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November 24th, 2009


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10:54 pm - Paradox
Paradox is a new five part SF series on BBC1. I just watched the first episode. I think it's likely to be fairly good: perhaps a bit middle of the road.

The premise is that a scientist monitoring solar flares picks up some pictures from the future, which seem to show a bombing at 8.30 the next evening. He reports it to the police, and a three-person squad lead by Tamsin Outhwaite is set to investigate, and perhaps change the future.

The space scientist is played as a sort of male vamp, all brooding and trying to sex up Tamsin. UST is all very well but this was too much, and from nowhere. Incidentally he is an atheist called Christian King, which - come on - that's a bit heavy-handed.

I much preferred Tamsin's ex-boyfriend and sidekick, Ben, who is older and more prettier I thought.

My guess is this will be one of those things that comes and goes. But I like British short drama series.

(Anyone else watch it?)

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From:gylfinir
Date:November 24th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
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I watched it, though with only one eye on the screen. I thought it was ok, but I won't know for sure until I see the second episode.

It's like the British version of 24, ie, everything on a much smaller scale :)
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From:communicator
Date:November 24th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
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I agree - I think we'll know after the second episode.
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From:jekesta
Date:November 24th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
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I watched! I thought a lot of the same things as you, probably a bit middle of the road, but yes. I couldn't believe the weird ust thing that they pretended to have going on, and all the bothering to make it about God and whatever was weirdly done, I thought. Who in the world goes to see a clever physicist with loads of clever equipment and a slightly mysterious creepy manner and then blames stuff on God as if there is NO OTHER OPTION instead of going 'SO ARE YOU INVENTING TIME TRAVEL ON THE SLY? Does this seem like the sort of thing you might do in the future? WHY THE DIFFICULT CODED PICTURES PLEASE??' It seemed a bit sort of heavy handed all around, but I'm looking forward to seeing more of it all the same.

Was there a paradox? Is it a paradox if you send messages back in time and then they still come true? Or is that just time travel? I am objecting to their naming strategy not being a CLUE to predicting the episode. They should be called "TIME TRAVEL CANNOT AFFECT THE FUTURE" if that is what they are going with. I know they might get better at changing the future. I know I am being PICKY TOO SOON. Sorry.
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From:communicator
Date:November 24th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
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They will definitely alter the future next week, because the picture shows the pretty side-kick, dead, and I don't believe they'll kill him off in episode 2.

When his example of the indeterminacy of the future was 'Supposing I kissed you right now... how would you react?' What? You only met five minutes ago and she's a policeman. Pull yourself together.

I suppose - only just occurred to me - he might be her boyfriend of the future somehow travelled back in time.
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From:gfk88
Date:November 25th, 2009 08:27 am (UTC)
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We watched it. My jury's still out too -surely there's got to be more going on than us receiving a batch of unnecessarily cryptic photos each week and them maybe or maybe not coming true.

I'd convinced myself that it was going to be the speeding police car rushing to save the day which would actually cause the fatal crash, but maybe that would have been too much for episode 1.
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From:communicator
Date:November 25th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
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surely there's got to be more going on than us receiving a batch of unnecessarily cryptic photos each week and them maybe or maybe not coming true

It does sound a bit thin when you put it like that. It'll be cryptic photos plus scientist guy smoldering sulkily in his little glass room.
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From:gfk88
Date:November 25th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
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Oh OK. In that case I apologise - it's a veritable minefield of complexity.
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From:matildabj
Date:November 27th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Forgot this was starting! Crazy week. Thanks, will catch up on iPlayer!

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