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TV and Film / Torchwood: Miracle Day
« on: August 04, 2011, 04:43:59 pm »
Has anyone else been watching this? After the wonderful "Children Of Earth", I came to this with fairly high expectations - a high-concept hook, a short run of serialised episodes, extra money, Bill Pullman, etc. - but I've been strangely disappointed thus far.

After four weeks, it still seems a little aimless. The writers seem more interested in the peripheral characters, like Dr Juarez and Oswald Danes, who are the only ones dealing with the effects of the "miracle" directly.  The Torchwood team, meanwhile, seem to be stuck in an off-the-peg procedural thriller.

Anyone else have any thought on the show so far?

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TV and Film / Misfits
« on: December 08, 2010, 12:31:20 pm »
Has anybody else has been watching the current series of Misfits on E4?

I've always liked the show's concept (a group of young offenders develop superpowers and singularly fail to put them to any good use), but felt the first series was crippled by what I like to refer to as "Torchwood Syndrome" - allowing the plot and characters to play second fiddle to extraneous sex and profanity. Still, it scooped a BAFTA, so what do I know?

Happily, the show has undergone a quantum leap in quality with its second series. While it's still no masterpiece, they've introduced an ongoing plot arc which is playing out nicely and the acting (always the highlight of the show) is as strong as ever.

Has anyone else been watching this? What are your thoughts?

TV and Film / Blood & Chrome - new Battlestar Galactica prequel series
« on: November 30, 2010, 10:56:35 pm »
This news has been circulating for a while now, but I thought I'd post it for discussion here as well. The SyFy channel has commissioned a pilot episode for Blood & Chrome, a new prequel series to Battlestar Galactica, set during the first Cylon war. Here's the link to the news story in

I'm in two minds about this. While I like the idea of another Galactica series, I don't really need to know how Adama and the Galactica fared in the Cylon war. They both survive to star in the parent series, after all. And one of the things I liked most about Caprica was that it took a markedly different approach to the same universe. This sounds as if it'll be more action heavy. Could be good, could be disastrous.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Introductions / Hello to one and all
« on: November 24, 2010, 09:56:49 pm »
Hello there.

I used to be a regular visitor to these boards and, after a prolonged absence, I've decided to get stuck in and start posting.  I'm a life-long fan of fantasy, science fiction and horror, especially literature. That said, there are some shameful gaps in my knowledge that I am now trying my best to fill (Peter F. Hamilton, you're next on my list).

I'm also a writer, with a couple of published short stories under my belt. The most recent is "The Trinket", published by Morrigan Books in their anthology "The Phantom Queen Awakes". I'm currently working on the final(ish) draft of a novella that started life as an entry for this year's BFS short story contest; I started writing it and haven't quite stopped!

More immediately, I'm one of the reviewers over at Beyond Fiction. You'll no doubt have bumped into a couple of co-conspirators on these boards by now.

So that's me, more or less. Feel free to say hello - I'm looking forward to getting settled back in.

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