‘Maybe we’ll all get to watch her slam her head into a five tonne slab of granite’ – Outlander Season 1 and 2

Firstly, let me apologise for being a day late with the post! My only excuse is that I have been so tired from binge watching Outlander – I just HAD to get it finished.
Yes, folks, you heard me correctly. I have been learning all about the Jacobite revolution! I have learnt a surprising amount about the Jacobites, and I actually wished it was taught in schools.
Now I can’t do this post without spoilers, so SPOILER ALERT!

 

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Claire and Frank Randall on their 2nd honeymoon to Scotland. – Outlander, Starz/Amazon Prime, 2014-Present

Outlander is a British-American adaptation of a series with the same name, based around a woman named Claire from the 1940’s who mysteriously travels back in time through the stone circle at Craigh na Dun. She’s on a 2nd honeymoon with her husband, Frank, getting to know him again after being separated during WWII. Travelling back in time obviously takes a huge toll on Claire, who has no idea where she is nor fits in at all – her clothes, her accent, her mannerisms all give away her 20th century-ness. Good thing that none of the men from the 18th century have any idea about that! They just think she’s a very weird woman.

 

 

 

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Claire and Jamie, plus their ring (which I love!) They’re almost like star crossed lovers – Outlander, Starz/Amazon Prime, 2014-Present

Claire is forced to marry Jamie, to save herself from being handed over to the evil Black Jack Randall, a man who is an ancestor of Frank Randall, Claire’s 20th century husband. The only downside to her new marriage? She falls head over heels in love with Jamie. Which makes me happy, because I am ‘Team Jamie’!

 

Claire is tried as a witch, and Jamie (in an attempt to save her life) he tries to put her through the stones again. But she doesn’t go, because she loves Jamie more than she ever loved Frank. Their love spawns not one but two children, one whom unfortunately dies (as do lots of 18th century children) and one who is born in the 20th century, which sounds very confusing – you’ll just have to watch the 29 episodes and find out what on earth I’m on about!

Catch the trailer for Season 3 down below! – 

 

Have you seen Outlander? What did you think? Feel sorry for Frank or are you team Jamie 100%? Looking forward to the 10/11th of September for Season 3? Leave a comment down below! 

(Header Image: Outlander, Starz/Amazon Prime, 2014-Present)

 

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‘Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!’ – Rick and Morty, Season 1-3

I don’t know about you, readers, but I love Rick and Morty, and have done ever since it came out. It’s like all the fun of The Simpsons or Family Guy plus science! When I attended university, I was told to watch it by a lecturer and I can say I have never turned back!

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A family photo – Rick and Morty, Adult Swim, 2013-Present

Rick and Morty is an Adult Swim production, based loosely on Back to the Future, Rick being Doc and Morty being Marty. It’s a very obvious link between them, crazy scientist and rather lackluster kid who ends up becoming the sidekick. Season 2 introduces another sidekick in the form of Summer, Morty’s older cool-girl sister, who is actually quite naive inside. Beth, their horse-heart-surgeon mother and daughter of Rick, and Jerry, his really bland and useless dad, have a very tumultuous relationship which has now ultimately (since S3 – SPOILERS) lead to a break up of the marriage. This has had a profound affect on Morty and Summer, and it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out in the end of the season – but hopefully there’s another 20 episodes before that happens!

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Let’s get Swifty! – Rick and Morty, Adult Swim, 2013-Present

Rick and Morty is 100% adult, and it’s important to not show it to your kids without at least being there! Not only will they not appreciate all the butts and rude jokes, they probably won’t get the references – link to some you probably missed here!

I really suggest watching Rick and Morty, even if it’s for a good laugh and a wonder about what on earth is going on.

What do you think about Rick and Morty? Did you watch Back to the Future and love it? Want some more crazy Doc shenanigans ahead? Did you expect Beth to divorce Jerry? Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: Rick and Morty, Adult Swim, 2013-Present)

‘That Damned Cat’ – The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Issues 1-5

As an Amazon Prime member (#nonspon), I now have access to something called “Prime Reading”. They seemed to have joined up with Comixology (#stillnonspon) to bring Prime members the ability to read some comics completely free-of-charge. One of the comics included in this was Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a horror take on our dearly beloved teenage witch from Greendale.

