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Monday, January 29, 2018

Supergirl, Final Exam, Aladdin, Golf & Raw?!

It's Monday Night January 29, 2018... and I did catch this week's Supergirl first instead of RAW and man this was a clunker of an episode... I'm tired of the Edge character and he doesn't show up often enough for that to happen, plus I didn't care to much for Lilian Luthor's return, but hey she got to use the Lex-Super-Suit, which was pretty bad ass.  Also during the course of tonight's twitch broadcast I kept a casual eye on RAW, and I'm glad the WWE didn't do the stupid thing and have Finn Balor pin John Cena, instead having big match John win and advance to the Elimination Chamber... hopefully this will be his road to Championship #17 and I actually got duped thinking Ronda Rousey appeared on RAW instead of was a replay of her debut last night.

On tonight's twitch broadcast, I did a triple header of games, first mission four of Final Exam was completed, and I'm now half way through that game, then broke out Disney's Aladdin and made it to the Cave of Wonders... and then did a test run of Golf with Your Friends to see if I could stream that, and the answer was a big yes, so that could be some fun casual gaming.



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Doctor Who: The War Machines Part 1




It’s Monday January 29, 2018, and this week I’m starting my look at the four-part Doctor Who story, The War Machines to wrap up the third season of Classic Doctor Who as we close in on the end of the William Hartnell era of Doctor Who (which goes in to season four but I am getting ahead of myself)

Before we talk about part one, let’s address the fact that The War Machines is the last to feature Jackie Lane as Dodo, her tenure lasting six stories. Because Jackie Lane has refused to be directly involved with Doctor Who and so the character never appears on TV again, but has popped in in various expanded media of Doctor Who such as the Doctor Who novel Salvation and the Big Finish audio drama Mother Russia and Return of the Rocket Men. But here’s a bit of funny note, remember what I said that Jackie Lane refused to have DIRECT involvement with Doctor Who, she did end up being a theatrical agent representing Tom Baker, the fourth doctor, Janet Fielding who played companion Tegan Jovanka during the fifth Doctor’s era, and Nicholas Courtney, who of course was Brigadier Leftbridge-Stewart.


So now lets talk about Part 1 of the War Machines which aired June 25, 1966 and had a viewership total of 5.4 million viewers which was up 900 thousand from part 4 of the Savages, as the swing of Doctor Who viewership totals are up and down pretty erratically.

The episode opens with the Doctor and Dodo arriving in London, and the Doctor gets an odd feeling upon seeing the Post Office Tower, so he and Dodo go to investigated, where they are escorted to meet with Professor Brett who has completed his life’s work an artificial intelligence known as WOTAN that cannot make mistakes, The Doctor challenges this with question WOTAN gets right, Dodo has a go asking what TARDIS means, and shockingly WOTAN knows it stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space. Dodo blanks out and complains about a strange buzzing in her ears for a bit and so to get a breather she accompanies Professor Brett’s secretary Polly to a night club. Polly is a stark contrast to Dodo, being much taller, blond and certainly more ‘with it’ in terms of the swinging 60s of London. At the club they meet a Sailor Ben Jackson who is depressed that he’s stuck on shore duty, but cheers up when he saves Polly from being harassed by some limey douche. Dodo, Polly and Ben have themselves a good time until Dodo gets a call, blanks out and leaves as if under some strange power. At the same time WOTAN starts to take control of people, first Professor Brett, then Major Green and Professor Krimpton, declaring through Brett that the earth cannot advance with humanity running the show and they need a special brain for it’s plans,, Dodo arrives at the post Office Tower and we hear WOTON declare ‘Doctor Who Is Requred’ as the Doctor meets up with Polly, meets Ben and learns of Dodo’s disappearance.
 
This episode does a lot in 30 minutes, setting up the plot, the villain and its abilities and introducing the new companions Ben and Polly, who certainly have an interesting chemistry and are as far away removed from Barbara and Ian as possible in many aspects, though it’s quite clear Ben as an enlisted man in the British Navy is intended to be the ‘man of action’ with how leaped to Polly’s defense. Polly and Dodo certainly look like they would get along famously if the character of Dodo was kept around for the fourth season. I rather liked the set for WOTON’s central hub and the night club, and since this story of Doctor Who is set in 1966, it allowed for more exterior shots.

Anyway, next week I’ll talk about part of the War Machines and the last time we see the physically character of Dodo in Doctor Who and see how WOTON goes about trying to get the Doctor. Later this week on Friday, I’ll be going over episode 2 of The Devil Lady, and of course you can catch me on Twitch 7 nights a week.

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Royal Rumble Sunday 2018 Thoughts and Fire Pro Wrestling World Highlights!

