I have been looking forward to Primeval series 3 since the end of series 2. When my brother asked me 'Doctor Who or Primeval?' it was a huge dilemma for me. Could I pick the Doctor over Nick Cutter? Would I rather experience time and relative dimensions or go hopping through anomolies?
And this year I've been keeping all my Saturdays free in the hope that the first ep would be aired - only to find that it was to be shown on the one date I was out for something I couldn't miss, wouldn't be getting an ITV1 repeat (I don't have ITV2) and hate with a passion ITV Catchup/Silverlight. But anyway, as soon as I got home (at about 11-something) I went onto ITV Catchup to watch immediately and, guess what, it wasn't up yet.
YOU NEVER HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS ON iPLAYER.
So I watched something on iPlayer (Being Human Unearthed) and then went to sleep. When I woke up today the first thing I did was go online to see if it was there (it was), install Silverlight (argh) and watch it.
Here are some of my thoughts on the first episode.
Sweeping into Sherwood for a new series and we’re meeting Friar Tuck for the first time; he’s looking for someone. Robin’s throwing a wobbler - wouldn’t like to be Gisbourne when he catches up with him. Into a deserted village Robin strides, the curious villagers appear to see him shoot an arrow through Guy’s window and into his headboard. Impressive. The shot, not Guy, who’s really let himself go! It’s the middle ages equivalent of The Benny Hill Show, as Guy snatches a hostage and makes off cross country with Robin, the villagers and the Merry Men, all in lukewarm, puffy pursuit. The girl is freed, of course, but Robin is thrown over the precipice. Where’s the body? It’s in the sand! Well, water, and the good friar finds him, which is handy since that’s who he was looking for. Brother Tuck is a bit handy but what’s he up to? Whose side is he on? And why did someone make a voodoo doll of Robin to remember him by? Bit worrying, that. Oh, way to go Tuck - forcing Robin to save the Merry Men. Bit of an extreme plan though, wouldn’t you say? Now the Sheriff’s playing The Golden Shot, it’s a real back to the seventies TV night tonight. Left a bit …left …up ..fire.
OK, first up, I have watched Primeval in the past and found it to be a loathsome, awful show. One of those utterly wasted television opportunities that should have pointed to how bad Demons was going to be. I say this because I've already given Robin Hood a second chance tonight, so I'm giving Primeval a clean slate tonight, too. Now, ITV, impress me...
Plot summary: An anomaly attached to an Egyptian statue in the British Museum becomes active and a dinosaur that looks like an old Egyptian god escapes and goes on the rampage in London. Weekend city breaks for dinosaurs, anyone?
I'm not going to go into the episode in detail. Firstly, shallow as this will sound, the Nicole Scherzinger lookalike (and new team member) Sarah Page was intelligent eye candy and much appreciated. By the end of the episode, she'd become quite an interesting character, and is tied to the rest of the series due to Cutter's epiphany that strange natural phenomenon like the Yeti might be explained by anomalies.
Deep in the heart of England lives a legend...but that legend is hell-bent on vengeance against Guy of Gisborne. Well, he was responsible for the slaughter of Marian. Spurning his not-so-merry men, Robin rushes back into Locksley village and launches a one-man assault on Gisborne.
Unfortunately, his rage works against him and Gisborne pitches him into a river from a clifftop. On the plus side, he is rescued by new arrival, Brother Tuck. Tuck repairs Robin, and tries to rebuild his confidence. He doesn't get far though – Robin is grieving and ready to hang up his bow and arrows.
This doesn't deter Tuck though, and he hatches a plan: he secretly gets Robin's men arrested by Gisborne, then feeds the information back to Robin that they're to be executed. He doesn't need to be told twice – Robin instantly chooses to rescue them. However, Tuck advises that timing is everything, and they go into action during a total eclipse of the sun.
Okay just thought I'd give Irish viewers a round up of my opinions on the Top 50 Singles Chart in Ireland as of 27 March 2009. This is basically a rehash of last weeks charts but with any new entries added in afterwards.
