Friday, September 15, 2017

The Beast is Alone; We Are Not

(This post was originally posted on my personal blog in June 2014)

The Doctor and Rose end up on a space base on a planet that should not exist: a planet that is orbiting around a black hole. The crew of the base, out of pure human curiosity, came to the planet in order to discover how that planet could possibly stay in orbit and possibly harness that power. Things start to unravel in the space base as a being that seems to be the devil incarnate, the being from which the legend of the devil emanated from, begins to terrorize the Doctor, Rose, and the crew. He begins speaking to them and digging at their deepest fears. The crew and Rose start to panic at his taunts, but of course it’s the Doctor who brings everyone back to their senses with a speech:

“That thing is playing on very basic fears: darkness, childhood nightmares, and all that stuff … What makes his version of the truth any better than mine? Hmm? Because I’ll tell you what I can see: Humans! Brilliant humans! Humans who traveled all the way across space, flying in a tiny little rocket right into the orbit of a black hole, just for the sake of discovery! That’s amazing! Do you hear me? Amazing! All of you: the captain, his officer, his elders, his juniors, his friends. All with one advantage: the Beast is alone. We are not.”

Just like Satan would, he plays on the fears of every living being. He uses our fears until we feel utterly alone. Those are the times that I feel most vulnerable and weak. The adversary tells me that I’m alone, that I have no friends, that I am not loved, or some other twisted tale. The adversary loves to use half-truths. Yes, I may be alone at this moment. Yes, I may be having a hard day. I may have had a bad day at work. I may have failed a test (thank goodness I’m not in school right now).

But even if those things are true, what makes his version of the truth any better than God’s? The truth, the better truth, is that God loves me. God knows I am of infinite worth. God sent His Son to suffer for me because He loves me. God is my Father. God wants me to be close to Him. God cares for me. God will always do what is best for me.

I don’t know about you, but one of those stories sounds a lot nicer and happier than the other. If I focus on the negativity of Satan, darkness will fill my life, but if I will listen to the light of the Savior and to the Spirit, He will bless me with truth, comfort, and love. I’ve seen this in my life and I know it to be true. The Savior loves me and He will always be there for me.

Satan is alone. He will always be alone. He will never have a body, a family, or the experience of this mortal journey. He will never be happy. On the other hand, I have a body, I have my friends, I have my family, I have my agency, and I choose to be happy surrounded by those who love me.

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Fifth Doctor

Just recently I finished the Fifth Doctor’s last story. I’m a little apprehensive about continuing with the Sixth Doctor, but I’m determined to do it. But first, I really enjoyed the Fifth Doctor. In a way he’s a bit of a legend in his own right, with his daughter playing the Doctor’s daughter and his future son-in-law playing the Tenth Doctor, but we’ll probably touch on that more later.

Season 19
The Doctor finally returned Tegan to
her job, only for her to return later.
Top Story: Time-Flight
I had low expectations of this story, since Peter Davision had said on his panel at SLC Comic Con last year that he would have redone this one. All the same, this story had a very fresh take on time travel, which I enjoyed. Kind of like how “The Day of the Doctor” used the rifts in time, instead of the TARDIS, to get the three Doctors together.
Flop Story: Four to Doomsday
The worst part of this story was just how slow it started. I almost picked “Castrovalva”. The premise is interesting, having figures from multiple eras on Earth all put together. However, I spent a long time on this story waiting for something to happen. The mystery of the story was satisfying, but the new Doctor spent a long time standing around.
The Cybermen returned in "Earthshock"
Honorable Mention: Earthshock
Despite how much modern Doctor Who fans talk about the companions always dying, it’s not that common. It took almost 20 years for a regular companion to die (Katarina died with the First Doctor, but she wasn’t around that long… it’d be like if Adam had died on Satellite 5). Amy and Rory lived out their lives in the past, Clara was pulled out of time, Donna was mind-wiped, and so on. However, it’s uncommon for a companion to straight up die. That’s what happened to Adric. So even though I didn’t care for him, it was a tragic episode for the Doctor to lose a friend.

