The Lone Gunmen
by Suze Campagna
You know them from the x-Files; you loved them in the episodes “Unusual Suspects” and “Three of a Kind”. You were excited to hear they were getting their own series, and you were disappointed in the pilot of that series. Of course we are talking about the Lone Gunmen. For anyone who stopped watching after the first episode because it was too much like the X-Files with Beyers, Langley and Frohike solving the cases, fear not. As promised by co-creator Chris Carter, the show is much lighter than the X-files. The episodes following the pilot have gotten progressively better and funnier, with two additional characters-the stunning Yves Adele Harlow and the adorable Jimmy Bond- we have learned where all the best writing at 1013 has been focused,.
Each episode is more about getting a headline for the paper, rather than solving a case. We’ve gotten o know the characters and seen what each of them has to bring the team. Langley is the computer guy, Frohike is the gadget man, and Beyers is the Voice of reason. Yves, though she works independently, is not just a pretty face, but the real brains, (This is not to say the others are stupid by any means, she just has a different way of at things.) And she seems to be the one with the cash flow. Jimmy, who when first introduced, seemed like the muscle with nothing between his ears, has turned out to be the heart. (And he’s easy on the eyes) the mix of the 5 characters is wonderful and the stories are more what you would except from the Lone gunmen. Particularly humorous is the interaction between Frohike and Bond.
If you tuned out after the first couple episodes, give the show another chance, you won’t be disappointed.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season One DVD
Reviewed by Suze Campagna
I tend to buy DVD’s based on replay value and all the extras. The Buffy season one DVD doesn’t have an overwhelming number of extras, but the quality makes up for that. Listening to the Joss Whedon commentaries, you really get the feel that this is a real person, and not a full of himself producer/creator. His honesty is refreshing, which is not something that comes across in interviews in magazines. The original trailers are interesting to see how the show that I believe gained popularity by word of mouth, was originally promoted. This DVD set is certainly worth owning.
Mist of Avalon
A TNT Miniseries based on the book by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Reviewed by Suze Campagna
Mists of Avalon is my all time favorite books. It’s always unnerving to see something you love so much, turned into something else. I have to say TNT did a wonderful job keeping with the spirit and the theme of the book. Sure huge chunks were taken out, and characters were missing, but for the most part they succeeded in telling the story of the Arthurian legend from the point of view of the female characters and their struggle to maintain the old religion and deal with the intolerance of the Christians. The cast, led by ER’s Julianna Margulies was fabulous
The series was shot on location in Czechoslovakia. It was very beautiful and though it wasn’t England, was very close to how I pictured it in my mind. The score by Lee Koldridge and additional music by Loreena McKennitt was a wonderful backdrop to the gorgeous scenery. This was a good television adaptation of a great book.
The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
A TNT Original Movie
Reviewed By Suze Campagna
This is the story of an over educated man put in charge of the secret treasure of the Metropolitan National Library. When a piece of the Spear of Destiny is stolen, he must retrieve it before the other two pieces are found, for when the 3 pieces are reunited; the owner will control the world.
Sounds like a poor man’s Indiana Jones, well it’s not! Flynn Carson, the librarian (Noah Wylie), has many degrees, but when he is kicked out of the university, he must find a job. He is chosen to be the keeper of international treasures such as the Golden Fleece, Excalibur, Pandora’s Box, and many others. Flynn is a book smart nerd, so when he learns that he must find the rest of the spear, he doesn’t believe he is up for the task. Luckily, the metropolitan library has a martial arts expert in their service to help him and together they set out on their quest. She (The martial arts expert) is the brawn and Flynn is the brains. He is great at solving puzzles and she is great at fending off the evil Kyle Maclachlan and his gang.
It was well executed for a mad for television movie, and maybe some facts were off, but hey, it’s really a fantasy film. Too bad they had to ruin it with romance. But really when it airs again, check it out, if only to see Noah Wyle outside of the ER.
Star Trek: Voyager
Farewell to an Old Friend
Reviewed by Guy Bradshaw
I have been with Star Trek: Voyager since those early brave days when it began the first night of programming for the UPN network. The first time I saw the opening credits I knew something different yet good was to follow. The two-hour premier had, in my opinion (don’t send hate E mail, I never read them anyway) as much to offer as vacuuming the living room. Realizing that first episodes are always a bit shaky I decided to stay with the series, UPN did not make this easy. Voyager started on Sunday nights, then went to Monday, and then Wednesday, followed by Wednesday and Sunday simultaneously, finally finishing up on Wednesday.
