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R2’s Day: On Reviews

From nearly day one here on the ‘bot, we’ve reviewed stuff.  I mean stuff.  Lots of stuff- T.V. Shows, Movies, Video Games,  Board Games, Fan Films, Books, Toys…  we’ve watched/played/read things so that you, our loyal readers,  could make informed decisions or, in some cases,  incite discussion.

 

It’s not easy.

 

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God in Science Fiction: Evangelism or Idolatry?

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I believe in God. This is a somewhat unpopular stance in a geek like myself. Secular humanism is generally the order of the day in SF, but, of course, if I was content to follow the herd, I wouldn’t be head writer for this site, would I? Suffice to say, however, that given the obvious rationalist bent of the genre as a whole, religion was kind of a taboo for most of its history.

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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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REVIEWS: EPISODE REVIEWS: Kings: “The New King, Part 1” (Episode 12)

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Man oh man oh man, trust the best show on TV not to go quietly to its death. Instead, the show hits the ground running, and never lets up for an hour, it deviates wildly from the source material, finds its own voice, and yet seems vaguely reminiscent of things we’ve seen before. True, in a week we’ll be done with this show forever, and that’s sad and frustrating, but when the episodes are this good it’s hard to care about our imminent Kings-less future.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Kings: “Javelin” (Episode 11)

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One of the perils and fun parts about basing a story on one of the best-known tales in all of literature is that virtually everyone knows where the beats are in the story, and what to expect. If you’re doing a half-assed job of it, that works to your disadvantage: the ending is written before the beginning, so what’s the point, after all? But if you’ve got a clue, if you’re a storyteller of some strength, this very same thing works to your advantage.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Kings: “Chapter One” (Episode 10)

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If last week was all about hope, this episode is about the death thereof. The king, once so open to the future, trusting, and full of promise, has seen his faith betrayed and learned that no matter how he may wrestle with David’s destiny, the future has no place for Silas. Once again closed off, and all the more tragic for it having shown his heir the soul of the man beneath the crown, he seamlessly shifts gears in to defensive mode, protecting what he sees as rightfully his. And as with all megalomaniacs, what the king sees is his is everything…

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I Blew it... (Edit: Ok, it's fixed now...)

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Just a heads up that I kind of blew it on Kings this week. With all the stuff going on for Quatro de Julio, it totally slipped my mind. In fact, specifically when it was airing, I was in my driveway blowing crap up. I'm sorry.

I'll have one of my typically OCD reviews up ASAP, but it's going to take me a while to find a copy of the episode to watch. Anyone know if it's on Hulu or something like that?

In the meantime, those of you who saw it, please feel free to discuss it amongst yourselves, or you can just poke fun at my incompetence, which is both legion and legendary.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Kings: “Pilgrimage” (Episode # 9)

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Eros, Agape, Phileo, Platonic, Paternal, Maternal, Uplifting, Pure, Forbidden, Eternal, Fleeting and so many others - there are a million different kinds of love, and really none of ‘em make a bit of sense, and they all have one thing in common: love can be damned inconvenient on occasions.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Kings: “The Sabbath Queen” (Episode 8)

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PLAY BY PLAY:

IN THE PAST:
five years ago? Ten? - Gath is massing their forces on the border and Princess Michelle is very sick - evidently with cancer - and is at deaths door, and King Silas can not concentrate. He is beside himself with grief, and near

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EPISODE REVIEW: Kings: “Brotherhood” (Episode 7)

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The best Science Fiction series of 2009 lurches back from the grave, zombie-like, while NBC burns off it’s remaining unaired episodes. It’s strange to think that this was once considered the replacement for “ER,” before cooler heads prevailed. Just ten months ago, this show was eagerly, excitedly touted by the network as “The Next Lost,” and they gladly plunked down $4 million per episode on a twisty, turny, weird biblically-derived alternate history the likes of which American TV has never seen before. Nor, I don’t doubt, will we ever see anything like it again. Which is our loss, all our losses: the network, the viewing public, even the world if we factor in the overseas markets. Sad to see it walking-dead like this, lumbering from one grave to another, from hiatus to cancellation. It deserved better, and, once again, I’m annoyed with NBC - all too common in recent years - and their mad drive to outfox FOX in becoming the place where brilliant high-concept shows go to be brutally neglected and beaten to death by drooling troglodytes who call themselves executives.

But, shameful affront to genre, cast, crew and audience aside, “How was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?”

I’m happy you asked: Pretty damn good, actually! Pretty damn good indeed!

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