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I’m still hungry.. growl….

June 29th, 2008 No comments

What did everyone think of the latest Doctor Who? Who needs a multi-Doctor story when he gives us fan service like this? Crossovers all over the place? I think I’ll give a proper review tomorrow. I want to sit back and watch it properly again.]

Oh, I think I finally “get” Plurk. There’s too much Fail-Whale happening in Twitter. I’m not going to diss them, as we’re not paying for any of these things but apart from the slight frustration it’s also becoming like a ghost town. There’s still the faithful there but all the cool things like the sms notices are still AWOL it’s starting to not be worth it. I still think the amount of hate that was heaved at them was unnecessary. If you’re getting something for free, you shouldn’t be acting like it’s your right for your favourite service to be operational. It should be, but obviously they haven’t expected this kind of use. I still think they should of offered a premium service but I don’t know if the extra money would really help?

I don’t know. I promised I’d never rant about this. But it’s gone on and on and on, so I don’t know any more..

I’m trying to be more sensible with my cash at the moment, putting more away and trying to pay off bills. I’m not in any financial problems at all, but not having that extra cash to mess around with, kinda sucks. I think I shall treat myself big time when payday comes around. Nice meal out? I don’t know. I have a family get together coming up in a few weeks in Broken Hill. We won’t be going out (at home party and other night dinner) and I have travel money covered, but I’ll end up buying crap while I’m at home. You betcha…

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Doctor Who – Turn Left

June 27th, 2008 No comments

There’s an episode of Doctor Who during the old days that reminded me of the latest episode, The Five Doctors.

I won’t go into too much detail, but The Doctor in this episode has been “taken out of time” by an unknown baddie. The Time Lords, (still alive), in an act of desperation, call on the Master to help. This is back when the wonderful Anthony Ainley played the part. Whilst always enemies (The Doctor called him his “best enemy”), The Master comments – “A cosmos without the Doctor scarcely bears thinking about.”

Welcome to Turn Left. This is what this episode is all about.

Donna and The Doctor land on an Asian-styled planet which reminded me a little too much of Firefly/Serenity and Donna bumps into Chantho, this time in human form, as a fortune teller. Well, a futuristic fortune teller which manages (thanks to a terrible special effect beetle) to change the course of Donna’s life. She doesn’t meet the Doctor on that fateful Christmas and he doesn’t get out in time when destroying the Racnoss. What happens to the world now?

It’s a really well thought out and done episode, despite it being a “what if?” story. You know none of it is going to matter, but it’s still enjoyable anyway. The world gets worse and worse without The Doctor to save the day. The Titanic crashes into London destroying most of it, The Adipose move to America instead and eat all of their fat, and the the rest of the world continues to choke on Sontaren fumes. That’s not to say the world doesn’t have its fighters still – Jack and Torchwood perish saving the world during “The Poison Sky”, Sarah Jane, Luke and Martha die up on the Moon instead. They’re not included in the episode, just referenced. It’s nice to know these people wouldn’t sit by idly and let these things go down even without that Time Lord. We do get Rose again, though.

Rose. What to say? Maybe she was a little nervous? She lisps and mumbles through her scenes, and she just “looks” different. Hopefully next week will be better, but this time around she’s there in the background, helping Donna to realise that she needs to go back and set things right again. I have to say, this is all Donnas episode though. We do get a little of the annoying “Am I Bovvered?” Donna again but you can still tell she cares, she just doesn’t know what to do about it all, like the rest of the world. The moment at the end with her in the room of mirrors is probably one of Catherine Tate’s finest moments in this show. It’s pretty much confirmed she’s not returning next year, I’m glad she did join the TARDIS for that scene.

We also get a lot of supporting crew scenes in Donna’s family. Wilfred gets some damn fine scenes (there’s a moment where he says “it’s happening again” – I won’t spoil it, but it’s a beautiful moment) and he’s probably the main point of hope in this world gone wrong. Donna’s mother falls further into despair as the world tumbles and she’s also lost her husband. There’s one moment which I didn’t quite like. Donna says to her mother – “you always told me I was useless” and she replies with a single “yeah”. Whether she wasn’t listening or agreeing, it’s still cold.

