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Spooks Code 9: For Queen, for country, for idiocy. September 9, 2008

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Spoiler alert…

The six part series of Spooks Code 9 finished this weekend and left me screaming at the tv. I’m still angry three days later. No TV show has ever been quite badly written, badly acted and frankly, shit.

The first five episodes each had their own main storyline – man tries to blow up bank, man tries to deal drugs, man tries to kill MI5 member etc. Then on top of this the series had long-running sub plots – the ginger one is dying from radiation poisoning, Rob might have murdered someone and Jez lost his family. These sub plots have been so under-developed that you thought they might be using them for the big finale, making sure you’d paid attention to all the little (dull) details. Oh no, these were merely there to bore us all to pieces and to provide filler when the writers weren’t sure if their gang of teenagers should be clubbing or saving the world, because of course, there is nothing in between. I don’t care enough about Rob’s possible murder to wait for series 2, I can’t even remember who he’s supposed to have killed because we’ve never been shown anything about the event itself or the people involved.

We also had to put up with the story that someone within MI5 was a traitor and I presume we were supposed to be guessing who it was. Fine, if they’d ever shown us more than one MI5 boss that might have been fun.

Just to tip us over the edge into TV throwing territory they ended the bloody thing on a cliffhanger – is the bomb going to go off and will the blonde one die??? That’s not a fucking cliffhanger – a good cliffhanger leaves you theorising, guessing what could happen next and trying to look back on clues from the series. These two events don’t rely on any previous storylines – it’s simply up to the bomb squad and the doctors as to what happens. Mmmm… gripping.

What with this and the news that they’ve cancelled Project Catwalk I’m about ready to give up tv and take up line dancing. Aaarrghhhh.


Spore September 5, 2008

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Wooh! Today is the first day of the three day Spore Marathon. Wooh! Chris and I both have the day booked off work and plan to not leave the house for 72 hours. We’ve set up an extra computer, complete with Freecycled GIANT CRT monitor, so we can Spore away happily together. There is a big pile of delivery menus on the couch, so don’t have to detatch from a mouse for more than 3 minutes. I’m going to live blog the whole thing, so when the moment occurs that I realise it’s as shit as Sim City Societies then you can all witness my huge emotional breakdown. So here we go…

12:53 The postman has just arrived! Spore is a thing of beauty. I’m very excited.

Spore box

13:10 Installing! I haven’t been this excited in years. We’re listening to All Saints. I’m not sure why.

13:39 Fuck. One of the graphic cards isn’t good enough. The game won’t play. Panic.

14:30 Time for the four mile walk to Forest Hill for Maplin. No bloody direct buses.

16:30 Yes! We have the right graphics card.

17:00 One cab journey later and it’s finally on both computers. Pizza ordered and life is wonderful again.

18:00 Spore fucking rocks. My creature looks like a skinny Dame Edna, Chris’ is more like a moldy Malteaser.

00:30 We’re both addicted and contemplating not sleeping. Is that very wrong? I’m doing much better than him, he’s just got to the city level and I’m already flying around space. Wooh!

We’re definitely going to be playing it non-stop all weekend, though maybe a smidge of sleep might be a good idea. It’s taking a while to get used to the controls, they seem to change dramtically with each level completed – silly things like inconsistency with camera controls and making your creature walk. We also can’t work out what effect your design for the creature has on the game play once you hit civilisation mode and stop foraging for food and getting into fights.

I’m sure it’ll all become clear tomorrow, but one thing is certain – Spore is definitely 800 times better than Sim City Societies. Even the house building tool is better, surely that would have been a priority with SCS? I don’t think I’ll ever stop being angry at SCS really.