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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: 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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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: The Jersey Devil/Shadows

In some respects the first stumbling blocks for the series, The Jersey Devil and Shadows are not by any stretch of the imagination the worst episodes of The X-Files, although in the case of the latter its writers may have you think otherwise. Written by Chris Carter, The Jersey Devil ...

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IT’S WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL: Twenty Years Of A Notorious X-Files Classic.

When audiences sat down on the 11th of October 1996 at 9pm, their televisions switched to the Fox Network, it’s likely they had no idea what was about to happen. The X-Files was on its fourth season, it was a bona fide hit, pulling in massive ratings in its Friday-night ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #7: The Truman Show

There are two genres that can prove to be darkly prophetic. On the one hand you have science fiction. Think of 2001:A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, or even RoboCop, and how they have seemingly predicted things that have come to pass. The other is satire. RoboCop would also fall under ...

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PEOPLE ARE STRANGE:A Retrospective on The Lost Boys (1987)

It’s hard to believe that The Lost Boys will be thirty years old next year. Released in 1987, the horror comedy has retained a massive cult following, with so much having stemmed from it; the two Coreys, the career of Jack Bauer, action figures, comic books, one of the best movie ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: Squeeze/Conduit

The words “Written by Glen Morgan & James Wong” were the world to me growing up. It meant something amazing was about to happen, either through The X-Files, Space:Above and Beyond or Millennium, so it’s hard to imagine that there was a time when these two writers weren’t as well-known, and ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #6: Terminator 2:Judgment Day

Sequels are hard. Don’t let anybody tell you differently. We may be living in an age when sequels are all the rage, especially when it comes to “shared cinematic universes”, with each movie essentially being a sequel of sorts to another movie (Civil War in relation to Age of Ultron, ...

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COMIC FLASHBACK #13:Batgirl (The New 52) Volume 3-Death of the Family

Tying in with all the Batman titles, Death of the Family sees the return of The Joker to the Batfamily’s lives and the resulting psychological damage the character inflicts on them. Scott Snyder’s arc in the main Batman title is a superb achievement and a wonderful piece of story telling ...

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THE X-FILES RE-OPENED: Pilot/Deep Throat

Premiering on the 10th of September 1993, The X-Files arrived quietly and yet, its quiet arrival hid a bang that was to expand ever outward over the course of its first season, cementing itself into the realms of popular culture, one that was to prove influential over the years. From its ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #5: The Terminator

Given the level of fame he has required, as well as the fact that the 1991 sequel to The Terminator was the most expensive movie of all time when in production, and that he has become so well-known for the epic quality of his work, especially in his last two ...

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COMIC FLASHBACK #12: Batgirl (The New 52) Volume 2-Knightfall Descends

Knightfall Descends, collecting issues #7-13, as well as issue #0, of Gail Simone’s run on The New 52 Batgirl, is more varied in terms of stories in comparison to the first six issues collected in The Darkest Reflection, but the variety offered here makes this second volume another engrossing read, ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #4: Star Wars-Episode V:The Empire Strikes Back

What is the statute of limitation on a plot spoiler? Yeah, you probably weren’t expecting a question like that to open this opinion piece on the second Star Wars movie and why it’s one of the greatest movies of all time and simply must be seen, but the question stands. ...

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COMIC FLASHBACK #11: Batgirl (The New 52)-Volume 1:The Darkest Reflection.

The character of Barbara Gordon has one of the most emotionally pained story arcs in all of comics, probably down to it being one that was deeply intense and personality changing. The girl who was a Bat was at the heart of one of the most controversial stories in all ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #3: Star Wars-Episode IV:A New Hope

Why bother writing about Star Wars? I mean, we’ve all seen it, it must surely be one of the most watched films on the planet and, even if you haven’t seen it, you know all about it. It’s one of those films that has perforated popular culture in such a ...

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COMIC FLASHBACK #10: The Dark Knight Returns

One of the most famous comic book stories ever published, and one of two medium defining works celebrating a thirtieth anniversary this year, Frank Miler’s The Dark Knight Returns is so celebrated and admired that it almost seems redundant to even contemplate saying anything more about it, but since there ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #2-Blade Runner

I have a confession to make. The first time I watched Blade Runner, I didn’t like it.  I remember the first time I laid eyes on the movie (because nobody forgets the first time they watch Blade Runner) in the summer of 2000. It was a year after The Matrix and I ...

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COMIC FLASHBACK #9: Green Arrow By Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith. Filmmaker. Writer. Comedian. Podcaster. Entertainer. Director. Geek. If you were to look any of those words up in the dictionary, chances are a little picture of him would accompany the description. Kevin Smith, you do a lot and you are everywhere. The fact that, so far, Kevin Smith ...

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THE ToG MOVIE BUCKET LIST #1-2001: A Space Odyssey

Monkeys. Monkeys growling and screaming and beating each other up. That was my first thought when I first caught a glimpse of Stanley Kubrick’s epic, genre defining and incredibly famous science fiction film, a movie he made in an attempt to make the proverbial “good science fiction film” (his words). ...

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COMIC FLASHBACK #8: Batwoman-Elegy

If there is one thing I adore in a good love story, it’s a “meet cute”. The best movies, television shows and books that dabble in that thing called love, really know how to sell the idea of a soon-to-be-couple meeting under the most adorable circumstances. Comics are no exception ...

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COMIC FLASHBACK #7: Wytches-Volume 1

Chit. Chit. Chit. Of course there are no sounds in comic books, you have to use your imagination, but just seeing those words dotted throughout Volume One of Scott Snyder’s Wytches is enough to give you chills every time it appears, just one of many powerful moments throughout his Image ...

