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I’ve been updating my profile on Linked In and noticed there are a few other places I need to update, so here’s a few that need likes/endorsements/connections etc!

Thanks!

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ANOTHER CHANCE FOR STAR WARS?

ANOTHER CHANCE FOR STAR WARS?4th always

A DOZEN IDEAS TO REVATILISE THE FRANCHISE, GET IT BACK ON TRACK AND MAKE IT FUN AGAIN!

Lucasfilm has been wrecking Star wars, or rather Kathleen Kennedy’s Political/Feminist agenda has. But all is not quite lost; there is a spark of hope out there.

The whole concept behind it was good versus evil and overcoming that evil. That arises out of despair and anguish like a Phoenix rising from the ashes.

That simple premise has been forgotten by KK and her cronies. THAT is why there has been a fan rebellion and both Last Jedi and Solo were complete failures.

With the ‘Original Trilogy’ there were several factors crucial to its success- strong characters male and female- though they were few/ the Hero’s Journey, although I wasn’t aware of the story structure at the time/allusions to the Second World War, the Roman Empire, the seven Samurai, even Laurel and Hardy with the droids. We even get a David vs Goliath with Luke taking on the Death Star in his X-Wing.

These latest ones lack consistency- like runny porridge, you know it’s been rushed and not cooked properly. Force Awakens/Lost Jedi/Solo have been flawed by bad writing, inconsistent direction, bureaucratic interference and micro management.

Paradoxically, Rebels and Rogue One have been flawless, well-written and well made. “Rebellions are made on Hope” Jyn said, quoting Cassian. So here we go- A dozen ideas-

  1. Sabine’s quest to find Ezra after Endor. There you go, a simple premise and taking a well-rounded Female Lead character off to rescue her male friend- the White (and purple/blue) Knight-ess off to rescue her Prince- there’s a subversion of the traditional fairy tale for Kathy.
  2. Bounty Hunters. One of the mooted Live-action series ideas that got shelved when Disney took over. Grim, gritty and maybe gruesome- not sugar-coated sweetness that Disney execs are used to- let’s see some Underworld action!
  3. Darth Vader/the 501st Legion. Having Vader as the Lead/focus is a great opportunity for Drama- he’s an iconic villain, his appearance in Rogue One and fight at the end really elevated the ending, so let’s see the CONFLICT- the shades of grey between darkness and light Luke saw in ROTJ, let’s see him waver, make him go to Naboo, visit Amidala’s grave and do some silent grieving.
  4. Smugglers. Here’s your Sitcom – Friends/Big Bang Theory in space! There’s a story in one of the Tales graphic novels of an Imperial Captain on a Star Destroyer who intercepts a Corellian Corvette, piloted by Han and Chewie. They inspect the ship, find no evidence of contraband, so let them go. A week later, the Corvette with Han and Chewie again, so inspect, find nothing, let it go, but he suspects there’s something not quite right. A week later, same ship and crew- so the Captain searches thoroughly- nothing. He has no choice but to let them go. Then he realises, it’s not the same ship, they’ve been smuggling Corvettes! A great tale and possibly something worth considering.
  5. Rebels Series 5. They’re still going, so why not continue the adventures of The Ghost or crew- Scariff/Yavin/Hoth/Endor. Or have a different ship or crew? No one cares about Resistance, so why not go back and carry on this? Doesn’t make sense Disney/Lucasfilm.
  6. Explorers. Something Star Trekky, out in the Unknown Regions.
  7. 80’s Comic Adaptations. There were some strange crazy adventures Luke and co had in between the movies. Let’s have the Hoojibs and Jaxx for a change!
  8. A Time Travel series? Okay, there’s thousands of years in the old EU Timeline, but Luke does ask threepio if he can “alter time, speed up the harvest or teleport me off this rock”, so at least there are a few SF stories in the galaxy!
  9. The Thrawn Trilogy. I didn’t read it when it first came out, but this is an awesome continuation of the Saga.
  10. Infinities. The Darkhorse comics did something very brave, different and risky- something execs at Disney and Lucasfilm should sit up and take notice of- a Reinterpretation of the Original trilogy. I even had my own idea- The Tatooine Rebellion. Inspired by Tales from Mos Eisley Cantina and using Steve Sansweets Encyclopaedia, I charted how each of the background characters would react and which side they would fight for if the start of ANH took a slightly different turn, with the Tantive 4 crashing into the Dune Sea and Leia and the droids hiding while Vader led a legion of Stormtroopers down. Interestingly, the first Battlefront game on PS2 had a Dune Sea and Mos Eisley level- great fun!
  11. Storming the Dead. One of those happy accidents that sometimes happen when I went to Hamfest-Oldham Comic con last year. Spectre Squad, a cosplay/costuming group were there, along with some painted props/sets, including a door saying ‘don’t open, dead inside’ so I had the idea of Stormtroopers going in, so set up a mini-photoshoot with several of the guys posing in front. When I got home, I saw the footage and was inspired to make a Walking Dead/Star Wars crossover, so had to have Tiglet narrate it- great fun!          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI0hQg8BE6w
  12. ANOTHER CHANCE. When you think about it, the destruction of Alderaan in ANH is the most heinous crime you could think of- the murder of millions of people echoes real life crimes like The Holocaust/911/Darfur/Pearl Harbour. As leia said, it is the most desperate hour, echoed by Obi Wans line- “millions of voices crying out in terror and were suddenly silenced, I fear something terrible has happened” The saga’s most chilling moment, more chilling than Order 66. I get goosebumps and shivers. Battlestar Galactica has done it, but in Star Wars, the survivors are spread out across the galaxy. Like Games of Thrones, it is an epic tale of betrayal/survival from several viewpoints in different places. There have been hints of a persecution of Alderaani survivors in Inferno Squad and a graphic novel about Leia, but a series like this would be awesome.         So, there you go Lucasfilm/Disney- less Mary Poppins in space and more Drama! Make Star Wars great again!   IW- bad feeling
 

