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Castle Rock 1x04+Babylon 2x04&2x05+Doctor Who 11x09+The Invaders 1x15+Supergirl 4x07 Reviewed

The Box
This was not powerfully good as the kid is freaky. Castle Rock is thick with whispers and nobody has absolute morals. Henry plans to put his mother in elder care and he has chagrin and he does a campaign of harassment against Alan. Castle Rock is mournful, odd and unsettling. Menace is not imagined. Nobody has moral stability. Henry has self-centred recklessness and a strategy of threat. There are imponderables and no moral principles.

Nobody is resolutely moral. Henry is often confrontational and implacably opposed to Alan. There is no moral health. Henry has no abrasive charm. Things are disconcerting, heavy with portent and there’s a mood of darkening conspiracy. Henry is driven by anger and emotional turmoil. Decisions are not based around logic in this unsplendid ep. Molly is a bad person to a near pathological level.

Henry is deliberately difficult. There is inept arrogance and this ep is frequently unrewarding. People brand each other as liars and are joy destroying trolls. The kid is especially malevolent as he ruins the nice guard who was trying to help him. There is a melancholy tone, deep bitterness and people should be apprehensive around the kid but aren’t. To their cost. There is no complexity. Henry demeans Alan and inevitability casts judgement and feels morally justified in the choices he is making. The kid is mysterious, enigmatic and comfortless.

There are melodramatic devices but no quiet intensity. Sense goes out the window. Henry is ostracised as persona non grata. There is no compelling tension or sufficient verve just spite and stupidity. Henry has loudly voiced contempt. This ep is an endurance test as it feels histrionic and stagy with no disciplined storytelling. This is preposterous mordant melodrama.

Henry is gimlet-eyed and relentlessly self-satisfied. There is not psychologically intensity and tragic levels of self-involvement. There is
no masterful storytelling. Henry’s reputation is fatally tarnished and there is chicanery that is proudly daft. There is no gripping narrative arc. This is contrived and preposterous and tediously generic. Molly has a cloud of anxiety. The kid has evil purpose. Why does Henry act as Alan’s arch-nemesis?

Henry meets a weirdo. Molly lies, Alan’s grim gentility finally cracks, Henry stirs up resentment and there is death. Oh the poor nice guard.

Best Lines:
“Fed him his own teeth.”

“Bad people know they’re safe here.”

“My husband’s mother’s dead.”
“Thank god.”

“A lot of history in this town. Not all of it good.”

“A serial strangler died in my house.”

“Parking lot for halfwits.”

A Distant Star
Sheridan laughs as his explorer class ship commander friend (Russ Tamblyn of ‘Twin Peaks’) shows up. There is dated VFX. Delenn and her offensive change prances. Screw her and her selective imparting of facts. She annoys. There is bad acting and Franklin is boring. President Clark chose Sheridan to command B5. People talk about things living in hyperspace.

There is no fascinating level of discourse. Sheridan has smug certainty about his own virtue. Ivanova has demure compliance to Sheridan. Delenn faces grievances and takes righteous delight in herself. Where were Sheridan’s friend and the Cortez during the break with Earth? This ep has not much wider significance. Sheridan has no real ideology and his long-cherished dream was to command a starship not a station.

Powerful aggressors are out there. Ivanova sulks and makes fat jokes. FFS! Nobody is ferociously charismatic. The Cortez becomes lost in hyperspace. This was not engaging and Sheridan is not endearingly humble, just patronising and he stirs up resentment. This was not profoundly insightful. There are expositional monologues and this was twee. Delenn annoys with unseemly abandon.

Sheridan orders a dangerous search for the Cortez; his militant patriarchlisation would only increase later on. Sheridan and Ivanova are mean-spirited. TPTB are not weaving a plotline. This was dishearteningly stupid and not touchingly intense. A shadowship shows up. Keffer sees it, which would have far reaching consequences for him. Why didn’t the shadowship destroy Keffer’s ship or the Cortez? Why can’t the Cortez, which is an EXPLORER ship, make its own jump gate?!?

Ivanova has poufy hair. This ep was not deeply needed. Keffer wonders what malevolent gods lurk in hyperspace. How does Delenn brush and style her hair with her bone crest in the way? Sheridan is contentious. The acting has a performative quality in this wretchedness. Joshua Cox’s character still doesn’t have a name. Nobody on the Cortez or Keffer has a reaction to escaping the demonic torment of hyperspace.

Best Lines:
“See 2 ships like her in your lifetime.”

“Hated me immediately and unconditionally.”

The Long Dark
The Copernicus, an old human sleeper ship, tumbles into B5 space. Dwight Schultz SCREAMS all his dialogue as a nutter. Apparently there is no mental health care or help for veterans on B5. Sheridan knows everything and delivers all his dialogue smugly. Why do Garibaldi and Ivanova automatically trust him? There is foreshadowing and really dated VFX. There is really bad acting. The woman who was on the sleeper ship doesn’t ask what jumpgates are. Franklin fancies her. There is bad dialogue. The plot of this ep makes no sense. Sheridan is an ass. The characters are awful. Londo ignores all sense. Z’Ha’Dum is discussed. This sucked.

Best Lines:
“Pox upon this station!”

“Early deep range exploration.”

“The forces of darkness do not move openly.”

“When the darkness was defeated long ago, they scattered, hid themselves away in secret places and waited. Now, the dark hand is reaching out. Recalling them from their sleep.”

It Takes You Away
There is no fevered anticipation for this. The Doctor and her companions prance around Norway. The Doctor does joyful carousing. There’s alleged mortal danger and 3 complete non-entities are stripped of career and independence to prance after the Doctor. There is no joyful novelty only dullards and a useless father and attack aliens. This tries to out-weird ‘Blink’ and fails. The Doctor has howling mirth. A kid is annoying and shrieky. This was not well-received.

Best Lines:
“Woolly rebellion.”

“Total re-negotiation of the sheep/human relationship.”

“The thing my dad was defending the house from.”

“Should have just got wifi.”

“Worse things out there than people.”

“She’s furniture with a pulse!”

Wall Of Crystal
There is sexism as a newsman looks into David Vincent. And David Vincent has a brother who is in peril from the aliens. Women are useless and hysterical and David Vincent is awful. As is this ep. Burgess Meredith and Peggy Lipton co-star.

Best Line:
“That man is a psycho!”

Rather The Fallen Angel
Manchester Black is violent, murderous and unrepentant. Lena is stupid. Ben Lockwood plots. Alex and Kara know Manchester Black is a murderer and do nothing. Why is Kara so stupid? I don’t care about Manchester Black’s dead woman. There is moral harassment. Oddly the DEO does not go after the mass murderer Manchester Black thus proving Ben right. This was one big dreadful cliché.

Best Line:
Passed what? Gas?”
Tags: babylon 5, castle rock(tv), doctor who, supergirl, the invaders

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