Season 20
Tegan and the Doctor get captured by Omega.

Top Story: Arc of Infinity
I enjoyed the fresh take on time travel. Like Time-Flight it was refreshing to see something new. This episode also saw the return of Omega, who was last seen and defeated in ”The Three Doctors”. It was also nice to see Tegan return. Despite her annoying whining when she was first taken by accident, she grew on me. But more on that later.
Flop Story: The King’s Demons
The return of the Master and the introduction of Kamelion. Again, interesting premise, but the use of Kamelion was too complex. Kind of over-complicated the story, in my opinion. In the end it was just one of those stories that I had a hard time getting into.
The Brigadier returned, but with amnesia
Honorable Mention: Mawdryn Undead
We got Turlough introduced here. Not my favorite companion, but not my least favorite. More importantly in my mind is that this was the return of the Brigadier (first appearance since “Terror of the Zygons” seven years before) and the Black Guardian (first appearance since “The Armageddon Factor”). I didn’t particularly care for the trilogy of Black Guardian stories, but it was great to have these characters return.

Season 21
Turlough tricked everyone into thinking
a coat rack was a weapon.
Top Story: Frontios
This story had the kind of feel that I like in modern Doctor Who; the TARDIS is gone, the natives are suspicious of the Doctor and companions, and some alien mystery starts unfolding. I liked the way the story unfolded, built up, and then resolved itself. Nice and clean.
Flop Story: Warriors of the Deep
I don’t know what it is, but I guess I just don’t like Silurian stories. I’ve said it before, but the Silurian stories all feel the same. Again, maybe I’d feel differently if I hadn’t seen the Eleventh Doctor Silurian story, but still. Madame Vastra though, I’ll take her any day.
A crack in time. Deja vu.....
Honorable Mention: The Awakening
The story overall was kinda meh, but I’m giving this one honorable mention for one reason alone: the crack in time and space. It functioned differently than the crack in the Eleventh Doctor era, but I’d be cool if it was also crack caused by the TARDIS exploding.
Four Doctors defeat Rasillon in the Death Zone
Special Episode: The Five Doctors
The 20th Anniversary called for a return from the five doctors and five companions. It would have been wonderful if Tom Baker had agreed to return, with Sarah Jane as his companion. However, it was clever of them to use leftover footage from an unfinished story to include the Fourth Doctor and Romana anyway. If I had to change any of them companions, I’d have put Jamie or Zoe with the Second Doctor instead of the Brigadier and I’d have put Jo with the Third Doctor. All the same, just look at how many companions returned, even just as hallucinations. I’m also glad they could tastefully have another actor play the First Doctor. That paved the way for another actor to play him this Christmas.

Adric                      (4th Doctor) - Earthshock
Nyssa                    (4th Doctor) - Terminus
Tegan                    (4th Doctor) - Resurrection of the Daleks
Turlough              Mawdryn Undead - Planet of Fire
Peri                        Planet of Fire - (6th Doctor)

I like companions who can give
equal support and sass
Favorite Companion: She annoyed me at first, but I really grew to like Tegan Jovanka. She had some definite character development. She went from being an annoying, whiny brat to becoming a loyal, sassy friend for the Fifth Doctor. My biggest complaint is that her exit was so abrupt. I could kind of see them taking the Doctor in a darker direction, but Tegan’s reaction seemed to come about suddenly. However, as of 2010 the character is still alive (as noted in the Sarah Jane Adventures) and the actress Janet Fielding is still alive, so it’s not unreasonable to think that she could reappear at some point. Fingers crossed.

