The Flash, Doctor Who and Constantine

Doctor Who

So I’ve been enjoying both The Flash and Constantine. Both very different shows from each other but good in their own way.

The Flash is great for family watching. I love a show you can watch with the family without worrying about appropriateness. Unfortunately I missed the first episode and sometimes the writing is a bit dicy but overall it is a good show. The writing seems to have settled down as the season progressed and honestly I’ve been enjoying it.

Doctor Who: Doctor, Doctor, Doctor; what has happened to you? I love Peter Capaldi as the doctor. I even loved Missy as The Master. What I don’t love is the way each episode has seemed to make promises it cannot or will not keep. Because of this every episode seems to end with a bit of a let down, as if the entire thing was a giant tease. That being said, still one of the best shows on television. In my opinion kill the Moon is far and away the best episode of season 8 with Death in Heaven second.

Constantine is horrible. I don’t mean it’s a horribly done show or poorly written or poorly acted just that horrible things happen to people in the episodes and the antagonists are fairly awful monsters too. This stands to reason since the premise of the show is that of a man whose soul has already been damned to hell who fights demons. This show is quite enjoyable to watch but I would not consider it appropriate for younger people. Thankfully it airs late on Friday night after prime time which seems to be the network’s big clue that it’s not considered wholesome family fare.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who

Rose City Comic Con #Mothra #Cosplay Debut #RCCC #Godzilla

Cosplay Newt meets Cosplay Mothra--Squeeing happens

Today is the first day of the Rose City Comic Con. As was my goal and plan I debuted the Mothra cosplay today. The hat is sturdy and the band nearly invisible once it was under my hair. The wings were a bit warm but very wearable.

We started off the day with the Kaijucast Godzilla VS. Everything panel. It was the best panel discussion I’ve ever been in. They showed clips from Godzilla movies for a whole hour. They also related trivia and lore about the filming of the movies and the actors. It was delightful. If you love all things Kaiju you should really wander on over to

the fine people who host Kaijucast, a monthly podcast about Godzilla and other Kaiju, were the one’s to turn me on to Daimajin which is a fantastic old trilogy about a kaiju that is based in myth. This year they were talking up the 1990’s Gamera, or as I like to call them, the good Gamera movies. Look for a picture of Mothra on their website at the end of the day today. I visited their booth (B5) at the con and had a lovely chat with them after the panel discussion. Also check out this fabulous Newt cosplay from Pacific Rim, totally squeeing over Mothra (totes in character if you ask me).

Cosplay Newt meets Cosplay Mothra

Cosplay Newt meets Cosplay Mothra

The cosplay today was amazing. I saw my first Yzma and Kronk from Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove. That’s a completely underrated movie if you ask me. This cosplay is fantastic too.

Yzma and Kronk

Yzma and Kronk

With Guardians of the Galaxy being so popular and the most recent Marvel offering I was expecting to see a plethora of Star-Lords and other characters. I only counted 2 Star-Lords, 2 Ronins and the cutest Groot you could want to see.

Dancing Groot

Dancing Groot

Star-Lord and Ronin set aside their differences fora photo shoot.

Star-Lord and Ronin set aside their differences fora photo shoot.

If you follow this blog you will, of course, already know that I consider the cosplayers to be easily half of the attraction of a con. I love to see how creative people are and I love to see the cosplay and the cosplayers enjoying displaying their efforts and talent. So without further adieu here are a bunch of pictures of cosplay from today at the RCCC:

The family that cosplays together stays together.

The family that cosplays together stays together.

Midna gets a glimpse of her future with cursed Midna

Midna gets a glimpse of her future with cursed Midna

Sasha of Cherno Alpha along with Newt and Gottlieb.

Sasha of Cherno Alpha along with Newt and Gottlieb.

The Joker

The Joker

Last but not least, you may be wondering how people reacted to the Mothra cosplay I wore. Well it’s a fairly obscure character so not a lot of people realized who I was. One guy even thought I was some kind of Pokemon (really?). The people who got it though were really excited about it. Their eyes would get wide and their faces would light up and then they would tell me how much they love Godzilla and Mothra. It was fantastic. I loved hearing their stories and I really am happy that my cosplay could make some other people so happy too. It was delightful. And yes I bought the soundtrack for the Godzilla movies and played the Mothra song periodically. (Totally stuck in my head right now too, thank you very much). With the theme song people seemed better able to recognize the character.

I will say that the folks of the Godzilla vs. Everything panel did have me stand up and show their audience before the discussion started and they sang the theme song for me. One gentleman stopped me as I walked across the lobby, “Mothra! Can I take your picture?” Of course and I was delighted to show the wings too. All in all, despite the relatively low number of people recognizing the character, I would say it was quite a success. I’ll be back tomorrow for the second day of the con and I’ll be Mothra again. K.

