Caffeinated Speculation: 13th Doctor Announced!

First off, I realize it’s not Thursday. But considering I’ve either missed or had other stuff to post for the past number of Thursdays, I figured I could get away with a little Caffeinated Speculation on a Monday! 🙂 I was actually tempted to post this last night but then thought I’d give the world a good twenty-four hours to digest the news of the 13th Doctor announcement! 

Which leads us to this week’s speculation: Sooo, what do you think?? 

If you haven’t been anywhere within a mile of technology in the past day, I’ll clue you in to the fact that the internet has exploded with the disclosure of the final doctor (or is it?) on the hit TV show, Doctor Who. You can check out the announcement that Jodie Whittaker will be playing the role, here.

My personal opinion: It’s about time! 

And no, I’m not excited that the Doctor is a woman just because I happen to be one. *wink* There are many reasons I think a female Doctor is a good idea but I won’t bore you with my thoughts. I want to hear from you!

Are YOU excited to see a female play the role for the final Doctor? Feel free to comment below and share your thoughts!

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Newly announced Doctor, Jodie Whittaker (image: Colin Hutton, BBC)

Caffeinated Speculation: How about that Game of Thrones trailer?

I will admit, I had intended on discussing the new (and improved?) version of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, coming out on Netflix in 2018. Buuuttt then Game of Thrones had to go and release the newest trailer for season 7! Eep! Game over. We’re talking GoT, peeps!

For years I resisted the urge to follow the hype and watch this show. And truth be told, I didn’t even start watching this thing until last summer. However, thanks to DVD’s and streaming (and that wonderful thing called Content Filtering–I honestly have no desire to see that many naked people!) I was able to catch up and became a full-blown GoT-addict! Yes, between my daughter and I, we *might* own a number of Funko Pop characters, t-shirts, mugs and other fun GoT paraphernalia. I’m a geek. You already knew that.

So, let’s get to that trailer! (You can check it out here, if you haven’t seen it.)

It starts of with Cersei being all high-and-mighty, but quickly changes to all the trouble she’s going to face in season 7, ’cause trouble she will see! (I will be so happy once someone finally knocks that girl down for good. Ugh.) Anywho, what really got me was when Danny stands in front of those massive doors that open on Dragonstone, the ancestral home to House Targaryen. (Yes, I totally had to look that up. I was confused that she had entered Westeros but then was sitting on a different throne from Cersei!) When Danny says, “I was born to rule the seven kingdoms. And I will.” Chills, y’all! Woo hoo! I so want her on that throne. (No disrespect, Johnny-boy.)

Speaking of which…yes, I am a big fan of House Stark, and Johnny is a good little boy, but I’m still holding out that there can be an alliance between him and Danny? (Please, please, pretty please?) I’m sorry, but I just don’t want to see either of them fall! (“King of the North!”)

We see Melisandre (she’s back!), lots of fun fighting with the Dothraki’s (Cersei’s army doesn’t stand a chance!), Johnny getting in Petyr’s face (Take that, Little Finger!), and DRAGONS! Ahhh! So exciting! We see glimpses of my fav, Tyrion (yay!), along with Arya (Eye-ahhhhh), Sansa, and many others who will likely die because, Game of Thrones! Duh! It rounds out with Jon Snow saying in that smoldery-gravelly voice of his, “The great war is here.” Oh yes, Johnny-boy, it is finally here! *squeal*

Sooo, what did you think? Were you as giddy as I, while watching it? And did you go back and rewatch the thing…ahem, fourteen times? (Asking for a friend.) Please leave a comment below! I need to rejoice with other GoT fans!

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Photo credit Game of Thrones, HBO

Caffeinated Speculation: Buttercup to play in Wonder Woman?

Wow. Have I been living under a rock or something? How on earth did I miss the news that Robin Wright has a role in the upcoming “Wonder Woman” movie? 

Yes friends, our beloved Buttercup–constantly in need of saving from things like R.O.U.S.es and evil Prince Humperdinck’s, from the every-handsome Westley–has gone all Hulk on us and is ready to take the world down with her supernatural powers as Aunt Antiope! Eep! (See article here.)

I will admit, “The Princess Bride” has been–and always will be–one of my most favorite movies of all time. And although I prefer to think of Robin Wright as the precious Buttercup (sorry Jenny from “Forest Gump”–I gravitate toward the non-drug addicted fairytale character), I am sort of excited to see the new “Wonder Woman” movie, if only to see a super-buff, crazy kick-a** kind of Robin! Woo hoo!

So, who will be in the theater with me on release day for this baby? I can’t wait to see our very first female-warrior, stand-alone superhero movie! (Girls rock! *wink wink*) And I definitely can’t wait to see Robin flex those muscles! 

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Photo credit Empire Magazine (Holy Smokes! Look at those guns!!) 

Caffeinated Speculation: Merry Christmas. You get Psych.

