Friday 19 August 2011


4x53 (17/8/11 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

The Rob Brydon Show
2x04 Episode 4
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]


Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)
[2nd watch]
At least, I'm pretty sure I've seen it before -- unlike the first one, I didn't remember any of it.


Torchwood: First Born by James Goss
Pages 211-251 [the end]

I didn't start reading this until the second one arrived, but I've finished it as the third one lands on my doormat -- read it at about the right speed, then. Now I just need to completely self-motivate myself to read the next two. Oh dear...

Anyway, as for the end of this one... It turned out quite good, I think. The friendly-alien-explorers, humans-are-actually-the-nasty-ones stuff is hardly revelatory (I'm sure Torchwood has done it before, never mind science fiction in general), but it works well enough. A decent enough tie-in novel, then.

I think the next two could be more interesting in their role as Miracle Day prequels, though. Here we have the only surviving Torchwood member and her Torchwood-member-in-all-but-name hubby solving a Torchwood-y case -- very tie-in-novel-normal, and barely at all connected to Miracle Day. Book two, however, features some minor supporting character dealing with some Torchwood-y clean-up -- will that have anything to do with Miracle Day either? How much do we need to learn about the remains of the Hub, the remains of Suzie Costello (who I thought had been completely dealt with ages ago), and the activities of PC Andy (assuming he's in it all that much -- he's not mentioned in the plot outline)? Could be an odd'un.

And then the third book stars Rex... who'd never heard of Torchwood before Miracle Day episode one and was just a regular CIA agent (it seemed), not versed in extraterrestrial-type cases. And Jack apparently didn't know him in Miracle Day either, so it's not likely to turn out to be some Retcon-fuelled business. Most intriguing how they'll work round that, I think -- could be an odd'un also. Whether that's a good or bad thing for either book, I don't know...


Zombie Invades Couple’s Wedding Photos by Whitney Jefferson
(from Jezebel)
Now this is funny. The full set of photos, in case you somehow miss the link, is here.

Collection Count

Collection Count tracks my DVD/Blu-ray collection via a number of statistics every week.

Just a couple of new additions this update -- but it's also the monthly running time update, and that's always exciting!

There should've been slightly more new titles to add, but for the second time my attempt at buying Sin City on Blu-ray has fallen through. Those with exceptional memories may remember when I tried in March: I was sent a copy with two Disc 1s and no Disc 2. This time, over a week after the due dispatch date, ASDA Entertainment -- one of The Hut Group's many, many subsidiaries -- decided they didn't actually have any stock after all so wouldn't be fulfilling my order. No Hut-run website is especially reliable so I'm not all that surprised.

Third time lucky? Maybe. We'll see... probably in another five months or something.

Number of titles in collection: 1,359 [up 2]
Of which DVDs: 1,129 [up 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 230 [up 1]

Number of discs in collection: 3,361 [up 3]
Number of films in collection: 1,432 [up 2]
Number of TV episodes in collection: 5,027 [no change]

Plus this week it's time for a running time update, so...

Total running time of collection (approx.):
242 days, 12 hours, and 26 minutes.
(Up 23 hours and 7 minutes from last month.)

That's the smallest monthly increase since March 2010! Well I never.

See you next week, faithful reader.