Archive for the '*Action' Category

Gisborne: Stalker or Sexy Bad Boy?

Saturday, December 1st, 2007 by BetaCandy

ETA: This review covers Series 1 only. Series 2 has not yet aired in the US at the time of this writing. 
I’ve been meaning to write about the dynamic between Marian and Guy of Gisborne on BBC’s Robin Hood series for a while now. Watching an episode commentary in which one of the producers debates […]


The Sandbaggers: Special Relationship

Sunday, November 18th, 2007 by BetaCandy

The Sandbaggers was a brilliant 1970’s British TV series that chronicled the inner workings of a fictitious government intelligence unit within the SIS. These spies spent more time doing paperwork and squabbling with politicians for the resources to do the job with which they were tasked than they spent in action. But when action happened, […]


Sometimes all the analysis in the world…

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007 by BetaCandy

“Wonder Woman was stupid because she was always so dreamy-eyed about that guy, and he was Lyle Waggoner, the ’stupid guy’ who didn’t get the jokes on The Carol Burnett Show. Which is really saying something!”
My mom, ladies and gentlemen, on how she had better TV role models in the 50s with Annie Oakley and […]

Chuck: Fantasy products

Monday, October 22nd, 2007 by Purtek

Having watched the first couple of episodes of Chuck, for the most part, I’m pretty impressed. It’s a fun show, with a neat concept–the basic premise of it is that a supremely regular guy, a somewhat underachieving geek, suddenly finds himself in possession of all of the state secrets anyone could ever want. It’s an […]


Sydney Bristow’s just too damn nice to be a spy

Sunday, September 30th, 2007 by BetaCandy

I’ve been overdosing on spy shows lately. This caused an unconscious pet peeve with Alias to finally rise to the surface: there’s just no way someone as nice and happy and sweet and kind and loved by friends as Sydney Bristow would choose to be a spy.
Spies are messed-up people. From James Bond to Michael […]


Bionic Woman

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007 by MaggieCat

*Spoilers behind the jump for the pilot of Bionic Woman, premiering September 26th on NBC at 9pm.*
In the re-imagining of Bionic Woman Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan) is a bartender raising her teenaged sister Becca, when she and her boyfriend Will are involved in a horrible car crash. Her injuries should have been fatal, but luckily […]


“I’ll tell you what I want. I want something now.”

Friday, August 24th, 2007 by Rook

“The Warriors” was filmed in 1979 and is about feuding gangs; I went to see it expecting that it would be fun but utterly misogynistic, possibly with a side of gay-bashing. Instead, it pulled off a difficult feat: it showed misogynistic characters, but demonstrated that they were in the wrong, and did so without feeling […]

Burn Notice: Fiona

Friday, August 17th, 2007 by BetaCandy

Burn Notice is a fun show about spies. It features two women: Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) and Madeline (Sharon Gless). As per usual, they exist only to orbit our usual White Male Lead as his love interest and mommy, respectively.
Now, both of them are potentially interesting characters. Fiona likes to blow things up, which sounds promising […]

Anime Heroines: Sailor Moon

Thursday, June 21st, 2007 by Patrick

I’m a 27 year-old man, and I love Sailor Moon. Love it. I just finished re-watching the first season, and I will freely admit that I cried at the last two episodes.
Yes, it’s a magical girl series aimed at teenage girls. No, it isn’t full of fanservice. I love it because Usagi and her friends […]

Scene That Could Have Been

Saturday, June 16th, 2007 by SunlessNick

I love watching deleted scenes, even for films I find disappointing. Apart from any other reason, at times, I come across a scene that would have improved the film dramatically had they been included: case in point, X-Men the Last Stand.
One of the scenes was an alternate version of the scene where Rogue […]

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