Cowboy Bebop and Ronald Dahl at Netflix and the Movies You Should Keep an Eye On…Like Artemis Fowl and Anna and the Apocalypse

It seems like the holidays are going to be very quiet with all the shows shutting down for the holidays and rightly so…as most of us are trying to figure out presents for all our friends and family and planning for the big holiday dinners. 

With that said, there are some exciting news movie-wise. 

First up, Artemis Fowl:

As I watched, I had the same feeling I got when I saw the first Harry Potter movie teaser. 

If you are intrigued, there are a series of books that revolve around Artemis Fowl and they are written by Eoin Colfer. Here is the summary of book 1:

Twelve-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous–and extremely high-tech–fairies. He kidnaps one of them, Holly Short, and holds her for ransom in an effort to restore his family’s fortune. But he may have underestimated the fairies’ powers. Is he about to trigger a cross-species war?

The second bit of movie news that had many excited revolved around the sequel to the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie. Sony has Bek Smith working on the script for the sequel that will focus on three generations of Spider-Women, one of which is Spider-Gwen. If you have not seen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, you are missing out on a fun movie. Deadline

Zoey Deutch has been  cast in the sequel to Zombieland. The original cast has also signed on and the movie will be released in time for Halloween 2019.  Variety

Since it is the holidays, I only thought it fair to show you a trailer to a movie that screams Christmas…

One last thing, if you have a teen (my 16 year old niece texted me this bit of news) that loved the Netflix movie To All the Boys I Loved Before, it is getting a sequel. That reminds me, if you get the book, there are Christmas cookie recipes in the back. 

Now, about TV…

 Netflix has been working hard lining up programming:

NETFLIX ANNOUNCES NEW LIVE ACTION SERIES COWBOY BEBOP BASED ON THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL ANIMATED SERIES

  • Based on the worldwide phenomenon from Sunrise Inc., Cowboy Bebop is the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed: a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll even save the world…for the right price.
  • Episodes: 10
  • Co-Production: Netflix and Tomorrow Studios (a partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios). Netflix will handle physical production.
  • Showrunners / Executive Producers: Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio
  • Executive Producers: Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios (Snowpiercer, Good Behavior); Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise Inc; Tetsu Fujimura and Matthew Weinberg.
  • Writer/Executive Producer: Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) will write the first episode.
  • Consultant: Shinichiro Watanabe (director of the original anime)

NETFLIX TO CREATE EXCLUSIVE SLATE OF ORIGINAL ANIMATED EVENT SERIES FROM THE ICONIC ROALD DAHL STORY UNIVERSE

Netflix Will Reimagine and Extend Some of the World’s Most Beloved Stories: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, and More

Hollywood, Calif. and London, UK – November 27, 2018 – Willy Wonka and the Oompa-Loompas are joining The BFG, Matilda, The Twits, and a host of other iconic characters who have all found a brand new home together on Netflix! Netflix and The Roald Dahl Story Company jointly announced today that Netflix is extending the Roald Dahl universe of stories for global family audiences with an exclusive new slate of original animated event series, based on the books from the acclaimed and award-winning author’s best-selling library, including Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatildaThe BFGThe Twits, and many other beloved titles.

Roald Dahl stories have long inspired award-winning feature films and stage productions. But now, for the first time, Netflix will bring together the highest quality creative, visual, and writing teams to extend the stories in this first-of-its-kind slate of premium animated event series and specials for audiences of all ages and for families to enjoy together. Netflix intends to remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl while also building out an imaginative story universe that expands far beyond the pages of the books themselves.

“Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories,” said Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, “This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be thrilled.”

“Immersing ourselves in the extraordinary worlds of Roald Dahl stories has been an honor and a massive amount of fun, and we are grateful for the trust the Roald Dahl Story Company and the Dahl family have placed in our team to deliver more moments of shared joy to families around the world,” commented Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids & Family Content at Netflix. “We have great creative ambition to reimagine the journeys of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values.”

“Netflix is known for innovative and high-quality storytelling,” added Gideon Simeloff, Strategy Director for The Roald Dahl Story Company. “There is no other place in the world that can deliver animated entertainment for the whole family at such quality and scale.”

The list of titles in the agreement between Netflix and the Roald Dahl Story Company includes Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatildaThe BFGThe TwitsCharlie and the Great Glass ElevatorGeorge’s Marvellous MedicineBoy – Tales of ChildhoodGoing SoloThe Enormous CrocodileThe Giraffe and the Pelly and MeHenry SugarBilly and the MinpinsThe Magic FingerEsio TrotDirty Beasts, and Rhyme Stew.

Production is set to commence on the first of the Netflix Dahl animated series in 2019.

