Category Archives: Tv shows

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is coming! It’s official. I just saw a trailer for it before the Simpsons about 20 minutes ago. Our American chums will get it on the 24th of September and we will get in on the 27th on Channel 4. Which means I can watch it in HD and definitely won’t be downloading it on the 24th the moment it appears. Definitely won’t.

In case you didn’t know, Agents of SHIELD (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) are elite lads and lasses who work for a top secret agency that investigates slightly weird shit. They also exist in the same world as the Avengers so there will be some cool things to investigate. Curiously, the series starts after the events of the Avenger’s film yet features Agent Coulson who died. But as I mentioned, this is a world with the Incredible Hulk in it, so I’m sure there’s a way round that problem.

I can’t wait for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. It’s made by Joss Whedon who made Buffy, Firefly, and the Avengers movie. All of which were superb. Even Dollhouse was pretty watchable. So bring on the 27th (or the 24th)!

Here’s a trailer:

Star Trek Continues

Star Trek Continues

Star Trek Continues

You know when you hear the words ‘fan made’ and you think, ‘It’s great that people care and put lots of effort into this, but it’s probably going to be pretty crap.’ Well think that no more you miserable cynic. Just for this particular instance anyway. Because here is a fan made episode of Star Trek continuing on from the original series and it’s pretty damn good. I want to see more! As the original Star Trek series was a five year mission and we only saw three of that, I expect at least two years’ worth of stuff.

It even has Grant Imahara from Mythbusters and Christopher Doohan (son of James Doohan – the original Scotty.) This is actually a follow on episode from one of the original Star Trek episodes – ‘Who Mourns for Adonais’. The guy who plays Apollo is the same actor from the original episode. I’m not sure if the series will continue like this, or even continue at all but I’m a fan of this fan made fiction.

Here is their website: http://www.startrekcontinues.com/

Please do Firefly next.

Here is the episode. Enjoy.

Game of Thrones 3

Game of Thrones

Am I talking about the book or the series? Actually both. My life seems to have been pretty dominated by Game of Thrones at the moment. I had previously read books 1 and 2 a while back, so it was great to watch the series. Then I took a bit of a break and read a ton of Science Fiction. Returning to the fantasy genre, I read the Assassin’s (Farseer) trilogy by Robin Hobb, followed by Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy. Both of which were awesome and also come highly recommended with the promise from my good self of a review any second now.

When Game of Thrones season 3 began, I was in something of a quandary. I found that I increasingly had to leave rooms and pub conversations as people kept talking about it. I wanted to read it before I saw the show but the books are bloody epic. Book 3, A Storm of Swords was split in two separate books as most people don’t posses the musculature of the characters in the show and were therefore unable to carry it around. The TV show was mostly the first book, Steel and Snow, and I thought I would read just that. I could read it at a leisurely pace and eventually watch the show at some point when it had finished. Perhaps wait till the Blu Ray.

Then an episode came out that almost meant I couldn’t even go on Facebook for fear of spoilers as all my annoying friends mentioned the trauma experienced after watching it. The episode is now known as ‘The Red Wedding’. If you have seen the show, you probably remember it. The series finished soon after and amidst all the raving reviews and tales of harrowing viewing experiences, I learned that there are scenes from the second part of book three, Blood and Gold, that also appear in the season. The pricks.

So I downloaded the whole of book 3, A Storm of Swords onto my kindle and have done little else but read for the last week.

It has been well worth it. This isn’t so much a review of Game of Thrones but more of an excuse as to why I haven’t done much else with my time, including writing. If you want a review and are into fantasy then here you go:

Game of Thrones books 1 to 3 = Bloody Great!

Now, if you’ll excuse me I have 10 hours of season 3 to watch.

Here is a trailer for season 3 because… well, why not? If you’ve seen the show already, just enjoy. If you’ve just read the books, watch the show! If neither, then I recommend quickly reading several thousand pages, followed by hours of your life watching seasons 1 and 2 and you’re good to go.

 

Star Trek bloopers. Tons of them.

Here are 40 minutes of Star Trek bloopers! Someone has kindly pieced together all the blooper reels from all the Treks – Next Gen, Voyager, the movies, (even Abrams last one). There is something stragngely compelling about bloopers. Much like Star Trek.

