What I’m Watching at the Moment – Autumn 2017

Hi boys and girls, just a quick one today as I’m having some laptop issues, so I’m having to try out my new tablet – someone remind me to get IT to come help me!
I’m watching a whole load of different series at the moment, so I thought I would give you guys a (very) brief insight into my thoughts for them all. Autumn is the time for new shows to come out, so I am so excited to wrap up warm, turn on the (fake) fire and sit with a ‘Soya Chai Latte’ to watch Netflix/Amazon/Sky etc.

Outlander, Season 3

Droughtlander is over and we finally have new Outlander. I’m going to be completely honest with you guys, the first half of this season has been slow. I am not the biggest fan of Brianna, though I love Roger, and feel like 20 years was way too far ahead to jump. I know the book fans will chastise me for saying it but creative lisense is a thing they’ve used before, and I think it was a missed opportunity to use it here. Catriona Balfe and Sam Heughan barely look a day over 30, so I don’t know how they’ll pull off them being in their 50s. I am also sad to see that Joe will no longer be in it, I thought he was a good character. Perhaps he can traverse the stones too.

Man in the High Castle, Season 2

I’m late to the party with this one, but I love Man in the High Castle. It’s an alt-history of WWII; What if Hitler had won the war? Season 1 ended with us finding out that the reality that Juliana etc. are from is not the “true reality” (our reality). It’s a real indepth look into History, and I really enjoy it. I am only one episode into Season 2, and really hope to finish it before Season 3 comes out, or I will be running from spoilers left, right and center!

Riverdale, Season 2

Holy crap, what an entrance! Finishing last season on the HUGE cliffhanger of ‘Will Fred Andrews make it?’, episode 1 of Riverdale Season 2 has not failed to deliver the goods. It’s still as dark as ever, Jughead still might become a Southside Serpent, Archie still might have a complete break down, and now there’s a mass murder on the loose? I’m so excited for what this Season brings us, and I am so happy that it came out way before a year – which is what happens with other shows usually – I just couldn’t wait that long! Plus… I needed my weekly fix of Cole Sprouse… Don’t judge me!

Star Trek: Discovery, Season 1

I am watching the new Star Trek as someone who watched little of the old ones; my excuse being I was too young when they came out, or they were way before my time. I have watched the Picard movies (Insurrection will always be my favourite) and I have also seen the new Star Treks by J.J. Abrams. I do feel like this is a step away from the usual Star Trek that we’re used to. I really like Jason Issacs, the big water bear and Slyvia Tilly but currently that’s about it.

The Gifted, Season 1

Oh Em Gee, this is amazing! I loved Logan, as seen in another review, and this is set in the same world (not 100% for sure on it, but it feels very much like the gritty Logan-verse.) I love Stephen Moyer, and have done since True Blood, when he played Vampire Bill! He plays a good protective character in TV shows. I am excited to see where this show goes, I love me a good X-Men anything, my ringtone is the 90s theme tune (Just like Eclipse in the show!)

That’s all I can think I’m watching (that’s interesting to you guys at any rate.) Perhaps I’ll make this a seasonally segment!

Have you seen any of these shows? What did you think of any of them – love or hate? I would love to know! Leave a comment down below!


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‘I’m going through changes’ – Big Mouth, 2017

Good ol’ Netflix, bringing out good ol’ television shows, where I can just binge watch it. Big Mouth is about the awkwardness of growing up, something which everyone does. Though I wouldn’t be showing it to your prepubescent child anytime soon.  Definitely 18+.

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Andrew, Nick and Jessi enjoying a movie with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in it! – Big Mouth, Netflix, 2017

Big Mouth is based around Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg’s childhood within the New York suburbs, with Kroll voicing his fictionalised self. If the Nick in his is exactly like him, I feel so sorry for him – his life was crazy!
Andrew has grown up faster than Nick has, both to each others disappointment.  Nick is barely the height of Andrew’s shoulder, whereas Andrew is having feelings for anything with legs – apparently, that’s how boys work. Jessi, their female friend, is also going through changes. In one of the episodes, she gets her first ever period. At least girl wise,  I think that they got it properly spot on.

