Category Archives: Reviews

Owarimonogatari I

As we travel through life we tend to collect emotional baggage. The older we get, the more we will be able to look back on past friendships and other associations and wonder what we could have done differently. There will … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Face of a Stranger

Norman Stanley Fletcher, you have pleaded guilty to the charges brought by this court, and it is now my duty to pass sentence… oh, sorry. Wrong series. This is far from being a comedy, but it does start off in … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ted

What an extraordinary episode this is. It’s like the first half was written to make the viewers really, really angry, and boy does it work. Ted is immediately a character we hate. We’re with Buffy every step of the way, … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Mighty Casey

Oh good… a baseball episode.  I get more excited about going to work!  But within no time at all, Serling has me seeing this as a comedy and it’s down to the audio effects. One thing The Twilight Zone did … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: Shoscombe Old Place

Anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes has undoubtedly seen the recent Robert Downey Jr. movies costarring Jude Law as Watson.  He’s a good Watson but color me a surprised shade of that famously studied scarlet: I had no idea he was … Continue reading

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

We come now to what I consider the finest of the Trek movies.  But to understand that, I need to rewind to 1991.  I’m 19 and at this point in our lives, my friends and I start every weekend with … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Brian the Brain

I’d been dreading this one.  Some years back, maybe for a holiday weekend, one of the cable channels showed two back to back episodes of Space: 1999.  The first one was quite good, though I haven’t come across it yet … Continue reading

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Koyomimonogatari

At first this season feels like an odd backwards step for the Monogatari franchise. We begin with a prequel to Bakemonogatari, with Koyomi and Tsubasa investigating a minor mystery concerning a shrine in their school’s gardens. It all seems oddly … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Who Was Maddox?

This is a rare treat: an Edgar Wallace Mystery that is actually a mystery. Writer Roger Marshall manages to pack a lot of story into 60 minutes, but I never found it difficult to follow, despite a complicated plot with … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: What’s My Line (Parts 1 and 2)

Buffy has been complaining about not being able to be a normal girl right from the start, and that is reinforced again here. There is a “career week” at school, but she doesn’t see much of a future for herself. … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The After Hours

Marsha White is in search of a gold thimble that she saw advertised in the local department store.  It’s a sign of the times as much as last week’s Mr. Bevis, who gets a raise to $10 a week!  Did … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Problem of Thor Bridge

I love it when an episode is unintentionally funny.  This episode opens up with a woman dressed in a pinkish-red dress standing ominously among flowers.  She looks like she’s playing a particularly daunting game of Where’s Waldo (Wally, to you … Continue reading

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

The year is 1989; 10 years after Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  Rumor is, this is the final Star Trek movie.  I’m 17 and I have a brainwave.  I thought, for the tenth anniversary, I should see if my grandfather … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – One Moment of Humanity

Oh, the humanity!?!  Unlike the last episode, this isn’t so much “mind candy” as “mind stale bread”.  It’s an interesting mix of two classic Star Trek episodes: The Mark of Gideon and Day of the Dove.  Actually, let’s also add … Continue reading

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Dive!!

I stumbled across this anime series on Amazon Prime, looking for something that was safe to watch with the children around. There is a lot of anime that’s free to watch if you have Amazon Prime, but their age guidance … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: We Shall See

It’s strange that this series of B movies was promoted as mystery thrillers when they are almost always nothing of the sort. In We Shall See there isn’t even a crime committed until there are only four minutes of the … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Dark Age

Last week Buffy learned a tough lesson in life, summed up by Giles’ ironic speech at the end of the episode: there isn’t always going to be a clear line between the heroes and the villains. Sometimes that line will … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Mr. Bevis

Mr. James B. W. Bevis is a likable man who is perhaps a little too genuine for the modern world.  He’s lost six jobs in a year and eleven in a year and a half.  He’s just lost his car, … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax

Good lord, is that not a long title?  And every time I read it, I want to add “abbey” at the end, having read Dracula long before I’d ever read Sherlock Holmes.  As titles go, this is one of my … Continue reading

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a lighthearted Trek movie and as a result, may be one of the very best.  Another tubular Doomsday Machine is on a direct course to earth.  This is taking ideas from the classic … Continue reading

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