The latest issue of Panini’s The Essential Doctor Who is devoted to the Doctor’s most dangerous opponent: the Master!
Over 116 pages of all-new material, the latest issue of The Essential Doctor Who examines every Master story – from Terror of the Autons to Death in Heaven – and profiles the actors who have brought the villainous Time Lord to life. (more…)
So the Dark Eyes 4 box set is with us – and as such the franchise is finally closed, with the four-story narrative neatly (and sometimes not so neatly) wrapping up this, and other, Big Finish story arcs.
The writing credits are jointly shared by BF alumni Matt Fitton and John Dorney, with Fitton also showrunning and defining the arc.
The series opens with Dorney’s A Life in the Day: Liv and the Doctor are in London, being chased by alien assassins for unknown reasons, and tying up with the Donaldson siblings, who may be hiding more than they admit. For me this is possibly the best of the bunch. Without giving too much away, ALitD provides a new angle on an old SF trope, and its an extremely interesting one. It asks questions of the genre that have generally been left unasked before, namely, what does it feel like to be the one the, um, don’t want to spoil, the one the thing isn’t happening to in the relationship, and for this reason alone it makes the boxset worth the asking price. Of course, there are many other reasons too… (more…)
After a month-long break, Flash returns with a packed episode. Given that the show has already been part of a crossover with Arrow, had a strong mid-season finale, and given a two-part introduction to another superhero, it’s perhaps surprising that there’s so much in this episode. Of course, in line with the lead character’s ‘thing’, the show has not been slow to bring in new elements, and this episode hits us with several big deals, culminating in a blast of awesome. And we’re still quite some weeks away from the finale. (more…)
It may only be episode 15, but a lot has happened this season. After departing at the end of last season, Sara Lance returned to Starling City only to be murdered. This then became the driver behind pretty much everything that’s happened since then.
There will be some spoilers for UK viewers. (more…)
One of the defining elements of this show has been the parallel storytelling of contemporary Starling City and Ollie’s life 5-years ago. For the first couple of years, the flashbacks dealt with his time on the island, with season 3 transplanting the flashbacks to Hong Kong as Ollie was forced to work for Amanda Waller as part of her covert team.
This week turns it around, with the flashbacks taking Ollie back to Starling in 2010, looking in on the characters at a time before we first knew them, and where they were still grieving the loss of Oliver. Oh… and there’s wigs… a lot of wigs! (more…)
Last week, we left the Flash racing Caitlin away from the site where the fused Firestorm is about to explode with a nuclear blast. Of course they outrun the explosion, which turns out to be the energy released by the fission of Ronnie and Professor Stein. Perhaps not surprisingly, given their enforced conjoining, Stein and Raymond tend to snark at one another, though the chemistry between the two ensures it remains mild.
A late arrival to last week’s episode was General Wade Eiling, whose intent is to use meta-humans and meta technology to create an army of super soldiers. His previous attempt with Plastique didn’t go so well, so he’s keen to succeed with Firestorm.
Like last week’s Arrow, this episode had a lot more going on than normal, and felt a little crowded in parts. However, with a hiatus coming up, it gives us a lot to take away and ponder. (more…)
Whilst comics may drive the initial creation of tv shows, the need to ground it within a real world, together with the building of its own mythos means that it doesn’t take long for a series to move away from its roots. Every so often, there is a moment when the show figuratively takes a breath in order to clear out some of the overhanging plot elements.
Last week, Arrow had reached one of those points – Oliver had returned from a battle to the death with Ra’s al Ghul; Laurel was running around hitting criminals with a stick as the Canary replacement for her dead sister whilst allowing (and actively encouraging) her father to believe Sara was still alive; everyone knows Oliver is the Arrow with the exception of Thea. (more…)
Effectively part one of a two-part story, this episode feels to be something of a curate’s egg, or perhaps half thereof. Much of what we see this episode comes across as setup for part two, though there is still plenty to enjoy. (more…)
Ollie’s enforced absence from Starling City has given Brick (Vinnie Jones) a month-long opportunity to build his gang and start to take over the Glades, with the police unable to stop him, despite the efforts of Team Arrow to assist. Given that the field Team Arrow is basically Roy at the moment – Laurel tries hard, but she still looks like she basically just hits people with a stick as hard as she can; Diggle must have babysitting duties; and despite last week’s pep talk about carrying on the Arrow’s work, Felicity seems to be slipping backwards again – it’s impressive that they are achieving some measure of respect from the locals. It also highlights how important the Arrow is as a symbol to the people of the city, and to the Glades in particular. (more…)