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Nov 24 2014

Ripper Street Season 3, Episode 3 Review: Ashes and Diamonds

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The last episode of Ripper Street seemed to mark a turning point with Inspector Reid, an honorable police officer, killing an unarmed man because he was led to believe that he had both abducted and abused his daughter which then led to her death. Due to this my excitement for ‘Ashes and Diamonds’ was at an all time high, I assumed we may abandon the procedural format for now because of what had happened and follow Reid while he was on the run, or attempting to somehow clear his name. Instead we had Inspector Drake taking over ‘H’ division in Reids absence, trying to protect Reid when he is questioned by Abberline at the beginning of the episode and after that we don’t hear much about Reid from the force. Instead of following up on Reid we have another case of the week which follows the team as they track down the culprit in the murder of a clairvoyant.

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Nov 20 2014

Is Constantine the Best Comic Show on Television?

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Comic book culture is on a major roll these days with an almost constant stream of films and television series making household names out of their characters. But let’s forget about movies and just look at TV. We’ve got The Flash, Arrow, The Walking Dead, Agents of SHIELD, Gotham, and no less than five new Marvel shows upcoming as Netflix originals. And that’s just live action series.

All of the shows I mentioned get discussed in an almost water cooler fashion amongst both nerds and mainstream viewers, but you know what? I’d take Constantine over all of them. It’s got the mythos, it’s got the source material, it’s got the perfect lead, it’s got a great mix of humor and grittiness, and it’s arguably got more potential at this point than every other comic-based show on the air. It was put together by David Goyer, the co-architect of the Dark Knight and Blade trilogies. That’s got to count for something (or at least 2/3 of something). Plus Neil Marshall directed the pilot. The talent is there. Continue Reading »

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Nov 19 2014

The Missing Season 1 Episode 4 Review: “Gone Fishing”

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At the end of the last episode of The Missing we discover video footage of Oliver after he has been taken so the efforts of Julian and Tony seem to have paid off, but we are only half way through the series and it’s pretty much a given that we aren’t going to gain answers just yet. “Gone Fishing” does take great strides though, I figured that after the fast paced last episode the action would slow down a little bit to pad out the storyline as there were still five episodes to go but I was wrong. In the latest episode the scenes that we are seeing in the flashbacks and present day seem to becoming a bit more bridged, I thought the 2006 scenes were more to explore the characters rather than the investigation but I was wrong as the investigation is featured quite prominently. I’d like to now stick two fingers up to the people that were doubting the use of the flashbacks.

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Nov 18 2014

Deep Space 9.5: Casting the Inevitable Star Trek Series Deep Space 9 Reboot

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It’s only matter of time before everything old is new again when it comes to pop culture phenomena. When the future holds a Suicide Squad movie and an Agent Carter TV show, have no doubt that if there’s something with a brand name attached to it, studios will find a way to polish off the dust and give it a heaping helping of lens flare.

So, don’t be surprised if Paramount starts mining Federation space for more product to replicate. But they won’t need any omicron particles for this project. No, no, much like with 2009’s original series reboot, I’m certain that eventually every series to ever trek through the stars will be reimagined and revived in some form or another. I’ve gone on record about my…dare I say…deep appreciation of Deep Space 9 and while I’d prefer they leave well enough alone this is Hollywood we’re talking about and if there’s latinum to be had, they’ll have seconds.

Today I’m bringing you my ideal choice for a reimagined DS9 cast. For some of these choices I know I’ll be aiming for the stars, but come on, this is Starfleet. Without further ado, let’s hop into the wormhole and revisit everyone’s favorite converted Cardassian space station.

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Nov 18 2014

Why More Shows Should Have Musical Episodes

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Last week Supernatural aired its 200th musical-ish episode and it made me realize that a lot more shows should have musical episodes. I’m not particularly a fan of musicals, they always seem cheesy and I’ve never really been able to take them seriously for too long. I appreciated Glee on occasion but too much of it made me want to vomit, same goes for Mamma Mia and all the rest, but it always feels different when the show is not usually a musical. Supernatural pretty much has a different genre every week, it can do comedy, drama and horror but it has never ventured into musical territory until season 10’s “Fan Fiction”. The show has pulled on the heart strings A LOT lately and it needed some light relief but the episode also went through the journey of Sam (Jared Padelecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) the past ten years including multiple deaths and any other format could probably have made me just sit at home and cry for days but it didn’t.

