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DVD BOX SET REVIEW: Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray

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Star Wars has finally been released on blu-ray, but before you buy it (if you haven't already), there are a few things you might like to know. First of all, I highly recommend the set. Let's just get that out of the way right now. The film's look magnificent, restored to such crystal clarity that one would be hard pressed to tell their age. Even the original film looks like it was made within the last decade, and not almost 35 years ago. If you're a fan of the saga, there's nothing like watching it in HD. That said, let's examine the set a bit more closely.

Special Features:

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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "The Unusual Suspects" (Episode 10)

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On the day that I write this review, it has been 10 years and 9 days since September 11, 2001. In that period of time, we have seen airline passengers viewed by their government as common criminals and terrorists. Because a Muslim terrorist can, theoretically, look like anyone, all passengers are screened with X-rays or patted down like inmates. This type of paranoia was explored in this episode by featuring a shape-shifter Alpha who impersonated Dr. Rosen for most of the episode and even impersonated Gary for a short time.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Eureka: "One Giant Leap" (Season 4, Episode 20) Season Finale

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I tried to guess how the season is going to end, knowing the Eureka writers’ penchant for cliffhangers, and boy, my guesses are nowhere near the mark and what a hanger this cliff turned out to be.

Or maybe not so much, since within minutes of the episode’s ending, we get a sneak preview of next season that kind of kills off some of the suspense of who will be back or not. (I hate you, SyFy!)

To summarize the season-ender:

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Space Academy: “The Survivors of Zalon.” (Episode 1) 1977

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In the summer of 1977 I was ten years old, and already a fledgling geek, well conversant in the ways of TOS and Space: 1999 and Lost in Space, and Mantango: Fungus of Terror, and all manner of equally useless things. I hadn’t seen Star Wars yet, though, since I went to a Baptist school at the time, and they frowned on that kind of thing. (Both movies in general, and Star Wars in specific. They also had bad things to say about Fonzie.) I’d just discovered Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, as well. I’d even watched

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MOVIE REVIEW: "The Avengers" (1998)

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I was born in 1967, a few months before the beginning of the so-called "Summer of Love", almost a year after the "Summer of Not Supporting The Vietnam War Anymore" and just over a year prior to the famous "Summer of Venereal Diseases and Unwanted Pregnancies." Like many of my peers, I was raised more by television than by my parents. This wasn't their fault. They tried, but, hey, how could they compete with the myriad lures of Flipper, Gentle Ben, and Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home?

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EPISODE REVIEW: Eureka: "One Small Step" (Season 4, Episode 19)

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A freak accident with the FTL drive causes Deputy Andy to be stranded on Titan, and the Eureka folks race to get him back before the extreme environmental conditions do permanent damage on him. Meanwhile, Taggart is back, and when Taggart is around, some crazy scheme that may involve pretty much anything is bound to go out of control. In this case, it’s genetically-manipulated bats that literally crap acid. Of course, the bats cause this week’s mayhem in GD.

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MOVIE REVIEW: "Contagion" (2011)

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Contagion, if you don’t know, is a virus film. Not a virus like the posts on Facebook with the crazy demanding headlines and the semi-alluring thumbnails that none of my “friends” seem able to resist clicking on. It is an old school procedural that tracks a worldwide pandemic from patient zero all the way through to the (temporary) reprieve of a cure, and the loss of millions of lives in the interim.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Batman The Brave And The Bold: "Scorn of the Star Sapphire!" (Season 3, Episode 4)

Man, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Five months, by my count. You can sorta blame that on Cartoon Network’s dry spell on Fridays (can’t review if there’s nothing to review). So with the return of new episodes of Generator Rex and Batman, I guess I’m back on the job.

The Rundown:

Opener: Batman and Wonder Woman face off against Baroness Gunther for the life of Col. Steve Trevor.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” by Raymond F. Jones (1965)

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I may be the first person to have *Ever* reviewed this book. Hell, I may be the first person to even have read it in a decade or so. I, myself, have only read it twice in thirty-something years, though I’ve had it all that time. It’s pretty obscure, and fairly personal to me, so allow some gonzo journalism before we get to the actual review:

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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "Blind Spot" (Episode 9)

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Before I start the actual review of this episode, I would like to note that this episode featured Brent Spiner as a guest star. Brent Spiner (Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation) was, by far, the best actor on TNG, and I would like to see him more often in movies and television.

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