Outlander 2.12 “The Hail Mary” Top 5

As the title The Hail Mary implies, many of the events of the episode cover the last chance efforts by Claire and Jamie to derail Culloden. In many ways this episode felt like a finale of a season of Doctor Who where we need to clear the path story-wise for the movie to come. I am inclined to think Diana Gabaldon would approve of that comparison since the general idea of Jamie was sparked by an old episode of Doctor Who. The “movie” for this will be July 9 when…

Nerd Herd: Running In Style

One of the greatest (okay maybe the only great) things about running is the opportunity to run with reason. Between apps like CharityRun and the insanely popular 5k, you have a limitless options for how to do good while being good to your body. Some of us here at The Geekly Planet have decided to run with reason this season by participating in the Nerd Herd’s 4th annual virtual race series. As the title says, it’s a virtual run, meaning you can do this on your own time, anywhere in…

How to Live in Peace: The Doctor’s Plea

The last few months have been chaotic and divisive ones for our little blue planet. A series of synchronized attacks in Paris, a mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA, and another gunfight in and near a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs are only recent examples of the terrorism that is becoming all too commonplace. To make matters worse, these events have thrown kerosene on the fires of national security, racism, gun control, and abortion rights amongst other controversial topics. I have had a bit of an epiphany regarding the reason…

Doctor Who 9.3/9.4 Review – “Under the Lake” and “Before the Flood”

In Moffat I trust. In Moffat I trust. IN MOFFAT I TRUST! …le sigh… I love questions. I believe with my whole heart that questions are what drive a story. They have to be asked by the characters, and, hopefully, the audience is right there with them. I believe if the audience is asking the same questions as the characters they are watching, then the writer has successfully performed their task of engaging the audience and making them care about what is unfolding before them. I love, love, LOOOOOVE questions.…

Doctor Who 9.1/9.2 Review – “The Magician’s Apprentice” & “The Witch’s Familiar”

If “The Magician’s Apprentice” & “The Witch’s Familiar”are any indication of where Doctor Who is heading in Season 9, Steven Moffat and his crew need therapy. I don’t mean this in a bad way. Simply, they are posing questions and addressing emotional content that a therapist (or counselor, or life coach, or whatever the hippies call it these days) is typically able to give direction. Moffatt and his crew are talented enough that they provide just enough of the direction to tell the story without getting in the way of…

No Kissy Face In the TARDIS!

  In the eight seasons since Doctor Who was rebooted for Millenial consumption, there has been no shortage of should they/shouldn’t they moments between the Doctor and his companions. These were mostly one-sided, as in the case of Astrid in “Voyage of the Damned” or Martha in the entirety of Season 3.  On two glaring occasions, the feeling was reciprocated, but by and large, the Doctor has not been written or played as a being doting over those he travels with. Speaking at a recent BAFTA New York panel, current…