Just another thread duplicated from the "old" MI6 forums. Hope the mods don't mind.
Been watching <i>Stargate Universe</i> on Hulu. I previously posted some of this in the <i>Stargate</i> thread on the old forums, but seeing as the show's already been canceled (and will end in May), I see no point in reviving the dedicated thread.
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Wrapping up plot points that have been left hanging since <i>Faith</i> back in early Season 1.5, <i>Visitation</i> covers a lot of ground without actually doing much. This is partially because the story arcs involved are some of <i>SGU</i>’s lamer ones (which, like certain characters in this episode, felt stretched far beyond their normal lifespans), and partially because some of the guest stars (like Dr. Caine) are pretty bland. And speaking of over-extended subplots, the Chloe-alien thing has become kinda boring — despite strong performances from several cast members, it’s hard to get involved in a plotline in which, minus some skin irritation and a math lesson, <i>absolutely nothing has happened</i>.
Still, some of the Camille-Young material was good (the former character is finally slipping into her niche, it seems) and the episode’s conclusion was pretty effective, in my opinion. I’m certainly glad they ended Caine’s saga, at the very least — would it be too much to hope for Chloe’s to end soon as well?
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After the previous week’s comparatively slow-paced drama, Season 2.0 concludes with an action-paced bang. <i>Resurgence</i> isn’t a flawless episode (a shuttle ride that dominates the first half of the episode feels meaningless and the final cliffhanger wasn’t as involving as 1.0 or 1.5’s), but the action was generally exciting enough to distract me from these issues. The episode's “big twist” was something I’d been expecting since <i>Awakening</i>, but it’s nice to have Lou Diamond Phillips back on board regardless. And something’s finally happening with Chloe (although I fully expect to be disappointed when they reveal the results of her actions).
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Now that we're in Season 2.5, it's good to have a new opening montage that isn’t still referencing out-of-date story arcs. More big explosions open and close this superior second half of the <i>Resurgence</i> two-parter, with the crew of the Destiny trying to escape the not-Replicators who are attacking them. Meanwhile, Rush is discovering it's easier to attract bees with honey than with vinegar, and (shockingly enough) Chloe’s little alien dilemma actually serves a purpose. Even with its obvious narrative issues (why are the evil blue aliens suddenly being so nice to our heroes again?), I’m almost tempted to rate this as the best episode of the season just for developing the Chloe storyline, which hopefully means it won't be relentlessly stealing screen time for more repetitive displays of sadness and angst in the final nine episodes.
On another note, the Lucian Alliance plot seems to have dropped off the face of the Earth in these last three episodes. If this plot thread comes back in the future, it’s going to take a miracle for the showrunners to pull it off in a manner that doesn’t feel hopelessly forced. And if it doesn’t come back, then that makes the already-middling <i>Malice</i> rather pointless.
<u><b>SGU Season Two Episode Ranking: </b></u>
Episode (Episode Number) Relative Rating out of Five
Trial and Error (6) ****
<b>Deliverance (11) ****</b>
Aftermath (2) ****
<b>Resurgence (10) ****</b>
The Greater Good (7) ****
Pathogen (4) ****
Awakening (3) ***1/2
<b> Visitation (9) ***</b>
Malice (8) **1/2
Intervention (1) **1/2
Cloverdale (5) *1/2
Still a pretty good season. Not Golden Era-level Simpsons, but far above the nadir of a few years ago.
Dimi,I don't know if you saw my last post on the old forum but I was talking about how I do not read the mangas ( my brother does though). My brother was the one who introduced me to both these shows and I have been impressed. I follow Bleach the most ( I have seen all 193 English episodes), and really enjoy the story line. As for Death Note, well this is just so interesting and engaging. I have enjoyed watching El and Light out smart each other.
Man , The Miz.....has he ever been more unglued than now......scary dude !
That's Bedlum and Mad Dogs finished now - back to crap TV for a while.
All 5 seasons on DVD. Great series, full of action, twists and turns. I loved it.
Man, I can't believe I didn't watch this show earler. It's bloody brilliant.
Yes we need a third season for sure. Yes the show is kind of silly but that's why I like it. It's got a lighter tone, even though there is much at stake. But the premise is so OTT, it keeps the show from getting too heavy. Its a nice change of pace.
I like Fringe too but I'll catch that on the web if I miss it. With V, I like to try and be home to see it live.
I haven't had a chance to check out Fringe yet. I tried watching an episode but felt somewhat lost since I didn't have much of an idea of the overall story that was being told, so I've decided to wait until the summer and start catching up with it to begin watching it when it, hopefully, resumes in the fall.
Episode 1 - Playing for the Ashes
There sould be a model car set for this series. Lynley's Interceptor & Haver's Maestro. I'd buy it. [-O<
("Chuck Vs. The Muuurder")
A fun little murder mystery episode that was a much different type of episode than the show usually puts on. Very good though, with a nice little twist at the end that sets up things going forward for the next few episodes.
("One Life to Lose")
Definitely not one of the better episodes of Castle this season, although it did feature a couple of famous guest stars, including Jane Seymour, which allowed for a few scenes featuring two former Bond girls (series star Stana Katic being the other) which were undoubtedly the highlights of the episode, which revolved around a murder on the set of a soap opera set.
Im wacthing Red Dwarf.
Hilarious. Just happened to see this on the Netflix instant streaming selection and took a chance on it, and ended up watching all 10 episodes in one day.
Castle "Law and Murder"
After an episode last week that focused more on its stunt casting than the actual plot, Castle got back to focusing on the plot a bit more this week with a legal plot filled with so many twists and turns that you're left wondering the same thing that Castle wonders aloud during the episode, which is how this plot didn't end up in a John Grisham novel.
Okay, so I am from the States and I find this show absolutely amazing. I have never followed any other Law and Order (Original, SVU, Criminal Intent etc.), but I've always found them boring when they are on. But something about UK really gets me pulled in.
So the question I ask to all of you from the United Kingdom is: do you all think Law and Order UK is a great show or am I just a deluded American? :-D
Not amongst the best episodes of Chuck, which I was surprised by considering that the earlier episodes featuring Timothy Dalton consistently ranked amongst the shows all-time best. The idea behind the episode was more than solid, but it felt as though something was missing. Timothy Dalton was spectacular, though. Hopefully he'll be back for another episode or two down the stretch run, as the show is much, much better when he's a part of it.