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June 28, 2010

Review: Doctor Who - 5x13 - The Big Bang

Posted on June 28, 2010 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

River Song in The Big Bang

In the UK: Saturday 26th June, 6.05pm, BBC1/BBC HD
In the US: Saturday 10th July, 9/8c, BBC America

Damn him. My 'obviously' guy was 90% right!

Spoilers, a review of the episode and a review of the series after the jump.

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June 25, 2010

Lost Gems: The Green Hornet (1966)

Posted on June 25, 2010 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

The Green Hornet

Back in the 60s when Batman was at the height of its popularity, the ABC network looked around for a similar superhero show to cash in on Batman's success. They hit upon an old radio programme, The Green Hornet, about newspaper proprietor Britt Reid who pretends to be the eponymous masked criminal so that he can stop actual criminals.

The producers soon cast Van Williams as Reid, but that was actually the least important bit of casting on the show. One notable aspect of the story format was that Reid was assisted in his fight against crime by his Asian man-servant, Kato. The producers looked far and wide before eventually landing upon a little known Hong Kong movie star for the coveted role.

That star was Bruce Lee.

As a result of that casting, The Green Hornet became possibly the only show in history where nobody really gave a toss about the lead character. The only character anyone was interested in was Kato, thanks to Bruce Lee's incredible martial arts prowess. In Hong Kong, The Green Hornet was actually called The Kato Show.

Unfortunately, it was a short-lived show, lasting only a season. The fact that rather than camp and cheesy, the producers opted for straight-laced probably didn't help, but having a dull lead character really didn't help either.

Nevertheless, The Green Hornet's legacy lives on. Chinese martial artist Jet Li (best known here from Lethal Weapon 4) did more or less an entire film in the Kato costume, and Kill Bill Volume 1's massed fight scene sees "the Crazy 88" all wearing Kato masks. And in 2011, Seth Rogen (Knocked Up) and Asian martial arts star Jay Chou will be starring in a movie version of The Green Hornet.

Here then, for your delectation is the weird old title sequence of The Green Hornet, a clip of the show's most famous fight scene, followed by an absolute treat - Bruce Lee's original screentest for the show, which shows you simply how impressive a man he was.

June 24, 2010

Review: The Gates 1x1

Posted on June 24, 2010 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

The Gates

In the US: Sundays, 10/9c, ABC

'Gated communities' are a largely US phenomenon that haven't quite caught on over here yet. The idea is to build a whole load of houses and 'McMansions', together with shops, schools and other important facilities in a nice area away from not-so-nice areas - then stick a great big fence round it. The aim is to stop bad people turning up, stealing things, killing people and so on, by keeping them out of the community altogether.

There's an obvious flaw in this plan: what if the evil's already inside the community? What are they going to do then to protect themselves against the witches, vampires and werewolves then, huh?

Yes, you read that right: witches, vampires and werewolves. Oh, but hang on, turns out that maybe the witches, vampires and werewolves might create their own gated community to keep the humans out. Because, you know, monsters have issues, too.

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