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EPISODE REVIEW: Outcasts: “Episode 2” (Episode 2)

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Whups! Totally forgot about this show, and missed reviewing it “Live” last night. Sorry. My bad. Watched it on a friends’ DVR today, however, so I’m loaded for bear and ready to go.

You know what would be nice? Notice how this episode was entitled “Episode 2” and it is, in fact, the second episode? They did this with “Survivors” as well. Dull. Wouldn’t it be nice if “Episode 2” was in fact the third episode, or “Episode 5” was actually the eighth? Yeah, I know that’s stupid, but I got to thinking about that while I wasn’t being engaged by the story.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica: “The Hand of God” (Story 17, Series Finale)

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I’m tired. I’m a worn out kind of tired. I’m not sure why. The rest of these Galactica reviews were done months ago, but the wind went out of my sails after “Experiment in Terra.” That was a good enough episode, so we can’t blame it on that. “Take the Celestra” should have been a good episode, but coming on the big conclusion to the ’Terra’ arc, it felt like the train had lost an axle, you know? And here we are with the surprisingly glum, slow, and lifeless season/series finale.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Gauntlet” (Season 2, Episode 20, Series Finale)

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…and just like that, it ends. Not with a bang, not with a whimper, but with a profound silence that speaks off all that might have been, but never will. It’s a sad ending, a needless ending, but I see now what the producers meant: it’s a solid ending, and almost - if not quite - satisfying. This isn’t an ending, nor is it a cliffhanger in the way ‘Gate usually does ‘em, this is not a conclusion, but….but the story can rest here. As likely as not, it’ll never be revisited, as likely as not this is the end of Stargate forever, but we end with hope and silence.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Blockade” (Season 2, Episode 19)

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You know when the president (The current one, or just pick one you like) makes a State of the Union address, and then, when it’s done, the commentators basically tell you everything you just heard, as if you didn’t just hear it? I’ve sort of waxed and waned about how detailed my synopses should be. Generally I’ve erred on the side of comprehensiveness, but I’ve increasingly soured on that. I mean, I’ve gladly done it for going on three years now, but it’s tedious to do, and I imagine kind of boring to read.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Epilogue” (Season 2, Episode 18)

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Last time, as you recall, the Space Family Robinson had met up with the descendants of their own doppelgangers, who had been projected two thousand years back in time. They took the Descendants home to find their world, Novis, was dead. Tonight we pick up from that discovery…

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Common Descent” (Season 2, Episode 17)

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Firstly, let me apologize for the late review. Syfy once again shows their contempt for their viewers by randomly changing their schedule without any advance warning. (Advance warning in this case should probably be them knocking on my door, or at least calling, since I’m kind of inattentive) I had to stay up to watch the rebroadcast.

Secondly let me once again bemoan the death of this show, and take yet another stab at Syfy’s contempt for their audience (saying it twice gives it emphasis!). Seriously: This show has gotten pretty freakin’ good in the past few weeks.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “The Hunt” (Season 2, Episode 16)

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Just four episodes left until the third consecutive “Unending” of a Stargate series; and quite probably the last one for quite a while as well.

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A landing party is contemplating killing some space deer. It’s been 10 months since anyone’s had any meat. Greer and Scott go, but Greer can’t take the shot. A six-legged Cat/Bear thing attacks and injures a whole bunch of people, and drags off TJ and a redshirt.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Sym-Bionic Titan: “A New Beginning” (Episode 20, Series Finale)

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...And so it ends, not with a whimper, but with a bang. Granted, this isn’t the end anyone had wanted, but it is at least a solid end to the chapter before Cartoon Network decided to throw the rest of the novel away unread. If you haven’t been following the discussions on our site, the show has been cancelled, despite really strong ratings. The die was apparently cast about a month ago, rather abruptly, mid-week when they yanked it off the Monday Night schedule, and burned off the unaired episodes in the show’s own rerun spot on Saturday Mornings.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Seizure” (Season 2, Episode 15)

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I love this show. I’ve always liked it, but as I’ve grown more comfortable with the characters, and as the producers have grown more comfortable with the idea that they actually need to engage the audience, I’ve come to love it. I’m not blind to its failings: it still cranks out the occasional clunker, the last two weeks were rather poor. It has a vision, however, and isn’t it nice to be able to watch a show that actually gets a little bit better as it goes along, rather than the endless batches of shows that peak early, and waste everyone’s time while they take forever to bleed to death?

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EPISODE REVIEW: Sym-Bionic Titan: “The Metal Foe” (Episode 19)

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As we speed towards the end of the season, there are a number of distressing signs about this show’s future. It disappeared from the Friday night schedule for months, then, when it returned amidst no fanfare it was deposited (Dumped?) on Monday Nights. Last week it was pre-empted from the schedule to make room for a Johnny Test repeat; the decision was so abrupt that there apparently wasn’t time to inform the various TV Guides, who ended up mis-reporting what shows were going to air that night as a result.

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