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EPISODE REVIEW: Cosmos: A Spacetime Journey: “The Electric Boy” (Episode 10)

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EPISODE REVIEW: The 100: “Day Trip” (Episode 8)

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I’ve got oddly little to ramble about this week, apart from one thing that’s been nagging me since day one: if you look closely at the tracking shots of the Ark, you’ll notice a couple space shuttles docked to it. I keep meaning to mention it, but I always forget.

Oh, quick side-note: for those of you who only know me from my reviews of this show, I just published my fourth book, “The Bones of an Angel.” Check it out here http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/433927 or on Amazon. It’s only $1.99.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: “The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth” (Episode 9)

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My computer is fighting me like crazy today , and keeps crashing and/or hanging up. Lucky you: rather than my normal rambling gonzo journalism style I’ll just stick to the topic at hand

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EPISODE REVIEW: The 100: “Contents Under Pressure” (Episode 7)

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I’m beginning to think there’s something wrong with me. I love to read, I love to write, I love to watch TV, I’ve got a gig where I get to do all three, and yet I’m never ACTUALLY in the mood to do it. This is like the 5th consecutive review that I haven’t been able to get jazzed about. One could assume it’s the comparatively low quality of the shows themselves, and while that’s probably a part of it, it’s never stopped me before (“Oh, God, not ANOTHER episode of ‘Generator Rex’”).

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EPISODE REVIEW: The 100: “His Sister’s Keeper” (Episode 6)

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Ok, while we’re waiting to get to the review portion of this show, let’s talk about ratings.

This show has no buzz. No one’s excited about it. No one’s saying, “Oh my gosh, could you believe Montana and Dakota would do that to Carolina on their wedding day?” No one’s looking forward to it. Chatting about online as I do, there’s just no buzz.

 

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EPISODE REVIEW: Cosmos: A Spacetime Adventure: “The Clean Room” (Episode 7)

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Full disclosure: I’m not really feeling it today. It’s Easter, I got up way the heck too early, spent way the heck too much time out of the house today, and ate way the heck too much food, which I paid for by spending WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY the heck too much time in the bathroom.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The 100: “Twilight’s Last Gleaming” (Episode 5)

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Hey, everyone. Sorry this is late, but I literally forgot what day of the week it was. Had 4 doctor’s appointments this week alone, so my concentration is off. Anyway, rather than my normal gonzo meanderings let’s just jump into it:

ON EARTH:

 

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: “Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still” (Episode 6)

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Hoo boy. It’s an obvious joke, so I’m just gonna’ get it out of the way: that title really sounds like an add you’d find in “Home Video Magazine” circa 1980, doesn’t it? “Desiree Cousteau in…” There. We’re done. I was thinking about mentioning the ratings, but honestly we’re halfway done with the show next week, and that seems a better time to discuss it.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The 100: “Murphy’s Law” (Episode 4)

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Despite the gratuitous gore, last week’s episode was a big stride forward for this show, filling in backstory and giving us a focus and some reasonably complex characterization. It also saw a drop of nearly 400,000 viewers from the week before. And we’re down about 800,000 from the premier. This has nothing to do with storytelling (Which is improving) but simply whether or not people are watching. Which dictates whether or not the show will get a second season.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: “Hiding in the Light” (Episode 5)

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Here’s the thing: While the new Cosmos is certainly not a disaster by any stretch of the imagination, and while it’s been getting good reviews from the media at large, I’m not sure I buy it. The people I’ve spoken to in my daily capacity as a blogger and crazy person – some I know, and a whole lot more I don’t – all seem to feel disappointed by it. It’s not that it’s a bad show, it’s just that it’s not living up to its namesake. On any point you care to compare, music, writing, hosting duties, even as simple nostalgia, it suffers when put up against the same points in the original.

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