Monthly Archives: October 2015

Carlos, Rey Emperador: Episode 8 Review

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What would you do if you were taken prisoner and wanted desperately to get your captor to speak to you? I’ll tell you what I wouldn’t do: I wouldn’t poison myself! Effective as it is, it seems like a risky bet that could get you killed. Isn’t it easier to just ask nicely? Continue reading

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Doctor Who 9×06 Review: The Woman Who Lived

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I wish Maisie Williams were the Doctor’s companion. Wasn’t she superb in this episode? The chemistry between her and Peter Capaldi was superb, much better than that between him and Jenna Coleman these days -which I guess it is something they are forcing now that she is leaving the show. Continue reading

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MCM Comic Con London October 2015

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MCM Comic Con London is always like an insane traffic jam full of people in costumes. Luckily, last edition back in May fixed this and the stalls were pretty well organised, separating the Manga from the comics and the TV/Film sections. But if I have one complaint about this fall edition,

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Carlos, Rey Emperador: Episode 7 Review

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Being a nice, modest person doesn’t pay off. One minute you are suggesting changes to save money and spend it on better things, like helping the poor and such, and the next one you are lying on the floor dead because a Medici has poisoned your wine. Nice Popes didn’t last long in the 16th century: Francis I would have been killed within the first week. Continue reading

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Carlos, Rey Emperador: Episode 6 Review

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When I was 16, I got very sick because I drank from someone else’s cup and it developed into a liver infection. It sucked, basically, but then again, it was my own fault for not being careful enough. Ever since then, I take extremely care with the glasses I drink from, and if I do it from someone else’s, I make sure that it is someone I know well. My point is: drink only from cups and glasses that you have checked beforehand, otherwise you will end up getting poisoned and dying in the most painful way. So many people who died in this episode would have survived if they had checked the work history of their cup-bearers. Continue reading

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Doctor Who 9×04 Review: Before the Flood

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I love Doctor Who when its episodes are about paradoxes, about visiting themselves in the past and forcing themselves to change the future by doing something they told themselves to do (read: ‘Blink’, for instance). I knew the follow-up to ‘Under the Lake’ was going to go in that direction, and it did live up to its expectations. Continue reading

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Carlos, Rey Emperador: Episode 5 Review

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Imagine having to travel up and down Europe in the 16th century. It doesn’t sound very enticing, don’t you think? Carlos goes all the way up to Germany (which takes months) and then all the way again west to England. And with letters that get lost in France. All I’m saying is, let’s be thankful for the inventions of the telephone and motorized transport. Continue reading

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Classic Who Retrospective: The Romans

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When it comes to Doctor Who stories, my favourite ones are always those set in the past. There is something extremely enjoyable about the Doctor travelling to historical places, witnessing important events and sometimes even being the cause of them. Which is why I thought ‘The Romans’ was one of the best Hartnell serials so far. Continue reading

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Doctor Who 9×03 Review: Under the Lake

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Can I just start by saying that I liked ‘Under the Lake’ more than the opening two-part story of this series? It kept me over the edge of my seat the entire time, and by the time the splendid cliffhanger arrived, I hadn’t realised it had been 45 minutes already! Continue reading

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