Whaaattt? Doth my eyes deceive me? Nay, I say not. This. Is. For. Real. People! Our beloved Psych is returning to TV! *runs around in circles squealing*

If you’ve been under a rock for the last few days–or if you’ve given up Facebook and have missed the gagillion shares on everyone’s newsfeed–then you may not have heard the exciting news! Gus and Shawn are coming back, y’all! Okay, it’s just a single reunion episode but hey, it’s pretty much the best Christmas present I could’ve asked for! *gush, gush* And yes, Lassie, Jules, Shawn’s dad (because who really calls him Henry?), and Chief Vick are all set to return, as well! Eee!!!

According to this post, here’s the official tagline for the show: “The ambitious friends — along with some returning fan-favorite characters — come together during the holidays after a mystery assailant targets one of their own. A comedic thrill ride follows, as the wild and unpredictable Psych team pursues the bad guys, justice …and food!”

So…will you be settled in front of the TV in their PJ’s with hot chocolate in hand on release night? Or will you be the one to throw an all-out Psych-party for your family and friends? Leave a comment below on how you plan to celebrate this momentous occasion!! *sigh*

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Photo credit USA Network

Caffeinated Speculation: “Games of Thrones”: The Return of a Favorite Character?

Okay, before I go any further, if you are a GoT fan and have NOT watched the most recent season, do NOT read any further. I do not want to be held responsible for ruining your week/month/year just because you weren’t aware that a favorite character may not have survived last season! So, without further ado: SPOILERS! (There. Fair warning.)

Now, on to my speculation. So, my oldest daughter and I are fairly big (read: ridiculously geeky!) fans of Game of Thrones. (I will admit, my daughter more so than I. She watches every possible fan-made video and researches all theories on the subject. No lie.) And I can also say, our most favorite character of all time was the beloved Hodor, who bit the dust in the most tragically romantic way in season 6. (Well, sort of romantic. The whole Bran-vision/past-being-future thing was sort of surreal, if not crazy heart-wrenching. It took many minutes–hours–to come down from that cry-fest when we finally got around to watching the episode.) And yes, we are among the many fans who noticed that, although Hodor did what he was told to do (“Hold the door!”), and despite the fact we saw many a White Walker hand punching through the door to take him to a disgusting grave, the audience didn’t actually see what really happened to him. No, we aren’t hopeful enough to assume he survived the attack (although, that would be cool, right??), but we have long discussed the idea that maybe we will see our adored character come back as the dreaded White Walker. *gasp* Continue reading

Caffeinated Speculation: Have you seen the trailer for “It”?

All right, where are my Stephen King fans? Are you obsessed with his books? Love his movies? If so, this post is for you!

So, this week the brand new trailer for Stephen King’s “It” came out. (You can watch it here, if you’re brave enough!) I have a confession—I probably wouldn’t have even known this movie was coming out if it weren’t for my teenaged girls. See, we happen to be pretty big “Stranger Things” fans. (Like we have a countdown for season 2 in flashing neon lights dead center of our living room. Just kidding! The colors are in glitter, not neon. *winky face*) Anywho…just as any teen likes to do, my girls particularly enjoy following their favorite actors on every form of social media possible. (“Watch this clip of Gaten Matarazzo falling, mom! It’s hilarious!”) Naturally, they know every single detail of every star of the show and regularly tweet to them. (*Mom hides face in palm*) My middle daughter even bought the same ring Millie Bobby Brown wears because, duh! That makes her just like Millie!

I digress. Back to confession: Okay, so the only reason “IT” was on my radar in the first place is because Mike from ST (Finn Wolfhard—And yes, my “middle” also owns the “Finn Wolfhard” T-shirt!) happens to be in “It”! Are you following me? (Phew. I think I need to sit down.) So, my girls have been waiting eagerly for this trailer to come out and this week their heads exploded into a million pieces because it did.

The end.

Okay, maybe not. But they did get super excited and have watched the thing a billion-and-one times already, if that’s a thing. But here’s the sad part—their writer-mama has never even read this book. (*Writer-mama runs and hides in corner*) Yes, yes. I hear you guffawing but really, I like horror just as much as any other girl, but I haven’t read this book. Because, CLOWNS!

Ack! Are you kidding me? I’ve never wanted to read the book—or certainly never see the original movie—because I don’t have a death wish of clowns. But here’s the thing: I think I’m going to read it now. For real! I’m geared up and ready to hit the library today so I can grab me a copy of the SK-man and read up on some scary scary clownage. And the weird part is, I’m sort of excited about it.

This begs the question: Will I be in the theater in September when this baby hits the big screen? Answer: If I can get through the stupid book, then yes. I’d like to see how the movie compares. One thing is for certain, though. I’ll be sitting alone in that overly crowded theater watching Pennywise scare little children because neither of my girls will be with me. They’ve watched the trailer a hundred times but have already said they’re too afraid to see the movie. Because, ya know…

CLOWNS.

