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Mrs. Sam Jones
25 May 2025 @ 08:00 am
Yes, my journal is f-locked.  For various reasons. 

None of the graphics I post are locked, and neither are my book reviews.  Feel free to browse though them.  All other posts are locked.

I do have other fandoms, but a brief glance at my userpics will tell you that the majority of the stuff I post about is Doctor Who.  Mostly Classic Series.  Occasionally I'll surprise you and post about something else.

Feel free to friend me, but if you want to be added so you can read locked posts, you're going to have to ask.  If your journal is new and there's nothing there, don't be offended if I don't add you right away.  Once you start using your journal, or I get to know you in a community, I'll add you. 

Enjoy your stay in the asylum!





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Mrs. Sam Jones
10 August 2012 @ 10:39 pm
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Watching Revelation of the Daleks. There are Weeping Angels in the catacombs. Found it amusing. That would be a fun fight to watch.

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Mrs. Sam Jones
01 February 2009 @ 04:55 pm
Ah, a story that proves that RTD does not have the monopoly on shit Dalek scripts.

A few weeks ago Kirk and I decided to watch this because we didn't know what we really wanted to watch. I hadn't seen it since God was a kid, and I knew it was Sarah Jane, and I thought it would be cool. Then I saw that it was actually written by Terry Nation, and I thought, this could be good.

And for the first episode it was.

Like any good (or shit) RTD story, this one begins a rapid decent upon the arrival of the Daleks. Nothing in this story makes sense, from the Dalek's motivations to the fact that they can still move around, but their guns won't fire. WTF?

I can overlook the horrendously bad CGI because it is a Pertwee story, and CGI was still a relatively new thing.

But I have a difficult time overlooking the music. I swear, the music was like the kind you'd hear on a comedy that was trying to do a scary story for a change. It was just sad.

There is just so much about this story that is truly terrible, and so very little that is actually good. About the only thing going for it is the hope that when the DVD comes out, the restoration team does some "alternate takes" with all the CGI stuff.

And the hope that there's a written apology from Terry Nation in PDF form somewhere on the disc.




 
 
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Mrs. Sam Jones
19 January 2009 @ 01:54 pm
Loose Canon's Recon: Okay, I'd heard that the CGI Yeti in this looked really goofy and people thought they shouldn't have attempted to make moving Yeti. I gotta disagree. Yeah, the moving CGI Yeti did look goofy, but anytime they can animate something, anything in a recon, I'm gonna say, "go for it." It means less scrolling text along the bottom of the screen, and that just makes for a more enjoyable viewing experience in my book. (I will say that scrolling text on a static image is totally different from text on a foreign film, however.)

There was only one surviving episode of this six-parter, and while the BBC did do a fandamntastic job of cleaning it up for release on the Lost in Time DVD set, the recon team did a fandamntastic job of putting together a really good reconstruction of the other five episodes. Yeah, some of the source images were rough, but the recons were clear and vivid enough to ensure the viewer didn't get bored.

And then there were the CGI bloopers that the Loose Canon team did. Not ROTFL funny, but amusing nonetheless. However, the appearance of the Quark in the Monestary was pretty funny.

The Actual Story: There was some definite padding in this serial. And while the padding was mind-numbingly dull in Faceless Ones (because the recon was so poor), the padding in Snowmen wasn't nearly as bad because the recon was considerably better. Does that justify the padding, no, but it does make it more bearable.

I noticed a definite similarity between this story and Web Planet from Hartnell's era. Not only did Padmasambhava sound a lot like the Animus (they must have use the same voice modulator for both "baddies", but there was also the theme of people/creatures being forced to do things against their will. The monk/master had powers over all the monks - specifically Songsten in this story - and the Yeti, and the Animus had power over the Zarbi in Web Planet. And when monks (or our heroes) came into the presence of Padmasambhava, they were almost immediately under his control. Same with the Animus in Web Planet. Which isn't to say that that's a bad plot idea. And there were certainly enough differences to keep me interested. But I did notice the similarities.

Overall, it wasn't a bad story, but it had its slow moments. I would say more here about the character of Victoria (who I'm really just getting to know well), but I'm going to wait and write up a big piece on that after I've seen all her stories. We watched Ice Warriors yesterday (expect a review soon), and with luck I may get to write some meta about Victoria in the near future.




 
 
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Mrs. Sam Jones
07 January 2009 @ 02:02 pm
Oh joy! I've finally got around to watching this story. And it only took a year and a bit. Well, it's not like I haven't been busy, y'know. ;)

Anyway...

