DEFIANCE: First Thoughts on Syfy’s Post-Apocalyptic Western

Defiance (2013) – Episodes 1-6 – Created by Rockne S. O’Bannon, Kevin Murphy, and Michael Taylor – Starring Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene, and Mia Kirshner. I’ve downshifted on writing reviews for the summer, but I can’t let DEFIANCE slide past without a few comments. So here they…

REVOLUTION: First Thoughts on NBC’s Dumb Dumb Show

Revolution (2012) – Episodes 1-5 – Starring Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Zak Orth, David Lyons, Anna Lise Phillips, Graham Rogers, J. D. Pardo, Tim Guinee, Daniella Alonso, and Elizabeth Mitchell. First off, this isn’t the first review of REVOLUTION that’s been posted to Atomic Anxiety. A couple weeks ago, Eric Woodard was nice…

WAREHOUSE 13: Season 4, Episode 1, A NEW HOPE

Warehouse 13 (2012) – “A New Hope” – Season 4, Episode 1, Story 39 – Written by Jack Kenny, Directed by Chris Fisher. I am continually bemused by the success of WAREHOUSE 13. The program is generally not exceedingly well written or exceedingly well acted and yet whenever a new episode pops up in my…

EUREKA: Season 5, Episode 1, LOST

Eureka – Season 5, Episode 1, Story 65 – Written by Jaime Paglia; Directed by Matt Hastings – Something goes screwy with the Astraeus launch and the ship crash lands back in Eureka, only four years later. They find that Eureka and Global Dynamics are a very different place: SARAH is running GD, Andy is…

Come Back to HAVEN?

Haven (2010-2011) Season 1, Episode 13, “Spiral,” and Season 2, Episode 1, “A Tale of Two Audreys.” Encouraged by a friend, I decided to give HAVEN another look. Way back when the show premiered, I tuned in and found it to be a derivative show that didn’t hold my attention. (It did make me hungry…

CHUCK: Versus the Anxiety

CHUCK – Season 4, Episodes 1-3, “Versus the Anniversary,” “Versus the Suitcase,” “Versus the Cubic Z” – Starring Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Joshua Gomez, Ryan McPartlin, and Sarah Lancaster. I worried that CHUCK Season 4 might turn out to be the new Buffy Season 6. Shows that don’t know if they’re coming back…

FRINGE: One World, Two World, Red World, Blue World

FRINGE (2010) – Season 3, Episodes 1 & 2: “Olivia” and “The Box” – Starring Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Jasika Nicole, and Lance Reddick. Episode 1 of Season 3 of FRINGE takes place in the Alternate Universe. Episode 2 of Season 3 of FRINGE takes place in the Original Universe. The Alternate Universe…

HAVEN: Pepperidge Fahm Remembahs

Right, let’s get this out of the way right at the start. HAVEN is EUREKA, except with cranky Maine people instead of polite middle Americans. HAVEN is FRINGE, except with down to Earth local folk who hate you and your fancy book learning. HAVEN is X-FILES, except it’s not full of itself. HAVEN is HAPPY…

EUREKA: The Autistic Kid Ruins the Timeline

EUREKA is such a delightful, well meaning, entertaining series that it might be the only show on TV that can turn Baltar into a good guy, an autistic teen-aged kid into a bad guy, slightly alter all (but five) of its characters, slightly alter its setting, slightly alter every relationship in town, set up two…

WAREHOUSE 13: There’s No Such Thing as No Such Thing

When you’re a Warehouse agent, “there’s no such thing as ‘no such thing’,” says Pete to Myka in the Season 2 premier of WAREHOUSE 13. As he says this, they’re trapped against the ceiling of HG Wells’ residence in London. Wells, who was “bronzed” in the Warehouse and then freed by MacPherson, tricks them into…

WAREHOUSE 13: The Hell is Wrong With Me?

Warehouse 13: Season 1 Thoughts – My name is Mark and I enjoy WAREHOUSE 13. I’m not really sure why, but I do. WAREHOUSE 13, which is apparently now SyFy’s #1 show, is not well written. The acting is largely mediocre. The plots are formulaic. Character chemistry is, well, it’s there, but it’s as formulaic…