The End of Time: This seems RTD’s attempt to wrap up as many loose threads as possible. The Big focus is the time war, and what happened to the Time Lords and Gallifrey? The episode opens on Gallifrey the Citadel of the Time Lords smoldering in ruins, with smashed Dalek ships strewn about. The last day of the Time Lords. There is a lot play with prophecy, destiny, and coincidence. The Time Lords we see here are not the Time Lords we have known, they are very different, I guess we did know that since they did decide to interfere and engage in the war with the Daleks. However they have become like the Daleks, they become the biggest threat to the Universe. In fact the plan to end time is very similar to Davros plan to wipe out reality in Journey’s End. What happened to you Time Lords? War is brutal and must be even more so across all of time. I find this in one sense disconcerting, I do like that he did answer these questions and give us the insight in to what the Doctor has had to deal with and come to terms with, but to make the Time Lords in to the Big Bad…wow. The Doctor is clearly the one who has condemned his whole people for greater good. It basically comes down to the Doctor possibly having too much power as he is faced with multiple life and death moral dilemmas including ones on the scale of civilizations; The Master or the Human Race, The Master or Time Lords, Himself or Wilford… etc…life and death choices all of them.
There is also this acknowledgement of the Doctor’s darker side, he may not use a gun, but he is clever, and manipulates people. This harkens back to the 7th Doctor when we began to see the longer perspective on events and people the Doctor has (Curse of Fenric). Then he hears the Time Lords are returning and grabs the gun, I guess there can be a direct approach with the Doctor too. I was reminded of the episode the Doctor’s Daughter where he teaches her that there is always a choice.
I do think the Master was used a little too much as a plot device in the end, for a character who has such a long and rich history on the show, see again I am not going to pretend to know what to have done with the Master, only that it left me wanting.
I did consider posting my rant about all the things I didn’t care for like the Star Wars, SG-1, and whatever bits from other sci-fi, but it’s all nonsense. The only two real issues with this episode I have are: WHO IS THIS WOMAN?
Clearly she is a Time Lady; Romanadvoratrelundar, Susan Foreman, the Doctor’s mother, who? Also there were two votes against not proceeding with Time Lords return, who is the other person? How was this Time Lady able to appear to Wilford, when it took 6 Billion copies of Master to make contact? This Time Lady appeared on TV’s and in person, the master had to be manipulated as a Time Lord his whole life to make contact, yet she appears to Wilford without much problem? That is all just left hanging out there in the end, and the question even gets asked! It one of those things I have a feeling will just never be explained, unless Steven Moffatt asked for it to be included otherwise I fear it will be like the #’s on Lost.
The other issue is the Doctor’s fall from the space craft, through the dome on to the stone floor and he gets up! The 4th Doctor fell from the radio tower on to the grass and that triggered the regeneration in to the 5th Doctor. The 10th Doctor seems considerably more durable considering he is 150 years older than he was at the end of the 4th Doctors time.
From the end of time, we enter the Long Death of the 10th Doctor, In this two part event we have been witness to multiple one on one conversations between two old men, Wilford and Doctor and I enjoy juxtaposition of these two Characters and again playing with the prophecy & destiny are fulfilled or coincidence occurs, as the Doctor sacrifices himself to spare Wilford’s life and he goes on his farewell reward tour… My only real comment here is Martha quit Unit and married Mickey Smith really? Um ok well moving on…. It was a tough regeneration for how drawn out it was, the Doctor fighting the regeneration. I did feel for the character as I liked this 10th Doctor and didn’t want him to go either but such is the way of the show.
I will hold judgment of Matt Smith as the new Doctor until he has a proper story of his own.
To Sum up – Over all I liked it, but it sits uneasy and…
WHO IS THIS TIME LADY?
The time of the 10th Doctor is drawing to a close and his old Nemesis the Master is back, but is that all or is there something more at play here? the time has come for the 2 Part finale which not only see’s David Tennant’s time as the Doctor come to an end but also Russel T Davies as writer and producer who brought Doctor Who back to TV in 2005. These episodes promise to be an exciting end to this chapter of long running British Sci-fi series. Here is a clip from part one:
Part 1 does not disappoint it is 60 minutes of a bigger than life Doctor Who action that we have come to expect from RTD. The folks over at the Gallifreyan Embassy have a saying “in Russel we trust” and with good cause, b/c the man can tell a story and whale of a tale it is.
