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Hello, all. Welcome to another edition of Best Of / Worst Of Character Moments. Our edition today, alas, drags us back to the 80's and the over abundance of horrible fashion... though at least the clashing patterns and colors of the 70's weren't a thing any longer.

This was the era of the slasher killer, all of whom refused to die no matter what the heroes did, and even if they weren't actually supernaturally powered.

Seriously, how many mass murderers did we see get stabbed, bludgeoned, thrown off cliffs, drowned, electricuted and burned up only for them to arrive at the next sequel whole and hardy with barely a hair out of place?

At least our villain in today's subject has an excuse, since he IS actually supernatural... though he's not lookin' quite as good as when he died.

But this posting is really about our main 'heroic' characters. Except, not. Most of our protagonists will be getting a DEMERIT for a little bit of grave robbing, so calling them the good guys would be really misleading.

I present our judgements on the characters of Ladrones De Tumbas [aka Grave Robbers]. It's kinda hard to not think most of our cast have it comin'.


Our Main Players: Captain (Fernando) Lopez, Olivia Lopez, Rebeca de la Huerta [aka Pop Princess], Armando (Bernal) [aka Leader-Guy], Manolo Andrade [aka Unfortunate Headband], Diana (Rebeca) [aka Dark Ponytail aka Diana Safety Pins Jean Jacket].

If you can handle the very 80s wear, go ahead and give this one a watch.Collapse )
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Scene 57: Upstairs, he finds Erica still asleep. As he gets out of his wet clothing, she dreams more images of Roger’s mentor/killer, the Chairman, The Contessa, and the gun firing the lethal bullets into him. She awakens screaming.

Even after awaking, Erica is distraught. She tells Steve that it feels like Peck [a name that has just come up from Roger’s memories to her] was shooting her, that she can physically feel the bullets tearing through her body.

Steve tries to comfort her, but she admits that Steve may’ve been right about taking her experiments too far. She’s now very afraid that Roger’s last moments will keep coming back to her for the rest of her life. Steve tries to tell her that she risked everything to save Mr. Cameron, but Dr. Bergner admits to Steve that she did it for herself. She just wanted to know if she could, and this was her chance to skip years of drudgery through the slow, methodic scientific method, just as Rudy suggested to Oscar earlier.

Steve pushes her to tell him all about Peck, despite her emotional fragility.
So many possible interesting subplots and not one of them explored.Collapse )

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Scene 30: Steve rejoins Oscar, where Goldman reminds Steve he was against the Mexico operation as being too dangerous to their most expensive agent, and to the Ambassador’s life, but he’s glad he was proven wrong. Steve clarifies that Oscar wants him to break Mr. Cameron out of wherever he’s being held when they find him and all within a 48 hour deadline.

Goldman says a Marine strike would be too dangerous and this is the type of one-man operation that they need his skills for [very much echoing Oliver Spencer’s reasoning for having Steve built, prior to his excision]. Steve points out that he needs a place to actually start before he can agent his way to their missing diplomat.


Steve has to rely the sketchy memories of a dead man to find Mr. Cameron.Collapse )

TBC.


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The Six Million Dollar Man
The Solid Gold Kidnapping

Writer: Larry Alexander, Alan Caillou
DIR: Russ Mayberry

Blurb (IMDB contributer - Il Tesoro -- thank you): A criminal organization known as OSO specializes in kidnapping high ranking U.S. representatives. Although Steve Austin has already thwarted one of their kidnappings, he is unable to stop them from grabbing William Henry Cameron right from under OSI's nose. OSO demands one million dollars in gold and Oscar Goldman takes the opportunity to try and lure them out into the open. Meanwhile, Steve accompanies Dr. Erica Bergner, who is testing a new method of brain transferal in order to find out where Cameron is being kept.


Scene 01: We start with the score being played over snippets of Steve’s civilian test piloting/Air Force test piloting [Steve’s background undergoes several shifts before they finally figure him out, which will finally make his career as a undercover agent rather ludicrous when other episodes have him widely recognized and celebrated for walking on the moon! And no, the mid-season‘s cheezy mustache doesn‘t explain it away].