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BETTER ANGELS: Looking Back at Supergirl Season One (Spoilers)

As Superman and the DC Extended Universe has found itself becoming ever more grim and depressing on the big screen under the eyes of Zack Snyder, Greg Berlanti has flown the flag for more fun characters, via the DC Television Universe, with Arrow and The Flash, and this year the ...

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Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and the return of the Teaser Trailer.

It can’t have escaped your attention that a trailer for a new Christopher Nolan film has been unveiled. Whilst Warner Bros unveil the next chapter of their DC Extended Universe, the brainchild behind their last, and genuinely brilliant, DC Comics adaptations, has given us the first tease of  his latest ...

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COMIC FLASHBACK #6: Batman:The Killing Joke

Part of the incredible wave of iconic 80’s comic titles that could be said to have overwhelmingly changed the medium of comic books, a wave that also includes The Dark Knight Returns, Batman:Year One as well as Watchmen, itself written by The Killing Joke‘s very own Alan Moore, going into ...

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THIS TIME IT’S WAR: Celebrating Thirty Years of Aliens (1986)

It took seven years before a sequel to Ridley Scott’s seminal 1979 horror classic Alien would reach cinema screens. If in space no one can hear you scream, when James Cameron got his hands on Ellen Ripley and her “xenomorph” nemesis, you still wouldn’t be able to hear the screams, ...

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You NEED To Watch BrainDead!

Ever looked at a politician, or even politics, and thought to yourself that what you’re watching is some sort of bizarre satire, possibly with a alien/zombie invasion overtone? If you have, and let’s face it, we all must have done so in the last few weeks, or even months, when ...

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COMIC FLASHBACK #5:Batwoman New 52-Volume 4:This Blood is Thick

It is with great trepidation that one goes into the fourth volume of New 52 Batwoman, collecting issues 18-24. Why, you may ask, is that the case when, once again, the writing courtesy of Williams and Blackman is impeccable and the art work from Trevor McCarthy is outstanding, not to ...

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HASTA LA VISTA, BABY:Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

I don’t usually cry at movies, or at least that’s what I tell people, but the one movie that I have to admit to shedding tears over is one that features Arnold Schwarzenegger plunging himself into a pit of molten lava after having told a young John Connor that he ...

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WHY THE WORLD NEEDS SUPERMAN: A Retrospective on Superman Returns (2006)

“I’ll always be around Lois.“ With these words, Brandon Routh flew into the sky, up into space, past camera and soared away, never to be Superman again. It worked out okay, he ended up getting himself another DC Comics gig eight years later and a lead role in a major ...

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WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY INTO THE NIGHT:A Retrospective on Independence Day (1996)

If you were of a certain age in 1996, let’s say over the age of ten (I was twelve), there was only one movie that summer that you wanted to see. Of course, it was a movie that kind of sneaked up on us. Thanks to a well placed commercial ...

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COMIC FLASHBACK #4: Batwoman New 52-Volume 3:World’s Finest

During the course of Batwoman:World’s Finest, the story breaks for an interlude to concentrate a little on Maggie Sawyer. During this chapter of the story, Maggie ends up in a chapel, occupied by the parents of the missing children at the heart of this volume’s story, in what can only be ...

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COMIC FLASHBACK: Daredevil by Mark Waid-Volume 1

Daredevil, aka Matt Murdock, a street level crime fighter who, thanks to the various efforts of writers as talented as Frank Miller, Brian Michael Bendis and Kevin Smith, has been depicted in dark and grim stories that are never anything less than gripping and intense and would be the blueprints ...

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COMIC FLASHBACK: Batwoman New 52-Volume 2:To Drown The World

Complex, emotionally rich and incredibly engaging, Batwoman’s New 52 run continues with greatness as the second volume, To Drown The World, taking in issues 6-11, sees writers J.H Williams III and W. Haden Blackman once again mine the character and her part of the Batman Universe with incredible story telling, ...

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COMIC FLASHBACK: Batwoman New 52-Volume 1:Hydrology

Comic books can be amazing and magical, wonderful and joyous, they can leave you wanting to keep reading, and then, amazingly, a six or seven issue collected trade paperback or hardback edition is not simply enough and you want MORE and MORE, the need to devour a character’s adventures becomes almost ...

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Mutant and Proud: A Retrospective on X-Men:First Class (2011)

The X-Men movie series. It’s been all over the place and back again, with its inconsistencies, wibbly-wobbly time lines and contradictions within its stories and characters, and yet, we’ve kept coming back to them, and the same goes for Bryan Singer, who so successfully set up the movies with his ...

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I’ll Miss You Castle, But It’s Time To Say Goodbye.

Once upon a time, there was an actor and he was the most wonderful, talented and charming actor you could imagine. He had a small role in an Oscar-winning war movie and from there he went onto guest starring roles in TV shows, other movie roles, some good and some ...

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SUPERGIRL RENEWED FOR SEASON TWO…ON THE CW.

It’s been the subject of rumour and talk for over a week now, but it has been finally announced that Supergirl will be returning for a second season. The series will be moving from CBS to The CW, meaning Kara Danvers will be joining the same network as her fellow DC ...

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LET’S TALK ABOUT GHOSTBUSTERS…THE NEW ONE THAT IS!

A few weeks ago, Sony Pictures revealed the first trailer for the long-awaited new version of Ghostbusters, the all new, all female reboot of this beloved franchise. Released in 1984, and followed up five years later with a sequel, the latter of which was the first movie I ever saw ...

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WHY FANDOM WARS ARE BAD AND NEED TO STOP!

For as long as there have been fandoms, there have been fan wars, a contagion of fans of different franchises, companies or whatever you want to apply fandom to, that have seen fit to fight each other because…well…why not, I suppose, and now it seems that we are knee deep ...

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