TV Reviews

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 19:13 by David

Take one hammer.

Take one cliché.

Take one tv series that already could be accused of including too many things from other sources and...


It's not only Immortals that are having a bad time.

The wealthy are all having terrible lives.

It's an old trope, and presumably one to make the rest of us feel better, that the rich are all at each other's throats all of the time, absolutely nothing makes them happy, especially their wealth, this makes them horrible and unpopular and we can all cheer when they die...

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Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 17:11 by David

I learned something from this episode.

If you are going to watch an episode that includes mysterious medications with lots of allegedly cutting edge science, then whatever you do...

DON'T watch it with a scientist.

It pans out like this.

When it becomes obvious that there are going to be scientific terms used, there are a few oooh's the occasional ah ! And then. "You don't get software that does that, they buy their software at the same place as CSI;MIAMI", "Can you see a 'Fluorine' in that chemical structure?". This then progresses into a stony silence until the RAGE takes over. For this episode the RAGE hit its peak with a gory bodily mutilation and the on screen explanation. This...

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Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 12:08 by David

Someone's going to need some serious therapy!

Let's make a list.

Fitz. Check. Should be in a hospital,as he can barely now function as a human being.

Coulson. Check. Having weird visions.

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Friday, October 10, 2014 - 08:21 by Yumster

And we are off to a slightly shaky but otherwise solid start to a super hero series. It doesn’t quite hit the ground running at 700 miles an hour, but a more sedate 70 or so.

It will do, and it’s enough to make you want more.

There are several things going for this episode:

It is a decent origin story. It has a likeable hero. The visuals are well done. An awesome cameo. Fairly decent dialog. Most of all it is in the same universe as a certain green clad archer.

There are also some detractors:

The bad guy is a little pathetic in his attempt to come across as sinister and dangerous. I could do more damage after a particularly hot curry. His...

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 21:59 by David

Are you ready ?

Take a deep breath.



And we're straight in where we left off, cars on roofs, dead mercenaries with severed limbs, villain on the run with the Obelisk, motorbike chase, missed opportunities for mobile assassinations, arrests at gun-point. Phew ... I need a lie down! Who am I kidding, I need to keep watching.

That's how you start an episode if you want people hooked!

I know you have to lead people into a new show, so last season couldn't have started like this but if it had there might have a been a few more viewers seeing it to the bitter end in the hopes of repeated glory.

It doesn't keep up all of the way through the episode of course...

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 12:22 by Ferg

Is it just me, or does an episode early in the series that gets you chuckling throughout usher portents of doom for later in the series?  And since I don't think there was a good 5 minutes where I didn't give a little guffaw I'm wondering how much of a kicking there's going to be involved later on in the storyline.  Plus, this was an episode that let Detective Lional Fusco (Kevin Chapman) out to play somewhat, and it's about time, too!

Opening with a chase, Detectives Riley (John Reese) and Fusco are in hot pursuit, on foot, of a chap who looks entirely frightened.  Fusco remains with the perp as he dashes out across a road and nearly gets wiped out by a car and continues in to a park.  John, on the other hand, boards a tour bus and gains access to the top...

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 09:11 by David

OK - the pilot is out of the way and we have a series.

We don't need quite so much of the hard sell, we've got the origin out of the way, and we can settle down on the exposition. 

A young woman boards a taxi in a panic, she is soon falling from a bridge to her death in the river. The police assume that it's a clear cut suicide. Henry thinks not.

By using his super-observational skills of the dead, Henry establishes that the presumed suicide was facing the wrong way and had made attempts to save herself, neither of which would be consistent with a self-termination.

This sets us up on the case of the week which is a fairly bland relationship driven piece.

In reality, the case this week is really to set up some internal soul searching and comments...

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Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:10 by Ferg

The season premier promised us that we were going to be on a bit of a rollercoaster this series, and the second episode has shown us the first hill to climb before the drop in to uncertain high veolcity hijinks, except that the hill is covered in private military contractors, crazy mathematical problems and a chase to acquire a prize that only the winner will truly appreciate.

We open in the dark, Finch carefully welding away when his phone alerts him to a text message.  Perplexed, Finch goes to his 'late night snack' only to find out that Reese has just pulled a number and has put him in to the same diner as the mark.  Finch, somewhat disgruntled at the fact that Reese has thrown him in to field work by duplicitous means (something of a hoist for his own petard), is...

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 00:31 by Bren

Well, Doctor Who has been skirting round the edges of the romance between Clara and Danny for a while now.  It was only a matter of a time, I guess, before the Doctor became nothing more than a secondary character in his own show; the writers even brought back the John Smith persona to help him disappear into the background.

The sci-fi element is rather perfunctory in this weeks story.  A single robot with enough firepower to destroy the planet has turned up somewhere, and the Doctor must go undercover at Coal Hill in order to set an elaborate trap that he well then lure said robot into.

The rest of the story revolves around the relationship between Clara and Danny; Danny’s introduction to the Doctor, and his subsequent efforts...

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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 20:21 by Bren

The one where the Doctor goes all Ocean’s Eleven and leads a small team to rob the most secure bank in the universe. Only, with less laughs..

Those of us of a certain age will be familiar with a phenomenon in television storytelling known as the Star Trek:TNG effect (Not a legit phenomenon, but if you’ve ever watched an episode of TNG, you know where this is going..)

The TNG effect is this: Stories had good introductions, with the plot, or major hooks, being laid out in the brief intro before the opening titles.  Stories were developed, and more often than not had very strong second acts, occasionally overlapping into the third act.  This often meant that third act resolutions were frequently a little rushed.  

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