Monday, May 30, 2011

Once Upon a Time: Robert Carlyle

I found this picture and I just have to share it with everyone. I was never a fan of his character Rush in Stargate: Universe (why was he kept around when he clearly was not the smartest person on the ship?), but the idea of him playing Rumplestiltskin hilarious. Take a look at this picture and see if you agree

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Scary? Hilarious? Worth an hour of your time to decide which you think? Let me know in the comments.

Kathy

Tags: ABC, Once Upon A Time, Robert Carlyle, Rumplestiltskin

Sunday, May 29, 2011

TV time: Doctor Who, The Rebel Flesh

I have a lot of questions about this episode, and not a lot of them have to do with the actual episode but with what the episode didn't tell us. It's a good thing it's a two=parter, then, because there is a lot that needs to be answered. But enough about that the episode didn't do (although there will be more on that later), now let's focus on what it did do.
Well, it showed us what may be the birthplace of the autons! When I saw the ads for the first time I was half convinced, and seeing the Doctor all secretive almost nailed it for me. He knows how this is going to go down; they will 'grow up' to be his enemies over many many years, of course he will want to help things go differently but he knows that he can't change things. The last time he did that, things ended horribly, but now...
If they are the original autons this will be cool, new Who going back this far in the franchise.
Eye patch lady back again, good for her!
The Doctor was good in this ep, and the supporting cast was alright, but they really didn't grab my attention (save for Marshall Lancaster, but I'm a huge Life on Mars fan). They weren't very fleshed out (pun well and truly intended) and I think this plays down the whole Rory saving the day aspect, because I don't care enough about Jennifer to want Rory to risk his life for hers. Of course, if they mentioned the fact that Rory too is plastic, then it would make sense. We all know he is made of plastic, and I guess the only reason he's not telling everyone else is because they'll start asking questions, but enough is enough. It's time for Rory to acknowledge who/what he is. He had the perfect moment towards the end when he ran off after Jennifer and Amy didn't understand why he cared so much.

The Doc is still concerned about Amy's baby, will we be seeing this every ep of the season? We know that Amy is preggers so do we need the constant reminder?

So what did everyone else think? Are these the first incarnations of the autons, come to haunt the doctors life? Will Rory come clean to the gangers about who he is? Not that many questions when they're written in a row, but they're the one's pressing on my mind.

Kathy

Tags: 
Amy, Doctor, Doctor Who, Doctor's, Matt Smith, Pregnant, pregnany, River Song, Rory, TARDIS, autons, plastic people, rebel, flesh, eye patch lady

Sunday, May 22, 2011

TV time: Doctor Who, The Doctor's Wife

I'm not gonna lie; I am a shipper.
For those unfamiliar with the phrase, a shipper is a person who roots for a particular romantic relationship that won't happen in 'real life'-relationshipper-shipper. If you are a shipper, then you're used to rooting for something in a scene or an episode that will probably never happen and you're fluent in subtext that doesn't need to be there. Because of my shipper training (I started when I was young, watching reruns of MASH and longing for Margret and Winchester to kiss already), I fell right into the group of people who imagined what the TARDIS would do if she were able to speak to the Doctor. Not in a romantc way, but I felt that sometimes when the TARDIS was throwing everyone around that it was the only way she could give the Doctor a slap upside the head and tell him to calm down. I felt that she and Donna got along great because the two are alike; they give the Doc a hug when he needs at as willingly as they give him a slap.
So when I heard that they were bringing the TARDIS to life in a way, I was nervous. It's happened enough to everyone that we want something to happen with a character and it happens, but not in the way that we want it. I had a sinking feeling that the canon TARDIS would not be the TARDIS who I saw in every episode. Luckily, I was wrong. Suranne Jones plays the TARDIS aka Sexy, in such a way that she is just as I imagined. Although the other cast were great, it was Sexy who made the episode worth watching. I love the relationship between she and the Doctor, and how they both have such love for each other. It's not entirely romantic and it's clear that they are each others sole mates no matter what happens. I love that she called him her thief and that she knows that she stole him when he thinks that he stole her. The TARDIS would have to have wanted to go, but he is so stubborn to believe that he tamed her.
The Rory/Amy storyline didn't gel with me; I think that it would have made more of an impact if it hadn't been such a short amount of time between young Rory and old Rory. It happened to fast that I didn't believe it to be true, and it annoyed me that Amy did. I also would have liked to have seen more of the inside of the TARDIS rather than just the same hallways that the couple were running through. I wanna see the pool, the library, the wardrobe, and all of the other rooms that Sexy is capable of making. Alas, that may never come to be.
I can't honestly say if I would have liked this episode if Sexy wasn't the incarnatin of the TARDIS that I was hoping for, and I'm glad I don't have to say.
What did everyone else think? Did you like the TARDIS incarnation, and the homemade version she and the Doctor made together? Did you think that Rory had aged? Let me know in the comments.

