In the UK: Saturday 22nd May, 6.15pm, BBC1 In the US: Saturday 5th June, 9/8c, BBC America
Sorry to anyone who was desperate for a full review of Amy's Choice (Why? Who are you?) last week, but I just ran out of time. All the same, I did do a mini-review of it on Friday in case you missed it.
But let's move on to this week's episode. With a song.
Who's the writer who
puts terror in your heart?
He rips off everything
and he makes it three times worse.
Who's the writer who can't plot?
He made Torchwood what it was
Oh screw it. I can't be bothered doing any more. The chorus just goes Chris Chibnall, Chris Chibnall, Chris Chibnall, anyway.
Chris Chibnall is responsible for far and away some of the worst episodes of Doctor Who and Torchwood: Cyberwoman, 42, Adrift. You can usually pretty much guarantee as soon as you see our Chibber's name in the writing credits that the following story will go down as smoothly as milk with a sell-by date of March 1998.
Yet it seems that while he still can't produce a classic, with Steven Moffat overseeing things, he can at least produce something with a few good moments and that doesn't suck anywhere near as badly as Victory of the Daleks. Of course, if you were expecting him to turn in something original, you really do believe in Stevie miracles, don't you?
In the US: Sunday 23rd May, ABC, 7/6c In the UK: Monday 24th May, Sky 1/Sky 1 HD, 5am
So that's it. Six years. It's all over now. The final episode of Lost has finally aired. All the mysteries have finally been answered. Woo hoo!
Where is the island? What is the island? Who is Jacob? What is the smoke monster? How did Jacob arrange for everyone to end up on the island? What's happening in the flashes sideways? What is the source of Jacob's power? What are the rules of the game? Why was Charles Widmore expelled from the island? What did he and Ben have to fight about? What happened when the nuclear bomb went off at the end of season five? How did Faraday's mum know so much about time travel, etc?
Since Ashes to Ashes is (thankfully) finishing tonight, it seems appropriate to show what Life on Mars is like in other countries. Now, we've already looked at Life on Mars in the US in some detail. So let's go Spanish today, with Antena 3's La chica de ayer (The Girl from Yesterday), in which the Spanish police detective Samuel Santos leaves 2009 and finds himself in 1977, where has to take the orders of the old school Joaquín "Quin" Gallardo and deal with his fellow officers, Raimundo García and José Cristóbal Mateo. But there is the upside of the lovely Ana Valverde.
Is he loco, in a coma, or back in time? No sabe.
I have a very small idea about what they're saying in these vids, but six weeks of Teach Yourself Instant Spanish didn't give me much insight into murder investigations, desgraciadamente. You can see more videos at the Antena 3 web site, and hopefully work out what's different for yourselves.
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.