Tuesday, 7 October 2014


Doctor Who
21x14 Planet of Fire Part Two

1x01 Pilot
Welshman Ioan Gruffudd is a 200-year-old Englishman who can't die in this new American procedural -- hey, when there are so many cop shows on TV, you need a good twist. On the evidence of this opener it's not an exceptional show, but it is above-average and pretty entertaining, with enough amusing bits to make up for the rote elements. The writers could have done with a healthy dose of "show don't tell" instead of the mass of voiceover, though.

Whose Line is it Anyway?
2x01 (10/11/89 edition)
2x02 (17/11/89 edition)
Following "most fans"' advice, I decided to jump ahead to series two. The format is the same -- indeed, many of the rounds are exactly the same -- and yet instead of being a little awkward and occasionally amusing, it's now frequently hilarious. Not sure how or why that's changed, but hooray.
[Watch 2x01 and 2x02 (again) on 4oD.]

Would I Lie To You?
8x04 Episode 4
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]


Go Ahead, Get Excited for the New Twin Peaks. Even If It Turns Out Awful.
by James Poniewozik (from TIME)

Why it's OK to stop being cynical and start being excited for something -- in this case, new Twin Peaks.