August 8th, 2008

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Bonekickers Ep 5 Review

The Lines of War

The world's worst archaeologists are called to a French WW1 battlefield after a tank is uncovered. Inside they find bodies that suggest a long hidden war crime. But what they ultimately uncover is the long hidden
resting place of the Maid of Orleans, Joan of Arc.

This was 'Bonekickers' first decent episode. For once I wasn't wishing I was watching 'Spooks: Code 9' or 'Numb3rs' instead. The opening title of '577 years before the hypermarket' was hilarious. If this show is supposed to be a brilliant satire like the movie version of 'Starship Troopers', they aren't doing it very well. Still, the guest spot by Burn Gorman of 'Torchwood' was good and the mystery was fairly interesting. And the trailer for next week shows they finally do something about the tedious Excalibur plot.

On the negative side there was stupidity like boring bloke's improvised bomb disposal gear, shouty woman being rude and aggressive to colleagues and the lame Joan of Arc stake burning scene. If 'Charmed' and 'Poltergeist: The Legacy' can do effectively shocking stake burning scenes, you think a prime time BB1 drama could. There were the usual logic leaps, the dull Excalibur tie in (that sword got around more then Sienna Miller), the Maid's bones are lost (naturally) and Viv's big secret is finally revealed. She's shouty woman's long lost half sister.
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The Tudors Season 2 Ep 2 Review

It's 1532, Anne is given a title and the jewels of the Queen's of England as Henry is to take her to France on an official visit. After a successful visit, Henry and Anne finally consummate their union in 'English Occupied France' aka Calais. Meanwhile Smeaton is smug and Thomas More is sanctimonious.

This was a goodish episode mostly due to plot advancement and some sumptuous costumes and jewels. The downside was the idiotic assassin plot and a needless Thomas Wyatt getting some scene.

Fashion Moments:
Anne's jet and ruby necklace.
Anne's red velvet dress.
The Queen's jewels.
Henry and Anne's furs.
Mary Boleyn's emeralds.
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Book Reviews: Glitz + Supernatural Companion 2 + The Dimension Next Door

Glitz by Louise Bagshawe

Four spoilt trust fund brats are shocked when their bone idle, spend thrift lifestyle comes under threat. Their trust fund provider Uncle Clem is getting married and he is cutting them off from their unearned wealth.

The brats are shocked. They've no savings, no job skills and no concept of a budget. They spend all their lucre on shoes, jewels, face cream, dresses and eyebrow pluckers. They decide they cannot live without their trust fund and decide to sabotage Uncle Clem's engagement.

Life Lessons Learnt From This Novel: Spending £15,000 in one day on clothes is a good thing. A makeover will make people respect you, get you friends, a lover, a purpose and marriage. Greed is good. Budgeting is for poor people. Unearned wealth is bad but then again it is also good. Being entitled and bone idle is a good thing.

This is a good, juicy 80's style read but are we seriously supposed to like this people? Are we supposed to go 'you go girl!' at this pack of spoilt brats?

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Supernatural: The Official Companion Season 2 by Nicholas Knight

The guide to season 2 in which John died, Dean made a deal and Sam got possessed by Meg. This is an interesting if barebones read, the
Jo/Roadhouse/psychic kid dumping uproars are played down. TPTB complain about how 'on the internet' people point out that the show is all about Sam. Maybe if they did something about that people would stop complaining. TPTB lavish praise on the season ender 'All Hell Breaks Loose 1&2'. That two parter was lame, yet it is given a major tongue bath in this companion.

With background info and lots of nice pictures this is a worthwhile buy for 'Supernatural' fans. The season 3 guide should be very interesting to see how they deal with the whole Ruby/Bela uproar.

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The Dimension Next Door Edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Kerrie Hughes

This readable DAW anthology contains various stories about other realities.

Stories like:

The Trouble With The Truth, a featherlight tale in which two college
students have magical abilities.

wwwkarmassistcom, a nasty moral fable in which an office drone gets other worldly help in avenging himself on those who annoy him.

The Avalon Psalter, a wonderful story in which a psychic recreates the lost works from the age of King Arthur.

Shadows In The Mirrors, a creepy story in which a woman hunts for her
missing child.

The Silver Path, an interesting tale in which a man serves Elizabeth I in his own unique way.
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Thoughts

I haven't read any of the Stephenie Meyer sparkly vampire book series and now I am very glad of that.

New shows I look forward to: Fringe, Survivors (BBC remake), Harper's Island, Caprica.

Returning shows I enjoy: Reaper, Chuck, CSI: Miami, Supernatural, Lost, Prison Break.

New Shows I am blah on: Sanctuary, True Blood, Dollhouse.

Returning Shows I am blah on: Bones (can anyone at all explain how season 3 makes any sense at all after the revelation about Zach in the season closer), Battlestar.

Shows I Miss (today anyway): Invasion, Jericho, Traveler, Jake 2.0, Surface.