Mosura

Mosura

Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor

Day of The Doctor courtesy BBCAmerica

Day of The Doctor courtesy BBCAmerica

Day of The Doctor courtesy BBCAmerica

Well as I’m sure you know, since the interwebz is all agog about it and has been for at least 6 months, today is the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Very few television shows have moved me the way Doctor Who has. When I watched The Name of The Doctor, when it first aired some months ago, I turned off the television when it was over because I was done with the TV for the rest of the day. There was nothing that could compete with what I had just seen. That’s how much it impacted me, how much it moved me. Today BBC America brilliantly ran that episode right before the Day of The Doctor, heightening the impact and I had goosebumps for the last quarter of the show. It was incredible.

My only quibble is that by showing the 20 minutes of blathering between the end of The Name of The Doctor and the Day of The Doctor they lessened the emotion they had so painstakingly created. Showing the Day of The Doctor commercial free was brilliant though.

I’m a bit of a newcomer to Doctor Who. My first Doctor is Matt Smith and the very first episode I ever saw was The Beast Below. That’s how new I am to this whole phenomena. I love all of the different doctors, I love the rich history of the show and I love how true it stays to its science fiction roots. I truly enjoyed seeing the different doctors in The Day of The Doctor. Another nice touch I thought was including all of the very most favorite doctors, Tennant, Baker, Eccleston, Smith. Everyone has their favorites but when I talk to Doctor Who fans those four seem to top the list. I think each doctor has his own charm and I like them all, although I must confess that as my first doctor Matt Smith has a special Doctor Who place in my heart. As much as I adore Matt Smith, I am sure I will also like the new doctor: Peter Capaldi. I enjoyed the forgotten Doctor: John Hur. To have a lost or missing doctor in a story spanning 50 years of our time and who knows how long story time just added to the depth of the legend.

I look forward to the Christmas special, despite knowing that Matt Smith will turn over the mantle of Doctor. K.

Peter Capaldi is The New Doctor

The BBC co, Doctor Who Caption

The BBC co, Doctor Who Caption

The BBC co, Doctor Who Caption

That’s right, Peter Capaldi is the twelfth Doctor. Steven Moffat said he is unlike Matt Smith and that is the right direction to go. Each doctor must be distinct and so far they have managed that feat.

Matt Smith will always be My Doctor. Thank you Matt Smith for introducing me to the fantastic universe of Doctor Who. Thank you for being that Mad Man With A Box. I will miss you terribly.

News BBC Co Doctor Who

News BBC Co Doctor Who

Welcome Peter Capaldi.

Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Name of The Doctor and War In Flesh

MV5BMTcyMDkwNzIwOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDU4ODUzOQ@@._V1._CR0,0,1382,1382_SS100_Ok I post my updates here and over at M31 Publishing, usually a bit of an extended post over there. No sooner had I pushed the “publish” or in FB’s case “post” button yesterday than inspiration struck and struck hard.

I had so many ideas, and of course very little time because I was going to see Star Trek: Into Darkness, that I sat typing away for just under the hour I had to me. I reworked my outline to include ideas and roughed out three conversations I want my characters to have. I am so excited and pleased about what I got done for War In Flesh yesterday.

I’m also starting to think about cover art. This cover will be more steampunk I think than In The Flesh was but I’m wanting to commission the same artist that I got for In The Flesh. I love the work. I’m not going to do it until I’m really certain what I want for the cover and I have to write the description so that the picture comes out the way I envision it.

Minor Spoilers ahead

As for Star Trek: Into Darkness. I loved it. JJ Abrams did a masterful job with everything. Because this is an alternate timeline there are a lot of things that are familiar while still being new and unexpected. Honestly I half expected Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) to be a dark hero this time around, especially with Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) turning out to be a treasonous warmonger.

This cast is reprising the roles we know and love and they are doing such a good job of it that they are winning me over. I admit I was skeptical. I didn’t believe Star Trek: The Next Generation could re-capture the magic of Star Trek: The Original Series and while they didn’t exactly what they did was good and I liked it but what JJ Abrams has done with this alternate time-line reboot is not just capture the characters I love, but improved upon them.

I say improved because when the first Star Trek was created, they didn’t know what they had. They set up the dynamics in a traditional television show way with a lead actor, a supporting actor and a cast of other actors to fill out the crew. There was a hierarchy that they tried to keep to but we know now that what they actually created, and probably Roddenberry envisioned was an ensamble. Now, knowing that they have gone into it with that egalitarian view towards the characters.

The result is a stronger Star Trek that stays true to the original spirit and gives what might be considered the secondary characters, equal footing and screen time in many cases with the main characters. Uhura, Scotty, Sulu and Chekov are fan favorites who have their own important sub-plots and some excellent lines. Scotty just about steals the show and Uhura too. Of course the real contender for stealing the show is Khan but with a talent like Benedict Cumberbatch that is almost to be expected.

