The good, the bad and the ugly of the past week (21 April 2017)

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In a few short hours, it will be the end of the work day and the start of the weekend. For me, it will be the start of a much needed holiday. That’s right, I’m going to love and leave you all for a week and head off to the Mother City. I have lived in South Africa for almost a decade and have been to Durban, Bloemfontein and even the Knysna area (as well as the Kruger, obviously) but never made it to Cape Town. We will be having a bit of a get together next Friday, too, so I’m looking forward to meeting all your hipster faces next week. Meanwhile, here’s the news you might have missed this week.

Best Stories

I have a very old, signed copy of American Gods. It is one of my favourite books, and the novel that cemented Neil Gaiman as one of my favourite authors Thankfully, the series adaptation sound phenomenal.

I recently got to watch Rogue One on Blu-Ray, and I was most distressed by the CGI monsters they made of certain actors. That’s why I’m very glad to hear that the late (and amazing) Carrie Fisher won’t be in Star Wars: Episode IX. But she did manage to help tweak The Last Jedi script before she died.

Worst Stories

We never really had privacy, but the information age has made us even more exposed. I like to think that when I put on headphones I can at least pretend to retreat into my own head, but Bose has burst that bubble, too, as apparently they are selling listening habit information. Gross.

I thought I’d heard it all, but for JVC and Telefunken TV distributor to claim that you can’t see the difference between Full HD and HD Ready? GITFS.

Random Stories

I have heard some amazing critiques of Disney’s Aladdin, often focused around how Robin Williams’ portrayal of the genie is indicative of American colonialism in the Middle East. Yes, I follow some intriguing critics. But that portrayal still defines the genie for most of us, which is why the idea of Will Smith being cast in the role for the live action adaptation is just so very strange. Suppose it’s time for us to bop along to his rap version of Fresh Genie of Aggrabah.

I love to listen to hard rock, but now there seems to be a fitting speaker for such tunes – this speaker is made out of concrete.

Reviews, Editorials and Features

Every secret and clue in the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi
LG G6 review – LG’s best phone in years
Mr Shifty review – a super-powered brawler that runs out of ideas
ASUS ROG STRIX Z270G GAMING: Gene-etically Modified
Denon HEOS HS2 Multi Room Audio System review– Multi room audio bliss
Nacon GM-105 Mouse review – Barebones features that fail to excite
Xbox One S: The evolution of the Xbox One
Why is CS:GO getting all the love?
FanCon 2017 – How Cape Town got its own major comic book convention
Here’s every song on Guardians of the Galaxy’s Awesome Mix Vol.2
Fallen Review (DVD) – An eye-rollingly unoriginal Twilight knock-off

Header Image of the Week


Thanks Darryn. You are single handedly keeping this category alive!

Comment of the Week

This comment was technically from last week, but as we didn’t do a weekly wrap during the long weekend, here is the winner who triumphed over two weeks of commenting. Well done Lu with your comment on Jou Romeo:

“Ek like jou”
“Ek like jou ook, maar eks ‘n De Villiers, en jys ‘n Van Der Merwe”
“Dit suck. Ek pleeg soommer selfmoord” *kills self, but not really*
“Wel ek wil nie single wees nie” *Kills self*
“Oh kak.” *Really kills self*
*Sad Bobby van Jaarsveld song plays*

Bonus Content

Darryn, where do you find these things?

Thanks to random chat, we were reminded of this… which is still brilliant.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Critical Hit as an organisation.

Last Updated: April 21, 2017

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

  • This is comment number 10 000…I have no idea what to do with it. So I will just bait some people like I usually do.

    SOCO is REAL whiskey!

    Empyrion has bad textures!

    Trevor can’t braai steak!

    DC > Marvel!

    Hello Niel 😉

    Ubisoft is not a AAA developer!

    Fluttershy is best pony!

    Mince is dog food!

    also… thanks Hammer for all the upvotes o/

    And what would a post from me be without my fabulous cat gif.

