Lucifer

I was skeptical when I first heard of the new Lucifer show. It used to be rare to see a decent adaption of a comic book. For those who may not have known, Lucifer was a DC/Vertigo comic. The character was written/created by Neil Gaiman, basing him off of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Mike Carey took over the character and wrote the entire 75 issue series run of the comic named after the main character, Lucifer. It was a phenomenal take on a classic tale. Continue reading

Doctor Who Series Three : A Press Start to Begin

Oh good, it’s my turn! Now we’ve come to third installment of the Doctor Who series as part of our series of reviews where we look back on each season of Modern Who. Sadly last season, we said a heart-breaking farewell to the much beloved Rose Tyler. But this time around, the Doctor welcomes aboard the Tardis a new companion, plus a chance encounter with who will come in the next season. We welcome back one of the Doctor’s closet’s friend in the ever flirtatious Captain Jack Harkness, as well as the Doctor notorious arch-nemesis.

Let us begin shall we! Continue reading

Sherlock Series III: Episode Two “The Sign of Three”

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The Game is on

Sherlock faces perhaps his biggest challenge of his entire life. The battle of wits against his arch -rival that nearing cost him his life and his career was a mere walk in the park compared to this moment. In fact, this could the ultimate turning point that could change Sherlock’s life forever. Continue reading

Sherlock Series III : Episode One “The Empty Hearse” Review

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The man of Bakerstreet has returned! After a climatic season finale back in 2010 where it appeared as through the master detective leapt to his death to the horrified gaze of his beloved companion John Watson, Sherlock returns from the dead to once again solve the unsolvable mysterious that plaque London’s streets. Hardcore fans in both Britain and America of the BBC show (known as Sherlockians) have anxiously awaiting nearly two years for the series to continue. As any viewer would recall in the last season, Sherlock’s arch enemy Moriarty has successfully ruined Sherlock’s reputation. Sherlock is then labeled as a fraud in the eyes of press and public, and just as it seems Sherlock has a chance to foil Moriarity’s evil plot, his rival traps him in a seemingly unwinnable stalemate. With the lives of those closest to him at risk unless Sherlock ends his own life, the great detective sees no other alternative but to comply. In a scene that would both devastate and haunt fans forever, Sherlock said his final goodbyes to his dear friend and jumped to his doom.

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 Or did he? Of course you can never be to sure with things when dealing with someone like Sherlock Holmes. The final scene of series two has John Watson standing at his friend’s grave, lamenting over their friendship and pleading with Sherlock to “stop being dead”. Naturally, Sherlock himself is not too far away who is watching the entire teary-goodbye from a distance before walking away to an unknown location. The series ended on  what could be considered one of the biggest cliffhangers ever, resulting in every fan, including myself, have been forming their own theories as how the genius detective could have possibly faked his suicide. Now after such a long wait, the ultimate question has been answered.

The episode takes place nearly two years after Sherlock’s untimely demise, exactly mirroring the same wait length that fans had to suffer through. The world seems to have moved on from that fateful day. Well some people any way. Even with a new job, new girlfriend and stylishly sporting a new mustache, John Watson (played by Martin Freeman) is just barely getting back on his feet. The loss of his friend has been hard to put behind him, but John is eager to move on with his life. As he prepares to pop the question to his girlfriend Mary, a certain someone decides now is a good time to return to London.

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Of course, their first meeting in two years goes as well as you can expect. A couple of bloody noses and some choice words later, Sherlock (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) informs John that his return is at the behest of his brother Mycroft who needs Sherlock to investigate a possible pending terrorist attack against Parliament. Naturally, curiosity and intrigue is like cat nip for Sherlock and he’s on the case with his good doctor in toe (whose really just there to get some answers out of Sherlock surrounding his absence.)

Even after two years, what made the show great in the first place has only gotten better. I will be the first one to say that wait was indeed worth it.  The quick wit, clever dialogue and pure genius deduction is still as fresh as it was in the first episode. As Sherlock himself would put it, we the fans have surely missed this. The thrill of the chase, the blood pumping through our veins at the height of the hunt. It’s still very much a roller-coaster ride with everyone trying to play catch up Sherlock’s reasoning. And it’s still just as satisfying as when the viewer catches onto the same deduction as Sherlock at the same time..  Benedict Cumberbatch was born to play Sherlock, in my opinion. This is the role where he absolutely shines and has the greatest time playing. It’s a great thing for a viewer to see an actor really get into the role his playing. It makes the experience of seeing Sherlock in action all the more fun because we believe that is Sherlock we’re seeing on screen. I have to give huge credit to the show creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. These two have brought a timeless character into the modern age and have made him frankly awesome all over again.

