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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 22:45

From what I've been led to believe, this is where Arya's story starts to get very interesting. She arrives in Braavos full of hope in search of the Changy Face Man from season 1 whose name I appear to have temporarily misplaced. Now, watching this next scene, I was struggling to place something else I'd seen fairly recently that involved a girl going up to a temple for training and sitting on the doorstep until they agreed to take her in. I couldn't for the life of me remember what what it was until Emma dragged it out from the back of her subconscious. If you haven't yet watched the recent reboot of ThunderCats then I highly recommend you do so. In a flashback during episode 12 you will see a young Cheetara trying to gain entry to the temple of the Clerics. I'm fairly sure one of them must have influenced the other, whether it was the books influencing the cartoon, or the cartoon influencing the show. The similarities are uncanny. 

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 14:10

Welcome back one and all to the wonderful world of Westeros where I'm sure we're in for yet another season of the uplifting, light-hearted enterainment that we've come to associate with this fine show.

We kick off this year's sunny season opener with something slightly new. A flashback no less. We get a look back at a younger version of Cersei skipping merrily through the forest with one of her little friends. The reason for this little excursion soon becomes apparent as the plucky young Cersei tracks down the mad, scary witch lady who lives in the woods. Apparently she wants to know her future, and recieves what turns out to be a particularly accurate divination of what's in store for her in the years to come. Including a warning of one younger and prettier who will take everything she holds dear. So, I'm imagining that the Margaery and Cersei plotline is going to be pretty key this year.

The prospect of flashbacks is rather exciting. It opens up the possibility for...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 08:36

First up tonight are local Bristolian boys, Tax The Heat, who recieve a very warm welcome indeed from their home crowd. It's easy to see why. These nicely turned out gents boast a sound that is equal parts Rolling Stones, Presidents of the USA and Bad Company. They belt out blues heavy anthems for a full fourty-five minute set to rapturous applause in what has very quickly become a packed out venue before ceding the stage to tonight's main event.

It's obvious from the outset that Reef are very at home in this venue as they launch into the first part of their set. They obviously have a history here as Gary urges the crowd to give new guitarist, Jesse Wood, a warm Locarno welcome, harking back to one of the venue's previous incarnations.

Now, before we get onto the gig itself, I feel I have to share with you the fact that Gary Stringer currentl looks exactly how I imagine Andrew Lincoln might look like as Rick Grimes in a couple of season's time. Not convinced? Then you...

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Friday, February 20, 2015 - 13:05

In a slightly altered version of history, Hitler, almost at the point of defeat in the second World War, unleashes his deadliest weapon: Hordes of undead soldiers. That's the starting point for Rebellion's new co-operative shooter. Fans of Rebellion's Sniper Elite series will find a lot of the engine very familiar and may well have even played earlier versions of the first two segments of the game, which was availalble as a downloadable expansion. 

The game has been fully remastered and has had all manner of extras crammed in to feed your zombie slaying habit. There are now 8 playable characters that you can choose to take through the campaign mode in co-operation with up to three of your friends, or you can choose to go lone wolf. Although it's worth pointing out that your finely honed sneaking skills gained from Sniper Elite are worth exactly squat against the horde.

Speaking of hordes, this release of the game introduces a new Horde mode. This is for those players...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 21:32

Having reached the tender age of 21, The Sci Fi Ball (formerly Starfleet Ball) has now left its hometown in Bournemouth and headed out towards pastures new. In this case, the pasture is that of The Grand Harbour hotel. The Grand Harbor is an impressive venue on the seafront of Southampton overlooking the ferry ports which, for this weekend, would serve as a haven for hundreds of Sci Fi, Fantasy and Comic fans.

Sylvester McCoy

Attendees of the SF Ball have the opportunity to spend the weekend immersing themselves in all manner of comics, games, talks, cabaret, discos, trailer screenings and much more. As well as taking part in Q&A sessions with the guests, attendees can also mingle, have photos taken, get autographs signed and even do The Time Warp on the dancefloor with the guest stars.

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 19:33

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 similar way to the comic, it serves to define what sort of person Constantine is and the lengths to which he'll go to ensure the success of his endeavours.

There are some very nice moments in...

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Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 22:11

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 Zombies' plotline into a red herring basically means there is nothing left in terms of ongoing plot, other than whatever is going on with the Beth/Carryl trifecta.

Bitching and moaning aside, there...

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Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 21:40

Obviously, since last episode, John has managed to once again give Zed the slip. This minor annoyance prompts Zed to use her psychic artistry once again in order to track down John & Chas' batcave. A couple of Doctor Who references later and now that the gang's all back together, it's off to solve a mystery.

This week's conundrum seems to revolve around the coveted single from Misplaced Abortion which, having rendered Rich temporarily deaf in season five of Skins, is now hell bent on freezing Constantine's old pals to death and subverting innocent children. This is no odder than the actual plotline which has a recording of the voice of Lucifer wreaking havoc upon the world.

This episode finally introduces us to one of the character we've all been waiting for since the series started: Papa Midnite. And he was absolutely awesome. Major respect to Michael James Shaw for his interpretation of the role. I hope to see a lot more of him in forthcoming episodes.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 13:25

After a very brief 'previously...' segment and a similarly brief Mystery of the Week in the form of a detonating miner we're back in a dingy basement with John and Chas. The debate as to whether Constantine actually smokes or not continues as he carries around a lit cig with him for a while before Chas puts it out without it ever getting near his lips.

Following on from last week we get introduced properly to Zed, who appears to be some kind of psychic that has been compulsively drawing pictures of John. Comic fans should be pleased to see re-imaginings of classic Hellblazer covers around the room. I know I was.

Their initial meeting doesn't exactly go well with both of them pulling parlour tricks and John pulling a disappearing...

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 21:21

I know I said that Beth didn't really have much of a character last season, but there really wasn't any need to devote an entire episode to her. Because, as it turns out, she still doesn't have much of a character. But, for the sake of completeness, here's my recap of Beth's story.

It looks like we're back at the beginning. Rick's beginning anyway. I'm fairly sure this is the same hospital where Mr Grimes started the whole thing off five seasons ago. We're introduced to a bunch of potential red shirts. Head of the gang of hors d'oeuvres is the incredibly creepy Janis from FlashForward who has obviously been demoted from the FBI to a simple cop/sheriff. I wonder momentarily whether they are Rick's colleagues, but then realise that I don't actually care. They are pretty much exclusively arseholes who deserve whatever grisly fate will soon befall them... Very soon... Before they bore me even more...

It jumps around a bit between our one-dimensional wonders doing odd...

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