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Archive for July, 2002

By Mark Clapham on 29 July 2002 Comments Off

The worst episode of the series so far, ‘Terra Nova’ is earnest, worthy, and various other kinds of dull.

By Mark Clapham on 29 July 2002 Comments Off

A lighter and more inventive episode than the last couple, ‘Unexpected’ sees macho man Trip impregnated after an encounter with some hitchhiking aliens…

By Mark Clapham on 29 July 2002 Comments Off

When an away team find themselves stranded on a seemingly harmless planet during a storm, hallucinations and paranoia begin to set in…

By Mark Clapham on 27 July 2002 Comments Off

Since the demise of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, DC’s Vertigo line has been leeching off Gaiman’s creation with a number of spin-offs and mini-series…

By Eddie Robson on 23 July 2002 Comments Off

This project is billed as a ‘darkly comic drama’, which rather begs the question of why BBC2 elected to schedule the first episode opposite Six Feet Under, the darkly comic drama hit of the summer.

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By Jim Smith on 23 July 2002 Comments Off

A film like Goldmember almost defies review. It’s so like its predecessors in terms of style and humour that it’s difficult to say something which isn’t entirely redundant.


By Eddie Robson on 22 July 2002 Comments Off

Compared to the morning, it’s been a slow afternoon… but it’s always been a safe bet that something big would be planned for the end of the season.

By Eddie Robson on 22 July 2002 Comments Off

If anybody tries to tell you that Scrubs is anything less than the most relentlessly laugh-out-loud funny show on TV at the moment, ON NO ACCOUNT believe them. KEEP AWAY from these people. They are probably DANGEROUS.

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By Eddie Robson on 22 July 2002 Comments Off

Call me a heretic – and if you did, you wouldn’t be the first – but, as Beatles films go, I actually prefer Help! to A Hard Day’s Night.

By Mark Clapham on 20 July 2002 Comments Off

This section is rapidly turning into a morgue, what with the number of recently deceased TV series currently being dissected…

By Mark Clapham on 19 July 2002 Comments Off

So, Jason X represents the collapse of all known culture into a pit of self referential, self-indulgent old nonsense? Maybe, but it’s also cheap, cheerful and vigorously entertaining.

By Lance Parkin on 16 July 2002 Comments Off

Dan Dare is an interesting experiment, a British (with particular emphasis on the ‘ish’) CG cartoon that’s been knocking around in pre-production limbo for a long time, now…

By Jim Smith on 15 July 2002 Comments Off

With its combination of strong sexy women, rom com melodrama, good dialogue and magic realism, David Hahn’s Private Beach is consistently one of the best indie comics out there.

By Mark Clapham on 12 July 2002 Comments Off

Not only is this a new comic, it’s almost a new genre – the post-modern pulp anthology. Within these pages are stories of the darkest jungles, shiniest pop heroes and most outlandish fantasies – all with a knowing twist…

By Jim Smith on 12 July 2002 Comments Off

Birds of Prey is the much-anticipated and widely leaked pilot episode for a new hourly drama series based on the strictly second division DC comic book. Fortunately it is, with a couple of caveats, really rather good.

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By Jon de Burgh Miller on 11 July 2002 Comments Off

Dreamwave Productions unleash the first comic based on the new Japanese/American co-production Transformers range, and it’s a very strange mix indeed…

By Mark Clapham on 10 July 2002 Comments Off

Now here is a real high concept – The X-Files meets Jackass. When a kid involved filming a stunt for a cable TV comedy show gets his head caved in, Dogget and Reyes get called in…

By Eddie Robson on 10 July 2002 Comments Off

There are some problems with the new live-action Scooby-Doo – but Eddie digs Matthew Lillard’s Method performance as Shaggy…

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By Eddie Robson on 10 July 2002 Comments Off

The Comic Book Liberation Army needs YOU.

By Jim Smith on 09 July 2002 Comments Off

ER is the most accomplished, most consistently outstanding, series in the history of network television. In this beautifully handled, unbearably emotional instalment its most complex and beloved character died off-screen.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 07 July 2002 Comments Off

Amongst Scooby-Doo fans, the biggest cliche going has always been that ‘everyone hates Scrappy’. But now Scooby fans have a new whipping horse, a movie that anyone who fondly remembers the original series is just not supposed to like…

By Jim Smith on 05 July 2002 Comments Off

When exquisite washed-out photography and peerless framing combine with a man talking at length about the value of family life, there can be surely no doubt at all about whose personal universe you’re in.

By Mark Clapham on 03 July 2002 Comments Off

Now, we all know that The X-Files is getting more outlandish as it goes on, but this week’s episode features a villain reminiscent of that old adversary of the Flash, the Mirror Master…

By Mark Clapham on 02 July 2002 Comments Off

For little Annie, Tomorrow was only a day away. For Angel fans, it means the torment of six months waiting for a resolution to a huge cliffhanger. It really is a hard knock life…