Thursday, May 26, 2011

Morgan Drake Eckstein is a geek and a nerd

Yes, I---the wonderful Morgan Drake Eckstein---am both a geek and a nerd. Probably less geek than nerd, but that is only due to the lack of monetary funds. In this picture, you can see one of my cats, Merlin (actually, he is my wife's cat), a book and mediation and the kabbalah, a book on Freemasonry. a collection of Tomb Raider comics, the first volume of the Mage saga by Matt Wagner, a thumb-drive, a digitual (tape) recorder, my trusty Neo (think keyboard with a primitive word processing program), and a Doctor Who scarf that one of my sisters made me. This blog entry is a contest entry---I am trying to prove that I am a geek. Wish me luck.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Quick review Doctor Who The Doctor's Wife

While I have never put together a list of my top ten favorite Doctor Who stories, The Doctor's Wife would make the list.
Before watching the episode, I was worried---after all, there was a lot of hype surrounding this one. People have high hopes for a Neil Gaiman written episode, and occasionally even the writing gods fail to love up to their standards (not that I am saying that Gaiman is a writing god, but some people seem to think that he is).

This story was a treat. It is one of those stories that take us to the very beginning of the series. This is going to be one of those episodes that die-hard fans are going to watch again and again, for it throws light on a lot of the mysteries of the series.

Reading the various reviews on the web of the episode, the one thing I have yet to see mentioned is the fact that the Tardis' energy appears to be the same as the regeneration energy. For those who have watched the entire season so far, think about where else we have seen these energies---is there a connection here that is still unclear?

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The backward life of River Song

*no spoilers*

Watched the second episode of the current Doctor Who season, Day of the Moon, last night. Also rewatched the first episode, The Impossible Astronaut.

And I realized that I feel sorry for River Song. Each time, we encounter her (because we are following the story from the Doctor's timeline) it is earlier in her life. She is really a tragic character.

The first time, we encounter her, the Doctor does not know her. Obviously she has feelings for our beloved Time Lord. How heart-breaking that must be, to know everything about someone and not have them know (remember) you.

How terrible her interactions with the Doctor must be. Each additional time (from her viewpoint) she encounters him, he knows her less and she knows him more.

And how soon before the balance point is reached, and it is the Doctor who becomes the tragic character---knowing her more and she knowing less of him?

Quick commentary about Day of the Moon: There were some great lines. The first episode did not feel so choppy when watched back to back with the second. And there was the moment (if you saw the episode you know what I mean) that really drives home the point that River Song's is a tragic one.

If you have seen Day of the Moon, and want to see a chart of the Doctor's and River Song's timelines as they currently stand, check out this neat chart that someone made. (Sorry, I forgot the creator's name as news broke that Osama Bin Laden was officially dead.)