Sunday, November 30, 2014

AT LONG, LONG LAST

IT IS OVER. I CAN EXIST AGAIN.










Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm just going to go and not think at all for a good, long while.

This is basically me right now

Monday, November 17, 2014

THERE'S A THING! IT'S A TRAILER!

LOOKITLOOKIT

Proof that The Operator is still a thing! IT'S A THING, AND IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN GUYS.

Respect the thing, everyone. Respect the thing.

Book Review: A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

First off, I think we need several pictures to demonstrate exactly how I feel about this book.






     Right-o, then.

     What do I say about this book? It cleared up a lot of things. It made even more things more complicated. There were dragons, and dragons are cool.

     Things are getting crazy in the Land of Doom. (That's what I'm calling Westeros and the surrounding areas now. Land of Doom.) 

     There's a recurring theme of the younger generation having to take up the mantle where the older generation has failed. Thus far, it has ended really badly for everyone. Jon Snow is probably the most sensible person on the Wall, yet he has to face thousands of years of "tradition" and generally idiocy. It is completely logical to forge an alliance with the Wildlings because there are supernatural ice zombies that want to eat your souls. Unfortunately, few people seem to think this is at all a good idea. GUYS WHAT ABOUT THE ICE ZOMBIES.

     Also interesting is that Melisandre apparently isn't as manipulative and power-hungry as I thought. At the very least, she relies far too much on her "visions", and is as deluded as everyone else regarding the "chosen one". She tries, at times, to actually do something good, but she's so intent on being mystical that she fails at generating trust. Sacrificing people probably doesn't help with PR either.

     I also "enjoyed" Theon's arc, in the sense that seeing him finally overcome his fear and get something done was good. Everything in between was horrifying, and I hope a dragon eats Ramsay Bolton. I want him to be eaten a lot. Asha, of course, was completely awesome, and I probably would have never forgiven Martin if he killed her off. (I still have lots of anger towards him. He's superseded Rowling on "list of authors who like killing off everything I love in their books".)

     Bran's continuing story was surprising and really awesome. We get to meet the "Children of the Forest" and see precisely what the three-eyed crow meant. I'm sure "become ageless tree mystic" is low on anyone's list of plans for their life, but I hope this means Bran will play a bigger part as he gets a better hold on his abilities.

     Arya is finally starting to learn a bit, while discovering her own abilities to jump into animal bodies. What this will lead to, I don't know. I don't think she'll be as happy as Bran to be eaten by Old Man Willow. That said, I was pleased with her arc in this one. She's clever, and ironically the death worshippers seem to be drawing her back from her continued journey into darkness.

     Also, let's talk about Cersei. I hate Cersei. She has major issues, and I'm pretty sure she's one of the most horrible people in this book, but her comeuppance in this book was genuinely horrifying. Rather than being punished for the really horrible things she's done, she's punished for being a promiscuous woman. It's especially terrible since they turn a blind eye to men's promiscuity. It's sort of an anvilicious move on Martin's part, but it's a good view of the hypocrisy we even see today. I felt sympathetic to her. The little detail of her taking so many baths after being parade around the city has a very Lady Macbeth feel. Unfortunately, that means she's probably going to be even crazier.

     Tyrion's character arc slowed down a bit, but that didn't mean it stopped. He's a jerk, but he can't help but be less of a jerk than he intends. His behavior to the dwarf Penny betrays that, deep down, he's not as terrible a person as he wants everyone to think. 

     Also, young Griff. Is he really a Targaryen? Are they faking? I'm actually not so sure, but I hope it's a fake because there is seriously more than enough incest in this book. We don't need anymore.

     This is just one of many plans to bring back the Targaryens to power. You've got Quentyn Martell, whose brother was supposed to marry Dany but has died, leaving it up to him, even though he is basically the nerd of everything. Also, he makes Bad Life Decisions Involving Dragons. You really shouldn't make Bad Life Decisions Involving Dragons. You have Victarion, who wants to "rescue Dany", which after her arc, is the funniest thing I have ever heard ever (and also shows his own attitude toward women-she'll just swoon away when he comes to her aid! HAHAHAHAHA)

     This leads me to Dany. DANY WHY ARE YOU SO AWESOME. WHY CAN'T YOUR AWESOMENESS JUST INFECT EVERYONE ELSE, AND STOP THIS BEING THE LAND OF DOOM?

