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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: The Harsh Light Of Day

One of the things that mark out both Buffy's fourth season and Angel's first is the cross-over episode. Even miles apart, it's inevitable that the paths of the former lovers will somehow cross, and the first instance of this comes only three episodes into the new run. Bridging the link between the two are a shiny bauble of vampire immortality, Oz, and a returning Spike, who's naturally on the hunt for this piece of valuable bling. It's interesting to look at these two episodes again, back to back. Despite containing some of the familiar Buffy characters, monsters and perilous situations, it's clear that Angel's pitching towards a slightly older audience. Whereas Buffy The Vampire Slayer stays on the slower path...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: The Time Of Angels / Flesh And Stone

After the double trouble of The Beast Below and Victory Of The Daleks, Matt Smith's first season improves with an adventure that sees the return of the dreaded Weeping Angels. It's the season's first two-parter, The Time Of Angels/Flesh And Stone, which not only brings back the Angels, but Miss Smug herself, River Song. It's also the story that accelerates the season's over-riding story arc of the mysterious Crack – which depending on your point of view is an asset or a curse. Moffat was taking quite a risk by bringing back the Weeping Angels – they rose to super-stardom almost overnight in the hugely acclaimed Blink. They were and are terrific monsters, not only in their demonic visages but...

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Angel Reviews: Lonely Hearts

If there's ever a type of TV show to make an executive rub his pudgy hands together in evil laughing glee, it's the dating programme. Attempting to successfully matchmake on TV is like trying to teach a hamster to juggle. That's where the 'fun' lies, I guess – seeing mismatched couples navigate their way through glacial silences, ill-advised attempts at flirting and the usual nonsense about how the other half isn't attractive/tall/loud enough (delete as applicable). From the staged replies and convenient post-date antagonism of Blind Date through to the three course culinary disasters of Dinner Date through to the cackling fake tan and hair extension mob of Take Me Out, dating shows just will not take no for an...

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: Living Conditions

The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack may be massively popular all over the globe, but it's always set my teeth on edge. As it happens, I know why this is the case – it can be traced all the way back to 1994 when I'd just started university. The girl in the campus room above happened to be a fan of Rocky Horror and would play the wretched thing over and over until the tape became time warped. And to that day, whenever a Rocky Horror song has come on the radio or TV, I've mentally ground my teeth till there's nothing left but gum. In Buffy's case, she probably does the same thing whenever Cher's campy dance yodel-fest Believe...

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Angel Reviews: City Of...

“Los Angeles. You see it at night and it shines. Like a beacon. People are drawn to it.” What's this? Is Angel now looking to be a tourist rep? To be fair to Angel, his initial sales pitch isn't actually too bad. Spoken over a swanky, fast cut, cross-fading set of LA nightlife shots, Angel's opening monologue could well attract the visitors. It's too bad that Angel would probably be sacked on the spot, given that the impressive opening bid of this Buffy The Vampire Slayer spin-off quickly cuts to him getting drunk in a down-town bar. Fair enough, he's lamenting the break-up of his relationship with Buffy, but the slurred rambling about hair is a pitch wrecker if ever...

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