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Review – Stargate Universe – Alliances (S02Ep13)

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

No matter how many times I almost die (and even when I do), you can't kill me!

This week:
Greer and Camille head back to Earth while a Senator and a scientist board Destiny. Earth comes under attack. Yes it was as exciting as that sounded.

Pluses:
Finally some Greer development but we barely touched the surface.
Always fun to have French Stewart on my screen.
Even cooler when you remember French Stewart was in the original Stargate movie.
Varro finally got some lines and screen time.

Minuses:
Oh dear god this was such a pointless episode,
Filler.
The sets were terrible.
Looked like it had a budget of $350.
Telford.
Dull story.
I thought it was going to be some Lucian Alliance onboard Destiny thing – how wrong was I?

This is why this show was cancelled. It was a long way South of average, but still better than Cloverdale.

#onepandawhoreallyshouldntexpectmore

Review – Stargate Universe – Twin Destinies (S02Ep12)

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

That is one Destiny down, one to go.

This week:
Mathboy finds a way to dial out using the power of a star. Rush thinks it is too dangerous and against the mission of Destiny. Telford wants to go home and uses any and all means of persuasion.

Pluses:
It wasn’t the worst episode.
I did like the multiple timelines.
Elli’s weighty guilt.

Minuses:
One of the things I used to like was the grey – the leads are so one dimensional now.
We still have to watch Telford.
Young, worst leader ever or worst leader ever?
Umm what happened to that whole Lucian Alliance thing? Is Varro the only one left?

It wasn’t terrible, it was just average. There could have been so much more (as I find myself saying a lot with this show) but it just failed to deliver.


#twoandahalfaveragepandas

Review – Community – Critical Film Studies (S02Ep19)

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Heading back, on the track, for a little green bag.

This week:
It is Abed’s birthday, so Jeff arranges an awesome Pulp Fiction party for him. Unbeknownst to Jeff, Abed has his own plans – to have a proper sit down dinner with real conversation.

Pluses:
OMG Abed’s sweater! (This plus the voiceover was an instant tell to the movie they were taking on this week)
The gang’s Pulp fiction outfits.
Troy and the suitcase.
Dany Pudi’s acting.
Jeff’s voice over.
So amazingly funny.
Jeff backstory.
Britta character development.
Not too much Pearce.
Cougar Town (say it in a breathy way).

Minuses:
Little too much Chang (not my favourite character).

With homages to two movie classics as well as the running Cougar Town story line, this episode was up there with the best. The story within a story within a story within a story. Classic. I don’t want to say much more because it will give it away, but if you have seen the major movie this episode hangs on (not Pulp Fiction) you will love every single second of this week’s Community, and probably will love it anyway.

In fantastic recent (since I last blogged about Community) it has been renewed for a third season. It is so nice to see a smart comedy finally accepted and not left hanging with a reasonably early renewal.

#fourandahalfsweatercladpandas

Review – Fringe – Stowaway (S03Ep17)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

When old friends like these meet, anything is possible.

This week:
Bellie joins the team and Walter is having a grand old time of it. Peter is facing yet another challenge in his relationship with Olivia, and a woman who can’t die is trying to hitch a ride to heaven.

Pluses:
Seth Gable as a guest star. He would be a great recurring character.
Walter and William – what a team.
William flirting with Astrid.
Very nice case of the week.
I must admit I didn’t see what happened happening – more of a vessel arc for that character.

Minuses:
Torv just doesn’t convince me in this capacity.

I really loved the idea of this episode. That someone can get stuck. It was approached very differently to Type 4 in Being Human. You can’t say this was better or worse than their take on it as they came it from a totally different direction. I must admit I had more empathy for Sasha than I did for Dana Grey but that was predominately because we knew so much more about her.

#threeandahalfzombiepandas

Review – Fringe – Os (S03Ep16)

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

 

"You canno' break the laws of physics!"

This week:
Floating men found in Boston. Peter and Olivia are all “Summer of Love.” Walter is wearing his guilt poorly. Hurley got a job off The Island. William Bell.

Pluses:
Always fun to see Hurley (Jorge Garcia) though massively under utilised.
Interesting concept.

Minuses:
Peter and Olivia all smiley happy BS. You don’t want to be happy in a gritty SciFi drama – didn’t anyone tell them that?
Walter’s over inflated self importance/self blame.
One day Astrid will tell Walter to go eff himself.
Nina getting way too close to Walter.
The manifestation – oh please…. why that character and not someone like Hurley?
Very much a case of the week with little to move us forward.

Overall, I was quite disappointed in this episode. After last week’s outstanding episode, this one just didn’t stand up to Series Three standards. Bring on next week please.

#twopandas

Review – Stargate Universe – Deliverance (S02Ep11) (mid season return)

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Screen time doesn't equal character development.

This week:
We are back! Things pick up right where we left our depressed anti-heroes, in a pickle. Mega-Chloe’s call for help is answered, and Destiny now has another set of problems to deal with. The drones are taking a toll, there is a suicide run and only Faux-McKay can save them.

Pluses:
It certainly wasn’t as bad as some of the preceding episodes.
Some funny moments when they are working with the drone.
Nice to see our blue alien friends again.
At least the amusing Patrick Gilmore got some screen time.
The always engaging Jen Spence finally got some story but there was no explanation as to her anxiousness.