Voyager quickly grew on me beginning with the second episode. I found the characters were likeable and differed from each other quite well. Kate Mulgrew played Janeway as if she had been waiting to do so for her entire life, a wonderful blend of nurturing, femininity and courageous gutsy determination. I quickly realized that Voyager offered something new, such as slice of live happenings that I have rarely seen in Star Trek. These included people treating the EMH (Emergency Medical Hologram) like a machine rather than a person. B’Elanna Torres getting angry and hitting a commanding officer, braking his nose, the doctor’s lousy bedside manner and many more things that made the characters more lifelike and endearing.
The setting was different also, rather than the crew being all Star Fleet Janeway had to deal with incorporating would be renegades suddenly turned Star Fleet crew. She also had Chakotay vying for power with her until he realized that she was, in action, as genuine as in words. These settings were blended well and became an engaging and intelligent take on the Trek format.
Do not misunderstand, Voyager was not brilliant all the time, however, it was well made non-formula formula science fiction television. For most of its seven years I happily bought into the show-taking place on a ship in space rather than on a sound stage on earth. “All good things,” as the saying goes brings us to the series finale. “Endgame” began in what has become the traditional Voyager, flashback way, begin past the end go back to the middle, forward down an alternate time line to the end. A clever way of showing us the crew back on Earth, but wetting our appetites for how they got there. Much better than a linear narrative, the story delivered action suspense and Voyager’s always-dazzling special effects. More importantly, the finale was stylistically in keeping with the rest of the series. It did not veer off as many other final episodes do as they try to wrap up many plot lines at one time. We saw how the future Janeway, although admitting to pragmatism, was able to grow and lay down her life so the Borg could be dealt a blow and her crew could get home. For me Janeway’s, and the rest of the character’s ability, to evolve and grow has been one of the best parts of the series. Even though Voyager is seven years old and had begun to show its age this season, the finale was still able to put these little intimate scenes in between of all the action, special effects and explosions. The scene with Harry Kim in the ready room saying,” The destination does not matter it is the voyage” was a bit over the top but an excellent sentiment. Better still, was the wonderfully blocked scene between the two Janeways, as the future one realizes how much her crew does enjoy being with each other no matter how far from earth they are. I did bite my nails in terror when the future Janeway said that she regretted the original decision that stranded them all in the Delta quadrent. This encapsulates the cleverness of the series, as I did not know if the present Janeway was going to say, “Oh to hell with the rest of the universe, my next meal will be a California Condor under glass!” Sorry about that last line, but I couldn’t resist, you have to take your fun were you can get it. Where was I, oh yes, the reason I worried was because on occasion, Janeway has done stuff which borders on psychotic and in the face of protest for Chakotay. In the end I worried unnecessarily; the present Janeway remained true to her principles and, “took the road less travel, and that has made all the differance.”
A six-part TV series based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name.
Reviewed by Suze Campagna
Richard Mayhew had a normal life with a normal job and a normal girlfriend. But it was all turned upside down when he helps the mysterious woman, Door. After he helps her return to her home in the underground of London, he finds that his identity has been lost. The only way he can regain his life is to find Door, who seems to be the key to his troubles. Door, however is searching for the killer of her family. When Richard finally finds Door, the two search together, visiting many wondrous and seedy places meeting many interesting and creepy characters along the way. The story moves slowly at times, but that does not take away form the enjoyment. It is a wonder to watch. All the sets are beautifully designed, from the seedy floating market to the home of the Angel Islington. It’s amazing what they did without the big Hollywood budget. The characters are equally as interesting, each with their own purpose and motives, taking you through the many twists and turns of the complex story. Be sure to watch the interview with Neil Gaiman at the end of the tape. He has an interesting prospective on the production of the program.
Highlander the Series:"Money No Object"
Reviewed by Suze Campagna
(Originally written for Nick Lea.com)
Let me start with the premise for those unfamilar with the series...I tihnk the actuially intorduction to the series explains it best..."He is immortal, born in the Highlands of Scotland 400 years ago. He is not alone, there are others like him, some good some evil. for venturties he has battled the forces of darkness with holy ground his only refuge. He can not die unless you take his head, and with it his power. In the end there can be only one, may it be...Cory Raines."(Opps...I think that's supposed to be Duncan MacCleod.) Ricjie and Amanda are also immortals, Richie has only recently discovered he was immortal, but Amanda is over 1,000 years old. Now on with the review...
