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Why Marvel Is Going About Doctor Strange All Wrong…

October 20, 2014
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(Yeah, I know, I’m just a wannabe writer who thinks he knows better than a highly successful multimedia conglomerate run by one of the biggest companies ever.  Still, that’s what the internet is all about, right?)

So, apparently, a Doctor Strange movie is in the works.  I saw a headline about actors being considered for the role of Stephen Strange – Benedict Cumberbatch, Joaquin Phoenix, Colin Farrell and Keanu Reeves.  (The first and last I think are not good choices for the role, the middle two would be decent if they were going for a grittier feel, which I really don’t expect.)

Anyhow…

They’re doing it wrong.

DOCTOR STRANGE should start as a tv show.  (I know, I know, everyone thinks movies.  Big money.  Star power – though, to be fair, we’re seeing a new golden age of star power in tv shows lately.)  It shouldn’t be a movie, not at first.

The story of Stephen Strange is one of redemption.  That’s what makes it an interesting story.  Redemption and growth and maturation.

See, I’m not a big fan of “Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme of Earth”.  He’s the most powerful sorcerer on Earth already.

Whoop de doo.

Now, what interests me is the story of him becoming that.

See, Stephen Strange is a dick.  He’s a pompous, self-centered, highly skilled surgeon.  And he knows it.  He knows he’s great looking and desirable and successful and wealthy.  He’s all about the $$$ and the high falutin’ lifestyle and fast cars and faster women and booze and drugs and whatnot.

Then, after being in a car accident, he loses his ability to operate, spends all his savings, ends up homeless and then goes searching for help, eventually going to Tibet to find The Ancient One, who takes him on as a pupil and teaches him sorcery, so he can become Earth’s defender against mystical dangers.

Now, I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a great first season to a tv show.  A show that could run 2-3 seasons, then end, leading into a series of movies.

Start small.  The first season would lead us to Tibet and end with Stephen becoming The Ancient One’s disciple.  It’d probably work best as an eight episode season, maybe ten or thirteen tops.  The first episode ends with the car crash.  The second one shows his becoming desperate, trying to find a fix for his hands, blowing money traveling the world finding specialists, consulting… then maybe trying illegal treatments.

The third, maybe fourth episode, he ends up in Tibet.  Then the rest of the series, proving himself to The Ancient One, facing his inner demons, and some outer ones, too.  And the first season ends with some hope.  Maybe we’d have introduced the idea that the car accident was set in motion by otherworldly forces, trying to kill him off, so he would never realise his true potential… or, with my usual plot twisty flair, I’d make him think that was the reason, but in reality, someone (The Ancient One?  One of his peers?) actually influenced events so it would happen so he would end up seeking out The Ancient One and becoming a disciple.

Baron Mordo would feature heavily in the tv show; his rivalry as a fellow disciple of The Ancient One would start in the first season, bleeding over into the second where he becomes the main adversary for Stephen.

The show would end (after a couple-three seasons), with Stephen ascending to the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme, and then that would lead to a series of movies with some major plots of interdimensional forces, the sort of thing you can do with the big budget of a major studio movie.

At least, that’s how I’d do it.


A little help from my friends, followers, acquaintances, etc…

March 19, 2014
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So…

Damn, this is a hard post to write.  Well, the post itself isn’t hard, but the plea.

I’ve had a really rough patch and my finances are really, really fucked right now.  My car is waiting to go into the shop (yes, it’s been broken down for a week, I’ve let depression and health issues get the best of me and I dropped the ball.  The car is supposed to be picked up tomorrow so they can look at it.)

I’ve had to rent a car and while I was lucky that I had money in my savings account that helped me do that, it’s pretty much tapped me out.

I have boxes of books that I keep meaning to list on Amazon and/or eBay, like I did the year I was unemployed.  But… see, that damn depression makes it fucking hard to get things done sometimes.  So, I haven’t.  And while I will do so shortly, I need help more immediately than that will likely provide.

So, I’m asking those of you out there who know me, follow me, read my occasional writing, followed by Doctor Who blog, appreciate that I’m working for minimum wage for a no-kill non-profit animal shelter, or generally think I’m a cool guy… if you can help me out.

If you want it to be a loan, where I have to pay you back by a certain time, email/dm/msg/txt me and we’ll talk details.  I have no objections to this, I just would have to hash out some terms.

