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Scene 35: In The Chariot, Penny grabs the radio to try to warn the other Robinsons. She tells them that she's the daughter who doesn't want to drive the Chariot over a cliff right now, and would really like them to respond. Which, they don't, to her wry look - quickly replaced by fear.

Penny races to save her family.Collapse )
22 July 2018 @ 03:12 pm

Lost in Space
Season 1, Episode 2

"Diamonds in the Sky"

DIR: Neil Marshall
Writers: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless

Blurb: Another crash brings more travelers to the planet, as the Robinsons work to salvage their ship with help from their mysterious new companion.

The Robinsons find they are not the only survivors.Collapse )

14 July 2018 @ 01:57 pm

I know. Once again, I've sorta let a few weeks go by somehow without a review. It's my bad. It's just a rough summer, that I won't bore you with whining about. But I'm working on two reviews right now:

Lost in Space, S1 E2
Piranha II: The Spawning

And then I'll be working on BTVS, S3 E - whichever one I'm on now.
And then 4th is going to be the Giles limited comic series that I turned out not wild about, damn it.

So, I haven't been ignoring reviewing. I've just been distracted by The Blahs.


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Current Mood: discontentdiscontent
29 June 2018 @ 12:51 am

Random Love: Julienne Moore.

I feel, at this point, like I need to acknowlege Julianne Moore, for her embodiment of characters across the spectrum. She's been gay-positive, and she's been "why can't you just be normal?!" characters. And this is brave... On both sides. Either you're "on the conservative side" ... and think that faggots/dykes are 'destroying America' or you're "gay-is-A-Okay" and playing an accepting character.
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18 June 2018 @ 02:09 pm

The X-Files
Season 1, Ep 12


Writers: Chris Carter
DIR: Larry Shaw

Blurb: Mulder and Scully join forces with an inspector from Scotland Yard when a man with pyrokinetic powers stalks members of the British aristocracy.

My Blurb: Just an FYI that in addition to the usual spoilers for the whole episode, this review contains semi-graphic screencaps of burn injuries, for those so affected.

Scene 01: We open in Bosham, England at a country house with a gardner and a chauffer seeing to their tasks. An older gentleman kisses his wife goodbye in the drive as he sets to leave for London (for, as we know - London is the only city that England has).

Our upper crusty dude gives a morning greeting to the workman, one of which is Cecil.

As our gentleman is waving back at wife, Cecil is staring hard at Upper-Crusty, and suddenly the man's arm lights on fire!
As we know, when facing a raging fire, stand and exclaim rather than evacuate. A lesson that everyone should be tought.Collapse )

11 June 2018 @ 12:54 am

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 )

Current Mood: tiredtired
04 June 2018 @ 07:02 pm

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 )

04 June 2018 @ 06:32 pm


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 )

30 May 2018 @ 12:43 pm

Lost in Space (2018)
Season 1, Episode 1


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 )
25 May 2018 @ 12:46 am

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 )