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Meet the 13th Doctor

16 Jul 2017

 

 

In a bold but a move that has mixed feelings across the Whovian landscape the powers to be in the the Doctors Universe decided to make the regeneration of the 13th Doctor one that is well ...... different from what we have seen so far. In other words a woman has stepped into the role that for decades been one of a mans.And yes there has been a loud out cry from the traditional (mostly male) faithful and a rousing applause from females and more progressive minded . Who is right well that's what free will is about stating you satisfaction and dissatisfaction and in this case in a most passionate way.
So far the comments I have read are on the lines of "How dare they !!!!!! " or "I am not watching this series no more !!!!!! " to" Its about time !!!!! " or " Love the idea of a woman as the Doctor !!!!!!"  . This I am afraid is what we call change. Is it good. Don't know. I know its always hard to digest a new actor stepping into the role of the Doctor. I remember the uproar when Matt Smith was chosen and we all know how that turned out. This however is a giant leap for the franchise and a risky role of the dice.
Without taking sides I will try to look at this from a traditionalist way and how it may be a risky . And bare with me as I delve into the mind of those that don't like change which before any one barks is a part of all of us in one way or another.  First of all Doctor Who's fan base and loyal minions for many decades has been mostly male across the globe with some small concentrations of females in UK and else where. I know this how. Because during the period that I grew up (and yes I will age myself) in the late 60's and onwards when I mentioned the Doctor to anyone who would listen the response was this.  Either they had no clue , the effects were to cheesy for them , or they were just geeksnerdy males like I was. Period. If there was a girl that liked the Doctor they were well GeekyNerdy and had parents that allowed them to delve into the dorky side of the force. But I digress. For men he was a hero to the gender if you will.  Much like Captain Kirk and James Bond. But unlike the two mentioned the Doctor was unorganized, awkward , had a bit of a focus issue but but was always smart and witty . He never really resorted to violence to defeat the enemies that were abundant and seemingly invincible . In some ways he was  a cross between a knight the came to save the day and the common man who had no clue what he was doing next .  And who would not love to be like that in some way.  Also lets not forget he always had a sweet companion or two that traveled with him . I guess to many men Whovians this may be like a betrayal of years of unending faithful viewership. Might as well take themselves to the vet and have themselves neutered . They see this as a lady come lately to the Whovian world  as an affront to their universe that shall not be tolerated .  On the other hand from what I have read so far from the comments of those ladies who are are loving this. They are ruling out any such talk of not excepting a woman in the role and counter shaming anyone that says otherwise. Sounds like American politics of late. This makes for entertaining browsing of comments and opinions IMO.
Speaking of which. My opinion is as it always been. I have a wait as see approach to how it will turn out. Personally I always think its bad idea to role out radical change in characters for political purposes even if its a good actor or actress playing the character in question. Its always tend to bite the creators in the back side. Not that I am against a female character but I look at it this way people are people and when you mess with what they like then you have to be responsible for the outcome. Great examples Ghostbusters and Godzilla 98. Both changed the look and the feel of the characters which then tanked the franchises. Well that is until a reboot that erases the fore mentioned. There are other examples across the entertainment landscape when they changed the character to fit current events such as sexual orientation or racial lines where they seem to fail more times then not. Though there are exceptions to that line of thinking and you never know. But generally viewers that have their lives wrapped up in a show tend to not receive those changes well. And lets face its the Whovian world is like the Trekers and Star Wars fans. Messing with their loved characters gets you in hot water and usually means bad ratings. Though the Star Trek reboot by JJ initially did well with fans. It was the second one that they almost grabbed the pitch forks and torches and went to storm the castle of Paramount.  This is not a criticism of the change but stating a reality of the mindsets of viewers in general.
Now getting back to who they chose. Jodie Whittaker . She is easy on the eyes and looks like she can handle the role from what I have seen so far and may make a capable Doctor. However if the writers stay the course of subpar stories then you can stick Patric Stewart in the role and it will flop like a fish out of water. Just like  Peter Capaldi found out who I think given the proper scripts would of been brilliant in the role. It will be hard for her to start off with the fan base being split so heavily over the change but with good writing , very focused stories, and a strong character development.  I personally think she can pull it off. If not then there is another regeneration . Again like I have said with every actor change that has happen in the past I will reserve my opinion till the series with her as the Doctor starts and of course I wish her the best.

Jodie Whittaker Biography
Jodie Whittaker graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2005 with a gold medal in Acting. Since then she has worked continually in Film, Television and Theatre. Her TV credits include the critically acclaimed ITV drama 'Broadchurch' (for which she was nominated for ‘Best Actress’ for the RTS Television Awards), Emmy award-winning 'Black Mirror’, Sky 1’s 'The Smoke', BBC’s 'Cranford’, in which she starred opposite Judi Dench and Imelda Staunton, 'The Night Watch'(BBC), 'The Accused'(BBC), and 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' (BBC).

Jodie has recently finished shooting 'Journeyman' written and directed by Paddy Considine as well as the lead in the new BBC drama series ‘Trust Me’. Her other film credits include 'Venus', (which earned her nominations for 'Best Newcomer' at the 'British Independent Film Awards', 'Best British Newcomer' at the 'Critic's Circle Awards' and 'Best Actress in a Motion Picture' at the 'Satellite Awards'), 'Attack the Block', 'One Day', 'Black Sea', 'Good Vibrations', 'St.Trinian's', 'Get Santa' and most recently 'Adult Life Skills' which she Executive Produced as well as starred in which received a number of BIFA nominations.

