcs stand in Frodo’s way. He needs safe passage across the plains of Gorgoroth. Aragorn’s plan, draw out Sauron’s armies. Empty his lands. They march on the Black Gate. Keep Sauron’s Eye fixed on them.

“Certainty of death, small chance of success,” Gimli says. “I’m in.”  They ride with a small army.

Sauron moves his Orc army toward the Gate as Frodo and Sam move toward Mount doom. Sam tells Frodo this is a one-way journey.

At the Black gate, Aragorn calls, “Let the Lord of the Black Land come forth! Let justice be done upon him!”

Aragorn and his men attack the Orc army

Aragorn and his army attack the army of Orcs

The enormous gate opens. A vast Orc army is there and marches toward them.

The Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, brothers, Men of the West, they are grossly out numbered and quickly surrounded.  The battle begins. They fight the Orc army.

Gandalf sends for the giant eagles to battle the Nazgǘls.

Frodo and Sam climb Mount Doom as it slowly erupts. Emaciated nearly to the point of death. Frodo too weak to walk, Sam carries him up the mountain.

Sméagol waits for them. He attacks.

Frodo and Smegil fight inside Mount Doom

Frodo and Smeagol fight over the ring inside Mount Doom

Everyone makes their way inside the volcano. Frodo cannot throw the ring into the lava below, the ring won’t let him. Instead, he puts it on. Sméagol attacks again. They fight. Sméagol bites off his finger and takes the ring. As they fight, both fall over the edge. Sméagol falls into the lava, dropping the ring into the molten rock.

The RingFrodo clings to the cliff.

The ring melts.

Sauron’s Eye is destroyed. Mount Doom erupts.

Frodo and Sam are trapped in the lava flow, on a high rock. They believe they are going to perish, they talk about the Shire. Sam remembers Rosie Cotton, the girl he wishes he had married. They pass out from the exhaustion, heat, and starvation.

Gandalf arrives riding on the back of a giant eagle, with two eagles at his side. Sam and Frodo are rescued in the eagle’s huge talons.

Later, Frodo wakes. Gandalf is there. His friends are there. All laughing.

Aragorn receives his crown. Gandalf is the presenter. Under King Aragorn, a time of peace.

King Aragorn and Arwen at the corination

King Aragorn and Arwen

Elrond and Arwen are there. Arwen is healed now that Sauron has been destroyed. They kiss.

King Aragorn and his kingdom bows to the hobbits, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin.

A Fourth Age of Middle-earth began. And the Fellowship of the Ring…though eternally bound by friendship and love… was ended. Thirteen months to the day since Gandalf sent us on our long journey…We found ourselves looking upon a familiar sight.

They are back at the Shire.

Rosie and Sam are married

Rosie and Sam are married

Sam wasted no time in marrying Rosie Cotton.

there and Back again…

a hobbit’s tale, By

Bilbo Baggins

Frodo’s wound has never really healed since Weathertop. Four years to the day.

the Lord of the Rings, By Frodo Baggins

The ship the sail on at the end

The ship they sail on

The Power of the Three Rings is ended. The time has come for the dominion of Men. Bilbo Baggins is escorted aboard the ship by Elrond and Galadriel.

Gandalf and Frodo join them aboard the vessel. They sail away.

It will be Sam’s job to add to the story. He and Rosie have children, and are happy in the Shire.

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Goodbye Lord of the Rings. I  miss you. 🙂

The End.

This has been an amazing story. An end to an epic adventure.

It saddens me to say goodbye to such a great saga.

Maybe, if we are lucky, Sam will add to the timeless tale. I hope so.

My rating: 5 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

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Kinkorx Horned Hares Chasing Another Mesnuk Championship

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Greetings from Sesla,

Cloudy sky Over Kinkorx

Cloudy Sky Over Kinkorx

I’m J.A. Ireland. I’m sitting at my desk in beautiful downtown Kinkorx while writing my column for the newspapers. It’s an unusually cloudy day. The Kinkorx TV Weather girl, May Willowman, called for rain later this morning. From the looks of the sky, maybe she’s right. It’s been a while since we’ve had rain in this part of the desert. Everything needs water; our reservoirs are a bit low as well.

My column today is about the Kinkorx Horned Hares. As you may know, I follow our local mesnuk team closely and co-announce  home games regularly. It’s always fun to work with Derrix Weyd, Kinkorx TV Sports Anchor. He’s the official voice of the Kinkorx Horned Hares and announces all their games. Stin Gismurr, Kinkorx TV program director, is always there to insure to the quality of the broadcast.

Now that “The Set of Games” has concluded and we’re in “It’s the Rallies” the Horned Hares are chasing another Sesla Mesnuk Championship.

The Mesnuk Stadium Downtown in Kinkorx

The Mesnuk Stadium Downtown in Kinkorx

Since Jeqrix Grexenn, the desert furniture giant, purchased the team several years ago, the hares are vastly improved. They’ve even won a Sesla Championship. What a moment that was? I was there and co-announced that game; it was thrilling. In a last minute victory, the hares defeated the Guytic City Fighting Tobacco Farmers. Billionaire owner of the tobaccos, Xuro Qashlet, looked none too happy. His enormous payroll athletes couldn’t overcome the determination of the new, and driven with will-power players for Mr. Grexenn’s team.

