May 18th, 2009

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Primeval Season 3 Ep 8 review

This series just gets worse and worse. Danny's useless, Abby's moron brother is a tool and there is idiot 'comedy' with Lester and his free loading flatmate Connor. Future creatures show up, Abby's tool of a brother ends up in the future and instead of leaving him there - they run in to rescue him. Sarah is left behind to be useless. TPTB try to create some mystery about the future with the fallen statue, future girl and her equipment and the return of Christine Johnson, but I don't care. This was dire.
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Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2x20 Review

To The Lighthouse

'Dollhouse' and 'Chuck' were renewed, but not this. Maybe because in every ep, Sarah continues to demonstrate that she is the worst mother ever. Another AI that is probably the nascent Skynet hacks into Weaver's AI. Derek and Cameron are menaced by the Skynet flunkies. Sarah dumps John on Charley and they bond by talking about grief and rigging beaches with semtex. Inbetween bouts of being rude, Sarah learns that the lump she found in her chest is a Skynet tracking device. And chaos ensures. This ep was mostly low-key character stuff and then gunbattles erupt and Charley's killed off, John's missing and Sarah is stoic. Could she at least try to mourn Charley? Also flashbacks show how she abandoned John in a jungle as a child.

This was good. So if Skynet's already out there, what is Weaver up to? Are they different machine factions?
Richard/Lost

Lost Season 5 Ep 16 review

The Incident 1&2

Jacob and some other guy have a meaningful chat while wearing black and white shirts and watching what seems to be the Black Rock sail toward the island. The black and white motif must hark back to Locke's ominous speech about dominos back in season 1. It seems all this has happened before and will happen again. We get to see the statue at last and it's creepy. Flashbacks show how Jacob visited Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, Sun, Jin, Jack, Ilana, Locke and Sayid at various turning points in their lives.

Jack and Sayid take the bomb's core. Richard pulls a gun telling them: "I'm protecting our leader." Seeing Richard being protective of the pregnant Eloise is oddly sweet. So if Eloise is the leader, what does that make Widmore? It is revealed that Rose, Bernard and Vincent the dog have been living by the beach in peace all these years. It seems all the other Oceanic 815 survivors are dead.

Jack continues with his mad quest to undo all their island adventures. Sawyer objects and then he, Juliet and Kate all agree to help. Only Miles points out the obvious, that they're going to cause what they're trying to prevent. Something they've been doing all season. The Incident happens: Phil dies and Juliet falls done a shaft and sets off the bomb.

It's clear that Locke is playing Ben like a puppet and that he doesn't like Richard. The dramatic change in Locke's personality is explained in a somewhat unexpected manner. However it seems Jacob had a backup plan involving Richard all along. Ilana asks Richard what lies in the shadow of the statue and he tells her. Meanwhile Ben knifes Jacob.

This was good, I've no idea how season 6 will go but as long as Richard is there, I'll be watching.

When did Richard get to the island? What caused the statue to collapse? Why did travellers on the submarine need to be sedated? Why didn't Sayid and Jack ask about the ruins and carvings they were wandering around? Won't Horace notice the hole in his house that leads to mysterious underground caverns? How did 'Locke' intend to deal with the Ajira people? What did Ilana think Lapidus was a candidate for? Why didn't Ben tell Richard what he was planning? Who hit Nadia? Didn't Dharma notice the weird underground tunnels? The Dharma sub captain has a submarine on his jumpsuit patch. Why was Ilana in hospital in such a terrible state and how did she know Jacob? So if Jacob wasn't living in the hut, who did Locke and Ben visit there in season 3? What is the apparition of Jack's dad about? What happened to Claire? Did Richard see Jacob? If Jacob lived in the foot of the statue, did Richard have to walk there every time Jacob had a note for Ben? What will change now Jacob is gone? Who was Jacob? Who is Richard for that matter? Will Sayid die? Did 'Locke' not like Richard because he's a servant of Jacob? Can you actually set a nuclear bomb off by hitting it with a rock? So Jacob only communicated with Ben with notes sent via Richard. How did Jacob make Richard immortal?

Best Lines:
"Ben told me that he strangled you."
"That is my recollection."

"I've never seen someone come back to life."
"And I've never seen anyone who doesn't age. That doesn't mean it can't happen."
"I'm this way because of Jacob."

"What's done is done."

"If you come into contact with a hostile, you are authorised to use deadly force."

"Let's pull over and get shot."

"It's always something with you people."

"Has it occurred to any of you that your buddy's actually going to cause the thing he says he's trying to prevent? Perhaps that little nuke is the Incident? Maybe the best thing to do is nothing? I'm glad you all thought this through."

"Things will change once he's gone."
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Book Review: The Dark Is Rising

The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
This is the 2nd in a classic 5 book young adult fantasy series. I haven't read the other 4 books in the series and this book was also adapted into a film which I've not seen.

Anyway Will is an 11 year old living with his large family in a quaint English village. But something is rotten in town, strange people are following him, there are creepy birds everywhere and then his mentor shows up to reveal that Will is actually an Old One. No, Will isn't Cthulu - he is magical individual who has to save humanity from the forces of the Dark. And the Dark is rising (hence the title).

So Will faces down the dark powers of the evil Rider, tracks down various Signs and learns how to do magic. All along he is mentored by Merriman, who is obviously Merlin. This is a good read, it takes a while to get into but it is worth it. It has myth, magic, folklore and unobservant parents.