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Andrew and his hormone monster, Maury. Their relationship is a bit… peculiar – Big Mouth, Netflix, 2017

I wouldn’t say that it’s the best written show in the world. I know that one of the reasons it’s on Netflix is because they wanted to make the most outrageous cartoon on television. I honestly think they managed it. It may be in the same vein as the Simpsons, Family Guy or King on the Hill but it has a certain… charming quality about it. Unlike the other shows, it feels like you can put yourself in their shoes, they’re just kids at the end of the day. The hormone monsters are pretty hilarious, and (though I wouldn’t say -they’re- true to life) the idea of crazy hormones is. At one point, Jessi is obsessed with finding a pretty bra. Most bras are nude, boring and comfortable. She wants something daring – bright red and gorgeous. It was funny, but also true to life.

I really recommend people watch it, as long as they’re 18+ of course!

Catch out a trailer down below!

 

[Header Image: Big Mouth, Netflix, 2017]

‘Star Fleet doesn’t fire first’ – Star Trek Discovery, 2017

I went over to Luke’s over the weekend and we decided to watch the first two episodes of Star Trek Discovery which is now out on Netflix. My favourite Trek era is Patrick Stewart, mostly because I love Deanna Troi and William Ryker’s relationship. I was very disappointed with Nemesis, because it didn’t feel much like the others (also I had to be told it was Tom Hardy – that man can change his appearance so easily!)

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Three of the new crew, from left to right; Saru, Michael Burnham and Philippa Georgiou – Star Trek Discovery, Netflix, 2017

Discovery is set roughly ten years before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series, and shows the united Klingon houses in a cold war with the United Federation of Planets that involves the crew of the USS Discovery. 
The first point I want to bring up is – why is it set in the past? Why does everything have to be set as a prequel now? The technology is so advanced, in real life I mean, that it all looks out of place!
The jaunty angles of the filming made me feel a bit sea-sick. I understand you’re trying to show me that we’re in space, and that there isn’t any real gravity, but surely if I’m meant to be on the ship I would feel like I’m walking in a flat line, not up a hill?

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Showing you how small we all really are – Star Trek Discovery, Netflix, 2017

Discovery is a lot like the new movies. The filming is very much the same as J.J Abrams movies. I am not against these movies, mostly because I never really saw the originals other than a few episodes here or there – age and all that. They’re trying to play into this franchise, the movies are doing so well and it’s going to make this do well.
The characters just don’t seem well rounded. I am just disappointed…

I do have to point out that a good sci-fi doesn’t mean it’s a good Star Trek, and I do think this falls far from the mark. I’ll watch the next part of the series, and hope with baited breath it gets better.

Did you like the new Star Trek? What did you think? Enjoying Michael as a character? What about Saru? Leave a comment down below! 

[Header Image: Star Trek Discovery, Netflix, 2017]

‘My daughters are trained for battle, sir, not the kitchen’ – Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, 2016

I apologise for missing a day! I’ve been pretty hectic with work and preparing for my MA which starts Thursday (eep! Scary times!) and I completely lost track of days. I was sure that it was Sunday, not Monday, until I just looked at the calendar. Oops! Anyway – onto the review!

At university I did English Literature, so I was obviously going to come across Jane Austen. While I didn’t read Pride and Prejudice there I read it at school for my GCSEs and at college for my A-Levels. I remember sitting in a Waterstones when I was in my teens and seeing this parody. I just knew I had to read it. And there I sat for hours, reading (and not buying, I know naughty naughty) Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. 

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The Bennett sisters, with their martial art skills! – Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, Lionsgate, 2016

My favourite thing about Pride and Prejudice (and thus Pride, Prejudice and Zombies) is that it is set in Hertfordshire. Because of this I half know where things are, being Hertfordshire bred myself. What makes me laugh about this adaptation, however, is the idea of zombies running around our countryside.
In Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, London is where the zombie apocalypse has been quarantined. Or so they thought. The film begins with Mr Darcy, travelling to a stately home in Hertfordshire, as he has been told there has been a zombie sighting nearby. He carries carrion flies with him, which are how he detects zombies living among humans. In this adaptation becoming a zombie is not instant. After being bitten one can live among humans for some time, even if they know they are to be changing into the undead sometime soon. Carrion flies have a unique ability, Darcy tells the people in the house, they can detect undead flesh before it has changed.

