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EPISODE REVIEW: The 100: “We Are Grounders, Part 2” (Season Finale)

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Ok, let’s get the gonzo journalist crap out of the way first: I have just finished reviewing two concurrent series. This one, and “Cosmos II: Armed and Fabulous.” Cosmos, obviously, I was disappointed by. This show I rather surprisingly enjoyed, though I wouldn’t care if it got cancelled tomorrow, or six weeks ago. Enjoyed, not loved.

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The Babylon 5 Novels That Never Were….Except For The One That Was, And Then Got Pulled

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Once upon a time there was a little TV show called “Babylon 5” which was the best SF show of the ‘90s, no matter what Sheldon says, and it totally was not a rip off of DS9. In fact DS9 was a ripoff of B5. But I digress.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: “Unafraid of the Dark” (Series Finale)

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If you’ve ever read Homer’s “The Odyssey,” you’ll know that it took Odysseus a full decade to find his way home after the Trojan War. This sets up an old joke that probably isn’t true: Once upon a time (1968) a review allegedly said that “2001: A Space Odyssey” had that title because it took it forever to get where it was going, and by the time you got there it was hard to really say the trip was worth it. Ouch!

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Atomic Submarine” (1959)

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This is a very rare example of a movie I loved as a kid that utterly left me flat a mere thirty years later. I like space, I like submarines, a movie about a submarine that hunts flying saucers should be gold, right? It’s not. It just totally did nothing for me. The utter lack of excitement is palpable. Even scenes that I remember liking quite a bit – such as when a beatnik and a naval officer get in an argument about uniforms (“These uniforms that your kind hate – these are my work clothes.

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