Doctor Who: New series, new species part 48

The Teller

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I was quite impressed with the look of this monster as well as it’s storyline. It was convincingly scary while relatable as a real being with its own story. I’m not sure however that someone’s brain melting would cause their scull to become concave…

The Teller was the given name for the last member of a species with powerful telepathic abilities. They were able to read the thoughts f other beings and were tormented by the secrets they heard. They were able to telepathically assault other beings, causing their brains to become ‘soup’. The Doctor rescued the Teller and his spouse, who was being held hostage to force him to work for the bank of Karabraxos and relocated them to a new world devoid of sentient life, giving them peace and new hope for the species.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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We finally have a title for Episode VII!! Now let the speculation begin – is the force waking from a 30 year slumber, is it not in balance any more?

The implication that the movie may have more if a focus on the nature of the force perhaps is interesting and gives a slightly different impression to what I’d had, though as yet we still have very little to base our ideas on

Still very excited to see what they do!!

The 100: Series 1

I’m not much keen on reviewing shows and movies as there are people who do it much better, rather as I do with most of my posts I’m going to pick out the things I think are cool and comment on them, attempting to overview the series as I’m at it

The Ark image A collection of space stations banded together after a nuclear war wiped out the human race, leaving the astronauts as the sole survivors, or so they thought. Years later the stations are failing, leading to a drastic solution.        I thought the Ark was a well realised setting, despite the multinational survivors all speaking with American accents, and it made for interesting characters forced to make terrible decisions with the ‘bad guys’ no more guilty than the good.

The 100 image The 100 are a group of teens guilty of committing various crimes aboard the Ark. As population control is a big issue, most serious crimes are punishable by death, minors however are imprisoned until they are 18 and their case is reviewed. As ‘expendable’ population the 100 were sent to Earth to see if humans could survive in the surface, paving the way for others to return home.     The 100 brought a diverse group of characters together and again gave interesting motivations for the ‘bad guys’ who developed over time and put the main hero Clarke in the position of making some very unpleasant decisions Mutated Animals

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After the devastation of nuclear war the Earth has been greatly changed and various mutations have taken place amongst its wildlife. Some strange, such as the two headed deer seen by the 100 on their first day, some dangerous like the massive river snake and some beautiful like luminous butterflies, but all significantly changed from before the war. I liked the array if animals in the 100 and that not all mutations had made the animals into killing machines. The first few episodes were starting to feel like a remake of After Earth but this was quickly balanced by turning the focus on the survivors and introducing other threats.

Grounders image The ‘grounders’ as they are named by the 100, are survivors of the nuclear war that eradicated civilisation on Earth. The grounders have formed tribal societies. The woodland tribe came into conflict with the 100, despite attempts to negotiate. Other tribes include the cannibalistic ‘reapers’, a lake tribe and the mysterious ‘mountain men’ I liked the grounders (bar the reapers who are a rip-off of Firefly’s reavers – at least give them a less stereotypical name…) especially with Lincoln taking the side of the 100 and giving them a human face. The sophisticated ‘mountain men’ look to make series 2 very interesting. I really enjoyed the series, despite E4 attempting to put me off by saturating every add break with promos. The characters were engaging and the drama was consistently of a good standard with characters having believable motivations. It had the potential to become a postapoccalyptic soap opera but instead developed nicely into a convincing sci-fi survival drama. I look forward to series 2 and to getting my hands on the book some time

Star Wars: Upcoming fiction

At New York Comic-con Marvel announced a fourth string to their Star Wars bow in their new series Kanan

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The first story arc: The Last Padawan will be set in the time of Order 66 and the end of the Clone Wars. The series gives context to the interrupted tutelage of Kan an as a learner under his master Depa Billaba and the affect this has on him as he grows to become a Rebel leader

The series is written by Greg Weisman, who is on the production team for Rebels, and penciled by Pepe Larraz

Doctor Who: New series, new species part 47

Augmented Human

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In the future several variations of what we call human exist, two of whom joined the Doctor on a bank heist. I quite liked these two characters, and the episode managed to explore their ‘super’ qualities in a way that have them character depth and not just two dimensional super pals

Augmented humans are equipped with various cybernetic implants that merge with their obtains to allow them to interact with computer systems and even modify or delete their own memories

Mutant Human

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Mutant humans were able to show superhuman abilities. One notable individual could replicate the appearance of people she came into contact with. Mutants often struggled with being mistrusted because of their abilities.

Agents of SHIELD: Organisations (1)

The Rising Tide

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An organisation of skilled ‘hacktivists’ dedicated to the freedom of information. They are particularly involved in trying to release information about super powered individuals and other information classified by SHIELD.

Skye was a former member of The Rising Tide until she joined SHIELD

Centipede Group

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A division of modern day HYDRA, this group of well funded scientists were seeking to create their own brand of supersoldiers in response to the events of New York

Their technology successfully created soldiers with enhanced strength and durability but even after stabilising the extremis element the soldiers were unstable and needed regular treatment. They used ocular implants to control many of their operatives.

Many if those working for the organisation did not realize who they were ultimately working for until HYDRA made their coup attempt an revealed themselves.

The Clone Wars: Legacy

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No, not a tie in to the hit comic series, this title describes the remainder of unpublished Clone Wars material.

This covers the recently finished Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir story arc, released as a comic book. You can view some concept art for how it would have looked as an episode HERE

Also, we now have a title for the upcoming Ventress novel – Dark Disciple . Some concept art for this unreleased episode can be found HERE

Lastly, in an exciting turn starwars.com have released four episodes in story reel form, with original voice acting playing over the pre-vis animations. You can view all four episodes as well as other content HERE.

They seem to be hinting at more content – I’ll let you know when I do

Agents of SHIELD: Vehicles (2)

Lola

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Don’t touch Lola!

Coulson’s pride and joy is Lola, the cream of his SHIELD collectibles. On top of a range of customisations, including the world’s first GPS, flamethrower and built in machine guns, this modified Corvette is equipped with the Gravitic Reversal Technology modelled by Howard Stark in the Forties – able to hover several feet above the ground and travel at high speed – more than capable of keeping up with modern service vehicles .

Doctor Who: New series, new species part 46

Robotic Knights

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I appreciate my ‘species’ posts are getting more tenuous by the minute, but as a unique foe I’m going to post about these robots. I enjoyed the episode a lot more than I thought I would, with the clash of two larger than life characters making for a lot of on screen fun and giving Capaldi’s Doctor some much needed likeability.

The robotic knights were part of a spaceship that crashed in Mediaeval England on route to ‘the promised land’. Using camouflage technology the ship disguised itself ad a castle and its drones as knights, slowly collecting gold to repair it’s systems. The ship and its drones were destroyed in an attempt to take off before the ship was fully repaired.

Agents of SHIELD: Vehicles (1)

The Bus

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The main mode of transportation for Coulson’s team, this modified Boeing Globemaster boasts a range of technical modifications as well as a bar… a really nice one.

Designed to function as a mobile command centre, this type of vehicle, boasting an ops room a lab and an interrogation room, was popular with SHIELD before they invested in a Helicarrier.

The plane’s engines can rotate to allow for vertical takeoff and landing, useful for a quick and dramatic extraction. The team came to see the Bus as home on their missions