Thursday, 30 October 2014

Episode 4 of GOT. What happened to the last Hand? Nice little Whodunnit. Like Tyrion's statement about having a soft spot for cripples, bastards, and broken things. He is amusing as usual. Quite a dramatic ending for him. How will he get away from the Northerners?

Monday, 27 October 2014

In the Forest of the Night. Often children in shows are annoying. These weren't as annoying as usual. But the animals didn't feel needed. The part where the message is sent to the world felt a bit of a let-down. And Annabel appearing at the end felt a bit too happy. I understand if they want an occasional light and happy episode. But still don't think much. The episode started with quite a good concept, but as it went on there didn't seem much plot. Not much threat was felt, which is probably why the animals were there. Though the trees wanting to help was surprising. Some nice character building from Clara and Danny. Capaldi amusing as he copes with kids. Like the hint this is in the future, as we seem to be entering new dating controversy. Overall OK with character, kids not that bad, but plot not great, though get not meant to be too serious.

As for Missy she doesn't seem to have done much, just being a Chorus. But that trailer was exciting. Missy says the Doctor knows who she is and I will put more thoughts on her in another post.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Finished The Children of Hurin. Great story, agree with TV Tropes probabaly darkest and most depressing story in Middle-Earth canon. More should know of Narn i Chîn Húrin.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Saw Throne of Blood. Great adaptation of The Scottish Play. Asaji is a very sinister villain. The black and white filming really works for The Japanese Play.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Flatline was certainly a good story. Doctor-lite, reminiscent of Blink, though reminded me of audio The Condemned. Jenna really had a chance to shine, being the Doctor for most of the episode and having the brilliant plan to bring about the 2D monster's defeat. The monsters were excellent, a great premise to have 2D monsters. And quite amusing having the tiny TARDIS and the Doctor having to crawl along. And we see Missy again. Was she woman in shop? Just another two weeks to finale.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The perfect way to relax.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Yesterday finished The Lord of the Rings. Today finished the appendixes to The Return of the King. Quite incredible how much Tolkien put in, down to the Kings of Numenor, the languages, Shire years, and the line of Durin. Some time should read Unfinished Tales, The Children of Hurin and the 12 volumes of the History of Middle-Earth.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Mummy on the Orient Express. Decent. It had an excellent opening. Foretold was good foe and idea. Understand why BBC had to move this to later timeslot. Also liked how rather then dragging out the Mummy killing people the set-up is experiment to discover more on Mummy, which reminded me of Alien. Frank Skinner as Perkins was quite amusing. And I'm sure Foxes singing helped garner interest. Again the Doctor shows his harsh needs of the many nature rather then obsessing over saving people, leading to the usual tension with Clara. I rather like this Anti-Hero quality, the Doctor saying sometimes harsh choices are needed. But some of this episode felt a bit odd as last week Clara was really angry with the Doctor and now seems fine, making this episode feel like it should have been elsewhere in the series. And some of Clara's dialogue with the Doctor at beginning and end awkward. But overall the episode is gripping with the Agatha Christie/Horror Movie style, despite feeling slightly misplaced.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

With Sci-Fi and Fantasy Society at Royal Holloway saw Frozen. Now I know what my cousin is singing about. It was quite a good film. Let it go is quite an Ear Worm. And like how Elsa is a Princess (which I meant in a Machiavellian sense) who remains chaste. Felt comparisons to the X-Men. And like that the song Let it Go revels in applicability. However when mentioning Arendelle it kept making me think of Earendil the Mariner Elf. Great film. And a decent twist. Found Oaken and Olaf amusing.
Good article for Bond fans.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Kill the Moon. Well that was certainly quite multi-layered. Throughout this series we have seen more of the darker side of the Doctor. After the light-heartedness of last week we get a quite different story. It feels more adult, with the language and the morally complex story. It is realistic that humanity would choose their survival. The Doctor's actions lead to more strain, with him leaving the humans behind and as usual Capaldi gives a great performance. Spiders decent monster. Courtney puts aside the arrogant nature of last week and we see more character, as she is scared and debating on killing the creature. But scientific oddities, like the idea of the moon being an egg. That is literally a Super Friends plot. And the hatching creature laying another egg seemed a slight cop out. But ending was good. Finally we see Clara realise more the difficulties of travel with the Doctor. And she leaves TARDIS by own will, something that hasn't happened to a main companion for seven years.