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James Woodcock
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Forces tv have just started showing UFO - not seen this since I was a kid.
Definitely of its time, but I’m enjoying it.
Can clearly see how Moonbade Alpha was to be season 2’s moonbase pre Space 1999.

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Revisited SPORTS NIGHT. Man, Jeremy is a dick sometimes. And what is up with that purple light in the ceiling? How would you like to be the person whose desk is under that?

Also checked in again with Stephen Cannell's BROKEN BADGES. Man alive, I love this show so much more than I should. First off, Eileen Davidson as "Bullet" Tangrides. Can not take my eyes off of her. Electric. Also, the humor holds up. Yes, naturalism in TV was still a couple of years away, so, okay, it plays like the A-Team, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. 

Jay Johnson from SOAP plays, as the title sequence describes him, "a compulsively violent ventriloquist." Killer moment from the pilot: His dummy Officer Danny warns the bad guy, "Hold it! Stanley's got a gun! And don't... make... him... use... it. Because it gives me a real headache..." From the second episode, the team's new psychiatrist is taking down their contact info. She asks Stanley, "Is this still your number?" and he looks about uncomfortably.

He leans in and confides, "That's Officer Danny's out-call number. He's joined this all-mahogany escort service. It's good money, but the girls who call are so kinky... The things they expect a straight, wooden, hand-controlled puppet to do..." 

The cajun accent Miguel Ferrer is made to affect is deeply unfortunate, but hey, the guy on that potato chip commercial doesn't say, "Ah gar-OWN-tee it," and all of you out there don't get Gambit.


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Just finished the first season of WAREHOUSE 13.
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Dipping into the second season of THE OUTER LIMITS, with the second episode broadcast, “Warm Hands, Cold Heart”. William Shatner heads up “Project Vulcan”, a single-pilot probe of Venus, from which he returns... changed.

Shatner is at his most Shatnerian, much more than he would be on STAR TREK just a few years later. The story suffers from being half an hour of plot stretched to an hour. Parallels to “The Architects of Fear”, but with a puppet “monster” that looks like it would have been more at home on FIREBALL XL5.

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Catching up on X-FILES season 11.
And there are episodes there as good as it was in its prime. 
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LOST: Season 5 [2009]

Where it all starts to go downhill, from the opening two episodes...



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Petter Myhr Ness
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Where it all starts to go downhill, from the opening two episodes...
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For my part, I thoroughly enjoyed the fifth season. :)
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM (mixed seasons)

Watched a string of these. Obviously some humor will be dated, but Jack's miserly ways seem to transcend time and is still funny.
Seeing the embodied voice of Mel Blanc at work is a bit surreal. He had the ability to crack up the cast much like we would see from Tim Conway decades later.


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For me, LOST remains one of the eternal mysteries of the universe. People liked this? REALLY liked it?
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I think Lost was liked by a lot of people because they
got caught up in the mystery and the clues, then when it
seemed that the writer`s were making it up as they went
along with no clear direction or ending in sight, they
were too afraid to admit that it was turning out to be
crap.
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I enjoyed the early seasons of Lost but bailed once it became clear that what the show runners were saying was plainly untrue - every noise of the smoke monster would be explained, yeah right.

Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes dealt with the same themes in a far better manner
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CHILDRENS HOSPITAL (2008)

First season. Eight minute episodes. Funny stuff.

And Lake Bell. Nuff said.

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For me, LOST remains one of the eternal mysteries of the universe. People liked this? REALLY liked it?
+++++++++++++

The JJ Abrams Effect. People falling for a lot of flash and dazzle which signifies nothing.

He's excellent at stringing people along with the illusion of depth and meaningful answers to questions, but he's totally incapable of finishing anything in a satisfactory way. A parade of empty mystery boxes. Or boxes full of crap.
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Don’t hold back, Greg. 
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Oh, the time for holding back is over. This guy is a hack. He has a knack for casting, action, and pacing, but he's a hack, otherwise. He's built his movie career by ripping off the work and styles of other people. More importantly, he and his cronies are directly responsible for the destruction of both STAR WARS and STAR TREK. That makes it personal. And, in almost exactly ten months from now, he's finally gonna be the one left holding the bag.

So, yeah, no holding back, thanks.
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Everyone back slowly out of the Forum. No sudden movements...
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Slowly realizing CHILDRENS HOSPITAL was filmed in the same real (abandoned) facility as SCRUBS.
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Public Eye - The ABC Years

I've been working my way through the Thames TV episodes (series 4 - 7) of Public Eye following a recent repeat run. I've been enjoying them so much that I ordered the DVD of the five remaining episodes from series 1 -3 (sadly the other 36 episodes are currently missing). 

What a superb series it was! It ran from 1965 -1975 and Alfred Burke is wonderful as down-at-heel enquiry agent Frank Marker. They are definitely of their time production wise but the quality of the writing shines through even today. One of the surviving series one episodes features Carole Ann Ford in her first role after leaving Doctor Who - a very different part as a northern girl lured into the world of prostitution in London.

Fingers crossed some of the missing episodes are recovered one day.


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Third and final season of CHILDRENS HOSPITAL. Wacky.
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