Category Archives: Reviews

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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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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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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The Twilight Zone: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

I wonder if viewers of The Twilight Zone of the 1960s felt as I did with the series in 2019.  I could not help but think that Jordan Peele wanted to hit me over the head with a message where … 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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Star Trek: That Which Survives

That Which Survives feels like a proper Star Trek romp with a strange planet, a mysterious woman, and a life or death struggle for the crew of the Enterprise.  The truth is, this isn’t a great episode but it’s not … 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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Nisekoi: Season Two

What do we want from a second season of a harem anime? Top of the list would be a resolution to the love triangle, but failing that some character development would be nice. Who am I kidding? In the world … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Partner (Review)

Any filmed mystery series will probably set a story at a film studio eventually. It’s not hard to see why it would be so tempting to do that. You don’t have to build any sets, you don’t have to travel … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I, Robot… You, Jane

Sometimes rewatching Buffy makes me feel old, but never more so than I, Robot… You Jane. It’s not just that the technology seems so out-of-date that it looks prehistoric now, it’s the outdated attitudes on display that really seem alien, … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Mirror Image

It really speaks volumes to the way Rod Serling crafted his stories.  Here we have basically 3 people in one room for 20-odd minutes.  You’ve got Millicent, Paul and a station attendant.  Maybe you throw in a random woman who … 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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Star Trek: The Mark of Gideon

The Mark of Gideon is another of those significant episodes of Trek.  It’s not whether it’s good or bad, but that it is about something and gets the audience thinking.  The episode offers us a deeply satisfying mystery before hitting … 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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Nisekoi: Season One

Raku Ichijo is the son of a gangster boss, and his father cooks up an idea to set up his son in a fake relationship with the daughter of a rival gang leader, to avoid a full-on war between the … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: To Have and to Hold (Review)

Apart from Carry on Sergeant, I have never seen William Hartnell in anything other than Doctor Who, which is probably a major omission for a fan of the show, so I was very pleased to see him among the cast … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Angel

We are seven episodes into the series, but this is the one that really defines the nature of the show and the direction it is going to take. Writer David Greenwalt hints at a secret past for Angel for the … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Elegy

Now that is interesting: I know I never saw all of The Twilight Zone episodes, but I certainly thought I’d seen the bulk of them, so to encounter one so refreshingly creative as this and have absolutely no memory of … Continue reading

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