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Hopes and Fears: Tomb Raider

tombraiderToday Tomb Raider will hit UK cinemas, and already mixed reviews are coming in.

In case you are wondering, no I haven’t read the reviews, I don’t want spoilers. Also while I am at it I might as well come clean, I haven’t seen the other Tomb Raider films. Just looking at the posters is enough to make me cringe, I can’t bring myself to do it.

So, what is Tomb Raider about?

Short answer, it’s a film adaption of the Tomb Raider video game franchise. The longer answer is that years after the disappearance of her father, Lara Croft ventures out in hopes of finding him and a tomb located on a mythical island off the coast of Japan.

My biggest hope is that it doesn’t suck. I’m not looking for a masterpiece or anything, just let Tomb Raider be a half decent flick and I will be satisfied. Seriously, I don’t think I’m asking for too much here. The bar for video game movies is so low, Tomb Raider only needs to be a mediocre film to beat it.

Tomb-Raider-2018-movie-posterMy other hope that I still hold onto is that if this film is received well enough we will start to get more video game movies and tv shows that are decent, dare I say good. I’m praying that the Netflix The Witcher show will be good. Once Hollywood learns how to do these stories justice I’m sure better content will follow.

My biggest fear for Tomb Raider is that it will fail to represent Lara as the compelling character that she is and reduces her down to a ‘strong independent woman’. There is more to Lara than shooting and fighting, she is intelligent, witty and determined just to name a few attributes.

In conclusion, I am casually hopefull about this film, but I am preparing for the worst. Now I just need to convince a pal or two to come see it with me.

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Hopes and Fears: 2018

tumblr_n0egavYD4T1trlkhuo1_250.gifI hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with festive cheer and tasty eats. I know I did, maybe I ate a bit too much but that is par for the course with Christmas.

Let’s be honest here, 2017 has been one hell of a year. Remember when we thought 2016 was a bad year? What innocent fools we were.

While there were plenty of good things that came out of this year, which I will talk about in Sunday’s Ramble, let’s take a minute and talk about our hopes and fears for the upcoming year.

Starting off on the right foot, I hope for next years line of games to be a good as this years. Say what you will about the rest of the year, but at least we got some fantastic games. I would go so far as to say this was an amazing year for gaming. Please, 2018 keep the momentum going!

I hope that Marvel’s 2018 movie lineups don’t let us down. Also, I hope DC picks up the slack. Wonder Woman was amazing and proved that DC can make great films but I feel like they haven’t found their stride yet. Maybe they will soon, who knows.

Picardfacepalm.gifOn to my two main fears. Firstly I fear toxic fandoms might get worse. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones who torment members of their own fandom because they drew fanart of all things, doxxing those they hate and even trying to blackmail companies to make their ship cannon (Yeah, that really happened). Cut it out, you are ruining the fun for everyone else.

I fear for the internet. Net Neutrality in America is on death’s door and now it looks like Canada might lose it. I worry that here in the UK our ISP will try to kill it too. On that note, I fear for free speech.

I believe that we should all hope for the best, yet prepare for the worst.


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Hopes and Fears: Star Trek Discovery

STDIt is nearly here, after what feels like light years we have a new Star Trek tv series!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the movies as much as the next Trekkie, but in my opinion, the franchise shines best with its series of tv shows.

Star Trek, by design, is character driven and focuses on dialogue, debates and discussion rather than action. The episodic format is perfect for content like this.

Star Trek: Discovery is set ten years before the adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise and follows the crew as they discover new worlds while dealing with the threat of the Klingon Empire.

So, while we wait for the warp engines to warm up, I want to talk about my hopes and fears for this new series.

Firstly, I hope that Discovery continues to go where no man has gone before. Star Trek has a proud history of commenting on political and social issues in a nuanced yet blunt way. The best examples of this are the episodes Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (TOS), The Measure Of A Man (TNG) and Past Tense (DS9)

I hope that Discovery continues this legacy.

ShipI also hope that like the previous series, Discovery inspires a new generation. Any Star Trek fan can tell you about the people who made waves in their respective fields after being inspired by Star Trek, such as Mae Jemison.

In such turbulent times, it would be nice for Discovery to motivate the next generation to achieve great things.

Time to reveal my fears. Well, in all honesty, I only have one fear.

I can’t help but worry that Discovery has so much to live up to and it will suffer for it.

Since this is the first Star Trek show in 12 years many fans like myself have high expectations. With that being said, is it really justified?

