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Toasting a Felon?
Only in Hollywood can they write a story about
a group of women sitting around a table toasting
a women who embezzled four million dollars from
a bunch of people who trusted her with their
There's a lot to like in most of these episodes. There's
even a number of funny lines in this episode.
But, friend or not they acknowledged that she was a
felon. They didn't have to treat her poorly, but they shouldn't
have celebrated her either. But Hollywood can't help themselves.
And why not, they live in over protected neighborhoods that have
little to worry about from crimes by outsiders. Unlike the rest of
the population of this country.
There are already enough movies and TV shows that glorify crime.
This is just another.
Questionable at best!
This "Smiley Face Murder's idea is being misrepresented here.
As of January 2019 there is not official police investigation in any jurisdiction
in the U.S. This is a theory and nothing more at this time. The only place this
is being pursued is by the production company responsible for the show and
the Oxygen Network. In the first episode it mentioned a few times that there
was a transaction after Dakota James was known to be dead. While they liked
to mention that it occurred they never mentioned looking into it. Something like
that is easily explained, it could have been a pre-order of soon to released item.
Or a repeating order that repeats monthly, such as can be done on Amazon.
For some reason they didn't bother to go any further then that with that detail. Possibly because it would remove tension they want to have associated with this
story. The journalist associated with story seemed to want to pick apart the remarks made by the retired Corps of Engineers employee. The journalist was actively arguing a story line when all he should have been doing was fact finding. The Corps had the flood gates open, but he wanted to imply some sinister goings on.
Granted the autopsy could have been handled better. But there no knowing for sure how long that body was in the water, not every single case will be like the next in every detail. And there's not way to know for sure if that body snagged on some underwater obstacle causing some of those findings in the autopsy.
This show is built on grieving people that are clinging to the hope they can find
out something to explain the unexplained death of a loved one. With the facts
shown in this show. It would be a waste of taxpayers money to do a major investigation of this case without more compelling facts.
The investigators seemed to be glossing over details that didn't support the story line of a series of so-called smiley face murders.
There are smiley faces drawn, carved and painted all over the United States. Just because some bodies have turned up next to them does not mean they are connected. The smiley face my be one of the most ubiquitous symbols seen in the United States.
I gave it a 3 because many times during the telling of the story I was angry with
the way the investigators seemed to be steering this story, instead of letting the
chips fall where they may.
The Extraordinary Seaman (1969)
A man seeking redemption for past mistakes.
I don't understand all the really bad reviews for this film. I don't understand why
it attracted such venom.
It's a quirky, poorly written, well cast film.
This is not a film warranting a 4 or worse. There are some good and a few really
good actors turning in fairly good performances with material that's just so-so.
It's not a bad movie, but it isn't great either. It's an interesting story line that's been
done before in movies like "A Connecticul Yankee in King Arthur's Court" and a few
others. It's not done anywhere near as good. But just having David Niven and Faye Dunaway in the film makes it worthy of more that a four.
The Cool Kids: Funeral Crashers (2019)
It is possible to write comedy that involves a funeral
and a funeral home. But the writers and producers of this
episode failed. There are very few if any laughs in this episode.
As usual they do outrageous things but this time go far beyond
anything that could be considered good taste. And apparently
when they realized their story wasn't funny they seemed to think
a bad taste unexplainable story-line including about an Air Force
Colonel who picks up a woman at his own wife funeral would be
a good idea. It wasn't. As a veteran I was disgusted. This was a
field grade Air Force Officer. The uniform they had him in was an
inaccurate mess. Which he wore while singing the Air Force hymn
with at his wife's funeral with a bunch of his friends supposedly as
part of joke on the funeral crashers. Does any of this sound funny.
It's not. And it's very disrespectful to the uniform and the military.
Shipmates Forever (1935)
I enjoyed this upbeat film!
Surprisingly good pre-war film about a former radio crooner (that's a singer to you Millennials). Dick Powell finds himself trying to deal with military life at the
Naval Academy at Annapolis.
