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EPISODE REVIEW: The 100: “Twilight’s Last Gleaming” (Episode 5)

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Hey, everyone. Sorry this is late, but I literally forgot what day of the week it was. Had 4 doctor’s appointments this week alone, so my concentration is off. Anyway, rather than my normal gonzo meanderings let’s just jump into it:

ON EARTH:

 

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: “Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still” (Episode 6)

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Hoo boy. It’s an obvious joke, so I’m just gonna’ get it out of the way: that title really sounds like an add you’d find in “Home Video Magazine” circa 1980, doesn’t it? “Desiree Cousteau in…” There. We’re done. I was thinking about mentioning the ratings, but honestly we’re halfway done with the show next week, and that seems a better time to discuss it.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The 100: “Murphy’s Law” (Episode 4)

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Despite the gratuitous gore, last week’s episode was a big stride forward for this show, filling in backstory and giving us a focus and some reasonably complex characterization. It also saw a drop of nearly 400,000 viewers from the week before. And we’re down about 800,000 from the premier. This has nothing to do with storytelling (Which is improving) but simply whether or not people are watching. Which dictates whether or not the show will get a second season.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: “Hiding in the Light” (Episode 5)

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Here’s the thing: While the new Cosmos is certainly not a disaster by any stretch of the imagination, and while it’s been getting good reviews from the media at large, I’m not sure I buy it. The people I’ve spoken to in my daily capacity as a blogger and crazy person – some I know, and a whole lot more I don’t – all seem to feel disappointed by it. It’s not that it’s a bad show, it’s just that it’s not living up to its namesake. On any point you care to compare, music, writing, hosting duties, even as simple nostalgia, it suffers when put up against the same points in the original.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The 100: “Earth Kills” (Episode 3)

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On tonight’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica Meets Lost” we’re introduced to The Smoke Monster and The hatch. We’re also treated to a full-on Lostback, some needless gore and your typical Galactican dysfunction

 

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EPISODE REVIEW: The 100: “Earth Skills” (Episode 2)

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Sorry for the delay in reviewing this. I’ve had 3 doctors appointments in 2 days.

Anyway: We pick up exactly where we left off last week, with Jasper being run through with a spear, and the rest of team Clarke hauling ass away. Despite being clearly dead last week, Jasper isn’t dead this week, and they hear him scream. Rather than going to get him, they head back to the landing site for reinforcements (Probably a good move)

 

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EPISODE REVIEW: Cosmos – A Spacetime Odyssey: “When Knowledge Conquered Fear” (Episode 3)

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This episode bugged me a little bit for philosophical reasons I’ll get to a little later. Consider this full disclosure, so if I’m a little dour in this review you’ll know where it’s coming from.

 

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EPISODE REVIEW: The 100: “Pilot” (Episode 1)

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The latest entry in The CW network’s Angsty Teen High Concept Sweepstakes is “The 100.” Premise: 100 years after a nuclear war, the only survivors of humanity live in a space station called “The Ark.” As an attempt to find out if the earth is now viable for human habitation, they drop 100 impossibly attractive juvenile offenders on death row. The kids are expendable.

Well, at least there’s no vampires for a change.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: “Some of the Things That Molecules Do” (Episode 2)

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Last week I mostly bitched and moaned about how the Cosmos of 2014 wasn’t as good as the Cosmos of 1980. I expressed my disappointment at the music, the pacing, the lame design of the “Spaceship of the Imagination,” and the general lack of wonder and awe.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Cosmos – A Spacetime Odyssey: “Standing up in the Milky Way” (Episode 1)

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Thanks to Ganesha, I became aware that a sequel to Carl Sagan’s seminal “Cosmos” was going to premier last night (Sunday), on Fox of all places. My first impression was, “What, has Seth McFarlane run out of off-color gags?” But, no, that'll never happen. Seth is actually one of the producers of this, oddly enough. Also, Brannon Braga, “The Man Who Killed Star Trek,” is a producer. Disconcerting. On the other hand, it starred Neil DeGrasse-Tyson as our host/narrator, so, you know, not entirely without promise.

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