All good thing must come to an end and this holds true to one of the longest running shows on the CW and for that matter many other stations too, Supernatural. According to Deadline the 15 season will only consist of 20 episodes. In a show of respect and loyalty to the fans Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins made video that announces the show will indeed come to an end. This I say as a fan is something I didn't expect for this season. It was a great run that when all said and done will have 327 episodes in this institution as is stated in their announcement.
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.
Doctor Who: Steven Moffat reveals why he brought back John Simm’s Master
If you haven't heard John Simm will return as the Master sharing the spotlight with his female iteration Missy and the reason according to Steven Moffat on why he is returning. Here is the very first time we will see the Master pair up with himself to fight off the Doctor which may be IMO the episode that seals Peter Capaldi faith and starts off his next regeneration.
When I first peeped the trailer for a very few seconds I thought I spied the jacket that Peters Doctor was wearing as he was regenerating on John Simms back. I was wrong but for a brief second I had a what if and that would be a cool plot twist that Missy would face the Doctors new persona but this time it would be wearing one of her old faces. Considering Simm's has that outgoing personality he portrays as the Master it would be a fun path to explore. But alas that is not the case and it only will play out in my own imagination.
Doctor Who: Steven Moffat reveals why he brought back John Simm's Master
The Master returns - Doctor Who: Series 10: Trailer
Kong: Skull Island Godzilla Easter Eggs
Like all movies these days the golden easter egg of any worth is at the very end of the credits. And Kong: Skull Island was no exception. First of all let me just state that it is an adrenaline action / Science Fiction movie that is a piece of a puzzle that fits very nicely into the world of the Legendary Godzilla movies and worth seeing. What the game plan of the franchise is we know to finally have to the two kings meet in a remake of the Japanese cult movie King Kong vs Godzilla which should be one earth shaking spectacular special effects filled clash.
Secondly lets get back to the easter egg. If you seen the movie and stayed to the end of the credits you will know it. Though if the theater I went to is any indicator many never stayed past the credits . Matter of fact My family and I were the only ones left. So many will be surprised that this is part of the franchise that Legendary is setting up.
So to the easter egg. At the very end of the credits Two of the main characters of the film that survived Conrad (Tom Hiddleston or better known as LOKI) and Weaver (Brie Larson whose clothes never seemed to get dirty even after being puled out of the throat of a monster) are detained by Monarch which coincidentally was the agency in charge of overseeing the "Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism" (MUTO) in Godzilla. Monarch led by Brooks and Lin informs Conrad and Weaver that Kong is not the only King to roam the world. They are shown a film footage of cave paintings showing one after another in dramatic fashion Godzilla and Ghidora locked in battle, then in a slow slow close up Rodan, then Mothra an once again King Ghidora as the music and the movies faded you heard Godzilla's iconic roar. Which indicates what we all knew about the next Godzilla movie that all 4 will be featured in what most likely be a modern version of 1964 feature film Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster.
Now we can have some fun in speculating how the story arc will connect these films. Especially that the hint is the main characters Conrad and Weaver seemed to be in the process of being initiated into Monarch making a case that they will be in one way or another featured in the upcoming films. How they will bridge the time gap of Kong which was suppose to be in the early 70's at the end of Nam and the latest film of Godzilla which is set in the present is a good question. But not entirely a impossible one . One thought as I stray off content is that in movie Kong Skull Island there was a hint that was dropped that the locals on the Island never seemed to age. If I was writing a plot line that would bind those movies I would have my characters back on the island as a scientific team observing and let time proceed in a normal manner all the meanwhile the characters will never age . Just a thought.
Richard Hatch Battlestar Galactica Dies at 71
Richard Hatch who is famous for his roles in Battlestar Galactica first in the original as Captain Apollo And then later he returned to the reboot as Tom Zarek passed away at the age of 71 after his battle with pancreatic cancer. A statement from his family of his death was posted on his website along with a link for fans to send condolences and share memories.
Personally it has never been easy to hear of the death of someone you grew up with. Even if that person was an actor who came into your living room once a week on the television. The memories of sitting and watching Battlestar Galactica as a child with my father who like me liked a good sci fi movie or series will always stick with me. So for that I will have to say thanks for the memories may you Rest in Peace .
The following statement comes from RichardHatch.com
HATCH FAMILY STATEMENT
February 7, 2017 -- Paul Hatch, on behalf of the Hatch family and friends, is sad to confirm the passing of his beloved father Richard Lawrence Hatch, who passed away in Los Angeles, California this afternoon.
He died peacefully with his family and friends at his side after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Richard was well known to legions of fans for his roles as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series and also as Tom Zarek in the 2003 remake of the series.
Born May 21, 1945 in Santa Monica, Richard was an actor, writer, and producer best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series, and also as Tom Zarek in the 2003 remake of Battlestar Galactica.
After beginning his career in Off Broadway theatre, in 1970 he joined the cast of All My Children and then went on to become a fixture as a guest star on numerous hit TV series and movie for television, eventually replacing Michael Douglas as Karl Malden‘s partner in the Streets of San Francisco.
In 1978 his starring role in Battlestar Galactica brought him worldwide recognition as well as a Golden Globe nomination.
In spite of significant roles in other series and motion pictures over the following decades, his connection with the original Battlestar as well as the remake, created an international following among science fiction fans. While continuing his acting career Richard was a popular figure at Comic Book conventions, science fiction forums and even hosted his own cruise ship events.
Further information on memorial services and tributes can be found here at.
For more on Richard Hatch's career and a short bio see Wikipedia