This weeks entry was rushed since I’ve been very busy. It is also a tip of the hat to one of my favorite newer video game properties. If by chance you are unfamiliar with the Pikmin games from the brilliant mind of Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, basically you are Olimar, an astronaut who crash lands on an alien planet. You only have a months time (if I recall correctly) to repair your ship and get off the planet before your life support runs out. There are plenty of creatures and other obstacles that stand in your way. The Pikmin are tiny plant creatures that Olimar discovers and gets to help him.
They come in different colors and, of course, each color has a corresponding ability (red is immune to fire, blue can swim.. etc..).
You have to pluck them out of the ground and order them around to do tasks like move a large object that takes like 50 of them or something. You also use them to defeat other creatures. A large portion of this is done by grabbing the Pikmin by the stalk on the top of their head and slinging them at the item or enemy you want them to attack/interact with.
They are pretty cute and adorable and so on, so it only makes sense that you would throw them to their deaths or accidentally march them into water or even into fire. All of which leads to the death rattle and ghostly spirit rising to that Pikmin garden in the sky. this leads to some sad, cute and hilariously frustrating moments.