Doctor Who : Smith and Jones

April 23, 2014 in Dr Who by Firebird

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A young woman (Martha) walks down a busy street fielding calls from her family when a strange man walks up to her and takes off his tie. She’s puzzled but continues to the hospital where she works. Next we see her among a group of medical students doing the rounds talking to an old lady and then a Mr Smith who she is asked to assess. She thinks he’s the man who took his tie off at her earlier but he denies it and suggests that she check with the nurses, he’s been here since yesterday. She listens to his heart and gets a surprise, Mr Smith winks at her and she says nothing, suspecting that it’s some kind of a joke.

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The Consultant (Mr Stoker) gets a static shock from the patient’s notes and others say that they’ve had the same thing happen today. He says it’s because a thunder storm is coming in, and it’s Mr Smith who answers his question about who demonstrated it, but when he continues to say what a day it was and how he got soaked and electrocuted as it he had been there himself the Stoker mutters to one of the students that a visit from psychiatric might be needed.

Next Martha is on the phone to her sister again and while it’s dry where she is t’s pouring with rain at the hospital, only her sister is just around the corner. Turning it she sees a black storm cloud over the hospital and nowhere else.

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More than that, the rain is going up not down. There’s a massive flash of lightning, a thunder clap and the whole hospital shakes. When they get up it’s dark outside, but it’s not night, they are on the moon. The whole hospital is on the moon. People start to panic.

Martha is calm and decides to open a window reasoning that it’s hardly airtight so something else is stopping all the air being sucked out. Behind her Mr Smith, now dressed, is impressed and suggests that they go outside to check it out.

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The Doctor finally introduces himself, causing some confusion to student doctor Martha. He quickly establishes that they are inside a forcefield and unfortunately that means that the hospital has a limited air supply. Just then three enormous space ships arrive.

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Masses of armoured figures disembark and start to march towards the hospital. Jadoon the Doctor calls them. Meanwhile the old lady, Mrs Finnegan, goes into Stoker’s office, she wants something, his blood.

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The Jadoon march into the hospital and people scatter in panic. They start scanning everyone and drawing an X on their hands once they have been categorised as human.

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Up stairs on a balcony the Doctor explains to Martha that the Jadoon sort of galactic police who have brought the hospital to the moon as it’s neutral territory, they have no jurisdiction on Earth. If they’re looking for someone non-human that’s bad news for the Doctor. Martha thinks he’s kidding.

As they work around the hospital one patient panics and hits a Jadoon. He is immediately charged with assault, found guilty and executed on the spot.

The Doctor looks through the hospital’s records trying to find whoever it is that the Jadoon are looking for. Unfortunately while he’s looking the Jadoon wipe the system.

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Martha goes to see if Mr Stoker can help but walks in on Finnegan drinking blood from his corpse. She turns and runs, with Finnegan’s henchman in pursuit, and bumps into the Doctor. They sprint together along corridors until they get to the X-Ray department where the Doctor quickly modifies one of the machines and turns it on one of the henchmen ‘killing’ it. He then does a very odd little dance to collect the radiation he’s absorbed into his left shoe, which he then throws into a waste bin. Martha watches all this and then declares him to be completely mad.

But not to be distracted she tells him about Mrs Finnegan. The Doctor wonders why she’d be taking a snack now but then works out that she was assimilating the blood so that she’d be able to fool the Jadoon scan and appear human.

In another corridor Finnegan’s plan has worked, she scans as human and gets the cross on her hand. The Doctor on the other hand scans as non-human and they’re off and running again. They go to Stoker’s office but Finnegan isn’t there, just the Consultant’s pale, drained body. But what is Finnegan’s plan, she can pass as human but if the Jadoon don’t find what they’re looking for they’ll just execute everyone in the hospital, she must have some plan to escape. Then he notices a sign saying MRI. A group of Jadoon burst into the other end of the corridor and, first apologising and telling her that it means nothing, the Doctor kisses Martha. Then he leaves her to buy him some time and runs off.

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In the MRI department Finnegan is tinkering. The Doctor walks in and plays dumb and starts nattering on about space rhinos. Finnegan falls for his act and tells him that the machine will send out a pulse that will fry the brain-stems of every living thing in 250,000 miles (including the half of the Earth facing the Moon) except her. With everyone dead she’ll be able to take one of the Jadoon ships and make her escape. The Doctor tells her that the Jadoon are going to increase their scans up to level 2 and she decides that she will have to assimilate again.

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While all this is going on Martha is scanned and comes up as human but with non-human traces. She follows the Jadoon into the MRI department where they find Finnegan, confident that she’ll pass as human, and the Doctor lying dead. Martha realises what’s happened and grabs one of the scanners. Finnegan is non-human. Before they execute her she sets the MRI to overload. The Jadoon are not interested, their case is closed and they leave.

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Martha’s only hope is to resuscitate the Doctor which she does before the dropping oxygen levels cause her to collapse. He pulls the plug on the machine and then carries her back to the ward. Suddenly it starts to rain outside, the Jadoon return the hospital to Earth, just where they took it from.

