TL;DR – There is a lot of promise here that unfortunately falls flat at every turn.
Score – 2 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Review – Some genres really excite me when I get to see them, and one of those is when you crash fantasy and science fiction together. It is a delicate balance to get right, but when you do, it is grand. So a story where all the tales of fairies and such are real and they still live, but in high-tech cities under the Earth, well you have me intrigued. But you need to do something more than just intrigue, which is where we fall flat from almost the start.
So to set the scene, we open in on Fowl Manor in Ireland, who is currently under siege, by the press and police. As the police arrest a Mulch Diggums (Josh Gad) and take him to a black site for integration, he speaks of magic as it is real, to the amusement of everyone. However, as he continues he lets everyone know, it is not Artemis Fowl Sr (Colin Farrell) they should be concerned with, but his son Artemis Fowl (Ferdia Shaw). Artemis is just a kid, a brilliant kid, what threat could he be? Because isn’t it the father, the thief, that is the real threat, or is there something darker at play?
TL;DR – Today we chart every
location visited during 19 seasons of Grand
Designs as well as Grand Designs
Abroad and Grand Designs Indoors.
Today we are exploring something of a guilty pleasure for me. I don’t know why
I love watching these majestic houses come together from scratch given I will likely
never be in a position to be able to afford something like that, but all being
said and done, I have watched and loved every episode of Grand Designs.
Whether it is host Kevin McCloud and his constant trepidations until he sees
that final house and it all snaps together. Whether it is that moment the sad
music plays because the glazing has held everything up for 6 months or that
time when the sad music played in the first 5 minutes of the show and I was not
ready for it. Or whether it is the sheer gumption of these people powering
through an English winter and never quite getting in before Christmas, well at
least the Christmas that they planned. I simply adore it all.
Recently I had some time set aside and I was catching up on all the episodes
that I had missed and I started to wonder what the geographical spread of all
the locations would be. Are they all in Sussex, because they felt like that
where all in Sussex? Well, it dawned on me that you know, there was something
you could do about that and here we are.
Now time for the quick formalities before we start. All of these dots should be
considered at best estimations rather than exact locations. Quite often you
know roughly where the location of the house in question is, and other times
you know it is somewhere in Devon and you have to make the best guess. So, let’s
dive into the world of Grand Designs.