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At last, that difficult Secret Santa present for Orin is available

Posted December 4, 2013 into Telly by John Birmingham

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Rob would have you know...

Posted December 4, 2013

OMG SET PHASERS TO FUN!

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yankeedog would have you know...

Posted December 4, 2013

Yes! Me want!

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted December 5, 2013

I have one that makes all of the distinctive Space: 1999 sounds.

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Conspiracy Cat mutters...

Posted December 5, 2013

Bugger the door chime. I want her gun. No, I NEED her gun. And a mop.

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Blarkon asserts...

Posted December 5, 2013

Also been looking at this http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f29d/?srp=2

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Murphy mutters...

Posted December 5, 2013

Definitely could use a phaser.

A working phaser plus a recharge point.

Respects,

Murph

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RIP Doyle

Posted November 29, 2013 into Telly by John Birmingham

I was saddened to get an email from Guru Bob this morning informing me that Bodie, also known as the actor Lewis Collins, had died overnight. The rougher half of Bodie and Doyle in The Professionals, he always seemed to be running up to his partner and boss with a slightly bovine look on his face to ask, "Wazzup?"

I came late to The Professionals, because my parents didn't watch it when I was a kid. Or maybe they did and I was just in bed by the time it came on. I remember first catching up with it at uni, when I was sharing a house with a couple of blokes who became, respectively, a cop and a spy. How's that for predestination?

It's funny though, I've been thinking about buying the original series and watching it with Thomas. I might do that now. Although I wonder if he would find the pacing a bit dull and the fight scenes a bit stagey.

I don't suppose many of our American burgers would remember the series, or would even have seen it. At any rate they're probably comatose with Turkey poisoning by now. The rest of us can have a quiet moment and raise a glass in their absence to the absence of the rougher half of Bodie and Doyle.

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Surtac is gonna tell you...

Posted November 29, 2013

D*mn. I hadn't heard that. Vale Doyle.

I remember it well. It was one of a number of Brit drama series I used to watch growing up as a kid in Tassie, along with things like 1990 (with Edward Woodward), The Omega Factor, the Champions and so on.

I can see a dvd-buying binge coming on.

insomniac mumbles...

Posted November 29, 2013

Why has Edward Woodward got four 'd's' in his name?

Because otherwise he'd be Ewar Woowar.

Anyhoo, I loved watching the The Professionals. I remember that episode where they took a single shot to shatter a car window at the limit of the rifle and into the wind, just to get some attention.

These days if I want attention I just go for ms insomniac's boobs because even a slapdown is a cherished form of human contact.

Barnesm reckons...

Posted November 29, 2013

Oh yeah The Omega factor I loved that series . Anyone hear anything more about the American Movie based on the TV series that was proposed back in 2011, see here

My favourite scene was when Doyle was being interrogated by some pasty faced bureaucrat in some MI-6 stink hole of an operation where something went wrong....

PFB "Mr Doyle have you ever killed someone?"

Doyle "Yes" look of complete distain

PFB "How many? ten, A dozen..."

Doyle " Well you lob a grenade into a bush when you're ambushed and you don't stick around and count the bodies..."

w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted November 29, 2013

I read this anecdote, a bloke said he was in a restaurant with Spike Milligan, and Edward Woodward walked in.
Apparently, Spike Milligan leapt to his feet, pointed and yelled.
"There goes Edward Woodwardwardwardwardwardward!"

Yes, Bodie and Doyle were good. They had a freewheeling, dangerous air.

Bodie - the smooth, playboy, hard man.
Doyle - the more intense man, trying to live a conventional life. Though his claims to normality were undercut by his somewhat battered face. In real life, the actor, Martin Shaw, had received some facial reconstruction after some drunken hijinks had gone horribly wrong.

damian asserts...

Posted November 29, 2013

Since my wife pointed out that Edward Woodward is the sound of a fart in a bath, I haven't been able to think of him quite the same way.

