After a month of collecting all my thoughts and emotions toward Kingdom Hearts 3, I present to you: MY SPOILER REVIEW AND DISCUSSION!

A lot of work and thought went into this video and I’m really glad I was able to get my thoughts into a not-so-concise review. This game was the end of one journey and the beginning of another. It was amazing. It has so much meaning to me and to many. My review is unbiased and honest. Please stick with me and hear what I have to say about Kingdom Hearts 3!

Intro: (00:00:00)-(00:03:12)

Beginning of Game: (00:03:12)-(00:09:46)

Olympus: (00:09:46)-(00:13:39)

Gummi-Ships: (00:13:39)-(00:15:57)

Music: (00:15:57)-(00:18:29)

TWTWN, Remy’s Bistrot & 100 Acre Wood: (00:18:29)-(00:22:55)

Toy Box & Kingdom of Corona: (00:22:55)-(00:27:42)

Monstropolis & Arendelle: (00:27:42)-(00:32:25)

The Caribbean & San Fransokyo: (00:32:25)-(00:38:32)




Aqua Portion/Saving Ven: (00:39:07)-(00:42:46)

Attraction Flow and Why it Sucks: (00:42:46)-(00:45:21)

The Final World: (00:45:21)-(00:48:56)

The Keyblade Graveyard & Kairi Rant: (00:48:56)-(00:52:41)

Scala Ad Caelum: (00:52:41)-(00:54:44)

Overall Story thoughts + Secret Movie: (00:54:44)-(01:00:19)

Post-Game Content and Longevity: (01:00:19)-(01:03:54)

Will there be a Final Mix?: (01:03:54)-(01:05:58)

MY VERDICT ON KH3: (01:05:58)-(01:07:33)

BIG FINISH: (01:07:33)-END


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1/18 & 1/19

(Play this while reading this blog. It’s going to be sentimental.)

Friday and Saturday were my last two days at the Missourian. It’s a very strange moment.

This last month has flown by quicker than I ever thought it would. You can go back and read previous blogs to find that I wasn’t necessarily looking forward to this break. After the break, I’m going to miss the work that I’ve done and the people I’ve worked with.

I didn’t have a great experience with the Missourian before and I take blame for that. After this month, I worked with so many people and expanded my range of writing to include more than just sports.

This month has become a very important piece in my story. The experiences I had and the opportunities to succeed were unmatched and I’ll never forget this month. Thanks to all that made it special!

Now, all of Friday, I wrote up most of this NL Central Preview. I think it’s fitting that my last story is a pro baseball one. I’m really glad I got to cover a Cardinals event on Saturday because it put me in my comfort zone.

I think my future lies in baseball media. The opportunity Michael offered to cover this event helped enhance my future hopes.

It’s the dead of winter and I got to write about pro baseball. I got way too excited and wrote a 1500 word behemoth. But, that’s just how much it means to me to write about the sport.

After my internship with the Red Sox, this story helped push me further into the thought process that I belong in baseball.

Also, during this event, a kid tapped me on the leg. He knew I worked at the Missourian because he saw my press badge and name.

He said I’m his favorite sportswriter and he reads my articles all the time. That was the coolest thing that ever happened to me. It made everything I’ve done mean so much more. I’ll never forget that.

Ooh, this month has also expedited the waiting process for Kingdom Hearts III. This game that I’ve waited for for 13 years comes out in 8 days. It was supposed to be the reward at the end of my time with the Missourian.

KH3 acts as a trophy in itself, but the experiences I’ve had and the friends I’ve made are something that will stick with me forever.

I could go on forever so, I’ll wrap it up with this: Thank you.

1/16 & 1/17

Not much happened Wednesday. It was a very dry day that only saw these little tidbits of football updates. Other than that, Michael and I just talked baseball for a majority of the day.

I was supposed to do the local briefs for nightside, but we realized that the schedule we had wasn’t “Snowmageddon” updated and the games I was going to chase down got moved to Thursday night. So let’s check in on that, huh?

Thursday was kind of more of the same. After writing the Spring game brief, it was back to scanning the Twitter waves for anything that I could write about. After more baseball talk with Michael, he sent me home for the afternoon with the intention of having me do the Local Roundup later.

