- Category: Idiot Box
- Created on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 01:42
- Written by Romeo Moran
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00:20: Okay, I’m sitting here in front of my laptop. It’s time for Payback, everyone. I’ve mentioned in my predictions that this card is pretty stacked for what it is, so I’m very much excited.
00:31: DIDN’T WE USE THIS 1930s CHICAGO VIDEO PROMO FOR JOHN CENA’S ENTRANCE AT WRESTLEMANIA 22? YOU KNOW, THE SAME ONE CM PUNK CAMEO’D IN AS A GANGSTER BEFORE HE WAS CALLED UP TO THE MAIN ROSTER? CAN ANYONE CONFIRM THIS?
01:30: This whole concept of a fake gangster talking about Payback is a little too over-the-top and kitschy for my taste. Lot better if they did away with his character and just run a voice-over with the clips.
02:41: I mean, come on, Fake Don isn’t even half as compelling as Marlon Brando.
03:47: Starting off with the triple threat for the Intercontinental title. Good. No PPV should ever start with a World title match. This is acceptable.
1:10: So this opening video montage is talking about lawlessness… but technically, there are rules. There’s still some method to the madness. Not exactly lawless now, is it? Not the best video montage, either, thanks to this silly logic.
3:58: We’re opening tonight’s show with Jericho vs. Fandango. Better to get it out of the way now, I suppose, but jerking the curtain imposes an obligation on these two to deliver in some form or fashion.
5:38: Summer Rae is almost like Kelly Kelly 2.0, but slightly better in the ring from what I’ve seen so far. That said I do like (looking at) Fandango’s original brunette partner better. Summer Rae’s face does not cut it for me.
6:39: And here’s 2013’s Entrance Theme of the Year!
8:16: I don’t care what you say or what you think of this guy, but that giant Taker-style Fandango symbol hanging above the ring is fucking boss. It’s perfect for a smug show-off douche like ‘Dango, and it makes you wonder why Dolph Ziggler doesn’t have one of those with the outline of his carbonara hair.
I've had a little problem with Doctor Who's Series 7. Specifically Moffat's strict "no-two parter, no story arc" rule. Unlike Series 5 and 6, Series 7 feels a bit... unfocused. I come in watching and I end up wondering where the magic went.
There's no "what the hell are the cracks in the universe" or "how will the Doctor escape his death" central mystery. Sure, there's Clara, the impossible girl, who dies and shows up in another place and time with no memories of the Doctor and her adventures with him, or the central mystery of the Doctor's name, but these story arcs are not as explicitly stated as the previous series' mysteries.
Basically, there was no build up to "The Name of the Doctor" at all. And this worried me as I had no idea how the show will address Trenzalore, the Doctor's identity, the Clara problem, and the Great Intelligence in 45 minutes.
And then I watch it, and once again I realize I shouldn't be doubting Steven Moffat.
Spoilers from this point onwards!
At its heart, Arrow's entire story involves a guessing game on multiple levels. Detective Lance and the rest of the Starling City Police Department, as well as Roy Harper, are still trying to guess at who the Vigilante really is, for different reasons. Up until last week's episode (“Darkness On the Edge of Town”) Oliver and the rest of the good guys were still trying to guess who was behind the Undertaking. Laurel's trying to guess at whatever it is Oliver's hiding from her. Everyone has questions, but the best they've got are guesses.
But for the season finale, almost all of the crucial guesswork has been addressed – Oliver and Malcolm Merlyn now know each other's secret identities, and Oliver now knows that Malcolm is behind the undertaking and his mother Moira had a hand in it – and what's more, the guessing game had been foisted on the audience: it was revealed, heading into the episode, that a major character was going to be killed off.
So you can imagine what I was trying to do for the entire 42 minutes of the episode. I'd been paying close attention to who does what and who goes where, making a note of all the dangerous situations that could be gotten into. It was not easy, because the writers did a brilliant job of creating distractions, by providing two actual near-death experiences: Oliver and Diggle go after Malcolm, and the Undertaking was pushed up, creating a huge earthquake in the Glades sooner than our heroes expected.
For the record, I really, really loved Gaiman’s first time writing Doctor Who, the sublime The Doctor’s Wife. It dives deep into the show’s 50-year old mythology and adds something to it and takes the Doctor’s relationship with the old sexy TARDIS into another level. That episode isn’t just the best of New Who, it’s one of the best episodes of the show, bar none. With that in mind I had really high expectations coming in to Nightmare in Silver.