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June 10, 2010

Review: The Good Guys 1x1-1x2

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The Good Guys

In the US: Mondays, 9/8c, Fox

Cop shows tend to be about excitement, don't they? Shootouts, undercover work: you know the form. But most police work is routine, mundane stuff. Any cop assigned to that kind of mind-numbing tedium would want to be doing stuff more like what you'd seen on TV, wouldn't they?

In that sense, The Good Guys is cop wish fulfillment. An action-comedy cross between Burn Notice and Reno 911 that would really like to be a 70s show like Starsky and Hutch, it sees Colin Hanks (son of Tom) and Bradley Whitford (Josh from The West Wing) playing a pair of Dallas property crime detectives, who no matter what they investigate, whether it's a rock being thrown through a window or a burglary, somehow manage to end up facing gunfire, international assassins and all the excitement the genre has to offer.

If only it were as funny as that sounds. Here's a trailer.

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June 10, 2010

Review: Hippolytus

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Charlotte Powell, Pamela Parry and Natasha Alderslade in Hippolytus

Where: White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4DJ
When: 18th May-13th June 2010, Tuesday-Saturday: 7:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm
How long: An hour and a half with no interval
How much: £13 (£10 concessions)
Tickets from: Ticket Web or 020 7793 9193 (leave a message with the number of tickets you wish to reseverve and on which date. They will only get back to you if there are no seats available.)

Hippolytus is a Greek tragedy by Euripedes, in case you didn't know. In it, the Greek goddess of love and lust, Aphrodite, is furious that Hippolytus rejects her in favour of a chaste existence and seeks bloody revenge, destroying everything and everyone around him. As spurned Greek goddesses called Aphrodite were/are want to do.

However, this production is based on a new translation by David Crook that "emulates the poetry of the Greek text using a modern language through which it engages the audience as Euripides’ play would have engaged its 5th Century BC Greek audience".

Is this true? Does it work? Well, only if you're in middle management or a big fan of Blake's 7.

Since we're all modern and webby, here's a video trailer of the production.

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June 7, 2010

Review: Doctor Who - 5x10 - Vincent and the Doctor

Posted on June 7, 2010 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Vincent and the Doctor

In the UK: Saturday 5th June, 6.40pm, BBC1/BBC HD
In the US: Saturday 19th June, 9/8c, BBC America

Have you been affected by any of the issues raised in Saturday's episode, such as life imitating art imitating life, giant space chickens following you, the memory of your ex- being wiped, or Athlete?

If so, you can either call the BBC or you can come talk about it in a supportive environment - full of spoilers - after the jump.

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