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By Mark Clapham on 29 March 2012 Comments Off

‘Alcatraz’is perhaps the archetypal post-’Lost’ TV series.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 04 January 2012 1 COMMENT

‘Ghost Protocol’ makes no bones about where it stands: it is an action movie through and through.

By Lance Parkin on 27 September 2010 2 COMMENTS

‘Undercovers’ is like a sexy, action-packed ‘Alias’. Which is a bit like saying something’s like a dinosaury ‘Jurassic Park’.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 02 June 2010 Comments Off

It’s easy to be cynical about the finale to ‘Lost’.

By Stephen Lavington on 27 May 2010 1 COMMENT

Credit where credit’s due – if you were running a sci-fi show featuring parallel dimensions where several of the characters in one dimension were evil counterparts to those in the other – and where Spock plays a recurring character – would you have the willpower to resist dressing one of them in a sinister goatee?

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 26 May 2010 Comments Off

‘What They Died For’ attempts to answer a question by never really doing so, or perhaps by giving the simplest explanation that we all already knew. In that sense, this episode could be viewed as the series in microcosm.

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By Julio Angel Ortiz on 19 May 2010 Comments Off

I’ll come out and say it: although it may have been a matter of simply having too high expectations, ‘Across the Sea’ was a disappointment for me.

By Stephen Lavington on 17 May 2010 1 COMMENT

Good news, bad news, bad news and good news for this episode.

By Stephen Lavington on 11 May 2010 1 COMMENT

I hope you like novelty episodes folks, because ‘Fringe’ has gone for it big time here.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 10 May 2010 1 COMMENT

Make no mistake: ‘The Candidate’ is a sucker punch to the gut.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 03 May 2010 1 COMMENT

Convergence is a theme that runs through this episode. Several characters and threads, some running for a couple of years, finally come together here, as the layers for the endgame are slowly beginning to be peeled back.

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By Stephen Lavington on 30 April 2010 1 COMMENT

For a fast-paced 21st century update of ‘X-Files’ ‘Fringe’ doesn’t half crawl at a snail’s pace at times.

By Stephen Lavington on 23 April 2010 4 COMMENTS

A rollercoaster this week, but in the worst possible sense of the word as a dull start gives way to a brilliantly promising central act before stuttering to a sedate and underwhelming halt.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 21 April 2010 1 COMMENT

With ‘Everybody Loves Hugo’, ‘Lost’ finally crosses the roller coaster apex and is in free-fall, with more twists and turns in a single episode than I can recall in a long time.

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By Stephen Lavington on 16 April 2010 1 COMMENT

Brilliant title, but all but irrelevant to the story of this week’s episode (bar a brief appearance of the game ‘Cluedo’), a fairly vanilla piece of plot development in spite of the gruesome monster-of-the-week: James Heath, a Cortexiphan test-case with the ability to give people fast-acting cancer through [...]

By Stephen Lavington on 08 April 2010 4 COMMENTS

Rather than shatter the ‘X-Files’ mould, ‘Fringe’ has shown every sign of making itself snug and comfortable within it, and this trend has not changed with season two.
As previously discussed, the show skips between monster-of-the-week specials, chin-stroking social commentary and a broader plot arc.
The first two of these have been well-represented; we have had 100-year-old [...]

By Stephen Lavington on 01 June 2009 Comments Off

An FBI agent heads a top-secret team dedicated to investigating the strange and the paranormal. Pretty good idea for a TV show – Chris Carter certainly thought so and it worked out for him.

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2009 Comments Off

Our hero is a farmboy, raised in a desert by his Uncle. He meets an old comrade of his Father’s who tells him his Dad died a hero and that he should follow in his footsteps… sound familiar, at all?

By Lance Parkin on 10 May 2009 Comments Off

‘Star Trek’ is a franchise that, instinctively, ought to be strong and vibrant but which had ground to a halt.

By Jim Smith on 04 May 2009 Comments Off

Do I review this for the general audience that will, I suspect, flock to this dazzling, exciting blockbuster in droves or do I review it for my fellow long term ‘Star Trek’ fans?

By Mark Clapham on 04 February 2008 Comments Off

Bump bump bump Roooaaaar!!!

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By Shiny Shelf on 11 September 2006 Comments Off

For the 40th anniversary, some top tens and top fives, of episodes, movies, moments and general stuff, compiled by those of us at Shiny Shelf.

By Stephen Lavington on 18 August 2005 Comments Off

In a rare example of a high-profile series living up to its hype, ‘Lost’ made a triumphant showing in its debut week, boasting viewing figures of 6.1million…

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By Mark Clapham on 06 August 2005 Comments Off

100% spoiler free: this is the only thing newcomers should read about ‘Lost’ in advance of Wednesday’s Channel Four premiere…

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By Mags L Halliday on 08 April 2003 Comments Off

You have to love a show whose action set-piece looks more like an episode of ‘Space 1999′, all dayglo orange jumpsuits, goggles, space rocket launches and a jet-board.

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By Mags L Halliday on 05 March 2003 Comments Off

‘Alias’ is deeply, deeply silly and I love it…

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By Mark Clapham on 20 June 2002 Comments Off

That’s decided, then. With its stunning season finale Alias has firmly established itself as the best new show of the 2001-2002 season…

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

This new US series about a female student who also works as a covert agent comes with a reputation for critical acclaim, big ratings and a lead actress who has already swagged a Golden Globe for her s

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By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

When Shinyshelf first looked at ‘Alias’ back with the pilot, it was unclear exactly what the series was going to be like, whether the high espionage drama would win out over the camp action, or vice