The 100: Series 3

The third series pushed things a lot harder, with Clarke pushed to the edge after her devastating decision in the last episode of series 2. I thought that Bellamy’s change of loyalty was a bit contrived but the other characters like Jasper and Monty were really pushed to the limit in a believable way.


The Ice Nation were the key antagonists for the first half of the series, driving a wedge between the Ark survivors and Trikru, with whom they had an alliance. One of the most powerful clans, they sought to take command from Lexa until she killed their queen. 

Pike and Farm Station

The next set of antagonists came from within. The survivors of Farm Station crashed in Azgeda territory and had a brutal fight to survive. This fight hardened those left, including Christopher Pike and Monty’s mother. Pike swayed Arkadia’s populace into voting him Chancellor and he took action against the Grounders, believing that wiping them out was the only way to survive.

Luna and Floukru 

We finally got to see Luna and the boat clan who’ve been hinted at since the first series. Living on an oil rig they are lead by Luna, who rejected the path of the Commander, choosing to live in isolation. When Clarke asked her to take the flame she refused after seeing the violence brought about by fighting ALIE.


We finally got to see Grounder city in this series. Set amid the remains of a city devastated by Nuclear war it’s one tower served as Lexa’s throne room, where the coalition was headed. The city also served as a trading hub where the different clans came together.

ALIE and ALIE 2.0

ALIE was an artificial intelligence created by Becca to save humanity. Deciding that the problem was ‘too many people’s she accessed Earth’s military networks and initiated a nuclear war that reduced the population to a handful of survivors. Her creator’s response was to create a new AI that fused with a human, making its needs the same as humanity’s. Becca fused the AI to herself and rallied the survivors – becoming the first Commander. When ALIE took control of the populations of both Polis and Arkadia, using the network City of Light which eliminated pain if users relinquished control, Clarke temporarily became Commander and finally removed the threat.

Clarke’s victory looks to be short lived as ALIE revealed another impending Nuclear meltdown in her final bid for control.

The Force Awakens: Characters (3)


Species: Human
Sex: Male 

Homeworld: Unknown 

Occupation: Stormtrooper turned Resistance fighter 

FN-2187 was the designation given to a child taken from his family at birth then raised and indoctrinated to fight for the First Order.

When training in battle simulations he was praised for his combat effectiveness but criticised for prioritizing his squad mates lives ahead of the mission. Eight-Seven had a range of mission experiences from storming a New Republic outpost to working sanitation on Starkiller base.

His squad was deployed to Jakku, shocked by the death of his comrades he saw and refused to participate in the slaughter of civilians. Fearful of being discovered he rescued Poe Dameron, who gave him the name Finn and crashed on Jakku.

Believing Poe to be dead he made his way to Niima outpost where he ran into Poe’s droid BB-8 and Rey. When the First Order assaulted the outpost they escaped on the Millennium Falcon encountering Han Solo, death gangs and nearly being consumed by Rathtars in the process.

After safely arriving on Takodana Finn planned to hide in the Outer Rim but returned to the fight when Rey was kidnapped. He gave vital Intel to the Resistance before returning to Starkiller base to rescue Rey. He forced Captain Phasma to lower the shields then helped critically damage the thermal oscillator with Rey. 

After witnessing Kylo Ren kill Han he ran into the woods with Rey. After battling Kylo Ren he was seriously injured and is currently undergoing surgery at Resistance headquarters. 

You can read about Finn’s time as a Stormtrooper in Before the Awakening 

Doctor Who: New series, new species part 56


When the Doctor described this monster as ‘sentient sleep dust’ I honestly thought he was joking! The walking CG zombies were suitably scary and the whole transmission thing was cool, but the whole concept was ridiculous even by  Who standards.
Sandmen was the given name of a dangerous side effect of the Morpheus project which helped people live without sleep. Collective sleep dust accumulated and gained sentience – able to appear as humanoid forms or even completely human. More dangerously they were able to transmit the process that created them as information.

Agents of SHIELD: Characters (11)

Hannah Hutchins

Hannah was the safety inspector at a Particle Accelerator in Utah. After an accident caused the death of her colleagues she was blamed but any time she was approached or threatened her antagonists were rebuffed by invisible forces. She feared she was being haunted or punished until SHIELD helped her.