In the opening Richie and Amanda are going into a bank in a seedy section of Seacouver. Richie decides wait outside with his bike while Amanda conducts her banking business, she goes in to discover that the place is being robbed by what turns out to be another immortal, Cory Raines.(Nick) Amanda and Cory appearntly know eachother and she goes off with him in the getaway van. Richie, thinking Amanda has been kidnapped, follows them on his motorcyle, only to be forced off the road into a ditch...twice. Duncan and Richie track Amanda down and we learn that Duncan also in aquanted with Cory...Flash Back to 1920's, Amanda and Duncan have just quit the circus and are headed for Chicago, when they witness Cory robbing an armored car. Naturally Amanda is instantly attracted to him.(Would you be?) We soon learn that Cory is acting a modern day Robin Hood, even going as far as to give away his car. He joins Amanda and Duncan, and they are soon stopped by the police, but Cory always has a plan. He get's himself shot and has Duncan and Amanda dig him up. They decide, much to Duncan's disgust, to take this on the road, and thus begins a 5 state robbery spree, with Cory and Amanda getting themselves killed serveral times and having Duncan dig them up...back to the present day Cory has another plan, which goes bad resulting in Duncan getting blown up. But Duncan gets the last laugh.
This is humerous Highlander at it's best. And Nick's smile, that we never see on X-Files, really brightens up the screen. Cory is a fresh change to Duncan's brooding and moral high ground. His "all in fun"attitude brings out the mischievoius, thieving side of Amanda that always make for enjoyable viewing. Richie put it best when he asked Amanda, "How can like that guy, everything to him is one big joke?" and Amanda answers, "Well, that's sort of why I like him." Nick does great job and it's nice to see so much of his great smile. He really brought a lot to the episode and it would be great if we could see Cory agian in the Raven series.
Andromeda 2003 Season Premiere (Forth Season)
Reviewed by Suze Campagna
A lot of people were disillusioned by last season. It wasn’t the show we began watching and the plot took some uninteresting turns. So why watch the new season? Well, I always try to give things a second chance and it looks like there are going to be some good guest stars this year.
The season premiere episode opens with Andromeda on the far side of the universe, believing the Commonwealth has fallen. Harper is ready to give up and Bekka seems hesitant to follow Dylan back into battle. As usual, Dylan persuades them to stay. They get a message from a courier ship which seems to originate from the legendary All Forces Nullification Point, and contained a message from a man named Paroo (Played by Nigel Bennett, best known for his role as the vampire Lacroix on Forever Knight). He claimed to have one of the Commonwealth’s leaders with him. So how could Dylan resist helping? Easier said than done. When they arrive on the planet, they find the Paroo has lost his mind.
They also learn that there might be some new enemy (‘cause they’ve never used that one before.)So now they must once again fix the Commonwealth and find the new enemy…so what else is new?
Still, Nick Lea is going to be in several (4) episodes this season, so for me, it’s must see TV.
Angel Season Premiere (2003) (season 5)
Reviewed by Suze Campagna
The clear line between food and evil has been blurred. That seems to be the basis ser up for this season of Angel. It opened like an ordinary episode, Angel rescues a helpless victim attacked by vampires in an alley and tries to walk off into the fog. However as head of Wolfram and Hart, it is not as easy as all that. As Angel leaves the alley, the Special Forces and publicity teams have followed him and make a big deal out of his usual behavior. Upon returning to the office, we watch each character settle into their new roles at Wolfram and Hart, although Gunn feels he doesn’t have anything to offer. That is soon fixed.
Enter Eve, an advisor sent for the senior partners to ensure the business remains profitable under the new regime. She points out that, although Angel and company have run of the place, they still have to turn a profit. They decide to eliminate most of the evil clients, but when they get their first case, they find that that is easier said than done. They are worried that they will be spending most of their time fighting their clients and staff, but Angel is determined now, more than ever to use the firm as a weapon for good.
