November 22nd, 2013



‘Avengers’ deleted scene: Barton and Loki escape

I will review ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’. I am looking forward to this new film’s take on the Capitol’s approach to social control and how Katniss and other battle hardened psychopathic killers make the toxic elite give up their power, ugly furniture, silly wigs and copious makeup.

I am reading ‘Elements of the Apocalypse’.
To Light The Way To Bed

Book Reviews: A Ceremony of Losses + The Jigsaw Woman

Star Trek The Fall: A Ceremony of Losses by David Mack
This is the 3rd in ‘The Fall’ saga; I have yet to read the 2nd ‘The Crimson Shadow’. The Andorian fertility crisis is sending their species toward extinction. Events have reached a tipping point and ch’Thane sends a desperate plea to Julian Bashir for aid. Events have changed ch’Thane from a selfish idiot (all four ‘Mission Gamma’ books) into a desperate hero.

With the assistance of Section 31, Bashir risks everything to find a cure. Meanwhile the Andorian leaders, the interim Federation president and the Typhon Pact scheme to twist the crisis to their agenda at any price. Determined to do the right thing Bashir makes a choice that will have massive repercussions for himself and those who assist him. This was very good, this biomedical thriller raises the stakes in ‘The Fall’ saga, one can only wonder just what the long-term fallout will be.

Best Lines:
“Nothing made the capital feel so dangerous to Shar as knowing he had no friends left in it.”

“Am I really being lectured on social justice by a Tholian?”

“The Federation Council might want to pin medals on us - right up until the moment they find out how we did it. That’s when they’ll turn on us. That’s when it’ll get ugly.”

The Jigsaw Woman by Kim Antieau
This 1997 novel is a retelling of ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ that takes in myth, magic and history as Keelie ties to make a life for herself while experiencing various rambling magical realism fantasy. This despite its best efforts is dire.
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An Adventure In Space and Time (2013) Reviewed

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’, this one off drama shows how the BBC Head Of Drama Sydney Newman (Brian Cox) and producer Verity Lambert brought the show to the screen in 1963. Written by Mark Gatiss this is a drama full of pity and fondness as the grumpy William Hartnell creates a TV legend as The Doctor.

Verity deals with being the BBC’s first ever female producer, a Cyberman has a cigarette while waiting for filming to begin and the very first episode is broadcast the day after the assassination of JFK. Luckily in later episodes the show debuts their most iconic villains the Daleks and ‘Doctor Who’ is saved and becomes a massive success. As well as the drama, there are lighter moments such as the filming of a convoy of Daleks making their way across Westminister Bridge, only for one to loudly whine: “I need a wee don’t I?”

As they years pass an extra wants to show the Roboman’s inner turmoil, butterfly men in silly costumes stroll around but illness and old age is curtailing Hartnell’s performance and Newman decides to regenerate the show. So the Second Doctor will debut. This was okay nostalgia but there was an utterly unnecessary Matt Smith cameo.

Best Lines:
“Some of us have got a bloody planet to invade.”

“Cyril Cusack?”
“A less polite no.”

“This sea of fag smoke, tweed and sweaty men.”

“She didn’t get here standing up did she?”

“I’m trying to recreate the Stone Age with airfix glue and bloody bacofoil.”

“Pop! Pop! Pop!”

“Did you like any of it?”

“This is Kennedy’s fault?”

“A dandy and a clown.”
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