Since I was a teenager, I have been telling stories for the fun of it through film, video, audio drama, and more. Check out many of those projects here, or read on for comments on other stories or items that catch my interest.
As an avowed Doctor Who fan, I have been making a point of watching episodes from the new season as promptly as is convenient. But as a bit of a lazy blogger who has been super busy at work and with visiting family, and also kind of sick, I haven’t been writing about each episode. But I just finished The Caretaker, which is the 6th episode of the season, and I thought I’d just jot down a few thoughts about the season so far.
I already wrote fully about the opening installment, Deep Breath. You can go and read about the whole thing but the short story is that while I really liked the new Doctor-Clara dynamic, and overall enjoy both lead performances, I wasn’t too impressed with the episode itself. I think the Vastra-Jenny-Strax thing is long past its prime, and the “climactic” battle scene between them and the murderous androids is possibly one of the silliest and least believably directed sequences I have ever scene in modern Doctor Who.
So, with that opening, I was a bit nervous about what we’d find in the subsequent episodes. And now, five weeks later, what’s the verdict? Well, as is inevitable, it’s a bit hit and miss, but with the hits coming more and more frequently. Read more…
Or at least, I hope so.
The Plot: Sometime in the future, humanity decides that the world will be a better place if there are only five types of people in it
- cerebral, brainy types
- flower-power hippie gardeners
- out of control, extreme sport loving hooligans…with guns
- self-denying do-gooders
- people who think it’s their job to say whatever they want to people, no matter how annoying.
I hate vampire stories.
I think it’s because of the way they often symbolize dark temptation toward a life lived without restraint, indulging in hedonistic sensuality, which is so often treated positively or at least appealingly, and yet so in opposition to my values. They are often portrayed as part of some sort of secret underground society which regular people are pretty helpless to contend with – so there’s often no chance but to just avoid being part of their wicked games. It’s that hopelessness which I despise, and the cruelty that often comes with it, as well as the glorification of evil and self-indulgence that comes with such fiction, and the way that those things related to real people and problems in our world. Read more…
I’ve only recently returned from a trip to New York, which meant that I’ve been spending time with my parents, visiting friends, stomping around the old stomping grounds (always stomping this way and that, waking up the neighbors with all that noisy stomping) and of course…
Going through my old comic collection that my parents have generously not tossed into the trash. Read more…
Chase your dreams. Pursue your passion. Get off your chair, out of your rut, out of your comfort zone and start doing something that will really make you happy. Move beyond your limited, routine existence, and be extraordinary. Not just a little happy, but really happy.
This is the message I’d been seeing all over the place a while ago – commercials on TV, filmmaking teaching videos on Vimeo, and more, I’m sure. Images of people dancing, playing basketball, and playing the drums in the middle of a field are all telling me to do what I love!
A worthy message, for sure. It’s just a matter of figuring out what I love. Read more…
There is a lot to like in Season Five of Next Generation, including some of the series’ very best episodes. At the same time, you can sense that we’re moving past the show’s “golden age”. With the Klingon Civil War plot coming to an end, and the Borg in the background for the moment, there’s no real sense of a forward-moving storyline. Read more…