The Master returns having cheated death once again and he is mad as ever! The drums the never ending drums in his mind are real. We also get insights in to the Doctor’s mind and childhood, the story establishes that the Master and the Doctor were childhood friends and that they use to play together. Their is history does go back a very long way.
We also see the return of Donna Noble not as a companion as she can never remember her past for fear of destroying her mind, but her family is part of the story the Doctor is aided by Her grandfather Wilfred Mott, who like Donna is an ordinary person who has a huge part to play in the unfolding of the events around the Doctor, There is a scene between the Doctor and Wilfred in the coffee shop where we get insight in to the Doctor’s mind, his fear of death and how regeneration even feels like death to him, as that specific incarnation is gone forever. Great Stuff here!
There is another element to this story atypical for Doctor Who, there is a narrator voiced by Timothy Dalton that provides some exposition on the story and the events we are witnessing. It is not until the end that we see this narrator and realize who or what he is. He is delivering a speech and as the camera pulls away, we see he is not just a Man but a Time Lord holding the staff of Rassilion! He is addressing the Time Lords and they are coming BACK!!!
I for one cannot wait for next week exciting 75 minute conclusion to this story, the Time Lords are coming back, what does this mean for the Doctor, for Galifrey, for the Universe, for next season!
I really enjoyed this story and feel it is building to something in the Russel T Davis style that will leave the Doctor Who fans eager and Ready for the 11 Doctor and adventures Steven Moffat will take us all on.
I have no idea why it took so long for me to see this movie, but I finally got around to seeing Superman II : The Richard Donner cut. Donner was the orginal director on the film and most of the movie was shot simultaneously with the first movie, apparently due to a dispute with the producers Richard Donner left the project prior to completion and another director was brought in to complete the movie, but there was also some significant story changes.
I had always grown up on the Richard Lester version and have loved the movie since I was small, seeing the Richard Donner cut was a real treat, it was like going back to that old classic movie you loved and instead of butchering it, they made it even better! I do cut this movie a little slack for some continuity issues due to the necessary use of the actors screen tests being used in part of the story.
This re-edit tells a more complete story and to me strikes more of a Superman comic book feel. I feel in this version all the performances come up a notch somehow, plus the inclusion of Marlon Brando who was editted out of the Richard Lester version, Jor-el play a much more significant part. The conversation between Kal-el and Jor-el over his responsibility is tops. I also enjoy that the story now provides a more satisfying explanation for how Superman regains his powers after having given them up. Thank you for this… previously it went from irreversable to he has got them back.
This cut of the film also works well with the most recent Superman film, Superman: Returns, there is a theme that runs from this cut of the movie in to that film. The Kryptonian Prophecy: The Father Shall become the Son and the Son shall become the Father. I like how I enjoyed this movie so much it affects how I feel about another movie… that’s a good sign!
I would like to point out no matter which version you like, one actor is supremely great in both the Lester Version and this newer cut; ladies and gentlemen Mr. Gene Hackman, his style, delivery, timing, facial expressions all great! but again I feel this newer cut on whole is just superior to the Lester Version and everyone’s performance somehow reflects this.
This was a real home run and finally a director’s cut worth watching!
Thank you Mr. Donner, your team, and all the good people who made this one happen.
Skynet seems to think so. In Terminator 3 the T-800 Model Terminator informs John Connor that the events of T2: Judgement day did not prevent the creation of Skynet but only delayed it and that the creation of Skynet is invevitable. This one of the reasons I like the Terminator movies, the concepts of time travel that comes in to play and Predestination Paradoxes or Causality loops that are used in the story.
Is the creation of Skynet inevitable? Well according to the story it is the future that creates Skynet (oversimplification), Skynet is developed out of technology from the future. When the original T-800 is sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor ( first Terminator movie) it is the parts that remained from that terminator that advanced the R&D at cyberdyne industries. In T2 these parts are destroyed and the creation of Skynet is delayed, but it does still happen (T3: Rise of the Machines.)
