I thought that “The Power of Three” was the best episode so far in this series of Doctor Who. It maintained that great balance of silly and terrifying that the show is known for. There was also a great mystery, which kept the tension going throughout the entire episode. It was also refreshing to finally have an episode of this series set in present day.
I’m a fan of Aaron Sorkin and most of the works he has been involved in, and so I was very excited to hear about his latest project in the form of a behind-the-scenes look at a major television news network. How we report the news has always fascinated me, as far back as when I was in undergraduate school and was reporting hourly news on the campus radio station. I don’t for a minute believe that the show is 100% accurate concerning the portrayal of major cable news gathering, but it certainly shows a side of the news that I believe a lot of people would enjoy—as well as what a lot of people wouldn’t enjoy.
As with the previous two episodes, I enjoyed “A Town Called Mercy”; however, it felt too isolated from everything else and added to the detachment that this series is suffering from.
“Robot Jez and Mark on a spaceship!” This was the text that Fanboy Comics Contributor Jake Thomas sent me as soon as he finished watching the newest Doctor Who adventure. The second episode of the new series is aptly named “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” as it features a spaceship full of dinosaurs.
MINOR SPOILERS BELOW
Doctor Who has just returned with the first episode in Series 7 titled “Asylum of the Daleks,” and my first reaction is confusion . . . and I am not yet sure if that is good or bad.
Over the past several years, Ben Tennyson has been the hero that everyone needed, yet no one thought of. He has saved the Earth—and the rest of the galaxy (and perhaps the universe, too)—from threats so huge that they sometimes induce cultist activities. And, while he may have annoying tendencies toward self-imposed fame, he always tries to do the right thing, along with the help of his cousin, Gwen, and one-time-enemy, Kevin. Now, as they move forward in their lives, he’s back to his old tricks—protecting the Earth, one alien at a time.
The Paley Center for Media, known for leading the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and other emerging platforms, made headlines last night at its Beverly Hills location by honoring its first online sitcom, Husbands. The web series, created by writer/producer Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time) and writer/actor Brad “Cheeks” Bell (Pop Up Video), follows a young same-sex couple as they deal with the trials and tribulations that all newlywed couples face. In a red carpet event, the Paley Center hosted the creators, cast, and crew of Husbands for a panel discussion and preview of the first two episodes of Season 2.
The Top Four series looks at certain aspects of the comic book world from two perspectives: Rob’s, as a relative newcomer to mainstream comics, and Kristine’s, as an older hand in the world. Each installment evaluates the top four choices from both Rob and Kristine and why they chose their picks.
By Robert J. Baden and Kristine Chester
While there haven’t been that many shows based on comic books, there are still quite a few out there, and we grew up watching cartoons of comic characters as a supplement, or even as a replacement, for the comics themselves. Despite the fact that we’re now adults, we still enjoy the cartoons based on comics, including such recent titles as Young Justice and Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. We also watch many of the live action shows which drew their inspiration from comics with titles like Smallville and The Walking Dead, still fresh or currently in the public eye. As such, we’ve identified the shows (based on comic books) that we believe are the best.
For years people have been trying to get me to watch Doctor Who ever since it was reincarnated back in 2005, and for years I’ve always pushed them away. For me, my reasoning was that it had such a huge backstory to it from the classic run that I’d never be able to find the time to sit down and immerse myself into it the way it deserved. I actually did try to watch the classic run once and even caught the 1996 television movie, but I just couldn’t find myself enjoying them. A second time I watched my fiancée catch up on Series 5 of the revived show, though I only paid a bit of attention to it; I was so lost as to what was going on that I once again concluded that it was to be one of those things I just didn’t get involved in. It was a few months later when my fiancée decided to show it to my wife—who does not have the greatest love of some of the more obsessive geek culture identities such as comic books, Star Trek, Star Wars, or tabletop RPGs—and her reaction to the show was what really made me decide to give it yet a third try. After all, if she could like it, then there was a very strong chance I might at least enjoy some aspects of it.
“Spoilers!” –River Song
As far back as I can remember, I have always loved doing voices. A strange talent I had obtained in my youth to vocally mimic almost anything I heard. One minute I was singing "The Christmas Song" as Alvin and the Chipmunks, and then next spouting cheesy Arnold Schwarzenegger lines from Predator. Just hearing the kids laugh in class while I mimicked teachers and classmates was a gift in itself. Though, as a child I was told such a gift would change once I neared puberty, so I took that negativity and focused on practicing every single day to prove them wrong. When asked, "How do you do that?" or "How do you get your voice so high?" I never really had an answer. It just came naturally. By the age of 12, I could tell exactly which characters Hank Azaria voiced on The Simpsons just by ear, which both amazed and confused my mother. She explained that I just had an ear for it. When watching Animaniacs, I would tell my friends that it was one guy who played Yakko, Pinky, and Dr. Scratchansniif, to which they scoffed. "But they don't sound anything alike. Yakko's voice is WAY higher. How do you know?"