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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. A wise old person once said this – Romana, I think. But even if the Time Lady is attributing the genius of Isaac Newton to punting, never a truer word was spoken when it comes to looking at The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang – or Pandorica Bang as I'll call it to give me one less headache. The Pandorica Bang is brimming with opposites in a number of ways. From the first episode, you may think that we're building up to an RTD-style kitchen sink finale with a huge army of past enemies and monsters – the second part revels in turning this assumption on its head with a considerably...

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: Wild At Heart

Compared to Beer Bad, the last wretched instalment of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, it's inevitable that Wild At Heart will seem like a work of genius in comparison. Established writer Marti Noxon is putting pen to paper. Spike's back for a nanosecond. And most importantly, it's the last episode to feature Oz as a regular. What can possibly go wrong? Well, on the surface, not a lot – providing you don't think about it too much. If you're prone to blubbing like Ian Beale, then it's a fair bet you'll be weeping buckets by the time that Oz has driven off in his van into a life of meditation and mystical charms. The story goes that Seth Green wanted to...

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Angel Reviews: Sense And Sensitivity

Ladies! Don't be an Ice Maiden – be a Nice Maiden instead! Gentlemen! Why be a grunting boor when you can be a gentle bear? Interested? Then come and get in touch with our Sensitive Stick! Feel the love today by contacting 0800 Fruitcake! You can picture the slick but snotty marketing types at Wolfram and Hart working their hardest to try and make their latest nefarious scheme sound half plausible. Cartoon mobster Tony Papazian is in the slammer and he ain't happy. Cue a phone call to no one's favourite LA legal eagles, and the problem could be solved very soon... A healing stick doesn't sound like the most promising premise, and maybe that's why, for me, Sense And...

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Angel Reviews: Rm w/a Vu

Moving house. There aren't many pastimes that can cause throbbing headaches, but the theoretically simple task of moving from A to B is one such pain. Beyond the tangled web of deposits, agreements and pet allowances, there's vans full of pain to deal with. Endless amounts of stuff to box and pack up. Lugging said boxes back and forth while beery removal men puff on fags and talk about the football game the night before. And let's not forget the endless admin once you're safely ensconced in your new abode. Changes of address, telephone numbers and details won't be made by themselves, you know. All things considered, Cordelia gets a pretty easy press when moving into a swanky new apartment....

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: Beer Bad

Sorry beer, you've had your day. At the time of writing this, at exactly the mid-point of the 40s, I'm finding that beer only leads to woozy inertia and a flabby gut worthy of Homer Simpson. No good can come from excess beer – I've even been told so by Buffy The Vampire Slayer in the latest episode which is appropriately called Beer Bad. In Sunnydale, it's now even impossible to drink a pint of beer without something weird happening. Some of the more obnoxious patrons of the Sunnydale University pub have gone all caveman after sinking copious pints of ale. If you're new to this metaphor lark, then this essentially means that Too Much Beer = Rowdy Caveman. Even...

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