Vlog 04.30.2011 – In The Beginning …

Through thick and thin, there are three multimedia sci-fi franchises that will always garner a look-see from me, three never-ending sagas I’ll always be curious about whenever they rise again. This week I look inward and try and explain exactly why these three, echoing out from my earliest days, still speak to me on some level. If you know me at all (or check the tags for this post) you know what three they are. You might even be able to guess why they still fascinate me so. Regardless, give it a look and let me know what you think.

Did this week’s video in 4:3 because I wasn’t too keen on cutting the top of my own head off again. Trimmed a few digressions here and there, but I still clocked in at a hair over twenty minutes. If everything goes according to plan, next week’s will be much shorter, albeit similarly self-indulgent. Should still be interesting for fellow Robotech fans, though.

In other news, I got caught up with the X-Men anime this week and thought this particular shot of Cyclops from episode four was amusing.

This just isn't turning out to be Scott's day.

Second part of the first Doctor Who story of the season airs today and, same as last week, I’ll have some thoughts on it up here on Sunday. I’m going to try and craft those thoughts into a more coherent shape this week, as I wasn’t too keen on the rambling ramshackle form of the first “Eleven For Eleven.” We’ll see how THAT goes. And of course, the week ahead will bring another five days of Robotech, as Minmei’s movie premieres, Zentraedi soldiers take to the streets of Macross City once more, and the first steps are made towards peace between man and alien.

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Doctor Who, Eleven For Eleven: The Impossible Astronaut

“I’ve been running faster than I’ve ever run, and I’ve been running my whole life. Now it’s time for me to stop.”

If there’s one thing modern-day Doctor Who has generally stuck the landing on, it’s entrances. Oh, sure, series 2’s “New Earth” was a bit underwhelming and introduced us to Insufferable Ten And Rose, but series premiere “Rose” was a careful yet confident reintroduction to the title character and his time-traveling blue box, “Smith and Jones” had the audacious sight of rhino policemen on the moon hunting a space vampire, “Partners in Crime” had the wonderfully farcical criss-crossing of the Doctor and Donna as they investigated the same mystery, and “The Eleventh Hour” was just out-and-out brilliant, magical, and a joy from start to finish. “The Impossible Astronaut” follows in that tradition and takes the clever, time-hopping, mind-bending style showrunner Steven Moffat and company adopted for their first season and kicks everything up a notch, starting things off with a bang and a mystery. Continue reading