Kinkorx Horned Hares Sesla Mesnuk Champions

Kinkorx Horned Hares Sesla Mesnuk Champions

Moments after that game, lines began forming inside the gift ships within the stadium. The Horned Hares memorabilia sold out so fast. I was lucky a friend of mine there stashed a mesnuk cap for me. Now that we’re in “It’s the Rallies” and the hares are in I’m wearing mine everyday to support the team.

One of Hundreds of  Beautiful Wet Lands Waterfall

One of Hundreds of Beautiful Wet Lands Waterfalls

The Hares are traveling to the wet lands and playing the Guytic City Tobacco Farmers, the defending Sesla champs. That game will be brutal—as always. Xuro Qashlet, the billionaire owner, has the highest payroll of any professional mesnuk team on Sesla. His players are the best; they’re big, fast, and strong.

I spoke with Jeqrix Grexenn recently. He’s confident the hares will be triumphant. He admitted in our brief lunch chat, that he misses Zith Fleen. He feels Zith was the most aggressive player he’s ever had on the team. If you’d like to read that story, I’ve written a novel about it. The Kinkorx Horned Hares Slasher details the tragic story.

It’s time to get back to my column. May Willowman was right—it’s raining. The plants and our reservoirs sure need the water. Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland

Transformers: Age of Extinction – Movie Review

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Optimus Prime Fans,

The Transformer series is one of my favorites. Here’s a Transformers movie review for you. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Transformers are attacking the earth during the dinosaur era. The great reptiles are being changed into metal machines.

The Arctic- Darcy and her excavating operation from KSI (Kinetic Solutions) of Chicago, Ill. U.S.A. unearthed several frozen metal dinosaurs. “I think history is about to change,” Darcy proclaims to her crew in the frozen ice world. Mr. Joyce, owner of KSI, sent her on this mission to investigate the reports of metal dinosaur discoveries and report back to him in his Chicago Headquarters.

Transformers Age of Extinction

Chicago – Cade Yeager, owner of Yeager Research and Development is standing next to his old truck. Lucas Flannery drives up speedily in his economy beater and jumps out; he was at South Padre Beach. “I came as soon as I could, Boss. The serf was flat anyway. Do you have a paying job for me this time, boss? An actual paying job?” Lucas asks with concern and skepticism.

Cade responds, “Do you have any cash?”

“Well, yes I do,” Lucas replies with question.

“There you go,” Cade finishes.

Mexico City – Since 1928 an old theatre has been in the family- Grandaddy ran it all his life. Lucas discovers an old tractor truck inside the rundown auditorium. There are several fired mortar shells hulls in the cab. Cade borrowed $150.00 from Lucas to purchase the old tractor truck in the theatre. They towed it back to Chicago.

Yeager Robotics in Chicago – repairs small home robots. Cade and Tessa Yeager, his seventeen year old daughter, build robotics in their large garage. Cade’s wife Emily is deceased.

The battle of Chicago is on Headline News. Congress ended all operations between the military and the Autobots, ending the alliance. Attinger, “As this committee knows, the invasion of Chicago was a defining day for our nation five years ago. The day millions of people realized that never again can we allow aliens to fight our battles for us. A handful of Autobots were given sanctuary after joint combat operations were abolished. Fewer than a dozen Decepticons are still on the run. Thanks to our CIA unit. “Cemetery Wind.” The age of the Transformer is over.”

A Transformer rises out of the swamp.

Medical Officer Ratchet

Medical Officer Ratchet being fired upon

The military finds Medical Officer Ratchet and open fires. He’s a transformer. He was hiding on an abandoned cruise ship. He says he’s a friend; an Autobot. “Optimus sent this distress message: Calling all Autobots. We are under targeted attack. Cease all contact with humans. We’re all hiding. All Autobots are being hunted. We’re all in danger.”

“Where is Optimus Prime?” the military officer asks.

Meanwhile at CIA Headquarters: The President would like specifics about how the CIA is hunting the enemy Decepticons and how many are left.

Mr. Attinger has been in the CIA for 25 years. “Black Ops. No Specifics.” The war will be over soon.”

Cade has discovered his old truck is an old Autobot. It transforms into Optimus Prime. Cade begins making repairs on the damaged Autobot.

CIA – Paris Texas, Cade Yeager was spotted towing the old tractor truck away from Mexico City. Attinger, “Scramble Cemetery Wind.” His team is on the move.

Optimus Prime Injured

Optimus Prime is Injured

Cade is making repairs to Optimus. His spark was almost damaged; his life force and memories was almost hit. “It’s like our soul,” Cade says.

“Dad!” Tessa yells as Attinger’s group drives onto their property; accompanied by a chopper. Tess fearfully watches from the front porch of their dilapidated old farm house. The group swarms the unsuspecting Yeager home. Optimus hides.

“Mr. Yeager, my name’s James Savoy. I’m a Federal Agent. My men and I are trying to track down an abandoned truck.”

When no one cooperates, Savoy threatens to kill Tess. Optimus Prime comes to their rescue. Tessa’s twenty year old boyfriend, Shane, drives up speedily in his fast car. They escape in his car. But the battle continues. Out of guilt, Lucas admits he turned Cade in for money. There’s a reward for turning in Autobots to the gov’t.

Lucas is killed in the battle. Cade, Tess, and Shane escape when Optimus transforms back into the old tractor truck and drives them back to the desert. Finally the Autobots know Optimus is alive. “There is Hope! Mr. Leader of the Free Galaxy is Back!” There are only five Autobots left.