This was an enjoyable Hollywood look at their take on life of a cadet moving through Annapolis. He has a poor attitude, but does well with his studies. But, has few friends and little support amongst his fellow cadets. He's seen as having a silver spoon.
It was refreshing to finally see a film get when NOT to salute correct in a film. It's one of the things that Hollywood just can't seem to get right. They like to have actors throwing salutes around willy nilly. When actually there are rules.
They don't give an accurate account of how tough four years at the United States Military academies can be. But there are some good characters and it's well acted. And you find yourself caring for the characters.
Not surprising that Bonnie Franklin would be involved
with a film like this.
But, it's difficult to watch Margaret Sanger being celebrated.
And not because of the organization she founded.
But, because she was a staunch supporter of eugenics,
and a rabid socialist.
While those two philosophies have come together once before
and led directly to the holocaust.
This program completely glosses over Sanger's both of these
issues, and tries to elevate her to a near sainthood level.
It's not badly done, the problem is, its written to support the nearly
life-long work of Sanger to promote abortion as a birth control measure.
Her efforts in the black neighborhoods has also been neatened up here.
I thought we had learned our lesson at the end of World War II, when the
world saw what socialist eugenics wrought.
More of the same.
This is a show that makes you wonder what makes people
what a particular show on television.
This show has been on for six season and has not yet delivered
on the promise of the show. Finding a treasure, any treasure on
Nearly every episode has six or seven of the same characters riding
in cars for a noticeable amount of time, having long meetings in a
building built for that purpose at the site, on the island, and the two
brothers Rick & Marty Lagina on camera talking about the latest issues
involving the hunt for treasure.
Those three things make up the majority of this show. In six seasons they've
found a small lead cross, a few old coins, some buttons and a bunch of old
wood, and some tiny pieces of human bone. That's it, that's six seasons worth
of discovery. Less than half, some times far less than half of each episode
actually involves seeing them actually doing anything, and so far. Virtually nothing
I guess the same thing that keeps these men going back to this seemingly
barren island every year, keeps viewers coming back.
You've been warned. There's just not much here.
Murphy Brown (1988)
Don't make me laugh!
Calling this show liberal progressive is like Khamer Rouge
a group of lobbyists trying to persuade for change.
This is just another network sanctioned attack on
all things conservative. A better description would
be "Murphy Brown returns from re-education camp".
They story lines are twisted in knots to tow the far-left
agenda. Without the slightest hesitation to bend a story
and avoid any other position but that of the left.
If you believe more in fairness of outcome then in equality
of rights; you'll love this show.
A Million Little Things: Pilot (2018)
Where can they go with this?
This one weird premise. And it doesn't show much promise.
This amounts to however many 60 minute episodes they wind of making
of people living with suicide. How long before the audience feels like suicide?
Is this a premise they've used to get the show on the air and the plan is to
turn it into a late evening soap opera, is that fair to fans of the show the way it
This is one of shows for people who like go AWWW! while watching videos
of puppies, kittens, and babies.
If you have an interest in the issue of suicide for some reason, this is the show for you. So far, I'm two episodes in, I've heard enough.
We all know suicide is bad. Most of us would try to help a friend
who was contemplating it. But where do you go with that? What will their stories
belike at the end of 22 or 23 episode season?
I find this to be a manipulative attempt to make money on suicide. And in the process bore about 50% of population to death. So if you're into a show then
sends you through wild emotional ups and downs while going almost nowhere. This the show for you.
This was another very interesting episode of Elementary!
But it was marred by the producers sticking their and the
management of the networks political views into the story-
It was clever, it's injected in such a way that they probably
assume it will just wash over the majority of users who won't
think about it. It's a subtle form of brain-washing. Instead of
beating us over the head with boring rants they stick their
messages into popular TV shows to get them heard by as
people as possible.
