Monday, January 16, 2017

Gotham: Mad City - Ghosts

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We welcome back Gotham to the weekly segments here on this pokey little YouTube channel of mine with 'Mad City: Ghosts' (Season 3, Episode 12). Spoiler Warning Is In Effect

  • Jerome has inspired a cult of 'maniacs', one of whom is working on  way to bring back people from the dead to resurrect Jerome
  • Falcon and Lee put a hit out on Gordan in response to him Killing Mario, Zsasz is professional enough to tell Gordan about it, and treats it as a job .
  • Said hit is called off atfer Lee visits Barnes, realizing that Mario may not have wanted a cure
  • Nygma & Barbara recruited Clayface to act as the ghost of Oswald's father to make him lose his mind, they are playing the long game wanting to break him first then kill him
  • Selina's mother Maria hung around to reconnect with her daughter with some help from Bruce & Alfred, then it takes a turn since someone from her past wants money

Doctor Who: The Crusade Part 2

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Today on Tales from The TARDIS, we'll be going over part two of 'The Crusade', the episode titled 'The Knight of Jaffa'

Note: The version of this episode I was reviewing is the reconstruction that was done by Loose Cannon Productions

  • The Crusade Part 2: "The Knight of Jaffa"
  • Broadcast Date: April 3, 1965
  • 8.5 Million Viewers (Down 2 Million)

This episode is one one of the many episodes from the First and Second Doctor Era that was lost and as of yet to be recovered, existing only in audio phone with telesnaps that were taken during production. As stated previously, I happen to have the Loose Cannon Productions ‘reconstruction’ of this episode, and I reviewing this episode of Doctor Who based on the context of the story and plot developments, and what visual representation that was used for ‘rebuilding’.

Also there is a very good 3D Reconstruction of this episode you can view on YouTube go to Who Recons, which you can view by clicking HERE

Now the episode has three plot threads, which of course I’ll be going over, and we’ll begin with The Doctor, Ian & Vickie with trying to convince King Richard to help, and along with the help of De Tornebu, suggesting that Saladin would be embarrassed to learn that he did not actually capture The Lioneheart, but instead one of his nights (granted Saladin is already aware of this), and this amuses Richard greatly as it could be turned into an advantage for negiotation, inviting the Doctor to join his court. Princess Joanna arrives and does become friendly with The Doctor and Vicki, who for her own safety is pretending to be a young man named ‘Victor’. In a real cool scene that I wish there was a visual record of, Ian is knighted by King Richard so that he can have some actual author thy (deemed Sir Ian Knight of Jaffa) and is sent as messenger to request the release of Des Preaux and Barbara, while also offering the hand in marriage of the real Joanna to Saladin in order to bring a stop to the bloodshed.

Now something I didn’t touch upon with part one was a scene where The Doctor steals some clothes from a merchant in order to properly disguise himself Ian and Vicki. In the first episode, they take advantage of discovery between a shop-keeper and a Saracen solider who stole some clothes from King Richard’s forces, so they proceeds to take the stolen property. The merchant and another gentlemen end up rightfully accusing the Doctor of theft, but the truth is revealed and the Doctor is cleared of the crime because all he did (as I just said) was steal what was already stolen.
Because of how he was embarrassed El Akir  wants revenge on Barbara for not being who she claimed (Princess Joanna), by kidnapping her to sell her off to a harem in Lydda.  To accomplish this, he gets an ‘ally’ in the form of a merchant named Luigi who wants to meet with either Saladin or Saphadin in regards to opening a trade route, and El Akir says he’ll arrange a meeting if he helps him abduct Barbara. Luigi agrees and they nearly get away with it, but a glove that was left behind reveals that deed and Luigi is killed.

However El Akir does have Barbara and takes her Lydda in order to try to sell her off to a harem, we see that she does escape and runs through the streets trying to avoid being recaptured. She hides in an alley where an unknown person (at this time) covers her mouth leading into the cliffhanger.


Without question this episode moves everything along nicely, and with a number of interesting plot developments that will end up coming into play, with Ian being a knighted and Barbara off on her own with her really having to fend for herself as best she can. Something interesting regarding Ms. Wright is that she since Saladin was going to have her be a ‘story teller’, she was considering what stories she could tell him, and I believe this was a subtle reference to 1001 Nights, but the stories she was going to tell were works of Shakesphere, Hans Christian Anderson and Johnathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.