“Autobots, Lockdown is hunting us,” Optimus reports. “And humans are helping. We need to know why.” They are on the move back to Chicago.

Mr. Joyce and Darcy

Mr. Joyce and Darcy at KSI

Chicago – KSI ( Kinetic Solutions ) Headquarters Top Secret Military Wing. Mr. Joyce is the owner. Darcy has returned from the Arctic Expedition and is reporting to her boss, Joyce. “The metal machines caused the dinosaurs to become extinct 65 million years ago. KSI has discovered the metal that the alien machines are made of.

Wembley is a scientist for KSI. “Transformium. That’s what we’re calling it. Programmable matter.” Mr. Joyce has mapped it’s genome. It can be instructed. We can change anything into anything.

KSI’s Military prototype is Galvatron, the fifth iteration, modeled after Optimus Prime. “He looks like Megatron. Algorithms! Math! Why can’t we make what we want to make?” Joyce screams.

Cade, Tessa, and Shane drive past the front gates and into KSI Headquarters; in Autobot cars.

Attinger retired from the CIA, received a seven-figure piece of Joyce’s (KSI) and they revolutionize national defense together. He must deliver the Seed; that’s the deal.

Cade Yeager is captured. Attinger asks him, “Where’s Optimus Prime?” Upon hearing this, the Autobots quickly invade KSI. Optimus orders, “Distroy the lab! Distroy it all!”

Galvatron Attacking Innocent person

Galvatron Attacking Innocent person

The order is given. “Transform Galvatron! Stinger on Line!” In minutes. Galvatron and Stinger are on the move. “Engage! Transform!” 200 meters.

Galvatron Kills innocent people as the battle rages; at Mr. Joyce’s dismay. “Pull Galvatron back!” Attinger orders.

Tessa and Optimus are captured in a net and pulled into a space ship hovering above. Onboard the alien machine ship, Tess escapes. She looks for Optimus.

Optimus is in the Knights’ Temenos as a captive of Lockdown. Lockdown’s deal with Attinger; “One Optimus Prime for one Seed. Handle it with care. I trust your species is ready!”

Lockdown, “Engage dark – matter drives. Full Power.”

They have 10 minutes to find Tess and get off Lockdown’s ship before it leaves Earth; spaceship powering up.

Cade and Shane find weapons and discover how to use them. Tessa is fighting off robots that are trying to capture her; one robot has a three foot long, slimy tongue. Soon all three escape the ship on cables high in the air to a building. Robot dogs peruse them on the cables. Bumble Bee rescues them.

Lockdown on his Spaceship

Lockdown on his Spaceship

Optimus Prime left Lockdown’s ship in an escape pod as it took off from Earth.

Mr. Joshua Joyce wants the Holy Grail, the Seed, delivered to his Guangzhou, China facility. He considers Galvatron a failure. The robot was out of control. Megatron’s mind is in Galvatron. Megatron reincarnated!

Now the Autobots, Cade, and team go after the Seed.

Beijing China – Mr. Joyce wants to detonate the Seed in the Mongolian desert, next month. The purpose is to create Transformium; enough for 100 years.

Lockdown discovers that Optimus Prime escaped. He rockets back to Earth.

Five million shares of KSI stock – Attinger receives for delivering the Seed to Mr. Joyce; Joyce suddenly has second thoughts. Galvatron becomes active all by himself. He begins making more transformer robots and takes control of KSI China facility. Galvatron, “Go find my Seed. Detonate the Seed in the largest city.”

Joyce tries to get away before the Seed explodes. The battle rages in Guangzhou China. Soon Lockdown arrives on the scene.

Optimus Prime and the Metal Dinosaur

Optimus Prime and the Metal Dinosaur

Prime realizes they need reinforcements. “Recognize one of your Knights. Optimus speeks a foreign language.” The Knight Rises! The Giant Metal Dinosaur awoke . Optimus battled with it for it’s obedience. “You defend my family or die.” Soon many great metal dinosaurs join in the great battle.

The battle is soon won by the Autobots, with the help of the metal dinosaurs. Optimus orders, “Take the Seed safely to the hills.”

Lockdown arrives at earth. He turns on a giant magnet and draws metal into his ship. He’s trying to suck Optimus in. Then dropping the metal.

Optimus Prime

“I Am Optimus Prime”

Beijing China – Optimus Prime and Lockdown meet and the battle begins. Mr. Joyce tries to get the Seed out of the city. Cade tries to help Optimus but Attinger gets in his way; tries to kill him. Prime sees the altercation and blows Attinger away.

After being sent away by Cade, Tessa and Shane return to help. Everyone fights Lockdown together. Tessa and Shane pull a sword out of Prime’s chest. Using the sword, Optimus cuts Lockdown in half; killing him. Lockdown pukes as he dies. “Honor to the end,” Optimus Prime.

“We shall meet again Prime for I am reborn,” a dark Decepticon said then flew into space.

“I am Optimus Prime and this message is to my creators; Leave planet Earth alone. ‘Cause I’m coming for you.” He flies into space.

The End

Hope you enjoyed my review.

My rating: 5 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

Young Maxx Zeqster

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Dear Readers,

I’m J.A. Ireland. Here’s an excerpt from The Unthinkable Duo Of Justice. I hope you find it interesting.

Maxx, the 10th grade art student at Kinkorx High School, proudly stood next to his picturesque landscape painting. He was excited to have an example of his work on display at the Art Fair at his high school.

