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EPISODE REVIEW: Torchwood: “Children of Earth, Day 4” (Season 3, Episode 4)

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Welcome to Science Fiction Hell Week, Day Four. The kids VBS is over now, so less strain there, and I got some giddy good site-related news today that I can't really reveal yet, but suffice to say I'm surviving the daunting workload of the week, and am really enjoying watching and reviewing all this stuff.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Torchwood: “Children of Earth, Day 3” (Season 3, Episode 3)

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Does it make me a really bad person that I was never able to get in to Torchwood? Or, conversely, does the fact that I was unable to get in to Torchwood make me a really *good* person?

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EPISODE REVIEW: Warehouse 13: “Magnetism” (Episode 3)

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We’re all familiar with the Sophomore Slump, right? You’ve got your whole life to put together your first album, and only 18 months to come up with the second one, so it follows that it’ll be a bit lackluster. Of course if your first album is rather mediocre - as was the first album from Republibot 3.0 and the Republibot 3.0 Orchestra featuring Republibot 3.0, for instance - then it’s a bit easier to have a solid second showing.

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REVIEWS: EPISODE REVIEWS: Kings: “The New King, Part 1” (Episode 12)

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Man oh man oh man, trust the best show on TV not to go quietly to its death. Instead, the show hits the ground running, and never lets up for an hour, it deviates wildly from the source material, finds its own voice, and yet seems vaguely reminiscent of things we’ve seen before. True, in a week we’ll be done with this show forever, and that’s sad and frustrating, but when the episodes are this good it’s hard to care about our imminent Kings-less future.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Eureka: “Your Face or Mine” (Season 3, Episode 10)

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This was my second dedicated viewing of Eureka for the website here, and though I liked it fine last week, I find we’re solidly in sophomore slump territory this time out. It was enjoyable enough, I guess, but there were a lot of problems, the central mystery wasn’t very mysterious, the red herrings were actually walleyed bass, and the resolution was a bit Trek for my liking (“Oh, crap! We’ve only got three minutes left in the episode…ok, wave a magic wand and have everything be better again!”), but it felt sup-par. And kinda’ boring, really.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The Robinsons: Lost In Space: “Pilot” (2003)

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Every year there are dozens of pilot episodes made. These are essentially a working model or proof of concept episode for a potential new TV series. Some of these are fully-fledged episodes, and some are only partial-length. Others are feature length. Based on the strengths or weaknesses of these ‘proposals’, networks decide which new shows they’re going to pick up and which ones they’re not.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Macross: “Transformation” (Episode 5) AND Robotech: “Transformation” (Episode 5)

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It's a little tedious watching basically the same episodes back to back, but I'm really digging this project! It's fun revisiting old friends and adventures from a quarter century ago, and then comparing them to a less bowdlerized version.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Kings: “Javelin” (Episode 11)

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One of the perils and fun parts about basing a story on one of the best-known tales in all of literature is that virtually everyone knows where the beats are in the story, and what to expect. If you’re doing a half-assed job of it, that works to your disadvantage: the ending is written before the beginning, so what’s the point, after all? But if you’ve got a clue, if you’re a storyteller of some strength, this very same thing works to your advantage.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Eureka: “Welcome Back Carter” (Season 3, Episode 9)

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Well the name of the network may have inexplicably and illiterately changed, but the song about bizarrely programming their shows remains the same. Tonight Eureka returns after a TEN MONTH break right in the middle of it’s already ludicrously-short 14-episode season. Seriously, what are we? England? We’re doing half-season-long seasons now? And taking nearly a year off between episode 8 and episode 9 so we can show more episodes of Ghosthunters: Paramus Motel 6 and WWF Roidmonster Rumble? Gah.

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