Of course, everything is done right by end and the only big let downs for me are the beetle (which looked terrible), Rose and the climax. Knowing full well that Rose is coming back, having the big reveal for The Doctor didn’t excite me that much. Still, brilliant episode and judging by the sneak peeks online, the next two are only going to get better and better. 4 out of 5.

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Doctor Who – Midnight

June 20th, 2008 2 comments

You know, It doesn’t feel right not posting about last weeks Who. By this point, everyone’s debated, discussed and fought over it on the many forums. Hey, it wouldn’t be fandom without it.

Well, Midnight.

Rule one – This isn’t just for Dr. Who. This is TV, movie, life rule. Never NEVER say “What could go wrong?” This is the only time bad luck is guaranteed to happen. My father curses me whenever I say it. 😛

This was a pretty decent standalone episode. Having the two main characters absent from each others episodes works cleverly (I do like these special one off episodes, but why don’t they just add more time to the filming schedule?) and this one was probably the cheapest the show has done. A shuttle that noone can see outside of, it even looks like they just remade the old shuttle from Gridlock, I’m not sure.

As for the story? I did like it, but will it be as fondly remembered as Blink? Sadly, I don’t think so. I have to say, it’s probably Russell’s best episode in a long while. It did remind me a little of an episode of the Twilight Zone starring a very young and thin William Shatner called “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”. I like how you never see the bad guy in this, although I would of like more emphasis on the suspense, not actually ever knowing whether a monster gets in or not. Having everyone turn on the Doctor is an interesting change – He has noone to back him up, Donna’s soaking up the (extonic) rays klicks and klicks away. The supporting characters though, meh. It’s like Russell was deliberately trying to get all the cliches he could in an episode. And I didn’t pick until after the episode that the old man is in fact The Second Doctor’s sun. Wow. Shows you how much of a fan I am! 😛

I really wish I had more to say. I didn’t LOVE this episode, but I wasn’t bored with it either. Finally we get onto the meatier side of the series, and we start to figure out what the hell is actually going on this year!!! Three out of Five this week.

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No surprises, boss..

June 16th, 2008 No comments

I mean the “boss” that runs this country. I know I have a Dr. Who review due, but I want to write about this.

At the moment, there’s a lot of reports and articles, and opinions about The Labour party’s “War on Alcohol”. That’s a good a name as any. First they’re informing us that more than four middies of beer (that’s about four standard drinks) in one day counts as binge drinking. What rot. It takes more than four beers just to have a good time, unless you’re new to alcohol or a quick drunk. 🙂 Informing us isn’t their only trick – they’re rising prices on all “alco-pops”, or pre-mixed drinks as anyone who isn’t in the press calls them. I can understand why they’re doing it (strong, sweet and easy to drink), but don’t agree. All the people are going to do (older people drink these things too, it’s not just teens) are buy bottles and soft drink and make their own. Having a 700ml bottle of Vodka? I think that’s worse than a six pack of UDLs.

I’ve got an idea, Rudd. What about addressing some of the problems with depression in Australia? Not all of us live in the city. Say you live in a country town, or a remote area like a farm. You have problems with depression, what are you going to do? Drink, of course. To a lot of people in this country, they think it’s the only way to deal with their problems. Sure, this isn’t the only reason why people drink but it’s definitely up there.

As for kids, what about pumping some money into the towns so they can get the councils to organise things? I can totally understand why most kids drink these days – there’s nothing else to do. When I was 15 we had arcades, monthly live concerts, laser arcades, go karts. These days, Broken Hill has none of them. Until recently, the highlight of their weekends was to “hang at the shell”. Yes, out the front of a service station.

I understand your concern, Labour Party, I just think you’re doing this wrong and taking the lazy way out of this.

Doctor Who – Forest of the Dead

June 9th, 2008 No comments

The Moffster returns in part two of his brilliant story set in a mysterious library. But not only do we get a clever original story, we also get to know more about The Doctor than we discovered since the show has started back up.

