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harsens_rob
11 June 2018 @ 12:54 am
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Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Season 1, Episode 4

"The Vampire"

Written by: David Chase & Bill Stratton
DIR: Don Weis

Blurb: The victim of a vampire in accidentally resurrected outside Las Vegas, and she makes her way to the City of Angels where she becomes part of the world's oldest profession.





Scene 01: We start with Carl on a jet flight. As he's cruising above the world, he's - of course - busy speaking into his tape recorder. He records that a road crew in Las Vegas was digging up for a new highway south of the city. It would be helpful to thousands of people... but for one, it would be A NIGHTMARE!

A slow start, but a strong finish.Collapse )
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harsens_rob
04 June 2018 @ 07:02 pm
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Scene 40: As they're racing away in a purloined Jeep, Grogan asks if Maggie has a dime.

This was so that he could stop at a payphone (ask your parents) and call the summer camp grounds to warn them not to let the children go in the water. Naturally, he babbles about killer fish, so is unbelieved by Mr. Dumont, who accuses Mr. Grogan of drunk dialing the camp... again.

With this a bust, Paul and Maggie race down toward town.

But they're then intercepted by a Sheriff's department patrol car. They can't outrace a patrol car in a Jeep.

They try to explain to the deputy about the piranha, but like Mr. Dumont, he is a) unconvinced that this isn't a hoax and b) recognizes Grogan as the always-drunk asshole who lives above the town. It seems that Grogan has had run-ins with the law before.

They're taken into custody, by the fast-to-draw-his-gun deputy.
It is CHAOS! CHAOS! But an awful-lot-of-fun chaos.Collapse )

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harsens_rob
04 June 2018 @ 06:32 pm
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Piranha
(1978)

DIR: Joe Dante
Starring: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy





Blurb: An army laboratory conducting top-secret genetic research on piranha for biological warfare accidentally releases their experiments (no they don't... that would be the good guys) in the water supply... and the fish are headed downstream toward a summer camp.


Scene 01: We open on a downward pan shot at night from the top of a security fence as ominous music plays.

Old, wore out signs report that this is a restricted area and there is to be no trespassing.

Out in the night, young girl and boytoy are hiking near Stageset Creek. They're following Stageset Creek just to see where it goes, which leads to our "No Trespassing" sign. Boytoy says it looks like the place has been deserted for awhile, whatever it used to be.

Our two adventuresome kids head on inside through the in-disrepair chain link fence.

Girl wonders why the place isn't shown on Boytoy's map. Obvs, nothing happens and they spend a boring night under the moon... hah, no...

There is always some damned scientist mucking about.Collapse )

TBC...
 
 
harsens_rob
30 May 2018 @ 12:43 pm
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Lost in Space (2018)
Season 1, Episode 1

"Impact"

DIR: Neil Marshall
WRITERS: Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless





Blurb: On their way to a new life on colony Alpha Centauri, the Robinsons face a crash landing on an uncharted planet, and have to survive a harrowing night.


Scene 01: We start with a family of five around a table. They're in space suits in microgravity. Father is dealing out cards, but the atmosphere is full of nervous energy.

The game is "Go Fish". But clearly this is a time waster because whatever is happening is out of their hands at the moment.

One of our daughters, which will be Judy, complains that the Resolute had made 23 successful trips, so what happened this time. Maureen tells her daughter that there isn't any purpose in dwelling on things they can't know. In the background, the computer starts issue low alert chimes. It announces that they are completing the de-orbiting burn, and John Robinson orders everyone to put their helmets on.

With their helmets on, Penny is able to see Will's cards. She cheats.

The ship suddenly bangs and shakes, the gravity returns suddenly, the computer interrupts the music playing and announces that atmospheric disturbance has been detected, as the ship is obviously attempting an unplanned landing.

Maureen assures her children that the computer will land them just fine, as that is what it's for.
The Robinsons are stuck in an Irwin Allen disaster.Collapse )
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harsens_rob
25 May 2018 @ 12:46 am
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Penny Dreadful
Season 1, Episode 1

"Night Work"

DIR: J.A. Bayona
Writer: John Logan





Blurb: In London of 1891, renowned explorer Sir Malcolm Murray and his companion Vanessa Ives are on the track of someone dear to him. Vanessa decides they need a sharpshooter on their team, as their search leads into the hidden supernatural world, existing in the dark warrens of London.


Scene 01: We open with a fight focus on a young girl, apparently sleeping soundly. Next to her lies her mother. The room is obviously horribly cold, as both are fully dressed under their covers. And since we're in Victorian London, I think we can tell straight off that we're with a pair of the city's have-nots.

Mother creeps out of bed. Our mother is up and about, because she has to visit the loo. The toilet sits in front of a darkened set of windows, and from outdoors, the mother hears strange rustling & banging.

Sudden, with a loud growl, the windows bust in and mother is yanked with force and speed out into the night with a single, short scream!