There were so many things I loved about this movie that I can’t possibly discuss them all here. I couldn’t even touch on them all in the review I did for The Geek Girl Project. There was a lot for old school Trekkers to enjoy and some inside jokes too, along with new twists on old Trek moments. There were things I expected and things I didn’t know what to expect. They had Dr. Carol Marcus but Dr McCoy made a serious play for her. Were they going to use the Genesis Device? They were out in a remote area with a small lifeless planet.

But I loved it and I believe most Trek fans will too, as well as people discovering Star Trek for the first time. Just try not to let your expectations ruin it for you.

I’m watching the final episode of Doctor Who for the season right now, The Name Of The Doctor and without giving anything away I got goosebumps watching the intro. Wow. What a gorgeous way to start the episode. Whoa, River Song. This is amazing. Watch it if you haven’t. I just turned off the television. Nothing can follow that.

Writer’s Block, Doctor Who Crimson Horror and DWTS

I allowed myself to do some writing just for fun today and that broke through the writer’s block I’ve been struggling with lately. Writing had become a chore and not a labor of love. The fun writing I did reminded me of how much I do love to write. For War In Flesh I realized I was doing too much with a certain group of characters and skipped to another group and that helped too.

Then it was on to Google Earth for some geographic research. That’s always fun. I get distracted from my research by cool places and cool architecture. Drafur is one of my favorite places to look at and there are some places in the Andes mountains that are amazing.

Then I watched last weeks Doctor Who, which was really one of the better one’s since the break. *warning! Spoilers* Who doesn’t love Vastra, Jenny and Strax; especially Strax. I have yet to see an episode where Strax has a role in which he doesn’t wholly steal the show and this was no exception. Although Jenny really showed some surprising spunk and I do like her. The black bodysuit and hand-to-hand combat skills were a pleasant surprise. With an episode title like The Crimson Horror I expected more of a reference to Edgar Allen Poe, don’t ask me why; I just did.

Anyway I also watched Dancing With The Stars. I record all of my favorite shows so I tend to watch them at odd times. I wish everyone left could win the mirrorball trophy. I really want to see Zendaya win. I want Kellie to win too and Jacoby is just adorable. Did Len Goodman loose his mind or was I seeing things? He was so generous all night and then that breathtaking dance by Kellie and he just flipped his lid. Tom was funny with his, “I don’t know you anymore,” comment. And then Len was back to himself. Whoa.

I’ve picked a few names for Second Chances too. I need to select a few more to go with characters I have in mind. The names have to suit the characters, which makes it difficult to choose sometimes. Oh who am I kidding,? Choosing names is always difficult. K.

Portland Comic Con Saturday Impressions

My impressions of the Portland Comic Con from Saturday: Wow there were some amazing cosplayers with some amazing costumes both homemade and store bought. I’m going to start with my personal choice for the best costumes of the day then tell you who all I saw (character wise). My choice for best costumes go to a mother and her two children, a boy around 10 and a girl around 8 near as I could tell. They were, from youngest to oldest: Princess Jasmine, The Doctor (Matt Smith’s doctor) and River Song. Every time I saw them it warmed my heart. Parenting, you’re doing it right.

Also represented were: A Dragon under construction, Phoenix, Wolverine, Storm, She Hulk, Rorshach, The Invisible Man, Mass Effect and any number of other assorted space marines, Vampirella, a variety of Lokis, Thor, Spiderman (several, including one in the black Spiderman costume who really should not have gone commando), several Captain Americas (including one who looked absolutely delicious), a couple of Poison Iveys, some Harley Quinns, three or four Wonder Women, Batman, Batgirl, old school and new school catwomen, Zombie Trekkers, Cinderellas of all ages, Princess Aurora, Belle, Link, Goku, Sonic, Galactus, Assorted elves, Green Lantern, quite a few Doctors (Smith and Tennant), Strawberry Shortcake (PG rated), a handful of awesome anime characters that sadly I could not identify, and a lot of others I either couldn’t identify or can’t remember right now.

I actually felt too normal at the convention but I love seeing all of the costumes people make. I love seeing people dressed up and having a good time. It was mobbed. There were so many people in there I couldn’t even get to some of the tables. The river of humanity swept me right past Henry Winkler signing autographs. But everyone was as polite as could be given the press of humanity. Some very kind gentlemen actually got up and offered myself and my companions their seats when we got a bite to eat.

We’re going back today. Brent Spiner is going to be there and I expect to see a lot more Trekkers out.

I think for the Emerald City Comic Con I’ll look into making a nice Steam Punk costume to wear.