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EPISODE REVIEW: The 100: “The Calm” (Episode 11)

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Despite this show consistently improving, I find I’m never in the mood to review it. I don’t know why that is. Anyway, here we go:

ON THE ARK

It’s been several days since The Exodus Ship left, crippling the station. The power finally comes back on. Kane finds himself all alone. He wanders around, and finds some other survivors. They rescue the remaining crew in the control room, and then Kane crawls through a dangerous Jeffries tube to rescue some other survivors who ‘hunkered down and got lucky’ in the service bays. Among them is Clark’s mom.

ON THE GROUND

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EPISODE REVIEW: The 100: “I Am Become Death” (Episode 10)

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Last week, as you’ll recall, the Space Family Robinson blundered into a war with the Grounders, while there was a failed coup attempt and a successful mutiny on The Ark. A dropship with Clarke’s mom aboard managed to cripple the space station while launching, and then crashed somewhere just over the horizon from the 100’s camp.

Actually, it’s more like “The 90” at this point.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: “The Immortals” (Episode 11)

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Have I been too hard on this show? Last week, for the first time ever, I genuinely enjoyed an episode. For the first time, I had no real quibbles. For the first time the show managed to become more than the sum of its parts and actually achieved – for one, brief, shining moment – a quality on par with that of a second-string episode of “Nova.” You know, the filler episodes they throw in there to pad out the seasons that are genuinely interesting, but not nearly as interesting as their usual standard? Probably an episode featuring bugs or something…

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EPISODE REVIEW: The 100: “Unity Day” (Episode 9)

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First, the big news: “The 100” has been picked up for another season!

I have to admit I didn’t see that coming. The ratings haven’t been terrible, but they’re certainly lackluster.  Also, it turns out I was right: the first season WAS a 13-episode deal, which is common for midseason replacements. The second season deal is unclear, but it’s probably a more standard 22 episoe season. That’s  13 with an option to pick up the ‘back 9’ episodes if the ratings are good enough to justify it.

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

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Before we begin, I’m going to do a shameless plug for my new book, “The Bones of an Angel,” which is available for sale on Smashwords here https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/433927 and on Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K348VGI  (Sorry for the long URL links. I don’t know how to embed them on this website). It just came out this month, it’s been consistently five-star reviewed, and it’s only a freakin’ buck ninety-nine. How can you lose?

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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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