Category Archives: Reviews

Star Trek: I, Mudd

Star Trek is nothing if not inventive, but I think this has got to be one of the worst episode I’ve ever seen. In fact, while I remembered it was a weak one, it was actually embarrassing to show my … Continue reading

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Arrangements for War

I remember there was a lot of hype around this story when it was being released.  It didn’t wow me then and it almost didn’t now. However, active listening is very different from passive listening and that may have saved … Continue reading

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Bakemonogatari (Anime Review)

I’ll start with the visuals. Bakemonogatari is anime as a modern art form, and that presents some problems. When I say art, I don’t mean beautiful backgrounds etc. No, this is symbolic art, expressing ideas and situations non-literally and/or non-realistically. … Continue reading

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Columbo: Lovely But Lethal (Review)

We are back for the third season of Columbo and what’s this at the start? A bunch of quick clips of the episode we are about to watch. Spoilers! Then we are treated to the sight of a man with … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Frighteners

Our experience of watching The Frighteners today is very different to a viewer in 1961, because this is the 15th episode of The Avengers but is our first opportunity to see Patrick Macnee as John Steed, with all his previous … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: Soldier

The opener for season 2 had a direct impact on the future.  No, I don’t mean Qarlo Clobregnny being from the future, but this is the episode that made writer Harlan Ellison go after James Cameron for plagiarism.  He claimed … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Ovation

Last week I mentioned just what a bleak place the Twilight Zone could be.  While I stand behind that, it’s not really the Zone itself that’s bleak, but the people who we find entering it.  The problem is often one … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Catspaw

Catspaw takes place on a planet out of my dreams. It has everything I love: wicked witches, creepy castles, clawing cats, freaky fog, Stygian skeletons and dank dungeons! What more could we want? It’s an episode perfect for Halloween, which … Continue reading

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The Axis of Insanity

Fans of Doctor Who are used to the versatile nature of the show.  If there’s one thing Doctor Who has always been good at, it’s mixing and matching different formulae to create something that works.  Oh, that’s not to say … Continue reading

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We Without Wings (Anime Review)

This was another impulse purchase on DVD at a very reasonable sale price, and I didn’t have much idea what I was buying. Halfway through the series, I still didn’t have much idea what I had bought. This one is … Continue reading

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Breakout (1959) Film Review

Each volume of The Edgar Wallace Mysteries on DVD contains a bonus film made by the same studio. For the first volume it was the thoroughly watchable but slightly depressing October Moth, and for the second volume it was The … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Girl on the Trapeze

So here we have the first full episode of The Avengers that we can watch, the sixth episode from the first season. Episodes 2 through to 5 are missing, and we’ve already talked about the partially missing Hot Snow. This … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: The Lost Tales

I always knew the day would come and I’d be stuck.  We’ve had Babylon 5 on the Junkyard now for some 3 years, covering 110 episodes, 13 episodes of Crusade, and the half dozen movies.  We finally arrive at the … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Who of You

Sometimes The Twilight Zone feels like a very unpleasant place, doesn’t it?  I mean, it’s bleak.  We meet a guy who is just awkward to watch.  He comes home to a miserable girlfriend who is unsympathetic.  Not that he deserves … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Doomsday Machine

I ask you, what makes a classic Trek episode?  Is it the incredible music that features in The Doomsday Machine or the special effects that are even more amazing when seen in the remastered format?  Or is it something else?  … Continue reading

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The Twilight Kingdom

If you are unfamiliar with Big Finish, you’re doing yourself a disservice.  Big Finish has a motto: “we love stories”.  It’s simple but extremely evident.  When you love something, you take care of it.  Two stories back, with The Creed … Continue reading

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Shakugan no Shana: Season Two (Review)

The second season of Shakugan no Shana shares a lot of the same problems as the first. About half the cast of characters are highly irritating, although I did find myself warming to the main trio of Yuji, Shana and … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Playback (Review)

Van der Valk fans will enjoy seeing this film, because 11 years before he debuted in his iconic role Barry Foster played bobby on the beat Dave Hollis in this entry into The Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of British B … Continue reading

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Police Surgeon: Easy Money

The Avengers started in 1961 as a replacement for a show called Police Surgeon. There was little connection between the two shows, although The Avengers was hastily devised as a vehicle for Ian Hendry, the star of Police Surgeon. In … Continue reading

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Crusade: Each Night I Dream of Home

I mentioned during last week’s Visitors From Down the Street that it was a good story, but I would not use it as a good example of what Crusade was actually about.  This week hits the nail on the head … Continue reading

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