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My Brooklyn Nine-Nine journey and my favourite episodes

On the 10th of May, 2018, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was cancelled by Fox. Ironically this was the first time I had really heard of the show, as within minutes of the news breaking several famous people I follow on Twitter expressed their shock. Never did I expect Luke Skywalker, Samwise Gamgee and the Master of Monsters to team up but Mark Hamill, Sean Astin and Guillermo del Toro, among others, begged Fox to revive a show that at that time I had no real interest idea in. 31 hours later the series was saved by NBC (thus becoming like fellow beloved ex-Fox comedy Futurama) and life went on as normal. Fast forward six months and I’m scrolling through Netflix to find a new show to watch. My decision to watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine is two-fold- firstly my love for Micheal Schur’s other NBC show The Good Place and also to see just what some of my favourite film personalities have in common other than being awesome. Two months and four seasons later (fortunately we have an airdate for Season 5 on Netflix- March 8th, so I can finally catch up) and I can’t recall a time Brooklyn Nine-Nine wasn’t in my life. Season 6 airs for the first time in the US today, and while it’ll be a while before I can see it it’s worth looking back at what we have now-

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What I’m looking forward to in 2019

Another year done and dusted- and what a year it’s been for nerdom. A new Doctor arrived, Thanos killed half the universe (SPOILER ALERT for the three people who don’t know), the Skeleton Detective got political and del Toro won his Oscar. 2019 promises to be huge, so without further ado it’s time to reveal what I am looking forward this year in terms of films, television shows and books. We are returning to Hawkins, visiting our favourite drunk reality jumping cynical genius once again, travelling to a galaxy far far away and the most underrated comic book hero of all time is getting a new coat of red. 2019 is going to be huge.

Whilst the Doctor takes yet another hiatus for no reason other than the fact that the BBC cannot schedule their own programmes correctly let’s see what else the year has to offer.

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Aquaman review- The King of Atlantis gets a film worthy of the throne

For over seventy years Aquaman has been DC’s resident joke character. Thanks to some silly interpretations and the cheesy nature of the early comics the character, despite being one of the founding members of the Justice League and a constant in pretty much every lineup, has been seen in pop culture as “the fish dude”. This is in spite of his rich mythology and rebrand as a fighter and a warrior in the New 52. One of my primary concerns about the DCEU tackling Aquaman was built on the awkward attempts to make everything ultra serious yet still trying to make Aquaman a joke- in Justice League he made no impact as he simply stood around making jokes about how he talks to fish whilst the film tried desperately hard to make the audience take this inherently silly character seriously. It just didn’t mesh well. Jason Momoa was a good choice for the character but unless Aquaman’s world was treated with respect he simply wouldn’t translate well to the big screen. Well, the fears have been washed away (ooh, water puns, how original) by James Wan’s brilliant film that embraces the comic book campiness and adventurous tone of films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark whilst balancing it out with actual respect for the mythology and world building, creating a film that’s both immensely fun yet also being quite serious. See DC, this is what you should have been doing from the start!

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The Witchfinders review- I missed a week!

Whoops, I missed a week. Events such as college, college and college prevented me from writing a Kerblam! review but in short: loved it, most fun episode since The Crimson Horror, bring Twirly back as a companion, Pete McTighe needs to write more episodes and it should have been episode 5. Now onto this week’s episode, The Witchfinders, which I’ve been anticipating for a while. I love historical episodes and the witch trials are a fascinating period of English history. With a female Doctor this premise promised great things and the episode even secured probably the biggest guest star since John Hurt with Alan Cumming (known to nerds like me as Nightcrawler from X-Men 2) as King James I & VI (it’s complicated). Fortunately this episode lived up to the hype by being a return to traditional Who- monsters, history and horror combining in a gloriously entertaining episode with one amazing guest role. Chris Chibnall may be an excellent showrunner, but he should really leave the majority of the writing to guest writers. Joy Wilkinson gets Who.

Alan Cumming wonders how much scenery he can chew in a single take.

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Demons of the Punjab review- A welcome return to form

Question- what did we do to deserve this series? Seriously, we were lucky to have one era-defining historical story but to have two? The conspiracy theorist thinks Chibnall made last week deliberately “meh” in order to make us savour something with substance, and something with substance we got. Demons of the Punjab is a wonderful episode that encapsulates everything brilliant about this show and deals with a difficult subject matter with skill and precision. I dare say it’s even better than Rosa, but I’ll need to rewatch it. Rather than stick an alien invasion plot in the middle of a controversial period of history, Vinay Patel takes a complex, multi layered look at war, remembrance and religion.

