Welcome to the Geekly Update. This will be the place where you can find a weekly round-up of all the articles we produce. We will also be throwing in a few extra reviews-in-brief, as well as linking to a major story or two in the most recent week in geek.
To kick things off, we have a bumper launch edition rounding up what we have been covering as of late.
A number of our favourite shows recently returned to the small screen, including SyFy’s Defiance, AMC’s The Walking Dead and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Over the coming weeks, we will be covering these shows, as well as FOX’s Gotham. For a little info on each show, as well as a round-up of the reviews done to date, see below.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Fridays at 8pm on Channel 4
Series Reviewer: Simon
After a somewhat middling start, the first series of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actually turned out pretty swell, particularly after they incorporated the events of Captain America: Winter Soldier. The second series follows
Agent Director Coulson’s team’s bid to re-establish the global security force, whilst continually battling the H.Y.D.R.A. threat.
Thursdays at 9pm on SyFy
Series Reviewer: Mike
Now onto its second series, Defiance is set on a future Earth somewhat ravaged by alien terraforming and a war. The show’s name derives from that of the city state that has sprung up in the ruins St. Louis. A diverse place, it is home to many species (both indigenous and not). Aesthetically, it very much feels like someone dropped a few aliens in a frontier town – think Deadwood meets Firefly.
Reviews to date:
2.08 | ‘Slouching Towards Bethlehem‘
2.07 | ‘If You Could Only See Her Through My Eyes’
2.06 | ‘This Woman’s Work’
2.05 | ‘Put the Damage On‘
2.04 | ‘The Beasts of Burden‘
2.03 | ‘The Cord and the Axe‘
2.02 | ‘In My Secret Life‘
2.01 | ‘The Opposite of Hallelujah‘
Mondays at 9pm on Channel 5
Series Reviewer: Gareth
Debuting this year is FOX’s latest foray into cult television. The show follows a number of pre-Batman heroes and villains, telling the story of how each of them come to be.
The Walking Dead
Mondays at 9pm on FOX
Series Reviewer: Rich
Back for its fifth season, The Walking Dead is one of the America’s most popular exports. As the title suggests, it follows a group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world infested by the undead.
There’s plenty of cult, geek, or otherwise interesting television every week – certainly too much to produce in-depth reviews for all of it. Here’s where we will list short (one or two line) reviews for anything we catch that outside of our featured shows.
Note: While huge spoilers will either be avoided or hidden (using white text that you can highlight to reveal) in the week or so around their reveal, it will be inevitable that some will creep in over time.
Thursdays at 9pm on Sky One
Review in Brief by: Gareth
3.01 | ‘The Calm’
Arrow makes a welcome return to UK television schedules. After a particularly strong second series, the opening episode for series three played things a little safe – until the last scene. The villain of the week Werner Zytle (Peter Stormare) was decent for a villain-of-the-week type, but it was the shocking death of Sara Lance (highlight to view) that made this memorable. 3/5
3.02 | ‘Sara’
The team tackle a new ‘dark archer’, Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) buys an entire holding company just to be Felicity’s boss, and (during the flashback sequences) Oliver has to find a way to save Tommy from being assassinated on the orders of Amanda Waller. It was all pretty good, even if the villain-of-the-week was disposed of a little too easily in the end. 3.5/5
Tuesdays at 9pm on Sky One
Review in Brief by: Gareth
1.01 | ‘Pilot’
The spin-off show from Arrow seems to be positioning itself as a slightly lighter (cheesier?) companion to its parent show. Grant Gustin is very likable in the lead role, and is more charismatic than his counterpart in Arrow. Time will tell whether simply being able to move quickly (and some regenerative powers) are enough to keep people interested. The pliot episode itself was good, neatly laying out the background for people in a way that new comers can follow it, but it doesn’t tread too much old ground for those that saw him in the couple of episode of Arrow last year. The villain-of-the-week Clyde Mardon wasn’t bad, if a little one dimensional. The last scene swerve was pleasantly intriguing. 4/5
1.02 | ‘Fastest Man Alive’
Barry starts helping with minor crimes and emergencies, while the team work out why he keeps passive out. The hyperglycemia was a nice touch, going to show that at least someone has tried to think of the science behind his abilities and the effect it would have on his body. Villain-of-the-week is Muliplex (can make copies of himself) and is pretty decent, though you do get the feeling the character could have been better with a little more build. There are few niggles that stop this quite reaching the heights of the previous episode (Iris is really too oblivious to everything for one), but still… good stuff! 3.5/5
Geek on Film
We love film as much as we do television, and pride ourselves in our cinema and DVD reviews. Here is where we list any that we’ve produced within the last week or so.
DVD | Frank – by Simon
Working in a similar way to our TV+ section, here’s where we’ll give brief thoughts on additional films we’ve seen at the cinema, on DVD, or via streaming services (such as Netflix, Amazon etc.).
The Railway Man
Review in Brief by Gareth
A historical drama set in two eras – one half of the film during World War II, the other in 1970s England. Colin Firth is pretty good in the lead role as an ex-POW still haunted by the war. Even better is the entire cast from the WWII era of the film. The 1970s portions just about hold enough interest in between the excellent flashback sections. In fact, aside from a very powerful closing sequence, the entirety of the 1970s storyline is step in quality beneath that of the wartime re-enactment. Good, if flawed. 3.5/5
Finally, here’s where we will link to an interesting or important story or two that has appeared over the past week.
It is Blizzcon this weekend and, as is usual, Blizzard used the event to drop some pretty big bits of news. The pick of them included the launch of the brand new game — Overwatch — as well as revealing the principle characters for the upcoming Warcraft movie.
Disney dropped some info on a couple of their larger franchises. Firstly, Star Wars Episode VII now has the subtitle The Force Awakens. Additionally, they have announced that Toy Story 4 is both in the works, and will be released in 2017.
Finally, the principle cast for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight has been announced.
That concludes our bumper launch edition of the Geekly Update. Check back next week for a round-up of our reviews, as well as some bonus content.