500TH VIDEO!

So, I’ve finally made 500 videos, well, I’ve got the footage for a few more, so it’s mainly been catching up on editing the last couple of weeks, it’s a bit later than expected.

 So, I ended up realising one of the best things I have filmed was the Sunset from West Kirby Marine Lake the day after the Longest day in June. Shows how much I fell behind in editing that it’s taken me this long to sort it out, but I did it!

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751st Post- 8th Bloggerversary

8th Bloggerversary

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Photo by Markus Spiske temporausch.com on Pexels.com

 

 

It’s on time this year! A day early even!

Another summer has nearly passed and things have not been done and it seems to take FOREVER to get stuff updated. I am finally catching up on pictures for Tigletverse Facebook page, videos updated- no chance! Short stories have been blahhh! But I have made progress in the war against the back garden!

In amidst the entire editing/tidying/sorting/recycling/cleaning etc I have started Infinite Whoniverses series five, nearly halfway through and I’m already planning ahead for the 55th Anniversary, great stuff, but I can’t be the only one thinking of the 55th Anniversary surely?

I’ve been wanting to do something different for a while- I’m always doing hiking/nature photos and videos, so I did the Scarecrow trail for school and been to several Art places and doing Architecture pictures as well as a Horror festival that was literally comatose and an Anime/comics day at Manchester Library, which was good. It made me start the Bee Trail, only 14 out of 100, so might have another go at that sometime.

Looking at the weather forecast, today would have been the best day for a walk, warmer than the rest of the week, with plenty of rain to not look forward too. Guess the garden’s gonna grow back with a stuffing vengeance then- great-not!

