Posts by Andrea

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life — Summer

Rory is… back in Stars Hollow, in spite of her fervent denials. Feeling like a failure and unable to think her way out of that corner under her own steam, she moves back in with her mother and Luke.

Summer is easily the weakest out of the four episodes, so this review will be relatively brief, at least compared to the one about the somewhat meatier Spring.

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life — Spring

It’s spring in Stars Hollow, London, and New York, and everyone’s gone just a little bit nutty. You know, the way Sookie used to get before figuring out she was pregnant, except no-one’s pregnant yet and Sookie’s still not back from… wherever she is up North. Continue reading →

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life — Winter

Ten years after the Season 7 finale, we are back in Stars Hollow, our little New England town that seemed to get nuttier and yet more endearing with every festival and tradition-fuelled shenanigans. Hell, I’ve even missed Taylor — but only a little bit. The Netflix revival was a highly anticipated event, with the enduring fanbase to boost it to the top of the ratings stats for a single-day release. All four episodes went live on Nov 25, worldwide, and so the Internet has been a-buzz with what it all means and what’s going to happen next (if indeed anything is going to happen). Continue reading →

Doctor Who — The Husbands of River Song

Previously on Doctor Who: Heaven Sent + Hell Bent.

Guys — we’re going to need a bigger flowchart. It’s the year 5343, humans are, for some reason, still really, really obsessed with Christmas (decorations), and the Doctor picked the prime spot to hide from, well, Christmas. You can imagine why he might not take to the TARDIS’ attempts at cheering him up very kindly.

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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. Continue reading →

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 throws you right into the middle of stunning landscapes in Wyoming. In this, it echoes survival games, but it’s first and foremost 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. Continue reading →