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Doctor Who and the Adventure of Rosa
Parks' Head Doctor Who and the Adventure of Rosa Parks' Head

To-day’s new episode of Doctor Who, “Rosa”, is the worst episode of the revived era. It might even be the worst in Doctor Who history. I certainly don’t find “The Twin Dilemma” as annoying and it made a lot more sense. But let’s take a closer look at “Rosa”.

Coming dead for Halloween from the BBC Coming dead for Halloween from the BBC

Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s award-winning anthology Inside No 9 returns in a special live (dead?) edition for Halloween on October 28th on BBC Two at 10pm – 10.30pm. That’s UK time, other territories might have to wait a bit.

New Doctor, New Desert New Doctor, New Desert

Doctor Who is now more authentically African than Black Panther: exteriors for to-day’s new episode, “Ghost Monument”, were shot in South Africa, surpassing Black Panther, which was shot in South Korea and the United States. It certainly beats a quarry and helps give this second episode of the new Doctor Who season…

Cowboys and Teddy Bears Cowboys and Teddy Bears

Indulging in some self-parody, Cowboy Bebop introduces a one-off rival for Spike named Andy, a flamboyant bounty hunter who wears the traditionally recognised accoutrements of a cowboy. Faye wryly remarks on how similar the two men actually are but the really interesting thing about this episode is in how different…

"Should be Fine" "Should be Fine"

So here it is at last, the new Doctor Who, with the Thirteenth Doctor taking the series into uncharted territory. Let naysayers say what they will, I, for one, applaud the creators of the series for setting the première in Sheffield!

Feng Shui in the Void Feng Shui in the Void

Mystic interior decorators may face their toughest challenge in the post-post-modern future solar system depicted in Cowboy Bebop. But fortunately this is a place bound together by the influence of feng shui.

The Bloody Clown of Now The Bloody Clown of Now

After several episodes where elements from the past reappear to save or enlighten the characters on Cowboy Bebop, a personification of the post modern future appears and attacks Spike. The show’s effective experiment in horror is another way to portray its fundamental thematic conflict.

That Old Drawn Magic That Old Drawn Magic

As you might’ve guessed from yesterday’s entry, the anime bug has bitten me again. I’ve been getting up earlier and I find, in addition to coffee, nothing gives me quite the necessary kick in the morning like the peppy opening theme of a new anime series. So here are a few other 2018 shows I’ve been watching lately:

No Need for Umbrellas No Need for Umbrellas

There’s a sweet, enjoyable new anime series this year called After the Rain (恋は雨上がりのように) about a teenage waitress who has a crush on her 45 year-old boss. The animation and design are average but pretty enough and the story wisely avoids operatics. It contents itself with what turns out to be a pleasant, mild story…

Life in Old Ships Yet Life in Old Ships Yet

After five episodes focusing on other crew members, Cowboy Bebop gets back to an episode built more around Spike that also the reveals more about his ship, the Swordfish. Some exciting and amusing space battles take place and once again an artefact from Earth’s past plays a major role.

Getting the Doctor's Leadworth Getting the Doctor's Leadworth

I really can’t say I’d mind ending up in the supposedly boring village featured in the 2010 Doctor Who episode “Amy’s Choice”. Filmed in a village called Skenfrith in Wales, plenty of beautiful location shots sell the place marvellously, albeit under the fictional name of Upper Leadworth. Watching it again, I was…

The Re-connexion of Faye The Re-connexion of Faye

An episode of Cowboy Bebop where many would say very little actually happens—no action sequences, murders, bounties, or scores settled—turns out to be one of the more crucial episodes of the series. The loop is finally closed between the past and the present with the former reasserting itself, making it clear that,…

False Illumination False Illumination

I remember seeing a lot of people wearing Rose Tyler’s outfit from “The Idiot’s Lantern” at Comic Con. A Tenth Doctor Doctor Who episode written by Mark Gatiss, it’d be hard to understand why young women would choose a costume that could really be a generic 50s outfit if you haven’t seen the episode or were generally…

Edward the Indestructible Edward the Indestructible

Whatever the world or solar system comes to, folks still gotta eat. This is a chronic problem for the characters on Cowboy Bebop but for one member of the crew its questionable how truly crucial it is.

The Black Dog's Second Tale The Black Dog's Second Tale

The protagonists of Cowboy Bebop are bounty hunters, a profession popular among writers of Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Westerns because it represents a blurred line between law enforcement and crime. For Cowboy Bebop, it also provides another way to explore its overall preoccupation with a changing world.

The Many Talons The Many Talons

There are a lot of reasons The Talons of Weng-Chiang is one of the best Doctor Who stories in the series’ history. Despite some cheesy yellow-face on a white actor and the even cheesier giant rat costumes, this combination of Fu Manchu, Phantom of the Opera, and The Time Machine creates a world all its own. In a…

Directing the Course of a Valentine Directing the Course of a Valentine

One of my favourite episodes of Cowboy Bebop finally gives a backstory to Faye that’s surprising but also, in quite a few ways, very much in line with what previous episodes had given us.

How does Adam Strange stand up on Krypton? How does Adam Strange stand up on Krypton?

Watching episode three of DC prequel show Krypton on E4 where Adam Strange and Seg are discussing one of Braniac’s probes with Grandpa El Hologram. A niggling thought scratches at the back of my mind.

A Game for Young and Old and Very Old A Game for Young and Old and Very Old

After being sidelined for a couple episodes, Edward takes a central role in the fourteenth episode of Cowboy Bebop. It’s the first of several episodes where some specific element from the distant past exerts strange and surprising influence on the present; in this case, chess.

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