Over scenes of the test vehicle beginning its wobbling, Oscar Goldman is again in direct contact with Steve [and sounding a little too familiar with him, considering they don’t know each other yet, as far as we’re aware… but then again, we’ve already seen that Oliver Spencer has been excised from existence by some unnoticed cosmic-shattering, timeline erasing event].

[Also, our dialog from the last time we saw this accident has all changed, too.]

Steve has his fateful meeting with the tarmac.
We start with an exciting rescue, but then get stuck with talking, talking, talking.Collapse )

TBC.

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Hey all!

Welcome to our ongoing series of Best Of & Worst Of Character Moments in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Our focus in this post is the S3 episode "Revelations", in which Buffy gets some seriously deserved flack for not telling anyone about Angel's mysterious return... especially Giles.

Yeah. I'm completely on the side of Rupert when it comes to this episode.


Our main players who will receive kudos and demerits are: Rupert Giles, Willow, Xander, Cordelia, Angel, Buffy and Faith.



Lots of good! Oops, lots of bad.Collapse )
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I'm still working the review, but man... lots of padded scenes of talking, talking, talking. Very little bionic action going on. But I'm still off tomorrow, so I should be able to get it posted by tomorrow night anyway.

The X-Files review should be easier [and much more interesting... I do believe Eve is one of the good 1st season episodes], and should be posted tomorrow as well, or Tuesday.   Yeah, yeah.

So, here... have a Best Of / Worst Of Character Moments post instead!


Good episode elevated by both the acting and the deepening mystery of Sam.Collapse )
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12 April 2016 @ 02:29 pm
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I'm so glad you asked. This weekend, for the first time in forevering, I have a three day weekend. So, you'll have the reviews for at least the Six Million Dollar man telemovie, "The Solid Gold Kidnapping" as well as X-Files' "Eve".

Now, far be from me to promise too much since I'm woefully inadequate about knuckling down on such, but I'm really going to try to get in Supernatural's "Shadow" as well.

I'll also have a couple/few "Best of / Worst of Character Moments" to post.



See, I'm not quite gone.


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Current Mood: wore out, almost certainly depressed
 
 
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04 April 2016 @ 08:46 pm
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Once again I'm left asking myself why I'm watching this show. All it does is upset and frighten me for our characters and they can never win one. Ugh. I just don't know why I'm doing this to myself.

Is this what the comic series is like? 'Cause I haven't bothered to collect it since it's so, so far into that series. But if it is just one horror after another after another, then I don't think I want to ever get into it.

I thought SPN was a dour series, but this is feeling like it's nihilistic. And I'm just wore out, I think, on the "no hope" thing.



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04 April 2016 @ 06:55 pm
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 10, Issue 25

In Pieces on the Ground” pV

Writer: Christos Gage, Art: Megan Levens, Color: Dan Jackson, Letters: Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt [of Comicraft]
Cover: Steve Morris

Blurb: The Mistress and the Soul Glutton have eluded the Scoobies once more… leaving them with an ever-expanding portal to contend with! Willow struggles to keep the portal from expanding further, while on the other side an army of demons waits to invade [E]arth. Buffy and Co. must find a way to close the portal before Willow’s strength gives out and the demon dimension is allowed to merge with ours…

Commentary: Why will whoever writes the blurbs not realize that Earth is a proper name and ergo is capitalized in the context that they’re using the word. It’s bugging me, now.

It was okay, until that revelation at the end that changes everything.Collapse )

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27 March 2016 @ 03:31 pm
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BTVS, Season 03, Episode 12

Helpless

Writer: David Fury
DIR: James A. Contner

Blurb: As Buffy’s eighteenth birthday approaches she loses her Slayer powers just as she must go up against a crazed vampire who has kidnapped her mother.


Buffy getting backstabbed by somebody closest to her was a real blow... TO ME, who cares about Buffy"s feelings.Collapse )
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