Author: Andrea

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Clara faces the Raven

Doctor Who: Sleep No More + Face the Raven

Previously on Doctor Who: The Zygon Invasion + The Zygon Inversion

The filler before the series finale, Sleep No More is truly a standalone, whilst Face the Raven connects to the series finale, Heaven Sent/Hell Bent. Since I don’t fancy writing a three-episode review next week, I’m keeping with the two-episode scheme today.

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Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon are the new Ghostbusters

Answer the Call: Ghostbusters (2016)

There’s four new heroes in town.

I watched Ghostbusters this past weekend, making it a point to go see it on its opening weekend here in Germany. I’d been looking forward to it pretty much since the first announcements, and definitely since the first casting news. I watched and up-voted the first trailer everywhere I could, I followed the dudebro/misogynist and racist backlash against this movie as well as its actresses, particularly Leslie Jones, with increasing rage. However, I also read so many good things about it from delighted critics (mostly women) and bloggers, celebrating the many things this movie gets right. In short, I was really stoked to finally see it, make up my own mind, and quite frankly: goddamn enjoy myself for a change.

The setup: I haven’t seen the first two movies in over ten years and I frequently confuse plot points between the two, so I can’t really speak to any similarities in plot or story. I did ponder rewatching beforehand, but I realised one crucial thing: I don’t care. Because I had fun.

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Title menu screen in Firewatch (game)

Game Review: Firewatch (Campo Santo)

Tags: mystery & atmosphere, walking simulator, point & click adventure
Gameplay: keyboard + mouse, full controller support
Platform: Steam/PC
Released: Feb 9, 2016
Studio/Publisher: Campo Santo / Panic Inc., Campo Santo
Play time: 6-7 hours
Rating: 5/5, no contest

Warning: this review includes spoilers for the plot of Firewatch as well as gameplay elements and screenshots!

Firewatch is one of the break-out game titles of early 2016, and very probably the entire year. I love playing story-based games, I love mysteries that let you discover worlds — Firewatch is a distant cousin of The Long Dark (currently still in sandbox alpha, but already a lot of fun) in that it throws you right into the middle of stunning landscapes in Wyoming. In this, it echoes survival games, but it’s also a point & click adventure with a story designed to lead you through many different terrains closer to the core of a fantastic, personal, heartbreaking story.

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Peter Capaldi and Maisie Williams in Doctor Who Series 9

Throwback Thursday — Doctor Who: The Girl Who Died + The Woman Who Lived

Previously on Doctor Who: Before the Flood.

In the first two-parter guest starring Maisie Williams, we’re visiting first the Vikings, and then the (I’m guessing) late 18th century. With war-thirsty aliens projecting a false god Odin into the skies (very Monty Python’s Holy Grail, by the way), the mere fact that we’re visiting the Vikings is not so much the point, except perhaps for the idea of a death in battle being a good way to go. Since the whole episode is set within one tiny village and, intermittently, on one pretty small spaceship, the world-building isn’t as extensive as we’ve known it to be.

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Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the Series 9 episode 'Under the Lake'

Throwback Thursday — Doctor Who: Under the Lake + Before the Flood

Previously on Doctor Who: The Witch’s Familiar.

In this two-parter opened by Toby Whithouse, we see a bit of a reset — this is, in essence, the first proper adventure after everything that’s happened. After Clara said goodbye for the first time, after Danny’s first death and then his second. Being abducted to Skaro doesn’t really count because, well, it wasn’t the Doctor that called, it was UNIT. So this is the first we see of Clara and the Doctor on the road again, wherever they went at the end of Last Christmas notwithstanding.

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Jenna Coleman, Peter Capaldi, and Nick Frost star in Last Christmas (2014)

Throwback Thursday—Doctor Who: Last Christmas (2014)

Previously on Doctor Who: Death in Heaven.

Life — you know, that thing that happens when the Doctor’s not there to fix it. I had my own bit of Life in 2015, and it wasn’t going so well. Hence, I scaled back my usual blogging activity and treaded the Whoniverse more or less incognito. But now, it’s 2016, it’s a fresh start, and I do still love this idiot travelling in a box. So I’ll use the good old tradition of Throwback Thursdays to blog about Series 9, Clara’s exit, and Peter Capaldi’s second year as the Doctor.

In this case, I know I am horribly late to the party, but do indulge me — we’re travelling back to 2014, and Peter and Jenna’s first Christmas Special together. Last Christmas. Speaking as a plot detective, one might also call it The Curious Case of Suspending Disbelief for Strange Men Distributing Gifts.

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Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.

Previously on Sherlock: His Last Vow.

There are no ghosts in this world. Save for the ones we make for ourselves.

This is the story of five minutes in the life of Sherlock Holmes. Five minutes in the real world, but a lifetime in another — in Sherlock’s Mind Palace, to be precise. In the time it takes for the plane to turn around and come back down to land in His Last Vow, as John speaks the foreboding words, “There’s an East Wind coming,” Sherlock has already gone deep into himself, into the recesses of his mind, to solve a mystery that has kept us on the edges of our seats for two years.

How is he alive?