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Otorimonogatari

After a little detour to watch Hanamonogatari, we are back with Monogatari: Second Season for a four-episode arc titled Otorimonogatari. The title loosely translates as “Decoy Story”, although as is often the case there are subtleties in the use of … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Prophecy Girl

Near the start of this finale episode we get some actual vampire slaying and it feels like a rare treat, because the first season has strayed far from who Buffy is and what she does. You can kind of see … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: People Are Alike All Over

I’ll dive right in here to say I’ve always liked Roddy McDowell.  It was because of his portrayal of Cornelius in Planet of the Apes that made me like him so much.  I’d seen that ages before I knew about … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Six Napoleons

I mentioned to a friend that I’d just watched The Six Napoleons.  He remembered it well but asked me if Italians are really that animated.  You see, this episode opens with an Italian man raging about something.  We’re not given … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Way to Eden

Good God if there is one Trek episode I can’t stand it’s The Way to Eden.  I’ve no doubt that has to do with the time of my birth.  I came into existence in 72, by which time the hippie … Continue reading

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Hanamonogatari

Regular visitors to the Junkyard will remember that I have been watching the second season of Monogatari, and have so far written about Nekomonogatari (White) and Kabukimonogatari, which leaves three arcs still to watch. I have paused from that season … Continue reading

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The Man in the Back Seat (Film Review)

The bonus film on the fifth volume of the Edgar Wallace Mysteries DVDs takes us back to 1961, for a Malcolm Hulke and Eric Paice adaptation of an Edgar Wallace thriller. This is a film noir effort, which showcases what … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Out of Mind, Out of Sight

This week on Buffy the Anything-but-vampires Slayer we have another well-worn horror idea: the invisible… girl. Swapping genders from the usual way this story is done is a good starting point. Xander actually says what the usual plot would be … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Long Live Walter Jameson

I’m thinking Long Live Walter Jameson was intended as a dramatic story, but I’ve got to tell you, I found it intensely funny.  Let’s go over the plot: Walter Jameson is a really old dude who happens to look like … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Man with the Twisted Lip

I have enjoyed many of Conan Doyle’s stories and often for different reasons.  The Musgrave Ritual is a fun treasure hunt, while The Blue Carbuncle is a nice Christmas tale.  Hound of the Baskervilles is a wonderfully eerie piece and … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Requiem for Methuselah

“We put on a pretty poor show, didn’t we?”  You said it, Jim!  Requiem for Methuselah is another of those “significant” stories that really looks at the human condition and I am not sure if it’s a great analysis, or … Continue reading

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Kabukimonogatari

The second season of Monogatari continues with Kabukimonogatari, a four-episode arc. If Nekomonogatari (White), which proceeded it, felt like there was not enough story to stretch to five episodes, this is quite the opposite. A complex butterfly effect plot is … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Five to One

What’s the moral of this story? Something about the best laid plans? No, I think it’s the importance of knowing when to quit. Alan Roper is the leader of a gang of small-time crooks, and he is thinking big. We … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Nightmares

The idea for Nightmares is very simple: bad dreams are becoming real. When that starts happening to everyone, the world eventually descends into chaos. We start with one of the obvious ones, with spiders going for a stroll across random-student-of-the-week … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A World of Difference

I don’t recall if I’d seen A World of Difference before, but if I had, it was a very long time ago.  Long enough that I was not working for a company that dedicates a huge portion of its research … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Abbey Grange

I am reasonably certain this story is recreated in the Sherlock Holmes video game, Crimes and Punishment and it’s a good one for it.  This is another example of Holmes operating outside the law.  But as much as I have … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Lights of Zetar

I’m torn as I come into the final batch of classic Trek episodes.  On the one hand, Season 3 has been a bit weak by comparison to the rest of the series.  On the other, there are some highlight moments.  … Continue reading

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Nekomonogatari (White)

I have previous watched, enjoyed and written about Bakemonogatari, Kizumonogatari, Nisemonogatari and Nekomonogatari (Black). Next up in the sprawling Monogatari saga is the longest season of all, Monogatari: Second Season. It is a run of 23 episodes, but consists of … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Accidental Death

If there is one defining feature of the majority of these Edgar Wallace Mysteries B movies, I would have to say it’s the lack of a mystery. They might better have been described as thrillers, although that description often would … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Puppet Show

Sunnydale High has a new principal, or as Giles puts it the “new Fuhrer”. It’s immediately obvious that Buffy’s life has been made more difficult by his presence, because this one is paying attention: “There’s something going on with you. … Continue reading

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