What You Missed…

A lot happened while I was away, I’ll get to that in a bit. 

To the chagrin of many Whovians, we learned that we were not getting a Christmas special, but we were getting a…

Honestly, this is a gift from the show. Fans should just be quiet and be grateful.

However, as to appease the desires of the fans, starting December 24th… there will be a marathon of not only all of the Christmas specials, but all of the episodes in the following order and I believe the order is set via popularity: 12, 9, 10, 11, 13. This leads to the January 1 New Year’s episode. 

Here is the synopsis: As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. Will the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz be able to overcome this threat to Planet Earth?

Isn’t that the premise to all of the Doctor Who episodes? I kid.

We have the official trailer for season 4 of The Magicians:

Renewals/Cancellations: 

In a shocking move, ABC has given a 7th season renewal to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The sixth season does not premiere until the Summer. Syfy Wire

New Shows: Hulu is taking off their gold hoop earrings as they have snatched up George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards series and they are creating now one, but two shows from it.  

Wild Cards is a series of science fiction superhero shared universe anthologies, mosaic novels, and solo novels written by a collection of more than forty authors referred to as the Wild Cards Trust and edited by George R. R. Martin and co-edited by Melinda M. Snodgrass. Set largely during an alternate history of post-World War II United States, the series follows humans who contracted the Wild Card virus, an alien virus that rewrites DNA and mutates survivors; those who acquire minor or crippling physical conditions are known as Jokers, and those who acquire superhuman abilities are known as Aces. Wiki

Hulu is also picking up Sweet Tooth. It is the coming-of-age fable of Gus, a boy/deer hybrid who leaves home to find the world ravaged by a cataclysmic event. He joins a ragtag family of hybrids and humans searching to find answers behind the event…ultimately discovering a vast conspiracy that forces him to question his very existence. Deadline

Casting: With Disney’s streaming service announcement, we are hearing more and more of the casting for the much anticipated Mandalorian show from Jon Favreau:

Pedro Pascal will play the lone gunfighter who has manged to escape the the authority of the New Republic on the outer reaches of the galaxy after the fall of the Empire and just before the rise of the First Order. The show will allow the viewers to learn more about the warrior tribe.

It was also announced that Gina Carano was also joining the series that will be directed by the likes of  Taike Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow, to name just a few… TV Guide

Jon Cryer has been cast to play the infamously popular villain, Lex Luthor on Supergirl. He will pop up in 2019. THR

There is talk that a studio is trying to revive The Saint and Chris Pratt may be the star. I am not in the business of casting, but I have seen the show that starred Roger Moore and the movie that starred Val Kilmer. I even remember the movie that starred Eliza Dushku. Chris Pratt is not someone you would easily associate as being suave or someone that could be known as a thief. Now, Richard Madden…I could see him doing it or a youngish Bond. 

TV Reviews: 

These are quick little reviews as I watched these shows while in transit.

Riverdale: In the Great Escape, Veronica devises a dangerous plan to break Archie out of juvie; Betty finds herself in a race against the clock to save Jughead when takes his investigation a step too far. When we last left Betty, we saw her take in the sight of all her peers playing the dreaded G&G game. She is not pleased with Jug’s downward spiral in to the game, even if it is for a noble cause. He is determined to take down the Gargoyle King, but we fear that Juggie’s intentions may be for naught as he may be dragged down deeper in to the rabbit hole by individuals who are in the pocket of the Gargoyle King. Case in point, the warden at the Juvie detention center.

How do we know this? Well, we watch Ronnie, Betty, Josie, Reggie, and Kevin work together to get Archie out with the intel they learned from the local casino owner. They succeeded pulling the wool over the eyes of everyone…including the Warden, who decided to ingest cyanide after acknowledging that he had failed his quest to kill the Red Paladin. The Red Paladin is Archie.

This rescue puts a deeper wrench into everyone’s lives in the Lodge household. The Mayor is Hermione and she has so much on her plate that she cannot deal with the insanity that is the power struggle between Veronica and Hiram. The death of the Warden and the disappearance of Archie Andrews will not help. One thing for sure, Hermione is as perplexed as we are over the obsession that Hiram has with Archie. This is more than just Veronica…there is something else going on with this guy. Is it the Gargoyle King?

Reel it back to camp Jones. Juggie is dealing with a slight uprising for power as he is the Game Master. He puts a kibosh on it, but as we that he has an uncanny knack to see things through the game, the Gargoyle King becomes intrigued with Juggie. This is not a good thing.

The only thing that is good is that the gang is working together to keep Archie safe, but there is a chink in one’s armor. Who will that be?

Next: Manhunter – Betty follows some strong leads in hopes of finding out who the true Gargoyle King is; Veronica’s attempt to prove Archie’s innocence lands her in hot water.

Doctor Who: In Demons in the Punjab, Yasmin travels in time to visit her grandmother during her youth in the partition of India, but everyone gets caught up in the tragic bloodshed of that era as the Doctor discovers that demons are haunting the land. Who are they and what do they want?

Can I just say that I am not totally understanding why people are so unhappy that this show is allowing itself to go deeper in to the lives of the companions. If it is historical, fine. But, these episodes give us insight into the characters.

Let me digress, now this episode dealt with Yaz and the person that has the most impact on her…her Gran. Gran, who is celebrating her birthday, is feeling like her time on this planet is short, so she bestows these mementos from her past to her children and grandchildren. Yaz’ gift was a broken watch. We are led to believe it was from their grandfather, but as the episode progresses we learn that this was from the man her Gran first married just as India was about to separated into India and Pakistan. This was a man that sacrificed his life so that his wife and her family could escape before they get swept into riots that the Partition caused and he was killed by his own brother…who believed that Hindus were not to marry Muslims. Such a sad story, but if it had not happened…we would not have had our Yaz.

What was sweet was that Graham put things in perspective for Yaz, just as she starts to feel like she did not know her Gran at all. This was just the first love that started the journey that turned this young woman into Yaz’ Gran. Graham is just so sweet as he hugs Prem before he gets married because he knows that Prem is not going to survive the day. If I were him, I would have been a weeping mess. 

Next: Kerblam! – A mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the Doctor, leading her, Graham, Yaz and Ryan to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s

PS – I had to take a few days off because my office is in the process of moving and that is a taxing task. Then I got to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, parts one and two, as well as The Crimes of Grindlewald. All great, but we cannot divulge the secrets of anything J.K. Rowling-related, can we? Then there was a storm that knocked NYC for a loop and had us stranded in the middle of nowhere, but I am now back to the day-to-day of geekiness.

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