X-Files: Ground Zero
Greetings, The X-Files: Ground Zero is a novel based on the television series about two special agents investigating paranormal cases, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. This book was written by Kevin J Anderson, who didn’t write the any of the episodes as far as I am aware. Unfortunately I wasn’t really impressed with this book and I was hoping it would have got me more into the lore of the series. It has a few problems as far as I m concerned, one being the lack of interesting characters.
The plot begins with the death of Dr Gregory, a nuclear scientist, who opened a mysterious letter and was killed via high amounts of radiation despite there being no materials or substances that could set of radiation in the room. Therefore Mulder and Scully are sent to figure out what had caused this and who was behind it. It isn’t long before they uncover a secret project named Bright Anvil and seek answers from Gregory’s ex-assistant, a radical anti-nuclear protestor who attempts to destroy or delay her previous work.
I found that the wording was bland and it wasn’t helped by the fact that the villain who was meant to be portrayed as sympathetic but came across as irritating. Mulder, a character that I actually like in the series, attempts to be funny but his statements are cringe worthy. It takes a long while for the plot to start moving with unimportant events occurring and even then the surprise twist as well as the explanation isn’t overly interesting.
This isn’t exactly the worst novel I have read as most of what I think of as bad doesn’t get reviewed on the blog, but it certainly isn’t something you want to experience unless you are a hard core fan of the X-Files. I have some other X-Files books that should hopefully prove to be more exciting. The seventh episode of the fourth series of the Adventures of Fletch and Roman is up at Warehouse 17.
Quote of the day
Oh, you think darkness is your ally. You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man. By then, it was nothing to me but blinding! The shadows betray you because they belong to me
The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Rises
Greetings, The Dark Knight Rises is the third and last instalment in Nolan’s trilogy. Like its predecessors it is dark and gritty, boosting Batman’s reputation again after West’s incarnation and the deterioration of quality in the previous Batman films in the 1990’s which attempted to make it more child friendly. This movie contains a great plot, excellent acting from both the recurring and new comers as well as written script which has developed a few internet memes, most involving the antagonist Bane.
The plot is set several years after the events of Dark Knight, in which an older Bruce Wayne has become a social recluse and physically injured. Batman is no longer needed as Gotham has become more peaceful due to enforcement of the Dent Act, named after the fallen White Knight, Harvey Two-Face Dent. Meanwhile Bane is setting up a criminal system in the sewers in which Commissioner Gordon discovers but is gravely wounded by the mercenary, before escaping his grasp. However the villain now posses Gordon’s speech of resignation he was to give to the public but decided that Gotham was not ready to hear about the truth of Dent’s death.
Bruce is warned by thief Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman that a storm is going to hit Gotham City after he tracked her down trying to steal from him. This storm or revolution would hit the upper classes and which would reward the common people. Wayne trains in order to return to his physical peak and become Batman once again to prevent the storm from coming to Gotham.
Hans Zimmer creates another brilliant score which gets the adrenaline pumping in the action scenes. Tom Hardy as Bane was at times a little difficult to make out but provided an excellent job as the antagonist. I really did enjoy this movie and it left the trilogy on a high note but my favourite of the three has to be the Dark Knight for numerous reasons including Heath’s spectacular performance as the psychotic Joker and the sympathetic downfall of the White Knight into the villain that is Two-Face. Overall it is one of the best films I have seen and its ending suggest that there could be a spin off that doesn’t include Batman. The sixth episode of the adventures of Fletch and Roman is up at Warehouse 17.
Quote of the day
Do you wanna know how I got these scars? My father was a drinker...and a fiend. And one night, he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn't like that. Not...one...bit. So, me watching, he takes the knife to her, laughing while he does it. He turns to me, and he says, "Why so serious?" He comes at me with the knife — "Why so serious?" Sticks the blade in my mouth — "Let's put a smile on that face!" And... why so serious?
The Dark Knight