What about you? Have you read the book? Seen the original? Plan to the see new installment? What are you thoughts on this classic horror novel and where is your excitement level in this whole thing? Feel free to share below! I’d love to find someone who’s just as scared of clowns as I am!

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Freaking scary poster for the freaking scary movie.

Caffeinated Speculation: ‘Doctor Who’ Who?

Now that Peter Capaldi has officially announced that he is stepping down from his role on Doctor Who, the internet has been abuzz about possible replacements. Honestly, I try to ignore all speculation when it comes to future characters or storylines of iconic shows, since all it ever really does is get my hopes up for an actor who will likely not ever get that role! But in our long hours of driving across the US, this topic came up and it’s been on my mind ever since.

So, who will become the next Doctor? Well, many months ago, it was suggested that Matt Smith might have been tapped on the shoulder for a second run as The Doctor. He’s made no secret of the fact that he loved playing that character and that if given the chance he would entertain playing him once more. But does that mean he really would pursue this option? And if so, would the producers go in this direction? The idea of a ‘degeneration’ for The Doctor would in fact be quite a unique storyline since fans have long known The Doctor can only ever have thirteen lives. And since Capaldi currently holds the twelfth spot, that would mean this next Doctor would be the last. Ack! Unless, of course, they find a loophole to extend the life of the show. (*cartwheel*) A ‘degeneration’ does seem like a plausible concept, doesn’t it?

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Matt Smith

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Caffeinated Speculation: Jurassic Park or Jurassic World?

This week I grabbed my daughters and headed to the local Renaissance Faire here in AZ. We stumbled upon a new booth I’d never seen before–the Medieval Mapmaker. What caught my eye was a display of the map of Middle Earth. After approaching the booth I discovered an array of every fantasy map you could desire! From Star Wars to Equestria to The Princess Bride. One in particular stood out–the original Jurassic Park! Of course we snatched it up (as seen here), because who doesn’t want a map of the original JP? Amiright?

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Isn’t she a beaut?

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Caffeinated Speculation: About that Last Jedi…

At the end of January, Star Wars fans were treated to a belated Christmas present: We learned the title of Episode VIII! My Facebook and Twitter feeds exploded with all kinds of chatter as the speculation began about who The Last Jedi could be! Did it refer to Luke Skywalker? Possibly, considering the final scene of Episode VII showed the return of the long lost character. Or could The Last Jedi mean Rey, since she discovered her Jedi powers in the last movie?

Just a few days ago, there was renewed interest in the subject with the release of the new international posters. It seems that as Americans, our own language may have kept us from determining the truth: The Last Jedi may not be a single person, after all. 

As seen in various articles such as this one, the Star Wars Episode VIII posters featured in other languages show the phrase to be plural, not singular, as we had assumed.

This changes the game entirely! Woo-hoo! *Back flip* I’m super excited about this guys! This could mean a sort of ‘assembling’ of the Jedi. We’ve long been exposed to that lone hero, that single guy or gal who saves the day and wins for the good-side. But in this case, maybe we are about to see something more along the lines of an Avengers-like ensemble–a reference that The Last Jedi may refer to not only Luke and Leia, but also Rey, Finn, whoever! There are so many unknowns of who could hold the secret ‘Jedi gene’ in their blood, since the Jedi have been ‘extinct’ for so many years (in the SW Universe, that is.) I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for an Avenger-type Star Wars! (No disrespect to Han and Chewie. We love you guys!)

What about you? Were you surprised at the announcement over The Last Jedi? What are your thoughts? Feel free to leave them below. I’d love to hear who you think The Last Jedi might be!

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(Note to self: The above is plural! Yay!)

Caffeinated Speculation: ‘Firefly’ Reboot?

I had a few things on my mind to talk about this week–the release of the mid-season premier for The Walking Dead being one. (Hello!? How awesome was it, right?) But in the end, another article floating around the internet caught my attention: 

Will Firefly finally see a reboot?

For those of you unaware of this TV show, it originally aired back in 2002 on the Fox network, with Joss Whedon at the helm. It’s unique concept of old-time western mixed with futuristic sci-fi gained it a cult-following, despite the fact it lasted only 1 season. Since that time fans have demanded for a return of the show, and many Comic-Con type events have hosted the cast and crew, along with a feature length film, entitled Serenity, that was released 2005. (If you haven’t seen the show, check it out on Netflix! **Side note: This show is for mature audiences.)

For those of us who’ve watched (and re-watched) this show, it will always have a special place in our geeky-scifi-lovin’ hearts. But interviews with both Joss Whedon and lead cast member, Nathan Fillion, have both shown a hesitation on their end, for a reboot. Yes, it’s what the fans want; Yes, the cast and crew would be thrilled to revisit that time of their career; But is it what’s best for all? Maybe not. Whedon has suggested that the very fact that Firefly went off the air in it’s prime–when so many viewers have such fantastic memories of it–is what makes it such a cult favorite. To bring it back could set it up for a mediocre return, which could then prove as a disappointment that overshadows the entire series.  Continue reading