Smallville Review

Smallville is a 2001 superhero action drama television series developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, starring Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, John Glover, and Erica Durance.  The story tells the tale of a teenage Clark Kent who must deal with a variety of individuals given powers by the green rocks called Kryptonite, keep his powers a secret, cope with his friendship with a young Lex Luthor, and balance the two girls in his…

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Code: Veronica (Resident Evil #6) Review

Code: Veronica (Resident Evil #6) is a 2001 horror novel written by S. D. Perry, published by Pocket Books.  Serving as the sixth installment in the Resident Evil book series as well as the novelization of Code: Veronica, the story follows Claire Redfield who searches for her brother Chris, who gets kidnapped and sent to Rockfort Island, where a mad scientist has unleashed the T-virus. Positives: Good characters Good writing Good suspense Interesting antagonist Good pacing Negatives: Flat antagonists Typical Resident Evil formula Plot: While trying to find her brother,…

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Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor Review

Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor is a 2001 fantasy novel written by Carrie Bebris, published by Wizards of the Coast.  Based on the D&D computer game of the same name, the story follows four unlikely heroes who are sent to Myth Drannor to stop a dracolich and his sorcerer queen who have seized control of the Mythal, from attempting to taking over the region. Positives: Good characters Good story Clever dialogue Great writing Negatives: Cliche villain Too simple a story Unnecessary side stories Plot: The story is pretty…

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Review

  The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, and Sean Astin.  It is the first installment in The Lord of the Rings series, and follows hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) who comes into possession of the One Ring and joins a band of eight companions who form the Fellowship of the Ring to journey to Mount Doom in the land of Mordor, the only place where…

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Final Fantasy X Review

Final Fantasy X is a 2001 science fantasy role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix, released for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows.  It is the tenth installment of the Final Fantasy series and is set in the fantasy world of Spira, the game’s story revolves around Tidus, an athlete star of the fictional sport known as blitzball, who finds himself in the world Spira after his home city of Zanarkand is destroyed by a rampaging monster known as Sin. Shortly after arriving…

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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Review

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is a 2001 computer-animated science fiction film directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, voices include Ming-Na Wen, Alec Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, James Woods, Ving Rhames, Peri Gilpin, and Steve Buscemi.  Loosely based on the game series Final Fantasy, the story follows scientist Aki Ross and soldier Gray Edwards as they race to save humanity from a mysterious and deadly alien race known as Phantoms who have driven humanity to the brink of extinction. Positives: Terrific voice performances Terrific visuals Great score Interesting characters Negatives: Slow paced plot…

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Halo: Combat Evolved Review

Halo: Combat Evolved is a 2001 first-person shooter video game that was developed by Bungie Studios and released for the Xbox, Xbox 360, and PC. It is the first game in the Halo franchise and details the story of a super soldier named the Master Chief and his A.I. companion, Cortana, as they explore the artificial ringworld called Halo while combating the Covenant, a group of aliens bent on mankind’s destruction. Positives: Extensive campaign Great voice performances Great soundtrack Competitive multiplayer  Interesting story Negatives: Dated graphics Linear campaign Campaign:  Features…

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