On my walk home, Barry Odom hired two new coaches for the football team. Timing: magnificent. I jogged home and typed up the story on both. Luckily, we got a release too so I was able to pull some quotes and info about the coaches without deep Googling.

That night, the local roundup was the easiest it’s ever been. Each team in the roundup is very active on their twitter accounts, so the information was all easy to find. It didn’t take me more than 40 minutes or so to put the whole thing together. Thank God for active Twitter feeds for local sports teams.

1/14 & 1/15

Monday began my last week as a reporter for a while. Getting to begin my final week with football leads was bittersweet because football’s what started me on this brief, 4-week journey that’s already coming to a close.

I spent most of Monday chasing down this lead. It was all over Twitter with DeArmond on top of it but I was calling people in Mizzou and Oklahoma’s athletic offices to find anything but nobody was budging. Given how nobody was budging, it was apparent that something was definitely going down.

It was cool to contact more than just Mizzou’s athletic department but I found out that Oklahoma’s Athletic Dept. stonewalls just the same. So that was a good thing to learn as I move forward.

The headline for the story is my pride and joy of this whole intersession. It was fun to come up with headlines again because I really hadn’t done it since I edited last spring.

The International Bowl story was cool because somebody from USA Football added me to a mailing list for reporters! That’s really cool that I was able to get that lead all on my own from a mailing list.

The girls wrestling story from last night was fun to write despite there being an almost two-hour delay at Hickman due to a conflicting basketball practice. Which is just absolutely bananas. How do you let one practice interfere with a tri-school wrestling meet? It was nuts. My shoulder hurts today because I leaned against a wall for an hour and a half.

Regardless of the delay, it was cool to experience a girls wrestling meet during each school’s inaugural season. It felt like a big deal and it definitely was. I wish I wrote more but the creeping deadline and the post-meet environment made it difficult to hear from a member of each school.


Not too active on Friday, but nobody was. The snow brought about many cancellations and postponements of stuff, so what better to do than compile a list of the cancellations and postponements?

Liz told me that KOMU already does one big one however, they didn’t include sporting events. So I did it anyway.

The MU gymnastics thing is kind of a funny story. I know nothing about gymnastics. Reed knows nothing. Michael knows nothing about it either. What I do know is that someone from the gymnastics program was ringing Michael’s phone off the hook for coverage.

So, I volunteered to pick up the slack. Little did I know, all there was to follow the event was vague Twitter stats. I did that anyway.

But up until we covered them, they were No. 11 in the country and undefeated. They lost after they hassled us to cover them. I find that amusing.

1/9 & 1/10

I spent Wednesday down in Jefferson City with Mark to cover the first legislative session of the new year for Missouri’s General Assembly.

This was the most unique experience I’ve had in my young journalism career so far. Being mainly a sports reporter, covering this event seemed like it was outside my realm. However, I loved the environment. It was hectic, we were on our feet the whole time and the day flew by. It was an absolute blast.

The assembly didn’t go over too much considering that it was literally Day 1 and the majority of the day was just a recognition period by the Assembly’s family members and friends, we didn’t get too much into the thicket of legislation writing because there was no legislation. Part of the writing that I did was kind of “fish out of water” writing because it was interesting to see the beginning of what could be a very contentious or very civil relations between the Democrat and Republican senators and representatives.

I loved the experience, I’m glad I got to go and it’s something I would definitely do again.

I was back to sports again on Thursday night. I covered the surprising contest that was Columbia College almost taking down the undefeated and No. 5 ranked Missouri Baptist Spartans. That would’ve been really cool to write about the upset but I had just as much fun writing about a near-upset because I got great interviews with some guys afterward and the story practically wrote itself because the game was so awesome.

The Albert O news was breaking. The moment I had read that on Twitter, Reed texted me and asked if I could write something up. I did but I didn’t go as heavy duty into it like I did with Crockett earlier in the week because there’s kind of a low risk, high reward for Albert staying at Mizzou. He can maybe get healthy and put out a great effort with a new quarterback and he won’t be gambling on an NFL career like Crockett is. So, let’s just say the Albert O story is still developing, obviously.

The D-line news was just a good little tidbit that Michael asked me to type up. It was good to see him back in the newsroom and this was just something easy to type up.

