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Author Archives: Eamon 'Irish' Hennedy

Possibly the geekiest man in all of Ireland, I have consumed too many television shows, movies, books and comics to know the difference any more between being geeky and not geeky. Very proud of my geekdom, it brought me together with my one true love, and if that's not a great reason to be geeky, I don't know what is. Could also beat anybody in an X Files trivia contest. True scientific fact.

THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.11-Excelsis Dei/2.12-Aubrey

Red Museum, the episode prior to Excelsis Dei in The X-Files second season, featured a character who was a peeping tom and, as Mulder observed, kept videotapes of a young boy amongst his “private movie studio”. Excelsis Dei opens with a scene depicting sexual assault by a spectral spirit, whilst the ...

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MUST BINGE TV: Lost

Has there ever been as controversial a finale to a television show as The End, the episode that concluded Lost? You could argue The Sopranos, but given that Lost was a “blockbuster” television show that attracted large ratings and a massive amount of press coverage, it’s easy to say that the final ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #19: Back to the Future Part II

Time travel is insane and has the ability to make movies stop making sense if you over think them. Look at The Terminator and Terminator 2. Great movies, but the plot can fall apart if you start to over analyse the intricacies of its story as it pertains to the ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.09-Firewalker / 2.10-Red Museum

We’re back, or more importantly, SHE’S back, as we get out first glimpse of our heroes in their basement office, about to head off on weird adventures again. How exciting, but our first two cases back on the usual X-Files saddle after eight episodes of the show in a wonderfully ...

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MUST BINGE TV: Alias

Imagining what it would be like if the lead character in his college-set drama Felicity joined the CIA, JJ Abrams came up with Alias and thus set in motion a change of events where he would become one of the most prominent geek directors in Hollywood, rebooting Star Trek and helping ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #18: Back to the Future

What is the greatest time machine in all of popular culture? There are two contenders for this title and one of them is a major factor in the brilliance that is Back to the Future.  It goes without saying that the DeLorean is a character in itself that you cannot ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.08-One Breath

Could it be said that up to this moment in time in The X-Files lifespan that One Breath was the show’s best ever episode? Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question because the answer is yes, it most definitely was. Written by Morgan & Wong, directed by R.W Goodwin (a ...

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MUST BINGE TV: 24

With its ticking clock, intense plotting, and sweeping serialised story telling, not only is 24 a binge worthy slice of television, it could be said to have practically created the phenomenon of binge watching, or at least popularised it by being the first television show to become super popular on the ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #17: Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade

It should have ended here, and for a long time (nineteen years to be exact) it did. The final image of Henry Jones Jr, Henry Jones Sr, Sallah and Marcus Brody riding off into the sunset, a glorious image that plays right over the end credits, was the perfect ending ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.07-3

An incredibly hated episode by the fandom and not highly regarded by its writers either, 3 is an episode where its understandable to expect something horrible and terrible, the Space or Teso Dos Bichos of The X-Files’ second season. In reality the episode is…okay. Not a misunderstood masterpiece, but not ...

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MUST BINGE TV: Angel

Spinning off from the events of Buffy’s third season, Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt took Buffy’s vampire boyfriend away from Sunndyale, at the peak of the popularity of Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s central relationship no less, and off to the city of Los Angeles to work as a private detective, ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #16: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Although initially seen as a step down from the brilliance of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the truth is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is still a film worth watching, and even if you rank it lower than the first and third films of the series, it will ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.05-Duane Barry/2.06-Ascension

Up until this point in time, The X-Files had never attempted an episode that ended with the words “to be continued“. Whilst the first season ended with a cliffhanger that was clearly going to run into the season two premiere, they weren’t really a two-parter. In fact, one could even ...

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MUST BINGE TV: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

With Serenity, Joss Whedon took a television series that had not succeeded, at least commercially speaking, and managed to turn it into a feature film. Amazingly, Whedon became famous in the first place for taking a feature film that he had written that had not succeeded, for reasons that were ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #15: Raiders of the Lost Ark

What is perfection? Is there such a thing as a perfect movie? Can a movie truly be perfect? Well, yes, actually. The Godfather (Parts I and II), The Shawshank Redemption, The Empire Strikes Back, to name but a few. To that list, you should really add Raiders of the Lost ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.03-Blood/2.04-Sleepless

KILL. KILL NOW. Sorry about that. Based on a story by Darin Morgan (his first writing credit on the show, and not his last thankfully) and with a teleplay from Morgan and Wong, Blood is a literally pounding thriller at times, pounding in the sense that Mark Snow utilises a ...

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MUST BINGE TV: Firefly

Oh Firefly, your loss still stings after all these years. Of course, the silver lining in Firefly’s abrupt and controversial cancellation is that, at only fourteen episodes, there isn’t a bad episode amongst it. It is very nearly the dictionary definition of a perfect television show. Yes, there is probably ...

