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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Faith, Hope & Trick

Faith, Hope and Trick. Let’s deal with those three in reverse order, as that approach will take us on a journey from least to most interesting. Mr Trick is presumably going to be around for a while, so it’s too … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Dust

The Western has never been my thing.  Barring Tombstone, which was excellent despite being very true to form, most Westerns have some good scenes but are usually all about violence and revenge.  I don’t mind a good revenge movie, but … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Golden Pince-Nez

I typically like everyone.  My wife often makes fun of me for that.  It’s like I’m a golden retriever who is just happy to talk to people.  But when I started watching The Golden Pince-Nez, I couldn’t stand The Professor.  … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Grandeur That Was Rome

Right from the start this episode had my attention, with a courtyard full of Roman statues and ivy growing around the walls. It’s a great setting for a story, but then I do have to admit that I share Sir … Continue reading

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The Andromeda Breakthrough: Cold Front

A couple of years ago I wrote articles about the one-and-a-bit remaining episodes of A for Andromeda, the 1961 sci-fi series. It has taken me two years to get around to the sequel from 1962, due to the difficulty in … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Strangler’s Web

We are really getting into the spirit of the 60s here, with some interesting dance techniques at a hip and happening discotheque. Playing the most 1960s of all possible characters is Pauline Boty, better known for her pop art and … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Dead Man’s Party

For the second episode in a row, the writers of Buffy deal with the metaphorical by translating it into the literal. Last week we had the idea of children being forced to grow up fast, represented by literal accelerated ageing. … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Night of the Meek

It’s a funny thing: I knew this episode was coming and I was bummed.  As a kid, this was one of my least liked episodes.  Art Carney, who I loved in The Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason, stars as Henry Corwin, … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Dying Detective

I am delighted to say that after a very weak start to Season 4 of Sherlock Holmes, the second episode was a major triumph.  It spends over half the episode getting us ready for the pièce de résistance, but when … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Medicine Men

In 1961 Sydney Newman created The Avengers for ABC. Two years later he created another long-running series for rival channel BBC. You might have heard of it: Doctor Who. On 23rd November 1963, Doctor Who made it’s debut at 5.15pm … Continue reading

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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs

Happy Halloween, and what better time of year to take a look at an anime series about a ghost, a demon-slaying ninja, a psychic who fights evil spirits and a bunch of girls who regularly expose their naked bodies to … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Anne

Like Season Two, we begin the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the world turned upside down for Buffy’s friends, with Willow, Xander and Oz trying to cope with life without her. They are a haphazard substitute for … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A Most Unusual Camera

Ok at this point, I think it’s got to be a joke.  The universe is having a laugh at my expense.  Everything I’ve been watching has been chock full of terrible characters!  What happened to the Mr. Bevis’s and the … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Second Sight

“It’s macabre.” That’s a good word to describe most of this episode, which concerns an operation to harvest corneas from a live patient in order to transplant them into a blind millionaire. The donor is apparently dying and owes the … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Change Partners

This seems to be one of the most popular Edgar Wallace Mysteries B movies, and it’s not difficult to see why. The acting is superb, and the plot is gripping from beginning to end. It’s not my cup of tea … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Becoming (Parts 1 and 2)

Joyce is a terrible mother, and not for the first time (see also Ted). Buffy quite rightly challenges her for failing to notice what has been going on: “How many times have you washed blood out of my clothing and … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Trouble with Templeton

I confess I’ve had a hard time of it lately.  My shows have all been doing some dumb things and I’ve been mightily upset by that; a fact recently noticed by my cowriter, Roger.  The issue I take with these … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Gilded Cage

John P. Spagge used to be a “crime broker”, and the “king of the underworld”, but he has retired and spends his days sitting in his wheelchair being waited on by his snobbish butler. Steed and Cathy tempt him out … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Game for Three Losers

The majority of these Edgar Wallace Mysteries seem to fall into two categories: crooks vs crooks, or blackmail plots. This is the latter, although it’s quite unusual because there are no fatalities. Normally, blackmail is the briefest ever profession and … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Go Fish

For the second week in a row we’re exploring a classic horror theme, but it’s a very different kind of horror. Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of horror: the creepy kind, and the yucky kind. Last week was the … Continue reading

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