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Fortunately due to high uses of hallucinogenic drugs like LSD, we get some very strange and unusual Ideas for Books and Movies, some of them are beyond bizarre, some of them are creepy, and some them are just plain odd, which is why I made a this list.
Whilst the 60’s were also a psychoactive decade in its own right, it never really went hallucinogenic insane until the closing part of the decade (around 1968 to 1969) which is why I didn't include the 60's on this list.
PS: "Forgive my spelling."
Please note that this list may contain spoilers.
Doctor Who: Sleep No More (2015)
Sleep no more will put you to sleep.
This is the first and probably the only Doctor who episode that is told through found footage. It is written by Mark Gatiss who is mediocre at best when it comes to writing Doctor Who Stories though I did enjoy 'An Adventure in Space and Time' which he wrote. Sleep No More is nothing more than a Paste and Copy of Under the Lake but done with less effort. Story begins with a Scientist Dude (Reece Shearsmith) on an abandoned Space Station warning us the viewer not to watch this. However he Contradict himself by aligning footage that he possesses and then showing to us. At the beginning you see a bunch of Soldiers from Triton on the ship Le Verrier (the same ship that Scientist dude is on) who our only there to die and are given little to no backstory to their character other than Grunt who is a bio-engineered soldier with the intelligence of a Dog.
They so meet up with the Doctor and his Companion Clara Oswald, at this point the Doctor mentions that the Triton colonists were originally from India and Japan which merged to become its own Culture along with a Communist Revolution many years later. This is the only interesting part that I found in this episode, I would of love it if they put a story surrounding Triton's Communist takeover and how the Doctor being somewhat of a Marxist himself (in this incarnation anyway) react to it, unfortunately we get this.
After running away from the Sand monster things The Doctor along with Clara and the soldiers from Triton Stumble across some sleeping pods with the Scientist dude from earlier pops his head out of the Pod to see what's going on. It is then revealed that the Sand Monster things are in fact made from Eye Mucus form from sleep and the found footage you're seeing is nothing more than dust. Unsurprisingly nearly all of the Soldiers including Grant (or as they call him on the show 474) get killed by the eye snot monster leaving out the Leader Nagata (Elaine Tan) and the Scientist dude.
Towards the end the plot becomes Non-existent, the Doctor and Clara survive of course but I can't remember what happened to Nagata. As for the Scientist dude it turns out that he is also made from Eye Dust, as he begins to turn to dust and fades away ended the Episode. This isn't a bad episode it's just plain forgettable. I wasn't kidding when I said it will put you to sleep, it nearly put me to sleep when I watched it. Everything about this Episode including the characters is dull and bland, nothing really add up, though it does feel like a Classic Doctor Who with the campy Monsters there is no real story to keep you engaged.
If you are watching the Season ninth of Doctor Who on your DVD or Blu-ray box set, give this one a miss, you won't be missing much.
The most inaccurate prediction of CSA
This is one of the first mockumentary movie I saw when I was a Teenager at a time when I was very interested in the American Civil War. The idea of a parallel reality was very new to me at the time so when I watched this film in early 2010 I very quickly became interested in the concept of an alternative reality in what would later become a genre
known as "Alternative history" and C.S.A: The Confederate States of America was the Spear of what captivated me into that genre. However, as I got older and started to look into the film in great detail I realize that the film has too many factual, historical and some global errors. The one that stands out the most is the Confederate takeover of the United States. At no point in the Civil war did the South wanted to conquer the United States and replace it with the Confederate States. The American Civil war was a war of Secession, the south wanted to become Independent from the union due to the north's abolishment of slavery in 1861 which was a source of income for many southern states.
