‘Bow ties are cool’: Top 5 Matt Smith Doctor Who Episodes (Seasons 5-7)

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Hello Whovians! I know everyone has their own take on what are the best Doctor Who episodes. Here are my top 5 Matt Smith episodes in no particular order.

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1. “The Eleventh Hour”

When Tennant left, I felt particularly sad. He was “my” Doctor after all. But Matt Smith did not fail to make me smile and his regeneration was a nice change from the Doctor I knew and loved.

In “The Eleventh Hour” Smith’s dorky, old soul Doctor débuted (and so did Moffat’s grand Amy and Rory storyline that spanned 3 seasons). For the first time, it felt like Doctor Who was more about his companion, in this case a sassy young Amy. Amy first appears as a young girl who is the first to encounter the new incarnation of the Doctor. After some fish sticks and custard, the Doctor tells her to pack her bags because he’ll be back to whisk her away in the TARDIS. When the Doctor finally returns, Earth is under an alien attack and the young girl he left behind is all grown up. Amy’s life has revolved around the disappointing moment the raggedy man left her waiting.

What I like the most about this episode is the chemistry between Amy and the Doctor. Their bond is set from the beginning of her childhood and evolves throughout 3 seasons. Not only is the angle of DW cleverly changed, but it is also enhanced. The story of Amy (plus Rory) and the Doctor is one of true friendship. The Doctor is present through the various stages of Amy’s life like a real friend, and “The Eleventh Hour” is our own little glimpse into what will be just the start of their adventure.

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 2. “Vincent and The Doctor”

What is not to love about this episode. Vincent Van Gogh and the Doctor! The title says it all. In this episode, the Doctor and Amy visit a museum and see something strange in Van Gogh’s painting. They travel back in time to see what it was he drew.

They find that monsters are chasing the eccentric painter. Catch is: only Van Gogh can see the creatures. When the Doctor explores what is happening, it becomes clear Van Gogh isn’t crazy at all. This episode is entertaining and interesting. I was enthralled by the storyline and all the art references. For any art lover, this episode is an interesting take on what “really” happened to the painter. Maybe he wasn’t crazy after all.

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3. “Pandorica Opens & The Big Bang

I love Riversong! For that reason alone, this episode rocks. But what gets this two-parter on my top 5 is how much more we learn about Doctor. Although the Doctor is powerful as the only living Timelord, he is also susceptible to downfall. The Doctor seems larger than life  after all he is a sexy alien that saves the galaxy from evils and injustices time and time again but there’s always one person that knows his vulnerabilities: his companion.

In this episode, Riversong summons the Doctor to the Pandorica where the most frightening creature of all is imprisoned.  Following that lead from Riversong, the Doctor investigates Pandorica, only to find he’s been trapped by all of his enemies.

Like I mentioned before, Moffat focuses on the companion rather than the Doctor. In these episodes, we see how important his companion really is… His companion is the only person the Doctor completely trusts and it is through her eyes that we experience the story.  But what happens if that bond is exploited? That question had perhaps never been asked to this extent. These two episodes are very fantastical in an outrageously fun and emotional way—very Whovian episodes. Plus, Roman Rory! Who wouldn’t want a dude to wait for you for thousands of years?

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4.  “Let’s Kill Hitler”

Well let’s see. You’ve got a time machine; I’ve got a gun. What the hell! Let’s kill Hitler.

And with that epic quote this episode won my heart. In this episode we meet Mel, Amy’s childhood best friend who always gets herself into trouble. She hijacks the TARDIS, so she can kill Hitler. But in true Who style, they all just ends up saving him (hello paradox!).  After they save Hitler, they discover another plot to murder Hitler is already in place by a secret agency that can make human replicas and live inside them like a huge Google office inside a robot. When Hitler shoots Mel (as all this madness is occurring), she regenerates into…Hello Sweetie… Riversong! However, even though this looks like the Melody we know and love, she has a very different MO than just flirting with the Doctor. Riversong attempts to kill the Doctor by poisoning him with a kiss…. How femme fatale of her.

So the plot thickens. What role does Riversong play in the Doctor’s life? Why is she trying to kill him? And because we know they have a great bond in the future, what happens that changes her mind about killing him? This episode answers a lot of those questions and more. The special bond between Riversong and the Doctor develops into something that’s very distinct from that of the Doctor and his companions. This episode gives us a glimpse as to how Riversong’s love of the Doctor begins and why it becomes so pivotal to both of their lives.