Skynet creates itself essentially, by having sent the terminator back in time, this is the crux of the Predestination Paradox. Well What if it doesn’t create itself? In Terminator Salvation Skynet has a kill list that is made evident early in the movie, top of the list Kyle Reese a teenager in post apocalyptic LA. Why is he on the list, presumable if you kill Kyle Reese, John Connor leader of the resistance will never have existed, b/c Kyle is the father of John Connor who sent him back in time to protect his mother Sarah Connor from the orginal Terminator (first movie) Predestination Paradox… DUN DUN DUUUUN. However if Skynet were to succeed and kill Kyle Reese does Skynet kill itself… or would its creation still be inevitable?
If skynet succeeded and killed Kyle Reese, John Connor would never exist to lead the resistance, and skynet would not need to send a T-800 back in time trying to kill Sarah Connor. Since the T-800 does not travel back in time, cyberdyne advanced R&D does not gain access to future technology on which Skynet is designed. This could lead to a possibility where Skynet is not created, but at the very least causing another delay it’s “inveitable” creation.
It would seem Skynet has a Kyle Reese problem.
Or rather the writer(s) of Terminator Salvation… since it’s all make-believe.
Actually I have no idea what an Opera Diva is really like… the closest I come is the one portrayed in Phantom of the Opera and she was a Bitch and so is Plaxico Burress star wide reciever of the NY Football Giants, well that is what I got from the article about him.
Recently-suspended Giants WR Plaxico Burress has been fined a stunning 40-50 times during his four seasons in New York, according to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer. The fines have been levied for various offenses, mainly related to Burress’ tardiness for meetings and treatments
Holy crap he’s been fined 40 -50 times! If I am even a few minutes late to a meeting I think I am going to get it but I don’t think the boss is going to take a few bucks out of my pocket. The article doesn’t mention an amount.
Burress has accepted the fines without incident, writes Glazer, but was taken aback by the suspension because “he just wants to play football.” What Plax doesn’t seem to understand is that playing football is a full-time job that includes going to meetings, getting treatment for injuries and listening to coaches. His new $35 million contract doesn’t just pay him for Sundays, but for the other six days of the week as well
What I think Burress does understand is that he has F-YOU money and the talent to back it up… so you can call your little meetings draw some X’s and O’s on the dry erase board… but he’s been paid and your fines don’t mean a thing Burress is his own boss and plays it his way. besides I am betting to Burress whatever the actual amount of the fine is, it like a couple of bucks to an average Joe.
This is a major problem for the Giants. It’s one thing to give star treatment to your biggest offensive weapon, but allowing him to create his own rules in a locker room that won a Super Bowl thanks, in part, to the disciplined approach of Tom Coughlin is a powder keg of resentment waiting to explode.
OK let’s settle down, how about we first find out if there are locker room problems before we start going and throwing words around. He’s not Shockey he actually has the talent!
Tonight the contracts are signed, HBK and Jericho will get it on in an Unsanctioned match at Unforgiven next Sunday!
Despite Shawn Michaels’ doctor’s suggestion to hang up his boots due to injury, HBK extended a challenge to Chris Jericho for an Unsanctioned Match at Unforgiven, where neither Jericho nor WWE would be liable if Michaels were to sustain further injury
Is this really an unsanctioned match? I mean come on both wrestlers are WWE employees, match will be held in a WWE ring, its billed as a main event for the WWE UNFORGIVEN PPV. It would seem the WWE fully supports this match, I would dare say they sanction it. This match would more correctly be billed as we’re not responsible match, or very likely a man will nearly die match… but whatever it will be, if its on WWE TV its sanctioned.
He then proceeds to blow the roof off the dump, last night night I caught the Neil Diamond concert at Madison Square Garden. He is currently on tour in support of his new album Home Before Dark, which is great. It is a collaboration with producer Rick Ruben who previously worked with Johnny Cash on his final albums which also were great. Home Before Dark is Neil Diamond showing his chops as a song writer with a simple style and melody, the album can be infectious.
I bought the tickets a few months back as a present for my mom and dad, but I am also a big Neil Diamond fan so it was something I could share with them and I have also gotten my girlfriend in to Neil as well. We all had a great time, there was no opening act it was just straight Neil Diamond who appears on stage in all black suit with some sequins playing his awesome hits for two and half hours! The people went nuts dancing in the aisles and screaming for more. So what does Neil Diamond play for his concert you ask? Glad you did here is the set list
Love on the Rocks
Thank God for the night time
Home Before Dark
Don’t Go There
Pretty Amazing Grace
Done Too Soon
I am… I said
Forever in Blue Jeans
Sweet Caroline (This was played 3X!!!!)
