Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Sunday Review

TV this week:

  • Primeval: "Series 4 Episode 6" - Wow. Jenny returns and there are a few really cute puppy-things. This episode was LOADED with stuff. I loved Connor's slip up with the wedding location. And Abby's reaction to it. I was particularly interested in Matt's part of the story, and how Emily refuses to just sit around. A great episode.
  • Young Justice: "Drop-Zone" - And the team picks a leader. And we all knew who it was going to be, but I was not prepared for his speech that he was just taking the leadership role until Robin was ready for it. I kind of wished he'd have wiped the smirk off of Robin's face. Anyway, he turned out to be a pretty good leader, and I liked their reaction to Batman's critique of their mission at the end.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold: "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!" - The word "odd" doesn't even begin to describe this one. Not even close. But then, what do you expect from Bat-Mite? Favorite bit? Probably the shark tank PSA.
  • Being Human (US): "Some Thing to Watch Over Me" - Aidan and Josh set up the Neighborhood Watch, and Sally meets another ghost who can teach her. The US version of this show continues to diverge from the UK version, while still going through some of the older plots. I'm enjoying most of the characters. Sally isn't nearly as interesting as Annie, but she has her moments. And, frankly, Aidan just annoys me.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: "Mystery Solvers Club State Finals" - Scooby teams with Captain Caveman, Jabberjaw, Funky Phantom, and Speed Buggy to find their human sidekicks. This was ... a trip. A terrifying trip into the past of Saturday morning cartoons. And it was disturbing on so many levels, I don't think I'll get over it any time soon.
  • Being Human: "Lia" - As Mitchell tries to find Annie, George is arrested on his transformation night, and another werewolf is forced into a cage match. George's butt! Wahoo! Ahem. Mitchell takes a step I really didn't expect him to take, but I knew he was doing it as soon as he and Nina started discussing the dying man. Overall, a very interesting episode with the introduction of some interesting new characters.

My Kindle book this week was Down in the Bottomlands by Harry Turtledove and L. Sprague de Camp. This is a collection of three stories, two by Turtledove. In "Down in the Bottomlands" a murder mystery must be solved in a world in which the Mediterranean Sea never filled with water. In "The Wheels of If" by L. Sprague de Camp, a man is moved through realities into a world that could have been. Harry Turtledove revisits the man from the previous story in "The Pugnacious Peacemaker". Three strong stories in a good anthology. Each one is an alternate history, and each one does a fantastic job with world-building within the changes realities. I loved the key moments in each of the Turtledove stories where everything came together. A pretty good collection of tales if you love alternate history.


Bill D. said...

They started airing Mystery Incorporated again? I'll have to see if it's available on demand. I'm so behind.