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Space: 1999 – The Infernal Machine

Sometimes life kicks you in the head.  The very day I told two people how much I had been enjoying Space: 1999 is the same day that I watched a real stinker!  And it’s sad because within the first minute … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Musgrave Ritual

I think every kid must love treasure hunts.  Who doesn’t?  Even when I would setup the easter egg hunt for the kids in years past, I’d be excited to offer clues for them to find all of the eggs.  I … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Another Time, Another Place

Perhaps it should have been evident that we were in for a really eerie episode when the first 4 minutes of this story were utterly devoid of dialogue.  The crew notice something happening which defies any sort of scientific description … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Second Stain

Unlike the last episode, this one stood out to me as a very good story upon my first reading it, although one wonders how our peers at Scotland Yard would fail to miss so obvious a clue as a rotated … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Full Circle

I never liked caveman stories.  Even Doctor Who couldn’t make them more palatable.  Nor could Ringo Starr! These stories just get annoying.  You either get Cavemen who speak English and understand full sentences or you get the grunting ooh-ooh-aah-aah’s that … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Priory School

When Christopher Benjamin bursts into Sherlock’s apartment, I had completely derailed my hope for a normal episode, wishing instead that Henry Gordon Jago would make an appearance.  Alas, I was not to be so lucky and while Benjamin may be … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Earthbound

When Roy Doltrice appeared on screen, I remembered that he was the commissioner from the pilot episode Breakaway.  I could not help but wonder where he had been hiding all this time.  Wherever it was, he should have stayed there.  … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Empty House

After Holmes fell to his death at Reichenbach, Watson has aged!  He almost looks like a different man.  I might write this off to the grieving process if not for the fact that it is a different actor.  While I was … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Matter of Life and Death

Well this story opens with a real humdinger of an idea… or perhaps I should say a Schrodinger of an idea?  It’s like this: the Alphans find a new planet and “computer” (because no one likes using the definite article … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One

I confess that I was totally disappointed when Frogwares announced that their next foray into the world of Sherlock Holmes would be a prequel, examining when Sherlock was a young man, pre-Watson.  Part of the joy of the Sherlock Holmes … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – End of Eternity

This was more like it!  Last week we had a terribly dull episode that felt like a repeat of a Star Trek story.  This has hints of a classic Twilight Zone episode in the form of The Lonely, where an … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem

I remember watching Superman Returns with Kevin Spacey playing Lex Luthor and thinking how disappointing that was.  It came down to Lex and Superman as rivals: there was no thrill, no electricity!   A hero is defined by the quality of … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Guardian of Piri

I’ve been far more impressed by this series than I expected to be.  Barring what I’d call a misfire for episode two, where they failed to reflect on their circumstances, I’ve found this a thought provoking experience.  I acknowledge that … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Red-Headed League

Well, I confess I have a special fondness for this episode, what with my own people getting center stage.  Being a ginger is a raw deal: we can’t enjoy the beach and we get picked on for being carrot-topped.  To … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Black Sun

When an asteroid mysteriously changes course, it looks like it’s heading to Alpha, before it changes course a second time.  After blowing up in space, the Alphans realize that they too have changed course and are heading into a black … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Resident Patient

If there’s an episode that truly demonstrates the relationship I have with my oldest friend, it’s this one. The playful guilt trips and the intentional derailing of a friend’s joy at getting a puzzle right really hit home with this … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Mission of the Darians

Mission of the Darians opens with the crew of Alpha looking at this vast spaceship, some 50 miles long.  It’s been transmitting an SOS, so when Koenig and crew go over, they are on a mission of peace and have … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Norwood Builder

“This case is not clear to me!”  We have a very interesting case this week when a man comes to see Holmes to proclaim innocence of a crime he has just read about in the paper.  He was unaware of … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Dragon’s Domain

If there’s one thing that stands out about this show, it’s the pacing.  Initially I was thinking to call it “slow” but it’s not slow.  Slow implies a tedious boredom to me; a challenge to make it through each episode.  … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Greek Interpreter

I thoroughly enjoy Sherlock Holmes stories.  Most of them stump me while I’m watching but the end result leaves me satisfied.  When I started writing about The Greek Interpreter, however, I realized I was stumped!  George Costigan plays Wilson Kemp … Continue reading

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