Solid ending for a mediocre character
Least Favorite Companion: I mentioned last time that Adric was my least favorite of the Fourth Doctor companions. It was all because of Fifth Doctor stories I’d seen. He ends up as this annoying, arrogant teenager who constantly defies the Doctor and oversteps him. Not only that but on multiple occasions he selfishly aids the enemy of a given story because he’s being an angsty, prideful teenager. However, I enjoyed his resolution. He died a hero and his death was satisfying (and not even because I didn’t like him). I would love to see more companion exits like that (minus the death part).

Any favorite Fifth Doctor moments? Any companions you'd like to see back? I'd be up for Tegan and Nyssa at least.

The Fifth Doctor returned in the Tenth Doctor area for a
charity short with his future son-in-law.

Monday, August 21, 2017

The True Nature of the Eclipse

So apparently there was an eclipse that happened today. I didn’t get the whole hype of it, but I had a few thoughts that made it a bit more exciting. Choose your head-canon for the eclipse.

The eclipse is a sight that the gate to the Digital World is opening. (Where did I put my Digivice?)

The Eight Digi-Destined hear the meaning of the eclipse.
Seemingly random people are about to get some crazy superpowers.

They also had another eclipse where everyone lost powers.
It’s time to attack the Fire Nation.

The Death Star is about to kill us all.

Nice knowing you guys.
What else guys? Did I miss any other meanings of the eclipse?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Pokémon Theories

Pokémon has been out for 20 years and despite genwunners and naysayers, the cultural phenomenon continues with no sign of stopping. There are new games scheduled to be released and despite playership lower than the initial fad, Pokémon Go is still going strong. As a result of all the games, manga, and anime, there are many fan theories that have been thrown around over the 20 years of the franchise. Here are a few of my favorites. Where possible I’ve included links to YouTube videos, podcasts, and articles where I found these theories.

One popular theory that I kept coming across was about Blue/Gary (the rival of the Generation I games) and his Raticate. The theory states that after fighting and losing to Red/Ash/You on the S.S. Anne, he couldn’t heal his Raticate (or Rattata in Yellow version) in time and it ended up dying. That’s why when you see him in Lavender Town he doesn’t have Raticate anymore. It’s especially pertinent seeing that the Pokémon Tower where you fight him is the memorial for dead Pokémon. The problem with this theory is in the post-battle text. If you take it at face value, after the battle, Blue starts asking about your Pokédex and telling you about Cubone and Marowak. He doesn’t exactly seem choked up or too keen on paying his respects. However, Blue could easily just be putting on a tough guy façade because he’s upset with you.  (Source: Creeps Plays)

Next I found a theory about Ditto being a failed clone of Mew. The evidence states that both Ditto and Mew are the only Pokémon able to learn Transform. Also, they are the same color (even in shiny form) and similar weight. We also only find Ditto in the Pokémon Mansion on Cinnabar Island in Generation I (and Unknown Dungeon in Yellow), where we learn from the scattered journal entries that Mewtwo was created. In more recent games, Ditto is also found at Pokémon Village, which is also where you find Mewtwo. This theory seems legit and has every possibility of being true. (Source: Silph Radio)

Another theory about Pokémon origins is that Cubone is Kangaskhan’s baby. If you look at Cubone right next to a baby Kangaskhan they look similar. So the theory goes that if a baby Kangaskhan’s mother dies, it wears its mother’s skull and becomes a Cubone. They’re found in similar locations and just their sprites next to each other is enough evidence for me. Also there’s the whole Missingno thing evolving into Kangaskhan, so there was obviously some code in Red/Blue for something to evolve into it. Perhaps it was going to be an alternate evolution for Cubone? Maybe Cubone was going to evolve from happiness into Kangaskhan (because it wouldn’t be grieving as much?). (Source: Screen Rant)