Kathy

Tags: Doctor Who, Amy, pregnany, Rory, TARDIS, sexy, Suranne Jones, Doctor's, Wife, The Doctor's Wife

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sneak Peak: Once Upon A Time




I got a sneak preview for a new TV series Once Upon A Time in the mail, and boy did it get the blood flowing! I’m a massive LOST fan and I’m always keeping an eye out for shows that give us not only interesting plot twists but characters with changing motivations and situations that make you rethink your previous assumptions. I’m a television aficionado (you’re shocked, I know), and I love series that rope you in and make you watch every week. It started with me way back when with Buffy and then Angel, but lately there hasn’t been that many shows that I love on that same level. Supernatural used to be one, then came LOST and Fringe (JJ, I love ya, call me).
Once Upon A Time seems like it could be my next big hit. Once Upon follows Anna Swan, a young bail bonds collector who has just been tracked down by the son that she gave up for adoption ten years ago. Rather than being angry towards his mother, Henry tells her that they, as well as everyone else in Storybrooke, are characters from fairytales who have forgotten who they are.
It sounds a bit crazy, but there is a lot more than meets the eye. Family rivalries are played out on the screen when it is revealed that the Evil Queen whose curse has trapped everybody in ‘the real world’ is Henry’s foster mother.
Produced by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, you know that there is going to be twists and turns along the way. Fairytales brimming with darkness, this is definitely an adult series even though characters like Snow White and Jiminy Cricket make appearances. With Robert Carlyle playing Rumplestiltskin, you know this is gonna be terrifying (as well as hilarious).
Keep an eye out for Once Upon when it comes your way; most likely I’ll be continuing my segment TV Time with this show.
What do you think about it? Will this be a rival for Fringe and Warehouse 13, or is it too much like other failed series? Put it in the comments.

Kathy


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Sunday, May 15, 2011

TV time: Doctor Who, Curse of the Black Spot

This episode of Doctor Who was supposed to be just a lark in space, but it ended up asking more questions on the back of its two predecessors: who is the eye patch lady? Are these pirates the sea the same from The Coming of the Terraphiles? Why did Amy only give Rory five seconds of CPR?
The eye patch lady, I have no idea. I have heard a rumour that she will be Amy’s future midwife, but questions about her pregnancy still remain. I know that time is wibbly wobbly, but she just keeps popping up out of nowhere, and she keeps making up wholes. I like the idea that she’s the midwife, but she’s either very good or very bad at her job.
I like the idea that these spirates (space pirates) are the same as in The Coming of the Terraphiles, because it shows that there is a future/past to the show. This is something that, I feel, could only happen in a Moffet episode. RTD is good, but is he really that good? Put it in the comments.
Lastly, why did Amy give up on Rory’s CPR so quickly? Maybe they were trying to imply that she had been going at it for hours, but it looked like she just gave up after one minute of pushing and breathing. I know Rory didn’t tell her for how long she should do it, but since she is in love with him I thought she would be going until she was pulled off of him. Not five seconds then “I’m tired”. He had to revive himself. I love Rory.
In case you’re wondering, there are only very few reasons why one should give up on CPR: because the person has revived (duh), because a doctor or two nurses have told you that the person is beyond reviving (none of them available), and because it is unsafe to you to keep it going (Amy was safe in the TARDIS and she hadn’t been going for that long). So really, why did Amy give up on Rory so quickly? Does she really love the doctor, and this was just her way of getting rid of Rory without feeling the guilt?
Do you agree that Amy’s CPR was too short? Do you think that she loves Rory above all else? Add it in the comments!

