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Robin Williams

Robin Williams

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Book Update #1

Book Update #1

I promised regular updates about how I’m getting on with the writing of my book on my About Me page, and haven’t followed through on that since. The truth is, it’s not gone well, or anywhere at all… Continue reading →

Doctor Who: A Question of “Darkness”?

Doctor Who: A Question of “Darkness”?

Peter Capaldi’s incarnation of the Doctor has been publicised as being “trickier, fiercer, madder”, and even a “snarling beast”. A desire that’s been frequently bandied around by a lot of fans is for him to simply be “darker”. It’s a vague term when referring to anything other than a literal lack of light, because what constitutes dark characteristics for one might not scratch the surface for another. Is it just a case of toning down the more whimsical attributes, and introducing more solemnity to his character? Or should more elements of amorality be more frequently factored in to the actions he takes? Or should the Doctor start doling out extremely violent punishments to all enemies that confront him, elevating his own status to that of judge, jury, and executioner? OK, that last one was an exaggeration, but the point is that “dark” is a subjectively defined term in this context…. Continue reading →

Game of Thrones Book-to-TV Comparison: “Fire and Blood”

Game of Thrones Book-to-TV Comparison: “Fire and Blood”

How does HBO’s Game of Thrones compare to the continuity of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire? I’ll be assessing the biggest deviations the TV series has made on an episode-by-episode basis, and speculating on what effects the changes could have on future storylines. For the sake of ease, the altered appearances of characters (of which there are numerous), will not be included in any of my breakdowns.

True Detective: 102 “Seeing Things” Review

True Detective: 102 “Seeing Things” Review

True Detective, above all else; beyond its crime/thriller/mystery narrative, is an intricate character study. The psychoanalysis of the characters that populate its story is the primary conceit; the plot of Dora Lange’s murder, along with Hart and Cohle’s investigation into it, is what enables this viewing platform into their characters. Papania and Gilbough’s questions often glean more about the two men on the other end of them than they do of the case itself… Continue reading →

Game of Thrones Book-to-TV Comparison: “Baelor”

Game of Thrones Book-to-TV Comparison: “Baelor”

How does HBO’s Game of Thrones compare to the continuity of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire? I’ll be assessing the biggest deviations the TV series has made on an episode-by-episode basis, and speculating on what effects the changes could have on future storylines. For the sake of ease, the altered appearances […]

True Detective: 101 “The Long Bright Dark” Review

True Detective: 101 “The Long Bright Dark” Review

Modern television is experiencing something of a golden age at the moment, with shows like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and numerous others, continuously raising the bar and our expectations with it. HBO’s latest offering, True Detective, on the evidence of its first episode (and the following four, which I have already been privy to), seems set to very comfortably join those ranks, and continue the upward trend that is being perpetuated by America’s cable networks most of all… Continue reading →