One theory I came across that’s kind of interesting is that Team Rocket is good (at least in the games). The rationale is that their missions in Red/Blue/Yellow all lead to capturing Mewtwo, who they accidentally created and unleashed on the world. This could get long, so I’ll give you the cliffnotes. (1) Dr. Fuji and Team Rocket create Mewtwo on Cinnabar Island and accidentally unleash it. (2) Team Rocket confront Mr. Fuji (same man) in Lavender Town but first (3) they need the Silph Scope to reach Mr. Fuji in Pokémon Tower. After all of that, (4) they need the Master Ball to catch Mewtwo, so they store Silph Co. The problem I have with this is that Team Rocket still has some sketchy operations in Mt. Moon, Game Corner, etc. I could see it that they’re doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, but I wouldn’t necessarily call them good guys in that came. (Source: Pokémon World Tour #43)

Back to Pokémon origin theories, remember in Ecruteak City we have the Burned Tower where Entei, Raikou, and Suicune are? It’s said that they were three Pokémon who were killed when the tower burned and they were resurrected by Ho-Oh. What Pokémon were they though? Well, Ecruteak City also has the Kimono Girls, who special in Eeveelutions. If you look closely, the abilities and typings of Raikou/Suicune/Entei match up to Jolteon/Vaporeon/Flareon. It would make sense that these Eeveelutions would be original forms of the Legendary Beasts. That begs the question though… are there also Legendary Beasts in Dark, Psychic, Grass, Ice, and Fairy types? (Source: Creeps Plays)

My finally theory for this post is about Pokémon Go. Ever since the game first game out last year, there have been jokes, web comics, etc. about the Pokémon you send to Professor Willow. The joke is that the Pokémon are ground up and given to you as Pokémon candy. That’s grim and dark so here’s what I buy into: Catch and release. I’ve seen this theory go around as simple catch-and-release, like when I would go fishing as a kid. I’ve also seen this been Professor Willow tagging the Pokémon you send him, before releasing them, so that he can track and research them.

So this is all I have for now. I found several other good (or at least decent) Pokémon theories but this post was getting long, so I’ll save those other theories for another time. In the meantime, as a reward for reading to the end of this post, I decided to include some Mega Stone codes for Pokémon Sun/Moon that were released over the past few months. If I missed any, let me know. Enjoy!

AZUL (for Pidgeot, Steelix, Heracross, and Houndoom)
INTIMIDATE (for Beedrill, Medicham, Audino, and Mawile)
M2DESCENT (for both Mewtwo)
MATSUBUSA (for Sceptile, Blaziken, Swampert, Camerupt, and Banette)

POYONG (for Diancie, Gardevoir, Gallade, and Lopunny)

Monday, August 7, 2017

I Choose Hope

(This post was originally posted on my personal blog in April 2014)

I've been thinking a bit about the power of agency and to what extent we choose happiness. Of course there are things like clinical depression and other mental conditions that affect a person in ways that no amount of positive thinking can fix. However that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about negative thinking. That can be fixed with positive thinking and choosing happiness and hope.


In the mid-season finale of Once Upon a Time, the flashbacks featured the theme of happy endings. In Snow White and Prince Charming's flashback the Blue Fairy talks to them about their daughter Emma's destiny to save them all from the impending curse. At first Snow is worried about the uncertainty, that they don't know if the future will hold anything good for them. Charming responds that the future isn't what they planned, but that doesn't make it bad. In the end, Snow says, "I choose hope."

In another episode (chronologically after the flashback I just mentioned), Snow White/Mary Margaret is talking to her grown daughter Emma who is frustrated by her parents' insufferable optimism. How could they always be so optimistic when their lives have sucked so much? A line from Snow White/Mary Margaret right then hit me: "The minute I let go of the idea that things will get better is the minute I know they won't."

