Doctor Who: New Series, new species part 61


As the new Doctor rapidly approaches join me for a quick catchup of some of the new alien races introduced in the last series


Humans season 3: Sluggish Reaction

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Humans continues to deliver moving and gripping drama in it’s third season in what is probably the most relevant Sci-Fi drama on TV right now. It mixes normality – Britain still seems hardly changed apart from the invention of Synths – with an evolving technological future.

The third season is set months from the end of the last, when Mattie’s upload of the base code to save Mia resulted in widespread Synth consciousness. This decision inadvertently caused the deaths of 100,000 people worldwide, mostly through accidents.

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The Government are quick to release and promote the use of ‘orange-eyes’ Synths in an effort to get things back to normal. What’s interesting is that with people’s hate redirected against conscious synths this change largely goes unnoticed. But with large groups of ‘anomalous Synths’  congregating in sheltered communities the Government can’t continue to ignore the issue.

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With this new development each character is pushed in different directions. Joe tries to live a Synth-free life but is drawn back in by a familiar face. Laura is invited to join the commission that will decide the fate of all Synths. Max is the reluctant leader of the Railyard community and deals with the burned of knowing the truth of the origin of consciousness. Mattie tried to move on with her life knowing that she cause the death of thousands. Leo has to accept the fact that he is human and no longer a Synth. Mia tries to promote co-habitation with humans and gains as much support as she does hostility. Niska goes on the greatest journey of all, starting out on a mission of vengeance she ends up being the last hope for Synths and their kind

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Of course, nothing goes smoothly. And a great number of dissident Synths who become militant quickly derail the progress made by those who seek peace. And yet this is so true to life and reflects how disenfranchised people are treated across the globe.

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The series has continued to develop and is more moving than ever. I also respect that they buck the current TV trend and have included less ‘mature’ content as the series progresses which actually allows the drama to mature and grow as it centers around the emotions and growth of each character and the implications of their decisions on a nation.

I think Humans deserves it’s reputation as one of the best shows on TV at the moment and I am really looking forward to the future of the show – even if it does look pretty grim for most of the characters!

Sluggish Reaction: Star Wars Resistance trailer

So the Resistance trailer came out recently and as the fandom all seem to be having their say I thought I’d weigh in too.

The Art Style

I honestly don’t see what the fuss is about with the art style. It looks cartoonish because…it’s a cartoon. I actually think the style is ok, the characters look like people and the ships in particular are nicely detailed. Nothing felt massively jarring to me at all.

Goofy moments

The only thing that put me off was this moment. I didn’t mind the astromech hitting Kaz, it’s just the look on his face is a bit over the top. But I can forgive a few childish moments in a show meant for children.


I quite like the main character. A few people have picked up on him wearing the New Republic emblem so it looks like we might be seeing the very early days of the Resistance. Then again the Resistance was well established before Poe joined so maybe it’s more about Kaz transitioning from NR to Resistance. Either way he’s eager to prove himself and has a lot to learn, which is fruitful ground for a kids show.

The Fighters

As I said the fighters look great. Kaz’s X-Wing/Headhunter looking thing is a nice touch of familiar but different. We get a look at some of the other racing ships and some new First Order fighters so looks like there’ll be enough cool designs to keep me happy. I like the design and setting of the Colossus refueling station too.

The Species

I like that there’s a colourful mix of aliens with at least one alien (a Nikto I think) seeming like a main character. I spotted a Rodian a Gotal and a few other species that look familiar but I can’t remember their names.

We also see what I’m pretty sure is a Gilliand (the female equivalent to Unkar Plutt’s all male Crolute species).

The Plot

This trailer gives hardly anything away so it’s hard to tell what the plot will be. I think it will be an interesting departure from the open war setting of both Clone Wars and Rebels to a setting of outward peace with war bubbling under the surface.

All in all I’m looking forward to it!

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Sluggish Reaction (Spoilers)

I saw the movie today – I hate doing reviews because other people do them so much better so I’m going to give a quick opinion then just geek out about things I liked

In short I loved the film. It was nice to have a smaller, more personal film after the intensity of Infinity War. The action and comedy were up to the usual Marvel par, though some gags started to feel a bit repetitive. I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as the first but I can’t put my finger on why other than it’s a sequel and it’s hard to keep up that magic. I liked Ghost as a villain and all the personal stakes for each character.

Okay enough of that…I loved:

Making you feel sorry for ants by giving them names. Antonio Banderas!!

The shrinking and growing car stuff was cool.

Janet’s reveal was well done, though she looked epic as a villain and I was excited to see that fight.

I liked that they helped Ghost and continue to do so. What she did was bad but Hank is partially responsible

Having said that I didn’t like her back story – it was too similar to Iron Man 2. I’d have been fine as long as her dad wasn’t a traitor.

Wasp’s fight at the begining was amazing!

I’m glad they tied it in to Infinity War in the post-credits scenes.

I’m looking forward to Ant-Man and the Wasp and the Ghost!!

Thanks for reading, I know I’ve forgotten a cool moment, drop me a comment and let me know what it was.

The 100: Clans and Factions part 1

I’ve always been fascinated by the various clans and groups introduced in the 100. With Praimfaya wiping the slate clean and a new faction arriving I thought it would be a good time to look back on all the clans, starting with the most obvious: Skaikru

If, like me, you enjoy listening to Trigedasleng the Grounder language – I got the translations I used for the video from an online dictionary

I hope to get my next video out for next week – thanks for watching!


What’s Canon: Star Wars Uprising

Join me as I take a look at the Species, Planets and Stormtrooper variants that have been added to Canon (from new and Legends material) in the mobile game Star Wars: Uprising

You can read my other posts about this  game in the links below

I forgot to mention the Legends version of the Purge Trooper – thankfully Star Wars Explained already covered it in a video, which I’ve linked to below