     Unfortunately, Martin does a good job of deconstructing Dany's "free all the things" tendencies. She may have freed the slaves of many cities, but she left a power vacuum that led to just as many abuses of power, including by the former slaves themselves. (I'm kind of reminded of that Ballydowse song: "Peasants turn princes and chain them again.") She's also made a lot of enemies, and finds herself hemmed in by them. She also finds herself forced to lock the gates against the former slaves who journeyed to get her help when a plague ravages them all.

     She wants to be a good leader, but she is still more naive than she likes to think. She hopes a marriage alliance will bring about peace, but the guy is so sketchy it's clear it will all end badly. She's also losing control of her dragons, particularly Drogon who flies off and decides to eat someone. Luckily, though, DROGON SUDDENLY APPEARS AGAIN AND EVERYTHING IS AWESOME AND DANY GETS TO FLY ON A DRAGON AND YAYYYY.

     It almost makes up for MARTIN KILLING OFF PEOPLE I LOVE. Almost.

     Now, I'll just sit here and wait for The Winds of Winter...





     

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Twitterature: November 2014-I SHOULD BE WRITING A NOVEL RIGHT NOW

     It's Twitterature time, and I'm linking up once again with Modern Mrs. Darcy! Not much in the way of books this time. I suffered a burst of insanity and signed up for NaNoWriMo. Good news? I'm almost to 10,000 words. Bad news? I have 40,000 more to go within fifteen days.



It's not quite time to panic...that will probably come on November 29th....

Anyways! I've got a couple books going anyways, and no one is likely to want them any time soon so I can RENEW THEM FOREVER.


1.) Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary by J.R.R. Tolkien



     I've been wanting to get my hands on this for a while now. Also, there's going to be a book discussion about it in, like, two weeks which AAAGHH ANOTHER DEADLINE. But it's okay. I'm perfectly okay.

     I skimmed over Christopher Tolkien's commentary for now, because I wanted to get right back into the story. I did notice that Tolkien originally wanted to write it entirely in alliterations, which would have been awesome, but I'm just as happy that he chose to retain the rhythm. I read some of it aloud and I caught that pretty quickly. Thus far I think I like this translation a bit better than the one I have. I can't even remember the guy's name, but it's not the one everyone talks about. I think it's the one everyone hates.

     I've just gotten to where Grendel's mother bursts in unexpectedly (like the Spanish Inquisition). She is not Angelina Jolie. Just say no to hypersexualized monsters!


2.) The Sumerians: Their History, Culture, and Character by Samuel Noah Kramer


     I've got a bit of a convoluted story here. I decided to get some history into my system before heading back to school. I'll be focusing on an English degree, but since I'm interested in archiving I will probably be minoring in history. Feeling way out of the loop, I decided to start filling my mind again. I originally got the Great Courses DVD on ancient civilizations (Brian Fagan is an excellent professor, by the way. Even if Dale does like to make fun of his gestures.) However, just as I was getting to China, the DVD player died overnight. Why? I don't know. I blame the Doctor, because Day of the Doctor was in it when it died. There is a strange orange substance, and I suspect an alien incursion.

     So, because I have aliens in my DVD player, I decided to go ahead and take a closer look at some of the cultures mentioned in that lecture series. Dr. Fagan recommended The Sumerians as one of the most comprehensive books on that culture, so here we are.

     Right now I'm still reading about the archaeological history. Originally, everyone thought the Assyrians were the oldest civilization, until they accidentally discovered Sumerian artifacts. And originally, everyone thought it was either a hoax or a misinterpretation of Assyrian artifacts. As such, it took a while for the study of Sumer to really kick off.

     I really love hearing about old cultures, so this should be fun.

A/N: For some reason my addled brain wanted to call Sumer "Sumeria". I knew it looked wrong but it took me nearly 12 hours to realize what was off about it. My brain needs a break!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

ClassicWho Reviews: The Time Warrior, Death to the Daleks, and Planet of the Spiders

The Time Warrior

     Back in the Middle Ages, a pair of ruffians discover a crashed spaceship. The alien inside is a Sontaran named “Linx”, and he promises them his “magic weapons” if they help repair his ship.

     In the 70’s, the Doctor and the Brig are at a secret research facility, where several scientists have disappeared. He meets two scientists, Rubeish and Smith (prompting everyone asking if he’s related to her); but that night, Rubeish disappears. The Doctor manages to follow the trail in his TARDIS, and discovers that the bandit Irongron (really???) has stolen a castle, and Linx has been using it as a place to keep the scientists captive while they work on repairing his ship for him.