Another thing I have tried to do is more pitching/submitting CV’s/ideas and projects to TV broadcasters and producers. I’d have better luck removing my teeth with pliers, just as much fun. I guess I have to admit that maybe, just maybe I am stuck in a bit of a rut, creatively/life and work. But instead of feeling sorry for myself, am still looking for that ever-elusive silver lining, a way forward, some endeavour that might shine a little light on ahead. Oh yay, It’s another Philosophical ramble boys and girls. Might just have to go for a walk, even if it rains, or do the garden, or finish a story or pitch a script. Slay some internal or metaphysical Dragons!

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What’s going on in Ian’s Little World?

Hi ho, let’s get to it then- Happy 8th Bloggerversary, whatever I end up doing!!

 

 

Tiglet moving to Sesame Street???

 

Well, he wishes! Sesame Studios are looking for new ideas, so what could be newer than a talking Tiger (that isn’t Tony or Tigger bouncing everywhere?) So after a few days of mulling it over, I put a pitch together, watched a couple of their Youtube videos and reminisced about Bert and Ernie, The Count and the Cookie Monster, who are all still going, along with Big Bird and a few new characters.

The obvious thing to pitch was THE TIGLET SHOW! My attempt five years ago to do something Muppet-like. As Experimental No-Budget Filmmaking goes, this did stretch the budget!

Oh my Geeky Goddess! Where did I come up with this? WHY? Yes, I have actually gone back to watch it and it was experimental, (maybe emphasis on mental?) making it by myself had its challenges, you can tell I was running out of ideas by the third episode, not sure stitching together previously made videos worked either. Two things I was pleased about were Professor Von Ool and then the GrumpyCats, with their sarcy Waldorf and Statler-like comments at the end.

So, it’s all done and pitched. I attached my Creativity and Imagination playlist from Youtube and it’s just a matter of seeing what happens, if anything.

 

I know I blogged sometime last summer about how Darci Farmer blew me away with her ventriloquism on America’s got talent last year, but maybe I do need to light a fire underneath the Puppetry again. Maybe try and make an original puppet and see who else I can rope into it. Come up with a new project. Things like Avenue Q and the Happytime Murders are a bit too-adult-like, it’s things like The Muppets, The Storyteller, Fraggle Rock, even Labyrinth and Dark Crystal I’m more interested in.

Anyhoo, I’ve started planning the sequel to Tiglet’s Time Travels, titled Tiglet’s Time Wars, funnily enough- cos, like, it’s a sequel and there’s temporal shenanigans going on all over the multiverses. I did think of putting in ideas from my aborted Star Trek Fan Film- Preservation, plus stuff I thought up for Infinite Whoniverses and a kids Time Travel show- there’s an idea- kids and puppets, like a junior Farscape, that’s the way to do it! (As Punch would say!)

Anyway, a week’s gone by since I made my pitch, so no news is good news, right? Probably not, but I live in a perpetual state of Hope, even if it is the false kind.

 

CARRY ON WAYWARD DOCTORS- The timeroads travelled so far…

INFINITE WHONIVERSES-

Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of Doctor Who

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“Carry on my wayward son, there’ll be peace when you are done.

Lay your weary head to rest,

Don’t you cry no more”

Kansas- Carry On My Wayward Son (Supernatural version)

 

CARRY ON WAYWARD DOCTORS-

The timeroads travelled so far…

 

SERIES 1-

In an Infinite number of Whoniverses, where possibilities and Alternatives play out, The 13th NeoGallifreyan Doctor wakes from the Matrix and flees with Star in the STARDIS as The Master leads a Dalek Occupation.

The Doctor and Star collect A Key To Time and are joined by Tori, a Transguardian in Human Form. She lets in the Centuroid Armada from another Universe, which battles the fleet before they are all transported elsewhere. The Cult of Davros mysteriously escapes though.

In the STARDIS, the NeoGallifreyan 13th Doctor, Star and Tori leave their reality on a quest into Alternity.

In another Whoniverse, the 9TH TimeLady Doctor, the Last of the Timeladies, arrives in a Commune under siege by a different version of the Centuroids. Davius helps her restore power to the Sanctuary System, though she is poisoned by radiation and regenerates into her 10th Incarnation.

