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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 20:37 by David

Flying cars, superheroes, gods, invisible Sky-borne aircraft carriers.  Agents Of SHIELD often skirts the fantastic, stretching the boundaries of the possible to breaking point. Within minutes of this episode, the boundaries are broken, jumped on and set fire to.


It is the mundane that fails it here...


Arch-Dick Lance Hunter is schmoozing a female mark on the beachfront,...

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 21:21 by Spindles

I know I said that Beth didn't really have much of a character last season, but there really wasn't any need to devote an entire episode to her. Because, as it turns out, she still doesn't have much of a character. But, for the sake of completeness, here's my recap of Beth's story.

It looks like we're back at the beginning. Rick's beginning anyway. I'm fairly sure this is the same hospital where Mr Grimes started the whole thing off five seasons ago. We're introduced to a bunch of potential red shirts. Head of the gang of hors d'oeuvres is the incredibly creepy Janis from FlashForward who has obviously been demoted from the FBI to a simple cop/sheriff. I wonder momentarily whether they are Rick's colleagues, but then realise that I don't actually care. They are pretty much...

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 20:40 by Spindles

It finally arrived. We've been waiting for what seems like an eternity to see whether the small screen adaptation lives up to the pure awesomeness that existed between the covers of the much revered Hellblazer series, which ran for an epic 300 issues between 1988 and 2013. 

This version sees John brought bang up to date with a contemporary setting, although the storyline comes straight out of the very early issues of the comic. As a long time fan of the comic I was more than happy that they seem to be winding up to deal with the whole Newcastle/Astra/Zed/Nergal plotline from the off. Although a lot of it has been toned down for the TV audience it still looks pretty promising.

There are more than a few nods to the comic book audience with easter eggs such as Doc...

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 22:41 by Yumster

That’s more like it! This episode sees a welcome change from the last three episode, as well as a great crossover from the Arrow in the form of Felicity.

While doing some tests at the lab two inept security drivers transporting a diamond manage to get robbed. The team hear about it in time for Barry to investigate and save the day. Leonard Snart is the would-be perpetrator, and Barry manages to get a good look at him.

The actor plays the part very well, with no hint of over acting. He does cold and calculating very well. Throughout the episode we see him turn into ‘Captain Cold’.  This is done plausibly, with the help of a gun procured from the lab. The thing to like about this villain is he is a normal human with...

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Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 16:36 by David

If I was a tree and you cut me down, then there’d be a whole section of rings that you could identify with the whole geek thing.

The outer rings would be blood and sex tinged from all of the Game Of Thrones shenanigans, with the rings getting progressively less violent and kinky as you move towards the centre.

Moving past the many movies and books, there’s something at the heart that hasn’t got a lot in common with todays’ taste for gritty (and titty) realism.

When you hit the heart of my geek tree, you find…

Radio.

Most particularly a couple of very different, but very innovative series.

Both famously immortalized in...

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Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 15:03 by Yumster

Yet another bad meta-human of the week episode. Just like Smallvilles ‘Krypto freaks’ somehow all people affected by the accident turn out evil. In the whole city the is just one good guy?

In this episode a member crime family has been killed. Guess what? It’s a meta-human, again. This one turns himself into poison gas, and has turned a little evil.

There are some good side stories intermixed in this otherwise humdrum episode, such as some of the back story regarding the accident. While Barry tries to discover the killer's identity, Dr. Wells hit on the bright idea of retrofitting the particle accelerator into a prison specifically for meta-humans, to help ‘cure’ them. I have to admit, I liked the idea of a prison. It...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 14:28 by Ferg

'It's time we had a talk, you and I.'

And at last, it looks like Finch is getting back in to the game, especially given the final words of the episode.
And it's about damned time, too.

This episode, like some before it, flicks between two seperate times, one is of course the present day and the new number that the Machine has produced in order for the gang to go save or hinder (but we'll get back to that later) while the other starts October 13th, 2001, with Harold Finch and Nathan Ingrams (Brett Cullen) in the development stages of the machine, and when I say development imagine a young child to teenager witht he powers of a God and the urge to go and fire it up some.  It may also be worth noting that due to the implementation of the Gregorian Calendar (the one...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 13:41 by Spindles

It is my considered opinion that Gareth from Terminus talks too much. Seriously... A couple of minutes with this guy and even a zombie's brains would be dribbling out of its ears. After another diatribe as to why eating people is good, interspersed with lots of unneccessary shots of people eating their Bob Burgers, we discover that we were right last week and Bob did indeed get bitten. Perhaps we'll now get to see what happens when cannibals eat zombies.

Back with Rick and the gang we're all getting a bit concerned about Bob, Carol and Darryl being AWOL. Suspicion falls initially on the preist who, after very little persuasion reveals his dark secret. Which is a bit of a let down if I'm honest. He didn't open the doors and a bunch of people died. Boo hoo.

After Bob is...

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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 17:59 by Yumster

Recap season 1:

The Earth has been messed up by humanity (again) but luckily there were a few space stations from various countries that joined together to form the Ark. 97 odd years later

Life is harsh, all crime is punishable by ‘floating’ – being thrown out of the airlock. Unless you are under 18. Things are failing on the Ark though and to save resources it is decided to send the teens to Earth to see if it is habitable yet.

They arrive to find it is habitable but not all of humanity was wiped out.

The first season was a bit of a surprise for me, it all sounded a little cliché but actually it really grew on me, with well filmed scenes and the ability to...

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 15:38 by Ferg

The Brotherhood are mentioned int he first episode and one can't be sur if they're about to become a new bunch of players or a simple agitation, either way, they're back for a second round, and it's not every day that Elias suggests caution around elements of the underworld.
The episode opens with three very heavily armed goons walking in to a secured building and then, without warning, gunshots and yelling kick up - Samaritan coldly refutes it as irrelevent.  So be it. That's Samaritan for you, but then it forces me to ask a new question: what is Samaritan's goal?  It's important to understand that, working on the assumption that an A.I. isn't motivated by things such as happiness or duty, Samaritan has an objective - an endgame that isn't simply it's own personal...

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