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EPISODE REVIEW: The Walking Dead: "Save the Last One” (Season 2, Episode 3)

Wow.

Ron Moore, eat your heart out. This show definitively earned its dark survival spurs this episode, bit by carefully laid bit.

We open with someone shaving his hair as a shower runs in the background. Not sure who it is until they finally reveal it to be Deputy Shane. Not sure when it is, either, after the flashback that started last week’s episode. But by the end of this episode we know—it’s heartbreakingly today.

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COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (IDW, Ongoing, Issues 1&2)

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Welcome to our first review of the new ongoing Star Trek comic book from IDW Publishing, a company that specializes in TV and movie tie-in comics such as GI Joe, Transformers and Ghostbusters, to name just a few of their genre titles. The series is set in the Abrams-verse of the 2009 movie and new timeline. The series is planned to reimagine TOS episodes for the new continuity as well as present new stories set in that timeline. Appropriately enough, the first story arc is an adaptation of the second pilot, or the first episode of the series that actually went to air, "Where No Man Has Gone Before".

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EPISODE REVIEW: The Walking Dead: "Bloodletting" (Season 2, Episode 2)

As you may recall, when last we left our band of survivors they were split up. The little girl, Sophie, was still missing. Aged mechanic Dale and T-Dog were holding down the base camp on the Interstate. Woodsy Darryl was leading the women back that way while searching for Sophie on the other side of the creek. And Sheriff Rick and Deputy Shane were scouring the church area with Rick’s son Carl in tow. They saw a deer, Carl approached it and got hit by a hunter’s bullet that went through the deer.

All in all, not a good day. So what now?

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COMIC REVIEW: “Star Trek: The Wristwatch Plantation” by Larry Niven (1982)

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I’m a huge fan of Larry Niven. Star Trek? Not so much. I don’t hate it, I just don’t care about it, in much the same way that I neither hate nor care about The Wonder Pets. It just sort of *is* and it’s clearly not meant for me, so I just kind of ignore it.

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DVD MOVIE REVIEW: Batman: Year One

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Wow. To be honest, that pretty much sums it up. I'm sitting here writing this as the end credits are rolling, and I'm finding myself at a loss for all words except, wow. I'm so at a loss for words that I really don't even know how to begin this review. I'm at a loss for words, of course, because the movie was that good. Very seldom am I blown away by a movie, but blown away truly is an apt description of the feeling this movie left me with.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Signs and Portents” (Season 1, Episode 13)

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The second flat-out great episode in a row, and a total barn-burner of a story at that. From this point on the story begins to move faster and with more impetus.

PLAY BY PLAY

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EPISODE REVIEW: Terra Nova: “The Runaway” (Episode 4)

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Tonight we found out a bit about the Sixers, but did we find a show actually worth watching? And if the show *IS* worth watching, does that mean anyone actually *will* watch it? “Terra Nova” has lost 19% of its audience in just 14 days, though obviously some of that probably was it being pre-empted by Baseball last week. Ratings for this episode - when they come out - will give a VERY strong indication of whether or not people were interested enough in this show for it to rebound, or if it was just a piece of gum that’s already lost its flavor and been forgotten about.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Thing (2011)

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The Thing was a 1982 science fiction/horror film directed by John Carpenter. It was based on a novella called "Who Goes There?" written by John W. Capmbell, jr. and originally published in 1938. The novella was first adapted as a motion picture in 1951 titled The Thing from Another World. Despite popular belief, John Carpenter's The Thing was NOT a remake of the 1951 film. More appropriately, it was an attempt to do a more accurate adaptation of the novella than the original movie had been. In that same vein, the new film is not a remake of the 1982 movie, nor is it another interpretation of the novella. Simply put, it is a prequel that couldn't have come up with a better name than just using the name of the original, The Thing.

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SATURDAY MORNING B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “First Spaceship on Venus” (1960, 1962)

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Our unintended streak of grade-zed films that were actually surprisingly kind of good comes to a crushing end this week with the odd case of a film that - in its original form - was probably pretty good, too, but ended up a horrible, horrible muddle of a mess. And boring, too!

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