August 18th, 2008

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New Amesterdam Review Ep 4

Honor

A present day crime has ties to an event in John's past in 1813. Meanwhile
John stalks Sara as part of his homewrecking attempt to make her his woman.
This was boring badness with a clunky script. 
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Book Review: The Troy Game Book 1

Hades' Daughter: Book One Of The Troy Game by Sara Douglas

In the Bronze Age Aegean, Brutus is the self-declared King of Troy and is
determined to recreate that lost city. He attacks, loots and pillages his
way to the island of Albion to create Troia Nova, all the while manipulated
by the evil witch Genvissa. Once Brutus arrives in Albion, she plans for the
two of them to use the ancient magic of the Labyrinth to become all
powerful.

But the ambitious, power crazed duo do not count on the anger of Cornelia,
Brutus' unloved abused wife and the interference of the minotaur, once
imprisoned in a labyrinth. What should have been Genvissa and Brutus' moment
of greatest triumph turns out to their darkest as events are set in motion
that will see those around them reborn over and over again across millennia
to play the Troy Game to its bitter end.

This is vastly superior to Douglass' 'DarkGlass Mountain' series. It's a
readable tale populated by vile characters. Brutus killed his father, rapes
and abuses his wife, murders anyone who looks at him the wrong way and is a
thoroughly disgusting pig of a man. Genvissa is evil and Cornelia is a
doormat so afflicted by Stockholm Syndrome that she wants only for her king
of the pig people husband to love her. As for the minotaur? He seems to be
the stock moustache twirling villain.

This is a good mix of history, fantasy, myth and soap opera. But seriously
Brutus and Genvissa needed to be taken outside and beaten with a rod. 
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Witchblade Review Part 3

Destiny

As Irons plots yet again to regain the Witchblade, Sara and Gabriel meet.
Gabriel seems to remember the old timeline and knows all about the
Witchblade. Sara calls Nottingham Irons' 'boy toy' - hilarity. Irons attacks
Sara with a lance but she kills him, or does she? 

Nottingham wails about his dead father. This was dull. The time rewinding
leaves so many unanswered questions: is Jake still an undercover fed? What
about the White Bulls? Still the mystery of who and what Gabriel is
intrigues.

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Agape


Best Line: "Do you ever not lurk?"

Now Irons is dead, Nottingham is moussing his hair and stepping up to the
wannabe supervillian mantle. Jake is set up in the case of a new drug called
bob. Sara saves the day. Another dull ep.

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Consectatio


Best Line: "He'd find hell to his liking."

Nottingham sends his old Black Dragon pals to kill Sara. Nottingham is
suddenly talking way too much after his wordless lurking of season 1. Sara
learns about a former Witchblade wielder named Schren. This was okay but
Jake is useless now and shouldn't be on the show and Nottingham isn't a good
enough actor to pull off his sudden eruditeness.

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Static


Sara thinks about selling the Witchblade to Gabriel. He holds it and has a
strong reaction. Sara is remembering the old timeline and hearing voices.
Meanwhile Gabriel hears from cyberfaust and an insane shrink hears voices
that tell to kill and steal the Witchblade. This was good and you get the
sense this is all set-up for something in a later ep. Why did just holding
the Witchblade effect Gabriel?