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The Tsuranga Condundrum review- Of all the Doctor Who episodes, this is one of them

The Peter Davison story The Awakening is neither good nor bad. It exists as a story of Doctor Who. The same can be said for this week’s episode, The Tsuranga Conundrum. For the first time since I don’t even know, we have an episode that really gives me no real emotion either way. Was it an exemplary piece of television? No. Was it a disaster? No. It simply was. It’s Schrodinger’s episode.

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The Cabin in the Woods review

Alright Halloween, I give up. I’ve caved in. I’m just gonna do what everyone does and do a proper horror film review. Not a “sorta” Halloween film like The Nightmare Before Christmas, a proper, fully fledged horror film. Yup, I’m doing it. Let’s see, what choices do I have?

Get Out? That’s pretty great. It? I’ll save that for the sequel. Jaws? Is that horror? Shaun of the Dead? I feel like that’s cheating. The Thing? Classic John Carpenter and one of the greatest films ever made? Oh yes.

Except … if I’m finally going to review a horror film for Halloween, I may as well have some fun. Why not review a horror film that prides itself on being the very thing I incorrectly assumed all horror was? Why not review a film that is perfect for someone who wants to watch a horror film but doesn’t like horror? Why not review the absolute genius that is Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods?

Released in 2012, the film was marketed as a bog-standard horror film about five friends in an abandoned cabin. Sounds trite right? But Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon creates one of the most original and genius premises of the 21st century. It has earned its place in cult film history and it secured Drew Goddard as one of the smartest filmmakers on the planet, with his screenplay for The Martian serving as the basis for the Ridley Scott film and Goddard’s own follow-up, Bad Times at the El Royale, becoming one of the most secretive and high-profile films of this year. I unfortunately have not seen it yet but believe me, I want to. The only issue with reviewing this film is that, like The Good Place, it’s impossible to talk about why this film works so well without giving away the plot. Normally this isn’t an issue, but The Cabin in the Woods revolves around the mystery and slow unravelling of what is actually happening. So in short, watch the film. Just watch it completely blind because this post will be spoiling the film. If you’ve seen it, proceed…

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Five Marvel characters that would make great Netflix shows

It’s no secret that Marvel rules the silver screen. With the interlocked Marvel Cinematic Universe dominating cinemas, it’s easy to forget the Marvel TV shows, especially when the films themselves do. Since 2015 Netflix has been producing shows based on Marvel comics, intended for an older audience. These shows are dark, gritty and suited to the more adult material that Netflix produces. Launching off the success of Daredevil, the Netflix shows have become a universe in their own right. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist came soon after, with The Defenders crossover and The Punisher quickly joining them. However I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that the shows are all the same- a gritty anti-hero lives in New York following “the Incident”. The first half has them slowly unravel a conspiracy with the main villain revealing themselves about halfway through and there’s a hallway fight somewhere because of course there is. There is angst, violence, flashbacks and subplots galore. I’m not saying the shows are bad (I haven’t even seen Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Punisher or The Defenders as I’m just not interested) but they are all in the same mould and to be honest, it’s getting a bit tiresome and I don’t find the heroes that interesting. Iron Fist has just been cancelled and I don’t see how the shows can survive without variety in the kind of heroes they focus on. Daredevil Season 3 comes out today, and whilst the show will continue to be outstanding, the Netflix shows as a whole need change and I have five characters who can help with that…

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The Ghost Monument review: Chibnall goes old school

After last week’s epic introduction to the Thirteenth Doctor, Chris Chibnall has restored Doctor Who to a level of popularity not seen since the 50th anniversary. He has followed this up with a fairly risky episode (although not as risky as next week… oh boy…) which evokes the show’s beginnings- The Ghost Monument is an incredibly slow burning episode, evoking the show’s early epics like The Keys of Marinus and creating a fully fledged alien world for the characters to learn to adapt to. Whilst not as impactful as last week’s this was a nice exploration episode that focused on making these disparate individuals work together.

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The Woman Who Fell to Earth review- The Thirteenth Doctor is here to stay

After months and months of waiting, we have finally reached The Thirteenth Doctor. Yesterday saw the debut episode of Jodie Whittaker’s era of Doctor Who, and it was worth the wait. Whilst far from being the greatest episode ever, The Woman Who Fell to Earth is a very enjoyable, refreshing start to what I hope is a solid season of Doctor Who. This episode channelled the best of the Tennant/Smith years and had a similar vibe to last year’s The Pilot, except with added freshness and darkness.

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