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January 28, 2008

Review: Primeval 2x3

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The third episode of the second series of Primeval

It's episode three in the exciting world of Primeval. Since we're at the halfway point, more or less, that means (fanfare and trumpet) it's time for a plot filler episode. Woo hoo.

This week we're faced with a terrible hydra. Not an actual one. Don't be silly. They're made up (apart from those tiny ones, of course), unlike dinosaurs which were merely God's mistakes. 

No, I'm talking about a metaphorical hydra with more than a few plot heads and whose bites are terrible. 

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January 24, 2008

Review: Breaking Bad 1x1

Posted on January 24, 2008 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Breaking Bad

In the US: Sundays, AMC, 10pm/9c
In the UK: Not yet acquired

Brace yourself. In just five paragraphs' time, I'm going to be using the word Chekovian.


Okay, science geeks. Who here among us has never considered using their terrible knowledge for evil instead of good? Come on, fess up. You know you want to.

Only me, hey? Oh well... Woo ha ha.

Nevertheless, as you can probably tell from films like Revenge of the Nerds and Falling Down, there's a whole lot of rage pent up in the nerdlier parts of the US population. And here's comes a TV show from Vince Gilligan, former producer of The X-Files, about a high school chemistry teacher who decides to get rich by making crystal meth.

At this point, you might be tempted to switch off the show or not even tune in. But I think that would be a mistake.

For one thing, while it's by no means an easy show - in many ways it could be described as Chekovian - it is darkly comic in multiple joyous ways.

But secondly, it's from AMC. This is the channel's second scripted drama series, the first being Mad Men and you know how good that is.*

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January 24, 2008

Review: Torchwood 2x2 - Sleeper

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Torchwood - Season 2, Episode 2 - Sleeper
My wife: Torchwood's a bit rubbish, isn't it?
Me: Yes
My wife: Can we keep watching it?

From a conversation with my wife this morning

Oh dear. And it was going so well. Pretty well, anyway. Okay, it was a little nonsensical at first and the acting could have been outshone by any of Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion creations from Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. But it was fun, well-directed, reasonably intelligent and raised some interesting ideas.

For half an hour.

Then it turned into an old episode of UFO.

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