    • Captain JJ

      You started off upsetting me, but it really just got better from there….and then you lost me right at the end again with the mince thing XD

      • I started to forget some of the past “debates” with everyone…We do it two much

        • MonsterCheddar


    • MonsterCheddar
      • Thanks Melrose

        • MonsterCheddar

          Anytime Ottertotter. XD

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I’ve won comment of the week more times than you. HAH.

      • Captain JJ

        Which one are you again?

      • MonsterCheddar

        Yes but you started commenting when the Pharaoh’s reviewed the newest pyramid scheme.

        And Otto is only 12.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Winning is winning.

      • miaau

        No, you have been granted comment of the week more times than Ottokie.

        I wonder how many you have won? Anybody here know?

        Sigh, Hey, Alien, no an attack, just my weird sense of purpose here.

        But seriously now, how many times do you think you have won comment of the week?

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Somewhere between 15 & 20 I think.

        • Once!

      • you hold on to that, it’s all you have!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I’ll hold on tight with my manly hands.

        • Captain JJ


    • miaau

      Um, well done, I suppose?

      What do you get for someone with 10 000 comments?

      A card, a piece of cake and a mention in the internet rule book?

      • I get cake? O.o

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Yes, but you have to fetch it… and it’s on the other side of the N2.

          • Well fook.

          • Captain JJ

            Mince cake

          • You sick bastid

          • Captain JJ

            It’s called lasagne! 🙂

          • miaau

            Nice cake!

          • Captain JJ

            Just had some for lunch actually 🙂

          • miaau

            Well, my wife says (I really asked her) that she will not bake a cake NOW, as we are going away this weekend and she is busy packing, with kids loitering. She asks if next week is ok? She makes a killer sugar free carrot cake, for example.

            Pretoria too far for a cake?

          • Nope, and the older I got the more I appreciate a good carrot cake over any chocolate cake.

          • miaau

            Yeah, my wife says no to the cake……

            I really, really tried. She says I can ASK her next week. She will not bake a cake for at least the next few weeks.

            Dammit, now I want Carrot Cake, diabetic style.

          • Original Heretic

            Carrot Cake is awesome cake.
            I can make a killer Carrot and Banana Cake that always comes out awesome.

      • Captain JJ

        Proof that you hate your job methinks.

    • Admiral Chief


  • Captain JJ

    There’s going to be a get together in our fair Town?

    • MonsterCheddar

      News to my ears as well. Must be invite only.

      • Zoe Hawkins

        Trying to organize something, but picking a place is apparently more complicated than I imagined….

        • MonsterCheddar

          It always is. Problem is everyone lives far from one another.

          Sure you guys will come up with something. Trev should know all the nice places.

          • Trev goes outside the house? pfffHAHAHAHAHA

          • Captain JJ

            Well, let’s be honest Cheddar. In the Westernous Republic if it’s farther than 30km, it’s too far. XD

          • MonsterCheddar

            Too true.

          • miaau

            Yeah, except for shopping malls. I am used to shops close by me in Pretoria, then in Cape Town my brother in law, for example, says let us go quick, it nearby. 5km. Not nearby at all.

          • Original Heretic

            At least in PE we just about drive to the other side of town and it’s still only 5km.

          • Captain JJ

            Where does he live, the Southern Suburbs? I have four shops within 1km of me.

          • miaau

            Well, one cousin in Sunset Beach, that was a few km from the house.

            and my brother in law lived in Kuils riveier, loads of houses and town house complex’s around, but not much else, had to drive.

          • Captain JJ

            Ah. Yea, I think they’ve expanded in Kuils River a lot recently.

          • HvR

            That crazy place where no one can drive went from one corner shop to 4 malls and a Makro

          • Original Heretic

            Don’t forget about the Eastern Cape. 30km away is, quite literally, one town over!

        • Captain JJ

          Blame Rince. We all do.

        • Captain JJ

          I get to meet Darryn! Oh, yea and you too 😛

  • Lu


  • Matthew Figueira


  • Matthew Figueira

    Oh and enjoy CPT Z 😀

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