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Barnesm puts forth...

Posted November 29, 2013

Appearently he tried out for Bond in 80s but was his audition was reported to be "too aggressive". How awesome would that have been, instead of Moore and Dalton we could have had DOYLE as Bond.

insomniac has opinions thus...

Posted November 29, 2013

Boyle?

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Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted November 29, 2013

Our sharehouse at the time called them Dodie and Boyle. There was also Gordon Jackson acting all stern and commanding while B&D took the piss and got into fights. A lot of work was needed by the stunt crew and armourers as I recall. I guess the memories seem more fun because of the distance of time. The mull bowl probably helped as well.

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Jim would have you know...

Posted November 29, 2013

I loved this show - none of the cheesiness of Statrsky & Hutch. I think they also drove a Jensen. Tough as nails was those two.

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andy47 ducks in to say...

Posted November 29, 2013

Jim, not a Jensen (you're thinking of the Persuaders) but if memory serves Doyle used to drive a Capri (the European model not the excuse for a car they sold in Oz) and Bodie mainly drove a Ford Granada.

It was a quality show for those of us who were adolescent in the 1970s

ShaneAlpha ducks in to say...

Posted December 1, 2013

The cars they drove depends on which series you watch, in the later series Bodie had a Ford Capri and Doyle drove a Ford Escort. . Cowley had a Ford Granada.(guess which car company product placed in the show)

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Murphy reckons...

Posted November 29, 2013

Some brave few of us actually restrained our appetites and consumed only one plate of turkey and ham on this day, thank you very much.

On the other hand, I have some very nice Russian Vodkha which will see me off to Sandmanland.

Respects,

Murph

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Brother PorkChop ducks in to say...

Posted November 29, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Murph.

Murphy puts forth...

Posted November 30, 2013

Thanks!

Respects,

Murph

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MickH asserts...

Posted November 29, 2013

I might have my facts twisted but did he come THAT close to being the drummer for the beatles?

I also liked him in the SAS movie "Who dares wins" I believe he was an 'Honourary member" of the SAS too. A real rarity

Bondiboy66 mutters...

Posted December 2, 2013

The Authoritive Literature (wikipedia) says he turned down the offer to play drums for the Beatles after Pete Best left/got shoved. Also, he passed selection for the Territorial SAS - but they wouldn't have him because he was too well known.

I always missed this show as a kid (well saw some episodes) because with one tv in the house I had no say in what was on...

w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted December 2, 2013

Re: the Beatles
Lewis Collins said he was a ladies hairdresser and saw himself as a bit posh and arty. Mike McCartney, a fellow hairdresser who is Paul's McCartney brother, suggested Collins audition to replace Pete Best.
Collins thought to himself, why would I want to leave ladies hairdressing to be in that tatty group. As he explained to Mike,
"Mike, do you realise that in 2 years I could be earning 42 pounds a week?"

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damian has opinions thus...

Posted November 29, 2013

I loved The Professionals when I was a kid. Loved Starsky and Hutch too, but the vageuly fascistic British stuff always seemed a bit more polished than the gritty cop shows.

Actually that's a complete lie, Columbo and Quincey had it all over both... but anyhoo

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Sparty puts forth...

Posted November 29, 2013

The good episodes havn't actually dated.

Also have you strip the Comic Strip pisstakes / hommages (yes both at the same time)?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bullshitters:_Roll_Out_The_Gunbarrel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detectives_on_the_Edge_of_a_Nervous_Breakdown

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted November 30, 2013

Never saw it. Never heard of it or him. But I will check it out now. Anything that engenders enthusism and nostalgia here is worth checking out.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted November 30, 2013

Worth it for the funky 1970s guitar licks alone

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted November 30, 2013

I totally dig funky 1970's guitar licks.

damian has opinions thus...

