Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Cloud Zombie Reviews - Mars (The TV Series, not the planet)

I'm a person who has an incredible love for Science fiction. Specifically, the whole "moving to another world and starting a colony" part of sci-fi has always turned on my geekiness.

Everyone on this planet, I would guess, has dreamed about what could be out there, what it would be like to live on a totally new planet and the hard changes that would be involved in the move. If you haven’t, then that’s fair enough and this might not be for you, but nevertheless I will continue in the hopes that some curiosity blooms inside you as you read, and encourage you to do the same.

When I first heard of this series I was a little wary because it was a documentary/science fiction series. I don’t usually mind a documentary but it really has to hold my attention enough to continue watching it. I don’t want old balding men talking at me for an hour while they show me various angles of the moon landing or photographs of Mars that are really grainy.

That has been done and is just really tired, I wanted something new and a little different and this is what I got.

The science fiction part of the series sets Mars in the not too far future of 2033, where a crew of women and men are sent to Mars aboard the first working rocket shuttle. As the series goes on you follow them through their journey to the red planet and how they learn to survive there.

The documentary side of the series talks about NASA and SpaceX’s plans for the future and what they have been working on. There are images from rocket experiments and we get to see the inner workings of these two companies that are leading Earth to a new era.

Mars has been written incredibly well. I feel the writers/creators of the show have worked very closely with the experts of NASA and SpaceX to really bring this show to life. This isn’t a half-arsed sci-fi flick from the past, and it’s not Star Trek futuristic with all the screens and flashy lights.

The insides of the shuttle look very much how they look now, a traveling life support machine, so don’t expect anything flashy like in The Martian. It’s just futuristic enough to get you excited on what we could conceivably achieve in the next twenty to thirty years.

The characters are believable and you actually become attached to them over the course of the six episode long series, after each one I wanted to know more about them and how they were coping with living on Mars. They didn’t even try to make space travel and colonisation sound remotely flashy, it’s a scary business and every step of it should not be taken for granted.

Personally, I give this series a solid 5 out of 5. It’s informative, educational and a breath of fresh air to colonisation science fiction. You can pick it up from most large entertainment shops as well as Amazon/Amazon Prime. I also hear whisperings that Mars may get a second series, I shall look forward to more news on the matter.

Kat (aka Cloud Zombie) is a daydreaming enthusiast and self-professed Minecraft/Sims junkie from Kent, England.

She blogs about her passions over at cloudzombie, covering everything from video games, movies and TV all the way to baking.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Review of The Void

Horror fans rejoice, because it looks as though we’ve got ourselves a banger! Took you long enough! See? I’m only a few sentences in and already I can’t contain my excitement!

For so long have I been waiting for a movie like The Void to come out and man, oh man, am I happy!

The Void is an extremely Lovecraftian tale that follows our main protagonist, Officer Carter, who comes across a young man covered in blood on a lonesome road before rushing him to hospital run by a skeleton crew staff.

Once he gets there, he finds that the entire building gets surrounded by hooded cultists that aren’t trying to get in, but are keeping the hospital's occupants from getting out!

What’s lurking within the hospital walls, might you ask? Horror stuff!

Seriously, now, I couldn’t find anything wrong with this film. I’m an old school horror nerd (that’s right, I used the ‘N’ word!) who fell in love with 80’s horror flicks such as Terrorvision, From Beyond, The Thing, just to name a few. I love a good monster movie more than a fat kid loves cake.

Just get me on the sofa, ply me with popcorn and whack on The Gate and I’m happy as sin! With The Void, however, you get all of those camp 80s undertones coupled with genuine of-its-time terror! What’s more, something I reckon all the old school horror fans like me will love and appreciate, there was minimal CGI! That’s right! The monsters are all slime and latex! Just like the good old days!

Don’t you just LOVE IT?!

Not only does it have all of these things, but it also boasts a very strong cast which immediately sucks you into the story, filled with very eerie moments to keep the audience second-guessing the whole way through. It just emancipates our inner child that cheered on the bad guys all those years!

The Void brings back a new, though long-awaited, era for Popcorn Drive-In movies, and I can’t wait to see where this leads.

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Verdict: Film of the year contender – 9.5/10

Aaron James Waters is a best-selling Pulp Fiction writer who has written more books than he's actually read.

He's also the rotten apple of the group who thinks this whole Star Wars thing needs to hurry up and die already.

You can find all of Aaron's works on Amazon!

Friday, 21 July 2017

The Crazy Train Episode 52 - Englebert Flaptyback

Rob is joined by Blake, and for Episode 52 we do something a bit different - We look at things that are 52! If it was an event in 1965, or a person born in 1965, there's a good chance we talk about it in this episode (Especially if they're wrestlers - there were some busy wrestler parents in 1964!)

We also field a question from our very own Sour Crouch: Are there too many superhero movies?

Rob is on Twitter @RobWadeVision and you can find Blake @fucksakeblake!

Intro music: "Outlaw", by Deon Van Heerden. Find out more about Deon's music at!

About The Crazy Train

Welcome aboard The Crazy Train - Emotionally14's flagship podcast dedicated to one theme: there are no rails. Ever. Encompassing a wide range of subjects, from movies to TV to gaming, we'll give you a piece of our minds even if there's nothing in them, and you'll bloody love it. Where will the Crazy Train go?


Additional note: We're now affiliated with the Brit Pod Scene online podcast collective. Find out more at Brit Pod Scene or by searching "#BritPodScene" on Twitter!