Art Supplies

Maxx’s Landscape Portrait Art Equipment

Every year, Mrs. Watersmyth held her annual Art Fair at the Kinkorx High School where she was the high school art teacher. This year contained possibly her best talent ever. She had several very gifted students who were proudly displaying their best work. Each artist displayed one painting in the show. It was the artist’s own decision to choose a single painting that exemplified their unique artistic talent.

As a tenth grade artist, Maxx proudly stood next to his acrylic painting. On this painting, he used a direct painting technique to apply paint thickly, straight from the tube. This technique gave his landscape portrait an opaque appearance. He then used a sponge to further the application, creating a patterned effect.

The entire gymnasium displayed exciting works from not only Mrs. Watersmyth’s art class, but other area high schools art student’s work as well. It was a splendid show of student art. The area art teachers who had competing art students in the show were the judges.

It was time for the judging. There were five sought after ribbons. The teachers would award the coveted ribbons. Mrs. Watersmyth would serve as the chief judge. Due to the uneven number of judges, she also had the deciding vote. Ultimately, she could decide the winners.

The student artists stood proudly next to their single exhibit as the judging commenced. The teachers slowly made their way through the gymnasium. They carefully scrutinized each painting. They were judging on the overall talent of the artists and on the uniqueness of the painting. In addition, they were interested in how well the artists understood their subject.

Maxx’s anxieties were raging as he impatiently waited for his judging. His hands were sweaty and his face was perspiring. His anxious heart was racing as he waited.

The judges were slowly making their way around the large room. Previously, Mrs. Watersmyth had persuaded him to enter the exhibit. She thought he had real talent as a landscape artist. Since she was the lead judge, he fully expected to win a ribbon. He was inwardly exploding with anticipation.

The judges were slowly making their way down his row. He was bursting with expectation as he wondered. “Could I possibly win first prize?” The idea was enchanting as he anxiously anticipated.

His painting was next. He began to lose his grip. He rubbed his sweaty hands on his casual pants and he quickly and discretely wiped the flowing perspiration from his brow, as his heart raced.

The judges finally walked to his painting. They carefully examined it. They were very careful not to reveal any hints as to what they were thinking as they slowly judged his painting. His emotions were overpowering him as he stood helplessly and watched. His tense expectations were almost uncontrollable as he inwardly expected to receive an award.

The judges sauntered on to the next edgy artists. Maxx stood by his landscape portrait as he impatiently waited for the judges to finish their work. Inwardly, he was sure of a ribbon, maybe even first place. He already knew where he would be placing it in his room.

The judges ambled past the remaining artists one by one. They gave each painting equal time. Finally, they were finished with their evaluations. The esteemed judges walked to their table and began their difficult but very pleasurable decisions as the panicky artists waited in agony.

They entered their votes as to which artists won each of the five ribbons. They split their votes. That gave Mrs. Watersmyth the deciding vote on all five awards. For each ribbon, she had the deciding vote. One by one, she made her decisions.

She was down to the last ribbon. It was a tie between Maxx Zeqster’s acrylic landscape portrait and another students painting from Mr. Wittnex’s class. She would make the final choice.

The other judges were confident that she would choose her student over Mr. Wittnex’s art student. She had made the same choice on the previous tiebreakers that were between her students and theirs.

As she pondered her choice, her mind flashed back to the recent phone conversation that Maxx’s mother, Winox Zeqster, had with her. Mrs. Zeqster stated, “Maxx told me you encouraged him to enter the art contest. He has a tendency toward foolish ideas. He has already chosen his career. Make sure he isn’t distracted.” Because of her husband, Winox was very prominent and powerful in the community. Mrs. Watersmyth didn’t need the trouble that would follow if she ignored Winox Zeqster’s instructions.

She inwardly sorrowed as she stated, “Mr. Wittnex, I’ve decided the fifth place ribbon will be going to your student.

Mr. Wittnex was delighted and shocked. The other judges were irritated. The delighted Mr. Wittnex declared, “Let’s hand out the ribbons!”

Maxx’s heart raced with eager anticipation as he watched the judges, as they begin handing out the awards. He was very confident he would receive a ribbon, maybe even first place. After all, his acrylic landscape portrait was the best painting there.

As he watched, the judges, led by Mrs. Watersmyth, delivered the first place ribbon. It went to one of his fellow art students. He was somewhat disappointed.

He watched as the judges issued the second and third place ribbons. They also went to his fellow classmates. He was becoming inwardly upset.

As he watched, the judges issued the fourth place ribbon to another one of his classmates. He knew that he was a better artist than she was. His heart began to hurt. His eyes were attempting to tear.

His heart was racing with painful anxiety and his chest hurt as he watched with anticipation as Mr. Wittnex proudly issued the final ribbon to one of his students.

The ribbon awarding was over and he had not won a single award. His heart was broken. He was devastated. He felt that his painting was better than many of the winners. He wanted to cry, but he knew he could not. He valiantly fought back his tears. He quickly dismantled his art display as he shielded his teary eyes from his fellow artists. He quickly left the art show with his property as not to show his devastation.

That Same Night; He was having dinner with his parents. He was depressed as he ignored his food. He had no appetite.

His parents knew he just participated in an art contest. His mother noticed his depressed mood. “How was the art show?”

“I didn’t win any awards,” Maxx said depressingly.

