When I was attending The Evergreen State College, there was a decrepit second-run theater in the middle of downtown, which showed whatever detritus it could get its hands on. Its business model of showing utter crap probably would have doomed it to failure (even at a buck a ticket), were it not serendipitously stationed immediately next door to the best alehouse the city had to offer. And so, what would inevitably happen, is that chumps like me would get liquored up on Olympia, to the point where seeing "The Three Ninjas" sounded like a swell idea.
Once the theater was showing a film called "Gate VII", and my drinking buddy Jay would not shut up about it. "Gate 7!!" he exclaimed between gulps of pilsner. "How can a movie series get up to seven without me never hearing about it?! We have got to check this one out."
I resisted of course, but eventually I consumed enough brew (and ran out of quarters for the Tetris machine) to consent to check out this modern marvel of cinematography
Anyway, long story short: if you get 6/7 through a septology without even knowing of the existence of a series, best to just let sleeping dogs lie. Not that I'd know. I spent at least 80 of the 90 minute running time in the bathroom, divesting myself of the staggering quantities of beer I'd needed to walk in the door. The opening credits had some mildly ominous music, I'll give it that.
Anyway. Sockhunter II!!
With this volley, Adam literally pulls out the big guns, and puts Oleg in crosshairs. Each contestant has but one more layer after this, and in a match this tight the final blows will count the most.
Play by play commentary for this match is provided, as it happens, by Matthew Baldwin.
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