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Doctor Who Fights Stone Statues (Weeping Angels) in Flesh and Stone May 30, 2010

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We’re a little behind on our Doctor Who viewing – but we just got the chance to watch episodes 4 and5 which is really just one story (we got them both on Amazon -> The Time Of Angels and Flesh and Stone).

At first this seemed like a dumb idea – the most dangerous entity in the universe is a stone statue?

But as we watched the two part episode – the whole concept really grew on us. Stone angels are everywhere — and when you look at them nothing happens, look away and hey…

This is a unique kind of concept and once that Matt Smith as Doctor Who made very real, believable and incredibly entertaining.  The stone statues ‘wheeping angels’ is a basic enough idea, but one that was well executed, we’ll likely never look at a Stone Angel the same again.

And what’s the deal with Doctor Sung? Is she the Doctor’s wife? Does she kill the Doctor in the future/past?

Babylon 5 The Lost Tales : Voices In The Dark – A New Beginning? or a Pathetic comeback? August 15, 2007

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Alrighty I’ve held my tongue long enough on what I actually think about Babylon 5 The Lost Tales : Voices In The Dark.

Babylon 5 is a place of beginnings and endings, Sheridan says in the final five minutes. Whether this will be a new beginning or an ending we don’t know.

First of all these two episodes are hardly the best that Babylon 5 has to offer. In fact they’re down near the bottom.

We had all expected so much from this – the teaser trailer was awesome after all. But from the beginning intro of the actual DVD – no awesome intro music and voice over as we had in the series – (Babylon was our Last Best Hope for Peace…it failed… ) – till the final frame this experience was lacking.

In Something Here – the tale with Lochley and the Devil there are two few characters, too little of the station. Sure the story is good. The deep story on how religion will fare in space and the true meaning of heaven and hell is the type of story that only a master Sci Fi story teller like JMS would ever attempt.

But then again. Babylon 5 has tackled religion in the past. Remember the episode with the Rabbi after Ivana loses a relative?

So..sure dialogue is great and so is the story..but the pace is SLOW. As a regular Babylon 5 episode it would work, but as the first thing we the FANS see after nearly a decade..i dunno i was less than enthusiastic.

OK so ON to the second part.

Sheridan is back

Galen the Technomage is back.

But again..a well thought out well scripted episode in terms of dialogue..but SLOW


and oh so slow.

I tried watching this episode with someone that had never watched Babylon 5 before…needless to say this person didn’t last through the whole thing.

And therein lies the problem with Lost Tales. It is too slow and not engaging enough. The stories are long drawn out. The action is only dialogue in slooow sequences. The special effects looked flimsy, the station didn’t look right, the hyperspace gate didn’t look right, the landing bay didn’t look right at all!

Babylon 5 is the greatest Sci Fi series of all time. The original run had the best script, the best characters and the best story arcs.

Lost Tales : Voices In The Dark is a ‘shadow’ of the glory that was Babylon 5. I hope JMS makes another DVD and I hope the next one has more characters, more ships, more aliens and FRAK IT more story, more action and MORE OF THE BABYLON 5 WE ALL MISS SO VERY MUCH.

In Search of Babylon 5 : The Lost Tales – Why Isn’t it being more widely promoted? August 13, 2007

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Babylon 5 Fans!! Be afraid. If my recent attempts at trying to see who is selling the new direct to DVD movie – Babylon 5 The Lost Tales is any indication , we’ve got trouble.

The DVD has been out for over a week and in that time i’ve tried to locate it at stores in Toronto, Buffalo and San Francisco with little luck (yes i travel alot).

Best Buy stores in Toronto did not have any kind of special display and didn’t even have it on their new releases shelf. In fact i went to three different Best Buys and all of them said they never even got the movie.

Target in Buffalo didn’t have Lost Tales either.

In San Francisco, I went to the Virgin Megastore off 4th and could not find the DVD. After going to the counter to ask, they said they had 50 copies. None of which were on the shelf. Again the DVD was not on the new releases shelf and was not being promoted.

