This week I mostly been listening to…….Radiohead, Tool
[Machete – DVD] – A Blood thirsty grindhouse extravaganza. A Mexploitation movie? I really enjoyed this and laughed harder at this movie than I have done in a long time. The hospital scene was a complete scream.
[Ipcress file – DVD] – This is a classic British Spy movie starring a young Michael Cain as a renegade British agent with a penchant for the ladies. Now Listen to me. Great Movie.
[Dr Who Series 3 – Episode 1 “The Runaway Bride” – DVD] – 25 December 2006 – A bride (Catherine Tate) suddenly materializes in the Tardis. The Doctor must get her to the church on time, but the Empress of Racnoss (Sarah Parish), an alien spider, has other ideas. Great episode.
[Dr Who Series 3 – Episode 2 “Smith and Jones” – DVD] – 31 March 2007 – The Doctor meets his latest companion, Martha Jones, in a hospital that’s abducted by the Judoon who are searching for the evil, blood-sucking Florence Finnegan (Anne Reid). This was another great episode.
[Dr Who Series 3 – Episode 3 “The Shakespeare Code” – DVD] – 7 April – 2007 – The Doctor takes Martha back in time to Elizabethan England where they meet William Shakespeare (Dean Lennox Kelly) and try to solve what sent the architect of the Globe Theatre mad.
[Dr Who Series 3 – Episode 4 “Gridlock” – DVD] – The Doctor and Martha return to New Earth to find it has been laid out as a horrendous trap, stuck in a giant and long traffic jam under the streets of New New York. This is a storming episode with a heavy feel of 2000AD future shocks to it.
This series of Blackadder is set in the trenches of world war one and is my favorite of them all.
[Blackadder Goes Forth Episode 1 “Captain Cook” – DVD] – 28 September – 1989 – When Field Marshal Haig unveils his new strategy to move his drinks cabinet six inches closer to Berlin, Blackadder volunteers to be an Official War Artist, not realising that a commission to paint a cover for thoroughly absorbent propaganda magazine King and Country is just a ruse for a highly-dangerous secret mission. Can Baldrick’s plan to become Melchett’s chef save him, and how much custard can one cat produce?
[Blackadder Goes Forth Episode 2 “Corporal Punishment” – DVD] – 5 October 1989 – Despite problems with communications, orders for another mission arrive and Blackadder breaches regulations by eating the messenger. With George as his lawyer in a court martial, and with only one night to live, can the Flanders pigeon murderer avoid death by firing squad using Baldrick’s smuggled escape kit? Guest starring Jeremy Hardy as Corporal Perkins and Stephen Frost as Corporal Jones.
[Blackadder Goes Forth Episode 3 “Major Star” – DVD] – 12 October 1989 – With everyone talking about the famous comedian Charlie Chaplin, Blackadder volunteers to organise a variety show in the hope that it will be shifted to the London Palladium. Unfortunately, Melchett has fallen in love with his leading lady, the fair Georgina (George dressed as a woman). Guest starring Gabrielle Glaister as Private “Bob” Parkhurst.
[Blackadder Goes Forth Episode 4 “Private Plane” – DVD] – 19 October – 1989 – Despite Blackadder’s loathing of the arrogant flying ace Lord Flashheart, Blackadder, Baldrick and George volunteer to join the Royal Flying Corps unaware that their nickname the “Twenty Minuters” refers to their average life expectancy. After Blackadder and Baldrick crash their plane behind enemy lines, they are captured by the Germans (including a rather camp Baron von Richthofen) and must prepare for a fate worse than death. Guest starring Rik Mayall as Lord Flashheart and Adrian Edmondson as Baron von Richthofen.
[Blackadder Goes Forth Episode 5 “General Hospital” – DVD] – 26 October – 1989 – A game of “I Spy” goes terribly wrong when a bomb strikes Blackadder’s bunker and injures George, leaving him in the care of the kindly Nurse Mary at the field hospital. After Melchett and Darling inform Blackadder that there is a German spy in the hospital giving away their battle plans, Blackadder and Darling are sent undercover. Guest starring Miranda Richardson as Nurse Mary Fletcher-Brown and Bill Wallis as Sir Bernard Proudfoot-Smith.
[Blackadder Goes Forth Episode 6 “Goodbyeee” – DVD] – 2 November 1989 – Millions have died but the troops have advanced no further than “an asthmatic ant with some heavy shopping”. Now, at last, the ‘final’ big push looms, and Edmund is willing to try anything to avoid it. Will putting a pair of underpants on his head and shoving two pencils up his nose get Edmund invalided back to Blighty? Guest starring Geoffrey Palmer as Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig.
