Thursday, 30 October 2014

THE FLASH, 1.4 – 'Going Rogue' • ice and smoak


★★★★

Crossover alert! Arrow's beautiful boffin Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) makes the trip from Starling City to Central City in "Going Rogue", ostensibly to visit her friend Barry (Grant Gustin) after hearing he's out of his coma. As a confidant of The Arrow, Felicity's let into S.T.A.R Labs' inner circle about Barry's new powers, during a time when jewel thief Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) decides to up his game and defeat the city's new super-sonic do-gooder...

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Marvel own geek asses for the next five years... you hear that, DC/Warner Bros?


Marvel held a special event yesterday which sent social media into meltdown for awhile, if you follow the geekier spectrum of people. The big news is that Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige outlined Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which is everything between Ant-Man and the third Avengers movie, spanning the next five years. I say "big news", but that's an umbrella term for a whole menagerie of surprises and revelations. Read on!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

THE WALKING DEAD, 5.3 – 'Four Walls and a Roof' – rolling in the aisle


★★★☆

Who are the good guys? It's all a matter of perspective, although the poor explanation for the Terminus "hunters" becoming cannibals means we're still on grizzled Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) side, despite the fact he brutally murdered someone with a machete in the aisle of a church. But what do churches represent these days? Can there be a God if he's allowed this zombie apocalypse to happen? Father Gabriel's (Seth Gilliam) appalled Rick's group slaughtered people in the Lord's House, but for Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and the others it's just "four walls and a roof". A place of momentary sanctuary on this journey with an unclear destination; although Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) kindly left Rick with a map to Washington D.C, having now departed on his mission to cure the world with half of Rick's team.

Monday, 27 October 2014

TV Picks: 27 October – 2 November 2014 - Arrow • The Flash • Frankenstein & The Vampyre: A Dark & Stormy Night • Intruders


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

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Teaser Trailer: THE AVENGERS - AGE OF ULTRON • Marvel goes dark


It's the sequel to the third highest-grossing movie of all time (having racked up $1.5bn in ticket sales). Worryingly, The Avengers came out in 2012, when everyone thought the world was going to end because of a Mayan prophecy, and were using the iPhone4S. Simpler times. Maybe it seems like The Avengers only came out yesterday because you can't go more than three months without an Avenger headlining their own solo movie.

DOCTOR WHO, 8.10 – 'In the Forest of the Night' • growing pains


★☆☆☆

While nowhere close to the level of Neil Gaiman as a "celebrity guest writer", it's something of a coup for DOCTOR WHO to secure the talent of screenwriter/novelist Frank Cottrell Boyce—best-known for scripting numerous Michael Winterbottom films (Welcome to Sarajevo, 24 Hour Party People) and the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. He's also won two major awards for his children's literature, Millions (which he later adapted into a film) and The Unforgotten Coat. I was anticipating "In the Forest of the Night" this year because FCB has obvious skill and is well-suited to writing for a British institution like Who, but after a promising start this episode quite literally got lost in the woods...

Bring back Saturday morning children's television!


From the mid-1970s rivalry between ITV's Tiswas and BBC1's Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, through the 1980s dominance of Going Live!, into the 1990s with Live & Kicking, then ending in the mid-2000s with SM:TV Live, Saturday morning children's programming was a staple of British TV. It was colourful, inventive and anarchic. There were comedy sketches, silly puppets, gunge, phone-ins, music acts, gunge, celebrities, cartoons, games, gunge, challenges, and everything was presented LIVE. They also had gunge.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

What did you think of NBC's new supernatural drama CONSTANTINE?


Last night, after months of hype and too many trailers to count, NBC finally premiered their new supernatural horror drama CONSTANTINE. It's an adaptation of esteemed comic-book property Hellblazer, created by Alan Moore in the 1980s, about an occultist and magician who battles the forces of evil. While an improvement on the 2005 movie starring Keanu Reeves in terms of authenticity to the source, I wasn't very impressed by the glossy but empty pilot I saw over the summer...

Friday, 24 October 2014

THE FLASH, 1.3 – 'Things You Can't Outrun' • the gasman cometh!


★★☆☆

This was the first episode of THE FLASH I'd describe as workmanlike; which isn't necessarily a bad thing for a show of this nature (expected to produce two dozen episodes a year), but if the majority of The Flash is going to be of similar quality, I won't be reviewing every episode.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

GOTHAM, 1.5 – 'Viper' • the drugs do work


★★★☆

The best hour of GOTHAM so far, and a sign this show could make a go of things. It's no coincidence it focused on the strongest aspect of the show (the machinations of Gotham's two biggest crime lords), and added super-powers to the equation. They even found a way to get young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) out of his mansion; although we still had Batman foreshadowing with Alfred (Sean Pertwee) commending his detective skills. I've been hard on this show, but maybe it's time to cut it some slack? The past few weeks have been fun.