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5. “Asylum of the Daleks”

In this episode, Rory, Amy, and the Doctor are beamed onto a huge Dalek ship (they could have done this from the beginning to get rid of the Timelord #justsaying). As if this whole idea wasn’t terrifying enough, the Daleks summoned the Doctor so he can help destroy the asylum of the Daleks located in a world just below the Dalek ship. The Daleks say those other Daleks are incredibly dangerous and insane Dalek on Dalek crime is no joke. After the Daleks provide the Doctor with companions (Amy and Rory), they are forced to help the Daleks or else extermination yadda yadda. So the power of three is hurled onto the scary planet. Geronimo!!!

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Best things about this episode: Rory and Amy are having marital issues and we don’t know why but we know the Doctor will fix it. The Doctor doesn’t understand what makes these Daleks “insane” and this idea of insane Daleks seems kind of redundant to everyone else too. We meet Clara who helps the 3 navigate through the asylum. We then find out that she’s…. BIG spoiler HERE…. a human who was converted into a Dalek. ßThis is a huge deal because she returns not once but twice—during two different time periods. The Doctor is completely perplexed as to who she is and how she could be in so many different places in time.  We meet all the kooky Daleks that are nuts because of the Doctor.  Plus, Eggs…Eggs…EggsTERMINATE….EXTERMINATE.

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Honorable Mentions:

(Of course) “Angels Take Manhattan”

“The Wedding of Riversong”

“Amy’s Choice”

“A Town Called Mercy”

“A Good Man Goes to War”

“The Impossible Astronaut & Day of the Moon“

 What’s your favorite? 

Bonus! Check out my favorite Tennant episodes: https://cubangalgonegeek.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/always-bring-a-banana-to-the-party-best-david-tennant-doctor-who-episodes/

Blogging Dead: All About the Season 3 Finale “Welcome to the Tombs”

*MAJOR FINALE SPOILERS*

If you are a walking deadhead like, moi, I know you were anticipating the season 3 finale and completely forgot it was Easter Sunday. It’s been a rather emotionally draining season. We saw a lot  of the characters we thought we knew, change. With the introduction of the damaged Governor, the group’s inner turmoil was exposed. Their main struggle was with maintaining morality in times of despair— a theme present throughout all of the past seasons of Walking Dead. However, now more than ever, the characters are wrestling with deeper issues of morality. Now, they are defining  concepts like sanity versus insanity, good versus evil and right versus wrong, while in a world that has no more rules, in one where decisions are life or death. This tension has played an intricate part in the development of season 3’s characters.

Without further ado… here are the top 5 moments (in no particular order) of the season 3 finale of Walking Dead:

1. Gold ole Rick is back. We saw Rick slowly descend into madness as he imagines his dead pregnant wife is roaming around the prison, making weird phone calls from a line that doesn’t work.

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But after noticing his little boy Carl is turning into a callous victim of this unforgiving people-eating world and meeting his evil FOIL(there you go English degree do your thing), Rick becomes more of a moral dude, more of the sheriff we knew in the beginning of the series. At the end of the episode when he saves all those useless old people and children that will probably die in the beginning of the fourth season, Rick is showing Carl the type of good moral decisions that have been lacking in this effed up zombie world. Rick learned a Ricktatorship is ultimately fun bad and might lead him to losing an eye and mass murdering his group. Plus, being good might get him the sack with Michonne…Anyone else catch that sexual tension?

2. Never take the moral high road or you will die. With all that said about Rick being moral, it’s hard not to wonder if he will die next season. Dale and Andrea have died because they were trying to do the right thing and save people from getting hurt. But maybe, the “right thing to do” has changed completely. Maybe those who choose to follow the morals of a civilization that is long gone are the ones who can’t survive in a undead-eat-human world. Maybe Carl is right?

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3. Governor for president! J/k. Ok so, I knew he was nuts, but I didn’t realize that whole shooting up your own people thing was going to happen. That was crazy and jazzed up the season finale a bit. Now, those two dudes are on the worst road trip of their lives, and I can’t wait to see if this crazy pops up again with a new slew of gynecological and dentistry tools.