If you want, call it a belated 44th or early 45th birthday present (Monday was the halfway point.  When I was a little kid, I honestly thought the fact that March 17th was a big deal was because it was my half birthday.  As I got older, I knew it wasn’t the case, but pretended I still believed it so, to make my younger brother jealous.  He got jealous, so much so that my Mom made him a half birthday cake one year.)  Or a belated Xmas present,  Or a St Patrick’s Day gift.  Or whatever.

But I really need some help paying my other bills/buying food, since I’d tapped out what I had in the bank.  I’ve got enough to pay my insurance and my phone bill, both happening in the next couple days, and then after that… my next paycheck isn’t for ten days, and I’m still behind on everything.  (Don’t worry about mah critters – they’re provided for.  I’d starve before I let them starve.)

So, if you are inclined to help (hey, I hate myself for having to do this… trust me), the easiest way is PayPal.  My email for that (as well as for emailing me, if you need to) is terryfl@gmail.com.  If you’d rather send a check or whatever, again, please contact me and we’ll sort that out.

(Also, if you’re a comic collector and think I might own something you’re interested in, hit me up with a wishlist of titles and/or issues.  I’d happily sell you some cheap as a way for this not to be me mooching off you.)


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Movies/etc watched in January

February 3, 2014
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  1. Jack Reacher – (1/6/14) – A good action/thriller, excellent cast, good story, an enjoyable flick. (Netflix)

  2. Logan’s Run – (1/6/14) – Haven’t seen this in fifteen-plus years. Used to be a fave in my teens/early twenties, let’s see how it holds up. (Amazon Prime)

  3. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011 US) – (uncertain) – It’s been a couple years since I’ve watched the original, so I can’t REALLY compare it to this one. But I’m not one of those who insists on remakes being exact copies; in fact, I prefer there to be differences. I did like that they didn’t change the setting of the film. Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara own their roles and do justice to the source material, I felt. I’ll definitely watch the next one when it comes out. (Amazon)

  4. Devil’s Pass – (uncertain) – I really enjoyed it; a horror movie about a group of students who retrace the path of the Dylatov expedition. Done as a “found footage” style, which is make or break for a lot of people, but I dug this one. (Netflix)

  5. Casablanca – (uncertain) – One of my all time favourites, it’s one of the few movies I watch about once a year. If I had to pick a perfect movie, I’d be hard pressed to find one that outshines this one. (Amazon Prime)

  6. The Iron Lady – (uncertain) – this film should have been much better. It wasn’t bad, but it seemed to be lacking something. Streep’s performance was most excellent, and everyone else seemed to do well (especially Broadbent, who I’ve never seen do anything but a great job), but it just seemed lacking. I think it would have worked better as a BBC/HBO/PBS style miniseries. (Netflix)

  7. Red Dawn – (1/19/14) – Decent popcorn flick. I gather a lot of people are hard on it… considering the original was nothing more than a decent popcorn flick, I’m not sure why. (Netflix)

  8. Evolve 26 – (1/20/14) – Wrestling show from Jan 11, in Orlando. I’m so kicking myself for not going to see this in person. A great set of matches with some really talented wrestlers. Indie wrestling is where my heart is at. (WWNLive)

  9. Sherlock S3E1 “The Empty Hearse” – (1/20/14) – Fun, fun, fun. I love how this show just continually excels. (PBS Roku)

  10. Little Shop of Horrors (1986) – (1/24/14) – A classic that I revisit at least every couple years. So many great actors and performances and wonderful songs. Much fun. (Amazon Prime)

  11. Battlestar Galactica (1978) – (1/27/14) – The movie release of the pilot episode for the show; pretty sure I’ve not seen this particular release, and it’s been EONS (yes, literally) since I’ve seen the early episodes of the show. So, technically a rewatch, but at the same time, may as well call it new… it was fun. Corny as hell, but still fun. (Ultraviolet)

  12. Evolve 27 – (1/27/14) – From Jacksonvile, FL, on Jan 12th, 2014. Third of a three day weekend of events in the sunshine state. Another excellent show with great matches and a fantastic quality of video. (WWNLive)

  13. Sherlock S3E2 – (1/28/14) – Another excellent chapter in the tale of John, Sherlock and Mary.  (PBS Roku channel)

 Best movie watched is Casablanca, hands down.  Best new to me movie, the Dragon Tattoo remake.  No bad viewings this month.  List may be incomplete as I’m out of the habit of keeping track.


