ScoobyNatural

Scooby-Doo is a classic kids cartoon, that has been loved for many years. The Scooby gang, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby are investigators of the supernatural. They drive around town in the Mystery Machine and look for any incidents that may lead to an investigation. When they go to investigate, the gang usually splits up and look around. Shaggy and Scooby’s reactions are almost always comical because they’re always so scared and the supernatural seems to always target the duo. Usually when they finally capture the creature, the culprit is a person in a costume that has been terrorizing the town.

Now, if you’ve seen Supernatural, you’d know that Sam and Dean Winchester also investigate the supernatural. They drive around in a ’67 Chevy Impala and investigate the supernatural cases. Sometimes, their angel friend, Castiel also tags along. However, their supernatural cases involve creatures that are real and people get killed by these supernatural creatures. The culprits are not simply people in costumes. The show can get pretty gory at some points, but does have its own humor. You can easily find Supernatural memes online about things that happen in certain episodes.

Recently, an episode of Supernatural was a crossover between Scooby-Doo and Supernatural. The title of the episode was called “ScoobyNatural”. Now I wasn’t sure what to expect from this episode because Scooby-Doo is a cartoon, but Supernatural isn’t. I wondered if it would all be a cartoon or if it would be something different. It turns out that the episode starts in the Supernatural universe, where Sam and Dean fight a possessed plush dinosaur. Once they defeat the dinosaur, they leave with a brand new TV and go back to the Bunker. Dean shows Sam the man-cave that he built and goes to turn on the TV, which transports them to the Scooby-Doo universe.

Once the two are in the universe, they quickly realize that something is wrong and that they are in a cartoon. They meet the Scooby gang and Dean tries to flirt with Daphne, but fails to woo her. They join the Scooby gang on a case, but they soon realize that this is not like normal Scooby-Doo episodes. Castiel eventually joins because he is also transported into the cartoon. It is not like normal episodes because people are actually killed and not just fake bodies and the ghost is able to hurt the characters and do other things that the culprits wouldn’t be able to do. It takes a while for the Scooby gang to believe Sam, Dean, and Castiel, but they find the culprit, who is in the Supernatural universe. It was interesting to watch this episode because there wasn’t any swearing or gore in Scooby-Doo because it’s a kid show, but it was allowed in this episode for Supernatural.

Overall it was interesting to watch and I would suggest watching it because it’s different from what you would expect from either show. The characters remain pretty true to their normal selves in their universes. It was cool to watch a crossover for Supernatural because it’s not something that normally happens. There is a lot of humor in the episode too and the reactions of all of the characters make it even better.

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Growing up Adopted

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I was adopted from Seoul, South Korea at a very young age. My older sister was also adopted from Korea, but 2 years earlier. Because I was adopted at such a young age, I never really learned any Korean or anything about Korean culture. Growing up, my sister and I never really thought about the fact that we looked ridiculously different from my parents. I mean, come on, two small Asian children walking around the store with white parents? We knew that we were adopted, but never really cared or noticed how people might have looked at us. When we were younger, our adoption agency would hold a little Chuseok, which is the Korean Thanksgiving Day, for the families that had adopted children from Korea. The festival would include Korean food, Taekwondo demonstrations, fan dances and drum dances, as well as several other activities. My sister and I always wore our hanboks, which is traditional Korean clothing. While we did learn a little about our culture during Chuseok, we didn’t learn that much more. My sister did take a Korean immersion class when she was younger, but didn’t continue that for very long. However, she did do Taekwondo for many years. I would’ve liked to learn more about my culture when I was younger.

