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Superb setup of real life events done in a game show style, all for approval of the audience.
This was one of the most breath-taking Insight episodes ever.
Actually it was four contestants on a game show who had to perform harmful acts. First was slapping a beloved family member. A one-armed soldier (who I must deduce was Michael Anderson Jr) couldn't hit his own mother, so he was out. Then the contestants had to berate themselves to the audience and the woman who refused, again, I must deduce was Pamela Bellwood, refused to do this and told off game show host Bob Hastings instead. Brilliant program.
Does Nobody Recall What This Show Was About?
The City was Valerie Harper's follow-up after she left her own show on NBC called The Hogan Family (previously called Valerie, then Valerie's Family, in hope she'd return, when she didn't, she was replaced with Sandy Duncan).
The City was put on the air directly opposite The Hogan Family as if to see which one people preferred, or that we 'sided' with, Valerie or her old show.
The City actually did beat The Hogan Family in the ratings, and Harper seemed to take that as some indication that she was the victor.
Funnier still, it seems she had a daughter on The City who was the real-life sister of one of the guys who played a son on the NBC show.
With the Valerie-Hogan Family currently in reruns, I wondered what become of her 'victory' show, all but forgotten and came here to these very odd reviews about it being seen in a group screening for commercial products.
I have no idea what all that is about.
Of the two, I watched the Hogan show more, but wouldn't mind seeing this show again also.
Just What We Need; A Song About Lightbulbs
Not the best entry in the Bob's Burgers episodes, and not sure why it was even done.
There are two very erroneous messages in this episode.
Number one, Christmas items in the neighborhood were 'stolen' including Linda's mini-Christmas tree with ornaments made by her children.
During the investigation, the ornament made by Gene is found on the ground in the snow. So that was done with disregard.
But do we want to say it is okay to take things if the end results can dazzle Linda Belcher?
We are outraged if televangelists 'take money' from people. How are the actions here in this two-parter any different? A character took other people's stuff for his own ends.
Second, the people at the end did not need Christmas to engage in the celebration which they did. Raves are held all year long.
Little Miss Cleavage To Beaver can trot out there and celebrate Arbor Day, Guy Fawkes, the first of each month, Thomas Edison's birthday, since she loves those LEDs so much and its all pretty much going to amount to the same thing, so its not like this is just 'their' way of celebrating Christmas here.
I like recording Bobs Burgers and saving them on DVD. Due to football, I lost the ending of this episode and quite honestly, it didn't bother me at all.
And Bob saying, "hi, Marshmallow" really was only funny one time.
Christmas Miracle (2012)
SPOILERS! Unique But Lost Its Mark
Seven motorists are stranded in the snow at an old abandoned church. This should have been the miracle. Unfortunately, the movie shifted the 'miracle' from the motorists, effective in their own light for the situation they are in, to a small child. Our focus on seven people who are unable to find their way out of the snow, because a tree blocked their way, to first a woman who is able to find her way to the church in her SUV, tho she too gets her vehicle stuck in the snow, but it is when the child wanders out to the church as well, the focus awkwardly shifts. A child on foot is able to get close enough to the church, but the initial seven persons weren't able to wander the same path in reverse. The most remarkable aspect of the film is those vehicles sliding in the dark, quiet snow, with all parties having no idea when the automobiles will come to a stop. And now these seven people rely on one another. There is no bickering, really not the 'problems solved' as we get in other movies of this kind. If these people do not work together, any or all of them could meet an untimely fate in these woods. I saw this movie many years ago and have never forgotten it. Its a nice holiday flick, very low key but it delivers. Had the attention remained on the people in the church, it would have been stronger. And the child doesn't give a good depiction of autism.
Evidence of a Haunting (2010)
Just Plain Terrible
I got ten 'movies' from Walmart for $5, and so far, they've been awful. This was one of them and it was truly terrible.
Acting is terrible, plot is terrible, writing is terrible. I'm only posting to back up the previous review and state he is absolutely correct in his summation.
I originally believed someone submitted this as a potential pilot to Syfy or something, hoping it would get picked up.
It seems about like a Syfy 'reality' program. All I could really say is we are given six people, three guys, three girls, who are ghost hunters of sorts.
They seem to travel mainly in the south, Louisiana, Texas.
I just can't stress enough this is not Blair Witch. It is horribly done. I've seen better performances from new kids on soap operas.
And the writing was absolutely atrocious.
Thumbs down all the way.
The Belko Experiment (2016)
I Definitely Have A Sick Twisted Sense of Humor
Enjoyed this movie too much, but I rather suspected I would.
