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Constantine: Non Est Asylum Review (Article) - 10/27/2014 6:03:08 AM

It has potential.  The lead does a credible job of bringing Constantine to life.

But in the comics they make a big deal of pointing out that Constantine rhymes with fine and is not pronounced Constanteen.  Really, is it too much to pronounce the name of the character correctly?

Doctor Who: Flatline Review (Article) - 10/19/2014 7:27:02 PM

Most of this season has been disapointing but the last two episodes have been excellent.  First Mummy on the Orient Express brought back a classic Who vibe.  Now Flatline has given us something new and different but every inch Dr Who.

I really like the Boneless (though not their name which is silly).  They are creepy and, unlike some of the stuff we've seen this season, believable.  Some of the FX for this ep were breathtaking.

The situation with the Doctor stuck in a miniturized TARDIS while Clara had to do all the investigating was novel and brought a new dynamic to their teamwork.

Now that Danny knows that Clara is still traveling with the Doctor I expect he's going to be quite ticked off.  Not that he has any right to be.

Really looking forward to the next ep. 

Doctor Who: Mummy on the Orient Express Review (Article) - 10/16/2014 7:16:30 PM

Look, the Doctor hasn't been treating Clara very well since his regeneration.  On the other hand, traveling through time and space with him is unbelievably cool.  I can see why Clara is conflicted.

If Clara lies through her teeth to her boyfriend it's a perfectly good character choice.  And par for the course for New Who.  Rose treated Mickey like a pet and Amy jerked Rory around a lot.  The women of New Who just aren't very nice people it seems to me.

Doctor Who: Flatline Preview (Article) - 10/16/2014 7:09:32 PM

With so many reviews being posted the reviews for Dr Who travel off the main page in 2 days and I can't find them again.  I try to look for them under TV reviews but that link doesn't work properly and it brings up movie reviews instead.  I'd love to get into a good conversation about the new season of Who.

Doctor Who: Mummy on the Orient Express Review (Article) - 10/14/2014 10:57:29 AM

I loved this episode.  You'd think that flying trains and attacking mummies would make it too fantastic for me but the interstellar train evoked anime films of yore and seemed more like an affectionate homage than an offense against science.  And killer mummies seem very appropriate for October.

I've got a few questions.  If all the passengers other than the science experts were holograms then what were Maise and her grandmother doing on the train?  Why did the mummy pick out the sick and the old to attack first?  He seemed powerful enough to attack the strongest passenger successfully.  How exactly did the Doctor figure out that the mummy was a soldier (the scroll looked like a flag?  Not to me.)  And why would surrendering to it cause it to stop attacking?  Why would dismissing it cause it to disintigrate?

Lots of questions.  But despite the confusion of the 66 seconds when the Doctor confronted the mummy it was a fine episode and felt more like Dr Who than any other episode this season.

Blu-ray Shopping Bag: Edge of Tomorrow (Article) - 10/14/2014 6:26:24 AM

I saw Edge of Tomorrow in the theater and I enjoyed it a lot.  Criuse has chosen some interesting scripts lately.  Hopefully another insanely profitable MI film will finance a few more excellent but risky projects like this one.

Doctor Who: Kill the Moon Review (Article) - 10/6/2014 6:41:32 PM

That did bother me almostunbiased.  But I was still freaked out by the giant space butterfly and forgot to mention it.

Doctor Who: Kill the Moon Review (Article) - 10/5/2014 6:21:34 PM

The moon is a giant egg that hatches a giant space butterfly and it's brilliant?  I'd say it's moronic myself. That it could be an egg and we hadn't noticed is stupid.  And that the maturing of the creature would cause the moon's gravity to increase is illogical.  I want to watch science fiction and Doctor Who isn't that any more. 

It's not all bad.  The part where the Doctor leaves the humans to solve their moral dilema without his input is interesting.  It's an interesting question but frankly, I'm with the astronaut lady and the population of Earth.  Who knew what the newly hatched space creature would do?  Maybe it's first act would be to chow down on the nearest food supply, the Earth.  And who knew whether or not it was sentient?  Do we want to destroy the Earth and it's population in favor of a giant space cow?

Either way, when the Doctor said he didn't know what would happen or what would hatch from the egg he was obviously lying.  He sure seemed to know at the end of the program.  And his attitude towards Clara, Courtney and the people of Earth in general was awfully condescending.  Making that decision of whether or not to kill the space creature would have been a lot more informed if the Doctor had spilled what he knew about it.  If he had told them it was harmless and it's hatching wouldn't hurt the Earth and it would replace the Moon with another that had the proper gravity making the right choice would have been much easier.

31 Days of Horror: Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (Article) - 10/3/2014 7:15:47 AM

I know I'd be in the minority but while I found the first 2 Hellraiser films too bleak for me I throughly enjoyed 3 & 4.  Watching a pre Star Trek Jadzia Dax investigate the mysteries of the puzzle box in movie 3 was fun.  And watching the history of the puzzle box from pre Revolutionary France to future space station was amazing.  And some very unpleasant people got what was coming to them.

I've seen 5 but thought it was predictable and derivitive.  I've heard there were more films in the series but haven't seen them.

Doctor Who: The Caretaker Review (Article) - 9/29/2014 5:44:05 PM

Redshirt, the Doctor has a hate against soldiers due to his experiences in the Time War.  Still, as David Tennant and Matt Smith he interacted with and worked with soldiers.  Why he is so anti soldier as Capaldi is something they will have to explore I guess.

I haven't been thrilled with the episodes so far this season.  The problem isn't Capaldi.  I like him just fine.  I've felt that the writing on the episodes has been mediocre.  But I really liked The Caretaker.  It's really getting into the relationships between the characters.

Does it seem to anybody else that the Doctor has taken a big step backward in his understanding of human beings?  He used to understand them quite well but first as Smith and now even more as Capaldi he really doesn't seem to be able to understand or predict their behaviour.

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