Mr. Tiglet briefly travels with the 10th Doctor (Eccleston) before falling asleep in Mr. Mercer’s attic and hibernating.

The Cult of Davros is sighted in Chester, so Agent Korrina of the BTA is sent to investigate.

Kai-El, the Last of the CyberKryptonions saves the day as Dr. RRR! meets five monster’s and manages to outwit them all.

 

SERIES 2-

The Inferno Doctor, a mirror of the 3rd Doctor meets Sarah Jane Sullivan as Project Inferno spirals out of control. They evacuate as a cataclysmic chain reaction devastates the world’s surface.

Elsewhen, in a World Without The Doctor, the Robots of Death, led by Taren Capel seize control of Storm Mine 4 and a Robot Revolution on Kaldoria begins.

In a Prelude to ‘Battlefield’ in the Arthurian Realm, Morgaine becomes jealous when Merlin takes her place as Arthur’s Advisor, then learns of Arthur’s betrothal to Guinevere. She is enraged and starts down a Dark Path in her quest for vengeance.

An Alternate 8th Doctor finishes a Timewar against a Slug-like enemy and imprisons them in the Pandoriatrix.

The STARDIS crew enters the Time Rider Reality through holes in the Dimensional wall and help Sal and others trapped in Chaos Space.

They leave, sealing up the holes, but something else has fallen through to 1st Century Jerusalem.

The Last of the TimeLadies shows Davius the destruction of her home and the betrayal of The Mistress of Lies.

 

SERIES 3-

The Infernoverse Master conquers Gallifrey with the Daleks and draws the Inferno Doctor into a trap as Gallifrey dies. The Master is atomised and the Doctor shot by a Dalek. Will he survive?

The Cult of Davros is sighted in Liverpool and Intervention Agents rescue Korrina.

Dr. RRR! Beats The Feline Masterrr at a chocolate Invasion, then a TimeDalek Incursion of Widnes and goes on a Grailquest across the Whoniverses.

The Temporal Adjustment Bureau sees the dangers of a new Jagaroth Empire, so sends the 4th Doctor to Paris to stop Scaroth changing history.

The War Doctor/9th Doctor (Hurt) is ambushed by a Dalek Squad, so leads them to the Centuroid Wars in order to destroy them.

Taking Davius home, the Timelady 10th Doctor sets off on a quest but falls into a trap set by The Mistress of Lies and regenerates.

The 4th Doctor boldly goes where he’s never been before as he crosses over to an alternate timeline to help the Timeship Tempest get back on track.

After arriving in the Gallifreyan Intergalactic Federation, The STARDIS crew are taken prisoner. The NeoGallifreyan Doctor regenerates into his 14th life and Tori uses her powers to stop a Screamer, like an Interdimensional Shark from tearing the universe apart.

The Timewars will escalate into OMNIWARS as The Supreme Obliterator TimeDalek remembers his previous life as A Doctor and shuts down every Centuroid Armada across the Whoniverses.

Doctors collide as the new 11th TimeLady Doctor meets the 14th NeoGallifreyan Doctor and the STARDIS crew. They help her leave her Reality for good.

The STARDIS is captured by the evil and twisted forces of the Interdimensional Gallifreyan Inquisition.

Tortured and interrogated, The NeoDoctor realises the identity of the Supreme Inquisitor-

He is The Dark Doctor, the Abomination, The Time Ripper, the Beast, The Valeyard.

The 14th NeoDoctor’s nightmare is just beginning.

 

SERIES4-

In A World Without the Doctor, The CyberLeader struggles to make sense of the ripples through time and two sets of Pre-Conversion memories.

Roarilon wants Dr RRR, but gets The Masterr instead, meanwhile Dr. RRr and The Surgeon have fun then part ways.

The Omnilords rescue The NeoDoctor and other Alternate Doctors and burn the Inquisition down, although The Dark Doctor escapes.