[Red Dwarf Series 6 Episode 1 “Psirens” – DVD] – 7 October 1993 – Two hundred years after investigating the SSS Esperanto, the crew awake from suspended animation aboard Starbug with amnesia, and find that their mothership Red Dwarf is missing. Chasing a faint vapour trail which may lead to their mothership, the crew travel through an asteroid field containing lost and crashed spaceships. The asteroid field is inhabited by “psirens”, genetically engineered creatures that telepathically lure the ship’s crew onto the asteroids so that they can suck out their brains.
[Red Dwarf Series 6 Episode 2 “Legion” – DVD] – 14 October 1993 – Chasing the vapour trail of Red Dwarf into a gas nebula, Starbug is taken over by a tractor beam which takes it to a space station. There the crew discover Legion, a highly intelligent, sophisticated and cultured lifeform conceived out of an experiment by a group of famous scientists. It is Legion who gives Rimmer a new hardlight holo-projection unit, enabling him to become a normal human, able to touch, feel, eat, and experience pain. He also becomes virtually indestructible. They learn that Legion is composed from the minds of each member of the crew, combined and magnified, and as such they are sustaining his very existence with their presence. Legion will not allow them to leave and continue the search for Red Dwarf…
[Red Dwarf Series 6 Episode 3 “Gunmen of the Apocalypse” – DVD] – 21 October 1993 – Starbug narrowly wins a battle with “rogue simulants”. However the “simulants” have infected Starbug with a computer virus and the ship is locked on a collision course with a volcanic planet. Kryten attempts to fight the virus, with the battle taking the form of an old wild west movie in his digital mind. The virus overtakes him, so Lister, Cat and Rimmer enter Kryten’s wild-west dream using an artificial reality video game in attempt to help Kryten come up with an antidote.
[Red Dwarf Series 6 Episode 4 “Emohawk: Polymorph II” – DVD] – 28 October 1993 – Starbug is attacked by an advanced Space Corp enforcement probe, for looting from derelict ships. The crew manage to escape by entering GELF space but Starbug crashes on a moon. Lister must marry the GELF chieftain’s daughter in exchange for an oxygen breathing unit. The crew escape with the engine part during Lister’s honeymoon, but the GELF chieftain sends his pet, a polymorph, after them to retrieve his new son-in-law. The Emohawk managed to changed Rimmer into Ace Rimmer and Cat into Dwayne Dibbly.
[Red Dwarf Series 6 Episode 5 “Rimmerworld” – DVD] – 4 November 1993 – The crew return to the wreck of the simulants’ battleship to salvage for food supplies but are confronted by a surviving simulant who threatens to kill herself and the crew. Rimmer, who has been diagnosed with a tense nervous disorder, escapes in a pod which has no steering, and is whisked away through a time-hole and crashes on a planet. The crew follow Rimmer through the time-hole, but due to its effects arrive at the planet 600 years after Rimmer arrived, only to find the planet is populated with thousands of Rimmer clones.
[Red Dwarf Series 6 Episode 6 “Out of Time” – DVD] – 11 November 1993 – Starbug enters an artificial fog containing devices that create false realities. Persevering through it, the crew find what it is hiding – a time machine. Shortly after, they meet their future selves, from fifteen years later. The crew learn that their future selves are incredibly corrupt and amoral through abuse of the time drive, to experience the “very best” of history. In the end, the two Starbug crafts engage in a space battle to end all space battles.
[Red Dwarf Series 7 Episode 1 “Tikka to Ride” – DVD] – 17 January 1997 – The crew find themselves resurrected due to the time paradox resulting from the battle with their future selves. The time paradox also results in a greatly upgraded and much larger Starbug. However, the curry supplies have gone missing, and so Lister devises a sneaky plan which involves swapping Kryten’s head, once again utilising the time machine, and which ultimately results in the crew getting mixed up in the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas in 1963.
[Red Dwarf Series 7 Episode 2 “Stoke Me a Clipper” – DVD] – January 1997
– Daredevil pilot Ace Rimmer, fatally wounded after rescuing Princess Bonjella, travels from his own dimension into the dimension where Starbug is cruising. His intention is to try and bring out courage in the cowardly version of himself aboard Starbug, and then recruit Arnold Rimmer as his replacement, so that after his death another Rimmer will carry on the legacy of the interstellar space hero.
