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Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 13:34

We pick up exactly where the previous episode left us, with Ser Jorah bundling a captive Tyrion into a boat.

Cut quickly to another boat. This one containing Jaime and Bronn. Jaime has a brief, whistful moment as they pass the kingdom of Tarth and he remembers his carefree days of frolicking in the woods with Lady Brienne. Bronn is tactful as always as he asks Jaime to pass on his regards to Tyrion next time he sees him, Jaime's response does not bode well for Tyrion's longevity.

Back in King's Landing and it's not looking good as The Iron Bank of Braavos is asking very nicely for it's money back. Cersei uses this as a way of trying to destabilise Margeary by sending her dad off to ask for better terms on the repayments. I know I say this pretty much every week, but, this can't end well. The other benefit of this, of course, is that it removes the Tyrell voice from the small coucil.

Cersei meets again with the High Sparrow, now High Septum, to outline her plans...

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Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 12:21

And so, the 'Wax on, Wax off' begins: Arya learns how to sweep a floor.

Dear lord. Not another wedding. Hopefully it's third time lucky for Margaery as she and Tommen tie the knot. The prophecy from episode one starts to unfold as Margaery tries to package Cersei off to Casterley Rock through a not so subtle manipulation of Tommen.

Hello Theon. We've not seen you for a while. It seems he's still Reeking about in Winterfell with the Boltons, Ramsay is still skinning people and his dad is still plotting. It appears the plan is for Sansa to marry Ramsay rather than Cap'n Littlefinger (yarrr). I think that makes it third time lucky for Sansa then too.

The Brienne and Podrick show kicks up a notch as Brienne seems to be finally warming to her squire, telling him stories and promising to train him in how to become a knight.

Jon finally gets around to refusing Stannis' offer and plans what to do with the Knight's Watch now that he is Lord Commander. An...

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Monday, April 27, 2015 - 22:33

A university may seem an odd choice of a venue for a convention but, on reflection, it has all the necessary facilities that a convention requires. There are large lecture theatres and stages for guest interviews, sports halls for trader zones and signings, large outdoor spaces for attendees to show off their meticulously crafted costumes, and innumerable other spaces that can be re-purposed for photo ops, workshops and all manner of other activities. So, congratulations on the choice of venue. Truly inspired.

As for the offering at the convention itself, there was an impressive array of options to while away the day. I was particularly impressed by the gaming area. Stocked to the gills with pretty much every retro console you could wish for, and a vast selection of titles to play on them. I could have spent literally hours there playing through all the classic games I've loved over the last thirty years. 

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Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 02:28

I haven't written a scathing review in a while.  Most of the stuff I've been watching lately, when I've had the chance, has been relatively quite good, and this has pleased me no end.  But then I saw the trailers for Jupiter Ascending and I saw that the Wachowskis had put their name to it, both as writers, producers and as directors... and I instinctively knew that this was it; their moment of reckoning, so to speak.

To date, in my opinion, the Wachowskis have made maybe 1.5 good movies.  Everything else has fallen far short of the mark, and given the amount of money that was being sunk in to this particular film, not to mention the amount of name dropping involved, this was going to be a defining film for them.

If I needed to sum up in one sentence my thoughts on this science fiction action / adventure romp, it'd go something a little along the lines of,

'Who do I get those two hours of my life back, you thieving, useless fucks.'

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 23:54

Wondering when the wheels would come off the Marvel movie machine? When they’d finally put out a bad film? Yeah? Yeah, well it’s not with this one buddy, this one was fantastic.

The opening set piece sets the mood for the whole movie.  Frenetically paced but incredibly well balanced, it manages to both establish the fact that the Avengers have clearly been busy since Hydra’s reemergence at the end of Winter Soldier (raiding Hydra bases in search of Loki’s staff and generally kicking ass along the way); as well as providing the trigger for Stark’s single minded pursuit of the Ultron project.  It does all this while also introducing us to two new players in the twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. (“He’s fast, she’s weird” as described by Maria Hill to the Cap) 

Obviously things don’t go quite to Stark’s plan, and Ultron...

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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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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 21:44

Do they think we're wet behind the ears?

Why?

Why do writers think that this isn't going to annoy people? 

Why do they think that the sudden appearance of characters that are vitally important to the series arc plot, which then plays out in the same episode is a good idea?

We get the big reveal on Henry's adversary this week and....

It's no-one who's been in the series so far.

So why be secretive,why be circumspect? 

It would have been so much better to have either revealed the character early on, then set up suspense of us knowing who it is but the central character's being in the dark.

Or..

By having a well known character suddenly turn out to be the bad guy/girl/transgender to the amazement of everyone! 

Either way, we can have the villain interacting with the main cast, setting up betrayals, influencing the cast, finding out secrets.

By introducing someone new, any suspense is wasted and...

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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 21:35

Well that was dull. 

An uninteresting man, getting married to a boring woman, is killed in a tedious way. 

He's wearing some clothes and they lead to a chain of events that include 40 minutes of nothing very interesting happening and the viewer getting restless for the end titles. 

Thankfully, right at the end something arc related does occur, but it can't save this episode from being pretty much the worst of the season so far.

The premise is that a young couple are preparing their marriage. She an American socialite with a rich daddy, he a British Viscount. He's very soon dead in a park with a big hole in his neck, bloodless rather than chinless. 

Ok, lets flip a coin and see which of the two mens' names that Hollywood scriptwriters think posh English men have we will be using this week...and it's...

Tails...

..which means Colin! 

Bad luck Nigel!

Henry is called and he immediately uses his...

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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 21:18

Almost immediately this week you can see where the consequences of the characters actions are leading.

After being rescued from the Leviathan camp last week, Dr Ivchenko is happy to give information to the SSR team and a relentless Agent Carter.  He happily imparts what he can, but also starts to lead a merry dance with everyone's heads, especially volunteering info about how well female spies and double agents can go unnoticed in a man's world.

After getting annoyed with Peggy's badgering,Chief Dooley caves in and gives Peggy some real field work to do tracking down a female assassin. We all know who that is by now don't we? Well we do but Peggy and Jarvis don't.

How to find a woman who may have been close enough to Stark to get her hands on his vault?

How about his "little black book "?.

Well Stark doesn't do anything by halves and his little black book is a list of women he has gifted jewellery to, to "celebrate" their time together. The...

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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 21:02

If I ever want a career change I need to steer clear of intelligence work. 

It's not the secrecy or the dangerous missions, it's the training that worries me. Too much kill or be killed for my liking. I mean how do secret sinister organizations end up with so many members, the attrition rates are horrendous?

Just look at James Bond for example - at the beginning of "From Russia With Love" Red Grant garrotts one of his colleagues in a training exercise. What are we talking about here? How many recruits are cannon fodder for the successful Agents, and a more pertinent question. If the bad guys training is SO extreme and requires such high levels of skill, why are they always so bad at killing off the heroes? Presumably after all those fights on the way to their Bachelors in Henchmanship (BHench), they're so broken that they can't see to shoot straight. 

In the world of Marvel, we have a training camp behind the Iron Curtain where young Soviet girls are...

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