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Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 20:14 by Spindles

I've said it before and I'll say it again. The O2 Islington is one of my favourite venues. I love that you can choose whether you want to be down in the pit at the front, or take the calmer option of the mezzanine bar and watch the proceedings from on high. For me, it's the perfect venue for Skillet's first ever London headline show.

Tonight's sold out crowd is a good reflection of Skillet's popularity here in the UK. It's surprising that it's taken these guys so long to book a headlining tour of our fair isle, but, talking to lead vocalist, songwriter and bassist extraordinaire John Cooper before the gig, it's clear that they were of the opinion that they only had a small, hardcore following. This is, most definitely not the case.

The lights go down and we get a soothing...

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Monday, October 13, 2014 - 19:02 by Spindles

Previously on AMC's The Walking Dead...

We saw some very harsh events at the end of last season and we are reminded of one of the worst ones in this season's opening with a recap of the deeply unsettling fates of Lizzie and Mika. Then there's that line again that made me cringe at the end of the last episode and I'm dubious now as to how this is going to pan out.

I must admit to being a bit confused by the whole Then and Now mechanic and spent most of the episode thinking it was a flash forward to after Rick and the gang have escaped and are punishing their previous captors. Perhaps this was intentional, but I suspect it was just down to me being dim until it was made abundantly clear when the second flashback happened at the end of the episode.

After a brief '...

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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...

WHACK!

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 - 12:37 by Ferg

Once more unto the void we go, threshing our way through the terrible and unforgiving storyline that is The Expanse universe.  And what a ride this book has been.
Which actually makes me really sad because, at the time of writing this review, specifically mid October, I am going to have to wait over half a year for the next installment to arrive in paperback!  I know, I could fork out those extra couple of quid for the hardback, but I've got all the previous volumes in the paper and I ran out of space on the bookshelves months ago.  Plus, I'm not a massive fan of hardback simply for conservational reasons - which makes me a massive hypocrite when it comes to the subject of roleplaying game rule books, but then again, paperback editions of a rulebook don't last long...

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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...

Go...!

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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