Almost Human: An Upcoming TV Series by the Makers of Fringe

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This three and a half minute trailer takes you through the basic concept behind Almost Human; the show is about the law and order enforcers have created a set of ‘people’ who are more like robots, but are also ‘Almost Human’. They kind of reminded me of the robots in the movie I Robot starring Will Smith, only here the robots look human with the skin and everything.

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I am quite excited about watching this show, since I have been a really huge fan of the show Fringe, which was also created by J.J Abrams. Not until recently did I realise that the main premise of the show that relied on the concept of a universe parallel to us, with the same kind of people (exact same, with the looks and the lives and everything), and the whole thing about teleporting-between-universes-caused-a-rift-in-the-fabric-of-the-universe had been derived from Doctor Who.

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Never mind that, I really adore Fringe, and it has been one of my all time favourite shows. It has the perfect blend of thrill and hard science, along with some amazing actors and screenplay. However, I wish the Observers hadn’t turned out to be the villains, they were always supposed to be the peaceful ones, quietly observing the progress of the human race. J.J Abrams is a genius, and so I am really looking forward to Almost Human and all the possible awesomeness it is going to land on me.

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A Sonnet the Doctor Who Way

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If you were to woo a Whovian, how would you do it? Cos mind you, the usual stuff just isn’t going to cut it. Here is a helping hand, a sonnet that would melt any Whovian’s heart like it was made of wax. Trust me, I am a Whovian.

I Shall

I shall be by your side, for better or worse, just like the TARDIS,

I shall exterminate your sadness and loneliness like the Daleks,

I shall upgrade your happiness and smile like the Cybermen.

I shall guard you like the ultimate Centurion, which would make Rory proud,

I shall swallow the time vortex if it means that I can be by your side again,

I shall love you even if we end up in parallel universes, never to meet again,

I shall find you, no matter where you go, I will always find you.

 

I shall stare unblinking at the Weeping Angels so that you may rest your weary eyes,

I shall stand in the way of their touch so that you may remain safe.

I shall be the Impossible Girl, always saving you from yourself,

I shall scatter myself throughout time and space so as to rescue you, every time.

I shall await you at the Bad Wolf Bay, and burn up the sun just to say goodbye,

I shall not wander off, or ask stupid questions, and above all,

I shall trust you.

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Mickey Smith: The Man Least Spoken About

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Mickey Smith, the working class boyfriend of Rose Tyler in the TV show Doctor Who, is one of the least talked about character in the show. He is grossly underestimated, and also not looked upon with the gratitude that he so rightfully deserves. You will find numerous pictures and GIFs of the Doctor, his companions and even the monsters that the Doctor fights, but just like Inspector Lestrade from Sherlock, you will barely find anything that appreciates Mickey.

Agreed, that in season 1 of the show mickey was portrayed as a daft and panicky boy, forever awaiting the hint of the sound that marks the arrival of the TARDIS, and honestly, even I wasn’t such a big fan of his. However, in the second season, Mickey is suddenly transformed into an action hero who struts around with a big gun, fighting the Cybermen and trying to save both the universes.

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The character development of Mickey Smith is quite remarkable and the fact that when he landed in the parallel universe with Rose and the Doctor, he chooses to stay behind with his blind grandmother instead of tailing Rose wherever she choose to go with the Doctor. That is the first time I felt an inkling of admiration for Mickey Smith.

Mickey isn’t glamorous, cocky and brilliant like the Doctor, and maybe that is why besides the Doctor he is out shadowed and thus ignored to a large extent by fans of the show. However, Mickey Smith, you are amazing, and worthy of an applause. *clap clap clap*

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Doctor Who Ruins Me

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Last night I watched the finale of Doctor Who Season 2, and man, was that emotionally excruciating or what! Its been a while since I have experienced such an intense emotional upheaval, and it was a refreshing change from the zombie-like mental state that I usually am in. the last 15 minutes of the finale will get your tear ducts running overtime, so if you have an emotional capacity of a thimble, then you might not really get the point of it all.

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There is a lesson in there somewhere, that maybe loving someone is actually knowing exactly when to let go. The whole phenomenon of sacrificing for the greater good is no longer something that resonates with the idea of a sermon on a mount, but with ordinary people doing the most selfless things. Rose Tyler, who had been the Doctor’s companion for two seasons, was madly in love with him, but in the end she risked it all for the greater good. Just before she is transported into the parallel universe for good, there is a small window where the Doctor could have pulled her back, if he had tried, but he couldn’t risk it, knowing that his role in the preservation of the universe was far greater than saving his love. When Rose Tyler says, “Please don’t leave me”, it just rips your heart into two. Hell, it would rip a zombie’s heart into two!

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I know I sound preachy, and believe me I want to be anything but that, however, I cannot help marvel at what happened in those last few minutes of the finale. I haven’t felt that hollow in my chest for a long time now, and watching that episode taught me more about love and sacrifice than any B-grade Mills and Boons novel (yes, I have read one, only one, and I gravely regret it). Love isn’t always easy, like falling in love with an elusive billionaire, and finally making him fall for you (for those who haven’t read the MnB crap galore, this is the basic plot of all of the books in that series), its more than that. When the Doctor cannot tell how he feels to Rose in the end  because the connection breaks, there is nothing worse than that, nothing worse that not being able to tell  someone how much you love them before the time is up.

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No one gets why I love Doctor Who so much. What they fail to understand is that it is a one stop shop for all your nerdy and emotional tendencies, with its sic-fi themes, and the spaceships, aliens, cyber men, and best of all, the tragic and cursed fairytale that just cannot have a happy ending, and yet it will tug at your heart, or rather wreck it. It makes you want to find a man who would  burn up the sun just to be able to say goodbye, and not leave like a fucking coward without a backward glance (if you are looking for a logical reason behind this outburst, then read “The Ass Wipe Diaries” from the archives). The TV show is exactly like the Doctor explains, “It’s the stuff of legends”.

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