Happily, The Walking Dead‘s numbers are up from the week prior. Unfortunately, the fall season finale for season 9 was the lowest of all of the mid-season finales. I would take this as a win for the show, but we shall see how many will keep on watching when the show returns February 10th at 9 pm. 

In Memoriam: The saddest news of the week revolves around the passing of the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants. Stephen Hillenburg passed away from ALS on Monday. Hillenburg was an avid artist and a marine biologist, he combined both of his loves and created a beloved character and his friends that lived in a fictional underwater city called Bikini Bottom. The show popped up on Nickelodeon in the late 90s and continues to be a fan favorite. Hillenburg has made many children and those who are still a child at heart smile. In response, Nickelodeon observed a moment of silence. TV Guide

Recap: Doctor Who – The Witchfinders

Aiming for a coronation, but ending up in 17th Century Lancashire during the Witch Trials that King James was so fond of, Team Tardis get sucked into the mystery of why the landowner is so hell bent on offing all those that live on her land.

They pose as Witchfinders to get to the bottom of the case in order to save a local girl who is being accused of being a witch, just as her Gran was. Graham is considered the “head” Witchfinder because he is a male and well, that annoyed me as much as it annoyed the Doctor.

Graham actually attended a Witch Trial tour and he informed that the town they were in, Bilehurst Cragg, was not listed as a stop. So, that bit of info tips off the Doctor. However, it is Yaz that forces the Doctor to get her Sonic out to find out what is really going on and that is…the ground is made of some alien matter that is making the dead come back to life and it is somehow possessing the land owner.

Upon further investigation, they, along with King James and the local girl whose Gran was a Healer and killed by the local land owner…due to her inability to help the land owner…which spurred this whole thing on, learn that the land owner broke a lock that kept this race of aliens imprisoned. Now, these “undead” are going after her. 

Eventually, we learn that the land owner is possessed by the wife of an alien king and she wants to break her hubby out of jail so they can rule Earth.

 Of course the Doctor fixes the locking mechanism for the prison and they entrap the prisoners that were loose and King James kills the former land owner with a torch, which pisses of the Doctor.

In recompense, King James agrees to wipe the name of the town off the face of the earth and to also redeem his hateful ways. He also asks Ryan to be his protector back at the palace…which was amazing.

While fans may hate these trips back in time, they are actually a lot of fun. It is also great for children to see that we should be grateful for the time that we are living in. While we may still have issues, we as a race have me great strides. We must remember to learn from our past in order to not make the same mistakes again. 

Next: It Takes You Away – On the edge of a Norwegian fjord, in the present day, The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help. What has happened here? What monster lurks in the woods around the cottage – and beyond?

The Walking Dead: Season 9B Trailer and Another One Exits

If you are a fan of The Walking Dead and are still reeling from the death of Jesus, but you are still hanging in there…here is what to expect in the second half of the season. 

I have to admit that while the episode was scary…due to the humans dressed like Walkers and people being stuck in a cemetery is never a good thing. What was really intriguing is that this is the third major actor who wanted off the show in the matter of a few months. The idea of having shows last a decade or more due to popularity may be great for a network, but it’s not so great for the actors who become iconic for the shows that they work on. 

Will this death have what’s left of the fan-base decide to move on? Well, only time will tell. 

Photo by Nathan Wright on Unsplash

Recap: Outlander – Common Ground

Signed, sealed and delivered, Jamie is now the proud owner of the deed to Fraser’s Ridge, which consisted of 10,000 acres of land. The local Governor gives some helpful advice, and a little dig at how similar Highlanders are to Native Americans, before Jamie heads back to Claire in town. She’s shopping for provisions with Marsali, for her and Jamie’s trip back to the ridge. But the thought of Brianna is at the forefront as Claire thinks of her only daughter when consoling Marsali, who is suffering from morning sickness and missing her own mother.

As they put the posts down for the boundary of their property, they come across the local tribe. Jamie’s non-adversarial act allows the locals to know that these Scots are not a threat. 

Back in the 20th Century, Roger (who is dressing a lot like my 8th grade religion teacher) tries to reconnect with Brianna after he reads the gift from Brianna that notes an area called Fraser’s Ridge. He reaches out to get more info and he sees the deed on the land and a letter. He calls Brianna with the news that her parents were reunited and made a home for themselves in North Carolina. This does not rekindle their relationship, if anything it seems to be the last nail in the coffin that was their relationship. 

Claire is ecstatic about settling down in her and Jamie’s new home. This is short-lived when the locals come to visit. This not going to be easy for these two and it is keeping Claire up with worry and rightly so. 

