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March 6, 2008

Torchwood 2x8 - A Day in the Death

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 Torchwood - A Day In The Death

It's odd the way a writer's career can leave a permanent imprint on their style. Take Russell T Davies. Not a trace of soap opera in his style, is there?

Oh wait…

Joseph Lidster is already quite a well known Who writer. He's done a number of Big Finish plays, as well as Torchwood fan fics original licensed novels. 

Take a look at the average Big Finish play - Doctor or assistant bumps into random mortal at some point and starts blurbing their life story and deepest feelings to them.

Lo-and-behold, Joe Lidster's first Torchwood episode turned out to be pretty much a Big Finish play in disguise.

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March 5, 2008

Season finale: Terminator - The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Posted on March 5, 2008 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Kyle and Derek playing baseball 

The thing about the writers' strike is that shows are ending before their naturally allotted time.

Sometimes, the show runners prepared for it and the series ended on a relative high (for example, Heroes).

Sometimes, the show runners were unprepared for it and the series just stopped (for example, Las Vegas, Bionic Woman), although that usually coincided with the series being cancelled (cf Las Vegas, Bionic Woman).

And sometimes the show runners were prepared for it and the show tried to go out on a high, but failed. I'm thinking of Terminator - The Sarah Connor Chronicles here.

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February 29, 2008

Review: Ashes to Ashes 1x4

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Ashes to Ashes episode 4 

How'd that happen? I wasn't intending to do episode by episode reviews of Ashes to Ashes, but here I am, reviewing it. Probably won't happen next week, but who knows?

New theory, boys and girls. Forget Life on Mars. This isn't Life on Mars in the 80s. This isn't an attempt to look at changes in policing over the last couple of decades as I thought yesterday - or if it is, it's a bad one. This is an attempt to do an episode by episode pastiche of individual crime shows of the 80s.

Life on Mars only had The Sweeney (and maybe Special Branch) to have a go at, and was all about changes in procedure and attitude. Ashes to Ashes is all about a TV-addicted woman who wants to be in an 80s detective show, probably Moonlighting

Help me with this theory since it's on slightly shaky ground. These are the shows I think Ashes to Ashes has been sending up so far

Episode 1: The A-Team, Miami Vice or at the outside Riptide
Episode 2: Anyone?
Episode 3: Prime Suspect I (which was 1991 admittedly)
Episode 4: Edge of Darkness

I've come to this conclusion because last night's episode was the biggest homage to Edge of Darkness that the world has yet seen.

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