Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.01: The New World

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written By: Russell T. Davies

Recap: The episode opens with the execution of Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) in Jacksonville, KY. Oswald is a former schoolteacher who is being put to death by lethal injection for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl. His defense when he was caught? “She should have run faster.” This sets him up as one of the “villains” of the show fairly quickly and definitively.

He ignores the chance …

Heather S. VinaReview: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.01: The New World

Review: Doctor Who 6.02: Day of the Moon

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers through 6.07]

Written By: Steven Moffat

Previously: The Doctor arranged for Amy, Rory and River to meet him in present-day America – Utah, to be exact – only for them to end up witnessing his death at the hands of a mysterious astronaut. Only, it turns out that the Doctor they saw killed was an older version of himself, and the younger version is still alive and has no idea it happened. The gang follows …

Heather S. VinaReview: Doctor Who 6.02: Day of the Moon

Review: Doctor Who 6.01: The Impossible Astronaut

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers through 6.07]

 

Written By: Steven Moffat

Recap: The episode opens with an “In Memoriam” message for Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), who passed away from cancer on April 19, 2011. As I am a huge fan of Elisabeth and Sarah Jane, my favourite companion, that made me teary-eyed. I was so glad to see that they fit something in there for her.

The action itself starts off with a 17th-or-18th-century English King, bursting into …

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Review: Doctor Who 6.07: A Good Man Goes To War

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Steven Moffat

Previously: The Doctor wonders who the little girl in the astronaut suit was (6.02, “Day of the Moon”). The Doctor reveals to Rory and Amy that the Amy with them is a Flesh puppet, and the real Amy has been missing for months (6.06, “The Almost People”). And is, in fact, going into labour, wherever she is. He promises Amy that they will come for her and then cuts off …

Heather S. VinaReview: Doctor Who 6.07: A Good Man Goes To War

Review: Doctor Who 6.06: The Almost People

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Matthew Graham

Previously: The Doctor, Rory and Amy arrived at a factory set in a monastery on Earth. There, a group of factory workers are using something called “the Flesh” to create doppelganger puppets of themselves that they can use as they mine an acidic substance. Solar flares hit the factory, causing the doppelgangers to come to life, with the same memories and feelings as the humans they were based on. The …

Heather S. VinaReview: Doctor Who 6.06: The Almost People

The Event 1.22 (Series Finale): Arrival

By J. Keith Haney and Acacia Rhiannon Nokomis

[spoilers ahead]

“AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!” – J. Keith Haney and Acacia Rhiannon Nokomis

We open the final episode of The Event with Leila fighting off unconsciousness as the virus continues to ravage her system. Sean, prodding her awake, assures her that, through some hush-hush channels, the CDC has been contacted and that help in on the way. Leila tries to remind the poor dope that there’s a whole planet that needs saving and to …

J. Keith Haney and Acacia Rhiannon NokomisThe Event 1.22 (Series Finale): Arrival

Review: Doctor Who 6.05: The Rebel Flesh

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

 

Writer: Matthew Graham

Recap: In an old monastery, three humans – two men and a woman – in containment suits walk down a hall and enter a room. Inside, there’s a large metal well in the center, with a steel lid on it. They open it up and start to take readings of the acid that is bubbling inside. One of them (Buzz, played by Marshall Lancaster), climbs up on the ledge of …

Heather S. VinaReview: Doctor Who 6.05: The Rebel Flesh

Review: The Event 1.21: The Beginning of the End

By J. Keith Haney and Acacia Rhiannon Nokomis

“Do not seek evil gains; evil gains are the equivalent of disaster.” – Hesiod, The Theogony

The episode opens with Sophia in the middle of a cityscape full of dead people. She calls out to see if anyone is still alive, but there’s nothing but corpses and wrecked cars as far as the eye can see. Finally, she peers into the window of an SUV, and the face of a very sick …

J. Keith Haney and Acacia Rhiannon NokomisReview: The Event 1.21: The Beginning of the End

Review: The Event 1.20: One Will Live, One Will Die

By J. Keith Haney and Acacia Rhiannon Nokomis

[spoilers ahead]

“There is a moment of difficulty and danger at which flattery and falsehood can no longer deceive, and simplicity itself can no longer be misled.” – Letters of Junius, No. 35, delivered to the Printer of the Public Advertiser, December 19, 1769.

We pick up with the search party finding the grieving Leila and the corpse Michael. Carlos confirms Michael’s status as a dead man. Sophia turns away for …

J. Keith Haney and Acacia Rhiannon NokomisReview: The Event 1.20: One Will Live, One Will Die

Review: Displacement

By Paula R. Stiles

Harvey, Colin. Displacement. Swimming Kangaroo Press, 2009. 142pp. Paperback: USD $9.34; Ebook: USD $2.99. ISBN: 978-1-934041-09-3.

Displacement is a science fiction anthology by Cornish author and editor Colin Harvey. Unlike the previous Harvey-edited anthology from Swimming Kangaroo Press that we reviewed, Future Bristol, this is a single-author collection with no overarching focus like Future Bristol‘s municipal theme. It is also shorter, with fewer stories, though these range more broadly over space. …

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Review: The Event 1.19: Us Or Them

By J. Keith Haney and Acacia Rhiannon Nokomis

[spoilers ahead]

“A coward turns away, but a brave man’s choice is danger.” – Euripides, Iphigenia in Tauris

We open with Jarvis’ swearing-in and Sterling just internally swearing as he watches it. Most astonishing of all, Jarvis admits his middle name is ‘Theodore’…like the Chipmunk. On the other hand, Martinez’s vital signs are falling through the floor at the hospital. The doctors proceed with brain surgery and are surprised by the lack …

J. Keith Haney and Acacia Rhiannon NokomisReview: The Event 1.19: Us Or Them

Review: The Event 1.18: Strain

By J. Keith Haney and Acacia Rhiannon Nokomis

[spoilers ahead]

“Every one of you hath his particular plague….” – Pittacus, quoted by Plutarch in Morals: On The Tranquility of The Mind

In Murmansk, Russia, the corpsicle from the previous episode is being placed in a sort of makeshift clean room on board a ship. The area is sealed off by plastic and the hatch is sealed. The body is still wearing an old military uniform and the doctor involved is …

J. Keith Haney and Acacia Rhiannon NokomisReview: The Event 1.18: Strain