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Nov 17 2014

Ripper Street, Series 3 Episode 2: “The Beating Of Her Wings”

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The thieves that caused the train crash were arrested and hung at the end of episode one, and although the case isn’t completely finished episode two of Ripper Street shifts focus onto the death of Clara Buckley and the discovery of a prison cell that housed a child in her basement. The episode opens with Ronald Capshaw (John Heffernan) paying a visit to one of Susan’s debtors, Clara and Horace Buckley, hoping to force them into signing over the deed to their store which Susan and Ronald have been doing all over Whitechapel.

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Nov 15 2014

This Is How You Dragonball Z

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Everyone who reads anything on Unreality should know what Dragonball Z is…right? If you haven’t and happen to utilize Hulu then you can view all the episodes that way or find a site like animefreak (or whatever it’s called) and watch them all via your browser. The story is centralized around the character Goku, a Saiyan, (an extraterrestrial) who was sent to Earth as an infant to conquer the planet for the alien race. Plans go awry when Goku is knocked on the head and forgets that he’s a Saiyan much less an alien sent to destroy the planet. Long story short, he ends up becoming the most powerful Saiyan ever and helps to protect Earth from many of it’s invaders including other Saiyans. (along with a huge list of other villains and baddies – I’m not going to list them all – go watch the show!)

Suffice it to say, the show is still popular long after it concluded the ‘Z’ run. The following artwork from artist wwysocki gives a prime example of just how inspiring it can still be.

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Nov 13 2014

Ripper Street, Season 3 Episode 1: “Whitechapel Terminus”

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There was a very dark day in December 2013 when it was announced that Ripper Street would not be returning to the BBC for a third series. There was a cloud of darkness that swept across England and people began campaigning for the BBC to change their mind but they did not, and just as we thought all hope was lost Amazon Prime came to the rescue. They salvaged the show and came up with a co-production deal with the shows production company, Tiger Aspect, to bring us a third series of the rivetting show. We can carry on getting swept up in the late 1800s Whitechapel, the gloomy setting and get engrossed by the camaraderie of the ‘H’ division while they solve crimes by deploying smarts with DI Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen), Brawn with DS Bennett Drake (Jerome Flynn) and forensic expertise with Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg). The show is one of the finest period pieces on British television (a lot better than Downtown Abbey), examining the trials that many regular people endured at the time, including immigration and Golden Dawn, and we are able to witness advancement in the detective work through the use of forensics. Its not purely a historical piece, it is a entertaining and compelling detective drama and captures your attention the moment it starts till the moment it ends, it would have really been a travesty if it had stayed cancelled.

Fortunately for us the online streaming service that none of us cared about saved Ripper Street and recently series three premiered with two episodes, “Whitechapel Terminus” and “The Beating Of Her Wings”. At the end of series two we witnessed a fractured “H” division, been torn apart by events that transpired through the series. Reid had become a shadow of his former self, barely recognising the person he had become; Drake was a broken man, he had lost everything that he had ever cared about; Jackson was alone, his wife had left him and he had begun wallowing in self pity. The series three premiere is set four years after the events of the series two finale and shows that the three characters have gone their seperate ways with Bennett becoming an Inspector in Manchester, Reid disassociating himself with the outside world and Jackson still drinking and having sex with random women. They are forced into working together once again due to two trains, one of which Drake was on, colliding in Whitechapel just outside the police station. Reid and Drake help as many as they can, and Jackson arrives and Reid begrudgingly accepts him as their emergency doctor. It was a delightful seeing all three of them working alongside one another after four years apart, it felt like no time had passed, of course I was incorrect.