You Don’t Bring Me Flowers
Song sung Blue
I’m A believer
Man of God
Brother Loves Traveling Salvation Show
It was a great show, I highly recommend it to anyone who can go and see it and enjoy! Also just for any one who is going to any type of event at MSG, there is a Steak House Nick and Stef’s it actually in MSG with a private entrance to the garden the food is excellent and its a real hoot to use the private entrance.
Seems like I am on a Sci-Fi tear lately. I recently picked up V The Second Generation By Kenneth Johnson. Kenneth Johnson wrote and created the original mini-series. The book was published earlier this year as a sequel to the original NBC V Mini-series. The book disregards any events of V the Final Battle and the subsequent TV show (Johnson had nothing to do with either of these). Here are some excerpts from wikipedia to give you a reminder of the story.
Aliens arrive on Earth in a fleet of 50 huge, saucer-shaped motherships, which hover over key major cities. They reveal themselves on the roof of the United Nations building in New York City, and are human in appearance, but require special glasses to protect their eyes and have a distinctive low resonance to their voices. Simply referred to as the Visitors, they reach out in friendship, ostensibly seeking the help of humans to obtain chemicals needed to aid their ailing world. In return, the Visitors promise to share their advanced technology with humanity.
However, strange things are soon noted. Scientists find themselves facing increasing media hostility, and government restrictions on their activities and movements. Others, particularly those keen on examining the Visitors more closely, begin to disappear or are discredited
Journalist and TV cameraman Michael Donovan (Singer) sneaks aboard one of the Visitors’ motherships and discovers that beneath their human like facade, the aliens are reptilian in nature, and carnivorous – preferring to eat live food, like rodents and birds
A resistance movement is formed, determined to expose and oppose the Visitors as much as possible…The true purpose of the Visitors’ trip to Earth is to conquer and subdue the planet, steal all of the Earth’s water and harvest the human race as food, leaving only a few as slaves and soldiers/cannon fodder for the Visitors’ wars with other alien races.
The book picks the story up 20 years later the resistance has been badly crippled and earth is under total Visitor rule, 50% of the Earth’s water has already been taken by the Visitors and millions of people have disappeared. At the end of the mini-series one of the Resistance tactics is to transmit in to space a distress call in the hope that the visitors have enemies that will come and help. Well it took 20 years but the visitors do have enemies and they make contact with the resistance. As you can imagine not a moment too soon… in classic sci-fi drama they show up in humanities darkest hour.
The story and prose are both good for sci-fi, perhaps that is because its not so much sci-fi as it is a story about life under an oppressive fascist regime and people working in common cause for freedom. It brings back some of the characters both good and bad from the original mini-series and updates you what has transpired in the last 20 years.
This is an enjoyable summer read you certainly feel caught up in the cause. I do have doubts if this book can stand on its own… not that it is a constant reference to the original mini-series but having recently re-watched the mini-series it certainly added to my enjoyment of the novel and provides a stark contrast from the visitor take over to them being entrenched in dominion over the earth.
If you enjoyed V in the 80’s this book will likely not disappoint.
V is for Victory
I must of lost my trekker licence years ago when I stopped going to conventions. I always enjoyed Star Trek unfortunately like many “at one point dedicated fans” I’ve seen every episode of anything to do with Star Trek probably multiple times. I have grown weary waiting for new series and want some new trek… which is not coming any time soon. Everyone should judge their own the level of fandom.
The other day I remembered George Takei in his role as the announcer for the Howard Stern Show mention that he had recently filmed a new Star Trek episode (this is a memory from a long while ago)… not a Paramount production but one that was created for and by fans of the Star Trek… the comment on the show was only entertained briefly and was dismissed with out much discussion the idea can almost seem absurd… it actually did seem absurd until yesterday when I recalled this little nerd nugget in my head like a sleeping trek-bomb that explodes and I do a search for Star Trek Fan Productions and POW! There is a stunning amount of it. I was having mixed feelings but I trusted my gut, normally I punch it but I checked it out.
