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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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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:33 by David

The preamble is coming to an end.

Along with everything else.

We're now only a few hours away from the big supernatural punch up. 

The characters are on a collision course for Lower Tadfield. Newton Pulsifer, Witchfinder Private has arrived in a very wrecked car and is taken to Anathema Device by Adam and pals, a not entirely unexpected event. 

Deprived of the actual book of predictions, Anathema has a handy card index of summaries, annotated and cross referenced, a sort of cardboard Wikipedia (Wikipredictia?). 

Newton's arrival is anticipated, and it transpires that the cards reveal the connections of the modern day witch and witchfinder and their respective ancestors. It also reveals what they are supposed to do next. 

In...

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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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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 18:46 by David

Secondary characters to the fore for this episode.

Sergeant Shadwell's Witchfinder Army (both of them) are commissioned by both Mr A and Mr C to hunt suspicious characters in Tadfield, home of Adam Young and his gang.  While kitting out Newton with his Witchfinding kit we get a reminisce back to the Witchfinder Army's only failure...

Agnes Nutter. Actual witch. Actually able to predict the future . Not a good idea to try and surprise her then....oh no...

Speaking of Agnes Nutter, Josie Lawrence's accent seems to be moving up North. She started in Birmingham in week one and is now in Yorkshire. By the end of this series I hope you've all passed your advanced Norwegian language courses or this could get confusing...

Agnes' book of predictions has fallen...

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 18:42 by David

So you've lost your Antichrist, what do you do ?

Go looking I suppose.

And that's exactly what Crowley and Aziraphale do. But where to start...?

Well to ACTUALLY start this episode we have recruitment into the Witchfinder Army, and (Peter Serafinowicz please take note), a MORE than pitch perfect introduction of the Witchfinder recruiter in Clive Russell. The word BONKERS looms up, trips you over and performs a jig in your chest. 

Then something that I hate everytime I hear it on a radio program, the recap speech added into the dialogue. There must be a better way of doing this , how about a "Previously on ..." pre-credits, or a small narration at the start . I know its for those that haven't heard it before, but you don't get it in books just in case...

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 17:37 by David

It's been a while since I read this book from Messrs Pratchett and Gaiman.

Years in fact, so the details are hazy. That should help me treat this as a nice surprise for the Xmas season (as you can see I started this episode review ages ago but didn't get around to finishing it until the New Year).

So, in the beginning we have 'In the BEGINNING', Garden Of Eden, Angels, Demons and the Fall.All that malarkey.

The two main protagonists are introduced as Crawley and Aziraphale, Demon and Angel buddies, who are embroiled in mankinds' exit into the big bad world. They spend the next few thousand years going native and getting comfortable. It's a fine life being supernatural in the world of men.Living and LIVING (although within the bounds set by their respective bosses...

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