First up, I’ll talk about the story. I don’t think the monsters were as frightening as the statues were last year, but like I said, dust, shadows – Steven likes using everyday ordinary things to get kids frightened. There’s nothing more clever than that.

Probably the best thing about these episodes are what we discover about The Doctor, and what is to come. The mysterious “River Song” is, yes in fact a future companion to come. I think with Russell’s time on the show coming to an end, we have Steven Moffat’s first seeds to what is to come – and what a clever idea. We’ve only ever seen The Doctor’s future once before, but that set of stories is best forgotten anyway, and the strike put those ideas on hold, and eventually thrown out the window to start anew. The big mystery that they seem to be heading towards is the truth about The Doctors name. River whispers it to him, he loses his name at a price, at the Medusa Cascade, but the reason behind it? just keep us guessing for time. it’s obvious that the “Cartmel Masterplan” is being thrown in the bin, and I’m actually all for it. i just hope they don’t do an X-Files on us and keep teasing and never answer these questions. i’m quite happy not to know the doctors name (let’s be honest, it would be disappointing no matter what it was…) but the reasons behind it? yeah, I am. even the Donna mystery is keeping me guessing. How does she leave the show?

I have to say, the part Donna plays this week was quite good. She gets the normal happy life she never got around to having yet on earth through Virtual Reality. I would of played with that more, have the separation more disastrous and just have her with the Hubby and kids, no questions asked. but I think it worked out okay. The end part where she walks off and just misses the guy was sad. leaves an interesting thought – what would of happened if she saw him?

The part that really bugged me with the whole episode was the dealing with the monsters. It’s all wrapped up so easy – “You have the knowledge of the library, look me up” – “Okay then, I give up”. Just like that? it’s good to see that an whole race of creatures (maybe bad) get to live. i find the reactions of everyone not kicking up a fuss about leaving a little questionable, but a pretty good episode.

Definitely four out of five this week. River totally stole the show this week, and I hope she returns in the near future and is not just a clever cameo.

Doctor Who – Silence in the Library

June 1st, 2008 3 comments

Spoilers!

Heh, I like using that this week. It suits the whole episode.

I actually dislike reviewing two parters. You’re only getting half of the story, and so far only questions. But what questions this week! We’ve got a mysterious little girl who seems to be able to control what’s happening to The Doctor and Donna. You have a library full of killer shadows and you have a Professor who has had past experience with The Doctor. Just that The Doctor hasn’t, just yet.

Steven Moffat, in his typical brilliant way, makes the most mundane things frightening. First he gives us the statues that kill when we blink, this time its the very shadows itself. To keep us guessing, we are also seeing a little girl who somehow is involved with this all. She sees the Doctor and Donna in her head, on her television, she can control what’s happening slightly with her remote control. I think I know where this is going, but I’ll keep my thoughts to myself for the time being.

Probably the most interesting part of it all is Professor River Song. An “acquaintance” of the Doctors, except The Doctor hasn’t met her yet in his timestream. I think she’s meant to be new Who’s version of Benny Summerfield. An archaeologist exploring ancient planets who the Doctor trusts with his life? Sounds like her to me. It’s a shame they couldn’t actually get Benny on the show (Lisa Bowerman would be awesome, I know it!) but I suppose a fresh start is always good. I hope to god they don’t kill the character off at the end so none of it doesn’t happen. I’m a fan of the New Adventures, having a reoccurring character like this would be fun. Next time they meet have her meet The Doctor for the first time, where he has to pretend they’ve never met .. And the hints of Donna not lasting till the end of the season, I kinda figured that. On the commentary of The Fires of Pompeii, Catherine talks about how she just had her final day, which tells me she’s not staying on. Which is a shame. She’s no Martha, but she’s had some great moments this year. Her horror of the young Red Shirt, I mean girl dying and the tech keeping her conscious alive for a few moments was sad.

So far so good. It felt a little too rushed, you think a two parter would have a little breathing time but obviously part two is as action packed as the last. Four outta five this week.

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