Series Issues: Doctor Who faces the Eaters of Light

Veni, vidi, vici, spoilers…

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(Source: BBC)

There’s something about Scotland and the Roman Ninth Legion that just stirs up the adventure fuel in this week’s Doctor Who. The again, The Eaters of Light could refer to the Roman Empire. Or the foolish human grownups who inspired these children to fight each other. Or the fact that any hope that the two leftover survivors from both the Ninth Legion and the young Pict warriors is gone.

The difference in ages between the Doctor and his young audience, may them be centurions or warriors, plays a role here. It’s a throwback to a different generation where age and experience were revered over pure young enthusiasm. Strangely enough it is the Doctor who lights up a fire in both horde and legion to make them face their enemy.

It didn’t really mattered who their enemy was. I mean, it’s the usual CGI concoction, but the point here is that it’s seemingly undefeatable. It takes both numbers, tactics and magic to take on.

There’s a moment in which the Doctor thinks it’s up to him to chase the monsters away forever. The fact that he’s wrong is surprising to a point. There’s no chance for the Doctor to be the one sacrificing, but the fact that it’s up to both cultures does mark a change here. The Doctor is not supposed to be the protagonist for every victory of humanity, merely its guide.

A great solid episode with a classic feel.

Highs/Lows/Kar:

  • Bill gets the best lines: “Is this what happens? You can understand what everyone in the universe is saying, everyone just sounds like children?”
  • The TARDIS’ translation matrix also makes people of different languages understand each other. Or perhaps it also works on us the viewers.
  • The sexuality talk this episode includes a nice role reversal: Times of old doesn’t always mean repressed view points.
  • Missy is officially out of the Vault and allowed to roam the TARDIS.
  • Death by Scotland. Again, Bill gets the best lines.
  • The Doctor mentions he was a second class roman citizen. A “Fires of Pompeii” reference for sure.
  • We’re closing in on the finale as we prepare for the first of two parts next week!

That will do for now.

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Things To Come: Fantasia 2017! First movie list announced!

Merciful Zeus, it’s coming!

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Montreal’s very own Fantasia Film Festival enters its 21st run in 2017 and has no intention of slowing down. The first films have been announced and holy hell I gotta hold back and remember I need sleep at some point. Nah, who needs sleep. Release the cats! Start meowing!

Villainess

VILLAINESS

Ok-Vin Kim electrifies the screen in this action thriller as the deadly assassin Sook-Hee. She’s been trained to kill since her childhood. Now she’s adopted the life of an actress in the theatre. Her other talents will be put to the test soon enough. Jung Byung-gil directs this film which already electrified the Cannes’ Film Festival. Now let’s give it a real Fantasia showing as the opening film!

Lowlife

LOWLIFE

You gotta bring the weird to Fantasia, and Ryan Prows takes us on a wild ride with a Luchador, a drug addict, an organ smuggler and an ex-con in this pitch dark black comedy / drama / crime / thriller where you’re going to be left wondering what the heck is going on.

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A DAY

Yeah I know I’ve reviewed way too many time travel movies in past years. Way too many. But why stop now? Newcomer director Cho Sun-ho brings us a tale of a famous doctor trying to save his daughter and reliving the same day over and over again. I’m hearing it’s full of unexpected twists. Can you really do anything in time travel twists that has not been done before? I have to see this one.

Gintama

GINTAMA

Hideaki Sorachi’s best-selling manga jumps to the big screen and breaks the fourth wall. Comedy, fights, blades, costumes! You had me at any of those things. Can you really excel at live action in a manga adaptation? Why else would be in Fantasia? It’s Yuichi Fukuda from HK: FORBIDDEN SUPERHERO and a known favorite of this festival.

Jojos

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE

Fantasia 2016’s Lifetime Achievement Award Takashi Miike directs this live action adaptation of Hirohiko Kitakubo’s manga. Kento Yamazaki leads a superb cast in this film also selected to continue the ball rolling on opening night! Please don’t make me choose between this one and VILLAINESS!

All this and a special screening of Luc Besson’s VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, plus a lifetime achievement award for Larry Cohen in the upcoming 2017 Fantasia Film Festival!

That will do for now.

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The Black Lodge Review: Twin Peaks builds up to Chapter 6

My log has a message for you.

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(Source: Showtime)

Okey, somehow that sounds way too creepy when I say it aloud. Rest in peace, Catherine Coulson (Margaret Lanterman / The Log Lady). Ever since she told Hawk that something was missing and it was related to his heritage, we’ve been stirred. Now that the first of clues has yielded fruit, I want Dale back more than ever. I’m looking forward to a partial reunion of the Bookhouse Boys.

