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EPISODE REVIEW: Young Justice: “Welcome to Happy Harbor” (Episode 3)

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Following a visually impressive and very well directed premier/pilot/two-parter dealie, we finally get on ot the series. How will it hold up? I found the premier to be immediately gripping, but to my surprise I found it didn’t hold up to even two viewings, story-wise, even though the visuals were sumptuous and the animation was easily on par with WB’s straight-to-DVD movies. So where to from here? I’m very eager to find out.

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EPISODE REVIEW: GI Joe Renegades: “Dreadnoks Rising” (Episode 9)

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A few people have accused this show - not without some significant justification - of being effectively The A-Team. I don’t have a huge problem with that. The wandering outcast helping people while trying to clear his name is a longstanding American tradition, both in books, movies, and TV (The Incredible Hulk, The Fugitive, and any number of cop-on-the-run shows and westerns). I don’t have a huge problem with a format that works, provided it doesn’t become a straight jacket.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Young Justice: “Pilot” (Episodes 1 and 2)

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This is another one I’m unsure about. I don’t know if we have the manpower to review this series when it starts its regular run or not, but I thought I’d give it a shot, what with it being a slow night and all.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Murder on the Rising Star” (Story 12)

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A lot of people decry this episode as one of the weaker ones, but it’s also the one I’ve probably seen least from the series. In fact, I never saw it in its uncut entirety until I got the DVD set. Weak it may be, but it’s a whole lot better than “The Long Patrol” or “The Magnificent Warriors.” I’m up in the air about “The Young Lords.” That was pretty terrible all around, but the eye-popping production values make up for it.

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EPISODE REVIEW: GI Joe Renegades: “Rage” (Season 1, episode 8)

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Short review tonight because I’ve got the flue or pleurisy or demonic possession or something awful going on and every part of my body aches. Also: I shiver. A lot.

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After yet another narrow get away, the Joes decide to hit a thrift shop and buy some duds to be a bit less conspicuous. While there, a guy named Steeler flies into a rage and tries to kill a local priest. It’s a Chicago thing, I guess. Duke contains the situation, and they take Steeler to a doctor, who reveals there have been a number of similarly-afflicted vets: Rage, followed by coma.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Caprica: An Overview of the Final Five Episodes

As most of you know, a combination of broken DVR, house full of sick kids, and by basic inattention to previews all conspired to keep me from watching the "Caprica Burn Off Marathon" the other night. (Or, indeed, even having been aware of it until R2 called me up twenty minutes before it hit the air)

I will get around to reviewing them as soon as the CDC lifts the quarantine on my house, and they let us all out of our respective plastic bubbles, but this is just too big of a deal to let slide for a week ago. I asked our readers for help.

Flabbergasted stepped in, striding the earth like a titan. Not only did he pinch hit for me when I fumbled the ball (Mixaphorically speaking), but he didn't just crank out crap: His review/reviews are really, really good.

Check 'em out under the jump.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Star Blazers: "Paladin" (Season 1, Episode 6)

Episode Six plays out like a quick stop off at a Chevron on a long road trip. The crew is running out of a substance called “Titanite” and they need to stop off at one of Saturn’s moons named Titan to get some, which makes sense because everyone knows Titanite can only be found on Titan. The problem is the moon Titan is one of Jupiter’s moons – not Saturn’s, but let’s not let astronomy get in the way of this great story line.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Fathers” (Episode 13)

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We pick up with the cliffhanger fight from the previous episode. Ian gets all psycho ninja on some gnomes, and escapes. CJ is having second thoughts about betraying her friends, but she feels loyalty to her dad as well. Headmaster assures her that Gabe has “A shadow” over on West Campus. Ian finds out about Gabe and attempts to rescue him, but gets lost and meets a creepy guy in the tunnels who looks more than coincidentally like The President from this episode of The Prisoner:

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Snitch” (Episode 12)

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Though there was a slight up-tick of a hundred thousand votes or so last week, things don’t look at all good for the future of Tower Prep. The ratings are weak, promotional support by Cartoon Network has been virtually nonexistent for the last couple months, and the fact that they’ve been burning the episodes off two at a time during a period when most of their audience is on vacation and viewership is traditionally way down STRONGLY suggest that the die has been cast.

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