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The River: Season 1 Review

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From the writer & director of Paranormal Activity and the man who brought us Amazing Stories, Seaquest DSV, and Terra Nova comes The River on ABC. Steven Spielberg and Oren Peli team up to bring what ABC hoped would be there new “Lost”. Was it? Let’s take a look at season 1.

The River is a found footage / sci-fi / horror / fantasy / mystery / reality-styled show. It stars Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, Nowhere Man) as Dr. Emmett Cole. Leslie Hope (24) plays Emmett’s wife Tess Cole. Lincoln Cole, Emmett’s estranged son and research doctor, is played by Joe Anderson.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Take the Celestra” (Story 16)

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Much as I’m enjoying reconnecting with the original Galactica (And I am, brother, believe you me, I am), it’s hard to work up any enthusiasm for these last two episodes. The show has passed its creative peak (As of last week, actually), and this episode seems oddly out of place. There’s nothing you can point to as specifically *wrong* about it, in fact there’s a lot of good stuff in here, and it’s not like I’m not used to digging through crap to get to the diamonds in this series - I actually kind of enjoy it, truth be told - but this time out, somehow, it just doesn’t work.

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EPISODE REVIEW: V: "Uneasy Lies the Head" (Season 2, Episode 8)

Beijing--a male peace ambassador begins to dissolve and a woman screams.

On Anna's ship a live-aboard is screaming in the needle machine as DNA is extracted (why do they treat DNA like it's a finite resource? I mean, have the V's really attained that level of technology without figuring out how to sequence and replicate DNA?) Anna thinks the 5th column leadership has been destroyed.

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Ugly TV Realities And How They Crippled FlashForward

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I was talking to a friend about FlashForward, and the crazy rapidfire way it aggressively sabotaged its own attempts at generating plot tension. My friend suggested that maybe they thought the audience couldn't understand the whole "Fate vs. Free Will" thing, and they were dumbing it down for the audience. That gave me pause, and I thought about it for a bit.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “The Gun on Ice Planet Zero, Parts I and II” (Story 5)

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Last time out we discussed the wonky ways the episodes of this series can be numbered. This two-parter could be considered episodes 6 and 7, or 8 and 9, or (In the syndicated movie package) 3. This one is more confusing than most, actually, since there’s a rumor that this was actually intended to be the second episode of the whole series. We’ll discuss that more below.

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No Ordinary Family: Knockoff or Merely Derivative?

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This fall there's a new superhero family series on ABC. When I say "Superhero Family," I assume you're wondering if it's a superhero show aimed at 'the whole family from baby to grandpa' or if it's a show about a family of superheroes. In this case it appears to be both.

Jump through for the trailer!

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Lost Planet of the Gods” (Episodes 2 and 3)

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Last time out, I gave you the literary equivalent of the Vietnam War by way of a review. I apologize. Again. I had a lot of info to get through, but let’s see if I can do it in a less murderously insane fashion this time out, by which I mean: “Shorter”

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Saga of a Star World” (Episode 1) Chapter 5

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ATENTION JOYLESS CITIZENRY! You've made it! You've survived CLASSIC BATTLESTAR GALCTICA WEEK here on Republibot, though whether or not you'll ever fully recover or enjoy life and love again is a matter of some debate.

Fortunately, as I've gotten NEARLY every bit of behind-the-scenes information I know out of the way in this review/essay/master's thesis, subsequent editions should be quite a bit shorter and less grueling. Unless Maren Jensen emails me or something, and suddenly I'll end up with a lot more to talk bout. But that's not too likely.

Anyway, if you've lasted this long and I haven't yet beat all interest in the subject out of you, read on, content in the knowledge that while I probably *will* do this to you again, I probably *won't* do it any time soon. And if I have managed to overwhelm and destroy your childhood love of all things Galactican...cool! Just hang out, and our normal friday night reviews will be up a bit later.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Saga of a Star World” (Episode 1) Chapter 4

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It's CLASSIC BATTLESTAR GALACTICA WEEK here on Republibot, and a special edition of our much-lauded "Retrospeculative TV" feature in which we go into literally nauseating detail about a show you've probably already seen so many times that you're sick of it. And do we do this for money, or for fame, or for fortune? Well, yes, actually, but there's really not all that much of any of that to be had on a fool's errand like this. No, mostly we do it because I'm horribly longwinded.

No, wait, uhm...love of the genre. Yes. We do it for love of the genre. And the lingering shards of my 11-year-old-boy crush on Maren Jensen. Seriously, hubba-freakin'-hubba!

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Saga of a Star World” (Episode 1) Chapter 3

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Welcome to our special, unaccustomed, Wednesday edition of "Retrospeculative TV," in which we take your quest for the knowledge of arcane pop culture, and punish you by not letting you go until you've smoked the entire box right in front of us, and get all sick and stuff...Because it's Classic Battlestar Galactica Week!

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