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Blackfish: A Review & Five Questions

My favorite animal has always been the Orca, which is better known as the Killer Whale. As a kid I begged my mom to go see Free Willy and watched it on VHS a thousand times. My room was cluttered with plastic Killer Whales and books on marine mammals. Hell, I even knew that Killer Whales are in the Dolphin family. So when I heard about this documentary, I knew I had to see it.

Blackfish touches on various topics about Orcas in captivity. They include: trainer/whale relationships, capturing practices, history, SeaWorld lawsuits, etc. However, the main subject is Tilikum the whale. The movie tells the story of his life from the time he was captured to present day. SPOILER: His life is utterly horrible and SeaWorld is the worst. Blackfish has to be one of the most depressing documentaries that I’ve seen. You really feel bad for Tilikum and all the other in captivity. Especially, when trainers tell stories of a young Tilikum being terrorized by larger whales. You’ll also feel bad for the interviewed trainers because they really care for the whales. Throughout the film you’ll see accidents and attacks that involved the trainers. There are some pretty scary clips, but nothing gruesome.

Here are five questions I about the documentary:

 

  1. How pissed off is SeaWorld?

     

  2. Why didn’t they interview any trainers that survived killer whale attacks? Maybe SeaWorld paid them to keep their yaps shut. I thought it would’ve been interesting to see the man who was crushed between two whales.

  3. Who on Earth still goes to SeaWorld? The short answer is MidWestern yokels.

  4. Did anyone else know that there is a SeaWorld in San Antonio?

  5. Once again, how pissed off is SeaWorld?

Even though it might be a downer, I highly recommend watching this documentary. It’s very well made and steers away from being just another “big corporations are pure evil” documentary. You’ll be hit with a lot of emotions and have new respect for wildlife. I walked out the theater never wanting to go to SeaWorld or any place that houses captive animals.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: Free Willy was released 20 years ago! Yes, feel old.

 

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Who’s Next? – Part 2

At this point if you’re a Doctor Who fan you already know that the new Doctor is Peter Capaldi. Love him or hate him, the new series will be headed in a new direction. Here are five things I would like to see in next year in the 8th series.

 

  1. Captain Jack/Torchwood – It’s been far too long since we’ve seen everybody’s favorite omnisexual, time traveling immortal was on an adventure with the Doctor. Jack has always had great chemistry with the 9th and 10th Doctors. He’s brought a mix of humor and tragedy to the show in the past that has made him an unforgettable character. Torchwood: Miracle Day didn’t quite hit the mark for me and I would love to see the group come back in a Doctor Who story.

  2. Timelords – Though the Timelords are supposed to be whipped out, I would like to see some return. This includes The Master, The Rani, and even the Doctor’s daughter. Hell bring back all of Gallifrey. I think it would be interesting to have the Doctor interact with characters that are considered his equals and elders. Also, an older Doctor would be more of a father figure to his daughter. That’s if they ever cross paths.

  3. Direct continuation of old episodes – I think it would be compelling if the Doctor landed seconds or minutes right after his past self departed. Maybe even several years later and the audience can see the effects of the Doctor’s past involvements on distant worlds. Would the Doctor saving the day cause positive or negative effects on that particular society. I want to see the Doctor come across the Kinda and the Androids of Tara.’

  4. More TARDIS exploration – I really loved the episodes “The Doctor’s Wife” and “Journey to the Center of the TARDIS” mostly because it gave the viewer a deeper look into the corridors of the TARDIS. I would like to see more secret rooms, ancient libraries, and past console rooms. I would be fun to see the new Doctor interact with a console from 3rd or 7th Doctor eras. Hilarity would ensue.

  5. The Eighth Doctor – I like Paul McGann as the Doctor and even more as an actor. Sure the Doctor Who movie stunk to high heaven wasn’t that good, but I thought McGann was a good Doctor. He’s very underappreciated much like George Lazenby. The 8th Doctor is long overdue for his moment in the sun. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wonders what the hell ever happened to the 8th Doctor. Maybe we’ll find out during the 50th anniversary special.

 

I have high hopes for the next season and the two upcoming specials. Let me think about my list. What would you guys like to see in the upcoming season with the new Doctor?

 
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Who’s Next?

The New Doctor

After much speculation about the new Doctor it was finally announced this afternoon (if you’re in America) on a half hour special. As soon as I calculated the time difference I quickly turned to BBC America and anxiously awaited the new Doctor. The special consisted of several clips of the show and many interviews of past Doctors and companions. I expected a little more from the special, but I still liked it. It will be hard seeing Matt Smith go because he has always been “my Doctor.” I started watching the show because of the announcement that he was selected as the Doctor. It may be sad to see him go, but I will be great seeing him in the 50th anniversary special. That’s enough about Smith.

Anywho, the new Doctor is actor Peter Capaldi. I don’t know much about him outside of his roles in “The Fires of Pompeii” (which also starred Karen Gillan) and Torchwood. I’ve also seen this great montage of him cursing up a storm in The Thick of It. I’m excited about seeing him as the Doctor. I like how the producers chose to go with an older actor. It will be interesting to see how that will play into the show. Maybe the show will take a darker and serious tone. Since I’m a fan of the older series, it will be a good to see the character take a more authoritative role in the show. I can’t wait to see what the new season will bring. I also can’t wait to see how younger audiences will react to Capaldi. Will young female Whovians debate if he’s hotter than Matt Smith or David Tennant? Will young boys have 55-year-old man on their t-shirts and lunch boxes? Only time will tell. I just hope at some point they bring back the 8th Doctor because Paul McGann is needs more time in the TARDIS.

 

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Unboxing the Endless Summer collection: SquareHue 8.13

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Another Box and another set of colors. The Square Hue Endless Summer collection was tucked neatly into my mail box in recorded time and I wasted no time painting. This box was different than I was expecting, but still contains some colors and textures I’m excited about.

Lets meet the endless summer:

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