Even if the South did subjugate the North it wouldn't hold it for very long. The North hated the Confederacy believing them as traitors to the people who fought and died in the American Revolution, if the Confederates somehow annexed the union the northerners at some point or another would have rebelled against the CSA and reclaim the union. The Movie focuses mostly on slavery which probably wouldn't have lasted as long as this movie predicted and show us a divergent reality in where the CSA has taken over the USA as well as Central and south Americas. The film tells how the Confederates won the Civil War (which ended in 1864 in this timeline) and how they brought slavery back to the North. In this timeline Abraham Lincoln never published the Emancipation Proclamation and thus the Confederacy gain support from Britain and France. By the end of 1863 the Confederacy successfully advances into the Union strongholds winning battle after battle. After a few months a defeated and broken United States eventually surrendered and was force to join the CSA due to their costly defeat. By the end of the War the United State Ceased to Exist and the Confederate Battle flag (not the national flag of the Confederacy) becomes the National flag of America. Towards the end of the 19th Century and the end of the Reconstruction of the North the Confederates begins their expansion into Latin America as well as the Caribbean, enslaving local Blacks in the Caribbean and creating a Racial Segregation System in Mexico and Central America. By the 1920's the Confederates successfully annexed all of the South Americas by divide and conquer. However this put the CSA in a financial derp causing the Great Depression in the 1930's (similar to our timeline). In 1933 the German Nazi Party seized power which makes no sense whatsoever since there was no mention of Confederate aid to Britain and France during the First World War and also the fact that the Confederates were at war with South America.
Although the CSA and Nazi Germany are neutral and maintain a friendly relationship with each other, the CSA decides to go to war with Germany's ally Japan in fear of Japanese expansionism in the Pacific. The Confederates Defeated the Japanese after Launching a Nuclear attack on Japan, and also enslaving the Japanese civilians, not long after Nazi Germany is also somehow defeated and falls to the Russian and British. Years later a Proxy War starts between the CSA and Canada which continued past the 21st century. During the 1950's the CSA build a concrete wall called the "Cotton Curtain" across the Canadian Border whilst an international embargo on the CSA takes place, South Africa becomes the only country to maintain diplomatic relations with America. By the start of the 21st Century the Confederates invade the Middle East in a Moral Crusade to eliminate Islam by converting the populace to Christianity whilst simultaneously taking over Oil productions. Along with the ludicrous back story on how the Confederates came to be, there is also a side story about John Ambrose Fauntroy's presidential election campaign. However his Character seems somewhat pointless and the twist ended in which it is revealed that his great grandfather (John Ambrose Fauntroy the first) and his servant's great grandmother had sex, just went nowhere for me.
The movie barely uses any historical facts other than the Confederates plans to invade South America which was plan during the Civil war, there is also no mentions on the Second Mexican Empire which was established in 1864 nor is there any mentions of what happen to that regime. The CSA's History is too much like the US's history, things like the Great Depression, America's war in the Middle East, the Cold war (though with Canada instead of the Soviet Union), The Political unrest of the 1960's and the Vietnam War (again makes no sense in this timeline) is way too identical to our timeline that it makes the history kind of boring. Realistically had the CSA seceded from the US it wouldn't just have affected the Americas but the world. Example of this would be Mexico be rule by a Monarchy, Europe becoming the dominant power of the world, The United States remaining Socialist, Russia not becoming Communist and so on. To be honest, there are way better stories that tell us what would have happened if the Confederates won the war. Harry Turtledove's Southern Victory series is by far the best one, since it shows the Confederates in a divergent history in a more realistic scenario, unlike this film which seems that the people who made it knows absolutely nothing about Confederates.
Doctor Who: Hell Bent (2015)
Worst Episode of Season 9 and probably the worst story of Peter Capaldi's tenure as the Doctor
To be Honest I didn't like Heaven Sent, I actually thought the story and plot was rather boring and it just when on and on and on, having said that I was looking forward to its follow up Hell Bent as it shows the Doctor finally returning to his home Planet of Gallifrey, only that it kind of didn't. You do get to see Gallifrey but only briefly and the story is mostly about the Doctor trying to save Clara's life. When I saw the trailer My original thought was that the story was going to be about The Doctor meeting up with an old foe whether that be the Rani, The return of Morbius, The Valeyard (Although unlikely) Rassilon or even Borusa who we haven't seen since The Five Doctors.
It was later reveal that it would be Rassilon this time played by Game of Thrones star Donald Sumpter who unlike many of the other GOT cast who talents were wasted in Doctor who (case in point: Maisie Williams) is really good as Rassilon, too bad he wasn't in the episode for very long.
