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: Riverdale – Outbreak w/ a Hint of What’s to Come in January…

When we last left Riverdale, Betty looked like she was officially drinking the Kool-Aid, but we see that she is still the Betty that we all love, which allows her to keep the facade up, but still maintaining some semblance of sanity. Betty comes up with a plan to undermine Ethel and that is to make her think that Betty is the new Queen of the Gargoyle King. She locks up Ethel to start the withdrawal process and to make her the one person that can help her stop this scam that Hiram and Nuns have started to produce fizzle rocks. Their goal is Sister Woodhouse.
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As this is happening, a massive seizure outbreak has overtaken the cheerleaders of Riverdale High, will no one do anything about it? Is it contagious. The worry over the stricken Toni, allows her to ask her petit amour to move in and she accepts the offer. Veronica realizes that something is rotten in the state of Denmark and she knows that her Father is responsible for it. This nagging feeling is heightened when Reggie tells her that her Dad has pulled Jangle off the marker and replaced it with Fizzle Rocks. She is determined to stop them. In desperation to stem the seizure outbreak, men in hazmat outfits take the infected to Riverdale General. At the meeting in the school, Veronica and Cheryl confront the board and Hiram has an answer for everything, of course.
There is a point where Veronica mentions Narcos. The thing is, this whole scenario would make sense in Narcos, but this show…it is getting tiring. Can we have some Gossip Girl storylines?
I digress.
This is just as Jughead and Archie reach their destination…Mrs. Gladys Jones and little Jellybean.
Possibly the only funny moment of the first half of this season happens when Gladys sees Archie and Jug and her first response is that she is thrilled that they are finally together romantically. The boys tell Gladys about what has happened in Riverdale and when she hears the name Penny Peabody she gets so annoyed, but she suspects (like Jug) that Hiram is the issue. Of course there are deep-seeded issues that are discussed, like Gladys abandoning her son.
Guess who popped up to take in Archie, Penny. Smh. Hiram is like a dog with a bone. Surprisingly, JB takes down Penny easily. However, it is Gladys that will get the info that spurs her son to thwart Hiram’s twisted game of Monopoly of making Riverdale his vice-ridden Kingdom.
This means that Jughead goes back to Riverdale with FP and Archie runs for the border with his Dad’s blessing and with Vegas by his side.
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Betty is connecting the dots with Veronica and Cheryl. While Betty confronts the Nun, Cheryl and Veronica confront Cheryl’s gorgon-like Mother. Well, the Nun says that G&G was created by the kids in the asylum because they made the game to cope. The drugs that Hiram tests help with the patients and he is also donates quite a bit. Ethel and Betty take the keys and head to Riverdale as they lock up the Nun in the basement. But they need the Gryphon Queen to have all the patients leave the asylum and their plan works.
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We also learn from the interrogation that Cheryl and Veronica conduct that Hiram’s empire would allow for prostitution and drugs to be run sans issue. However, they need help and they come in the form of the cadets.
It seems like everything is starting to fall into place for a massive battle between the kids and Hiram, but they were too late. Hiram got the town quarantined and no one can go in or get out. Hiram wins for now…
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Where is the backbone Hermione?

Next – No Exit

 

Prepare Yourselves for Crisis on Infinite Earths…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is that Oliver…we shall see.

