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Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 20:14

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 violin and cello introduction before the rest of the band hit the stage to rapturous applause and launch headlong into a blistering rendition of Whispers in the Dark. The band are a whirlwind of...

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Monday, October 13, 2014 - 19:02

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 'Tooling up' scene is interrupted by a smoke grenade, we switch to the Grimes-Cam and feel Rick's confusion and pain first hand as he is dragged out of the trailer and stomped in the face. What follows is...

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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 - 12:37

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 (how many copies of Cyberpunk 2020 did you go through?  My last copy doesn't have a front and rear cover and I'm pretty certain there's pages missing from either end to boot).

But I...

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Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 12:08

Someone's going to need some serious therapy!


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Friday, October 10, 2014 - 08:21

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 manner of defeat is also a little wishy-washy, with about a hundred different and easier ways a superfast hero could have employed to take him out....

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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 - 12:22

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 floor.  The perp sprints through the park in amongst a crowd of people, Fusco really trying his best to keep up with the spry runner.
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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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