Dr. Who Favorite Episodes – Part 1

My favorite episodes from Seasons 1 & 2

I have recently started watching Dr. Who. I have some memory of watching re-runs on PBS of the Fourth Doctor – Tom Baker – when I was younger. I found it fascinating as an 8 year old. The Fourth Doctor’s episodes are what I vaguely recall the most.  Through an 8 year olds lens the show was so odd and strange but it pulled me in.

So far I am still on Season 3 of the revamped version of Dr. Who. (I know that I have a while to go).

These are my favorite episodes so far:

Season 1:

End of the World (S1E2): I found that this episode was a really good detailed episode which showcased the Doctor and his blossoming relationship with Rose. I was sorry to see that Christopher Eccleston left after season one but it was good to see him in this role.

The entire episode was actioned packed with the Doctor saving Rose from being burned to a crisp by the sun. The fact that it was also 5 billion years into the future made me feel as if I was Rose just astounded and awed that we were about to witness the end of Earth. In addition, with all the commotion on the space ship, no one actually witnessed the final destruction.

The reason why I also loved this episode was because it showcased the different species of aliens across time and space. I was fascinated with the last human, Lady Cassandra O’Brien , and the Face of Boe. We get to see how humans have evolved and it makes Rose face her own humanity and mortality. With the introduction of the Face of Boe, we see how ancient and wise he is.

This episode was a very good true introduction into the world of Dr. Who and what we, as viewers, will  expect.

Aliens of London (S1E4) and World War Three (S1E5): These two episodes are grouped together because they are a two part episode. I loved these two parts. I just honestly thought it was wacky in a good way. The Doctor returns Rose about a year after they left but by accident. Things have changed and her mother and Mickey have been desperately trying to find her thinking she has been murdered or kidnapped.

Rose returns and witnesses a Slitheen invasion upon London. Just watching the ship crash through London’s major sites was just wacky to me. To top it off, the Slitheen’s masquerading as the Prime Minister as well as the flatulence! Their true form reminds me of an overgrown version of E.T. with a cherubic face.

Overall I couldn’t take my eyes off the episodes. There was not a dull moment.

Season 2:

Doomsday (S2E13):  This is the last episode of Season 2 and part of a two part episode beginning with “Army of Ghosts”.  We see the Cybermen declare war on the Daleks after some were killed after a reveal of the destructive Dalek technology. We see worlds and universes collide. The portals need to be closed forever because every time those from alternate universes “jump”, they rip a hole causing the merging of worlds which results in chaos. It was concluded that in order to stop the Dalek invasion, they would have to be sent to the void. Instead of Rose going with her mother to the alternate universe, she chooses to stay with the Doctor. As Rose and the Doctor were trying to pull the levers to suck the Daleks into the void, Rose’s lever snaps and she tries to pull it back but is sucked towards the void. Her father uses the device one more time to grab Rose before she gets sucked into the void.

By far this was a bittersweet episode for me. This is basically the last time Rose will see the Doctor. She hears his voice and eventually travels with her family to Norway to see him one last time.

This is just part 1 of my favorite episodes from each season. Like I said, I am still on season 3. I have quite a few episodes in season 3 that I like so far!

Happy New Year 2016! Here are some movies that I am excited about coming soon in 2016.

Here are some of my thoughts on some movies coming in 2016.

Happy New Year folks. It is another year and a new way to start over.

Here are three movies that I am excited about in 2016:

  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Here is some info on it. Basically this is back story that will give more info on the others who are fighting the Empire. This group of Rebels plan a mission to steal plans for the Death Star. I am excited to see a live action back story. The animated series of the Clone Wars and such are great but we get to finally see a non-animated movie with more back story of the Star Wars universe. This movie is definitely considered Star Wars canon.
  2. Ghostbusters: Here is some info on this as well. I am a fan of the Ghostbusters. It is very much a part of my childhood. What is great is that there is a female lead cast with a really great combination of comedienne’s!  I am an absolute fan of each actress! Each brings their own take on the parallel character they are playing based upon the original. I am even excited to see Kate McKinnon’s character!
  3. Finally and without further ado – Independence Day 2: Resurgence. I have been waiting for a sequel – for YEARS!!! Bill Pullman’s Presidential Speech in the original is very moving and really makes you feel American but you really feel the emotion, the strength, and the motivation to ban together as a human race to defeat those aliens. We see in the trailer for the sequel that apparently the aliens come back. Much will need to be explained as to what happened all these years to allow them to resurface. If we look back on the original – a man-made computer virus destroyed them. Is it that simple? Was it that simple? We shall see in 2016.

I am excited for the continuing Marvel series of movies we will see in 2016 such as X-Men and Captain America. I am also curious to see Deadpool.

What I forgot to mention is Dr. Strange. I am a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch. I admit that I am a Cumberb*&%# for all you fan girls or fan boys. I am especially eager to see how he portays Dr. Strange. This Doctor Strange (2007) animated show was absolutely brilliant. There was so much depth and complexity within the character that it left me in awe.

So, again. Happy New Year.

Please leave some comments below as to what movies you are excited about in 2016? (It can pertain to any genre).

Deadpool Trailer Review

A first impression of the trailers by someone who had no information on the Deadpool character.

I watched the Red Band Trailer (requires login for mature audiences). I actually do not have any knowledge of Deadpool so this is basically a first impressions with no knowledge.

The use of old school r & b and rap singers such as Salt and Pepa and DMX sets up the movie to cater to maybe those who grew up during the 90’s (like me) or sets up the Deadpool character to stand out from the rest of the Marvel characters that we have seen in the theatres so far.