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SHERLOCK-The World’s Greatest Fan Fiction?

Finishing its current season with the very intense The Final Problem, and potentially serving as a series finale as well, Sherlock has, once again, come and went from our lives and left a deep, never-ending void where a new episode should be, with intense withdrawl symptoms and an inability to ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 2.01-Little Green Men/2.02-The Host

When season two of The X-Files debuted at the end of the summer of 1995 on BBC 2, I was beyond excited that the series was returning and I would finally get to see what would happen next following the cataclysmic events of The Erlenmeyer Flask. Suffice to say, eleven ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.24-The Erlenmeyer Flask

Broadcast on BBC television in February of 1995 (yes, this was a time when UK television was very comfortable in being a full season behind with regards to a US television series what with the internet and spoilers not being a constant threat like today), my ten-year old self, soon ...

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TOP FIVE ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS MOVIES

It’s the most wonderful time of the year according to Andy Williams and you know what? He’s kind of right. Spending time with family and friends, exchanging gifts, eating turkey and lots of fatty foods and my favourite part? The movies. Time to get out those DVDs and Blu Ray’s ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #14: Jurassic Park

If you were of a young age, say around nine, during the summer of 1993, then it was one of those defining years that you remember with a lot of love, primarily because of one movie; Jurassic Park. The film’s poster, which proclaimed to be “an adventure 65 million years ...

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BEGUN, THE CLONE WAR HAS: A Retrospective on Star Wars-Episode II:Attack of the Clones

There was still palpable excitement for the Star Wars prequel trilogy when Attack of the Clones was about to make its way to movie theatres in the summer of 2002. Whilst the initial denial over The Phantom Menace eventually subsided and the film was regarded as a disappointment in the ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.22-Born Again/1.23-Roland

This week’s edition of The X-Files Re-Opened features reviews of Born Again and Roland. Born Again is about spiritual revenge from beyond the grave with a resurrection theme. Roland on the other hand is about spiritual revenge from beyond the grave with a…err…resurrection theme? Yes, bizarrely, and most likely by ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.20-Darkness Falls/1.21-Tooms

Reuniting Jersey Devil’s writer and director in the shape of Chris Carter and Joe Napolitano, Darkness Falls once again sees this creative team go into the woods to face a deadly threat, but of an even deadlier variety than that of a beast person. In many ways similar to Morgan ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #13: Duel

Although originally an ABC Movie of the Week on television, Duel did find its way to theatres in the UK and Europe, and as such could be said to be Spielberg’s first theatrical feature, having come from a background directing for television, through segments for the pilot of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery ...

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WESTWORLD: 1.10-The Bicameral Mind

You know that feeling when you watch something and then you have to sit in silence for a moment and take it all in? That’s the first season finale of Westworld in a nutshell. On first viewing I’m not sure I actually have taken in everything it set out to ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.18-Miracle Man/1.19-Shapes

Religious phenomena is something that pops up on The X-Files every once in a while and is usually an excuse to have Mulder and Scully swap their traditional believer/skeptic partnership. Except for the first time they did an episode with a religious theme, in the shape of Miracle Man, where it’s ...

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WESTWORLD: 1.09-The Well Tempered-Clavier

Damn, now that was exhausting. Revelation piled on top of revelation is the name of the game here and even still it feels like we’re still a hundred questions away from knowing the complete truth. But what an hour of television this is. Directed with aplomb by Michelle MacClaren, one ...

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YOU KNOW MY NAME: A Retrospective on Casino Royale (2006)

You couldn’t escape the negativity. “Craig Not Bond” cried headlines, and even a website address, when it was announced that blonde haired Daniel Craig would be replacing Pierce Brosnan as the famed British super-spy in the world’s longest running movie franchise. Then the impossible happened. A black and white opening ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #12: E.T-The Extra Terrestrial

Originally beginning life as a darker science fiction thriller called Night Skies, which was set to boast a script from John Sayles and creature effects from Rick Baker, Steven Spielberg’s plan for a more vicious type of alien visitation thriller eventually morphed into a more family friendly film that became ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.16-Young At Heart/1.17-EBE

Two weeks before Young at Heart aired, I tried to introduce my dad to the joys of The X-Files only to find the episode was Genderbender, about a sex changing alien going on a killing spree by killing his/her victims with sex, something my dad was a tad concerned about ...

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WESTWORLD: 1.08-Trace Decay

With much of the story telling going on this week in Westworld, there is a lovely feeling that the show is teasing the audience beautifully, potentially giving us answers, but just pulling away at the last moment, brilliantly leaving us wanting more. As Maeve takes more control of herself and ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #11: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Following the success of Jaws in 1975, 1977 saw Steven Spielberg release his follow-up movie, one which would be of a much more grander, global scale than a small town terrorized by a killer shark. On a visual level, Close Encounters of the Third Kind would be grander and mark ...

