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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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.

Recap: Doctor Who – The Tsuranga Conundrum – aka The Pting Disaster

Pting.pngLet me preface that I liked quite a few bits of the episode, but it seemed a bit familiar.

In the 5th episode, titled “The Tsuranga Conundrum,” we find Team Tardis without their Tardis as they are injured in a sonic mine explosion and taken by a medical ship named the Tsuranga to a base. However, things go awry when a voracious Pting starts to chow down on the very ship that Team Tardis are on. As the ship hurls itself towards an asteroid belt of some sort, the group must resolve the Pting issue, while a man is going into labor and questioning his ability to be a good father to his unborn son.

The latter story gives us a way to learn more about Ryan as he speaks about his father, who abandoned him after his mother passed away. Ryan stated that because he looked so much like his mother, his father could not handle it. This also allowed Ryan to connect with Yaz a bit more, as well as with Graham.

However, as we are officially at the halfway mark, I am starting to wonder which of the three companions will make it to the next season.

Now, as the Doctor gets educational about the power source of the ship, that is when the episode starts to remind you of other episodes where Team Tardis is stranded on a ship and have to work together to get everyone somewhere safe.

Since this is the first season for everyone, writers, crew, and actors…it is expected to look back at prior seasons to borrow from episodes that were fan favorites. But, I think as we head to the last half of the season, this Doctor needs to find one storyline that may string the fans along on a journey that finishes the season off and leads us into another season.

Coming up: Demons of the Punjab – India, 1947. The Doctor and her friends arrive in the Punjab, as the country is being torn apart. While Yaz attempts to discover her grandmother’s hidden history, the Doctor discovers demons haunting the land. Who are they and what do they want?

Recap: Doctor Who – Arachnids in the U.K.

BBCA Synopsis: The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan find their way back to Yorkshire and Yaz’s family only to find something is stirring amidst the eight-legged arachnid population of Sheffield.
I may have been one of the few people who was not terrified of the supposed big bad of the episode, the arachnids. Nor was I not surprised that the showrunner decided to take a left after last week’s stellar episode, Rosa.
That does not mean it was not a great episode. IT did cover a couple of interesting hot topics that are constantly in the news today:
  • The current U.S. President
  • All creatures great and small and the environment
The episode did not start nor did it end on a note about either of these two things.
No. The episode began with the Doctor getting her friends back to their time. Actually, they arrived an hour after they left.
You can tell from the get-go that coming home may have been a great goal, but this may not be something that the companions want  anymore. However, once their is a mystery for the Doctor to want to throw herself into, the group rallies.
After breaking in to an apartment for a scientist that is looking for a colleague, they see that person and her apartment cocooned by spiderwebs. The spider who did, is the size of a large coconut crab. They are not pretty.
Yet, this spider and all the others that we are not aliens or evil. They are poor victims of Jack Robertson’s greed. This coward, who loved to hide behind bodyguards and being famous, built his hotel on a coal mine that is also a landfill for toxic waste. As a result of this, the spiders that were used in an experiment just grew bigger and bigger. Eventually, the Doctor and er friends corral the spiders at Robertson’s hotel and when they learn that the queen of these spiders is dying, Robertson does the unthinkable and shoots her. this moment enraged the Doctor and me. The Doctor is right, all living organisms deserve to be treated with dignity.
The funny thing is that the character of Robertson is how Europeans, maybe even the rest of the world, see us. How they perceive us is terrifying. We’re not all power hungry and only looking out for ourselves. Ultimately, the tragedy of this episode is that this man gets to walk away and not get punished for any of his actions.
He is possibly the worst villain that Doctor Who has ever had to deal with.

In regards to the rest of the episode, it really was a family oriented episode.

  1. We get to see the dynamic of Yaz and her family, after she invites the Doctor to tea and Ryan tags along. She loves them to death, but they drive her batty.
  2. Graham is missing Grace something fierce.
  3. Ryan has become very attached to Yaz, but maybe not as much as Yaz has become attached to the Doctor. Even her Mom questioned if they were seeing one another.

By the end of the episode, it was plain as day. Graham, Ryan, and Yaz no longer belong to this world. They belong to the Doctor and she belongs to them. So, they created a new little family or as she calls them, Team Tardis.

This was a great episode and I cannot wait to see what comes next for Team Tardis.

The Tsuranga Conundrum – The gang must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe’s most deadly and unusual creatures

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Recap: Doctor Who – Rosa

Here we go, we are on to the third Episode of Doctor Who, Rosa.