Posted November 30, 2013

The theme music was awesome, among the very best. Not just guitar though, more a full stage band with the brass taking the melody. Like proper funk did back in the day.

ShaneAlpha would have you know...

Posted December 1, 2013

It's that first explosive cord in the theme music that really grabs you, then you get the funky wah wha guitar.

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Ceartas asserts...

Posted November 30, 2013

Don't forget he was also the lead in Who Dares Wins, the flick loosely based on the SAS raid on the Iranian Embassy in London.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Dares_Wins_(film)

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Space Jas ducks in to say...

Posted November 30, 2013

Greetings JB et al.

Thursday nights. I used to watch Hill Street Blues, then The Professionals, then start my Physics and Chemistry pracs that were due on Friday morning. Quality biff is always a good psych up for Physics and Chemistry.

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TeamAmerica is gonna tell you...

Posted December 2, 2013

What Paul said. Judging by the video, it was a decent action show. If the Brits sent us both Avengers series in the Sixties and Seventies, and Dr. Who in the Eighties, I'm surprised it was never shown in the US.

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tqft reckons...

Posted December 4, 2013

When I get home I might crack the dvd set open along with a few cold ones over Xmas.

Splosions & fisticuffs & beer.

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andrewmagoo asserts...

Posted December 4, 2013

I guess the modern equivalent is Spooks, although it never really had the testosterone-laced effectiveness of Bodie and Doyle!

I also didn't mind the New Avengers...well, Joanna Lumley anyway!

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Cool fan vid of new Dr Who intro

Posted September 26, 2013 into Telly by John Birmingham

Thanks to Mark Clarkson for this rather awesome little fan vid by Billy Dakiduk.

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Bondiboy66 ducks in to say...

Posted September 26, 2013

I expected more swearing ala 'In The Thick of It'.

Lulu mumbles...

Posted September 26, 2013

"Fuck, I'm the fucking DOCTOR, you fucking moron."

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Dave W ducks in to say...

Posted September 26, 2013

Dammit, I wanted more.

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CoHD swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 26, 2013

WTF.That seemed to be a Dr Who and Game of Thrones mash up. Thumbs down to the intro. Will enjoy the show though.

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Blarkon mumbles...

Posted September 26, 2013

I like this one more

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkJqRkaq8co

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Anthony asserts...

Posted September 28, 2013

And ABC iView has now got the very first few series of Doctor Who available - the proper William Hartnell ones...

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Name of the Wind to be the next Game of Thrones

Posted July 22, 2013 into Telly by John Birmingham

Unless they fuck it up, of course. Details are pretty sketchy so far, but Fox has confirmed the option on the whole trilogy.

Interesting to see how they'll do it. Unlike GoT, the Rothfuss novels stretch over decades, not just a few months. It's a first person story too, of course, and although there is a cast of hundreds, the focus remains tightly on Kvothe the narrator.

Not sure how many peeps here have read the books. I could happily spend hours teasing out the various threads that could make any number of hour long episodes, but I'll spare the nonbelievers.

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Legless is gonna tell you...

Posted July 22, 2013

Seeing it was you good burgers who introduced me to Name Of The Wind I thought I'd return the favour and point you in the direction of The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. Excellent read and really weird twist on how magic works in that world.

Anyone here read him?

Cheers

Brother PorkChop mumbles...

Posted July 23, 2013

Yes, finished them, I think at your recommendation previously.. Enjoyed it a lot. Also read the Name of the Wind books - will be interested to see how it is adapted.

Brother PorkChop swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 23, 2013

Have you had a go at the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks? Not a bad read either - different world but similar in some ways.

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murray mumbles...

Posted July 22, 2013

A bit torn about the TV adaptation of name of the wind. Kvothe is kind of a smart arse kid for a long time there. It's a great read, but it could be rather annoying on screen...

and ... ERMAGHERD SANDERRRRSOOOOONNNN!!!
The Way of Kings is easily one of the best fantasty novels i've read. So looking foward to the second in the series!

