Doctor Who: New series, new species part 59

Finally catching up on the latest series – though half of it’s still on my DVR, but hey there’s plenty of time till Christmas anyway!

Sentient Oil

A typically vague Who monster. I mean this ‘oil’ is sentient, can acquire a pilot, shapeshift, take a blast from a Dalek and chase the Doctor across time. I’d hat to see what the actual starship was like – it seems way more advanced than the TARDIS itself, but no one seemed too curious about that!!

Sentient oil was left by an advanced ship which landed on 21st century Earth. Lacking directive the oil consumed a student named Heather who had a desire to leave and filled to role of Pilot. Due to Heather’s attachment to Bill the oil pursued her across time and space until they could let each other go. 

Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer

Apologies if, like me, you tend to treat these official reveals as spoilers but what my eyes have seen they cannot now unsee so I’m blogging it!!

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The Sienar/Jaemus TIE/VN is the ship used by Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi.

The design keeps to the George Lucas’ 3 second rule in which you can tell what it is in 3 seconds. The Interceptor wings let you know it’s a fighter and the angular red cockpit is very reminiscent of the Upsilon shuttle so even if they hadn’t revealed it on StarWars.com you’d know by looking at it that it was Kylo’s.

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My only criticism is that the wings are exactly like those of an Interceptor, I’d have preferred it if they maybe angled back a bit more or something but I think the overall shape of the ship has changed enough, making it seem part personal shuttle as well as fighter and I’m giddy over the return of A-Wings which haven’t changed at all so this will do fine!

Can’t wait to see Kylo travelling in this!

 

The New Doctor

 

I’m gonna be really controversial here and say that my reaction is…meh!

They’ve been dropping some serious hints back from Matt Smith’s time as the Doctor through to the Master regenerating as female and a Timelord changing from male to female in front of our eyes plus Capaldi was always advocating a female replacement.

Frankly I’d have been more surprised if they didn’t do it.

I know the internet has been alight, people are saying it’s just to be PC. My hope is that they’ve done it to be interesting, which is something the series could do with. My reaction is meh because I just don’t feel as invested in the series as I used to be. It’s still fun to watch but not the Saturday night must-watch it has been – half of the current series is still backed up on my DVR so maybe they could do with a radical change.

We shall see

 

Symbols (2)

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Continuing this series I’ll look at the symbols of the various orders acive in the Crusades, you know, the symbols on flags you spent hours running around collecting…oh, no,  just me then?

Knights Teutonic

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Like most of the Knights of the Crusdades the Teutonic Order adopted the Cross as their symbol, mounting a black cross on a white backdrop. The Knights were identifiable by a simple black cross marked on their white robes.

Knights Hospitalier

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Probably one of the coolest symbols for me as I went to Malta, where the order had it’s base of operations for centuries and the symbol was very prevalent across the islands. Even though Malta played no part in the game it’s cool to have a real connection to that story through it’s history. Even cooler was visiting Monterrigioni and Tiber Island in Italy!!

Jerusalem Cross

The Kingdom of Jerusalem was an attempt during the crusades to create a permanent state in and around Jerusalem for pilgrims to the holy city. The state lasted nearly two centuries but ultimately failed.

King Richard

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One of the most iconic English symbols are the three lions of Richard the Lionheart, still seen today on the England football strip among other places.

Saracens

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Yes, this is the flag of Turkey, but it’s the closest representation of the in-game flag I could find. The crescent and star are depicted in medieval images and texts as being the banner of some Saracen factions during the crusades and has been in use in various forms since the 2nd century.

That’s it, my knowledge of the period is cursory at best and I tried to give a basic impression rather than a full history – if there are any glaring errors or omissions leave a comment and I’ll fix ’em

Next time I’ll cover the mysterious symbols on the Abstergo walls

Marvel’s Inhumans: Trailer #1

 

Still not sure what happened to the movie but this series looks really good!!

They’ve stated it’s a standalone series but given that Inhumans are a big part of Agents of SHIELD I’d really like for there to be some form of crossover even if it’s just a cameo appearance.

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: Why the Han Solo movie Directors were fired.

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The Han Solo movie continues to be the subject of much controversy following the firing of it’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller over what has been dubbed ‘creative differences.’

Recent reports have uncovered that the directing pair favoured an improvisational and adaptable style over the rigid schedule demanded by Lucasfilm but the specifics remained vague until recently.

An E!Scoop journalist uncovered an internal e-mail from Kathleen Kennedy stating

“…they’re insisting on keeping the Carellia change, the new locations are way over budget…mentioned recasting again.”

Fans immediately made the connection with Han Solo’s homeworld, when questioned Lord and Miller were quick to confirm their intended change.

“Yes, it’s Carellia. We re-watched A New Hope over and over and that’s how it sounds to us. One we had an idea of what Carellia was it inspired changes, we wanted the Carellians to have a standout role in the film but it wasn’t to be.”

This remark sparked an outcry among loyal fans gaining another response

“Oh come on, we only changed one letter. Things get changed all the time in Star Wars, I mean – Moraband, seriously? What we did is just minor compared to that.”

So far Lucasfilm and Kennedy have declined to respond. When asked about the details new director Ron Howard commented

“Sounds like Corellia to me.”

 

below is a pre-production image of Carellia and some of the most notable Carellian characters.

 

Carellia

*this article is, of course, a complete load of Bantha Poodoo

Frequency: The series

Time-altering crime drama that keeps things simple and gets it right

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First off a confession – I haven’t seen the movie that this series is based on. I don’t know if that makes me ignorant or gives me fresh eyes on this – I’ll let you decide!

The basic plot

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An experienced detective Raimey Sullivan has fought to earn her place as a cop despite her corrupt Dad’s death at the hands of the criminals he associated with…until a freak accident allows her to communicate with him twenty years in the past via HAM radio.

They manage to save her Dad’s life but at a cost, events change so that Raimey’s mother is now dead – this time at the hands of a serial killer which they are both investigating in different eras in an effort to catch the man in the past before the damage is done in the future

No folded paper

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One of my favourite things about this show was that it avoided the tired trope of a convenient physicist explaining how time travel works, usually by folding a piece of paper over. None of that here, the characters have no idea how it works and they don’t waste time trying to figure out how, they know they can change the future and with a life on the line that is their only priority.

I also like how they handle the changes experienced on Raimey’s end. Changes to the timeline are sudden and jarring, no Back to the Future-esque fading away changes happen as simply as refreshing a page on a computer. In once scene Raimey walks into a lift under arrest for murder, when the doors open she walks into an office of smiling faces because her father changed the timeline.

Nor does anyone worry about the consequences for the world – because those rules always get broken anyway and people generally turn out fine! The consequences are personal for all the characters and that’s what makes an incredibly cooky concept into an engaging crime drama

Frequency wasn’t renewed for a second season, but that’s not all bad as all they key plot points were wrapped up and a second season could have ended up feeling a bit redundant. There is a mini epilogue which you can watch online HERE

All in all well worth a watch.