Love this show, albeit I’ve probably come to the party a bit late. Imagine you’re on a train platform and you see a doppelganger of yourself, but before you can speak to them they throw themselves under a train. You pick up the bag they’ve left behind, in order to find out who they are. You discover they are considerably richer than you, and so you adopt their identity… only to take on all the problems in their life too. It’s too late to back out, cos a bunch of baddies are now after you and simply not gonna believed your farfetched take of identity swapping. And then you find out you have other doppelgangers! That’s the scenario of Orphan Black, a very clever scifi fantasy series. Each episode is beautifully crafted and all the characters are so well rounded that you care for all of them, even when they are in conflict with each other. A sensational watch! 9.5 out of 10… I’m not giving 10 out of 10 in case series 2 is even better.
- Star Trek Beyond is visually impressive but doesn’t give us anything we haven’t already seen in other ST movies.
- It feels like an overly long TV episode rather than a proper movie. Why? Because the story is a scenario (we’re marooned on a moon and have to find a way off) rather than an actual plot.
- There is some nice humour, but sometimes the humour is soooo tired (especially between Spock and Bones, when it’s like they’ve lifted lines from the original ST series).
- There are serious holes in the storyline, which makes it all a bit of a frustrating watch. For example, the level of technology the baddie has is so high that he really shouldn’t have any need to try and get hold of the ancient weapon of Antioch. Our heroes are bimbling thru the forest and then come to a cave which shows evidence that the weapon originated there – very convenient or just WTF? Cos the cave really doesn’t then reveal anything else. The viewer is like…eh? So?
- The message of the film seems to be lifted straight from an Obama speech: ‘We’re stronger together.’ And they bang on and on about unity until you’re screaming at the screen for them just to shut up and die.
- The title theme to the movie is ‘I hit a wall’. I know how the scriptwriters felt.
- Although there are enjoyable moments in the movie, I really can’t justify giving it more than 6 out of 10. Do better next time, please.
Surely the televisual event of the year. The BBC have a monster hit on their hands with the rebooted Robot Wars format. Technology has really advanced since the early series of this show. There is now something called Hardox (Hardened Steel) which is tougher titanium. Motors are smaller and more powerful, etc. And all this means that the destructive power of the garden-shed built combatants is a thing to fear indeed. The plucky Dara O’Briain presenting literally had to duck for cover as a six-inch piece of flying metal embedded itself in the arena’s saftey walls. And the show format has been updated so that each robot gets a proper crack at qualifying but has to survive a good number of rounds to get through. Last night’s star was Carbide, which utterly dismantled this quite credible machine called Nuts. None of that is a spoiler – knowing the outcome cannot dent your enjoyment. If you haven’t seen it yet, you simply must check out BBCi, cos this thing is bigger than Pokemon Go. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p03h7rmg/robot-wars-episode-1
So I’m now announcing that the follow-up to the troll-infested Book of Orm is an actual thing and gonna be released around Dec 2016 or Jan 2017. It’s called the Book of Angels, and contains a good number of the universe’s secrets. I’ve got 7 stories in the collection, and there’s also a tale each from Matt White (doing a follow-up to his tale in the first book), Sammy HK Smith (of Kristell Ink fame), Andrew Coulthard (of Eibonvale Press fame), Caimh McDonnell (famous stand-up comedian) and Mike Bowman (soon to be famous too). Please, please, please, if you haven’t yet done so, go pick up a copy of Orm to aid the cause (and to keep the trolls well supplied with goat-meat)!
The first hour of the new Ghostbusters is funny. Really funny. There are some spooky moments. There is good characterisation and plenty of clever intertextuality. Themes of friendship and desire are set up… and then promptly disappear in the second half (which is a mish-mash of poorly designed battles and special FX). This film has clearly been re-written (over and over) and tinkered with by those who think a big bang is more important than old-fashioned coherence and well constructed moral dilemmas. The tempo really flags and the lack of meaning of the end really sees the viewer switch off. So it’s far from a perfect movie. Is it worth seeing? Just about. However, for my money it’s not as good as the original – and the cameos of the original cast are ‘awkward’. Score from me: 7 out of 10. Maybe wait for Star Trek Beyond instead.
I’m submitting Empire of the Saviours and a thesis on the sub-genres of fantasy to Huddersfield University, init. May as well. I’ll be a Doctor of Metaphysical Fantasy, or some such! The worst part was the References/Bibliography section – more than five pages. So flaming fiddly and finickety.
– For too long my kind has been misunderstood and shunned, simply because we are different from you (also you’re probably a little bit scared of us, which is as it should be!).
– For too long our name has been taken in vain and used to describe those who are rude and cowardly (it’s mainly the cowardly bit we have an issue with here)!
– For too long you have misrepresented us. We do NOT eat humans (well, not much anyway). And our hygiene is just as good as the cows and goats with which you consort. Yet you never invite us to any of your parties.
This mistreatment must end. It MUST. It makes many trolls so angry that they lose control of their tempers and go on a rampage, but that is YOUR fault.
I appeal to you therefore to get ejukatid about us trolls. Do the following things at once:
1. Choose a human who can read and have them obtain a copy of our sacred text The Book of Orm.
2. Then make them (maybe entice them with goat meat) begin to spread the word about how nice trolls are, and how all humans (even the less tasty ones) should stop avoiding us. They can spread the word by writing a review on amazon if they don’t have war drums they can play.
3. Then force them (maybe entice them with even more goat meat, especially if you can get hold those dispicable Billy Goats Gruff) to choose another person who can read so that they too can obtain a copy of The Book of Orm.
4. Send this message to other humans – cos all these words took a lot of effort and have given me a headache.
You must do this as otherwise the trolls will get angry and start rampaging, and that will be your fault, puny human!