Monday, August 29, 2011

Andrew Robinson - He was the best thing in Deep Space Nine innit!

Recently while watching the classic Clint Eastwood film Dirty Harry I couldn't help but wonder where the hell I knew the Scorpio Killer from?
Once I remembered I had the internet at my fingertips I did what anyone would do and looked him up on imdb.
Much to my amazement I discovered it was Garak from Deep Space Nine himself Mr Andrew Robinson.
Robinson was offered the role of Garak after he originally auditioned for the role of Odo, which eventually went to Rene Auberjonois. He almost did not accept the role, but was pressured into accepting for financial reasons. Like the character, he is claustrophobic and at first had trouble performing in heavy makeup. His character was originally intended to appear in only one episode, but eventually became one of the most frequent recurring characters of the series, appearing in 37 of the 176 episodes as the writers of the show enjoyed working with the character. Originally meant to be an antagonist, the character became more sympathetic as the show progressed, and became one of the main protagonists by the end of the series. Robinson has described the role as being complex, he has said in a interview that, "the subtext is far more powerful than the actual text. Garak for me was like an iceberg. The tip is easy to define, but it's the rest of the character that's the challenge."

I personally can't fault any episode of DS9 which had Garak in. They were all so very good and he was one of the best characters in all of the Trek shows.
I absolutely love Andrew Robinson and looking through the films and tv shows he's been in it turns out I've been completely oblivious to his being in other shows I'm also a fan of.

Andrew Robinson I salute you.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Roger Delgado: The Master

Has anyone else seen the Roger Delgado: The Master documentary on the Frontier In Space dvd? I would recommend it to anyone who loves Roger Delgado as The Master.
He was such an amazing actor and this documentary really upsets me when I watch it because he died in such a tragic way.
He died on location in Turkey whilst shooting the (never-completed) feature film Bell of Tibet. He was killed, along with two Turkish film technicians, when the chauffeur-driven car in which he was travelling went off the road into a ravine.
He never even got to make that final Master story that would of seen him go out in a blaze of glory.
He was good friends with Jon Pertwee and the 3rd Doctor often remarked that Mr Delgado's death at the age of 55 was one of the catalysts that led to his own departure from Doctor Who.
Everyone in the documentary say so many wonderful things about him including Chris Barry, Terrance Dicks, Katy Manning & Barry Letts.

For me Anthony Ainley, Eric Roberts, Derek Jacobi and John Simm will never be as good as Roger Delgado in the role.

"I am usually refered to as the Master...universally."

RIP Mr Delgado. You were The Master.

Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado Torres Castillo Roberto (1 March 1918 – 18 June 1973).

Friday, August 19, 2011

Giant plant pots in Harlow don't float my boat.

I wrote a letter today to my local paper regarding THIS article.


I was most shocked to read that a total of £65,000 has been spent on the disgusting giant plant pots now in residence in market square.
Not only is this a shocking waste of money spent by the council I also can't help but wonder which genius came up with the idea to build a play area opposite Yates? Plenty of places in the town need money to make them great again but Harlow council have once again messed their priority's up completely. I look forward to reading in a future edition of the Star how the council have spent £70,000 on four giant gnomes to go next to the plant pots in market square.

What do you think? Too much?

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Recently Oscar worthy actor Shia LaBeouf confirmed that Indiana Jones 5 in the works. On discovering this I couldn't help but think this news sounds a bit shite to me. (Read more HERE)

While I really did enjoy The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull it did end there for me and I've no interest at the moment in new film. I'd also have trouble seeing what direction a 5Th movie could go in? of course they could always use this idea -

Indy buys his son Mutt a new car which happens to transform into a guardian robot protector. Both Jones' need to track down and find this cube to destroy before the evil Inca robot (Incatron) wants it to grow stronger. They meet other robots along the way. A giant battle with edits every second possible which are physically impossible to make out and unneeded explosions every ten seconds is the films finale.

