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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 20:41 by David

So in the end did it all...END?

Did all of of the attempts to avert Armageddon ultimately prove fruitless?

I'm not telling.

Someone who IS telling is Agnes Nutter. Her ancient predictions may be badly spelled, and a bit obscure, but they're bang on (a suitable phrase for Anathema and Newton). Her predictions have now directed several characters to Lower Tadfield for the final confrontation. 

There are others whose directions are a little more Infernal.

Now back down to the four original Horse-biker-men-woman of the Apocalypse, Death,War,Famine and Pollution are trying to trigger World War Three. 

This involves getting access to a US airbase to start the Nuclear countdown. Everyone else is not looking forward to becoming charcoal...

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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 20:33 by David

You know it's getting bad when the Forces of Darkness have taken over Radio 4. I mean Radio 1 being Infernal is pretty much a given, but Radio 4!

Crowley can go nowhere now, his masters are now onto him, but he knows where to go. 

Tadfield.

And as for Aziraphale, he's been banished by the smiting finger of Sergeant Shadwell, so  Crowley must rush to his destination alone.

Well, not alone.

Armaggedon requires certain things. Four things. Horsemen. Well not horses, and not all men.

Things have changed a bit and horses are now horsepower, War is a woman, and although there are definitely four, their fame preceeds them and they acquire some hangers on.

They are all headed for Tadfield, which is now cut off by road due to rains of...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:33 by David

The preamble is coming to an end.

Along with everything else.

We're now only a few hours away from the big supernatural punch up. 

The characters are on a collision course for Lower Tadfield. Newton Pulsifer, Witchfinder Private has arrived in a very wrecked car and is taken to Anathema Device by Adam and pals, a not entirely unexpected event. 

Deprived of the actual book of predictions, Anathema has a handy card index of summaries, annotated and cross referenced, a sort of cardboard Wikipedia (Wikipredictia?). 

Newton's arrival is anticipated, and it transpires that the cards reveal the connections of the modern day witch and witchfinder and their respective ancestors. It also reveals what they are supposed to do next. 

In...

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 18:46 by David

Secondary characters to the fore for this episode.

Sergeant Shadwell's Witchfinder Army (both of them) are commissioned by both Mr A and Mr C to hunt suspicious characters in Tadfield, home of Adam Young and his gang.  While kitting out Newton with his Witchfinding kit we get a reminisce back to the Witchfinder Army's only failure...

Agnes Nutter. Actual witch. Actually able to predict the future . Not a good idea to try and surprise her then....oh no...

Speaking of Agnes Nutter, Josie Lawrence's accent seems to be moving up North. She started in Birmingham in week one and is now in Yorkshire. By the end of this series I hope you've all passed your advanced Norwegian language courses or this could get confusing...

Agnes' book of predictions has fallen...

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 18:42 by David

So you've lost your Antichrist, what do you do ?

Go looking I suppose.

And that's exactly what Crowley and Aziraphale do. But where to start...?

Well to ACTUALLY start this episode we have recruitment into the Witchfinder Army, and (Peter Serafinowicz please take note), a MORE than pitch perfect introduction of the Witchfinder recruiter in Clive Russell. The word BONKERS looms up, trips you over and performs a jig in your chest. 

Then something that I hate everytime I hear it on a radio program, the recap speech added into the dialogue. There must be a better way of doing this , how about a "Previously on ..." pre-credits, or a small narration at the start . I know its for those that haven't heard it before, but you don't get it in books just in case...

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 17:37 by David

It's been a while since I read this book from Messrs Pratchett and Gaiman.

Years in fact, so the details are hazy. That should help me treat this as a nice surprise for the Xmas season (as you can see I started this episode review ages ago but didn't get around to finishing it until the New Year).

So, in the beginning we have 'In the BEGINNING', Garden Of Eden, Angels, Demons and the Fall.All that malarkey.

The two main protagonists are introduced as Crawley and Aziraphale, Demon and Angel buddies, who are embroiled in mankinds' exit into the big bad world. They spend the next few thousand years going native and getting comfortable. It's a fine life being supernatural in the world of men.Living and LIVING (although within the bounds set by their respective bosses...

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Monday, November 24, 2014 - 21:27 by David

And so to the end of the series.

As with Series 1, we end with a review for Uljabaan. 

Unlike last year however, this time he's not looking to impress. Quite the reverse. He's had enough of his lousy posting and he wants out. Lucy has finally put a spanner in his works, or rather chewing gum in his matter manipulator, it apparently amounts to the same thing. 

So after being forced to clean his equipment himself to avoid only being able to replicate 1980's rom-coms, he decides that this invasion is beneath his dignity and decides to con his superiors into believing that Earth is more militarily advanced than the Geonin believed, so it would be better to call the whole thing off. 

Lucy and Katrina, happy at last, finally get to dial up the...

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Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 08:45 by David

This one was a test . Literally.

It’s a given that this series is not trying to amp up the Sci-Fi elements, which is a shame because that’s where some of its best strengths lie. Oh, and it’s also the reason that I’m listening to it. 

This week,the geekiness is scaled down and use only as a framer for what is essentially a rather dull plot around Lucy passing her “A” levels. 

After being warned by the Alexander parents that Lucy is wasting too much time on the Resistance, Katrina resolves to get Lucy through her exams.Since formal education is impossible through the usual channels, it’s off to Uljabaan to beg for resources. He’s contemptuous of this, A challenge ensues,and the rest of the episode is really thrown away as a series of clearly unsuitable...

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Friday, November 14, 2014 - 07:32 by David

Captain Kirk had it easy.

Every other week, a newly found ancient civilisation being run by a God-like mysterious force that turned out to be an advanced computer. 

One quick mind-meld later and a bit of gobbledygook from Kirk (broken gobbledygook, delivered to. The Computer..with. Punctua...tion. In.Lots of.Strange. Places), and the machine would have a silicon meltdown, and it would be back to the Enterprise for the Captain in time for a tribble sandwich and a quick round of sexually harassing the female members of the crew.

But that was a simpler time, and we all know with experience that feeding garbage into a computer won't make it blow up, but it will probably get you into a fight on an a website comments section.

But what if your computer is a...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 20:19 by David

This one might make you have a little doubt next time you ask or get asked to get a loyalty card stamped.

In this case the loyalty card in question is to the alien invaders, with a stamp on the card for collaborating obtained by ratting on the resistance who have kidnapped one of the minions and are holding it in a shed on the park.

That's going to make a few people think twice when they ask for a stamp after ordering their , Skinny-Decaf-Grande-Frappachino.

To be fair though, it's not as if regularly ordering a coffee from a specific organization is pledging your allegiance to an evil globe-spanning institution hell-bent on controlling us all...

In this case the collaborator in question had built up enough stamps to be able to ask for whatever they want...

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