Monday, 22 September 2014

OUTLANDER, 1.7 – 'The Wedding' • happily ever after?

JAMIE (to Claire): I'll never forget when I came out of the church and saw you for the first time. It was as if I stepped outside on a cloudy day and suddenly the sun came out.
written by Anne Kenney | directed by Anna Foerster

It couldn't hope to compete with the imagery and shocks of "The Garrison Commander", but "The Wedding" had warmth and charm... and heaven knows we really needed our spirits lifting after last week's harrowing hour...

TV Picks: 22-28 September 2014 (Derren Brown: Infamous • The Driver • The Graham Norton Show • Marvellous • Plebs • Strictly Come Dancing • Tricked

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...

Sunday, 21 September 2014

DOCTOR WHO, 8.5 – 'Time Heist' • the bank job

THE DOCTOR: It's just a phone, Clara. Nothing happens when you answer the phone.
written by Steve Thompson & Steven Moffat | directed by Douglas Mackinnon

The prospect of a DOCTOR WHO episode about The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) breaking into the galaxy's most impenetrable bank, was considerably juicy. The title "Time Heist" also provoked ideas of a mind-bending, uniquely sci-fi take on the bank heist sub-genre. A little disappointingly, the title was slightly misleading and the ambitions of this hour were more grounded and formulaic, but it still contained excellent moments and captured the feel of an intergalactic Ocean's Eleven at times. Clara even wore a suit and skinny tie, as a loose echo to the Frank Sinatra-starring original?

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Review: BBC America's INTRUDERS • frustrating, beguiling sci-fi thriller

Based a 2007 novel by British author Michael Marshall Smith, this paranormal mystery thriller has been developed by Glen Morgan; a writer best-known for his '90s partnership with James Wong, where they worked on The X-Files and Millennium. They're pursuing solo projects right now (Wong writes for American Horror Story), but INTRUDERS definitely feels like a throwback to the mid-'90s shows M&W were associated with—bleak, weird, unsettling, and set in the rainy Pacific Northwest.

Friday, 19 September 2014

MacBook Pro: A Bite of the Apple

I've been using Windows PCs since 1996, beginning with a 'beige-box' 386 running Windows 95. I was mostly self-taught, but went to college during a period when dial-up Internet was taking off and Win95/98 were the operating systems of choice. I've only ever owned computers running the Windows OS, but now I've bought myself a fancy 15" MacBook Pro.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

TWIN PEAKS, 1.6 - 'Realization Time'

AUDREY: I can't believe you were ever my age.
COOPER: I've got the pictures to prove it.
Thursday 2 March 1989. Currently, there are three separate investigations attempting to find Laura Palmer's killer: Agent Cooper (Kyle Maclachlan) and Sheriff Truman's (Michael Ontkean) official murder investigation; Audrey Horne's (Sherilyn Fenn) plucky attempt to solve the mystery; and the trio of James (James Marshall), Donna (Lara Flynn Boyle) and Madeleine (Sheryl Lee), who here probe into Dr. Jacoby's (Russ Tamblyn) relationship with their murdered friend. What's interesting about this penultimate episode is how this triptych of sleuthing all result in undercover missions...

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The Television Shows I'll Be Tuning Into this Autumn...

The summer's almost over, TV-wise, but which new and returning shows am I likely to be watching and reviewing this autumn for DMD? Let's take a look...

Monday, 15 September 2014

OUTLANDER, 1.6 – 'The Garrison Commander' • tables are turned

written by Ira Steven Behr | directed by Brian Kelly
RANDALL (to Claire): I run in darkness, Madam. And darkness is where I belong. I need no sympathy and you'll get none from me. One way or another, I will get the truth out of you.
If you've bailed on OUTLANDER, for whatever reason, I implore you to resume viewing to this episode, at the very least. "The Garrison Commander" had a very simple plot and was built on essentially two scenes, with an unforgettable flashback, and it was a gripping showcase for Tobias Menzies—whose Captain "Black Jack" Randall suddenly became one of the greatest small-screen villains right now, and I'm including Games of Thrones' rogues gallery.

TV Picks: 15-21 September 2014 (Bad Education • Boardwalk Empire • Cilla • Downton Abbey • Glue • Legends • The Leftovers • The Strain

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...

Sunday, 14 September 2014

DOCTOR WHO, 8.4 – 'Listen' • three shades of pink

written by Steven Moffat | directed by Douglas Mackinnon
"Fear makes companions of us all."
DOCTOR WHO's often at its best when delivering quiet, disconcerting ghost stories. Steven Moffat delivers one of the best with "Listen"; a weird, conceptual episode that ultimately explores The Doctor's (Peter Capaldi) fear of the dark, sense of isolation (he's introduced sitting Zen-like atop his TARDIS in space), and preoccupation with a pet theory about why people talk to themselves when they're alone. Do creatures exist that forever lurk around us, unseen, evolved to hide?