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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Trust” (Episode 11)

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Our second episode of the night:

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Ian’s had enough. He and the team plan to escape: 1) Hoard food 2) Use the translator to escape Gnomes 3) make a rope 4) climb over the wall 5) Get the heck out of dodge. Of course all of this has to go horribly wrong pretty quickly, right?

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Phone Home” (Episode 10)

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Oh, this can’t be good, can it? A low-rated 12-episode series, and they’re burning off two of the remaining episodes per night? Not good at all. Our rapid - and completely undeserved - march to the grave commences tonight.

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EPISODE REVIEW: GI Joe Renegades: “Return of the Arashikage, Part 2” (Episode 5)

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Ever notice how the second part of a two-parter is never as good as the first?

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We pick up exactly where we left off, with the Joes in a burning log cabin, and Stormshadow hauling Jinx off.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Dreams” (Episode 9)

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Before we jump into tonight’s episode, let’s discuss our options as to a second season. Paul Dini, the series creator said that he really wanted two or more seasons, but he also said that he built the series with a solid end to the first chapter. In other words, everything won’t be resolved, but we won’t feel cheated with a million dangling threads like when Firefly was killed. It’ll be more like the ends of Defying Gravity and Kings: an ending that is really just a beginning of other stories which, alas, we’re never gonna’ get to see.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “The Man With Nine Lives” (Story 11)

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Man, I’ve got to write these things shorter. Granted, the last Galactica ep had a ton of important stuff in it to cover, but still it ran seven pages! I’ve got to find a way to do these things without killing myself or my fingers.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Generator Rex: “Payback” (Episode 21)

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The good news is that this isn’t the finale of Generator Rex. We’ve got five more episodes to go this season. The even better news is that Generator Rex has been picked up for a second season. Oddly, however, tonight’s story feels like the end of a chapter.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “Absolute Power” (Episodes 19 and 20)

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This season of Ben 10 has been an odd experiment. Rather than a season-long story or a bunch of standalones, we’ve had three somewhat uneven arcs that feed into each other. In the first, Aggregor is introduced as a new arch nemesis working largely behind the scenes. In the second, Aggregor is in open conflict with Team Ben. He’s defeated, but Kevin goes off the deep end in the process. The third arc - which concludes tonight - is all about Kevin’s fall. The show has gotten dark, at least by Ben 10 standards. So how will it end?

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EPISODE REVIEW: GI Joe Renegades: “Return of the Arashikage, Part 1” (Episode 4)

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I can’t help but think it’s a bit early to be revealing all the mysteries surrounding Snake Eyes. The show hasn’t quite earned my faith that they’re rushing to establish all this for some larger arc-driven purpose down the road. Just the same, this was a really good episode. I really enjoyed watching it, even if it didn’t quite allay my fears.

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(Delayed) EPISODE REVIEW: Eureka: “O Little Town” (Season 4, Episode 10)

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Meanwhile, over in the (Slightly) less stupid corner of the Warehouse 13 universe…

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Sheriff Carter is bored, and buttonholes some kids into having to listen to his Christmas story:

The force field over Eureka is sketchy, and no one can get in or out. Carter can’t go visit his brothers in danelaw, and Zoe is trapped in town as well. But since she’s Zoe, this amounts to nothing, so we’ll just ignore her.

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(Delayed) EPISODE REVIEW: Warehouse 13: “Secret Santa” (Season 2, Episode 13)

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First of all, sorry for the delay. I’m basically off duty this week, and, well, you know. Stuff happens. Or in this case stuff fails to happen, I guess. In any event, this isn’t my normal beat, so bear with me if I miss a few subtle points.

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