November 28th, 2009

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Sons of Anarchy Season 1 Ep 8 Review

The Pull

Jax remembers he has a kid. The prospect has to cough up money. The SOA realise that their enemies have joined forces. Jax and stepdaddy Clay have issues. Tara’s ex goes nuts so Jax kills him and Tara and he do the nasty next to the corpse. This was an awful, awful, awful episode.
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Random TV chat

Nestor Carbonell (of 'Lost' and 'Cane') was in three episodes of season 4 ‘Cold Case’. I’ve seen two of them. There was ‘The War at Home’ where he was in two scenes being clean cut and domestic. And then there was ‘The Key’ in which he got to be all broody, smoking and unwashed and he got to beat up the irritating Scotty Valens character. Of the two eps 'The Key' was better mainly due to the main plot which centred on an unsolved murder stemming from a key party in the 1970's.
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V Ep 4 Review

It’s Only The Beginning

Erica ignores Tyler so he whines and is dumb. Val has a heart problem and she’s pregnant. But is it Ryan’s? The V’s have a plan but nobody knows what it is. Marcus stands around ominously. Chad looks like a cut price Michael J Fox. Georgie is shot. Erica guesses Ryan’s secret. Joshua has to kill a friend.

Anna gets Tyler on Team V by showing him the ship’s engine room. The V’s have done something to the flu vaccine. Marcus tells Chad he is dying and that the V’s can cure him for a price. Is Chad really dying or is Marcus lying? Anna shows off what Cyrus meant by ‘connected’ as she gives all the V’s bliss via some new age babble. The only V not shown reacting was Marcus which makes you wonder. Jack is stabbed and outside the solar system an armada of ships approach.

This was dull. Maybe the 2010 eps will be better. It’s all so slow moving and dumb and boring. Erica's face never moves even if the V's pulled out her intestines through her mouth, I bet her face would still not move. Also the idiot Tyler and the Barbie turned crack ho looking Lisa both need to go.

Best Line:
“The innocent will suffer.”
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Book Reviews: Swallowing Darkness + In The Garden Of Iden

Swallowing Darkness by Laurell K Hamilton

This is the 7th entry in Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series. Merry the half fairy, mostly human ‘heroine’ is pregnant with twins. This means that she will be Queen of the Fairies. Or will she?

For a start each baby has three fathers, after all Merry can’t possibly ditch one of her many men and their ankle length hair. Then Merry’s grandmother shows up to protest her carry on, this makes Merry’s gran evil so she has to die. Via some idiot dialogue Merry calls the Wild Hunt and goes to visit the Bright Court of fairy.

After a very iffy start, the book finally picks up after Merry summons the Wild Hunt. She ends up handfasted to Sholto and her other men sulk. Her crazy cousin Cel puts her in peril, but luckily Merry has the goddess on her side.

It all comes to a happily ever after, more or less. This seemed to be the logical end to Merry’s story but no. An 8th novel ‘Divine Misdemeanours’ is out soon. Still flaws aside this is a good read with sensual magic. Merry lives in a fantastic, glittering world but maybe her tale should have ended here.

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In The Garden of Iden by Kage Baker

Mendoza was rescued from the dungeons of the Spanish Inquisition and granted immortality by the Company. This mysterious group of time travellers uses immortal operatives to preserve art, animals, plants and artefacts that would otherwise be lost to history. And now Mendoza will spend her endless life working for them.

Her first assignment is to Tudor England. She will pose as the daughter of a doctor pretending to be part of Prince Phillip’s entourage as he marries Queen Mary. Once in England the operatives visit Sir Walter Iden to collect samples from his garden.

Mendoza does not like her assignment, the country is cold and hostile but after meeting Iden’s servant Nicholas Harpole her opinion changes. She becomes fascinated by him and the political and religious turmoil that surrounds them. She even considers turning her back on the Company, but disaster is about to engulf them.

This is a wonderful tale of Renaissance England, love, turmoil and the price of immortality.
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Stargate Universe Ep 9 Review

Life

While exploring the Destiny the crew find a device that carries the promise of a way home. Also Young does something that will have a banquet of consequences and I fear a harsh supper is to come.

Telford is being a bastard as he obsesses over body swapping with people on Destiny, to the extent that people are noticing but not doing anything to stop it. Even worse, he’s poisoning Young’s wife against him for his own nefarious ends. Why do Young and Telford hate each other so much?

Rush obsesses over the Ancient database and lies. He has somehow formed the scientists into his own toadying faction. Scott and Wray visit Earth. Scott learns he has a son and Wray visits her girlfriend Sharon.

There seem to be hints that use of the stones has side effects. But when Young finds out Telford’s up to something he somewhat unwisely beats the tar out of Telford. This was very good. But questions are raised: where did the crew get their exercise gear? Where did they get the beds with satin sheets? Why is Young’s wife such a twist? Why wasn’t Scott more freaked out by having Telford’s memories? What is Rush’s agenda? Has Telford no peripheral vision? He didn't see Young's fist coming at his face.

Best Lines:
“Always you on the stones. Don’t you let anyone else take a turn?”

“You pathetic piece of scum!”
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Jericho Season 3: Civil War Issue 1 Review

Picking up where season 2 left off, the AS takes revenge on Texas, Jake broods, the civil war must be fought differently and Hawkins sets out on another impossible mission. As for Jericho? Major Beck is covertly assisting the Jericho resistance. This was good but the Beck plot doesn’t seem to tie in with the end of season 2.

Beck is still working for and with the AS despite seemingly rebelling at the end of season 2. Also the AS has Jericho in its grip and the resistance is therefore covert. Didn’t Beck’s troops rip off their AS flag patches at the end of season 2 and join him in rebelling? So why is Beck back with the AS and he and his troops are all sporting the AS flag patch? Why is the resistance covert? Why wasn’t Texas prepared for the AS strike back? Maybe all this will be answered in future issues. I fully intend to keep reading.