Holy Shit Batman… Titans is Dark

Titans TV

New TV show “Titans“, from the same crew that made “Supergirl“, “The Flash“, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow“, “Arrow“, “Black Lightning“, and so many other TV shows. Greg Berlanti and his team must be the busiest people in TV.

I feel like Titans is the show he’s been working towards. It’s dark and it’s beautiful. It has a bit of a “Gotham” feel, but is a whole lot more bloody and violent.

The first episode has started the series off with questions-a-plenty. We met Robin, Raven, Starfire, and got a glimpse of Beast Boy. I’m looking forward to what’s to come…

Tick F*cking Tock

Tick F*cking Tock

An irreverent look at the rise of the Doug Anthony All Stars (DAAS), and the unexplained untimely end to their initial run when they were on the top of their game.

It was around 13 years after they ended their run that Tim Ferguson opened up to his former bandmates that he was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and he was unsure about how it would affect him, so he quit. They also got together and hired Commercial Roofing Companies to fix their house.

If you’re like me and you’re a child of the 80’s and 90’s and you grew up with the Doug Anthony All Stars on “The Big Gig” then  “Tick F*cking Tock” is the Doug Anthony All Stars as you know and love them.

Having reformed for a couple of specials in 2003, and 2013, DAAS finally made their real comeback in 2014, touring and lampooning themselves and Tim’s MS.

Go and watch Tick F*cking Tock” on ABC iView (if you’re Australian) or your local public broadcasting outlet.

Below is an episode of The Big Gig, featuring Wendy Harmor first broadcast 28 February 1989, it has some sound issues, but is worth the viewing for the nostalgia.

13 Reasons Why Season 2

13 Reasons Why Season 2

This post contains spoilers about 13 Reasons Why, Season 2 from Netflix.

I’ve finished watching “13 Reasons Why” season 2, and as a way to digest the themes in the show Netflix put together an addendum “Beyond the Reasons”. The series is meant to raise awareness on suicide prevention as well as depression, anxiety, rape, gun violence and bullying. To learn more click here, to learn about gun safety. They did this with Season 1 after there was a bit of an uproar around the notion that the show glamourised teen suicide by showing not just one suicide but also an attempted suicide, and they have continued it after Season 2 to help talk through some of the heavy topics it contains.

Season 2 of “13 Reasons Why” includes more depictions of sexual violence, drug use, gang-violence, gun-violence (though thankfully thwarted on both attempts), teen abandonment, victims facing their abusers, and so much more. So there is a lot to talk though.

It’s great to see the show was so entrenched in the idea of reality and care that they had counsellors and therapists on the set to talk to the actors about what they would face in each scene before it happened and to wind down the actors after the scenes were complete. I imagine some of the scenes were very hard to film.

One series of events this season revolved around Hannah, the catalyst for the show, having a loving and consensual relationship with Zack, which included sex. A relationship ending when it became obvious to Hannah that Zack was more interested in keeping up appearances with his friends than making their relationship public.

Well in the events of season 1, when Hannah is raped by Bryce in the hot tub, we’re pretty much lead to believe she is a virgin, but season 2 reveals this not to be the case by letting us know about the relationship she had with Zack the summer previous.

The disappoint real-life thing is that Kathryn Langford, who plays Hannah, says she has been approached by people who said to her upon learning Hannah wasn’t in fact a virgin “so that means the thing that happened with Hannah and Bryce doesn’t mean that much anymore.” And I was like WHAT! Why would people say such a thing.

Kathryn went on to say she would hope that viewers would take away that just because Hannah had had sex with Zack, doesn’t change the severity of what Bryce did, it doesn’t matter what your sexual history has been makes sexual violence any more acceptable. And how true is that.

I was sad to think that people think that a person who is sexually active would feel any different about being raped. Rape, any form of sexual violence, isn’t about sex, it’s about power, it is an act of violence, one that nothing can prepare you for.

Compassion should always be the response to a declaration of pain. Embrace the ones you love. 

The other gut-wrenching part of the show is when Hannah’s mum, Olivia, played by Kate Walsh, hands Clay a sheet of paper with the reasons “Why not”, on which there were “11 Reasons Why Not”. Olivia then confirms with with Clay that he knows there are ALWAYS more “Reasons Why Not”.