     Meanwhile, it appears that “Smith” is really just Sarah Jane impersonating her aunt to get the big scoop and has stowed away on board the TARDIS. Oh, Sarah Jane.

     She teams up with an archer from the neighboring lord of Wessex, who is building up an alliance to take the castle back from their absent friend.  After the confusion with the Doctor is cleared up (as cleared up as it can ever be around him), he comes up with a plan to take back the castle and deal with Linx.

"Tickle the ribs, Sarah Jane! It's the Sontarans' only weak spot!"


     I really loved this serial. It introduced our beloved Sarah Jane, who tries to argue feminist politics with a violent bandit from the Middle Ages. Pitting the irascible and egotistical Irongron against the Sontaran meant plenty of comedy, and of course the Doctor is in fine form, both in brains and ability. (He appears to be an excellent archer in this one.) This was a great way to start out Pertwee’s last season.


Death to the Daleks

     The Third Doctor dealt with Daleks a lot, didn’t he? In this one, the Doctor and Sarah Jane are on a trip when the TARDIS suddenly loses energy and lands on the planet Exxilon. When they go outside to take a look, they are separated and attacked by locals.

      Come morning, the Doctor is rescued by a group of space marines, whose own equipment failed. They are there to fetch a mineral that can cure a deadly plague. Suddenly, a saucer arrives! Guess what it looks like? The whole time, the Doctor appears not to recognize his mortal enemies until they actually leave the saucer. Luckily for everyone else, their weapons have failed just like everyone else. Unfortunately, Dalek movement is apparently done mainly by telekinesis. (No really, they have telekinesis but they mainly use it to move. Can you imagine if anyone showed them Carrie? God help us all.)

     As it appears the Daleks are after the Parrinium too, a very uneasy alliance ensues. But, as luck would have it, the native Exxilons reappear, and take them to their holy city, which is forbidden to get near. Unfortunately, Sarah Jane got near it, and is up next for the sacrifice! After wacky hijinks ensue, in which the Daleks inevitably try to betray everyone, the Doctor and Sarah Jane flee underneath the city, where a group of rebel Exxilons tell them the horrible truth: the city is alive, it has turned on its creators, and the beacon at the top is what drains energy for the city to use.

     It’s a matter of destroying the beacon, but the Daleks have, of course, captured everyone, having modified their weapons to use bullets, and are working on that same plan. They are also inexplicably using a tiny model TARDIS as target practice. Presumably they mass produce them and sell them to Whovians to fund their wars.

It's strangely adorable.


     One after another, the Doctor, followed by Daleks, make their way through the city and the logic tests it has constructed. (Some of which require legs and fingers, but we’ll just assume they blew something up to make it work.) Meanwhile, Sarah Jane and the other captive humans come up with a way to defeat the Daleks while preserving the Parrinium.

    The Daleks did feel a bit overused at this point, especially as they were a bit odd in this one. Between the bullet guns, the model TARDIS, and the one Dalek self-destructing because a prisoner escaped, they were just…strange. I mean, stranger than usual. It’s hard to understand the degree of strangeness in the mind of a raving lunatic.

     This was a decent serial, though. Sarah Jane was a breath of fresh air, as she was portrayed as being fairly clever and resourceful. Not gonna lie, Sarah Jane is one of my favorite companions. Her own series was a long time coming, and she well deserved it. RIP Elisabeth Sladen.


The Planet of the Spiders

     This serial has me torn between nightmare fuel and UNENDING TEARS.

     After the events of a serial I didn’t see, in which Mike Yates of UNIT apparently turned against everyone for no reason other than to carry the Idiot Villain ball for a while, Mike has been “finding himself” at a Tibetan monastery run by a mysterious and slightly eccentric abbot. Sarah Jane goes to visit him and to get a story about the monastery. Unfortunately, one resident, named Lupton, along with a few others, are acting…sketchy. They have secret basement rituals in which they talk to spiders. These spiders want a specific blue crystal back…

     Meanwhile, the Doctor has become quite interested in telepathy. Rather than pull out the copies of Babylon 5 he no doubt has in the TARDIS, he instead hooks Professor Clegg up to a machine. When he decides to try it out with the blue crystal Jo mailed back to him (still mucking around in the amazon, looking for mushrooms with Professor Hippie), Professor Clegg’s heart gives out from getting a vision of spiders.