Do not get me wrong, I hope that this show lives up to its expectations and then some, but I don’t think it is fair to the showrunners to compare it to the previous series right out of the gate.

STD2After a few episodes have aired? Maybe. After the first season has been released in its entirety? Absolutely, but not right now.

I have seen people complain about Discovery and have heard others call it the worst Star Trek show yet, and the first episode hasn’t even aired!

Come on, people. Just wait before you start your rants. Besides, we waited 12 years, we can handle one more week.

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Hopes and Fears: Voltron Season Three

5bd63b09780b9a699dbd3425d8fc080e.gifIn just a few days time, Voltron: Legendary Defender is coming back to Netflix for a third season. Hooray!

Bad news, this season will only be seven episodes long. Good news, we only have to wait until October for season four.

While we wait for the Palidans return, I want to talk about my hopes and fears for this new season.

Firstly, I hope Lance gets more development in the upcoming episodes. My two favourite characters are Pidge and Lance, in the previous seasons Pidge has had a fair amount of screen time but the same can’t be said about Lance.

On the 28th as a celebration of Lance’s birthday, his voice actor Jeremy Shada (Finn from adventure time) said that Lance grows a lot in this upcoming season. Also, Kaltenecker is coming back! I’m Looking forward to seeing both.

I hope Spade Dad returns. I think we all do. Voltron won’t be the same without him.

I am hopeful that we will get to learn more about the Galra race. At the moment, all we know is that the majority follow their emperor, they are the bad guys and there is a resistance.

lotorHowever, I for one want to learn more. What happened to Zarkon that turned him into the vicious dictator he became? Also, how will his son Lotor compare to him? Fingers crossed these questions are answered soon.

I fear that some fans might be put off by the fact that this season is only seven episodes. I am personally not that bothered, but I can see why others might stop watching the show because of this.

I am worried that as a UK viewer I might have to wait a little while longer before Voltron is available on Netflix. Sometimes shows take a few days or even months longer to be aired on UK Netflix, or sometimes not at all.

I have looked online but there is nothing to indicate that this will or won’t happen, which doesn’t help or calm my nerves.

Will all that said, I can’t wait for this season. If season three is half as good as the previous seasons, we are in for a good time.


Voltron: Legendary Defender returns to Netflix on the 4th of August.


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Hopes and Fears: Spider-Man: Homecoming

MV5BNTk4ODQ1MzgzNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTMyMzM4MTI@._V1_UY1200_CR80,0,630,1200_AL_With Spider-Man: Homecoming only a few weeks away, I thought it would be a good time to discuss my hopes and fears for our friendly neighbourhood Spiderman’s latest film.

First up, my hopes.

I hope this film gives us the right balance between light-hearted comedy and character development. The MCU has a rather impressive track record for this, so I hope they keep it up.

While this isn’t the first time we have seen Tom Holland as Peter Parker, this is the first time he has played the character with the focus of the film on him. I hope he can bring us another great performance.

Time to talk about my fears.

I fear that Spidey will be overshadowed by Iron Man. It’s Tony Stark we are talking about here, he steals every scene he is in! My favourite bits in the Avengers movies where when he had the spotlight, and I worry that some viewers (myself included) will be looking forward to the Stark scenes rather than enjoying the movie as a whole.

SmhThe MCU has been doing well for itself lately, but I fear that this might end up hurting the newer films as they are expected to be just as good as the last one. I have said this before, but hype backlash is a real thing and it can kill good movies. I fear that Spider-Man: Homecoming might end up in this position if it doesn’t meet the high standards the movie going audience has for MCU movies.

Keep in mind, this is just my opinion. However, I would like to know what you think about the upcoming Homecoming. Are you excited or are you indifferent? Let me know!

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Hopes and Fears: Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder_Woman_(2017_film)As a DC fan, it hurts to admit that Marvel is currently winning in the live action movie category. In terms of both financial success and critical praise, Marvel is head and shoulders above DC.

Which is why I hope with all my heart that the new Wonder Woman movie breaks the trend for DC movies.

That, and as a long time fan of the Amazonian princess, I want to see her shine in her stand-alone live action movie.

So, let’s get down to business. Here are my hopes and fears for the upcoming Wonder Woman.


Mild spoiler if you haven’t read the comics, but in many iterations of the Wonder Woman story,  Steve Trevor and Diana become a couple. From what I have been reading online it seems that this might be the case in this film. If so, I hope the focus is not on the romance but rather the two learning from each other.