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Cover of Book One. You immediately know it’s our favourite witch! – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Archie Horror, 2013-Present

As part of a reboot of the Archie franchise in 2013, Archie Horror was born. With that came the Afterlife with Archie series, closely followed by Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – an occult retelling of Sabrina’s childhood in the 1960’s. It is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who writes the other Archie Horror series’, drawn by Robert Hack, and is based on Sabrinas occasional appearance in Afterlife. As a lover of Sabrina while growing up; both live action sitcom and the animated show, I just had to read it. Especially because it was free for me to do so via the kindle app. I’ve never read a comic in a digital form (other than web based), and this was an interesting experience for me… once I figured out how to make it go forwards and backwards when I wanted it to. Just a quick side note; please don’t imagine this Sabrina is anything like Melissa Joan Hart – she is anything but good in this iteration.

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Edward taking Sabrina from Diana in the woods – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Archie Horror, 2013-Present

I am a girl that scares easily. I find anything with the hint of “horror” bedwettingly terrifying. I am a massive whimp. But I do love the occult, and have read some H.P Lovecraft – so I thought I would give it a shot. Who doesn’t love witches, right? I was so glad I read it. I have not enjoyed a series in a while, and I was hooked from the get go. Our story begins one year after Sabrina’s birth – on Halloween, of course; Edward Spellman (her dad) is waiting to perform a ritual to summon his Dark Lord. Without giving away too many spoilers, he uses his magic to steal his daughter away from Diana, his wife, and turns her into nothing more than a potato – putting her into an insane asylum. A few years later, and even her father is out of the picture, leaving Sabrina in the family unit that we know; herself, Aunt Hilda, Aunt Zelda and good ol’ faithful Salem, the naughty man turned cat. As you might remember from the 90s show, Zelda and Hilda try to get Sabrina to only use her magic for good – in this, it’s almost the other way around.

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Ah Salem! Our favourite Man-Cat! – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Archie Horror, 2013-Present

The Spellman sisters want Sabrina to use her magic to best suit the family, undermining mortals for the coven. They are apathetic to her human side, and can’t understand her teenage love for Harvey Kinkle, witches have been denied the right to marry mortals by Satan himself. I won’t forget the scene where Sabrina places her hand on the unholy bible and, instead of raising her hand to the judge, places her hands in the ‘corna’ (which you might know as the Dio-hand-salute from Black Sabbath… the rock hand gesture) instead – signifying the devil over God.
I really want to read the rest of this series. I loved that they included the characters from the original Archie lineup, and really recommend people give it a go! If anyone fancies helping me get more physical copies of Chilling Adventures into the library, then I will gladly accept!

UPDATE 20/09/2017 – Sabrina is getting a TV show from the CW (the same people that make Riverdale). This has been reported on the Nerdist. Link HERE! I am hella excited!

UPDATE 13/09/2018 – Here is the teaser trailer for Sabrina. Arrival date is October 26th 2018!

Have you read Chilling Adventures? Do you remember Sabrina when you were growing up? Ever thought of her as a bad witch? Perhaps you hate this iteration of Sabrina and want Melissa back to right this comics wrongs! Leave a comment down below! 

(Header Image: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Archie Horror, 2013-Present)

‘You’re not just a thief. You’re more than that’ – Batman; The Telltale Series

Now, I’m unsure if I’ve said before, but I love video games (probably just as much as I love comics). Want to know what I love MORE than comics or video games? Video games that are comics. Which is why I love Telltale – The way they tell their stories are almost like graphic novels. They come out episodically, like a comic does (though I like to wait till I can binge the whole game at once) and the choices you pick are reminiscent of a choose your own adventure novel.

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It’s not a Batman series without him trying it on with Selina Kyle (Catwoman) at least once – Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016

Batman: The Telltale Series came out in 2016, episodes releasing every couple months between August and December. I tend to wait till the whole series is out before buying it, and it just so happened that the ‘Steam Summer Sale’ so I thought, “What the heck!” and decided to splurge the few pounds on the game. I had wanted it for ages, so was glad that it was included in the sale.