     When the Doctor and Sarah Jane go back to the monastery, the blue crystal is lost, and comes into the hand of the mentally impaired handyman, who suddenly understands the book Flowers for Algernon perfectly. While the universe is in peril, Tommy READS ALL THE THINGS.

     When Lupton is teleported to Metebelis Three, Sarah Jane manages to dive in the portal and follow. The place is ruled by a legion of spiiiidahhhs. 

I saw horrifying things trying to find this...


     The blue crystals of the planet allowed the spiders to grow bigger and become sentient, which, again, is ALL OF MY NIGHTMARES FOREVER. After stirring up trouble, as usual, the Doctor goes to the mountains, where he meets an even bigger spider who wants to take over the universe. The Doctor is understandably freaked out and flees back to Earth with Sarah Jane, who unfortunately has a giant spider on her back. HOORAY FOR NIGHTMARES.

     Luckily, the abbot in charge of the institute is actually the Doctor’s old mentor from Gallifrey, who has decided to retire to Earth, because apparently at this point the Time Lords were noticing that the Doctor had lots of nice things to say about Earth. Did we have an influx of Time Lord tourists before the Time War? (NuWho mentions a “planet of coffee shops”, which I suspect is us.) Either way, the Doctor and his mentor help Sarah Jane fight off the control of the queen spider, and the Doctor plans to take the blue crystal back to the Great One—clearly he has a plan. (Meanwhile, Tommy does not in fact succumb to Flowers for Algernon syndrome, and continues to READ ALL THE THINGS.)

     Three weeks later he returns just in time for the abbot to inform everyone that he will turn into a very manic Tom Baker.

     The story as a whole was pretty decent. I thought it was a good way to wrap up Pertwee’s run. The Third Doctor makes a final sacrifice to save both Metebelis Three and the universe. (It’s also implied in other source material that it took him ten years to find his way back to UNIT. That’s ten years dying of radiation poisoning! No wonder his fourth incarnation was so loopy.) I also enjoyed the additional glimpses we get of Time Lord society, and proof that the Doctor isn’t the only crazy one from Gallifrey who isn’t out to kill us all.

     Also, there was a very long, silly chase scene in which a variety of vehicles were used, simply because Jon Pertwee liked driving cool things. Oh, Jon Pertwee. You so silly.

"Suck it, Doc Brown!"



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

ClassicWho Reviews: Day of the Daleks to The Green Death

Day of the Daleks

     YO DAWG, I HERD U LIEK TIMELOOPS

     Sir Reginald Styles is just hanging out in his awesome mansion when a guy wearing fatigues just suddenly appears out of nowhere and tries to shoot him. UNIT and the Doctor arrive to investigate this “ghost”, as an international conference is to be held there.]

     Even though Styles now claims he saw nothing, the Doctor takes the opportunity to sample the wine and discovers muddy footprints-clearly not ghostly. He discovers the “ghost” soldiers are using a crude time machine, pursued by Ogrons. When the Doctor tracks down the source of the soldiers-and finds a Dalek.



     Yes, yes, we get it. There, he discovers that the soldiers are rebels, trying to stop an event that weakened Earth and led to the Daleks’ takeover. (One of their takeovers. They do this a lot.)

     Also, they use the mindprobe.

     This was the only one I could get of this season. (Rest assured, I have plans of obtaining the ones I couldn’t find at the library. IT WILL BE DONE.) Next stop, three whole Doctors squabbling at once!


The Three Doctors

     A strange energy blob has arrived at UNIT headquarters, attempting to capture the Doctor. On Gallifrey, they are slowly being sucked into a blackhole, because back then blackholes were like the supervillains of sci-fi. The Time Lords finally give up and decided to let the Doctor and his past selves meet up to figure this out, because it will take three times the zaniness to deal with this problem!
"My bowtie is bigger than your bowtie."
"This isn't a bowtie competition!"


     Hilarity ensues as the Second and Third Doctor start insulting each other, while the First Doctor (trapped in a time eddy and meeting remotely) tries desperately to get them to stop fighting long enough to think. The Brig is horrified to have to deal with Two and Three (even more so when Two decides to handle the crisis by asking Jo how to play “I Am The Walrus” on a recorder), but in no little time the energy blob has transported the TARDIS, containing two Doctors, one Brig, one Sergeant, one Jo, and a Dr. Tyler (who in my head canon is now Rose’s grandfather) into an anti-matter universe. In fact, this is the anti-matter universe that is keeping the Time Lord’s hold on time travel steady.

