TV this week:
- Dinner Impossible: "Robert's Lost Mission" - Robert takes on Lost. I have hardly ever watched the show, maybe one or two episodes, so I'm not feeling much of a connection. The nice twist is having to buy "ingredients" to build a kitchen, instead of the food itself.
- Doctor Who: "The Hungry Earth" - My problem with this episode stems from the fact that the "Silurians" look like Star Trek style Draconians. In short, I'm not impressed by the redesign... enough to say I actively hate it. That's not a Silurian. Silurians were interesting and truly alien. That's a bad Star Trek villain, complete with pathetic monologue. Otherwise, the story has a lot of potential. But the ill-conceived redesign and monologue brought the whole story down to make it my least favorite of this year so far. I think I actually hate the redesign more than I hate that stupid bow tie. Drinking game for this episode: any time you see a plot device that appeared in a Jon Pertwee story, take a drink.
DCBS comic book shipment that arrived this week, of books originally released May 5th and 12th:
- Brightest Day #1 - Manohman I was so pumped for this. Of course, plenty of people managed to spoil bits for me, but finally getting my hands on it so I could read it myself was very very nice. I'm really curious to see where this Aquaman plotline goes. Oh, and there were a couple of other characters in there too, but I wasn't much interested in them. I wish I could afford the alternate cover to this one.
- JSA All-Stars #6 - This felt like it ended too abruptly. Like the whole thing wrapped up in an instant and boom!... on to the next.
- Astro City: The Dark Age: Book Four #4 - I loved the bit at the end where the brothers decide what names they are going to use in the retelling of their tale. Good stuff.
- Demo V2 #4 - Aquaboy done Demo-style. Wow. Powerful little tale, but I wonder where he'll go from there. If he stays where he's at, isn't he going to eventually be found? Hrm.
- Doctor Who Classics Series 3 #3 - I think I may just have to sit down with this storyline once it's all been republished and try to read it through at once. As it is, it's just not working for me.
- Birds of Prey #1 - Zinda rocks.
- DMZ #53 - At this point I just wonder where Parco got himself off to, and what Matty's going to do about it.
My library book this week was Whittington by Alan Armstrong. A beat up cat finds a home in a barn of misfit animals, and tells them the story of his ancestor as life goes on. I have often heard the story of Dick Whittington and his cat, but this is a pleasant retelling designed for children. A great surprise was the endnote, which includes a lovely bibliography of books used to research both the history of the cat's tales and other specific events covered in the book. I'd give this or read this to a younger reader who is having trouble reading.