Friday, 29 April 2011
Thursday, 28 April 2011
Another mini-episode of Doctor Who will air after the broadcast of Day Of The Moon at approximately 6.45pm, we can reveal. With a running time of two minutes, the story acts as a prelude to the third episode of Season Six, The Curse Of The Black Spot, which takes place on a 1696 pirate ship haunted by a strange ghost called the Siren. We don't know yet what the prequel will entail, but the first prequel gave us a glimpse of the Oval Office and a girl's mysterious calls to President Nixon, so expect the dilemma facing the Doctor, Amy and Rory in Curse to at least be touched upon. As if that weren't enough, spoiler-free reviews of this week's conclusion to the 1960s USA two-parter have revealed that we can expect another big cliffhanger here to leave more questions open as to the nature of the main story arc, so this Saturday evening will probably provoke a lot of discussion! Day Of The Moon airs on BBC One this Saturday at 6pm.
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
It's hard to believe American viewers have just three weeks left until Smallville reaches its end, but to hammer in the harsh truth we now have the synopsis for the last episode, Finale. Also, you should be able to see two fairly important images to the left, the first of Michael Rosenbaum's Lex Luthor meeting Clark one last time in the ruins of the Luthor mansion after the former's resurrection, the second of Clark and Lois at their wedding (but exec Kelly Souders warns us "It is a very long walk down the aisle"). Make of these what you will, but until Finale airs on May 13th and likely sometime this Autumn in the UK here's the story brief: "The story of Clark Kent culminates in this epic two-hour series finale as Clark takes the last step to becoming the Man of Steel. With surprise guest appearances, nods to the first few seasons of the show and Michael Rosenbaum's return as Lex Luthor, this final episode wraps up a decade-long story following one man's journey to becoming the world's greatest superhero..." My reviews of Kent, Booster, Dominion, Prophecy and Finale should be here sometime around half term (May 27th-June 4th)!
9. WII FIT PLUS
8. CRYSIS 2
7. FIFA 11
6. OPERATION FLASHPOINT: RED RIVER
5. LEGO STAR WARS III: THE CLONE WARS
4. ZUMBA FITNESS
3. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS
2. MORTAL KOMBAT
1. PORTAL 2
Monday, 25 April 2011
SILENCE WILL FALL- What does that ominous message mean? We got mere glimpses of the Silents last week, however we're promised a major battle for the Doctor and his group of companions this time around, so maybe we'll find out!
THE DOCTOR'S DEATH- This took everyone by surprise in The Impossible Astronaut, yet by the episode's climax we were no closer to solving how the TARDIS crew could prevent it or bring the Time Lord back. Whatever happens this week, expect tension to rise if the team has to keep their secret for longer.
THE ASTRONAUT- Far from terrorising her or posing as her to lure the Doctor in, the titular astronaut of Episode 1 was revealed to be the scared little girl- but who is she? Fans have speculated she is Amy's child or even River Song, but I get the feeling it's more specifically related to this story than the entire season.
APOLLO 11- 1969 is obviously when Apollo 11 set off on its momentus voyage into space, but how can it with the Silence threatening to consume Earth? Bearing in mind that the mission took place in July, perhaps a month or two will have passed (that would certainly explain the image of the Doc's bearded imprisonment in Area 51) in between episodes. The trailer made it seem like the Silence capture Amy too- bad move!
THE TARDIS- Or rather, the spaceship from The Lodger whose interior resembles it. Why is it here? Will the Silence escape in it to fight another day? Wait and see...
CLIFFHANGERS- We've got last week's big open ending to resolve first- what happened to Rory that River witnessed? Obviously the astronaut survives being shot, but how, and what will her reaction and the consequences be? However, that's not all- we're promised an epic final scene that will contain another cliffhanger, not likely to be resolved until later this season but exciting all the same!
Sunday, 24 April 2011
Friday, 22 April 2011
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Bundled alongside the Deathly Hallows: Part One DVD at Asda, On The Road was, inevitably, always going to be a bit of a disappointment compared to the hefty two-disc package loaded with special features, but to its credit there is some new footage here that might entice fans. For example, did you know that at the Fleur/Percy wedding the cast argued as to whether the Weasleys or the Delacours had more say in the tent's decorations? Or that scenes were filmed not just in Swinley Forest but also Burnham Beeches and on the Scottish coast at Glen Entive? Anecdotes such as these make for an eventful and interesting twenty minutes, but that's honestly all you get, and even though at just a couple of extra pounds (the double pack costs £12 as opposed to Part One at £10) we shouldn't really expect too much, the recycling of footage from the main DVD and the feature's brevity can't be forgiven as a missed opportunity on Asda's part. However, while you shouldn't go out of your way just for the bonus disc, if you happen to get On The Road then you'll at least get a nice look at some areas of the film you didn't know about, and it is one more dose of Potter before it all ends in July!
