Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

Doctor Who Review: The Witch’s Familiar

I regret to inform you all that I really liked this episode, and therefore my curmudgeonly Classic Who fan status may be at risk, but heck… I really liked it. Not to say it’s perfect. Some of it was a bit silly. I still think Colony Sarff is a pointless idea, and even though the story’s all…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: The Witch’s Familiar

Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

Doctor Who Review: The Magician’s Apprentice

When doing weekly reviews, it’s easy to fall into a “the show is only as good as its last episode” mentality. In this case, “The Magician’s Apprentice” is a pretty good episode, but I want to hold off on mega-excitement and see where the season is going. They bring out all the stops for this…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: The Magician’s Apprentice

TV & Movies

Doctor Who Review: “Last Christmas”

I guess we’d better talk about the Doctor Who Christmas special. Major spoilers. There’s a lot to like here. We’ve had some stinkers of Christmas specials, and frankly I get sick of Christmas if I’m rewatching the new series because it’s Christmas every eight episodes or so. I liked this one, though, because it felt very much…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Last Christmas”

Sci-Fi · Writing

Diverse Worldbuilding with Minor Characters

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m writing again after several months of research paper stuff, and I keep getting distracted by minor characters. However, this is really a feature, not a bug! Don’t you want your readers to be interested in all your characters? Compelling incidental characters make the story’s world seem more realistic. They indicate…… Continue reading Diverse Worldbuilding with Minor Characters

Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

Doctor Who Review: “Death in Heaven”

After an extremely shaky last-half-of-season-eight, Doctor Who has pulled off an extremely good finale with “Death in Heaven.” Not much “stuff” happened in “Dark Water,” the first half of the two-parter, but they totally make up for that in the first ten minutes of this episode. Major spoilers. Danny’s a Cyberman. Clara lies about being the…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Death in Heaven”

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Doctor Who Review: “Dark Water”

I have three things to say about “Dark Water” related to Doctor Who season 8 in general, and then a few thoughts more specific to the episode. Heavy spoilers. 1) I love the Doctor, and I love Peter Capaldi. I haven’t said that enough in this season. I love him. I love that he’s in control of…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Dark Water”

Other Stuff · Romance

Sunday Summary 11/2 – Friends are Awesome: Webcomics, Games, Halloween, Romance

It’s funny how themes just develop for these things every week. I don’t do it on purpose, I just keep track of things I want to talk about here, and a theme usually emerges. The theme for this week is friends introducing me to things! The cool link today is for the webcomic Band vs.…… Continue reading Sunday Summary 11/2 – Friends are Awesome: Webcomics, Games, Halloween, Romance

Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

Doctor Who Review: “In the Forest of the Night” (with finale predictions)

I didn’t dislike this episode as much as the ones I hated… But I didn’t like it as much as even “Mummy on the Orient Express,” a good episode just brought down by Clara Oswald’s existence. It was basically on par with last week’s “Flatline” for me — just meh. It didn’t hang together. It…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “In the Forest of the Night” (with finale predictions)

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Doctor Who Review: “Flatline”

“Flatline” was a pretty normal “freaky idea of the week” type of Doctor Who episode, but channeling Flatland. The monsters are two-dimensional. It’s a creative idea, but… meh. Maybe my undying love of Flatland is to blame, but it was kind of disappointing. Episodes (and horror-ish sci-fi movies) like this are always a let-down for me,…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Flatline”

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Doctor Who Review: “Mummy on the Orient Express”

Well, that was disappointing. No, not the episode… the fact that Clara was in it. I never really thought she was GONE, but I was hoping we’d get a week off. Nope. That said, “Mummy on the Orient Express” was still leagues ahead of “Kill the Moon,” and I actually did enjoy it. A pretty…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Mummy on the Orient Express”