THE BOOB TUBE: SCANDAL S04E11 – DEEPER AND DEEPER DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

Last episode, we learned that Olivia Pope had been kidnapped. This episode, we find out the whole point of Olivia’s snatching – to blackmail President Fitz into declaring war on West Angola (as orchestrated by the Vice-President). Quite a few twists along the way as Olivia, her Gladiators (Huck reveals Continue Reading

GEEK OUT! 12 MONKEYS S01E04 – TIME TRAVEL MONKEY BUSINESS

A cute installment of 12 Monkeys. In the sense that whilst it dwelt primarily on a sci-fi trope (going back to time to change events), it utilized it as an intelligent plot device to reveal more of Cole’s character. Focusing mainly on Cole’s present (i.e. 2043), flesh was put on Cole’s Continue Reading

GEEK OUT! HELIX S02E03 – PARALLEL NARRATIVE IS THE KEY

Despite changing its setting completely and introducing a flashforward narrative to its plot, Helix has been slowly introducing familiar characters from the first season to the current one. This time (in “Scion”), it’s Dr. Hatake (above) – a key player first time round, to make Julia’s job of saving the Continue Reading

THE BOOB TUBE: SCANDAL S04E10 – FROM LUDICROUS TO PLAIN SILLY

Scandal may be ludicrous for 90% of the time but at least it’s good fun ludicrous. “Run” – the first episode of the new year has Olivia Pope kidnapped from her home and imprisoned in a Muslim country (probably the Middle East?). Shades of Homeland perhaps? But, it doesn’t take Continue Reading

GEEK OUT! HELIX GETS LOST IN ITS SECOND SEASON AND MAYBE THAT’S A GOOD THING

Syfy series Helix is back and while it retains much of the key features of season one (i.e. deadly pathogen, CDC involvement, death, gore, immortality and conspiracies), season two differs significantly in having two separate storylines (one in the present, and one in the future). Yes, the LOST flashforward is back! Continue Reading

GEEK OUT! THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE IS HIGH CONCEPT SCIFI TV AT ITS BEST

Directed by David Semel. Starring Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank. Now, this was unexpected. A TV adaptation of Philip K Dick’s classic scifi novel of the same name, The Man in the High Castle has been produced (by Ridley Scott!) with its pilot just been released (FREE) and is definitely worth watching! Continue Reading

12 MONKEYS TV SERIES FLATTENS ALL THE CURVES THAT MADE THE MOVIE UNIQUE BUT PROMISES TO BE A INTRIGUING SYFY JOURNEY

Created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett. Starring Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo and Noah Bean. Regular PoP visitors should be aware that 12 Monkeys is probably my favorite movie of all time. See why here. So you can imagine my trepidation when I discovered that SyFy had done a TV series based on the Continue Reading

GEEK OUT! BLACK MIRROR WHITE CHRISTMAS: SMART POST-MILLENNIAL SCI-FI HORROR

Directed by Carl Tibbets. Written by Charlie Brooker. Starring Jon Hamm, Oona Chaplin, Rafe Spall, Natalia Tena.  Black Mirror is one of the smartest sci-fi horror TV anthology series ever produced – “a Twilight Zone for the Twitter age” as a reviewer aptly put it. The series debuted in 2011 on Continue Reading

DAVE GROHL PROVES HIS HEART & SOUL ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE WITH SONIC HIGHWAYS

It’s easy to get a lil cynical about Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters‘ marketing their upcoming new album Sonic Highways by way of a eight-part documentary series on HBO. But the cynicism will evaporate when one watches the first episode as Grohl and co record in Chicago and proceeds to Continue Reading