Posted on February 7, 2008 | |
Last week, I mocked Helen Raynor as being a fun-bereft, tedious, issue-loving, “save the whale” kind of a woman. I had no evidence for this. I was probably being very unfair.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that the next episode, by last season's stalwart of quality Catherine Tregenna, would literally be a “save the whale” episode. Okay, “save the space whale”. Either I'm immensely perceptive and intuitive (unlikely) or the universe likes to have little jokes with itself. Who knew the universe read my blog, though?
Seeing as I'm on a roll with the unfair stereotypes, I'll give them another go this week.
Now Torchwood might well be set in Cardiff, be brim-full of Welsh actors and be made by BBC Wales, but apart from Rusty's initial quips about CSI: Cardiff and kebabs in the first episode, there's not really been much that's Welsh about it.
Last night's episode, however, was very Welsh. Apart from the Welsh flag in the back of Rhys' van (which all self-respecting Welsh people have with them at all times. I live in SE London and I can spot the other Welsh contingent on my estate from 200 metres away, since they're flying not one but three flags, two of them indoors) and the 120dB domestics (cf Wind Street in Swansea of a Friday night), we had the very essence of Wales summed in the plot: what would happen if an alien animal landed in Cardiff? Would the Welsh greet it cordially? Would they bomb it? Would they conduct evil experiments on it?
No. They'd turn it into a pasty.
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Posted on February 4, 2008 | |
Ah, ITV. How dearly it loves to imitate the Beeb. That goes right down to the scheduling, including messing around with the timings of its Saturday night shows. How many times am I going to have to use the mighty power of the Internet to catch up with Primeval because I've missed the first 15 minutes again?
Anyway, it must be fabulous being a professor of “dinosaurs and things” in the brave new world of Primeval. You get to run around with a sub-machine gun with an ever-lasting supply of bullets, shooting at stuff. You get to look at dead animals and rather than say “my, I've not seen something like this in the fossil record before. There are so many marvellous new discoveries coming out of the Gansu Province of China these days, aren't there?”, you can firmly pronounce them the future of shark evolution without the slightest shred of evidence. You get to act like a dopey teenager around the ladies. And you never, ever have to use a comb.
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Posted on February 2, 2008 | |
In the US: Thursdays, 9/8c, ABC
In the UK: Sundays, 9pm, Sky One. Starts tomorrow
Characters re-cast: 0
Major characters gotten rid of: -1
Major new characters: 2
Format change percentage: 10%
It's been a while since the format-busting finale of season three of Lost. With the exciting addition of flash-forwards, no longer were we in the dark about whether our hapless Oceanic survivors ever get off the island or not: yep, they get off but they're not happy.
Despite the wait, with help at hand - or is it? - we pick up right where we left off with the new season.
Hands up anyone who thought we were going to get any more answers this episode.
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