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June 26, 2007

Third-episode verdict: John from Cincinnati

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John From Cincinnati Carusometer2 Partial Imaginary Carusometer

Well, it's time to pass a third-episode verdict on John from Cincinnati, I reckon. I could hold out until episode five, because everything's a bit murky still, but I don't think there'll be much point: the verdict will be the same.

You see the trouble is, it's completely mental. Seriously mental. Not since Twin Peaks has there been such a surreal mind-f*ck of a show. Even obviously kooky shows like Northern Exposure can't hold a candle to the insanity that is John from Cincinnati.

We've had hotels haunted by terrifying ghosts that we can't see. We have drug-dealers who listen to opera. We have people who speak like they're in Lord of the Rings. We've had the kiss of an incontinent parakeet heal the wounded and bring the dead back to life. And, of course, in the first episode, we had levitating surfers.

Then there's John, around whom all these strange events occur. It's becoming increasingly clear that John is not from Cincinnati, but is in fact either John (the Baptist) or God Himself. John says the end is near and his pronouncements seem to change reality. He also doesn't need to go to the toilet. In fact, he doesn't know how.

You see? Mental.

All these odd events – and sterling dialogue that actors just like to eat up – keep us going through an otherwise not desperately exciting tale of washed out surfers and a dysfunctional family living in California. What the grand design is, I don't know. I'm hoping there is one, so I'm sticking with it.

Fortunately, the Carusometer knows how to deal with such mental programmes, because it has a hidden z-axis.

The Medium Is Not Enough has great pleasure in declaring John From Cincinnati a 2i or Partial Imaginary Caruso on The Carusometer quality scale. A Partial Imaginary Caruso corresponds to “a show in which David Caruso might cameo as Wayland, the Saxon god of the smithy. Eight feet tall, he will walk through the ancient city of Marrakesh, reading out the instruction manual for a Krups coffee maker in the lost language of the Etruscans. Before him will walk and crawl and fly every manner of bird and beast that dwells upon the face of the Earth, singing the collected works of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. The show will be cancelled after a season”.

June 24, 2007

Review: Doctor Who - 3x12 - The Sound of Drums

Posted on June 24, 2007 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

The Sound of Drums

I think it's fair to say that season three of New Who has been the most old-school friendly. Right now, we're in the middle of an old school six-parter with things looking bad for the Doctor as his old enemy the Master gets the upper hand.

Let's party like it's 1972!

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June 21, 2007

Doctor Who: A potted eighth Doctor guide

Posted on June 21, 2007 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Paul McGann as the Eighth DoctorWell, Poly asked for it so here's the definite but brief guide to the televised/audioised adventures of the Eighth Doctor. Basically, the TV movie and the Big Finish stories. I'm steering clear of novels, web animations, et al.

I'll try to keep the reviews very brief, and hopefully you'll all benefit from knowing the peaks and troughs of the first and only Scouse Doctor Who's adventures.

I'll start off with the TV movie as an example: don't bother unless you watch it with the sound down, you're drunk, you just want to see Sylvestor McCoy shot or you want to watch fanboys froth as they try to explain how the Doctor is/isn't half-human.

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