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

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

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

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

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

Then we get this…

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

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

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

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

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: Outlander – Savages

As many weeks have passed, we see that Claire has picked up Cherokee and is learning about their medicinal ways via her growing friendship with the Cherokee healer, Adawehi. We also see that their home is nice, cozy, and lived in. They are living a happy life, where Claire tends to her neighbors and to her growing homestead.  Their home is done and looks lived in. Jamie is on the hunt for people to move on to his land, but everyone is fearful of the Governor’s taxes, so they balk at Jamie’s generous offer. At first, he is unawares of any rumblings of the locals taking action against the Brits, but that all changes when someone from his past pops up.
That person is Murtagh, who is the local Smithy. When they see each other, I cried. They are family, any you need as much of them in your life in the new world. Murtagh does a favor for Jamie, but then asks Jamie to attend a meeting. In that meeting, we learn that Mutagh is a regulator and all the local Scots are fed up with the Brits and it seems a revolt is in the works. However, when Murtagh asks Jamie to sign in, Jamie says no. He is in a bind, because in order to get the land, Jamie had to promise to not be involved in any unrest. Yet, Jamie did promise to not stop the unrest from happening.
A highlight was when Murtagh popped up at Fraser’s Ridge to surprise Claire. So much love Murtagh has for Claire and Jamie, his Godson.
Hearing Jamie describe Brainna’s birthmark, something he did not know of, and this moment with Murtagh, were the only bright spots for a tumultuous fortnight for Claire.
She helped a local German woman give birth to her daughter, Klara. Unfortunately, Klara, her mother and father died from a measles out break. The Patriarch of the family blames the local Cherokee because after Klara was born, they popped up to get water for their horses. Herr Mueller was not happy about the “Savages” going on his property. So, he grabs his rifle and aims for them. Claire successfully quells the potential blood shed and the Cherokee bless the water and go off. Shortly thereafter, the young parents and baby die. Herr Mueller goes insane with grief. and refuses to listen to reason and gifts Claire with the scalp of Adawehi, the Cherokee healer. She shuns him for his heinous act and Claire burns the scalp with herbs to honor Adawehi. The Cherokee torch the house of the Germans and kill Herr and Frau Mueller for what he did.
When Jamie returns home, that man can read her like a book. One look at her face and he is running to her to console her and life goes to back to normal.
Back in the 1970s, Roger is hunting down Brianna and he gets a clue in the form of a letter that was supposed to be sent to him a year after her trip there. In the letter, she tells him that she loves him, but she knows something happens to her parents so Brianna goes to the stones.
Does she make it to her parents?
Will Roger follow?
Next: Blood of My Blood – Jamie and Claire are surprised when Lord John Grey drops in on Fraser’s Ridge with an unexpected traveling companion (Jamie Jr.); when Grey takes ill from the measles, Claire must reconcile her personal feelings with her duties as a doctor.

 

Recap: Riverdale – Manhunter aka Where Archie Goes Death Follows…

That ending was a whopper…I would have used  that as the Fall finale. So many things happened and only one of them was good.

  1. Archie is exonerated. Veronica’s snooping paid off, she found a video on her Mom’s computer (the file on the desktop had the image of the brand that is on Archie?) and sent it off and she got the judge to lift the charges against Archie. This is possibly the only time that I have ever felt bad for Hermione. Her daughter and her husband are butting heads 24/7 and they do not care if they drag her or each other down. Anywho, Veronica’s hopes of going back to normalcy with Archie in Riverdale was to no avail. The great part about Archie being exonerated is that we get rid of Sheriff Minetta.
  2. butch-and-sundance.jpgArchie and Jughead have hit the road to keep Archie and all those he loves safe and mainly because of Hiram. This is prompted after Archie finds a bunch of kids dead in a mine and then learning about Joaquin. After Archie gets through to Veronica via her cell and tells her goodbye. He has left her behind and it seems like the fearsome foursome will not be together as group for the foreseeable future.  Why?
  3. Betty has been sent to the Sisters of  Quiet Mercy, god help her. Why? Well, the Gargoyle King showed up in her house and that terrified Alice. The funny bit was that FP showed up right after the Gargoyle King was found in the living room. (Did you see the person walk outside the window before the Gargoyle King popped up in Alice’s house? Raising an eyebrow to all of it. Also, in my pic, the GK has a face?). During her art class at the home for troubled youth, she sees that everyone is painting pictures of the Gargoyle King. What kind of lunacy has overtaken this town?hereagk

  4. Joaquin (who was carrying one of the masks of the minion of the Gargoyle King, which reminded me of the Death Eaters from the Harry Potter books) is dead. He died after he told Jughead about the symbol that is branded on Archie, that the Warden was forced into using Archie, and the man in the suit, which had Juggie go straight to Hiram, who rebuffed him and told him to look at everyone else…even his own Father. Shortly thereafter, Joaquin was found dead with the mark of sacrifice on his forehead. An ominous sign to all those that try to stop the Gargoyle King.
  5. Josie suffered a seizure. She is the third person to have suffered this.
  6. The most interesting scene, that Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes would have enjoyed, started with Betty inviting all the families to Veronica’s speakeasy under the guise of the Gargoyle King summoning them there. Why are the so easily manipulated? She interrogates them and it gets interesting when the parents start to point fingers at one another. The main question is did Daryl Doiley kill Featherhead in the bathroom with cyanide or did Penelope Blossom kill him with cyanide? Daryl was later found dead in his car, but Betty learns that Daryl did not kill himself…he was poisoned with Oleander, which is a flower.pen

It seems like everyone has a piece of the puzzle that is the Gargoyle King as most of them have done something underhanded or devious under the pretense of protecting the group as a whole.

One happy moment:

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Next week: The Man in Black – Fearful that he will be caught, Archie hits the road and ends up at a farm outside Riverdale; Betty finds herself up against a formidable foe from her past; Veronica makes a risky business decision that could cost her everything.

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?