Netflix Orders I Am Not Okay With This to Series

 Jonathan Entwistle, director of The End of the F***ing World and the producers of Stranger Things are bringing a new series to Netflix, I Am Not Okay With This, which is based on the Charles Forsman graphic novel. It is a coming of age story about a teenage girl navigating the trials and tribulations of high school, all the while dealing with the complexities of her family, her budding sexuality, and… mysterious superpowers just beginning to awaken from deep within her. The show will encompass 8 episodes.

Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry will produce for 21 Laps. The writer/EP/Co-Creator is Christy Hall and the Director/EP/Co-Creator is Jonathan Entwistle.

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This announcement comes on the heels of Netflix’ announcement of a bio-series based on the life of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez.

Prepare Yourselves for Crisis on Infinite Earths…

Not much happened yesterday, except for the finale of the Elseworlds crossover event.

Surprisingly, we started the episode off with the realization that Superman is really John Deegan. No surprise there. This is a man who loves his new found power, so why not allow yourself to think that you can be a Superhero, even if it is due to circumstance…and that is the book. As you can tell he is a little off his rocker.

But he continues to hold the mantle of Superman and that is trying to save the meek of Central City. In this new Earth, Kara is jailed and her powers are dampened and Barry and Oliver continue to be the famed Trigger Twins. Even if they have no powers, they are still a threat to John Deegan and that gives them a little leg up on Deegan because he can’t read them.

In order to be the hero he wants to be, Deegan creates a team of familiar faces to help him in his quest. But he had to scrambled reality in order to do so.

That’s when the Monitor pops up to talk to Barry and Oliver, aka Boliver, about their destinies. This is all a trial, but due to their inherent desire to help humanity even if it means losing their lives while doing so…The Monitor thinks they have a chance. So, their first stop is finding Mr. Ramon the Kingpin. Boliver teaches Mr. Ramon to use his vibing so they can find Clark and Lois.

While this is happening, Kara is trying to crack the nut that is this Earth’s version of her Sister. She does it and just as she is ready to escape with her sister, Our Clark, with Mr. Ramon and Boliver show up. Now, it is Superman vs. Superman and like the DCEU movies, they are tearing up the city.

However, Kara gets her hands on the unlocked book and she gets it to Clark. He manages to fix Boliver and they are in their respective costumes and have their powers. Is that enough to stop Deegan…no. Of course not. He gets his hands back on the book and as he tries to rewrite reality to the nth degree, Oliver confronts the Monitor and he challenges him, why? To ensure that Kara and Barry live, but something has to change.

Is that Oliver…we shall see.

We did get is a resolution to this storyline. Barry and Kara slowed time enough to give Oliver, with a special arrow in tow, the time he needed to burn that book and take out John Deegan.

Everything is as it should be, but we got more…

Lois and Clark are leaving for Argo for an extended amount of time due to Lois being pregnant. Clark leaves Earth 38 in the capable hands of his cousin and then pops the question to Lois.

Boliver have reached a new level of understanding and appreciation for one another.

And Kate tells Oliver that something is amiss with John Deegan and his new bestie…

Then we get this…

All in all, it was a great crossover event that should be it’s own series. These characters are at their best when they work together to save humanity. Now, the countdown begins for next fall.

FYI, here is a little info on the comic book series that the next crossover event is based on:

At the start of Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Anti-Monitor (the Monitor’s evil counterpart) is unleashed on the DC Multiverse and begins to destroy the various Earths that it comprises. The Monitor tries to recruit heroes from around the Multiverse but is murdered, while Brainiac collaborates with the villains to conquer the remaining Earths. However, both the heroes and villains are eventually united by the Spectre; the series concludes with Kal-L, Superboy-Prime, and Alexander Luthor Jr. defeating the Anti-Monitor and the creation of a single Earth in place of the Multiverse. Crisis on Infinite Earths is infamous for its high death count; hundreds of characters died, including DC icons such as Supergirl and Barry Allen. Wikipedia

Does this mean we will see a shift in the Arrowverse in the foreseeable future? Only time will tell…

What You Missed…

While the World is waiting for the Mueller Report to be released and the vote to happen for Brexit, the latest trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters dropped. Yes, yes…not as important. However, all I could say was, “Is that Rodan?!?!? Was that Mothra?!?!? Is this Japan?!?!?!? As you can tell, it is a must watch:

While Netflix is purging all of their competitor’s content on their streaming platform,  they are getting all of their ducks in a row. First, they announced that their animated series for Carmen Sandiego, which will focus on new criminals and how Carmen became Carmen. Mark your calendars, if you are a globetrotting crime-fighter at heart.