Minuses:
It was a very “McKay” solution to their problem.
The only thing that made Chloe interesting has gone.
Colonel  Young, worst leader ever?
Telford is still under-utilised  and a waste of space.
Blink and you miss TJ.

This episode wasn’t bad, it was just average. I was quite disappointed to see there was a real lack of depth to this episode. They didn’t have to wrap everything neatly up in 40 minutes, and as such, the more interesting characters got passed over. The whole resolution really frustrated me, as that was my main beef with Stargate Atlantis.

#twoandahalflostintheuniverserpandas

Review – Fringe – Subject 13 (S03Ep15)

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Recorded on Doctor Walter's handy Beta Max.

1985 Fringe Opening Credits HD

This week:
We go back in time to 1985, 6 months after Peter was taken from Over There. We see life in both universes, how both families deal with the grief, and how Peter is dealing with that knowledge.

Pluses:
OMG So that is how Walternate knows!
Peter and the city below the lake.
What made Walternate.
Why Walter was using the Cortexiphan kids.
A field of white tulips.
Crossing over and seeing sky ships.
Orla Brady is once again outstanding as Elizabeth Bishop (in both worlds).
John Nobel plays the same character, the same person but different so well.
Peter and Olivia (the two child actors were amazing).
Peter’s choice of a toy. I wonder if that is because he wants to go home.
BSG – though I remember BSG as before 1985.
Rubic’s Cube.
Space Shuttles.
Star Wars.
Elizabeth’s lies – heart breaking.
How far Walter was willing to go.
Peter being so careful in his words to Olivia.

Minuses:
Why didn’t Peter remember?
Some of the attention to detail was off, but that didn’t detract for me at all.

After an iffy episode last week that didn’t leave me inspired to blog at all, this one took my breath away. The Peter development. The greater understanding of early Olivia (not just what happens at the clinic). Amazing.

#fiveretropandas

Review – Nikita – Echoes (S01Ep16)

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

She's coming... /yawn

This week:
We pick up straight where we left off last week. Amanda wants answers and with Percy’s blessing, she is taking advantage of Alex’s state. Nikita is putting together an exit package for Alex, and Michael is a dog with a bone. Much of this episode takes place in Alex’s subconscious.

Pluses:
Very interesting development of the Alex character.
Michael’s obsession.
Birkoff’s patronising manner.
Nice not to have a mission of the week to bust.
Who Alex was running from.

Minuses:
Amanda’s arc this episode.
Too soon for a confrontation as per the episode cliffhanger.
Not enough Nikita doing her thing.
What Alex wants is what all women want kind of feel.
So slow.
Painful editing.
The chase scenes weren’t well done.

While I was watching this episode I wasn’t quite sucked in, even if I was a bit frustrated with the delivery. I felt it limiting, but I understand it had to be shown to cast disparity on her current life and what her life would have been/could become. It also ups the ante for Nathan in coming episodes, however overall I found it very slow and if not for the last 30 seconds, it would have been a very low panda event.

#twoandahalfpandassavedbythebell

Review – Community – Intro to Political Science (S02Ep17)

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

This may be my sister's outfit, but do you think these shorts make me look fat, Annie?

This week:
Progressive yet folksy Joe Biden is coming to Greendale to meet the Dean and the student council. With no student council, elections have to be held immediately. What could possibly go wrong?

Pluses:
Abed action (as much as Abed can).
Secret Service.
Jeff’s total domination of the debate without saying a thing.
Annie’s AV presentation. I laughed so hard I almost cried.
Greendale CCTV – loved their ticker too.
Key marks (Had me laughing before the credits).
The Dean’s sister.
Pierce wasn’t nearly as annoying as usual.

Minuses:
POP POP.

I loved this episode on so many levels. Abed and the Secret Service interactions were just glorious. Annie and Jeff’s interactions. Pierce’s motivations… all gold. Such a strong show, and this episode was great.

#fourandahalfsouthparkpandas

Review – The Vampire Diaries – The House Guest (S02Ep16)

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

So let me see if I have this. Jane walked, then she skipped and finally ran? No! Way! This is riveting.

This week:
Damon realises that Katherine was willing to sacrifice him so she could be free and isn’t thrilled. The Martins try and rescue someone important to their master plan. Girl’s night out. Product placement. Caroline sings and discovers that the truth won’t always set you free.

Pluses:
I do like Caroline as a character and as an actress, though she does scream funny. There has been talk of her playing the reboot of Buffy, would hate to lose her from TVD.
The cellar scene.
Caroline “breathing through it.”
Matt’s reaction.
Witch burial ground. That sounds like it will be big soon.
Katherine vs Elena.
Katherine playing Elena as she oft is want to do.
Katherine vs the floor thanks to Damon.
Ding Dong. Who’s that at the door? (no it isn’t Secretariat)

Minuses:
Elena’s response to her friend wanting to shag her little brother.
Bonnie finding what was lost – damn.
Bonnie and Jeremy.

This episode was a LOT better than last week’s. I only saw one of the twists tonight coming, and I think everyone would have guessed it. The rest, no way did I think things were going to occur the way they did. And that last scene? Poor Jenna.

#fourtwistandturnpandas