The experiment to see who is survival of the fittest, no matter how many times we see it depicted in a movie or program, never proves anything.
In real life, we could look at examples of who made it into the lifeboats from the Titanic or who survived the Hindenberg, to the Charles Manson victims, to countless other probabilities, such as the survivors of the crash of Flight 90 in the Potomac river. There is nothing to be gathered from the events. Nothing but fate.
Still I enjoyed this movie involving office workers having to eliminate each other. Of course we are given expendable characters we could never like, and Tony Goldwyn and John C. McGinley more than lead the way in that regard.
Yes, there will be a few along the way you may sympathize with or enjoy viewing, among these especially is Sean Gunn as Marty, and some that may cause some pondering, such as Dany Wilkins or the custodial lady, but the results is rather obvious at about the mid-way point. You'll be thinking, well, that was that.
I couldn't help but compare the scenario to Gremlins II, Stalking Laura (I Can Make You Love Me, based on a true story), and even the Mazerunner series, as well as the Cube movies, slightly wondered about the Saw films. For some reason, Towering Inferno never crossed my mind.
There was only one other person sitting in the theatre when I saw this. I suspect he was a theatre employee or something and was just sitting in there; an elderly black man who clearly didn't buy a ticket to see this silly thing.
As we left, I told him let's hurry up and get out of here before we decide one of us must be the only survivor and suspect the other of trying to kill him off. He just laughed. I wouldn't be surprised if he pretty much just slept thru the entire movie.
Our Miss Brooks: Swap Week (1953)
Robert Ellis, of Meet Corliss Archer, appears in this episode, but he isn't credited at the end, nor is he credited on IMDb.
Overall, the episode is mildly amusing in its own way as are many of the Miss Brooks episodes, focusing on apparently a 'trend' of the times when things were swapped for other things, no matter what.
Bit more entertaining with Mrs. Davis preparing veal scallopini and garlic toast for Miss Brooks instead of the usual boiled egg and regular toast.
But really wondering why Ellis is uncredited, even tho Richard Crenna also appears, Ellis starts out in a very similar way to what Crenna as Arthur always does.
Silence of the Lambs Meets The Good Son
The approach in this episode was Henry (Ethan Cutkosky) is a psychopathic ten-year-old, but it's obvious someone used Macauley Culkin's The Good Son or Silence of the Lambs as source material.
Description seems to give the impression that It's A Good Life, from the Twilight Zone, is some sort of inspiration here, but Billy Mumy played it better as a kid than Cutkosky does here. This fellow here was obviously aware of 'bad' portrayals and really falls flat trying to be manipulative with that stare of his.
The most amazing hiccup I saw first off was when Pino was getting the child held hostage out of the play tunnel, he utterly failed at making any attempt to get the gun from Henry, which would have been the absolutely ideal moment to do so. The hostage was clear and Henry was having to make his way out of that tunnel with a gun in his hand. This kid wasn't a Gulf War vet.
Then there was Henry's talking to the blonde lady officer, "can I hold your gun? You're very pretty." Hiding a butcher knife (which we are told is kept locked up, but Henry knew where the key was hidden) under his pillow would have been the last straw, especially after officers had investigated him for pushing his sister down the stairs. Things would not have escalated like this; oh, okay, we don't have any substantial evidence, do we? A clearer picture of psychopathic behavior would have been more innocent in nature; when Henry's mother told him it was time to go to bed, he would have silently reclined as if to sleep, then put that knife to work.
But the show seemed to think hostile attitude was all part of the behavior, as well as 'unnerving' the unsuspecting potential victims, like when he requested to hold the gun or something.
A child with a psychopathic nature would have definitely been more "I don't know" when asked why they do what they do, as tho something or someone else was definitely to blame, not come across with all this anger seen here.
Don't rely on the depiction seen here.
Superstore: Guns, Pills and Birds (2016)
Astonishingly Bad 'Cause' Episode
Gun control and birth control were explored in this episode, but in a phenomenally bad and unrealistic way.
In essence, the problem here is the character Jonah, who has a job, but seems to think he is entitled to say what he can and cannot do on the job.
If this were the case, then there are endless teen-agers who would be paid for doing nothing, as they are offended at being told what to do.
Since gun control is a liberal issue, the episode sought to achieve a balance with another character protesting birth control, but in his attempt to control the selling of the morning after drug, he purchases all the pills THEN turns around and must SELL them as he spent too much money on the non-refundable items.
We get nothing like this with the gun control issue. Oh, I have to do my required job, which is sell these guns, or I won't get a paycheck.
Tossed in is an astonishingly ridiculous sub-plot with crows in the store.
