Monday, February 5, 2018

Doctor Who: The War Machines Part 2

It’s Monday February 5, 2018… and I’m betting there are many people in the greater Philadelphia Area who did not go into work today because the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl Last Night against the New England Patriots… and even though I am not, repeat NOT, an Eagles Fan… I do feel obligated to do this….

Fly, Eagles Fly!
On The Road To Victory! (Fight! Fight! Fight!)
Fight, Eagles fight!
Score a touchdown 1, 2, 3! (1! 2! 3!)
Hit 'em low!
Hit 'em high!
And watch our Eagles fly!
Fly, Eagles Fly!
On The Road To Victory!

Okay that said, lets get to this weeks Doctor Who review, which is Part 2 of Doctor Who: The War Machines, and this episode first aired July 2, 1966 and saw the viewership total drop to 4.7 Million, keeping in trend with previous Doctor Who episodes of being up and down in terms of viewers at the time.

Under the control of WOTAN, Dodo goes to bring the Doctor to it marking the first time a companion is really directly used in a way that could harmed our favorite Time Lord. WOTAN issues orders to its other minions on who will live and die, with plans to take over first London, then Washington and Moscow. How it’s going to get control is via telephone communications, as scene in the previous episode when Dodo is called at the night club. Pretty devious and ingenious if you ask me.

Dodo finds the Doctor at the night club with Ben and Polly and tries to guide the Doctor towards some of her fellow mind-controlled minions, but Polly tags along and prevents this. At the same time Ben encounters a homeless man who plans to sleep in an empty warehouse… which is where WOTAN is having his minions begin construction of ‘war machines’ needed for its plot. Safe to say, the homeless dude doesn’t live to warn anyone.

The next day Dodo uses info about an ill-secretary to get Polly away from the Doctor and gets him to phone Professor Brett who patches the call over to WOTAN, and the plan to get him undercontrol nearly works if it isn’t for Sir Charles who gets the Doctor to a chair where the Doctor shakes off the effects and Dodo’s comment of the Doctor not receiving instructions get him to realize something is very wrong. Using a bit of hypnosis, The Doctor puts Dodo to sleep and she is taken to a country estate to rest… and this is the last we see of Dodo in Doctor Who.
This entire situation inspires Polly to go check on Professor Brett and when she arrives at the Post Office Tower, she realizes something is very wrong with how everyone is acting. At the same time, Ben comes to the Doctor looking for Polly, informing him about the homeless man that was killed and is sent to look for clues, which Ben finds in the episodes climax where he hears, sees and gets in targeting sights one of WOTAN’s War Machines.

First, let’s talk about Dodo’s final episode because let’s face it, the character is not quite herself and in the long run, this ended up being a theme for her in a few post-travels stories where she doesn’t quite remember her time with the Doctor. It’s certainly not a glamorous departure by any means and one could argue it’s when Dodo meets Ben in part 1 of the War Machines is the last time we see the real ‘Dodo’. Secondly, WOTAN’s plot is really straight forward with no messing around, it’s very logical plan to use the phone lines to take over people’s minds and to get war machines built was quickly as possible, it makes everything a race against time. Third, The War Machines themselves kind of seem like more mobile versions of the Mechonoids in terms of their size, and there is some subtle influence of the Daleks design as well. Lastly More of Ben and Polly’s personalities are established, with Polly being shown as quite kind and concerned while Ben is a bit of a smart ass who won’t hesitate helping if needed as both got some decent screen time with The Doctor.

And on that lack of a bombshell that will do it for this week, coming up in the Basement, I’ll be reviewing The Devil Lady episode 3 and next week of course I’ll review Doctor Who: The War Machines Part 3… till then, have a good one folks

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Eagles Win The Super Bowl, BlazBlue Chronophantasma

So during my Sunday night broadcast, I was keeping a casual eye on the Super Bowl which saw the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the New England Patriots, now sure I live in the greater Philadelphia area, however I am not an Eagles fan, but it was kind of neat to see a team win their first ever championship... even though the Super Bowl game itself is nothing but a glorified exhibition in the grand scheme of things. I do find it funny that the Flipboard app on my phone had an 'alert' that said the Eagles rallied to defeat the Patirots, except the Eagles were winning 99% of the time.

Now due to the technical issues with my current PC that occured on Friday night, I lost my save file for BlazBlue Continuum Shift, when reinstalling that from Steam, all of my progress was lost. Now I do consider that game completed in that I did stream every single Story Mode aspect of it, but I was working on the arcade mode part of beating it with every character.... and I wasn't in the mood to start over.... now this is the reverse of the problem I have with BlazBlue Chronophantasma, in which I want to stream all of the story mode stuff but I completed that in 2016 and I tried deleted the save files but the game just recreated my progress, so for this game it would be completing the arcade mode with every character to consider it completed.

Which brings me to something I did not realize until after my broadcast was done, in that my Boom Replays were all off by 10 seconds.... meaning I did not get any good clips from tonight. I managed to get some things but not much.

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11/14/2019 Star Trek Online

Had a great stream of Star Trek Online tonight as I tacked the entire Dyson Sphere story arc (which meant spending time in the battle zones)...