Update 13-12-14: This review has now been supplanted by the more current review labeled Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius Though it shall be left up I encourage people to read that one instead. You are Captain Kayto Shields, freshly promoted and put in charge of one of the largest and most impressive ships in the fleet, the Sunrider. You arrive to find the ship resting majestically in space dock and prepare to take her out on a shakedown cruise. However before you can begin the evil Pact empire launches an all-out assault against your home world and forces you to flee into the depths of space to lick your wounds. Unfortunately due to this only being a planned shakedown cruise you are now stuck alone in the universe without many of the key components of your ship, like a medical officer or engineer. From here you must rally your troops, find allies and fight back.
Back in the mid to late eighties John Carpenter came out with a movie that is probably second only to the Rocky Horror Picture show in being the poster child for cult movies. Big Trouble in little China told the story of mullet wearing Kurt Russel being dragged into a story of ancient Chinese demons and sorcery all in an effort to claim on a drunken bet. Well, perhaps due to the runaway success IDW is having with Ghostbusters at the moment Boom studios, probably best known for, um, making comics out of other peoples properties, has started a run on Big Trouble.
The episode opens with the doctor talking to himself as he paces back and forth across the Tardis wondering why people talk to themselves. A common thing for people who are feeling the stress and pressure but the doctor takes it a step further by entering a David Attenborough documentary as he puts together the idea that while some creatures are evolved for hunting and some for defence there may yet be others that are built for hiding. Fortunatly for his ego nobody is there to point out that this is a form of defence and there are many creatures here on Earth which have this mechanism. Still after somebody knocks his chalk on the floor and scribbles on his black board we cut to the infamous drink between Pink and Oswald where the two engage in some awkward conversation, most notably about how in the army Danny built a series of really good wells rather than just shooting all day. Once again though this just paints more and more a picture of a man dealing with some serious PTSD and not one who should be teaching in a school. Now perhaps this is the idea of the writers as they try and relate the trials of mental disorders such as this one, First blood style but so far it hasn’t worked at least not for me. Clara is whisked away from the disaster however by the Doctor asking if she has ever had the dream of upon waking someone reaching out from under your bed. This is where the episode started to loose me.
Ok before I begin I feel I should say that I haven’t read any young adult fiction since Harry’s greatest problem was working out who left the graffiti in his school text book. Why this was the plot of a book I can’t remember, maybe he was just annoyed it wasn’t the fun kind that kept you amused in class, you know like genitalia and giant moustaches or the chains that lead you from page to page before typically ending in a generic insult with some the harshest language known to a teenager. Anyway what I am saying is that I don’t know why hunky diamond encrusted vampires are now labelled as different and why that means they have to fight each other in a skeletal city in some kind of hungry game. So it was with a bit of trepidation that I started reading Transfixion by J. Giambrone.