50. Welcome To The Club-DJ Manian: I'm sorry to report this renewed Eurodance craze isn't going to go away soon. However that said, Welcome To The Club isn't completely awful, it's good for getting up and dancing to which I suppose is it's purpose really. Being one third of hit trio Cascada (yes, they're a trio!), Manian creates a rather infectious dance tune but if it's going to be played on the radio non-stop and no doubt it will, we're all going to get annoyed by it's repetitive nature. It will be a welcome change from Basshunter though. ***
Oliver Queen is about to announce a hostile takeover of Luthorcorp when a bomb explodes in the office, killing the entire board of directors and hospitalizing Queen. Chloe races round to the Kent farm to interrupt Clarke and Lana's super-powered sex session with the news.
Naturally, they visit Queen in hospital, but he's clearly not giving them the whole story. Clarke and Lana discover the bombs were laced with Kryptonite. Meanwhile, Queen calls in Chloe to do some investigation on a former employee of his who was a bomb expert. He reveals that he suspects the man is now working for Lex. And he is! We get a little glimpse of Lex attached to a load of tubes and wearing a Hannibal Lecter mask.
Newsted left the band in 2001 but had spent 14 years with the band since the death of their original bassist, Cliff Burton. According to the report, the band don’t want politics to mar the ceremony as they did with the Blondie induction in 2006.
"Jason Newsted will be there, and he will be playing with us at one point," guitarist Kirk Hammett said. "We went as a band when Black Sabbath was being inducted, and at that time Blondie was also being inducted that night. And there was so many politics and so much drama that, you know, we collectively said to each other, ‘We don’t want any of that,’ because it kind of, it puts a really bad, sour note on the whole celebration itself."
It’s clearly a slow news day in Celeb-land, as The Sun and The Mirror both regurgitate Robbie Williams quotes from his visit to We Will Rock You the other night.
The Mirror reckon Robbie said he was definitely going to rejoin Take That (a dull rumour that’s been doing the rounds every month since 2005). However, while The Sun’s report agrees with this, it also says that he was dashing back to the studio to record with Mark Ronson.
Now, let’s imagine that you’ve been asked the same question for four years: “Any chance of you rejoining Take That, Rob?” Why not just nod your head and go along with it? “Yeah, yeah. Even though I’m clearly recording a solo album, I’d love nothing more than to hook up with Take That again.”
It seems that Motown week was never going to end well for Country music fan Michael Sarver. He sang his rendition of Ain't Too Proud To Beg on the show, but was eliminated after the American public failed to vote for him in droves.
Jeanne Dupuis over on Idol Stalker thinks it may have been consistently poor song choices that killed Sarver's chances:
What do you think? Was it Michael’s time to go home? I think he just continued to make really bad song choices this week but his better performance tonight showed that maybe listening to Smokey Robinson’s advice got him into trouble last night.
Apparently Sarver was positive about being voted off, seeming to be excited about being included in the American Idol summer tour.
Sassy Quarla has a few notes on the other bottom two contenders:
What's more surprising with this week's elimination was the bottom three composed of Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre. Matt Giraud, the underdog turned crowd favorite, and Scott MacIntyre, the 'masses' favorite that sings with passion but always stays on his comfort zone.
Dave Buznik (Adam Sandler), a mild mannered introverted man meets Dr Buddy Ridell an off-the-wall therapist with a difference! Though an odd chain of events that seems all too unfair to Buznik.
The film begins by showing the viewer a scene involving a childhood embarrassment of Buznik, which later explains Buzniks main problem. We then meet Dave, an employee for a company that demands it all and gives thanks for nothing. He is about to go on a business trip and we witness him answering a phone call from his boss. The call is to the point, thankless and disconnected before Buznik has finished his sentence. He is then walking through the airport with his partner Linda, but uncomfortable with public affection, and noticing a man watching, he boards his flight without kissing her goodbye.