June 24th, 2010

Scary Books

The Tudors Season 4 Ep 6

That part of the opening credits where they show images of Henry's victims is getting pretty long now: Katherine Howard, Cromwell, Anne Boleyn, Thomas More, Katherine of Aragon and Wolsey.

It is 1542 and Henry is sulking. He plans an Alliance against "the perfidious French", restores Mary and Elizabeth to the succession and fancies Catherine Parr. Also the French ambassador looks rat like and unwashed, Surrey brawls, Mary Queen of Scots is born and Catherine Parr slips away from her dying husband to moon over Thomas Seymour.

But Henry has his eye on Catherine following his usual manner of marrying a woman who is the opposite of her predecessor. Catherine's husband Lord Latimer dies and Henry's minions propose to her as she wears mourning. Classy. Thomas Seymour is sent to Brussels and war is declared on France. This is okay.

Best Lines:
"Do you not think it unseemly to raise her ghost at court?"

"Distracted by his grievous defeat the King of Scots took to his bed and died."

"You know what happens to his Queens. Everyone knows."

"What woman on Earth would want to marry a man who either puts his wives away or kills them?

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Book Review: The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF

The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF Edited by Mike Ashley

This is a very good collection of tales that centre on apocalypse nowish or afterwards. This is very enjoyabale.

When We Went to see the End of the World

The latest craze in a decaying world is to time travel to se how the world ends. This is good and creepy with the protagonists seemingly unaware of what is happening around them.

The Clockwork atom bomb
A post-apoc world holds all kind of dangers. This is okay.

Bloodletting
A plan to save the world, dooms it. This is a sad, creepy tale of the unwitting start of a global pandemic.

The End of the World Show
The world ends in a very funny British stiff upper lip way. This is very good.

Fermi and Frost
A tale of a nuclear winter. This is okay.

Sleepover
A man is brought out of cryo-suspension to an unexpected future. This is okay.

The Last Sunset
The world is about to end. What do you do? This is good.

The Books
Children in a post apoc world find the most wonderful thing they've ever seen: a library. This is very good.

Pallbearer
A town is one of the last bastions of humanity in an empty world. Then visitors arrive and ugly truths emerge. This is very, very good.

The Meek
The meek inheirt the Earth. This is okay.

The Man Who Walked Home
A creepy, creepy tale that combines a post apoc world and time travel. This is good.

A Pail of Air
Are the last people on Earth alone? This is good.

Guardians of the Phoenix
Survivors in a parched world hunt for something better. This is good.

Transforming Terra
To rebuild a ruined Earth. This is okay.

World without End
She lives forever and sees the world end. This is good.

The Children of Time
Depictions of humanity into the far, far future. This is good.
Scary Books

Trailers

'The Phantom' trailer
This looks utterly, utterly crap.

'The Glades' trailer
Is that Nikki from 'Lost'? This looks good.
Traveler

Supernatural Season 5 Eps 21&22 Reviewed

Two Minutes to Midnight

Pestilence (Matt Frewer) rampages. Castiel is human. Bobby sold his soul to Crowley and made out with him as well. Crowely has a iphone. Sam makes yet another season finale all about him, again. The croatoan virus is in the swine flu vaccine. Death shows up in slo-mo. Crowely is helpful sort of, which makes me suspect he'll be the big bad of season 6.

Bobby whines and walks. Suddenly Castiel and Bobby think Sam saying yes to Lucifer is a good thing while Dean saying yes to Michael was a bad thing. Dean meets Death who gives him his ring. Death also sums up Lucifer as "a bratty child having a tantrum." That pretty much sums up the non-event Lucifer has been in season 5. How did Crowley get Death's scythe? This was good, but why does it have to be all about Sam? AGAIN?

Best Lines:
"You are not the burnt and broken shell of a man that I believed you to be."

"If Satan wants 'em so bad, he can glue 'em back together."


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Swan Song

Unlike the seasons 2&4 finales which were crap, this was good. Chuck annoys, Sam annoys and Crowley has vanished. Sam chugs demon blood. Castiel still won't free his vessel. After all this Dean is not the Michael sword/vessel. Lucifer and his bad acting show up. Sam's stupid, stupid, stupid plan comes to naught. Oh great plan.

Sam/Lucifer cannot act. Then to add to the pain Adam/Michael shows up to annoy and add to the bad acting. Sam/Lucifer kills Castiel and Bobby, about time. The Prince of Darkness just punches Dean. Then Sam/Lucifer throws himself and Adam/Michael into a bad CGI pit.

Castiel and Bobby come back from the dead, groan. What a cop out. Chuck turns out to be god. Castiel goes to heaven, Bobby shoves off, Dean hangs out with Lisa and Sam shows up looking evil. Groan. Maybe season 6 shouldn't be. This was good but what is up with the final shot?