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PAUL MCGANN!!!!

HOLY FUCK HOLY FUCK HOLY FUCK!!!

PAUL MCGANN!!!!!

Technically, he’s appeared in more Doctor Who things than any of the others through the audio plays and such, but he only got the made-for-tv movie which aired on FOX when they tried to revive the series for an American audience in 1996.  Holy fuck, it’s so good to see him back!

“The Night of the Doctor” takes place during the Time War.  And we finally get some answers as to which version of the Doctor John Hurt represents.  What? Answers? From Moffat? Naaaaaaaaaah.

This is a great setup for “The Day of the Doctor” so why don’t we just drool over the latest trailer now:

I’m actually shaking with excitement as I type this!

Welcome to the Hub

Let the slash fic begin!

Let the slash fic begin!

“Not everyone gets sent to Tahiti.”

“It’s a — magical place.”

“He’s acting like a robot version of himself.”

“Trust the system.”

Alright, show, we get it. Coulson is a magical robot reincarnation of himself!  Dammit, if this shit doesn’t pay off in the season finale, I’ma go Mye Mye on some Midgard shit!

I really liked the Total Recall nose thing at the start of the episode.  They even use the same damn tool that Arnold uses!

Despite half of the episode being devoted to Ward while the other half was devoted to Skye, I quite enjoyed “The Hub.”  We’ve figured it out by now, but the team’s time at the Hub just drives home the point that S.H.I.E.L.D. is not to be trusted.

Ward and Fitz make a pretty good field duo while Skye and Simmons make somewhat decent spies, although Simmons could stand to work on her bullshitting under pressure skills.

But the best duo is, of course, Coulson and May.  I would not be sad if the entire series was about them.  They are the heart of the team and for me, the heart of the show.

We get some answers about Skye’s parents which I actually found pretty interesting.  There are details that need to be filled in, but she’s connected to S.H.I.E.L.D. perhaps more deeply than she may want to know.  Also, we learn that there’s a clearance above level 8 which Coulson doesn’t have.  It’s a shock to him and further cements the idea that something isn’t right in his mind.

Overall, I think the show is picking up.  Last week’s episode was a good jump start and that momentum is continuing.  I have to say, much like Legend of Korra, S.H.I.E.L.D. is starting to win me over.

The Legend of Toddler Korra

Legend of Korra: “A New Spiritual Age” S1

So clearly I’m on board with Legend of Korra now.  Granted, it’s only been two episodes since the Legend of Wan, but still, I’m excited about the direction they’re taking the show.  For the most part.

If you were curious as to what Korra learned from Wan aside from how bending came to be, the answer is… not a whole lot.  She’s still hot tempered, lashing out at anyone or anything that doesn’t agree with her.  She’s like a super powered toddler which the Spirit World happily reveals to us when she gets separated from Jinora.

I think that’s how the writers have viewed Korra and looking back on the first part of Season 2, I can totally see it.  She may be physically older than Aang, but she has yet to gain any of his maturity.

Uncle Iroh makes a cameo in this episode. Thematically, it makes sense.  I can totally picture Iroh chilling with the spirits drinking tea.  Though Tenzin has done his best to guide Korra, I think she really needs someone like Iroh in her life.  It made me sad, though, to hear him not voiced by Mako.  I always imagined that I’d be at a convention that he was booked and that I’d get to meet him somehow to tell him how much his work has meant to me.  Ah well.

Who are you?

Who are you?

Wan Shi Tong also makes a cameo as well as Professor Zei.  It was cool to see the grumpy owl back in action.  Although, it’s dismaying to see how easily he’s duped by Unalaq.

No Mako or Asami or Bolin in this episode which I’m not too sorry about.  The whole Varrick is a little too obvious.  And though I understand how he got there, I really don’t like Bolin as Nuktuk.

Looking forward to this week’s episode!

After a Week Off, Let’s Check in With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Oh, paleeeeeeease. Of course I'm more interesting than Skye.

Oh, paleeeeeeease. Of course I’m more interesting than Skye.

It’s taken six episodes for me to warm up to this damn show, but the latest episode “F.Z.Z.T.” of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had me yelling at the screen, “NOOO!! DON’T YOU FUCKING WHEDON SIMMONS YOU SADISTIC BASTARDS!”

JEMMA

In Super Sentai, every member of the team will get at least one episode dedicated to them. In much the same way, “F.Z.Z.T.” is Jemma Simmon’s episode.  This was the first time we’ve really heard her first name thrown around.

Though her life has been at risk in previous field missions, this is the first time the danger has come so close to home for Simmons.  In previous episodes, it seemed like she looked forward to the danger with a seemingly childlike enthusiasm.  This time around, it really hits her and we really get to see the impact take hold.  It’s a great episode for her.

