Another strange, atmospheric episode. Dreams play a large part in telling the story, and Swamp Thing again does nothing much. Mostly, he hangs around and frets. 6/10
Review of: The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Stacy Keach! Dean Stockwell! Barry Bostwick! Sheer perfection. All TV should be this good. It’s funny, but the stories have heart and pack a genuine emotional punch at the end. The cast are simply wonderful and the guests deliver great performances. This is an episode to treasure. 10/10
Easily the darkest episode so far. Not just because the bad guy wins, but because of the way get inside the Red Queen’s psyche. Some of the scenes, especially her two confrontations with The Jabberwocky, were scary.
Love the reveal of who Cyrus’ mother is. Delightfully clever. 10/10
- The non-linear storytelling really works well here, as we keep going back to the bank robbery.
- Much faster pace than first episode.
- Even when nothing much is happening (such as the early scenes in the RV) the show maintains interest, because we are so intrigued by mystery of the bigger picture of what the frak is really going on.
- Really liking all of the characters.
Fran Drescher, Kevin Pollak. A wonderful episode, with many superb scenes.
- The car race with Ari in his new Ferrari.
- The confrontation where Ari punches the other guy.
- Ari’s triumphant return home.
- Any/All of the short scenes showing the success Eric is having with the script he represents.
- Most of all: the singing scene at the very end. Non-stop laughter guaranteed.
Review of: Entourage
On a side note, this is the last appearance of Gretchen Corbett as Beth Davenport. Shame. 7/10
Review of: The Rockford Files
My favourite Kojak endings are the ones with the long, lingering freeze-frame as our hero ponders the needless carnage. The best ones tend to be outside, in the snow. But even this one, inside in the warmth, raises the quality of an otherwise average episode.
Ron Rifkin, Robert Alda.
- Slow to get started.
- Quite wordy. Particularly the first half. Maintaining interest is a minor struggle.
- Lots of clunky directing and voice dubbing doesn’t help. Again, in the first half.
- Story does take an unexpected (and enjoyable) twist at the midway point. Things get much better after that.
- The ending doesn’t pack the emotional punch of similar (and better) episodes of Kojak.
- But, it’s still a perfect example of the type of Kojak ending I love: something bad has just happened (usually involving unnecessary death and/or suffering) and our hero carries the weight of it all on his shoulders. I don’t think many shows were doing conclusions like that back in 1975.
Susan Oliver . Disappointingly ordinary tale, which doesn’t really fit in with the premise for the series. The fact that Johnny is a (cool) private eye is kinda irrelevant to the events that befall him here. And he doesn’t accomplish anything, either. Merely avoids getting killed (by a killer who inexplicably took a long time to get around to killing the only witness to his crime). 5/10
Review of: Johnny Staccato
- Not quite as strange as the first two episodes, but still an oddball mixture of events masquerading as a story.
- The main plot revolves a dying man who has stolen and hidden some money, while the secondary plot revolves around Swamp Thing trying to get out of Jim’s house.
- Performances are better, but some of the dialogue is clunky and the episode fades to black with many questions unanswered.
Review of: Swamp Thing