Kathy

Tags: Doctor Who, Amy, pregnany, Rory, CRP, priates, spirates, The Coming of the Terraphiles

Sunday, May 8, 2011

TV time: Doctor Who, Day of the Moon


This episode left more questions than answers in its wake, but seeing as Steven Moffat is in charge I can see that we will be scratching our heads this entire season, maybe longer.
I really loved this episode; the pace was great and so exiting. The beginning had to be a hoax or trick or something, but it was still scary seeing Rory or Amy being gunned down. Keeping track of Silence sighting was a great idea. I can’t imagine how many people are now drawing lines on their sleeping partner/lover/sibling to scare the shit out of them.
River diving into the pool was great: I love the relationship between her and the Doctor. That she trusted that he would be there for her no matter what. Plus it’s great to see the pool again even if we didn’t actually see it.
As usual, Mark A Sheppard was great. If anything he as even better on this episode which is saying something because he was great in the first one. I love the camera phone line, and his smirk at the time was incredible.
Rory was, again, quite extraordinary. Arthur is a really great actor and he should be commended. Comic timing-great. Emotions-great.
It was quite smart how they defeated the Silence... well, not defeated because I’m sure that they will be coming back. But it was really smart.
The changing pregnancy scan results were spooky. I wonder
As for the ending well.... WOW that was incredible, I didn’t see that coming. Like I said at the beginning of this post, so many more questions than answer, but it was still an awesome episode.
What did everyone else think? What’s up with Amy’s baby, and whose is it? Is Rory her true love, the man with the “stupid face”? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Kathy

Doctor Who, Doctor, River Song, Amy, Rory, the Silence, Matt Smith, Pregnant

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Movie Time! Thor


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Thor is an awesome movie set in modern times and based off of the Marvel comics of the same name. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is the highly skilled but war-hungry son of Odin who is banished when he reignites the flames of war with the Frost Giants. He and his famous hammer fall to Earth, where Thor is rescued by Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her science team and the hammer is in the hands of SHIELD.

Thor is a pretty good movie with not a lot to nitpick at. The fight scenes are great, and the visual effects are stunning. Hemsworth really bulked up for this film, but it worked for his character as it was all left on the screen. Portman was good, too, despite my reservations. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is a great character, although it seemed to me that Thor was the more mischievous one. But that’s due to my interpretation of the word mischief and nothing to do with the characters.

I heard that someone saw this movie shortly after reading a lot about Norse mythology, and of course they were disappointed. If you think you’re going to get a history lesson or something like that, then you are mistaken. They don’t mock the ancient civilizations for their beliefs, which is a good thing. Some movies tend to call such civilizations stupid, but this movie doesn’t, and it also shows that even our modern day science still makes the technology of Asgard look magical.

Thor has a lot of great character moments, although Loki’s twist seems a little out of place to me. I haven’t read the comics so I don’t know how it compares to the original, but in terms of movies it’s more like Iron Man 1 than Iron Man 2.

How did you think Thor compares? Have you read the comics and didn’t think it lived up to the hype? Put it in the comments.

Kathy

Tags: Thor, Loki, Tom Hiddleston, Jane Foster, Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, Marvel, comics, Asgard, movies

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Movie Time! Paul


Poster created by Tom Whalen for Alamo Drafthouse’s Mondo boutique* 


Paul is an awesome movie about a sassy alien who knows more about the world than the two sci-fi lovers who pick him up. Paul is another great film from comedy duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. After so many greats in their past (Hot Fuzz is one of my all time favourite movies), I was nervous about this one, thinking that maybe Paul will be the exception.
I’m glad that I was proven wrong.

The characters are very well written, and the plot is believable. There’s a couple of anchors that are quiet easy to pick up, but there is a twist or two that you won’t get.

Paul is so expressive, and although they stress his bad language he is a good guy. I was worried about Pegg and Frost in the US, because they are so quintessentially English and I didn’t want America to screw that up. Luckily they kept that about themselves without mocking America too much.

One thing that did annoy me was the movie and television industry’s love of mocking Christians. I kind of thought that Pegg and Frost would be different, but I guess that believers are easy to make fun of. The main female character wore a shirt with Jesus shooting Charles Darwin “because of his blasphemous remarks”! I found that more offensive then any talk about evolution ever would. After that, I didn’t take her or her apparently religious father seriously as characters. Pegg’s character convinces her that there’s no God because aliens exist where he could have tried to help her keep her faith, but the real reason she abandons her lifelong belief in God is because now she can swear and have sex!!! Even typing this is making me angry again. I would like to see one movie or TV show portray a Christian as a person and not a tool or mockery. Stargate: Universe is the best that I’ve seen in a long time.

But despite that, Paul is an awesome movie that I would recommend to everyone. 

Kathy
Picture found at http://www.wired.com/underwire/2011/03/paul-giveaway/