US TV

Review: Lost 4×1

Lance Reddick in Lost

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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UK TV

Review: Derren Brown – The System

In the UK: Friday 1st February, Channel 4, 9pm
In the US: Maybe SciFi since they seem to like him

Of late, Derren Brown has become less of a magician and more of a de-bunker. If you’ve read Tricks of the Mind, you’ll know he spends a good proportion of it debunking psychics, astrologers and others, while Derren Brown: Séance did more or less the same thing on a much larger scale, as did his stage show.

Which is nice. He’s becoming The Amazing Randi for a new generation of idiots viewers and probably a more effective one.

Now, he’s turned his attention to homeopathy et al. How did he try to point out the flaws in people’s thinking? By developing a system that he said would successfully predict the results of six horse races – then getting a poor single mum to bet all her money on the final race.

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