Unfortunately they put a lie on the lips of Sherlock Holmes in
this storyline. He extols the effectiveness of gun buy back
programs and claims they are very effect.
What they are effect at is rounding up all the rusty, broken,
useless outdated guns. The vast majority of the guns turned in
ancient rusty non-working relics. Why not dig out some gun
you haven't used in 30 years and get some money out of it. God
knows only the government would pay money for. And while you
go home with some green in your pocket. The bureaucrats get
what they want, statistics. They trumpet the numbers of guns turned
in. But they don't mention anything about the condition of those
But Hollywood gets in a little jab at our freedom. Our freedom to peace-
of-mind for those of us willing to protect ourselves. 911 can not save you
in a home invasion, or attempt by anyone to harm you. 911 will send out
someone to write a report and MAYBE find the person that beat you within
an of your life or even murdered you, your spouse, your family.
But that makes Hollywood uneasy, so they come up with stuff like this.
I'm not going to give the episode a bad review. It was another good story,
well acted, albeit with a couple unfortunate anti-American lines.
Why is it anti-American? Because proper rights and liberty are the basis
for the American experiment.
Right or Wrong? (1951)
Do You Want Chaos in Society?
One of the reviews of this short film try to tie it to the McCarthy Hearings going at the time this film was. That's an ignorant and probably intellectually dishonest
take on this film.
This film is simply meant to make school age children, and maybe a few adults,
think about their own moral values. Very few things are as basis as right vs. wrong.
The boy was involved with an act of vandalism. Did he do anything? You have to
watch the film to know. This film is about a number of adults who demonstrate their values by the way they act. And in the end the boy is left with a decision to
Is this a technological tour de force? No! But it is a very good film at creating conversation about an important topic. A society that doesn't know right from
wrong would be a horrible place to live. And if you did live there. You probably wouldn't live for long. Because if you don't know right from wrong you also can't value life and property rights.
It's common is 2018 to dislike the cops, to steal at will, to abuse others property, just generally abuse everyone else's rights while doing anything you care too.
This film would be sure to start a long conversation in any group of two or more viewing it. One reviewer thinks it right and proper that this probably isn't being shown in schools anymore. I think children should see it quarterly during the school year, every year.
All low votes up to this time are disheartening. Because those a votes for chaos in society.
Revisionist History Again from the History Channel
The only political party mentioned in this two-hour presentation
is the Republican party. Is that because the Klan was made
up of only conservatives. Absolutely NOT! In fact, the opposite
is closer to the truth. The Klue Klux Klan in the south was almost
100% Democrat. And do they mention that the biggest ever Klan
rally was held in a city that routinely votes 90% liberal? No, they did
While watching this material, as they drew closer to the late 20th century.
I waited to see an exploration of Democratic participation. The most famous
of those being Robert Byrd. Senator Byrd was a member of the Klan. And
participated in the filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And none of
this is mentioned here.
There was nothing wrong with calling out the atrocities of the Klan, or of any
of the people who attempted to continue segregation. That part of this show
was good. But when they white-washed Lyndon Johnson's beliefs about
segregation. It was just another example of the revision of history. Johnson worked for a long time to stall the Civil Rights Act while he was in Congress. That isn't mentioned here. Like most offerings on the History Channel. This offering is flawed by its side-stepping of the role of Democrats in the Klan and in the efforts
to enact the Civil Rights Act of 1964. They frequently leave out details that don't support the liberal position on a host of subjects. A channel that purports to be a HISTORY channel. Should be truthful. And tell the whole story, without paying regard to philosophy or ideology. History is just supposed to facts.
Blue Bloods: Your Six (2018)
Well what do you know! It's about time.
I was beginning to think the writers and production staff had
forgotten this was a law enforcement drama with family over-tones.
They have been working at wrecking this fine show with the what the
producers want to say about their take on the goings on in Washington DC,
the borders of the United States, and other miscellaneous political issues
that have been in the news since November 2017.
