The Vengeance Factor
Riker and Picard come across badly in this ep as they take on space pirates known as The Gatherers. Yuta (Lisa Wilcox) turns out to be an immortal assassin. Riker pervs over and then kills Yuta who is a weaponised carrier of a destructive disease. The acting is horrendous. Picard sits idly by as Riker murders someone. There is overacting and dull suprise acting. This was okay.
“Clans battling clans.”
“Engineered for murder.”
“BATHE MORE OFTEN!”
“I am the last of my line but my clan will outlive yours.”
Anthony is a sneaky kid who highly affronted his classmates by going through his entire neighbourhood's garbage. Peter Coyote of 'The Inside' plays Anthony's doting grandfather. Joanne Kelly of 'Warehouse 13' plays his aunt. The opening credits are dull and Anthony's parents are seperated and later divorced.
A teacher tut-tutted her disagreement of Anthony. One wonders if Anthony is autistic or just a budding psychopath. Anthony's useless father, Luke, of whom the grandfather is theatrically disdainful is useless and a deadbeat. Anthony created a wall of crazy that covers not only his wall but his ceiling. It's a map of his neighbourhood. Anthony still spies and commits B&E.
The mother, Helen, is shrill. The grandfather moved in next door to Luke and Luke has a litany of shortcomings. Anthony also has a litany of shortcomings and a litany of problems. Luke is combative and causes growing antagonism.
Luke whines. Who watches Anthony? Why does he get to wander and sneak unsupervised? The grandfather is a prosecutor turned judge and we see flashbacks of him and his bad wig. We learn how he met his wife and she was already pregnant. Was the baby Luke? Anthony is played by a bad child actor. Why did Anthony draw a cat post it? The grandfather arranges a treasure hunt for Anthony's birthday.
Anthony is a spoilt, indulged, entitled child. Peter Coyote manages to make the line "Happy Birthday" sound threatening. Anthony rides a ferry to school. Who was texting the teacher? The father does a radio show and the ex-wife has a new man. The aunt is a nurse. Did Anthony ever apologise for his sneaking?
The grandfather, Henry, indulges the brat. Anthony does not show up for his birthday party and the aunt, Katherine, is not overly worried. There is unexpressed unease and questionable assertions. Henry has barely disguised contempt for the cops. Anthony has vanished. Where is he? His bike is found. The party is abandoned. The case goes to Major Crimes. A friend of Henry's named Susan shows up. This was dull but a bit interesting.
“It puts you in jail.”
“She's a dog, that's what they do.”
“Some rules you just have to follow.”
“My mom is mad at you.”
“He's fine! He's a happy secure kid!”
“You could have understood that.”
“I'll calm down when you bring Anthony home.”
Phyllis & Fred & Brenda & Marc
James Marsden, Adam Brody and someone playing Ruth Bader Ginsberg guest star. Phyllis has a morbidly overdeveloped conception of where the country of the socially, morally and psychologically acceptable ends and taboo begins. Phyllis is particularly unappetizing: vain, class conscious, money conscious, exhibitionstic and she has maddening complacency. She fears libbers, chaos, disorder and communism.
Gloria is an idiot. Several earnest, misguided, determined people with differing motivations and background yap. Ruth Bader Ginsberg doesn't like the limelight. There is bitter feeling and Phyllis has contained illwill. There is no logic or coherence. Nothing in the world is so hard to understand as a terror whose time has come and gone.
This show says disquieting things about the American male's response to women's liberation. Fred expects his dinner to be served to him. This is a social horror story. Phyllis has earnest intensity. Explosive social change is coming and Phyllis feels losing her son and cannot understand why or how it is happening.
Phyllis has almost bottomless conservatism and biogotry. This was heavy and turgid stuff. Women wait to be saved or damned by the actions of others. Phyllis is an awful, dreadful goblin. Fred mocks Phyllis and she lowers herself admirably to the occasion. Phyllis intones in all seriousness. Foul doings become fouler. This was boring. Brenda's life is an ever louder, ever more discordant medley of anxieties. Phyllis has frenzied intensity and Phyllis is not wary of hubris.
Brenda points out that Phyllis is a lobbyist and a liar. Phyllis warns her son. Fred expects compliance and Phyllis makes veiled allusions. She did all this to get to the centres of power and prestige.
“This is what a marriage is!”
“This is why they hate us.”
“You can't reason with women like Phyllis.”
“Sparring in a Socratic fashion.”
“She is a very clever puppet for special interests.”
“Why isn't she more excited.”
“Can't blame me if you didn't do more with your law degree to save our country.”
“You are too old! Who applies to law school at 50?!?”
"Nothing is going well.”
It's 1975 and Phyllis is disgusting and Jill gets some power and yet she isn't paid. Phyllis has an iron will to win and she is an obvious inspiration for Serena Joy. Why can't Fred fix his own damn drink? There is talk of Reagan and Ford is POTUS. Phyllis is jealous of Jill and Pamela is abused by her husband. Bella plans a National Convention. Phyllis shouts down a public phone and makes gratuitous attempts at insults. Phyllis' gang reach out to other religions and call it the Eagle Forum.
Phyllis went to Harvard. This is not gotta see tv. Phyllis hates Kissenger. This was irritating and pointless and Phyllis has the YUCH factor. Bella's awful. Jill's husband lets her down. Phyllis makes allies and is dedicated to the preservation of the status quo. This is a seriocomic panorama of hell. Phyllis is horrified about her son.
This was forgettable. Phyllis is a hideous piece of work. This was utterly inane. Phyllis is hideocomically terrible and this was a miserable failure. Beefy choleric men are sexist tools.
“Does that sound like winning to you?”
“Breaking off and forming a National Conservative Party.”
“No authority and no money.”
“We are the party of Lincoln!”
“Wicked witch of the midwest.”
“She's 6, you shouldn't trust her.”
“Even managed to dress myself this morning.”
“What exactly do you do?”
“They won't mistake you for a secretary.”
“Can't support a radical lib agenda and show my face in Ohio.”
“Reminds me of my frat days.”
“Do you want perverts teaching in our schools?”
“Complain about their miserable lives.”
“None on libbers.”
“Nobody expected Reagan to win.”
“I threw an ashtray at him.”
“Sexual favours are an expected part of the job.”
“Women Who Want To Be Women.”
“All serve the same lord.”
“Roses not rights.”
“Honor the martyrdom of the unborn.”
“I wrote it all myself.”
“Those kind of women.”
“Men go off to do the interesting things.”
“Reagan is our Moses.”
“I am not convinced he is a true believer.”
“There will be concessions.”
Don't you have a gameshow to host?”
“Reagan has inspired the rightwing religious nuts to come of the woodwork.”
Buffy, Xander and Willow ignore the terrible pain Xander's cheating caused Cordelia. Willow DEMANDS that Oz forgive her. Anya debuts. Cordy ends up in a hellhole AU where vamps rule. Joss Whedon has Cordy killed and dumped in an incinerator. And that is enough of that. No.