Legless swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 22, 2013

I only found him last week. Reading the final book in the Mistborn trilogy as we speak. Then I *have* to ignore books for a week or so and concentrate clearing the decks and finishing two software projects. All the hard, fun, stuff is done. Programs are functional - they do what they say on the tin - but I now have to make them look good, clean up the code and take out most of the debug stuff. It's the boring shit that I hate. Polishing the turd. But it has to be done so I can put them in the finished pile and start on the next two projects. And they're going to be fun.....

Cheers

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted July 23, 2013

I thought they called the wind Mariah.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted July 23, 2013

Stop the blog. It's not going to get any better than that.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted July 23, 2013

I'm not sure if that is a compliment.

Barnesm reckons...

Posted July 23, 2013

I always thought the name of the wind was 'the wind'.

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BigWillieStyle mutters...

Posted July 23, 2013

Let me know when they make it into a TV show, so's I can torrent it.

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Barnesm asserts...

Posted July 23, 2013

Its Fox so expect it to struggle in its first season, be moved around and the number of epsiodes changed half way through the season only to be cancelled before the series had finihsed airing.

Drew mutters...

Posted July 23, 2013

So cynical, Barnesm. You sound like a Browncoat from Firefly..... ;)

Barnesm mutters...

Posted July 23, 2013

and we aim to misbehave

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dewpoint would have you know...

Posted July 23, 2013

Yay I'm half way thru.

and so far, no twisted micks

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Peter Bradley has opinions thus...

Posted July 23, 2013

Well we can expect some serious GoT style blood and violence especially with the Chandrian and the nudity and sex with the Felurian sequence. I suppose it really is there to be stuffed up.

Interesting that as an analogy to GoT Rothfuss still hasn't finished the last book just like Martin.

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Spanner swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 23, 2013

Not sure it's achievable as a TV series. Kvothe is a brat. I love the audiobooks. It does have all the elements of the heroe's journey (thanks Glove & Boots) to make it just that bit cliche'd. I love the story but the tropes keep cropping up and I notice them.

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Surtac is gonna tell you...

Posted July 24, 2013

Coincidentally, I started The Name of the Wind on audiobook just yesterday, having finished World War Z. The reader is excellent.

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Under The Dome, some thinky

Posted July 12, 2013 into Telly by John Birmingham

Anybody been watching Under the Dome? I had been hoping to do a little amateur recapping, having enjoyed the book so much, but my experience of doing just one recap for Fairfax put me off that. Bloody things take way too much work to do for free. Still, having watched three episodes now, I reckon this series looks like the goods. You can never tell when you're watching an adaptation of da King's work; they can be great, they can be abysmal. And his direct involvement doesn't guarantee the project is going to go either way. (Yes television miniseries adaptation of The Shining, I'm looking at you).

Dome, however, is right up there with his best. The novel is definitely top five, partly because it allows him to do one of the things for which he is justifiably renowned – building a sandbox and getting down to some serious play. I think only Salem's Lot could rival Chester's Mill as one of his greatest standalone creations, a small world fully realized on the page. But King has calmed down as a writer, and as a man, over the years, and I think he does even better work in Chester's Mill than he did in ol' vampire town.

Does the TV series faithfully reproduce this? No. The story isn't as compressed and denatured as it would have been if squeezed into a feature film, but there are still important elements of the book missing from the screenplay. The novel is an allegory for the wretched state of the American body politic. The partisan affiliations of the main players are not just upfront but vital to the narrative. (As a side note, Murph can rest assured that even though King is an old-school fiery liberal, and Big Jim Rennie is a Republican villain of the darkest hue, the politics of the Dome are not that simplistic or ham-fisted. Dale 'Barbie' Barbara and putative hero of the story is something of a naïve liberal, while Julia Shumway, is the sort of common sense conservative who recalls the prosaic glories of Eisenhower).

