It was the tone that sank the Hitchhikers movie more than anything: it wasn't quite a Douglas Adams story and it wasn't quite a family fantasy adventure. It was actually not that bad as the latter, but it was terrible as the former, and that's why most people wanted to see a Hitchhikers movie realised, for a full,… » 10/22/14 5:59pm Wednesday 5:59pm

I enjoy some prequels. I loved X-Men: First Class, and thought it was better than the original trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed Monsters University, while accepting that it wasn't as good as the original. I thought Caprica, once it got going, was fantastic. » 10/20/14 5:43pm Monday 5:43pm

Quantum Leap used amnesia very well, but more as a subplot (and expositionary device) than as a plot itself. The first episode uses it heavily, as Sam has to learn how he got where he is and what his role is, but it was also used expertly throughout the series as Sam learned more about his own life. One quietly… » 10/20/14 5:09pm Monday 5:09pm

What I found most frustrating was that almost all the way through you could see what they were TRYING to do... and how they were utterly FAILING to. Moments like the neck snap, or the schoolbus, they seem to be trying to test Clark but manage to totally botch any actual discussion of the ethics or consequences. So… » 10/15/14 3:53pm 10/15/14 3:53pm

This seems a lot more rushed than I'd have expected. I was presuming we'd get Thanos dealt with up to and including 2019, with the conclusion of Phase 3, and THEN Civil War when there's been enough time to introduce plenty more heroes. Starting in 2016... isn't that pushing it? » 10/14/14 4:24am 10/14/14 4:24am

I'm enjoying this show. It's Sharknado bad: it's big and dumb and ridiculous, and the people behind it seem about 50% aware of just how big and dumb and ridiculous it is, and the fun comes from trying to figure out which 50% you're watching. Is the Balloonman meant to be so ridiculously stupid? What about Fish Mooney?… » 10/07/14 7:01pm 10/07/14 7:01pm

Avengers is a terrible example, given that the scientist isn't a bad guy, merely an [unaware then unwilling] accomplice, and that the good guys comprise an engineer who's basically a scientist (he discovered/created a new element, for Pete's sake) and two men enhanced by science. I doubt anyone can come away from The… » 10/06/14 3:55pm 10/06/14 3:55pm

This series seems to be an exercise in what flaws Doctor Who fans care about. Every episode has been deeply flawed, but every one has been loved by a noticeable portion of the fanbase (if rarely the majority). I, for one, loved this episode and thought it was the best of the run... but almost all the points being… » 10/05/14 6:30am 10/05/14 6:30am

I doubt it'll get cancelled before a third series - although Marvel Studios is a business, Kevin Feige and other higher ups do care about the material, and they're continually tying it to the main events of the MCU, showing further their trust in it. Because Marvel has so much sway within Disney, and because ABC is… » 10/02/14 7:08am 10/02/14 7:08am

I know what you mean, but I don't think that tying the films to the TV show by way of an artifact would be as offputting as you think. After all, The Avengers made more than three times what Captain America 1 made, so a significant portion wouldn't even have been familiar Steve Rogers' story, let alone the Tesseract. » 10/01/14 12:01pm 10/01/14 12:01pm

I've actually had to deal with a similar thing recently with one of our local am dram societies; a cast member had to leave the production to look after his mother. It's a tough thing to deal with, but everyone of course understood his priorities. YNB was great, and I'm sure will continue to be in whatever roles she… » 10/01/14 3:43am 10/01/14 3:43am

I like Dushku, but one of the problems was that it was a show with a central lead who wasn't that compelling, partly because the character by definition was blank for much of the run (this might not have been the case if the original pilot was kept), and partly because the supporting cast were so staggeringly good. If… » 9/29/14 2:48pm 9/29/14 2:48pm