(Yes, I know previously I said I couldn’t review Twin Peaks because it goes for the slow burn and I couldn’t do it justice. I’m recanting that statement based on the fact that I can’t help myself)

But Agent Cooper’s semi-lethargic state seems to go for the long run. That being said, there’s a palpable personality, a heartbeat of a hint, inside the man they call Dougie Jones, although it’s not quite him. It’s not quite Dale either. Our esteemed FBI agent is urged to wake up by MIKE (Philip Gerard, The One-Armed Man) who functions in this season as Dale’s guide from The Black Lodge. He replaces the Man From Another Place – who is now a talking tree.

(Yes, he’s the tree. I swear. Wait, I guess it could be a lying tree…)

Watching Kyle MacLachlan play someone who for all intents and purposes is mentally disabled is hard to watch. If you’ve ever known someone who suffers from that kind of ailment, it’s more sad than cringe. We get some happy moments as Dougie talks to Sonny Jim, who seems to like him more although he hardly says a word… Which makes me think Sonny Jim might have his own mountain to climb.

If you think that the murder scene in Buckhorn was nasty, prepare for a shocker. We follow Carl Rodd (Harry Dean Stanton, reprising his role as a character from Fire Walk With Me) as he goes to a park. He notices a kid and his young mother playing a game of catch that looks just a little bit off but still innocent.

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(Source: Showtime)

In a seemingly unrelated scene, drug dealer Red has been teasing the very volatile Richard Horne into a frenzy. He does a magic trick as he throws a coin in the air. The coin lands in Richard’s mouth, who pries it out. Then he sees Red grab the falling coin. Richard no longer has the coin in his fingers. The young Horne is pissed, although he’s more pissed about Red constantly calling him kid.

Cut to the middle of a known intersection in town where the kid and his mother are looking to cross. A truck driver lets them through, just as an impatient Richard Horne speeds up on the opposite lane, killing the child without stopping. The sight of the dead kid and his distraught mother is Twin Peaks first truly disturbing scene. Carl Rodd watches as he sees a light leave the child’s body and fly up into the air.

We meet Ike the Spike. Unfortunately, so do his victims. He’s all rage as he goes for Lorraine (a woman supposedly tasked to take out Dougie Jones) and makes another bloody mess that is somehow not as disturbing seeing that hit and run. He’s also commissioned to kill Dougie, but since his ice pick is bent he might be delayed.

Deputy Chief Tommy “Hawk” Hill loses a coin in the bathroom. He sees an stylized head of a native american in the door’s hinge. The door is missing a couple of screws. Hawk splits open the door to find papers that someone has left in there. What was missing will no doubt be found.

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(Source: Showtime)

At least we’ve gotten to see the Double R Diner already.

Highs/Lows/IveGotATheory:

  • Yes, I’ve caved and now I’m reviewing Twin Peaks. Sigh. It’s still way above my head, but this episode was just plenty of developments, so much so that not everything was covered.
  • Dougie now not only gets his own coffee mug, he’s back in black. He’s been reacting to all the things that meant something to Agent Dale Cooper, including a badge. His seemingly infantile action of drawing patterns (some of which look like the floor of the Black Lodge) may have another implication. His boss realizes that his scribbles are next to specific items in those case files. Dale is starting to shine through.
  • We meet Diane (Laura Dern, who else?). The same Diane for whom Dale recorded all those messages. (Incidentally, I used to have all those messages in microcassette from back in the 90’s)
  • Richard Horne is going to meet a very sad finale. I don’t think he’s meant to get away with that hit and run. Even if he manages to turn everyone’s opinion around and revindicate himself… Actually scratch that, specially if he revindicates himself. That’s when you know he’s bound to get killed.
  • Possible Spoiler Alert! The pages in the door of the stall = pages from the Secret Diary of Laura Palmer? If they turn out to be anything else, I’m going to be bummed.
  • I know that back in the original run of seasons one and two, Lynch never meant for us to find out the identity of Laura Palmer’s killer until the network forced him. However, now that he’s given ample space to let his imagination run wild, will we get to see Dale Cooper be himself again? Please tell me I’ll get to see him back at the Double R Diner having a piece of pie with a cup of coffee. Is that too much to ask? I just don’t want that to be the end of the series, but its turning point. There has to be more to this than meets the eye.

That will do for now.

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