Sunday, September 04, 2011

A Sunday Review

TV this week:

  • Torchwood: Miracle Day: "The Middle Men" - A really good cliffhanger in this one, but the rest of the episode was a little slow. Jack meets with the PhiCorp COO. Gwen saves her father. And everyone sort of just accepts that category 1 has got to happen. Depressing.
  • Torchwood: Miracle Day: "Immortal Sins" - So much better, now that we finally get to see Jack in history doing what Jack was always best at. And now we can understand some of what it happening, even if it doesn't make a lot of sense yet.
  • Torchwood: Miracle Day: "End of the Road" - That null field... does that mean that Jack is immortal while in it? A strange and cool episode, with a terrible cliffhanger ending that made me whine for the next episode.
  • Torchwood: Miracle Day: "The Gathering" - And finally it's all coming together, quickly and solidly (though two months passed "in universe"). I'm still not sure what The Blessing is, even after seeing it, but that effect with Jack's blood was impressive. Pity about the mole in the CIA that's going to complicate life for Rex and Esther. But with one more episode, I'm really looking forward to the end.

  • Doctor Who: "Let's Kill Hitler" - I didn't figure it out right away, but once it happened, I recognized that it was completely obvious. Rory rocks in this one, as he so often does. A good piece of the puzzle, but still just part of the ongoing puzzle.
  • Doctor Who: "Night Terrors" - This was supposed to be scary. It was creepy, but I didn't find it particularly scary. The giant peg dolls were very nicely done, as was the morph into them. I love Rory's comments about dying again. That was a good moment, coupled with Amy's logic.

This week's movie was The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones Chapter 7: Love's Sweet Song (Ireland and London, 1916). On his way to World War I, Indy stops in Ireland then meets suffragettes in London. This had Eric's favorite scene from the original series, when a suffragette and Indy have a discussion in a number of languages. I enjoyed the whole thing, with Indy in his prime falling in love and causing trouble, and getting in the middle of the action even when he doesn't want to be. A fun one, and the extras are always educational.

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Jul 6th
  • Flashpoint #3 - Enter Superman, the stalwart heart of the DC Universe. Nice interesting take on him.
  • Flashpoint: Abin Sur the Green Lantern #2 - Ok, that's not exactly what I expected to happen with Sinestro, but I'm just not surprised. He's always been all about control.
  • Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #2 - And so Traci starts her quest in earnest. This was a great look at what happened to some of the other characters we know and love. I particularly like the priest.
  • Batman Beyond #7 - Wow, you know, I quite liked this one, as it tied up a lot of loose ends and yet left at least one more mystery to solve. Very nicely done.
  • Ozma of Oz #8 - And so ends the saga of the Nome King and Ev. Like most of Baum's books, the party at the end seems to take as much time as half the adventures within! Still, a very fun read. Looking forward to the next series.

My Kindle book this week was Bane, King by His own Hand by Kathleen and Hal Zucati. I got this book as a gift from my sister because she's friends with the authors. I admit I wasn't impressed at first and it took me a long time to read. Part of that is because it's a long book, very much in need of a good edit. Part was also because the formatting for the Kindle isn't very good. In fact, saying that it's pretty darn bad would be true. But despite formatting issues, the book itself isn't bad. In fact, it's surprisingly well written, if overlong. The main character, Bane, comes across early in the book as unlikeable and egotistical, but eventually wins people over, including this reader. There are plenty of adventures and fascinating characters. Most of the annoying aspects of the book are resolved by the end of the story, which is more than I can say for some books. The ending leaves the characters open for a sequel but stands alone. For $2 on Kindle, despite the formatting problems, it's worth a look.