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Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley watching their respective (future) ladies – Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, Lionsgate, 2016

While this movie got some rather bad reviews (scoring barely even 50% on Rotten Tomatoes), probably by those who don’t believe in changing the classic or creative-license, I really like this movie. There’s something about it that captivates me – it’s cast is amazing and very much like the characters in the book and adaptation. I really enjoy the idea of people getting on with their lives, in the 19th century no less, and occasionally beating up zombies.

One of my favourite things was how useless Mr. (sorry, Parson) Collins is. He’s the Bennett’s cousin, but unlike them was not trained in the martial arts of China. He merely lets the women kill and stands there looking pretty gormless. I don’t think religion will save him here!

Did you watch Pride, Prejudice and Zombies? Did you like it? Were you angry it was adapted to include zombies? Leave a comment down below! 

[Header Image: Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, Lionsgate, 2016]

‘Jim, these are not robot questions’ – Passengers 2016

So much to do, such little time. I graduated university last week, and my whole weekend had been spent partying that I had no time to write. I start my Masters within the month though, so by the end of September we’ll be back to a regular schedule!

When Passengers came out I was not writing this blog. Now it’s out on Sky Cinema I thought I’d give it another watch.
I would like to preface this with – I loved Passengers the first time, and I don’t hate it now. I know this movie got a lot of slack, but I find it hard to see why.

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The ship Avalon, with Aurora and Jim, watching as they sling shot around a star – Passengers, Columbia Pictures, 2016

Passengers tells the story of Jim Preston, who woke up 90 years too early. He’s an engineer, who could only afford standard boarding on the Avalon – the ship which is going to take everyone to Homestead II, to make a new colony. He’s one of the lucky ones, given a discounted ticket because of his job, and decides to head to a better world. Except, it doesn’t go very well.
Poor Jim, who is by himself for a whole year, going completely crazy – he’s trapped on a ship, without a single person to talk to other than the android bartender Arthur, who’s more machine than man.

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Enjoying a movie together – Passengers, Columbia Pictures, 2016

Due to his loneliness he decides to wake up another passenger. Aurora is someone that Jim has slowly fallen in love with over the year he’s been by himself. I feel that this is where people have the issue – a man waking up another woman for his own needs. I don’t think that people understand Jim’s suffering at this point. He’s been alone for so long, that he literally can’t think straight. I would probably have done the same in his position. It was either wake up Aurora, or jump into space without a suit. Plus without waking her up he wouldn’t have been able to save the whole ship. They both fall in love with each other, two unlikely people being the only humans left.

All in all Passengers is still one of my favourite movies of 2016, even if other people hated it or found it unlikeable. I really recommend you give it a watch! Plus, it’s got Chris Pratt AND Jennifer Lawrence in it, what’s not to love!

Have you seen Passengers? Did you love or hate it? What was your opinion of Jim waking Aurora up? Leave a comment down below!

[Header Image: Passengers, Columbia Pictures, 2016]

 

‘Children want to read Fairy Tales. Adults want to read Superheroes’ – Superheroes Decoded,

I hope you enjoyed last weeks review from Man on the Silver Mountain! He’ll be back many times in the future, so look out for more posts from him!
In other news, I spent my time researching and came across Superheroes Decoded. It talks about the story of America and the history in conjuction with the Superhero story. From the 1930s to the blockbuster films of today, it details how they evolved to become a modern mythology – Superman equating to Hercules. The documentary includes film clips, vintage comic artwork and interviews with creators, experts and fans – including new creators such as Patty Jenkins, the director of 2017’s Wonder Woman, as well as George RR Martin or Neil Degrasse Tyson the scientist. They also have Stan Lee on, which is amazing because he literally wrote half of the Supers we know today!