It made for a good set up for the rest of the season. Each episode has the potential to be its own case, but it can also hint at the true motivation of the senior partners. A pleasant surprise was Angel’s new secretary and an unlikely ally who shows up at the end.
This is really shaping up to what looks like an interesting and exciting season.
Dune (Feb 2001)
Reviewed By Suze campagna
The Sci Fi channel miniseries based on the classic novel, Dune, was the most watched program in the history of the network, but somehow does not live up to the hype. To be honest, I have never read the book and the only thing I can recall from the original film is something about spice worms and Sting. It is a good and fascinating story, and if this production’s only purpose was to get people to read the book, it succeeded, I don’t think that is what the Sci Fi Channel had in mind; since rumor has it, they are producing the sequel. The acting was good. William Hurt played Duke Leto Atreides and relative newcomer, Alec Newman played his son Paul, whose life is followed throughout the story. The actual sets were beautiful, whether they were in the palace or Muad’Dib’s hidden caverns. The story seemed to drag on a bit too long made it was difficult to look forward to the next part. The special effects looked digitized and the cities looked like models. Too bad Sci-Fi Channel couldn’t have spent the money on better programs, so we wouldn’t have to watch Battlestar Galactica all time.
(POST NOTE: They did spend money on the new Battlestar Galactica and it was well worth it)
Gormanghast (Feb 2001)
Reviewed by Suze Campagna
The BBC mini series Gormanghast is many things. This peek into the lives of the noble born of this mythical world has murder, treachery and more quirky characters than Ally McBeal. The story opens with the birth of the next air to the Gormanghast thrown (Titus), and we are soon introduced to the real villain, Steerpike (Jonathan Rhys Meyers-Velvet Goldmine). When Steerpike escapes from the kitchens and uses his charm and with to deviously get into the lives of royal family. He takes advantage of their weaknesses to get what he wants. He seduces the innocent daughter, lady Fuschsia (Neve McIntosh-Plunket and MacLeane). He convinces the twins, Cora (Lindsey Baxter) and Clarice (Zoe Wannamaker) that they should do whatever it takes to get the power they deserve, including taking the blame for his wicked deeds. He burns down the library, causing the Earl, whose greatest love is his books, to go insane. Christopher Lee plays a servant to the Earl, who is banished from the castle for something Steerpike did, watches over Titus from a distance. Stephen Fry plays Titus’ headmaster.
The set is very pretty, yet eerie, like the theme song. The models of the city were shot underwater, giving it a mystical effect. The story is slow at times, but you will ant to keep watching to see what dastardly deed Steerpike will do next, and wonder what goes through his mind. This is not a once upon a time tale, nor does it end with happily ever after. The characters are complex than that and that is what holds the whole piece together.
The New and Improved Battlestar Galactica
Reviewed By Suze Campagna
In 1978 I was in 6th grade. I was not the science fiction fan I am today, but I loved Battlestar Galactica. The stories were written so my 6th grade mind got what was going on. The graphics weren’t so great, but at that age, who really cared. Especially when the most important this about among my friends was who was cuter, Starbuck or Apollo. (I thought it was Starbuck) So when the new Battlestar Galactica came out, the ideas were not working in my head. Cylons looking like humans, Starbuck as a girl, no Muffet, how could in possibly be as good as the original?
Of course as I got older, not only was the story important, but I feel that even with a good story, if the characters are not well developed, a story can fall apart. So after much prodding from Shaun Lyon and a free download in from ITunes, I decided to check it out.
What a fool I have been! All the changes in the new series serve to add levels to the story and create more three dimensional character. (Not the mention the increased budget spent on better graphics. The basic story is the same. The 12 planets, (whose names match those of the zodiac) are attacked by Cylons. Only one Battlestar remains, Galactica, and it takes a “ragged tagged” of ships across the universe in search of earth. Adama is the commander; the colonial warriors pilot the vipers. Apollo is Adama’s son, Starbuck smokes a cigar, drinks, gambles and is somewhat of a rebel and Baltar has betrayed the humans to the Cylons But really that is were the similarities end.
Let’s start with human looking Cylons. There are 12 cloned models, they think and act human, some are male and some are female, they have emotions and there own philosophy. They easily infiltrated the people of the 12 planets and patiently wait to play their card. There are still the traditional Cylons, but there are not so as clunky looking, they are the workers and the muscle for the cloned Cylons.
