Life is Strange Episode 2: Out of Time In-Depth Review
review is from the point of view of someone who views the relationship between
Max and Chloe as a blossoming romantic one. I believe that relationship to be
the most major plot point of the entire 5-episode series, and I will treat it
as such. Life is Strange is a choose-your-own path game, so my choices may not
align with yours.)
This was posted on
March 11, 2017. Happy Birthday Chloe Elizabeth Price!
It’s been over a month I think since I talked about Life is
Strange Episode 1: Chrysalis. I apologize for the delay between these two
reviews. I’ve been writing a lot of other things, and the reviews for this game
might be spread out over time as a result of that. Life is Strange takes place
over the course of your normal work week. Episode 1 is Monday, Episode 2 is
Tuesday, and so on until Episode 5 which is Friday.
Episode 2 throws the player directly into Max’s day from the
very beginning. A good way to help us get to know Max better is to show us how
she usually goes through her day.
One of our favourite reactions to the TARDIS, the Dalek ship, and the Daleks, is that of one Mr. Morton Dill from Alabama.
Morton is on holiday and having a whale of a time on the Empire State building and believes he’s stumbled onto the set of a motion picture when he sees the TARDIS. He’s excited about everything he sees and is just having so much of a laugh . When the team step out of the TARDIS, Morton wants to know how they do all the effects and how they all fit inside the box. Then he taunts a Dalek which he believes is part of the film and is chasing the good guys- our team (Which of course is actually happening for real!)
Morton finds it all hilarious and he’s upset that he doesn’t have time to capture it on film, but Morton is just lucky that the Dalek was too occupied with chasing the Doctor to bother to exterminate him for being a pain.
It’s quite possible after the tour guide and tourists discover him trying to work out how the ships vanished, that Morton was put in an asylum.
Morton was played by Peter Purves and it was this small role that impressed William Hartnell and Maureen O'Brien who suggested he should be considered for the next companion. Verity Lambert cast him and he was the new companion Steven only three weeks later, filming immediately.
This comedic take on a Dalek encounter is such a refreshing change and we love it!
Thousands of 'hidden children' missing from UK schools, charity warns
Thousands of pupils across England are going missing from education for months and sometimes years at a time, placing them at risk of abuse and exploitation, a leading charity has said,
Calling on the government to take “urgent action”, the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has warned that a lack of data collection and information sharing about children missing school at both local and national level, has allowed large numbers of pupils to “disappear off the radar”.
Bullying, special educational needs, neglect and domestic violence at home are causing them to disappear from school, according to a report from the charity.
This undermines their future education and employment prospects and can deprive them of a protective environment, it says.
Written in collaboration with UK charity Lankelly Chase and based on in-depth interviews with children, young people and their families, the report calls for a wider definition of “children missing education”.
It says this should include those technically on a school roll but who are not accessing full-time education — including where they’ve been illegally excluded.
It also calls for better resources for schools and local authorities to identify children at risk of dropping out and to help them to return, as well as improved data collection at local and national level.
Agencies have a clear duty to share information between each other to make sure children are getting the support they need, it says.
The NCB said that responses to 2014 a Freedom of Information (FOI) request indicated that more than 14,800 children were missing education across England at any one time.
The whereabouts of around 3,000 of these children was unknown, it said.
A more recent FOI request from the BBC found found that just under 33,000 school-aged children across England and Wales were recorded as missing from education in the academic year ending July 2015.
The previous year, a similar request from the corporation found that more than 2,600 children as young as three had disappeared from Scottish schools for prolonged periods of time, with some never found.
The findings come shortly after a report by the Children’s Society found that repeatedly moving home was becoming a worryingly normal part of life for some children growing up in poverty.
The NCB identified this as one of the reasons for children to miss school.
“It’s unacceptable that tens of thousands of children in England can’t access their fundamental right to an education,” said the NCB’s chief executive Anna Feuchtwang.
“These children are often living on the margins, disengaged with school and invisible to other services. They are often very vulnerable. Away from the safety and security of school they’re more at risk of abuse and exploitation, taking part in criminal activity, and missing out on support for special educational needs and mental health problems.”
She added: “Education is the key to a child’s future. National Government must lead the way so that all children get the right support to learn.”
Oliver French from Lankelly Chase, which addresses causes of social disadvantages in the UK, said that with the ongoing cuts to education funding, it was an important time to give more attention to children at risk of dropping out of education.
“This research shines important new light on the experiences of children on the very margins of the education system, the challenges they experience at home, and the difficulties that both families and professionals face in trying to navigate the route back into school,“ he said.