In the middle of the night, Rollo is gone and barking outside of their make shift shed, when they go out to investigate their food is gone and their horse is injured…this is bear territory.

Jamie goes to talk to John for consul about the bear and the Cherokee.  

Unfortunately for John, he gets mauled by the bear. To protect his family, Jamie goes after the bear. The bear in questions, was actually a Native American dressed as a bear. Jamie kills him in order to survive. When Jamie takes the body to the Cherokee he learns that the man/bear went mad after he was banished by his tribe. 

Yes, yes…I know that in the book…there was a real bear. The essences of the story is the same. 

The Cherokee call Jamie Bear Killer. The local healer gives info to Claire that Death is not to be feared of and it would not be her fault. 

Not ominous at all. 

For now they are happy as Claire rocks her pants and plan out the decorating for their new home. A table, a pantry, shelving, candles, and a bed. Life was so much easier back then. 

Roger, not so much. Especially after he learns from his friend that Jamie and Claire die in the 1770s from a fire. So, he decides to call Brianna again and her roommate tells him that Brianna is off travelling to Scotland to visit her Mother. 

Is she going through the stones?!?!? Well, a daughter needs her Mom, when she has a broken heart. 

Overall, great episode. 

Next: Savages – Claire’s medical expertise proves invaluable, but she begins to fear for her life when tragedy strikes her patients’ household. Jamie and Young Ian travel to a nearby town to recruit settlers for Fraser’s Ridge.

Happy Thanksgiving…

I’ve just placed my last batch of coquito in the fridge for later today’s festivities with fam and friends. 

My house is prepped and primed for guests as I listen to Oh La La La by EXO on repeat and wind down for a nap.  

However, a couple of things have popped up that I found interesting:

  1. The holidays are just getting better and better: 

2. What a mouthful:

3. Case closed: Well, The Satanic Temple and Netflix have settled the copyright lawsuit over the likeness of Baphomet that was used in the show, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The settlement amount was not disclosed. Reuters

4. Sony decided to announce key dates for movies in 2020: 1. July 10, 2020 and 2. October 2, 2020 and they are for movies in Sony’s Marvel Universe. The question about these dates is what is it for? Is it for the Spider-verse? Is it for Anything that may revolve around the X-Men-verse? Deadpool 3? 

With that…I want to wish you, if you are in the United States, a Happy Thanksgiving. If you are not in the U.S. have a wonderful weekend!

~M. 

What You Missed…

Barring the revelation of how The Walking Dead set up a plot that will allow Lauren Cohen, aka Maggie, to come back to the series when her schedule allows it, the X on Daryl’s back as the show has anointed him as their new  #1, and then there is all Elseworlds hype…it really has been a quiet day in the TV world. 

Casting News: The cast of Syfy’s Deadly Class is expanding, David Zayas has been cast as El Alma Del Diablo, Chico’s father and leader of the Mexican cartel. Kelcey Mawema will play Gabrielle. She tries to persuade Willie that perhaps studying at a school that trains assassins may not be the right fit for him.

Handsome Jaime Camil will guest star on Charmed as the new music director of Hillowne University’s a cappella group, The Hilltones. The character is described as “brash and eccentric” whose “commanding presence and devotion to technique make him the perfect person to ready The Hilltones for their next killer performance.” He’s also apparently “never seen without his hauntingly ornate pitch pipe.” SpoilerTV

In Development: The CW has grabbed Tosca Lee’s The Progeny to develop in to a series. The show centers on a young amnesiac who discovers she’s a descendant of history’s greatest murderess, plunging her into a deadly underground war as she fights to stop a secret society that has preyed on her kind for centuries. CBS is developing Bodhi. The series centers on a high-powered lawyer who inherits his father’s small law firm and discovers not only that his father’s clients are ghosts, but that he himself can now see and communicate with them, all of which forces him to pair with his estranged investigator brother, portrayed by Greg Grunberg, as they resolve cases that will allow the dead to finally rest in peace. Deadline

Random bit of news…the much anticipated prequel to the beloved Game of Thrones show might omit two key factors that fans love about the original show. They are…Targaryens and maybe even Dragons. What do you think about that? EW

Happy Holidays: Not only are we getting a special Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for Christmas, and a special Doctor Who for New Year’s Day, but Netflix is gifting us Avengers: Infinity War on December 25th. Nothing says Happy Birthday Baby Jesus like Teen Groot and Spider-Man disappearing into nothing. 

Recap: Doctor Who – Kerblam!