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Even the Supers couldn’t get enough! – Superheroes Decoded, History, 2017

This documentary is amazing. It goes into some of the immense detail of each superhero, linking them to the history of the time.
Our first superhero, Superman, became a run away hit for Action Comics (later DC). He’s first seen throwing a car over a cliff. He was the first superhero to have a television and radio show, his own merchandise – his popularity was through the roof. His origin story is a modern legend – everyone knows that Jor El sends his son to Earth to save his life.
Our next big superhero was Batman, a complete opposite from Superman. Not a symbol of hope but almost a symbol of darkness. “Bring me something like superman but not Superman” – Batman is a superhero with a dark side.
Our next big supers were during the 1940s, which were our favourite captain, Captain America. The attack on Pearl Harbour threw Cap into the forefront of World War II comics. He is created as a super soldier, but his super power existed way before the serum was injected into him. Wonder Woman was created in 1941, empowering women to fight against Nazis and enemy spies at home.
This episode was a real indepth look into how our supers were formed, and it was an amazing watch. I found out things I never thought I would have known!

 

Episode one talks about our love of Legends, the Superheroes that have stayed with us forever. Episode two however talks about those breaking the mould. Not every hero wears a cape! This story is about the outsiders that were made to redefine what it means to be a superhero – think Defenders, Guardians of the Galaxy etc.

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1950’s comic history, here we come! – Superheroes Decoded, History, 2017

For instance, the X-Men are one of our rebels. The foundation of the Xmen; “We’re different but the same as everybody else.” The Sentinels were supposed to be bigots – the X-Men theme of fighting prejudice was an allegory about society, about how blacks fought back against whites. There are two factions in the X-Men; Charles Xavier who believes that they can all get on and Magneto who believes that X-Men are better than humans. This story is the story of the relationship between Martin Luther King and Malcolm X – King wanted an integrated society whereas Malcolm X wanted to keep fighting against society. Storm became the first female and black leader of a team, made to subvert the idea that only white men could be leaders. Jean Grey, no longer the token female, was changed into the super powered woman she was today – the woman we know as Phoenix. She has to be one of my favourite characters, her struggle for power, a woman that eats stars, versus her strive to do good.  The heroes and antiheroes of the X-Men really helped bring everyone together!
This brings us to The Falcon – Stan Lee wrote this to change the stereotypical idea about blacks and whites. He was significant, he was there to show that blacks and whites can and should work together. According to the documentary, he was made just after the Civil Rights act, the bringing together of people.
And what about Luke Cage? The man with the most amazing fashion sense and the best catch phrase “Sweet Christmas!” Cage’s origin is a man treated unfairly, going to jail for something he never did.

If there’s one thing I recommend you do, it’s watch Superheroes Decoded because if I explained EVERY SINGLE THING I wouldn’t have enough time to write everything! Catch it online or repeated on the History channel!

Catch the scene about the sexualisation of women in the ’90s below!

 

Did you see Superheroes Decoded? What was your thoughts – love the history or don’t really care? What was your favourite fact? Leave a comment below!

[Header Image: Superheroes Decoded, History, 2017]

‘It’s too late for heroes…’ ‘Hero’s your word, not mine’ – Netflix’s Marvel’s The Defenders

The Librarian’s juggling a lot at the moment and because she’s so busy and I was around, she asked me to come and take care of you guys for this week. So, hi, it’s me again, the Man on the Silver Mountain and I thought we’d take a look at something this week which has turned out to be kinda divisive; Netflix’s Marvel Cinematic Universe series, The Defenders.
The Defenders is the culmination of two seasons of Daredevil, and one season each of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Ironfist. It’s essentially the ending of phase one of the Marvel Netflix shows. So to discuss the ending of this part of the MCU we will be discussing the previous shows as well so consider this a spoiler warning for all the Marvel Netflix shows from this point onwards.

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The corridor fight scene, a staple of all Netflix Marvel shows – The Defenders, Netflix, 2017

So, since it aired The Defenders has had both positive and negative reviews as did Ironfist, the series that came before it and which leads directly into this show by providing the main antagonists for the majority of the show. I feel though that whilst these shows have their flaws they’ve been slightly blown out of proportion by the expectations people had for the show. It seems like a lot of people were expecting this team up series to be more similar to the Avengers team up movies but in a different format. Some people have felt let down though by the fact that it’s less Avengers and more Law and Order: Superhero Unit.

