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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Believers” (Season 1, Episode 10)

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Last week I pointed out that B5 was tackling territory already well-traveled by Trek, and yet it did it in a much better fashion. This week does it again, and in a much better fashion still. I’ve long grumbled that TNG refused to take a non-didactic, non-preachy angle on *any* issue, and as such there was little or no drama, little or no risk, no moral ambiguity, and ultimately little-or-no meaning. The show was, as a whole, an exercise in “Luring intellectuals into believing what they already know to be true.” (To quote They Might Be Giants).

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EPISODE REVIEW: Torchwood Miracle Day: "The Middle Men" (Season 4, episode 6)

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Torchwood starts to fight back.

The news is discussing the “45Club.” The “45 Club” are people who leap off a the 45th floor of a building. That huge decent is the only way they can assure becoming unconscious and technically death.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Torchwood Miracle Day: “The Categories of Life” (Season 4, Episode 5)

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Death panels to the extreme.

Dr. Vera Juarez is looking for the medical board meetings. A secretary tells her that the proposal has moved forward and that the meetings are no longer needed. Dr. Juarez asks what proposal. The secretary says there is no longer just life and death; there are now three categories of life. These categories are based on an idea Dr. Juarez had for emergencies, treat the less serious cases first and then get to the more severe.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Torchwood Miracle Day: "Escape to LA" (Season 4, episode 4)

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Something more sinister.

Esther sits in front of a seemingly abandoned house. It is actually her sister’s house. Esther checks on her sister, who is extremely paranoid, and her nieces. Worried for her nieces’ safety and with tears in her eyes, Esther calls social; services to get them to check on the family. While Esther is there, she is being watched by someone (C. Thomas Howell). He is working with whoever was leading CIA Director Freidkin and the Triangle. He, henceforth the Follower, is told to follower her to Jack, get him, and do what he wants with everyone else.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Falling Skies: "Mutiny" and "Eight Hours" (Episodes 9 and 10)

So we end as we began, with two distinct episodes crammed together into a two-hour event. Alas, it felt like a bit of a step back. The finale seems all the more like a science fiction show written by people not very familiar with science fiction. Another thing of note is how many potentially interesting scenes happen off camera. Are they determined to prove this is a character drama first? Limited budget? Tunnel vision while writing? I don’t know, but it was very noticeable in the second hour.

But just to keep me in my place, here’s the ratings downlow:

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EPISODE REVIEW: Outcasts: “Episode 8” (Episode 8, Series Finale)

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This is gonna’ be a kind of threadbare review because my carpal tunnel is absolutely killing me. I apologize in advance, but since no one much seems to care about this show, and since the series was cancelled before the first episode hit the air, and since it ends with a cliffhanger that will never be resolved, I doubt anyone will mind.

PLAY BY PLAY

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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "Rosetta" (Episode 4)

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This episode involves a terrorist network that intends to explode a gasoline tanker truck at a pharmaceutical company that produces a drug that it believes will either stop or reduce the number of children born with Alpha talents. Like most terrorist organizations, the group, called Red Flag, naively believes that it has the power to stop companies and corporations from undertaking an undesirable action. The underlying motivation for Red Flag is that they believe that being an Alpha is not a curse but a blessing. A similar motivation is also present among members of Deaf culture.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Falling Skies: "What Hides Beneath" (Episode 8)

It did pick up some this week. That's a relief I'm actually curious to see what it's selling in the finale next week.

"What Hides Beneath"

What hid beneath last week was a crappy episode. How’s this week? Better. It even has some twists, although it’s still not going to be ground breaking to people who have read and/or watched a fair amount of science fiction.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Young Justice: "Targets" (Episode 10)

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Episode 10, “Targets”, opens with a live news cast covering an attempted treaty between North and South Rhelasia. From the looks of things that attempt is quickly failing so a neutral (wink wink) mediator has been called in. As we speculate along with reporter who it could be we are all shocked to discover that it is Lex Luthor.

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