 

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Bruce donning the Batman Cowl – Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016

Batman is a young man in this game, he’s only seemingly been Batman for a year. From what I worked out he’s barely even 30, and it shows. He’s idealistic and tends to make rash decisions (or at least that’s how I played him). He’s quick to fall in and out of love with people and ideas, and he still needs Alfred to pretty much hold his hand through everything; he needs Alfred to be the Dad he never had.
This game gives new and fresh insight into the story of Bruce Wayne, and the demise of Thomas and Martha when Bruce was a child. It gives the “reader” (should that be player?) a true understanding of why Bruce does all of this. Throughout the beginning of the story, Bruce is helping out Harvey Dent become the new Mayor to replace Mayor Hamilton Hill, the current and corrupt Mayor of Gotham. Harvey and Bruce are, as Selina calls them, “BFFs” and watching Harvey’s decent into madness (to become Two-Face) has an obvious effect on Bruce. I also really enjoyed the way that Selina and Bruce had a small, and semi-unrequited, romance blossom between them – admittedly I did screw that up at one point, and she became slightly more standoffish with me that I had wanted.

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Friend or Foe? Batman and Catwoman waiting to strike – Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016

However, of course it has to all go wrong for Bruce. Suddenly, and with no warning, Bruce’s family name is besmirched. Your job, as Bruce, is to find out what’s going on. Mayror Hill is a man that has connections to both the corrupt Carmine Falcone and… the Waynes? It’s the player’s job to find out why these connections exist, and what that means for Bruce’s family. An old family friend, Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot, who grew up with Bruce, comes to bite him in the behind. It’s up to the player to determine who is friend and who is foe. Luckily, the Telltale games evolve around the player’s choices, so everyone will end up with a slightly different story.

 

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See below for my choices throughout the game, and what kind of Batman I turned out to be.

 

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Have you played Batman: The Telltale Series? What did you think? Have you played any other Telltale games, or other graphic novel point and clicks? What were your thoughts? Want me to play the new Guardians of the Galaxy one, and give you all my thoughts (please say yes!)? Leave a comment down below! 

(Header Image: Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016)

‘Welcome to a New World of Gods and Monsters’ – The Mummy (2017)

Hi, I’m the Man on the Silver Mountain. Your Librarian’s out this week so as I was down finding something in the library to keep me entertained whilst I wait for more people to visit me on the peak so as The Mummy has just come out in cinemas and as I’m more of a fan of the old Universal monster movies than the Librarian is she asked me if I’d tell you guys a little about it. So far it’s gotten some bad press as well which I don’t think it deserves.
To do this justice I feel like we have to go back to the beginning, not just of the movie itself but where this movie has come from. Right back to 1932 where Boris Karloff took on the role of our undead title character.

There is a few spoilers within this review (but most of them are just from the trailer). 

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Boris Karloff looking severe as Imhotep in The Mummy in 1932 – The Mummy, Universal Studios, 1932

That movie had adventurous archaeologist Sir. Joseph Whemple and his associate Dr. Muller find the mummified remains of the priest Imhotep (the same character found in the Brendan Fraser Mummy movie from 1999). Imhotep had been mummified alive as he had committed acts of sacrilege by attempting to resurrect his dead lover who happened to be a princess by using an artefact called the Scroll of Thoth. Thanks to one of Sir. Whemple’s assistants reading the Scroll aloud the Imhotep is revived and flees with the Scroll and disappears. Time passes until Imhotep, now passing as a modern Egyptian helps other archaeologists (one of which is Sir. Whemple’s son) to find the Princess’ tomb, around which time he also encounters Helen Grosvenor, a woman that seems to him to be the reincarnation of his long lost love. He decides to kill her, mummify her and resurrect her so that she can be his bride and the two can be together forever. During his attempt at this, Helen remembers her past life as the Princess and cries out to the goddess Isis for help, the goddess hearing her and incinerating the Scroll of Thoth – in turn destroying the source of Imhotep’s power and causing him to crumble into dust whilst Helen returns to the world with the assistance of Sir. Whemple and Dr. Muller.

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Sofia Boutella raising hell as Princess Ahmanet in The Mummy 2017 – The Mummy, Perfect World Pictures, 2017