The first five seasons were great, not that realistic, eg. homicide detectives
going in ahead of the SWAT team in dangerous situations. We all know they've
got to make the stars look good.
This is the first episode in quite a while that went back to the roots of the show. A compelling crime story, with a balanced mix of interpersonal issues at the DA's office, and family issues. This was a good episode. And they stuck to the original premise. They have an excellent cast, and in this episode they used them. And it was great to see again. Worth watching.
If this episode had been another like the one last week. I was going to give on this show.
I think I'm just going to wait for the season ender.
Because the only scenes being shown actually on the island
in this episode amount to about three to five minutes.
The rest is video, of a trip they took to France to do research.
What they learned by going to France that will help them dig
on Oak Island is beyond me. But it is a good idea to get a free
trip to France. The things they learned could be learned
by a good researcher. Leaving them on the island to
actually work on finding whatever may be there. It's
getting more and more frustrating (for me) watching a
bunch people conducting meeting after meeting. I think
they could probably make two or three episodes out of all
the video of the actual work on the island. The rest is meetings
on the island, meetings in restaurants, riding in cars, meetings
with a lab coat obsessed professor at a Canadian University.
For some reason, she can't give them results until they put on
lab coats. She'll talk to them. But to get results. They have to
have lab coats on. Curious.
Touring castles is for people that watch the Travel Channel. This
is really starting to drag. I must be missing something. This
continues to be a popular show. I'll be damned if I know why.
They are not delivering on the hype.
Going out whimper! Big Spoilers
They just had to have one more episode with plain clothes
(and old) detectives being backed up by SWAT. And then
one of the oldest detectives goes after the bad guy completely
Who writes this stuff. SWAT handles barricades suspects. The
writing on this show had deteriorated to nearly farcical by 5th season.
But they managed to take what could have been a good story. They
had a good pair of bad guys. But they had to keep the regulars
up front. I'm guessing there are swat guys all over the country rolling
their eyes (at least). Watching this stuff. I can only hope that this idea
of calling suspects "threat-actors is some Hollywood wet-dream. And
not reality. They tried, they had a good story idea but it was maddening
to watch. All of that was bad enough. But the very ending where they
had all the regulars in one room and contrived a way to show each face
on camera while their names mentioned. They hit a new low for cheesy
series-ending stories. Thank God they've opened up a spot on the schedule.
I hope they come with something more realistic and less PC.
The original show was great. And the first couple of seasons were ok.
If you haven't seen this episode yet. If you like realism, don't waste your
Cheesy beyond belief!
They actually had an interesting crime that they had come
up with here. If you cut out all the CHF storyline because
the way it was written was just a cheap attempt at tugging
at heartstrings. Believe me, there was very little about
what was portrayed to be happening to Raydor that isn't
totally fictitious. As someone who worked with cardiac patients
for my whole career. There was nothing but her death or
the portrayal of her symptoms or appearance that
could be construed as authentic. And since she actually died
off-screen. That doesn't say much for that part of the story.
They just wanted the ER waiting room scene to manipulate
the viewers with cheesy writing and acting.
Then if they eliminated the all the Rusty Beck storyline. All of
which had nothing to do with the main story. And just robbed
screen time that could have been used to make a better episode.
They had a complicated criminal investigation that probably could
have been told in two or three episodes if all the fat was cut from
this four-episode story. This was very hard to watch. It's just meant
to manipulate the viewer. This series of episodes would have to rate
as the worst series ending stories ever conceived.
Law & Order True Crime (2017)
What a Waste of Time!
