Sunday, April 29, 2007

Evolution of the Daleks

Oh what's the point. It was *marginally* better, as Marie says, (Rob doesn't even give it that) but that's hardly high praise. Next week's had better make me feel something, ANYTHING. Well, other than annoyance and boredom as with the last two. And not "boo-hoo, poor Martha, he hasn't fallen in love with you after about a week" either.

EDIT: Ok, what was good:
Martha finally getting to do something by working out how to kill the pigmen

"Just proves it - there's someone out there for everyone"
"Maybe"

And the Doctor using his own DNA *should* have been brilliant. But then there's a load of third-Time Lords and he couldn't give a crap. He's annoyed they're killed because he's always annoyed when things get killed, but their Time Lordness didn't really figure.

And that's it. Two things, one of which involved mass murder, and another potential good thing that was wasted. Woohoo!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Disney songwriter Alan Menken is a hero

And here's why.

1) "I Won't Say (I'm In Love)" from Herclues, a song The Supremes would have been proud to sing (honestly, if you've never heard this song, you really have to)


2) "Friend Like Me" from Aladdin, a song that just makes you smile


3) "Under The Sea" from The Little Mermaid, one of the greatest Disney songs ever full stop:


4) "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast... as above:


Plus he wrote Little Shop of Horrors. Genius.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A message from Ben Folds (and "the suits"!)

For a wordsmith, he can be damn inarticulate at times. I'm still not sure what he's going on about here, but it sounds interesting. Plus I haven't mentioned Benny in ages and I heart him muchly. How can you *not* heart this man:


That's the coolest picture you ever saw, don't deny it.

Anyhow, onto the message....

"a message from ben:
i need a vacation. but i hate vacations because i don't know what to do with my time. so i stayed up all last night dialing up friends who play music who also want a vacation and most of them told me to call back when i was sober and not crying.
i'll ring them up again today, but my point is that i'd like to get a lot of talented musical artists together in one holiday moment of glory with possibly a few comedians and have some kind of magical experience ..MAN.
the idea of painting a large bus psychedelic purple, not taking baths for a week and driving around the country jamming out on one chord about the war got shot down quickly. everyone wanted to bring their blackberry's and sing about their record companies, then there was an issue because some of the musical acts wanted corporate sponsorship on the side of the bus etc. we'll get everyone on board.... soon. my people will come up with something and contact their people who will contact your people and we'll make my vacation fantasies come true.

a message from the suits:
we're working hard to make ben's - - and your - - rock and roll dreams come true. while we do, grab a pen and mark your calendar for february 21-25, 2008 to join Ben and friends for a kickass vacation. you can also click here to be among the first to get all of the juicy details."

Yes Ben, whatever you say. You big freak.

Bill Bailey Blogs

Who knew? Not me.

The Word

...is a very poor, very expensive magazine, really, but Rufus was on the cover so I bought it, and there's a cool country version of Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground on the "free" CD, by Chris Thile. Go have a listen. I mean, it's not as good as the original, but then this is The White Stripes we're talking about.

Monday, April 23, 2007

I'm not going mad!

Read Rob's fantastic review of Daleks in Manhatten and you'll read everything I should have written in my own. Dull story, superficial Martha, flat-pack sets. Thank goodness I'm not alone!

EDIT: Marie's Fuzz-esque marathon of a rant is just brilliant too. This is all very cathartic for me.

Kylie The Cyberwoman

Apparently. Gotta be done.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Daleks in Manhatten

You know what's missing from this series, Smith and Jones aside? Atmosphere. The Empty Child had constant menace, and you felt like you were smack bang in the middle of the Blitz. Tooth and Claw was a Gothic novel come to life. The Shakespeare Code, on the other hand, for the most part felt like it was acted out on an over-dressed stage set (and you can't tell me that was intentional), and Gridlock jumped from a solitary car interior to CG-scapes meaing you never got a sense of place.

Then last night... well the inside of the Empire State looked as convincingly luxurious as a 1930's episode of Crossroads. Where's the class? Come to mention it, where's the humour, where's the heart? Martha currently has no impact on the stories either emotionally or practically and the Doctor got lost from view somewhere along the way last night.

Come on guys, cheer me up, what am I missing?

