Early renewals for CW’s fantasy shows

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Originally posted on Sci-Fi Bulletin:

ArrowNewsART It’s only mid-February but the future of some of the CW’s key fantasy shows is already assured.

Renewal announcements have been made today for Supernatural, which has been gaining some of its best episode ratings since 2010 with the most recent season; The Vampire Diaries – the highest rated show in key demos; its spin-off The Originals, which has overcome a weaker ratings start to become a comfortable pairing with its parent series; and Arrow, the network’s most watched series.

There is no word yet on a third season for Beauty and the Beast, or a second for The Tomorrow People.

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Blakes 7 Warship E-Novel

Well where to start, hmm as a novel it is well written and on the whole is faithful to the characters. I found the story entertaining and easy to read. As a Blakes 7 story it would have fitted well amongst those broadcasts.

Unfortunately as an interlocker between Star One & Aftermath it fails due to a number of errors that are frankly large enough to fly the Liberator through.
First of all we see at the end of the Novel that the entire crew of the Liberator see Star One destroyed, however in Aftermath Serverlan tell Avon that fact as if he wouldn’t know it and he reacts accordingly. Now surely she would realize Avon knew and he would not react as if he didn’t?
We also find out in Aftermath that the Federation had destroyed between 500 & 600 ships. In the book 317 are destroyed in the blast and only a few alien ships remain. This is too great a variant to be ‘most o0f the alien fleet’.
We are also told in Aftermath that 80% of the Federation fleet has been destroyed in the book it is 60%, again this is too great an error for the difference to be accounted by a few alien ships escaping the blast.
Now in the book the Liberator has been fighting for several hours before a group of civilian ships arrive to help. What happened to the Federation Battleship Newton estimated time of arrival at Star One 1 hour 7 minutes? And the Fourth Flotilla estimated time to arrival 2 hours 7 minutes?
Again these are just too many errors with the show and the book for it to be bridging the gap between the two series.
And the final straw (not even touching the combat on Planets and wide ranging fighting indicated in the latter two series), we have Blake signalling in Aftermath that he is uninjured, yet in the book he is still recovering when he entered the life capsule.

So as a novel 8 out of 10 as the interlock between Star One & Aftermath 2 out of 10

I f You Buy A Dell Prepare To Go Through Hell

This is the story of the reliability of a Dell PC & their customer Support team.

Back in May 2012 I purchased a new Dell PC by August the DVD Drive had failed, the online technician wanted to send the drive to me so I could fit it.

I was taken aback by this and pointed out that I was disabled so had difficulty bending and didn’t know how to fit it. Reluctantly they agreed to send someone to fit it for me.

Come the end of the year I suddenly lost sound, once again I contact Dell who informs me that due to the holidays it couldn’t be collected until the 2nd of January. Not overjoyed but understanding I accepted.

On the 2nd I waited … waited … waited, you get the picture. At 4pm I phone Dell, the man who answers calls me mam. I point out I’m male and tell him my name. He then asks ‘can I have your full name Mam?’ I give it and again inform him that Mam is not the correct descriptive for me.

I attempt to get him to call the currier to confirm it will be collected that day, continuing to call me ‘Mam’ he asks me to wait until 5pm. Now from experience I know that at that time the offices of curriers will be closed. I insist he calls, he refuses I insist on speaking to his supervisor. Reluctantly he agrees and puts me through. They ask me to wait until 5.30pm! I inform him that unless it is picked up by 5pm or he calls me back to confirm it will be picked up I will call back.

At 5pm my phone rings a different man from Dell informs me he is a manager and apologises but the curriers state they had never received the order to pick my PC up for repairs. I point out that all his staff had insisted it was due for collection that day. More apologies but no action I state that in view of the poor quality of their equipment and the incompetence and insults from their staff I required either a new tower or a full refund. I’m told someone else will call me back.

I receive another call receive more apologies but still no action, he offers to dispatch an engineer to repair it, I hold firm to my position explaining I will be writing this blog about it. Told someone else will call me tomorrow, I explain as having spent all day in I needed to go shopping  the next morning and stated I would need to be called by 9.30AM .

The next morning at 9.40AM the phone rings, head of customer services calls more apologies’ even less action, despite their acceptance of not doing their job they will still not do anything but send an engineer out on the 4TH on an all day call!.

So as of today I still have no sound and have been treated abdominally.

So the moral is unless you want substandard equipment and insulting staff, don’t buy a Dell.

 

If you have had problems with Dell please post them below.

The Angels Take Manhattan. A Review & Thoughts.

Spoilers!

So here we are the end of the first segment of this season of Doctor Who, and it was an emotional and impactful way to end.

As we have come to expect, the technical and writing was of a high standard as indeed were the performances of all the cast, the particularly the Doctor Who family.

So this episode opened in a very nourish manor a fitting setting for the Weeping Angels. A detective has been hired by a very shady rich man to investigate a building where statues move, the home of the Angels.

Here our protagonist discovers the detectives older self-dying in bed just in time for him to be zapped into the past by an Angel!

Switch to the Doctor & the Ponds having a picnic in Central Park, the Doctor are excitedly reading a short story ‘A melody Malone Story’. Rory in an effort to avoid an argument about Amy getting older goes for some coffee. Unfortunately on his way back he is intercepted by an Angel and sent back to 1930’s New York where he is met by his daughter River just in time for them both to be taken captive by a gangster.

Meanwhile the Doctor and Amy discover the book is in fact a factual account disguised as fiction to let them know what has happened to Rory.

Finding travelling to 1930’s New York is a lot harder than expected the detour to ancient China so the Doctor can leave a message for River, so she can send a signal for him to home in on.

Meanwhile Rory is placed in a cellar with only matches for light and a bevy of Cherubic Angels for company whilst River’s hand is in the grip of a chained Angel!

Rescuing River the Doctor and Amy discover Rory has been sent by the Angels to a nearby building that featured at the commencement of the story.

River warns Amy that she must never let the Doctor see the damage he causes or that she is aging as he can’t stand endings. An ominous foreshadowing of what is to come.

Inside the building they get to Rory just in time for Amy to discover an older dying version. The Doctor is distraught stating there is no way to change their personal future once they know what it is going to be.

He states the only way for Rory to escape would be to create a Paradox that would destroy this timeline, yet even then the Angels would still hunt him for the rest of his life.

Amy drags Rory with her determined to escape his fate whilst the Doctor and River delay the Angels.

In a touching scene on the roof Rory decides the only way to create a Paradox is for him to die now theorizing he’ll return to life in the new Time-Line as he has done before. However unable to jump he ask Amy to push him, refusing she joins him on the ledge and both jump!

A battered TARDIS and all the family return to the present ina graveyard in New York.

After a joyful reunion Rory discovers a gravestone with his name on it, at first he thinks it is a coincidence, then an Angle appears zapping him to the past … again.

Amy is upset but tells the Doctor they can go back and get him … after a descendent pause the Doctor and River tell her to try and go back could tear the Earth apart.

Devastated she decides to allow the Angel to send her into the past in the hope of reuniting with her husband, the Doctor angrily tells her no, however River tells him to let her go as it’s her only chance to be with Rory.

After she has vanished her name appears beneath Rory’s on the gravestone.

We are left with a devastated Doctor who has lost the only family he has had in centuries knowing that even River can’t be with him all the time.

This was possibly the best episode of the five so far and certainly the most emotional.

The overnight viewing figures were 5.9 million and a 26.9% share of the TV audience.

I will be very surprised if it is not the near the top most viewed out of the episodes thus far this season.