4. How long does it take to pick up a pair of pliers with your feet? Now call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure if someone was turning into a zombie, I wouldn’t want to chit chat with them until I was sure to be out of harm’s way. But of course, we are talking about Andrea here, and common sense has no place in her world. Anyway, after having a fun chat with Milton and fumbling to pick up pliers with her feet for like 8 hours (great pedicure!), it is no surprise Andrea is found bitten. Of course, this prompts her to take her own life. Even though, I haven’t been a huge fan, I found myself misty-eyed when Michonne cradled Andrea during Andrea’s final moments. Guess the little goof had some small piece of my heart…very small.

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5. WTF?! They are still in the prison?! So I have no idea what’s happening next, but I am stunned they are still in the same location. Something has to drive them out. There’s no way I can take one more season of people trying to take the prison and Carl shooting them. I wonder what comes next? Can Glenn and Maggie book a wedding venue with such little time to spare? Will Beth sing another Tom Waits song? Will Darryl wear that poncho again? The suspense is killing me. Can’t wait until October!

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Cubanisimo Zombie Apocalypse: On “Juan of the Dead”

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Now for something that’s actually Cuban.

Shaun of the Dead is one of my favorite zombie movies and for good reasons: clever classic zombie movie parody moments, a wonderful slacker redemption plot, and of course, Simon Pegg. And even though there is no Simon Pegg, Juan of the Dead does an excellent job of achieving all that Shaun of the Dead does plus adds poignant political satire to the mix. Of course, all zombie movies are not actually about zombies except for maybe Zombie Cheerleading Camp that’s about boobs and zombies. But Juan of the Dead reveals the absurdity of a communist society in a surprisingly delightful way (and it doesn’t bore you with political diatribes).

At the start of the flick, slacker Juan (Alex Diaz de Villegas) and his perv friend Lazaro (Jorge Molina) are fishing of the coast of Cuba when they encounter their first zombie. Right away, the audience knows there is a zombie conflict rising, but Juan and Lazaro just take it as an odd occurrence and go on with their lives. After their brief interaction with the undead, they seem unmoved and continue what can be assumed is a typical day in Havana for the pair. They talk to neighbors, drink rum on a rooftop, peep through their neighbor’s windows, and eventually, attend their neighborhood’s weekly meeting. That meeting is where the horrific mayhem starts and the movie’s satirical intentions are evident.

During the meeting, the very patriotic neighbors sing the national anthem and pledge their faith in the country’s communism. Right as the meeting takes way, a zombie starts attacking. Immediately everyone around disperses in a frenzy. When Juan and company get to a TV, hoping to find some news on the day’s unbelievable events, they discover that the media and government are blaming these brutal attacks on the U.S.A. and are referring to the zombies as dissidents—making it very obvious they are mocking the country’s government and its manipulation of facts like a Big Brother dystopia but with zombies.

Amidst the zombie craziness, there are a ton of “Shaun of the Dead typemoments with a hilarious Cuban twist. However, I’m not sure that someone without familiarity with the Cuban culture (a.k.a. the average American moviegoer) would get the jokes and satire quite the same way.

Overall, It is an excellent zombie flick, and I would suggest it to anyone looking to watch something different from a Simon Pegg flick, but still just as funny and entertaining. Just make sure to brush up on your Cuban before watching.

And in case you were wondering what your Cuban Abuela might say when watching Juan of the Dead, it would go something like this:

“ñoooo que ZOMBIE ni zombie, Chico. Eso no pasaba en Cuba. ¡Que paquete!” 

Blogging Dead: Top 10 Moments from Walking Dead’s “Arrow on the Doorpost” and “Prey”

Here are the things that caught my eye on the past two episodes of “Walking Dead.”

SPOILERS!!!!

In no particular order:

10. Tyrese doesn’t notice the Governor’s creepy smile.

I don’t know about you, but I expected Tyrese to know better than to trust that slick, Southern psychopath after he sweetly smiles over and over again, explaining exactly how noble his intentions are for Woodbury. Uhhh…. just look at this smile?! What are you Andrea?! I know you have your doubts, Tyrese, but I seriously expect more from you than to take Governor at face and one-eyed value.

9. Finally, the Governor and Rick meet… it’s moment where I can’t help but wonder, WWSD: what would Shane do.

Now, there was  a ton of talking during the past episode. When Shane and Rick met, I felt like I was watching a zombiepocolypse presidential debate. Anyway, I thought, wouldn’t it be great if Shane was there and could just kill the Governor without engaging in all of these platitudes. After all, I’m not sure anyone on Team Rick would mind the Governor’s death too much. Shane was a man of action and immorality. Maybe we need a little bit of that to get rid of this one-eyed bastard.

