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Andromeda: Point of the Spear (2003)
Another excellent episode, one of the best of the series
This is another episode centered around a battle, and tactics and twists.
The Pyrians, a species very different from humanoids in both appearance and motivations, confront the Andromeda in one of many battles in a major push across the galaxies. And people of uncertain motivations complicate battle strategies. What to do? Accompanying the excellent plot is excellent dialog, eminently quotable and very memorable. It tells us a bit more about a central mystery of the series, and develops other characters further. People act a bit strangely out of their characters, or do they?
Andromeda: The Honey Offering (2001)
One of the best episodes of the entire series
Once the show got into its stride, this episode represents the best the series had to offer. Sharp, witty dialog supporting suspenseful action. Beautiful characters. Great battle maneuvers. And Captain Dylan Hunt.
Science fiction, at its best, is human. This story portrays the different kinds of people that inhabit the Andromeda universe. The characters are multi-dimensional.
And did I mention great battle maneuvers? To be able to put that into a great TV episode is a treat. But it is one of those things that you can look back on, after watching the entire series, and see where Hunt outshines the Nietscheans.
An otherwise okay episode marred by the use of torture
It's a cheap emotional play for script writers to use torture as a device to extract information. It's wrong, it doesn't work in practice, and it needs to stop in the real and fictional worlds.
It does not matter who is involved. I know that this is the Castle-world, in which people involved with a victim in a case is allowed to work on the case. But it is exactly in this kind of situation that we show our true selves.
Just a few episodes before, Beckett showed herself to be a hero, putting justice above her emotions. Castle is never THE hero of the show, but Beckett in allowing him to do what he did is just as bad.
A rehash of the high school prom episode
The bad beginning of season 7 continues into this episode, which is little more than a rehash of the high school prom episode years ago. It is hard to find a great scene in the whole episode.
The jokes are obvious or fall flat. The characters rehash themes from their better days.
A highlight of this episode is the scene where... okay, I give up, I cannot think of one. There is no great acting, because the dialogues are so boring.
Sabrina can be better. This season just wades through water until it finds its footing in mud later on.
A duplicate of a first- or second-season episode
This episode is so bad, Harvey even uses the word "witch" as a derogative. Sure, it is difficult to break the millenia-old hatred toward "witches," but if this show cannot do it, why do the show? The start of season 7 is generally the worst of the series, and this episode, while not particularly bad, is no exception. It is not the worst, but it is poor enough. It is hard to find any good jokes--everything is well telegraphed or too cheap.
Little will surprise the viewer in this episode. The characters learn nothing. Sabrina learns the same lesson she learned so many years ago.
I miss the aunts.
One of the best episodes of the series
I'm watching this again years after the first viewing, and it's as good as I remember it. It is sad, yet hopeful. It is serious, but with humor, dark humor. It is poignant, and shows what could have been. And it is joyous.
Some shows aren't as good years later when you watch them again. Some episodes of Buffy, like many in the second season (besides the obviously pivotal ones, aren't as good as I remember them. But this episode shows two worlds without rushing through either. It is fast-paced, yet deliberate.
It is perfect.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Angel (1997)
One of the best episodes of the first season
We learn about the mysterious Angel in this tightly scripted episode. The extent of Buffy's feelings for him is also revealed. Comedic relief is provided by the vain Cordelia and Darla had some great lines, too. After a couple of episodes that filled out the other main characters but did not much further the plot, this episode moves along swiftly while providing the backstory to one of the most popular characters on the show.
For me, three episodes really stood out in the first season: the series premiere, which grabbed my attention with the first scene; this episode, which provided the first major twist in what would become a main character; and the season finale, which as is the norm in the story does not disappoint.
90210: Mother Dearest (2010)
The episode started off with a picture of "Mother Theresa."
I guess I should have known that this would be a subpar episode when it started with a media-created persona known as "Mother Theresa." Just as it would be blasphemous in polite society to question the real woman behind the persona, so it might to the 90210 fan to hear a question about the show. Well, I guess--I suppose--it was inevitable that a strong run of episodes would come to an end, but I did not figure it would fall apart so soon. I hope this is just an abnormality and that regular service will be restored next week. It would be nice to see a more realistic portrayal of the end of relationships, for example, although the show is doing an alright job so far.
Enterprise: Rogue Planet (2002)
Tradition must take second place to morality.
I think the other comment missed the point of this episode. There are villains in this story, the hunters who placed their enjoyment over the lives of their prey. Hunting sentient beings is so revolting I cannot believe I need to write a post to clarify the point. So what if the hunters have been doing it for generations? I am fairly certain some people used the same argument to defend slavery and fight abolition.
The conclusion of this episode was spot-on. The hunters knew what they were doing and would not be dissuaded from their blood sport. They would keep returning to the planet. The only solution, then, is to arm the inhabitants. One must not mistake practicality for morality, though.
Minority religions are easy prey to comedy.
I am not a Buddhist and do not have warm or fuzzy feelings towards the religion, but that is no excuse for the show's writers and producers to allow the use of a religious symbol to create comedy if they are not willing to do so with other religions.
What am I talking about? This episode showed the dropping of a Buddha statue, even though it was later implied that it was not damaged, I do not believe that the show would use a Christian or Jewish symbol in the same way. I do not believe that religion should be immune from comedy, oftentimes it invites them, but it should not be done at the expense of a minority.