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Month: April 2011

[Doctor Who Review] Day of the Moon

This is kicking the Romans out of Rome.”
That’s all I got for this episode.
A few great scenes with characters, a few good set pieces and a few: WTF moments at Amy Pond’s life. And, the last ten seconds was: WTFOMGBBQ
But, let’s go back to the beginning: When we last left our heroes they were in a warehouse looking for the girl who called President Nixon.

X-Men: First Class US/International Trailers…

Thanks to Ain’t It Cool News for posting a link to the X-Men: First Class International Trailer.
I’ve made mention in the past that many times the International Trailers differ a great deal from their US counterparts. This trailer really does give me hope that maybe this film won’t suck. A few mutants appear to be new while a few are missing but I guess Bobby Drake aka Iceman is holding out for a spin off?
Overall, if this is the reboot the X-Men Franchise needs than so be it, X-Men 1 and most of 2 were good movies while X3 and Wolverine were easily forgettable which is unfortunate but I guess every movie franchise has to have their own Temple of Doom/Alien 3/Terminator 3.
I’d post the Transformers 3 trailer that dropped today but I was more impressed with the trailers for 1+2 than 3. 3 is still on Earth. Why is 3 still on Earth? Why not Cybertron? Why not greenscreen it like 300? Why not something new?
US Trailer

UK Trailer

[Doctor Who Review] The Impossible Astronaut

Don’t worry, I’m sending my best people.”
I’ve often complained about Doctor Who taking itself too far to the edge of being “a kiddy show”, a ridiculous body count and deus ex machina type endings but Season 5 started to pull itself out of that with two parter with the Silurians and ending with the Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang. Several long running plot threads began to take the forefront: River Song’s past and future with the Doctor being one of them along with the fact the Doctor bouncing around time and space like a ping pong ball.
The Impossible Astronaut continues to play with themes Steven Moffat toyed with in the Doctor-lite episode of Season Three called “Blink.” Where the Doctor on several easter egg DVDs helped two people get his TARDIS back from the now infamous Weeping Angels. Moffat doesn’t repeat himself and so we have several scenes you would think would never see. And that’s what makes this episode shine, the first ten minutes filmed Utah are gorgeous, breathtaking and a suckerpunch to the gut.

[Doctor Who] Six years later and Doctor Who premiers in the US on the same day as the Beeb…

Yeh, that’s a subject line I thought I’d never write. And, it’s a wonderful news none the less. Like last year’s Christmas Episode, Season 6 drops the same day in the USA and the UK.
Doctor Who, Series (season) Six premiers tomorrow night on BBC America and judging from the TV Guide, last season will be run from beginning to end at 6am. The lastest Christmas Special included as well.
I have to say after starting out on Sci-Fi and then jumping to BBC America has done the show some good. Last years trip to NYC was repeated and the Doctor Who Panel at Wondercon sounded like everyone had a blast.
Wonder when the cast will show up on The Today Show? Figure next year? Or maybe a Doctor Who prop tour? SDCC panel?

[Plotting About] An update…

We had 18 people at the Worcester Writers Meet Up tonight. Thankfully, unlike last week, we had a long enough table to pull it off.
And, damn is parts of 146S are dark on a rainy night. I mean there are long stretches with no lights, anywhere.
You know you’re about to hit civilization when you see the beckoning beacons of the gas station/Dunkin Donuts appear on the horizon.
In writing news, I think I’m happy with the first two chapters of the manuscript I’m been hammering out for the last few months.
Managed to get through one of the page by page crits from one of the groups and I decided to split Chapter One in two. 50 pages for chapter seemed just a bit too much. So two chapters of the salvage operators known for now as the Reynolds and Chapter Three entitled “Fallout” needs work since it entirely too short.
The new chapter four (the old chapter two) is gonna be moved forward since I think I’m going to stick with the Reynolds for a few chapters and shift the focus back to our other main character which we’ll call Spencer.

[Book Review] Game of Thrones

Winter is coming.”
George R.R. Martin‘s Game of Thrones premiers this Sunday on HBO. And, yes, you’re too late to go out and buy the first book now and finish it by 9pm tomorrow night.
It’s great to see cable channels taking chances on adaptations of books you wouldn’t normally see. Ultimately, adaptations can be tricky game of either sticking too close to the source material or not at all. HBO’s True Blue strayed a bit keeping one character alive for the last few seasons while The Walking Dead on AMC stayed close but strayed a bit and did not turn out so bad even if a few crowed about the lackluster writing at points. The Dark Tower is next on the list.
So what makes Game of Thrones different then say Camelot which continues to wet our midieval whistle on Starz or BBC’s Merlin or Robin Hood?
Simply put: Game of Thrones is a medieval Sopranos where death, sex, scheming and power threatens everyone.