8. Cue explicit Maggie and Glenn sex scene.

Hot prison sex during a zombie apocalypse? No guys, this wasn’t a wacky episode of Oz. This was a cheap ploy to get me interested. And it worked! Honestly,  I think the creators of this show thought: Hey, this episode is pretty boring, lets add an unexpected sex scene to confuse the audience into being entertained. Those sneaky Hollywood people trick me all the time! Arg! BTW Meryl, I think Glenn did “Nut up.”

7. Not Michonne!

Now I get why you would want to negotiate with someone that has an arsenal of biters at his disposal, but  why would you consider giving up the only person in your group that has a kitana?! Seriously Rick, WWCD: What would Carl do?

6. Rick and the Governor could’ve been BFF if there was no end of days.

Thanks to some old fashioned manipulation, Rick was bonding with the Governor over their series of unfortunate events. But at least this talk has made Rick feel less nutty until he realizes Laurie had sex with the Governor, too.

5. Get those vag clamps away from him and me!

I, like most women, hate going to the gyno, so the mere thought of having a pap smear done by one-eyed crazy McGee, made my squirm. Why the clamp?! Oh dear God. I can only imagine the sicko things he wants to do do Michonne. But what bewildered me the most is how he got those. I mean, I know the various saws and med tools could have been stored by Malcolm, but did Malcolm really have a vaginal speculum in his arsenal of tools? I can’t imagine many pap smears were occurring in Woodsbury. Maybe the Governor ordered one on eBay. I googled it, and they are only $4.99.  Pretty good price for a terrify tool to keep at home.

4. Michonne’s pets were not from a rescue after all.

Finally we get another vague answer from Michonne! She did know the pets as humans or they were never “human” per say and she enjoyed dragging them around. I kind of like the idea. It’s crazy, but not too crazy for the zombie apocalypse. I immediately fantasized about doing this to every d-bag I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with in life. How gratifying would it be to drag around their helpless undead corpse around. Whoa. That just went somewhere dark. Maybe I could just drag around someone who really liked to be a submissive when they were alive.  Maybe someone who really loved the Folsom Street Fair? Anyway, I think it would kind of honor someone like that to be an undead pet. no?

3. Malcolm is getting the idea.

Finally, this slightly disturbing little man is coming to grips with the real Governor. I enjoyed that he secretly burned those walkers in the pit ,only to reveal himself as the arsonist two scenes later. You go on with your dorky self!

2. The ultimate Cat and Mouse game: Andrea and Governor.

I was at the edge of my seat watching the chase surprisingly hoping Andrea got away alive. Those scenes made me so anxious that I was yelling like a madwoman at my TV. I mean that chase was the ultimate ex from hell moment. I know I’ve had some bad relationships, but I can’t say any were hunting me down in order to torture me with a freaking vag speculum.

1. The best part is not knowing what comes next!

Will Michonne be fed to the one-eyed Southern gentleman or will Rick realize that he’s being set up and come up with a better plan? Plus, what happens with Andrea’s love life. Will she finally meet The One? All I know is that zombie death by shovel is awesome and must be used again.

…And one more eye joke…

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Throwback Thursday: TMNT Part Duex

Growing up in the late eighties, early nineties, has given me the chance to watch some funky TV shows and zany movies for “children.” Here’s a nice example : Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret of the Ooze. There are many weird happenings that I didn’t remember from my childhood synopsis of the movie and many adult jokes I know I didn’t get at 8.

For instance, the movie opens in NYC with literally everyone eating pizza. Now, I get the turtles love their NY style pies, but this scene was nuts. If this movie were set now, someone would complain about the unhealthy junk food subliminal messaging of the movie, prompting the studio to quickly change their opening scene. Well I’m sure a future DVD version will have CGI’d everyone taking wheat grass shots instead. The turtles would live off of kale and there would be a special guest appearance by Michelle Obama at the end of the movie. It’ll happen.

There’s a RANDOM Ralph Nader joke in movie. I’m not joking….
“Remind me to drop a line to Ralph Nader!” So I guess that middle aged writer really got a chuckle when he saw that joke somehow didn’t get cut from the movie. Guess people like political amphibians.

