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.

 

Grimm Lives On As Dramafever Shuts Down and More…

For fans of Grimm …Rejoice! The show, that ran for six season on NBC, is getting a spin-off on NBC. It will build off of the mythology of the original series and will feature returning fan favorites while also introducing new characters, new dangers and new mysteries. Variety

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I am looking forward to this crossover event.

Casting news:

Maxim Roy has booked a role in October Faction, which follows globetrotting monster hunters Fred and Deloris Allen, who, after the death of Fred’s father, return to their hometown in upstate New York with their teenage children Geoff and Viv. As the family adjusts, Fred and Deloris must hide their identities as members of a secret organization, and our heroes quickly discover that their new small-town setting isn’t as idyllic as it seems.

Roy plays Alice Harlow, a powerful warlock and the last of her kind. Driven by a profound sense of loss, Alice sets out to destroy those responsible for the genocide against her people, but along the way she uncovers a long-held secret that could shatter the Allen family forever.

EPIX’s Pennyworth is in a full casting swing as it has the following:

JACK BANNON SET TO STAR IN TITLE ROLE OF “PENNYWORTH” FOR EPIX AND WARNER HORIZON SCRIPTED TELEVISION, BASED ON THE CHARACTERS FROM DC

Drama from Executive Producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon to Begin Production Monday, October 22, 2018, at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in the UK

· Jack Bannon (The Imitation Game, Ripper Street) has been cast in the lead role of Alfred Pennyworth in the upcoming EPIX drama series PENNYWORTH, from Warner Horizon Scripted Television and based on the characters from DC.

· The 10-episode, one-hour drama series is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. It follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London.

· Alfred Pennyworth is a boyishly handsome, cheerful, charming, clever young man from London. Honest, open-faced and witty; you’d never take him for an SAS killer. Alfred doesn’t know how to reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become. He’s a man on the make, who doesn’t know what to make of himself yet.

The show has also cast the following:

  • Thomas Wayne – Ben Aldridge
  • Dave Boy – Ryan Fletcher
  • Bazza – Hainsley Lloyd Bennett

Fletcher and Bennett will portray Dave Boy and Bazza, respectively; both are lifelong friends of Alfred’s from their army days serving in the same corps. Dave Boy, a haggard Highland Scotsman who is slowly drinking himself to death since leaving the army, is a close ally of Alfred and Bazza and also the most unpredictable of the trio. Bazza, a posh Bajan playboy, is highly proficient at logistics and a valued member of Alfred’s team.

Now on to the mysterious demise of Dramafever. Asian Drama fans are beside themselves as the streaming service was quickly shut down by Warner Brothers. They cited the competition they were facing from streaming services like Viki, Hulu, and Netflix. While it was a sudden and quick shutdown. Fans of the series should seek out refunds for their premium accounts. Also, if they look hard enough, you can catch up with your favorite shows.

What this means for Asian dramas in the United States and beyond…channels like TVN will need to find a new outlet to showcase their dramas so they reach the masses that want this type of fare.

Reviews:

In Doctor Who’s second episode, The Ghost Monument, we find our our fearsome foursome have been split apart and picked up by two ships that are in the midst of a dakar-style race. While one of the competitors is looking for fortune and glory, the other is trying to protect her family. The goal was for someone to reach the Ghost Monument successfully after going through a gauntlet of obstacles. However, with the Doctor and her friends there, it causes a bit of a wrench for the alien that maintains the race.

We see the Doctor and her friends learn more about one another as they excel at problem-solving and going out of their comfort range. However, while 13 is supportive, she is also protective of her new friends. She even scolded Ryan as he attempted to be a hero in a Halo-like moment and told him the importance of zig-zagging.

We also learned in the episode that the Stenza are a force to be a reckoned with and possibly the main bad guy for 13 during this season. How unfortunate that is…the teeth on the face..yeesh.

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The highlight of the episode was when 13 saw her Tardis. It had me in tears. These first moments for all of the Timelords are so iconic. She sees that the Tardis has gussied herself up, with a change to both her exterior and interior. My favorite moment was when she got a biscuit. Now, they are all safe and sound on the Tardis and 13 is aiming to get them home.

However, in the next episode…The Doctor and her friends meet a seamstress by the name of Rosa Parks.

It’s unfortunate that the numbers are low for Arrow as it is showing some stellar moments for the three main characters of the show, Oliver, Felicity, and William.

This family is in crisis as they are dealing with the repercussion of Oliver’s decision to go to jail. Felicity and William are in an A.R.G.U.S.’ witness protection program with new identities and living lives that they do not want to live, as Oliver tries to keep his head down in prison. This is nearly impossible as all the criminals he has jailed are in there and are aiming to kill him. This new life falls apart when Diaz tracks down Felicity and William. In a heartbreaking moment, we see one of the thugs in jail tell Oliver that his wife is dead…but she is not dead. She fights back and just as all hope is lost, A.R.G.U.S. show up. When Felicity and Oliver see one another…that is love. Now, both of them have decided to stop hiding and fight back, while William is set off to boarding school.

Now, I know that I have not been a fan of the flashbacks…yet, this season we get something different. We get a flashforward of a young man going to Lian Yu and that young man is William and he is on the hunt for a much older…Roy?!?!? This was clever, I have to give them this.

Now, is Roy the new vigilante that is stalking the streets of this city? Only time will tell.

I really do hope that there are some moments of happiness for these characters. There can only be so much these characters and these fans can deal with.