Winox responded, “You’ve already decided to go to The University of Kinkorx to be a detective like your father. Not getting a ribbon was the best thing for you.”

Immediately he knew. “You told Mrs. Watersmyth to give the ribbons to other artists. Mom, I’m a better painter than they are. How could you?” He was angry and devastated.

His mother scowled at him. “You’ve already chosen your career. You don’t need any distractions right now.”

His anger and inner pain was raging. “You’ve determined my career choice. Maybe I don’t want to be a detective. What if I want to be an artist or an astronomer?” He was devastated. He quickly left the table and went to his room where he quietly began to cry.

At His Home In Bedsult; Maxx’s mind flashed back to reality. He was having a cup of tea as he remembered the painful art show from his youth. He shook his head at his naiveté when he was a child. “I should have known not to enter that art contest. At that time, I didn’t realize how limited my control was over my life or my future.” He smiled in astonishment at his innocence.

He sighed in an attempted to regain his focus. “Wesloff Qezerr, the manager of The Mesnuk Stadium Downtown never called. Now that I know Jen’s full name and last address, maybe he can give me more information. I’ll visit him again.” He nodded his head.    The excerpt ends.

This segment further defines Maxx’s character. A large part of his compassion as an adult is due to the pain he endured as a child and early adult.  Arguably, the reason he accepts a relationship with Art Nekuma, the Pirtt-Coterie, is due to his inner pain.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland.

Maxx Zeqster – The Student Artist

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Dear readers,

Thank you to everyone who took advantage of the free day and downloaded my novel, The Unthinkable Duo of Justice.  I hope you enjoy reading about Maxx Zeqster and Sesla; my fantasy planet in the Whirlpool Galaxy.

In this letter, I’m enclosing an excerpt from Maxx’s childhood. He’s a very gifted artist that receives enjoyment and healing from painting landscape portraits. The excerpt begins.***

Maxx Zeqster, the 10th grade art student at Kinkorx High School, proudly stood next to his picturesque landscape painting. He was excited to have an example of his work on display at the Art Fair at his high school.

Every year, Mrs. Watersmyth held her annual Art Fair at the Kinkorx High School where she was the high school art teacher. This year contained possibly her best talent ever. She had several very gifted students who were proudly displaying their best work. Each artist displayed one painting in the show. It was the artist’s own decision to choose a single painting that exemplified their unique artistic talent.

As a tenth grade artist, Maxx proudly stood next to his acrylic painting. On this painting, he used a direct painting technique to apply paint thickly, straight from the tube. This technique gave his landscape portrait an opaque appearance. He then used a sponge to further the application, creating a patterned effect.

The entire gymnasium displayed exciting works from not only Mrs. Watersmyth’s art class, but other area high schools art student’s work as well. It was a splendid show of student art. The area art teachers who had competing art students in the show were the judges.

It was time for the judging. There were five sought after ribbons. The teachers would award the coveted ribbons. Mrs. Watersmyth would serve as the chief judge. Due to the uneven number of judges, she also had the deciding vote. Ultimately, she could decide the winners.

The student artists stood proudly next to their single exhibit as the judging commenced. The teachers slowly made their way through the gymnasium. They carefully scrutinized each painting. They were judging on the overall talent of the artists and on the uniqueness of the painting. In addition, they were interested in how well the artists understood their subject.

Maxx’s anxieties were raging as he impatiently waited for his judging. His hands were sweaty and his face was perspiring. His anxious heart was racing as he waited.

The judges were slowly making their way around the large room. Previously, Mrs. Watersmyth had persuaded him to enter the exhibit. She thought he had real talent as a landscape artist. Since she was the lead judge, he fully expected to win a ribbon. He was inwardly exploding with anticipation.

The judges were slowly making their way down his row. He was bursting with expectation as he wondered. “Could I possibly win first prize?” The idea was enchanting as he anxiously anticipated.

His painting was next. He began to lose his grip. He rubbed his sweaty hands on his casual pants and he quickly and discretely wiped the flowing perspiration from his brow, as his heart raced.

The judges finally walked to his painting. They carefully examined it. They were very careful not to reveal any hints as to what they were thinking as they slowly judged his painting. His emotions were overpowering him as he stood helplessly and watched. His tense expectations were almost uncontrollable as he inwardly expected to receive an award.

The judges sauntered on to the next edgy artists. Maxx stood by his landscape portrait as he impatiently waited for the judges to finish their work. Inwardly, he was sure of a ribbon, maybe even first place. He already knew where he would be placing it in his room.

The judges ambled past the remaining artists one by one. They gave each painting equal time. Finally, they were finished with their evaluations. The esteemed judges walked to their table and began their difficult but very pleasurable decisions as the panicky artists waited in agony.

They entered their votes as to which artists won each of the five ribbons. They split their votes. That gave Mrs. Watersmyth the deciding vote on all five awards. For each ribbon, she had the deciding vote. One by one, she made her decisions.

She was down to the last ribbon. It was a tie between Maxx Zeqster’s acrylic landscape portrait and another students painting from Mr. Wittnex’s class. She would make the final choice.

The other judges were confident that she would choose her student over Mr. Wittnex’s art student. She had made the same choice on the previous tiebreakers that were between her students and theirs.

