The X-Files 8.15

Nicholas Lea .

Another bad episode.

It’s bad because:

  • This is no story. There are vague happenings, concerning two men in hospital. One of the men is Mulder, which is what is supposed to make the audience interested.

  • A lot of Scully’s screentime is just her being sad and/or crying. She does/says nothing interesting or heroic. She’s just a wreck. Completely unable to function without Mulder. This is pathetic. And it pretty much makes no sense to me, given the history of the character. But, and this is the biggest sin… it makes for bad television and bad storytelling. Why should be tune in to watch our lead character fall apart like this?

  • This episode is an example of the show taking itself, and it’s mythology, far too seriously. It manifests as various scenes of under-stated dialogue delivered with ultra seriousness. The show feels that it’s enough at this stage to put Krycek and Skinner in a scene and… we will care. Even if nothing much is actually happening. Wrong! We need something more.

Yawn. 3/10

Oh! I see my next episode, which I’m planning to watch on Aug 21st, features Adam Baldwin! Hopefully it’s better than this two-parter.

Orange Is The New Black 1.3

Another engrossing backstory, coupled with many standout scenes: some comedic, some dramatic. Michael Harney and Laura Prepon are two of the highlights, in a strong cast. 9/10

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Sigourney Weaver. There’s really only one joke here, and they keep repeating it.


Gargoyles 2.38

Hector Elizondo. Fast-moving environmentally-aware story with some well-constructed moments of tension.


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Leela’s Parents. Such a sweet story. And with Bender on hand there is no shortage of laughs.


The Incredible Hulk 2.16

Sherman Hemsley, James Wainwright. Interesting story, socially-conscious, with no traditional bad guy in the mix. It doesn’t engage the emotions, but it does provide thrills with a real sense of urgency from start to finish.

The McGee character is used very well, and David comes across really well as a compassionate caring man. Even when he is penniless (as he is here).


Masters Of Sex 2.1

Quick-fire refresher course in all the flawed and fascinating characters that make up this ensemble. Some heartbreaking scenes here, particularly involving the Scully family. 10/10

Married 1.1

Unfunny dark comedy with a mistress storyline that follows a very predictable route. Good regular cast, but not enough Judy Greer in this episode. 5/10

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Kif Is Pregnant. Main story is okay, but there are some great Zapp Brannigan gags and lots of knowing digs at Star Trek.


The Phil Silvers Show 1.17

Investigation. Weak ending where Bilko’s scheme is easily undone. I wonder if this was done for moral reasons? An ending tacked on so that Bilko’s plotting and lying would not go rewarded. Whatever the reason, it really doesn’t work. But up to that… great fun. Sparkling chemistry between regulars, particularly Phil Silvers and Paul Ford, and many hearty laughs.


24 9.5

Best Show on TV!

  • Even without Jack Bauer… this is a fantastic hour of action and storytelling. Thrilling and shocking. With the story advancing at brisk pace.

  • Kate Morgan is proving to be a very likeable character.

  • Fab scene between Kiefer Sutherland and Kim Raver.


The Last Ship 1.5

Old fashioned good guys vs. bad guys yarn, with Jose Zuniga making a great baddie.

Top notch action/tension in final act.

Surprisingly good scenes between Tex and Dr. Scott.


Deadbeat 1.9

Ray Wise, Domenick Lombardozzi. Great guest cast, and a story-of-the-week with a darker/sinister twist. Is the show building up to a proper bad guy to end the first season?

The Camomile story arc stuff finally pays off, too. In slightly clumsy fashion.

That montage at the end was really sad (especially the kid with the ghost dog).


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Jeff Kober . Unsubtle but effective look at capital punishment. Helped by making it a story personal to Seven and her unique backstory. Also helped by a downbeat ending. Any other conclusion would have been a cop-out and weakened the impact.


Veep 3.5

Diedrich Bader. The hit/miss ratio is about 50/50 here, with many gags not really paying off in terms of laughs. And the Jonah storyline (which has been good all season) takes a downturn. This show needs more episodes like 3.2 which was hilarious. 7/10

Motive 2.9

Zoé De Grand Maison, Jennifer Irwin . Another great story! One where the motive was a surprise, and very, very sad. One of the best shows on TV.

Even the lacklustre b-story arc can’t lessen the impact of such a strong tale.


The Listener 5.8

Gabriel Hogan. Departs from formula by putting Becker front and centre and making the story personal to him.

There are some great character scenes for the regulars, especially the pairing of Oz and Tia which happens a lot on the show and works really well.


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Angelique Cabral. Very funny, with some of the best scenes coming from the pairing of James Van Der Beek & (the underused) Eric André.

The fact that Chloe doesn’t impact on the story in the way we expect is also a delight.


The Avengers 153

Kate O’Mara, Roger Delgado. Another superb episode. Engrossing from the get-go, as the viewer tries to figure out what is going on. Original and clever, with many outstanding scenes, sequences and ideas. Sheer perfection, really. Macnee is at his absolute best here, and Thorson is so beautiful that words could never do her justice. It’s also a great episode for Tara King, with some great fight scenes and a real show of strength of character. 10/10

Bates Motel 1.2

Even more world-building than the first episode. But there was no strong story at the centre to keep me invested. 6/10

Hannibal 1.2

The case-of-the-week is ludicrous, impossible to take seriously. And the Hannibal character (the best thing in the show) gets almost no screen time! Without him this show is just a pale imitation of the vastly superior Profiler. 5/10

Enlisted 1.11

Obba Babatundé. Genuinely thought-provoking as well as hilarious. And heartfelt. Both Keith David and Angelique Cabral really get a chance to shine in this episode. 10/10

My Saturday TV WatchList: Enlisted, Hannibal, Bates Motel

My Saturday TV WatchList: Enlisted, Hannibal, Bates Motel

The Rockford Files 4.20

Frances Lee McCain, Kenneth Tobey. It starts very strong, with a compelling mystery and Jim being dogged and heroic and clever (Let’s face it: if you were in trouble Jim Rockford is one of the first people you would want searching for you).

But the story takes a dark turn mid-way through and never quite gels afterwards, as focus shifts to a new character and her story/character arc.

Frankly: I never cared as much about her as I did for the poor guy that Rockford set out to help at the start. So the resolution fails to satisfy. And most of the dialogue about turning your life around feels forced and false.


The Good Wife 3.17

Morena Baccarin. Amusing a-story, which relies a little too heavily on the amazing Dylan Baker. Yes, we love the Sweeney character, but he needs a stronger story than this. The Cary b-storyline IS strong. But predictable. 8/10

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John Glover is hilarious steals the episode from everybody, the voice-over at the end is unbearably sad but the rest is as you’d expect from a ‘funeral episode’ on a show of this calibre. I think I prefer the stories that are uniquely Molly and less generic. Ironically, the more obscure her problem is the more universal it is, and the audience can relate more. 8/10