This episode starts off spectacularly disappointingly, with Brittany claiming – once again – that the end of the world is nigh. But it turns into an unusually tense episode – the most unexpected and dramatic so far this season.
This week Neil Gaiman was in the writer’s chair with a story that saw the return of a classic Doctor Who foe: the Cybermen. Gaiman plus the Cybermen, what could possibly go wrong? Quite a lot, unfortunately.
One of the moments of reflection in this episode allowed time for thoughts of the tone of power struggle. There has been bangs, shouting, gunshots, punching, ear severing, crying, and live burials, but when the axis is crossed it’s with a whisper. At the epicentre of all the trauma there’s a serenity.
‘What is the use of a book without pictures or conversations,’ is the idle thought of Alice, lying on a bank on a hot summer’s day, before her trip down the rabbit hole, but of course for most grown-up books (or, let us say, novels) it’s the other way round. What use are pictures, in [...]
I think we can allow a period of grace for any new sitcom. First episodes are very often a little dull as characters bed in and the scene is set.
After last week’s episode of Mad Men, there was a slight sense that both the series and its characters had lost their direction, not to mention the sense of what had made things so great in the first place. The decision to put historical events centre stage was a departure from normal procedure with the result that things felt somewhat forced and more than a bit clunky.
I have very distinct memories of being an 11-year-old, watching The Shamen’s video for Ebeneezer Goode and being completely hooked by the vocals of the group’s rapper, Mr.C. I was a big fan of The Shamen, but what I didn’t know was that Mr.C had already been around as a DJ and MC for a good few years before the group hit the charts. Fast forward 21 years and he’s still involved in rave/underground culture – travelling the world as a DJ, hosting his Superfreq parties, running a label of the same name (which he recently relaunched) and maintaining a lifestyle based around meditation, creative visualisation and positive thinking. Here’s an excerpt from my interview with him.
Simon Deacon, Director of Popular Music Performance at Goldsmiths, explains the idea behind NX, a new record label that in conjunction with Matthew Hebert’s Accidental Records hopes to help launch the careers of some of the famous art school’s brightest musical talents, and give other students eyeing-up a career in the music industry some real hands-on experience.
Mark Francis and Victoria stole episode five in a scene that makes you wonder why the two don’t feature more heavily in the show. They are snobby, they are bitchy and they are ludicrously posh: the best combination for satisfying, inversely voyeuristic television.
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