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Are you fed up of all those blogs with 'news' and 'exclusives'. You are, aren't you? I mean everyone's doing that, so unoriginal! No, what you want are the ramblings of a nerd posting about a nice looking spaceship he saw on TV a couple of months ago. Well, you're in exactly the right place my friend, read and enjoy...

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.

Watch “Black Panther Teaser Trailer [HD]” on YouTube

So the guy with the superpower of interrupting conversations that could otherwise be resolved without violence gets his own movie

Joking aside I do like the idea of a hero who’s also a king and an inexperienced one at that. 

Wakanda looks cool but I gave to admit I struggled to follow what is actually going on in the trailer – but hey it’s an MCU film so I’m watching it!!!

E3 2017: Halo Wars 2

The Flood are back!!

At first I thought this might just be another multiplayer pack but it promises a full campaign as well as multiplayer combat.

We know the story takes place from the perspective of the Banished who you play as, which is a cool twist. My guess is it’s a prequel and some curious Brutes let a flood specimen out of storage which they then have to contain. I don’t want more than that as it would diminish the Chief’s victory in Halo 3.

This is what DLC should be, adding a fun new perspective that’s optional to play – not adding essential content that makes you feel cheated for buying the full game in the first place.

E3 2017: Destiny 2

We got a new trailer giving us the perspective of Ghaul, the sequel game’s villain. Not much else was given away but that’s to be expected given we had the Destiny 2 event not so long ago.

Ghaul’s perspective is interesting, what I find most intriguing is that seems that he knows as much if not more about the Traveller than the Guardians themselves do – I mean he knows enough to drain the Light for himself and take it from the Guardians.

I like his line ‘you are not brave, you have merely forgotten the fear of death’ – I’ve always loved that Destiny have made respawning a real part of the story so Guardians have died and been revived over and over again so yeah I guess they would get overconfident.

E3 2017: Anthem

At E3 we got a surprise reveal of a new game from BioWare called Anthem

I’m very intrigued by this games, which features combats on customisable exo-suits called Javelins.

The world looks gorgeous and the combat seems like it could be a lot of fun not to mention flying around a huge open world. It does seem to be a departure from BioWare’s other games with co-operative play and no hint of a dialogue system. It’s good that the developers push the envelope, but I do hope this game sticks to BioWare core of driven, emotional storytelling.

My one gripe so far is that the game seems to echo elements from other games:

  • Destiny: It features warriors emerging from a wall that protects the remnants of humanity and obviously the focus on social play
  • Gears of War: The post-apocalyptic setting plus the feral enemies and insane weather seem very reminiscent of Sera
  • Titanfall: The Javelins, while nowhere near as big seem similar to Titans, especially in their weaponry and customisation.

Once I’d made those connections I started to struggle to see what makes this game different.

I haven’t written this game off by any means, and to be fair all we got shown was a brief side mission, but I’m waiting to see more before I can get fully excited about this new title. I have faith in BioWare that they will do so!!

E3 2017: Assassin’s Creed Origins

OK so this one was no mystery as we knew Assassin’s Creed was back and the setting of ancient Egypt had all but been confirmed but it’s still an exciting reveal which surprisingly came in Microsoft’s press conference rather than Ubisoft, though they did show off some more gameplay in theirs.

I really like the setting and the prospect of seeing the Brotherhood’s foundation (though I hope they reference and link to Adam and Eve from Assassin’s Creed II).

The gameplay looks good, though I have to admit that, despite the literal version of Eagle vision – which is a really cool function – it doesn’t seem drastically different from previous games and I really hope this game delivers on breaking from a formula that was starting to get a bit tired…I think. I’m still on Assassin’s Creed III because I lost my saves after it finally became backwards compatible so I am a bit jaded with the franchise at the moment but I can’t deny the trailer still excites me.

Wonder where they’re going with the giant snake thing at the end – looks to have a more mystical element in this game.

E3 2017: Star Was Battlefront II

I thought it was a gutsy move to set nearly the entire trailer in the prequel era, but I have to admit Theed is looking good and the gameplay looks really fun!!

A brief glimpse of story mode showing Iden Versio and her father aboard some kind of spacedock. The action moves too fast to see what’s really going on but I do think the concept of an Imperial perspective plus the between trilogies setting is going to make for a great campaign.

More from E3 soon

The Force Awakens: Weapons and Technology (1)

I almost didn’t write this post but then my inner 15-year old reminded me of the sheer joy I felt on getting my Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology, so inner-child – this one’s for you!!

EL-16 blaster rifle

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An outdated model produced by BlasTech the EL-16 remained popular among outliers and smuggler, including Han Solo. A number of New Republic surplus models, including a Heavy Field Edition rifle used by Poe Dameron were donated to the Resistance

F-11D blaster rifle

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In order to circumvent New Republic trade embargoes against the First Order BlasTech conspired with Mers Sonn to create a joint subsidiary called SonnBlas, which operates exclusively within First Order space. The F-11D is the standard weapon for all Stormtroopers and is a reliable and versatile weapon as shown by Phasma’s chromium edition which is modified for long range sniping as well as close combat use.

