“Is it too much to ask for British fans to see Supernatural ?”
release has been delayed. A week you ask? A month? Nope, it has been delayed until October 2015! Bearing in mind season ten has just started airing in America that is totally out of order! Is it too much to ask for British fans to actually see it? The show has fantastic support over here and yet we fans are treated like poor relations by the broadcasters and the distributors.
Annie Kenney, email For a show with a hugely passionate fanbase it’s baffling why Supernatural has had such shoddy treatment in the UK, especially of late. A channel picking it up over here seems unlikely now, but if anyone from Amazon or Netflix is reading: you’d be wise to snap up seasons nine and ten.
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I just had to send this email to say a very sincere thank you for your recent, fantastic special edition: The Complete SFX Guide To Ghostbusters. I’ve always enjoyed reading your Special Editions, but I have to say that this one has to be my favourite. It is an extremely well put together special, with some great behind the scenes photos, interviews and well researched facts about the movies. I particularly liked the fact that you decided to include the spin offs such as the animated shows, the comics and the video games, making this the most indispensable guide to the Ghostbusters phenomenon ever printed. Please keep up the good work.
Paul Stentaford, Taunton It was only the absence of a line about how rugged and manly Will Salmon, the fine fellow who edited our Ghostbusters special, is that convinced me he didn’t write this heart- warmingly effusive letter himself. Thanks for your kind words Paul!
I’ve got a few problems with Gotham. Let’s break it down: very cheesy opening with a pint sized Catwoman prancing about the rooftops. The death of the Waynes felt very stagey. The guy playing Jim Gordon looks like a lab- grown cross between Ed Norton and Shia LaBeouf. Gotham police department can’t afford lighting? Is everyone going to be pensionable by the time Bruce Wayne puts on the suit? Show, don’t tell. Look it’s the Riddler! The Penguin! A little girl called Ivy who likes plants! I wonder who that comedian could be? Lame. The Penguin kills a fisherman for a sandwich? Barbara Gordon is a supermodel with a penthouse or something? Is this for real? I’ll probably watch a few more but I can’t see it improving.
Neil Hickman, Stourbridge I’m quite enjoying Gotham. It isn’t appointment telly at the moment, but give it time. I’ve got a feeling it could be great.
With SFX’s TV and film reviews going to Gamesradar. com does this mean your book reviews will no longer be online? I tend to use your book reviews more than your TV or film ones. And on a practical
note please tell me there is a way to filter out the game stuff from the new site?
CherryWolfe, Melbourne Ah yes. In case the rest of you haven’t heard, SFX. co. uk and GamesRadar have joined forces to create a new gargantuan site for all your entertainment needs, GamesRadar+. To address your concerns Cherry: books coverage will still be part of our online mix, and yes, we have our own dedicated page – gamesradar. com/ sfx – which will only show you SFX- relevant sci- fi and fantasy stuff. And the magazine will remain completely unaffected by the changes online.
It’s a good time for Star Wars fans. Rebels has just launched, and while it doesn’t quite match the standards of The Clone Wars’ latter seasons, it’s definitely got potential. And, of course, we have JJ Abram’s new Star Wars film to look forward to next year. But I can’t help feeling like they’re desperately engaging with our nostalgia genes to keep us interested. Some of the things that have made me grin the most about Rebels are the designs of Zeb and Chopper, and the internal layout of the Ghost. Quite aside from the worry that soon there won’t be any of Ralph McQuarrie’s original sketch books left to plunder, I just can’t help shake the feeling that Disney are just trying to engage with our fond memories of the original trilogy, in a way that seems to say “don’t worry, they won’t be shit like the prequels”.
The Llama God, The Dark and Cynical Lands North of the Wall There’s nothing wrong with appealing to nostalgia if you innovate at the same time. Look at JJ’s Star Trek for the perfect example of how it’s done ( or, sadly, look at Star Trek
Into Darkness for how to get it disastrously wrong).
I have just watched “Kill the Moon”, a potentially good episode of Doctor Who until the egg revelation. For me the twist that the moon is an egg, that hatches a space dragon, which then lays an egg bigger than itself, in exactly the right orbit, without causing further catastrophic damage to the Earth’s environment totally undermines the rest of the episode ( maybe the series) and makes the programme laughable. Fantastical plots need to be grounded in reality to be believable. Perhaps the production crew needs to employ a scientific advisor to proof read scripts before they get approved for production. Maybe somebody like Dr Maggie Aderin- Pocock whose recent, and excellent, BBC Four programme “Do We Really Need The Moon?” makes “Kill The Moon” feeble in comparison.
Paul Vought, email What is it with Doctor Who and eggs this month? My biggest problem – why did no- one freak out the second they saw giant cobwebs on the Moon?
The Ghostbusters pick the most awkward angle to read praise of our special.
Not quite the real thing – but Star Wars Rebels will do until The Force Awakens.
Moon eggs: pretty shoddy science for a Doctor.