Reviews

Bugs: remembering an ahead-of-its-time tech TV thriller

“Bugs was made in the run-up to the year 2000, and there is a real sense of overwhelming dread that comes across in each episode; quite right, given most people then lived in the expectation that the Y2K bug would cripple every computer in the land at the stroke of midnight. What’s interesting, when watching Bugs again, is that the world still lives with the same sort of misunderstanding about technology; its limits, its capabilities and the laws which govern both. The shadow of the bomb in one generation is now the shadow of the keystroke; that one law or one wiretap too far will plunge the world into darkness.” (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Looking back at the BBC’s Star Trek ban

The BBC, which controlled the distribution rights to air the series in the UK, was the most accessible means by which most fans could enjoy the show until Sky One began broadcasting the complete series in 1990. Even so, for many years afterwards cable TV was a costly luxury and the banned episodes remained unseen for a majority of fans. (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

The plot holes and symbolism of The Dark Knight Rises

It’s been two years already since the live action Dark Knight appeared on our screens with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Last month, meanwhile, we saw the first preview of Ben Affleck as Batman ahead of 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. And so before the memory of Nolan’s trilogy is overrun with thoughts on the Man Of Steel sequel, now seems like a good time for a look back at what The Dark Knight Rises achieved. (Read More)

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Arts & Culture

Would a break be good for Doctor Who?

Right, let’s get it out the way: I love Doctor Who. But is it becoming jaded?

Revived in 2005, the show has become a globetrotting ratings hit for the BBC and a (restored) staple of Saturday night television. The affection is not ironic, and only partially sentimental, for the writing and the budget reflect a drama fit for the modern audience. Older aficionados may tune in to contrast old and new but, ultimately, a new generation of fans have become smitten. Gone is the singular memory of scarves and tawdry sets. Meet The Doctor with more awards than regenerations. (Read More)