REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Vampires of Venice

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I knew from the opening of the episode that I just wasn’t going to like this one. It’s a perfectly fine episode, but after the excitement of the last two weeks I couldn’t help but be disappointed. Spoilers ahead.

Crashing Rory’s bachelor party was intentionally awkward, but it really only led to a few sight gags like a custom made “Amy + Rory” t-shirt showing up in the 16th century Venice. The whole concept of the trip as a date for the young couple just didn’t really thrill me.

The Sisters of the Water from planet Saturnyne were not very compelling enemies. I know there’s a vampire craze going on, but I was a little disappointed to see it reach Doctor Who. At least the show had it’s own take on the creatures, so I suppose it’s better than introducing actual vampires. Either way, it still felt like there was a creepiness that was absent from the episode.

Some interesting parallels were drawn between The Doctor and the Sisters’ leader, Rosanna, as the last hope of their kind. The connection extends to her people and the Timelords, and it seems like lasting damage may have been done from The Doctor witnessing the extinction of another species.

The highlight of the episode comes when we hear the silence that’s threatening the universe for the first time. It’s interesting that it happened just after Amy stepped into the TARDIS away from her “boys.” The mystery surrounding her deepens here, but this episode sets the low point for the season this far.

More on Doctor Who 2010:
Flesh and Stone / Amy’s Choice


It’s French for “boy”

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New Times Crossword, May 11, 2010

We stopped to fill our gas tank at Wawa on the way home last night and something happened that I am not proud of. Angie went inside to get us something sweet and as I was pumping gas a song came on the p.a. system that caught my attention. It took a moment to realize what it was but the attention I paid led to my demise. You see, he was a punk and she did ballet. He wasn’t good enough for her. Years later, he was on MTV and all her friends had tickets to the show. He wasn’t good enough for her. Then some voice interrupted things and tried to tell me all about an iced tea sale. When the song came back, I was told that’s how the story ends. I want to know what happened, but I will not let you get under my skin, Avril Lavigne.

Update: Was Will Shortz at Wawa last night too?


“Don’t let babies happen to you”

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It’s no secret that I like having Angie around all the time, but I really wish she could have been there this morning when I walked past a University of Pennsylvania campus rally against babies.

With placards reading “Don’t let BABIES happen to YOU”, and “STOP babies in our lifetime”, and a rainbow colored boa, they are sure to attract attention on this beautiful Spring day in Philadelphia. I have to admit, they had some fair points citing that babies contribute to unemployment and overpopulation. Their petition already had signatures from public figures like university president “Amy Gutman” and the President of the United States himself, “Barack Obama.” This could have some real momentum and I’m certain other luminaries such as “I.P. Freely” and “Amanda Hugginkiss” will be signing up soon.


Monday Night Wars II

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It’s like 1996 all over again as two rival professional wrestling programs go head-to-head tonight with both promising to have big shows.

TNA makes a move to Monday night making a rare live iMPACT! broadcast showcasing the debut of the legendary Hulk Hogan. WWE RAW will counter by upping the ante on their long running show by featuring the return of Bret “The Hitman” Hart after 12 years away from the business.

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Less Than Three Dynasty

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I wrote a post last night about how much I was enjoying the ECW program on SciFi recently, but by the end of the night it was no longer relevant in any way.  So, I’ve distilled it down to what I was really focused on and present it here as a replacement.

I’m not going to lie to you, if you have no interest in professional wrestling this post will not be for you.  Indulge me for a moment as I talk about it though.  There’s a lot of this stuff on TV (7-10 hours any given week), and most of it is not very good.  However, I’ve spent a lot of my life as a fan, and I’m very excited about a new group of characters that have come on the scene in World Wrestling Entertainment.

The Hart Dynasty are a new incarnation of some WWF classics that I couldn’t get enough of as a kid:  The British Bulldogs and The Hart Foundation.  This new Hart Dynasty is comprised of David Hart Smith, Natalia Neidhart, and Tyson Kidd.  So, it’s the son of British Bulldogs’ Davey Boy Smith, the daughter of  The Hart Foundation’s Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, and the last student of the Hart Dungeon wrestling school in Calgary.  Basically, it’s the fusion of my favorite wrestlers from when I was 11.

How could I not love this?  The Hart Dynasty can be seen on Smackdown! beginning this Friday night on MyNetwork  at 8PM.  ECW airs Tuesday nights on SciFi (or is it SyFy now?) at 10PM, but I have no reason to mention that anymore.  And if you’ve read this far here’s a treat.