Anyway, the next time we’ll return to the TARDIS will be on Friday, with part 3 of The Crusade, ‘The Wheel of Fortune’


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A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning Part 1

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While I have never read the books, nor have I seen the 2004 film starring Jim Carrey, today I will start my look at the Netflix original series 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' with episode one 'The Bad Beginning' part 1. Spoiler Warning Is In Effect


I shall admit my familiarity with Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is virtually non-existence, I never read any of the books, nor did I see the Jim Carrey film that came out in theaters in 2004. But while watching a fellow #TeamEmmmmsie member’s twitch stream (I believe it was Danielle’s Twitter Handle @DanYelltwitch) it came up and since we’re still a week away from the return of the CW’s lineup of DC Universe base shows, I figure why not sit down and watch Netflix’s latest original series.

That said, this video will contain heavy spoilers as part of my review

Right from the start with Episode 1, title ‘The Bad Beginning’ with the theme song telling us to ‘look away and don’t watch’, it’s quite clear to me that I was going to enjoy this because it established a farily dark, twisted sense of dry humor that was reenforced when we are introduces us to the narrator ‘Lemony Snicket’ played by Patrick Warburton, who conveys to us the backstory of the Baudelaire Children (Violet, Klause and Sunny), a trio of bright likeable kids who on a day to the beach to work on one of their inventions, learn that their parents are apparently killed (revealed not to be case at the end of the episode), and end up in the care of Count Olaf (played by Neil Patrick Harris) who is eager to get his hands on them because they are inheriting their parent’s fortune, but it only becomes accessible when the eldest Violet turns of age… and also to use them as servants for his large home while making their lives as miserable as possible (a fact that he states out right when he says he’s much worse than they thinking him to be).

What is very much clear while watching the first episode is that a lot time, effort and care was taken into adapting the source material, everything is presented in a nice flowing narrative from point a to point b, to c, to d… etc, etc, and long the way we see a number of different circumstances where things could be different for the Baudelaire trio, particularly when we see that Justice Strauss (played by Joan Cusack) shows interest in them would clearly love to have them be her family, since it’s clear that she is ‘married herself to the law’.

Perhaps my favorite seen is when the Baudelairs are forced to make dinner for Olaf and his theater troup, starting from when they return with food to prepare and seeing Olaf do an over the top song and dance number ‘It’s the Count’ which they are less than impressed by, then seeing them go through the process of preparing the food, giving them a small bit of ‘hope’ when it comes to the idea of making it work living with Olaf cause it’s better than nothing… and then seeing their efforts crapped on when Olaf says he wants Roast Beef leading them him striking Klaus when he argues with him. It’s a perfect series of scenes that builds up things up for a dramatic finish with Klaus telling Violet that being with Olaf is not ‘better than nothing’.

I have to give great credit to the child actors, since the story will be revolving around them, Malina Weissman (plays Violet), Louis Hynes (plays Klaus) and Presley Smith (as Sunny) are phenomenal… though it must be said that Smith is a baby, while Weissman and Hynes are both about 12-13 years of age, and it’s been said that working with babies and animals is very difficult, but I get the vibe that Smith is very mild-mannered tot. Since they share the most dialog, Weissman and Hynes play off each other very well, and they more than step up their game when having to work off of Nail Patrick Harris, who is rather over the top as the theatrical Count Olaf.

Now the plan is go over episode two, The Bad Beginning part two tomorrow either before or after my review of this week’s episode Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Coming up later today in the Basement will be part two of my look at Doctor Who: The Crusade… and then we welcome back Gotham to the Basement with the kick-off of the second half of Season Three.

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Planned Line Up For The Week Of January 16 2017

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Here is this weeks rough line up of segments for this week, we're welcoming back Gotham to the weekly routine, and it gets tonight's Monday slot since Supergirl doesn't return until next week. I'll also be going over the new Netflix series 'A Series of Unfortunate Events', of the course of the week, doing one episode at a time. We'll be diving into the Ghostbusters Containment Unit with 'Look Homeward, Ray', and of course double shots of classic Doctor Who with part 2 and 3 of the Crusade and episodes 19 & 20 of the Anime Blue Seed. I will also pop onto twitch throughout the week, to play some games as well.

