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EPISODE REVIEW: Eureka: “Founders’ Day” (Season 4, Episode 1)

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In typical Sci-Fi/Syfy behavior, there’s been a ten-month gap between the end of last season and the start of this one. As such, some review is in order: When last we saw Eureka ( http://www.republibot.com/content/episode-review-eureka-%E2%80%9Cwhat-go... ), Zoe had gone off to college with her annoying boyfriend, Tess took a new job in Australia, and that’s pretty much that. Ok, admittedly not all that much to catch up with, but still…

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Human” (Season 1, Episode 14)

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It’s backstory city here on SGU tonight: We have two parallel plots running, the first, and more important being an extended semi-flashback in which we watch the things that turned Rush (A person) into Rush (An evil scheming jackass). In the other one, we’ve got a fairly standard peril-on-a-planet-with-the-clock-ticking plot. Both take a rather surprising turn, which is becoming the calling card for this series, and really has always been a trademark of the SG franchise, if we’re honest.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Faith” (Season 1, Episode 13)

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I’m still kind of struggling to find the best format for these reviews. Oh, sure, I could - and in fact generally do - slap together a recap, and tack some observations on the end, but that’s really boring to read and frankly pretty darn dull to write (Though I do enjoy the snark in some of the crappier series we review). I feel - in my case, anyway, I can’t speak for the others that write for the site - that it shows a lack of imagination, and also a lack of appreciation for the series themselves. Or at least the good ones, which deserve a little more insight.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Divided” (Season 1, Episode 12)

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It’s seeming more and more like the long slow burn of the first half of the season was justified!

PLAY BY PLAY

Chloe has a bad dream set to a vaguely grungy minor-key song that probably would have seemed really edgy and impressive circa 1996, but it’s just dated, manipulative, and kind of slow now. Afterwards she has a talk with Rush, who’s also been having the same alien-related nightmares.
“Everyone thinks it’s over, that we’re safe, but it’s not over is it?”
“No, it’s not.”

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate: Universe : “Space” (Season 1, Episode 11)

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SGU returns, and really not a moment too soon. Actually, I don’t know what I mean by that, it just came out. Certainly I’ve been missing the show, certainly I’ve been looking forward to seeing new episodes, but there is a strange feeling of relief involved in the show coming back which I hadn’t realized I had until now. I wonder why that is? Certainly there’s no shortage of other SF shows on the air right now.

Ah well.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Caprica: “Know Thy Enemy” (Episode 6, or possibly 7 depending on who you’re talking to)

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As predicted, Caprica’s ratings rebounded some last week, despite it being a somewhat sub-par episode. Interestingly, they still came in a hair beneath “Reins of a Waterfall” two weeks ago. I’d have figured they’d have surpassed it by a fair margin. Ah well. In any event, the doomed “Little Show that Can’t” did manage to far-exceed its series low two weeks ago for “Gravedancing.” So is this their comfort level? Will the ratings hold at 1.12 million-ish per week?

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EPISODE REVIEW: Caprica: “There Is Another Sky” (Episode 5)

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Ratings-wise, Caprica has been a Mister Toad’s Wild Ride of awfulness thus far. From a mediocre debut of 1.6 million viewers, we’ve dropped an average of 200,000 viewers every week. How low can it go? Well, pretty darn low, it seems. Last week’s rather bizarre bit of counter programming - running a show no one cares about (Caprica) against a show everyone cares about (The Olympics) - went about as well as you’d expect. Just like I called it last Friday, ratings were significantly below one million viewers, and I’m pretty convinced a whole bunch of them were Croatians in town to support their team for the luge completion, who don’t speak the language, and mistook Caprica City for Vancouver (They do look a lot alike).

Now, as hilarious and entertaining as it normally is to watch a show drop 630,000 viewers in a month, I’m actually a little bit bummed since I’m really kinda’ digging the show while they’re digging their own grave.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Caprica: “Reins of a Waterfall” (Episode 4)

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 I’m typing this with one hand, but not for the reasons you’d normally expect on the internet: I pulled my right pinkie muscle taking out the trash a couple hours back, and it hurts like crazy to bend it. Fortunately, I’m a leftie, but it’s stll hard to do and slow. Thus this review will be terser than most, and will probably lack capitalization. It’s kafka-esqe, only dumber an more pointless, if that’s possible. Let’s find out together shall we? I’ll also probably leave in any minor typos so I can get this up in a reasonable amount of time. Lets all agree to find that charming and move on, shouldn’t be too hard in a world of text messaging hotentos, right? 

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JUST A LITTLE HEADS UP FOR OUR REGULAR READERS: Caprica vs. Dollhouse

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Owing to deliberate (And stupid) counterprogramming by Syfy, the series finale of "Dollhouse" and the first real episode of "Caprica" are running at the same time on different networks. This isn't even remotely a tough call: I'm watching Dollhouse. It's a better show, and its grand farewell is big news. I'll have the review up here tonight, no problem.

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