Posts Tagged ‘ABC’

Review – Doctor Who – The Impossible Astronaut (S06Ep01)

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

 

So let's get this straight. You are pissy at me cause I went to get my magic drinking straw?

This week:
It is two months since the Pandorica opened and The Doctor saved the universe/world from annihilation (again). He has been having some funtastic adventures, some even with River. When mysterious numbered envelops in TARDIS blue are delivered, the team come back together in Utah for a picnic. But this is Doctor Who, nothing is idillic for long.

Pluses:
OMG the baddies are going to give the Weeping Angels a run for their money.
The power of the baddies.
How cool is it that Mark Sheppard is in this!!??
Amy Pond wears long shorts (I am sure millions of boys cried a little when that happened).
Great moment with Rory and River. The great tragedies of their lives – especially River. Rory just needs to get over himself.
Really strong development of the team as a unit.
Lying with Fish Sticks and Custard.

Minuses:
I really don’t think it needed to go to the States. Yeah Spacemen are in the States, but given the actors are all Brits, what is the point?
The big emotional scene at the beginning – did anyone really think that was it? Really lacked punch.

This wasn’t the episode I was expecting. I don’t know what it was that I wanted, but it wasn’t this. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the subtext within the episode and how it has been set up for next week. As a general rule two parters shit me, I hate waiting, but it usually pays off in the end.

#threeandahalfTARDISblueopandas

PS. ABC: Why are you showing it a week behind the rest of the world? And people wonder why we rig our computers to be from another country so we can access content internationally.

Review – Being Human (UK) – The Longest Day (S03Ep05)

Friday, February 25th, 2011

No funny caption - this scene touched my heart.

This week:
George gets a shock when Herrick turns up in the psych ward of the hospital, and he is a vampire again. Mitchell shows his true colours while desperate to keep his secret hidden. Nina steps up, George gives an ultimatum and Annie hovers.

Pluses:
Where to start!!!
Jason Watkins’ Herrick was magnificent. Fragile, evil, lost yet in control.
George standing up to Mitchell.
Wendy the over worked Social Worker.
Annie getting her compassion on.
George’s fears and Herrick’s response.
Nina’s reaction to what Herrick finds and Herrick’s manipulation of the event.
Annie and Mitchell (both very powerful scenes).
Comedy, darkness, pain, loss, fear – it was all there in spades.
Cara’s misguided beliefs.

Minuses:
Nothing.
Every word, every nuance – perfect.

 

 

 

#mysecondfivepandasever

Review – Being Human (UK) – The Pack (S03Ep04)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Hi, I am Annie and I am a ghost, and you two werewolves are?

This week:
Nina and George try to find the other werewolf George saw last full moon with unforseen consequences for all parties involved. Mitchell makes a deal and shows his true colours. Annie comes up with the plan to have sex with Mitchell.

Pluses:
Robson Green is back.
Vampire bloodbath.
George and Nina’s concern/fear.
Truth hurts.
Secrets and lies – all coming to the fore.

Minuses:
Why are so many of the Welsh vampires total freaks? I liked how “ordinary” they were in the first season.

This episode was all about family – real and created. Robson Green was just fantastic as McNair. He plays a fringe dweller so well you forget him as clean cut Tony Hill so easily. The “next week” teaser looks amazing.

#fouranddogfightingpandas

Review – Episodes – Episode Five (S01Ep05)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

No really, who have you got to play Lyman?

This week:
LeBlanc, Sean and the plastic surgery queen, Morning, head to a Rape Benefit. Beverly gets jealous and her and Carol share some secrets.

Pluses:
Beverly in the final shot – fantastic acting.
Character development of Sean – not the Morning arc, but why Beverly doesn’t trust him.
Carol almost genuine.
Even when you are enjoying/tolerating success, someone is more successful.
Some great throw away lines regarding the Rape Benefit – Including the Rape Goodie Bag.
Male thinking.

Minuses:
Would like to see more of Tommy (?), their old assistant.

This episode showed us exactly why Beverly was leaving Sean in the pilot. Even though it was done with humour, the pain was evident. Great episode.

#fourandahalfpandasinthedark

PS. I have just seen Episode Six and it was brilliant! The “next week” section looks even better!

Review – Being Human – Type 4 (S03Ep03)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Hi Honey, I am home! I may be a bit whiffy though as decomp is well underway.

This week:
The best of intentions have unforeseen consequences. What makes us human? Zombie heartache. Mitchell tries to come to grips with his emotions and past in regards to Annie while controlling a Mitchell Vampire Fan Boy.

