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July 30, 2007

Review: Babylon 5 - The Lost Tales: Voices in the Dark

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Babylon 5 - The Lost Tales

Available from Amazon.com

Once a time, Babylon 5 was the bee's knees of sci-fi television. With a five-year arc full of surprises and effects entirely created using CGI for the first time, it was geared towards an adult audience from the outset. Even when Deep Space Nine upped its game, Babylon 5 still got the geek love.

Then things went wrong. Its five-year arc got compressed down to four years when it looked like the show wasn't going to be renewed. Then the show got renewed and a fifth year had to be grafted on. That season wasn't at all good and the love began to ebb away. The sequel show, Babylon 5: Crusade, got cancelled before the end of the first season and the follow-up pilot didn't even get commissioned for a series.

Ten years on, it's back as a straight-to-DVD movie, Voices in the Dark, which could be the first of many stories featuring the surviving members of the original cast. Can it recapture what it once had or has it finally had its day?

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July 30, 2007

Review: The Kill Point

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The Kill Point

In the US: Spike TV, Sundays, 9pm
In the UK: Not yet acquired

Spike TV is very much the FHM of TV stations. Babes and violence are much its calling, with adolescent boys its audience. It's tried to go up-market already, with the abysmal Blade: The Series. That didn't work out at all well.

Now it's trying again with a mini-series starring John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg. Leguizamo is an ex-soldier, who together with some of his former comrades in arms, decides to rob a bank. Wahlberg is the cop who has to deal with him when it goes wrong.

It's pretty much a by-the-book police action-thriller, with plenty of shooting, although it has a reasonably taut script thanks to James DeMonaco, writer of The Negotiator. And Leguizamo is very much a character in the same vein as Robert de Niro's Heat crim - all military efficiency and planning.

It's Wahlberg's character who's the odd, convention-defying one. He's a sub-editor gone mad. He's a kick-ass kind of guy, fed up with people's bad grammar and punctuation, and he isn't going to take it any more.

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July 30, 2007

Review: Saving Grace 1x1

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Saving Grace

In the US: Mondays, TNT, 10/9c
In the UK: Not yet acquired

I watch a lot of old tatt for you guys. I really do. Normally, I manage to sit through it all. Sometimes I can make it as far as five episodes into a piece of old rubbish before decreeing its awfulness, just to save you all from having to do the same.

The last time I couldn't make it through an entire episode of something was Angela's Eyes, almost exactly a year ago. I lasted less than a minute with that one.

I lasted 16 minutes of Saving Grace before I decided enough was enough and I couldn't take any more. What was wrong with it?

It was offensive. It was really, really offensive.

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