My life hasn't exactly been ideal lately. I've been stressed by school and preoccupied with making sure that my relationships with others are healthy. Many times I've wanted to just break down in tears feeling hopeless. Other times I have felt hopeless. As hard as it is, and it is incredibly hard, I am holding onto the hope of a "happy ending" (or at least reminding myself that the semester has an ending). It's really easy to be bitter toward God or others for what's going on in my life. However, instead of being bitter I choose hope. Hope that I will get acceptable grades in my classes. Hope that I will be able to maintain healthy relationships. And hope that no matter how many tears I shed, the Savior will be there to wipe those tears away (Revelation 21:4) and comfort me. I need Him. I cannot go through this journey alone.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lost Upon a Time

Though they didn't spent much screen time together on Lost,
Rebecca Mader and Emilie de Ravin reunited on Once.
So recently Once Upon a Time released some teasers for their Season 7 soft reboot. At the same time, I’ve been rewatching Lost for the first time in years. Now it’s common knowledge for fans of either show that the creating team overlaps. As a result we’ve also seen some cast overlap over years including Claire/Belle, Widmore/King George, Hurley/the Giant, Charlotte/Zelena, Juliet/Ingrid, Sayid/Jafar, Ilana/Amara, and perhaps others I’ve missed. So as Once Upon a Time enters it’s seventh (and hopefully last season) it would make sense for us to see some more Lost alumni. So here are some that I’d like to see back and who I’d maybe like to see them appear as. WARNING: I might mention some minor casting/plot spoilers for Season 7 of Once Upon a Time.

Matthew Fox: So seeing as Matthew Fox played the top lead in Lost as Dr. Jack Shephard, it would make sense to bring him into Once Upon a Time at some point. As far as who I’d like for him to play, I could see him playing some Land Without Magic character in Seattle (likely just as a cameo, maybe as a doctor). However, if he were to be a fairy tale character I could see him being some sort of rebooted Prince Charming (after all, we got alternate versions of the fairy tales references in the sneak peek).

Malcolm David Kelley: Known for being the 10-year-old Walt on Lost, I could see Malcolm David Kelley appearing. Since he’s aged 13 years since Lost began (and he only had scattered appearances after the first season anyway) it would be a nice subtle nod to Lost without being as intrusive as Zelena or Ingrid. Perhaps he could be an African-American Flynn Rider to go with our Rapunzel from Season 3? Although I kind of like the idea of a bi-racial relationship for Rapunzel if they ever bring her back. Something more to explore.

Josh Holloway: He was the conman Sawyer on Lost, but I could see him being a Disney prince on Once Upon a Time. Especially if we have the right one.  Since we have it teased that we’ll see Tiana, what if he was Prince Naveen. Whether it’s set in the Enchanted Forest or early 20th Century Louisiana, Josh Holloway’s Southern accent could at least be a nod to the Disney movie taking place in the South. And if we’re going with my bi-racial couple idea that I mentioned for Rapunzel, this one would work well too.

Dominic Monaghan: He was the rock star/drug addict Charlie on Lost but lots of people also recognize Dominic Monaghan from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Since he’s a recognizable hobbit, it might be funny for him to be an oversized dwarf in Once Upon a Time. Or maybe he could be a short giant that he can be reunite with his on-screen buddy Jorge Garcia. I’d absolutely love to see Charlie and Hurley on screen together again.

Terry O’Quinn: The man of faith Locke was played by Terry O’Quinn. He also played the Man in Black for the last season and a half, so you could say his character skills are versatile. As such I have a little trouble pinning him down for who I’d like to see him as. Because of the soft reboot I could see him being one of the kings in one of the new fairy tale realms. Maybe the father of Cinderella’s prince… although Cinderella is supposed to be with Henry? I dunno. It’s going to be weird.

Michael Emerson: The devious and cunning and plotting Benjamin Linus. Michael Emerson was brilliant in Lost, so I’d love to see him return. Maybe as a cohort of this season’s big bad (supposedly Lady Tremaine?) but I’d like to see him as a legitimate good guy this time. Maybe he could be a rebooted Rumpelstiltskin. I’d doubt that one since Robert Carlyle is returning, but who knows. Alternatively, I could see him as some other sort of magician character. Maybe a new Merlin?