     It is ruled by the most dramatic Time Lord ever, Omega, who has gone a little crazy from being locked in there alone so long. It’s up to the Doctors to figure out how to keep Omega from destroying everything, and how precisely to chew more scenery than him.

     This is the first serial where someone realized, “Hey, throwing the Doctor’s different incarnations together would be endlessly hilarious!”, and done for the tenth anniversary at that. The beautiful irony of the Doctor essentially finding himself annoying is played to its fullest. Combine that with the Brigadier’s constant snarking at them both, and Hartnell basically saying “DON’T MAKE ME TURN THIS TARDIS AROUND” when things get out of hand, and it’s an entertaining serial.

     It’s also one more step on the road to highlighting that Time Lords really are jerks. Omega was essentially locked in an anti-matter universe, alone, just to keep their secrets safe. He is very much a tragic villain in this case, especially as it was his brilliance that allowed the Time Lords this amazing ability in the first place. Talk about gratitude. (The Time Lords are rarely grateful for anything.) All in all, it was a fun anniversary serial, it introduced variety to the show as the Doctor was released from exile, and it was quite bittersweet, as Hartnell was already very ill and this would be his last appearance on Doctor Who.


Frontier in Space

     The TARDIS appears on an Earth cargo ship in the 26th century. This lasts long enough for a shape-changing ship, seemingly belonging to the Draconians, to come along, attack the ship, and promptly get the Doctor and Jo in trouble with the very ridiculous justice system of Earth. The attackers that board are Ogrons, and they appear to be using some sort of hypnotic sonic device (that is not a screwdriver), but by the time they’ve gone the two men on board are somehow convinced Jo and the Doctor are Draconian spies.

     Meanwhile, the Earth president (wearing a very funny non-professional dress) and the Draconian ambassador, son of the emperor, are bickering over who shot who. It appears the Draconians have similar claims of Earth ships ambushing their own.

     When General Williams arrives with Jo and the Doctor in tow, nonsense ensues as they attempt to get the two to admit to being spies, while the Draconian prince becomes convinced they were hired by Earth’s government to pretend to be spies, and therefore must be questioned. (Also the Doctor uses his mind to break a mind probe. He has a tendency to do this.)

     By the time the charade is over, the Doctor and Jo have somehow been “outed” as career criminals, and the Doctor is trying to lead a prison escape from the moon. Meanwhile, Jo is on Earth, when, a very familiar face arrives…


     WHAT. Jo decides to go along with the Master for the time being, probably due to the higher probability of having a snarkfest, and to “rescue” the Doctor. As the plot thickens, the Doctor must find a way to warn both Earth and Draconia that they’re being used as pawns in a greater war…a war started by…



     WHAT.

     I love this serial, but it’s really a huge jigsaw puzzle plot. It had some great characterization, such as Jo resisting the Master’s attempts at hypnosis with the utmost politeness; the Doctor boring the Master to distraction by telling his life story; and of course the wacky outfits we are apparently going to wear in the 26th century.

     And it only gets more complicated in the next serial. Really, it seems like the Daleks just have dozens of plots lined up, ready to go, just in case the Doctor shows up or something. (But at least they haven’t yet started making plots specifically to drawn the Doctor in…)


Planet of the Daleks

     After the Doctor is wounded by the Master, he calls for help from the Time Lords, who land the TARDIS on a jungle-like planet. As the Doctor becomes catatonic, Jo leaves the TARDIS to find help while plants spray sap around. As the TARDIS is covered by sap, Jo discovers another wrecked spaceship with a dead pilot inside. Before she can make the smart choice and run away, she is discovered by…Thals! Yeah, some Thals are still alive! While the Thals go to search for the TARDIS, Jo hides from the “patrols”, and the ship is searched by some strange invisible being.
     Once the Doctor is rescued, he discovers the Thals are the last remains of a military unit that was trying to find out what the Daleks were planning this time around. It appears the inhabitants of Spiridon can turn invisible at will, and the Daleks were hoping to harness that.

     However, after the Doctor is captured, he discovers that not only are there thousands of Daleks, they are manufacturing a deadly bacteria that will kill all who are not immunized against it. The Doctor has half a day to stop the Daleks before they release the bacteria on the planet, destroying everything.

     Ah, another fun little romp into the twisted minds of the Daleks. They really love their complicated schemes. Straightforward conquest is too mainstream. It also reminded us that the Thals are still around, and still fighting the Daleks. The Doctor has become an old legend to them, but one that has stuck with them all this time. While previously he had to whip the Thals into action, here he warns them against using violence as the go-to answer: he doesn’t want them to glorify war.