The story begins on Earth in the US state of Utah or Nevada (I can't be bothered remembering what bloody state it was, I want to see Gallifrey not Earth) when you see the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) with a guitar walking into a restaurant while Clara is behind the counter pretending to write whilst looking almost bored. She asks the Doctor if he wants anything, he replies by saying "I am looking for someone" later he tells her that he is looking for Clara. It then jumps into the Intro and as the credits rolls you see Moffatt's name under writer so you know it's going to be crap from he on end.
Flashing through as quickly as possible, the Doctor returns to Gallifrey and demands to see Rassilon who is Lord President of Gallifrey. When the Doctor meets Rassilon he tells him to get off his planet which he does after his soldiers turn against him including The General. The Doctor regains his titled as President of Gallifrey, later he meets up with the High Council as they discuss about the Time War and a half Dalek half Time Lord Hybrid that they were going to use in the war but never got a chance.
Uninterested, he asks them to go back in time to meet Clara. They take him to the moment before Clara's death. He then saves Clara's life and kills the General who was helping him anyway, the General regenerates into a black Woman which feels like they just got her to please the feminists out there just in case they called the show Sexist (Hooray for progress) and the story begins to go nowhere at this point, becoming more complicated and meaningless. The Doctor with Clara tries to escape the time lords and goes to the end of the Universe (for the third bloody time) and meets Ashildr (Maisie Williams). Ashildr tells the Doctor what he should do with Clara, erase her memories. Clara overhears this which leads into the Doctor erasing his own memories of Clara (I have no idea why) and then it goes back to the diner with the Doctor talking to Clara about Clara whilst trying to find Clara (Makes total sense to me). The two leave in their respective Tardises with Ashildr and Clara controlling the Tardis that the Doctor Stole on Gallifrey which is also the diner.You know what would have been better than this dribble? If there was a story where the Doctor has to face Rassilon in a scenario where Rassilon wants to destroy the Doctor in which the Doctor himself has to find some way to overthrow Rassilon.
Hell Bent's suffers from Steven Moffat's ego which has ruin the show ever since he took over from Russell T Davies as Showrunner back in 2010. Since then he has written bad script after bad script and also fires good well respected writers and replaces them with rubbish ones. Steven Moffat is a bit like an egocentric John Nathan-Turner, the only difference between the two is that JNT wanted more fans for the show but didn't care about the scripts, whilst Steven Moffat cares about the scripts but does not care about the fans.
The entire episode can be sum up in three words "It is sh*t". There is not one redeeming thing about this episode that I can find. The Hybrid for example is never explain it's just brought up, the story is all over the place, the trailer is misleading, the characters act oddly and out of place and on top of all that nothing adds up.
Peter Capaldi acts like he's got Alzheimer's and is incapable of being independent without Clara and that's one of the things I hate about her character. Don't get me wrong I don't hate the Actress who plays her but the thing with Clara is that the writers make her the main character in the show and also make her the leader instead of the Doctor which it shouldn't be. The show to me was never about the Doctor's Relationship with his Companion/Companions but was about the Adventures that the Doctor and his Companion/Companions embark on which is what the show should be about.
Not this: Would Danny Pink and Clara Oswald ever get back together again? What would The Doctor do without Clara? What is Clara thinking about? Clara is going to another planet what is she going to wear? NO!! This is Doctor Who, it's a Science Fiction show not freaking Downton Abbey or EastEnders! that's all I have to say about this Damn Episode.
Command & Conquer: Generals (2003)
A decent game but a bit dull in places.
Command & Conquer: Generals was the last game that Westwood Studios developed as the company was liquidated by Electronic Arts (EA) shortly before this game was released. The game came out at the height of Bush's War on Terror. At the time the game was heavily criticized due to the similarities between the fictional GLA (Global Liberation Army) and the Iraqi terrorist group known as Al-Qaeda, this even cause a temporary ban in Germany as well as a full scale ban in China as the Chinese in the game are depicted as a brutal army that use heavy-handed tactics such as leveling the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and destroying the three gorges dam. Which I find somewhat Ironic seeing how this is the only western game I can think of where the Chinese are actually the good guys in the game. Fun Fact: Command & Conquer: Generals came out in Australia just a week after the US led Invasion of Iraq.
