TV: Star-Crossed – Episode 1 Summary + Review

“Roman, Roman, where for art thou..”

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(“You know, those aliens are pretty good looking….”)

Airing on: Sky

Genre: Romance, Drama, Sci-Fi, Aliens, Age: 13+

Released: 4th April 2014 – onwards

Aliens called Atrians have landed on earth in September 2014, and immediately face hostilities. Emery Whitehall finds a young Atrian boy hiding in her shed, close to where the alien ship has landed. She takes care of the frightened young boy, however the military finds him and shoots him in front of Emery.

Ten years later, and Emery is beginning her first day of high school after spending the last few years in hospital. She and her friend Julia watch as young Atrians are beginning the same school; a program to integrate them into the same society as humans. If this program is successful, it could mean the start of cohabitation by humans and Atrians, but high school is never easy.

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Book: Nicholas Sayre & The Creature in the Case Cover Image

“Of scratching and inkings”

Author: Garth Nix

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Age: YA+

Released: 1st October 2007 (UK version)

Going on a Garth Nix kick, I had a look through this book, which a follow-on story from The Old Kingdom Trilogy (The Abhorsen Trilogy). There are a few nice pictures which relate to the short stories that I haven’t seen online. Garth Nix’s short stories have been published in various fantasy anthologies, but I haven’t come across any of these illustrations, possibly because this is an old children’s edition.

I will try and upload the illustrations as I review the stories. This is the Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case image, which I have already reviewed.
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Credit goes to David Wyatt, who has illustrated the headings of the stories for the Harper Collins Children’s Book’s in Great Britain 2006. Photographs taken by me.

Anime: Sword Art Online – Episode 25 Series Finale Summary + Review

“End of the virtual road?”

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(Kirito plays a dangerous game of tag with Sugou)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+

Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Asuna has woken up from the hospital and Kirito is on his way to see her. Danger is lurking the hospital carpark in the shape of Sugou, who was killed by Kirito in Alfheim Online.

Kirito is stabbed, and has to fend off a knife that could end his life before he has a chance to see Asuna in the real world.

Sugou has finally lost his mind, and although Kirito eventually beats him, Kirito chooses to spare Suguo’s life.

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Anime: Sword Art Online – Episode 24 Summary + Review

“Let me make things gruesome”

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(“Yo! Secret Epic Fairy Bro-fist, sucka!”)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+

Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Yui has opened the gate to the top of the World Tree, and Kirito is just baby steps away from rescuing Asuna.

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Anime: Sword Art Online – Episode 23 Summary + Review

“Let’s all support the main guy”

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(“This is why family shouldn’t play in the same virtual world!”)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+

Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Kirito has now found out the truth about Leafa being his sister in the real world. A confrontation happens in the real world where Suguha admits that she has fallen for Kirito ever since she found out that they were not siblings. She refuses to hear Kirito out, and locks herself in her bedroom with her woes.

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Anime: Sword Art Online – Episode 22 Summary + Review

“Awkward triangles are a must

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(This is a NO FLY zone!)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+

Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, at the base of the World Tree, Yui notices that Asuna’s player co-ordinates are directly above. Spurred on by that thought, Kirito tries to fly directly to the top of the tree. He cannot succeed because of the barrier that prevents players from flying up that high. Leafa eventually manages to pull him back to the ground.

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Anime: Sword Art Online – Episode 21 Summary + Review

“Asuna’s detour”

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(“Dammit I gave away all my money. How will I gamble?”)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+

Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Kirito and Leafa reach the city of Arun; the largest city in Alfhaeim Online. They are closer than ever to the World Tree.

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Anime: Sword Art Online – Episode 20 Summary + Review

“Enter a champion

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(“Did we elect an ambassador…?”)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+

Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, from the information given to them by Shinichi, the Caith Siths and the Sylphs are forming an alliance. Kirito wants to help these two races succeed in the game, anf rushes forward after hearing the Salamanders want to interrupt the meeting. He bracingly introduces himself as am ambassador for the two sides; although the two leaders have no idea what is going on.

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Anime: Sword Art Online – Episode 19 Summary + Review

“Cast that spell!”

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(“Abra cadabra… Bibbity… Bobbity… Boo!”)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+

Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Leafa and Kirito are being followed by players. Although, Leafa uses some magic to hide both her and Kirito, the damage is done.

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Anime: Digimon Frontier – Episode 19 Summary

“All for one meal”

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(“I’m hungry for a burger, or your babies”)

Studio: Toei Animation

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Age: All ages

Released: April 1, 2001 – March 31, 2002

From the last episode, After making a good burger, Papaburgermon is attacked by Petaldramon and his Chamelmon minions. Papaburgermon is held captive, and the little Burgermon kids are in danger. The Legendary Warriors arrive after their win in the Trailmon race, and decide to help get Papa back!

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