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Netflix also dropped the trailer for the final season of A Series of Unfortunate Events:

Bits and Bobs:

With notice that Constance Wu will be in a romantic comedy for Screen Gems, Jennifer Lopez’ Second Act coming up (and it is a fun and sweet little movie), everyone still wowed by Widows, and talk of Tiffany Haddish possibly being the host of Academy Awards…it looks like we are in the time of  Being a Woman of Color is the best thing to be.

NASA offered assistance in saving Tony Stark after the Avengers: Endgame trailer came out last week.

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Recap: Elseworlds: Part 2

Well…Barry is still Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow and Star City is falling apart due to the red skies. Diggle is right, whenever Supergirl, Green Arrow, and The Flash are together…there is a problem. What’s funny is that Oliver thinks Batman is an Urban Legend and he is facing speed force issues. We saw the Wayne Enterprises building!

Soooooooooo…Oliver’s reputation proceed’s him when they make it to Gotham…which is a city where people travel by armored car. Apparently, Wayne left Gotham three year’s ago and Kate Kane has bailed them out. While this is happening, Cait is consoling Felicity about why Oliver did not tell her about the body swapping?

Kara finds out from Kate that Deegan is a doctor at Arkham and that is where the trip heads to next. We then cut to Kate going into the bowels of the Wayne Enterprise building to go get her Batgirl outfit.

Ruby Rose is not bad as a superhero.

The Brainiac team tells the supes that they have to get “the book.” They find Deegan and he knows Oliver is Oliver and then sets off the alarm that buys him time to escape. The alarm just opened every door to all the cells.

Wow…Reverse Flash and Malcolm Merlyn show up. Basically, all hell is breaking loose in Gotham. However, they are not really there. Basically, Oliver and Barry are fighting each other. Kate stops them from killing each other due to inhaling a powerful hallucinogenic. This moment allows the two friends to learn of the burdens that both of them carry and thus a greater appreciation grows for one another.

And…Kara and Kate have a moment. Will this mean that possibly they may cross paths again? I think everyone wants that.

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With the book in tow, team Freaky Friday head back to Star City.

Oliver has a moment with Felicity and tells her that no matter what, she is the love of his life. Very sweet moment where she knows that this man in front of her is her Oliver. Apparently, all they needed was a much needed heart-to-heart. I hope this carries over to their own normal timeline.

Barry from Earth 90 shows up and explains the devious plan of the Monitor that revolves around a “Crisis.” He wants to save the multiverse from someone. Who?

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Now, they are in a new world where Oliver and Barry are in robbers in Central City (snazzy outfits). They have no powers and dark Superman is the hero of this world. How are they going to get themselves out of this mess?

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Next: Supergirl, The Flash, Green Arrow and Superman face the battle of their lives.

 

 

 

What You Missed…

This is what had everyone talking in my inner circle, the teaser for Stranger Things, which lists all the episode titles for the upcoming third season that will air in 2019:

  • Suzie, do you copy?
  • The Mall Rats
  • The Case of the Missing Lifeguard
  • The Sauna Test
  • The Source
  • The Birthday
  • The Bite
  • and The Battle of Starcourt

It also states that all the episodes take place during the Summer of 1985. That was a good Summer.

Netflix also released the trailer for their highly anticipated upcoming live action show that is based on the Gerard Way comic, The Umbrella Academy:

The show will air on Netflix on 02/15/2019 and stars Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Colm Feore, Adam Godley, John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe and Kate Walsh.

Between this, Deadly Class, The Gifted, Marvel’s Runaways, and Cloak and Dagger, it is clearly evident that networks (traditional, cable, and streaming) are aiming for a certain demographic that can propel a show with their ravenous fandoms.

We also have the trailer for the Doctor Who New Year’s special:

One thing, with the confirmation of Jodie Whitaker coming back for season 12, we learned that season 12 will come early 2020.

I know…we went through this with Sherlock. We’ll survive.

