Category Archives: Reviews

The Avengers: Box of Tricks

The box of the title does not actually refer to the magician’s cabinet that appears frequently throughout this episode, and it’s a good job that it doesn’t, because it’s just about the most boring old magic trick ever, and keeps … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine

The Twilight Zone is proving to be a more interesting place than I expected.  I have seen a good deal of the episodes in the past, but this is the first time I’m tackling them in order and all the … Continue reading

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All-Consuming Fire

We’ve been following Big Finish for some time now and it’s almost time to put that on the back-burner again, having gone through the first 75 adventures, but this week is a special week and today is January 6th so … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Assignment: Earth

To think, this was supposed to be the start of spinoff series like Torchwood would eventually become in Doctor Who’s future.  Rather apt, because I decided to do the same as Jim Kirk.  Using “the lightspeed breakaway factor” (which everyone … Continue reading

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Eve of the Daleks

By the opening credits both the new characters introduced for this episode are dead, as are the Doctor and her two companions. Oh, and Nick Briggs got to say the line “I am not Nick” in a Dalek voice. It’s … Continue reading

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Clockwork Planet

Have you ever heard of the term “clockpunk”? No, me neither, but it’s a subgenre of steampunk with clockwork mechanisms providing the aesthetic pleasure instead of steam engineering. This is the playground in which Clockwork Planet plays, and I could … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Locker Sixty-Nine (Review)

This 1962 instalment in the Edgar Wallace Mysteries film series demands the viewer’s full attention. The problem is, it doesn’t earn the viewer’s full attention as well. The story is incredibly complex for a 50 minute film. The idea is … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Immortal Clay

Cathy seems to be an expert on everything. Even allowing for how amazing she is, we start this episode with a massive coincidence. Cathy is visiting Marling Ceramics out of a genuine interest, in the preparation of a book she … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Mr. Denton on Doomsday

For me, a good western is as rare as a good dental visit.  It’s not impossible, but it’s a pretty uncommon experience.  (Tombstone, for instance, is a good visit to the dentist; it’s a damned enjoyable western!)  Unfortunately, my expectations … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Bread and Circuses

I have this idea that Season Two started with a discussion in the writers’ room.  Roddenberry must have been like: “we need more good ideas; help take this to the next level!”  The other writers said something like, “what do … Continue reading

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Thicker than Water

If I’m being fair to myself, 2005 was a long time ago!  The fact that I’d forgotten some of the nuances to the audio stories shouldn’t really bother me that much.  But I am bothered!  I’m bothered because there are … Continue reading

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Aishiteruze Baby (Anime Review)

At the start of this series, Kippei is a slightly irritating character to watch. He’s popular, flirts with all the girls, and cops a feel of one of them if the opportunity comes his way. He’s not remotely interested in … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)

It’s the holiday season, and our TV channels love to show popular old films, to provide us with the background entertainment to our turkey munching and mulled wine sipping, but we don’t want remakes, do we. No, sir. Just the … Continue reading

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Toradora! Christmas!

Christmas episodes of anime series tend to be disposable affairs that lean towards slice-of-life, but not so with Toradora! There is a run of three episodes that focus on Christmas celebrations, and they build up to a pivotal moment in … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: One for the Angels

It amazed me to see One for the Angels because, for the life of me, I don’t think I’d ever seen it before.  Besides it being new to my memory, it also was a loud and clear statement of what … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Ultimate Computer

Unlike that abhorrent mess that was The Omega Glory, The Ultimate Computer may be one of the more important episodes of classic Star Trek.  It’s not that I find it a great episode and it’s far from a favorite of … Continue reading

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Terror Firma

The last season of Paul McGann’s main range of Doctor Who stories had him, C’Rizz and Charley escape the divergent universe.  They find themselves in a dark corridor before walking out into… Daleks!  Terror Firma seems to be one of … Continue reading

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Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow

The original series of Love Live! was about a group of schoolgirls forming an idol group, their difficult path to winning a competition and attempting to use their newfound fame to save their school, which is threatened with closure. The … Continue reading

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The Box of Delights Episode 6

“Leave us not Little, nor yet Dark” After an absence of three episodes, it’s great to have Patrick Troughton back as Cole Hawlings. He was chosen for the role because the director was a fan of his Second Doctor Who, … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Intercrime

We all know that organised crime exists, but I have no idea if there’s anything like the “intercrime” featured in this episode of The Avengers. It seems unlikely, but it’s certainly an entertaining idea for an episode. It reminds me … Continue reading

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