None of this really appears in the TV series. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Different formats, different purposes. Big Jim is every bit as engaging a villain on the small screen as he was on the page. Tellingly, he's also more complex and even likable. Perhaps this is because filmed narratives are cooperative ventures and require more creative imput than the lone author, with all his attendant biases and blind spots. There have been a number of times so far in the series where Big Jim has stepped up and done exactly the right thing at precisely the right moment. And yet he is very obviously A Bad Man.

Barbie too seems more complex, but in a different way. King is a big fan of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series and you can see him paying homage to Child's character while writing Barbie. They're not mirror images of each other, but there are enough points of contact to hear the echo of Reacher's story in Barbie's. Former soldiers, mystery men, travelers, trouble. Having laid down the foundations of character, however, King took Dale Barbara off in a very different direction. The TV producers then took the wheel and appeared to give it another turn. The Barbie of this series is a much more mysterious, conflicted and possibly compromised man than the un-alloyed hero of the books. I still can't figure out what his story is, and I'm beginning to doubt that it will play out the same way it did on the page.

One reason for that is the way the Dome – which has been rendered with some lovely special effects work, by the way – appears to have cut the town off completely here. I won't give away any spoilers other than to say that communication through the Dome is easier in the book and this has significant narrative consequences. It also features prominently in the development of Barbie's character and revelations about his past.

It would probably be a useful experience for a young writer, especially a young screenwriter, to examine the ways in which the book and film versions of this story diverge, and to ask why. What purpose is served by, for instance, linking Dale Barbara to Julia Shumway through the death of her husband; the murder of her husband, really, by Barbie. The short answer is obvious. It creates tension as we wait for Shumway to uncover the connection, especially as she grows closer to Barbie. What I don't know, is what the producers and screenwriters are going to do with it. Maybe they'll circle back to Barbie's back story in the novel. I can almost imagine a way of doing that, but not without giving away massive spoilers for the next couple of episodes or anybody who hasn't read the book.

The other question I'll look forward to seeing resolved over the next couple of months is whether the producers have the cast iron nuts to kill everybody who needs killing in the way that King did. If you think you lost a bunch of your favorites during the Red Wedding and you really didn't cope, you might want to stop watching now.

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Randall Flagg ducks in to say...

Posted July 12, 2013

Honest question: what was a good adaptation of King's books? All the ones I've seen have been pretty woeful. I was so looking forward to The Stand and Desperation, and then: ugh.

w from brisbane puts forth...

Posted July 12, 2013

I thought The Dead Zone was very enjoyable.
Directed by David Cronenberg, Starring Christopher Walken.

Carrie is well-regarded, though not my cup of tea.

Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile are very good.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted July 12, 2013

I quite liked the Langoliers, and Shawshank was a pretty good, if mawkish, adaptation.

microbe74 asserts...

Posted July 12, 2013

I liked Christine as a teen, don't know if it would stand up twenty years later.

Agree re The Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption. Shawshank is right up there as one of my all time favourites. Recently saw The Mist and rate that too.

SZF asserts...

Posted July 12, 2013

The Mist was a pleasant surprise for me, since so many of King's supernatural page-to-screen outings get "hobbled" Annie Wilkes' style by poor production, scripts, effects, or all three.

Besides that, the usual: Shawshank, Stand By Me, Misery. Also the "Battleground" short from Nightmares and Dreamscapes for William Hurt's no dialogue performance.

Rob mutters...

Posted July 12, 2013

definately shawshank, and maximum overdrive haha. 'If you want something done right you got to do it yourself' check out the trailer for the wisdom of Stephen King discussing his greatest film.

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Sally Browne has opinions thus...

Posted July 12, 2013

We were having a bit of a giggle at this last night. I enjoyed it, but think I like the idea more than the execution. It seemed a bit ham-fisted. It felt very 1994. I also thought it was funny how they got budget Bruce Willis and budget Jeff Bridges in a couple of the main roles. Perhaps your experience was enriched by the book, which I haven't read. Maybe I'll persevere, or follow your synopsis. : )

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Bucko mutters...

