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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Eyes” (Season 1, Episode 16)

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It’s possible that I haven’t watched this episode since it first aired in ‘94. My oldest son says that I did watch it when we last went through the whole series about three years ago, but I have no knowledge of it. I remember the ep, particularly the ending, but overall my memories were pretty squishy, which is unlike me. Maybe I left the room, or fell asleep? I *do* know that this was one of those episodes that I tended to avoid in reruns, much like the Space Hippies episode of TOS. There wasn’t much there to hold my interest.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Terra Nova: “Occupation” and “Resistance” (Episodes 11 and 12)

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Tonight brings us to the season - and possibly series - finale for Terra Nova, a frustrating little show that never had all that much potential, and yet still somehow never managed to come even remotely close to realizing it. Small targets are harder to hit, I guess. Ratings place this show on the bubble. It quite literally all comes down to tonight’s two-parter. If good, you’ll get another season. If not, well then this is our last view of the Shannon family.

So how does it end?

Actually, not badly:

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EPISODE REVIEW: Sanctuary: “The Depths” (Season 4, Episode 11)

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It is therapy time at the Sanctuary.

Will and Magnus are discussing closing some smaller Sanctuaries in the network. Since they no longer work with the government, money is a bit harder to come by. Henry is tracking the movements of the SCIU (Specified Counter Insurgency Unit). They are hunting an abnormal in Bolivia. Magnus remembers her father looking for an elusive abnormal in Bolivia. Legend has it this abnormal can give people strength and wisdom. Magnus’ father was the only one who returned from an expedition to find the creature. He warned all to stay away.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Terra Nova: “Within” (Episode 10)

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I’m kinda’ stoned. Dentist’s appointment. I didn’t sleep well last night, and I got up crazy early so I could have a cavity filled - my first one ever - and it was all fairly grueling, and the upshot (or downshot, as the case may be) is that even after sleeping for three hours once I got back, I’m still kinda’ dopey and buzzed. So if my review is less coherent than usual - not that it’s ever all that coherent - I beg your forbearance.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Sanctuary: “Acolyte” (Season 4; Episode 10)

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Sanctuary is back on Friday night and Kate Freelander is back on Sanctuary.

Declan and Will are racing through the jungle trying to find Helen Magnus. They leave the jeep and race on foot towards a hotel. They try to raise Helen on the radio. As they try in vain to contact her, the building explodes.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Sanctuary: “Chimera” (Season 4, Episode 9)

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It is a special episode of Sanctuary. Because it aired on Tuesday? Partly, but it also included the return of Nikola Tesla and Adam Worth.

A spider like bot is wandering around the halls of the Sanctuary. It enters Helen Magnus’ room. Just as it is about to attack, Helen awakens and grabs the bot. She wakes Henry Foss and they go to the computer lab to review security footage. The bot entered Will’s and Henry’s room before it was captured by Magnus. The bot ‘bites’ the victim in the back of the neck and downloads the person’s memories. Both Will and Henry are fine.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Grail” (Season 1, Episode 15)

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I’ve generally praised B5 for its willingness to break the “Religion Taboo” in SF, and treat it as an aspect of human psychology and society in its own right, just like love or music, which may not be true, but which doesn’t require justification. Alas, sometimes you go too far, and you…well…read on…

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EPISODE REVIEW: Terra Nova: “Now You See Me” (Episode 9)

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This was a pretty good episode which I will attempt to relate without revealing any spoilers like “Skye is the mole.” Despite the fact that Skye is the mole, and despite the fact that it’s revealed in this episode, I’m not going to say a peep about it. So read on content in the knowledge that this will be a spoiler free review, and that Skye’s “Special Relationship” with the plot will not be revealed. (She’s the mole. Did you know? I didn’t know!)

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Sanctuary: “Fugue” (Season 4, Episode 8)

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Is it Glee? No. Is it American Idol? No. It is Sanctuary: The Musical!

Sanctuary, a Syfy channel series, follows Helen Magnus and her team as they track and try to protect Abnormals, things not human or animal.

The show opens with Helen, Will, and Declan as they try to subdue an abnormal. Having no luck with normal stun guns, Helen goes for the Big Gun. The abnormal is stunned unconscious and turns into Abby Corrigan, FBI agent and Will’s girlfriend.

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EPISODE REVIEWS: The Walking Dead: “Secrets” (Season 2, Episode 6) and “Pretty Much Dead Already (Season 2, Episode 7)

I was doing family stuff last week, so the final two episodes of the first half of Season Two (don’t you just hate split seasons?) are reviewed now. Together, they’re a slow burn with a gut punch at the end. This is a show about perspectives and reactions, which gratifyingly refuses to simply demonize anyone.

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