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.

JReviews: Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 4- Listen

So, we’ve had two “bad” episodes in a row, how does this one fare?

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JReviews: Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 3- Robot Of Sherwood

Oh dear. I don’t actually want to write this.

Hopefully that’ll set the tone for what’s to come after the jump. Sorry guys *gives pained and defeated smile*

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JReviews: Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 2- Into The Dalek

Well, that was… interesting.

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JReviews: Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 1- Deep Breath

Guess who’s back!!!!!

And it’s not just them. It seems that you guys can’t survive a week without me. I go away on holiday for 7 days and when I return the forum has completely gone kaput. Guess that means I’m not to go away again ;)

Anyway, on to the real business, because, as I’m sure most of you are aware, the new series of Doctor Who started on Saturday, whilst I was unable to watch it admittedly, so I have only just seen it, which is why this review is up today, rather than on Sunday. But it would appear I am rambling, lets just get onto the review.

See ya below the jump.

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JRroundup- Doctor Who Series 8: Hopes for the new season

So, I saw the first advert for the next series of Doctor Who earlier today, announcing the date for broadcast of the first episode. Which of course can only mean one thing, MASSIVE HYPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To kick off, I’ve decided to do a top 5 yay and nay list of things I do and don’t want to see in the new series. Now, quick disclaimer before we get into it, these are my opinions, if you agree that’s cool, if you disagree that’s cool too. I want this to be a discussion not a one sided agreement fest.

So without further ado, lets get into it, after the jump of course.

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Doctor Who: The Time Of The Doctor- A review and some thoughts

Ooooooooookaaaaaaaay. Hope everyone survived their Christmas dinner and is ok for my ramblings. And considering the fact that this is both a “special” and Matt Smith’s last Doctor Who episode, you can expect a lot of rambling, plus I’ve got a lot to get off my chest about this one. So please, let us begin. Warning, will contain spoilers. And nuts, a lot of nuts.

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Doctor Who: 50th anniversary review

So, it’s finally happened. After I don’t know how many months of teasing us, we’ve finally got to see the grand celebration. And of course, considering I reviewed the last series after it had finished, I shall now go on to review the 50th anniversary, including all the special programs that I watched. I will apologise in advance, I’ve just come off of watching it so, yeah. Also will contain spoilers.

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Sci-Fi Corner: Aliens

This week, we’re going to have a look at the major sci-fi staple; Aliens. The main thing I want to look at is why we seem to identify best with humanoids. If we look at the best loved and most famous aliens from sci-fi history, Predator, Chewbacca, the Klingons, E.T etc. they are very easily identifiable as humanoids, bipedal, human forms, all features (mouth, eyes, nose (usually), hands, feet) all in places we’d expect to be. Even the less humanoid aliens, such as the Aliens or Jabba The Hutt have some humanoid features with few bits taken away, like the humanoid rear legs on Jabba (but he still has very human arms) or the human-like head/ face on the Aliens, which is the bit that makes them so scary, as we humans seek emotion from the face, so removing the face makes the Aliens emotionless and unnerving. The only major alien that has no humanoid features, that I can think of off the top of my head, would be the Daleks, and we can argue semantics over whether the Daleks count as full aliens or cyborgs, because of the pepper-pot mobility suit, but even there they were engineered by a humanoid from humanoids, which is meant to be (alongside the Cybermen) a metaphor for the dangers of surgical enhancement, by making them less human they become more scary.

Anyway, I’ll let you guys take over now. Why do you think we identify better with aliens that are more human? Can you think of any famous non-humanoid aliens that are worthy of major note that I’ve missed? And who/ what is your favourite alien?

Sci-Fi Corner: Pimp My Spaceship

There are many things that allow people to immediately define a story as Science Fiction; aliens, time travel, teleportation, futuristic gadgets such as laser guns/ swords, warp drives and humanoid robots. But there is only one staple of Science Fiction that is actually Science Fact: Space Travel in a Spaceship. Alright we might not be able to go very far in them and we haven’t yet figured out interstellar travel, but its a start. So I thought we might as well celebrate the greatest spaceships in science fiction, because, you never know, one day they might just become science fact as well (providing their copyright is up by then).

I want to hear your opinions on this, what are your favourite spaceships? If you designed one how would you spec it? Would you trade off being able to do warp 9 for better defensive shields or greater fire power?

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Sci-Fi Corner- Fandom: Conventions & Collections

This week I just want you guys to share your experiences on the subject of being a fan.

Do you consider yourself a fan of any particular film, series or comic and if so how big a fan? Have you ever gone to a convention? Do you cosplay? What is the most memorable moment from a convention that you’ve been to? Do you collect memorabilia and if so, what and is there any dream purchase you wish you could make?