Monday: Doctor Who: The Crusade Part 2
Monday: Gotham
Monday: A Series of Unfortunate Events Episode 1

Tuesday: Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
Tuesday: Netflix A Series of Unfortunate Events Episode 2

Wednesday: Blue Seed Episode 19
Wednesday: A Series of Unfortunate Events Episode 3

Thursday:  Doctor Who Supremacy of the Cyberman #3
Thursday: A Series of Unfortunate Events Episode 4

Friday: Doctor Who: The Crusade Part 3
Friday: Blue Seed Episode 20

Saturday: The REAL Ghostbusters  Look Homeward,Ray
Saturday:  A Series of Unfortunate Events Episode 5

Sunday: A Series of Unfortunate Events Episode 6
Sunday: The RAW View: Royal Rumble & NXT Takeover San Antonio Predictions

Sherlock The Final Problem

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No thanks to PBS who moved Sherlock from 9 PM to 7 PM to the airing of 'The Final Problem', I was able to see the episode thanks to my current cable / internet provider's website. So I bring you my review of the final episode of Sherlock's fourth season. Heavy Spoiler Warning!


Boy oh boy was this a crazy night, and as you know I addressed the issues with Sherlock’s time slot being changed by PBS earlier tonight. Thankfully my Cable / Internet provider got ‘The Final Problem’ online at exactly 9 PM, meaning I was able to sit down, watch and completely enjoy tonight’s episode… just later than everyone else!

And in a world, tonight’s episode was incredible…it was SAW meets Sherlock Holmes when you get right down to it. In many ways felt like the closing chapter on Sherlock as a TV series. Yes I know the show runners Moffat and Gatiss has said they plotted out a fifth series, and Cumberbatch said he signed on for a fifth series, but tonight’s episode felt like a safe ‘just in case’ closing chapter, as basically just about every damn loose end imaginable was wrapped up, including the stuff with Moriarty.

That said, from this point forward, Heavy Spoilers… 16 tons worth… and if you loud 16 tons, what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt… saint peter don’t you call me cause I can’t go… I owe my soul to the company store…. (sorry about that)

This episode was all about explaining why Sherlock is the way he is and it’s because of dear sweet little sister Euros, who all she wanted to do was to play with her older brother, but he was busy playing pirates with his friend Trevor… so she sent Trevor down a well… and Sherlock re-wrote his own memories and everything he’s done since that day was because of his sister, even though he blocked her out of his memories… but when she comes back, she’s back with a total vengeance to play with her older brother… a deadly game… where Sherlock has to choose either Mycroft of John to kill the Governor of the facility Euros has all this time…. To get Molly Hooper to say she loves him or else she’ll be blown to bits (which ends up being the case in an emotional sense)… and to kill either Mycroft or John to continue ‘playing’… you see why I said this was SAW meets Sherlock earlier, because this is all very elaborate and well planned… and it goes back 5 years to a day where as a reward for ‘helping’, Euros got to have a 5 minute conversation with Morority and got him to ‘help’ set it all up.

Yeah, that’s the big revelation there, Morority has been dead this entire time, and Euros was the puppet master all along. She has a way of getting insides people’s head to get them to say and do what she wants, and she managed to take over the entire facility she’s been held, thus explaining how she was able to arrange so many of things that lead to this twisted family reunion. Of the Holmes gets, she the ‘special’ one, she is incredibly clever and devious, but at the same time all she wants is to ‘play’ with her brother Sherlock. Now at the same time, she is quite insane, because she manage to separate part of her psyche to be a girl high above the clouds in an airplane that is going to crash because she is all alone, and she wants Sherlock to help her, to save her from crashing and burning. Thus bringing things full circle for her and by proxy for Sherlock.

Which leads me to talk about how this episode felt like a ‘final’, everything screamed conclusion, with another message from Mary telling Sherlock and John who they are (The junkie who gets high off of solving mysteries and the doctor who never came home from the war) and a montage showing them seeing various clients and doing things day to day with a closing shot of them ‘running’ as if the game is afoot. Unlike previous series, there is no ‘apparent continuation’ for where the series can resume from., meaning if and or when there is a fifth series, it would be starting ‘fresh’.

Other things about this episode: we got to see Sherlock and Mycroft as kids… Mycroft was a pudgy little sucker wasn’t it… the opening with Sherlock and Watson screwing with Mycroft, terrifying him into finding out more about Eurus was just awesome and surreal… Mrs. Hudson listens to heavy metal while vacuuming, now that’s a land lady!…. The bit with the drone was a bit over the top, but it did serve as the excuse for that shot in the teasers of John and Sherlock leaping from an explosion… The facility where Eurus resides really is a damn fortress, like freaking Alcatraz

Stand out performance in this episode goes to Sian Brooke who played Eurus, and yeah she is the whole damn show. Her manner of speaking and the dead, cold eyes when she’s speaking from the monitors is just wicked and all around just brought to life a character that was awesome and terrifying.

11/13/2019 Grandia Highlights

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