If you have found this page and the video link doesn’t work, then I guess Starfleet or whoever’s in charge has taken the link down due to copyright or humour problems. Until then, make it mirth!
http://youtu.be/dl7hXzPDLeA
 

First nine minutes of ‘Star Trek into Darkness’

Go and see ‘The Hobbit’ at your local IMAX cinema now. If you do, you may be lucky enough to see the first nine minutes of Star Trek into Darkness. As a bonus, The Hobbit is pretty fun too and I’ll probably review it at some point.

This film looks like it will be incredible. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a bit of a Trekkie (one of the cool ones though), and I’m loving what Abrams is doing with the franchise. I am also a fan of excitement, spaceships, exotic locations, and attractive women in tight futuristic outfits. All my Trek boxes have been ticked.

The extended trailer starts with Micky from Doctor Who and his Mrs waking up in a futuristic London. They go and visit their sick daughter but things all seem pretty grim and she’s in a coma or something. Then Benedict Cumberbatch comes in and says he can help Micky’s daughter. Predictably Micky asks who are you? To which he gets the reply: I AM KHAN! Actually not really. Sorry. Just kidding. He doesn’t say anything.

The film then cuts to Kirk and Bones being chased across a cool alien planet by some primitive looking fellows in white. In the background a volcano starts to explode. In 3D this equals lots of ash floating in front of your eyes from which native arrows and spears shoot out at your goggling visages. In all, it is very exciting indeed.

The action then cuts to Spock, Uhura, and Sulu who are in a shuttle that is going to lower Spock via a flimsy wire into the volcano.  Things don’t go totally according to plan…

More things happen but apathy and the risk of ruining your enjoyment prevent me from continuing. Let me just say that if it were any more exciting, they would have to issue a warning.

You can see the 9 minutes online at a few dodgy sites BUT DON’T. The clip I checked out was awful and roughly a billion times worse than the real trailer. For one thing, it’s 3D so the shakily held camera recorded blurred images. I could have embedded it here but I don’t want to support that kind of behavior and hope that Abrams may read this site and invite me to the premiere. (Even just the London premiere would be fine.)

So go now and watch it in the cinema! Engage!

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome Episodes 3 & 4

Well, sad to say, we are now up date. No more Blood or Chrome for a whole week (assuming you are reading this right now as I write it). On the plus side it’s a double episode. On the minus side it is still only 17 minutes long (and that includes a coming next week minute).

So far I am loving it. Great action, direction, acting, battles and so on. I suspect that the whole ‘webisode’ thing will get old pretty quick though. I teetering on annoyance now as I have to wait 7 days (well, six now) until I can watch another 15 minutes or so. I will continue to post them here, like every other Scifi website is doing, until a full version is out on youtube or the DVD/Bluray is out. Until then, enjoy.

 

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome Episode 1

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome

I apologize for not posting this earlier. I got very excited earlier this year by the possibility of more Battlestar Galactica when BSG: Blood and Chrome was announced and came with an amazing trailer. The trailer is here if you want to wet your appetite (opens in a new window so don’t worry, you won’t lose this more exciting page). I complained a bit about Blood and Chrome being a ‘webisode’. I work for the Syfy channel and quite frankly they pump out quite a lot of shite. There are some real gems in their programming too, don’t get me wrong, but I should not have seen ‘Gateroid versus Mega Python’ four times. No one should have.

So why the big hairy balls is Syfy making something awesome and releasing it on the web. Through Machinima no less – my “go to” guys for game trailers? Well, the plan is (so the rumour grapevine has it), that there will be 10 ‘webisodes’ which will then be cut into a movie and released on Bluray. Which is actually a quite cool and novel way of doing things. Futuristic even.

If you have a shitty PC or laptop and broadband that can’t stream 1080p easily, you are missing out with this. Fortunately I can stream this in full resolution to my hi-def 42 inch plasma and it is fracking great.

The story follows a young William Adama as he joins the war against the Cylons. He’s cocky and a little annoying but gets more likeable as things move on. I will post episode 1 here today and episode two tomorrow. Then I will post it weekly. Enjoy. I massively did.