SON OF COUL

Coulson proves to be the emotional center of this show.  Clark Gregg continues to impress me.  I loved his heart to heart with the fireman.

He’s starting to recognize that something is wrong.  He feels different.  And although Melinda May reassures him at the end of the episode, I have a feeling that it’s not going to satisfy Coulson.  There’s also some hint that Melinda May has gone through a similar life and death experience, but that’s all we get. Hints and whispers.

I’M AGENT BLAH BLAH BLAH

Agent Ward and her bestie pal Skye time was kept to a minimum.  I don’t know if the writers are reacting to early complaints or if this was the plan all along, but I’m all for it.  Any chance to let everyone else shine, I’m all for it.  Skye is pretty useless which was aptly demonstrated in this episode.

Ward has his uses, but I also feel that Melinda May can do anything he can do better.

GET ON THE BUS

If you’ve been holding out on S.H.I.E.L.D. because of all the things you’ve heard, I don’t blame you.  If I didn’t stay up to ungodly hours working on comics, I wouldn’t have bothered myself.  But I think this episode is worth a watch.  Hopefully, this marks a turning point in the show.

On Dragonfly Bunny Spirits

Legend of Korra: “The Guide” S2

 

It seems like the “Legend of Wan” was just what this show needed to get back on track.  I’m still puzzled as to why it’s taken so long, but whatever.  Last Friday’s episode, “The Guide,” was actually quite good.  Korra’s time within herself proved humbling.  Not sure why the first season didn’t stick with her, but it seems that her meeting with Wan, the first Avatar, has made a lasting impression.  She FINALLY apologizes to Tenzin for being such a jerkface and asks for his help.

BUNNIES!

BUNNIES!

We also see some growth from Tenzin who has been pretty stubborn during his family vacation.  I love that its his daughter, Jinora, who is tuned in to the Spirit World.  There’s something very zen about it.  Tenzin has been studying and trying so hard for so long that he’s somehow missed the point.  These are the kinds of subtleties that I loved so much about the original series.

I still roll my eyes whenever Mako is on screen.  And I’m pretty dismayed that Lin Bei Fong is so easily duped.  Maybe Lin is playing along to entrap Varrick.  But I have a good feeling about the second half of this season.  It kinda feels like a whole new show.

The Day of the Doctor

Like most of Moffat’s run, the trailer for “Day of the Doctor” presents more questions than answers. It seems that “Day of the Doctor” isn’t just the name of the episode but the name of a specific event in the Doctor’s timeline.

So let’s speculate!

I think John Hurt is playing the Doctor during the Time War.  I think he changed his name to something else when he fought in the war.  10 said something to the effect that what John Hurt did, he didn’t do in the name of the Doctor.  I think that’s literal.  So the Day of the Doctor is either when he changed his name before the Time War or when he reclaimed his name after the Time War.

Or Moffat can be pulling a fast one on us and make up some new shit that no one ever heard about.

I definitely like the trailer and the shots of previous Doctors.  But I think I’m a little on the fence with Moffat at the helm.

Watch Day of the Doctor in THEATERS!!!!!!

Now With More Explosions!

Everything is more ominous with explosions.

Day of the Doctor will premier on November 23 and to celebrate, BBC America is simulcasting the premier in theaters across the US!  Tickets are on sale from Cinemark and Fandago at the following theaters:

  • Los Angeles
    Cinemark Rave 18 + IMAX (Los Angeles, CA)
    Century Huntington Beach Bella Terra + XD (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • New York
    AMC Loews Village 7 (New York, NY)
    Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX (New York, NY)
  • Chicago
    Century Evanston + XD (Evanston, IL)
    Cinemark at Seven Bridges + IMAX (Woodridge, IL)
  • Philadelphia
    Cinemark Rave University City Penn (Philadelphia, PA)
    Cinemark 16 (Somerdale, NJ)
  • Dallas-Ft. Worth
    Cinemark West Plano + XD (Plano, TX)
  • San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
    Century San Francisco Centre 9 (San Francisco, CA)
  • Washington, DC (Hagrstwn)
    Cinemark Rave Fairfax Corner + XD (Fairfax, VA)
  • Houston
    Cinemark Tinseltown + XD (The Woodlands, TX)
  • Atlanta
    Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville, GA)
  • Seattle-Tacoma
    Cinemark Lincoln Square Cinema (Bellevue, WA)
  • MinneapolisAMC Southdale 16 (Edina, MN)

And if you miss it in theaters on Saturday, Fathom Events will be rebroadcasting Day of the Doctor in select theaters.

I imagine tickets will be selling out so if you live anywhere near these cities, get to clickin’!

From: BBC America

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