Pluses:
Graham idolising Mitchell and copying his life.
Sasha’s emotional journey.
Learning through death.
Nina’s news for George – that is going to be one interesting storyline.
Annie’s fixation.
Sasha not accepting and trying to live her old life.
People are right bastards.

Minuses:
I thought the end of the Graham story wasn’t on point (no pun intended).
Could have been more jokes with Graham.

What really made me love this episode was how it was about “becoming” for all characters, including the guest stars. I was amazed how my empathy was generated for the highly annoying Sasha – fantastic acting and character growth.

#fourandahalfundeadpandas

Review – Being Human (UK) – Adam’s Family (S03Ep02)

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Walking hand in hand into the sunset, as only a ghost and a vampire can.

This week:
A teenage vamp needs help and two werewolves step up. Mitchell is offered an out and Annie interferes way too much in Mitchell’s job hunt.

Positives:
The “nice” vampires not so nice.
The depths of humanity.
Choices – everyone’s choices.
What makes us human sometimes isn’t what we think.
The anti-werewolf jokes – loved the paper.

Minuses:
Annie really annoyed me this week – I know that was the point but wanted to smack her.
Went a little too far in the pool room.
Mitchell was a bit too wishy-washy for me this week. I know he is dealing with tunnel events and purgatory, but still.
For an isolated place there seems to be a lot of non-humans.

This was an episode that felt very much like the antics of Season One (and that is a good thing). I really liked how George and Nina stepped up and Adam’s final decision.

#threeandahalfkinkypandas

Review – Come Fly With Me (S01Ep03)

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Penny on the look out for people travelling above their class.

This week:
We meet three new characters, a baggage handler father and son team, and Great British Air’s First Class Cabin Crew member, Penny. Precious doesn’t work and praises the Lord, that ugly married couple have a bad holiday, Tommy gets promoted and nothing really funny happens.

Pluses:
The baggage handlers made me smile.
Tommy’s three stars and his training the new guy (same joke though).
Fearghal’s Italian meal.
Penny.
Rupert Grints. (sic)

Minuses:
Same jokes as the past few weeks.
Melody and Keeley didn’t really gel this week.
Customs joke has been done to death.
Lack of interest in most of the characters.
Same old same old.

A person I follow on The Twitters said it was a brilliant episode, yet I found it lack luster yet again. Either they aren’t taking the jokes far enough or I am just not recognising the jokes. I really hope it steps up this week, as it is in a downward helix at the moment.

#oneandahalfpandastellingthesamejokes

Review – Come Fly With Me (S01Ep02)

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

I was personally picked by Omar for FlyLo Hotties. #shudder

This week:
The Queen comes to the aeroport. David Schwimmer gets caught in customs. Precious praises the Lord. Pirates. Gay experiences and a wing falls off.

Pluses:
We meet some more of the characters.
Tommy learning to work in fast food so he can become a pilot.
Luggage limits.
Fergahl.
Flylo.co.uk.com.net.org.com.com
Melody and Keeely arc.

Minuses:
Just not as funny this week.
Too over the top.
I still don’t like Omar and it just took his segment too far.
Same jokes different tag line.

This week just didn’t really gel for me. I had no laugh out loud moments like I did last week – which was a real shame as I really wanted to love it and laugh myself silly. Disappointing.

#twosadpandas

Review – Come Fly With Me (S01Ep01)

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Looks like someone has been getting lessons from the TSA.

Synopsis:
This is the new show by Matt Lucas and David Walliams – the brilliant minds and performers who brought us Little Britain. Using an aeroport, they introduce a wide variety of characters and we follow them through their day, a la Airport UK.

This week:
We get to meet the cast of characters.
Loved the stereotyping – so wrong yet so right.
Pussy Wagon!
Dog popsicle.
Martin Clune (very funny to me as we were talking about a guy who looks like Martin Clune while walking back from the NYE Fireworks last night).
Checkin chicks.
Fergahl.
Precious.
Pat downs.

Minuses:
Was a little slow to get going.
I didn’t like the character Omar – but I think it is a take on the guy who started EasyJet.

I can see this being a show that quickly becomes a part of our lives in the same way Little Britain brought us so many lines and characters. This episode didn’t see us meet all the characters just yet, so there is more new ones to come, but I already have my favourites. Just like in Little Britain, some characters have their own arcs that they will be playing out. The one character I really wished they had of done is the guy who looks after the pets/animals in the Airport UK show. I think that would have been a hoot.

#fourpandastravellingonOurLadyAirline

PS. Not sure who will be releasing this in Australia – but my guess would be SBS or ABC.