SE-44c blaster pistol

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The SE-44c is a standard sidearm carried by all ranked personnel from Stormtrooper leaders to General Hux himself

D93 Incinerator flamethrower

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A weapon of terror the D93 is used by specialists to flush enemy combatants out of hiding and into the crosshairs of the rest of the squad by using a piezoelectric charge to ignite a highly flammable compound.

Crossguard Lightsaber

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An ancient design, dating back to the battle of Malachor between the ancient Sith and Jedi, this lightsaber features two quillons which jut out above the user’s hand. Kylo Ren used this model to vent the energy running through his cracked kyber crystal, which otherwise might have overloaded his weapon.

Quadnoculars

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Quadnoculars are used to overlay different spectral images onto the users vision to provide greater data of the battlefield. I at first assumed this was advanced technology, but they also showed up in Rogue One so I guess they were fairly standard

Data storage unit

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Lor San Tekka kept the map to the First Jedi Temple hidden in an antique data storage unit. The data could still be interpreted by modern analytics carried within BB-8.

Destiny: The Cosmodrome 

I haven’t played since my last post so don’t have anything new to show but I got this S-35 Aeon Glow Sparrow a while back as a Sterling Treasure so I thought I’d share this instead.

The Cosmodrome 


Within reach of the Last City lies the Cosmodrome in what was once Russia. The region displays signs of both humanity’s Golden Age and the Collapse with gleaming launch pads surrounded by rusting vehicles. 

The region houses several key centres including the Skywatch where colonisation efforts were monitored. It is occupied by the Fallen house of Devils, though as I showed in my last post, the Hive and other threats are staking their claim on it too.

Colony Ships 

Standing out above the wasteland are towers, some with unlaunched Colony Ships still attached. These towers spur Guardians on to take humanity’s place among the stars 

Spinmetal

A rare resource mastered in the Golden Age this durable metal actually grows as a plant. The art of making Spinmetal is lost but Guardians can find it growing wild across the Cosmodrome.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – new Vanity Fair images

As with the last entry in the Saga Vanity Fair have done a spread on the new movie releasing new images and teasing details in interviews with cast and crew.

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We get teased a bit of detail aboutuke and Rey, but the main bit of information released was that Luke is not alone on Ach-To. There is also an indigenous race on the planet that serve as caretakers of the Jedi Temple there.

The piece has some extremely poignant images of Carrie Fisher, both with Mark Hamill and her daughter who plays a Resistance fighter. The interview reveals that Leia will have an expanded role in this movie and that Episode IX would have moved her to front and centre the way Han was in 7 and Luke will be in 8. They have also categorically ruled out using CGI to portray Leia meaning there must be a heavily adapted story for the next installment.

The rest of the Resistance crew are looking fierce. We don’t find out much about Poe, but John Boyega revealed that Finn is wearing a Bacta Suit (presumably a more mobile version of a Bacta tank) in the trailer. Finn will go undercover with new character Rose, a Resistance technician. It was also revealed that Rose has a sister named Paige who is a gunner and is in a scene with Poe.

Next we get two images of the inhabitants of Canto Bight a city for the rich and powerful. It is also described as where Finn and Rose go ‘behind enemy lines’ so it could be in First Order territory which could be interesting, maybe all the white and black dress code is meant to evoke stormtroopers? Lucasfilm were quick to point out that the character in the back is not a Bothan, but seriously then why go to the effort of making a creature that looks almost exactly like a Bothan. That said I love the little dude in the front with Neal Scanlan – I love the complete variety you get in Star Wars.

A few more Patrons and aliens in this one too.

We got some confirmation on new characters too. Laura Dern plays Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. Holdo is referred to as being part of the Resistance but my guess is she’s Republic military who have now joined the Resistance. Something about this image coupled with the Casino ones gives me a very Hunger Games feel to all this but it still works and I like the idea of an opulent Republic character being forced to work with mucky Resistance fighters. I also get the feeling she and Leia will butt heads during the film.

Is it an Ezra…is it a Thrawn…no it’s erm, DJ…who technically doesn’t actually have a name. Described only as a ‘shifty character’ one of the prevailing theories is that DJ stands for Dark Jedi. It could of course mean any number of things – maybe he plays 80’s songs at weddings – but I do like the idea of a force-user who’s just out for personal gain, he could be almost a darker version of Maz.

Lastly we get our villains. Kylo Ren is discovering that ‘patricide isn’t all it’s cracked up to be’ and is scarred both internally and externally.  Phasma is looking cool unmasked and with a new staff that has ‘personal significance’ for her (a tie-in comic and novel may reveal more). Hux seems the least changed and I like that.

No doubt they’ll continue to trickle information out between now and December

(obviously rights for all images belong to Vanity Fair and if you haven’t you should really check out the article and video)