As she pondered her choice, her mind flashed back to the recent phone conversation that Maxx’s mother, Winox Zeqster, had with her. Mrs. Zeqster stated, “Maxx told me you encouraged him to enter the art contest. He has a tendency toward foolish ideas. He has already chosen his career. Make sure he isn’t distracted.” Because of her husband, Winox was very prominent and powerful in the community. Mrs. Watersmyth didn’t need the trouble that would follow if she ignored Winox Zeqster’s instructions.

She inwardly sorrowed as she stated, “Mr. Wittnex, I’ve decided the fifth place ribbon will be going to your student.

Mr. Wittnex was delighted and shocked. The other judges were irritated. The delighted Mr. Wittnex declared, “Let’s hand out the ribbons!”

Maxx’s heart raced with eager anticipation as he watched the judges, as they begin handing out the awards. He was very confident he would receive a ribbon, maybe even first place. After all, his acrylic landscape portrait was the best painting there.

As he watched, the judges, led by Mrs. Watersmyth, delivered the first place ribbon. It went to one of his fellow art students. He was somewhat disappointed.

He watched as the judges issued the second and third place ribbons. They also went to his fellow classmates. He was becoming inwardly upset.

As he watched, the judges issued the fourth place ribbon to another one of his classmates. He knew that he was a better artist than she was. His heart began to hurt. His eyes were attempting to tear.

His heart was racing with painful anxiety and his chest hurt as he watched with anticipation as Mr. Wittnex proudly issued the final ribbon to one of his students.

The ribbon awarding was over and he had not won a single award. His heart was broken. He was devastated. He felt that his painting was better than many of the winners. He wanted to cry, but he knew he could not. He valiantly fought back his tears. He quickly dismantled his art display as he shielded his teary eyes from his fellow artists. He quickly left the art show with his property as not to show his devastation.

That Same Night; He was having dinner with his parents. He was depressed as he ignored his food. He had no appetite.

His parents knew he just participated in an art contest. His mother noticed his depressed mood. “How was the art show?”

“I didn’t win any awards,” Maxx said depressingly.

Winox responded, “You’ve already decided to go to The University of Kinkorx to be a detective like your father. Not getting a ribbon was the best thing for you.”

Immediately he knew. “You told Mrs. Watersmyth to give the ribbons to other artists. Mom, I’m a better painter than they are. How could you?” He was angry and devastated.

His mother scowled at him. “You’ve already chosen your career. You don’t need any distractions right now.”

His anger and inner pain was raging. “You’ve determined my career choice. Maybe I don’t want to be a detective. What if I want to be an artist or an astronomer?” He was devastated. He quickly left the table and went to his room where he quietly began to cry.

At His Home In Bedsult; Maxx’s mind flashed back to reality. He was having a cup of tea as he remembered the painful art show from his youth. He shook his head at his naiveté when he was a child. “I should have known not to enter that art contest. At that time, I didn’t realize how limited my control was over my life or my future.” He smiled in astonishment at his innocence.

He sighed in an attempted to regain his focus. “Wesloff Qezerr, the manager of The Mesnuk Stadium Downtown never called. Now that I know Jen’s full name and last address, maybe he can give me more information. I’ll visit him again.” He nodded his head.    The excerpt ends.***

This segment further defines Maxx’s character. A large part of his compassion as an adult is due to the pain he endured as a child and early adult.  Arguably, the reason he accepts a relationship with Art Nekuma, the Pirtt-Coterie, is due to his inner pain.

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May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland.

Star Trek – Into Darkness – Movie Review

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Dear Star Trek Fans,

I saw the latest Star Trek movie. Its another masterpiece. The back story about Khan is brilliant.

Star Trek into DarknessThe movie begins on Nibiru—a class M planet. Jim Kirk and McCoy are running from the angry natives. “Kirk to Shuttle One. Spock, neutralize the volcano and let’s get out of here.”

Spock is lowered into the volcano. The cable breaks and he lands on a floating stone in the lava. The Enterprise is hiding on the ocean floor.

Jim Kirk and McCoy on Nibiru

Kirk and  McCoy on Nibiru

Spock ignites the cold fusion device to freeze the erupting volcano, thus saving a civilization, then prepares to die—due to being trapped.

The Enterprise rises up from the water, as the natives watch. Mr. Scott beams Spock aboard as the cold fusion device explodes. The lave is frozen, stopping the eruption, saving the civilization that barely discovered the wheel. Kirk violated the Prime Directive.

London 2259.55 – A Star Fleet officer’s daughter is dying. Khan tells him he can save her. Khan makes a serum to cure the dying girl.

At Star Fleet HQ. For violating the Prime Directive, Kirk is stripped of his chair. Admiral Pike is ordered to take over the Enterprise as captain. Kirk is going back to the academy.

London- The medication works. The girl is saved. Her father blows up a Star Fleet data archive as payment for the drug.

Spock is transferred to the U.S.S. Bradbury. Kirk is Pike’s First Officer. Admiral Pike convinced Admiral Marcus that Kirk deserves a second chance.

Kirk informs Spock of the demotion. “You stabbed me in the back with your report, Spock,” Kirk says while on his way to an Emergency session, Daystrom. Spock meets Frank Abbot, U.S.S. Bradbury, Captain.

Admiral Marcus addresses the Emergency session

Admiral Marcus addresses the Emergency session

Admiral Marcus addresses the Emergency session. “In London, a Star Fleet data archive was bombed. 42 men and women are dead. One hour ago, in a message from a Star Fleet officer. The officer confessed to the bombing. He was forced to do so by John Harrison, another  Star Fleet officer. John Harrison has just declared a one-man war against Star Fleet. Under no circumstance are we to allow this man to escape Federation space. The man hunt is on.”