Starbuck is a girl, but she is very much like the original Starbuck, but being female, there is an added sexual tension, sometimes between her and Apollo.
Baltar is a fascinating character. He unwittingly caused the betrayal of the human race. He ended up with the fleet and through a series of events, became the Vice president. He has the Cylon woman, with whom he was in love, advising him.
As the characters have expanded, so has the story. It has been developed into something far beyond the original. It makes for great TV. It is what Babylon 5 was in the 90’s.
The third season begins Oct 6th, be sure you are all caught up by then, because the season finale of season was mind-blowing!
Dark Angel Series Finale
Reviewed By Suze Campagna
The series finale that aired on May 2cnd was one of the most amazing pieces of television since Buffy’s “Hush”. I suppose it’s difficult to go wrong when it is directed by the self proclaimed “King of the World” and the shows creator, James Cameron. Cameron, who normally directs for the large screen, did a wonderful job translating to the television format. There was plenty of action and drama that you would expect for Cameron, and he was true to his characters. He left us glued to the television of 90 minutes of excitement and desperation. (It was difficult to change channels during the commercials for fear of missing one second of the program).
The story was left so it could be an end or a turning point. I for one would like to see it go on. We’ve come to care for the characters and I must say that martin Cummins makes a great villain. I hope FOX will see fit for the show to go on.
Forever Knight Trilogy: Part One
Reviewed By Suze Campagna
Way back in 1992, CBS had a late night series called Crimetime After Prime Time, which ran against the other network’s late night talk shows. Each night they had a different series: It was on Tuesday night that they aired Forever Knight. This program was based on the 1989 movie, Nick Knight, which starred Rick Springfield as a vampire cop in Los Angeles. CBS made a few changes, replacing Springfield with Geraint Wyn Davies and setting it in Toronto etc) Basically after years of evil, Nick wants to “repay society for his sins”. (Sound familiar? thought so.) He works the night shift as a police detective, helping the helpless, (Ok, innocent victims) by solving crimes. The stories always contain flashbacks, which pertain to the current case, and a couple of Nick’s old vampire friends are still around. It was a great series, but sadly CBS cancelled all of Crimetime after Primetime when Late Night With David Letterman moved over to their network. After a long internet based campaign, Forever Knight returned to the little screen in syndication. (Part 2 of the trilogy) The following year, the show was revamped (No pun intended…really) by the USA Network, which brought the series to an end. (and the third part of the trilogy)
Forever Knight did air on the Sci Fi channel for a couple of years, so for those latecomers, it was easy to tape the series, but having the DVD’s commercial free with the bug, is nice. But that’s about all you can expect. The quality is only slightly better than the VHS and there are no extras at all. There are five DVD’s in the set, but the index does not tell which episodes are on what disc. Season one also had Canadian versions of each episode, which are slightly longer than the US versions. The much sought after Canadian versions would have been nice, but no, these are the US versions.
It is nice to have season one all together and I do look forward to the next seasons, but if you are looking for more, you will be disappointed.
Roswell Series Finale
Reviewed By Ida Heinken
For three years we watched each of the characters grow and mature and change in the relations to eachother and to their surroundings. On May 15 they said their final farwell. And that was mostly what the show was all about. Though it seemed to build up to something big, it ended in a sort of sad goodbye. Nothing fancy, no one wakes up and realizes it was just a dream and it’s not revealed the whole story was a novel written by Liz. It was just a nice goodbye to a nice show. I’m sorry to see it go.
Farewell to The X-Files
By Suze Campagna
For nine years it made us laugh, it made us cry, it made us angry, it made us question the truth and the line between black and white, though often left with only gray, and it made us think. It gave us characters to love and hate and love to hate, and stories of intrigue, humor and mystery. It rose to the bar of the common denominator television by leaving questions unanswered and left thing s to our own imaginations. It was science fiction accessible to the non fan and now after nine years The X-Files are coming to a close.
Over the years, we’ve seen several different types of episodes from the myth arc, to humor, to monster/psycho of the week, to the mystical.
It all began when Mulder was stuck in the basement with what was known as the X-Files, the cases so bizarre no one else could or wanted to solve. He had a passionate belief in the abnormal, brought on by the mysterious disappearance of his sister Samantha, whom he believed was abducted by aliens. Enter scary scientist woman, agent Dana Scully, sent in to debunk his work. But over the years after being an abductee herself, Scully became a believer, in fact even more so than Mulder. We were given glimpses of the truth, eventually Mulder found out what happened to his sister, but not without cost.
