February 12th, 2013

Scary Books

'Black Mirror' is back

I am reading ‘The Way We Fall’.

Series 2 of ‘Black Mirror’ began with ‘Be Right Back’ which saw a grieving woman is invited to sign up for a new piece of software that allows users to communicate with a digital facsimile of a lost loved one, a copy constructed from their internet, email and social networking history. It was creepy but fell apart 2/3 of the way through. Not only will the future have creepy AI’s but it will have musical pregnancy tests.

Best Line:
“When we went to the Grand Canyon, you said it was just a big gap.”

On ‘Hollyoaks’, I just realised that the actor who plays Patrick was in that ‘Torn’ music video in the 90s. Carl and Mitzeee act like she was the love of Riley’s life. She wasn’t! Mercedes was. Amy shows up and catches Ste in mid lie and Brendan playing at domesticity. Ste overlooks the fact that he and Doug have a civil partnership and has done nothing to dissolve it. Ste gets horny when Brendan jokes about violence. WTF? How does the Savage houseboat fit in the Hollyoaks pond? Ste is a scrote and Brendan needs to go.

'Black Mirror' 2x02 promo
Looks way better than 2x01.

Arrow 1x13 Reviewed


Iron Heights prison releases gangster Cyrus Vanch (David Anders of ’Alias’, ’Heroes’ and ’Once Upon A Time’). He wants to be top dog in the city and plans to take down the Hood. Meanwhile Oliver is in denial over his black widow mother and Quentin Lance looks like he is about to stroke out.

Island flashbacks show how Oliver ran across yet another nutter on the island, this one a Christian Bale wannabe. Also Tommy Merlyn pulls faces. Laurel is in peril, again. Moira lies. There is a police mole. Oliver learns about something called The Undertaking and there is a cliffhanger. This was okay.

Best Line:
“I like swords.”
Scary Books

Book Reviews: Black Heart, Ivory Bones + Black Swan, White Raven + Weirdo

Black Heart, Ivory Bones edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

The 6th in the series of reconsidered fairytales has only one worthwhile story: ‘And still she sleeps’ which is a sad deconstruction of the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ mythos.

Black Swan, White Raven edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

The 4th in the fairytale series hasn’t an original or interesting idea in it.

Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth

In 2003, PI Sean Ward is asked to help reopen an infamous murder case. Corinne Woodrow has spent almost 20 years in an institution for the criminally insane after being convicted for a brutal murder when she was just 15.

But new evidence suggests she may not have acted alone. Sean travels to the seaside resort of Ernemouth and learns that it is a town full of secrets. Bit by bit the truth about the terrible time of 1984 comes out revealing a tale of bullying, causal cruelty, corruption, scapegoating, abuse and a cover up. This was good.

Continuum Season 1 Review, part 2

Matter of Time

Kiera has more flashbacks to the future and her goob husband. Meanwhile in the present the VPD still call Liber8 a gang. Kellog has a broker and has got rich. Liber8’s leader Edouard Kagame (Tony Amendola) shows up. Kiera and Carlos investigate a mysterious murder.

Kellog helps his grandmother, the murder has to do with anti-matter experiments, Liber8 beat people up in slow-motion and Kagame has his own flashbacks. Kagame beats up Kiera and makes threats. This was dull but the twist ending is okay.

Best Lines:
“Whatever went through him went through the damn floor.”

“The worst I ever did to Martin was wish him dead. That’s not a crime is it?”
“Not yet.”

“You’re under arrest.”
“For what?”
“For what you’re going to do.”

“There’s a war coming.”
“How can you be so sure?”
“Because we’re doing to start it.”

A Test of Time

We get more information about the future. Water was precious, Kiera’s husband Greg was a tool, money was called life credits, pregnancy tests were lickabale and told you the gender plus there was a city safe zone. The return of their cut price Edward James Olmos leader has Liber8 in strife. Liber8 decide to kill Kiera’s grandmother. How did Liber8 know the name of Kiera’s grandmother? Well it seems Liber8 had a lot of help to escape the prison.

Kiera meets her grandmother, a loud annoying Miley Cyrus type and she’s a teen mom. Alec and his stepbrother Julian have words, Alec is a tool. Liber8 and Kiera have standoffs as various grandmothers and mothers are held hostage. But then there is a twist. This was okaish but I’m tired of the empathy free cold schemers Liber8 and their glamorisation, rationalisation, sophistry and pernicious minority martyrdom.

Best Lines:
“So that makes me what? The guinea pig?”
“Squeak, squeak.”

Time’s Up

More future flashbacks show Kiera did question the food hording fascist government propaganda. In the present Julian is up to something. Kiera sees a horse, it seems they are extinct in 2077.

Liber8 are capable of erupting into violence at scant provocation. Liber8 have recruited boy band rejects with greasy hair to do their dirty work and Julian is one of them. A CEO is abducted. A hood rat is menaced. Liber8 get dark, manipulative and exploitive as they posture.

Julian’s rage is partially explained, Kellog breaks into Kiera’s hotel room and Liber8 get a public following. This was okay.

Best Lines:
“Liber8 calls themselves revolutionaries, but all I see are vandals with no respect for private property.”

“They purged the history files from my school’s data net in 2058.”

“We forgot our history and they repeated it.”

“Wow! There is an incredible amount of information on the web about bomb-making. Most of it poorly written.”
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