Kirk asked, “It doesn’t seem odd to you that he’d target an archive, a library?” John Harrison bombed the archive to gather the Star Fleet officers together in that room. It was procedure.

Seconds later, Harrison attacks the officers using a hover-craft chopper. Pike is killed while Kirk disables the chopper. Harrison survives the crash and is beamed to safety.

Mr. Scott learns that Harrison used a portable transwarp beaming device. He beamed to Kronos – the Klingon homeworld. He’s taken refuge in the Ketha Province, an uninhabited region for decades.

Later, Admiral Marcus says, “London wasn’t an archive. It was a top-secret branch of Star Fleet, designated Section 31.They were developing defense technology and training our officers to gather intelligence on the Klingons and any other enemy. John Harrison was a top agent. 31 developed a new photon torpedo. Long range and untraceable. Invisible to Klingon sensors.”

Marcus orders, “Kirk, You park on the edge of the Neutral Zone, you lock onto Harrison’s position, you fire, you kill him and you haul ass.”

Kirk replies, “Permission to reinstate Mr. Spock as my First Officer.”

Mr. Scott – Chief Engineering Officer

“Granted,” Marcus agrees.

Science Officer Wallace is assigned to the Enterprise by Admiral Marcus. Lieutenant Carol Wallace. Doctorate in applied physics, specializing in advanced weaponry.

On board the Enterprise, Mr. Scott refuses to sign the receipt for 72 photon torpedoes. “Not without specs,” Scotty says. “I have a warp core to prime.”

Mr. Scott refuses to sign for the torpedoes. “Star Fleet confiscated my transwarp equation. Harrison used it to hop across the galaxy.”

“Sign for the torpedoes Mr. Scott, that’s an order,” Kirk says.

“I resign my duties,” Mr. Scott replies. “Jim, for the Love of God! Do not use those torpedoes.”

Kirk promotes Mr. Chekov to Chief Engineering Officer. “Go put on a red suit.”

Mr. Chekov to Chief Engineering Officer

As they are warping to the Klingon homeworld, Spock learns of Lieutenant Wallace’s identity. She’s Admiral Marcus’ daughter.

Later, Kirk, Spock, and team are in a shuttle to the Ketha Providence. We see Praxis, the Klingon moon that exploded years ago. Mr. Spock believes he located John Harrison.

“Attention John Harrison. This is Captain Hikaru Sulu of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Surrender or be obliterated. If you test me, you will fail.”

On Kronos, the team zooms to Harrison’s location. They’re attacked by a D-4 class Klingon vessel. They land and are attacked by Klingons.

John Harrison kills all the Klingons then surrenders to Kirk.

My name is Khan!

Harrison is taken on board the Enterprise. He gives the coordinates, “23-17-46-11” to Kirk. He tells Kirk to open one of the 72 torpedoes.

Upon opening, they discover someone sleeping inside. Bones says, “The torpedo is refrofitted to hide a cryo tube. The person frozen inside is 300 years old. All 72 torpedoes have someone inside. The cryo tubes are ancient.

John Harrison says, “My name is Khan. I am genetically engineered to be superior in every way. We were exiled from Earth.”

Admiral Marcus used Khan to create weapons. He appears in a huge star ship. “I want Khan.”

Kirk orders, “Warp speed to earth.” As the Enterprise warps toward Earth, Marcus catches them and open fires. Mr. Scott is aboard Marcus’ ship. He disables the weapons.

Kirk and Khan sail through space, in suits, to Marcus’ ship. Mr. Scott opens the space hatch.

Young Spock talks to old Spock. “Khan Noonien Singh was the most dangerous adversary the Enterprise ever faced. He is brilliant and ruthless. He will not hesitate to kill your entire crew for his gain,” Old Spock says.

Young Spock asked, “Did you defeat him?”

“At Great Costs. Yes,” Old Spock replies.

Khan kills Admiral Marcus

On Marcus’ ship, Khan kills Admiral Marcus. He crushes his skull with his hands. Khan says to Spock, “Your crew for my crew. Spock, give me my crew. Lower your shields. I will kill you and your entire crew if you don’t give me my crew. I will turn off your life supports and step over your corpses to retrieve my crew.”

Spock lowers the shields and gives Khan all 72 torpedoes. Khan beams his sleeping crew aboard Marcus’ ship then open fires on the Enterprise.

Mr. Spock armed the torpedoes. They explode on board Khan’s ship. Spock and McCoy previously removed the sleeping people from the torpedoes. Khan’s crew was safely aboard the Enterprise. All Khan received was the empty tubes.

Due to the attack, the Enterprise is powerless and falls into Earth’s orbit. Kirk climbs into the radioactive chamber and realigns the core—restoring power. The ship is saved while Kirk dies from radiation poisoning. As Kirk dies, Spock yells, “Khan!”

Khan flees to earth. He crashes his star ship into Star Fleet headquarters.  Spock follows. He beams down to coordinates, “3517 by 2598.” Khan and Spock, the two super beings, race through the streets of San Francisco, 2259.55. They battle.

On board the Enterprise, Bones yells, “Get me a cryo tube, now!” He puts Kirk’s body in cryogenic freeze.

Spock and Uhura capture Khan and bring him back to the Enterprise.