At the end of the seventh season, David Duchovany decided he wanted to further his film career and cut back on his role on The X-Files. Enter Special Agent Doggett to find the abducted Mulder. Duchovany was completely absent and Annabeth Gish was added to the cast in the ninth season, as Doggett’s partner, Agent Reyes, as Scully, no mother of an alleged alien/human hybrid child. She resigned herself to being a teacher at Quantico, but she still helped out Doggett and Reyes on the x-files, but it just wasn’t the same with out Mulder.
Mulder did return in the final episode and even if you never saw a single episode, you got a whole summery of the entire 9 years and the lame truth. Aliens will invade earth on December 22, 2012. [The last day of the Mayan Calendar] I have no plans on that day, do you?
There have also been many great well known guest appearances, including writer, Darrin Morgan, Lili Taylor, Jack Black, Ed Asner, Lily Tomlin, Luke Wilson, Michael McKean, Burt Reynolds, Lance Hendricksen, Jesse L. Martin, Cary Elwes, and Lucy Lawless, not to mention David Duchovany’s Red Speedos.
There were many good episodes and some not so good ones. If you really miss the bad ones, I hear John Shiban is joining the Enterprise writing team.
There will always be debates; is Mulder William’s dad? Is “Home” one of the best or one of the worst episodes? Who really killed Mulder’s father?” In the end no matter how you feel, you still have that common bond, your belief that the truth is out there, even if Chris Carter isn’t ever going to really tell us.
We still have the movies to look forward to and we can only hope Mulder will continue to hallucinate Krycek, but NO MORE KISSING!
Earth: Final Conflict Series Finale
Review by Suze Campagna
The series finale was none too soon. I ask, “Conflict, what conflict?” OK, maybe I was thinking “conflict” meant some sort of Big Bang at the end, but this was more of a fizzle.
Actually the entire last season was a disappointment. The Taelons were at least interesting, though their motives were questionable. They shared and interacted with the humans. But they left when the Avatar, a primitive race of aliens who just wanted to kill all the humans, showed up. Been there, done that! Of course the only one who was fighting them was the most boring of all characters, Renee. Zzzzzzz. And at this point Sandoval has become so predictable in his betrayals of the entire human race, he deserved a better end.
In fact the only reason I even bothered to watch the series finale, after not watching most of the season, was the return of Liam Kinkaid, even if he was preachy. At least there was no kissing, like some other series finales.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer season Finale (2002)
Reviewed by Ida Heinken
This was worth watching 2 hours just for the last 5 minutes. I would rate is in the top 10 best, maybe top 5. The entire episode was a great ass kicking ending to a somewhat weak season. The trio was amusing, but they were not the real villains. Willow’s addiction and love life seemed to come and go and come back quickly. The preparations for a wedding that didn’t happen were silly, but important to the story. Buffy and Spike were great, but could it last? Point being, there was no one big story as there had been in the past seasons, but the last two hours made up for it.
It was intense, edge of the seat suspenseful and even dark. How do you stop your best friend who has gone evil, without hurting herself or crossing a line from which you can’t go back? Brilliant writing and special effects from the start to the finish.
I loved the ending as everyone that needed a resolution got it, to the lovely Sarah McLachlan singing, The Pray of St. Francis”. And then…BANG…I can’t wait for next season!
Angel Season Finale (2002)
Reviewed by Alexander Arntzen
Doesn’t Joss Whedon not do cliffhangers? I mean, yeah, all the little storylines for the season are neatly wrapped up, but this one ended with lots of cliff hangers. Now I know Joss has been busy with other stuff and may not have been as involved with Angel but it is still disappointing. Not that is wasn’t a good episode, it’s just not what we’ve come to expect from the series. We are left with way too many questions, and are unsure who is good and who is evil, and who is coming and who is going.
It was a pretty dark episode too, even for Angel. And Cory was not as quick with her cute comebacks. In fact it seems while she was away with the Grusalugg, she took some unacting lessons.
Overall it wasn’t horrible, but I don’t much care to be left hanging like that.
