Category Archives: Television

The Outer Limits: The Mice

I found The Mice interesting for the wrong reasons: I felt like we were prepped for this one over the last two stories.  Tourist Attractions also features Henry Silva, and The Zanti Misfits posits what to do with the criminals … Continue reading

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Amagami SS

Amagami is Japanese for a gentle or playful bite, the sort of thing a kitten or puppy would do to a sibling or parent. If you want to know the reason for that, you will need to keep watching right … Continue reading

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Columbo: Ransom for a Dead Man

We start with a woman using letters cut out from newspapers to create a ransom letter, while a reel-to-reel tape player sits on the desk beside her. It looks like something from a different world now, but in 1971 this … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 6

“The Reason For Her Smile“ The view from Igirisu: One interesting thing about this series has been the insignificance of the witches’ ratings in terms of their ability to beat their opponents. It’s an interesting reflection of the ways in … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Movements of Fire and Shadow

It’s almost impossible to believe that so much happens here and it’s still just a regular length episode.  How can that be?  Delenn is sent on a mission to ask for a new ship.  Londo and G’Kar are knocked out … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Zanti Misfits

I think The Zanti Misfits is one of the stronger Outer Limits episodes and doesn’t even spoil the big punch like so many other episodes by giving us a glimpse of the alien in the pre-credit sequence.  In fact, what … Continue reading

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Columbo: Prescription: Murder

What happens when a psychiatrist, who deeply understands the workings of the human mind, commits a premeditated murder? Can he outfox a clever detective? As Columbo points out, in the field of crime, he’s the professional. The Motive You might … Continue reading

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The Fanservice Debate: Yu-Sibu Episode 1

Can fanservice ever be justified in anime or is it a disturbing and unnecessary aspect of the genre? In this occasional series we look at the rights and wrongs of fanservice and other questionable content in anime. A warning: this … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 5

“Astronomical Observation“ The view from Igirisu: The mood whiplash that we are starting to expect from Brynhildr in the Darkness plays out this episode in the opposite direction to last week, with the episode starting on a more light-hearted note … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder

Last week we heard that the war with Centauri Prime was likely to begin by morning.  Things are bad and they will only escalate from here.  From a story perspective, this is a great episode.  But taking B5 as a … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: Tourist Attraction

Weirdly, right after giving us The Borderland, a strangely Lovecraftian glimpse into a land of “non-Euclidean geometry”, The Outer Limits surprises us with what might have been one of Cthulhu’s cousins with Tourist Attraction.   The thing is, there is a … Continue reading

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Columbo: Blueprint for Murder

How do you hide a body so that nobody will ever be able to find it? Architect Elliott Markham thinks he has found the answer to that question, but Lieutenant Columbo might have other ideas… The Motive Elliott Markham is … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 4

“Lost Memories“ The view from Igirisu: “Turn back time now, or you’re gonna die.” We are moving swiftly towards a harem anime here, and they are not generally known for featuring main characters with a lot of personality, but one … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Darkness Ascending

You can feel the shift in storytelling with Darkness Ascending.  The spoo has hit the fan and everything is coming together as we move into the final eight episodes of the series.  We are given an opening of Garibaldi having … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Borderland

What does Star Trek’s Hikaru Sulu have in common with Torchwood’s Ianto Jones?  The both love a good countdown and my guess is The Outer Limit’s might have inspired them both.  “Oh my!”  Does this episode have a litany of … Continue reading

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New Game!!

New Game! gains a second exclamation mark for the second season, but that doesn’t really indicate that it is more amazing or zany or exciting or anything like that. This is very much more of the same, but that’s fine, … Continue reading

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Columbo: Short Fuse

You’ve got to watch those people called Roger. They can be tricky folks to deal with. Roger Stanford is quite the practical joker and nobody likes one of those. They think they are funny, but they tend to end up … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 3

“Death Suppressants“ The view from Igirisu: Near the start of this episode, Neko turns up at school covered in bandages and says, “it’s just a cold.” It’s a welcome moment of humour in an otherwise depressing episode but there is … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Meditations on the Abyss

Meditations on the Abyss is a weirdly structured episode.  We get three plots, none of which are particularly deep, but they all have a place: G’Kar and his teachings, the Centauri and the attacks on the Alliance ships, and Lennier … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: It Crawled Out of the Woodwork

The Outer Limits is a series that really runs the gamut from very strong episodes to very mediocre ones.  Ironically, this one follows in the path of the other weak one, The Man with the Power.  The two stories shares … Continue reading

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