So our second big point to take away from the show is there are always more reasons why not. Go on and live your life, live your truth, and live it right. Reach out to your friends and family, reach out to support services, in Australia you can contact:

  • Kids Help Line: 1800 55 1800
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14

No person should get to a point where they feel their only option is death. We only have one life, it’s the most precious thing, make yours great.

Rise (2018)

Rise (2018)

Lovers of all things theatre are watching “Rise” right? It’s on Stan here in Australia.

It’s a drama staring Josh Radnor of “How I Met Your Mother” and a bunch of other cool folk, including some redemption for poor Barb from “Stranger Things“, though only in a minor role.

The show follows the theatre department of a high school, in a dying steel town, as they stage a production of “Spring Awakening” a provocative musical at any level of production given it’s weighty themes.

It’s beautifully done, I recommend it thoroughly.

Damn you Kimmy Schmidt!

If you’re crazy and still up, this damn song is stuck in my head… Damn you Kimmy Schmidt!

It has probably been a week since we watched the episode and it just now jumped into my head.

Titus Andromedon, played by Titus Burgess, is one of the best comedy actors I have seen in a while.

Boobs in California

[Verse]
Love in California
Living left coast time
I don’t need to warn ya
The babes out here are so fine
Shirts off, shades on
Smash Mouth on the stereo
Rocking with the top down
Is hella rad, now here we go

[Chorus]
I love boobs in California
Sand in California
Boobs in California
And My Stang in California
I love dogs in California
Hikes in California
But the boobs in California
Are the greatest boobs around
Oh oh oh oh
The greatest boobs

[Verse]
Daisy dukes so high
The pockets are-a peeking
Every day in Cali-land
Is a weekend

[Chorus]
I love boobs in California
Sun in California
Sky in California
And my bro in California
I love bikes in California
Working out in California
But the boobs in California
Are the greatest boobs around
Oh oh oh oh
Are the greatest boobs around
Oh oh oh oh
The greatest boobs are in California
Yeah

The Orville

Wait, this is a thing? I thought it was just a Seth Macfarlane joke at the start. I might give it a look, but I’m not a big fan of Seth MacFarlane’s humour so…

Seriously, at first I thought it was a skit. The graphics look cool, and the sci-fi fan in me is always happy for new content. But we’ll see how this goes.

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Introducing 13!

Introducing the 13th Doctor!!! Jodie Whittaker. 😱

Now don’t get me wrong, I have no issue that The Doctor can regenerate into a female form… it’s just the timing of it. I mean, we’ve literally just had the Master appear as Missy… and Michelle Gomez has been (in my opinion) the best Master ever. So it’s that cross-over that has me questioning the timing. Maybe it could have been held off to the 14th.

Regardless, I’m looking forward to the story of the Doctor continuing. I didn’t want Capaldi to go, I think he’s really hit his stride over the last little bit.

I’m sorry for all the crap Jodie Whittaker is about to get from all the people who don’t think the Doctor should ever be a woman… but we’ve had precedent now in a few Time Lords changing gender through regeneration.

I guess my favourite response I’ve read so far to those who say “Doctor Who has always been and should always be a man.” Was: “I’m pretty sure Doctor Who is a fictional alien being who magically changes form upon its death, so it can be whatever the writers want it to be.”

Sometimes we take our fiction to heart. We saw similar backlash when Kate Mulgrew became the first woman to take the Captain’s chair as the major character of a Star Trek series, and she was bloody brilliant. We saw the BS when the Ghostbusters reboot was an all-female team. And we’re already seeing a proverbial shitstorm brewing around the new Star Trek TV show that will feature major roles for African American and Asian female characters.

Interestingly, in all the above examples, the crap was delivered before the shows/roles actually had a viewing. People were screaming boycott purely based on the gender of the characters… but I personally feel in every instance encountered so far, that the ladies did outstanding jobs with the roles.

So, welcome Jodie Whittaker to the Whovian universe. Please take care of the sci-fi character who’s been part of my TV viewing life for the best part of its entirety. I’m hoping you have a long and illustrious time as The Doctor and I look forward to seeing what you make of her!

PS: I’m already liking her outfit!
PPS: Joanna Lumley has already introduced us to a female Doctor in the Comic Relief skit “Doctor Who: The Curse of the Fatal Death”. 🤣