And as a Whovian (yes, I’m more than aware on how odd that word sounds to some people lol), I’m very familiar with Mr. Moffat’s track record of creating series that get you chopping at the bit for more.  The first two seasons were merely the beginnings of Sherlock and Watson’s relationship, giving not just the audience a chance to get used to the duo’s dynamic, but for the two characters as well. At the start of this season, you truly do get the feel that their friendship is real and solid as any other friendship which makes their interaction upon their first meeting all the more entertaining. The reunion of the two was just one of the moments that fans were excited to see, and let me just say, that it did not disappoint. It was everything that fans had hoped it would be and more. In fact, from that moment on, it was just like getting back on your favorite bicycle and enjoying the rest of the ride.

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And of course, the ultimate question remains: how did Sherlock fake his suicide in front of so many people? How did he do it? As I have said, there have been many many theories as how it could have been done created by fans. Moffat and Gatiss themselves have said that they have seen most of these theories and have found them all to be quite possible. Did Sherlock have help? Did he use a stand in? Or was it all a ‘magic trick’ as were his final words?

Personally I like to think he had some 'outer worldly' help

Personally I like to think he had some ‘outer worldly’ help

While I wouldn’t dare give it away in this review, I will say this much. Since Moffat and Gatiss are well clued in to practically all the theories that out there now, they do make special acknowledge to the fans dedication to the show. Expect theories and prediction abound in this episode. The answer to the ultimate question is given (in some form or another) and is up to the fans on what they want to believe. So let us go back to Bakerstreet my friends! The wait is over and there are mysteries that need to be solved!

Time of the Doctor

Well… that happened.

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Time of the Doctor was a perfectly fine Dr Who episode. It wasn’t great by any stretch of the imagination, like Day of the Doctor was… but it was definitely pretty good. Time of the Doctor was highly respectful of the show’s continuity and helped tie together a lot of loose threads. So I figure long time fans of the show, and the Eleventh Doctor, would love the hell out of the show.

But speaking as a highly casual fan (this is probably my 3rd or 4th episode of Dr Who I have ever watched), this episode was rushed. It lacked the depth that Day of the Doctor had. If it was like.. I don’t know… 30 minutes longer or so, then maybe it would have worked? Or cut some crap they threw in just for the sake of throwing in, I think it could have been fine. I’ll get into that in a few minutes. Just figured it would be best to be straight forward up front… you know, lay my cards on the table.

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There was a lot to praise in this episode, so don’t get me wrong. This was a decent Dr Who episode. It had all the humor and whimsy that seems to be a trademark of the series. I found myself smiling a lot at how clever the Eleventh Doctor was and how charming so many scenes played out. Like when the phone rang on the Tardis, and the Doctor opened the door into outer space to answer it. The moment was disarming, like I could tell that the Doctor wasn’t worried about anything at all. Like everything was old hat to him.

The Sonic Screwdriver can fix anything

The Sonic Screwdriver can fix anything

For now, I’m going to assume that everything awesome about the episode is self-explanatory. There was a lot, like the dialogue, the interactions… how every scene was able to carry emotional impact so perfectly.

There was something strange about the episode though. A few things. Like why was the 300+ years the Doctor experienced so rushed? Why bother aging him at all? It didn’t seem to add much to the overarching story. Or why did the Angels show up? It felt like they were just tossed in for the sake of having them. They are bad-ass important villains. Why put them in a throw away scene?

All that the angel wanted was his halo back. But nope, the Doctor kept it all for himself.

All that the angel wanted was his halo back. But nope, the Doctor kept it all for himself.

Or why in the world have the location of Gallifrey be revealed that damn quickly? Day of the Doctor made it seem like it would be a huge adventure trying to discover the location of it. Like it was lost somewhere in the universe.. in some unknown and unknowable corner of reality. But nope. Outside of reality and the Time Lords are peeking in. It felt anticlimactic. Sort of like they were thrown in… but at least they had a justification (unlike the Angels).

The Time Lords exist to make Dr Who young again. That's something... right?

The Time Lords exist to make Dr Who young again. That’s something… right?

Maybe I’m being way too negative. There was a lot in the episode that I missed because I’m not a regular viewer. I’m not a Whovian….. god, I hate that name. Yeah… gotta focus back on the point I was trying to make…. Time of the Doctor was made specifically for Dr Who fans rather than for casual viewers. A special episode like this one would attract casual viewers, or people who might be curious about the show. It can be a great jumping-on point… so it is important to make sure the episode can be understood without needed a lot of outside references.

But on the other hand, the episode really did reward the Whovians who paid attention to the Eleventh Doctor’s run. It tied together a lot of loose threads and shows that the writers had a pretty clear idea of what was going on. I appreciate writers who plan in advance…. have a general direction for the story. I got the feeling the writers for Dr Who always have an idea. So I think that’s awesome.

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What the hell am I doing here? This doesn’t look like anything in the brochures.

Yeah, I’m torn about the episode. There was a lot to like and some things I didn’t like. It should have been far better than what it was. I still feel it was way too rushed. But, take that from a highly casual fan.