Recap: Doctor Who – Resolution

When the part of a creature has been unearthed in an archaeology dig, it finds its missing pieces and Earth is once again terrorized by an evil that threatens the planet.

Of course, leave it to an inquisitive Archaeologist to help this creature escape. A creature that looks like a squid. Why is this squid so feared that age ago…three warriors took the pieces of this creature and went to the corners of the earth to bury and keep guard over it?

Do you know what this parasite is that has latched on and taken over the body of the archaeologist is? A Dalek!!!!! YES!!! And you know what it wants?Well, it is not any ordinary Dalek. It’s a reconnaissance Dalek and it is collecting info that will assist the Dalek plot to once again try to take over the world.

But there is another story line that was much more interesting and that was of Ryan’s Dad popping up to mend his relationship with his son.

Team Tardis is wary of Aaron’s visit, because as Graham put it so wisely:

“Family is not about DNA or a name. It’s about what you do.”

When Ryan called Graham Gramps and Graham called Ryan Son…I loved it.

Graham actually becomes the touch point that Aaron needed. He shows how much his Mum loved him and that could lead him to mend his relationship with Ryan.

the main plot point, I have to admit that when the Doctor called in to speak to UNIT, but customer service told her that that group had suspended operations due to funding from partnering countries…it made me laugh.

But, once the Dalek got canned up that military showed up to defend. Unfortunately, they are no match for a Dalek.

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Of course, history helps the Doctor and her extended family overtake the Dalek…but it is an act of desperation that not only takes out the Dalek but allows Ryan to forgive his Dad.

When the Dalek is cast out of it’s shell with the help of Aaron’s Oven/Microwave, it latches on to Aaron. The only way to separate the two would be to force it. The Doctor takes the Tardis close to a supernova and thinks that will suck the weakened Dalek off of Aaron.

When that is not the case, Ryan jumps to help his Dad.All ends well…Barring the Ryan/Aaron/Graham story…this still does not reach the level of the Rosa Parks episode.And now our quartet is off to adventures everywhere.

The next season will premiere in 2020.

Also, if you follow Outlander, I have been tweeting along to the new episodes. Follow me at LaGeeketteMaria.

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.

What You Missed…

A lot happened today that had everyone abuzz…

From Margaret Atwood announcing a sequel to The Handmaiden’s Tale to Archie Andrews becoming a fugitive on Riverdale, it indeed was a busy day.

Casting News: 

We have our Dracula. Claes Bang has been picked to portray the morally complex anti-hero in the upcoming Netflix/BBC three part limited series that is being helmed by Sherlock’s Steven Moffat. BBC

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is adding to their cast. McKenna Grace will play a pre-teen Sabrina in the upcoming holiday special. She will ask Santa from something special.

The following are listed as recurring and will be in the next season of the popular series:

  1. Alexis Denisof will play our favorite character’s boyfriend. That’s right, Mary Wardwell has a fiancee named Adam Masters and he will be coming back from working with Physicians Without Frontiers. It will be interesting to see how he deals with Mary who is technically dead and whose body is possessed by Lilith.
  2. Jedidiah Goodacre will play a Warlock by the name of Dorian Gray?!? He is the owner of Dorian’s Gray Room, an exclusive nightclub. He is an enigmatic gentleman of an indeterminate age and is very good at keeping secrets, especially his own — a cursed portrait he hides from prying eyes. Deadline

Netflix’s version of Lord of the Flies,  aka The Society, has cast some familiar faces. The show follows a group of teenagers who are mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their wealthy New England town, left without any trace of their parents. As they struggle to figure out what has happened to them and how to get home, they must establish order and form alliances if they want to survive.

The cast includes Legion’s Rachel Keller. She will play Cassandra, who is popular and the most impressive amongst her peers, and they all know it. A natural leader, she is the longtime rival of Harry. If she has one person she loves most in the world, it’s her sister, Allie, who will be portrayed by Kathryn Newton. The rest of the cast includes:

