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Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 16:36

If I was a tree and you cut me down, then there’d be a whole section of rings that you could identify with the whole geek thing.

The outer rings would be blood and sex tinged from all of the Game Of Thrones shenanigans, with the rings getting progressively less violent and kinky as you move towards the centre.

Moving past the many movies and books, there’s something at the heart that hasn’t got a lot in common with todays’ taste for gritty (and titty) realism.

When you hit the heart of my geek tree, you find…

Radio.

Most particularly a couple of very different, but very innovative series.

Both famously immortalized in books, although   one was books and then radio, the other radio then books.

So I’m...

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Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 19:13

Take one hammer.


Take one cliché....

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Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 17:11

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.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 12:08

Someone's going to need some serious therapy!


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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 21:59

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...

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 09:11

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 about loss. 

A family loses its daughter, a character loses his lover, Henry flashbacks to his early relationship...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 23:41

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 as dead, and it’s time to do a runner with the booty. In this case a shiny odd shaped...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 19:55

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 beat me up" , rather than "Hey, I...

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 23:58

I confess! 

Even without the aid of Cardinal Fang, Cardinal Biggles and a comfy chair.... I confess! 

I like Monty Python... 

Controversial eh? 

No.

There's a reason for this :

1969. The end of the 60's introduced us to a few things that altered the world around us, probably forever. For me - four things made the most impression :

Apollo 11 lands on the moon. 
Led Zeppelin introduce us to the heavy sound that will spawn a million riffs. 
A long haired, bearded and ragged...

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 13:59

It's Dragon time again. 

It's 5 years on and we're introduced to new and improved village of Berk, upgraded to be a dragon paradise complete with all the facilities any fiery, flying pet could want. The Viking teens from the first movie are now young adults and it looks like we've been spared the details of the teen angst that would ordinarily occur. Which begs the question of how exactly would a Viking teen rebel? Take up the harp? Start bathing regularly and wearing pinstripe suits?

Except...

There is one person in this happy picture that's not entirely comfortable with this scaly idyll. Yes, you're way ahead of me here, Hiccup, son of Stoick the Clan Chief and best buddy with the coolest of all of the flyers, Toothless the Night-Fury. 

Whilst the rest of the citizens of Berk are enjoying a Dragon-Racing tournament (dont be fooled, it's Sheep-Quidditch), Hiccup and Toothless are happier exploring further afield. Toothless because he's having...

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