Retrospeculative TV

REROSPECULATIVE TV: Salvage 1: “Salvage” (TV Movie) 1979

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Welcome to my final “Retrospeculative TV” review. I had always intended to do more of these, but reviewing an entire series gets kind of grueling after a while, particularly when you're kind of burned out on the show, and when you know no one is reading anyway. After taking a substantial break, I decided to resume my coverage of Babylon 5, working my way through Season 3, and possibly on to the end of the show.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Jericho: Every Freakin’ Spoiler Ever

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Now that I’ve actually reviewed the show in an uncharacteristically restrained fashion, I’ll tell anyone interested – but not interested enough to watch it – what happened. I find it’s easiest and most coherent to do this in chronological order, not the order things are revealed in the show.
• 1876 – The Town of Jericho, Kansas is founded.
• 1942-1945 – “Grandpa” Green (First name never given) is an Army Ranger during World War II
• 1947 – Johnston Green born. His father is the unnamed “Grandpa” Green.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: The Six Million Dollar Man: “Wine, Women and War” (Second Pilot Movie)

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I recently learned that the word “Godawful” is actually very rude. It’s actually Victorian slang for “God damn awful.” I’ve been saying a horrible thing without realizing it since I was a little kid. I’ll have to stop using that word, or be very judicious with it from here on out.

With that in mind: This is a Godawful movie.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Macross II: “Ishtar” (Episode 2)

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Back on earth following the Zentradi attack, Hibiki stashes the hot fan service girl with his creepy transexual friend “Mash,“ then heads to the network and turns over the footage Dennis shot to his boss. He’s informed that there’s a blackout on coverage of the battle until the UN Spacey makes an official statement. Hibiki rolls with this.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: The Tick: What have We Learned?

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Since I've been working on "B5" reviews for such a long time, it's been a while since we've actually *finished* a series. When we do finish one, however, we like to do a little overview, reflecting on the series as a whole, and deciding what we think of it, good or bad, reflecting on its many merits or weak spots. It's a time for introspection and judicious artistic criticism. Usually. In this case, though, the show just sucks so there's no need for that.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Macross II: "Contact" (Episode 1)

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Once upon a time, there was an anime series called “Macross.” This was pretty much the best thing humans have done since we climbed down out of the trees. Yeah, granted, the last six episodes were kinda’ weak, but the thirty prior to that were varying degrees of amazing. “Macross” was exposed to American audiences in a somewhat adumbrated fashion as the first third of “Robotech” in 1985, but it was still pretty amazing.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “The Fall of Night” (Season 2, Episode 22)

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Following the Cylon sneak attack that destroyed their homeworld, the last battlestar, Galactica, leads a lonely quest to…oh, wait, I meant “Centauri” and not Cylon. And it’s a Narn heavy cruiser, not the other thing. Sorry.

Anyway, when the war ended, there was one Narn warship unaccounted for. It shows up at B5, exhibiting *really* bad timing.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: The Tick: “The Big Leagues” (Episode 9, or possibly 7)

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Tick and Arthur are invited to join The Superhero League, which upsets Captain Liberty since they only accept white dudes. (And Arthur, who’s Jewish, yet surprisingly that doesn’t come up in this episode). The League is run by “The Champion,” a not-particularly-well-cast Superman type. Meanwhile, Cap decides to sue the League for discrimination, and ends up hiring a lawyer who is, in fact, the secret identity of The Champion. Hilarity utterly fails to ensue.

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