Posted July 12, 2013

Have not read the book (yet, just finished Kings Dark Tower series) but understand it all goes down over the course of 7 days (or less). Kinda wish this was a mini-series (6-8 episodes) instead of them maybe trying for a new series if this one is successful.

Otherwise, great show very well made. Good to see that breaking bad guy in there and Julia Shumway is very easy on the eyes. Love that left of centre sci fi TV is coming back after a few years off the box. For another amazing Sci Fi show, check out Orphan Black.

Also, props to Channel 10 for getting onto air roughly as quick as I could download it!

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Rob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 12, 2013

I just find the acting and photography a bit (well quite alot) b grade. So it has put me off, which is strange because I totally love Maximum Overdrive, King's cocaine hazed directing debut. But then it had Emilo Estevez in it, and I thought he was great in Repo Man.

If it was shot like Games of Thrones it would probably have really grabbed me. But then theres crap like the Tommyknockers which was made in New Zeland and cast with Kiwis doing weak american accents (mid pacific meets New England apparently) but i got to meet Traci Lords in a bar in Auckland so its not all bad.

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Barnesm reckons...

Posted July 12, 2013

Haven't started watching it yet, gonna wait until all the first season is loaded on the DVR and bing view.

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trib has opinions thus...

Posted July 12, 2013

Enjoying it thus far. Not having read the book (it's on my goddamn Kindle, okay!?), I've no preconceptions. Thus far, Big Jim and Junior both need a solid cockpunching, Junior especially (that kid is chewing scenery worse than Hayden Christensen in the Star Wars prequels).

I'm liking Julia, if only because I've a shocking weakness for redheads.

When does dopey little brother realise big sister is MIA?

The rest, so far, are interesting enough to keep watching.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted July 12, 2013

Yeah, Junior is another slight departure from the book, not so much in storlyine as characterisation.

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Kirsty asserts...

Posted July 12, 2013

I'm watching and will continue to, but I'm perplexed by a couple of the characters' motivations. The cop, Paul, who just lost it, seemingly out of the blue, annoyed me no end. And Junior induces flashbacks of Z for Zachariah. I guess he's representative. Anyway, thanks for your insights.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted July 12, 2013

Yeah, I found the cop's breakdown a bit foreshortened. Should have take a few more eps.

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Blarkon reckons...

Posted July 12, 2013

It looks like a show that has a single season in it. Stretching it out longer than that may kill it.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted July 12, 2013

Oh for sure. It really only needs 12 eps.

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Dave W would have you know...

Posted July 12, 2013

I stopped watching King adaptations after the Stand miniseries. Too much heartache at seeing an imperfect representation on the screen when I'd perfectually visualised from his writing.

It's like that damned falafel movie. Whyyyyy? Why? (Apart from the dumptruck full of money that they drove up to your door)

I am interested at your point that the characters are less partisan and perhaps more human than in the book, due to the collaborative nature of the filmed narrative (and they have to sell that narrative to more risk averse consumers- tv companies). But is this enough to make me want to watch?- unfortunately not. I've been hurt before, you see.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 12, 2013

Actually, there is an alternative explanation. More partisan characters might be less commerically acceptable.

Dave W has opinions thus...

Posted July 12, 2013

I think that's what I meant- the risk averse consumers being the tv companies. They're the ones handing over lots of money and hoping that the show will appeal to a broad swathe of the populace.

And I actually do like the falafel movie, just not as much as the book.

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Craig HB swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 12, 2013

I'm enjoying it, much as you said - that there's been some woeful King adaptations.

Also loved the book for the same points you touched on in its similarities to 'Salem's (another awful miniseries).