If Babylon 5 The Lost Tales is not adequately promoted at retail how does Warner Bros or JMS expect for it to be successful?

Is Amazon enough?

Currently Amazon.com has Lost Tales listed as #12 on its Top DVD listing. Personally i think that Amazon is a great outlet but its not enough. And if JMS is wondering why Lost Tales isn’t selling more all he needs to do is walk into his local DVD retailer to try and find the movie.

Doctor Who Getting Cancelled May 31, 2007

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UNBELIEVABLE how stupid is the BBC?

Apparently they are cancelling the show at the end of season four even though Doctor Who is one of the most popular shows in the UK.

Boss Russell T. Davies has decided to axe the BBC1 sci-fi drama and concentrate on other projects.

He and senior staff have hatched a plot to hand in a group resignation in summer 2008.

A source said: “The heavy workload — nine months of 16-hour days every year — has started to take its toll.

“It was decided the best thing for the show was go out at the top next year.”

This is just pathetic. It wasn’t that long ago that the BBC reported that the show had been confirmed for season 4 – or season 30 if you’re counting all Doctor Who. For FREAKIN once i’d like to see a SciFi show run by a real SciFi fan that isn’t going to screw fans over.

Daleks the Scariest Doctor Who villian? April 20, 2007

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Apparently so.

In a survey of 21,000 fans conducted by the BBC, the Daleks were voted the scariest Doctor Who villain.

Now sure Davros is one ugly looking dude, but the Daleks, though sinister aren’t really scary are they? Not to say i’d like to face one down in an dark alley but still.

Maybe i’d fight ’em in a stare case.

They now have some kind of hovering ability, but they don’t climb stairs all that well and don’t do well over rough terrain either. Personally i’d be more worried about the CyberMen.

AND ACTUALLY…i’d say that in my view THE MASTER was the most sinister of all Doctor Who villains.

OOHh..right the Cybermen did fight the Daleks too didn’t they..and here for your viewing pleasure…Cybermen vs. Daleks..

According to the BBC poll.. top ten are:



1. The Daleks

2. The Empty Child Zombies

3. The Beast

4. The Cybermen

5. The Clockwork Droids

6. The Ood

7. The Empress of Racnoss

8. The Werewolf

9. The Autons/Nestenes

10. Chloe’s Dad

Is Doctor Who the most popular SciFi show today? April 4, 2007

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Though Doctor Who gets short shaft in North America, if recent numbers are accurate –

Doctor Who isn’t just popular, it could well be THE MOST POPULAR SCIFI SHOW on Earth currently airing.

BBC is reporting that 8.2 million viewers watched the season three (or 30 ) premiere.It marked the premiere of a new assistant for the Doctor with the debut of Freema Agyeman.

At 8.2 million viewers Doctor Who is likely more popular than any recent episode of BSG or Stargate SG-1 or even Stargate Atlantis.

Apparently SciFi channel will be picking up the new season later this year but why should American wait? Why can’t the US get Doctor Who at the same time (or maybe a one day delay so BBC has bragging rights?).

Real die-hards are unlikely to wait till later this year and will find other means/methods to get the episodes they want to see. The BBC and SciFi would be well served to provide the content that viewers want quickly or risk missing out.

Dr. Who Coming Back For Fourth Season – or is it the 30th season? March 22, 2007

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BBC News is confirming that the NEW Dr. Who show will be returning for its fourth season in 2008.

It is unclear however whether or not David Tennant, would return in the lead role.

Personally i much preferred Christopher Eccleston who was the Dr in Season One of the new series.

Then again this really won’t be the fourth season will it?

Friends of the Dr know well that this is actually the 30th season of Dr. Who which ran from 1963 to 1989 making it the longest running SciFi show ever.

My favorite Dr of all time?

That’s easy.

Tom Baker.

Jelly belly anyone?