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EPISODE REVIEW: Warehouse 13: “Elements” (Episode 5)

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Something that always bugged me about Star Trek: The Next Generation was that they continually seemed to be laboring under the misconceptions that the climax of a story and the end of the story were the same thing. You can do that on occasion, of course - hit the climax and let people conclude what happens next. Philip K. Dick did that a lot in his short stories - but you can’t make a steady diet of it. You need some time to digest what happened, to think of the ramifications, the consequences, to count the cost, to steel yourself before going on.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Defying Gravity: “Natural Selection” (Episode 2)

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Another interesting aspect of this show is that it’s a truly international project, with the US, Canada, the BBC, and a German company all sharing the funding and contracts for the show. Theoretically, at least, this makes it rather hard to cancel, simply because there are international contracts to consider, and one or more of the partners may decide to go ahead with the story, even if, say, Germany, or the US back out. Just interesting.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Defying Gravity: “Pilot” (Episode 1)

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While there hasn’t been an amazing amount of pre-broadcast hyping for this show, and some people say that it’s already as dead as “Kings,” “Defying Gravity” is an interesting concept for a show: An international cast of talented, intelligent, and above-all attractive people trapped on a space ship for six years as they tour around the solar system. Some wags are already calling it “Greys’ Anatomy in Space,” and if you check the tags for this article, you’ll find that I myself am lumping it in to my “Estrogen in Space” category.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Eureka: "It's Not Easy Being Green" (Season 3, Episode 12)

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This is my second review of Eureka and I have to admit that barring the whole episode 10 issue, the show really feels rather strong in the second half of season 3. I also realized that part of the problem I had with the last couple episodes of the first half of season 3 and the first couple of this side is the lack of a foil for Jack. I think the show is really at its best when he has someone that can think of him as rather simple one moment and then be picking their jaw from the ground the next because he made connections that no one else could.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Iron Man: Armored Adventures: “Masquerade” (Episode 11)

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You know, it was better this week. Predictable as heck from the get-go, but not too awful because of that. The story was more about character interaction than the mystery itself, and it worked well.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Warehouse 13: “Claudia” (Episode 4)

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PLEASE NOTE: Syfy is re-running the first season of Warehouse 13 as a way of simultaneously building up for the new season and and admitting it's got nothing in the way of programming, so, as such, we're re-running this review for those of you who may not have seen it, or the episode previously.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE: That while I feel like we probably should continue to cover this show in its second year, I definitely feel like I don't wanna' be the guy who does it. I've got waaaaaaaaaaaaay too much stuff on my plate, so if *YOU* would like to take a stab at it and reap the (non-financial) rewards of having hundreds of total strangers hang on your every word, and then call you a jerk afterwards, we're probably willing to let you try. Drop me a line at Three@Republibot.com and we'll talk.

Is it too early to start calling this show a Joss Whedon Knockoff?

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We start out with Artie in a limbo-lit set, shot in high contrast black and white, talking to Mrs. Fredericks. He wakes from this dream in his warehouse office to find Mika and Pete phoning in a genuinely funny frantic report from one of their assignments (“No more zoos! Monkeys spit! Did you know monkeys spit?” “You still have some monkey phlegm in your hair.” “It isn’t phlegm”). Then “Claudia,” the hacker from the previous three episodes kidnaps Artie.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Kings: “The New King, Part II” (Episode 12, Series Finale)

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Man, is Saturday Night a bad night for this show, or what? Even I, who love it with an entirely inappropriate fervor, keep forgetting it’s even on, getting distracted by fireworks one night, and a Justice League Unlimited marathon the next. Talk about a show being consigned to outer darkness, it’s schedule is so remote that even those who love it frequently forget it exists. Such an undeserving exile.

In any event, forgive me for the delay. If it’s of any consolation, our favorite show goes out in fine fashion, at the top of its game all around.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Eureka: “Insane in the P-Brane” (Season 3 Episode 11)

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Hello everyone, this is your local friendly Wolf taking over the reviewing duties for Eureka from everyone’s favorite ‘bot 3.0. After the rather unfortunate lameness of last weeks episode Eureka returns with something that while not a great example of the show is still greatly superior. The plot is solved fairly early if you’re paying attention (about half-way through the episode) and the rest of the show is about the resolution which works pretty well.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Torchwood: “Children of Earth, Day 5” (Season 3, Episode 5)

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The thing is, when you’re young you’re indestructible - or at least you think you are - and you’re also somewhat emotionally cut off. You see and hear about bad things happening around the world, and it doesn’t affect you any more than hearing about a sale at JC Pennys. Yeah, it’s awful about all those kids in Africa/Eastern Europe/South America/Southeast Asia, but it’s only theoretically awful when you’re a fat, dumb, and happy adolescent or 20-something.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Iron Man: Armored Adventures: “Ready, A.I.M., Fire” (Episode 10)

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It’s day five of Science Fiction Hell Week, and after a hiatus of seven weeks, Iron Man returns with relatively little fanfare, making me wonder how it’s doing in the ratings. Sure they signed on for two seasons up front, but is it pulling in the viewers they want? Is it a successful show? Do they still believe in it? Are they willing to support it, or are they just burning off the episodes prior to ditching it.

Who knows. I strongly suspect the latter, but I honestly have no information about it.

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