JC and Rita celebrate the return of two amazing shows, Doctor Who and Mystery Science Theater 3000. Also in Rapid Fire we talk The Last Jedi, Spider man Homecoming, Thor Ragnarok and remembering Prince.
At long last, series 10 has begun! Mike, Mike, Jen, and Mary meet Bill Potts, the newest companion to the Twelfth Doctor. She’s no idea the adventure that awaits her, though there are tons of clues of the past fifty years littered throughout this episode. Pour yourself a nice, tall glass of water and enjoy!
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Let the analysis begin! The first teaser trailer for “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi” premiered last week, and fans immediately began dissecting it, puzzling over it, and speculating where the franchise is heading.
The fascinating thing about the new Star Wars trilogy is that fans have no idea where the franchise is heading. With the prequels and even “Rogue One,” we knew where the story was ultimately going: the fall of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader and the construction and destruction of the Death Star. But with “Episode VIII,” Disney and Lucasfilm are venturing into uncharted waters. Literally anything could happen. However, the new trailer offers plenty of tantalizing clues as to where this journey might take fans.
The trailer opens on the island where Luke has spent his exile. Rey has come to him to seeking training, though we can perhaps deduce that Luke is a somewhat reluctant mentor. We don’t see a lot of Kylo Ren, who is probably still struggling with his inner battle of light versus darkness. We see some really cool shots of ships flying over a planet with red dust, Finn in stasis (maybe?), and Poe surviving an explosion. We see the Falcon in an epic space battle, and Luke offering the ominous pronouncement that it’s time for the Jedi to end.
“The Last Jedi” teaser trailer does exactly what a good first trailer should do — tease more than reveal. It hints at the storyline without giving too much away, and lets us know that this will probably be a darker chapter in the Star Wars franchise (the use of red instead of yellow outlines for the “Star Wars” lettering is further evidence of this).
While some fans thought the J.J. Abrams-directed “The Force Awakens” played things too safe and was too close an echo of “A New Hope,” I actually thought it struck just the right balance between new and nostalgic. The Star Wars franchise needed to get back on firmer footing after the more divisive prequels. Now that the franchise has been successfully reintroduced, Lucasfilm is safe to venture in a riskier direction.
I really like the idea of Luke as a reluctant mentor. In the original trilogy, he’s a stubborn idealist, full of hope and joy in the Force. Yet Kylo’s turn to the dark side has changed him, and possibly forced him (no pun intended) to reexamine the Jedi code. Although I love the Jedi and stories involving the Jedi, I think it would be fascinating to explore Luke training Rey as a Force-user but not necessarily as Jedi, helping her to finding a new kind of balance in the Force. This could be what Luke means by suggesting it’s time for the Jedi to end. I really don’t want Luke to completely fall to the dark side, though, because that would undercut the power of the original trilogy.
I also hope we learn more about Rey’s background. I’ve since abandoned my original theory that she’s Luke’s daughter. I think her origin is going to be a little more mysterious than that. I really believe the theme of her character is going to be “balance” and carrying on Anakin’s legacy as the Chosen One selected to bring balance back to the Force.
I’m really curious to see where they take Kylo Ren’s character in the next two films. Despite what he may believe about himself, there is still good in him, and the war between light and dark continues to torment him. Perhaps the end game is that somehow he and Rey rise up to bring balance to the Force together — but hopefully they don’t team up before getting a chance to have an epic lightsaber rematch (or two).
So, what did you think? Did you like the trailer? What are your theories about what will happen in Episode VIII?
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Let the countdown begin! The latest season of “Doctor Who,” the BBC’s hit TV show about a time traveler in a blue police box, premieres on April 15. The 10th season of the rebooted show will feature both arrivals and departures — hello to Pearl Mackie as new companion Bill and farewell to Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor. It also marks the final season for showrunner Steven Moffat, who will be handing the reins to Chris Chibnall.
This new season brings bittersweet feelings for me personally. I’m always excited to get a new season of “Doctor Who,” but I’m sad to see Capaldi go. David Tennant has always been “my Doctor,” and I didn’t think anyone could occupy the TARDIS quite like he did. However, Peter Capaldi has come pretty darn close. As much as I loved Matt Smith’s younger, zanier Doctor, I appreciate the more serious perspective Capaldi has brought to the show. He is able to work in more hints of darkness and danger without making the character TOO dark. And I know there has been some fan controversy surrounding the sonic sunglasses (as opposed to the sonic screwdriver), but I think they’re super cool and a perfect fit for Capaldi’s unique take on the character.
Fans have had their disagreements throughout Capaldi’s run — and the entire run of the rebooted series, for that matter. Some loved Jenna Coleman’s companion Clara; others were ready for her to depart from the TARDIS. Some love Michelle Gomez’s irreverent and saucy take on the Master; for others the performance doesn’t quite work. However, season 9 had some really, really solid episodes that rank among the best of “Doctor Who’s” rebooted run.
“Under the Lake” and “Before the Flood” featured a creepy mystery about ghostly beings killing crew members of an underwater base (I made the mistake of watching “Under the Lake” right before bed, only to learn it was actually a two-parter). Maisie Williams played the tragic Ashildr, a girl trapped in time when the Doctor saves her life but renders her unable to age or die. And “Heaven Sent” is a “Doctor Who” masterpiece that finds the Doctor trapped in a castle-like compound after Clara’s apparent death, struggling with his feelings of guilt and anger.
I’m really excited to see what Capaldi does in his final crop of episodes, and to meet his new companion, Bill. I will say that as much as I’ve enjoyed many of Moffat’s episodes as showrunner, having a new showrunner will be a good change. Part of what makes “Doctor Who” so fascinating is the fact it’s constantly in flux; changing out actors every few years prevents the concept from going stale. Having a new showrunner will bring a fresh perspective to the show and help us to see the Doctor and his journey with fresh eyes.
And speaking of fresh eyes…rumors are running wild about who will play the 13th Doctor (who hopefully won’t be cursed by having an unlucky number!) It’s anyone’s guess at this point who will get the job, but on my personal wishlist is a female Doctor or a diverse Doctor — or a diverse female Doctor! This too could help provide a fresh perspective for the show as it heads into its 11th season. Whoever it is, Capaldi is going to be a tough act to follow, but I always try to reserve judgement until I’ve actually seen the new Doctor in action.
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