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The Prisoner Complete Series [DVD]
The Prisoner Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jim Caviezel
Price: £10.40

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-appreciated gem, 17 May 2013
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I bought this box set out of curiosity, it only cost a few quid for a 6-episode mini-series so I reckoned it was worth a gamble. I certainly wasn't disappointed. The Prisoner is an excellent piece of psychological sci-fi that rewards the patient viewer. It takes its time to get going and gets better as it progresses. However, if you're looking for action and special effects it's not really that kind of sci-fi show.

The UK cast is top-notch and although I'm not a fan of Jim Caviezel, he's fine in this.

Yes, the original is a classic (I'm a fan), but some of the negative reviews are tiresome in the extreme. It's not 'an insult to fans' to have made this new version. If the original is sacred to you, don't buy/watch the remake (incidentally - why did you???) If you don't like it, fair enough, but spare us the irrational hatred. You're actually angry someone made a TV show you don't like?? Life's too short...

Perhaps the best thing about The Prisoner is that it actually has an ending that makes some kind of sense, while still leaving you thinking afterwards. More than once I've felt let down by similar sci-fi/fantasy shows that hook you with intriguing storylines until you realise the makers have no idea where they're going and it all just unravels into a big mess.

Give it a go, keep an open mind and you might just enjoy this...


Fringe - Season 4  [DVD + UV Copy] [2012]
Fringe - Season 4 [DVD + UV Copy] [2012]
Dvd ~ Anna Torv
Offered by Special Interests
Price: £10.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sudden and dramatic drop in quality, 20 Oct. 2012
Fringe took a while to really get going but Seasons 2 and 3 were compulsive viewing; really enjoyable escapist sci-fi stuff. Unfortunately Season 4 takes a complete and totally unexpected nose-dive in quality. It's the worst season of Fringe by some distance.

It starts of reasonably well with the Peter Bishop character erased from existence, offering an interesting change in direction for the plot and the anticipation of his return and how it will all pan out.

But it's almost as if the writers were then told around halfway through that Fringe was to be cancelled and they just decided to give up in a rather petulant and slap-dash manner - closing off and tying up character arcs and plot-lines with abandon. Certainly it feels like they might have been having a competition to see who could come up with the most awful, lazy plots and episodes.

However, Fringe is into its fifth season now, so my theory turned out to be wrong, but left me wondering what the hell were they thinking? I'd give you a list of examples of what I mean exactly, but I don't want to introduce any spoilers. I'll let the makers of the show spoil it for you themselves.

I like Season 1, loved 2 and 3, but I think it's just best to pretend Season 4 never happened. I intend to erase it from my mind like some kind of alternate reality - in true Fringe fashion.


Kiss That Frog!: 12 Great Ways to Turn Negatives into Positives in Your Life and Work
Kiss That Frog!: 12 Great Ways to Turn Negatives into Positives in Your Life and Work
by Brian Tracy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good positive advice but a little simplistic at times, 3 April 2012
Like the previous reviewer I enjoyed the author's other book 'Eat That Frog'. That was about personal effectiveness in business, whereas 'Kiss That Frog' ventures into counselling and self-help.

The book's strength is its clear concise writing and easy to understand ideas. It aims to be inspirational and practical at the same time and mostly succeeds. Most of the information and ideas here come from the basic principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (or CBT) with aspects of Reality Therapy and other similar counselling approaches.

The whole 'frog' metaphor is continued from the previous book mentioned above. It's not a bad idea but it really begins to grate after a few chapters. Also the talk of frogs and handsome princes might be a little alienating for a male reader especially when combined with the liberal use of the female pronoun, although 'he' gets make some random appearances.

I did find some of the book's pronouncements to be a little too trite and simplisitic and in some cases I could immediately think of several compelling arguments as to why they just weren't true, or only true in some situations. I know the book aims to be short and snappy but some of the ideas are poorly developed and the authors are prone to unhelpful generalisations at times.

My biggest issue with the book is that the authors sneak in some of their own political and religious leanings at times, to no constructive effect. Comments disapproving of socialism and communism and a call to only admire and never criticise rich people hint at the authors having some personal issues of their own, and perhaps not always practicing what they preach regarding positivity and avoiding criticism and resentment.

There's also some risible abject nonsense about the Law of Attraction and positive force-fields that is just irresponsible and unprofessional considering one of the authors is a psychotherapist, who is otherwise promoting evidence-based methods. Surely a good editor should have removed some or all of the above?

Overall not as good as 'Eat That Frog' but not bad if you want a quick easy read to get you feeling more positive about life and yourself. It loses stars for some of its strange and random comments and the awful rubbish that I suspect comes from another popular self help bestseller.


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