The new movie starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella has many of the same elements but have been reworked not just for a modern audience but also as the start of Universal Studio’s Dark Universe Cinematic Universe (DUCU). In this film we find Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and his friend Chris Vail in the middle of Iraq and searching for trouble. Finding themselves in over their heads they uncover the tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess, Ahmanet (Sophia Boutella), that had been removed from history and mummified alive due to her attempts to use an artefact called the Dagger of Set to draw Set, god of chaos into a physical body to be her immortal lover and ruler. As a result of removing Ahmanet’s sarcophagus from its tomb she wakes up and chooses the one who released her as a worthy host for Set to inhabit. Nick dies in a plane crash as Ahmanet sets herself free, sacrificing himself to save Jenny Halsey, the archaeologist that he found out about the tomb from. Nick wakes up in a mortuary without a scratch on him, revived by the curse Ahmanet has placed on his to keep him alive until she is able to use the dagger to draw Set into his body. Ahmanet hunts Nick down, plaguing his thoughts with waking nightmares and continuing to draw him towards her. Just as it looks like Ahmanet has got her way Prodigium turns up, a shadowy organisation directed by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), who capture Ahmanet and bring her back with them to their base where they look to permanently end her, and find a way to help Nick with his curse problem.
Now, as I was asked to avoid spoilers, I’ll round this up quickly; Ahmanet breaks loose, Mr. Edward Hyde shows up, bad stuff happens and Nick ends up having to come to terms with being cursed to fight back against Ahmanet… and save Jenny.

As you can see from the two plots we’ve got most of the common elements here; a Mummy character entombed alive for some form of sacrilege, the Mummy in the modern age searches for a vessel to either resurrect or possess via use of an artefact with a god’s name attached to it, and our heroes have to confront the new reality the Mummy shows them in order to fight back. The differences between the two mostly being in the gender of the Mummy and the nature of the rebirth they seek.

All-in-all, I felt that this was all handled pretty well turning what was quite a slow plot in the 1930s into a superhero-esque action-horror movie in 2017. The highlights for me were Russell Crowe’s performance as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the fact that this movie was a pretty good mirror to the older film that it had taken as inspiration.

My only negative remark is that there is a lot of exposition, sometimes rehashing the same piece of information two or three times for no reason which did slow things downs at times when it didn’t seem to need to.

Final thoughts – it’s a good start for the DUCU in my opinion; a good movie that was a lot of fun, paid homage to where it had come from and was looking to plant seeds for the rest of this new cinematic universe to grow from but not in a way that took over the whole film.

Catch the trailer here!

Thanks for reading guys and for more from me you can find me on YouTube at Man on the Silver Mountain

What did you think of the NEW Mummy? Should they stopped at the Brendan Fraiser runs, or are you like The Man on the Silver Mountain and loved the new one? Looking forward to the new Dark Universe? Leave a comment down below! 

(Header Image: The Mummy, Perfect World Pictures, 2017)

 

‘Basic Bitch Psychological Warfare’ – Riverdale One-Shot and Single #1 and #2

Riverdale is one of my favourite shows. In a review I did in February, I love it. A lot. Whenever there was a week that Netflix didn’t upload it – let’s just say, I wasn’t happy waiting. Time to see if the comic lives up to the show.
I will attempt to make this review/comparison as spoiler free as possible.

A few weeks ago, I recieved a copy of the Riverdale One Shot and Singles 1 and 2 not so long ago to have a peruse through. All I can say is… I’m disappointed. They’re nothing like the show is. I would have thought that they would have at least made the characters look like the actors, but no; the art is slapdash and chunky. None of the characters look hella attractive, like the TV show, and none of them seem to act the same way.

The comics don’t feel like they have a place in the series. I can’t tell where they take place. They seem to be early on, but I can’t see where their gap is to thrive. Somewhere around Betty becoming a River Vixen, somewhere before Bughead, somewhere where they don’t fit. I think they should have been BEFORE the series, or elaborating more on the series. These stories are seemingly short one shots, which are meant to fit somewhere in the story line… but they don’t. I know I keep repeating it; but take my word for it. They don’t work. At all.
AND don’t get me started on Archie saying he loved Betty in the beginning of the One Shot, when in the series he has no feelings for her. He called her his ‘sweetheart’; look Sweetheart, make up your mind. You can’t feel two things at once. It’s like the writers never spoke to each other.

I will keep collecting the comics, because I love Riverdale. And I love the covers. I am a cover fanatic, and if the art inside was the same as the art outside… maybe I’ll have liked them more.

All in all – I am so upset about how they weren’t anything like the series… I have one thing to say to the writer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; Try again, and try harder.

I am one sad Librarian.

Take a look at the One Shot covers below!

 

 

Have you read the Riverdale comics? What did you think? Angry that I was disappointed, or do you completely agree with me? Leave a comment below!

(Header Image: Riverdale, Archie Comics, 2017)

‘You are a man?’ – The Wonder Woman film

One day late this week. Perhaps I should set myself an alarm to get these out on time!

