Category Archives: Television

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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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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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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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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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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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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Space: 1999 – Journey to Where

I won’t deny that I’m angry with this show now.  It’s the inconsistency of it that’s getting under my skin.  Two lame episodes open the season and then this one comes in as a pretty strong story… but forgets the … Continue reading

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Citrus

For the benefit of newcomers to the world of anime, there is a fairly popular subgenre of anime known as yuri, which focus on lesbian relationships. These tend to be gentle affairs, but this 12 episode series from 2018 is … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Lie to Me

In Lie to Me, Buffy finds out that life is tough. She is betrayed by an old friend, who she discovers is dying, and that has driven him to horrific extremes. He is a member of yet another teenage cult, … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A Passage for Trumpet

Growing up in the 70s and 80s meant you couldn’t see Jack Klugman without seeing Oscar Madison.  I wasn’t even a big fan of The Odd Couple, but seeing Klugman conjured only that one character: a grouchy, slovenly sports reporter … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles

Last week we covered one of the best of the Sherlock Holmes stories.  I mentioned we’d have to take another look at it this week, but in a different format.  That brings me to a game by developer Waterlily Games … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Exiles

I was annoyed last week, but now I’m just utterly disgusted.  I did a bit of homework this time.  Seems the production crew behind Space: 1999 wanted to Americanize it a bit for season 2.  So, like many sci-fi products … Continue reading

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