I'm good with the conflations and departures from the book so far, but the only thing that's bugging me is why are they not more shocked about the fact there's a bloody great big dome over their town? They seem a bit nonplussed about the whole thing.

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted July 12, 2013

Two awful miniseries, actually. Pretty sure there was a remake of of the Lot

Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted July 12, 2013

There was a 1979 TV miniseries,

a 1987 TV movie Return to Salem's Lot;(which from the synopis sounds dreadfull -Joe Weber is an anthropologist who takes his son on a trip to the New England town of Salem's Lot unaware that it is populated by vampires. When the inhabitants reveal their secret, they ask Joe to write a bible for them) and

a 2004 TV series starring Rob Lowe

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Marian Dalton mutters...

Posted July 12, 2013

I'm a huge King fan (no relation to Annie Wilkes, honest), and I'm kinda disappointed in Dome so far. It seems really uneven - for example, Junior's craziness is well done, if completely inexplicable, but Julia is weak, weak, weak.

As far as good adaptations of King's work go, I'd put The Mist and Misery at the top. And, of course, the incomparable Green Mile.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted July 12, 2013

Julia's weak? You really think so? Seems kind of ballsy to me.

Trowzers puts forth...

Posted July 12, 2013

Man, that's two recommendations for The Mist. It's my all-time favourite King short story - so given the past record of King adaptations I'd been avoiding it. I guess maybe I will risk it.

I haven't read any King since about Gerald's Game (before that era I'd been a mad-keen fan, and I still read The Stand again every time I get a really bad flu), so I've missed his apparent return to form. I just watched the last two eps of The Dome though and it seems like a lot of fun, in a cheesy mini-series kinda way. Still, I'm enjoying it, so any quibbles are irrelevant.

Jayanthi's Atomic Cat ducks in to say...

Posted July 17, 2013
I kinda get where Marian's coming from. Julia def has balls, but she also seems to make decisions/take action with very little sense of self-preservation. Not the no-fear kind, rather the poorly thought through kind. I find that a bit frustrating in her.

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Joy mutters...

Posted July 12, 2013

I haven't read the book, but I am a big King fan. I'm still watching The Dome and will continue to watch in hopes that it will trigger an obsession like 'Lost' did for me. Junior is annoying but at least he's easy on the eyes :)

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Dick reckons...

Posted July 12, 2013

We started watching it (rarely get to see much of anything, to busy chasing my tail), then son (14 yo) reckoned it was weak and wouldn't watch it any more.

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JG is gonna tell you...

Posted July 12, 2013

One book I didn't sell to Bent Books. You'll be pleased to know I haven't sold any of your books either, JB. Loved King's Under The Dome, and the new TV series is great.

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Sally mutters...

Posted July 12, 2013

I'm enjoying it. I got 200 pages into the book and gave up - from memory I just wasn't in the mood at the time. The series has motivated me to try again (in fact I just searched the house for my copy).

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Werbwolf is gonna tell you...

Posted July 12, 2013

Had the book in mind for a long time, as I really liked the premise, but I never got myself to really get it. I´ve seen the first episode and now I am on page 700. I like both, book and show, but both in different ways. The book has a fantastic way of making yourself feel like you are inside the dome, the short teasers of things to come make you feel really miserable as you read it.

The show has very interesting differences to the book, the characters, but of course the whole idea that not even sound or radio can penetrate it. Would it be possible to build a fibre-optic device to get acces to the internet? Who knows. I am looking forward for the rest :)

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted July 13, 2013

Yeah, remind me, didnt they communicate using mobile phones in the book. And I think TV and radio still worked too.

Jayanthi's Atomic Cat ducks in to say...

Posted July 14, 2013
My immediate thought in response is how much that would change everything story-wise. Not just inside the Dome, but outside, too. I am imagining that you could end up with celebrity status for some insiders, and you'd have all these science boffins getting the nerdy kids to build fancy testing equipment out of paperclips and the electronic circuits from your washing machine to help them do tests from the inside. The biggest difference would haveto be in the psychology of the people inside, i would think. PS have not read book yet.

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she_jedi has opinions thus...

Posted July 13, 2013

Did anyone see Kingdom Hospital? It was an adaption of a Danish show that King wrote direct for TV. Quirky and weird but super enjoyable I thought.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted July 13, 2013

It looked just too fucking weird for me.

Rob would have you know...

Posted July 15, 2013

'It looked just too fucking weird for me' from a guy who has nuked Iran and given Europe a taste of burnt new world into their post modern lungs thats a big call.

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Jayanthi's Atomic Cat puts forth...

Posted July 14, 2013
Enjoyable, yes. Gripping? No. I will keep watching, but it sounds like the interest will be in comparing the book to the series...thanks for the tip, Burgerites. 'Hannibal' has put a lot of other series in the shade for me but then I haven't got to GoT yet.


If like me you're new to the series and haven't read the book, who do you reckon is up for the chop? I confess to spending time thinking of ways i would like Junior to die, but I do worry about Julia- she has 'curiosity killed the cat' written all over her. It'll be interesting to see if they're ballsy enough to kill off some audience favourites.

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Mayhem mumbles...

Posted July 15, 2013

I haven't read the book, or indeed much of King's stuff at all. Think I was scared off his stuff when I read a couple as a teen. Now might be a good time to give his work another go.

As for the series, I'm intrigued by some characters, utterly repelled by others, and even mourning one or two. I'm enjoying it so far.

P.S. JB is there a way to "keep me logged in", so I don't have to go back to your Bunny's verification email every time I want to comment? (Smartest thing I ever did was not deleting that email, though I usually can't even remember which email address I'm using :/

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted July 15, 2013

I'm gonna have a talk to dan about persistent login cos it drives me nuts too.

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sekret sekret mumbles...

Posted July 16, 2013
Yes I'm watching The Dome as well. Great concept. The idea of it is what captures the audience ,I suspect. Very clever.
I agree that it really needs to be twelve eps or it will lose its punch..Then again lots of series could learn from the Fawlty Towers principle

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el barto puts forth...

Posted July 16, 2013
I like the bit in the dome when that working class family get out via the sinkhole their backyard, then they raise money by doing a motorcycle stunt and go to Alaska for a while and come back and save the town.

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Jayanthi's Atomic Cat asserts...

Posted July 17, 2013
Watched the episode tonight, getting interesting but i sure hope those cast-iron balls arrive soon.

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Falling Skies returns

Posted June 4, 2013 into Telly by John Birmingham

I binge watched the last half of the previous season and felt it was finally coming together as a series. The terrible soap opera is still soapy. Some of the subplots should never have surfaced. And occasionally the writing is clunky as all get out. But the characters seem to working off each other much better and the 'rebel skitter' storyline turns out to be somewhat less awful than it threatened to be. Clip's from the S3 premiere. Nice an' bloody.

I see Revolution is also coming back, but most of S2 remains in my stack o' shame, waiting for a rainy day.

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Murphy mutters...

Posted June 4, 2013

Revolution made a Season 2?

Really?

I gotta admit that I'm fairly lukewarm about Falling Skies as well. It is like A Walking Dead wannabe or something. And the military historian without a stitch of service teaching at the university level? I mean, where did they find that guy? Such creatures do not exist in American Academia anymore. They've all been turned into sappy social historians who spend their time going on about the lives of Pissboys, fishmongers and night soil collectors.

Respects,

Murph

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Brother PorkChop is gonna tell you...

Posted June 4, 2013

Pissboy!! History of the World Part 1?

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ChrisB reckons...

Posted June 6, 2013

Admit it: We're all just killing time until a smart network or studio picks up the AoT books and makes it a damn fine mini-series.

NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted February 9, 2015
I concur and would like to subscribe to your omelette.

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