Monday, 23 July 2007

The Not So Glorious Australian "Countrycide" . . .

Strange title for post, yes Woodies? Well there is a purpose to it. Along with my usual posting of Australian Promos, this one comes with a review as well. Ann-Maree Bellman of "The Age - Green Guide (TV Magazine Lift-out)" has this to say about tonight's episode "Countrycide". Not very flattering to our gang, and quite obviously not impressed by the show so far.

The review goes as follows . . . . .

Channel Ten, 9.30pm

It's Famous Five Go Camping meets The Blair Witch Chainsaw Massacre when the team venture into rural Wales to investigate a series of disappearances. The new take on Doctor Who has been marvellous TV, so it was a given I'd follow one of its characters, charming conman Captain Jack Harkness, to this darker, sex-obsessed spin-off. This episode is scary in a horror-by-numbers way, especially as we're not sure yet whether the writers are willing to kill off main characters, but somewhere in the midst of the gore fest, I stopped thinking Who, and started thinking Why? Why are they investigating this one? Why so angsty about their work when they could up and leave? Why are these scared and confused misfits Earth's last defence? Why all the leaping around corners with guns? Why has Jack Harkness gone all Jack Bauer on us? Why are the characterisations so confused? Why does Torchwood possess all the technology on the planet (and off it) but have ancient-looking army tents? Why, in fact, don't I keep my regular appointment with the Doctor, but let Torchwood slip into the rift?"

Well that's Ann-Maree Bellman's take on Countrycide and Torchwood as a whole. All she seemed to state all the way through the review, was why? Why indeed Ann-Maree would you waste readers time with something so condescending and trivial, as what you have written. Perhaps Ann-Maree what you really need to do is watch the episode again, it was truly one of the highlights of the first season. Maybe Ann-Maree you need to take advice from the old idiom, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all". I am sure most readers of this blog, would agree with me 100%. Anyway here is the trailer, you've heard enough from me today so make your own judgement on it.

Australian Trailer for S1E06 "Countrycide"


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