I hadn't heard anything about this series because there's very little programming on NBC by 2017 that is worth watching anymore, in my opinion. NBC has trying to form public opinion on social matters for more than 15 years. And this mini-series is just another example of this. NBC and Hollywood have been engaged in the war on law enforcement for a long time. And this is just another example of that. I lost interest in Law & Order after Lenny (Jerry Orbach) died and Mike Logan (Chris Noth) left the show. After they were gone. The show moved far to the left with the underlying message in the show. But when I heard Anthony Edwards was playing a roll I decided to give it a try. This is an event that actually happened. You'd like to think they would give us just the facts. Apparently NOT. For some reason, they decided to assassinate the character of the parents. Which was part of the defense for these two sick men who decided that the only way they could deal with the life they were living at home, was to slaughter their parents. It's very difficult watching the story as these evil men are portrayed helpless young men whose only alternative was to murder their parents. Listening to much of the dialogue had me wanting to throw things at my television. The only thing I believe to be true are the things said in the epilogue. Where we find out the lawyer who tried to spring these two very dangerous young quit the law for a while after this trial. It's hard to know who is crazier. The defendants or the lawyer. Lastly, eight episodes in way too much. This story could have been told in two maybe three episodes.
Star Trek: Voyager: The Raven (1997)
Costumes that are had to look at
The story itself is pretty good. Seven is experiencing hallucinations. And is feeling an irresistible pull. All of this is going on while the captain is engaged in negotiations that would allow them to navigate through the space claimed by a race (the Bomar) that doesn't like their territory being violated. Seven of Nine then made things worse by taking a shuttle and charging into Bomar space. Needless to say, negotiations come to an end. And everyone is chasing Seven. For different reasons. And seeking different outcomes. We learn more about Sevens family and there's some pretty good action. But the episode is marred by the ridiculous costumes for the Bomar. For some reason, someone thought it would be a good idea to have Bomar costumes include wearing coat hangers on their heads. They're not really coat hangers. But, they do have some kind of silly looking wire head gear wrapped around their heads. Some have colored inserts in ear-like projections that a part of this headgear. For me, every second these people are on screen. It takes away from the overall quality of this episode. I can only imagine how silly the people actually having to wear these costumes must feel.
More of the same!
To paraphrase Churchill: Never have so many talked so long about so little. With all the hype put out by the History Channel about this season. I was hoping we might actually see something happening this year. See some significant finds. Hear some concrete facts. But if the first few episodes are any indication it going to be more of the same. This is being written after seeing this episode and the one after. And the show continues to be one meeting after the other. Granted they are held in different locations. But observing meetings is usually very dull. And this is no different. And what makes most of these meeting more frustrating is they are not very informative. Very few new facts are ever discussed. Like all the stories that have been told over the years before and after the Readers Digest original story. This story is very LONG on speculation. And extremely short on facts of any kind. This kind of treasure hunting can obviously be incredibly interesting if something is found but four years of looking. Has only resulted in a few coins, buttons, spikes, and a lot of wood. And most of what we've seen is groups of people sitting or standing while they speculate about what might be buried somewhere on this island. Like everyone I want these guys to find something. But they should have started this series AFTER they started finding real artifacts of some kind of treasury. And not just cast-offs of day to day life in the 18th century. Not for anyone looking for gripping entertainment.
From the very beginning, the name Damon Runyon jumped to mind. I love these kinds of stories, told in this manner. And how can you go wrong with Claude Rains? And I shouldn't forget Percy Helton. This priest in poverty-stricken Parrish gets drawn into something he shouldn't be doing. Not for his own gain. But to help his Parrish, and his church. And he finds himself in the position to have to have to work against his own interests. But there's a BIG twist. Like I said Runyonesque in ending and characters.
The changes in Rip Torn over the years make him almost unrecognizable in this appearance from fifty-six years ago. And it's not how slim he is here. Or his face. His voice is so much different. That's what really threw me. We've seen a lot of stars who thanks to re-runs age from youth to retirement right before our eyes. This was a well-written caper story with a big twist. A conviction crazy cop got Ernie with a bum rap years before. Ernie wants to get some payback. Will he be able too? Without going back to prison.
Sad way to end a series.