Here are some quick recaps of the shows I am covering:

Blood of My Blood: Jamie and Claire are surprised when Lord John Grey drops in on Fraser’s Ridge with an unexpected traveling companion; when Grey takes ill, Claire must reconcile her personal feelings with her duties as a doctor.

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Yes, yes…I was on the edge of my seat when Lord John Grey popped up at Fraser’s Ridge while on his way to Lynchburg and do you know who tagged along?

Jamie’s son, Master William.

Why did John take the circuitous route of getting to Lynchburg through North Carolina…well, to test himself to see if he had feelings for Jamie and this is all due to the fact that he had no feelings for his wife when she passed away. This all comes out when John comes does with the measles.

This was great because it:

  1. Allowed Claire and John have this moment to come to terms with one another and to come clean about certain things. Remember, they both love the same man. So, it starts off with Claire telling John that she felt he was sent, by Tryon, to spy on Jamie,  it then went on with her telling how pissed off she was that Culloden robbed her and their now adult daughter of twenty years with Jamie. and then the kicker was when John reveals to Claire that Jamie offered himself to John in exchange for John to become William’s surrogate father. That was a lot for Claire to swallow. But, she can see that John holds Jamie in high regard and at the end of the day, while she may have Jamie…he has William. And they come to a tenuous truce.
  2. With John being highly contagious with Measles, Claire sends Jamie and William away. This allows Jamie to reconnect with his son. At first, Jamie does not reveal who he is to the lad…and that is not Dad, but the man that used to take care of the horses on his estate aka Mac. The fact that Jamie did not tell him who he was bothers William. The fact that his Dad is potentially dying also puts William in a mood. However, he goes fishing and deer hunting with Jamie and tries to prove that he is not just a kid in Mac’s eyes. That is until he does something that Jamie told him not to do and that was take a fish from Cherokee land. They demand blood, so Jamie tells the Cherokee that William is his son and that they should take his life in lieu of William’s. William is not having it and tells the Cherokee that he was not Jamie’s son and that they should rightfully take his blood. Well, they basically give him a paper cut, because he is so brave. There is a moment where William asks Jamie why he never turned back when he left all those years ago. Jamie replied that he did not want to give him hope of seeing him again. So, when it was time for John and William to leave, as they trot away on their horses…William turns to look back at Jamie. That is hope that they will cross paths again. And I suspect a part of William believes that there is more to his Mac.
  3. Murtagh. He is so not happy with Jamie and John’s friendship. With Murtagh being the leader of the local Regulators group, sitting and listening to John as he laments how the Regulators are dangerous, it just rubs him raw…however once Jamie fesses up that William is his son, he decides to back off.
  4. . Jamie gave the ring to Claire, the one made with the candlestick and then they make sweet, sweet love after 1000 kisses.

Yes, the episode ended on a high note. But, happiness can only last so long…

Next: Down the Rabbit Hole – Brianna follows in her mother’s footsteps and travels through the stones back in time to 18th century Scotland, where she struggles to make her way to the Colonies to find her parents

Elseworlds – Part 1 – Barry and Oliver wake up to find they’ve swapped bodies, but Team Flash doesn’t believe them, so the two heroes travel to Smallville on Earth-38 to get help from Supergirl.

There is something magical about these crossover and that is the camaraderie and humor of all the heroes working together as they try to deal with whatever cataclysmic issue they are dealing with.

Now, Barry adapts to being the Arrow a bit faster than Oliver as the Flash and that makes sense. But, their first instinct is to get to one another to figure out what is going on. Barry thinks this is all great…until he finds out that Oliver woke up in bed with Iris and that makes him want to fix this stat.

Now, Iris tells Oliver that Felicity is broken by the deal that Oliver cut. She tells him that he is ruled by violence and revenge and that is a bitter pill to swallow.

Then…Iris drugs Oliver and Ralph knocks Barry out.

Cisco finds out that the  red skies is causing a disturbance and sees The Monitor. The Monitor is the reason this is happening. He gave a book to Professor Deegan so he could change reality. Now, we are dealing with a robot that looks like the Monitor, but has all the supes powers.

We see Lois and Clark! YaY! This Lois is the first Lois to make me think of Margot Kidder and that made me so happy. This Lois also knows that Clark is Superman. So, we caught up with Kara and Clark as they talk about Kara leaving the DEO and Clark having returned from Argo City. The good thing is that Kara knows Barry is Barry and Oliver is Oliver.