In the end, the episode offers no humor (as tho it were lightening these topics) and resolves nothing on either issue, so no point of the entire episode.
Numb3rs: Shadow Markets (2009)
Josh Cooke Made Augie Unlikable and Annoying
Which was who Augie needed to be. The hacker Augie emerged as unbelievably annoying as he hacked into various sites, only to now find himself pursued by hit men from various international organizations.
When his own personal information is jeopardized by the assassins, now Augie is worried and afraid.
Cooke, as Augie, made Augie unlikable from one extreme to the other, realizing how much he didn't know when he thought he knew so much. It was quite a turn-around in character.
At no time do you root for Augie with what he had done, nor is there any sympathy for him afterwards. It was an interesting transition.
As for the hacking, woe unto those who engage in such behavior, but it seems to be the way of the world these days.
Overall, an interesting episode dealing with the topic.
The Lucy Show: Lucy Gets Her Maid (1964)
Hair-brained schemes is one thing, but this episode just throws things all out of proportion. Lucy wants to impress rich society women who all happen to have maids, so she has to work as a maid so she can hire a maid for herself to impress these ladies. It's all just a bit too far-fetched.
On top of this, we get Kathleen Freeman as the maid she hires, essentially reprising the same thing on I Love Lucy when Lucy hired a maid to help out with Little Ricky and she ended up doing more work than before, but this time the subtlety of Lucy Ricardo's intimidation is lost with Freeman, nevermind Freeman appeared on several earlier episodes as a neighborhood buddy, when she enters here, it's to 'special guest star' applause.
So now what will the punchline be? Lucy pandering to her maid or being the rich woman's maid? For some strange reason, I couldn't help but ponder this was only something Ball would know about how rich women deal with their help.
In the end, the final 'joke' is so extremely contrived, it's amazing to behold, with Lucy and Viv cackling out some clichéd tunes of other nationalities, and wearing bizarre little 'disguises'.
But it's an incredibly weak plot; I have to be a maid so I can hire a maid.
Over Forty Years Between Viewings
We watched the Lucy Show as kids and loved it, having never seen I Love Lucy at that time. Now, over forty years later, I'm watching many of these episodes my siblings and I sat gathered around the TV, glaring in amusement at her antics.
By far, the shower episode was our favorite. I've since told my mother she should be glad we had no glass door shower like that, as we'd definitely have tried to do that.
I just watched the contact lens episode, essentially as the other review says, a knock-off of the I Love Lucy BBQ episode, the assumptions as to what must have happened play out even more far-fetched than it does here.
It was feasible in ILL for Lucy to deduce the ring must have fallen into the cement (maybe a bit extreme), but it was a tad more incredulous for Ricky to figure out it fell from his shirt.
This time, Lucy leaps to the conclusion her contact lens fell out into the icing on the cake. It could just as easily have been anywhere on the kitchen floor.
Secondly, fear of Mr. Mooney knowing she lost the expensive lens is rather moot when she purchases fifteen chocolate cakes.
The purpose of destroying the cakes is rather dismissive when she learns where her cake really is.
Nevertheless, I remember the amusement at her destroying the cake, but her reason for doing so, as she gives here, is bogus and accepted, whereas on ILL it was hysterical when she told the truth and left Ricky completely bewildered at how she'd think.
I recorded it this time when it aired. I intend on watching it again.
Hiller, All Wendy Hiller
In watching many of these Hitchcocks, they run the usual route to the point of absolutely predictable, making even quirky comic book stories seem more compelling.
In this instance, it was all the prim and properness of Hiller and how even she can make a mistake trying to look out for one of her students.
Had she verbally confronted Gloria with her suspicions early on, instead of relying on a letter, she could have explained she saw Gloria while at the book store, where she was buying a book for Gloria.
It's a peculiar commentary on a woman not being allowed about by herself; she must be escorted.
The involvement of Ben was a bit overwhelming, but it delivered the shocked behavior of Hiller at the end. I suppose it also opened up how she couldn't even trust Gloria as well.
Best worth noting was a reference to Gloria as 'p.c.' standing for 'privileged character' and what it means for us today.
Hazel: George's 32nd Cousin (1963)
Hazel Meets Florence Jean Castleberry?
Diane Ladd, the first Flo, not Polly Holliday, the best-known Flo, from Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, then the follow-up show, Alice, appears as the southern cousin who would not leave.
It's up to Hazel to get rid of her.
Partially amusing to think of Oscar nominee Florence Jean Castleberry encountering Oscar Winner Lola from Little Sheba.
