No One Dies Well in Doctor Who SpinOff Class

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target This article contains spoilers for “For Tonight We Might Die,” episode one of Class season one.The Whoniverse is no stranger to spin-offs: Some failed (did anyone watch the K-9 and Company pilot?), some succeeded (The Sarah Jane Adventures lasted five seasons before star Elisabeth Sladen’s death; Torchwood lives on in audio tales).The fate of new offshoot Class, however, remains to be seen.Helmed by YA author Patrick Ness, the eight-episode series aired in the UK late last year, but only just made its US debut this weekend—following the Doctor Who season 10 premiere.The Breakfast Club-meets-Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a new generation, Class, follows students and staff at Coal Hill Academy.The London-based secondary school should be familiar to Whovians: It served as the backdrop for the first Doctor Who episode and appeared again 50 years later as the workplace of companion Clara Oswald (and her love interest, Danny Pink).Now, under the reluctant leadership of physics teacher Miss Quill, five very different students must band together to fight monsters and save the Earth—at the behest of the Twelfth Doctor.From left: Ram (Fady Elsayed), Charlie (Greg Austin), April (Sophie Hopkins), Tanya (Vivian Oparah) (BBC)“For Tonight We Might Die” kicks right off with excitement, mystery, and intrigue. And in true Doctor Who fashion, someone running for their life.“Everyone knows students at this school disappear,” a young pupil says of “missing” classmate Kevin Williams—an allusion to five decades of weird goings-on at Coal Hill. “They all just pretend it isn’t happening.”Williams’ absence is overshadowed by the impending Autumn Prom, decorating committee of one: April MacLean—”the answer to the question ‘Are spinsters born or made?’”A nice, Downton Abbey-loving girl without a date to the dance, April grins and bears sharp-edged Quill’s class. She is joined by Ram Singh (“the boy who hears silent applause every time he walks into a room”), Tanya Adeola (a 14-year-old child prodigy), and Charlie Smith (the posh newbie who had to Google “Idris Elba” on his phone).With obligatory character introductions complete, the episode finally pulls out of the gate as April and Tanya are each attacked by shadows—the same ones that killed Kevin Williams.Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly) and Charlie (Greg Austin) (BBC)At Quill’s urging, April tries to shoot the creature, but Charlie stops her; the blast grazes Smokey the Monster, expelling his heart, and replacing it with April’s, now shared between the human and alien. (It also seems to dissolve whatever was about to slash Tanya to dust.)By way of explanation, Charlie reveals his true identity: Prince of Rhodia.Distracted by a rebellion of the Quill—of which Miss was the opposition leader—the Rhodians were exterminated by the Shadow Kin (finally, a name for these fire-and-brimstone demons), leaving only Charlie and Miss Quill—sentenced for her sins to a lifetime protecting the prince.In a series of flashbacks, the pair tells of how they were saved by “a figure of legend, out of space and time itself,” dropped off at Coal Hill, and instructed to tell people they come from Sheffield.April takes the news in stride, the next day dolling herself up for prom. (It turns out British millennial galas look a lot different than my 2004 high school dance.) Everyone dressed in their Sunday best (Quill’s LBD is to die for), the ragtag group reconvene in the school gymnasium for “A Night Full of Promise”—and sword-wielding hellions.Enter the Doctor, making a cameo appearance to help defeat the Shadow Kin and close the rift through which they came. Well, at least he tried.Shadow Kin leader Corakinus and the Twelfth Doctor (BBC)“Coal Hill will continue to act like a beacon across all of spacetime, to any being who might want to make mischief with it,” he said, opening the door to a season of monster-of-the-weeks and undoubted adventure.“Time has looked at your faces, and time,” the Doctor continued, spotting the names “Pink, R. D.” and “Oswald, C.” on the school wall, “time never forgets.”Neither does Charlie, who ultimately unveils his greatest secret: the Cabinet of Souls is not empty, and in his bedroom, he holds a weapon powerful enough to destroy an entire species.An angsty teenage romp for modern viewers, Class (produced by Who boss Steven Moffat and exec producer Brian Minchin), pulls no punches when it comes to navigating high school while battling aliens.last_img read more

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Nintendo Power Returns as an Official Nintendo Podcast

