This is the second episode of series eleven of Doctor Who, The Ghost Monument, and the show – if it is not too early to say this – is going from strength to strength with Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor. I enjoyed this episode so, so much, for a lot of reasons. For example, it opens with the new theme tune and graphics for the first time. That didn’t happen with episode one, I guess because the Doctor’s regeneration was only half way through.
I have just finished watching episode 1 of series 11 of Doctor Who, The Woman Who Fell to Earth, the one where the Doctor turns into a woman (Jodie Whittaker to be precise), and I am cautiously hopeful. I must admit I was prepared for the show to go either way, enjoyable fun or disappointing fan service – I have been let down by Doctor Who before – but it was fun.
American Horror Story has gone in a very gratifying sci-fi direction, in the latest series, and you can probably guess what direction that is based on the series title, American Horror Story: Apocalypse. I’m guessing this won’t please every fan of the show, but it sure puts a smile on my face. I love post-apocalyptic shows, like Jericho (I absolutely loved Jericho), The Walking Dead, and Falling Skies. I even loved an absolutely batshit crazy show called Extinct.
I’ve been mulling over the finale of season 2 of Westworld, but I haven’t written a podcast about it, until now. What crystallised my thoughts on the show was something I heard on a podcast I listen to. The podcast is called Yo, Is This Racist? with Andrew Ti and Tawny Newsome. As the podcast’s blurb says: Every Wednesday, Ti, co-host Tawny Newsome, and their guests answer questions from fan-submitted voicemails and emails about whether or not something is, in fact, racist.
A website I have been reading for years is The Mary Sue. It’s a fun source of nerdy goodness, with an emphasis on diversity and feminism. The articles are cool, but I particularly enjoy the discussions in the comments. Russian trolls regularly attack it, but it is still one of those comments sections I fell very comfortable haunting, unlike somewhere such as YouTube, which has comments that are a cesspit of the worst impulses of humanity.
For some reason, I love reading recaps of TV shows on the Internet. I don’t even have to be a fan of the show, or even be the slightest bit interested in it or its genre, all I care about is that the recapper likes the show, and they are entertaining and informative as they sing its praises, or scream through hate watching yet another episode. I personally can’t watch Outlander, just to take one example, but I have read a few very entertaining recaps of it.
I was watching the first episode of Claws the other night - a fantastic fever dream of a hardboiled crime show - when it occurred to me that the surreal world presented on the screen is actually science fiction. This show, I realized, is a vision of the future designed and predicted by architects, sociologists, and futurologists of the past. Claws is set in Palmetto, Manatee County, Florida. Five manicurists at the Nail Artisan salon are involved in laundering money for a neighboring pain clinic.