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But, Oliver is annoyed that Barry is still so jovial when he is the Arrow and he just wants to take Barry out..when Barry and him do the infamous Arrow/Running test from season 1. But, Barry wanted to make Ollie suffer in a teasing fashion. That just set off Oliver and Barry storms off. They eventually hash out their issues and what comes out of it is we see how different they are and what really motivates them to do what they do.

They agree to play the parts they were given, which is perfect because Cisco pops up to tell them that they should return home because there is a robot tearing up the city. Guess who is coming along…Kara, Clark, and Lois! Were they successful in stopping him? Nope. He copied all of their powers.

They realize that they have to download a virus to stop him. Barry is sounding like the Arrow for real and Oliver is giving a thumb’s up. It’s weird. Now, Like Iris, we are worried that these guys will not be able to change back to who they really are.

Cisco vibes Barry and Arrow to see what he saw when the Monitor gave the professor the book. The Monitor saw the vibing (Is that a word?) and ominously tells them that they cannot change what has been put into motion. Yet, Oliver knows where to find the Professor and the Monitor…and that is in Gotham City. So, we will watch Oliver, Barry, and Kara (Clark and Lois went back to protect their earth) go to Gotham to cross paths with…?

No, not Batman. Yes, Batgirl.

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I have to admit I like Barry in the Arrow outfit, he looks good in it and this episode was so fun. Can we see more of Superman and Lois Lane? I love their dynamic! I also love that Barry and Iris’ love transcends just the physical.

Can’t wait for Part 2 – Still trapped in each other’s bodies, Oliver and Barry head to Gotham City with Supergirl to find out why their reality changed and cross paths with the mysterious Kate Kane.

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What You Missed…

As Tony Stark says, “Part of the journey is the end…” And that is what we are getting as we get our first promo for Avengers: End Game.

This movie will tie up the first 10 years of the MCU and allows it to move on to a new slate of storylines and characters that will help it continue to dominate the comic-book based movie franchise wars.

Who knew Ant-Man would be a sign of hope for Captain America and the fans of the MCU. This movie is slated to be released in October 2018.

Captain Marvel, which will be out in March, also released a new trailer:

While, Captain Marvel is the hope that the Avengers need…she is the character that a good percentage of the population has been craving for. A Marvel hero that can rival Wonder Woman. How she set’s us up for End Game will be interesting to see.

While we are on the topic of female-centric superheroes, we are happy to announce that Jodie Whitaker will indeed be back for season 12 of the BBC’s cult classic series that revolves around the adventures of a Time Lord named “the Doctor”, an extraterrestrial being with two hearts. Now, the news outlets have stated that this bit of news would quash any worries that fans had about Jodie leaving the series. Well, season 12 was never an issue. It was actually season 13 of Doctor Who that people were worried about. Whatever the case may be, it is nice to get confirmation that we will continue to see Ms. Whitaker again as the Doctor for another few episodes.

It seems like there is no lagging in the foreseeable future when it comes to superhero programming for movies and TV. Fans want it and the networks and movie studios are happily offering whatever they can get their hands on.

Case in point, Plastic Man, which will be developed by the WB as part of their DC slate of movies. If you do not who Plastic Man is, here is a bit of info on the humorous character that was popular in the late 70s and early 80s. Variety

Plastic Man was a crook named Patrick “Eel” O’Brian. Orphaned at age 10 and forced to live on the streets, he fell into a life of crime. As an adult, he became part of a burglary ring, specializing as a safe-cracker. During a late-night heist at the Crawford Chemical Works, he and his three fellow gang members were surprised by a night watchman. During the gang’s escape, Eel was shot in the shoulder and doused with a large drum of unidentified chemical liquid. He escaped to the street only to discover that his gang had driven off without him.

Fleeing on foot and suffering increasing disorientation from the gunshot wound and the exposure to the chemical, Eel eventually passed out on the foothills of a mountain near the city. He awoke to find himself in a bed in a mountain retreat, being tended to by a monk who had discovered him unconscious that morning. This monk, sensing a capacity for great good in O’Brian, turned away police officers who had trailed Eel to the monastery. This act of faith and kindness—combined with the realization that his gang had left him to be captured without a moment’s hesitation—fanned Eel’s longstanding dissatisfaction with his criminal life and his desire to reform. Wikipedia

Plastic Man, coupled with 2019’s Shazam is a clear indication that the DC Extended Universe is taking a break from the much more tradition fare of serious movies that we have seen in recent years. With that said, we learned from Amy Adams during the Actors on Actors series that she is out of the DCEU:

“I think I’m out of the DC Universe now.  I think they’re revamping that. I don’t know the details.”

