The Sun's Shadow

Stumbling to find a light switch in the dark

Quote: Abraham Lincoln

My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.
A. Lincoln

The Monday after the holidays is often a tough time to return to the job and get back in to the daily motion of it all.

January 4, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

The End of Time Part II and Long Death of the 10th Doctor

************* SPOILERS BELOW***************

 

This final episode of Doctor Who with the 10th Doctor feels more like 2 stories, the first 45 minutes being the conclusion of the end of time, and the last half hour being the long death of the 10th doctor. We’ve known this episode was coming for a long time, the expectation level was set supremely high, and to be honest it did not meet the expectation, however I have doubts that the expectation could have ever been met since I never really knew what my expectation was. I had re-watched all the regenerations of the previous Doctors over the course of this past year so there was just enormous build up to the final episodes of the 10th Doctor. 

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? 

Who is she?

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? 

WHO IS THIS TIME LADY?

January 2, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Opinion, Sci-Fi, TV, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

The Wisdom of Jor-el

The virtuous spirit has no need for thanks or approval. Only the certain conviction that what has been done is right. Develop such conviction in yourself, Kal-El. The human heart on your planet is still subject to small jealousies, lies, and monstrous deceptions. Resist these temptations as you inevitably find them – and your ethical power will then properly outweigh your physical advantage over others…

Live as one of them, Kal-El, to discover where your strength and power are needed – but always hold in your heart the pride of your special heritage. Your being is both separate and your own , but I have caused your earthly presence and must share responsibility for your actions. They can be a great people, Kal-El. They wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all – their capacity for good – I have sent them you…my only son

December 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Quote: Douglas Adams

There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
Douglas Adams

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Ah The Donner Cut

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.

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Movies, Nonsense, Opinion, Sci-Fi, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fraggle Rock Christmas Miracle

It just so happens this early Christmas morning, while looking for some show to watch I come upon Fraggle Rock. The nostalgia you can almost taste it, it so sweet… then I see it’s a Christmas episode! What are the odds?! Oh wait never mind.

PS it’s also netflix…

PPS Merry Christmas…

December 25, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Darwin!

Thank you! Lincoln your not so bad either;) Well Done.

February 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Daily Show on Sarah Palin

You May have seen this but Jon Stewart had something to add to the Palin VP nomination

 

September 8, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Science Does What Only Ancient Gods Were Able Too

Make a Paralyzed man walk again… Israeli scientists have developed a Human exoskeleton that allows a person to walk again.  The Device is called Rewalk invented by Israeli engineer Amit Goffer who is the head of a Argo Medical Technologies.

This is simply amazing, this is a technology is in its infancy and it can only help those who are paralyzed from the waist below, you do need use of your arms to make this work. It does offer hope to those people who may have never thought they could walk again or too look a person eye to eye in conversation, but don’t take my word for it.

“I never dreamed I would walk again. After I was wounded, I forgot what it’s like,” said Kaiof, who was injured while serving in the Israeli military in 1988.

“Only when standing up can I feel how tall I really am and speak to people eye to eye, not from below.”

Its not just the restoration of a person ability to walk but article also point out the additional health benefits for a paralyzed person to be able to stand up and walk again.

Kate Parkin, director of physical and occupational therapy at NYU Medical Centre, said it has the potential to improve a user’s health in two ways.

“Physically, the body works differently when upright. You can challenge different muscles and allow full expansion of the lungs,” Parkin said. “Psychologically, it lets people live at the upright level and make eye contact.”

Iuly Treger, deputy director of Israel’s Loewenstein Rehabilitation Centre, said: “It may be a burdensome device, but it will be very helpful and important for those who choose to use it.”

Wait, what’s that Iuly it is a burdensome device?

The system, which requires crutches to help with balance, consists of motorized leg supports, body sensors and a back pack containing a computerized control box and rechargeable batteries.

Sure the suit is bulky at this point and requires specific control to make maneuvering easier, but to make a person walk again means the technology is here, Iron Man cannot be too far behind. This technology will be further developed and you can be sure it will be made smaller, lighter, and more user friendly.

Science Amazing!

August 29, 2008 Posted by | Medicine, Science, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

MAKE WAY FOR PHELPS

MOVE OVER HERCULES

MOVE OVER HERCULES

Michael Phelps is the GREATEST OLYMPIC CHAMPION EVER!

Michael Phelps is the GREATEST OLYMPIC CHAMPION EVER!

August 17, 2008 Posted by | Sports, Uncategorized, United States | Leave a comment