Monthly Archives: January 2016

Thoughts on Doctor Who: Series 10

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So yesterday Julia mentioned that the future showrunner of Doctor Who has been selected – Chris Chibnall, of Broadchurch fame. This meant that the vague rumblings I’d heard about Steven Moffat being out were true, or at least at some point true – so I ran to the Internet to find out more.

Have a link! It seems Moffat will complete his run with Series 10, which will indeed air Spring 2017, as feared. I had called this one of the things I was excited for this year – especially getting a new companion, since Clara was ever ill-used. Looks like I am losing this to next year, making comic-book-related media an even larger part of my year.

And since it sounds like Series 10 has not been written yet, there’s nothing on the new companion for now – nor about whether Peter Capaldi’s contract, which only goes through this coming season, will be renewed or not.

What do you think about these Doctor Who rumors and plans? Happy to see Moffat go? Scared of what will happen with the Doctor and his companion? Trying to imagine Doctor Who in the style of Broadchurch? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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What I’m watching on Netflix

It’s almost the end of the month, and everyone is talking about what’s coming and going on Netflix (catch up on Doctor Who if you’re behind, even though they struck a deal it’s still apparently leaving Netflix for the time being). But personally I’ve finally had time to try out some new shows and I have some recommendations.

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23

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Back in college, I actually had one of the cinematographers from this show come and talk to a film class about his work, and he mentioned working on the pilot for this and selling the show to the network. I wanted to watch it when it was on TV, but I’ve gotten into this awful habit of not watching shows live anymore, mostly out of laziness. Both seasons of it are on Netflix now, and especially after the wonder that was Jessica Jones I had to check it out.

I’m really happy that I did! If you appreciate weird, hilarious scenarios, James Van Der Beek being ridiculous (he plays himself and can’t seem to get away from his Dawson’s Creek fame), and dry humor, you’ll love this show. Krysten Ritter shines in a role apparently inspired by Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, although portrayed here as a scam artist in New York who does whatever she pleases at everyone else’s expense. It’s well worth checking out, especially if you need to just veg on the couch for a bit after a long day at work.

Broadchurch

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I absolutely love this show. I’m already on a second viewing (once through on my own, and now I’m making P watch it so I have someone to talk about it with). The first season was filmed essentially using the process of “dailies” with the script; every actor took their roles knowing they could be the killer, and no one knew who it was until the last episode was being filmed. The show is moody, it’s dark, it’s slow paced in the best sense, and so well acted that I often found myself sitting on the edge of my seat.

There are plenty of familiar faces (just look at the promotional poster!) and now that the creator, Chris Chibnall, is taking over Doctor Who starting with season 10, I highly recommend checking this out to see what’s in store, and also because it’s an amazing drama.

New Girl

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Being a 20/30 something who has had roommates and even just incredibly close friends, I think this show is amazingly relatable. As with any sitcom, the characters and situations are hilariously unrealistic at times, but that’s definitely part of the appeal. The acting and writing are incredibly well done, and it’s another fantastic show to take your mind off how much work and life can suck.

Maybe now P and I will finally find time to watch some super hero shows together, like Arrow and Daredevil.

What are you currently watching on Netflix?

Book Review – The Mummy by Anne Rice

The Mummy coverHey look, I finished a book! It’s our first done of the year, with plans to read many more. To be fair, I cheated, by starting this book half a year or more ago… So we’ll see how I do with book number 2!

I picked up Anne Rice’s The Mummy because she’s one of those authors I figured I ought to read, but wasn’t sure where to begin. I had tried to read Interview with the Vampire but didn’t get very far… and there would have been oh-so-much to read after that! A stand-alone novel like this was a much better taste of her writing, and lets me move on to another author’s work next…

As a first thought on the novel – and as an observation that probably applies to much of the rest of Rice’s work – it’s incredibly hard to pin down its genre. The gut reaction is that it’s a monster story – like the Universal monster flicks. However, it’s not really a horror story. It has romantic elements, but isn’t a romance novel. It is placed in a historical moment, but it’s full of alternate history (you know, the living mummy). The only alternate technology is the elixir that gives long life, so not really Steampunk. Kind of fantasy with the immortality, but also like science fiction in that it must have an explanation with modern science… Modern adventure fantasy? Something.

Whatever it is, it’s good.

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Interview: Platypus Con 2016!

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The new Platypus Gaming logo (by Pat Race: http://alaskarobotics.com/)

While we haven’t been able to do as much this year with Platypus Con as we did last year (just going to throw the Geek Baby under the bus here and blame her…), we’re still excited for the convention – and it’s this coming weekend! The busy event organizer took a few minutes and answered some questions about the Con, now in its second year.

You can find more about Platypus Con on their site, Platypus Gaming, and you can buy tickets here.

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First Impressions: Legends of Tomorrow

David and I got to watch the much anticipated Legends of Tomorrow. Now the series is actually beginning with a two part premiere over two different weeks. This makes sense when you realize what these first episodes need to do. Not only are you trying to get people who watch both Flash and Arrow, but there might be some who watch one or the other and then there are those rare few who may not watch either. So how do you introduce this large group of characters to such a wide audience. Some have seen them before while others need to get to know them. Then there is Rip Hunter who would be new to anyone. Now I come from the perspective that I have seen both Flash and Arrow so I am very familiar with all the characters that they presented, but I was not aware how they would bring them together, which is about all they have shown so far. Continue reading