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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Star Blazers: "Jupiter's Floating Continent" (Season 1, Episode 5)

The Argo is on its way to Jupiter. My second favorite plant next to earth, because we have oxygen, Mountain Dew, Star Craft 2, and sunflower seeds.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Transformers Prime: “Darkness Rising, Part 1” (Episode 1)

The new “Transformers” series starts out this week with the very 80s strategy of a five-part miniseries. This is one of those franchises we generally tend to ignore (Yet inexplicably we generally fall all over ourselves for GI Joe), but Republiboy (Age 12) has stepped forward to cover the series for us.

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EPISODE REVIEW: GI Joe Renegades: “The Descent (Parts 1 and 2)” (Episodes 1 and 2)

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I don’t know that we’re going to cover this show regularly, but as I’ve always had an inexplicable thing for GI Joe (Which sucks out loud more than half the time, but I still love it), and as none of our regular shows are running tonight, I thought I’d give it a shot. I actually liked it quite a bit.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Visitation” (Season 2, Episode 9)

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The up/down/up/down, but still generally rather pathetic overall ratings continue, with last week down about 50,000 viewers from the week before, and the previous week up about 107,000 over the week previously, which was itself down about 45,000 viewers from the weak before that. The numbers are hovering around one million a week, up a tick, down a tick. This is bad. Essentially, it means that MGM is paying about two dollars per person watching the show. A buck an eye, half off for cyclopses. Not as bad as Caprica, of course, but not far better.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Book Report“” (Episode 6)

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The show finally decides to bring the funny. It mostly works, even

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Michael Shanks, who’s had an unfortunate eye-lift, tells the kids to read “The Odyssey” since there’s a major test on it coming. Of course, they blow off until the last minute, two weeks pass in a pretty funny montage of procrastination, and they realize in shock they’ve only got twenty four hours to read and learn the book prior to the test. If they fail the test, they’ll fail the class, and if they fail the class they have to keep re-taking it until they graduate.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “War of the Gods” (Story 10)

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With this episode, Galactica suddenly figures out what it is, and what it wants to be. Up to this point, the show has been scrambling to make deadlines, and just throwing crap on the air without much thought. Suddenly they start planning ahead, settling in for a long haul, which never materialized. Suddenly they’re taking major chances, stepping away from things that have been over done, and exploring the unique potential of the series in ways that even the RDM Galactica series never did.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The Venture Brothers: “Operation: Prom” (Season 4, Episode 16)

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WARNING: THIS IS AN EXTRA-FILTHY REVIEW OF AN EXTRA-FILTHY EPISODE OF A SERIES THAT WAS ALREADY EXTRA-FILTHY TO BEGIN WITH. READ AT YOUR OWN PERIL!

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EPISODE REVIEW: Generator Rex: “Promises, Promises” (Episode 19)

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An above-average Friday night on Cartoon Network comes to a close, with yet another episode featuring a significant flashback, and one that answers many a lingering question. It’s a darn good episode from start to finish, even if it isn’t up to the giddy final moments of tonight’s Sym-Bionic Titan episode.

Seriously: Best use of Space Age Love Song, ever.

But as that’s not in this episode, let’s get on to the recap.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Sym-Bionic Titan: “Lessons In Love” (Episode 10)

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You know, curiously, whenever I’ve hear “Space Age Love Song” by A Flock of Seagulls, I’ve always thought of a happy cheerleader in love with a machine dancing down the street at night while a giant alien and a huge mighty fighty robot duke it out in the background. If you’re at all like me - and face it, you really are, far moreso than you’re willing to admit - then you’ve had that same odd association. And now, thanks to the miracle that is Sym-Bionic Titan, my friends, all our dreams can be realized.

Seriously: Best use of Space Age Love Song, ever.

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