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WESTWORLD: 1.07-Trompe L’Oeil

Let’s face it, there’s really only one thing that’s going to be talked about with regards to this episode of Westworld, and that is the game changing twist that is its final scene, a brilliantly delivered, yet harrowing realisation, that a character that we’ve come to care for is truly ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.14-Genderbender/1.15-Lazarus

Sex kills, or at least that’s what the horror genre has told us over the years. From slasher movies onwards, the sins of the flesh can have a deadly impact, and sometimes it’s been a staple of genre television over the years. Torchwood and Angel both had their versions of ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #10: Jaws

For a long time I could never watch Jaws. As a kid, the use of a shark, floating body parts, blood in the water and the moment the kid gets eaten, usually left me in floods of tears and with a determination to never watch it. When Jurassic Park came ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.13-Beyond the Sea

I adore Beyond the Sea and for a long time I would tell anyone who asked me, and even those who hadn’t, that it was my favourite episode of The X-Files. Written by Glen Morgan & James Wong, directed by David Nutter and featuring a mesmerizing guest performance from Brad ...

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WESTWORLD: 1.06-The Adversary

Let’s get the obvious out-of-the-way first, and I will probably say this at least ten more times before the end of this review; Thandie Newton is brilliant. The Adversary sees Newton give an astonishing performance, at times both emotional and downright scary and is the highlight in an episode full ...

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WESTWORLD: 1.05-Contrapasso

Like Dissonance Theory last week, there is a pleasing sense throughout Contrapasso of things moving forward at a nicely controlled pace, and this week’s script, courtesy of co-creator Lisa Joy, is, once again, a ferociously entertaining slice of adult television. What is becoming most amazing about Westworld as each week ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.11-Eve/1.12-Fire

Eve, the eleventh episode of The X-Files first season, is an episode I adore. Written by Kenneth Biller & Chris Brancato and directed by Fred Gerber, the only credit for the writers and directors, Eve, brilliantly starts of as one thing, turns into another, and adds a devilishly good plot twist ...

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COMIC FLASHBACK #14:Batgirl (The New 52) Volume 4-Wanted

Gail Simone is clearly someone who is not afraid to go dark with her work. Her story telling on Batgirl is relatable, charming, features brilliantly structured story telling, as well as magnificent portrayals of iconic DC/Batman related characters that are real and honest, but damn is it as dark and ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #9:The Matrix

In 1999 a science fiction movie was released that wowed audiences, pushed visual effects to new limits and left a generation of movie goers stunned as they exited theatres, away from the dark of the big screen and out to the light. The movie we all thought would have this ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: 1.09-Space/1.10-Fallen Angel

The past two reviews I’ve written has seen me defend two episodes of The X-Files that have somewhat unpopular reputations. Anyone thinking I’m going to defend Space, another episode with a lower than low reputation, is in for a disappointment. Generally considered one of the worst episodes of the show, ...

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WESTWORLD: 1.04-Dissonance Theory

Four episodes in, and whilst there is little sign that a revolt amongst the “hosts” of Westworld is about to happen yet, the seeds are being sown quite attractively for further down the road in another entertaining instalment of HBO’s thoughtful, yet dark science fiction drama. Whilst Evan Rachel Wood ...

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THE BLOOD DIMMED TIDE: Celebrating Twenty Years Of Millennium

There’s a pivotal scene around the two third mark into the brilliant pilot episode of Millennium where lead character Frank Black and Seattle Police Department Detective Bob Bletcher are in a forest, filmed in Vancouver of course, and they discover a coffin where a man has been buried alive and, ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: Ghost in the Machine/Ice

Ghost in the Machine is an episode of The X-Files that is quite, for lack of a better term, unliked. For a while it was one of those episodes that most likely would find itself in lists of the worst ever episodes and even its authors, Howard Gordan and Alex ...

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WESTWORLD: 1.03.The Stray

Revealing more layers and hinting at more secrets, Westworld‘s third episode proves itself and the show to be hugely enjoyable once again, with many questions asked by the time the end credits roll that you will find yourself wanting to get to the next episode quickly in order to see ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #8: Robocop

“You’re going to be a bad mothercrusher.” “Once I even called him…airhead.” “I’m sick of this…baloney.” “Fwhy me, fwhy me, fwhy me, fwhy me.” The first time I watched Robocop, phrases like this and more awaited me. It was a Saturday night, the movie was premiering on British television, via ...

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WESTWORLD: 1.01 The Original/ 1.02.Chestnut

Based on the famed 1973 sci-fi western from one of the most brilliant novelists and story tellers of our time, the late great Michael Crichton, and coming to our screens from the home of The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, True Blood and Game of Thrones, not to mention developed for ...

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