Sunday 14 April 2024

Films

The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)
[#26 in The 100 Films in a Year Challenge 2024]

Fiction

Doctor Who: The New Adventures
Timewyrm: Exodus by Terrance Dicks
Part 3, Chapter 6

Games

The Leaf Riders of Wrenwood
5–14 April 2024

Videos

Critical Role
2x09 Steam and Conversation
Yay, a Doctor Who reference! (Yes, that fleeting moment is my primary takeaway from this near-four-hour episode. Would you expect anything else?)
[Watch it (again) on YouTube.]

Saturday 13 April 2024

TV

The 1% Club
3x04 Episode 4
[Watch it (again) on ITVX.]

Films

Bank of Dave (2023)

Comics

2000 AD #2367,2368,2369

Videos

Critical Role
2x08 The Gates of Zadash [2nd half]
This was a bit of an "eh, fine" transitional/travel episode (with one killer joke; although a joke where the cultural reference doesn't travel to the UK, but the cast's reaction is hilarious) — that is, until Pumat Sol turns up, at which point it becomes sublime.
[Watch it (again) on YouTube.]

Talks Machina
#56 'The Gates of Zadash'
[Watch it (again) on Internet Archive.]

Collection Count

Collection Count tracks my DVD/Blu-ray collection via a number of statistics every week.

At the end of last month I mentioned there might be a record-breaking week on the way due to a couple of large orders from the US I'd just placed. Well, they arrived this week, alongside a few UK orders, and... it didn't quite make it!

I say that — it depends how you count these things. Because I acquired 21 new titles this week, which is a tie for the previous record; but, because so many were upgrades (mostly DVD straight to 4K, plus a swap of one Blu-ray edition for another), the net increase is only +15, whereas the previous record was +17. So, in one respect it's a tie, and in another it's a couple short. (In case you were wondering (I certainly did), the 8 increase for UHD is a lot, but the record is 10 from last September.)

Number of titles in collection: 3,271 [up 15]
Of which DVDs: 1,005 [down 3]
Of which Blu-rays: 2,266 [up 18]
— of which Ultra HD Blu-rays: 344 [up 8]

Number of discs in collection: 7,944 [up 33]
Number of films: 4,031 [up 20]
Number of additional cuts: 375 [up 9]
Number of TV episodes: 9,691 [up 18]
Number of short films: 1,129 [no change]

Aside from getting carried away with US orders (I placed one postage-spreading large order, then discovered a title I'd wanted that I'd missed, and ended up finding enough more for another postage-spreading large order; and my willpower was too weak to resist just ordering them all), the other main news this week comes from my UK purchases: I now own a truly ridiculous number of copies of Enter the Dragon — especially as it's the only Bruce Lee film I've actually seen (watched on TV many moons ago) and I didn't care for it that much (I've always assumed I'll 'get it' when I go back to it, I just haven't yet). So, I own it on a DVD I've never watched, which I've kept because it has an exclusive feature-length documentary; then it was part of Criterion's Bruce Lee Blu-ray set; then I also bought Arrow's Bruce Lee 4K UHD set, which again includes it on Blu-ray; and now I've bought the standalone 4K copy. And, for special features / "it's part of a box set" reasons, I'll be keeping all of those, even though I'll only ever watch the new 4K disc now. Collecting physical media gets silly sometimes...

See you next week, faithful reader.

Thursday 11 April 2024

TV

X-Men
2x01 Till Death Do Us Part Part 1 [2nd watch]
2x02 Till Death Do Us Part Part 2 [2nd watch]

I didn't remember season one vividly, but most of it felt familiar. This... much less so. Is it possible I only ever saw the first 13 episodes?! That feels so unlikely! I do sort of rememember 'evil Morph' from this two-parter, though, so for now I'm assuming I did at least see season two. (You know, it was 30-odd years ago and I was under the age of ten at the time — it's very possible I watched it and just don't recall the specifics.)

Fiction

Doctor Who: The New Adventures
Timewyrm: Exodus by Terrance Dicks
Part 1, Chapters 2–10
Part 2, Chapters 1–2
Part 3, Chapters 1–3


Sounds like a lot, doesn't it? That's because it is. I'm racing through this one — part of the magic of Terrance Dicks.

Videos

Talks Machina
#55 'Hush'
[Watch it (again) on Internet Archive.]

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Fiction

Doctor Who: The New Adventures
Timewyrm: Exodus by Terrance Dicks
Prologue
Part 1, Chapter 1


Finally picking back up on something I started as part of my Doctor Who 60th celebrations last October — so, it's been six months (eek!) So much for "promptly continuing" it. The "it" in question is Virgin's New Adventures novels; in particular, the linked quartet that began the series in 1991. This is book two of that series-within-a-series.

It's also notable for being the first original novel by Terrance Dicks, who was a staple of the Target novelisations range (writing 67 of the 156 titles). Indeed, my first proper experience of Who was reading one of his novelisations, borrowed from my primary school library, so there's always a certain significance to his work for me. And, based on the opening chapter, he remains one of the best to ever do it. He just captures the 7th Doctor and Ace, and the tone and style of their era, so effortlessly.

Videos

Critical Role
2x07 Hush [2nd half]
Absolute banger of an episode, even at 4½ hours long. This show is so much fun.
[Watch it (again) on YouTube.]

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Videos

Critical Role
2x07 Hush [remainder of 1st half]
[Watch it (again) on YouTube.]

Monday 8 April 2024

TV

Richard Osman's House of Games
7x34 Week 7: Thursday
[Watch various episodes (again) on iPlayer.]

X-Men
1x13 The Final Decision [season finale; 2nd watch]

Videos

Critical Role
2x07 Hush [1st hour]
[Watch it (again) on YouTube.]