I reckon if George Lucas and Michael Bay made a movie together the Doomsday Clock would reach 12:00am and the world would end.

One thing is for sure though. If we do get a 5Th Indy film I bet it will be in stupid bloody 3D. Tut!

The Mask 2 with Jim Carrey in the works?

I read recently that Jim Carrey is starting to talk about the possible return to some of his first major roles in sequels. The first one that sprang to mind for me was the 1994 hit The Mask.
For the people that have been a sleep for the last seventeen years The Mask is an American superhero film based on a series of comic books published by Dark Horse Comics. The film was directed by Chuck Russell, and produced by Dark Horse Entertainment and New Line Cinema with Jim Carrey playing Stanley Ipkiss (also known as The Mask).
I watched this again recently and I must admit I enjoyed it all over again. I did notice a few things that never really jumped out at me before now. If you don't know (although I said it above) The Mask is based on a rather violent comic book which you can read up on HERE. I read the original graphic novel again last night and I'd not noticed before that some of the Mask's poses in this are taken straight from the first story. A little nod to the comic which I never really picked on before.

I know that some of the scenes and panels from the comic were adapted for the film but we're given a friendly spin to them and I still love the 'Tommy Gun' and the 'Ripley's Auto' scenes. They work well here even if you do know what happens in the original comic (If you don't it involves blood, massacre and slaughter).
The budget clearly went into the special effects but I couldn't help but notice it suffered visually in other non-mask scenes. Cameron Diaz while being a stunner to look at isn't really that good in this. I know it was her first film and since then (apart from the Angels film) she has gone on to be a great actress but some of her lines are delivered very badly. I also think it's a shame the Viking scene that should of been at the start of the film showing the Mask being buried was delete Somethings always bugged me about the start of the film where is just pops out of the chest.

Anyway if Carrey did indeed decided to return to the role of The Mask I'd be first in the queue to see it at the cinema. One thing for sure is it isn't going to be any worse than that Son of the Mask movie from a few years ago.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Russell T Davies messed up the regeneration thing on Doctor Who didn't he?

In David Tennent's final story The End Of Time he implied death for one incarnation of the Doctor meant a completely new and different man was born with the same memories.
The Tenth Doctor's final words confirmed this when he said 'I don't want to go'.
It doesn't help earlier on in the episode as well when he says "Even if I change, it feels like dying. Everything I am dies. Some new man goes sauntering away...and I'm dead."
What on earth was RTD thinking when he did that!?! HE'S THE SAME PERSON FOR GOODNESS SAKE! He just changes his form to survive.

Overall I think RTD made far too much fuss of the 10th Doctors regeneration and did his best to squeeze three hours worth of television out of it.

And don't get me started on what is wrong with Planet of The Dead.

Rant over ;)

What do you think?

Thursday, August 04, 2011

First OFFICIAL look at Henry Cavill’s Superman in “Man of Steel”, AND Morpheus is going to be Perry White

Some of you may remember a post I made a few weeks back that featured Henry Cavill as Clark Kent ( HERE ).
To put it blunt it was bollocks and in my excitement I'd failed to noticed it was a fake and I'd got mugged off.

Anyway today has seen the first OFFICIAL look at Henry Cavill’s Superman in “Man of Steel”.
As with any new pic from a Superman film I got really excited on first glance and I love the pic but personally the costume looks a bit plastic. Even the cape.
Saying that though it might just be the light. I'm not disappointed and it's given me a thrill to see it. I'm sure my friend James would of loved this. Well I say sure when in fact he would of loved it regardless the loyal Supe's fan that he was ha, ha!

Today also saw the news that Laurence Fishburne has joined the cast and is set to play Daily Planet editor Perry White opposite Henry Cavill and Amy Adams (Lois Lane).
I'm actually really excited about this news as he is a great actor (He was having an off day in Predators). It will be interesting to see how he plays the part.

What do you think of events from today?

Man of Steel comes to theaters June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Julia Ormond. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.