Category Archives: Entertainment

The Twilight Zone: The Rip Van Winkle Caper

I’m glad I’m nearly done with season 2; I need a break soon.  I’ve been watching in a way I never had before.  When I was a kid, I watched with my family – mostly my cousins and my dad … Continue reading

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Love, Death and Robots: Suits

How can I best describe Suits?  When I saw the title, I thought of a totally different sort of story, but maybe that’s because members of my family have raved about a show called Suits.  No, this isn’t about businessmen.  … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Outside-In Man

In 1959 a British agent turned traitor and defected to an enemy state. Now the countries are at peace, and Britain faces the very odd situation of having to negotiate with the traitor, now “General” Sharp, to broker an arms … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Consequences

Actions have consequences, and the more serious the deed the bigger the consequences. Some can be dealt with easily. Others create lasting damage. Last time on Buffy the Vampire Slayer we saw Faith kill a human being, while Buffy failed … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A Hundred Yards Over the Rim

I don’t recall ever seeing A Hundred Yards over the Rim before but I did predict what was happening within the first few minutes of the episode.  Normally, I’d roll my eyes, but not this time; I was sold completely.  … Continue reading

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Love, Death and Robots: The Witness

The Witness is a manic, fast paced episode that doesn’t let up from the moment it begins.  To give some example of what I mean, I keep a notepad with me when watching the shows we review here at The Junkyard, … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Build a Better Mousetrap

As Season Three has progressed, The Avengers has been moving more and more towards bizarre scenarios and unusual, eccentric characters. This episode seems to be something of a breakthrough for that approach, because it is a huge amount of fun. … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Bad Girls

The obvious bombshell that gets dropped this episode is Faith killing a human being, but the episode is titled “Bad Girls” and not “Bad Girl” for a reason, so let’s start by looking at what happens to Buffy. Thanks to … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Long Distance Call

[Trigger warning: suicide theme discussed.] Charles Beaumont and William Idelson give us Long Distance Call; a dark story that starts off so nicely.  Billy Mumy makes his first Twilight Zone appearance as Billy, a little boy who loves his grandma.  … Continue reading

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Love, Death and Robots: Sonnie’s Edge

We come now to the episode that caused a bit of contention between me and my fellow blogger, Roger.  I don’t blame him really but I had seen two episodes, which I thought were excellent, so I told Roger to … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Trojan Horse

This week writer Malcolm Hulke takes us into the world of horse racing and betting, but what are the odds on a good story set in that location? I’ve seen a few crime stories set at racetracks, and it seems … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Zeppo

Buffy was a show that kept evolving in new and exciting ways. In The Zeppo, it’s time for another apocalypse, similar to the one we saw at the end of the first season, and this is “worse than anything we’ve … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Prime Mover

I was coming to the conclusion that only Rod Serling presented us with that most unconscionable of requests: to somehow sympathize with the unsympathetic.  Alas, Charles Beaumont makes this same request of us with The Prime Mover.  Disappointing especially coming … Continue reading

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Love, Death and Robots: Beyond the Aquila Rift

The second episode I saw, also out of order if one bases things on how Wikipedia offers the list was Beyond the Aquila Rift.  As a science fiction fan, this appealed to me the moment I saw the title.  I … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Secrets Broker

The Avengers tends to be at its best when each episode focusses on one good idea. In a self-contained 50 minute story there is not a huge amount of room for complexity, and when a writer tries to pack in … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Helpless

This episode opens a whole can of worms about the Watcher’s Council, but let’s leave those worms wriggling for a moment and start, as we often do, with the relationship dynamics. Giles betrays Buffy, and it’s by far the worst … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Static

I heard you on my wireless back in ’52, lying awake intent at tuning in on you. If I was young, it didn’t stop you coming through… Video killed the radio star. Video killed the radio star… Human beings have … Continue reading

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Love, Death and Robots: Three Robots

It’s a new year and I wanted to tackle something modern along with our review of the classics.  I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Netflix series Love, Death and Robots so I decided to check it out.  The very … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Mandrake

Several sources on the internet report that Honor Blackman accidentally kicked wrestler Scott Sexton in the head during one take of a scene in a graveyard during the filming of this episode, knocking him out. As is often the case, … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Gingerbread

We are halfway through the third season of Buffy, and the relationship dramas that have been explored during the first half of the season are now resolved, leaving just a few loose ends to be tied up. One of those … Continue reading

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