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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Fathers” (Episode 13)

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We pick up with the cliffhanger fight from the previous episode. Ian gets all psycho ninja on some gnomes, and escapes. CJ is having second thoughts about betraying her friends, but she feels loyalty to her dad as well. Headmaster assures her that Gabe has “A shadow” over on West Campus. Ian finds out about Gabe and attempts to rescue him, but gets lost and meets a creepy guy in the tunnels who looks more than coincidentally like The President from this episode of The Prisoner:

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Snitch” (Episode 12)

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Though there was a slight up-tick of a hundred thousand votes or so last week, things don’t look at all good for the future of Tower Prep. The ratings are weak, promotional support by Cartoon Network has been virtually nonexistent for the last couple months, and the fact that they’ve been burning the episodes off two at a time during a period when most of their audience is on vacation and viewership is traditionally way down STRONGLY suggest that the die has been cast.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Trust” (Episode 11)

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Our second episode of the night:

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Ian’s had enough. He and the team plan to escape: 1) Hoard food 2) Use the translator to escape Gnomes 3) make a rope 4) climb over the wall 5) Get the heck out of dodge. Of course all of this has to go horribly wrong pretty quickly, right?

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Phone Home” (Episode 10)

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Oh, this can’t be good, can it? A low-rated 12-episode series, and they’re burning off two of the remaining episodes per night? Not good at all. Our rapid - and completely undeserved - march to the grave commences tonight.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Dreams” (Episode 9)

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Before we jump into tonight’s episode, let’s discuss our options as to a second season. Paul Dini, the series creator said that he really wanted two or more seasons, but he also said that he built the series with a solid end to the first chapter. In other words, everything won’t be resolved, but we won’t feel cheated with a million dangling threads like when Firefly was killed. It’ll be more like the ends of Defying Gravity and Kings: an ending that is really just a beginning of other stories which, alas, we’re never gonna’ get to see.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Field Trip” (Episode 8)

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I’m taking a break from my staycation* to review this show. I’ll pick up the reviews of Warehouse 13 and Eureka as well, but those’ll be delayed, probably until Thursday.

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According to legend, some years ago there was a Tower Prep student named “Phillips,” who tried to escape. He nearly made it to the wall, but was captured and presumably eaten by a monster called “Redfang.” It’s a ghost story students tell each other around the fireplace, but it’s unclear if anyone takes it seriously.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Election” (Episode 7)

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One of the more overtly allegorical episodes of “The Prisoner” is called “Free For All.” In it, the titular Prisoner is cajoled into running for office. At first he intends to do it just to destroy the system and set everyone free, but as the race progresses he gets more and more into the whole thing, and when he wins, he honestly thinks maxims like ‘Obey me and be free’ make sense. He tries to run the place his way, and is immediately slapped down by those in charge. Why?

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Book Report“” (Episode 6)

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The show finally decides to bring the funny. It mostly works, even

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Michael Shanks, who’s had an unfortunate eye-lift, tells the kids to read “The Odyssey” since there’s a major test on it coming. Of course, they blow off until the last minute, two weeks pass in a pretty funny montage of procrastination, and they realize in shock they’ve only got twenty four hours to read and learn the book prior to the test. If they fail the test, they’ll fail the class, and if they fail the class they have to keep re-taking it until they graduate.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “The Rooks” (Episode 5)

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Say, that was actually pretty good, wasn’t it? I admit I wasn’t terribly jazzed about tonight’s ep. “Oh boy, stupid frat boys doing stupid frat boy things…spooooooooky.” Big frackin’ deal. But it actually ended up probably being the best episode of the season.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “Buffer” (Episode 4)

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Back in “The Prisoner” there was a hokey made-up, nonsensical game in The Village called “Kosho.” It was supposed to represent all the martial arts at once - karate, boxing, acrobatics, pugil-sticks, all that kind of stuff. It’s the kind of thing that probably sounded pretty cool, but in actual practice it was just two guys wearing a lot of padding hopping around between trampolines whacking at each other with sticks. It was pretty incomprehensible and random, and they quickly dropped it.

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