“The Day of the Doctor” and how my time with him has briefly come full circle… Perhaps I am a companion…

*Spoiler alert*

I loved it… Aside from the obvious reason that it included all of the doctors… Actually I shouldn’t say ALL of the Doctors, because I did see a lost Doctor Who special at the British Film Institute, where David Niven played the Doctor and he had a family with a younger Susan (the 1st Doctor’s “Granddaughter”)…

While others might have enjoyed “Stolen Earth” more, “Stolen Earth” focused on the companions and provided closure for the narrative complexity that was built up over a few years. “The Day of the Doctor” added to the day that has plagued the Doctor and focused on him…

I really enjoyed the John Hurt Doctor nicknamed “The Warrior (Doctor)”, with his questions and puzzlement of the other Doctors. I could not help but agree with his commentary on his future incarnations, since I find myself in a similar predicament of being disrupted from my chronological enjoyment of the series, thrust from the 70’s with the 4th Doctor, into the present day Doctors with their heavy reliance of fancy sonic screwdrivers (“Classic Who” writers that included the sonic screwdrivers were usually fired because the gizmo was considered a “cure-all” device that reduced the creators creativity) and obsession to “being cool”…

However, when all was said and done, at the end of “The Day of the Doctor”, who was to greet me before the credits rolled? But non-other than the 4th Doctor as “the curator”… While he was older and his appearance was highly questionable to the overall storyline, for me it served as a personal message, a reminder if you will. That while I have enjoyed all these glimpses of what’s to come and getting to know the future of The Doctor and his companions (Via BBC America’s year long special “The Doctors Revisited”)… It’s time to return to the 70’s, with the Doctor, who has patiently waited to resume our adventures, while I experienced a brief romp into his future…

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“The Americans” & “The Taste” TV is getting better!

I must say that I am very much enjoying “The Americans”, set moments after Regan was sworn into office, the series follows two of the KGB’s top spies, who established a front as a happily married American couple with kids. Together they must perform a delicate balancing act between carrying out their orders with a select group of field Russian field agents and being there for their pre-teen children. All while America increases it’s efforts of finding Russian spies that have infiltrated the borders.

The casting and acting is top notch and while it usually takes me an average of 5 episodes to get on-board with a series, I was hooked on episode 2. Or episode 1, since I normally do not count “pilots” as a standard episode, due to possible changes in cast, script, concepts, etc… I’m very impressed with how this series is shaping up…

“The Taste” is heating up and I’ve already learned quite a few tips to improve my own cooking ability… Good stuff!…

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Fox’s “The Following” draws first blood in the battle for the better serial killer, serial…

“The Following” debuted tonight with an impressive pilot. I couldn’t help but think of Dr. Hannibal Lector and F.B.I. agent Will Graham from Thomas Harris’ “Red Dragon”. Clearly Fox is trying to capitalize on the upcoming NBC Hannibal Lector series. Last I heard, NBC’s Lector series will focus on the untold pre-“Red Dragon” story of how Graham hunted and finally captured Dr. Lector and shall debut in the summer of this year. Being quite a Lector fan, I’ve been looking forward to NBC’s Lector since the summer of last year.

So far the casting has been very keen with Mads Mikkelsen in the role of Dr. Lector, I know a few friends who are very happy with this. Also Gillian Anderson will return to TV in the role of Dr. Lector’s therapist. However I’m not sure about the casting of Laurence Fishburne as F.B.I. Head Jack Crawford.

None the less, “The Following” was good and the connections with Edgar Allan Poe were an interesting character trait. However I’m not one to reveal spoilers, if you wish to discuss it just message me. So I’ll leave this entry as “The Following” is something I’ll continue watching. The use of Marilyn Manson’s “Sweet Dreams” at the end of the show was bad form, since that was already claimed by “Grimm” as the music which ended their pilot. It was also more fitting in “Grimm” than how it was presented in “The Following”…

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