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When I got older, I started noticing how people saw my family. If we went shopping, sometimes I would notice that people would look at us a little weirdly, as if they hadn’t thought of adoption of a possibility. In school, I would have classmates that would joke about stereotypes about me. For example, they would joke about me being good at math, simply because I was Asian. Some would joke that I couldn’t drive because I was Asian, a woman, and a teen. I tried to not let those ‘jokes’ hurt me, but some of them did. When I told people how I felt, I was often ignored and they continued with their jokes. Instead, I just laughed with them, even though the jokes hurt. I would also have strangers yell “Ching chong!” or “Konnichiwa!” at me, which is not only racist, but just plain ignorant. One thing that I’ve frequently heard is that all Asians look the same, which is not true. If people took the time to actually learn what people from each Asian country looked like, they wouldn’t think that. People also tend to forget that China, Korea, and Japan are not the only Asian countries. I think that it’s important to understand that diversity within families is possible. I would also urge everyone to be careful of what jokes you make or what kind of stereotypes you have towards people because others might not see them as funny.

The Thirteenth Doctor

Who is the new Doctor? Jodie Whittaker plays the Thirteenth Doctor and she is the first female Doctor of the series. I think that having a female Doctor is extremely groundbreaking. Since the beginning of Doctor Who, all of the Doctors have been male, but the idea of a female Doctor had been explored. However, it didn’t come into being until the Thirteenth Doctor of the 2005 Doctor Who reboot.

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To have a female Doctor is very exciting because there is now an opportunity for children to have a new hero. Times are changing and the world is becoming less of a male dominated place. Women are being put in job positions that were previously seen as impossible for women and they are fighting for equality in all aspects. One example that I can think of is the new Wonder Woman movie that came out. I remember working at my church’s Vacation Bible School and hearing all of the younger children talking about how cool Wonder Woman was and how they wanted to be like her or that she was their new favorite hero. I would think that a young girl would be extremely excited to watch a tv show where the main character was a female instead of a male. Even though women are gaining more opportunities in today’s society, there aren’t as many shows with a female lead as there are with male leads.

There have been mixed feelings about Jodie as the new Doctor. Some, such as David Tennant and some of the previous Doctors, have shown great support and happiness at the news of Jodie being the new Doctor. Others, do not support the idea of a female Doctor and have lashed out at Doctor Who. These people are so upset at the idea of a female Doctor that they say that they will stop watching it because the producers have ruined the show and they should cancel it. Looking at some of the comments from the people who are against a female Doctor is very frustrating because they seem petty and rude. They don’t want to even try to see how Jodie portrays the Thirteenth Doctor before they decide that they don’t want to watch it. These reactions seem similar to every time there is a new regeneration, because everyone has their own favorite Doctor and become upset when someone replaces them. For me, I am very excited for the Thirteenth Doctor and to see Jodie’s portrayal of the Doctor.

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Captain Jack Harkness: A 51st century guy

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In the Doctor Who series, Captain Jack Harkness is a character that is extremely important. John Barrowman’s character, Captain Jack Harkness, first appeared in the episode “The Empty Child”. The first lines that we hear him say are “Excellent bottom.” and “Sorry, old man. I gotta go meet a girl, but you’ve got an excellent bottom too.”, referring to Rose and Algy’s backsides, respectively. This was the first indicator for me that Jack was not 100% straight like most of the Doctor Who characters that we had been introduced to. In fact, the 9th Doctor and Rose talk about how open he is with flirting with everyone. The 9th Doctor says that because Jack is from the 51st century, he is “more flexible when it comes to dancing”, which I am assuming means sex or something similar.

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One reason why I think that Jack’s character is so important to Doctor Who is because he is one of the few characters that is portrayed as not being heterosexual. There are others throughout the series, but most, with the exception of River Song, do not appear in as many episodes as Jack does. While it is never explicitly said that Jack has a specific label, it is clear that he takes interest in more than just men and women. The LGBTQ community has become more widely accepted, but it is still not portrayed as much in the media. The media does a good job including gay or lesbian characters, but bisexual, pansexual, transgender, and others are not portrayed. In this sense, I feel like the media has failed because it excludes those who may not want to label themselves, do not conform to a specific gender, or have different preferences.

