Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.08: The End of the Road

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Ryan Scott and Jane Espenson

Recap: Olivia Colasanto (Nana Visitor) brings Jack, Rex, Esther, and Gwen to the estate where her grandfather, Angelo Colasanto, Jack’s former lover, is staying. Rex has Esther stay behind as a security measure. They will keep the phone lines open between them. If anything happens, she will relay it back to a hard drive in LA.

Olivia explains to Jack that Angelo never stopped talking about him. …

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Review: Doctor Who 6.08: Let’s Kill Hitler

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Steven Moffat

Recap: The “previouslies” involve the story of Amy’s pregnancy, what the baby is, and what she is being used for: to kill the Doctor. It also brings up that a future Doctor was killed in front of Amy, Rory and River, as well as the reveal that River is the child of Amy and Rory.

Despite having left on a cliffhanger last episode, this one picks up several months later. …

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.07: Immortal Sins

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Jane Espenson

Recap: Note: I’m going to do things a bit differently this week in the recap part of my review. The episode jumps from flashbacks to Jack’s past, to the present with Gwen and Jack. I’m going to break up the story into two parts: The first part will be the past story with Jack. The second part will be the present story with Jack, Gwen and Miracle Day.

Recap, Jack’s …

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.06: The Middle Men

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: John Shiban

Recap: The episode opens at PhiCorp central in LA, with Stuart Owens, the CEO of PhiCorp (Ernie Hudson! Hi, Ernie! I remember you from Ghostbusters!), receiving some information from his secretary, Janet (Ciera Payton) – and obvious secret lover – regarding the “Shanghai Deal”. There are maps and layouts amongst the papers. On the news, some woman is talking about the “45 Club”: a group of people who believe …

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Review: Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

By Paula R. Stiles

Cowboys & Aliens (2011). Director: John Favreau. Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Adam Beach, Clancy Brown, Sam Rockwell.

[spoilers ahead]

It’s 1873, in the Arizona Territory, and there’s a gold rush going on. Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) wakes up in the middle of the desert, barefoot, hatless and confused – and wearing a weird, steampunkish bracelet on his left wrist. He doesn’t remember a thing, about anything. He does demonstrate a deadly ability to …

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.05: The Categories of Life

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Jane Espenson

Recap: Dr. Juarez goes to the next meeting for the medical panels, but finds out that they’re finished: The information that they gathered has been sent to Congress and they’ve finalized the “categories of life”. There is no longer “dead” or “alive” but three categories, and they become official at midnight, with rollouts planned for America and Europe. Juarez is horrified and calls Rex to tell him that she’s joining …

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.04: Escape to L.A.

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Story: Jim Gray
Teleplay: Jim Gray & John Shiban

Recap: The episode opens with Esther going to visit her sister, Sarah (Candace Brown), and nieces. The house is boarded up, with “Keep Out” painted on the outside and half a dozen locks on the door. Esther manages to get her sister to open the door but only as far as the safety chain will take it. Esther tells her that she’s going away for …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Tarantula (1955)

By Orrin Grey

Tarantula (1955). Director: Jack Arnold. Cast: John Agar, Mara Cordray, Leo G. Carroll.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every other week, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. For the next couple of films, I’m going to be doing something very different from our last few installments. We’ll be jumping ahead a couple of decades to look at two of the (many) sci-fi monster movies of the 1950s, …

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.03: Dead of Night

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Jane Espenson

[spoilers ahead]

Recap: Oswald is on TV again, being interviewed about why people are accepting him as an “expert” on Miracle Day. He says he’s not an expert, but he’s speaking out about it when no one else is. He calls out the pharmaceutical companies for the profits that they are making on the backs of the people who need the pills that they have. He thinks that the pills should be …

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Review: Doctor Who 6.04: The Doctor’s Wife

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers through 6.07]

Written by: Neil Gaiman

Recap: The episode opens with Uncle (Adrian Schiller), Auntie (Elizabeth Berrington), and an Ood called “Nephew” (Paul Kasey), escorting Idris (Suranne Jones) to a grate in the ground, where she’s told that her memories and soul are going to be sucked out of her by Nephew and replaced, and that it will be really painful. Um, yay? A Time Lord is coming.

On the TARDIS, Rory is rolling his …

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.02: Rendition

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Doris Egan

Recap: “Rendition” opens at Heathrow Airport, where Rex and his men are met on the tarmac, at a private plane, by another operative named “Lyn Peterfield” (Dichen Lachman). Rex’s plan is to extradite Torchwood back to the States, but not before taking away Jack’s timeband, separating Gwen from her husband and child, and sending Rhys and Anwen back to Wales, over Gwen’s strident objections. Eve Myles said that Rex was …

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Review: Doctor Who 6.03: The Curse of the Black Spot

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers up through 6.07]

Written By: Stephen Thompson

Recap: The episode opens on 17th-century Earth, on a pirate ship. The crew report back to the Captain (Hugh Bonneville) that one of the men has been injured – a cut on his hand – and that they aren’t sure if he will survive. Considering he’s walking, he seems like he’s in good health so far. In fact, the cut on his finger is small, just a bit …

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