The Doctor gets a delivery via a Kerblam delivery bot and in the package is a Fez and a message of help me…

This, of course, puts Team Tardis on a hunt for the one looking for help at Kerblam. They land at a fulfillment center on the moon with 10,000 organic workers. Poor Graham got the shaft and is doing janitorial work, while The Doctor and Ryan are doing slips. Yaz is working in the warehouse. All the while they are under the watchful eyes of robots. 

We learn that the reason that it is mandatory that 10% of the workforce is organic in anyplace of work. This is because humanity spent the majority of their time glued to their phones when technology usurped them. Now people are missing from the stacks as the facility is suffering from power drains. 

As suspected, the robots are behind it, but who is behind the robots turning?Why has the system gone rogue. 

As a trap, the system gives Team Tardis notice that one of the workers that they have become friendly with has disappeared, Kira. She is also at the center of a romance with Charlie of janitorial services. Ryan, Yaz, and Charlie are on the hunt for her. This happens just as the Doctor learns that the Kerblam system is the one to send the Doctor notice for help. But, why?

Well, they are liquidating the missing and then the Doctor finds an army that is toting a weapon and that weapon is bubble wrap. This bubble wrap is weaponized. Who was behind this? Charlie. Why? Because he is a millennial and whats to change the world by destroying Kerblam as it is a representative of the requirement and the lessening of the need for organics. 

This episode is just an allegory of technology vs. humanity. 

Next: The Witchfinders – Arriving in 17th Century Lancashire, the TARDIS team become embroiled in a witch trial. With the arrival of King James I, the hunt for witches intensifies. However, could something more dangerous be at play? Can the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan keep the populous of Bilehurst Cragg safe from the forces surrounding the land?

True Blood the Musical is Happening and Benedict Cumberbatch as Bill the Vampire?

Alan Ball, the creator and showrunner of HBO’s True Blood, was at a 10th anniversary screening of the pilot episode at the Vulture Festival where he announced details of what may be the next musical to hit the Great White Way aka Broadway. Deadline

“It tells the story of vampires coming out of the closet,” Ball said. “Ultimately it really departs from the book, because people aren’t ready, and they’re too bigoted and they end up going back in to the closet.” He said the project, which Nathan Barr first announced in 2014, is currently being work-shopped, but didn’t reveal whether he will have any sort of involvement. “

There was also details of who went through casting for the popular show. Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Chastain, and Jennifer Lawrence could have been our Bill, Sookie, and were-panther. That would have been such a different show, wouldn’t it? 

Recap: Outlander – The False Bride

Roger is heading to America to go after Brianna and to attend a Scottish festival. It seems like it has been a bit of time since they have truly connected and his love for her is propelling him to make this quest. 

Jamie and Claire are still dealing with the events that transpired last week and have told Jocasta that they will be moving on and Jocasta is going to set her nephew up as best as she can as they set off to create their new lives. Ian just does not want to go back to Scotland after all that he has seen and been through and he has convinced Jamie of his decision. 

Jocasta and Claire have a talk prior to setting off and Jocasta tells her that she screwed up his future. Claire is pissed about this. However, Jocasta knows what Jamie is capable of. This conversation is revisited by Claire when she and Jaime are taking a break due to a storm. She tells him of the pursuit of happiness and he says he does what he does for those he loves and that is all that matters. 

When a clap of thunder scares their mule, Claire goes after it. She forgets that they are in Native American territory. Then the mule returns and there is no Claire, Jamie starts to worry. We see that her horse was frightened and she fell and knocked herself out as she hit the ground. She comes to and manages to find cover, but she becomes frightened when she sees a local /ghost approach her. He wears the stone that she found by a skull. His skull. 

When morning breaks, Claire cannot find her shoes and as she searches, she sees that she has been visited by someone who may have stolen her shoes. She goes off and finds her Jamie and her missing shoes??? Did the Ghost lead them to one another? When Claire cleans the skull, she sees that the Native American had a silver filling. They realize that that Native American is a time traveler, but who is he? 

Due to a patch of strawberries, the Frasers have found their patch of green to call home aka Fraser’s Ridge and it is a beautiful piece of land.

Brianna picks up Roger and the romantic tête-à-tête begins as they are on a hunt for Claire and Jamie. When at a Scottish festival in North Carolina. She is reveling in learning this and that about her culture as they spin further into love. Then she throws herself at him and he proposes to her. She tells him that she is not ready and tat is crushing him. She tells him that she wants him. He does not want to bed her if she does not want to wed him. Well…they have it out and he leaves in a huff as he has been rebuked by the one woman he loves. At a clan burning of the stag event, they end their romance. 

Next: Common Ground – Having been led by providence to Fraser’s Ridge, Jamie, Claire and Young Ian begin to build a home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the 20th Century, Roger tries to reconnect with Brianna.

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.