As suspected, the British Spies season seems to end on Tuesday 5th with the final episode of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Either that or the very BBC4-sounding Meetings with Remarkable Trees has a very deceptive title.
‘Clive’ from the Beeb’s press office still hasn’t got back to me to confirm this though. This isn’t wholly surprising. If you’ve never dealt with PR people, you probably won’t be aware of this, but “I’ll get back to you with that information” or “I’ll email it through to you” is pretty much code for “You will never see or hear from me again. You will not will be able to find me. I do not exist. I am Jason Bourne. I am a ghost.” Clive probably isn’t even his real name.
Which is ironic for a spies season, isn’t it?
We’re starting a new thing here today: the ‘Fall premiere’ reviews. Often, producers will decide to tinker with a returning series over the summer break. They’ll tweak the format, kill off old characters, bring in new characters and do all sorts of things to the show. The problem is that typically, not all of these changes are for the good. So is the show returning in the fall (aka ‘the autumn’ aka ‘2007 by the time the UK networks have got round to broadcasting them’) the same show but better, or the show in name only?
These spoiler-free reviews will let you know whether to brace yourself or get excited. I hope.
Let’s start with Prison Break.
Old Who fans: if you haven’t been listening to Big Finish’s ‘Gallifrey’ series, you won’t have heard Colin Baker’s uncredited cameo in Appropriation. No, he’s not the Doctor – he’s Commander Maxil. Amusing, non?
Just a quick poll for regular readers: I know I said I wouldn’t mention or review the Big Finish stuff in this blog, but would anyone want me to? And is there anything else you’d like to see more – or less – coverage of?
Here’s a quick thought experiment for you. The moon comes out at night, right? When we see it, we know that bedtime is coming soon. Beautiful, blissful sleep. But if there were three moons, would we be three times sleepier?
This particular experiment doesn’t need to be a thought experiment any more. The practical version is here: Three Moons Over Milford. The results?
Having three moons in the sky would make us all absolutely soporific. We’d fall into a deep, deep coma in just a few minutes.
Three Moons Over Milford: don’t watch it while operating heavy machinery.