 

The story in broad strokes is this; The Hand (the bad guys from Ironfist and Daredevil season two) are continuing to cause more trouble but after everything that’s happened so far in the other shows they’re consolidated their forces in New York and they start making waves. This draws Ironfist back to New York and gets Daredevil to return to the streets as a costumed hero, which he’d given up after Daredevil season two and the not-quite-end of Elektra. Thanks to the power vacuum in Harlem that after Luke Cage took out Cottonmouth in his show and Jessica Jones’ role as a private investigator they also get caught up in the web of shady dealings the Hand have laid out across the city. After a little bit of investigating by all heroes they end up meeting up and finding out that they are ultimately the only thing that stands between New York and the collapse of the entire city, including the deaths of many of the inhabitants and they take the fight to the bad guys.

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What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. Ironfist punching Luke Cage – The Defenders, Netflix, 2017

Let’s talk about the good stuff first before we get into the weaknesses the show has and some of the complaints that have been voiced.
First big positive for me is where some of the fights in the previous shows have been a little wonky, either clunky in their choreography or inconsistent in regards to how strong the two super strong characters have been, but in The Defenders they actually seem to have finally found the best balance between letting the brute force heroes do their thing whilst letting our more agile, martial arts-based heroes do theirs without problems occurring or it pulling you out of the action.
Next big positive was the slow build up, which I know not everyone will agree with, the way they let the characters develop and bump into each other over time was interesting to me, it let the mostly isolated shows we’ve had so far overlap organically and gave us, what I feel was, a good way to see how Ironfist’s Danny Rand is still the naïve rich kid on a mission, Luke Cage is not the well-meaning guy with a more street level view of the world but who has no real idea on where to start making things better for those around him, Jessica Jones is still showing the world nothing but a hard exterior whilst tackling her post-Purple Man trauma but her caring nature gets the better of her and how Matt Murdoch is trying to return to his live as a lawyer and not let down the people he loves and cares about whilst haunted by the ghosts that keep coming back to him again and again. After they all get together and agree to take the fight to the bad guys the chemistry between the characters and the way each character grows from the experience of being on a team is something I really liked and I’m looking forward to seeing where those developments take them in the next seasons of each of their respective shows.
The last big success for the show was the cast of villains they had in the show led by the ever-awesome Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra who I thought was a really great villain to stand up alongside the other leaders of the hand that we’ve seen a fair bit of in the other shows like Madame Gao and Bakuto.

 

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A picture of Sigourney Weaver because she’s glorious – The Defenders, Netflix, 2017

Okay, with the good stuff out of the way, let’s talk about where the show fell down a little. First and foremost, as much as Alexandra was a great villainess as a character, both she and Sigourney Weaver’s considerable talent as an actress don’t seem to be put to the best use, often having her float around in the background as a puppet master without actually giving her many puppets to play with. I wouldn’t have wanted to see her be a brawler like some of the other leaders or a mystic like Madame Gao but at times she just seemed to be there without an awful lot to do besides quietly hope her plan worked.
Also relating to villains, this show seems to suffer from the same problem that almost the entire MCU both TV shows and movies has; they kill off all their villains way too fast. I kind of understand why, these aren’t comics, the movies and the actors that star in them have finite amounts of time that they can really continue for, so in killing off a villain completely it counts a story as complete and the franchise can move onto the next thing without loose ends being left around. With all the hand gone though, it means greater instability for some heroes which will breed interesting stories in the future I’m sure but it also just leaves some characters without much direction and whilst being with direction could be a really interesting story in and of itself I don’t feel it would be a story that would complement the other things that have happened throughout all shows thus far.
My last negative point; where are all the other heroes? Yes, I understand the separation between the movies and the TV shows due to filming times and trying to organise between the two but in The Defenders there’s hardly even a reference to the Avengers, something the previous Netflix shows have at least included a little. Even though the Avengers aren’t based wholly in New York anymore you do still have the likes of Spider-Man or Doctor Strange around and both the street level organised crime and mystical activities of The Hand would surely draw their attention as well. Whilst I don’t expect to see Spider-Man and Daredevil working together closely as we’ve seen at various times in the comics, I would like to know what the Avengers and the other heroes in and around New York were doing both at the beginning and end of the season where earthquakes were happening or entire skyscrapers were collapsing.

