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Guest stars of the month…

A little while ago, I wrote a quick piece about the ‘Guest Stars of the Month’.

I thought I’d follow that up with some random thoughts on some particularly good guest stars I’ve seen lately.

carrieprestonCarrie Preston
Most will know Carrie Preston from her recurring role in ‘True Blood’, but she has been appearing in a few shows over the past year or so, most notably ‘The Good Wife’ and ‘Person of Interest’.  Both of these appearances have shown she is a far greater actress than ‘True Blood’ indicated (which was already good).

Curtis Armstrong
Once, mainly known for being ‘Bert Viola’ in ‘Moonlighting’, he has been in loads of things over the years.  Now appearing as ‘Metatron’ in Supernatural.

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Magda Apanowicz
After appearing as a series regular in ‘Caprica’, not much has been seen of her (we’ll ignore that short run on ‘Hellcats’), but a new recurring role in ‘Continuum’ is a welcome return to mainstream tv.  Has also appeared in some Team Unicorn projects in the past couple of years too, so more interesting things could appear.

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Denis O’Hare
‘Russell Edgington’ of ‘True Blood’, but also has recurring appearances in ‘The Good Wife’.  A great actor.

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Tina Majorino
Hopefully, she will appear in the ‘Veronica Mars’ film, but if she doesn’t, then her recent role on Greys Anatomy, where she has really been making her mark, should keep her on the way up.

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Amy Acker
Always great, she has continued to keep the quality up throughout this season on ‘Person of Interest’.

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Timothy Busfield
Been around for ever, but it’s always good to see him appear in stuff.  Most recently in ‘Revolution’.

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Patrick Flueger
I’ve not seen much of him since ‘The 4400′, so good to see him back again.

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Felicia Day
It’s Supernatural. It’s Felicia Day. It’s great.


So, Doctor Who returned…

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Doctor Who returns once again and in a follow up to my previous post, I thought I’d give it some kind of mark out of ten, using a completely flawed and nonsensical system!  Just for fun, obviously.

So, if we assume that ten is the mark for a perfect episode, and starting from a base of zero, let’s assign some scores to parts of our equation:

Expectation =   +8
As I said in my previous article, I keep watching, hoping that it will give me the show I want.

Loss of Karen Gillan = -3
While the character of Amy Pond could be highly irritating, it was Karen Gillan.

Loss of Arthur Darvill = -1
Good actor, not so good character, but he had his place.

Addition of Jenna-Louise Coleman = +3
Positive start. Let’s see how this progresses.

Story = -1
Based on the expectation of a story worth 8 points, this was ok, but had a few too many things that irked.

Villains = -1
Purely for the “we could stop him now” exchange, there has to be a demerit for that!

Appearance of Richard E. Grant = +1
It’s Richard E. Grant. he should be in everything.

Overall score = 6
A fairly good start, with a not too bad episode, but there are improvements to be made!  Her response of “something awesome”, when asked what she wants to see first, in the ‘next time’ bit at the end, was a little worrying; would she not have something specific in mind if she’d been thinking about travelling for so long?

Anyway, all foolishness aside, a solid return!


Guest Star of the Month?

Often, when we are watching the myriad shows we follow, you end up spotting the same faces over and over again.  Most of the time this goes in cycles and a few faces will crop up in everything for a time, then they’ll be replaced by a new crop of faces.  So it goes in the Hollywood system.

These people are the guest stars who have the goods.

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Carl Must Die…

Carl Must Die...

No more Carl please…

As we’re in the Christmas hiatus, you start to think about where the tv shows you watch have been and where they could go.  Now, I haven’t read any of The Walking Dead comics, so am blissfully unaware of any upcoming plot twists.  I can but hope that one key one is coming though…  Carl must die…

The actor, Chandler Riggs, does a great job of portraying him and I have no complaints about his performance, but the character on the other hand is so annoying as to detract from everything else.  I have wondered how the group haven’t just thrown Carl to the walkers out of annoyance already…

Apparently, some of the new characters introduced just before the hiatus are quite good, so we can only hope they will convince the others to boot Carl firmly into the undead category!


The Eternal Quandary of Doctor Who…

Like many people my age, I grew up watching Doctor Who of the 1970s Pertwee/Baker era and beyond, so the new series is a continuation of a long running story.  For many though, they only know the new incarnation that has existed since 2005 and may be engaging with it on face value, without any baggage.  These two statements may, or may not be serious factors in my problem with Doctor Who as it stands now.

If I were to sum up my key issues, they would be narrative, structure, logic, dialogue, originality and characterisation.

However, a key question before I get into all that is, ‘but is this programme even FOR me?’

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