I will give them credit, it is an intriguing storyline and certainly had a good deal of mystery. However, it could have been told in four episodes and would have been a lot better and more suspenseful. Then again, I think that can be said for a lot of the longer stories. Perhaps it's just easier to wish it were shorter when one is watching a recon. And not a great recon at that. (Really, the version that hubby has isn't the greatest. I think Loose Canon needs to redo it.)

It's also a point in its favor that it centers around airplanes and airports. For 1966, when international flying was still something of a rarity, it is a very timely story. (And then there's Time Flight, which is timely in the fact that Concorde was relatively new.) However, as I said to Kirk last evening, why have none of the stories ever taken place on a train? What could be more romantic? And as much as the seventh Doctor isn't my favorite, I think a story with him and Ace on a train would have been fantastic.

Anyway, The Faceless Ones wasn't really all that. The Airport Commandant was a thickie and I just wanted to kick him. If someone tells you that they've found a dead body, why wag around for three episodes telling them they're wrong without even going to look? And isn't it just possible that the murderer would have moved the body by now? Oh, I know there always has to be the token idiot, the token bureaucrat, the token stumbling-block to our heroes, but sometimes that token idiot is just too dumb to be believed.

Alas, Ben and Polly were given only a slightly better exit than Dodo was. They were barely in the story at all and I found that to be very frustrating. Nothing wrong with Samantha Briggs, I wish she would have stayed on. (And I realize that would have meant no Victoria, but I think I prefer Samantha.) But for a final story, Ben and Polly were gypped. At least they got to say good-bye to the Doctor in person, which is more than Dodo got, but their last story doesn't add anything to their characters. And a lot of the time, final stories add a lot to a character (see Dalek Invasion of Earth, Hand of Fear, and Planet of Fire).

So, while the sci-fi-ness of it was cool, the fact that Ben and Polly were barely in it, frustrated me, and the Commandant just drove me insane. Not a great story, but I think I would have enjoyed it more had it not been a recon. (It was terribly boring.) Alas, we'll never know.

Now on to season five!




 
 
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Mrs. Sam Jones
25 November 2008 @ 01:05 pm
I haven't said much about Chuck so far this season. TBH, I've been a little disappointed with it. Not the cast, they've been great, but the need to turn Chuck into a real-life-honest-to-goodness spy. I was very pleased with last night's eppy because Sarah actually told Chuck not to be the spy, but to stay the nice guy he is and to leave the emotionally difficulties of being a spy to her (and, by extension, Casey). I appreciated that.

But there was so much to love about last night's episode.

First there was the Awesomes. I so very much wanted to see them! They have to all be Awesome. I mean, they just are. :D I was quite disappointed that I we didn't get to see them, but it was just a small disappointment in a sea of squee.

Upon seeing the preview last week, I was worried that this was going to be a Chuck/Jill emo!angst-fest. It wasn't and I was so very relieved.

The plot with Morgan, Jeff, and Lester at the Buy More was Made of Absolute Win. Not only because it ended so well for all of them (having Thanksgiving dinner at the Bartowski's), but because it was just so terribly funny (and painfully sad) to realize that neither Jeff nor Lester have any families of their own and are totally unaware of the existence of real roasted turkey. The tripwires were great, and Morgan and Lester touching the glass from either side was just hilarious and so wonderfully geeky. I honestly expected Morgan to quote Spock at that point. Some piffle about the needs of the many. It would have been, well, awesome.

Then there was Big Mike. Oh, how I love you! Not only going fishing on Thanksgiving so he doesn't have to spend the day with Lady Big Mike (who I now want to meet), but coming in and tackling that Fulcrum agent at the end and saving Casey's ass. Thinking that he was a thief. Hilarious! Priceless!! There isn't a scene that he's in that isn't, well, awesome.

However, the best part, the part that actually made me squee, was the preview for next week's episode. Carl Lumbly is guesting. DUDE! It's Dixon!! Alias and Chuck crossover! How totally awesome is that?! I squeed and danced and was all kinds of happy when I saw that. EEE!!!!

So yeah, I'd been a little down about Chuck this season, but now I'm all right there. YAY!




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20 November 2008 @ 11:57 am
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04 November 2008 @ 02:11 pm
1. Stop talking about politics for a moment or two.
2. Post a reasonably-sized picture in your LJ, NOT under a cut tag, of something pleasant, such as an adorable kitten, or a fluffy white cloud, or a bottle of booze. Something that has NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS.
3. Include these instructions, and share the love.


Just now took this. It's the view from my front porch. Click to embiggen (if you like).









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Mrs. Sam Jones
03 November 2008 @ 10:42 am
Happy Birthday to my husband, options3000!!

I love you, honey!




 
 
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