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  1. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Tripped (2015)

    TV – Tripped (2015) Tripped is a curious little four-part SFF comedy shown on the UK TV Channel E4 in December. Long-term friends Danny and Milo are two young men in present-day England; Milo is a drug-taking slacker while Danny is trying to become respectable. They are shocked to discover that...
  2. Anthony G Williams

    Fantasy Lost Girl

    TV – Lost Girl, Season 2 (2011) I enjoyed the first season of this Canadian fantasy series so, after a suitable break to catch up with feature films, ploughed into the second. To refresh your memories, this is what I said about the first season: Lost Girl is a contemporary urban fantasy...
  3. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Orphan Black (BBC America)

    TV – Orphan Black, season 3 (2015) I discovered quite by chance that BBC has been showing the third season of the Canadian SF thriller Orphan Black. Curiously, they launched it by putting all ten episodes up on the BBC iPlayer - the internet-based service normally used for storing, for one...
  4. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Continuum (SyFy)

    TV – Continuum Season 3 At long last the third season of the Canadian time-travel serial has become available on DVD in the UK. To refresh your memories, this follows the efforts of Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) a 2077 "Protector" (paramilitary law officer), thrown back to the present day in...
  5. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009) [SyFy remake]

    TV – Battlestar Galactica (Miniseries, 2003) This series passed me by when it emerged in the 2000s but I'd heard good things about it so I saw the first two 90 minute programmes which constituted a "miniseries". The first, that is, since the 1970s version which I had also missed. For those...
  6. Anthony G Williams

    Fantasy Lost Girl

    TV – Lost Girl, Season 1 (2010) This Canadian series was suggested to me by the service I rent DVDs from. It sounded interesting and had a high approval rating – particularly for the humour – so I thought I'd try it. Lost Girl is a contemporary urban fantasy featuring Bo Dennis (Anna Silk) a...
  7. Anthony G Williams

    Alphas (2011), and Gotham (2014)

    TV – Alphas (2011), and Gotham (2014) Alphas first appeared on the Syfy channel but is available on DVD in the UK. It sounded promising (I must have read a favourable review somewhere to put it on my list) so I gave it a try. The series has a familiar theme: a psychologist is trying to help a...
  8. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Dollhouse

    TV – Dollhouse (2009) In my hunt for decent TV SF series I came across some favourable mentions of Dollhouse, so I put it on my view list. The MacGuffin for this series can be summed up as "mind wipe and personality transfer". Criminals faced with a long jail term are given the option of...
  9. Anthony G Williams

    Horror TV – The Dead Zone (2002-7)

    TV – The Dead Zone (2002-7) A trawl through TV SFF series and serials available on DVD pulled up a dozen that looked interesting enough to try, and the US/Canadian production The Dead Zone ("based on characters" from Stephen King's 1979 novel of the same name) was the first one to drop through...
  10. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi V (2009)

    TV – V (2009-11): Series and Serials This is my second look at V, since I've now finished both seasons. Before getting into the review, recent TV SF programmes have made me ponder the way in which these are constructed and in particular the difference between series and serials. This is largely...
  11. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi V (2009)

    TV – V (2009-11) What is it about female law enforcement officers, or is it just me? The SF series which I've enjoyed the most over the past year have all featured these as their lead characters: Fringe(with the excellent Anna Torv as FBI/Fringe Agent Olivia Dunham); Continuum (with Rachel...
  12. Anthony G Williams

    TV – Under the Dome, Orphan Black and Person of Interest

    TV – Under the Dome, Orphan Black and Person of Interest I have commented on Under the Dome before, which I criticised after seeing the first three episodes because I felt that the events depicted bore little relationship to the likely course of events if a town was indeed abruptly separated...
  13. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Fringe (2008-13)

    TV - Fringe (2008-13) Well, I have finally reached the end of Fringe. It has unquestionably been one of the highlights of my TV watching over the last year, and will remain in my mind for a long time. I have been reflecting on why I found it so special. In my first take on the series (posted...
  14. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Under The Dome by Stephen King (CBS)

    TV - Under the Dome (2013) and other series Based on a Stephen King novel (which I haven't read), Under the Dome is set in the present day and concerns events inside a small American town that is suddenly and mysteriously sealed off from the world by an invisible dome-shaped force field several...
  15. Anthony G Williams

    Sci-Fi Continuum (SyFy)

    TV series: Continuum I have watched the first few episodes of Continuum, a new Canadian TV series. This features Rachel Nicholas as Keira Cameron, a “protector” (police officer) living with her husband and child in Vancouver in 2077. She is on duty at the planned execution of the leaders of...
  16. Anthony G Williams

    TV series: Fringe (2008+), and Warehouse 13 (2009+)

    I'm getting towards the end of Season 1. So far, so good.
  17. Anthony G Williams

    TV series: Fringe (2008+), and Warehouse 13 (2009+)

    TV series: Fringe (2008+), and Warehouse 13 (2009+) The success of that famous TV series The X-Files, which ran from 1993 to 2002 (was it really that long ago?), has obviously inspired some other programme makers. Two different TV series came along only a year apart, both featuring US...
  18. Anthony G Williams

    Fantasy Once Upon a Time

    TV - Once Upon a Time, Season 1 I've finally reached the end of the 22-episode first season of Once Upon a Time, which I have briefly discussed early in the series (in April and May). To recap: the story begins in the present-day USA when Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), a young woman with a...
  19. Anthony G Williams

    Fantasy Game of Thrones (HBO)

    TV - Game of Thrones, Season 1 This is my second look at Game of Thrones, as I commented on it in May after seeing the first two episodes. Now I've seen all ten episodes of the first season so it's time for a round-up (the second season is not yet available on DVD hire in the UK). To recap...
  20. Anthony G Williams

    TV: Once Upon a Time and Game of Thrones

    Well, more people are being told the truth, but whether they have fully accepted it seems rather debatable. In part they seem to be humouring the young lad (although where he got the idea that his fairy-tale book has anything to do with his town is unclear).
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