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Star Trek: Catspaw

Catspaw takes place on a planet out of my dreams. It has everything I love: wicked witches, creepy castles, clawing cats, freaky fog, Stygian skeletons and dank dungeons! What more could we want? It’s an episode perfect for Halloween, which … Continue reading

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We Without Wings (Anime Review)

This was another impulse purchase on DVD at a very reasonable sale price, and I didn’t have much idea what I was buying. Halfway through the series, I still didn’t have much idea what I had bought. This one is … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Girl on the Trapeze

So here we have the first full episode of The Avengers that we can watch, the sixth episode from the first season. Episodes 2 through to 5 are missing, and we’ve already talked about the partially missing Hot Snow. This … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: The Lost Tales

I always knew the day would come and I’d be stuck.  We’ve had Babylon 5 on the Junkyard now for some 3 years, covering 110 episodes, 13 episodes of Crusade, and the half dozen movies.  We finally arrive at the … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Doomsday Machine

I ask you, what makes a classic Trek episode?  Is it the incredible music that features in The Doomsday Machine or the special effects that are even more amazing when seen in the remastered format?  Or is it something else?  … Continue reading

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Shakugan no Shana: Season Two (Review)

The second season of Shakugan no Shana shares a lot of the same problems as the first. About half the cast of characters are highly irritating, although I did find myself warming to the main trio of Yuji, Shana and … Continue reading

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Police Surgeon: Easy Money

The Avengers started in 1961 as a replacement for a show called Police Surgeon. There was little connection between the two shows, although The Avengers was hastily devised as a vehicle for Ian Hendry, the star of Police Surgeon. In … Continue reading

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Crusade: Each Night I Dream of Home

I mentioned during last week’s Visitors From Down the Street that it was a good story, but I would not use it as a good example of what Crusade was actually about.  This week hits the nail on the head … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Apple

One of my all time least liked classic Trek episodes is The Apple.  But when you go into it knowing you’re going to be chatting about it, it does make it a degree more fun.  Gamma Trianguli VI is a … Continue reading

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Maid Sama! (Anime Review)

When we were a few episodes into Maid Sama! my wife asked me a question. The conversation went something like this: “What do you think of Usui?” “I think he’s a controlling, possessive jerk.” “Not just me then.” This is … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Hot Snow (Review)

In 1961 Sydney Newman created a series that would go on to be a huge success. No, not Doctor Who, although he created that as well. This was The Avengers. So why have I chosen to explore this series in … Continue reading

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Crusade: Visitors from Down the Street

They say if you’re going to copy an idea, you should copy from the greats.  I was never a fan of The X-Files, but that had more to do with the night it was on than anything else.   Conceptually, it … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Meet in the Middle

Season one of Jordan Peele’s rebooted Twilight Zone was a bit of a heavy slog for me.  Well, at least for most of the episodes.  It wasn’t that the writing wasn’t good, but I felt like someone was trying to … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror

We come to my absolute favorite episode of classic Star Trek.  Kirk is on a planet negotiating with the Halkans for access to dilithium crystals.  They won’t give them to Kirk but, like any gentle people, they point out that … Continue reading

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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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Crusade: The Needs of Earth

The opening of this episode threw me a bit.  Coming off the previous episode when Gideon says there’s “nothing good on TV anyway”, I was a bit surprised by his choice of viewing but to learn it was a data … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Changeling

Nomad.  The very name conjures images of… Actually for me, it reminds me of a coffee pot my grandmother used to have.  It was a long, cylindrical thing made of metal that, lord knows, predated safety inspections on such devices.  … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 12 (Review)

Connection / Friends The view from Igirisu: “Why do you want to know about that stuff anyway?” “I don’t know.” This kind of thing has happened in every single episode of Girls’ Last Tour, providing a clever thematic structure to … Continue reading

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Crusade: The Memory of War

I realized with Memory of War that Crusade is a weird show.  I know the network gave JMS more than a little grief but this episode feels like someone thought it should be the introduction to Galen, a character that … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Who Mourns for Adonais?

This next episode is hard to come to grips with, but you’ve got to hand it to them, it’s an idea that is worth exploring. (Come on! I couldn’t resist. You can’t even fault me!) The idea is that Greek … Continue reading

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