Any Lost alumni you’d like to see back? What about the idea of the soft reboot? What are your opinions? Regardless of your opinions of the reboot, since it’s happening anyway are there any stories you’d like to see revisited?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Fourth Doctor (2/2)

Finally finished the Fourth Doctor stories on Britbox. That means it’s time for another classic Doctor Who post. This time it’s the second half of the most iconic Doctor.

Season 16
"Mr Fibuli!" .... That's all.
Top Story: The Pirate Planet
One reason I like this story so much is how silly it is. I can’t get over how the Captain yells “Mr. Fibuli!” Also every time the Captain makes an announcement to his people, there’s only four or five people. Not much of a crowd or a cheer. All of the silly production notes aside, I liked the idea of the piece of the Key to Time being the core of the planet that the pirates had taken over. So silliness aside, it was a solid story idea and a solid plot.
Flop Story: The Ribos Operation
It started off the Key to Time saga and it introduced Romana (the first Time Lady companion, aside from Susan) and K9 Mark II. The problem I had with this story was that it was so hard to follow. I watched it twice because I got lost during the first time and I still struggled to understand this crime story.
Romana and the future Romana's face
Honorable Mention: The Armageddon Factor
The finale to the Key to Time included quite a twist in my opinion. I didn’t expect a person to be the segment of the Key. It also ended up being the final appearance of Romana in her initial regeneration (when she appears in Season 17, she has already regenerated) and it’s the first appearance of the Black Guardian, who would not to be seen again until the Fifth Doctor era.

Season 17
Fake Mona Lisa's everywhere
Top Story: The City of Death
The Doctor and Romana get stuck in a time loop. It was a unique way of doing time travel. I also liked the splintered aspect of Scaroth, scattered across time, like we would later see with Clara Oswald, except that Scaroth is away of the split. Interesting notion and scheme that he’s trying to put himself back together.
Flop Story: The Horns of Nimon
This season was solid, so I had a tough time picking a least favorite. The Nimon’s con and plot to take over was intriguing. The plot twists were unexpected and kept me engaged. However, compared to other stories from this season it was slow and hard to get into.
The newly regenerated Romana
Honorable Mention: Destiny of the Daleks
The first and (so far) only regeneration of a companion. We get a new version of Romana (though I would have preferred to see some sort of regeneration on screen, even if it only used a stunt double). It leaves questions about regeneration, like if Time Lords can regenerate at will, instead of just at death. This story was also the return of Davros and Skaro, which hadn’t been seen since “Genesis of the Daleks”. It led to more recurrences of Davros appearing.

Season 18
Romana and K-9 stay
behind in the E-Space
Top Story: Warriors’ Gate
This one took a little work for me to get into, but I enjoyed it. They had been hinting for a couple stories about Romana not wanting to return to Gallifrey, so I felt this was a fitting exit for her. Most of the classic companions just leave suddenly, so this one was different. Also an interesting twist of the realm shrinking over time. I didn’t see that coming.
Flop Story: The Leisure Hive
This one may not have been my least favorite. However, it is what it is. While this story was good and interesting, it was slow to start. I’m used to Doctor Who pulling me in quickly, but that wasn’t the case here. Oh well.
The end of the Fourth approaches
Honorable Mention: Logopolis
Facing off against the Master and accidentally kidnapping a new companion, this story was all over the place and it kept me going. I am kind of disappointed that the Doctor’s death and regeneration as caused by a fall. As far as his deaths, its lameness is up there with the First, Sixth, Seventh, and War Doctor’s deaths. Oh well. At least the First was old age.
Special Episode: A Girl’s Best Friend
While not technically in this season or even a “Doctor Who” story to begin with, this Sarah Jane Christmas special was nice. Little Earth-contained mystery that kept Sarah Jane’s story going. It was supposed to be the pilot for a spin-off show, but didn’t get picked up. Oh well, it set up for Sarah Jane’s appearance in “The Five Doctors” and her return in the Tenth Doctor era when she got a proper spin-off.