353972ebeea4bfcddb668d2648641947In all honestly, I hope there isn’t any romance. Frankly, I would prefer for them to have a close bond but a platonic one. At least in this film. The romance element might be better suited for a sequel. Give us a chance to learn more about Diana and Steve as individuals, then get them together.

On the topic of Steve, he tends to get the short end of the stick when it comes to character development. He is usually only around for Diana to save, a male Lois Lane if you will. Like Lois, he has been given a more rounded personality over the years but it depends on the writer. I love Chris Pine and I hope he can bring some life into Steve and make him a proper character, rather than a dude in distress.

If I wanted a gender-swapped version of the damsel in distress role, I would watch or read Witchcraft Works. Side note, it is a good title, I recommend it.

Back on topic, and my final hope is that they get the balance right between action scenes and character development scenes. While I love a good fight, it isn’t going to mean much if we don’t care about the characters involved and are not invested enough to root for them. On the other hand, this is a comic book film about a warrior fighting in the first world war, give us some awesome fight scenes!


wonder_womanDC fans, let’s admit that the bar for this film is pretty low. Considering how Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice didn’t deliver, I think the general consensus is fairly positive.  But I still have a couple of concerns.

My biggest fear that this film will have to deal with two extreme reactions from both sides of the policial scale. I am expecting some kitchen jokes but if I am being honest, the ones I fear the most are those who freaked out that Diana has no armpit hair.

Yes, that was a thing.

This is one of the first comic book films with a female as our lead that seems to be treating the source material with the respect it deserves, and people are mad about her armpits. Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t understand why this was such a heated topic. To be frank, I don’t think I want to know.

I want to see Wonder Woman beat up bad guys and learn to operate in a new land, I don’t want social commentary. No thanks.

At least DC are doing a stand alone film for their wonderful heroine, and I for one can’t wait to see it. What about you? Are you hopeful, or fearful about this movie? Let me know in the comments!

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Hopes and Fears: No Game, No Life Zero

dywrmFinally, we have some news about the upcoming No Game No Life movie!

You have no idea how happy I was when I stumbled on the teaser trailer for this film. Unfortunately, it is in Japanese (Well, duh) and I can’t seem to locate an official translation. Still, I nearly burst into tears when I watched it.

Not only have I watched the anime, but I am reading the original light novel series. I say reading as each volume takes its sweet time getting here. The downside of being an Otaku in Scotland, we have limited legal anime streaming and it takes an extra month or so for DVDs, Mangas and Light Novels to be released here after they are released in the US. It really sucks.

The kanji reads “Well, let’s start playing.”

Rant aside, I glad we finally have some news about this film. According to Anime News Network, the original cast are returning for their roles. That is a good sign.

No Game, No Life Zero is due to be released this month in Japan, but there is no information regarding if and when it will be available in the west. I just hope it is soon, I have waited so long for a continuation of the anime!

If you don’t mind, I want to discuss my hopes and fears for No Game, No Life Zero


I hope No Game, No Life Zero doesn’t recap the series for newcomers. It would suck if the majority of this film was just repeating what we have already seen. The anime came out three years ago, we have had more than enough time to catch up on the story.

I hope it gets streamed on Crunchyroll as soon as possible. There are a lot of Japanese films I really want to see, such as Death Note: Light Up the New World, I am a Hero and the Assassination Classroom live action film but I haven’t found a way to stream them, let alone legally. Considering that Crunchyroll streams the anime, it would make sense to stream No Game, No Life Zero via the service as well.


Outside of this film never getting an official western release, I only have one concern. I fear that No Game, No Life Zero will conflict with the series lore and story.

You see, The anime was a very faithful adaptation of the Light Novel, but according to Crunchyroll, the story of the film is set over 6,000 years before the novel’s main story. That makes no sense to me.

Unless they are making a second series I don’t see the need for a deviation from the story. I am really confused about this development and want answers, but alas at the time of writing I can’t find any.

ee255063b56b5ae3ca9f74d65f08a1edWith all that being said, I have high hopes for No Game, No Life Zero. Like I said earlier, I am a die-hard fan of this series. If you haven’t seen the No Game, No Life anime, check it out. It is amazing. Better yet, read the Light Novel! It levels into more detail regarding Sora and Shiro’s background than the anime does.

I’m probably going to rewatch the anime in preparation for this film, I just wish that more info comes out soon. So remember, we do not stop playing games because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.