Andromeda Season Finale (2002)
Reviewed by George Hale
“TV’s number one action hour” as it is now being billed, was just that, full of action suspense, and of course the bit of humor we’ve come to expect from the series.
As the new Commonwealth celebrates 50 member races, we meet a new enemy and new Allies. Of course, we trust Dylan Hunt and his crew will always come through, bur we never know how, and this time they get help form an unexpected place.
The only real disappointment was the anticlimax of Trance’s big secret, her reason for coming back from a bad future to undo it. When she finally reveals it, it’s already too late.
But the small cliffhanger at the end is enough to keep viewers coming back next season.
A SciFi Channel Original Movie
Review by Suze Campagna
It’s no secret why I watched this film; it starred Nicholas Lea, Duh. I wasn’t disappointed. It was your traditional alien of the week movie. In this on, the aliens cane to earth in the form of insects possessing certain humans and eating others who had a particular characteristic. They had to find where the bug people were gathering before they started a colony outside of Houston, where the film takes place.
It wasn’t awful, but there wasn’t anything spectacular about it either, well, except nick. I supper we’d all prefer if they spent the money of Farscape.
Port Charles: Supernatural Daytime
By Suze Campagna
With the popularity of supernatural shows like The X-Files, Buffy and Angel it might be no surprise that ABC is leaning towards that genre to save the ratings of the General Hospital spin off, Port Charles. Traditionally day time soap operas focus on relationships, treachery, bed hopping, super extended story line, with the exception of children who age faster than normal and people who come back from the dead because they had amnesia. They tend to stay away from the more mystical side of life.
About a year ago, Port Charles tried a new format, one storyline every three months. For some reason the stories have all had some sort of supernatural element to them. The First was time travel, as Frank was talking to someone from the past through his computer. The person ended up being his girlfriend, Karen’s mother. He stopped her from going to a dance where Karen was to be conceived, and there for erased from history. So Frank traveled back in time to fix the past.
The next couple of storylines involved a vampire, when Lucy Coe, who always believed in the mystical side of life, went to Transylvania, she met her cousin Rafe, who was a vampire slayer, and she learned that was a slayer too.
Just after Christmas, we met three angels, who were thought to be aliens at first. The next storyline concerned Alison Barrington’s great great grandmother, a witch falsely accused of murder, who speak to Alison through a portrait.
The current storyline involves an avatar, who possesses a human and feeds on other people’s admiration for him. It’s up to Rafe to stop him as he has been trained to not only stop vampires, but other beings as well.
Oddly enough all these strange things that are affecting the characters on Port Charles, so not affect the characters on General Hospital, though we hear and sometimes even see them.
If you don’t normally watch daytime daytime soaps, Port Charles may not be for you, but if you like the genres, especially in this time of reruns, check it out.
Season Finale 2003
A Case of Moral Dilemmas
By Suze Campagna
After watching the second to last episode of Angel, it really felt like one of those Star Trek endings: you know, where all the suspense is built up and you don’t see any way out and the solution ends up being simple. Only in the finale, we learn that there are consequences to the simple solution, and moral choices that each member of Angel Investigations had to make.
First and foremost, Jasmine believed she was creating world peace, though at a cost. She was killing a few thousand to save several billion. The question Jasmine asked, is world peace worth a thousand lives? The other problem is that Jasmine had taken away free will. Would you want to sacrifice your free will for world peace? It’s a tough question to answer.
Angel and company felt the cost of a few thousand lives and free will was too much. Or perhaps Connor was right, with nothing to fight for, there is no reason for a champion-The powers that be at Wolfram and Hart saw it differently. World peace is world peace, no matter how you look at it and to them; the end of World Peace was a good thing.
So in the season finale, each character (Except Cordy, who is still in a comma) was faced with some new moral questions. Because they caused the end of world peace, they were offered the LA branch of Wolfram and Hart, to do with whatever they wanted. They could use all the resources for the power of good, but the fear was would running the dark side cause them to become like the former law firm. In the end they all figured it couldn’t hurt to look around and if they accepted the offer, they hoped they could still fight the good fight. But will they be able to? Only next season will tell.
Angel had other things to decide. Connor had gone over the edge. With the resources at wolfram and Hart, he would have to give up his son; he could give him a normal life he deserved. Another tough choice and in the end hopefully he made the right one as he ventured off to Sunnydale to help Buffy in her final battle.
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