Category Archives: Reviews

Space: 1999 – Space Brain

I guess the Alphans couldn’t stay lucky for long.  Two episodes without a death and then we lose 3 in one episode (leaving 284 crewmen) and two Eagles.  At least my luck held out and I had another very enjoyable … Continue reading

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Onimonogatari (Review and Fanservice Debate)

We have reached the penultimate arc in the second season of Monogatari, a four-episode story titled Shinobu Time. It is an absolutely magnificent run of episodes, for reasons I will enumerate later in the article, but first I need to … Continue reading

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Columbo: A Case of Immunity

Due to a mix up of names, Columbo ends up assigned to a security task force at the Suari Embassy, during the visit of the King of Suari, and it’s lucky that he happens to be there because a murder … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: When She Was Bad

When Buffy says, “hey guys, miss me?” at the start of this episode, she might as well be addressing the viewers. We did miss her, but we don’t actually get her back, at least not until the end of the … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Execution

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale; the tale of a fateful trip, that started on this tawny horse ‘longside this hangman’s noose…  (Well, nothing’s perfect…) When The Professor (Russell Johnson) from Gilligan’s Island plays with a time … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four

I loved reading the Sherlock Holmes stories and I push them like a dealer on a street corner, trying to get members of my family to read them like I get a commission from Conan Doyle’s estate!  But one thing … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Cloud Minders

This is one of those episodes that never seems to turn up in reruns.  It’s like that forgotten gem that even the networks overlook.  But make no mistake, like so many episodes of season three, this one is important.  I … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Last Sunset

When the Alphans find a new and “well endowed” planet, Koenig launches an exploratory mission,  when a missile is shot at their Eagle.  Unable to avoid it, Carter readies for an explosion that never comes.  The crew land and take … Continue reading

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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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Columbo: Forgotten Lady

Grace Wheeler used to be a star, but that was a long time ago, and now she is deluded and trying to recapture the magic of her youth. If you’ve ever seen the classic Twilight Zone episode The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine, … 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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Space: 1999 – Missing Link

I can’t say this fixed the last two episodes, but it was better.  Equally, I can’t say if it was better because the story was better or because it accidentally looks at the potential of NDEs (or Near Death Experiences) … 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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