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June 15, 2009

What the third volume of Heroes might have looked like

Posted on June 15, 2009 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Micah and Monica in a scene shot for Heroes

Cast your mind back a year or so, and you'll remember there was a stonking big writers' strike in the US. That stopped a whole load of shows from completing their run. Heroes, in particular, had to truncate a whole storyline, in which the Shanti virus would have escaped – rather than be destroyed by Peter in episode 11 – which is originally why Nathan would have keeled over during that press conference, rather than because future-Peter shot him. 

The rest of season two would have consisted of two Volumes: Exodus, rather than Villains, and Fugitives, so I'm not sure whether Volume two would have ended at episode 11 or episode 13, as you might have expected. However, they did film some scenes for episode 13, which potentially could have been the first episode of Volume 3. And here's one of them.

I'm not sure exactly where this would have appeared in the scheme of things. While there are arguments to be made about actor availability, sets, etc, it's clear that the following scene was important enough to be a priority shoot. It might even have been the lead-in to Volume 3. 

Although most of the scene did get used in Volume 3, it's interesting to see what the footage hints at in terms of the original direction of the Volume. Is that Jessica or Tracy who seems to be the leader of the baddies – was Niki/Jessica going to survive Volume 2 originally and be the Arthur Petrelli of Volume 3 or was Tracy intended to be a baddie originally? What was the storyline planned for Micah and Monica, who presumably might only have been around as long as Niki was?

Whatever, to me it looks like rather than being the creative uplift the writers claimed, the writers strike did in fact set the show moving in a bad direction as the writers tried to top what they'd already worked out. The Volume 3 hinted at here would have been a whole lot better than the one we ended up getting, even if you can see that quite a few elements of it survived and they weren't that good (eg Sylar/Angela stuff).

Sigh. Still, at least we got back on track with Volume 4, and hopefully, Volume 5 is going to be a cracker now Bryan Fuller's back behind the scenes as a consultant producer.

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June 12, 2009

Review: That Mitchell and Webb Look 3x1

Posted on June 12, 2009 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

That Mitchell and Webb Look

In the UK: Thursdays, 10pm, BBC2

They're back. The ubiquitous Robert Webb and David Mitchell are back! Of course, being ubiquitous, it's not like they seem to have gone away, of course, but here they are, back again, with a new series of That Mitchell and Webb Look, which is - equally, of course - based on their radio show That Mitchell and Webb Sound.

When people say ubiquitous, they generally mean that in a bad way. But having Robert Webb and David Mitchell on just about every TV and radio programme on every TV channel imaginable - whether it's talking about poetry, dancing on Comic Relief, acting on Peep Show, appearing on game show panels or featuring in ads - is actually a good thing. Because they are very, very funny.

Most of the time.

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June 11, 2009

Review: Property Snakes & Ladders 1x1

Posted on June 11, 2009 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Property Snakes and Ladders

In the UK: Tuesdays, 8pm, C4

Hard to believe it, I know, but Property Ladder and everyone's favourite property developer, Sarah Beeny, have been with us for over eight years. With each series of the show, Beeny has regaled us with advice on how to make money from property, using the examples of regular people turned property developers to show us what to do – and more often what not to do.

Typically, the show would run as follows: Beeny turns up on the doorsteps of two developers. The developers tell Beeny what they intend to do. It's just plain awful, stupid or wrong, so Beeny gives them some better ideas. They still do what they intended to do. They cock up significantly, spending masses more money than they needed to. Then they relent, do as Beeny suggested, and hey presto, all's good with the world again. Then, at the end, despite the cock-ups and over-ambition, Beeny reveals that "thanks to a rising market", they still managed to make money.

Well, guess what. The rising market has gone. It has ceased to be.

So, you might ask, what's the point of Property Ladder? Can it survive in this climate?

The short answer is no. However, the long answer is yes, but only if it gets a name change.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you Property Snakes & Ladders.

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