Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Bye bye, Second Doctor

I'm just done with the Second Doctor. I really enjoyed the First Doctor, but dammit the Second is better! He's funny and clumsy and a scatterbrain. He's playful and adventurous and optimistic. He's sort of clownish, and he's sometimes a child and sometimes an adult, depending on the situation. He's not as proper as First and a bit more modern. And he actually had me laughing out loud on several occasions. Catchphrase: "Oh, my word!" and "Oh, my giddy Aunt!" :P If First was an awesome grandpa character, then Second is a fantastic big brother sort of character. I'd like a brother like that.

Although I was sad to see First go, it was worse with Second and I actually postponed watching the last four stories for about two weeks, because I didn't want Second's run to end. Luckily I still have three more appearances of Second to look forward to: The Three Doctors, The Five Doctors and The Two Doctors.

The companions:
Ben & Polly. In the end I never did like Ben. But that may just be because he never got a moment to really shine. I did, however, enjoy Polly's presence. Especially during The Underwater Menace and The Moonbase. Both of them got a chance to shine during The Faceless Ones. I was a little sad to see them both leave on the same day they joined :P
Jamie. The one companion that belongs with Second. Jamie was introduced in the second ever story featuring the Second Doctor and he stayed with him throughout the rest of his run. I really like Jamie. Although he's from the 18th century and hadn't even learned to read and write he tries his best to understand what's going on. He's a quick learner and has no trouble learning all the new things. He also learns how to read. I love how he's always in a kilt :3
Victoria. My favourite female companion of the Second Doctor. Although she was from the 19th century and acted (what I think) was very typical for 19th century girls, she was brave and smart, but cautious. She left when she found a new family to take care of her. Her original encounter with the Doctor was when her father was killed by Daleks during The Evil of the Daleks. Her best story was The Tomb of the Cybermen.
Zoe. Sometimes I really like Zoe and sometimes I can't stand her. She's a genius and bases all her actions on logic. She also bases all her solutions on logic, but always forgets that people and anything with emotions don't always behave logically. Her dress sense is about as weird as the Doctor's and I always enjoy seeing her new outfits. Her best story was The Seeds of Death.

Favourite creatures:
Cybermen, Great Intelligence/Yetis, Quarks

Favourite stories: 
The Underwater Menace, The Moonbase, The Faceless Ones, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Abominable Snowmen, The Mind Robber, The Krotons, The War Games

Least favourite stories:
The Ice Warriors, The Enemy of the World, The Wheel in Space, The Dominators, The Space Pirates

Introducing: The Sonic Screwdriver! :D

Remember when the Doctor wrote a fanfiction about himself? :)

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Happy (belated) Easter!

I planned on doing the Easter post last night after I got home, but I was too tired after 4 hours on a train that I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

Last Friday I got on the train south to visit my parents, celebrate my mother's birthday and celebrate Easter. I got there too late for dinner, but my dad re-heated some leftovers from their dinner. Then there was the ordinary Friday evening of watching television until bedtime. Since Toni had work all of Easter it was just me going south.

Saturday was a day of fixing before the big day. So I spent the day mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, moving loose earth, playing with the dog, and shopping with my mum for the Easter feast we were going to have the day after. It was a great day. The first really warm spring day. 15 degrees and sunny. I even burned my neck pulling weeds.
Half the neighbourhood were having their Easter feast, the other half were doing the first BBQ of the year. My dad took the grill out of storage and we had our first BBQ of the year. Grilled entrecôte :3 Also first dinner of the year outdoors on the patio. The evening was spent watching Smarter than a 5th grader and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. The Harry Potter movie had me crying ofc.

The next day we all got up early to organise everything. Cleaned the house, made the food and set the tables. The grandparents, my sister + boyfriend, and the boyfriend's parents + brother were coming. Since we were so many my parents had decided to do a buffet instead of a proper three course dinner. The buffet table consisted of three traditional pickled herrings (home made), eggs, clear potato sallad, sallad, smoked salmon with a cold sauce, lamb steak, and bread, butter and cheese. The herrings are traditional Sweden and they show up for Easter, Midsummer and Christmas. Lamb is traditional for Easter, and different kinds of salmon show up for Easter, Midsummer and Christmas. For dessert we had a delicious cake. "The children", i.e. me, my sister, her boyfriend, and his brother (along with Toni) all got our Easter eggs packed with sweets. My sister insisted that we should do an Eatser egg hunt, but she was the only one with her heart in it. A few hours after all the food was finished people departed and my parents and I spent the evening watching TV. Most notably the second movie in the Änglagård-trilogy. Those movies depict everything I don't like about Sweden :P

Yesterday was all a big trip. I got up sort of early to pack my stuff and get on the train that would take me to Malmö. There I bought food for the train ride and had a frappuccino at the café before boarding the train. There I spent 4 hours reading, and also being suffocated by it being a warm day and we were inside a train car without functioning air conditioning.  It actually got to the point where the train staff went around the train handing out cartons of water to people who needed it. And of course there immediately was an idiot complaining that the water wasn't cold enough -.-' Ungrateful bastards.

I got home (finally), cleaned up some, unpacked and started playing Morrowind. Toni had the night shift so he didn't come home until this morning.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea

Yesterday I played the second part of Burial at Sea DLC.


Burial at Sea connected Infinite to the first BioShock in a beautiful way. I don't want to spoil anything, but it was amazing how it all connected.