Martha’s sister finds her and she sees the Doctor walking away.

That night the planned family party ends in the expected fight between Martha’s parents and his girlfriend. The Doctor watches from a nearby corner and Martha walks over to investigate. Down a back alley the TARDIS is parked. The Doctor invites her to go for a little trip but she says she doesn’t have the time. He tells her that’s no problem, he can travel in time, which she refuses to believe, so he proves it.

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But it’s just one trip to say thank you.

Star Trek : The Paradise Syndrome

April 21, 2014 in Guest Blogs, Star Trek by GuestBlogs

A Guest blog by Mindless-Droid

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This week’s classic Star trek episode is The Paradise Syndrome. You can watch the original episode here. The Enterprise is assigned to deflect an asteroid that is on a collision course with a planet. En route to the deflection point the ship stops at the planet for a quick survey mission. While on the planet Kirk Spock and McCoy discover an alien obelisk and the inhabitance resembling American Indians. Kirk before beaming up wants one more look at the obelisk and heads to the obelisk while Spock and McCoy stay near the native village. Kirk accidently gets trapped inside the obelisk and has his memory wiped by an electric discharge. The crew search for Kirk unable to find him they must leave in order to reach the deflection point in time.

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Kirk emerges from the obelisk and is mistaken for a god by the native people after reviving a boy with CPR who had drown in the lake by accident although Kirk vaguely remembers that the CPR he used to revive the boy is an old technique. Meanwhile on the Enterprise the ship has reached the deflection point but due to the delay on the planet the engines were pushed to the limit and as the deflector beam is activated the engines loose power and the attempt is unsuccessful. Spock orders a retreat until they can regain power and use the phasers to destroy the asteroid.

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On the planet Salish the medicine man who tends the obelisk but whose father died before telling him the secret doubts Kirk is a god sent to help them and the priestess Miramanee who was to marry Salish must now marry Kirk as he is now deemed the medicine man. Miramanee tells Kirk of the joining ritual and at first Kirk is confused but then tells Miramanee that he has never been happier and agrees. Miramanee decides the joining will take place the next day.

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Back on the ship the attempt to destroy the asteroid with the phasers fail and further damages the engines making it impossible to use the warp drive. Spock orders the Enterprise back to the planet which will take two months at sub light speed. In a calculated risk Spock theorizes that the obelisk may be an asteroid deflector and that the key is to decipher the symbols that he recorded before they reach the planet. McCoy is concerned as Spock spends most of the journey working to decipher the symbols and orders him to rest. Spock while playing his Vulcan harp realizes that the symbols are musical tones and the right tones will open the Obelisk.

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Kirk is attacked by Salish who wounds Kirk and doubts him further as a god would not bleed. In the fight Kirk gains the upper hand on Salish but leaves him. Salish tells Kirk that he will not rest till he proves Kirk is no god. Miramanee and Kirk are joined and spend many happy days together except for dreams that haunt Kirk from his past life. Miramanee tells Kirk that they will have a baby. Just then a storm (the asteroid) approaches and the chief asks Kirk to go to the temple to make the blue flame come out and save them. Kirk does not know how to open the Obelisk proving to Salish that he is not a god and they proceed to stone him as a false god. Miramanee who has rushed to Kirk’s side is also stoned.

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Spock and McCoy arrive and the villagers run off they tend to kirk and Miramanee with nurse Chapel’s help. Spock using the Vulcan mind meld helps Kirk regain his memory and they gain access to the Obelisk. Spock figures out the controls and deflects the asteroid. Unfortunately Miramanee succumbs to her injuries as Kirk holds her.

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Not one of my favorite episodes. If the Preservers planted the inhabitants on the planet many years ago why are they still the same level of advancement. I’m also not much of a fan of romantic sub plots, but I did like the part about Kirk having dreams of his past haunting him. I also liked the scenes on the Enterprise as they tried to deflect and destroy the asteroid. I liked how they showed the vastness of space when the warp drive was disabled as the journey back to the planet took months without it but only hours with it. I always wondered why stop at the planet when you only have a half hour to get under way? Why not go deflect the asteroid then come back to study the planet. The other thing was I thought they should have made the asteroid threat more significant if an obelisk had to be built to deflect asteroids and it seemed that it wasn’t a rare event they should have mentioned that maybe the planet was near an asteroid belt or something.

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I liked the interaction between McCoy and Spock as McCoy showed his concern for Spock’s health under the strain of command. The concept of the Preservers was also interesting and a way to explain how human and humanoids could be spread across the galaxy along with Hodgkin’s law of parallel planet development.

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Some quick thoughts.

Why does the Obelisk buttons make the same sound as the Enterprise’s?

When they had to leave to make the deflection point why not leave a search party behind and did Spock really need the rocks to explain the situation to McCoy?

Why is there a memory beam installed on a defector beam control panel?

Do Starships really have bearings?

The most important thing on the planet is the obelisk and only one person is allowed to know how to use it.

What if an asteroid approached toward the southern hemisphere?

Once again this week no red shirts were harmed in the making of this episode.

