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EPISODE REVIEW: Tower Prep: “New Kid” (Series Premier)

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A guy wakes up in totally unfamiliar surrounding, with no idea how he got there. The place seems non-threatening enough, even pleasant, but there’s a fundamental disconnect in that he doesn’t know where he is, and no one will tell him. An annoying-voiced woman is on the PA making announcements. A strange flag flies above the place. Society in this place seems a bit too conformist, and of course everyone wears a kind of uniform. He’s hauled off to meet with the person who seems to be in charge, who seems to know everything about him, but still wants something more.

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DRIVE-BY GEEKERY: Scooby Doo Mysteries Incorporated: “the Shrieking Madness”

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Harlan Ellison turned up on Scooby Doo tonight! No, really! It wasn’t just a name-check or anything, it was Harlan playing himself. There was also a throwaway Galaxy Quest gag (“By Grabthars’ Hammer!”) and the whole thing revolved around the Cthuhlu Mythos, which itself has some SF aspects here and there. Put it all together and it’s a perfect storm of geekery.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The Venture Brothers: “Assisted Suicide” (Season 4, Episode 14)

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Sorry the review is late. I got sleepy, and I know what you’re thinking: Just Tivo or DVR the thing, but remember, kids, I live in Nebraska, which has yet to join the early ‘80s, so such things aren’t possible. Oh, and I'm poor. And I *NEVER* knew how to program my VCR, and the one time I tried to just hit ‘record’ and let it go, the fracking parental controls popped up blocking the show I wanted to watch, so I just got four hours of a picture of a padlock.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “Reflected Glory” (Episode 12)

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This is a episode by Peter David is a standalone that really could have fit pretty much anywhere in the run of the series, but it was probably a good idea stick it here following last week’s raucous two-parter. It provides a tonal shift and a departure from formula that sort of eases the transition back to business as usual.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Sym-Bionic Titan: “The Roar of the White Dragon” (Episode 5)

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This is the kind of episode that comes of watching Tokyo Drift into the wee hours of the morning when you’re *supposed* to be writing a script…

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EPISODE REVIEW: Generator Rex: “Gravity” (Episode 15)

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Remember how I said it was kind of unfair to compare Ben 10 and Generator Rex last week, but that it was kind of hard to resist doing it. Not so much apples and oranges, but like, say, apples and apple pears: Still wrong, but the mistake is understandable. Well, this week that same comparison I refuse to make cuts the other way.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The Venture Brothers: “Bright Lights, Dean City” (Season 4, Episode 13)

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Meh.

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This episode takes place concurrently with last weeks’ vastly superior one, and the two link up at the end.

Dean takes an internship at Impossible Industries. His dad rents him a rathole apartment, and claims he’s only going to be there a couple days, but he gets obsessed with writing a broadway musical about his life called “Rusty,” and ends up spending the whole summer there, progressively infuriating Dean more and more.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: “Ultimate Aggregore” and “Map of Infinity” (Season 1, Episodes 10 and 11)

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Consarn it! I’ve mentioned a few times that my kids are kind of losing interest in Ben 10, and aging out of it, and as a result I’m kind of losing interest in it myself. Then they go and do something like this, which was just unquestionably great from start to finish.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Generator Rex: “The Hunter” (Season 1, Episode 13)

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It is totally completely unfair of me to compare this show to Ben 10, and yet it’s increasingly hard not to do so. Not only was the Ben 10 franchise created by the same people who created this show, but tonight’s episode covers pretty much the same territory as the “Will Harangue” arc in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Sym-Bionic Titan: “Phantom Ninja” (Season 1, Episode 4)

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Thinks pretty much suck on whatever planet it is that Lance and company come from. (I can never remember the name, but it’s pretty goofy) The resistance is wearing down, the king is being tortured by an incredibly creepy alien that climbs *inside* him to get info. Bad times for all. General whatshisname (I always forget that, too) sends the creepy bug to earth to kill - in no uncertain terms - the princess and her protectors.

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