A second reason why I think that Jack’s character is so important is because John Barrowman, who plays Jack, is an openly gay actor. In 2013, California’s Supreme Court had overturned the ban on same sex weddings, and Barrowman was able to marry his partner of 22 years. I think that it’s a great thing that the director and casting crew of Doctor Who chose a person of the LGBTQ community to play a non-heterosexual character. I think that a lot of times the casting of a movie or tv show is done poorly because a heterosexual actor/actress will be cast as a character of the LGBTQ community or maybe vice versa, although I do not know of any examples of that. There are other casting mistakes that the media makes in terms of diversity, such as a Caucasian actor/actress playing a character of another race. Even though I am not a member of the LGBTQ community, it was very refreshing and exciting to see representation. I have many friends that are a part of the LGBTQ community and have often heard that some people say that bisexual people don’t exist or that bisexuality is a phase and other things like that. It’s important that all spectrums are represented because it’s comforting to see something in the media that you identify with.

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Harry Potter vs. Doctor Who

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Have you ever watched something as a kid and then re-watched it when you were older? Did you ever notice things that you hadn’t noticed when you first watched it? One example of this for me would be the Harry Potter movies. When I first watched the Harry Potter movies, there were things that I never really thought that much about. However, re-watching them, I’ve noticed things like class (Weasleys vs. Malfoys), racial diversity (Cho Chang, Angelica Johnson, Patil twins, etc.), diversity in species (wizards, centaurs, muggles, elves, etc.) and many other things. I think that there are also several similarities between Harry Potter and Doctor Who.

In Harry Potter, there are several themes that occur within the movies. One theme that is often shown in the movies is differences in class. The Weasley family and the Malfoy family are great examples of class. The Weasleys are in what appears to be the lower class, while the Malfoys are in the upper class. Often times, the Weasleys struggle to pay for the school supplies for all of their children. They are also often seen hand-me-down clothing or clothing that appears sort of old and ragged. The Malfoys are seen with the best of the best clothing and having the newest things that come out. They also have house elves, which is a sign of wealth and power in the wizarding community. A second theme is the diversity in the cast. Although the movies and books are set in England, there are African-American students, Asian students, Indian students, and several others. Even though most of the cast is Caucasian, there is a diversity in languages, accents, location (Beaubaton and Durmstrang), attire, family status, and more. However, one thing that I have noticed is that even though the cast is racially diverse, they do not have very many lines. A majority of the lines are given by the Caucasian actors, such as Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Emma Watson (Hermione), Rupert Grint (Ron), and others. The other cast members such as Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas), Katie Leung (Cho Chang), Afshan Azad (Padma Patil), and others have little to no lines at all. While the movies did a good job of including a racially diverse cast, they could have expanded their roles. In class, comments about class in Doctor Who, especially in regards to the kind of clothes people wear, were similar.

Diversity in the species within the wizarding world is another big theme. The creatures range from dragons, house elves, goblins, and centaurs, to pixies, spiders, boggarts, and Dementors. However, these are not the only creatures in the magical world. One thing that I have noticed about some of the creatures is that there is not much diversity within the species themselves. The house elves, goblins, Dementors, and pixies that are shown in the movies appear to look similar to all the others in the species, with little to no distinction. A similar comment about Doctor Who was mentioned in class that some of the aliens do not have much diversity within the species (Daleks, Cybermen, Sycorax, etc.).

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Some other fun facts/things about Doctor Who and Harry Potter are certain actors or concepts. For example, David Tennant, who plays the 10th Doctor, plays Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Zoë Wanamaker, who plays Madam Hooch in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, plays Cassandra in Doctor Who. There are many other actors that have been in both franchises. In regards to concepts, there are things like an object is bigger on the inside than the outside, time travel, flying, or one race is superior to the other. In the end, there are many things within the Harry Potter franchise that are similar to Doctor Who.