It's about time- just under three months before the film's release, Electronic Arts have unveiled the video game tie-in to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 with a new trailer and screenshots. The title, based around the final film in the series, will once again be akin to a third-person shooter, taking an over-the-shoulder view as Harry fights for his life and the lives of every wizard and Muggle in the world. Players will visit many memorable locations from the past and present movies, including Gringott's Bank, Godric's Hollow and ultimately Hogwarts to find the final Horcruxes and end a battle that threatens to destroy the wizarding world. EA revealed that while there won't be Kinect support (a feature in the Part 1 tie-in), PS3 owners can use the Move controller throughout the game, and Wii players will also get to wave their remotes and control Harry's wand. This time around the emphasis won't just be on Mr. Potter, either: from some parts of the trailer and remembering an event late in the book that may require other characters to play as while Harry isn't there, it looks like Ron, Hermionie and Ginnie will become playable as well later on. The Part 2 videogame will release in the week starting July 12th, while the movie itself premières on the 15th of July. You can watch the first trailer right here: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1530271116437&oid=126608720686085&comments
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
THE TIME WARRIOR- Posing as a journalist, Sarah-Jane joined the Doctor on the TARDIS to fight a menacing Sontaran in medieval times, and even in her first story Liz is innocent yet totally believable as a companion.
SCHOOL REUNION- 43 years later, Liz returned to the show, older and yet somehow the same, but this time tear-inducing as she asked the Doctor why she was left behind and eventually got a new lease on life.
THE TRICKSTER STORIES (SJA)- All three of Sarah-Jane's encounters with the ultimate time meddler featured an emotional hurdle for Elizabeth to try and empathise with, and every time she managed it perfectly- the scene where she meets her doomed parents and they reconcile before they go to their deaths in The Temptation Of Sarah-Jane Smith is utterly heartbreaking and so well played.
THE DOCTOR STORIES (SJA)- Twice the Doctor returned to help his old companion in two different incarnations, and both times the chemistry was spot-on, one of the best relationships between the Time Lord and his companion so far. Sarah-Jane's tearful goodbye of sorts to the Tenth Doctor in Wedding is highly relevant today, especially one line she said when her old friend asked her not to forget him: "No one's ever going to forget you."
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
6. FLESH & STONE- A gripping conclusion to an excellent two-parter, most of the adventure took place in the forest of the Byzantium, but that didn't stop it from featuring quality moments such as the tragic death of Father Octavion, his warning that River Song cannot be trusted and Matt's fantastic victory speech as he tells his companions to "get a grip" as he sends the army of Weeping Angels hurtling into the crack.
5. THE WATERS OF MARS- Quite possibly the darkest Who has ever gone, Waters began to signal the end for the Tenth Doctor in a fast paced, ultimately heartbreaking epic where we see the near-terrifying 'Time Lord Victorious' suffer the beginning of his demise when an Ood appears in the snow...
4. UTOPIA- I can't credit this episode enough for pulling the massive surprise of Yana being the Master, especially with such an unexpected link to the Family Of Blood two-parter in the fob watch and Jack's bold yet emotional return into the Doctor's life!
3. BLINK- Very nearly getting second place, Blink was the first time I'd ever been scared of a Doctor Who enemy, incredibly impressive when you consider that the same adversary cannot talk or move when seen- but that's what makes the Weeping Angels so terrifying...the rest of the story was unbalanced, but the Angels make this essential viewing.
2. THE PANDORICA OPENS- A recent one, The Pandorica Opens was edgy, innovative and contained Matt Smith's sublime Stonehenge speech. But what's more, it takes any viewer off guard when you realise that the fates have converged on the Doctor and he is the only person who scares the universe enough to have its worst monsters join together and attempt to save reality from him. His imprisonment in the Pandorica as the cracks in time open and silence begins to fall is deeply disturbing stuff!
1. DALEK- Only writer Rob Sherman could make a lone Dalek terrifying and pitiful in the space of forty five minutes; this near-perfect episode claimed victory on the list for making me realise just why people used to hide behind the sofa...
Monday, 18 April 2011
6. THE HUNGRY EARTH- Its intentions are good, but so little actually happens in this one that it's easy to get bored, not to mention the fact that it sports perhaps the worst cliffhanger since Who returned ("Look what I've found, a big cave! Wow!!" Cut to credits).
