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EPISODE REVIEW: Warehouse 13: "Pilot" (Episode 1)

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Shortly before a presidential reception at the Smithsonian, one of the conservators pricks his thumb on an ancient aztec bloodstone (Really it looks more Olmec to me). He goes goofy and decides to kill the president, but one of the agents at the shindig notices the bloodstone is, well, bloody, and decides to get it out of there on a hunch. Meanwhile an agent named Mica (She's a chick) takes down the knife-wielding maniac. In the basement, the guy meets another guy named Artie who puts a mohawk on the bloodstone, there's some lights, and everything is better.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Macross: “Lynn Minmei”( Episode 4) AND Robotech: “The Long Wait” (Episode 4)

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As Hikaru points out, it’s really been a busy day. In less than 24 hours he went from being a 17-year old orphan visiting his old flight instructor at the launch of the Macross, to fighting alien invaders, to flying in space, to getting lost and trapped inside an unused portion of the derelict starship.

This episode gives us a chance to catch our breaths. Perhaps a bit too much.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Kings: “Chapter One” (Episode 10)

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If last week was all about hope, this episode is about the death thereof. The king, once so open to the future, trusting, and full of promise, has seen his faith betrayed and learned that no matter how he may wrestle with David’s destiny, the future has no place for Silas. Once again closed off, and all the more tragic for it having shown his heir the soul of the man beneath the crown, he seamlessly shifts gears in to defensive mode, protecting what he sees as rightfully his. And as with all megalomaniacs, what the king sees is his is everything…

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EPISODE REVIEW: Macross: “Space Fold” (Episode 3) AND Robotech: “Space Fold” (Episode 3)

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We pick up exactly where we left off last week, with Roy flying back to the Macross. Hikaru is still catatonic on the ground, so Roy checks in with Misa to explain the situation - about Hikaru being a civlian, the mess-up that got him involved in the fight, and so on. Misa is furious. Roy heads back. There’s still a lot of fighting going on all around the island. Global and the bridge crew wonder why the aliens are toying with them - clearly they’ve got the firepower to simply destroy them and be done with it.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Kings: “Pilgrimage” (Episode # 9)

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Eros, Agape, Phileo, Platonic, Paternal, Maternal, Uplifting, Pure, Forbidden, Eternal, Fleeting and so many others - there are a million different kinds of love, and really none of ‘em make a bit of sense, and they all have one thing in common: love can be damned inconvenient on occasions.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Kings: “The Sabbath Queen” (Episode 8)

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IN THE PAST:
five years ago? Ten? - Gath is massing their forces on the border and Princess Michelle is very sick - evidently with cancer - and is at deaths door, and King Silas can not concentrate. He is beside himself with grief, and near

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EPISODE REVIEW: Macross: “Boobytrap” (Episode 1) AND Robotech: “Boobytrap” (Episode 1)

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We’ve set out to go through the entire Macross franchise in chronological order here, and we just got through the first chapter: Macross Zero, a 5-episode miniseries which served as a prequel to the show that started it all, “Macross.” Whereas “Macross Zero” came out between 2002 and 2004, the original show came out in 1982/83.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Kings: “Brotherhood” (Episode 7)

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The best Science Fiction series of 2009 lurches back from the grave, zombie-like, while NBC burns off it’s remaining unaired episodes. It’s strange to think that this was once considered the replacement for “ER,” before cooler heads prevailed. Just ten months ago, this show was eagerly, excitedly touted by the network as “The Next Lost,” and they gladly plunked down $4 million per episode on a twisty, turny, weird biblically-derived alternate history the likes of which American TV has never seen before. Nor, I don’t doubt, will we ever see anything like it again. Which is our loss, all our losses: the network, the viewing public, even the world if we factor in the overseas markets. Sad to see it walking-dead like this, lumbering from one grave to another, from hiatus to cancellation. It deserved better, and, once again, I’m annoyed with NBC - all too common in recent years - and their mad drive to outfox FOX in becoming the place where brilliant high-concept shows go to be brutally neglected and beaten to death by drooling troglodytes who call themselves executives.

But, shameful affront to genre, cast, crew and audience aside, “How was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?”

I’m happy you asked: Pretty damn good, actually! Pretty damn good indeed!

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EPISODE REVIEW: Iron Man:Armored Adventures: “Ancient History 101” (Episode 9)

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Iron man’s unexpected winning streak continues with what is unquestionably my favorite episode of the series so far. I initially decided to start reviewing this series on a lark, since Marvel is woefully underrepresented on our site (Owing mostly to the fact that I don’t really like it, and the guys on here who do like it don’t wanna’ write about it), but Iron Man is really the only Marvel Hero who works for me (I think mainly because Rocket Red was so woefully under-used in the DC universe).

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