Tonight was the latest edition of the WWE's annual Royal Rumble event, and overall I thought it was a fine event, if a bit long when you factor in the pre-show which had several matches on it. Needless to say though, after the garbage that was RAW's 25th Anniversary and the 'okay' nature of last night's NXT Takeover, the WWE almost had to put forth a great effort. If there was one thing wrong with the night was the stupidity of the Handicap Match for the WWE Championship, which took way to long to really get started.That said, my favorite moments of the night was  Corbin laying out Balor, Rusev and Slater to set up Elias doing his guitar playing and singing bit along with a running gag of Slater being laid out by everyone up to Sheamus who Slater eliminated.. There were plenty of surprises in both Rumbles, amazing how normal Rey Mysterio looks when NOT ON STEROIDS, The Hurricane is more out shape than I am, and it was great to see numerous former Women stars in the Women's Rumble like Molly, Trish and Beth Phoenix. At least Ronda Rousey wasn't in the Rumble, but clearly she will be involved at WrestleMania in a huge way which is fine.

Of course even with the Royal Rumble, that didn't interfere with my nightly twitch broadcast, as tonight's stream was fairly short, but featured some in-ring action from Fire Pro Wrestling World.



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Men's Rumble Entrants and Eliminations 

1. Rusev
2. Finn Balor
3. Rhyno
4. Baron Corbin
    E. Rhyno by Corbin
    E. Corbin by Balor
5. Heath Slater
6. Elias
7. Andrade Cien Almas w/ Zelina Vega
8. Bray Wyatt
9. Big E
10. Tye Dillinger Originally, Replaced by Sami Zayn following ambush
11. Sheamus
    E. Sheamus by Slater
    E. Slater by Wyatt
12. Xavier Woods
13. Apollo Crews
14. Shinsuke Nakamura
    E. Zayn by Nakamura
15. Cesaro
16. Kofi Kingston
    E. Crews by Cesaro
17. Jinder Mahal w/ a Singh Brother
    E. Woods by Mahal
    E. Big E by Mahal
18. Seth Rollins
    E. Cesaro by Rollins
    E. Mahal by Kingston
    E. Kingston by Almas
19. Matt Hardy
    E. Rusev by Hardy & Wyatt
    E. Wyatt by Hardy
    E. Hardy by Wyatt
20. John Cena
    E. Elias by Cena
21. The Hurricane
    E. Hurricane by Cena
22. Aiden English
23. Adam Cole
    E. English by Balor
24. Randy Orton
    E. Almas by Orton
25. Titus O'Neil
26. The Miz w/ Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel
27. Rey Mysterio
    E. Cole by Mysterio
28. Roman Reigns
    E. O'Neil by Reigns
    E. The Miz by Reigns
    E. Rollins by Reigns
29. Goldust
30. Dolph Ziggler
    E. Goldust by Ziggler
    E. Ziggler by Balor
    E. Orton by Reigns
    E. Mysterio by Balor
    E. Balor by Cena
    E. Cena by Nakamura
    E. Reigns by Nakamura
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura


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Women's Royal Rumble Entrants and Eliminations

1. Sasha Banks
2. Becky Lynch
3. Sarah Logan
4. Mandy Rose
5. Lita
    E. Rose by Lita
6. Kairi Sane
7. Tamina Snuka
    E. Tamina by Lita
    E. Lita by Lynch
8. Dana Brooke
    E. Sane by Brooke
9. Torrie Wilson
    E. Brooke by Wilson
10. Sonya Deville
    E. Wilson by Deville
11. Liv Morgan
12. Molly Holly
    E. Logan by Holly
13. Lana
14. Michelle McCool
    E. Deville by Mccool
    E. Morgan by McCool
    E. Holly by McCool
    E. Lana by McCool
15. Ruby Riott
16. Vickie Guerrero
    E. Guerrero by Riott, Banks, Lynch & McCool
17. Carmella
18. Natalya
19. Kelly Kelly
    E. McCool by Natalya
20. Naomi
    E. Lynch by Riott
21. Jacqueline
22. Nia Jax
    E. Jacqueline by Jax
    E. Kelly by Jax
    E. Riott by Jax
23. Ember Moon
    E. Naomi by Jax
24. Beth Phoenix
    E. Phoenix by Natalya
25. Asuka
    E. Moon by Asuka
26. Mickie James
27. Nikki Bella
    E. Carmella by N.Bella
28. Brie Mode
29. Bayley
30. Trish Stratus
    E. James by Stratus
    E. Jax by N. Bella, B. Bella, Bayley, Natalya, Banks, Stratus
    E. Bayley by Banks
    E. Natalya by Stratus
    E. Status by Banks
    E. Banks by B. Bella & N. Bella
    E. B. Bella by N. Bella
    E. N. Bella by Asuka
Winner: Asuka