Tobias Ford

An engineer at the particle accelerator, he would create minor faults in order to spend time with Hannah. As a result of one of these a major accident occurred which, possibly due to the Convergence, caused Tobias to be trapped between two worlds. He briefly hung on to existence, attempting to protect Hannah. When he realised she’d been cleared he finally let go.

Watch “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer (Official)” on YouTube

Spaceships!! I’m sorry George I know it’s all about the characters really but I can’t help it – I just love new spaceships!!

Some nice shots of the new four-winged shuttle and a good look at the new U-Wing. I thought the sketch that was released looked too much like a Mass  Effect design but on screen it really has a true Star Wars feel.

Nice to flesh out the squad a bit more and see why they are all in the fight as well as seeing more of the overall battle. 

Star Wars Celebration: Autograph Hall

The timing of this post comes at a really sad time with news of the death of Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2. It was a great honour to see him at Celebration right next to his most famous character and surrounded by fans.
A big part of Celebration was the Autograph Hall where you could meet actors from the movies. The highlight for me was meeting Peter Mayhew for a photo op.  

Anyway here’s a gallery of the people I saw with who they portray 

You may have noticed a few faces missing – some stars had restrictions on photo taking, but I did manage to see Anthony Daniels and also the top of Carrie Fisher’s head for a few seconds!!!

More Celebration recaps to come.

Watch “JUSTICE LEAGUE Movie TRAILER (Ben Affleck – Comic Con 2016)” on YouTube

Pretty cool!! I did enjoy BvS, but for me it failed in it’s main job of getting me excited for JLA.

This trailer has done a better job, it’s cool to see Batman building a team rapidly in response to a serious threat, the characters seem interesting enough to make a diverse bunch. 

I haven’t really followed DC outside of Batman but this trailer is enough to peak my interest in the other characters.

Star Wars Celebration: Props and Costumes of Rogue One (1)

I had such a great time at Celebration but this open exhibition of props, costumes and models from the upcoming movie was definitely one of the biggest highlights and a chance to see something really exclusive even though I couldn’t attend the panel. Lots of details from the film were revealed.

Let’s start with some characters…

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It’s awesome to see the detail put into these characters – how diverse they are and yet you can see that they are Rebels just by looking.

We got some good info on Orson Krennic – the Director of Advanced Weapons Research, who will stop at nothing to get the Ultimate weapon finished. We get the idea that it has taken far longer than originally anticipated, I imagine they’d planned on having it up and running before any real Rebellion could start.

Next up we had the new Stormtroopers 

We got some exclusive info from these displays. Deathtroopers are part of Imperial Intelligence and are personally assigned to Director Krennic.

We’ve had the name of the Shoretroopers before but what I was really excited to see was the name of the new planet Scarif where they are stationed

And lastly what I was really hoping to see, some new vehicles!!

The AT-ACT has been seen before but it was great to see a model up close. I originally thought they’d just painted the sides orange to sell more toys, but it’s clear that it’s actually a removable cargo container which makes practical sense.

The new TIE Striker had been leaked earlier but it was great to see this new design. Strikers are designed to work in atmosphere to protect Imperial installations but can pursue targets into space if required.

Lastl something truly exclusive! Our first look at Krennic’s Delta class shuttle!

I hugely enjoyed Celebration!!

Destiny: The Fallen (2)

My armour hasn’t changed much recently but I do have a new ship ‘The Space-Age Mariner’ thanks to the weekly Sterling Treasures from the April update (also here’s proof I’ve now made it to the Moon!!)
After escaping the Fallen I returned to the Cosmodrome to look for a warp drive to make my scavenged ship spaceworthy. In doing so I ran into and defeated some of the Fallen leadership.

The House of Devils 

The Fallen are divided into many houses, each displaying the colours and emblem of their lost nobility. The House of Devils are at the forefront of the attack on humanity,having lead the famed battle of Twilight Gap on the City. Even now they hold their territory in Old Russia, always within reach of the Wall.

Captains are the fiercest of the Fallen ranks, ruling through gear and brutality. They have the privilege of greater Ether rations and protective shielding and carry blades with which to slay their enemies or put down insubordination. 

Archons are heroes of the Fallen, fulfilling a role that combines both Priest and Warlord. Archons have a close relationship with the Servitors, perhaps explaining their vastly increased size. Fearsome in appearance and in battle, the death of an Archon is a cause for celebration in the City.

The Fallen use Skiffs to rapidly deploy their troops across Earth’s surface, protecting them with powerful artillery