The Torchwood team returns and heads stateside in the fourth series of the BBC sci-fi show. A mix of British sci-fi geekiness with US action, it's a solid follow-up to the brilliant 'Children of the Earth'.
This week True Blood season four continues to bring on the drama in 'You Smell Like Dinner', which makes for a great episode title and hopefully an effective pick-up line once I've launched my line of bacon scented perfume.
True Blood is the kind of show that when mentioned, can either elicit squeals or groans. Despite my love of it, it's the kind of show I often find myself making excuses for. However, after being blown away by last night's season four premiere I've decided to never again be ashamed of my love of True Blood. Your favourite gap-toothed, fang-banging waitress is back and already it's shaping up to be a bad-ass season, fairies and all.
Spoiler Warning: "The Rebel Flesh" (6.5) and "The Almost People" (6.6). Also, I wouldn't read any further into this post unless you've watched the entirety of "A Good Man Goes To War" (6.7) right to the very end. I mean to the last second. You've been warned, alright? Spoilers.
I knew going into "The Rebel Flesh" and "The Almost People" that I wasn't going to like these episodes at all. After watching the trailer for this two-parter, the episodes immediately felt like the dismal Silurian two-parter in Series Five - "Cold Blood" and "The Hungry Earth". Both two-installment stories deal with representations of humanity and a war between humans and their human-like counterparts (now enemies).
And so episode seven leaves many of our players in even worse shape than they were before - as if that were even possible! Death, betrayal, uncertainty and now the likely prospect of invasion. Things have never been worse for the people of the Seven Kingdoms.
This is the episode that Whovians have been waiting 47 years for, but just didn't know it. With a woman-turned-TARDIS, companions running through actual TARDIS corridors and Neil Gaiman on board, it would be very hard to go wrong. There is no doubt that "The Doctor's Wife" will go down as one of the most iconic episodes within both Series Six and the decades-spanning television series Doctor Who as a whole.
The fifth episode of HBO's Game of Thrones, titled “The Wolf and the Lion,” was the most action packed and gruesome of the first season so far. If we were to compare the series through five episodes to a Rube Goldberg machine – and why not – the first four episodes were the set up. In this week's episode the start button was pushed, and the machinations began to pay off dramatically: the pace quickened, threats flew in earnest and lots of blood was spilled.
The Doctor, Amy and Rory have decided to go on adventures after three months of fighting The Silents. Their first stop is a pirate ship manned by one Captain Avery. Avery and his fellow pirates are being picked off one by one by a siren who can smell even the smallest drop of blood. Episodes immediately following the premiere episode are least spectacular episodes of each series. They are often self-contained stories that are lighter in theme that usually go back in time rather than forward. Series Six's "Curse of the Black Spot" follows in this same vein, but thankfully for Doctor Who audiences,"Curse of the Black Spot" blows the previously mentioned episodes out of the water.
The fourth episode of Game of Thrones, entitled Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things, has a steady supply of all of the aforementioned outsiders and invalids. Jon Snow continues to face challenges as he trains to become a brother of the Night's Watch, while young Bran Stark - whose dreams are being haunted by a mysterious three-eyed crow - struggles to come to terms with his new life as a parapelegic.
As I said in my review, the first episode of Doctor Who Series Six —"The Impossible Astronaut" — was filled with elaborate narrative arcs and characters on the brink of disaster. The second part to this two-parter serial — "Day of the Moon" — does nothing in the way of answering questions or alleviating any of the tension introduced in the previous episode.
Arrivals, false glory and palace intrigue are the primary concerns of the third instalment of HBO's Game of Thrones. The episode is entitled “Lord Snow”, though Jon Snow plays a relatively minor role in the episode as a whole, and is not technically a nobleman. Following the Stark family's arduous journey from Winterfell, the episode begins with Ned's uncomfortable arrival in King's Landing, where he assumes the title of Hand of the King.
With the introduction and exposition heavy first episode behind it, Game of Thrones now moves onto the business of the story. In the wake of shocking conclusion of the first episode (incest and attempted child murder still qualify as shocking, right?), the second episode, titled "The Kingsroad", quite literally takes the action on the road. Many characters embark on journies that will shape the events of the entire season, and indeed the rest of the series.
In the previous series, Steven Moffat hit the ground running, creating one of the most entertaining collections of episodes in Doctor Who history. With the eleventh incarnation of The Doctor garnering an impressive amount of critical praise and fan approval, its understandable that Moffat's sophomore effort is one of the most highly-anticipated television shows of the year.
Earlier this morning, HBO released ratings numbers for the premiere of their new epic fantasy series Game of Thrones, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Though the ratings were solid – if decidedly unspectacular – HBO also announced the show's renewal for a second season. Great news for fans new and old.
Today we were lucky enough to speak with actor Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in HBO's epic fantasy series Game of Thrones. We discussed the audition process for the show, his character Jon Snow, the sprawling and illustrious cast, Thrones fan sites, and what he keeps on his dork shelf.
The new season of Doctor Who begins in a little over two weeks on April 23. I don't think I've quivered with this much anticipation since the new series began five or so years ago. I went into the last season with mixed feelings. I had full confidence in new head writer Stephen Moffat, but was worried about the loss of David Tennant. All I can say now is, David who (yes, pun intended)?
On Monday, we were treated to the first two episodes of HBO's highly anticipated, big-budget fantasy serial Game of Thrones, based on R.R. Martin's fantasy series of the same name. Though we left the screening rather impressed, we wonder whether the series will have the cross-over appeal required to sustain itself at its current budget.