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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 13:50 by David

Now that we know that the mysterious symbols in Coulson's head were a city layout, we finally understand why he was having such a hard time.

He had the equivalent of Dora The Explorer's singing map in his head. 

Can you imagine trying to sleep with all the racket going on ? 

"I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map !"...

...over and over constantly. 

Phew ! Tough guy Coulson for not letting that send him round the bend!

So we have a map of the city but no location for it, what to do, what to do. I can see a complicated plan involving a watch, sattellites, Australia, Fitz and six minutes coming on. 

Well...the guys are good at this sort of thing, so it'll run like clockwork and there won't be...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 13:04 by David

Agent Coulson is still carving at the "Crazy wall" , the writing is coming every day, he can no longer sleep and he's worried. 

Not as worried as the young artist who has also been drawing the symbols and has found a third person who knows about them. This mysterious man wants her to remember why she's painting, and he knows how to make her. Apparently this involves filletting her.

Skye and Coulson investigate and find dozens of pictures in the victim's apartment that have extra detail that makes the pattern in his head bigger.

An autopsy reveals a connection between killer, victim, Skye and Coulson, the TAHITI project and the resurrection blood. 

Only one way to explore the connections beetween everyone...

It's this season's solution to...

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 20:40 by David

If music be the food of love...

Then throttling someone to death in their car with a double bass string and then  torching the car and victim would be what exactly ?

The connection is a song. 

The titular 6 A.M. a famous Jazz track that made the fortunes of a few, and being Jazz, probably bemused almost everyone else in the world, and will have prompted the age old question about this particular style of music...

"Is it supposed to sound like that?"

The accredited writer of this Jazzy phenomenon is challenged by the son of an old colleague who is claiming proof that his father was the real song author. This is what gets him garrotted and toasted. 

Daddy Jazz player (Pepper) is tracked down at his permanent gig as a public...

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 20:33 by David

Well it's not up there with Game Of Thrones but it's certainly novel to have a dominatrix fitting a ball gag to a willing masochist less than 5 minutes into the program. 

You can tell it's going to end well can't you?

Sure enough it's body dumped in the street time and off to Henry's autopsy slab. 

Whoever marked his card marked the body...a lot. Whip scars, ligature marks, gag marks, its an MP's wet dream...

It turns out that this was a regular session for those who need a more unusual release for their tension, administered by Iona Payne an often scantily clad therapist with a not at all subtle interest in Henry. 

Det. Jo is none too impressed with the attention going Henry's way, and views the therapist as little more than a hooker....

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 20:21 by David

Marvel.

Question?

Are you being ironic? 

The Mighty World Of Marvel (Screen Dept) has been coming in for critcism lately for its lack of diversity. Too many white men, not enough women. It's hard to refute this really. Of the big screen films we have less than a handful of female hero types (even counting the non-Marvel Studio Marvel films it's still a real imbalance). 

So an extra woman in the franchise will take off the pressure right ? 

Well not if that character spends a lot of time not fighting the forces of Evil, but fighting bigotry and sexism. Or as its also known ... The forces of Evil...

This show brings it to the fore, so you could well be hoist with your own petard.

And what's more apparent is...

This...

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 19:33 by Spindles

Given that, so far, we've only been fed tiny morsels of information about who was present at the Newcastle SNAFU and the events that transpired there, it's only fitting that this week's episode should put a little flesh onto those bones.

Okay... Food analogies aside, this is probably one of my favourite episodes so far. It pits John, Chas, Zed and one of John's old friends, Gary Lester, against a particularly nasty foe. Gary, a recovering junkie, returns from a massive bender in Sudan with a captive hunger demon in tow. Obviously it doesn't stay captive for long and goes on a feeding frenzy, forcing Gary to seek out Constantine's help.

It's likely the fact that this episode is based so heavily on the first issues of the comic that explains why I love it so much, and, in a...

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Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 21:25 by David

It's on my list okay ?!?!

It's on my list of books regarded as classics that I might one day get around to reading. Maybe. If I run out of other stuff to do . And I get the time. Here it is presented as an Amazon TV Pilot.

There is a reason why it hasn't jumped to the top of the pile, the premise has put me off.

Stop me if you've heard this before ....

America has been taken over by....

(Dramatic Chord) ....

NAZIS !

NO... WAIT ...

COME BACK ..!

I HAVEN'T FINISHED....

Oh well ..

I'm going to write a review anyway!

For starters, the opening credits manage to get the premise across in a few seconds, a feat rarely achieved, but given the familiarity of SOME of the storyline that shouldn't be difficult. Take...

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Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 17:00 by Yumster

Apologies for the delay all, my daughter caught the beginning of this episode and decided she would like to watch them all with me so I had to start again! Almost caught up now.

So how does this episode compare to the previous one? At first glance its another meta human baddie of the week episode. Fear not though, all is not as it seems.

So the team are out at a bar where Barry is trying to get drunk, but thanks to his metabolism just can't. It's great to see the guys out of the lab to be honest, although I am not sure how Cisco (Sisko?) got served, he looks about 16. During this a young lady appears to be robbing an office building and ends...

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 17:34 by David

Some people eh? 

You're born to a billionaire family, become a self-impoverished philanthropist doctor treating the poor of New York. 

You end up receiving an award and it goes straight to your head. 

Through the skull and into the brain in fact.

No misconceptions here, no trying to hide that it's a murder. 

Henry and Jo investigate the wealthy college friends of the dead doctor, and instantly you don't like any of them. There's "Jittery coke-head boy" , "Arrogant lawyer girl" and "Slimy corporate tosser lad". Not one sympathetic character among them. Yes, the rich are wankers,and if you renounce your wealth for altruistic reasons then your reward can only be a pointy crystal trophy straight into the cerebellum.

The...

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Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 22:11 by Spindles

Firstly, an apology: It's taken me far too long to get around to writing this recap. This is for a very good reason. Frankly, It has annoyed the piss out of me.

As anyone reading these reviews will probably know, I'm getting a bit fed up of all the flitting around that's going on this season. I accept that, in this day and age, we need a little bit of flair in the direction and cinematography of a show, but to purposefully leave threads hanging for weeks on end is just plain rude.

This error in storytelling is further compounded when you take a plotline that has been running over the last two seasons and completely undo it over the course of 42 excruciating minutes. I'm not sure about anyone else, but I feel cheated. To turn the whole 'Get to Washington, Wipe out the...

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