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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:23 by Ferg

Previously on Person of Interest...  3 awesome years of captive storytelling, ruthless action and some damned fine suits.

But seriously, Year One introduced us to the core members of the show:
Harold Finch (Michael Emmerson... YAY!!!), a genius computer science programmer, whose previous injuries have left him with limited movement, and obfuscated resources that seemed at times to be without limit and access to 'The Machine' which provided him with the Social Security number of a person whose immediate future was either that of a criminal or a victim.
John Reese (Jim Caveizel... who IS Jesus), an ex-cia black-ops specialist whose field experience and personal detachment from events is second to none, hired by Finch to execute interventions covertly and provide...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 23:41 by David

If ever there was a series that needed to hit the ground running this is it.

After a much hyped and anticipated start, with the back-up of the Marvel movies to add an extra punch, much was anticipated.

And it all almost went completely wrong.

Only in the last few episodes of season 1 did things pick up. Traitors, secret organisations, super soldiers, double dealings, and betrayals. All the fun of the world of made-up espionage, with a few juicy cameos thrown in. This is what we want.

So with the team on the run, S.H.I.E.L.D a broken entity, where do we begin?

Well 1945 obviously. HYDRA Nazis are on the run, the Red Skull is reported...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 19:55 by David

The world of US TV is cutthroat. New shows break free from the production egg and take their first tentative baby steps into the light, furiously blinking and trying to see through the harsh glare.

The harsh glare being a well-armed mob holding up giant spotlights.

In this case the mob will also be referring to the "Big Book of other things that Forever will be compared to..."

Within the first few minutes we can tick off Sherlock,Highlander,Bones and Unbreakable...

There's logic in all of these but you can't help feeling that because it's a pilot it's standing in front of the mob with the spotlights shouting "Look at all the stuff I can do that you like...please don't...

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 17:12 by Bren

“Whats that in the mirror, or the corner of your eye?
Whats that footstep following, but never passing by?”
A little late, but here are my thoughts on Episode 4 “Listen”, the one where the Doctor and Clara go to the end of the Universe chasing a nursery rhyme.

After the folly of Robot of Sherwood, I was looking forward to an episode that promised to crank up the tension; and for the most part I was pleased with “Listen”.  I have a few issues with it, but they mostly lie in the how the episode was wrapped up, but we’ll get to those in a bit.  Lets start with some good bits.

The less is more approach with how much of the monster was shown worked really well.  It kept the audience guessing as to when the reveal would...

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Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 19:28 by Bren

Merry Men, a Golden Arrow, and robots aplenty as the Doctor meets a hero of British folklore. There’s whimsy and swashbuckling galore in this interpretation of the classic tale, but sadly Mark Gatiss’ script doesn’t quite hit the bullseye.  

The story starts as the Doctor offers Clara the chance to go anywhere in time and space.  She says she wants to meet Robin Hood and, after a touch of derision, the Doctor takes them to Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, 1190(ish); if only to prove that such a man does not exist.  An arrow to the door of the TARDIS from the rogue in green himself does little to change the Doctors assumptions, and rather than accept that he was wrong and that heroes do exist, the Doctor...

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Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 11:43 by Bren

Doctor Who meets Innerspace in this weeks episode, as the Doctor and Clara go on a mercy mission inside an old foe. An interesting concept and, for the most part, quite an entertaining episode.  Yeah, I enjoyed this one.

Aboard the Combined Galactic Resistance ship Aristotle, the Doctor runs into his oldest adversary and his newest patient.  An injured Dalek, one that has seen the beauty in creation and has somehow found morality.  Is it a ruse? A result of it’s injuries? Or is this a genuinely good Dalek?  The Doctor can’t resist finding out. 

Back on Earth there is a new teacher at Cole Hill, a former soldier named Danny Pink, who catches the eye of Clara... and thus begins another love story arc.  Just when...

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 00:57 by Bren

“Well, here we go again” 

Madame Vastra echoes the immortal words of the Brigadier from the end of Planet of the Spiders, as Pertwee gave way to Baker.  It just happens that she also echoed my words as I prepared for the adventures of a new Doctor, one that I had some trepidation about embarking on.  Turns out I needn’t have worried unduly, Capaldi’s full debut was pretty damn good. Eventually.

I say “eventually”, because there was something of a shaky start.  The role of the companion has traditionally been to play the audience surrogate, to ask the questions that the viewers want answered.  Too often during the opening 15 minutes, it felt that Vastra’s insistence that this Doctor was still the one Clara knew was...

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Friday, June 20, 2014 - 09:49 by Spindles

Wow, so... That season went by pretty fast then. Before we begin the long, harsh winter before the arrival of Season 5 let's take a look at this year's finalé episode, The Children.

Picking up immediately where we left off last episode, we follow Jon Snow leaving The Wall on his way to to deal with Mance Rayder. It all seems remarkably civilised given recent events and I can't help but wonder what the Proper Northern Drink was with which they toasted they dead. Snakebite and Black? Maybe a BlastAway? Or a bottle of Dog perhaps? Regardless it all suddenly goes to shit as a massive army appears out of nowhere and trounces the wildlings. I've got absolutely no clue how they got there, but it seems to be Stannis and The Onion Knight fresh from their recent trip to the Iron Bank. I...

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Monday, June 9, 2014 - 20:47 by Spindles

Hello, good evening and welcome to tonight's Axe Factor final 2014.

It's been a tough competition so far but tonight we're going to see the final showdown between three of Westeros' biggest bands. Audience favourites, Jon Snow and The Night's Watch have been wowing us all season with their capacity for self delusion, over indulgence and general buffoonery. Ygritte and the Wildlings, very popular amongst the more rural types, have been warming up for tonight with bouts of raping, pillaging and sacking across the lands south of the wall. Then we have tonight's surprise finalists, Mance Rayder and the Woolly Mammoths, who came seemingly out of nowhere and stole not only our hearts, but also our lungs, our livers and quite possibly our spleens.

First up tonight we have a...

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Friday, June 6, 2014 - 20:49 by Spindles

The failed CIA sting pushes Prime Minister Fry into demanding access codes and schematics for the drones and he also gets his first inkling of Heller's deteriorating memory. Now that his only other lead is gone Heller pulls a spectacular U-Turn and gives Jack exactly what we always knew he would, absolutely everything, including Kate.

The terrorists seem to be entering a very famiiar phase for 24 as the family fractures a bit with the daughter now getting cold feet after being sent to deal with her sister in law. 

Mark has a bit of a whine at Jack about Audrey and is summarily shot down in flames as Jack dismisses him completely out of hand. There will be a reckoning between these two later when Jack finds out that Mark's planning to hand him over to the Russians....

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