At a slight glance, it did seem to be Laura Dern in the role, even down to the hairdo.
Pity they never managed to take things full circle and Shirley Booth appear on Alice, with Holliday or Ladd when she appeared on there as Belle. Then we would have had maid meeting waitress meeting waitress.
Tribal Law Says We Do Not Get Along With Other Tribe
When the chief's son from another tribe is injured, it is up to the cave family to nurse him back to health, but the other tribe thinks they have captured his son.
When Katy and Lok seek to tell the other tribe of the misunderstanding, they are taken captive, but fortunately John Butler has a solution for getting the superstitious tribe to relinquish the prisoners.
In the end, both tribes come to a friendly understanding, just in time to contend with their true threat and the reason for the catapults in the first place.
John Butler's 'summoning' for the angry sky gods is very similar to Race Bannon's native god disguise with the red berry dye in the old Jonny Quest episode.
Ironic both were voiced by Mike Road.
He had a bit more fun here with 'hocus pocus' incantations, as compared to Race's loud yelling.
Tribal Law Says Sacred Rock Must Look Over Water
A tremor causes the sacred rock called the Keeper to fall off its mantle and the cave family freaks out over water. No one can drink until a new head is in place.
The mothers must do kitchen work and make vines for lifting, while the fathers and the teens go adventuring looking for a new rock.
The small kids are to deliver messages to other tribe members.
Finding a perfect stone, John Butler spends a couple of minutes building a pristine wagon to move the massive object, a wagon that floats as well.
All the while they are pursued by a dinosaur Mrs. Butler and Mrs. Caveman build a device for lifting the stone.
"Yes," says Mrs. Butler. "We call this a block and tackle." "Call it what you want," says Mrs. Cavewoman.
Turns out the big giant head is simply to keep a cork in a geyser.
Tribal Law Says Leave Delicious Fruit For Molly
Molly the Brontosaurus wants all the fruit to himself. Greg Butler feels otherwise and takes a basket of the fruit for himself back to the family cave.
Molly smells the fruit and pursues it back to the dwelling.
Molly gets her neck stuck in the cave entrance and the families hurriedly give her the fruit, but her struggle to release her fat neck causes cave ins galore, trapping all within a slowly flooding cave.
John Butler makes an ingenious device of reeds to siphon the water out of the cave. Greg and Tana are small enough to escape the cave, but lo and behold, there's Molly again.
This must have been perhaps the first episode. We are told about John Butler being a science teacher.
Jonny Quest Meets Josie and the Pussycats?
A bit of a crisscross between Jonny Quest's House of Seven Gargoyles episode and Josie and the Pussycats A Green Thumb Is Not a Goldfinger.
And thrown in as well is a sea serpent, as in Loch Ness.
Skip, Augie and April venture into the old estate on the lake and suddenly, inexplicably are pursued by a now-living gargoyle 'statue' lifted completely from the Jonny Quest episode, then likewise fall into a greenhouse, at this time lifted straight from the Josie episode.
The reason for the haunting was the by then established Scooby Doo excuse 'to scare people away'.
It is a bit amusing to see these cartoon ideas recycled from other cartoons tho.
Valentine's Episode Unites Other Stars
A football player (John Amos) romances a schoolteacher Jayne Kennedy).
A man (Don Adams) running a secretarial company intends to tell a woman (Fannie Flagg) he can't get her a male secretary for her cruise, and she mistakes him for the assigned secretary.
A man (Donny Most) is dumped by his unseen girlfriend with a bunny-eared singing telegram (Claudia Lonow).
Most's story has been done in several variations on the show before, perhaps so has the mistaken identity with Flagg and Adams as well.
Same for Amos and Kennedy.
Amazingly, once more, Vicki appears to a minimum in this episode, so that's a plus.
The episode is fun in it's own way for seeing Amos, Kennedy, Most, Adams and Flagg together in a show.
Surprisingly, the three women actually meet up and so do the guys, then briefly pairing up to talk over matters with each other; Lonow with Amos, Most with Flagg, Kennedy with Adams.
For some reason, it was most fun for me seeing Amos, Adams and Most from Good Times, Get Smart and Happy Days. Wonderful shows.
Everybody Loves Raymond Meets Joan Rivers
Obviously I stopped watching Love Boat when Whelan joined up, so many of the episodes with her now watch like some strange nostalgia.
To make matters even more interesting, I just watched this episode with Joan Rivers, Alex Rocco and Doris Roberts and don't recall Julie saying anything at all. She's just easy to overlook, it seems.
Overall, the stories were as trite and clichéd as all get-out.
