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  3. 7 points
    Constable Risotto Mk II I'd like to think her name is Angela. Certainly not the first time they're reused the name badges - we had a Constable P Corelli pop up in recent years too
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  11. 6 points
    RIP Mason, whose death aired in the UK this month. Given that this thread hasn't been used in nearly a year, and there's a post on the last page from over three years ago, I guess he's not someone anyone thought much about. It seemed to take a while for people to warm to him, and perhaps some never did. He wasn't a saint by any means, he could be a bit of a player, he made wrong choices and bad calls right up to the end. But in my opinion, he was one of the few genuinely decent young men on a show that badly needs them.So of course, he got hardly any storylines, and then got casually killed off as part of the latest big stunt. I will give the show credit for at least trying to give Mason a brave and noble death.The problem is, they muffed it somewhat.(It didn't help that the hospital siege made absolutely no sense: If they were only interested in Robbo and Jasmine, why not just have Scott drive Robbo to a quiet spot and Jay drive Jasmine to another quiet spot when they had them alone that morning, instead of invading Jasmine's place of work and taking a bunch of random people hostage for hours?) If they were going to have Mason die helping others escape, then ideally he should have saved Bella, making sure she was taken out so she could get medical treatment. Or, if the show really wanted to drag her plight on into the next season and use it as an excuse to have the popular but distinctly unheroic Colby and Dean make macho speeches about "saving our family", he should have made sure some other patients in critical need of treatment got out. (I don't know if it was a failure of conception or execution, but it was frustrating that the fact they were in an emergency department which should have been full of critically injured and ill people was ignored apart from a few throwaway comments.) Instead, he died so that a few of the hostages got freed a bit earlier than the others did. Points for good intentions but still an epic fail. So despite giving him focus in those last two episodes, this wasn't really about Mason. He wasn't really a part of the whole gang storyline aside from Tori being in the safe house for a bit, he just got shoved into it at the end as some sort of sacrifice to try and make the hospital siege have an impact.I can't help thinking there's a kinder universe out there somewhere where Mason took that internship in WA and left Summer Bay to go out and help people.That's the way he should have gone, not been kept around a bit longer because the show needed a character they weren't bothered about to die in the finale: Shot off screen and then dumped out of view like a piece of rubbish to save paying appearance fees. More than once, Mason noted that people who did the wrong thing seemed to get rewarded, while he tried to do the right thing and continually got kicked in the teeth for it.That's how he lived, and sadly that's how he died.
  12. 6 points
    Being anti-feminist is going and then coming back because she needs a man. Alf's episode count this week:None. However, it's finale week so things go typically crazy: Jasmine was in every episode, and Robbo, Colby, Bella, Mackenzie and non-regulars Scott and Grace were in four each. Deep breath. I am quietly furious that they killed off Mason like this. Maybe I'm hyper-sensitive to the issue, but it feels like the show treats every genuinely decent guy like dirt, a feeling that is only increased by the prospect of Colby the murderer and Dean his accomplice being portrayed as heroes (judging by the promo of their action man antics). They did at least try to give Mason a noble and heroic death, rather than just blowing him up without knowing about it, but they didn't try hard enough.The escape attempt was a shambles of bad planning: Bella should have been the first one out, in order to get urgent medical treatment, so someone should have been primed to carry her with them.And what about that woman patient lying on the floor apparently in a bad way? This whole hostage scenario seems badly thought-out both in and out of universe.It's an ED for pity's sake, you'd expect about half a dozen people in need of urgent critical care, not everyone worrying about that one from the main cast. Meanwhile, the gunmen don't even seem to have considered that if you take a bunch of people hostage in a hospital, some of them are going to be sick and dying, continuing to play the "Do as we say and you'll be all right" card while Bella's lying dying in front of them and they're refusing to let anyone help her.They're dangerous idiots, and at the end of the episode, I'm left with the feeling that Mason died because everyone involved behaved in the most idiotic way imaginable...including, sadly, him. Mason dismissed Ari's suggestion of staging a fight but his own plan didn't work out much better.Using Bella as a distraction was the worst idea he could have had, because it meant they couldn't get her out, yet he just started doing it without any consultation, forcing everyone else to improvise around him.The result was, instead of getting critically ill patients to safety, Ari and a handful of apparent staff members escaped.That's good for them, they're out of the line of fire and going home safely.But it seems far too small a "win" to be worth Mason dying for.The gunmen clearly don't have a clue, making the rookie error of being surrounded by police and upping the crime from kidnapping to murder, thereby increasing their sentence about tenfold.The police arrive in plenty of time and then just stand around doing nothing while someone gets killed.Harsh perhaps, since more might have died if they'd gone charging in, but despite us being frequently told that every exit is covered, Dean is able to get into the hospital with minimal difficulty, suggesting the gunmen could have got out just as easily.Meanwhile, Robbo is being completely ineffectual by completely failing to get anything out of Victor and Des. I don't know if we're meant to assume Jay's working for Victor from his casually saying he knows they're his men despite saying otherwise earlier.Or if we're meant to assume Robbo's right that Scott's working for them too.