The trio attempt to save as many as possible but in the end it is determined that over 50 people died in the crash, and now “H” division must find the culprits. I said it was like no time had passed but during the investigation any audience member could tell that the characters had been through a great deal and changed drastically. Before Drake was a bulldog for the division, he was short tempered and heavy handled, willing to do whatever it took to get answers. Now he is more like Reid, calm and collected and thinking things through before acting, he is now aware of the consequences of his actions. Reid seems just as he was at the end of series two, only more alone than before and obessessed with his work in the archives and a lot less trusting that he used to be which causes a lot of friction between him and Jackson. Jackson was always a fan of the booze and rackless behaviour but he always did his job well and helped close many cases which is why Reid kept him close. It was uncomfortable watching Reid keep him at arms length and Drake being the one to invite him onto the case. I hope the friction between the characters doesn’t last too long, the main reason the show is so good is the relationships between the core characters.

The reason train collision that kicked of the series was a theft gone wrong, a group of thieves were highed to steal unmarked American bonds by the lawyer of Susan Hart (MyAnna Buring), the ex-wife of Jackson, so she could raise some money for her Obsidian Estates. The super “H” division were able to trace it back to the group of thieves but unable to make a clear link between them and Obsidian Estates. The division were forced to arrest the group and have them hang for the morale of Whitechapel, even though the were aware that someone else was behind it. Reid has a hunch that the lawyer, Capshaw, when he is introduced to him by Susan but the only witness he can get to confirm his suspicions dies before Reid can get to him. I love Susan but she is atrocious when it comes to money and trusting the wrong people, he lawyer essentially killed over 50 people yet she keeps him around. At the beginning of the episode she seemed a lot stronger than the person she was in series two, she had become a woman of means and was fighting for gender equality, even starting a school specifically for females. It’s quite frustrating to see she is another man’s puppet and she doesn’t even know it.

I doubt that this is the last that we’ll see of the train crash, Reid isn’t the type of person to let that go. The group is still factured (Reid and Jackson more that anyone else) and hopefully over the course of series three we see them put their past struggles behind them and learn to work together again, they are better together than apart. I can already see the difference of Ripper Street being on Amazon Prime, they don’t have to worry about length or censorship (although episode one wasn’t really graphic). They don’t have the same rules to follow as television so Ripper Street should be even more thrilling to watch than it was before.

Ripper Street continues on Amazon Prime on Fridays and will be broadcast on BBC one early next year.

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Nov 13 2014

The Most Uncomfortable Episodes in South Park History

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South Park has managed to stay relevant and fresh, for the most part, for almost 20 years.  It’s done that using a combination of being willing to re-invent itself (gradually morphing from pure sophomoric comedy into topically relevant satire), being willing to adopt new technology, and the sheer creative power of Trey Parker and Matt Stone.  (If you haven’t seen it yet, the documentary Six Days to Air is really, really interesting. Come to see how creative people manage an incredibly tight schedule, stay for Trey and Matt telling stories about how they dropped acid and cross-dressed at the Oscars).

One thing that South Park has always managed to generate is comedy that’s so sharp, it’s tough to watch.  Good satire should always make you cringe a bit, and some of South Park‘s most triumphant moments are those that you feel very ambivalent about.  And it’s not simply a case of “I can’t believe they went there!”  Anyone can go there.  Bad comedians make tasteless, stupid jokes that go there all the time.  But it’s the journey, not the destination.  I’m a firm believer of the notion that anything can be funny, as long as it’s funny.  No subject is off-limits for comedy – if you’re creative and talented enough to make it actually funny.

With that in mind, here are 5 episodes of South Park that took that credo to the next level.

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Nov 13 2014

DC Has a Bigger Plan For Gotham and It’s Got Serious Potential

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DC isn’t Marvel.  Their every foray into film and TV isn’t necessarily part of a cohesive master plan to slowly turn cinema back into an serialized medium.  It’s interesting to me that the orb and sceptre of Disney’s corporate holdings – namely Marvel and Lucasfilm – are both houses that made a name for themselves by actively championing the sequential and the interconnected. The most famous of Lucas’s output was deliberately in the style of the old Saturday matinee serials and Marvel’s USP in the comics market was, for a long time, that all of their properties took place in a cohesive universe; they were anchored in the ‘real’ world.