I realise this is getting to be a pretty long post here but there’s one last thing I want to address and that’s the criticism Ironfist has gotten, both from his own show but also in this one. Lots of people were annoyed at Finn Jones being cast in the role, which personally, I don’t think he’s a bad actor and I don’t think he’s been bad in the role. Other folks have been annoyed at how out of his depth the character seems to have been but and how childish he is in his pursuit of his goals. I feel like that’s pretty much who the character of Ironfist was at the beginning, from the comics I’ve read it seems reasonably in keeping with the way the character started out in at least a couple of iterations. Finally, the thing I’d like to bring up is that being the only character with powers that aren’t always easy to explain but that also come with a duty attached to them, I feel like The Defenders does a good job of dragging Danny Rand as a character kicking and screaming towards at least trying to be more of the character people want him to be. Between the continuous jokes and sarcasm from the others around the origins of his powers to the ending of the season that seems to have the most substantial effect on Danny more so than the other heroes, they’ve started pushing him towards being more grown up about the way he sees the world and maybe more enjoyable to watch as a character for those who were disappointed previously. Maybe we’ll even see him in an costume in Ironfist season two, who knows?

Catch the trailer below!

Either way guys, let us know what you guys think of the show down in the comments and thanks for reading. Your Librarian should be back next week with something good for you but for more from me you can find me on YouTube at Man on the Silver Mountain.

What did you think of Marvel’s ‘The Defenders’? Are you for or against Iron Fist, or wish it was just Jessica Jones? Man on the Silver Mountain would love to know and start a heated debate in the comments! Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: The Defenders, Netflix, 2017)

‘Maybe we’ll all get to watch her slam her head into a five tonne slab of granite’ – Outlander Season 1 and 2

Firstly, let me apologise for being a day late with the post! My only excuse is that I have been so tired from binge watching Outlander – I just HAD to get it finished.
Yes, folks, you heard me correctly. I have been learning all about the Jacobite revolution! I have learnt a surprising amount about the Jacobites, and I actually wished it was taught in schools.
Now I can’t do this post without spoilers, so SPOILER ALERT!

 

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Claire and Frank Randall on their 2nd honeymoon to Scotland. – Outlander, Starz/Amazon Prime, 2014-Present

Outlander is a British-American adaptation of a series with the same name, based around a woman named Claire from the 1940’s who mysteriously travels back in time through the stone circle at Craigh na Dun. She’s on a 2nd honeymoon with her husband, Frank, getting to know him again after being separated during WWII. Travelling back in time obviously takes a huge toll on Claire, who has no idea where she is nor fits in at all – her clothes, her accent, her mannerisms all give away her 20th century-ness. Good thing that none of the men from the 18th century have any idea about that! They just think she’s a very weird woman.

 

 

 

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Claire and Jamie, plus their ring (which I love!) They’re almost like star crossed lovers – Outlander, Starz/Amazon Prime, 2014-Present

Claire is forced to marry Jamie, to save herself from being handed over to the evil Black Jack Randall, a man who is an ancestor of Frank Randall, Claire’s 20th century husband. The only downside to her new marriage? She falls head over heels in love with Jamie. Which makes me happy, because I am ‘Team Jamie’!

 

Claire is tried as a witch, and Jamie (in an attempt to save her life) he tries to put her through the stones again. But she doesn’t go, because she loves Jamie more than she ever loved Frank. Their love spawns not one but two children, one whom unfortunately dies (as do lots of 18th century children) and one who is born in the 20th century, which sounds very confusing – you’ll just have to watch the 29 episodes and find out what on earth I’m on about!

Catch the trailer for Season 3 down below! – 

 

Have you seen Outlander? What did you think? Feel sorry for Frank or are you team Jamie 100%? Looking forward to the 10/11th of September for Season 3? Leave a comment down below! 

