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04 January 2009 @ 11:02 am
I'm getting old  
When Christian Cooke wandered downstairs gratuitously shirtless in Demons last night I...

... collapsed in uncontrollable hysterical laughter.

Other thoughts on Demons:

I'm no expert on accents but Philip Glenister's American one sounds distinctly fishy to me and I couldn't really make out why he talks like some kind of Victorian hellfire preacher. I'm hoping they'll reveal, in a later episode, that he's actually 500 years old.

I don't generally pay much attention to effects but the creatures looked rather unconvincing.

The team appear marginally more competent than Torchwood.

The plot more or less made sense though.

Not sure if I'll be watching next week.
fififolle: Merlin BBC - Merlinfififolle on January 4th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
I must admit, that was my first instinct too *g* But then I looked really closely and payed attention to every muscle, and then I quite enjoyed it, LOL!!!
louisedennislouisedennis on January 4th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
I enjoyed it more at the time than I do now I look back at it. One of the reasons I've avoided writing a proper review because I fear I would shred it, which it doesn't deserve.
reggietatereggietate on January 4th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)
I enjoyed it, but I wasn't blown away. And PG's accent is a bit wonky - I never have liked faux American accents from Brit actors.
louisedennislouisedennis on January 4th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
I was enjoying it at the time but I find I'm struggling a bit to find anything good to say about it in retrospect. Too much of a mish-mash of ideas, often not terribly well executed. Not quite pacy enough to paper over the cracks, no characters that were really leaping out of the screen at me. It passed the time and wasn't embarrassing is about the best I can muster.
reggietatereggietate on January 4th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
Seems to be getting rather a lot of negative attention in some places :-) But it's not really aimed at people like us, is it? I didn't think it was terrible, but it wasn't brilliant either. Not as good as Merlin, certainly.

fredbassettfredbassett on January 4th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
TBH, I thought it was crap. All the villains looked like rejects from Worzle Gummidge, which put me right off.

And the amount of time poor CC was kept shirtless reminded me of S1 Primeval. Very contrived, and Adrian Hodges really out to grow out of plot lines like that.

The whole thing made me faintly grumpy.
louisedennis: primevallouisedennis on January 4th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
One is getting a slightly nasty suspicion that S1 primeval might be the exception rather than the rule when it comes to Hodges' output. But all of Primeval and what I saw of Survivors were clearly better than this, IMNSHO.
fredbassettfredbassett on January 4th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
I was saying exactly the same thing to Mr FB whilst walking the dogs this morning. I was pleased to see Survivors is getting another run.

But the real problem is this bloody 6 episodes per run thing. The original Survivors was 38 over 3 series. It's a wholly different order of magnitude. It makes every series now little more than a ruddy teaser, with no guarantee of proper development.
lukadreaminglukadreaming on January 4th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
I was bored of Mackenzie Crook's false nose and Philip Glenister's wandering accent after about 20 minutes and went off to watch Neil Oliver's history of Scotland, which was far more diverting *g*.
louisedennislouisedennis on January 4th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
The false nose was particularly odd. I can see it might have looked good on paper but the realisation was horrible - it just looked cheap.