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EPISODE REVIEW: Kings: “The New King, Part II” (Episode 12, Series Finale)

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Man, is Saturday Night a bad night for this show, or what? Even I, who love it with an entirely inappropriate fervor, keep forgetting it’s even on, getting distracted by fireworks one night, and a Justice League Unlimited marathon the next. Talk about a show being consigned to outer darkness, it’s schedule is so remote that even those who love it frequently forget it exists. Such an undeserving exile.

In any event, forgive me for the delay. If it’s of any consolation, our favorite show goes out in fine fashion, at the top of its game all around.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Torchwood: “Children of Earth, Day 5” (Season 3, Episode 5)

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The thing is, when you’re young you’re indestructible - or at least you think you are - and you’re also somewhat emotionally cut off. You see and hear about bad things happening around the world, and it doesn’t affect you any more than hearing about a sale at JC Pennys. Yeah, it’s awful about all those kids in Africa/Eastern Europe/South America/Southeast Asia, but it’s only theoretically awful when you’re a fat, dumb, and happy adolescent or 20-something.

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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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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: 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: 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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TV MOVIE REVIEW: “Virtuality” (2009)

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Ah, the summer doldrums, when young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love and TV networks burn off their unsold pilots in an attempt to amortize their development costs. It’s romantic, really. We get a chance to meet and bond with characters that we’ll never see again, never get to know; we get a glimpse down a road the network, in it’s wisdom, decided not to travel down. We get to test the waters of what the suits think us hayseeds will like. We get a window in to which failed shows from the last few seasons the other suits feel are worthy of ripping off.

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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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