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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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This one is very simple. Sometimes in trailers, teasers and promos the audience is mislead, lied to or outright manipulated. Not so here. If you saw last week's teaser for The Caretaker, you're going to get exactly what you'd expect. If you're not a fan of the usual Clara/Danny stuff, if you're after a big focus upon science fiction, you're going to hate this episode. 


Taking place some time after last week's events, The Caretaker sees Clara juggling between her life on-board the TARDIS and her love life with Danny Pink. Despite being worn ragged by keeping up both, with more than a few close calls, she is managing to maintain both. However, when the Doctor departs alone only to show up posing as John Smith, the new school caretaker, her two separate lives risk colliding in the worst way possible.


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The year is 2014. This is an age where convention attendance is at an all time high. I'm not just talking about the conventions that your Mom and Dad went to for business trips; I'm talking about conventions that exhibit all things geek. Like anime, science-fiction, comic books, cosplay, and countless other ideals which make up the geek subculture. And it's not just conventions either. Websites and services such as Twitch are attracting millions upon millions of viewers to watch other people stream and commentate on their favorite video games, sometimes attracting higher ratings that some of your favorite prime-time television shows. Youtube has become a showcase for geekdom, with cosplay music videos, Let's Plays, Machinima, among countless other things geek. We've also seen television jump on the geek bandwagon, creating shows such as the Big Bang Theory, Face/Off, Heroes of Cosplay, and King of the Nerds becoming mainstays in nightly television. It's become no question, that we now live in an era where geek has entered the mainstream.

So it begs the question: Is geek even geek anymore?

I am a geek, as many of you can probably tell. My vice as a child was Star Trek and video games. Every week, I would watch Star Trek when it was on; whether it was a rerun of the original series or a new episode of TNG, DS9, or Voyager. It didn't matter. I was also a huge pokemon nerd, taking years of my life to collect all original 151 Pokemon cards (all of which have been lost with time). But this was also a stage where it was "socially acceptable" to collect things such as Pokemon cards, being the tender age of eight years old.

I still collected until I was 16, an age where your new priorities should be trying to get laid and drink as much alcohol as humanly possible without getting cited for underage drinking. You see, in a time where everyone around me was listening to Kanye West, going to parties every weekend, and doing incredibly dumb things under the guise of being a high school teenager, I was still collecting my Pokemon cards and watching my Star Trek. I would religiously read books like the Star Trek TNG Technical Manual. I was even part of a Star Trek PBEM (Play By E-Mail) Role Playing Group on Yahoo groups. I was the complete definition of a geek.

And I got teased.

Beaten.

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The last time we covered an episode of Who, the big problem was that it was a solid episode from the get-go let down by a sub-par conclusion, at least in my personal opinion. Well, amazingly Time Heist actually does the reverse. While these reviews don't go into spoilers for obvious reasons, the episode starts out fairly weakly, but gets progressively stronger as time goes by, without out-staying its welcome. While hardly perfect it's one well worth sitting through, it just could have been better.


The story this time is that the Doctor, Clara and two other criminals suddenly awaken in a dark room on an unknown planet. Holding onto worms which devour their memories (a nice call-back to The Snowmen) they soon learn that each of them has voluntarily lost parts of their history in order to accomplish a monolithic task: Break into the most heavily secure bank in the galaxy, find several items, and retrieve them for an unknown employer. A difficult job even for the best of professionals, but one which they must complete in the name of survival...


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An unfortunate trend in many articles on this blog and The Founding Fields is that, beyond Black Library books, many articles about the setting tend to be negative. Looking back, the vast majority of codex reviews have been negative or moderate, with few times when anything has been truly praised with any great enthusiasm. So, in order to correct that somewhat, this article is going to look into why Warhammer 40,000 works as a setting. This will specifically look into just why the universe is so great, and it can ultimately be put down to one thing: The Batman Effect. Something it does even better than the caped crusader himself.


Anyone who has actually looked up Batman, or most superheroes for that matter, will know they've run the gambit in terms of themes, styles and presentation. The character has had such a varied number of artists, authors and creators working on him for so long that he can be molded into just about any story and someone, somewhere will still find a way to make it work. 


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Greetings, folks, and welcome to another installment of “Spinoffs I Wish Would Happen.” Every so once in a while, while watching a movie or a television show, I stumble upon a character, and wish that some focus would be put into their story, instead of the story being told. Now don't get me wrong, these are more likely from movies that I thoroughly enjoy, but I also see some potential spinoff material in the works.

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The series so far has been quite the roller-coaster ride hasn't it? For every serious episode we get it's immediately followed up by a wacky comedy or some massive tonal shift to something entirely different. So, after last week's Robot of Sherwood we now have Listen, apparently set up as a horror story and nightmarish tale of woe. It's certainly a bit jarring to go from one to the next, with each bit only working if you completely separate them out, and that goes for the episode as well.


The Doctor has become obsessed with an idea, thinking of things which hide in the corners of the universe and stay away from all others, of primordial fears and old ideas. His theories are seemingly proven when something is written inside the TARDIS, in his own handwriting, yet he has no memory of ever leaving it there. Clara meanwhile, returning from her disastrous date with Danny, is soon dragged into this event and soon many things are thrown into question...


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interview with Neil Ross

http://www.podcastgarden.com/episode/nerdversity-135-an-interview-with-neil-ross-corrected_25855

i hope you enjoy the podcast episode

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