Sunday, August 31, 2008

Putting the Science in Science Fiction

I must admit that I am one of those people whose teeth grind at bad science in SF (oddly, the tritium in Spider-Man 2 is one of the worst offenders for me) and the idea that Torchwood are going to CERN sort of fills me with dread. However, this article by CERN's spokesman puts a much more positive spin on the idea. His thesis is that all publicity is good publicity and any awareness-raising of what CERN is and what it does is positive.

Maybe I do worry too much about the accuracy of science in what is, after all, entertainment, but I'm just somewhat worried about the lack of understanding in the general populace of the science and technology that keeps our civilisation afloat, and the mass media (although I'm not sure just how much that Radio 4 counts in that regard :-)) certainly should have their role to play in that.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Torchwood season 2

After a flying start, Torchwood season two seems to have settled down into something much better than season one. The first few episodes of the season proclaimed a series much more mature than the "wheee, we've got a post-watershed slot" tone of season one. It wobbled a bit after its great start but Martha Jones' introduction was pretty good and didn't feel too forced. It also appears to have led to an arc story, with Owen, which is pretty intriguing.

The characters in season two have also changed. They seem much more settled and likeable and seem to be settling into stable patterns, rather than the free for all that there seemed to be to start with.

I feel justified for staying with the series through the worst excesses of its first season. It's maturing, and although it's still got Rusty T. written all over it, things feel less gratuitous this time. Let's hope they can keep it up.


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