(Presumably it's a recent thing if so, given that they shot him and he shot one of them.)But if Victor, Des, Scott, Jay and the gunmen (unnamed in dialogue but the credits given them the uninspiring names Phil and Reg) are all working together...that's a hell of a lack of co-ordination. I don't even want to think about why anyone thought a hostage siege at the hospital was the best way of achieving their aim, but accepting that they did...The gunmen are apparently waiting for a call.It's suggested that Robbo bringing in Victor and Des threw the schedule off.But why would it? If they meant for Robbo to know about the siege, why did Scott keep it from him? If they didn't, why did Victor suddenly drop a huge hint? If he wasn't meant to find out until later, why did Phil and Reg go in so early and then fret that they hadn't heard from anyone? Aargh! It feels so generic that we even end with a carbon copy of the last shot of last season, with an aerial view of a car containing a mix of goodie and baddies driving through the bush with the baddie having the upper hand. Which reminds me of how utterly unheroic Colby and Dean were in that scenario and how frustrating it is that the premiere is seemingly going to focus on them again, while Mason gets treated like disposable cannon fodder.
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  26. 4 points
    Marilyn is a total nightmare! Ugh she is so fake, awful and irritating, now she'll have her latest pity party now she and John have split up, word will get around the Bay and John will get the blame from everyone as usual whilst Marilyn laps up the support, she's so transparent. I know John has his flaws, but I so prefer him as a character and he'll be so better away from her. I feel sorry for the next man who gets with her because they'll have to put up with being constantly hounded by her cronies. I did feel for John when he had his fall, but I hope there's light at the end of the tunnel for him and that he moves on. Team Jasmine. She went away to clear her head (apparently that is wrong now too), she's emotionally/mentally all over the place and needs to seek help for her issues if she's to be allowed to see baby Grace again. I want light at the end of the tunnel for her more than anything. I didn't know Sam Frost was a RTV star before becoming an Actress, but she's been so fantastic since joining this show. I can't stand Tori/Justin anyway, but I do get their POV RE baby Grace, although Tori does send mixed messages to Jasmine and it's wrong. I really dislike Jasmine being called crazy... She's NOT crazy, just currently mentally ill and needs to deal with her grief about losing Robbo and their plans for the future being destroyed. Baby Grace is the only part of Robbo she has left, she's not helped herself with her behaviour at times, it's been wrong, but she's just in a mixed up place right now.
  27. 4 points
    How nice to celebrate 10 years of Leah and a further 10 years of a background character who occasionally plays with salad in the diner.
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  31. 4 points
    Home and Away to resume production
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    I've just sent off another periodic email to Angus Ross (I did send others after that last one mentioned on the site) - again asking about the presence of episodes from this batch on 7Plus; whether that means any of the issues had been ironed out; and if not, whether they could be added to 7Plus as an alternative like shows such as A Country Practice and Blue Heelers have been. The reply in full: Hi Dan, No update at this time unfortunately. The network has a few bigger financial issues to deal with first. Best, Angus So the official line is still that this particular batch of H&A will incur significant costs for some reason (moreso than the 1000+ eps of A Country Practice they're apparently in the process of uploading in full, and the 510 eps of Blue Heelers already on there).... As a follow up, whilst appreciating the issues Seven are facing at the mo, I again pointed out the confusion surrounding those eps on 7Plus and the ones repeated in the UK, and asked about the possibility of the run being picked up from the next batch of episodes as a last resort—presuming that one doesn't have the same issues. No reply as yet...
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  35. 4 points
    The most exciting thing Pippa ever did was change actress It has to be the most talked about recast in soap.
  36. 4 points
    This Week on Parata Wars: Ari: You're a tool! Tane: You're a tool! Gemma: Knock it off! Nikau: I'm outta here! *Australian voiceover* "Brought to you by Gala Bingo."
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  39. 4 points
    Alf & Martha's wedding was 6th February in Oz.
  40. 4 points
    We have the knack of asking the day before a decision is made! Increase to 3 episodes per week from 27th April
  41. 4 points
    It's so they can contribute to the hysteria by providing near 24/7 news coverage and scaring the bejesus out of everyone.
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