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Not a resolution, but a goal.

January 1, 2014
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Twelve goals, to be precise.

Twelve stories.

One written each month.  Posted the following.  I’m hoping to have my writing website up before long, but if not in time, I imagine I’ll post here. 

With many of the stories, I’m hoping to have a theme tied (loosely or not) to the month, or a holiday that month.

The first story, which I’ll be writing this month, stars Seamus Lorcan O’Brien in a mystery.  The title is “For Whom the Bell Tolls”.  I’m hoping it’ll be half as fun as I think it will be. 


Thoughts on 2013

December 31, 2013
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I started to do a personal year in review post, but damn, that’s some depressing shit.  The short of it is – depression is kicking my ass.  Bad.  

So, some of the cooler things of 2013, in no particular order:

  • I got to see two Chikara shows live and in person, in Tampa and Orlando.  Chikara is my new favourite wrestling federation (though, currently “out of commission” as part of a storyline) and going to see them live in their first ever visit to Florida was a big deal for me. I even stayed over night in Tampa, got a hotel room, and visited my parents’ graves at the Florida National Cemetery in Brooksville on the way back from Tampa on Saturday.
  • Two new players joined my BORN OF BLOOD role-playing campaign, which is going pretty well.  We lost one of the original two, so their joining about a month before he left was great timing.  And it looks like we’ll have a fourth (fifth?) player joining early next year. 
  • Some really good entertainment out there.  Comics wise, the big three for me are:
  1. The conclusion of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s LOCKE & KEY.  Wow, what a fantastic story.  It started in 2008, I came aboard in 2011, got caught up and then decided to wait until the last seven issues (five of OMEGA and two of ALPHA) were released before reading them.  In fact, I re-read the first five series before reading the last two.  Fantastic.
  2. Dan Slott’s SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN.  This is the best thing Marvel comics has put out in decades.  Seriously.  Doc Ock swapped bodies with Spider-Man and Doc’s body died.  So, the Spider-Man body houses the mind of Otto Octavius and he’s become a super-hero now.  This description doesn’t remotely do it justice; I assure you, it is amazing and phenomenal.
  3. Brian K Vaughan and Marcos Martin’s The Private Eye.  A digital-only comic, pay what you want.  They’re expecting it to run ten issues, number five just came out.  Most excellent. 
  • Saw some really good movies; notably, AMERICAN MARY, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, RIDDICK, THE GREAT GATSBY, GRAVITY, IRON MAN 3, MAN OF STEEL, MAMA, EUROPA REPORT are the ones that come to mind that I enjoyed the most that were released this year.  
  • I watched a lot of good movies this year, just not released this year.  I used to keep track of the movies I watched each month on this blog, and I think I’m going to start doing that again.
  • Book wise, I read very few books that were released this year.  Again, used to keep better track of them, need to do so again. 
  • Some really good songs I heard from this year, but can’t think of any.  Any motivation I had to find a way to look them up is gone (that’s that nasty depression kicking in, so this post will be ending shortly.)
  • TV wise… some great tv out there, but it all got overshadowed by the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who for me.  
  • Writing… well I finished my Classic Doctor Who viewing and blogging project, so that’s something.  I started a short story but didn’t finish it.  That’s about it for writing, outside of my RPG campaign (see above.)  2014, I do have a plan to do twelve short stories, one each month.  We’ll see how that goes. 

So, yeah, that’s my year.  Hope y’all had a better one than I did.  

 


Return To The Gym

August 13, 2013
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Approximately twenty months after my last visit to a gym, I joined my friend Kenny as a guest on his account tonight at the Planet Fitness in DeLand, FL.  Kenny’s been looking for someone to help him stay motivated in going to the gym, and I needed to get back in the gym, and I can go for free as his guest, so why not?

Met him today ~5:30pm.  (Saw one of my helpers from the shelter, guy named Sean, there, too, which was kinda cool.)  We did half an hour on the treadmills, then did some machines for a combo arms/shoulder/back workout.  

