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Are You Being Served? (2016)
What were they laughing at?
The actual jokes themselves? How we - in the 21st century - view jokes from the 1970's and 80's so felt warm nostalgia for them? The casts impersonations of the original cast? To be honest I'm not sure. I managed to smile a couple of times but that was it.
If you're going to revive a show from the 1970's it's unlikely humour written for that decade is going to appeal to modern day audiences - even the original fans (discounting actual repeats which seem to transport us back to the era so we become one with it again).
You either have to knowingly mock it (as done brilliantly on 'The Day Today) or somehow bring the script up to date. This production seemed to do neither so ended up stuck between the bargain basement and the ground floor
Top Gear: Episode #23.1 (2016)
All a bit hysterical
Well Mr Evans was doing his best to succeed but it came across like a mashup between Thank God it's Friday (together with that program's audience) - an unfunny German road show and a surreal adaptation of Stranger in a strange land starring Mr Leblanc.
I didn't feel relaxed watching it - the previous team felt reassuring and comforting like a pair of your favorite slippers
But I'll give it another chance because 5th Gear is not getting another series - what a pity that team weren't told before the BBC selected the current group.
Is there anyone in this bunch who can actually review a car?
Doctor Who: Hell Bent (2015)
Well looking at the message boards some like it some don't - others are stuck in the Twilight zone.
As for me? Well it wasn't what I was expecting from last week's lead in but I still really liked it. Having watched the first ever episode back in 1963 it's nice to see that my longtime 'companion' is still around.
Clara looked radiant (yes genuinely pretty) and I don't begrudge her being given a second chance for some fun. Clara and her new companion should take the diner back to the 60's and serve Elvis (they'd better have plenty of meat and cheese though).
Am I cross with Mr Moffat for a slightly anticlimactic conclusion? Given time I'll forgive him.
Intelligent and entertaining
Well these synthetics cost no more than a car - can cook - garden - iron and engage in pretty lifeless 'conversations'. Quite frankly it might be better to splash your money on the new Mazda MX5 this Summer and have some real fun.
But wait not all synthetics are created equal and there's a rather cool group of them who have emerged. Emerged into quite what is uncertain but they've certainly developed some form of feelings.
I really enjoyed A.I and it's great to see one of it's stars - William Hurt - appearing in this which shows how one day human like robots might become an every part of family life.
Quite what William's relationship with his rather outmoded model 'D' synthetic is - is open to conjecture - but he certainly seems very attached to him (or it)
The Interceptor (2015)
Well you know it's a program about an interceptor because right from the awful opening titles you continually see O.T. Fagbenle (Ash) running like someone in training for the 100m at the Olympics.
He (Ash) snarls - grimaces - shouts just like any good interceptor should. He's a naughty boy too disobeying his superior's orders because he wants to do things his way.
After his partner in crime gets badly hurt he acts like a man possessed even if it means blowing the chance to get the Mr Big. You see he has to get (and beat) the scumbag who caused his friend to get injured.
Therefore he's a man with a heart - but not much brain....he's The Inceptor.
The Hidden (1987)
Before The Men in Black came the Man in grey
Hugely enjoyable film predating MIB by 10 years and with a similar theme.
However this film is deeper - 'The Hidden' at one level is just a body hoping alien but at another the alien possession is symbolic of our continuing lust for more and better things - plus the urge to do just as we want when we want that probably resides in most of us.
Of course we do our best to keep these urges 'hidden' away but like the alien they sometimes claw their way to the surface.
Perhaps a slight weak point is when we discover that the alien is an Altairan (like something out of a 50's SciFi film). In this respect - with reference to what 'The Hidden' really represents - sometimes it's better not to know!
When you have a good script and the story driven by good well acted characters any situations the characters find themselves can generate tension and excitement because you have empathy with them.
Michael bang bang thud thud blow everything up in sight Bay either doesn't understand this or doesn't care.
Aliens succeeded as an action film because you cared for the characters - this new Transformers film fails at every level but will make a ton of money because Hollywood is programming us to want more bang bang thud thud.
Some cold turkey is required to get mainstream audiences off it.
Films as bad as this are like substance abuse
Star Trek: Voyager: Threshold (1996)
Star Trek Meets 'The Fly'
Tom's eventual change into a slimy lizard like creature had all the hallmarks of the film 'The Fly'.
Bits of Tom start falling off with a real Jeff Goldblum moment when his tongue detaches and he gives a confused yet almost cynical grin to the crew.
After kidnapping Janeway (a la Jeff and Geena) he mates with her (unseen) and this produces some offspring (although the whole process only takes a few hours) on a jungle like planet.
But unlike 'The Fly' the offspring look cute (well anything would compared to a maggot).
Perhaps in some future episode or film the Federation will return to the planet to check on progress. Maybe the lizards will have built their first rudimentary Warp core by then.
Yep it was that bad.
TV Burp for Adults
This show is really funny - Charlie has the ability to look at things as they are - then comment on them as things they are not (although I sometimes end up wishing that the comic 'realities' he creates were actually real)
I'm not sure how he gets away with some of the comments - but 'risky' shows like this can always be 'hidden' on BBC 2 where our Politicians are unlikely to find them. (A recent survey suggested that the average Political figure here in the UK only knows how to find ITV 1 - ITV 2 and the porn channels on Digital)(The above average one can also find ITV 3 & ITV 4)
The supporting cast are great too with the comedian Diana Morgan (as Philomena Cunk) doing a spot on impersonation of scientist Brian Cox in the first episode.
This show is something to really look forward to.
Hans a hero for our time
What type of person do you need to fight Trolls? Would the Avengers cope?
Well I guess The Hulk would have empathy and end up sitting with them in a group therapy session discussing size - looks - aggression and the complications these cause when trying to find love.
Black Widow wouldn't go near because of the smell (Hawkeye would stay with her for company). Iron Man? - ultraviolet weapons just aren't sexy enough. And as for Thor given that he is also part of Norse mythology his own prime directive wouldn't allow him to interfere.
So where does that leave us?.. Enter Hans - the droll and pragmatic Troll hunter. Nothing fazes our Hans - A three headed monster? - just turn it to stone. A cave full of furry Trolls belching and farting? - hold your breath and run. A giant Troll? - lure it in with gospel music.
In fact he's so pragmatic that I could imagine his response to being sent to North Korea to sort out Kim Jong-un would be 'Oh well - yet another s****y job with no overtime'.
Mr Fury - I would give this guy a ring if you want to defeat Ultron. And his Reward for saving Mankind? A new caravan should do it.