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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 20:40

It finally arrived. We've been waiting for what seems like an eternity to see whether the small screen adaptation lives up to the pure awesomeness that existed between the covers of the much revered Hellblazer series, which ran for an epic 300 issues between 1988 and 2013. 

This version sees John brought bang up to date with a contemporary setting, although the storyline comes straight out of the very early issues of the comic. As a long time fan of the comic I was more than happy that they seem to be winding up to deal with the whole Newcastle/Astra/Zed/Nergal plotline from the off. Although a lot of it has been toned down for the TV audience it still looks pretty promising.

There are more than a few nods to the comic book audience with easter eggs such as Doc Destiny's helmet being casually picked up and waved around. Yup, one the most powerful objects in the DC universe had its very own cameo. Nice.

As for the characterisation of Constantine himself?...

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 22:41

That’s more like it! This episode sees a welcome change from the last three episode, as well as a great crossover from the Arrow in the form of Felicity.

While doing some tests at the lab two inept security drivers transporting a diamond manage to get robbed. The team hear about it in time for Barry to investigate and save the day. Leonard Snart is the would-be perpetrator, and Barry manages to get a good look at him.

The actor plays the part very well, with no hint of over acting. He does cold and calculating very well. Throughout the episode we see him turn into ‘Captain Cold’.  This is done plausibly, with the help of a gun procured from the lab. The thing to like about this villain is he is a normal human with a gun. This gun is reduces the vibrations of atoms, essentially freezing anything it hits. This is bad for Barry!

Felicity is convinced...

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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, November 1, 2014 - 15:03

Yet another bad meta-human of the week episode. Just like Smallvilles ‘Krypto freaks’ somehow all people affected by the accident turn out evil. In the whole city the is just one good guy?

In this episode a member crime family has been killed. Guess what? It’s a meta-human, again. This one turns himself into poison gas, and has turned a little evil.

There are some good side stories intermixed in this otherwise humdrum episode, such as some of the back story regarding the accident. While Barry tries to discover the killer's identity, Dr. Wells hit on the bright idea of retrofitting the particle accelerator into a prison specifically for meta-humans, to help ‘cure’ them. I have to admit, I liked the idea of a prison. It did remind me of Alcatraz (the series) though.

There are some attempts to elicit sympathy from the audience by Dr. Snow, but it just doesn’t...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 14:28

'It's time we had a talk, you and I.'

And at last, it looks like Finch is getting back in to the game, especially given the final words of the episode.
And it's about damned time, too.

This episode, like some before it, flicks between two seperate times, one is of course the present day and the new number that the Machine has produced in order for the gang to go save or hinder (but we'll get back to that later) while the other starts October 13th, 2001, with Harold Finch and Nathan Ingrams (Brett Cullen) in the development stages of the machine, and when I say development imagine a young child to teenager witht he powers of a God and the urge to go and fire it up some.  It may also be worth noting that due to the implementation of the Gregorian Calendar (the one we use today) this day technically does not exist in the countries of Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain during the Year 1582 AD.  Surely the irony isn't lost on the writers...
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 13:41

It is my considered opinion that Gareth from Terminus talks too much. Seriously... A couple of minutes with this guy and even a zombie's brains would be dribbling out of its ears. After another diatribe as to why eating people is good, interspersed with lots of unneccessary shots of people eating their Bob Burgers, we discover that we were right last week and Bob did indeed get bitten. Perhaps we'll now get to see what happens when cannibals eat zombies.

Back with Rick and the gang we're all getting a bit concerned about Bob, Carol and Darryl being AWOL. Suspicion falls initially on the preist who, after very little persuasion reveals his dark secret. Which is a bit of a let down if I'm honest. He didn't open the doors and a bunch of people died. Boo hoo.

After Bob is unceremoniously dumped on the lawn, tensions begin to mount between Abraham and Rick as the former wants to get gone to Washington and the latter wants to stick around and patch his group back together....

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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 17:59

Recap season 1:

The Earth has been messed up by humanity (again) but luckily there were a few space stations from various countries that joined together to form the Ark. 97 odd years later

Life is harsh, all crime is punishable by ‘floating’ – being thrown out of the airlock. Unless you are under 18. Things are failing on the Ark though and to save resources it is decided to send the teens to Earth to see if it is habitable yet.

They arrive to find it is habitable but not all of humanity was wiped out.

The first season was a bit of a surprise for me, it all sounded a little cliché but actually it really grew on me, with well filmed scenes and the ability to switch between perspectives well.  There are not always happy endings, such as when more than a few volunteers...

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 15:38

The Brotherhood are mentioned int he first episode and one can't be sur if they're about to become a new bunch of players or a simple agitation, either way, they're back for a second round, and it's not every day that Elias suggests caution around elements of the underworld.
The episode opens with three very heavily armed goons walking in to a secured building and then, without warning, gunshots and yelling kick up - Samaritan coldly refutes it as irrelevent.  So be it. That's Samaritan for you, but then it forces me to ask a new question: what is Samaritan's goal?  It's important to understand that, working on the assumption that an A.I. isn't motivated by things such as happiness or duty, Samaritan has an objective - an endgame that isn't simply it's own personal survival, so what is it?  World domination?  Control over all of the resources it can muster?  Then what?  What does it want / need?  Which would then usher the question, 'Why...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 07:59

After last week's explosive opener, it looks like this week we've hit the brakes. Some arty slow mo shots and double header scenes skirt over a few of details from the end of last season including Lizzie and Mika, Carol's actions at the prison and a bunch of other stuff including the extra stragglers we gained after The Governor's eradication attempt. We get the first hints that all may not be well as Darryl's Spidey sense goes off while catching up with Carol. My money is on it being Morgan Jones hunting the group for whatever reason he's come up with.

We get a new character this week in the form of a priest who I recognised immediately as Watkins from Starship Troopers, so I immediately expect him to detonate himself at some point to save the group and take out a bunch of walkers. However, over the episode, his character turns out to be pretty much a non-combatant and, in all fairness, a bit of a wuss. There's a hint at something darker under the surface of the priest, but...

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 21:07

Oh dear.

Whilst the first episode hit the ground at a sedentary 70 miles an hour, I expected a ramp up in speed. Sadly this episode seems to have slowed to a walking pace. Put it another way, I actually fell asleep towards the end.

I was hoping for something more than the latest 'meta-human' of the week. The dialog was average and the acting seemed a little forced. Even the hero could do with down playing a little. Loud moral outrage doesn't seem to fit. The 'sister'. She may be pretty but really? Having a go at someone who is AT WORK, WORKING, for answering his phone to someone about WORK?

The back story and arc were developed at a reasonable pace though, with some great flashbacks into Barry's childhood. The...

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