We are now a few episodes into the new series of Torchwood, titled Miracle Day, and I must say I am really enjoying it. The first series of Torchwood was spent trying to find itself and figure out what it wants to be, and the second series was a big improvement. The third series was a miniseries, with each episode aired on consecutive nights over a week.
I like the direction the new series has taken, with roles being switched round. Captain Jack Harkness has been made completely mortal, whereas the rest of the human race have become immortal thanks to the Miracle. In a slight tweak, however, people are not immortal in the same way as Jack was, in that he could be killed but would come back to life some time later completely healed. Instead, everyone will still age, get injured or get sick; the only change being that no one will die. This is further demonstrated in the first episode, when a convicted pedophile and murderer is on death row facing a lethal injection, yet when the chemicals enter his body, he is shown to be experiencing the full effects of the injection but simply won’t die.
So-called experts in various fields come together to try to figure out just what has happened, and to figure out a way to deal with the aftermath, and Captain Jack and a newly assembled Torchwood team work to find out who is behind the Miracle – how and why it happened.
The stakes have certainly gone up for Torchwood, with everyone on Earth being affected, and with Jack unable to simply contain the situation and having to deal with the fact that he is the last mortal man on Earth, things are going to get very interesting….
Meet a guy called Ewan Dobson. He is awesome with a guitar. He sounds like a one man trance tune.
Yesterday I watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and I thought it was a great finale to the film series. I watched it in 2D rather than 3D, and I loved the whole spectacle of the Battle of Hogwarts with Professor McGonagall bringing the castle’s stone sentries to life.
I’ve always found it best to keep the books separate from the films, as there is so much left out from the books. Then again the movies would have been ridiculously long to include any more material. As much as I liked the movies, I did feel like you had to have read the books to properly understand what is going on the majority of the time, especially the last two. Nevertheless, they were all fun to watch as they brought joy to millions in bringing the wizarding world to the big screen.
You can’t really get any more extreme than this. Jumping out of a plane while sitting in an inflatable raft and solving the Rubik’s Cube before continuing the free fall and releasing the parachute to land….
This is another absolute gem by the Piano Guys – Rock meets Rachmaninoff. That’s all I need to say.
This weekend past, the new Scottish Premier League season began. It kicked off a couple weeks earlier than before as a precaution against a freezing winter like last year, when several games were called off due to dangerous traveling conditions and frozen pitches. As a Dundee United fan I was happy enough with the 1-1 draw for the season’s first game, and look forward to whatever the new football season will bring, hopefully improving on last season’s fourth place finish.
Elsewhere I will be keeping an eye on Sir Alex Ferguson and seeing what improvements he will make to his Manchester United squad. Having won a record 19th league title but losing to Barcelona in the Champion’s League final, Fergie’s desire to win shows no sign of waning, starting the season as league champions and probably even more motivated to beat Barcelona in the Champion’s League, having lost twice to them in two finals in three years. Age is definitely no barrier for the Red Devils manager.
This is a video of an 8 year old playing the banjo. Awesome is an understatement.