In another World without the Doctor, Rose Tyler faces the Mannequin monsters with the help of Osgood.

Dr RRR goes on a quest for the Omnimatrix as Dr. Ool is introduced.

The Last of the TimeLadies meets the Obliterator Master.

In the Season 4 Finale, The NeoDoctor, Star and Tori face a Dalek Invasion of Liverpool and the fall and Regeneration of the 14th Incarnation- Nothing will ever be the same again!

 

SIDEBAR- DR RRR SERIES 1 AND 2-

IW went off on a tangent as we tried to develop a spin-off, giving Dr. RRR his own series. It proved harder to do and was the main reason it has taken over TWO years to prepare Series 5. In the end, Dr RRR’s adventures have been re-integrated into the main series strand again.

Dr RRR series 1-

Attack of the Stone Monsters

A Dalek in the Library

Doctors Assemble!

Shipwrecked

 

IW 2016 HALLOWEEN SPECIAL –Tainted Love- A Tale of the Vampire Wars

 

Dr RRR Series 2-

Doc Bear to the Rescue!

The SnowDoctor and the WolfMaster

The Quest for the Purple Power Core

The Furry side of the Force

Jurassic Universe

 

SERIES 5-

Prelude 1- the Oncoming Stormslayer

(Easter 2017 Special/Buffy TheVampire Slayer 20th Anniversary crossover)

Prelude 2- Independence of the Teenage Dirtbag Stormslayers (Summer 2017 Special)

Prelude 3- the Cult of Davros- Salvation of the Daleks

(Christmas 2017 Special)

Prelude 4- The TimeDalek Invasion of Liverpool 2- Aftermath

(Easter 2018 Special)

The past is just the Prologue…And also the End of the Beginning!

 

IW 5- August 2018

ETERNAL WINTER WILL FALL THIS SUMMER!

Ian Cai Mercer 2018

 

What are YOU doing to celebrate the 55th Anniversary?

23/11/2018

 

Ian’s Travelblogs no more- Beyond 6th anniversary

tvp6aTigletverse Travel and Photography- update

I’ve been reading a bunch of old blogposts from 2011/2012. I did a lot of hiking back then, also writing up where I went to as well. That was before the video blogging, or Vlogging on Youtube.

I’ve never got the time these days, nor an organising principle to get myself, err, organised!

So, I merged both Tiglet’s Travels and ITA in 2016, creating Tigletverse Travel and Photography, with one Facebook page (please Like!) and not much up on Pinterest. BUT NOW ON FLICKR! With Wild Walks on the Welshside kicking off 2018- so far I have been to Wepre Park (twice), Flint Castle, Loggerheads, Llwyni ponds, Bailey Hill in Mold, Caergwrle Castle, Southport and a walk to Another Place for an Awesome sunset, Chester in the Snow and round St. George’s Hall for my Birthday and finally going round Spike Island in the fog one Monday morning, and that was all before Easter!

I have also been along the Bridgewater Canal- Preston Brook section, Etna Park with a bit of the Buckley Heritage Trail, Pex Hill and Blundell’s Hill after a job interview (which I didn’t get!) Liverpool Lightnight, including the performance by Bring the Fire Project. I also saw the Museum of the Moon, which is an artwork based on NASA photographs and seems to be on tour in several places at the same time. I have also taken a few pics of the real thing, along with Sun pictures, including New Brighton and West Kirby Marine Lake.

Event-wise, Wales Comic con was awesome, been to Liverpool museum and an amble round Chester on the Upton Scarecrow Trail.

I have been attempting to catch up on a mass of editing, of both photos but mainly videos, so hopefully will have caught up with those by the end of June, which will bring me to 500 videos, though the next episode of Dr. RRR’s Guide to the Whoniverses is going to be more complex than the Morbius one, so WHO knows when that’ll be completed!

So that’s it, that’s the big update for Spring and the Summer-so-far on the Hiking/Event front.

STAY GROOVY AND SMOOTHIE!