Jack’s Bad Movies: The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power (2015)

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When he is betrayed by a trusted friend, Mathayus (Victor Webster) must marshal all his strength and cunning to outwit a formidable opponent who will stop at nothing to unlock a supreme ancient power.

My only previous experience with the Scorpion King was in The Mummy Returns. I’ve been absent from the franchise, until now. The movie opens with some guards, guarding something, and then Drazen (Will Kemp) shows up in a panic and says he is being pursued by the Scorpion King, who ends up being Mathayus (Victor Webster). Although they occasionally call him by this title, it isn’t clear to me why he is known as the Scorpion King. They defeat four guards and then enter the temple? and Indiana Jones style try to steal some object. They get trapped by a cage, and then the same four guards come into the place and they fight them again. I was under the impression they had killed those guys outside, but I guess not. In fact, this movie goes out of its way to make sure that very few people actually get killed in these battles. This movie is nothing if not extremely predictable. For most of the movie I would casually remark ‘I’ll bet this happens next’ and it did.

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Favorite Question and Answers from First Quarter 2021

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Top Question:

The highest voted question was Was there ever any actual Spaceballs merchandise? asked by Rober Columbia and answered by Henning Kockerbeck.


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Top Answer:

The question with the highest voted answer was Why was the Balrog beneath Moria? asked by Shade and answered by Yaroslav Kornachevskyi.


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Most Viewed:

The question with the most views was Is Harry Potter the only student with glasses? asked by Shade and answered by TheLethalCarrot. 


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Controversial: 

The most controversial post seems to be question seems to be Who designed the Emperor’s chair from “Return of the Jedi”? with 11 up-votes and 8 down-votes. 

Bounties:

Altruism is on the decline, with only 2075 rep awarded over 17 bounties. 

Blog Posts:

March

The Alpha Protocol

Rapid Fire Book Reviews

Giants Series

February

Favorite Questions and Answers from Fourth Quarter 2020

January

SFF Stack Exchange is starting topic challenges

Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange 10th Anniversary

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Topic challenges

The first quarter of 2021 saw the start of SFF.SE’s topic challenge program, with three topic challenges completed during this quarter: Isaac Asimov, Hal Clement, and Cornelia Funke.


Underappreciated posts

New user ferjsoto42yahoocom posted a number of questions and answers about Lewis Carroll’s Alice books during March 2021. Most of them were heavily downvoted, for some reason, but I enjoyed learning interesting things from some deep Q&A about a classic of fantasy literature which has been under-appreciated on this site. Favourites include:

I found it very sad that so many interesting Q&A were so poorly received on this site. The SFF community has historically had something of an aversion to self-answers, although they’re explicitly allowed by policy, but surely this is an excellent way for an expert in a particular work of sci-fi/fantasy to share their interesting knowledge with us?


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I quite liked this one. Like my Matrix animals answer, it required a deep dive into the Harry Potter films and a frame-by-frame (if you’ll excuse the pun) analysis of the characters who appear in the backgrounds.

Is Harry Potter the only student with glasses?

It also had some great answers (from TheLethalCarrot and MBEllis) that focused on the books and the video games.

The Alpha Protocol

Alpha Protocol cover

Naval Officer Jack Samson thought a posting to the frontier of human inhabited space was the death blow to his career. He couldn’t have been more wrong. A routine inspection of a small merchant vessel leads to devastating loss and the discovery of strange, fascinating objects. As astonishing discoveries unfold, a mysterious and hostile ship proves that Samson has a competitor in unlocking the secrets of an ancient alien civilisation, and that humanity might not be alone in the galaxy after all.

This is one of those rare times that Amazon Kindle recommends something to me that ends up being good.  Written by Duncan M. Hamilton, this appears to be his first science fiction book. The antagonist, Jack Samson, and his crewmates make for an interesting hodgepodge of characters as they are thrust in a series of crisis. The book bears some similarities to the TV show Firefly. Primarily that you are on the edge of space colonization and things are a lot more cowboy than lawful. Although Jack being part of the Terran Union places him on the other side of where we would often see the characters from that show. The major plot components are completely different. 

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Giants Series

The original three books of the five book Giants series are a pretty good read. Unfortunately, the time lag between book three and four (ten years), and then the even greater lag between book four and five (fourteen years), make those last two books seem detached from the original trilogy. 

I purchased the books as ebooks, and they come as “The Two Moons ( Inherit the Stars and The Gentle Giants of Ganymede), The Two Worlds (Giant’s Star and Entoverse), and then the third/fifth is Mission to Minerva
Confusing when I went to buy. “Get all 3 books in this 5 book series!”

The first two books ( Inherit the Stars and The Gentle Giants of Ganymede) are the most enjoyable, as they are kind of told as scientific mysteries. Inherit the Stars, published in 1977, has this description: 

The man on the moon was dead. They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair, and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn’t know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him. All they knew was that his corpse was fifty thousand years old — and that meant this man had somehow lived long before he ever could have existed.

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