Jodie made her professional theatrical debut at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in ‘The Storm’. Other theatre credits include playing the title role in 'Antigone' at the Royal National Theatre, 'Bash' at the Trafalgar Studios 'Awake and Sing' and 'Enemies' at the Almeida, both directed by the then Artistic Director, Michael Attenborough.

See BBC Ones Website on Doctor Who for more information

 

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The Orville (Fox TV 2017)

24 Jun 2017

 

So looking forward to seeing this series on Fox this fall. This Science Fiction Spoof pokes fun of the beloved Science Fiction drama series of the past drawing much of it from Star Trek . Just Think Galaxy Quest/Family Guy as a series and you will get the series premises.

 

Premieres Sunday, September 10 At 8/7c

Plot from The Orville Official Web Page from FOX 

From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, “Ted”) and directed by Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book,” “Iron Man”), THE ORVILLE is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace…even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship. In the 25th century, Earth is part of the Planetary Union, a far-reaching, advanced and mostly peaceful civilization with a fleet of 3,000 ships. Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer ED MERCER (MacFarlane) finally gets his chance to command one of these ships: the U.S.S. Orville. Determined to prove his worth and write a new chapter in his life, Ed finds that task all the more difficult when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, KELLY GRAYSON (Adrianne Palicki, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Friday Night Lights”). As the new commander, Ed assembles a qualified, but eccentric crew, including his best friend, GORDON MALLOY (Scott Grimes, “ER,” “Justified”), who has problems with authority, but is the best helmsman in the fleet; DR. CLAIRE FINN (Penny Johnson Jerald, “24,” “The Larry Sanders Show”), one of the Union’s most accomplished physicians; BORTUS (Peter Macon, “Shameless,” “Bosch”), an alien from a single-sex species; ISAAC (Mark Jackson, “That Royal Today”), an artificial life-form from a machine society that thinks biological life-forms are inferior; navigator JOHN LAMARR (J. Lee, FAMILY GUY, “The Cleveland Show”), whose casual humor cuts through even the most dire situations; ALARA KITAN (Halston Sage, “Neighbors,” “Goosebumps”), a young, inexperienced security officer whose home planet’s high gravity gives her superior physical strength; and YAPHIT, a gelatinous creature voiced by comedian Norm Macdonald (“The Middle,” “Saturday Night Live”). Somehow, Ed and Kelly must put the past behind them and, with the help of the crew, navigate fascinating and sometimes dangerous adventures in outer space, as well as the tumultuous and captivating day-to-day personal relationships with their colleagues.

 

Production summary from Wikipedia
Genre Comedy-drama
Science fiction
Created by Seth MacFarlane
Starring Seth MacFarlane
Adrianne Palicki
Scott Grimes
Penny Johnson Jerald
Peter Macon
Mark Jackson
J. Lee
Halston Sage
Norm Macdonald
Music by Bruce Broughton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Seth MacFarlane
Jon Favreau
Heather Regnier
Marisa Coughlan
Jennifer Beals
Liz Heldens
Lili Fuller
Production company(s) Sisters Karamasov Productions
Selfish Mermaid
Lake Washington Films
Fairview Entertainment
Fuzzy Door Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Release
Original network Fox
External links
Websites www.fox.com/the-orville

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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Coming to Netflix

18 May 2017


The Following is a press releases from the Jim Henson Company

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 18, 2017) - A beloved classic from the 80s marks its return as Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment network, will bring The Jim Henson Company’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance exclusively to members around the world. The 10-episode fantasy adventure series is a prequel to the groundbreaking 1982 fan favorite The Dark Crystal, and takes place many years before the events of the film. The series will be shot in the U.K., and will star an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ and Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

Feature film director Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk) will executive produce the series and direct. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be a Netflix original series produced by The Jim Henson Company and executive produced by Letterier, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Longtime Henson collaborator Rita Peruggi will serve as producer and Henson’s Blanca Lista will serve as a co-executive producer. Leading the writing are co-executive producers Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (Life in a Year), and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The 100).

“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis’ vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. “I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”

“Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of The Dark Crystal and has an incredible creative vision for the series. He brings this passion to every facet of the production as he leads the talented team of artists and writers that are bringing this entire universe to life,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. "Netflix has a deep respect for my father's original work and the many people it inspired. They are the perfect partners to create this next epic chapter in The Dark Crystal story for new fans and the loyal fans who have waited so long for more adventures from this world."

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Star Trek: Discovery – Trailer 2017

18 May 2017

About From CBS Official Website Star Trek: Discovery
Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns 50 years after it first premiered, with STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. The series will premiere on the CBS Television Network with all subsequent episodes available on CBS All Access.

Before Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise there was Discovery. Now, one of the most iconic and influential global franchises returns to television with Star Trek: Discovery.

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The Gifted: Official TV Series Trailer

16 May 2017

Kind of excited to see what can be done on an X-Men TV Series. Fox has not been kind to some of Marvels movies with some bad versions of the characters. Then again the reimagined version of DC's Batman origin story with Gotham was knocked out of the park. So hopes are high on this one.

Plot from the Official page on FOX.com
Family adventure series THE GIFTED, from 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television, tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Written by Matt Nix (APB, “Burn Notice”), directed by Bryan Singer (the “X-Men” franchise”) and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The Wolverine”), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”), the series stars Stephen Moyer (SHOTS FIRED), Amy Acker (“Person of Interest”), Sean Teale (“Reign”), Jamie Chung (GOTHAM), Coby Bell (“Burn Notice”), Emma Dumont (“Aquarius”), Blair Redford (“Satisfaction”), Natalie Alyn Lind (GOTHAM) and Percy Hynes White (“Night at the Museum 3”).

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The Gifted Production Information from Wikipedia
Genre
Created by Matt Nix
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) Dallas, Texas
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Release
Original network Fox
Chronology
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