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Nov 12 2014

The Missing Season 1 Episode 3 Review: “The Meeting”

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The time has come again when I settle down with a cup of tea and a scone to discuss the latest episode of the epic (I know it’s only been three episodes but I’m calling it epic) The Missing. The first two episodes were used to establish the mystery and the characters that are affected by the abduction but this week we focus more on the police and their past and present investigation into the case. We’ve seen how the troubled parents have dealt with their loss with Tony’s life stopping the moment Oliver was taken and how Emily has tried her hardest to move on, as well as gotten an insight into the pedophile Vincent who is guilty of his impure thoughts but apparently not of the abduction so he was cleared as a suspect many years ago. A large part of “Pray For Me” was seen through Vincent’s perspective and this week is the turn of Julien.

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Nov 11 2014

Check out Seinfeld in the Australian Parliament

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Whenever there is a new interpretation or mash up of anything Seinfeld it’s our duty to post it on this site.  Melbourne-based video editor Huw Parkinson humorously adds the characters from Seinfeld into clips from the Australian Parliament.

As we’ve heard before, but not in this way, “It’s not a lie if you believe in it,” Constanzan ethics works in this clip.  In the video, The Australian Parliament is in session and the cast of Seinfeld works there.   Wait until you see how Kramer responds to questions in the House of Representatives and how Elaine waits out a tedious press conference.

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Nov 10 2014

I Really Miss TV Theme Songs and Title Sequences

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For some reason I’ve had the Dawson’s Creek opening theme song from the title sequence in my head the past couple of hours. I know that the song is called “I don’t want to wait” and it’s by Paula Cole but it will always be the Dawson’s Creek theme song. There’s something special about having an opening theme, it’s one of the identifiers of the show. It differentiates the show to the others around it, even if it is one in the long line of teen dramas the opening will make it stand out from the others. When the television is on and then it starts playing you know what show is about to start and it gives me the pre show jitters. It’s not just Dawson’s Creek, it could be Friends, Fringe, Twin Peak and a whole host of other shows and I’d still get those jitters, I know what show is starting and if the music excites me then I know I have to sit down and watch it quietly for the next hour.

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Nov 10 2014

Lego is Debuting The Big Bang Theory Set

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OK, so if there’s one company that’s dominated the nerd universe for God knows how long, it’s Lego.  But in the last decade they’ve managed to pick up an even larger percentage of die hard fans of games, movie, television, you name it.  Famous figurines from your favorite shows, games, and movies are now commonplace amongst the Lego fan base.  The latest to join in on the fun?  None other than the crew that makes up The Big Bang Theory.

Lego announced Friday that it will be releasing a Big Bang Theory set. It re-creates Sheldon and Leonard’s living room and includes such geek-accurate items as a Rubik’s Cube, a DNA strand, an itty bitty Lego Death Star and Leonard’s board.The proposal includes a trove of minifigures: Howard (complete with NES belt buckle), Penny, Rajeesh (with Cinnamon), Amy, Bernadette, and of course Sheldon and Leonard.

The news came as part of Lego’s announcement of its fall 2014 Ideas projects. With Ideas, Lego fans post their own models to the Lego Ideas website. Projects that get 10,000 supporters are guaranteed an official review by the company.

Will you be decorating with a Lego Penny?  I think the best part of this entire set will be the NES belt buckle on Howard.  And thank God they’re keeping the long hair on Penny.  I think we can all agree the worst part of the show this season is Penny’s pixie cut.  It’s simply unacceptable and I refuse to believe that’s Kaley Cuoco.  Remember how good she looked in season 1?

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Nov 07 2014

The Walking Dead’s Effective Mystery Hook

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Mystery is one of the ultimate tools in powerful storytelling.  It’s one thing to watch a show and be entertained, but when a show manages to get your mind racing to predict what happens next, or what you believe should happen next, that’s powerful.  Pulp Fiction does it masterfully with Jules and Vincent’s briefcase. Lost did it to us for 6 network seasons without giving us a payoff (thanks alot Lindelof).  After 4 seasons and counting it never occurred to me that the Walking Dead does it insanely well too, until last Sunday’s episode.

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