November 16th, 2009

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Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars (2009) Review

Well it was better than ‘The Planet of the Dead’. The Doctor and his face pulling and wild over acting arrives on Mars in 2059 and meets the doomed crew of Bowie Base One. Their deaths are a famous space disaster and can’t be prevented. Then when people start turning into water zombies for some never explained reason, the Doctor is utterly useless. Until he has a psycho moment and the overdone recycled ‘hero’ music and ‘hero’ poses kick in.

This was okay if dull in places. It wasn’t scary; this was no ‘Blink’. What was the water and what did it want? Did no-one wonder how the survivors got back to Earth? Who are the Ice Warriors? What was the oil apocalypse? Why does nobody rein in the over acting? Nothing really changes: Bowie Base One destroyed. World in morning.

Best Line: “That’s not funny, that’s pollution.”
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‘Eastwick’ has been axed. I have yet to see a single episode. Oh well, there is always the inevitable ‘Due South’ remake.

Am reading 'Trick of the Light', not bad at all.
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Trailers, trailers and repeat

Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ music video
That was seriously weird. The floating crystals are a gorgeous image though.

Stargate Universe’ ep promo for ‘Time
Oh come on. TPTB are doing time travel? Lame.

‘V’ ep 3 promo
Yawn. Yawn. Yawn. Yawn. Countdown to the Lisa/Tyler lizard baby....oh who cares?
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Book Review: The Trouble With Heroes

The Trouble With Heroes edited by Denise Little

This DAW anthology offers up a selection of light hearted tales about the other side of heroism.

The Horror in the Living Room
H.P. Lovecraft and his housekeeper deal with Things Beyond Description on a regular basis in this hilarious parody.

Take my word for it: Bad idea!
This is a good tale of Heracles and a Queen who loved him.

Merry Maid
This is a very different take on the romance of Robin Hood and Maid Marian. This is good.

Reclaiming His Inner Ape
A sort of sequel to ‘King Kong’, this asks what happens to the hero and heroine when they try to live a normal life? It’s good.

Honey, I’m home
The untold story of Odysseus and Penelope’s reunion after their 20 year separation. This is very funny.

Ballad of the Groupie Everlasting
The muse of music has stories to tell. This is okay.

The Quin Quart
Arthur and Guinevere: the untold story. This amuses.

If The shoe Fits
This is an okay modern day take on ‘Cinderella’.

Boldy Reimagined
This hilarious story is set in the writer’s room of an action tv show.

This is a nice dark take on ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’. It’s good.

Love in the time of Car Alarms
A man, a woman and a superhero. This is a nice tale of love and a secret identity.

The Problem With Metaphors
This is a creepy tale of how a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa nearly goes wrong and reveals a hidden secret. This is very good.

Clay Feet
Mysterious goings on in a museum put ‘The Da Vinci Code’ to shame. This is okay.
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Sanctuary Season 1 Eps 6 – 9 Reviewed


Two cute fluffy abnormals are found. They eat and breed like tribbles and then they escape. Cue some very funny adventures. Meanwhile in a terminally dull sub-plot, Helen conducts an autopsy on a man who believed he was an abnormal and Will deals with his whining grand daughter. This was good aside from the whining grand daughter.

The Five

Magnus meets her old pal Tesla in Rome. Yes he is that Tesla, he’s also a vampire. Meanwhile John grabs Ashley and gives her a rundown on her mother’s past. He tells her how back in the day Magnus was part of a group called The Five. John was a member too as was Tesla and some chaps named Sir Nigel and James Watson. They had the bright idea one night to shoot themselves up with vampire blood. They all got various side effects. Magnus got eternal life, John got his teleportation power and Tesla became a vampire for example. Perfectly rational thing to do isn’t it?

Meanwhile Tesla and Magnus discuss how pure blood vampires are extinct and their part in history. It’s an interesting twist on the legend. Tesla has creepy teeth and a plan. Elsewhere Will learns Henry is an abnormal, Will needs to shut up as he acts like a self righteous snot. This was very good even if Ashley discovering who her father is was a non-event.


An autistic teenager named Edward draws pictures that could show how his father died. Will is asked to help on the case by his former boss (Kavan Smith of ‘Stargate: Atlantis’). The team investigate whodunit and learn that Edward is an abnormal. The truth about the death and some twisted family dynamics come to light. This was good.


Will and Magnus are on a submarine in the Bermuda Triangle looking for Merpeople. They come across a lot of dead ones. The ocean full of dead merfolk is a very creepy image. As the duo investigates, Magnus starts acting axe crazy and Will is menaced. Luckily some convenient liquid nitrogen saves the day. This was sadly dull.

Best Lines:
I guess Ike didn’t want to breathe the same air as the Nazi high command.”
“Some of them didn’t even breathe air.”

“Our whole life is a b movie.”

“I have lived longer than any human has a right to. In the end all I can hope is to choose how it ends. Being taken over by an undersea parasite is not on the list.”

“You weak pathetic little bastard!”
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Fringe Season 2 Ep 7 Review

Of Human Action

A kidnapping is connected to Massive Dynamic. The team visit the German Expression nightmare that is Massive Dynamic HQ to ask some questions. Walter is jealous of Bell’s success. The son of an employee has been kidnapped, Walter sees parallels with himself. People who stumble across the kidnapping die, mind control is involved. But there is a twist, the victim is no victim and the evil kid is behind it all. This becomes clear when he mind controls Peter.

Walter is upset, no-one but him abducts Peter and messes with his brain. The kid hates his dad who has lied to him his entire life, Peter sees parallels with himself. Walter frets over losing his replacement goldfish son. The evil kid makes Peter help him find his mother. Broyles interrupts and Peter shoots him. The evil kid gets away with it all.

This was very good. Walter and Astrid wore tinfoil hats. Peter could fight the evil kid’s control and the whole thing turns out to have been a Massive Dynamic experiment in cloning and mind control. Oh Nina, what have you done? The parallels between the case of the week and the Bishops are obvious. This makes you wonder whose side Peter will be when he finds out what his fake dad did to him. Also does Walter never wonder how Peter’s real family felt about him being taken from them?

Best Lines:
“Walter? Remember that conversation we had about personal space?”

“Once you are given the order to put on the headphones do not remove them under any circumstances. If you do, you may die a gruesome and horrible death.”

“I can’t lose him again.”

“That friend of yours you keep talking about? You better pray he’s not with that kid."