Doctor Who 2018

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New Doctor Who:

I have NO problem with Jodie Whittaker being The Doctor.
I have a BIG problem with Chris Chibnall delivering such a mediocre first story for her.

The MAGIC is missing!

It was an uninspiring setting, any writer of Who fan fiction could have done better with the story… it was just a predictable, average drama with a few Doctor Who references.

If the second episode isn’t a ripper then it is all over. Doctor Who will be losing viewers by the millions… and episode one would definitely not have created a new generation of viewers, quite the opposite.

Or was this deliberate? To actually give the BBC an “excuse” to stop making Who? It happens a lot in television these days… sadly.

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Episode 13.3 – ROSA

The BEST episode of Doctor Who that I’ve seen in MANY years!

Chris Chibnall and the new Doctor Who team have redeemed themselves with this amazing historical episode about Rosa Parks.  

I’m finding many of the episodes this season to be more like episodes of “Class” than Doctor Who… and we all know that show only survived for ONE season.  Seems like we are condemned to be dragged between two extremes in season 13 of new Doctor Who. 

 

SALVATION

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SALVATION

 

SALVATION is a 13 episode season on Netflix about an asteroid heading to destroy Earth. 

The tech geniuses, played by Santiago Cabera and Charlie Rowe, have to fight the government and a group of young, deluded hackers to save the planet.  With some help on the inside they get close to success but the traitors, also on the inside, have their own agenda.

Strong and charismatic performances support a story of twists, turns and intrigue.

Thrilled that we will have Season 2 in late 2018.

 

9 asteroids out of 10

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LOST IN SPACE (2018)

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LOST IN SPACE (2018)

 

Netflix has released all 10 episodes of the new reboot of LOST IN SPACE.

Currently up to episode 4, I’m very impressed.

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I missed the cameo by Billy Mummy in episode 1 because I was more focused on seeing that Dr Smith is a female in this version.  I was actually distracted by my partner’s very vocal response to this realisation; he was also unimpressed that the new Dr Who is a female.  I don’t share his concerns but I do admit that the TV series of Van Helsing was destroyed because they chose to make the lead a female instead of a male.

LOST IN SPACE looks like it will be a great ride… just not as brilliant as the ultimate SciFi competition from this year, STAR TREK Discovery… still the best new SciFi series since Westworld.

 

8 “Danger, Will Robinsons” out of 10

 

 

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Victoria S2 E6

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VICTORIA Season 2 Episode 6.  In general I love this series from BBC with Jenna Coleman playing the role of her lifetime exceptionally, a stellar cast, great writing and exceptional production values.

However, Season 2 Episode 6: FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY was the most brilliant episode of TV Drama I have seen in a long time.  This episode is about the Irish Potato Famine of the mid 19th Century and the courage of Dr Robert Traill.

Series creator and writer, Daisy Goodwin, deserves to win awards for her amazing work on this episode.  Also beautifully directed by Jim Loath.  I was reduced to tears several times.

10 Potatoes out of 10.

Season 2:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victoria-2-Blu-ray-Jenna-Louise-Coleman/dp/B07531CFN4/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=michaelyounga-21&linkCode=w00&linkId=90f86b0a7d0f94b7354e0df45ce89fd5&creativeASIN=B07531CFN4

 

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Season 1&2:

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Empire/ This Is Us

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EMPIRE/ THIS IS US.  Both shows have returned for another season but they were really struggling to hold my attention.  Then suddenly with Episode 6 they both returned to the standard of their previous seasons and blew me away.  I question how it can take six episodes of a series before the endless list of producers realise that they are getting it wrong.  Is that how long they take to get our viewer feedback and make the needed changes?

Well, they are back on form and even reducing me to tears again in Ep 6 & 7 of THIS IS US.

UPDATE:  Jan 2018:  THIS IS US Episode 10 was so unengaging, dull and weakly written that I am now DUMPING this series for good!

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Wisdom Of The Crowd

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Wisdom Of The Crowd is a surprisingly addictive new show from CBS about a tech savvy father who creates new technology to find the person who murdered his daughter despite the police already having convicted their suspect.  Jeffrey Tanner, perfectly played by Jeremy Piven who amazed me as Mr Selfrigde in the series of the same, creates the SOPHE Crowd Tec app to challenge the system getting new evidence from, potentially, every mobile user in the name country.

The launch of the app is a big success but the answer to his question is not so easily found as the more they learn from the app obsessed followers the more question get raised.  The police are initially reluctant to allow Tanner to have any say in investigations but the ‘will of the crowd’ change their response.

A brilliant idea, a potentially dangerous creation.  Great cast, fast pace, beautifully executed.

 

8 champagnes out of 10. 

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