Category Archives: Television

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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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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The Twilight Zone: Where is Everybody?

The Twilight Zone was a groundbreaking television show that premiered in the late 50s.  While the show has been rebooted repeatedly, the series impact was in its newness and that is a feature that can never be reclaimed.  Once an … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Omega Glory

So the USS Exeter was lost on patrol around Omega IV years ago and now Kirk finds it.  He decides to go investigate; not a bad option normally.   The Omega Glory has one hell of an opener.  The whole idea … Continue reading

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Dream Eater Merry (Review)

Regular readers will know that I’m not a huge fan of fantasy anime. All those big battles don’t really impress me, however many people are flying around and however many bangs and flashes there are. One thing that will attract … Continue reading

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The Box of Delights Episode 5

“Beware of Yesterday” Beware of yesterday, especially when yesterday is achieved with Colour Separation Overlay. Kay goes back into the past in search of Arnold of Todi, the original owner of the Box of Delights. He seems to think that … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Dead on Course

This is Dr King’s third and final appearance in The Avengers and he leaves without fanfare and without having made much of an impression. That’s a shame because his first appearance was excellent, and Jon Rollason is capable of far … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Probe

Well, I called it.  I am very disappointed that the last episode of The Outer Limits was The Probe.  Conceptually it’s a good story, but in execution, it’s painfully tedious.  The main characters spend the episode questioning everything, ultimately to … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Flux: The Vanquishers

Flux has been a fairly complex story with lots of strands to the plot playing out over the six episodes. All those strands have been necessary, and feed nicely into the conclusion. Up until this final episode, I felt like … Continue reading

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Star Trek: By Any Other Name

Replying to a distress call, Kirk and crew find themselves on a stunningly colorful planet. They encounter humanoids that can immobilize them for some classic 60’s “stand still” action. Kudos to the cast for really sticking with it and not … Continue reading

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The Box of Delights Episode 4

“The Spider in the Web” The “spider” of the title presumably refers to Abner, but what flies has he caught, and what will he do with them? There is a theme of capture and escape this week. We get confirmation … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Death Dispatch

Some poor quality stock footage signals that this episode takes place in Jamaica, at least to start with, and from there becomes a bit of a globe-trotter for Steed and Cathy, with Steed posing as a courier delivering important dispatches … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Premonition

I had a premonition that The Premonition was going to be a lame duck episode and was pleasantly surprised to find it was actually very good.  While it’s again about an experiment that goes wrong, a common theme in the … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Flux: Survivors of the Flux

We should have had more faith. When Chris Chibnall wrote UNIT out of Doctor Who in Resolution it seemed like sacrilege, but the man had plans. Survivors of the Flux shows us the Grand Serpent’s interference in UNIT’s history, right … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Patterns of Force

Some Star Trek episodes are hard to watch.  I’m looking at you, Space Hitler.  Patterns of Force had the decency to explain that the Nazi regime was wrong but hey, they were controlled by bad men and they didn’t intend … Continue reading

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The Box of Delights Episode 3

“In Darkest Cellars Underneath” If you thought there was a weak cliffhanger to the end of the previous episode, it does at least lead to a very important scene at the beginning of the third. There are a couple of … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Big Thinker

We start with a slow pan around an impressive studio set, and I don’t blame the director for that. He was probably very pleased with the designer’s work for this one and wanted to show off what he had to … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Brain of Colonel Barham

Here’s all you need to know about The Brain of Colonel Barham.  Col Barham is a really smart dude, but he’s dying of an incurable disease.  As part of an experiment to colonize Mars, the powers-that-be decide they could remove … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Flux: Village of the Angels

These are the days where writing doesn’t come easy. Why? Because the episode I have to write about is just too good, and there’s nothing particularly interesting about pointing out how good something is. You’re probably not interested in my … Continue reading

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