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10 TV Reviews

Tutankhamen 1x04
Carnarvon and Carter are on the out. ITV underestimates viewer capabilities and intelligence. There is an absence of internal logic. Carnarvon has his fatal mosquito bite. It’s all Evelyn’s fault don’t you know. This was singularly undistinguished and was witless, humourless, contrived and styleless. Carter and his stone hard face can’t have Nice Things.

Carnarvon pulls a Hillary and flops around like a fish. Carter is stupid. Mobs rampage about the alleged misappropriation of treasures. Deference and denial surrounds the dying Lord. There are mentions of the Goldwyns and the sarcophagus is admired. There is no toxic air. There is death, Carter hasn’t aged in 15 years and there is talk of a curse. Carter snots with enraged abandon. There is ridiculous carry on. Evelyn is to marry someone else and Tut is uncovered and then it just ends. This lacked certainty and was certainly not incredibly powerful. Do not let Max Irons act again.

Best Lines:
“I will not hear this.”

“I will not have you become a scandal. I will not allow it.”

“Give me that key.”
“No.”

“If you wish it.”

“The discovery of our age.”

“Tell the chaps.”

“I’ve never seen anything like it.”
“Nobody has.”

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The Americans 4x04

Chloramphenicol
Henry doesn’t seem bothered by his awfully uncommunicative parents. Paige sobs and her common refrain bores. Philip looks strained and Oleg bores. Henry hangs out with Stan. This was fraught, undignified and self-indulgent. Paige has increasing concerns and nervous concentration. Why did Elizabeth and Philip have their inconvenient impediment children again? Are they even sure that Philip is the father?

Martha and her wedding cake hair is asked out to dinner. Gaad is not seen. All Elizabeth and Philip’s years of service and loyalty are for what? Nobody has genuineness and Nina dreams of freedom but doesn’t get it. Stan looks around Martha’s place. People have conspicuous motivations. Martha lies, Philip has a risk appetite and Gabriel lives. Doesn’t Dylan Baker’s character have to go to work?

Best Lines:
“You would be living in a burning house.”
“What’s new?”

“It’s not an easy way to live.”

“Please listen.”

“Wearing wigs and sneaking into motel rooms.”

“Made things worse for herself.”

“I can’t get you out of that kind of trouble.”

“Nobody sane would do this work.”

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Madam Secretary1x17

Face The Nation
Elizabeth whines and bitches and idiots babble. Elizabeth does no decisive interventions and her idiot staff mumbles. Elizabeth flips out about her son’s school having an active shooter drill. The brat son whines. Elizabeth rants and raves her way into a breakdown. No to this. Eric Stoltz co-produces this?

Best Lines:
“Rogue CIA director starts a coup in Iran.”

“Morass of suspicion and blame.”

“There are some trust issues.”

“We’re still cleaning up oil spills American companies caused in the 1970s.”

“Yet this is happening.”

“Inflammatory performance.”

“Drop dead old man.”

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Poltergeist The Legacy 1x08-1x13 Rewatch

Sins Of The Father
Nick takes a case personally. Another old friend of Derek’s shows up. Ugly brown baggy 90s attire is worn. Derek is taller than Nick. This was okish.

Best Line:
“Get ready for anything.”

The Tenement
A slumlord has to live in his own tenement. There is outdated computer technology and this was not overly aesthesticised. Creativity is ignored and there are ugly 90s shirts, huge mobile phones and Derek can be fearsome.

Best Lines:
“I couldn’t be more so.”

“You know damn well how things went.”

The Crystal Scarab
Another old friend of Derek’s shows up. He (Roy Thinnes) has a dying daughter (Nicole De Boer of ‘The Dead Zone’, ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ and ‘Prom Night IV: Deliver Us From Evil’). This was rather better than season 1 ‘Alias’. There is bad make up, bad acting and Derek has a butler. The sick girl turns into an opportunistic, murdering, hypocritical amoral bitch just because. Nick falls for her. There is self interest and this was okay. The gang are imperturbable, coldly efficient and utterly dedicated to fighting evil. There are slightly desperate smiles and sudden hatefulness.

Best Lines:
“Knowing death is just a doorway to somewhere else.”

“Useless member of society.”

Ghost In The Road
Derek wears a truly ugly cardi. Rachel wears yet another miniskirt. Derek and Rachel discover a dead evil Legacy member hidden in the wall of the mansion. Nick meets a phantom hitchhiker. Derek has a maid. Derek wears yet another old man cardi. This was dull hopelessness and fart face Nick is not endearing.

Best Line:
“That which one cannot defeat, one begins to believe in.”

Doppelganger
A mummy from the Cairo house arrives. Philip lurks. Derek dreams. A girl in a polyester Cleopatra wig befriends Kat. TPTB recall that Derek is a psychic. There are moral decisions and Rachel coos over her moppet. A fax machine is blown up and this ep was a suck off thing full of bad decisions and bad acting.

Best Line:
“Each of us does what he must.”

Revelations
This has bad wigs, satanic panic and something going on at Rachel’s old school. Derek visits his sister who is an enclosed nun. She isn’t Dutch. Winston Rayne casts a pall over his children. Winston set something irrevocably in motion back in 1x01. Derek has a highly distorted view of his dead daddy. This show had its detractors and it is easy to understand why. Rachel has emotional upset and evil witch Alison Hossack faces the ruination of her evil plan.

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Supergirl 2x03

Welcome To Earth
The bombastic Supergirl makes America great again as Chris Wood rampages. The POTUS (Lynda Carter of ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Sky High’) shows up and she is an alien. Supergirl is self defeating and exhausting. James is CEO of CatCo. Snapper Carr tries to tell Kara how to write news, she doesn’t listen. The POTUS is attacked. Maggie Sawyer shows up. There is death and what has happened to Carter’s voice? Kara interviews Lena and she learns she has developed an alien detecting device. Earth apparently must learn to extend the hand of friendship or the fist of war.

Winn annoys and J’onn is guarded. This is an ethical morass. Lena has frightening notions. Chris Wood hate mongers and is not as hot as he was on ‘Containment’. James is not living large and talking big. Kara is not a discerning judge of character. There is no adulation for this dull episode. Alex is reckless and entitled. Kara can’t write. There is an alien bar and this was blatant anti-Trump stuff. There is exaggerated respect for the POTUS. Chris Wood is from Daxam. There is continuing stigma of aliens. Kara has no impartiality and there is bad acting. Is Alex going bi? There is no Maxwell Lord and Chris Wood annoys. Kara reveals that Daxam is gone - how does she KNOW?

Best Lines:
“You ought to see my other jet.”

“Where are you human?”

“Emotionally neutral.”

“It’s not us against them.”
“Not yet.”

“Earth’s most notorious alien hater.”

“Here you stand.”
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