"Given ongoing challenges like budget cuts and the fragmentation of school oversight at local authority level, there is a risk that the mainstream education system will find it even harder to accommodate and support children whose lives are difficult or chaotic, so we support NCB’s call for renewed and focused attention on children at risk of missing education.”
In response to the report, a Department for Education spokesperson said: “Every child should have access to the best possible education, regardless of background or circumstance. We have strengthened the law around what information schools must share with their local authority when a pupil is taken off the roll.
"This should better enable local authorities to ensure promptly that children are safe from harm and receiving a suitable education. The duty lies with local authorities to make arrangements to establish the identities of children of compulsory school age in their area who are not registered pupils at a school and are not receiving suitable education otherwise.”
Amos Nachoum came face to face with this mother polar bear teaching her cubs to swim while diving off the coast of north-east Canada. Amos attempted to take a similar set of pictures ten years ago with a single, male polar bear. Unfortunately the bear perceived him as a threat and chased Amos to a depth of 75 feet. Picture: Amos Nachoum / Barcroft USA
ROBOT DOCTOR: Don’t just stand there Chesterton, that’s the robot.
DOCTOR: Robot? Robot? Me? You’re the imposter! He is the imposter!
ROBOT DOCTOR: Then prove it, my dear fellow, prove it. Then we shall all believe you.
DOCTOR: I don’t have to.
ROBOT DOCTOR: You mean you can’t!
DOCTOR: Why you…!
IAN: Put that stick down!
DOCTOR: Get out of my way.
IAN: And if I won’t?
DOCTOR: I shall give you the same treatment.
IAN: You still you insist you’re the real Doctor?
DOCTOR: Oh, what does it matter what I say now, hmm?
The best thing about the Doctor and robot face of is that the Doctor doesn’t really try to prove he’s the real thing and actually refuses to try. And then when he goes to strike the robot with his stick he actually threatens Ian that he’ll ‘get the same treatment’. Doctor, that isn’t really helping them to believe you’re not the evil threatening robot now does it? Love him.
Think this is one of the best scenes tbh. Ian decided to be brave and accompany the Doctor into the lab. At the first sight of some kind of Frankenstein’s monster, the Doctor legs it out of the room without even bothering to tell poor bewildered Ian.
Ok, so a large part of episode 5 of the Chase features a robot double of the Doctor. Due to this being filmed ‘as live’ it was not possible to have Hartnell play both parts. So this is how they got 'round it. In which we try to work it out and explain whilst making sense.
- After a scream, the Doctor (Hartnell) and Ian race to get Vicki. We are then given a close up of Robot double (Edmund Warwick) from the side as he watches them leave. After a Dalek scene the Doctor is now played by Warwick and is assisting Ian to injured Vicki though he does not speak and merely bends over her. Meanwhile Hartnell nips back into the cave (This time as robot double) and tells Barbara Ian is dead and they leave the cave. Camera cuts to Ian with the Doctor (Warwick) as they carry Vicki to safety. The voice of the Doctor is Hartnell saying his lines off camera.
Next they run into the cave where Hartnell has quickly switched with Warwick and is now the Doctor again. They discover Barbara missing and leave. Cuts to the robot double (now Warwick) who tries to attack Barbara, and Ian stops him. Finally, Ian and Barbara meet up with Vicki just as both Hartnell and Warwick meet together facing each other, Hartnell’s face to camera.
Here’s where we get a rare pre-filmed sequence where Ian and Barbara are looking back and forth at the Doctor and his double who are both played by Hartnell due to the close-ups shot from either side. This bit is really effective but was not possible to use throughout the episode. After this its back to studio 'as live’ for the fight which has been choreographed for Hartnell and Warwick to make it appear they are the same. Warwick’s face is often obstructed in the shooting but not always. Before the fight it was blindingly obvious in a close up that it was Warwick next to Barbara and Vicki. (The only bit we think gave it completely away, the rest looked fab!)
Hope that made sense, we just think its amazing the way it was done. Very ambitious and should be praised.
William Russell- I decided after Christmas that I wanted to move on. I talked to Jackie about it, and she said ‘I think I’d like to go too’, and I said 'I’ve got an idea that we could do a little tour’. And so we set up a little tour of 'Separate Tables’ by Terence Rattigan, and we opened at the Grand Theatre Leeds three weeks after we finished Doctor Who.“
The End of the Chase and goodbye to both Ian and Barbara, and William and Jackie.
An absolutely wonderful and adorable scene between Ian and Vicki which shows a real fun and teasing relationship with each other. It’s also great to see Vicki being so curious and excited. Love Ian and Vicki scenes, there was never enough of them so when they did happen they were very special.
Also when Ian says ‘excalibur’ we just think of Lancelot and that makes us smile a lot.