The general idea is that the events in BioShock Infinite happened first, then the events in Burial at Sea, and finally the events in BioShock and BioShock 2 happened in consecutive order. The final scene you see after the end credits in Burial at Sea episode 2 gives you the idea that the beginning moments of BioShock have just happened.

And everything evolves around...
Would you kindly...?
Screenshots from Burial at Sea episode 1:

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Farewell to the First Doctor

I have now come as far in Classic Who that it's time to say goodbye to William Hartnell and his First Doctor. The prospect of it was heartbreaking, similar to when 10th left. I liked 1st! I liked him a lot! And I didn't want him to go.

Hartnell's Doctor was childish, mischievous, cute, clever, stubborn, and funny. He had no time for ignorant 20th century humans, and got easily annoyed when Barbara and Ian didn't understand something to do with technology. He was stubborn enough to always try to get his way. He always took everything in his stride and watched in amusement while historical events unfolded. He also had a sentimental side and was always sad to see his companions go - even those that he didn't ask to come along to begin with.

The companions:
Susan. I never liked Susan. She was too childish, too loud, too pushy, too needy, too clingy. Susan had her prime time during the story The Sensorites, where she showed she could actually do something other than cower. I was actually relieved when the Doctor dumped her in 22nd century London after she had fallen in love.
Barbara & Ian. I didn't like any of them to begin with. They were too cliché 60's for me. But Barbara grew on me and she became someone I became attached to. She showed some self-confidence and ability to act on her own in the story The Aztecs. Ian had a big case of Macho and Manlyman and he never really grew on me. Though I was sad to see them both go. Barbara and Ian belong with 1st in the same way that Rose belongs with 10th and Amy and Rory belong with 11th. It doesn't feel right to have one without the other.
Vicki. She was my favourite 1st Doctor companion. Cute and very young, still she understood things and could easily get along both with 20th century Ian & Barbara and the Doctor. Being from 25th century Earth she called The Beatles classical music and she understood much more of the Doctors technological dravel and could translate to Ian and Barbara in a manner they understood. Vicki had a great relationship with the Doctor, and I really liked her. I was so sad when she decided to leave the Tardis and stay in Ancient Greece because she had fallen in love.
Steven. He never grew on me either. Steven had a big case of Hubris, and I don't think he was ever allowed to really shine in an episode. Felt no real sorrow when he left to help lead the recently united people of a planet (very Tin Woodman).
Katarina. It was obvious it would never work out long-term. Katarina was from Ancient Greece and she never really understood anything that happened around her. She seemed like a sweet girl, but she thought she moved among the gods and travelled with the gods.
Sara & Bret. Brother and sister. Only part of one single adventure and I never got any real picture of them. They seemed rash and haughty, both of them.
Dodo. She was obviously supposed to replace Susan and Vicki. I liked her more than Susan, but Vicki was my favourite. I think my favourite story with Dodo was The Celestial Toymaker. She was in too few episodes to leave a very clear impression.
Ben & Polly. Ben is the first male companion that I've come to like. He seems like a nice boy. He isn't macho and he doesn't believe he knows best all the time. I like Polly a lot. She seems like a practical woman who can think for herself.

Favourite creatures: Daleks, Cybermen and Sensorites.

Favourite stories: The Aztecs, The Sensorites, The Reign of Terror, The Romans, The Time Meddler, The Celestial Toymaker, The Tenth Planet
Least favourite stories: The Edge of Destruction, Planet of Giants, The Web Planet, Gunfighters, The War Machines
“The Ood-Sphere. I’ve been to this solar system before — years ago. Ages. Close to the planet Sense-Sphere.” — Tenth Doctor,Planet of the Ood
TENTH DOCTOR: Ancient Rome, anything goes.  It’s like Soho…but bigger.DONNA: You’ve been here before, then?TENTH DOCTOR: Hm, ages ago.  Before you ask, that fire had nothing to do with me…well, a little bit.— The Fires of PompeiiHistory According to Doctor Who: The Doctor accidentally gave Nero the idea to burn down Rome. (The Romans)
History According to Doctor Who: Guess where Odysseus got the idea for the Trojan Horse. Go on, guess. (The Myth Makers)

Monday, 31 March 2014

The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition and Early Access

After my first beta session back in January I immediately pre-ordered the Imperial edition of the game, and today it arrived. The box was huge xD But the contents are just so awesome :3

Opening the box the first thing I see is the figure of Molag Bal, along with the metal case containing the discs as well as some codes for exclusive content and a map of Tamriel.

The map is huge and puts my old map from The Elder Scrolls Anthology to shame. Though my old map includes country borders and cities.

Below the first layer of Molag Bal and the discs was the book. Omg, the book. Leather bound and full of concept art from every single region of Tamriel. Pictures depicting both landscapes, armour, weaponry, architecture, creatures, mer, men and best men, along with some nice snippets of lore. I'm in love with this book.

On top of the Christmas-y feeling from the box, Early Access started yesterday and since I pre-ordered I got the codes for Early Access and signed up for it as soon as I could. This time I've abandoned the Ebonheart Pact, which was the only one I played during beta sessions. Along with Ebonheart I've abandoned the familiar landscapes of Skyrim and Morrowind. Now I belong to the Aldmeri Dominion and I love the scenery of the Summerset Isles. Though I do have mixed feelings belonging to the Dominion seeing as they are the horrid Thalmor in Skyrim that outlawed the worshipping of Talos with their White-Gold Concordat :/ There will always be Nine Divines.

Now there'll be food and then there'll be gaming.