K-9 (4th Doctor, Part 1) - Warriors' Gate
Romana The Ribos Operation - Warriors' Gate
Adric Full Circle - (5th Doctor)
Nyssa Logopolis - (5th Doctor)
Tegan Logopolis - (5th Doctor)

Romanadvoratrelundar.... or Fred
Favorite Companion: Romana was easily my favorite, particularly in her second iteration. Witty, smart, and a match for the Doctor. The wonderful thing about her being a Time Lady is that we could somehow see her again in the modern series. PLEASE please please BBC. Let’s have a regenerated Romanadvoratrelundar team up with the new female Doctor.

More on Adric when we address
the Fifth Doctor.
Least Favorite Companion: Adric is my least favorite companion. Not for any reasons of his appearances with the Fourth Doctor, but because of how he was with the Fifth Doctor. But I guess I can get into that when I write about the Fifth Doctor. In case he doesn’t end up being my least favorite there, I just didn’t like his obnoxious teenage attitude, overstepping the Doctor all the time.

What were some of your favorite Fourth Doctor stories, either this half or the first half? What did you think of Romanadvoratrelundar and Adric?

Tom Baker later returned to Doctor Who as "the Curator".
Could this be another iteration of the Doctor or this just
a rather odd coincidence? Maybe we'll learn someday.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


With nerdiness at a particularly high popularity (seriously, 10-20 years ago, comic book super heros, sci-fi, and such were lame but now everyone loves them), it's not uncommon for people to have their own little ideas about what is going on in the background of their favorite fandoms. These are typically referred to as headcanon and here are a few of the ones I subscribe to.

Remember in “Captain America: The First Avenger” when Bucky set up a double date for himself and Steve? Jenna Coleman played one of the dates, Connie. A dismissal role for a non-Whovian as you barely even see her in the movie. But to a Whovian, you’ll recall that she later played Clara Oswald, companion to the 11th and 12th Doctor. And about that, remember in “The Name of the Doctor” when Clara Oswald enters the Doctor’s time stream and starts being born all over time? Gallifrey, Victorian London, the Dalek Asylum, and many more. What if one of those splinters lived in NYC in 1942 and just happened to meet Captain America?

Another one for you: remember in the musical episode of Once Upon a Time when Zelena broke into song? She was in Oz, so I was surprised she'd be affected by Snow's wish. But what if she wasn't affected by the wish? What if Zelena is just that fabulous? It sounds kind of silly but thing about it. If any character was to break into song of their own accord it would be Zelena right? Plus, she references in her song that she'll sweep into town after Regina is victorious. If she had been under the spell of the wish, she wouldn't have remembered that plan and yet she later found her way into the Enchanted Forest while everyone else was gone. 

What if Time Lords were really wizards? I mean, we’ve seen many magical creatures in Doctor Who… werewolves (multiple times), vampires (also more than once), hags, demons, and ghosts. Of course they turned out to be aliens…. But then wizards could be aliens too right? And the sonic screwdriver? A technological wand that even a squib could use. We know both wizards and Time Lords have longer lifespans than muggles. The only question is regeneration, since wizards don’t have that power. Well, at least not yet. Give them a few thousand years and we’ll see what happens. Oh and the Time Lord academy. Doesn’t it sound a little like Hogwarts? Either that or I’ll settle for JK Rowling being some sort of Time Lady. Why? I dunno, but it sounds cool.

I've seen these on Facebook on and off and I like them. They're similar, so I'll lump them together: James Bond and Mary Poppins are Time Lords. It accounts for the many faces of Bond and it explains Mary Poppins's bigger-on-the-inside bag. Just think about it. That’s all. 

I’ve thought for years that the whole magical ability in Harry Potter is possibly genetic. Maybe it’s a recessive gene and squibs miss that gene? That would explain why after a few generations of squibs/muggles, you get a witch or wizard in the family as a surprise. So while they’re “muggleborn” they actually have some magical ancestry. I’m not a geneticist, but it made sense when I took high school biology.

