True Blood Doesn’t Bite, Doesn’t Suck

When Clare drove away from her funeral home, bawling her eyes out to Sia’s Breathe Me as a montage of every character’s death revealed “Everything. Everyone. Everywhere. Ends” in the final episode of Six Feet Under, you probably weren’t thinking “Wow, I wonder what Alan Ball (creator/writer) will make us feel depressed about next?” Well … Continue reading

A New World of Vigilantes

Illustration by Mark Eastwood. More of his works can be viewed here. Many years after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre people still wonder exactly what a “terrorist” is and what might motivate them to kamikaze-style destroy two buildings filled with people.Horrible war-related murders happen every day and we don’t always know the … Continue reading

What is your childhood trauma?

One TV series I’ve really become addicted to this year is Skins.I remember over a year ago when I was in London I saw all these posters for it and there was this general buzz about it being controversial (which always hightens my interest). And it is pretty controversial, actually! All these attractive 17-year-olds are … Continue reading

Soundtrack Sunday # 2

So this entry is a pretty obligatory one for Sunday but it’s one of the best songs on Buffy and it closes Season 2 (“Becoming Part 2”) sadly. The story so far is this: Buffy had slept with her vampire-with-a-soul boyfriend, Angel, who, in turn, lost his soul because of the naughty sex they had. … Continue reading

Pushing “Dead” Stories and the Crafty Musician

Bryan Fuller, who brought us the brilliant and short lived story of the “lives” of grim reapers, Dead Like Me, now brings a new perhaps more subtley and carefully worked series called Pushing Daisies. The story is basically this: From an early age a boy named Ned learns that he has an uncanny ability to … Continue reading

A Galaxy of Planets but no Home

I finished watching season 3 of Battlestar Galactica last week. It was a pretty strong finish as it sets things up for the fourth and final season of the smartly written, fast-paced series. I’m not normally a big fan of scifi. I’d watched Firefly (and the film Serenity) because Joss Whedon had his creative hand … Continue reading

Blissful Nightmare Suburbia

It was innevitable that I would mention my favourite tv show of all time Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Joss Whedon’s series carried a huge following, which still seems to be growing in number. It was the show I grew up with. As I went through high school I watched Buffy, Willow and Xander, along with … Continue reading