5. 42- Trying too hard to juggle the Mr Saxon arc of Series Three and an epic race against time, 42 felt like a wasted opportunity to take the series into dark territory. Plus, what the heck were those monsters meant to be?
4. THE LONG GAME- These next few are all particularly loathsome, but there was just too much going on here- Rose was reduced to a mere two or three lines, and Simon Pegg didn't get enough chance to shine!
3. BOOM TOWN- Okay, so the resturant scenes between Chris Eccleston's Doctor and antagonist Margaret Blaine were funny to watch, yet this is another example of Who going domestic unsuccessfully.
2. THE IDIOT'S LANTERN- God, was the Wire annoying! David Tennant does a great turn as a vengeful Doc when Rose loses her face, but otherwise this was a bog-standard historical episode with terribly mundane guest stars. Watch this, and you're facing the ultimate endurance test...
1. FEAR HER-...unless of course you sit through this, which makes number 2 seem like an Oscar winner. Try as it might to convince us it was a cool glimpse at the 2012 London Olympics, Fear Her was in reality a story on low-budget, and it showed. Scribble monsters? Really?
10. SHIFT 2: UNLEASHED
9. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS
8. POKEMON WHITE
7. POKEMON BLACK
5. TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 12: THE MASTERS
4. FIFA 11
3. CRYSIS 2
2. LEGO STAR WARS III: THE CLONE WARS
1. ZUMBA FITNESS
AMERICA- For the first time since the show returned in 2005, this season is opening with a two-parter set and filmed in America. From what's been said in DWM, we'll open in modern day then shift back to the United States in the 1960s, where the Doctor is recruited by President Nixon to find a terrified little girl and save her from the spaceman who can't exist...but just a second, how does Nixon know where to find the Time Lord...?
RIVER SONG- Bursting back with a gunshot and "Hello sweetie", the most enigmatic character in the Doctor's life is allowed out of Stormcage again to help with the task at hand. Will we find out more about her?
ENVELOPES & SECRETS- To recruit our heroes, Nixon sends out four TARDIS-coloured envelopes to Amy, Rory and River with a time, date and location- but who is the other friend of the Doctor attending the reunion? Searching for the fourth envelope, the Doctor uncovers secrets amongst his crew that they cannot tell, causing tension between everyone and sure to continue throughout this season.
THE SILENCE- "The universe is cracked- the Pandorica will open, silence will fall." Prisoner Zero told us just this in The Eleventh Hour, but we still don't know just who the Silence are. We'll find out very soon, but from what I can see the titular astronaut has something to do with them, as does the reason for us hearing the voice of the girl apparently in jeopardy yet never seeing her face...
HISTORY IN THE MAKING?- DWM's preview of the two-parter also revealed that the clips of the Nazis, Edwardians and the Doctor chained and sporting a beard take place in this story.
WHO WILL DIE?- DWM took everyone by surprise with their recent cover revealing that either the Doctor, Amy, Rory or River will die this week, but perhaps Steven Moffat's statement that "A good man will die and an impossible life will begin" starts to explain what is sure to be this week's cliffhanger!
The Impossible Astronaut airs this Saturday at 6pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Saturday, 16 April 2011
APRIL 30th-MAY 28th, JUNE 5th-JUNE 16th
You'll notice that there are two time periods included there- that's because my exams do stop for a week at the end of May, at which point while revising for the final tests I will take some time to look over what's happened in the world of entertainment over the month I've been away, updating the site with new reviews, previews and news aplenty. I may also get chance to write weekly reviews of Doctor Who, Smallville and Glee during the hiatus, but that's still very much up in the air so don't hold your breath just yet. There will be some big new pieces coming before the hiatus, though, so here's a taste of what to expect...
PRE-APRIL 30th: Britain's Got Talent, Portal 2, Doctor Who Episodes One & Two and Thor rated.
MAY 28th-JUNE 5th: The next COD, Mass Effect and Assassin's Creed announced, the first E3 news, the rest of Doctor Who's Spring half reviewed, the Smallville finale scored and many more features!
POST-JUNE 16th: Everything revealed at E3, verdicts on L.A Noire, LEGO Pirates Of The Caribbean, Child Of Eden, The Hangover: Part II, X-Men: First Class, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the Carnegie shortlist, the new Who books and so many more, the best release of May 2011, the most promising releases of June, the best releases of the first half of the year and a big look at all that's to come. Yep, when we're back in the Summer, On-Screen is going to be bigger and better than ever, with more than a few surprises in store...