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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Killed by Death

We all have our own childhood demons to face. They might be memories that haunt us: the trauma of a death in the family; that thing we saw that we should never have had to witness; the person in need … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Eye of the Beholder

It is perhaps the most well known episode of The Twilight Zone.  At the very least, it’s one of the top 5 episodes.  It’s also a nice departure for Serling this season, giving us a more likable protagonist.  And it … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes Crossovers and Pastiches – Vampire Edition

After last week’s review of The Last Vampyre, I thought I’d take a quick diversion into more undead encounters.  I am a big fan of the various worlds that Sherlock Holmes inhabits.  I say various because he can fit into … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Nutshell

The Nutshell, a thermonuclear underground shelter, the seat of government for World War Three, a shell that protects nuts. It seems like a suitable name for a bunker for politicians. The problem is that it was impossible to really create … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The AB Chrysalis

Now this was an unusual episode.  It seems the last two were a bit more of what I’d hoped to find in season two and, while I don’t have much hope of that continuing, it was nice to experience another … Continue reading

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Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl

Kashimashi is a yuri anime with a difference. The main character is Hazumu, who is accidentally killed by aliens and restored to life. The problem is that they make a mistake and he returns to life as she. It’s a … Continue reading

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Columbo: The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case

How important is IQ? Could a hyper-intelligent person have a chance of outwitting Lieutenant Columbo? Who are we kidding… The Motive Oliver Brandt is an accountant and a member of the Sigma Society, a club that only the cleverest 2% … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Passion

Any review of Passion is obviously going to be dominated by one thing, but let’s at least look a the build-up to the shock moment in this episode first. Right from the start, Buffy’s world feels more dangerous than it … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Howling Man

When David Ellington is introduced to us through a seeming fourth wall break, I remembered this was an episode I loved from my youth.  Written by Charles Beaumont, I welcomed the change from the last few episodes of loathsome characters … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Last Vampyre

A few weeks ago, we looked at the pastiche.  For those who do not know, those are the stories written by other writers that imagine Holmes in a different sort of story.  Many are incredibly enjoyable, and they often defy … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Man with Two Shadows

This episode has another memorable opening sequence: a man being murdered by his doppelgänger, who is hiding in the wardrobe. The illusion of the scene is immediately shattered by the lack of a visible wound. I realise that was a … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Seed of Destruction

Readers of the Junkyard might recall that a few weeks ago, I mentioned that the Sci-fi channel (now Syfy) once aired 2 episodes of this show back to back.  One was that abysmal Brian the Brain. The other was Seed of Destruction.  … Continue reading

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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!

One of the most popular subgenres of anime is known as isekai, where somebody escapes their humdrum, human existence to live in a fantasy world. I can understand the popularity, because it’s pure escapism, but I’m not sure there’s a … Continue reading

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Columbo: Old Fashioned Murder

What’s this, no silly teaser at the start to spoil the episode? Things are looking up. Then again, maybe they couldn’t find anything exciting enough to put into a teaser, in this rather slow episode set in a museum. Maybe … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

It would have been all too easy in a series set in a school to have the main characters with no other recurring cast, just writing in new additional supporting characters as per the requirements of each story. Buffy isn’t … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A Thing About Machines

I get the impression that for season 2, Rod Serling decided to introduce us to people who deserve what they get in The Twilight Zone.  It’s funny because last season I had said how odd it was that my memory … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Master Blackmailer

I think everyone knows who Professor Moriarty is.  Perhaps a handful remember Colonel Sebastian Moran.  But I wonder how many remember the other big villains.  Dr. Roylott of Stoke Moran, Baron Gruner… there are a lot of good villains in … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Undertakers

The Avengers is becoming a series that prioritises unusual ideas over believability, and I have no problem with that at all. A prime example is the moment when a man climbs out of a coffin, grabs himself some supplies, and … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Taybor

I’m not really sure how to feel about The Taybor.  It’s not a bad episode per se, but it doesn’t do anything exciting either.  A space traveler arrives with merchandise to sell, ogles Maya for a bit, and immediately gave … Continue reading

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Haibane Renmei

This series is 20 years old now, and watching it today is a reminder of how much anime has moved on in the last couple of decades. There is generally a lot less movement in the animation nowadays, but watching … Continue reading

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