  • Gideon Adlon – Becca, a mature, tough and adventurous, yet always on the outside looking in. She’s the daughter of a single, alcoholic mother and in order to keep the rest of the world at bay, she hides behind her camera, viewing the world with a reporter’s eye.
  • Jacques Colimon – Will, a foster kid and a true orphan. He’s an outsider in West Ham who finds his natural social disadvantages disappearing in New Ham.
  • Olivia DeJonge – Elle, a dancer who is brittle from living in the obsessive, cruel world of dance. Her fear and uncertainty in this new world leaves her susceptible and vulnerable to those who don’t have her best interest in mind. She will struggle to find her own self in this dangerous frontier. Whether she finds salvation or, like those to whom evil is done, comes to do evil in return, only time will tell.
  • Alex Fitzalan – Harry is the epitome of privilege. He’s handsome, wealthy, ambitious and, in almost every other way, entirely unremarkable. Harry finds himself the leader of the roughly half of the population that would choose to recreate, in the New World, an exact replica of the world they left behind.
  • Kristine Froseth – Kelly, the Queen Bee of West Ham. She’s smart and has a firm moral compass. But now that the rules have been rewritten, she may well take the opportunity to rewrite herself as well. In doing so, she finds herself torn between the old high school hierarchy and the new world order.
  • Jose Julian – Gordie, a smart and grounded whiz kid that proves to be indispensable in the new world. He secretly pines for Cassandra. When he learns about her health issues, he vows to teach himself basic medicine so he’s prepared should crisis strike.
  • Natasha Liu Bordizzo – Helena. All of her certainty – about her boyfriend Luke, about God – masks her deep-seated uncertainty. More confident in Luke’s ability to lead the town than Luke himself, Helena finds herself stepping into that role in the face of conflict.
  • Alex MacNicoll –  Luke is the high school quarterback and is built like one. His girlfriend pushes him to be a leader, but he’s much more content with being a supporter.
  • Jack Mulhern – Grizz is a jock with a poetic side. Incredibly smart, he becomes important to the power struggles and game of survival in the new world.
  • Salena Qureshi – Bean
  • Grace Victoria Cox – Lexie is quirky and slightly unpredictable. Lexie comes into her own in the political arena of New Ham.
  • Sean Berdy – Sam is sweet, sensitive, and funny. Born deaf, he is painfully aware of the unfair vicissitudes of fate.
  • Toby Wallace – Campbell is a sociopath, insecure and angry at the attention his brother’s “difference” has stolen from him. Netflix

In Development: 

The CW continues with their superheroes, but Super Clean is different. Written by Rothchild, Super Clean explores the superhero genre from the human side. Becky Masters, an uber-organized and brilliant human, and her ragtag team of non-powered cohorts navigate the danger and drama of “cleaning up” after superheroes and villains, all while Becky works to prove her superhero boyfriend is innocent of a dastardly crime. Deadline

Empty Out Your Pockets: 

Game of Thrones fans, prepare your credit card for the only way you can see a special reunion special that was hosted by Conan O’Brien. The special was shot earlier this year in Northern Ireland, will only be seen in the complete Seasons 1-8 DVD GoT box set to hit shelves sometime in 2019. es launching in April will feature six supersized episodes, including a battle scene producers said took 55 days to shoot in three different locations.

I’m a fan, but I pay extra to have access to have HBO. To pay extra to have DVDs is asking a lot. Smh.

Kid at Heart:

Han looks and sounds like Han! Love it!

Elseworlds:

Part 1 – Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen (guest star Stephen Amell) wake up and realize they have swapped bodies with each other. In attempting to get to the bottom of it, they try to enlist the aid of Team Flash, but nobody’s buying their story. They go to Earth-38 to get help from Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and it is here that they meet Kara’s cousin Clark, as well as Lois Lane. LaMonica Garrett will also guest star as The Monitor. Kevin Tancharoen directs the episode, which is written by Eric Wallace & Sam Chalsen.

Part 2 – Barry and Oliver are still stuck in each other’s bodies, but a lead on what’s really going on will bring them to Gotham, with Supergirl in tow. It is there that they will meet Kate “Batwoman” Kane, and will welcome Ruby Rose to the Arrowverse. Not only will we get Batwoman in the episode, we’ll get another Gotham landmark as well — Kane’s information will lead the trio to Arkham Asylum. Jeremy Davies will guest star as John Deegan, a change-up from Davies’ somewhat-Arrowverse-adjacent role of Ritchie Simpson on Constantine. James Bamford directed the episode, which was written by Marc Guggenheim.

Part 3 – Supergirl, Superman, Green Arrow, and the Flash will all “engage in the battle of their lives”! Jesse Warn directed the episode, with a story by Marc Guggenheim and a teleplay by Derek Simon and Robert Rovner. Syfy Wire

Renewals/Cancellations:

AMC has renewed Preacher for a 4th season, which will start production in January in Australia.

Rumors:

Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whitaker will leave Doctor Who after the 2019 season. Does this mean that Jodie Whitaker will truly be the final Doctor Who as she is the 13th Doctor.

In regards to the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, the sequel be published in September. The book will be titled The Testaments and takes place 15 years after the final scene The Handmaid’s Tale.

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?

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?

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?