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Planet Dinosaur, The Fades [Sep. 22nd, 2011|10:47 am]
Tony Grist
In ye olden dayes dinosaurs were big, thuggish brutes who hung out in swamps against a background of exploding volcanoes. Now, thanks to some extraordinarily well-preserved specimens from China, we know they were also pretty, little, feather-wearing critters that glided (glode?) from tree to tree. How lovely!

I could have followed Planet Dinosaur with How to Build a Dinosaur over on BBC 4. Instead I got seduced by The Fades. I'm still not sure I made the right choice. The Fades is a slice of paranormal miserabilism about dead people wandering round looking for a way to get off planet Earth and turning nasty when they don't find it . The hero is a bed-wetting sociopath and the gun-toting female vicar (who I rather liked) got deaded in the final reel.   I enjoy a scare- but the question is how much ugly, heartless nonsense am I prepared to put up with to get my fix? The more I think about it, the more I regret turning aside from the dinos. Dinos are uplifting. 
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2011-09-22 10:27 am (UTC)
Especially dinos with bird of paradise tail feathers.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-09-22 10:31 am (UTC)
Yes. Weren't they delightful!
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2011-09-22 10:38 am (UTC)
I loved the fact that I finally got an answer to my question of how they determined what colours they were. Fascinating!
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2011-09-22 07:32 pm (UTC)
I watched all the dinosaur programmes that night. Fascinating stuff
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-09-23 09:08 am (UTC)
There was a good one last night- documenting how much we've learned about them in the last 40 years- using film from the Horizon archives.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2011-09-23 12:18 pm (UTC)
Watched that one too!
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-09-23 10:13 am (UTC)
The Fades sounds dreadful. It's bad enough to be alive and looking for a way off of this rock, I should think.
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[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2011-10-01 02:59 pm (UTC)
I liked the gun-toting vicar, too. I forgot to watch it last week - I think the demise of the gun-toting vicar was the demise of my interest.
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