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Abandon all hope ye who choose to watch this episode.


After the trailers at the end of last week's episode displayed a lot of what hasn't worked in this past series, people were apprehensive. They had every right to be. The acting is wooden, the storytelling ludicrous, the twists insane, and the "threat" seems half existent at the best of times. This is to say nothing of how the story meanders from one element to the next with no clear direction in an effort to be clever, and solutions come out of left field with no actual explanation.


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Of all the problems in reviewing, whether it's done as a hobby or full time job, some of the biggest ones keep coming back to a single point - the final scores of an article. Their very presence seems to be something certain writers seem to consider a stigmata and many undeniably negative aspects surround them. We've seen many criticisms of Metacritic hinge upon how they judge and value these scores, sometimes inadvertently harming the lives of game developers. We've seen audiences expectations rise to ridiculous levels, where a seven out of ten is apparently considered a middling score, and people will complain when a title is only given a nine. 

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After the smashing success of Mummy on the Orient Express last week, any episode following up that title was likely going to be left in its shadow. That's sadly the case here, as Flatline is a great episode with a truly creepy premise, but fails to quite equal last week's outing.


Returning to contemporary Earth, Clara and the Doctor immediately run into a problem. Not only is the TARDIS far more off course than usual, landing in Bristol, but the two soon find there are far bigger problems they face. The TARDIS is being drained of its energy from an outside force, shrinking its exterior dimensions and leaving the Doctor trapped within. With Clara investigating outside forces, she must find just what is tampering with the machine and causing the disappearances of so many of the city's residents. Unfortunately for them both, foe they face is a far less material villain than either realises.


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Well this is certainly an ambitious idea. If you've looked at past crowd funding you'll have seen that everyone and everything has been tried with the growth of the site over the years. Video games, films, television, music and even potato salads have all been tried with varying levels of success, but over the years some of the fire has worn off. Many backers have been burned by some of the more pie in the sky ridiculous ideas and disappointing results from some of Kickstarter's biggest successes. It's caused a few new project pitches to lower their expectations, but with the opportunity for something bigger. Here's just one example, Gerry Anderson's Firestorm.


The idea is to bring back marionette shows to television by reworking an anime the late Thunderbirds creator had been a consultant for. The entire thing is to be made with the same practical effects, experienced individuals and minds which made the cult classics endure through the ages, and prove they can still be successful today. However, the Kickstarter itself is being used as much as a platform for proof of this interest as it is getting the series going. Rather than trying to fund the whole series, the project will be to help fund a minisode displaying what the crew can bring to modern television.


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Mummy on the Orient Express serves as the culmination to one of the series' big storylines to that point, discussing the Doctor's potentially callous side of his new incarnation. Along with Clara finally snapping in the previous story and the Doctor himself often seeming to go too far in this tale, we see the Doctor's obsession with danger and his disregard for life being called into question. Thankfully, for all the ups and downs, the episode handles these themes admirably.


As a final send-off to their time together, the Doctor takes Clara to the Orient Express. Named after the famous locomotive from Earth's past, the starship has been created to resemble the train in every way possible and carries various important figures. Unfortunately for the both of them, this final dance is far more dangerous than either realises. An undead creature which can only be witnessed by its victims is hunting throughout the train, picking off targets one by one. Called into action, the Doctor soon comes to understand things may be far worse than even he realises...

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U.S.A's Tyr hosts this episode's runway disaster with Co-hosts Maluku from Germany, Darrius-Jonah from U.K, and Spookypony from Australia, also joining us, special guest writer and editor of Geekmom.com Corrina Lawson.  In this episode we talk about Corrina's Phoenix Institute saga, Battle Royal is messed up, and you should totally read it, the plight of geeky mothers, Watchdogs DLC, and the Primetime fall lineup of shows, including Gotham, and Agents of Shield.   

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Hello everyone, I am pleased to announce the first episode of my new podcast the Mass Collision Cast. The podcast where we take Geekdom from around the world and run it off the rails in horrific ways.  This episodes host is Germany's Maluku with co-hosts Tyr (me of course) from the United States, Darrius-Jonah from the U.K, Rose from Poland and Derresh also from Poland.   On this Episode a first look at the New Dungeons and Dragons players handbook, Wasteland 2, Valiant Comics bundle, the Captain America: Winter Soldier Blu-Ray release, and strange Iphone repair techniques.   Also, as an added bonus, Tyr not paying attention to what his word mouth talk thingy is saying.  

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When writer Peter Harness started work on this particular story, Steven Moffat explicitly told him to "Hinchcliffe the shit out of it for the first half". It's probably the best order he could have given as the beginning plays out like an excellently well crafted classic Doctor Who tale, building up to something extremely creepy and with a few good ideas. It's dark, well paced and hits all the right notes, but it's a damn shame he didn't ask him to give the second half the same treatment. It's really there that the story goes completely off the rails.


Serving as something of a sequel to the events of last week's episode, Kill The Moon sees the Doctor trying to make reparations to Courtney at Clara's behest. Having told her that she was "not special" the Doctor refuses to take back his words, instead opting to trying to make her special by being the first woman on the moon. Unfortunately, they arrive at a time when humanity is on the brink of destruction. Something has gone horribly wrong on Luna and the last remaining astronauts on Earth have been sent on a do or die mission to ensure humanity's survival. Caught up in events, things prove to be more complicated than anyone realises.

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One of the big trends within Games Workshop is to use Forge World as much as a testing ground as a place to sell its really expensive stuff. Gradually, over time, designs and ideas from there will trickle down into stores with plastic versions of resin kits showing up on shelves. Sometimes this can be for the better, other times for worse, and with the success of the Imperial Armour books it was no real surprise to see Games Workshop trying to do something similar. 


We had already seen one extremely botched attempt to test the waters with the supplement codices. Many aspects which were a staggering success in the Imperial Armour volumes were carried over to here, from the narrative focus of the books to the greater emphasis upon certain characters and individual forces. These were nearly all bad and failed to really understand why the other books worked in the first place. 


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Greetings, folks. Sodapopcorn here, with another fantasy spinoff. Every so once in a while, there is a character in a television show or a movie that I wish the creators would put more emphasis on, and give them their own story. Joss Whedon is probably the most notorious for this, as he puts so much emphasis on his side characters, and possibly focusing a lot on back story for them. While I’m not going to knock the pure genius that is Joss Whedon, I must confess on the yearning desire to see some more story from said side characters. None more than the characters featured in the cult television series, 'Firefly'.

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