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Casting News: ‘Doctor Who’ Favorite Peter Davison to Star in ‘Call the Midwife’ Christmas Special — BBC America

Doctor Who alum Peter Davison is to guest star in Call the Midwife‘s festive special. Davison, who starred as the Fifth Doctor between 1981 and 1984, will play Mr. Percival in the special, a ringleader who brings his circus to the show’s east London neighborhood, Poplar, just in time for Christmas. The show’s U.K. publicity…

Casting News: ‘Doctor Who’ Favorite Peter Davison to Star in ‘Call the Midwife’ Christmas Special — BBC America

I am DELIGHTED by this, everything from the character to the costume to the weird sudden realisation I had that circuses still exist

No Justice for Breonna Taylor — Filosofa’s Word

March 13th in Louisville, Kentucky.  Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were sound asleep when they woke to the sound of their door being broken down and in the dark, they saw three men with guns pointed at them.  Mr. Walker grabbed his own gun from the nightstand and fired a single shot, hitting […]

No Justice for Breonna Taylor — Filosofa’s Word

This is a good summary of the incredibly awful things that just. keep. happening. I can’t believe it ended like this. I mean, I can, but… I don’t want to believe it.

I’m going to make a donation to the Louisville Community Bail Fund.

gifs of my favourite scene in TROS, which wasn’t in TROS

From this magnificent edit by jon h on YouTube.

Every time I see it I feel so annoyed that the Jedi were in the movie as voices only. I loved the scene with them all talking to Rey, but – look how damn easy it would have been to have them show up in physical form!

But to some extent I think franchises are a democracy, so in my head this is what “really” happened.

Harry Osborn’s Comic Appearances: Amazing Spider-Man #31

So after making this post I thought, hey, why not make a little archive of all Harry’s comic book appearances? Obviously there’s an extent to which that might be IMPOSSIBLE, but years and years ago I did try and make a blog devoted to exactly that. It had like 6 followers after one year. So consider this the second shot I guess!

(I really doubt I’ll get further than like, the ’70s, but you never know I guess.)

SO! Come back with me to 1965, a time when I was not born, and let’s take a look at Harry’s VERY FIRST appearance in Spider-Man. Pre-Gwen’s death, pre-drug addiction, pre-Norman existing even!

It’s not much to write home about. Poor ‘ol Harry. He’s not good-looking, he’s as casually sexist as most of the Sixties were, and he wears a bow tie.

But hey this is also the first appearance of one Gwen Stacy, and pretty much the first detail we learn about either of them is that they’re friends! And this friendship will last a long time, including after death. (sob) Yet they’re not actually together romantically.

A frosh, apparently, is just another word for “college freshman” and not something incredibly insulting like I feared.

Doesn’t answer to a known school bully yelling “Hey c’mere?” CLEARLY they’re a HORRIBLE PERSON

Yeesh, Harry. Lay off the guy.

Man Harry is such a dick in his first appearance! He’s basically Flash 2.0. The sixties slang makes it more palatable though.

Okay so this is interesting because for a long time in Spider-Man canon (can’t remember if it’s still the case) the accident which turned Norman into Green Goblin was caused by a jealous, neglected Harry switching around his lab chemicals. So uh… whenever Harry is lashing out he turns to chemicals, one way or another.

Harry temporarily drops his mean shit for Gwen’s sake. That’s… nice I guess.

And so there ya go, Harry Osborn Version 1. He’s not a nice person and at this point one might think he would end up as nothing more than Flash’s henchman or a romantic rival for Gwen. But you would be wrong! VERY WRONG.

(Buckle up, there’s gonna be a LOT of comics to go through.)

Recent Pokemon Go stuff

Yesterday was Porygon Community Day and it was a success for me:

“Pick me! Pick me!”

What else have I caught recently? Well there was this unexpected shiny Raichu which was nice.

I got a ton of shiny Magicarps when their day came around, thus somewhat lessening the specialness of my original one, boo.

The pandemic has kinda dulled my Pokemon playing for obvious reasons. I still sometimes get some good ones in the house though.

Cobra Kai season two

Everybody was kung-fu fighting!

Those kicks were fast as lightening!

…In fact it was a little bit frightening.

So, now I’ve seen all of season 2. Although still not the original Karate Kid movie, I’m sorry! I will get to it I promise.

This series is so good. I keep running into reviews of it which say, “I expected this series to be a ridiculous nostalgia-fest and it’s the exact opposite.” At times it feels like a Greek tragedy which just happens to involve karate. The awfulness which happens in the season 2 finale, you could see it a mile away. Just talk to each other and stop acting like children! Put your petty differences aside and try and help out the kids in your care! Get them away from toxic influences including your own! But they didn’t and now everything is ruined.

There’s one thing I really hope the show picks up in season 3 and that’s how much both Daniel and Johnny have failed at parenting their sons. Look at Anthony! He’s a spoiled brat who barely says a word which isn’t demanding or antagonistic. You get the feeling his parents, with their busy careers, never had time for him and just handed him whatever would keep him happy. And in a show about how the older generation can ruin the next one, I hope we learn more about what’s gone on there and see Daniel try and fix it. Because that kid is a goddamn powder keg.

Another kid who is a goddamn powder keg is Hawk, he’s gone way beyond regular teenage posturing. I appreciate that this season showed us he always had anger issues and Cobra Kai just pushed him over the edge. (Probably straight-up Johnny’s fault, that one, for bullying him in front of everyone.) I’m sort of terrified of him but the actor who plays him is killing it. I hope he has an even bigger role next season.

Is it too on-brand for me to say I feel a lot of this series is about toxic masculinity? Johnny and Daniel are the main examples of this so far, but they’re very slowly learning. It’s just a shame it might have come too late.

According to Wikipedia, Cobra Kai is a comedy-drama. I’m not so sure about that.

More overly devoted archiving

General consensus seems to be that tumblr is on its way out. (Blogs being deleted with no warning, that sort of thing.) So I thought I would spend some time today moving some old tumblr blog posts over to this blog. I dunno if they will show up on anyone’s feed but well, that’s what I’m doing! Wonder how many years that app has left before it goes completely the way of LiveJournal.

Knives Out as Cinderella

After ages of everyone saying it was very good I finally saw Knives Out and it is indeed very good. And I think the thing I liked about it the most is that yeah it’s a murder mystery but also… it’s a Cinderella story!

Consider:

(spoilers ahead)

A beautiful young woman is the true heir to her “father’s” fortune, but is abused and mistreated by her “stepfamily” who look down on her.

The heroine has a helper, let’s say a sort of fairy godfather, who protects and defends her.

The heroine must wear a disguise-

-and flee from a party at exactly midnight.

The heroine has a special connection with animals, which marks her out as pure of heart.

At the end of the story the heroine wins not by being ruthless or devious by by being kind, and her goodness is rewarded.

The wicked stepfamily, on the other hand, are punished.

The heroine inherits her “palace” and takes her rightful place as “ruler.”

And of course, there’s a revelation involving a shoe.


I don’t know if any of this was intentional, but I love it.