In movies, Limitless is a driving story of artificially boosted intelligence, and what the implications might be. I loved this one in the theaters, and ordinarily it would get my vote for top pick, but also out this week is the live action version of Tekken.
In TV, the choice release is Doctor Who: Series Six, Part One. I am not in favor of the new trend of releasing half a season of a program at a time because they try to use it to raise the prices, but sometimes you can find some good deals on these, and this is one of those times. Plus, it’s Doctor Who, so I would be picking it up regardless. Also out this week, Torchwood: The Complete Original UK Series, packaging up the first two seasons with the miniseries Children of Earth into a single box set. If you bought the seasons separately, there doesn’t seem to be a lot new here; while they mention 10 hours of bonus features, that was about what you had on the original single season DVDs when you added them up, and no where does the BBC say if they are new features or the old ones recycled.
Starz ran episode 1 of the new season of Torchwood: Miracle Day last night, and it was good. But we have still more Torchwood goodness before they run episode 2 next Friday in the form of three radio plays they recorded right after filming ended on the new season. On Monday the 11th we get episode 1 of The Lost Files when Rhys and Gwen go to the Ivyday Nursing Home to close out his elderly uncles affairs, something isn’t quite right. In episode 2 Captain Jack and company use a submarine to try to rescue a stranded alien in the Mariana Trench on Tuesday the 12th, and it finished up on Wednesday the 13th with episode 3 at The House of the Dead, the most haunted pub in Wales. These are all run in BBC4’s Afternoon Play time slot at 14:15 GMT, but they should also be available to listen to online for six more days after each one airs. While neither Torchwood or Doctor Who, I should also mention Best Interests, Thursday at 14:15. It features a confused young man with no I.D. and a Dr. Who fixation, so I am going to have to check it out as well. Also Starz has uploaded episode 1 0f Torchwood: Web of Lies to YouTube.
More like talking about the program than a trailer, this segment has some behind-the-scenes footage as well as some clips from the show, and a whole lot of the cast and creator going OMG!!! Despite the fact this came by way of Spoiler TV, it is not so much spoiler-ish as self promoting. I am so ready for the new season, and can’t wait to see if they do as amazingly as they did on Children of Earth. Thanks to Blaster for the heads up on this.
BBC Radio 4 is replaying the three Torchwood episodes that preceded Children of Earth this week in their Afternoon Play segment. That means that on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 14:15 GMT (that’s 2:15PM London time) you can listen to them in real time, and probably play them back for the 6 days after that. Note that this is on BBC Radio 4 proper, rather than BBC Radio 4 Extra (formerly BBC Radio 7). Over on that channel we have Arthur C Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama on Sunday, and another brand new Doctor Who story, The Whispering Forest, with Tegan, Nyssa, and Turlough joining Davison’s Doctor. That one started yesterday, but you have 5 more days to listen to the first episode, with the story continuing Monday.