Category Archives: Spinoffs

Love Live! Sunshine!! (Review)

I made a bit of a silly mistake with this series, because it’s a sequel to Love Live! and I had somehow failed to realise that. I ended up watching the first season of Sunshine!!, going back to watch both … Continue reading

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Class: The Lost

Perhaps it makes sense but all the episodes seem to lead very smoothly to this moment.  The relationships had to go through the first few episodes to establish their bonds, the last few have focused on the paranoia and insecurities … Continue reading

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Class: The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did

One of the advantages of being a science fiction fan is that we tend to develop active imaginations.  I imagine the call between Patrick Ness and the “governors” of the BBC when this show was being produced. BBC: Pat, sorry … Continue reading

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Class: Detained

It looks like episode 6 might be another unofficial two part story.  Detained separates Ms. Quill from the rest of the class but based on the final scene of this story, it looks like episode 7 will reveal what she … Continue reading

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Class: Brave-ish Heart

Episode 5 picks up where 4 left off creating the first unofficial two-parter of the series.   I say unofficial because it’s not considered a two-part story, but that doesn’t change the basic premise that this episode is directly connected to … Continue reading

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Class: Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart

Episode 4 of Class looks like we’re going to be getting to know April a bit better.  April is conflicted; her heart is in two places.  I mean that literally.  The Shadow King and April share a heart.  But that’s not … Continue reading

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Class: Nightvisiting

Class resumes and this week looks like we’re going to get some backstory around Tanya.  Tanya is missing her dad.  He died 2 years ago.  She’s sad and just before going to bed, gives his picture a little kiss.  When … Continue reading

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Class: The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo

Class is back in session, this time focusing largely on Ram, the school sports king.  I haven’t warmed to the characters yet, but I think that was the point: introduce us to some that are hard to like and slowly … Continue reading

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Class: For Tonight We Might Die

If you ask me, the Brits are superb storytellers.  They have an idea, and they tell it, length be damned.  If that means 8 episodes will tell the story, that’s what they  will do.  No need to drag an 8-episode … Continue reading

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The Infinite Quest

Before we start the final spinoff series of Doctor Who, there were a few noteworthy contributions to the last decade that warranted mention.  The first was the animated adventure The Infinite Quest.  Back in 2007, when Doctor Who was still … Continue reading

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Torchwood: The Blood Line

I’ll tell you how I knew I’d enjoy the final episode: Russell T. Davies was back as one of the writers.  I will also say that to enjoy Torchwood season 4, you do have to bypass the logic center of … Continue reading

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Torchwood: The Gathering

By the time we arrive at episode 9, it’s like a different show.  We are no longer in the US, Jack is healing and hiding out in Scotland, Oswald is missing, and Gwen is looting drug stores while her family … Continue reading

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Torchwood: End of the Road

After the ridiculousness that was the 7th episode with Nana Visitor showing up to bring Jack to the one man who could tell him what was going on, we are re-introduced to Angelo, the one man who can’t say a … Continue reading

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Torchwood: Immortal Sins

A lifetime ago, 2014 was a year without a pandemic. On January 1st of that year, my son and I started a Doctor Who marathon with William Hartnell’s An Unearthly Child.  It ran right up until this year, 2020 with … Continue reading

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Torchwood: The Middle Men

I realized one of the things that was bothering me about season 4 of Torchwood: it’s the speed with which everything is carried out.  How much time has gone by since the Miracle?  Episode 4 takes place on March 5th, … Continue reading

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Torchwood: The Categories of Life

Two good episodes, two weak.  Will episode 5 break the balance for the better, or the worse?  Thankfully, I’m going to say it gets better.  I’m not really sure it’s a great episode but it did keep me completely on … Continue reading

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Torchwood: Escape to L.A.

My time watching Babylon 5 really made me aware of the impact the writer has on the show.  I realize that should go without saying, but I never paid attention to it until the 90’s.  By the time I’d seen … Continue reading

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Torchwood: Dead of Night

Well it was bound to happen.  One thing I’ve learned over years of TV viewing is that the Brits tend to tell a story and if that story can be done with 3 episodes, or 5, or 6… they tell … Continue reading

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Torchwood: Rendition

Miracle Day continues with Jack and Gwen being taken to America.  Rhys is left behind to do “spousal stuff”.  The episode is then broken into two main parts: the framing of Esther Drummond and the poisoning of Captain Jack Harkness.  … Continue reading

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Torchwood: The New World

I won’t deny that I was not looking forward to revisiting Miracle Day.  For me, Torchwood ended during that amazing season three, with Children of Earth.  However, it’s been some time since last I watched this 10-episode arc and episode one does … Continue reading

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