A Superman story that’s pretty much the same as the original, except he has a different reason for being a hero.

It’s not because he feels he should help people since he has superpowers. It’s not just because he’s a good guy at heart.

Superman went to the Fortress. He saw the history of Krypton. He knows what led to the planet exploding—his parents’ neglect.

Jor-El was a skilled scientist, so he knew what was wrong with the planet. But he was arrogant. Instead of raising an alarm, he wanted to fix it on his own.

Lara was on the governing council. People’s safety should have been he top priority. But she was too comfortable with the status quo.

Besides, the House of El was high society. If anything really bad happened, they had escape pods ready. No problem flying off planet.

Arrogance and laziness. They both shirked their responsibilities.

And Superman knows.

It sickens him.

He’s trying to make up for their shortcomings. Every person he saves. Every disaster he stops. It’s because his parents wouldn’t step up.

It’s the reason Clark became an investigative reporter—to make sure people in power are honest and ethical.

He spends both lives, as Clark and Superman, making sure that no one hurts people out of arrogance or neglect.

Superman isn’t interested in bringing back Krypton.

He wants to make sure it never happens again.

Sometimes, the Ninth Doctor’s series doesn’t seem so long ago, but that aired in 2005. Twelve years! That’s a long time in TV years.

That’s a lot of time for character development, exploring themes, and even calling back to previous stories and characters (villains, too!).

I can’t speak for other fans, but I feel like Doctor Who has exhausted a lot of content in the last 12 years.

That’s not a slight to the writers, by the way. The show has become comfortable. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it could be better.

Introducing a female Doctor changes that. It’s a fresh take on what we already know; a new lens to see the universe through.

What’s the TARDIS like with a female Doctor at the console? What’s the Doctor’s dynamic with her companions?

Instantly, we have new things to explore, but we also have the usual things to get used to with a new Doctor. Personality quirks. Sense of humor. Being open or reserved.

Doctor Who has always been about change. It doesn’t matter who the Doctor is — it’s still the Doctor.

I posted a new playlist on 8tracks called Summer Oldies. It’s old (or old-sounding) songs that make me think of summer.

Here’s the full tracklist:

  1. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
  2. Nowhere to Run – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  3. (What A) Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
  4. I’ve Told Every Little Star – Linda Scott
  5. Be My Baby – The Ronettes
  6. Tragedy – Bee Gees
  7. S.O.S. – ABBA
  8. Forget Him – Bobby Rydell
  9. Poetry in Motion – Johnny Tillotson
  10. You Keep Me Hangin’ On – The Supremes
  11. Bye Bye Bye (feat. Tara Louise) – Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
  12. Machu Picchu – The Strokes
  13. Take Me Home – Phil Collins
  14. Hotel California – Eagles
  15. What’s Up? – 4 Non Blondes

When Spider-Man Homecoming was originally announced, a lot of people were surprised that the superhero would be rebooted again so soon after The Amazing Spider-Man movies. Spider-Man is one of my favorite characters, so I was excited regardless. Now that I saw Homecoming, there’s a lot to love about the movie.

My list is after the cut. (Spoilers, of course.)

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I posted a new playlist to 8tracks called The Oncoming Storm. It’s the kind of music I imagine the Doctor would listen to before defending Earth against the latest threat.

Here’s the full tracklist:

  1. Marchin On – OneRepublic
  2. Letters from the Sky – Civl Twilight
  3. David – Noah Gundersen
  4. The Phoenix – Fall Out Boy
  5. You’re the One That I Want – Lo-Fang
  6. What You Wanted – OneRepublic
  7. Fire – Noah Gundersen
  8. Geronimo – Sheppard
  9. Just One Yesterday (feat. Foxes) – Fall Out Boy
  10. Things We Lost In the Fire – Bastille
  11. Who Are You, Really? – Mikky Ekko
  12. I Ran – Boga