(Header Image: Outlander, Starz/Amazon Prime, 2014-Present)

 

‘I’m fluent in Google Translate’ – Dr Strange, 2016

I’ll be the first to say it, I struggle to keep up with Marvel’s films. I wasn’t really into comics when Iron Man came out, so in my head the character is a bit over-rated. I have seen Avengers #1 and #2, Antman and now Dr Strange. I had always wanted to see it due to it having Benedict Cumberbatch (who’s name I was sure was a fake name until 3 seconds ago when I wiki’d it). It was on Sky Cinema, so as I was at Luke’s house he decided to put it on.

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Strange learning how to magic with Mordo – Dr Strange, Marvel Studios, 2016

Dr Steven Strange is a world renowned brain surgeon – the beginning of the movie shows him operating, while dancing to a 1970’s song I can’t remember the name to. Unfortunately, his career comes to a steaming halt as he has a car crash (after basically texting and driving! Don’t do it kids!) His hands become unusable; they shake uncontrollably and he undertakes multiple operations to become healthy again. All of these fail, his hands still shake and he is now out of money – he presumably had to sell the dozens of fancy watches he owned to pay for his treatment. He travels to Japan for “treatment”, Jonathon Pangborn (a man who had no use of his legs and can now walk) tells him where to go, and our valiant hero Dr Strange is born.

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The Eye of Agamotto, worn by strange as one of his legendary artifacts – Dr Strange, Marvel Studios, 2016

He’s kind of thrown into the deep end. Without prior warning he’s told he has to basically save the world – be an Avenger for the mystical. The Ancient one basically decides that he’s the next messiah, even though she has powerful Mordo by her side, and tells him he has to save the world. Without giving too much away he does, and he uses that clever little Eye of Agamotto to do it. If it’s used too often the user happens upon a time loop and repeats the same place in time again and again and again.

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KISS HIM PROPERLY, CHRISTINE! The cheek doesn’t count! – Dr Strange, Marvel Studios, 2016

My one issue? Christine Palmer and Steven not kissing. I spent most of the movie on the heights of sexual tension; looking at each other, making jokes about children (the Palmer-Strange / Strange-Palmer technique)
The one time she gives him a kiss it’s on the cheek! I was so mad! I like a good romance in a film, and I thought there’s was cute – exes who still work together and still obviously like one another.

All in all I really liked Dr Strange, and look forward to the next one. He’s probably one of my favourite Marvel heroes, he’s smart and arrogant but has a softer side about him. Perhaps his American accent will be better next time! Now I just need to watch all of them in order!

Check out the trailer below!

 

Have you seen Doctor Strange? What did you think? Did you like the character? What about his American accent? Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: Dr Strange, Marvel Studios, 2016)

‘Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!’ – Rick and Morty, Season 1-3

I don’t know about you, readers, but I love Rick and Morty, and have done ever since it came out. It’s like all the fun of The Simpsons or Family Guy plus science! When I attended university, I was told to watch it by a lecturer and I can say I have never turned back!

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A family photo – Rick and Morty, Adult Swim, 2013-Present

Rick and Morty is an Adult Swim production, based loosely on Back to the Future, Rick being Doc and Morty being Marty. It’s a very obvious link between them, crazy scientist and rather lackluster kid who ends up becoming the sidekick. Season 2 introduces another sidekick in the form of Summer, Morty’s older cool-girl sister, who is actually quite naive inside. Beth, their horse-heart-surgeon mother and daughter of Rick, and Jerry, his really bland and useless dad, have a very tumultuous relationship which has now ultimately (since S3 – SPOILERS) lead to a break up of the marriage. This has had a profound affect on Morty and Summer, and it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out in the end of the season – but hopefully there’s another 20 episodes before that happens!

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Let’s get Swifty! – Rick and Morty, Adult Swim, 2013-Present

Rick and Morty is 100% adult, and it’s important to not show it to your kids without at least being there! Not only will they not appreciate all the butts and rude jokes, they probably won’t get the references – link to some you probably missed here!

I really suggest watching Rick and Morty, even if it’s for a good laugh and a wonder about what on earth is going on.

What do you think about Rick and Morty? Did you watch Back to the Future and love it? Want some more crazy Doc shenanigans ahead? Did you expect Beth to divorce Jerry? Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: Rick and Morty, Adult Swim, 2013-Present)