Deadpool’s character, based upon this one trailer, appears to be more flirtatious and whimsical. He throws in some dialogue in between the action to throw off the bad guy.

I then saw the 2nd trailer  right after. According to both trailers, he appears to  maybe be bisexual? Am I correct? In addition, there are alot of sexual innuendos in the movie.

The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin (from Firefly!), Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano (great to see her in action again!), Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapičić, and Leslie Uggams

The film is set for North American release on February 12, 2016.

 

 

 

My Star Wars Holiday Special Review….. Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. Happy Festivus.

Before I get into it, I actually do not have the words to describe what I just watched. I mean that. For emphasis.

I would like to begin by saying Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy Festivus!

In light of the holidays, I have watched “The Star Wars Holiday Special”

Disclaimer: Please note that I do not have any background at all on this TV special. I did not know it even existed. Someone had mentioned it on social media recently in light of “The Force Awakens” and the holidays. This is my review raw, cut, and uncensored.

The story takes place after “A New Hope”. Han Solo and Chewbacca are being chased and hunted by the Empire.  Chewbacca needs to get home on time to Kashyyyk to see his family (his wife – Mala, his father – Itchy, and his son – Lumpy) for Life Day…

 

WAIT A MINUTE.

 

Did I just hear those names correctly? Itchy? Lumpy?

The TV special brings back all the major characters – along with the actors such as: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher. Also starring are celebrities that were famous at the time this special came out in the 1970s.

 

The show begins with what life is like for Chewbacca’s family on Kashyyyk. The décor, especially the kitchen, is very 1970-ish Earth and not what you would expect the interior of a home on Kashyyyk would be. Forgive me, but for some reason I thought it would be similar to something like on Endor. But then again that’s just me.

Anyhow, we see what their everyday life is like. For example, Lumpy turns on a hologram which I perceive to be a form of entertainment. It is kind of “trippy” if you ask me… These miniature circus characters come out  and dance or entertain  the viewer… There is an option to make them life-sized…. which made the scene even more “trippy”. Also, let’s not forget the Julia Child cooking show that Mala watches…. The icing on the cake was some sort of virtual reality device that Itchy uses which appears to be their version of porn? Is that too harsh to state? Is this a true interpretation?

Eventually, the Empire sends its officers to Kashyyyk and enter Chewie’s home looking for him. One of the officers watches a music box of some sort with the band Jefferson Airplane actually performing for him.

This actually confused me.

It’s like merging worlds or something. Our world is crossing over into their “world”…. Just by the band performing in miniature size just adds onto the trippy-ness of the show.

In between, the show cuts to a cartoon to possibly speed up the TV special without using real actors.

Afterwards, the Mos Eisley Cantina makes an appearance as well as the Cantina Band! The cantina patrons become inebriated and Bea Arthur hugs a large rat while singing. Everyone in the cantina dances and sings while Bea Arthur dances and sings.

Turning back to Kashyyyk, Chewie and Han finally arrive and save Chewie’s son from a stormtrooper.

Poor Lumpy. The stormtrooper cornered him and wanted to kill him.

After they save the day, we see Han hug Lumpy. Han then said his goodbyes and hugged everyone. He professed his love that they are like family to him (Awww). Chewie has a heartwarming moment with his wife with Wookie talk and with staring into each other’s eyes. We see two Wookie’s almost kiss.  In the next scene, the whole family hold up lights or candles. They are all wearing robes along with other Wookie’s and they float somewhere in space.

Princess Leia, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, and C-3PO  join the Wookie’s to celebrate Light Day. Princess Leia sings to everyone a grand song.

They lived happily ever after.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review (SPOILERS!!!!)

  
UNBELIEVABLE!! That is all I can say! 

It was action packed from beginning to the end! I was wowed by it all!

The things that surprised me: Han Solo being murdered by his own son who I was also surprised about and the fact that Rey fought Kylo at the end… (Especially surprised with how strong she is in the Force). I have my suspicions about Rey – either she is Luke’s child or she is birthed by the midiclorians the same way as Anakin.
I thought Kylo was delusional, confused, and losing his mind. Remember that Darth Vader ceased to exist when he saved Luke from the Emperor…. He basically redeemed himself… So by Kylo talking to the burned helmet of Darth Vader asking for “guidance” and to finish what he started seems delusional. Unless he wasn’t told the whole story?
There are holes to the characters’ past which more than likely will be addressed in the next movie. Who are Rey’s parents? Why was she left on the planet? Who are Finn’s parents? Where is he from? What about Poe’s backstory? What the heck happened to make Kylo turn to the dark side? Who is the supreme leader?
So many questions…
What did you think?

Snarcasm: The ‘Star Wars’ Prequels Were The Best Movies All Along

Snarcasm is a weekly series where I encounter and try to understand the worst articles on the Internet. This week, I take on my fellow millennials who’ll say anything for a click.  OK, we already talked about Star Wars a few weeks ago, but that was more about Piers Morgan and how irrelevant his film commentary is. That […]

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In reply to blog post above:

I think George Lucas made the prequels towards kids – especially Episode I – because he wanted to capture the current generation of kids at the time. A good number have never been exposed to Star Wars due to the long hiatus since Return of the Jedi. Star Trek was mostly what a lot of people were familiar with because of all the revamp in tv and movies. I believe The Force Awakens is going to attempt to bring the two generations, two sides, or those with a preference with the original or with the post original.

We shall see… I hope JJ Abrams did good.

Star Trek Beyond

This being the third installment to the updated Star Trek movies, I was not too sure what to make of this trailer either. The background music threw me off a little. I am hoping the next trailer will be up to par. Or is it just me? What do you think?

Here is the trailer