Paul Walker has been described as a guy who had one leg in and the other leg out of show business. Someone to whom acting was more a means to an end than his one and true passion. Therefore, it's quite fitting that apart from his iconic portrayal of Brian O'Conner in the Fast and Furious franchise, he does seem to remembered more for the many great roles he had off-screen, like the founder of Reach Out Worldwide, car lover and a professional racer, nature enthusiast, martial arts practitioner or—from what I've read—an all around decent bloke.
So, Relapse happened about a decade ago. And I say "happened" because that honestly felt like the best way to sum up the general perception towards this album. A comeback EP from an artist whose list of people he had pissed off was only surpassed by the ones he had inspired, it was neither the return of the blonde haired controversy machine from the early '00s nor was it quite the emergence of a matured and more reflective version of him we got a year later. Instead, it was just...
With all due respect to the great Mako Tsunami, this is probably one of the most inconsequential episodes in the entire series. Well into the first arc's "Pokemon phase" of meeting the foe of the day while hiking around Pegasus' island, there's virtually no character development, or plot progression to be found here. It's the show at its most harmless and it's no wonder that Little Kuriboh never did a full parody of this episode, as it does a fine job of parodying itself as it is.
When one thinks of the most epic cinematic sagas in history, chances are that the first ones that come to mind are the huge and meticulously crafted universes brimming with rich source material such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of The Rings, or the MCU. And then next to them sits Dominic Toretto and his Fast & Furious family.
A wise man once said that your focus determines your reality. And well, to me, it actually rings the most true in regards to the very movie it came from in form of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Simply put, I've gone from loving it unconditionally as a kid to being more than a fair bit conflicted with it during the emergence of in depth YouTube reviews, to eventually making peace with it it's flaws and loving it for it's amazing world-building, technical prowess, and some truly memorable scenes. However, in recent years, I've also come around on many of its flaws.