Saved the best for last…
how I ever forgot Vanilla Ice was in this movie is beyond me. His musical stylings are at the epicenter of the main battle ( which happens to occur at a club) . The turtles enthusiastically dance to “Go ninja, go ninja go!” …like a war cry but with more rhyming. It was epically tragic. I want that scene to be played on a loop at my funeral.

To summarize my tubular experience with those kooky turtles: Cowabunga was the yolo of the 90s, Vanilla Ice took any job he could get, and subliminal messages work and make me crave pizza.

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Blogging Dead: Thoughts on Walking Dead’s “I ain’t Judas” and “Clear”

My first blog post was deleted. 😦 So here is my attempt at naming the most memorable things that happened in the past two episodes of  Walking Dead.

1. Andrea gets the most awesome advice from Carol. Andrea, make sweet love to the one-eyed Governor and then kill him while he is recovering from the sexcapade,  k? Ah, Carol, it is always the quiet ones with the most perverse suggestions. If Andrea did have any guts, she would do this without hesitation. Instead, she just will look out a window and wish upon a star like the dreamer that she is. Maybe it is for the best. What I honestly think would be even better than the old “rip and violently murder” would be Andrea getting a case of vagina dentata. Robert Kirkman, you listening?

2.  Tyrese, please don’t fall for the obviously evil one-eyed Governor. The Governor always seems to find ever Rick gang reject and bring them to Woodsbury. That Southern accent seems to full everyone (except Michonne) into thinking he’s the epitome of a gentleman. Hopefully the only thing Tyrese will give up is those two young d-bags he’s hanging with. Maybe the 2 frat boys and the Governor can come up with an intense zombie beer pong tournament.

3. Carl is still a badass. That boy can outrun and outgun almost anyone. Plus, he’s willing to tell his old man “take a breather, crazy” or something like that. Go on Carl with your reckless tween self.

4. Michonne opens up to Rick and Carl and it’s awesome. Finally, Michonne is beginning to be a part of the group.  After helping Carl with his sweet and dangerous mission to retrieve a family portrait for his sis and sharing with Rick she to speaks to dead loved ones, Michonne is finally earning her place in jail.

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Blogging Dead: Top 5 Moments from the last 2 episodes of Walking Dead

So…my computer is broken…thus the lack of entries. I apologize in advance!

I am all caught up with Walking Dead, and I am wondering…. WTH is going on? Here are my Top Five moments from Walking Dead ‘s last two episodes: “The Suicide King” and “Home.” Oh, and they are in no particular order!

*SPOILERS*

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1. Ummm…. Rick’s kind of nuts and no one seems to mind. Now I would imagine that in a zombie Apocolyptic world, what classifies as crazy might be a very loose definition. After all, how sane would you be if you would endure watching undead people’s heads explode, shot your mom after she gave birth, cut off your own leg, or grown a hideous ponytail from all the stress (I’m looking at you, Herschel)? With that said, when you start imagining your dead wife and  frenemy best friend, maybe you should consider retiring as leader of the group. It seems like everyone else would rather have a crazy Rick as a leader than a pissed off Glen.  I’m not sure Rick is the right crazy dude to be the leader anymore. Just saying.

2. The Governor’s one eye looks over everything. For someone who should be fighting to stay alive, he sure involves himself in a lot of petty grudges. Get over it! Your daughter was having a bad hair day… so what?! Let Rick’s people live in peace! (More on this later)

3. Andrea is still annoying me with her tween crushes on bad boys. After the Governor acts like a fool towards all her friends and asks her to be a Speaker of the House or Deputy or whatever of Woodbury (without actually explaining what the hell is happening), she continues to pout like a 15 year-old girl who just got a confusing text from her crush. Wake up, Andrea! She defintely needs a gay BFF in her life to tell her what’s up. Giiirrrrllllll, if a guy can’t accept your friends during a zombie doomsday, he’s just not that into you. 

4. Durl and Murl are still awesome rednecks. Just when you thought you couldn’t get any more racist humor during the end of days, Darryl “convinces” his bro to go back to jail and stay with his ole friends. Of course, not before Meryl gets a chance to make some highly insensitive racist jokes.

5. Holy crap! Not some much of a Surprise attack! The latest episode features some action. And i can’t wait to see the knock down drag out war between the Govenor and Crazy Rick Mcgee. Not to mention, this is Glen’s chance to be a badass with a mini van. Let’s do this!