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Episode 69 – The Perfect Storm

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This is Episode 69 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast. On this episode, with the upcoming release of Geostorm, we discuss one of the classic disaster movies – The Perfect Storm.

We also discuss What’s Happening At Ready Steady Cut, Trailer Talk is Stranger Things Season 2 and X-Men: The New Mutants, and as always, we play another game of You Can’t Beat Me! This week it is DC Villians.

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Recap – The Apprentice S13E2: “Hotel Redesign”

Okay, I say this every year but how the hell are these candidates in business? As soon as Jeff blurted out, “I don’t want to deal with the finance side,” I nearly choked on my biscuit. Imagine signing up for a reality show competition based on becoming an entrepreneur and then babble such foolishness. Of course, he was fired after that. His own fate was signed and sealed.

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Recap – Star Trek: Discovery S1E3 “Context is for Kings”

Well, allow me to wipe the egg from my face. In last week’s recap of Star Trek: Discovery’s first two episodes, I bragged quite openly about how privileged I was to be able to watch the show on Netflix, without having to clamber over the CBS All-Access paywall with the rest of the peasants. Oh, how convenient, I thought. What a doddle this’ll be. And yet suddenly I find myself sat here, at 00:15am, on a school night no less, staring at a mostly-blank Word document after just having watching the third episode, “Context is for Kings.” Throughout the entirety of last week, Netflix assured me in their infinite wisdom that a new episode of this show would air on October 9th. I’m sure it will. But they forgot to fucking tell me that one would also air today, on October 2nd, which is technically yesterday, as it’s after midnight, and now my eyes feel like they’ve had sea salt thrown in them, and I have to be up bright and early to cook my daughter’s breakfast and take her to the thieves’ den where she learns through play for £200 a week.

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Review – The Enfield Haunting

Back in the 1970s, a house in Enfield, London appeared to be possessed by something supernatural. The Enfield Haunting is a retelling of the events that took place there.

Maurice Grosse (Timothy Spall) is part of a council that investigates claims of haunted houses. He is called to the house in Enfield to see about a young girl, Janet (Eleanor Worthington-Cox) who has heard things go bump in the night and seemingly is taken over by the force behind these peculiar goings on. Guy Playfair (Matthew MacFadyen) is a writer who has also heard of the events going on in this house, but is sceptical about everyone’s views on the matter. Nonetheless, he and Maurice team up to find out what’s really going on and the cause behind it.

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Review – Breaking Bad S1-5

A high school chemistry teacher with terminal lung cancer decides to try and make some extra money for his family to live on when he’s gone by embarking on a career manufacturing crystal meth with a former student. When he is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer at the age of fifty, Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) world crumbles around him. He knows he can’t afford treatment and cannot bear the prospect of leaving his wife, son and unborn child in hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt when he eventually dies. Instead, he enlists the help of former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) in manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine. Walter needs to make roughly $750,000 before he can retire from the business, and with the purity the boys can achieve, they’ve little competition, and it doesn’t look like it will take them long to reach their targets. Of course, what would be the fun in having everything go to plan for them?

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Review – The Last Kingdom

In 872, the Danes invaded and toppled all of the separate kingdoms of England – all but Wessex; the last kingdom. Against this turbulent backdrop lives Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon), the son of a Saxon nobleman who was captured by the Danes during childhood and raised as one of their own. Now he’s all grown up, and following the massacre of his adoptive family, Uhtred decides there has never been a better time to claim back his birthright. However, in order to do this, he must tread a very dangerous path between both sides – the invading Danes and Alfred, King of Wessex – and with his loyalties forever being questioned by both, the struggle to recapture his ancestral lands is well and truly on.

Well, dear reader chums, here I present to you The Last Kingdom, quite possibly the best new show brought out by the BBC in the last two or three years. I mean, talk about unpredictable! My dad picked this one out after seeing Matthew MacFadyen was in it. “That could be good,” he said, “that MacFadyen’s in it.” We’ve come to rather like his work thanks very much to Ripper Street, another of my favourites. He lasted all of about ten minutes before he was killed in battle. It was at that point we knew we were onto a good thing; after all, BBC2 had just killed off the man whose name they’d been selling this thing under for the week before showing the programme. As it turns out, we weren’t wrong. In fact, The Last Kingdom got better and better with every week that passed.

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Review – The Knick S2

Season two of the turn-of-the-century medical drama takes an even closer look at the lives of all those involved with New York’s Knickerbocker hospital.

When season one of The Knick ended with Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) having his cocaine addiction treated with heroin, everyone knew that when we next revisited the New York hospital, things would not be getting any easier for him, which meant everything would be all the more entertaining for us. Whilst the first season allowed us to get to know all of the key players, this one delved deeper into what the characters had to do to survive – not only around the hospital, but in early 20th century New York as a whole. It also gave more of an idea of how all of these characters came to be there in the first place as opposed to the last time where there was a real mixed bag of people from all kinds of backgrounds that had been thrown together in the huge melting pot of NYC. And there was also an underlying murder mystery for the length of this season’s run, so there was plenty to keep viewers interested.

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