I’ve got some aches and pains going on, expect more tomorrow.  But, been down this road before, so no big deal.  

Yes, I’m getting proactive about my weight again.  It’s not as bad as early 2011, when I had ballooned up to 252#.  I’m 215#, a gain of approximately twenty-two pounds since the last time I weighed in on FatSecret.com, September of 2011.  So, really, 22# in two years isn’t bad.  (Thank goodness I work a physical job, right?)  

I’ll be moderating my calories again, as that plus working out did the trick two years ago (again, almost 60# lost in six months, I was pretty proud of myself.)  


So, I’m writing…

April 8, 2013
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Yep.  Started a short story.  That already looks like it’s not gonna be horribly short.  Unless I go with a lot of hand-waving and go with an easy ending.  Which I might do, because it’s meant to be part of a bigger story… I don’t do short fiction, I don’t think I’m capable, really.  

Anyhow, it’s a setting I’ve had in my head for years – Morpheus: City of Dreams.  Basically, when people dream, they go to the dreamlands.  Morpheus is one of those dreamlands.  There are residents who live there, non-dreamers, but there are many dreamers.  And anything is possible.  Well, almost.  

The story is “Whence the boom? (A Morpheus: City of Dreams tale)”, and is about a private dick named Cassidy Jonas (yes, it’s a loose twist on the name Casey Jones) who is hired by an anarchist to find out what happened to his explosion.  I’m already 2500+ words in and the case was just taken and Cassidy is meeting with Svoboda to go visit the site.  So, yeah, not gonna be that short a story. 

Anyone wanna read it?  Let me know.  I might post it here when I’m done – prob do installments, but I don’t wanna start until the rough draft is done. 

Anyhow, yeah, figured since my last post here was over 7 months ago, I should post here.  So I did.  

Don’t forget to check out my Classic Doctor Who blog.  We’re finishing season 20 this week, plus the 20th anniversary special, The Five Doctors.  Six more seasons to go.  


Yes, I have a beard during the summer…

August 27, 2012
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This is unheard of.  Hell, it was just a year or two ago that I was able to grow a goatee in the summer without my face going into complete rebellion.  Skin breaking out, cracking, oozing.

But a beard?  In the summer?  It’s been… at least six years, maybe more since I’ve been able to manage that.

What, don’t believe me?  Here’s my dashing self, today at work, in the rain, mugging for the camera:


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Dinner – zesty tomato bisque and grilled bacon, ham and cheese sandwich

August 27, 2012
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Tonight’s Dinner – Campbell’s Select Harvest Zesty Tomato Bisque and two grilled bacon, ham and cheese sandwiches.  I love my Cuisinart sandwich grill.

Nom!


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General Life Update – bulletpoint style

July 31, 2012
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So, I haven’t been blogging here much at all.  For more life update stuff, it’s best to follow me at my Twitter or my Tumblr.  I will try to post stuff here more often though.

  • I’m scaling back my classic Doctor Who view and blog project – I originally thought it would be best to do it within one year.  It just made sense, 26 seasons, 52 weeks, why not?  I’ve since decided I should have made it a two year project isntead.  Ah, well.  I have scaled it back, where I’ve been doing one season in two weeks, now it will be closer to a month per season.  Without planning it out, I can’t say for sure, but I know expect the project to last through May of 2013.  Which is appropriate, as 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the show.
  • I’ve been reading a bit more lately.  This is one of the reasons I’ve decided to slow down the pace of the Doctor Who project.  Surprisingly, I am currently reading more than one book.  I rarely do this, and when I do, one is always a book of short stories or essays/articles/the like.  I am reading THREE books, two of them are novels, one is a collection of four novellas/long short stories. Usually when this happens, I end up not reading any, but so far it’s working.
  • I actually have two players who are committed to a weekly roleplaying game.  Right now the only issue is we’re awaiting to see if the one player can get a regular day off each week, so we can have a set schedule.
  • I’m becoming more and more… well, let’s rephrase it.  I’m becoming less and less patient with internet drama.  I’m too old for this nonsense.  I may be scaling WAY back on my time invested in social networking in the near future if things continue this way.  I’m already going through my follow lists and cutting people out.
  • Been busting my ass at work, even to the point of injuring myself.  This is getting old.

 

 


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