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reviewed House Hunters International. 5 hours ago
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House Hunters International
Recently I overheard a woman on a reality TV show who was trying to buy a house complain that an ideal pad she was looking at didn't have enough of that Spanish charm. Ordinarily I try to stay away from the realm of reality TV, unless it involves upstate New York and/or food, the latter preferably involving Guy Fieri in some way. There was something about this woman that really irked me, though, as …
reviewed WPC 56: Series One. August 17
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WPC 56: Series One
As long as there’s been civilization, there have been morality plays, the many extrapolations and treatises exploring the rights and wrongs of how we live our lives.  While the police procedural has taken many shapes throughout the years (the latest variation of which heavily relies on crime scene forensics), the very best always keep real and decent people at the heart of them.  Why?  …
reviewed Bitten: The Complete First Season. July 31
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Bitten: The Complete First Season
Seriously, when did monsters get all hunky and emo 24/7?  Don’t get me wrong: I’m all for a psychological examination that goes hand-in-hand with being one of the Undead or a bloodsucker or even some macabre changeling like a werewolf … I just didn’t realize that there would be so much emotional baggage on everyone I choose to surround myself with.  Some see that …
reviewed Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "The Unkn.... June 17
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars -
   Now that Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 6 is available to those of us who refuse to sign up for Netflix (curse you, Walt Disney!), I purchased my season ticket and have been watching them one-by-one via Amazon.com’s streaming portal on Fire TV.       (NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of …
reviewed The Returned, Season 1. June 11
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The Returned, Season 1
Before I go any further, let me give you this one clarification: I was one of the fans immeasurably disappointed with ABC TV’s LOST.  Don’t get me wrong: I loved that show!  It’s just that I, like so many others I’ve met online, were more than a bit frustrated that the showrunners left so many questions unanswered in the final estimation.  Yes, I get all of the …
reviewed Orange Is The New Black. June 03
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Orange Is The New Black
I had the good fortune of hearing Kate Mulgrew speak at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention last summer.  While she was clearly there to speak with fans about her work as the first female captain to headline her own Trek program (STAR TREK: VOYAGER), it was equally obvious that she was all too happy to talk about her experiences as part of the Netflix women’s prison dramedy, ORANGE IS THE …
created a list. May 23
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In 2009, Jeff Winger's misguided attempt to score with Britta Perry led him to try to form a study group for just the two of them. She spoiled his …
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reviewed Rogue: The Complete First Season. April 21
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Rogue: The Complete First Season
As I’ve argued before, there are two ways to approach reviewing an ongoing television series.  Critically, the best way to gleam all the good, bad, and ugly for any program is to follow each and every hour, analyzing each one for strengths and weaknesses; however, that isn’t the way most folks approach television.  Largely, folks watch the first hour; make some rudimentary decision …
reviewed Brian May & Kerry Ellis: The Candleli.... April 01
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Brian May & Kerry Ellis: The Candlelight Concerts - Live at Montreux 2013
I love acoustic-style performances.  I always have.  I think there’s honestly nothing as magnificently sublime as pairing the human voice with either a single instrument (or very few) because the arrangement – when done right – tends to showcase the best talent available from both worlds.  Specifically, I think the human voice sounds incredible when backed simply by …
reviewed Broadchurch: The Complete First Season. March 28
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Broadchurch: The Complete First Season
It’s not always easy to review an entire run of one program’s season.  For starters, some U.S. shows can be well over twenty individual hourly episodes, and that’s a daunting investment of time not only on the part of the critic but also on the part of the readers.  In fact, I’ve often argued that it’s practically torturous to even try to do that to myself much …
reviewed Firefly - The Complete Series (2002). February 24
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Firefly - The Complete Series (2002)
First off, let me assure you this: I’m no fanboy who slobbers over all things Joss Whedon.  I don’t dislike the man, nor do I dislike his work.  I have a healthy respect for anyone who can work as long in the entertainment business as Whedon has and still have a regular job doing what he does; it’s just that I – like the rest of society – just don’t necessarily …
reviewed Annika Bengtzon, Crime Reporter: Epis.... February 19
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Annika Bengtzon, Crime Reporter: Episodes 4-6
It used to be that more and more students headed toward college wanted to study journalism.  And why not?  Who wouldn’t want a job where you were paid well to spend a great deal of your time speaking with people?  That isn’t meant as an insult.  As one who briefly considered journalism myself many moons ago, I can certainly appreciate the hard work it takes to crack …
reviewed Annika Bengtzon, Crime Reporter: A Pl.... February 19
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Annika Bengtzon, Crime Reporter: A Place in the Sun
It happens to all of us: just about the time you think a program is about to win you over, it defecates all over the place.  I’d mentioned in my review of LIFETIME – the last installment of the series focusing on a glamorous reporter investigating a life of crime – that, perhaps, ANNIKA BENGTZON had come into her own.  She faced her personal demons – an exhausting …
reviewed Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars (Story 82). February 18
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Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars (Story 82)
I wouldn’t exactly say that I “grew up” watching Doctor Who.  I can admit that I discovered it in the mid-1970’s by way of the local PBS affiliate broadcasting the BBC program here in the United States, and I can say – without reservation – that my first Doctor was the legendary Tom Baker.  (And, yes, I subscribe to that whole wives’ tale that tells …
reviewed Annika Bengzton, Crime Reporter: Life.... February 17
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Annika Bengzton, Crime Reporter: Lifetime
As well as the ANNIKA BENGZTON, CRIME REPORTER series has been produced, I’ve struggled a bit wrapping my brain around the character.  At times, she appears universally driven to expose wrongs in the hopes of seeing them righted, but – more often than not – she goes about her daily life as if completely oblivious to the pain, hardship, and/or suffering she inflicts on those …
reviewed Annika Bengtzon, Crime Reporter: Red .... February 15
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Annika Bengtzon, Crime Reporter: Red Wolf
Long gone are the days when high-class reporters could jet-set around the country in order to catch a big scoop or nail an exclusive before the competition, but, in the world of ANNIKA BENGTZON, there’s still a glimmer of those fashionable yesterdays.  As a crime reporter for a media conglomerate, she makes it her job to corral the big story even if that means she has to sacrifice any semblance …
reviewed Maid Service. February 12
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Maid Service
The thing most casual viewers of animated pornography of which MAID SERVICE most definitely is don’t understand is that this is pretty tame.  Yes, it’s at times torturous, and, of course, it’s at other times more than a bit disturbing … but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from that current critical favorite, HOUSE OF CARDS, it’s that sex – in …
reviewed The After. February 10
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The After
The best thing that one might be able to say based entirely on the pilot episode for THE AFTER is that – so far as production and storytelling goes – it didn’t suck. Granted, there was very little learned about the world these various characters live in – apparently, it’s the End of the World as We Know It and not everyone feels fine. However, there’s a plot twist …
reviewed Kroll Show. January 24
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Kroll Show
Have you seen Nick Kroll’s face? If you haven’t, then you’re missing something kinda/sorta special. That’s not a swipe. He isn’t ugly. His is a unique twist on the ‘everyman’ appeal. He’s got eyes that can balance dramatic subtlety or pop out of his head (figuratively) should the scene require it. He’s got these low-hanging eyelids and a generally …
reviewed Smithsonian Channel: White House Reve.... January 21
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Smithsonian Channel: White House Revealed
I’m a huge lover of history.  Always have been.  Probably always will be.  That’s why I tend to get overly jazzed by releases that offer us – as a culture – perhaps something fresh, new, and original.  I want to see something that I haven’t seen before, and I’d like to done in a respectful way that preserves the honesty and integrity of the person, …
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