Sad to see an episode like this come this close to the end of this otherwise excellent series. I found it difficult to follow the story-line every time they went to William Schallert as a Chinamen. It's just too silly. There were many fine Asian actors in Hollywood in this era. Why in Gods name would they do a whole episode involving Chinese people and have all the Chinese speaking parts go to Western actors. It looked ridiculous and sounded ridiculous. They had a few Chinese actors at the beginning purely as window dressing. Williams Schallert was a fine actor. But, watching him in this role was almost unbearable. The actors attempts to do Chinese accents failed miserably. And putting Schallert in some kind of Chinese (?) clothes and sticking a ridiculous hat on him. Did nothing to make him the least bit convincing. This is an episode that should not have been made.
Designated Survivor: Outbreak (2017)
So, I guess this is meant to be President Trump!
Since there's a fight going on about monuments in this time-line. I guess this must be a representation of President Donald Trump. Everything that's going on now ( Last half of 2017) in the real world is going on in this episode. But is that what we want when we sit down to watch TV for entertainment? I didn't I gave three mentions of all the crap that's going on now with respect to monuments and cries of racism. Once they hit three mentions (at about the 20-minute mark). I dumped my recording. If I wanted current events I can turn on FoxNews or read the Wall Street Journal. Lifes to short to be listening to this crap on the news, and in newspapers. Entertainment time is for entertainment. They had what could have been an interesting story going about a possible flu epidemic/pandemic. But that wasn't enough of the ideologues that write and produce this show. If they keep it up. I'm gone as a viewer of this show. Network TV had better wise-up with their programming choices. It's not 1971 anymore. We all have a lot of choices for entertainment. They had a good idea here with the original concept. They need to keep their politics out of this show. Or they're potentially writing off at least half the country, that just wants entertainment. Entertain us! Knock off the propaganda.
Garage Rehab (2017)
Another Great Show from Richard Rawlings
Anyone paying attention to cable TV knows Richard Rawlings. He's the man behind Gas Monkey Garage. And the Gas Monkey Bar & Grill among other things. After doing a number of things. He managed to turn a two-door garage to a major shop in Dallas, a great restaurant/bar and he continues to demonstrate his abilities are promotion, marketing, picking markets, measuring people, and recognizing businesses that have value. And we get to see how with a lot of hustle, money, and talent how he can turn a failing garage around in a week. It's remarkable seeing the just how bad some of these businesses are. And that they can in fact, be saved. With Richard's and his teams help. These one-hour episodes fly by. Very interesting watching a man who really knows what he's doing. Do his thing. AND, he's helping people. Good people save their businesses. Everybody wins.
NOW, I get it!!!
There aren't any episode numbers for the various shows that have and will be shown. So, I'll have to point to the Sept. 19, 2017 episode to explain when "I Got It". I've never really like Scientology. I've always seen it as a cult. And over the years watching Hollywood getting so fervently involved added to that thinking. So when I saw the first episode of Leah Remini's show on the subject. I had to see what she had to say. Leah Remini is a very serious thorn in the side of Scientology. And I found Leah to be a compelling critic. I enjoyed just listening to her. It took until Sept 19th for the real reason that there are cracks in the united front that Hollywood has put forth in the past. So what has Scientology done wrong? Is there something theologically wrong? Are they physically or psychologically harming children? Do they practice Satanic rites or human sacrifice? NO, the church supported Prop 8 in California. The proposition against legalizing homosexual marriage! The one unforgivable thing in Hollywood! Paul Haggis. Who has two homosexual daughters, suddenly realized the church was evil after he found out about that support. Where have we heard that one before This one episode has seriously discredited this whole series for me. Hollywood is attempting to make outcasts, and probably criminals, eventually. Out of anyone who doesn't fully support the gay agenda. Something actors just can't allow that to happen. I don't care one way or another about homosexuals. Especially if they mind their own business are don't act like everyone in the world wants to know what they do in the bedroom, bar bathrooms, or amusement parks. Scientology goes against my grain because I was raised a Catholic. But suddenly attacking a once fervently supported belief, over something as superficial as homosexuality, is sad.