Alien: Isolation

So, I’ve started doing a thing. Because I love the Alien franchise, especially the first movie but because I hate scary video games I have decided to stream my playthrough of Alien: Isolation. Otherwise I’m just going to chicken out from playing it. Actually there’s a fair chance I’ll chicken out from playing it anyway but now when I finally fear-quit it’ll be on video.

To catch up, here’s the story so far.

Episode 1: I explore the safe part of the game without knowing it’s safe. Or believing it’s safe.

Episode 2: I fuck up badly trying to get past one of the earliest stealth puzzle. This one is painful to watch if you want to see me make progress.

Episode 3: I sort out how I fucked up in the last episode and, well, meet the alien. It’s actually less terrifying than it could have been but from here on in? Death stalks me.


…you have them standing there and they’re standing in the same shot — and then we have Wonder Woman, you know, all three of them in the same shot. Even just for a test, you really have to go, “Wow, that’s crazy!” Not only is it the first time that I’m seeing them, it’s the first time they’ve ever existed together on screen in a movie. And that’s kind of a huge deal. Even just Batman and Superman standing next to each other… [I]t’s kind of epic.
– Zack Snyder on costume tests for Batman vs Superman.

Now, while the phrase ‘all three of them in the same shot’ pleases me I can’t get behind Zack’s enthusiasm about how special this moment is. As a DC fan I get it, it’s exciting to me. These characters haven’t been together in live action before. This is a first. It’s just that the concept of icons on screen together is no longer special.

The Avengers

Zack, it’s been done. You can’t just impress us with putting heroes together any more. You’re going to have to do something truly special.

Captain Marvel’s Cat

It’s hard to express just how much I’m loving Kelly Sue’s run on Captain Marvel but this captures it nicely.

Laura Prepon in ‘Most’ of OitNB Season 2

Small thing pleasing me right this moment:

“Yes, yes, she is coming back. Not the whole season, but … you’ll see her for most of it,” Kohan told the magazine at this past weekend’s Writers Guild Awards.

This is good news for fans who were worried that Prepon, who plays Piper’s (Taylor Schilling) ex-girlfriend, would only return for one episode in the upcoming second season. This is the first confirmation on Prepon’s return since last fall when Buzzfeed reported that she would return for four episodes.

via Huffington Post

Further Who Thoughts

According to sources, one of either Colin Baker, Paul McGann, Tom Baker, Sylvester McCoy or Peter Davison will be in the feature length special episode alongside Tennant’s Doctor and the current incumbent Matt Smith.

Radio Times

I wouldn’t have posted that if it hadn’t come from the Radio Times. I’ve seen the rumour before but it sounded so outlandish. Now, as far as I can see the only reason to include Paul McGann in a list of ‘possible guest stars’ is that the guest star is Paul McGann. If you wanted to throw some possibilities in there to disguise the truth you wouldn’t pick the guy who had one movie.

It also makes sense that McGann’s ‘lost era’, the time between his movie and the emergence of Ecclestone’s Doctor in the new series is the Time War which we now know will feature prominently in the 50th.

Add this to the adamant assurance from some members of the cast that this is a story about three Doctors and three only then I’m forced to go all-in on my theory.

Three Doctors. Four Actors. Paul McGann and John Hurt both portray the Eighth Doctor at different points in his life.

(This is as much wishful thinking as prediction.)

So, Doctor Who

I’ve had this theory kicking around for a while now regarding Doctor Who. I’ve shared it with Zoe. I’ve shared it with friends. Here it is:

Introducing John Hurt As The Doctor

Step One: Introducing John Hurt as The Doctor.

Who is he? He’s ‘The Doctor’, it says so right there on the screen. I don’t think that’s misdirection because misdirection tends to be cleverer than lying in an on-screen caption. I’m perfectly willing to take at face-value that he’s The Doctor.

Another widely bandied theory is that he’s the generation before William Hartnell’s ‘first’ Doctor, as we never saw him born or regenerated into. That’d throw off all the numbers and be a radical change to Doctor Who! I can’t see it. I can’t see anyone who loves Doctor Who wanting to force the fans to say ‘The First Doctor, chronologically rather than canonically’ when referring to a character when those words are so inextricably linked to Hartnell.

My personal theory? He’s Eight.

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