STAR TREK PHASE II (Formerly New Voyages) This picks up at what would be season 4 of the original series, obviously all the actors have been recast. The production value is high the effects are by far better than in TOS. The acting is weak… but that is alright I can see how tough stepping in to any of those characters would/could/should be. The Story is… not bad… in fact it is pretty decent. I won’t bother with a synopsis you can check the link for all the info on it. I did have a feeling of watching Star Trek maybe the college play version of it… but did I mention the Story and the CGI. Plus its fun, the idea of Kirk, Spock and McCoy had many further adventures together and we get to see more of them… sweet but alot to live up for a fan. They also have Walter Koenig and George Takei guest star as Chekov and Sulu in different episodes and that is sweet the really worked them back in to the story. Very enjoyable!
I also watched another of one of the fan film productions
Star Ship Exeter This show is also set during the time frame of TOS, however it centers around the USS Exeter NCC-1706 another Constitution Class Star Ship. You follow the adventures of the Exeter’s crew as they muddle their way through space on their mission of exploration and being the first guy to see or do something. The second episode has better overall production value than the first, however the first was a work in progress and they are clearly progressing. The Andorians antenna still needs to be in the front of his head… The CGI is excellent by mid 90’s standards. This concept I find exciting if they can develop the stories a little more and the acting… well I guess we will just live with that… but tales from other ships in the fleet and their perspective on events and interactions with elements already familiar to the audience could be appealing and make for some good Trek adventures.
This only scrapes the tip there are many others… apparently there is something called Star Trek Hidden Frontier that has produced 50 episodes which is set during the TNG post the Insurrection movie… I think… I haven’t watch any of these yet… but to make 50 of them their has to be some promise to them.
I don’t know who or how these are being made the clearly it takes time and effort by a lot of people and that is to be commended from what I have see so far the production values they are much higher than I imagined. Its a good feeling to be impressed by something like this mostly because I understand none of this is done for profit. This is just made by fans for fans and distributed freely to anyone. Paramount
allows tolerates the use of the Star Trek Trademark….It is likely subtle and more complicated…but to who ever is putting up the money and to all who dedicate their time… THANK YOU!
If you were a fan of Star Trek… like me you once had the sickness of being obsessed with it, maybe this is worth your time… OH BOY AM I LATE TO THIS DANCE
UPDATE:I have watched the first few seasons of Hidden frontier and this is closer to what I was expecting but still better than I originally thought it could be. These episodes are filmed entirely in front of a green screen and the CGIis more on the Video Game side. The green screen setting limits some of the actors interactions with their surroundings, for instance you won’t see a helmsman actual touch the helm… All and all not bad and gives me further hope for stories from fans that are set in the Trek universe.
I wonder if there are fans of other shows that have made the effort to produce this level of quality fan fiction?
Wow, I am super late to the Dance on this one, but yesterday I was able to catch the Dr. Horrible Sing along blog while it was posted for free. It now only available on itunes. I have purchased it, its from Josh Whedon creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayera show I have previously written about as well as Angel & the short lived show Firefly go on to IMDB if you want his resume… I enjoyed this show immensely and highly recommend it, so go forth and buy it support we need more like it.
I was going to give you a write up and review and that’s been done by every other blogger and their dead ancestors so how about just a block quote from the Dr. Horrible site instead? Sound good…
Why, Joss? Why? Why now, why free, why us?
Once upon a time, all the writers in the forest got very mad with the Forest Kings and declared a work-stoppage. The forest creatures were all sad; the mushrooms did not dance, the elderberries gave no juice for the festival wines, and the Teamsters were kinda pissed. (They were very polite about it, though.) During this work-stoppage, many writers tried to form partnerships for outside funding to create new work that circumvented the Forest King system.
Frustrated with the lack of movement on that front, I finally decided to do something very ambitious, very exciting, very mid-life-crisisy. Aided only by everyone I had worked with, was related to or had ever met, I single-handedly created this unique little epic. A supervillain musical, of which, as we all know, there are far too few.
The idea was to make it on the fly, on the cheap – but to make it. To turn out a really thrilling, professionalish piece of entertainment specifically for the internet. To show how much could be done with very little. To show the world there is another way. To give the public (and in particular you guys) something for all your support and patience. And to make a lot of silly jokes. Actually, that sentence probably should have come first.
Amen brother Amen
Update: Anyone know where you can get a post graduate degree in horribleness or Mad Science?