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Paul Fuzz blogs

A night of tv and a good old fashioned moan. Get 'em while they're hot.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Bill Bailey on tour...

So says lovely Chez. I don't wanna see him in an arena though... *pouts*

Another blog added to the list...

Robert Henry Jackman has both an impressive name and an impressive blog, so I'd go check it out if I were you... :)

Peep Show vs Spaced

It's the new Boosh vs. Spaced, dontchaknow. I'm sure this blog over at the Guardian will turn into a great debate.

For me, Peep Show *is* great, and is getting better and better as it gains its heart and becomes less concerned with being edgy. The writing is absolutely brilliant - disconcertingly recognisable in fact - and its interesting that while the inner monologues are so honest, the characters are a bit caricature -ish: the difference between what we think and what we portray taken to the extreme, I guess.

But it has nothing on Spaced. It's probably the show I have seen most often, and yet I still find something new every time I watch it - literally every time. I still laugh out loud, the characters are so wonderfully wierd, (and yet wonderfully mundane too), it looks so great, I care so much, it's so very uplifting... and it's just so hard to beat.

I'm in a mild panic...

Why didn't I love The Shakespeare Code? Why didn't I love Gridlock? The Face of Boe was in that one doing his Star Wars 'there is another' thing for chrissakes!

Something's missing and it's not Rose (well it's Rose a bit, it doesn't seem Freema can really *do* warmth at the moment) it's something else... what is it, kids? Help me out here!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Life On Mars

Spoilers ahoy.

Woah, this has set the net alight hasn't it? I can't remember a show having this much impact in a long long time, Doctor Who aside. I'd better whisper this, but I haven't seen a lot of it, but what I had seen had made me fall in love with it, and I was as anxious to find out how it all ended as everyone else. And I thought the ending was fantastic. Lisa, as always, gets it right...

So why does he go there? What takes him back and makes it a more 'feeling' place for him to be? Why love of course. To invoke Twelve Monkeys again, of course he goes back for love. Who wouldn't? And for all I loved the ambivalent sci-fi time-travelling, coma-fragmented, identity-crisis realities of Tyler's worlds, what I wanted was resolution for his heart.


It wasn't, perhaps, a wholly satisfying ending on a "practical" level, in that it's hard to get a handle on what's true/real etc. But it was certainly a wholly satisfying ending on an emotional level. We didn't give monkeys about his 2007 life, we cared about Gene and Annie, so when he went back we were *very* happy. Well I was...

I'm sure you're bored to tears with debating this, but do we think he literally commited suicide? Cos, for me, that's just far too *simple* for what is essentially sc-fi (not too mention far too bleak) but there seems to be a lot of people who think this...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

So...

... what have I been up to these last ten days?

Finishing my first essay of three...
Reading Rob's fab news as always...
Posting a couple of things over at the Scoop...
Watching My Best Friend's Wedding (odd film, the "heroine" does awful, unforgivable things throughout)...
Translating a load of Anglo-Saxon...
Discovering a TV show called Theatre247 (on what's very possibly a religious channel) which covers opening nights...
Being unsure about The Shakespeare Code (bit heavy on the references, fun overall though)...
Playing Doctor Who Top Trumps...
Getting a Dalek easter egg with "EXTERMINATE" sound effect...
Getting a really retro Doctor Who pinbadge...
Generally doing too many things to do with Doctor Who...

Haha, see you in another few days ;)

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Doctor Who: Smith and Jones

I like Martha! I mean *really* like her! I was fully prepared to be very stubburn and hate her for a minimum of half the run but she's won me over... and I don't even know why, particularly. She just seemed to fit.

It was a great opener overall, actually - the hospital-on-the-moon story was fully realised despite only having about 30 minutes, and the rest gave us a good short-hand of the Joneses. We'll have to wait and see whether they have quite the impact that Jackie and Mickey had... at the moment I find that unlikely, but we'll see.

It's clear that Martha has already fallen in love with the Doctor, but to be fair, he was being just a little coy, wasn't he? Leaning against the TARDIS in cavalier fashion, growing his hair ridiculously long for maximum ruffle-age - he hasn't looked cooler since he first put on those glasses in the Christmas Invasion...

All in all, a *very* promising start...