Khan and Spock battle in San Francisco

Two weeks later, Kirk wakes in sick bay. McCoy gave him a transfusion of Khan’s super-blood. Bones synthesized a serum from Khan’s blood and brought him back from the dead. Spock, Uhura, and Bones saved Kirk’s life.

Spock put Khan back into cryogenic freeze with his crew.

Enterprise begins Five-year mission

The Enterprise begins a five-year mission to seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before.
The movie ends.

This was an awesome movie. The actors gave all-star performances as always. I think it’s terrific when young Spock gets advice from old Spock.

Sesla isn’t the only civilization that’s experimenting with genetic code manipulation. It appears, Khan Noonien Singh is a very dangerous result of genetic engineering on Earth, several centuries prior to this futuristic movie.

In my fantasy fiction world, Sesla, the crazy scientists at Qashlet lab are busy creating their version of mutants. You can learn more about Qashlet lab and the frightening experiments there, on my Sesla blog at https://jairelandsesla.wordpress.com/

Until we talk again,

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

 

The Hunger Games – Movie Review

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Dear readers,

I watched the smash hit, Hunger Games. Here’s my review of this unsettling, futuristic, movie that is made in North America—in the future.

The Hunger GamesThe movie begins, “From the Treaty of the Treason in penance for their uprising, each district shall offer up a male and female between the ages of 12 and 18 at a public, Reaping. These Tributes shall be delivered to the custody of The Capitol. And then transferred to a public arena where they will fight to the death, until a lone victor remains. Henceforth and forevermore this pageant shall be known as The Hunger Games.”

District 12- Primrose Everdeen wakes from a nightmare. It’s her first year in the Reaping. It’s Reaping Day and her names only in once. Miners are going to work as Katniss Everdeen runs to the forest. She meets Gale in the woods while hunting.

The movie switches to the Hall of Justice. The area is being prepared for the Reaping.

Gale and Katniss share a piece of bread in the woods. He says, “Happy Hunger Games.” She adds, “And may the odds be ever in your favor.” Gale’s name is in the reaping 42 times.

Gale and Katniss

Gale and Katniss

Later, Katniss is trading. She likes a Mockingjay. The merchant gives her the pin.

Later everyone is bathing and putting on nice clothing for the Reaping. Katniss gives Prim the Mockingjay pin. “This will bring you good luck, little duck.”

The young people gather at Hall of Justice for The Reaping. They get their blood checked for identification.

The Reaping begins. It starts with a film from The Capitol. “War. Terrible war. Widows, orphans, a motherless child. This was the uprising that rocked our land. Thirteen districts rebelled against the country that fed them, loved then, protected them. Brother turned on brother until nothing remained…

Primrose Everdeen is chosen from district 12. “I volunteer! I volunteer!” Katniss Everdeen screams. She is the girls volunteer from district 12. The audience gives her the hand signal for respect and admiration. Peeta Mellard is chosen for the boys.

The Reaping

The Reaping

Katniss and Peeta are given three minutes to say goodbye to their families and friends.

They travel by deluxe, high speed rail to The Capital at 200 miles per hour. The journey takes less than two days. While riding, Katniss and Peeta receive advice from Haymitch Abernathy, a former winner of the Hunger Games from district 12.

The Tributes arrive at The Capitol – they’re celebrities. They begin the preparation process. Katniss meets Cinna.

Later, the Tribute Parade begins. 100,000 people watch the parade. Katniss and Peeta are wearing flaming suits. President Snow is there. “Welcome. We solute your courage and sacrifice. And we wish you. Happy Hunger Games. And may the odds be ever in your favor.”

Tribute Parade

Tribute Parade

Later, Katniss and Peeta get the penthouse. They begin the training. “In two weeks, 23 of you will be dead. Only one of you will be alive. The training lasts for four days. Most of you will die from exposure.” The Tributes are scored. Katniss receives the high score of eleven.

The last day of the training, Caesar Flickerman welcomes everyone to the 74th Annual Hunger Games. He interviews all the Tributes. Katniss is “The Girl on Fire.” She spins on stage as fire flies from her dress.

The Hunger Games begin. The young girls and boys start savagely killing each other. The cannon sounds. Twelve are dead. Katniss flees and survives the first killing.

Later, the heartless Gamemaker uses fire to steer Katniss back to the others. Later, to save herself from a group that’s trying to kill her, she cuts a limb and drops a nest of tracker jackets, genetically engineered wasps, on them. The wasps sting Katniss but kill another girl.

Katniss becomes sick and is unconscious for two days. Rue takes care of her. Soon, Rue is killed. She dies while Katniss holds her. At her home, her father is watching on the town square screen and starts a riot.

An announcement comes over the loud speakers. “Two can win if from the same district.” Katniss finds Peeta. They hide in a cave until Peeta recovers from his injury, due to the medication she gets for him.

Katniss in the forest

Katniss in the forest

The Gamemaker sends high-tech, demon dogs to attack Katniss and Peeta. They survive and are the last two Tributes. The Gamemaker changes the rules and forces one to kill the other. Katniss tricks the Gamemaker into letting them both win. Katniss and Peeta win the Hunger games.

They travel back to their home as celebrities.

President Snow and the Gamemaker are angry at Katniss for out smarting them. The movie ends.

The Hunger Games is a movie about government control and abuse. It was well written and the actors were very good. I hope you’ve liked my review.

Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland