The Geekly Update | 20th Nov. ’14

Welcome to the Geekly Update. Here you will find a round-up of all our features and reviews from the past week or so, as well as some bonus content. In addition to our usual reviews of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Defiance, Gotham and The Walking Dead, we have quick takes on the latest episodes of The Flash and Arrow. From the big screen, Intersteller, Nightcrawler and The Maze Runner are reviewed, and we have a round up of the latest news the round things out.

Geek TV

See below for a round-up of the latest episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Defiance, Gotham and The Walking Dead, as well as a bonus review of Doctor Who from Simon.

 Featured Shows

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Fridays at 8pm on Channel 4
by Simon

2.03 ‘Making Friends and Influencing People’
2.04 ‘Face My Enemy

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Defiance
Thursdays at 9pm on SyFy
by Mike

2.09 ”Painted From Memory’

1.05 Viper a

Gotham
Mondays at 9pm on Channel 5
by Gareth

1.05 ‘Viper’

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The Walking Dead
Mondays at 9pm on FOX
by Nick (filling in for Rich)

5.05 ”Consumed

Additional Reviews

Doctor Who (series 8) ep 11
Doctor Who

by Simon

8.11 ‘Dark Water’

TV+

The TV+ section is where we give quick takes on non-featured shows from the past week.

Arrow
Thursdays at 9pm on Sky One

3.03 ‘Corto Maltese’

Oliver discovers that Thea has been living on the island of Corto Maltese, so heads over there (with Roy) to try and convince her to come home. Meanwhile, Diggle works on behalf of A.R.G.U.S. to try to stop some files containing the personal details of all their agents from falling into the wrong hands. Finally, Laurel tries to take justice into her own hands when confronting a domestic abuser. The Oliver/Roy and Thea scenes are pretty good, and the flashbacks to Malcolm training her are even better. Diggle’s storyline is a bit run of the mill, and the villain quite bland. Laurel’s arc suffer from the fact she a lot less likeable than Sara, and they are effectively replacing one with the other. 3/5

The Flash
Tuesdays at 9pm on Sky One

1.03 ‘Things You Can’t Outrun’

A metahuman with the ability to transform into toxic gas assassinates various people, all of whom had a hand in getting him sent to prison. While Barry spends the episode attempting to fight him, the rest of the team work on modifying the remnants of the particle accelerator – effectively jury rigging a metahuman prison. This was a fun, if silly episode. The CGI was surprisingly decent for the gaseous effects, and the fight scenes done quite well. However, defeating him by basically making him tired seemed a little cheap. It also seemed slightly contrived that Joe (the man who raised Barry while his father has been in prison) happened to be the final target. A little lazy in the writing, but with good execution. 3/5

Geek on Film

It feels like the FG team has been camped out at the cinema of late. Here’s what we thought to some of the bigger blockbusters of the past week or so.

Cinema Review, Interstellar, Fake Geeks
Cinema Review | Interstellar
 – by Rich

The Maze Runner, Film Review, Fake Geeks
Cinema Review | The Maze Runner – by Nick

Nightcrawler
Cinema Review | Nightcrawler – by Simon

Geek News

– Christopher Nolan and Sean Gordon Murphy teamed up with Wired to produce a short comic chronicling a passage of Interstellar not shown to the audience (spoilers).

– Rumours have surfaced from 20th Century FOX… they apparently have a shortlist of actors and actresses that they’d like to play young versions of Cyclops and Jean Grey in their upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. On that top of the list? Chloë Grace Moretz.

FOX have ordered pilot for a US remake of British hit cop show Luther.

HBO have placed a full series order for a TV adaptation of Michael Chrichton’s Westworld. Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright and Evan Rachel Wood are all attached to the star studded show about a theme park with lifelike androids.

And finally…

Daniel Bruhl (who was fantastic in Rush) is set to be a villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’ll apparently have a part in Captain America: Civil War, and may be the big bad in Doctor Strange.

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