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Mauve Alert! Doctor Who Christmas Trailer Released! 

The moment is coming for the Doctor to regenerate, but he’s going out in style with help from his first self and a man who may or may not be the Brigadier.

I should be sad because it’s Capaldi’s last episode, but WE HAVE THE FIRST DOCTOR IN THIS EPISODE! 

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Farewell to a Doctor Who Legend

It was announced yesterday that Deborah Watling, who played the Second Doctor’s companion Victoria Waterfield, lost her battle with lung cancer at the age of 69. Victoria joined the Doctor and Jamie in their travels after her father was killed by the Daleks in 1967’s “The Evil of the Daleks” and was introduced to a world she never imagined existed. Although she enjoyed seeing all of time and space, she eventually settled down in 1968 as the adopted daughter of Frank and Maggie Harris.

I had the opportunity to meet Deborah Watling at a convention last year (even got her autograph), and she was such a kind and sweet lady–so much fun to talk to. I dearly hope she rests in peace.

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Independence Day Speech

This time last year, I had never seen Independence Day. That has since been rectified, and I can safely say this is one of the most inspiring movies speeches I’ve ever heard. It may not be Aragorn’s “Men of the West” speech (then again, what is?), but it’s still awesome and makes me want to go out and fight aliens.

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The Reason I Love Nightcrawler

I’ve written on here before about how Nightcrawler is one of my favorite X-Men, but I’ve never been able to find the video clip that made him my favorite. Today that all changed. Today YouTube has finally yielded the video for which I have searched for a long time.

Behold, the scene that made Nightcrawler one of my favorite X-Men and made X-Men United one of my favorite films of the franchise!

 

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Reviewing Lovecraft

Today is Towel Day/Geek Pride Day, so what better day to pen my thoughts on H. P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories? I’ve heard a lot about Lovecraft over the years–his work is regarded as classic science fictionbut it wasn’t until recently that I actually got a chance to read him.

After reading him, I can’t help but think he’d be more accurately classified as horror instead of science fiction. Those were some weird stories, y’all. I enjoyed them, but still…that was some of the weirdest writing I’ve ever read. The best way I can describe it is as nightmares made flesh, as if he tapped into the things that terrify us the most and put them in front of us so that we were forced to confront them. I actually felt sorry for the characters; they were full of hopelessness and despair and terror. They were trapped in a world beyond all comprehension and had no chance of escape.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the stories. On the contrary, I can see why he’s so popular (and why Cthulhu is popular, too). And I truly believe Lovecraft had a major impact on the science fiction genre. But, man, stories like “Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family”, “The Rats in the Walls”, and “Nyarlathotep” were some of the weirdest things I’ve ever read.

Is this review coming off as equivocating? I don’t mean it to be. Lovecraft is great; just expect some weirdness if you read him, that’s all.

I think I’ve just succeeded in confusing myself. So here, just enjoy “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish”.

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May the Force be with You in Middle-Earth

It’s Star Wars Day, and I figured I’d do something a little different by going into the similarities between Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. It’s kind of a running joke in my family that Star Wars is really just The Lord of the Rings in space, and here I shall prove it to the world. Some of these may seem fairly obvious; others may be completely bonkers, but all should be entertaining.

Luke Skywalker = Frodo Baggins

Frodo and Luke

 

Ordinary guy (but with famous relatives) living a pretty ordinary life suddenly finds himself in the middle of a plot that could destroy the world.

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader = Bilbo Baggins

Darth Vader and Bilbo

First in the family to have epic adventures, is temporarily under the influence of the Dark Lord but fights off the influence and becomes one with the Force/sails to the Grey Havens.

Obi-Wan Kenobi = Gandalf

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Gandalf

The man responsible for seeing both generations off on their respective adventures–also dies and comes back in a more powerful form.

Emperor Palpatine = Sauron

Emperor Palpatine and Sauron

Do I really need to explain this one?

Han Solo = Aragorn

Han Solo and Aragorn

Ruffian who turns out to be a hero.

Princess Leia = Arwen

Princess Leia and Arwen

A princess who always has a plan and is not afraid to make sacrifices for the people closest to her no matter what the personal cost.

C-3PO and R2-D2 = Legolas and Gimli

C-3PO and R2-D2 and Legolas and Gimli

Best friends who are always bickering.

Lando Calrissian = Eomer

Lando Calrissian and Eomer

The friend who shows up in Part II and is crucial to helping win the battle in Part III.

Count Dooku = Saruman

Count Dooku and Saruman

Former good guy who turned traitor. Bonus points for both parts being played by Christopher Lee.

Yoda = Gollum

Yoda and Gollum

Odd-looking creature with a weird speech pattern who shows our hero the way to complete his quest.

I know, I know, I couldn’t find parallels for all of the LotR characters (which makes me sad because I would love to know who Eowyn and Sam are analogous to), but I think these are pretty accurate, nonetheless–and funny, too, which was the whole point behind this post.

Happy Star Wars Day!

 

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Returning Character in “Doctor Who”

The BBC recently announced a humongous return for Doctor Who. Really, this is pretty stupendous, so turn away now if you don’t want to be spoiled!

Still here? Well, you can’t say I didn’t warn you.

Per the official BBC website, John Simm will be returning sometime during the tenth season! He will be reprising his incarnation of the Master alongside Michelle Gomez, who plays the female Master regeneration, Missy. This is the first multi-Master story in the show’s history, and it will certainly be exciting to see how the Master reacts to seeing a future version of himself–and his reaction to the fact that future version of himself is a woman. There have been several multi-Doctor stories over the years, so I’m really looking forward to seeing the Master team up with himself (herself?) for the first time.

Stuff like this is so exciting, it’s almost enough to make me forget that we’re losing Peter Capaldi…almost. I was doing so well until I saw this trailer.

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