++ I'm sure people have heard by now that Netflix cancelled Luke Cage, the second show they've cancelled of their Marvel lineup within a single week. Iron Fist's cancellation didn't surprise me, nor did it bother me. But Luke Cage? The show that supposedly broke Netflix when it first premiered? Where it still held strong during its second season and is still favorable with audiences? That was honestly shocking to me, since the decision literally came out of left field. Reading articles and such, I've seen claims about there being disputes between Netflix and Disney, creative differences over how a third season would be written, and then rumors about the possibility of Heroes For Hire being made as a replacement of both cancelled shows. Regardless, this furthers the concerns people have been having over the fate of the other Marvel shows. I don't know what's going to happen. All I know is that I want Jessica Jones to continue going on, even though the showrunner is leaving after S3, and that I want all these characters to interact with each other again at some point. The Defenders may have been meh, but them teaming up was fantastic and it would be a waste to not try to make it happen again.
++ I'm honestly really enjoying the current season of Doctor Who so far. The first two episodes were essentially just getting acquainted and reacquainted with everything, a new Doctor, new Companions, building a new Sonic Screwdriver, and finding the TARDIS. Both episodes were good, but I definitely think the third episode is definitely the best one so far. It centered entirely on Rosa Parks, and it was beautifully done. It was both uncomfortable to watch but also uplifting and powerful at the same time. The ending got to me real good. I read that the show is getting back to the educational aspects it once had, and they certainly did that by tackling real issues that effect us today, by not sugarcoating the hardships that marginalized groups face, but also by giving us hope that we can make a difference. It might not happen immediately, but sometimes a single action can take that step forward for the future. Plus, the episode was co-written by Malorie Blackman, the first black writer for Doctor Who. It was just so great. Seriously, it feels good to be excited about this show again. It truly does. :)
++ Upon seeing Venom (still awesome, btw), I saw trailers for upcoming movies that I thought looked interesting. First is The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which I saw the teaser for previously but it just refreshes the fact that it's coming out soon. I'm curious about it, it seems like the perfect Christmas/holiday type of movie to see. Next was Bumblebee, which is part of the Transformers franchise. And I'll be honest, while I only watched the first film I never really cared much for these movies. However, Bumblebee actually looks adorable? And it's the first film of the franchise to not be directed by Michael Bay (who I don't like), so that's something. Plus, Hailee Steinfeld will be in it, who I think is a solid actress in her own right. So, we'll see. And then, of course, Captain Marvel. I'm already hyped for that movie, but seeing the trailer on the big screen was super awesome regardless. I'm not much of a moviegoer these days, some of these I'll end up seeing either way late or once it's released on DVD, but I do know that Captain Marvel is one that I'm highly anticipating seeing in the theaters immediately when it comes out.