Wonder Woman is a female superhero (THE female superhero in my opinion) in the DCEU. She is my main girl, and I have a massive canvas of her in my house. She’s my favourite character from DC Bombshells (check out my review of that for ‘International Women’s Day 2017’). Just a brief spoiler – I LOVED THIS MOVIE. DC has definitely stepped up their game after Batman VS Superman – Dawn of Justice.

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This is one of my favourite movie photos. I love how it actually looks like a WW1 photo! – Wonder Woman, DC Films, 2017

Wonder Woman is set in World War 1, and after growing up in a secluded paradise, she is thrown into the midst of battle. She assumes, pretty correctly, that the story of the God of War, Ares has come back for his final battle -and Diana herself is the only one that can stop him from killing everyone.

 

I love Diana’s innocence in this film. As it’s her origin story, she is literally new to the whole world. As she has never seen anything other than Themyscira, the gorgeous land in which the Amazons live, she assumes that the whole of the world is exactly like the world she comes from. How wrong is she? (Spoilers – VERY!)

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Steve Trevor and Wonder Woman / Diana Prince hiding in a bush! – Wonder Woman, DC Films, 2017

The team Diana ends up with couldn’t be a more rag-tag bunch. Sameer, Charlie (who you might remember as Spud from Trainspotting and T2) and Chif are all specialists in their own field. Not only is this important, it’s also important to consider that they’re very ethnically diverse. Sameer points out to Diana that he’s struggled to become an actor because he isn’t white, Chief explains that he has nothing because of Steve Trevor’s race. Even though these added important points, I didn’t feel as if the idea of racial segregation was being shoved down my throat; ignoring that the Germans were obviously doing exactly that.

 

In the end, Diana can’t stop Ares alone. Without Steve Trevor – hers (and my) one true love – she wouldn’t have made it out alive. I honestly think they’re the cutest relationship, much better than Lois and Clark. I hope beyond all hopes that they bring back Steve Trevor’s son or grandson (from the Lynda Carter led TV series – this is extremely wishful thinking).

Catch the trailer below!

Have you seen Wonder Woman? What did you think? Was the acting up to scratch? Are you an avid comic reader and just loved (or hated) the movie! Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: Wonder Woman, DC Films, 2017)

‘There are things within us that need to be unleashed’ – Penny Dreadful, Issue 1

First and foremost, I apologise for this post coming out two days after I had planned! The Library was closed on Monday, and naughty me hadn’t got the comics she wanted before the weekend! But I shan’t grovel – let’s just get on with it shall we?

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The ‘Cover Gallery’ for #1 of Penny Dreadful in single form. As you can see, Vanessa (Eva Green) is a vital part of the plot – Penny Dreadful, Titan Comics, 2016

Penny Dreadful was a show created for Showtime and Sky by John Logan, a man who had previously written Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Skyfall. I loved this show when it was on the television, and religiously tuned in each and every week.

However, when it ended it fell completely flat. Like a pancake. Did anyone else see that awful ending? It’s the biggest shame they cancelled it. Especially because, at university, I studied the Victorian period – it’s my favourite time period. My favourite book is actually A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, so when I saw Dorian was a character in it, I was very excited. His character progression, as with the rest, was amazing right until the end.

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Mina (wearing white) and Vanessa. That whole angel in white, devil in black thing! – Penny Dreadful, Titan Comics, 2016

I was a little disappointed I’ll be honest. The comic book just seems like a complete copy from the show. Obviously the characters are going to look alike, but the I felt like they could have done much more with it than they did. The story line for this issue was all about Mina – a minor character, Malcolm’s daughter, from the story of Dracula. In the original story Dracula’s demise, he entraps Mina into his clutches. Much is the true here, but I just couldn’t care less about her story line. Perhaps this is because it was all rounded off in season 1, all those years ago, and so I’ve had closure?

I quite liked the art style, though it might seem to some as a tad dark. But I liked how much like the characters actually looked like their acting counterparts. The darkness fitted the overall mystic of the comic as well as it’s dark nature.

All in all, I suggest it more for people who have yet to see the series and want some preliminary research before the show. Or, I guess, those that just really miss seeing it on our screens.

Have you read Penny Dreadful? Have you seen it? What’s your opinion on either? Are you like me and love Victorian literature? Leave your comment down below! 

(Header Image: Penny Dreadful, Titan Comics, 2016)