Watchmen

I have never read Alan Moore’s graphic novel but did watch the film last night (not sure exactly how it got on my computer harddrive, think it was mix of newsgroups and voodoo!) While not exactly a DVD rip, or indeed a decent R5 version it was watchable.

I hadn’t got any preconceived ideas of what to expect (other than I knew it involved superheroes in an alternative reality 1980s) but must say I was pretty impressed with what I saw (and not just the thigh eye latex and rubber of the Silk Spectre or indeed the glowing blue appendage of Dr Manhattan)

Battlestar Galactica is brilliant TV “So Say We All”

Today on the Guardian website is a short and good summation of the TV phenomena known as Battlestar Galactica.

I’ve watched all of the re-imagined BSG episodes since it first appeared on Sky TV back in 2004. After five years this weekend sees everything draw to a close with the broadcast of the final episode.

I won’t go into the brilliance of the series or it’s political and social commentary, you can read that in the review and on wikipedia.

I will comment on how refreshing it is that this science fiction series will actually finish and hopefully complete all the plot arcs and answer all the questions raised. Too often promising series have been cancelled mid season leaving views cheated, or they have been dragged out far too long losing sight of their original vision (X-Files anyone?)

Perhaps we will find out what happened to Boxey? (maybe not)

BBC Radio Science Fiction Season

It has been an interesting couple of weeks for fans of sci-fi on the BBC Radio network. The digital only station BBC 7 regularly broadcasts science fiction drama, but has been joined by the mainstream stations Radio 3 and Radio 4 for a season of science fiction. The season consists of new dramas, dramatisations and readings of ground breaking books inspired and written by some of the greats including H.G. Wells, J.G. Ballard, Iain M. Banks and Arthur C. Clarke.

I particularly liked the productions of Clarke’s masterpiece Rendezvous with Rama, and Iain M. Banks’s State Of The Art. I do agree with Kate Chisholm’s review in The Spectator where she laments the loss of the Radiophonic Workshop’s unearthly sound effects and audio treatment that were once a staple of radio drama, they would have added a lot to the State Of The Art, but it was enjoyable none the less.

Wasn’t quite so sure of the apocalyptic The Death Of Grass drama bizarrely broadcast during Woman’s Hour While the story and production had merit I thought the casting of David Mitchell as the narrator wasn’t quite right, but then I recently spent several sessions catching up with his comedy Peep Show.

I read somewhere (but have lost the link) that the BBC received a number of complaints about the trailer (above) that they used on TV, seems it frightened a number of children! Not sure it would have got the same reaction as the original Exorcist Maze Game did…


I have embedded a ‘copy’ as the original youtube video has embedding disabled!