[watching] What have you seen recently?

Another one who is binging Fort Salem. It is very good Show. The Worldbuilding excellent and cast are very good.

There will be a Season 2 I am hearing. We need answers to the cliffhangers, and what cliffhangers they are 😁.

Recommended to all, it is worth your time.
 
Fort Salem - finally finished.

Give these guys a budget! And a military consultant.

Mind you what money they do have, they hoard to spend very wisely.

I often side with the “villains” and I just LOVE it when us ordinary humans use our skills and ingenuity against all those gifted homo superior types. So, YES, I loved those voice boxes!
 
TLDR: Classic Who anomaly for the die hards.

Here’s one from out of left field. We all know Amazon Prime fills out its library with some absolute sh!te.

They just pointed me at one of their peculiarities called “Airzone”.

It’s from 1993. A Nicholas Briggs penned thing. Seems like a sort of precursor for Big Finish. Looks like it was filmed for thrupence on a super-8 camera over a weekend. (OK - I’m exaggerating- it’s a bit better than that.) an Eco-thriller in the Doomwatch/Edge of Darkness mode.

Thing is, it stars four “Doctors” - Baker (C), Davidson, McCoy and (more a cameo) Pertwee. And Nicola Bryant (Peri). And Briggs himself, of course. (Oh and Alan Cumming for good measure.)

None of the “big four” is playing their Doctor. In fact EVERYONE is showing that they are proper character actors and making sure they’re clearly playing different characters from those in the series. All perform very well, despite the production limitations and (sorry Nick) limited script. I was particularly impressed by Nicola Bryant but all were great - even Briggs himself. Baker of course steals the show but only because McCoy - though eccentric - steps back and lets him.

I don’t know how to judge this. But if you’ve got a spare hour, have any nostalgia for classic Who, have Amazon Prime and want a Wierd diversion for an hour, well worth watching.

Thing is - mild as it is - and though they’re clearly playing different characters - seeing Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant making out feels....wrong.
 
TLDR: Classic Who anomaly for the die hards.

Here’s one from out of left field. We all know Amazon Prime fills out its library with some absolute sh!te.

They just pointed me at one of their peculiarities called “Airzone”.

It’s from 1993. A Nicholas Briggs penned thing. Seems like a sort of precursor for Big Finish. Looks like it was filmed for thrupence on a super-8 camera over a weekend. (OK - I’m exaggerating- it’s a bit better than that.) an Eco-thriller in the Doomwatch/Edge of Darkness mode.

Thing is, it stars four “Doctors” - Baker (C), Davidson, McCoy and (more a cameo) Pertwee. And Nicola Bryant (Peri). And Briggs himself, of course. (Oh and Alan Cumming for good measure.)

None of the “big four” is playing their Doctor. In fact EVERYONE is showing that they are proper character actors and making sure they’re clearly playing different characters from those in the series. All perform very well, despite the production limitations and (sorry Nick) limited script. I was particularly impressed by Nicola Bryant but all were great - even Briggs himself. Baker of course steals the show but only because McCoy - though eccentric - steps back and lets him.

I don’t know how to judge this. But if you’ve got a spare hour, have any nostalgia for classic Who, have Amazon Prime and want a Wierd diversion for an hour, well worth watching.

Thing is - mild as it is - and though they’re clearly playing different characters - seeing Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant making out feels....wrong.
The Airzone Solution is a classic and well known to older fans of Doctor Who. It was shot on videotape on a very low budget and is more of a fan film than actual professional production. At the time, Nicholas Briggs was heavily involved in fan made productions. The reason why it came about was because there was a straight to video Doctor Who release planned for the 30th anniversary and it was canned by the BBC very early on. The actors were all tied into making this production and so Nick Briggs, who knew them all from various interviews he conducted in the 1980s, invited them to appear in what became the Airzone Solution. The rest is history.
 
UPGRADE: Netflix Original.

HIGHLY recommended. Basically it does what it says on the tin but you couldn’t do much better with such a limited budget. A writer/director to watch. They KNOW they’re being derivative but they wear their influences on their sleeve to the extent that spotting references to them becomes a joy in itself. It knows we’re going to spot all the familiar plot tropes and so jumps straight to them rather than padding the story to fill time and save money.

Also an actor to watch. I so believed what was happening that it took me a while to spot what he was actually DOING as a physical actor. It’s the old you can save a million bucks on special effects through acting job.

All of this makes something which is greater than the sum of its parts and isn’t anywhere near as predictable as I’ve made it sound.

References I caught were Venom, Knightrider, 6 Million Dollar Man, Runaway and I’m pretty sure there were others I missed. I’m not sure if making up the chief henchman to look like the Sparks keyboard player was a deliberate choice or not.
 
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