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  1. Finally got round to watching the final few episodes of Humans season 2. I thought it was a good season overall and came to a good ending, even if some bits were a bit contrived. [spoilers]The situation where Mattie had to broadcast the consciousness code to all synths to somehow save Mia seemed a bit implausible and also as if the scriptwriters really wanted a particular ending but had no better idea about how to achieve it. Niska showing up just at the right moment was also very convenient. It does set things up nicely for a third season, although I don't know if they're intending to make one. I think the penultimate episode with the raid on the Qualia facility was perhaps the best bit of the season, the scene with the escaping synths all dropping dead in front of Leo's eyes was particularly effective.[/spoilers]
  2. Cricket 30: World Twenty20 and beyond

    I definitely wouldn't be surprised if it was a rerun of the England tour. Lyon might be able to give a bit more control because he has less of a tendency to bowl loose balls than Moeen or Rashid, but I'm a bit doubtful he's going to cause many problems for Kohli et al.
  3. Cricket 30: World Twenty20 and beyond

    Australia are apparently desperate enough for advice about how to bowl spin in India that they've asked an Englishman for help, although naturally not anyone who was on England's most recent tour but the incomparable figure of Monty Panesar. If Monty could also give them some advice on fielding before the next Ashes series, that would be good.
  4. January Reading 2017

    I thought Cloud Atlas worked better as a whole than The Bone Clocks did, perhaps because it doesn't really make any attempt to say there's anything more than thematic links and the odd reference joining the different stories. The Bone Clocks was at its worst when it tried to tie everything together with an exposition-heavy section (it's still a good book despite that). If you haven't read Slade House, I'd suggest that as an example of Mitchell doing a better job of tying together different stories into a single overarching plotline. On the subject of Mitchell, I'm about 2/3 of the way through The Thousands Autumns of Jacob de Zoet now. I found the first section to be a bit slow moving, but when the plot moved on to POV characters who aren't Jacob it became very compelling.
  5. Sherlock

  6. Went to see Passengers. I liked the starship setting (I was going to say generation starship, but I guess it technically isn't) and the contrast between the shiny corporate cheerfulness of all the machines and how horrifying a prison it would have felt for the people trapped in it, and the puzzle of how to fix a ship that was slowly falling apart worked well as a plot. What I didn't like about it was...
  7. Sherlock

    I had mixed feelings about the finale, it had some good scenes but also got too silly at times.
  8. January Reading 2017

    No, I think it was just planned to be a two book series, although I wouldn't be surprised to see some of the characters appearing in another book in the future. Apparently her next book is meant to be set in modern-day America so I guess it might be a while before a return to that world.
  9. What are you listening to? Vol. XXII

    Listening to David Bowie's Diamond Dogs for the first time (the album, I mean, I've heard the title track plenty of times before).
  10. I read the first book over a decade ago. I thought Pinto had some very distinctive and detailed world-building, but I really didn't like the characterisation.
  11. Taboo: Tom Hardy's historical drama (BBC1/FX) [spoilers]

    Was it the clerk he said that to? I thought it was one of the other senior EIC people, but I could be mistaken. There definitely did seem to be some sort of recognition between Delaney and the clerk.
  12. Year in Movies: 2016 edition

    Arrival – thought this was an excellent example of how to do an intelligent Science Fiction film that was compelling despite having virtually no action Deadpool – I think the funniest film I saw this year Rogue One – not flawless but unlike any prequel George Lucas directed it seemed that it fitted in well with the original trilogy The Man Who Knew Infinity – good biopic, Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons both did good work Captain America : Civil War – I think they were only partially successful in setting up the central conflict but it was consistently entertaining Dr Strange – a fairly by-the-numbers origin story but the fantastical visuals did manage to make it stand out a bit from the superhero crowd Star Trek : Beyond – nothing profound, and sometimes rather silly, but it was good fun Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – decent fantasy adventure, I like the setting but the ending was disappointing. Jason Bourne – almost forgot about this which is probably saying something, felt like Bourne-by-numbers The Accountant – felt like two films awkwardly squeezed together, not entirely successful but had some good bits X-Men : Apocalypse – it did have some good scenes but gets stupider the more you think about it Warcraft - no fantasy cliché is left alone, it’s very cheesy but likeable Hail, Cesar! – one of the Coen’s weaker efforts, had some good scenes but I’m not sure they added up to a film Now You See Me 2 – reasonably fun but managed to be inferior to the first film in just about every respect Suicide Squad – avoided the most annoying bits of BvS but still not great Jack Reacher : Never Go Back – OK as a thriller but nothing particularly memorable about it Batman vs Superman – I think there’s a good Batman film hiding in here but some of the other parts of the film were bafflingly bad Looks like I should watch Hell or High Water and The Nice Guys at some point.
  13. What are you listening to? Vol. XXII

    Weather forecast claimed it would snow here today, but instead it's just sleet which is a state of affairs that always makes me think of this song:
  14. Sherlock

    It seems his surveillance team is about as competent as the surveillance team in Westworld who can't tell if Dolores is accompanying someone.
  15. They may not be as famous as The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but I think the two Dirk Gently books are among Douglas Adams' best work.