The Doctor Who Christmas Special was not all that it was cracked up to be.

“The Time of the Doctor” was Matt Smith’s farewell episode, although Steven Moffat did his best to ignore the fact. The convoluted plot allowed the Doctor Who showrunner to fit in as many references to the past three seasons as possible. Too bad for Smith that the screen time given to the Silence and the Weeping Angels meant less time for him.

This episode was like a checklist of elements and creatures we have seen during Moffat’s tenure as showrunner. Most of these creatures were rendered redundant and irrelevant to the plot by the end of the Doctor Who Christmas special, so why were they included at all? In fact, the reappearance of the Weeping Angels just demonstrated that Moffat was so pleased with his own (admittedly creepy, although completely overused) creation that he couldn’t help but use them. Again. Perhaps for Christmas, someone should gift Moffat with an editor.

“The Time of the Doctor” was an opportunity for the team to give a proper send off to the character we have loved since 2010, and the fantastic actor who has played him. To ignore the contribution of Smith to the series is at best ignorant, at worst insensitive and callous. We can pretend that this episode should have been plot-focused, but we completely believe that a Doctor’s final episode should showcase them as the focus, not as an afterthought.

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The Doctor Who Christmas Special was not all that it was cracked up to be.

“The Time of the Doctor” was Matt Smith’s farewell episode, although Steven Moffat did his best to ignore the fact. The convoluted plot allowed the Doctor Who showrunner to fit in as many references to the past three seasons as possible. Too bad for Smith that the screen time given to the Silence and the Weeping Angels meant less time for him.

This episode was like a checklist of elements and creatures we have seen during Moffat’s tenure as showrunner. Most of these creatures were rendered redundant and irrelevant to the plot by the end of the Doctor Who Christmas special, so why were they included at all? In fact, the reappearance of the Weeping Angels just demonstrated that Moffat was so pleased with his own (admittedly creepy, although completely overused) creation that he couldn’t help but use them. Again. Perhaps for Christmas, someone should gift Moffat with an editor.

“The Time of the Doctor” was an opportunity for the team to give a proper send off to the character we have loved since 2010, and the fantastic actor who has played him. To ignore the contribution of Smith to the series is at best ignorant, at worst insensitive and callous. We can pretend that this episode should have been plot-focused, but we completely believe that a Doctor’s final episode should showcase them as the focus, not as an afterthought.

Related: We rank every Doctor Who episode from the Matt Smith era

A jaded viewer might even consider that this episode was much more about a showrunner proving his own creativity than it was about celebrating an actor. That is, if you weren’t too busy trying to make sense of what you were watching.

Afterall, “The Time of the Doctor” was difficult enough for the superfan to comprehend. A casual viewer (many of whom tune in for the Christmas Special with their families) would have no chance at all. How could they recall the prophecy stating that “Silence will fall,” or the Doctor’s unknown fear from “The God Complex”?

This is not to say that there weren’t some enjoyable elements in this episode, like the truth field, and Handles (a relative of Cast Away’s Wilson?). But a few laughs don’t make up for cheating Doctor Who fans of a finale, and a goodbye. We would give up the rest if it meant Smith could have an emotional and special send off.

doctor who christmas specialAmy Pond’s (Karen Gillan) goodbye was one of the clear highlights of this episode. But to single out Amy, when Clara (Jenna Louise Coleman) was standing right in front of the Doctor? Talk about the brush off.

Of course it makes sense that the Eleventh Doctor would be reluctant to say goodbye to this body, as it was his last connection to Amy and Rory (Arthur Darvill). But to completely ignore the woman who had literally just saved his life, and who was apparently so special to him?

Seeing Clara once again reduced to a gloried prop did Moffat no favours in the eyes of the fans who already take issue with him. It also made very little sense for the character of the Eleventh Doctor, and as this was his very last chance to speak with her (as himself, rather than his next regeneration), we were surprised that he didn’t take it up.

Related: Why Karen Gillan should not have made an appearance in “Time of the Doctor”

Perhaps we could forgive the overly complicated plot, the lazy writing, or the contrived inclusion of past creatures – if it wasn’t Matt Smith’s last episode. And that is the critical point; there are no more episodes to fix these problems, or give Smith another chance. This was his very last episode, and we can’t get another one.

The failings of the writing are not what hurt so much when we watched the Doctor Who Christmas Special. No, rather it was the fact that Matt Smith was the casualty of them, when he deserved so much better.

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Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-concept-art

In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017