[Red Dwarf Series 7 Episode 3 “Ouroboros” – DVD] – 31 January 1997 – Lister, Cat and Kryten stumble upon a tear in the fabric of space that leads to another dimension. There they meet a parallel version of Lister’s old girlfriend, Kristine Kochanski, who becomes stranded on Starbug. Meanwhile Lister discovers the truth about himself and who his parents were.
[Red Dwarf Series 7 Episode 4 “Duct Soup” – DVD] – 7 February 1997 – Kryten gets fussy and jealous thinking that Lister likes Kochanski better than him. When the primary power goes off and they get stuck in a room, they have no choice but to climb into the small ventilation ducts which wind round Starbug in order to escape. Whilst inside the ducts they discover a lot about each other, including the fact Lister is claustrophobic.
[Red Dwarf Series 7 Episode 5 – “Blue” – DVD] – 14 February 1997 – Starbug is travelling through a rather uninteresting region of space and the crew are bored and begin to nitpick at petty areas of their lives. Meanwhile Lister finds, much to his own surprise and disgust, that he is missing Rimmer, and even having romantic dreams about him returning. Kryten’s solution is to take him on a ride called “The Rimmer Experience,” which recounts outrageously fictionalised events from Rimmer’s diaries.
[[Red Dwarf Series 7 Episode 6 – “Beyond a Joke” – DVD] – 21 February – 1997 – Searching for a new head for Kryten, which exploded due to build-up of negative thought after an incident involving ketchup added to lobster, the crew encounter a rogue simulant on a deserted ship. The simulant kidnaps Kryten and commissions one of his own droids, Able, to fix him up. But Kryten and Able discover they’re brothers, the same model, and Able helps Kryten escape. Kryten then discovers from Able a disturbing secret about their creator.
[Red Dwarf Series 7 Episode 7 “Epideme” – DVD] – 28 February 1997 – The crew come across a frozen supply ship, the Leviathan, with one survivor: Caroline Carmen, one of Lister’s former crushes. She revives in the middle of the night, as a zombie; she has been dead for a long time, and infects Lister with the dreaded Epideme virus. Lister tries talking with the virus directly through a communication link (Epideme is a sentient, self-aware organism) but Epideme refuses to let Lister live. Drastic action must be taken if Lister is to survive.
[Red Dwarf Series 7 Episode 8 “Nanarchy” – DVD] – 7 March 1997 – Lister tries to cope with the loss of his arm. Meanwhile Kryten searches for his nanobots – incredibly advanced microscopic robots, which can alter forms of matter at the sub-atomic level – so that he can rebuild Lister’s arm. Kryten finds the nanobots in Lister’s laundry basket, and also discovers that it was the nanobots who stole the mothership Red Dwarf in the first instance. Kryten gets the nanobots to rebuild both Red Dwarf and Lister’s arm. Red Dwarf makes an appearance, but with one problem – its size.
[Torchwood Season 1, Episode 1, “Everything Changes” – DVD] – 22 October 2006 – Police Constable Gwen Cooper comes across the mysterious organization known as Torchwood. While investigating their world, she finds technology and methods she never imagined.
[Torchwood Season 1, Episode 2, “Day One” – DVD] – 22 October 2006 – Torchwood must stop a sex addicted alien as it leaves a trail of gruesome deaths in its wake.
[Torchwood Season 1, Episode 3, “Ghost Machine” – DVD] – 29 October 2006 – After Gwen Cooper recovers an alien device from Sean Harris, the device seemingly takes her back in time to the 1940s where she sees a young boy, alone on a railway platform. Soon after, Owen has a similar experience only this time he is under a bridge in the early 1960s where a young woman is raped and murdered. They trace both the boy and the murderer and learn that the boy was well taken care of. As for the murderer, the case remains unsolved, something that outrages Owen.
[Torchwood Season 1, Episode 4, “Cyberwoman” – DVD] – 5 November 2006 – There’s a dark secret in the basement of the Hub. Even Jack is unaware of it, but Ianto knows. And he’ll go to any lengths, sacrifice anything and anyone, to protect what’s down there.
[Beseigment – iPAD] – Really good tower defense game that has simple sound and graphics but insane replayability.
[Fieldrunners – iPAD] – Excellent tower defense game with the best graphics and sound.
[Borderlands – XBOX 360] – A RPG first person shooter set on a sort of a futuristic Mad Max planet. Great Graphics, great controls, fantastic array of weaponry and a huge landscape. I simply cant stop playing this game it is so much fun.