January 24, 2015

Weekly Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #37-38, Wonder Woman '77 #3, Justice League #37-38, Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Three #17

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Wonder Woman #37

Last catch-up week this week, with two doublers to deal with, both Wonder Woman and Justice League having had Christmas-fortnight issues that I missed out on reviewing. So after the jump we’ll first be looking at the return of a very old and important character to the Wonder Woman and probably even DC universe, as well as Superman’s immune system.

Also after the jump are the concluding part of the first Wonder Woman ’77 story, in which Wonder Woman has to deal with another old enemy, and Injustice: Gods Among – Year Three gives us a battle between Wonder Woman and a super-powered Batwoman. I wonder who’ll win that one?

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January 23, 2015

News: Hannibal trailer, CBS finds its Supergirl, Moone Boy guest stars, Game of X-Men + more

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Will and Grace reunion on The Mysteries of Laura

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  • Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan and Alexandra Shipp join X-Men: Apocalypse

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  • Transparent to be free to view on Amazon on Saturday
  • Trailer for Netflix’s Tina Fey and Robert Carlock comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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  • Terry Wogan, Sharon Horgan, John Sessions et al to guest on Moone Boy

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January 22, 2015

You want to see The Simpsons credits done in a Star Trek stylee, don't you?

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Then here you go. They're official and everything.

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News: The Walshes cancelled, Ian McShane to recur on Ray Donovan, Simon Pegg to co-write Star Trek + more

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  • Kerry Condon and Toby Leonard Moore join Showtime’s Billions

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January 21, 2015

The Wednesday Play: Play For Today – The General's Day (1972)

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William Trevor is widely regarded as one of the greatest contemporary writers of short stories in the English language. Nominated for the Booker Prize five times and winner of the Whitbread Prize three times, he was awarded an honorary CBE in 1977, made a Companion of Literature in 1994, and was given an honorary KBE for his services to literature in 2002.

Although most of his work has been literary, between 1965 and 1978, he wrote many plays for both the BBC and ITV, including the famous O Fat White Woman, which was adapted from a short story in 1971 for the BBC’s Play For Today. The following year, he wrote The General’s Day, which starred Annette Crosbie (One Foot In The Grave), Dandy Nichols (In Sickness and Health) and, in one of his last ever roles, Alastair Sim (Scrooge, the St Trinian’s movies and Ealing comedies). Sim plays the general of the title, General Suffolk, who wants to get rid of his housekeeper (Nichols) as he’s persuaded a much younger school teacher (Crosbie) to move in with him.

It’s a bittersweet piece, demonstrating Trevor’s typically acute observations of the human condition, and it’s today’s Wednesday Play.

Things you probably weren't expecting #719: an official Constantine claymation series

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Matt Ryan even does the voice of John Constantine.

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News: Rob Lowe joins Apocalypse Slough, green light for Fox's Luther and Frankenstein adaptations + more

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  • Bruce Willis to star in Steven C Miller thriller Extraction

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  • NBC green lights: pilots of comedies Take It From Us and People Are Talking
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  • New trailer for E!’s The Royals, with Joan Collins and Liz Hurley

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January 20, 2015

Review: 12 Monkeys 1x1-1x2 (US/UK: Syfy)

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12 Monkeys

In the US: Fridays, 9/8c, Syfy
In the UK: Acquired by Syfy UK. Begins 9pm, 27 February 

For quite some time now, Syfy has been coasting. Gone are the halcyon days when Battlestar Galactica was the toast of the town. Indeed, with a schedule intermittently packed with wrestling, reality shows and knowingly bad B-movies, it was possible to surmise that Syfy had changed its name from the Scifi channel not just for trademarking purposes but so it could avoid having to show sci-fi, with what little it did airbeing anaemic-to-poor knock-offs (Alphas) or imports (Continuum, Being Human, Bitten). 

However, for the past couple of years, Syfy has been trying to raise its game in original programming. Sometimes, the quality's been awful (Dominion, Z Nation), sometimes it's been okay (Defiance, Helix), but so far, nothing's been great.

12 Monkeys doesn't quite change that track record, but given what's gone before it, it's surprisingly good. The film, 12 Monkeys, was a Terry Gilliam classic, itself based on the Chris Marker's 1962 'photo-roman' La Jetée, in which a time traveller from the future comes back to the modern day to prevent armageddon. However, time paradoxes mean that the story has more than a twist or two.

Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, as well as being a movie rather than a series of photos, adds many plots and sub-plots to Marker's story, portraying a virus-devastated future from which Bruce Willis returns to find out the source of the virus and prevent the future from happening. Along the way, he meets a doctor (Madeleine Stowe), with whom he falls in love and convinces he's from the future, and a psychiatric institute inmate (Brad Pitt), who is the head of 'the Army of the 12 Monkeys', the likely cause of the virus. And again, as with La Jetée, there are plenty of timey-wimey twists.

This new TV version moves things on slightly and straightens out some of the twists. Our new hero is Aaron Stanford - best known as Pyro in X-Men 2 but also doing serviceable secret agent turns in both Nikita and Traveler - and he's come from 2043 to find out the source of a viral outbreak that's set to happen in 2017. Why him? Because in the future, the few remaining survivors of the virus find not only a time machine that can 'splinter' someone back in time but also a message from a CDC doctor, Amanda Schull (Louis' helper in Suits), saying that he is the one who must help stop the virus from getting out. Will he convince her of what's going to happen? Will he be able to find who's really behind the viral outbreak? And how many time paradoxes will he encounter along the way

Here's a trailer.

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News: FX's new Louis CK shows, Sky's Birthday and The Five, Netflix's new Will Arnett show + more

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January 19, 2015

What have you been watching? Including Hindsight, Elementary, Banshee, Spiral and Constantine

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It's "What have you been watching?", my chance to tell you what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently that I haven't already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case I've missed them.

The usual "TMINE recommends" page features links to reviews of all the shows I've ever recommended, and there's also the Reviews A-Z, for when you want to check more or less anything I've reviewed ever. And if you want to know when any of these shows are on in your area, there's Locate TV - they’ll even email you a weekly schedule.

More new and returning TV shows mean the return of the backlog, I’m afraid. Sigh. It’s not easy this job with all its highly demanding… sitting in front of a TV and then writing about it…

Anyway, moving swiftly on, I’ll just promise that I’ll be reviewing Syfy’s TV version of 12 Monkeys either later today when I’ve finished watching it or tomorrow during my lunchbreak. One of those.

But last week, I managed to review:

Which ain’t bad. The Book of Negroes, I’m afraid, will have to go on the pile of ‘probably quite good mini series I haven’t watched’ because I'm now two episodes behind.

But after the jump.

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The West Wing's latest effect on politics: the Big Block of Cheese Day

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The West Wing was a show about politics that also had an effect on politics – many of Tony Blair’s advisors were avid West Wing fans, for example, and the show’s heady brand of liberal optimism about politics affected them, too.

However, perhaps one of the strangest effects of the show, nearly a decade after it finally left our screens, was ‘the Big Block of Cheese Day’.

Last year, the White House launched a virtual Big Block of Cheese Day. You knew about that, right? Perhaps not.

Recognising it might have been a little too low profile last year, this year, it's got a whole bunch of The West Wing's cast together to promote the second Big Block of Cheese Day. What would you like to talk about?

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News: In The Flesh cancelled, Gotham, Empire renewed, Twin Peaks returning characters, Chuck joins Heroes + more

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