Anyone who has played the Pokemon games since Platinum would remember a mysterious character called the Looker. He looks awfully like the Tenth Doctor. Same outfit and he happens to study dimensional rifts (particularly in the later games). Could it just happen to be that David Tennant’s Doctor went to the Pokémon world once upon a time before he died to save Wilf? Who knows?

So there are a few headcanons for you. Any cool headcanons you subscribe to? Any fun ways you like to crossover your favorite fandoms in your head? Let me know in the comments.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Welcome Home Spidey!

At last, Spider-man has returned home.

***Spoiler Alert***: The following review may contain spoilers for the 2017 Film Spider-Man: Homecoming. 

I admit that I was almost skeptical of Spider-Man: Homecoming. After 5 Spidey movies with two different actors, how could this one differentiate itself from its predecessors, and how well would it fit into the Marvel Universe at large?

While imperfect, I give the new Spider-Man film a solid 8 out of 10.

What I Loved:

  1. Tom Holland
    • Finally we have an actor that exemplifies Peter Parker. For me, I was never a big fan of either Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield in the role of Peter Parker. I found Tobey too awkward to play the webslinger, and Andrew is too hot....and both of them seemed too old to play the part of a high school superhero whiz-kid. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Tom in the role of Peter in Captain America: Civil War and he impressed me this time around as he starred in his own film.
    • Tom owned the role of Peter instead of trying to copy those who came before him. And even though the rising star is 21 years old, it was easy to believe that he was an awkward junior classman.
    • Tom brought some emotional depth to the role that I didn't really see with either Maguire or Garfield. In a moment of real struggle for Peter Parker, I felt a level of authenticity with Holland's performance that I hadn't seen in the previous five films.
  2. Supporting Characters and Cameos
    • Ned (Jacob Batalon) provided some great comic relief as the awkward side kick and best friend of Spider-Man. The dynamic between Ned and Peter Parker was fun to watch on screen, and Batalon's character was almost reminiscent of Luis (Michael Pena) in Ant-Man.
    • Cameos by other members of the Avengers, particularly Captain America, provided some great comic relief as well, not to mention the legendary Stan Lee's classic cameo
    • Karen was a fun addition to the'll have to watch and see if you agree with me.
    • Michael Keaton plays an excellent villain.
  3. Originality
    • If this had been another origin story, I would have been extremely upset. I don't know how many more times I can go through Uncle Ben's death. Marvel struck a nice balance between introducing a new Spider-Man in his own film, without re-hashing the origin story for the third time in recent memory.
    • Integrating Spider-Man into the world of the Avengers and other Marvel characters was not an easy task, but I feel like Marvel did a nice job with this one.
  4. The very end of the credits
    • So much fun when Marvel trolls the audience.....hope you enjoy it as much as I did 

What I Didn't Love
  1. Tony Stark
    • I'll be honest, I struggled with the dynamic between Peter Parker and Tony Stark. It seemed to me that any time Peter and Tony spoke, suddenly Peter became a whiney little kid and Tony came across as anything but the billionaire genius playboy philanthropist that we have grown to love in the other Marvel films in which he co-stars. While I feel Tony's involvement in the story was necessary to bring Spider-Man home to Marvel Studios, it did feel a little bit forced and awkward at times.
  2. The Villain
    • Maybe it's because I grew up on the 90s animated cartoon, but I always enjoyed Spider-Man's villains from the comic book stories. While I enjoyed Keaton's performance, I felt like we ended up with a quasi-Green-Goblin-wannabe when all was said and done, and I'm sick of anything resembling the Green Goblin showing up in the live action Spidey films.
  3. Aunt May
    • Nothing against the actress Marisa Tomei....but I could never imagine Aunt May as young as she is in this film.

Again, overall I really enjoyed my time seeing Spider-Man: Homecoming and will probably end up seeing it in theaters a couple of more times. It isn't Marvel's best, and not a Grand Slam.....but Tom Holland and director Jon Watts hit a solid home run with this film.