Doctor Who Monsters A-Z : Pyrovile

April 20, 2014 in Dr Who, Guest Blogs by GuestBlogs

A Guest blog by Hevy782

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The Pyrovile are a race of volcanic giants made out of stone and living magma. They come from the lost planet of Pyrovilia, which we later learn was taken from its current point in time and space by the Daleks. With their planet gone they went out to find a new one and choose the planet Earth and sought to harness the volcanic power of Vesuvius in ancient Pompeii so that they can transform the human race into a new race of Pyroviles. However, the Earth was not right for their species in its current state, so they planned to use Vesuvius’s volcanic power to boil away the oceans and make it like their original home planet. The Pyroviles themselves can breath fire and survive in great temperatures but they are not without weakness. They can be defeated by water and it turns them into solid stone and they crumble to death.

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Farscape: Look at the Princess Part III: The Maltese Crichton

April 19, 2014 in Farscape by Firebird

Now married, Crichton and Katralla are frozen into living statues so that they may watch over the presiding governments of the next eighty cycles. Immediately, Clavor and the Scarran emissary Cargn attempt another assassination. Jenavian Charto again comes to the rescue, and she and the restored Crichton escape into the barren lands. Unfortunately for D’Argo, Chiana and Rygel, Empress Novia threatens the execution of every off-worlder on the planet if Crichton is not found. When finding John becomes a life and death matter, D’Argo turns to someone equally desperate to locate the astronaut: Crichton’s enemy, Scorpius.

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Sapphire and Steel : Assignment 2

April 17, 2014 in Cult TV, Guest Blogs by GuestBlogs

A Guest blog by Hevy782

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The second assignment of Sapphire and Steel is both longest and notoriously the scariest of all the stories. This story was again written by P J Hammond, who also envisioned and created the series, and it is eight parts long. Again, keeping to the same formula of small sets and minimal casts, its hard to believe that it’s able to sustain itself for eight parts but it does so surprisingly well. While there are moments which feel quite padded out it still manages to keep itself going and there are times where it flies by surprisingly quickly.

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Doctor Who : Runaway Bride

April 16, 2014 in Dr Who by Firebird

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A Wedding. A nice big church, the wedding march plays and the bride walks up the aisle until a golden light surrounds her and she vanishes in a cloud of glowing dust that rises to the ceiling and passes through. The TARDIS is spinning through space and the bride materialises inside. Both she and the Doctor are very confused.

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Orphan Black Season 1 Review

April 15, 2014 in Guest Blogs by GuestBlogs

A Guest blog by Zuma

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I’m going to split this review into two sections; a spoiler free section and one where I go full spoilers.

SPOILER SAFE ZONE

Orphan Black is a relatively new show with just one season having aired so far and a second season set to start on April 19th on BBC America.

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Star Trek : The Enterprise Incident

April 14, 2014 in Guest Blogs, Star Trek by GuestBlogs

A Guest blog by Mindless-Droid

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This week’s classic Star Trek episode is The Enterprise Incident. You can watch the original version here. Captain Kirk who has been acting out of sorts for several days orders the Enterprise into the Romulan neutral zone. The Enterprise is quickly surrounded by the Romulans who are now using Klingon ships. After a short standoff Kirk and Spock agree to transport to the Romulan flagship for negotiations. Once on board the ship Kirk claims that instrument failure lead to the Enterprise’s encroachment into the neutral zone. Spock however blames the captain and appears to be changing sides. Kirk is infuriated and is quickly lead away to a security cell where he injures himself trying to get through the force field. Meanwhile Spock and he Romulan commander who is very interested in Spock and the possibility of him coming over to the Romulan side. She begins to try to convince Spock it is the right choice.

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Doctor Who Monsters A-Z : Omega

April 13, 2014 in Dr Who, Guest Blogs by GuestBlogs

A Guest blog by Hevy782

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Omega was a stellar engineer who once sat on the high council of Gallifrey and is as revered in legend as Rassilon himself, both of whom are seen as two of the founding members of Time Lord society. To customise stars, he created the Hand of Omega, a remote stellar manipulator. With this he performed adjustments on a star near Gallifrey in an attempt to create a power source to for time travel when the star collapsed into a black hole Omega was thought lost in the resulting super nova. His people had their power source and went on to become Time Lords but he was lost in the dimension of antimatter and became angry and bitter at being abandoned. He created a world for himself inside the black hole through the power of mind over antimatter but it was still not enough and eventually found a way to break through into our universe and exact his revenge.

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Farscape: Look at the Princess Part II: I Do, I Think

April 12, 2014 in Farscape by Firebird

Agents working for Prince Clavor try to assassinate Crichton, but their efforts are thwarted by Clavor’s fiancee, Jenavian Charto. She turns out to be a secret Peacekeeper Operative on a mission to stop Clavor from taking the throne and making a deal with the Scarrans. Crichton goes into hiding, assisted by the Royal retainer, Ro-Na. Meanwhile, Zhaan, Moya and Pilot meet the ‘Builder’ Kahaynu, one of the Leviathan creators. Angry over the birth of the gunship Talyn, Kahaynu orders nothing less than the immediate death of Moya.

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