Playing it now I can't help but think that somehow this game predicted the future seeing how alike the GLA is to ISIS, the game itself is also base in the not too distant future where the Global Liberation Army a large well-organized terrorist organization declares war on the two main superpowers of the world, the United States and the People's Republic of China. In response the two Nations form a Coalition against the GLA whom controls most of the Middle East, parts of China along with Central Asia and the whole of Kazakhstan. You play as one of three the Chinese, the United States or the GLA and that's really about it. There are no Cut scenes or any story behind the missions you are given and very little backstory on how the GLA came to power in the first place. Similar to the first Command and Conquer game (nickname Tiberian Dawn) is set in a divergent reality, however done in a more realistic setting and style.
Now that the game is 12 years old I found it to be limited compared to its predecessors like Red Alert 2 and Tiberian Sun which had more depth and detail with both the game mechanics and plot. It is no means a bad game but it is somewhat lackluster and compared to Red Alert 2 (release in 2000) it hasn't really age that well.
All in all it's an alright game and I give it a 5 out of 10
The Beginning of the End of the Command & Conquer Series.
After the success of command & conquer 3: Tiberium wars, EA (who took over the command & conquer franchise from the defunct Westwood studios back in 2003) decided to make a third red alert game this time adding a new powerful faction called 'the empire of the rising sun' a militarized and futuristic version of japan. the game isn't a direct sequel to red alert 2 released in 2000 instead it focuses on its own time line. The Soviet Union is falling apart and in one last ditch effort colonel Anatoly Cherdenko (played by Tim curry) and general Nicolai Krukov (played by Andrew Divoff) goes back in time with the aid of Dr. Gregory Zelinsky's time machine. Zelinsky (played by Peter Stormare) tells the men not to touch anything fearing that it may disrupt the space time continuum but anatoly Cherdenko disregards his orders and shakes hands with Albert Einstein which disintegrate him thus giving the soviet union an advantage over the allied forces in his time line. They leave 1927's Brussels and head back to their time line which they discover that the soviet union and the world is significantly different from theirs. Anatoly Cherdenko is premier that makes Krakov jealous the soviets are far superior in this time line marching across western Europe from the weaker allied forces, all seems well until a message from Emperor Yoshiro (played by 'oh my!' George Takei) threatens the sovereignty of the Soviet Union and masses an army to invade it. Now the USSR has two mortal enemies and without nuclear or atomic weapons their dreams of a socialist utopia is in vain.
The problem that i had with this game isn't so much the game itself (although I would prefer it if they didn't shrink the infantry units to just one rather than what they did in the Tiberium wars where you had 20 or so soldiers in one unit.) No, it's more the storyline which is littered with plot holes, I don't understand why they didn't just continue on from red alert 2 acknowledging the fact that the events of the second game had devastated and exhausted both the allied forces as well as the soviet union, the empire of the rising sun would of come to power anyway due to their counterparts weaknesses and would of taken over the whole of Asia with little response from the allied forces whom are already at war with Soviet Russia. Adding the time travel story done better in the First Red Alert Game (First Game was getting rid of Hitler before his rise of power) so they) can have the empire of the rising sun is really pointless.
The other problem I had was the Characters, they are just so goofy and silly so much so they are irritating. Granted this is a tongue in cheek series from the command and conquer games but when you have badly over acting from otherwise well respected actors like J.K. Simmons (who plays the president of the United States) and Jonathan Pryce (playing as an Allied field Marshall) it's not a good thing. The females characters especially the military advisers are over sexualized to the max, I keep half expecting that one of them is going to bring me a cup of coffee mid game wearing a bikini and high heels. The military advisers for both the soviets and the allies have shirts and outfits that reveals their cleavage as with most of the women characters in the game, Speaking of the costume design, they look fake as hell. The second red alert game the outfits look real convincing and didn't look overdone. Yet in this game the outfits all look like they got them from a fancy dress shop. Examples: The Allies generals and commanders wear bright navy blue sometimes blue camouflage clothing the Soviets wear an awful black leather outfits with red stripes on it and Japanese wear mostly samurai like outfits with plastic looking armour on them.
I probably sound like I really hated this game but in honesty I actually enjoyed it. there's nothing wrong with the game itself, the quality is good and the military in all three factions are interesting from unit types to technological advancements and disadvantages, but the story acting and even the dialogue is just cringe worthy. Still it is nowhere near as bad as Tiberian twilight which pretty much destroyed the Command and Conquer series.