Daily Archives: October 8, 2005

Idiots

Last season of The West Wing to be shown on Channel 4: season 4.

Last season of The West Wing to be shown on C4 spin-off channel, E4: season 5. That was before E4 became available to everyone for free on Freeview.

The West Wing is now moving to More4, another C4 spin-off, which starts on Monday, and is also available on Freeview. First season they will show: season 6.

So unless you had E4 before it went free, The West Wing skips from season 4 to season 6. To compensate, there is apparently a 30-minute “catch-up” before the first season 6 episode is shown next Friday. Half an hour to cover an entire season.

Idiots.

Yeah, I know Sorkin left at the end of season 4 and it’s supposedly rubbish now, but that’s not the point!

Memo to self: BitTorrent.

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Serenity

Just back from seeing Serenity with Louise and Melanie. (Chris demurred, muttering about towns in Arizona in the vicinity of Yawnzville.)

Call me a Joss Whedon fanboy if you want, and I suspect you will, and I suspect the cinema was full of them/us, but I thought it was a cracking film. The characters had, you know, character. There was no po-faced Star Trekkery with Data-learns-to-swear-style japes, nor was there dialogue-by-numbers a la George “Nooooooo-oo-oo-oo!” Lucas.

It got a little Buffyesque in places (s/vampires/reavers/g), and the ensemble cast meant the occasional feeling that it was character X’s turn for the funny line. But those flaws did not, as they say, spoil my enjoyment of the picture/film/movie. And Whedon’s ability to switch the mood in an instant is second to none.

Avaragado’s rating: one packet of dry roasted peanuts

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