Posted on March 21, 2008 | |
There are two things you can rely on in life:
- The BBC messing around with its schedules. Gits. As Stu_N points out elsewhere, it looks like they're clearing the decks for an April 5th start to series four of Doctor Who, so that means accelerating the broadcast of Torchwood. So BBC3's showing episode 12 tonight and the finale's next Friday, with a similar BBC2 schedule, which screws up my carefully planned out schedule. So screw it, I'll review them as they come out on BBC3. There's always the iPlayer if you haven't got Freeview.
- Chris Chibnall. Occasionally, he might produce something that's acceptable, providing he sticks within his limits. But when he tries to show range (why, Chris? You're off to do Law and Order: London. You're going to be doing the same script, every episode, for the next 15 years, if you're lucky), he produces something absurdly bad, like Adrift.
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Posted on March 20, 2008 | |
Oh bugger. And they were doing so well. Okay, last week's was a bit arse, although fine as comedy. But this week's was a bit dull really and just a touch silly.
Which is odd, because it was a PJ Hammond script. I remember coming out of last year's PJ Hammond episode wondering how they managed to balls up what should have been a classic and it's happened again.
I've worked it out though. I know what's wrong.
They haven't got Shaun O'Riordan.
Continue reading "Review: Torchwood 2x10 - From Out of the Rain"
Posted on March 17, 2008 | |
There's a saying that “technology begets technology”.
I know this because I made it up a minute ago.
I used to have a 21“ 4:3 TV that I bought ex-rental from Rumbelows for £50. Then, six months later, I bought a DVD player from Woolworths for the princely sum of £150 (oh the extravagance). Being a purist, I insisted on watching movies on it in letterbox format rather than 4:3.
It looked rubbish. So I had to go out and buy myself a 28” widescreen set from Matsui (aka Dixons own brand). As I said, technology begets technology.
This lasted me all of nine years before keeling over and dying in January. So I bought myself a replacement - an HD-capable Sony Bravia 26“ LCD tele. This has a really nice picture when dealing with digital sources connected using an HDMI cable (eg my Apple TV, particularly now I've set it to 1080i 50Hz rather than 720); it has a reasonably fuzzy/crap picture with analogue sources (ie anything that uses a SCART cable such as a standard DVD player or a Sky box).
My DVD player keeled over and died on Friday: Davina McCall and the T1000 are to blame. I managed to fix it once, through the manly use of screwdrivers and ”shaking it a bit“, but that little Alba DVD player wasn't coming back from the dead for a second time. Bang goes £17.99 worth of electronics from Sainsbury's straight into the pink ”small household electrical appliances“ recycling bin at Makro on the Greenwich Peninsula.
We therefore had a few choices
- Go without a DVD player.
- Buy an equally cheap DVD player from Sainsbury's or Argos.
- Buy a colossally expensive Blu-ray player
- Buy a colossally expensive HD-DVD player
- Buy a £50 DVD player with HD-upres capabilities
Which would you have picked?
- What are you? Amish?
- A reasonable conclusion that would condemn you to another year of slightly fuzzy DVD playback
- Interesting call, rich early adopter. They'll be £100 cheaper in a year and the disks are still nearly £30 each. I can wait
- Ha ha ha! I've got a Betamax I can sell you if you want
- Correct. Technology begets technology and if you have an HD set, you need a DVD player that can upgrade the DVD picture to HD quality.
So we headed off to Argos and bought ourselves a Philips DVP 5960 and HDMI cable for £7 (see what I meant about Curry's overpricing?). Here's our experience so far
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