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March 27, 2012

Review: Bent (NBC) 1x1-1x2

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NBC's Bent

In the US: Wednesdays, 9/8c, NBC

There are some people, it seems, who can more or less kill any project they're in, just through proximity. Jennifer Aniston, talented actress though she might be, can pretty much guarantee that any movie she's in will be terrible.

Then there's David Walton. Walton is the ebola virus to the immune-deficient patient of NBC sitcoms. He was in NBC's 100 Questions, which had its episode order cut down to six before it even aired, after which it was promptly cancelled. Then he joined one of NBC's 2011 mid-season replacements, Perfect Couples, which was practically DOA.

Now he's one of the two stars of Bent, in which he and Studio 60's Amanda Peet (could she be the next Jennifer Aniston?) are 'bent (but not broken)' individuals, she an up-tight newly-divorced lawyer, he a gambling- and sex-addicted contractor, both on the inevitable rom-com path to togetherness.

And despite the fact it has an excellent pedigree behind the scenes, zingy dialogue, and one interesting supporting character, there's not more than two laughs in the first two episodes (not even one laugh per episode) and it's got spectacularly low ratings, even for an NBC show.

David Walton has killed another show. Watch it splew blood in your face if you dare.

Here's a trailer, which actually doesn't look that bad. Don't let that fool you - wear a mask.

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March 23, 2012

Review: Wonder Woman #7/Justice League #6, 7

Posted on March 23, 2012 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Wonder Woman #7 cover

Let's start off this review by first saying, "Welcome back, Cliff Chiang!"

Welcome back, Cliff Chiang!

After two issues of rather a poor fill-in artist, it's great to have Cliff back. I tell you what's also great to have back: action. Yes, issue #7 of Wonder Woman actually has things happen in it - the cover is actually less action-packed than the contents for once.

In fact, issue #7 is probably the best issue of the title since the reboot. But (and you knew there'd be one), it's also got one great big middle finger sticking up at both long-time fans and Wonder Woman's creator, William Marston, right in the centre. We'll talk about that after the jump.

We'll also talk about Justice League #6, 7, which have both come out since the last review and paradoxically are a lot more like old school Wonder Woman than her own title is right now. In fact, as well as the glorious return of Captain Steve Trevor, we also have the new-look Etta Candy. And Captain Marvel - aka Shazam, but we don't care about him. See you in a bit.

Justice League #7

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March 19, 2012

Review and competition: Doctor Who - The UNIT Files on DVD

Posted on March 19, 2012 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

The UNIT Files

BBC Shop BadgeStarring: Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen
Writers: Malcolm Hulke, Terry Nation
Director: Paddy Russell, Barry Letts
Price: £30.63 (Amazon price: £12.99; BBC Shop price: £22.25)
Released: January 9th 2012

It's competition time again, you lucky people, courtesy of the BBC Shop throwing me a load of DVDs that I don't really want. This time round, it's your chance to win an entire box set: Doctor Who - The UNIT Files. Now this contains one Jon Pertwee six-parter featuring UNIT and that has the word 'Invasion' in the title, as well as one four-part Tom Baker story featuring UNIT and that has the word 'Invasion' in the title. Can you guess what the stories are?

Yes, it's Invasion (of the Dinosaurs) and The Android Invasion, written by two of Doctor Who's old reliables: Malcolm Hulke and Terry Nation. And for once, I've actually sat down and watched them. Well, not the DVD extras, of course - don't be silly.

Find out what I thought of them and how you could win them on DVD after this shiny trailer:

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