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. If you’re an old-school gamer then you no doubt remember reading Nintendo Power magazine. This magazine was essential for those who wanted to get more out of their games. It certainly paved the way for countless other video game magazines. Nintendo Power ceased publication in 2012 but it’s now back as an official podcast from Nintendo.The podcast is hosted by Chris Slate, who is the former editor-in-chief of Nintendo Power magazine. During the inaugural episode, Slate interviews The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild producer Eiji Aonuma and director Hidemaro Fujibayashi. He also talks to Kit Ellis, who is the co-host of the Nintendo Minute series on YouTube, and Damon Baker, who is the head of partner management for Nintendo’s publisher and developer relations group.As reported by Polygon, Slate says the Nintendo Power podcast is a “passion project” project for Nintendo. Since the podcast is still somewhat experimental, it is unclear how consistently new episodes will release. We also don’t know if the podcast will mostly just consist of Slate interviewing various developers. Things are still in an early state, so I suppose it’s best to see where things go from here.Nintendo Power was one of the first gaming magazines I read as a kid so having it come back as a podcast makes me happy. If the show continues, I hope to see future episodes include tips and tricks for games. This was a cornerstone of the magazine so it would be great to see the podcast incorporate this aspect. Given how audio podcasts aren’t as popular as video podcasts in the gaming community, it would be nice to also see the series on YouTube. Whatever ends up happening with this show, it has my full support.You can check out the Nintendo Power podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud. A Google Play version is currently in the works. Make sure to listen to the first episode, which is embedded above. Here Are All the Nintendo Power Issues You Should ReadNintendo Game Counselor Guide from the 80’s discovered center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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10 Amazing Space Selfies Taken 250 Miles Above Earth

first_img As we head into the weekend for rest and relaxation, the Expedition 59 crew in the International Space Station is preparing for the next spacewalk, scheduled for Monday.And while astronauts Anne McClain and David Saint-Jacques will be busy for six-and-a-half hours installing truss jumpers to provide a redundant power source to the Canadarm2 robotic arm outside the station and installing cables to update the station’s External Wireless Communications system, we know a spacewalk is also a historically perfect time for a “space selfie.”Through the years, astronauts have taken some of the best images during spacewalks or extravehicular activities (EVAs) to do work on the outside of spacecraft, hundreds of miles above the surface of the Earth. Here are 10 out-of-this-world “selfies” taken by astronauts during spacewalks.View as: One Page Slides1. Ricky Arnold, 2018Photo Credit: NASANASA astronaut Ricky Arnold takes an out-of-this-world ‘space selfie’ during a spacewalk he conducted with fellow NASA astronaut Drew Feustel (out of frame) on June 14, 2018. During the six-hour, 49-minute spacewalk the duo installed high-definition cameras to provide enhanced views of commercial crew spacecraft, including the SpaceX Crew Dragon and the Boeing Starliner, as they approach and dock with the International Space Station.2. Nick Hague, 2019Photo Credit: NASANASA astronaut Nick Hague takes a ‘space selfie’ with his helmet visor up and the Earth 260 miles below him during a six-hour, 45-minute spacewalk to upgrade the orbital complex’s power storage capacity on March 29, 2019.3. Annie McClain, 2019Photo Credit: NASAAstronaut Anne McClain takes a ‘space-selfie’ with her helmet visor up, 260 miles above the Earth’s surface during a six-hour, 39-minute spacewalk to upgrade the orbital complex’s power storage capacity on March 22, 2019.4. Mark Vande Hei, 2018Photo Credit: NASAOn Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, Mark Vande Hei snapped his own portrait, better known as a ‘space-selfie,’ during a seven-hour, 24-minute spacewalk with astronauts Vande Hei and crewmate Scott Tingle outside the International Space Station to perform maintenance on the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm.5. Mike Hopkins, 2013Photo Credit: NASAOn Dec. 24, 2013, NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, Expedition 38 Flight Engineer, participates in a spacewalk, spread over a four-day period, designed to allow the crew to change out a degraded pump module on the exterior of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station. He was joined on both spacewalks by NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, whose image shows up in Hopkins’ helmet visor.6. Scott Kelly, 2015Photo Credit: NASAExpedition 45 Commander Scott Kelly took this photograph during a spacewalk on Oct. 28, 2015. Sharing the image on social media, Kelly wrote, “#SpaceWalkSelfie Back on the grid! Great first spacewalk yesterday. Now on to the next one next week. #YearInSpace”7. Alexander Gerst, 2014Photo Credit: NASAEuropean Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, Expedition 41 flight engineer, uses a digital still camera to expose a photo of his helmet visor during a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as work continues on the International Space Station on Oct. 7, 2014. Also visible in the reflections in the visor are various components of the space station and a bright sun. 8. Ricky Arnold, 2018Photo Credit: NASANASA astronaut Ricky Arnold took this selfie during the May 16, 2018, spacewalk to perform upgrades on the International Space Station, saying in a tweet “An amazing view of our one and only planet. #Spacewalk #EVA50.”9. Thomas Pesquet, 2017Photo Credit: NASAEuropean Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet is photographed during a six-hour spacewalk in January 2017. 10. Aki Hoshide, 2012Photo Credit: NASAAstronaut Aki Hoshide of Japan recorded this striking image while helping to augment the capabilities of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station (ISS) on September 18, 2012. Visible in this outworldly assemblage is the Sun, the Earth, two portions of a robotic arm, an astronaut’s spacesuit, the deep darkness of space, and the unusual camera taking the picture.More on Geek.com:First All-Female Spacewalk Aborted Due to Ill-Fitting SuitNASA’s Curiosity Rover Snaps a Selfie Before Its Next Mars JourneyNASA Spots Red Glowing Butterfly in Space NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on targetlast_img read more

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