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EPISODE REVIEWS: Dollhouse: “Needs” (Episode 8)

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I dunno. Something about this episode was slightly offputting to me. I can’t quite explain it, I can’t point to something they did wrong, and it was definitely a hell of a lot better than the first five episodes, but even still it didn’t quite jell for me.

In a nutshell:

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: “Adam Raised a Cain” (Season 2, Episode 21)

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Last week, as you’ll recall, John was lost and Sarah couldn’t find him. This week that cliffhanger is entirely undercut and sidestepped when John calls the other members of Team Connor and tells them to meet at his dad’s unmarked pauper’s grave. He shows them a picture of Savannah he found on one of the dead bodies, and recognizes her as someone he saw at a doctor’s office in one of the many episodes I missed from the first half of the season. Rather than the normal dominance games and pissing contests between John and his mom, he just says “We all know we’re going, so let’s just do it.”

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EPISODE REVIEW: Lost: “Whatever Happened, Happened.” (Season 5, Episode 11)

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On the one hand, not too much happens in this episode. Last week left off with a cliffhanger, this week resolves the cliffhanger and sets up another, broader one. We get a bit more backstory on the missing years for the ones who made it away from the island, and there’s a lot of exposition. Not much happens in a narrative sense, but in a larger sense this episode is kind of like a fulcrum about which the story has been turning.

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: “To the Lighthouse” (Season 2, Episode 20)

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The series - and possibly the season - enters its endgame phase. Team Connor abandon their very nice rental home and head for a new safehouse location. Sarah splits them up in to two groups - her and John, and Reese and Cameron, neither of whom she trusts anymore.

Meanwhile, John Henry goes all bat-guano and starts hurting Savannah, the daughter of Shirley Manson from Garbage. One of the techs is on hand to shut him down, though.

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Kings: "Prosperity" (Episode 2)

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This is my second attempt at a review, because I spent 49 minutes writing the first one only to push the wrong button and wipe it all out. Disheartened, this will probably been more terse than my usual go round.

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Battlestar Galactica: "Daybreak, Part 2" (Season 4, episode 20) Series Finale

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…and so it ends. It doesn’t all make sense, and it goes off the rails more than once, but it is definitely over, and it was pretty good. Well, good-ish. At points. And while this is clearly, clearly not the ending anyone foresaw six years ago when the series began, or thirty-one years ago when the original series began, well, at least it is a conclusive ending. At least it’s done.

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Kings: "Goliath" (Episode 1)

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You know, every once in a long while I look forward to something a whole lot, and it doesn't disappoint me. It's rare - my standards are high and my patience is low, and let's face it: most of TV is crap - but it does happen. It happened tonight.

"Kings" is good.

Well, at least the pilot is good. We'll see how the series goes, but based on this initial outing I have high hopes.

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TV REVIEWS: Battlestar Galactica: "Daybreak, Part 1" (Season 4, episode 19)

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After several months of cooling our heels in Earth Orbit, not doing anything, and after several weeks of randomly moving the scrabble tiles back and forth along the tabletop, but not actually progressing the story, suddenly we get moving again.

This episode was something of a format-breaker, divided somewhat randomly between the present and the past with an extended series of flashbacks.

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TV REVIEWS: Dollhouse: "True Believer" (Episode 5)

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This is a quandry of an episode. It's yet another stand-alone mission, yet while it doesn't feel like it's moving the (As yet theoretical) series arc forward, it feels somewhat less random than the spate of sub-par episodes that have come before it.

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