Commentary: Now, that was how to introduce a dark series. And how to do a jump scare. I actually jumped a little, even though obvs this woman was a deader the moment she left her room. *Whew*
The acting got me right way. I want to watch more.Collapse )
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harsens_rob
22 May 2018 @ 05:35 pm
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Angel
Season 9, or 11
Issue 12

"Dark Reflections", part IV

Writer: Corinna Bechko, Art: Geraldo Borges & Michelle Madsen, Letters: Richard Starkings & [Comicraft's] Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Scott Fischer




Blurbbing: When young Liam was turned into a vampire, he became exceptionally bad. Under the name Angelus, for hundreds of years he reveled in killing and left horror in his wake. In 1898, he received his comeuppance through a gypsy curse that returned to him his soul and his conscience. Now known as Angel, he has been trying to make up ever since for all that he did as a soulless, evil monster.

Winifred "Fred" Burkle is a brilliant and quirky physicist who has been through her own series of mystical events and works with her friend Angel to make the world safer. Fred shares her body with an Old One, a goddess named Illyria; it's weird, but it seems to be working out.

Plagued by a vision of impending doom with connections to his past, Angel has been traveling through time with the help of Illyria, hoping to stop the coming disaster. But all of their efforts on history seemed to be making the future worse; and so, the trio has returned to the present, where things are not what they were. They have a battle to win against an incredible, tangible force that they still don't understand...

In order to save reality, Angel has to once again sacrifice something dear.Collapse )
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harsens_rob
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Supernatural
Season 1, Episode

"Something Wicked"

DIR: Whitney Ransick, Writer: Daniel Knauf



Blurb: Dean gets a second chance to right a wrong from his past when the brothers get a mysterious tip from their father about a case they'd worked years ago, but left unfinished [this part shouldn't be revealed in a blurb].

A really very good episode.Collapse )
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Current Mood: another review done... YAY!
 
 
harsens_rob
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The Walking Dead
Season 02, Episode 08

"Nebraska"

DIR: Clark Johnson, Writer: Evan Reilly

Blurb: In the aftermatch of the barn massacre, the group deals with the loss of Sophia and Shane's outraging Herschel's group.





Scene 01: We start off immediately following Rick's shooting of Sophia, as the camera focuses on Rick's gun. He lowers it, and then we refocus on the grim look on his face.


Commentary: And immediately, I am liking the direction. The closing of last episode with the crane shot was excellent, but I like that we're starting this episode both is silence, and more intimate with our tight focus on nothing but Rick.

Very nice directing.



The aftermath of the barn slaughter... is pretty grim.Collapse )

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harsens_rob
23 April 2018 @ 01:19 pm
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Angel
Season 09 or 11, Issue 11

"Dark Reflections" part 3

Script: Corinna Bechko, Art: Geraldo Borges & Michelle Madsen, Letters: Richard Starkings & [Comicraft's] Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Scott Fischer




Blurb: When young Liam was turned into a vampire, he became exceptionally bad. Under the name Angelus, for hundreds of years he reveled in killing and left horror in his wake. In 1898, he received his comeuppance through a gypsy curse that returned to him his soul and his conscience. Now known as Angel, he has been trying to make up ever since for all that he did as a soulless, evil monster.

Winifred "Fred" Burkle is a brilliant and quirky physicist who has been through her own series of mystical events and works with her friend Angel to make the world safer. Fred shares her body with an Old One, a goddess named Illyria; it's weird, but it seems to be working out.

Angel is trying to track down the source of a vision of impending doom that is somehow connected to him and his past. After chasing several false leads through various periods in time, his latest attempt to save the future was to simply destroy his past self -before his siring- but his reckless plan failed thanks to Illyria's interference. In the heat of the moment, passionate feelings between the two surfaced -which is going to make things awkward for Fred...

Angel & Fred are back in the present, but the damage is done!Collapse )
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harsens_rob
16 April 2018 @ 06:40 pm


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Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Season 11, Issue 12




"One Girl in All the World"

Script: Christos Gage, Art: Rebekah Isaacs & Dan Jackson, Letters: Richard Starkings & (Comicraft's) Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Steve Morris

Blurb: Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been saving the world from the forces of darkness since she was a teenager. Alongside her vampire boyfriend Spike; her best friends, Wiccan Willow Rosenberg and normal guy Xander Harris; her sister Dawn; and her formally old but now magically reborn as a thirteen-year-old mentor Giles, Buffy has found nothing they can't face together... until now.

When a dragon decimated San Francisco, rogue elements in the government used the attack as an excuse to crack down on supernatural beings, including draining their magic. That magic has now been absorbed by the ringleader, Press Secretary Joanna Wise, who again summoned the dragon... And then drained its power to become unstoppable!

Joanna Wise has all the power she wanted. Now, what can she do with it?Collapse )


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