Synopsis:

“If she can live here her whole life, a couple of hours ain’t gonna kill me.They ain’t gonna kill me, right?” Montgomery, Alabama. 1955. The Doctor and her friends find themselves in the Deep South of America. As they encounter a seamstress by the name of Rosa Parks, they begin to wonder: is someone attempting to change history?

We see a moment when Rosa Parks sat in the white section of the bus. There was a confrontation with the driver and she is left behind. We flash forward 12 years and our quad has landed in the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama. There is artron energy there and that forces them to investigate. The group are ecstatic to cross paths with Rosa Parks, who saved Ryan from being beaten by a very upset racist. They are then refused serviced by more racists at a restaurant. This episode is making me so angry at how these people from Alabama for how they describe Yaz and Ryan. Ryan is right, it is not like Rosa Parks wiped out racism forever. Yet, like Yaz stated, Rosa’s action allowed Yaz to become a police officer. So, their job is to protect Rosa….Operation Rosa Parks has begun.

They find out where she works and what train she takes. Ryan follows Rosa and he charms her, Yaz has to create a timeline of the events, Graham hunts down the infamous bus drive, James Blake as the Doctor looks for the guy who is a Stormcage rehabilitated prisoner. He may be handsome, but he is a twit. Apparently, he has a neural constrictor that inhibits him from killing or injuring people. He, Krasko, thinks that when Rosa sat down in the wrong section on the bus, and started all the bad things.

Ryan shook hands with Martin Luther King, Jr. He is so adorable when he is ordered around by Rosa Parks to serve coffee. This experience is allowing Ryan to grow.

Their job is to keep history in order. Rosa must think these Brits are a little nuts. Ryan sent Krasko somewhere, but where?

They succeeded in setting  history in order and Rosa continued with her impact on all of our lives. As the Doctor said, “She changed the world. In fact, she changed the universe”.

This is what I love about Doctor Who. It has these moments when it teaches you about what is important.

This was a lovely episode and possibly one of the best episodes of Doctor Who that I’ve seen in a very long time. This is the episode to watch, if you;ve never watched an episode of Doctor Who.

Next: Arachnids in the UK – “Something’s happening with the spiders in this city.” The Doctor, Yaz, Graham, and Ryan find their way back to Yorkshire – and Yaz’s family – only to find something is stirring amidst the eight-legged arachnid population of Sheffield.

 

Doctor Who: There Are No Aliens in Sheffield

What is it about the Doctor, that no matter what shape or form…when we first meet the newest incarnation, the emotions that well up in fans is palpable.

As Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor crashed through the roof of a train that has stopped due to an alien trying to target people to leave dna bombs in. The Doctor tells us that the planet is being used as a battleground between two alien races, but in reality it is a hunt. The target is a crane operator named Karl. Karl listens to motivational tapes that tell him he is valued.

The aliens we see are: one is in the shape of ganglia (Gathering Coil) and the other looking like an ancillary character from Halo (Stenza Warrior). The Stenza Warrior takes teeth as trophies from his victims and wears them on his face. Sexy, no? The Doctor calls the warrior Tim Shaw, because she refused to wrap her head around his name. It also helps get under is skin.

In a game of chicken, the Doctor and Tim Shaw are at a stalemate, but the Doctor got the one up on Tim Shaw. However there was a casualty, Grace. The Nan of Ryan, one of the companions, died valiantly as she tried to protect humanity by getting rid of the Gathering Coil.

Is this the end of Tim Shaw, I doubt it. He was not killed off and he got to transport back to his planet, which means that this will not be the last time we see this Stenza Warrior.

At the wake for Grace, The Doctor explains to the group how they can move on. Keeping them inside and remembering what they would have said and done. Desperate to find her Tardis, and after getting her new outfit (Cannot wait for next year’s con to see everyone dressed up as the latest Doctor), Graham, Yaz, and Ryan help the Doctor create a device that would allow her to locate the Tardis, but then something happens…

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So, now we have our Doctor and her companions. I have to admit that this Doctor has a lot of the qualities that Ten and Eleven had and that just makes me happy. In these strange times that we are living in, we need levity, hope…and a sense of wonder.

Actually, when she stuck her finger in her nose, she had me.

There was this bit, where we saw all the actors we would be seeing in this season and guess who will be in it?

Mr. Big, Chris Noth. I never thought he would be in anything sci-fi/fantasy.

Also, here is a hint of things to come: