Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mighty Kublai Khan - Tales From The TARDIS

Hello and Welcome to the Basement... and this is Tales From The TARDIS...

We are now at part six of the Marco Polo story... which means today we'll be going over Mighty Kublai Khan... and let me remind you that I am watching the Loose Cannon Reconstruction version of this story.

So we open with Ian coming out of the TARDIS to convince Tegana to let Susan go, who if you remember was grabbed by our Black-Adder like villain at the end of last week's episode. Tegana demands the others come out of the TARDIS and only frees Susan when the TARDIS key is given to Marco, who is none too pleased about the situation.

Ian tries to smooth over the situation, saying he stole the key to cover for Ping-Cho and  by telling the truth about the TARDIS, but Marco (rightfully this time) is naive and doesn't believe that the big blue box can travel through time and space. Okay that makese a lot of sense, because it would be logical for Marco to not believe that.... but what really comes out of no where is when Marco turns on Ian, calling him a liar and saying he knows it was Ping-Cho who stole the key. I can see Marco figure that out, but calling Ian a liar when it's clear his intentions are honorable is just... baffling.

On top of this, Ping-Cho over hears this and runs away.... and once they find her missing, guess who is the first to volunteer... that's right Ian... and also our buddy Tegana! Marco actually makes a logical choice here, but one that contradicts his attitude earlier, saying Ian should go find her, because when they meet Kublai Khan, Tegana should be there. So after calling Ian a liar, Marco trusts Ian to go find Ping-Cho and bring her back.

Anyway, Ian does successfully find Ping-cho back at Cheng-ting, and he makes a discovery that Kuiju has stolen the TARDIS! So one of Tegana's cunning plans actually worked!

Meanwhile, Susan and Barbara confront Marco about Ping-Cho, rightfully saying she should not be forced into an arranged marriage... and much like certain idiots I shall not name, Marco spazes out despite how obviously wrong the situation is, he sends Tegana out after Ian to make sure that Ping-Cho isn't liberated from her 'duty' and doesn't leave with the TARDIS.

That reference may not make a lot of sense to some, but when it comes to my content on YouTube, I'm fully aware of the bonehead that has been stealing my videos and has the nerve to call me the 'bad guy'.

But I digress...

Eventually, Marco, The Doctor and the rest of the caravan arrives at Kublai Khan's palace, which for a sound stage set in the 1960s looks pretty darn impressive to me. The Doctor and Khan actually bond over their advanced ages and negative things that come with being old (like illnesses). However there is also bad news, Khan tells Polo that soldiers are gathering on their borders and that Tegana's information was wrong... gee, it's almost as if Tegana can be an obvious VILLIAN!

Anyway, Ian and Ping-Cho find Kuiju on the road to Karakorum, and they force the truth out of them... however trouble arrives... and yes it's Tegana with his sword at the ready. Ian tries a bluff by threatening to kill Kuiju, but Tegana says that his man is of little value and the episode ends with Tegana approaching them, slicing the air with his sword and smiling devilishly!

So obviously this episode sees Tegana's schemes paying off, he stopped our heroes from leaving the TARDIS was stolen, and the episode ends with him in the position to strike down Ian, Ping-Cho... who is quite cute... and his own man Kuiju. Again, Tegana, for as one dimensional as he is, is a great villain for this story as he keeps it from being totally dull. Also the bit with The Doctor and Kublai Khan becoming best buddies over the fact that they are old is pretty cool. Of course the down side of this episode is Marco Polo himself, really being made to look like an buffoon despite the obvious being right in front of him.

Anyway, if you have your own thoughts on this episode of Doctor Who, leave them in the comments section below, be sure to subscribe to my channel, follow me on twitter @FredCasden and visit the blog for more content.

Next week, we will wrap up the Marco Polo story with Assassin at Peking
Catch ya then!

In Response To An Column On Forbes

Hello and Welcome To The Basement...

This is going to be short and sweet because I'm reacting to a column over at Forbes written by JV Charmary called 'Science Says Superman Should Be Black'

The science part of the article I don't have a problem with the science presented in the column, cause it makes sense to various degrees... thing is there there already is a black Superman, Calvin Ellis (to my knowledge who has only been used twice in the comics), saying that Clark Kent should be pigment or pallet is just idiotic. Why change a firmly established character when there is another that you can use the same name with, have a similar backstory with, and is for all intents and purposes a blank slate with none of the baggage associated with the Superman franchise?  Oh right... the reason why that won't happen is because it would take too much 'effort'.... and Hollywood isn't doesn't like that term these days.

No my problem with the article is the following...

Race matters for superheroes because it contributes to their identity. And over the past few decades, comic book publishers and movie studios have increasingly changed characters to reflect a society’s ethnic diversity.

 While that should be applauded in principle, identity changes are often short-term publicity stunts. It might sound cynical, but if publishers and studios had pure intentions, changes would be permanent. As long-time comic fans know, major heroes almost inevitably revert back to their original identities.

Okay... outside of the time Bruce Wayne has been taken out of action (such as when Bane broke his back and when Darkseid 'killed him') which saw others take up the cape and cowl, and Barry Allen returning as The Flash in Final Crisis but even then  The original Flash, Jay Garrick, is still around...

We've seen a lot of characters take up the name of those who have came before them and remained... Jamie Reyes as the Blue Beetle succeed Dan Garrett and Ted Kord, Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel (while Carol Danvers became Captain Marvel), Amdaeus Cho has become The Hulk, Miles Morales has taken up the name Spider-Man in the Ultimate Marvel universe when that version of Peter Parker was killed, Kyle Rayner became the Green Lantern when Hal Jordan went flipping nuts and many fans consider John Stewart to be the Green Lantern thanks to the Justice League cartoons, plus the Original Green Lantern Alan Scott is still around as well, Jane Foster has become Thor, with the original become Odinson...and of course there is Sam Wilson who for the better part of 30-40 years was known as Falcon has been Captain America over the past few years... and these have been changes that haven't seen any 'reverting' back to the 'original' and have been permanent with no signs of going 'backward'....

Including that one that was done with all the wrong intentions just to make sure Samuel L.Jackson couldn't say no to appearing in Marvel's movies... I'll spell it out for you: N I C K F U R Y.

So to Mr. Chamrary, to this I say, you're talking out your arse...

Of course that's just my opinion... and there's no way I'm wrong.

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