In the Flesh recommissioned for 2014

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In the Flesh 1According to a tweet from the official BBC Three twitter feed, zombie drama In the Flesh has been picked up for a second series for broadcast in 2014.

“*NEWS* Our zombie drama IN THE FLESH will be back in 2014!”

Creator Dominic Mitchell said: “I am absolutely delighted and thrilled to be given this fantastic opportunity to continue exploring the characters and world of In The Flesh.”

He had previously noted that there was plenty of scope for further stories within the framework established in the first series, and star Luke Newberry has expressed his hopes for tales set outside the Yorkshire village which was the main base for the first year.

According to Broadcast, the new series ‘is likely to be 6 x 60-minutes although it could be a five-part series’. BBC3 controller Zai Bennett said: ‘In the Flesh was a fantastically original and engaging drama for BBC3. I’m delighted…

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STAR TREK:INTO DARKNESS-BEAM UP A BETTER SCRIPT?

Like so many around the globe now, I have seen the all new dazzling STAR TREK sequel INTO DARKNESS, the second prequel film in the rebooted franchise and second to be directed by Hollywood modern genre master director(to some folks) JJ Abrams. Yes, it is a massively huge and epic spectacle of a film, some masterful tracking explosive sequences, almost non-stop action, witty dialogue, highly mounted tension between characters on a grand scale, but did it get rushed to the cinema far too soon, with some significant problems and issues that many fans and critics are debating now.

I myself am admittedly not the biggest Trekkie at all, though I do have a respect for Trek and I do admire many elements of the various TV series and films from over the years. One of the big issues here I think for many fans specifically will be how JJ Abrams directed the film and the actual script.

I do not wish to put down a series of nasty spoilers here for those still yet to view the film, and it is certainly not at all a terrible movie. Very far from that, but saying that, for me it does have a familiarity to some of the previous Trek movies which I do think could have been overcome.

I personally might have some issues which are things that just generally prevent me from being a full scale die-hard Trekkie anyway, but then there are a good few problems in the movie that do honestly seem to have shockingly been overlooked in the editing suite and post-production before they sent the movie out internationally.

It does definitely have a core strong cast of main actors, specifically those playing Kirk, Spock and the lead villain, the continually charismatic Cumberbatch. I think it does start off for the first thirty minutes to an hour, begin greatly but after a while becomes something which lacks what it possibly suggested in some trailers. Trailers can often sell films far too much these days, and intitially I was not even very interested in this sequel too much. In the last month or so I did see more which then led me to really think that it might really have been one very huge special film of 2013.

It is certainly a great cinema film, go for the epic space style sci-fi shoot ups, the mega sized action sequences and the high camp stand off dialogue. Ardent fans will find faults, though if you do like a very expensive large scale space adventure film every so often, a Trek movie is still a good option.

 

GHOSTBUSTERS 3-Who’s afraid of a sequel?

Just in the last couple of days new reports have come that the comedy legend of the 80’s Dan Aykroyd is once more speaking about his very long brewing but never yet active hope of seeing a new sequel to the earlier two films years ago now, which do still certainly hold a strong cult following of children of the eighties such as myself.

In the last few years he had finally changed direction and agreed that it could be very much more likely that a third film would see a new young group of Ghostbusters mentored by the older characters, and before that for a long while it did seem that Aykroyd could never expect to see his script-any version-adapted to the big screen, as the budget and concept were just expect to be far too huge.

A couple of years ago there was an Xbox game released which then became a sort of hybrid almost sequel in the franchise, using a good few of the ideas which he had been suggesting and it was a very admirable achievement for sure. The very sad fact is that just so many years have passed for what had been such a mighty franchise back in the day with so many ideas, creativity and appeal.

Now though, Aykroyd seems very much more convincing about the present script actually being seriously looked at and considered in the film world, and even more recently in the last few hours it seems some believe that the most loved actor involved in the series-Mr Bill Murray-might now finally be agreeing to join up for the potential new movie, which is highly unexpected as he had always for years now denied any interest in being involved at all.

The the world of slapstick ghost hunting and busting, ectoplasm and wild spectral adventure, things might finally being getting closer to the return of those lovable Ghostbusters. Who’s afraid of bad sequel? Well…any sequel might be great, and with the CG effects of today a new Ghostbuster movie could be simply stunning epic fun.

Defending Defiance:Are we connected? New SF TV

So have you all been watching the first few episodes of the hugely hyped and to some, hugedly anticipated new show on SyFy channel?

The very big gimmick with this new science fiction series is that it has been launched simultaneously with a video game counter part MMO, which in theory, will play along and open up narratively at the same time as the show on television. The show looks to be also one of the biggest budget science fiction series on television for quite some time, and so many people have very high hopes for it.

After a double length pilot show and two more episodes, we are now getting to see the series progress and reveal characters, and a number of storylines. I have not personally had  the chance to engage with the online MMO game, though I have read some reviews which seem to suggest that there have been a few problems technically and with pace and entertainment. Some just think that the game is terrible and has not really been successful at all.

The online game and weekly television show dual progression is one thing, but forgetting the game, lets just focus on what the show has given us so far.

This is probably the biggest American science fiction television series since Joss Whedon’s very respected and now very influential Firefly series. At this point in time, any sci-fi show will very likely pay some respect and acknowledgement to the character and dialogue writing of Whedon and this is evident here with Defiance. Also there are traces of shows like Farscape, Babylon 5.

Personally, so far I am begining to think that possibly the writers have attempted to make the show appeal to too wide an audience and there are some interesting problems with who the audience is or should be. Yes, it is a large budget spectacular sci-fi television show-almost everyone, all of the family could sit together and watch and enjoy that. But then it is also an online MMO, not too dissimilar to World of Warcraft etc., and those games while massively popular internationally do have probably a certain age and generational audience.

I was enjoying the show, on and off through the first two hour pilot- there were some great visual sets, loctaions, strange alien groups and a possible great storyline building up. There were also some sadly cliched and boring characters. Some of it came across like great post-Firefly inventiveness, while other parts seemed like very bad shoddy Star Wars forgotten ideas.

I am hoping that it might gradually display much more intense entertainment, stronger character conflicts and drama soon, and so I will probably hang with it a couple more weeks. Have you been playing the Defiance game and watching or just seen the show? What do you think of it so far?