Category Archives: Fantasy & Sci-fi

Anything having to do with the fantasy or science fiction genres, from Lord of the Rings to the latest Star Trek movie, and everything in between.

Who’s The New Doctor

So, the BBC have announced who the new lead in the acclaimed, long running sci-fi show Doctor Who is going to be. Of course, they did it in the worst way possible, only announcing they would make the announcement two days ago and then tying it to the mens Wimbledon final which finished much faster than expected and then only showed a minute long trailer rather than a full blown announcement, so thanks BBC. But anyway, the new Doctor has been announced and I'm going to do the whole below the jump thing in case people don't want spoilers.

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JReviews: Doctor Who Series 10

The finale of Peter Capaldi's final series of Doctor Who has just finished, with only the Christmas episode to go before he hands the reigns over to the next Doctor. As is customary on such occassions, we must now peruse this past season and how it stacks up against the time lords previous escapades.

Warning: Of course there are opinions below. Oh and Spoilers.

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May The 40th Be With You

In case anyone wasn't aware, today is the 40th anniversary of the release of the first film in the biggest science fiction film series of all time, one of the biggest film series of all time period. One this day in 1977, Star Wars (later dubbed Episode IV: A New Hope) had its theatrical release in US cinemas. It's hard to overstate the importance of this film, the fact that the franchise is still making billions at the box office with new movies even 40 years after the first film was released says more than any retrospective or analysis ever could.

So Happy Birthday Star Wars. I made you cake, but an Ewok ate it.

The Christmas List: Ranking The Doctor Who Christmas Specials From Worst To Best

So, since 2005, each year the BBC has produced a special Christmas edition of the longest running science-fiction television series. Usually full of snow that isn't snow, Christmas themed enemies such as snowmen and robot Santa's, they are (as with the show its self) usually of very high quality and worth watching. But which episodes are must see and which should you only watch if you are a show completionist? Well, this week I'm going to rank all 12 Christmas episodes from my least favourite to my favourite.

Warning: Opinions below. You have been warned.

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The List: Top 10 Magic Users In Fiction

So, turns out this was a very popular category. This poll had more suggestions than any previous poll and beat our record for most votes on a List poll by a good 50 votes. Either people were enchanted by our wide array of options or people just like magic that much. But who is our wizarding winner?

Honourable Mentions: Twilight Sparkle (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), The Wicked Witch of The West (The Wizard Of Oz), Prospero (The Tempest)

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Arrival Review- Spoiler Free!

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Hey everyone, back again with another movie review! This time we’re talking about the newly-opened Arrival, based on the short story ‘Story of Your Life’ by Ted Chiang. In this film, alien ships suddenly show up at different locations around the world and humanity is trying to figure out why and how to communicate with them. I own and knew the story going in, so I perhaps went into this differently than someone who hadn’t in that I was looking it at not just as a film, but as an adaptation as well. I’m going to keep this one spoiler-free. To be honest, even though I also write spoiler reviews, I don’t think I’m going to for this one because it’s a film you should see and experience without foreknowledge, other than perhaps the source material. So let’s get right into it.

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Halloween Special- Scary and Creepy Moments in Non-Horror Games

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Happy Halloween! In honor of my favorite holiday of the year, I thought I’d look at something in tune with the season. In gaming, there are a great many horror games, but even non-horror games can have scary or creepy moments. So let’s pay tribute to some of those today. Remember, I’m talking non-horror games, so no Resident Evil, no Silent Hill, no Dead Space, nothing like that. I’ve also left off Bioshock, as while not exclusively a horror game, has a lot of the same elements of one (man, getting down to Rapture and having a splicer scream and claw trying to get at you in your bathysphere… eep.). Some spoilers, too, as I can’t really talk about stuff that happens in-game without them. I’m not limiting myself to one per game, either, as some games have multiple instances of creepiness.

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5 Things That Make Me Excited for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

So a new trailer for Rogue One dropped a couple of days ago. Instead of reviewing the trailer itself (because what can I say, it looks awesome!) I thought I’d do a quick outline of the things that are making me most excited about this film. The trailers have looked great so far, but these are the things that we’ve seen or know to be happening that pique my interest the most. In no particular order, they are:

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The List: Top 10 Greatest Star Wars Characters

So, we have collected all of your votes and sorted through them to find out who you, the Heromachine Community, think is the greatest character in the history of the Star Wars franchise. And the results are quite surprising. People you won't see on this list include Princess Leia, C-3PO, The Emperor or Kylo Ren. Even Yoda didn't make the top 10. So without further ado, let's jump in and see who you guys voted as the greatest character in Star Wars.

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Poll Position: Greatest Star Wars Character

Ok, guys, going to try something a bit different this week. I'm looking for ways to make my Tuesday List series a bit more interactive, so what I'm going to try out is bringing back the Poll Position series and have you guys vote on a category I'm planning to do in the future. I've included 20 answers already (the main characters throughout the entire Star Wars series) and I've left an option open for you guys to add your own answers. You can vote for as many as you like and I'll take the 10 characters with the highest votes and use that as the basis for the list in 2 weeks time.

To clarify, I've separated characters that are played by different actors between trilogies (Yoda doesn't count here as he's a puppet/ CGI).