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EPISODE REVIEW: Chuck: "Chuck vs. First Class" (Season 3, Episode 5)

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[Warning: I write this review while sitting slope-side in Colorado, so I can't guarantee my ability to stay focused.]

Chuck got his first solo mission this past Monday night, much to the objection of Sarah and Casey.  But Shaw was determined to send Chuck on this mission and see if he had the makings of a "real" agent.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Chuck: "Chuck vs. Operation Awesome" (season 3, episode 4)

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This episode makes for a second out-of-the-park homerun in as many weeks for NBC’s show “Chuck”. [Note: as everyone who follows me on Facebook knows, my interest in football ended Sunday afternoon and I am now in baseball mode.]

Last week’s episode of “Chuck” left us with the impression that Captain Awesome had been killed. An impression that lasted about 120 seconds because the preview for this week’s ep showed him alive and walking around (the only weakness in last week’s episode as the cliffhanger ending could have been better served by previews that didn’t take the surprise away).

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EPISODE REVIEW: The Prisoner (Remake): “Checkmate” (Episode 6)

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And it’s done. Finally, mercifully, it’s over. I’ve refrained from really judging this to see if they had some grand concept that would make it all pay off in the end. Did it work? Was it worth it? Find out in the observations below.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The Prisoner (Remake): “Schizoid” (Episode 5)

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This episode is named after “The Schizoid Man,” probably my favorite episode of the original show, in which Six is abducted, renamed, his appearance modified and his habbits altered, then told he’s another person, brought in to impersonate Six. Meanwhile, an actual other person has been brought in and is acting as six. This is supposed to make Six (Who’s being told he’s another person) question his own identity, and thereby “Go fuzzy ‘round the edges” and crack.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The Prisoner (Remake): “Darling” (Episode 4)

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Widely regarded as the worst episode of the original series, “Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling” tells the tale of Six being used by the village out in to the world to solve a problem for them. How do they know he’ll come back? Because they’ve done the old brain-switch-a-roo on him: His body is held hostage back in the Village while he’s running around in someone else’s skin. (Don’t ask.) In the process he meets up with his fiance, and we find out a few things about the spy’s heart.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The Prisoner (Remake): “Anvil” (Episode 3)

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This episode started out much, much better than the previous two, with a tone that could almost - but not quite - be called ‘jaunty’, and for a while there, maybe twenty minutes, I thought “Say, this has some promise!” but then it all fell apart into a ponderous and portentous muddle, and kind of a disturbing one at that.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The Prisoner (Remake): “Living In Harmony” (Episode 2)

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One of the intriguing things about the new Prisoner series is that, judging by the titles, they seem to actually be remaking specific episodes of the original series. “Arrival” was obviously the pilot or first episode, this one, named “Living In Harmony” is named after the Virtual Reality Western episode, then we’ve got “Hammer in to Anvil”, “Do Not Forsake Me oh My Darling,” “The Schizoid Man,” and “Checkmate.” It’ll be curious to know if these really *are* remakes, or just homage to similar concepts, using the same titles.

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TV MOVIE REVIEW: “The Ravagers” (1970)

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The story that led to this TV Movie is long, twisted, and rambling, and at the end there’s precious little payoff to make it all worthwhile, but perhaps there’s a lesson in that. It was originally conceived of as two separate projects back around 1967, when the Dean Martin Matt Helm franchise was going strong and the unexpectedly-well-received Frank Sinatra Tony Rome movies were just getting off the ground. In a nutshell, the great minds behind these pictures thought “Hey, let’s do a crossover picture where Helm meets Rome!

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