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It’s finally here – the first official trailer for Episode VII,

I’ll do a more detailed response soon, but for now – wow!!!

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Doctor Who: New series, new species part 49

Skovox Blitzer

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I wasn’t particularly impressed by this villain. When I saw the trailer, which seemed to be showing a robotic version of Harris from Mass Effect I was intrigued, but the end result didn’t deliver as an alien death machine capable of conquering worlds. I guess the robot was just a prop, as the episode was more about the interactions between the Doctor, Clara and Danny, which were great, so as such I guess it did its job.

A Skovox Blitzer was a deadly weapon, built with limited intelligence and able to act autonomously if required. A humanoid tope section land with weaponry sat above a propulsion unit. The Doctor encountered a stranded not on Earth which was attacking humans and transported it to deep space away from any conflict.

Agents of SHIELD: Technology (4)

The 0-8-4

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Also known as a plasma particle beam, this device was commissioned by a HYDRA scientist and fuelled by a Tesseract power cell. Able to emit a beam of incredible destructive energy when triggered.

The scientist who developed it fled to Peru, where it caught the attention of the government. It was later lost buried in an ancient temple and later rediscovered by SHIELD.

The device was contained in the Fridge, but later liberated by Garrett, who was in turn killed by it, when Coulson recovered it.

Mass Effect: New Concept Art

Bioware have released some new concept art from their upcoming Mass Effect title and they look pretty spectacular. The shots emphasise their focus on exploration in the new – something that had gradually decreased as the trilogy went on.

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This shot kinda reminds me of the awesome moon base mission in the first game – if nothing else Mass Effect do a good sky!! This shot highlights the return of the Mako vehicle

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Is this the new map system?

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This is very reminiscent of the citadel, though in my version of the game it was destroyed. Have they rebuilt it?

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This architecture is unfamiliar, perhaps a new race?

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This looks dramatic, a dangerous alien planet with weird tech, can’t wait to set foot on this one!

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Woah!! Can’t tell if it’s a ship or a station or who knows is there more to fear than the Reapers, guess there has to be a new villain- is this our first glimpse

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Another Mako shot, this terrain is very reminiscent of ME1

Very exciting!! The team confirmed there will be new planets and new alien species in the next game and that it will be centred around a new character who I’ll not be a hero from the start like Shepard, but will follow a longer path to ‘become legend’

Big shout to the mass effect wiki for the news

Agents of SHIELD: Characters (3)

Camilla Reyes

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Camilla Reyes was a senior commander with the Peruvian Military and a former flame of Coulson.

Instructed to retrieve the 0-8-4, a weapon commissioned for the Peruvian government by a former HYDRA scientist fleeing Germany, she betrayed her friend, believing him to be past his prime and not worth reasoning with.

She was taken to the Fridge for holding but was freed during Garret’s raid on the facility and is now at large.

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.