This makes sense as Henry Cavill has moved on to The Witcher on Netflix.

Amazon is also throwing itself deeper into the superhero pool with the announcement that it is developing Deadtown which is based on The Refrigerator Monologues, by Catherynne M. Valente. The collection of short stories  come from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who’s ever been “refrigerated”: comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero’s storyline will progress. These women meet in a purgatory like area called Deadtown. Syfy Wire

Thanks to Chris Hemsworth, we have our first look at the Men in Black reboot:

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Anime fans, you may be thrilled or upset by the fact that Netflix is adapting Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell manga, titled Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. The series will air in 2020. TVLine

One last bit of news that makes all of you 90s kids thrilled. We have the Kim Possible live action movie trailer from Disney:

Now, if you follow me on social media than you know that I am a sucker for a gimmick that makes the movie experience all the more fun. I went to see Mission Impossible: Fall Out in 4DX and it was the most fun I have ever had in 4DX…wait embuste, I watched one Marvel movie and I remember the water spraying on my face as Captain America hurled himself down during a storm and I almost fell of the chair. I told everyone, only purchase a ticket for 4DX if you know you will be in a roller coaster ride of action during the movie. So, we learned of the upcoming slate of movies from SONY that will air in that 4DX in 2019 and two of the movies that may be worth forking over so much money is Spider-Man: Far From Home and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel. However, I suggest you wait and see the first round of reviews from fans to see if it is worth watching in that format.

There is also ScreenX.  This is a new immersive cinema experience that has every wall in the theater acting as a movie screen. Now, Aquaman will air in that format and that may be the movie to watch it as a chunk of the movie is under water.

Reminders: Set your DVRs or mark your calendar as busy, because The CW’s Arrowverse crossover event, Elseworlds, starts on Sunday.

DEC 9 The Flash – Elseworlds, Part 1 – When Barry Allen and Oliver Queen wake up one morning and realize they have swapped bodies with each other.

DEC 10 – Arrow – Elseworlds, Part 2 – With Oliver and Barry still stuck in the other’s bodies, the two get a lead on John Deegan and head to Gotham City with Supergirl to figure out why their reality has changed.

DEC 11 – Supergirl – Elseworlds, Part 3 – Supergirl, The Flash, Green Arrow and Superman engage in the battle of their lives.

Also, on DEC 14, the Chilling Adventure of Sabrina will air their Holiday special on Netflix.

And the Nominees Are…And More…

Well, it seems like everyone has started to toss their hats into the “Why Exactly Did Netflix Cancel Daredevil?” ring. The show was a fan favorite and doing quite well numbers-wise. Again it is all about to powerhouse who are about to go head-to-head in the streaming wars. Who else has written about this? TV Guide, Deadline, etc..

On the upside, we finally got a teaser for the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones:

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The other happy news is that American Gods has a premiere date for the second season, and that is Sunday, March 10 at 8/7c.

Image-1Gotham is just around the corner and this may be the best promo for a TV show in a very long time, click on the link:

Here is the latest trailer for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina:

For fans of Asian quirky dramas and Asian Pop music, Netflix has nabbed “Demon’s Path,” from Malaysia’s Astro group. The show will start airing on Dec. 22.

The series follows a forensic pathologist who has the ability to see the last 10-seconds of life of the dead. Working together with a friendly exorcist and a policeman, they solve homicide cases. But as their investigations proceed, they become the target of a murderer. Variety

As it is the middle of December, that means one thing…awards season is just around the corner. Today, we got to see who was nominated for the Golden Globes awards. Here are the ones that we consider important (I highlighted the ones I am rooting for):

Television Nominees: 

TV Drama
The Americans
Bodyguard – Because he was on GoT
Homecoming
Killing Eve
Pose

Performance by an Actor in a TV Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Stephan James, Homecoming
Richard Madden, Bodyguard
Billy Porter, Pose
Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Performance by an Actress in a TV Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Julia Roberts, Homecoming
Keri Russell, The Americans

Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Escape at Dannemora
Sharp Objects
A Very English Scandal

Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Daniel Bruhl, The Alienist
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Bornstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: ACS
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Film Nominees:

Drama
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
If Beale Streat Could Talk
A Star Is Born

Comedy or Musical
Crazy Rich Asians
The Favourite
Green Book
Mary Poppins Returns – Because Mary Poppins is a Time Lord.
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Performance by an Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Charlize Theron, Tully
Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Animated Film
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Original Score
Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place
Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther
Justin Hurwitz, First Man
Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Original Song
“All the Stars,” Black Panther
“Revelation,” Boy Erased
“Girl in the Movies,” Dumplin’
“Shallow,” A Star Is Born
“Requiem for a Private War,” A Private War

Who are you hoping will win?

Recap: Doctor Who – It Takes You Away

The Doctor takes a nibble of the local soil and our team finds out that they have ended up in Norway in 2018, they head through the forest to a deserted house.  But, there was someone boarded in the house and of course they investigate, because…why not?  They find a young woman hiding in a closet and she is lured out by a cheese and pickle sandwich that Graham always carries with him. Just like a Granddad. The girl tells them that her Dad was taken by the “thing” and he has been missing for four days. Everything seems a bit off kilter and nothing makes sense. As expected, the Doctor decides to help the girl.

They hear it and Hanne is terrified.

All of the sudden, Graham finds a mirror and he and Ryan cannot see themselves in it.

“We’d know if we were vampires, right?” Ryan asks Graham.

The Doctor locks the mirror with the sonic screwdriver and then goes in to see what the mirror is. It’s a portal. A portal to what? Well, there is only one way to find out and so Yaz and Graham go with the Doctor through the portal and Ryan stayed behind to protect Hanne. With string being the only way for the em go back to the mirror, they come across a creature named Ribbons and all he wants is the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver.

This screams, “It’s a trap!” Where is Admiral Ackbar when we need him?

The trio learn that they are in an antizone, which is what the universe makes wherever the fabric of space and time is threatened. Like a protective buffer zone to keep threats at bay.  There are also flesh eating moths that react to light and movement.

While we are talking about traps, Ryan finds a speaker outside making the noise of the monster. He gets rid of it and when he goes inside, Hanne overtakes him and goes through the portal. Lesson here is that Ryan is a horrible babysitter. However, when crap hits the fan, Ryan is there to protect Hanne.

In a weird twist, we find Erik, Hanne’s Dad, in another plane that is similar to ours and he is with his dead wife who seems perfectly alive. The only problem is that she can’t leave that place. Then…there is a noise that Graham recognizes and it is his deceased wife, Grace. Poor Graham. But, why?????

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We hear of a story from one of the Doctor’s Grandmom’s about something called the Solitract. It is apparently a consciousness and energy that cannot allow the universe to work. The Solitract was removed and being in the Solitract is terrifying. Why? It is a trap! It is using the grief of Graham and Erik to create physical manifestations of the people that they loved in order to keep everyone there. But having them there is making this Solitract unstable and as a result it will collapse. So, the Doctor has to tell everyone from our universe to leave this world…

For the Doctor to tell Graham to leave Grace behind is painful. When Grace 2.0 tells Graham to leave Ryan behind because he was a clever lad, well…in that moment Graham knew that this was not “his” Grace. So he was kicked out of the Solitract universe. The Doctor also gets Erik to be kicked out. She, of course, sacrifices herself. But, she convinces the Solitract frog-being that even if she leaves, they will be friends forever. So, she is ejected as well.

Now, Erik and Hanne know it is time to move on from the grief and move back to Oslo.

Graham is still hurting, but when Ryan calls him Granddad….so much crying from me.

Graham is the heart of the show.

Next: The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos – Answering nine separate distress calls, the Doctor and team arrive on the remnants of a brutal battlefield on the planet Ranskoor Av Kolos. This planet has many secrets. An amnesiac commander? Mysterious mists? Who or what are the Ux? A deadly reckoning awaits the Doctor and team once they have the answers….

This is the finale for this season.

After this, we will get the New Year’s episode. We’ve heard that next season will be much shorter and it may be Jodie Whitaker’s last as the Doctor and Chris Chibnall’s last season as showrunner. I think that would be a disaster. Let’s hope that we get many, many more seasons with this great team.