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October 23, 2006

Review: Torchwood 1x1-1x2

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Torchwood

In the UK: Sundays, 10pm, BBC3. Then repeated on BBC2 on Wednesdays at 9pm and every cowing day of the week on BBC3.
In the US: Might be a bit too wild for the SciFi channel, but could potentially go out on BBC America or something else “open to experimentation”

So here it is. The first full-blown spin-off from Doctor Who. Like Bod, it's been ambling amiably towards us for the best part of a year, with frequent references to it throughout the second series of Who. Now it's arrived, has it been worth the wait?

Yes. I think.

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October 11, 2006

Third-episode verdict: Dexter

Posted on October 11, 2006 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Dexter

A slightly speedy third-episode verdict, I know, but that's the power of the preview for you. Anyway, to cut a long story short, after a very promising first episode, Dexter has gone on only to impress. Darkly comic yet scary, it really is a great show.

Michael C Hall is truly upsetting and outstanding as the apparently normal Dexter, and although the other members of the cast are more than acceptable, it's on Hall's shoulders that the entire show rests. He's more than up to the task

It would have been easy for the show's producers to create a show that watered down the motivations of the average serial killer to create a nearly loveable anti-hero, but although Dexter does indeed only pick on bad people, at no point do you feel like you're being asked to root for Dexter or to feel much sympathy for him.

So catch it if you can: it's on Showtime on Sundays in the US, and will be on FX in the UK next year.

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October 5, 2006

Review: The Outsiders

Posted on October 5, 2006 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

The Outsiders

In the UK: Tuesday, ITV1, 9pm or something. Ask my PVR.
In the US: For the sake of our national pride, no other country must be allowed to see this programme.

Ah if only all comedies were as funny as The Outsiders. What a shame The Outsiders, starring former EastEnder Nigel Harman, was supposed to be serious: an exciting escapist action drama in the same vein as The Avengers, Mission: Impossible, and Spooks. The kind of show where the Vatican has a secret police force.

Problematically though, everything about The Outsiders seemed calculated to insult the intelligence of everything larger than a single-celled organism, much like the majority of ITV1 shows.

It wasn't so much the plot that was the problem – I've seen far, far worse, although this really had some choice scrapings from the bottom of the cliché barrel. The story, in fact, was very much a rip-off of Alias's Rambaldi plotline, which also featured shadowy organisations trying to find the secret of eternal youth by locating the work of Renaissance artists; there were even frequent trips to continental European nightclubs to avoid the authorities, a trick much beloved of Sidney Bristow. But like all British attempts to do US-style dramas, it was embarrassing in the exact same way as watching someone's dad trying out a particularly tight pair of leather trousers at a local disco.

No, the biggest crime against humanity committed by The Outsiders was the dialogue.

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