1/7 & 1/8

I was introduced to Liz on Monday the 7th and realizing that I’m willing to do more than just sports, she got excited to throw stuff my way which was exciting for me too, considering it broadens my horizons and changes my pace up significantly.

That exciting change of pace started out with a brief on agroforestry, the least exciting subject, quite possibly, ever. But it was good to establish a base with her on my willingness to do stuff.

I then worked on the Crockett stuff for the remainder of the day. It was big news considering he’s very injury prone and hasn’t played a full season for Mizzou. So, I put a lot of time and effort into making sure that readers understood that this might not be the best decision for him. But that was a fun story to do because it was the most columny kinda thing I’ve written so far.

Tuesday, I was back to sports stuff. I didn’t hang around in the newsroom much during the day because I was covering the Columbia College game that night. However, while I was in the newsroom about an hour or two prior to leaving for CC, I wrote up that baseball brief.

Covering Columbia College has grown special to me. They’re always really nice to me out there and they thank me for covering them. I can feel the genuine gratitude they have toward me covering the event. It’s become one of my favorite places to cover basketball games.

It was awesome to write about baseball, even if it was only for a brief. But during that time, I was asked by Liz to help Mark down in Jeff City on Wednesday to cover the first day of the Legislative Session. That took a majority of my focus for the rest of the day. You’ll hear more about that in my next blog.


Friday was another busy day. The breaking news rumor from the night before broke Friday morning. We were all over it and the phone calling process began all over again but this time, we had an official release as a base to go off of. It was fun to work on this and the calls and experience was definitely interesting considering the night before, everything was being hushed up for no clear reason and then they sent out a release at 9 a.m. the next morning. It was odd, but it was fun to track all this stuff down in the Musgrove story.

The legal fees story turned into my primary work for the day though. That was more of the same. Calling, leaving messages and waiting for calls or emails back. Saturday morning, a source from the story said we were wrong about him having to pay the number presented. We would be wrong if we said explicitly that he had to pay it. I never wrote that he had to pay it. It’s heavily alluded to, but it’s not said. This is an ongoing issue for the time being I guess.

The basketball story was an easy way to start the weekend. After the long week covering a bunch of stuff I had never covered before, it was good to just relax and go cover a basketball game. It was a great game too which made it more satisfying. Though I had to walk to Hickman. I’m just glad it was at Hickman because it’s within walking distance….I need an effing car I think. This story was also another centerpiece one for sports.


Busy day. A busy day that didn’t start out that busy but transformed itself as the day waned on.

Throughout the day, I was working on two small tasks: getting in contact with Steven Sapp, the city’s Community Relations manager, to answer a few questions about the Sanders trial and to find out information on the interim city manager’s memo request seeking candidates to fill the void that is Columbia’s police chief position right now.

I wasn’t having too much luck hearing back from Sapp but in the meantime, I wrote up the little thing on MU wrestling’s Daniel Lewis being named the MAC Wrestler of the Week. This was just a good thing that came up on Twitter because it got me to produce at least something while I was waiting on Sapp’s response.

During the waiting period, Keegan also asked me if I wanted to do the Local Roundup again, so later on in the night, I did that too.

But not before I finally heard back from Sapp. This is where things got interesting.

He couldn’t answer my questions about the Sanders trial just yet but he helped me out by sending the memo that the city manager sent about a new police chief. I had just finished writing that story when word broke from KMIZ that the Deputy City Manager was leaving his job.

We got to work right away to try and confirm this. I went back to Sapp and I didn’t get a response. I called a Council member and she said that she and the rest of the Council hadn’t seen nor heard anything about the situation. I called the mentioned Deputy City Manager on his office and personal number and didn’t get a response. Then I called the main help line for City Hall and I was being iced on hold until finally being put through to someone who said “we’re not making a comment at this time,” which is one of the worst things to hear.

We then tried to call the mayor without any luck.

We were deciding on whether or not we wanted to ride the coattails of KMIZ but decided against it. We knew the situation was fishy but we didn’t want to cannonball in on the situation without solid grounding first. We’ll see what happens moving forward.

This whole situation was cool though because it was a journalistic rush. Though we ended up not getting any information to go on, it felt cool trying to crack that egg.