WE WILL NOW PLAN ALL OF OUR BATTLES UTILIZING FIGURINES


     The effects were…questionable. The “army of Daleks” were clearly toys (although I suppose a tiny Dalek ray to the toe would hurt pretty bad), and the Spiridons were invisible people walking around in large purple furs.  It also introduced a Dalek weakness that has never shown up again: they really don’t like the cold. (I can sympathize, as I sit here wrapped in a shawl because it hasn’t hit 70 degrees in here yet.) Unfortunately, Spiridon is a planet that spews ice like lava. (Which is actually a THING. How cool is that? Pun not intended.)

     So, all in all entertaining, but not the best. (But I still liked when the Doctor declares, after pushing a Dalek into ice lava, “I took great satisfaction in doing that.”)


The Green Death

     The Doctor is preparing for a very plot-important trip to Metebelis Three when he hears of the mysterious death of a miner in South Wales. (It should be noted that in the Doctor Who universe, Wales is almost as dangerous as New York City. Apparently there is a rift, but we’ll get there later.) He apparently was found dead and glowing, which isn’t usually how miners die. So the Doctor decides to hop over to Metebelis Three for a quick jaunt, while the Brig and Jo head down to investigate the miner’s death.

     Very shortly thereafter, the Doctor arrives back from Metebelis Three, having annoyed the locals, with only a small blue gem which will also be very plot important. Jo, meanwhile, has been sent off by Professor Jones to investigate the mines, because his work is far too important. Poor Jo just can’t get a break with all these geniuses around. Brig and the Doctor arrive just in time for Jo to find another green glowing guy, and also giant maggots.

     No, really, there are giant maggots.

"Don't worry, Jo, I'll protect you with the power of my Herbal Essence hair."


     The Doctor swipes an egg, and they take it back to Professor Jones’ lab to study. There, they eat mushrooms like a bunch of hobbits, Jo and Professor Jones attempt to have chemistry together after he had spent most of the day shouting at her, and the maggot hatches, luckily killing the mine minion who came to steal the egg back.

     The Doctor returns to the mines, dresses up as one of those old ladies from Monty Python, and discovers the BEST VILLAIN EVER.

     BOSS. Literally, Bimorphic Organisational Systems Supervisor, proving A.I. really is a crapshoot, because BOSS will play classical music as he plans to take over the world, BOSS will declare his plans in the MOST GRANDIOSE VOICE POSSIBLE, BOSS WILL EAT ALL OF THE SCENERY AND LEAVE NONE FOR OMEGA.

"What is the sound a doggy makes?"
"MOO."


     Meanwhile, Jo accidentally discovers how to cure everyone by knocking things over in Professor Jones’ lab. He shouts at her a bit, because this is how to establish chemistry between two characters. The Doctor realizes he can use the Blue Jewel to break mental conditioning, and BOSS serves up some more helpings of Large Ham

     By the end, Jo and Professor Jones have inexplicably decided to get married and run off to the Amazon together, and the Doctor hands over the blue jewel and looks so devastated that it’s the only part of this serial that really hit me hard.

     I sort of liked this. I feel like the parts with Jo and the Professor were forced (remember what I said about unsatisfactory companion departures? This is one of them.) She says he reminds her of the Doctor, but whereas the Doctor superciliousness and impatience seem more out of forgetting he’s around a bunch of puny humans, with Professor Jones it’s just annoying. He really is rather mean, which is why their relationship just doesn’t work for me.

     The Doctor’s reaction to Jo leaving is the only thing that made it work. It’s subtle, and showing him driving off through the darkness is one of the loneliest scenes. It’s part of the theme that decreases with subtlety as the series goes on: the Doctor needs companions..


     That said, the scenes in the mine were creepy, and again, BOSS IS BEST COMPUTER.



Monday, November 3, 2014

IT IS NOVEMBER THIRD AND I COMPLETELY FORGOT

Yeahhh...last year I said I was totally gonna do NaNoWriMo this year. And you know what? I'm going for it. (A post over on Modern Mrs. Darcy both reminded me and inspired me.)

I have no idea what I'm going to write yet. I have a veritable armory of ideas waiting, but where I'm going to take them is really up in the air. But that's what this is about, right? Impulsive, intuitive writing?

Oh boy, this is going to get so rambly.