This Week: "Deep Breath" premieres on Saturday so Caroline and Alasdair offer up a last minute Season 8 preview! We collect the best quotes from the show’s cast and creators about the upcoming season and discuss the episode titles (spoiler free!). Also Debating Doctor Who now has a Twitter account you can follow right here!
Then in Part Two we look at the past two regeneration stories, “The Christmas Invasion” and “The Eleventh Hour.” They take very different approaches to introducing new Doctors and we weigh the pros and cons of each.
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Next Week: Caroline will report back on seeing Matt Smith and Karen Gillan at Chicago Comic Con! We’ll talk the Season 8 premiere, “Deep Breath” and look at some other Who stories that deal with introductions. Caroline examines the episode that started it all, “Rose,” while Alasdair revisits Maratha’s introduction, “Smith & Jones.”
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My retrospective on animation underdog, Don Bluth. I don’t think I’d care to admit how much time I spent researching and rewatching movies for this piece.
It’s impossible to talk about Don Bluth without talking about Walt Disney. Bluth started as an animator and director at Walt Disney Animation Studios before founding a rival company that became Disney’s main competitor in the 1980s. During his roller coaster of a career, Bluth produced commercial hits (An American Tail, Th Land Before Time, Anastasia), cult classics (The Secret Of NIMH, All Dogs Go To Heaven, Titan A.E.), and bizarre missteps (Rock-A-Doodle, A Troll In Central Park). He’s a magnetic but polarizing figure whose impact on the animation world is understood through conflicting narratives. What is clear, however, is that for two decades, Bluth’s films offered a dark alternative to Disney. [Read more]
I know we all love to identify with Katniss and think we’re with the good guys, but to be clear: All of us (I’m including myself here, this is an admission not an attack) sitting in our comfortable homes, watching the violence in Ferguson on TV, maybe half-reading a story about ISIS then tweeting about Taylor Swift and posting a funny Instagram with our friends—WE ARE THE CAPITOL.
I don’t quite know what to do about that and I’m not suggesting we aren’t allowed frivolity in our lives, but I think we need to understand our place in the world before we can try to change it. We read The Hunger Games and ask how the citizens of the Capitol could just sit by and watch as horror unfolds before them. We need to ask ourselves the same questions. Here are some resources to get us started.
Ferguson, Mike Brown, and Systematic Racism
Global Issues: Syria, Iraq, Gaza, Ethiopia, and more
Let’s all work harder to educate ourselves, take action, and stay mad. Send me links and I’ll update this post with more resources.
Moment of silence for Mike Brown in Chicago. Black Youth Project 100 organized the event and asked the crowd to hold hands with whoever was standing next to them. We stayed silent for four minutes to mark the four hours Brown’s body laid in the street .
I think this photo best captures yesterday’s National Moment of Silence rally in Chicago. Anger, sadness, and most of all immobilizing pain over what has been done to the black community throughout history and how that legacy of violence and oppression continues today. Thank you to Black Youth Project 100 for organizing the event and sharing your songs, stories, and pain with the Chicago community.
The woman in this photo is educator and artist Raych Jackson. You can follow her on Twitter and check out her website.
I posted more photos from National Moment of Silence event here, here, here, here, and here.
Spontaneous march after yesterday’s National Moment of Silence event in Chicago’s Daley Plaza.
Chicago’s National Moment of Silence rally. People brought signs with the names of friends and loved ones killed by the police. After the event, this patch of ground became an unofficial memorial for victims of oppression.
Chicago’s National Moment of Silence rally in honor of Mike Brown and others killed by police brutality. Organized by Black Youth Project 100.
Chicago’s National Moment of Silence organized by Black Youth Project 100. No violence, just young black artists sharing their pain through music and words. Constant chants of “Black Lives Matter!”
Photos from Chicago’s National Moment of Silence in honor of Mike Brown and others killed by police brutality. Black Youth Project 100 organized the peaceful event, which featured young black artists sharing their pain through songs, poems, and essays. No violence. Just chants of “Black Lives Matter” and “No justice. No peace.”
Political expression in Uptown
Old Testament graffiti. King Solomon, Song of Songs 8:6