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.

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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

Doctor Who: New series, new species part 45

(If you’re wondering about the number I’m continuing this post series from my old blog – you can view the previous post HERE

Dalek antibodies

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In the second episode of the series the Doctor ventures into the Dalek, encountering these in the belly of the beast. While it was an interesting concept the end fell a bit flat as the Doctor is in dismay at a Dalek who hated Daleks when that was what had them jumping for joy in the first place.

Dalek antibodies are microscopic robots that exist within the body of a Dalek. They destroy any unwanted biological material within the casing by evaporating it using a powerful energy weapon. The Doctor battled these beings when he ventured inside a malfunctioning Dalek

Watch “Star Wars Rebels: “Not What You Think” Short” on YouTube

Star Wars Rebels: “Not What You Think” Short: http://youtu.be/yy9waYcrE8k

The final Rebels short introduces Ezra, the young teen who will be joining the crew of the Ghost as the series premieres next month.

Ezra seems to be more than just a normal teen as he scrounges tech from an Imperial nd seems to be demonstrating his latent force powers as he dodges blasts from the TIE

That’s it from me, I’m still waaaay behind on The Clone Wars so it’ll be a while before I catch the new series so I’m grateful for these shorts to whet my appetite!!

Star Wars: Upcoming fiction

With the recent release of ‘A New Dawn’ – the first in the new line of Star Wars novels (see the IGN review HERE) I thought it would be worth posting about some of the other announced fiction for the new Canon

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The first offering is another novel, ad yet untitled featuring fan favourite characters Quinlan Voss and Asajj Ventress. Both Ventress and Vos migrated from comics to the screen with Ventress becoming a key character in The Clone Wars and Voss also getting a mention in Episode III.

It will be interesting to see what they do with these characters, particularly Voss in this novel, which is based on an unaired Clone Wars script, similar to the Dark Horse comic Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir

You can read my, somewhat embittered, review of the other novels in my old blog HERE

Comics

Marvel have posted their initial run of comics once they take over the licence from Dark Horse in 2015

Star Wars

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While I’m tempted to argue tat this is a rip-off of the Dark Horse title of the same name I’m sure Marvel would argue, and justly so, that they are revamping their original series where Star Wars comics began

The series is set after the events of A New Hope, featuring the main trilogy cast. While I’m still not convinced of what they will do, sticking John Cassaday on art won’t get any complaints from me!!

Star Wars: Darth Vader

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Again, covering familiar territory, with Dark Horse having published several Vader series over recent years. However the opportunity to look at things fresh might be a good thing for the Dark Lord

The series is also set between the first two films, with an emphasis on Vader finding out about his son.

Star Wars: Princess Leia

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This comic will be a miniseries rather than ongoing like the other two. The opportunity to focus on Leia and give her her own book sounds like a good idea to me.

And that’s it so far. Marvel have announced they will be reprinting dome of their original stories as well as some collections of Dark Horse Comics. I’ll be keen to see if they will eventually extend to storytelling in diverse timelines once the movies are released.

I’ll post any news when I get it.

Agents of SHIELD: Characters (2)

Dr Streiten

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Great to see Ron Glass (Shepherd Book from Firefly) in this latest venture from Whedon, I’m glad he had more than a brief cameo in the first episode.

Dr Streiten was a high ranking medical officer within SHIELD, with clearance of at least level 7. When Coulson confronted him about the operation that brought him back to life he said that Fury had brought him in to assist and that he thought the procedure was morally wrong.

Dr Streiten’s whereabouts are currently unknown.

As far as I know he has no analogue in the comics, drop a comment if I’m wrong.

Agents of SHIELD: Technology (3)

Centipede implant

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This implant was created by a group, also named Centipede, to create custom-made super soldiers. Taking it’s name from the insect it resembles the implant combined a number of elements: a serum imitating the work that created Captain America, gamma radiation similar to the Hulk experiment, alien metals and extremis, the volatile enhancement drug created by AIM and shut down by Tony Stark

These elements, particularly the latter, were unstable and caused at least one subject to explode. The device was eventually stabilised and used by Deathlok and a number of enhanced soldiers, though they were eventually defeated by SHIELD

Watch “Star Wars Rebels: “Entanglement” Short” on YouTube

Star Wars Rebels: “Entanglement” Short: http://youtu.be/9pxyXtBuXHM

The latest short features Zeb, another Ghost crew member. Unlike Obi-Wan he doesn’t mind Imperial entanglements, whether he does it to help the innocent or just for good fun is hard to tell!

I like his weapon, similar to a magna guard staff

Zeb’s design is based on a Ralph McQuarrie concept for Chewbacca

The series premiers with a one hour movie ‘Spark of Rebellion’ on October 3rd on Disney

Agents of SHIELD: Technology (2)

ICERs

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Incapacitating Cartridge Emitting Rifles, previously known as ‘the night night gun’ was designed by Fitz and Simmonds as a nonlethal weapon to incapacitate armed and dangerous targets

The bullets break up on contact with skin, and then deliver paralysing dendrotoxin to register the target immobile. The team used them extensively to take targets alive for questioning. The rifle was even used to deliver an antidote to a hostile Mike Peterson.

Cybertek modified the weapon to produce a gas grenade to incapacitate multiple targets

Agents of SHIELD: Technology (1)

Well it wouldn’t be a show about a superhero-era spy agency without some coll tech so here are some of the devices used by the team and others

DWARF drones

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A set of seven quadcopter drones each named after ones of the dwarves from Snow White, the Drones Wirelessly Activated to Retrieve Forensics are equipped with an array of scanners between them to analyse and collect data.

The drones can operate semi-autonomously or be directly controlled by Fitz or Simmonds via their tablet devices. The dwarves have proved their worth on several missions, even serving in combat as a diversion and redirection tactic.