In Blocked, the second episode of The Flash, we are dealing with five plot points:

  1. While Nora informs everyone about why she is really there. Iris is okay and understands why Nora wants to be so close to Barry, but she wants to have a relationship with her daughter. So, watching Nora (a new intern) and Barry work on the crime scene of the escaped convict who used her power to crush someone into a meat cube, it is heartbreaking. However, Barry is going a little nutty with his daughter always around him. Leave it to Papa Joe to make both Iris and Barry understand that they need to give Nora this time and that she will come around and relax eventually.  Eventually, Nora proved herself.
  2. Cisco recovering from heartbreak – When you are forced to follow the 12 step heartbreak recovery of Ralph Dibney, it is never good. But, it is great for laughs. Eventually, he gets that he and gypsy are no more.
  3. Cecilia losing her power and can no longer connect with her daughter causes her to do the unthinkable and that is to use one of Harry’s devices to regain that connection, but Joe’s parenting skills show her the way.
  4. Finding out who the big bad is while fighting a meta who steals high-tech weapons and that villain is named Cicada, whom we meet in the first scene of the episode. He kills the meta, but he also manages to drain The Flash, Ralph, and Cisco of their powers. The great thing was that Nora was able to save her father before any real harm could come to him. After seeing footage, they now have connected Cicada to two events that revolved around Team Flash. Nora knows who it is and Cicada knows Nora.
  5. Caitlin does not want to investigate her Dad’s certificate of death because it means that he did not bother to be a part of her life, if he was alive. Cisco tells her that there is still time to make amends.

Overall, a great episode that is trying to balance the heavy plot points, with the heartfelt and with levity. Go Team West-Allen!

Remember, this weekend is all about Daredevil!

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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:

The Doctor is Going to a Galaxy Far, Far Away and More…

Quiet day, news-wise.

However, we did get the best news about our favorite Doctor, Eleven, and that is that Matt Smith has been cast in the last chapter of the Skywalker saga. No details, as of yet, about his character. Is he a rebel or is he part of the First Order? We shall see… Variety

Luckily, this comes as Matt Smith has taken his bow as Prince Philip in The Crown. Who is taking over for him? Outlander‘s Tobias Menzies.

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Casting News:

Luke Cage‘s Karen Pittman has been cast in a recurring role in NOS4A2 (Do you get it?). She will play Angela Brewster,  a.k.a Willa’s mother. Angela is a beautifully put together Northeast liberal. Vic’ McQueen’s, a young, working class artist who discovers she has a supernatural ability to track the seemingly immortal Charlie Manx, mother is her cleaning lady, and she is warm and welcoming to Vic. Manx feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – a twisted Christmas Village of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas day and unhappiness is against the law. The show will air on AMC. Deadline

Tom Stevens has joined SYFY’s Deadly Class. He will portray Stevens will play Chester ‘F*ckface’ Wilson, a volatile, vengeful school attendee with a bone to pick with Marcus, the show’s main character. Deadline

Both Even Peters and Emma Roberts will be back for the latest installment of American Horror Story. They will play the ghosts of their characters from the Murder House series. EW

New Shows w/ Casting: 

Press Release from Netflix – Tyler Hoechlin, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson, and Elizabeth Faith Ludlow join the cast of ANOTHER LIFE

Omar Madha to direct first two episodes of the series

  • Tyler Hoechlin, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson and Elizabeth Faith Ludlow have boarded the Netflix sci-fi drama series Another Life, from creator/showrunner Aaron Martin (Slasher, Saving HopeDegrassi: The Next Generation) and producer Noreen Halpern (Alias Grace) through her Halfire Entertainment shingle, both of whom are executive producing.
  • The four join previously announced Katee Sackhoff and Selma Blair.
  • Prolific television director Omar Madha will direct the first two episodes of the 10-episode series, which Netflix ordered to series last April.
  • Another Life centers on astronaut Niko Breckinridge (Sackhoff) who is focused on searching for alien intelligence. She leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. As Niko and her young crew investigate, they face unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission.
  • Hoechlin (“Supergirl,” “Can You Keep A Secret,” “Bigger,” “Everybody Wants Some”) plays ‘Ian Yerxa,’ the former commander of The Salvare space explorations ship, who loses the post to Niko.
  • Chatwin (“Shameless,” “Orphan Black”) plays ‘Erik Wallace,’ part of the United States Interstellar Command, dedicated to finding intelligent life out in the universe and husband of Commander Niko Breckenridge (Sackhoff).
  • Anderson (“Loaded,” “Dr. Who,” “Trollied”) plays ‘William,” a holographic interface of a sentient A.I. Neither a futuristic Tin Man, nor a robot who pines to be human, William is a new form of life with the knowledge of all humanity at his disposal.
  • Ludlow (“The Walking Dead,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”) plays ‘Cas Isakovic,’ Niko’s second-in-command and staunchest ally, filled with courage and moral conviction.
  • Omar Madha’s credits include the series “Scorpion,” “Turn,” “24: Live Another Day,” “Person of Interest,” “The Blacklist” and the pilot of Dick Wolf’s “Law & Order: UK.
Miscellaneous:

EW has been posting some pics of upcoming shows. The latest batch is from The Vampire Diaries spin-off, Legacies. Click on the image to see more. EW.png

There are some people that are upset that DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will not be participating in the annual crossover event that, until now, has involved all of the Arrowverse shows. Yet, they forget that we will be meeting both Batgirl and Lois Lane. We will also have Superman involved. Loop in the full casts of Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl and their story line for this crossover event, well…there would be no real air time to devote to our favorite superhero misfits.

Mind you, LoT will have their hands full with Constantine as one of the newest members of the team. So, do not be too sad.