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The LEGO Movie

Awesome.

Where to begin? It’s got lots of LEGO and a dizzying array of jokes, some of which work and some of which don’t. It’s also got something kind of special these days—a mind. The LEGO Movie, of all things, has something to say. Something that even makes it science fiction of a sort (think a colorful, cute Matrix).  

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The Walking Dead: "After" (Season 4, Episode 9)

AMC’s hit zombie show is back from its holiday vacation, and the verdict is Not Bad.

 

Good, actually. There was even humor. This show has trouble with story arcs, but it’s got real visual flair and knows how to deliver on individual episodes. Perhaps I’m overly appreciative after watching Helix, but then… For God’s sake, people, I’ve been watching Helix!  

 

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Helix: "Aniqatiga"

This week’s line: “There are no mistakes, only missed opportunities.” Yep.

 

This show reminds me of Caprica at this point. It’s just so diffuse. There’s a difference between a coherent mystery that goes murky around the edges and a collection of mysteries (a new one every episode) that don’t really seem to relate. You can pretend they relate because they’re all in the same show, but at some point the audience stops buying it.

 

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Helix: "The White Room" (Season 1, Episode 5)

“Warm, gooey chocolate brownies.” It’s a medical treatment, didn’t you know?

 

The other memorable line from tonight’s episode came from a SyFy commercial for the show: “WTF is happening on Helix?” For a show with this kind of attention deficit disorder, that’s probably a line best avoided.

 

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Helix: "Single Strand" (Season 1, Episode 3)

This week’s honest-to-Gosh line of dialogue: “Maybe you’re not as dumb as you look.”

Nah, it is.

This show’s problem at this point is that it’s got too many mysteries. We don’t know enough about the antagonist(s) and the plot though line to support this amount of dramatic diffusion. It’s choppy. And people are acting dumb again.

We left off with Evil Military Guy (EMG) blowing up the satellite dish. We pick up with CDC hero Alan and Evil Dr. Hatake arguing in time to hear Alan say this: “Do you even know if this was an accident or intentional?”

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