In the latest episode of American Gods, New Media has emerged from her digital chrysalis. She shed her pop culture icon identity and now speaks in emojis. Media and how we consume it has changed in the time since the book of American Gods was released, so it makes sense that the character would evolve to reflect the times.
I am a bit behind on my American Gods reviews, so I am going to combine my reviews of the first (“House on the Rock”) and second (“The Beguiling Man”) episodes of Season 2, as well as celebrate that the show has already been renewed for a third season!
The loss of Stan Lee last year hit the nerd community hard, but Captain Marvel is our reminder that his light will live on in those he inspired. The latest entry in Marvel's Cinematic Universe (MCU) reminds us that there is still a lot to explore.
Reign of the Supermen is my favorite Superman story. The comic book crossover event was used to revitalize the character (both literally and figuratively). Decades later, some of those once-new elements have aged better than others. The really fun part of the animated adaptation is that it again updates things to make it contemporary. At the same time, it knows when to embrace the '90s cheese.
Like a lot of episodes this past season, I enjoyed the subplot of “Resolution” better than the main story. I am much more invested in the companions’ arc than the adventure aspects. Showrunner Chris Chibnall’s decision to shift the focus of the show back on the companions was the right move (especially since the previous era focused so much on mystery and suspense); however, I needed more from the Thirteenth Doctor’s first confrontation with the Daleks—or any classic monster for that matter.
I would like to begin my review of “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos” by pointing out how I correctly predicted that the Stenza would be the big bad for Series 11 in my review of the second episode. (Ed. Note: Our staff at Fanbase Press are the most humble of folks.)
I had a very strange experience watching Doctor Who this week. “The Witchfinders” sees the Doctor and her companions travel to Pendle Hill. My association with Pendle Hill is that it is the name of the school handbook at my alma mater. The school was founded by Quakers, and the book is named after the site where George Fox had a vision to establish the denomination. Needless to say, we were never told about the incident that made the location infamous.
Good sci-fi can take real-world issues and put them in a different context to shine a new light on them. With society becoming increasingly automated, the latest Doctor Who episode, “Kerblam!,” focuses on how that would affect the workplace.
Like the Doctor Who episode, “Rosa,” a few weeks ago, “Demons of the Punjab” focuses almost exclusively on historical events and keeps the sci-fi elements to a minimum. Set during the Partition of India, the Doctor takes her companions back to 1947, so Yaz can see her grandmother’s past.