James Coco and Doris Roberts (seemingly reunited from their St. Elsewhere Emmy win a few years earlier) are the parents of Adam Arkin and their entire bit watches like a prelude to Everybody Loves Raymond. When his parents bicker and want a divorce, it's convenient their son is a divorce lawyer, who manages to bring on the sentiment of their years together to reunite them.
Joan Rivers with Alex Rocco was definitely the worth-the-watch story. How many even remotely dramatic roles did Rivers do? Here she has had a mastectomy and is uneasy about herself after her husband left her. Rocco handles everything with his usual aplomb, failing nowhere. Sad to think of them both gone, but delightful to see them together.
The third story was rather silly with the girl stowing away in Gopher's cabin by chance when Gopher has bought an exercise machine. There are incredibly bad jokes about Gopher making out with this woman while he is working out.
Episode works for practically no Vicki, the Everybody Loves Raymond setup and Rocco & Rivers.
Tho aired in '75, I would not see these programs and hadn't an ever-lovin' clue who Doctor Who was or had been, until 1980 or so, when it aired in the states. So beginning with Robot, to make matters more difficult, Sontaran Experiment and ARk In Space were aired out of sequence, making following the overall story of the Doctor, Harry and Sarah rather confusing.
And 'travelling' with the time ring or bracelet further left me with no idea what a Tardis or police call box might be.
With the first episode, we get endless Nazi comparisons with mutos, Thals and Kaleds.
At the end of this episode we first see Davros and I get my first glimpse of a Dalek. What on Earth? Silliest looking thing I had ever seen.
Likewise, this eccentric Doctor and Harry are taken captive, leaving Sarah Jane at the mercy of the mutos. Good luck, Sarah.
How bad could a sitcom possibly get? Watching an episode each of Car 54, Sgt. Bilko and Gomer Pyle "meeting the Hollywood celebrity" and this is without a doubt horrible beyond words.
Gomer gets off the tour bus to take pictures of the actress' house. The driver agrees, as long as Gomer hurries, so no Lucy and Richard Widmark here.
Gomer runs around the house taking pictures of a potted plant, so out of view, the driver decides to leave him.
Wait! Wait! What'd you expect, you moron? So Gomer WITH A CAMERA meets the actress and takes not one picture of her to prove to the others he met her.
The episode gives way to the usual whining Gomer 'ya gotta believe me. Don't ya believe me?' and Carter yelling back (AFTER believing Pyle).
It's amazingly bad.
You half-wonder why Gomer doesn't turn on the actress when she fails to appear before Carter and co.
"Miss Tracy, you lied to me. How could you do that?" It's astonishing how this show ran.
There's a bit with the platoon in t-shirt and briefs giving a raspberry in the barracks, which I've always remembered and for some reason always thought it was part of Aunt Bea's visit, but nevermind.
It's all just meaningless.
Want to totally shut your brain off and just wonder over a show. Gomer Pyle is it.
MacGyver: Harry's Will (1990)
It's A MacGyver, MacGyver, MacGyver, MacGyver World
An all-star cast in pursuit of money! Kind of take-off of Mad World, this one relied more on brief appearances from the guest stars, many of whom I don't recall, and it's been over 25 years since I saw it.
Marion Ross was a nun and the money-in-question was stolen and being chased after by bad guys Wendy O. Williams and Dick Butkus. Williams had this 'character' bit where she would blow her hair out of her face while she held a gun on someone.
It seems I remember Henry Gibson and Abe Vigoda, possibly Henry Winkler's cameo, but I can't recall as what.
Lyle Alzado, can't recall what he did.
This was before I had so much internet access to online sites to track down Mad World on VHS and then DVD, as well as it airing so often on cable channels and the like, so this had to do for me back then.
It was fun to watch, as was many of these money chase episodes of shows like, such as the Dukes of Hazard episode guest-starring Loretta Lynn, or the What's Happening episode.
Essentially the only episode of MacGyver I ever watched, to tell the truth.
Today's F.B.I. (1981)
Mannix Returns To TV
That's all this show was. I barely recall it. There was a series of performers back then who picked up TV shows, but not a lot came of any of them.
Carol Potter of course would go on to be the mother on Beverly Hills 90210.
The only reason I recall this show was because I began watching one episode, and we see a working class black man enter an apartment to his loving wife, then we see an elderly white woman in a robe fixing her dinner, and finally a beautiful young dark-haired woman in dark purple leotards exercising to music.
Suddenly, there is a rumble, each of them feel it, then suddenly their surroundings are collapsing around them.
The building caved in. Rescuers appear on the scene, and miraculously, the elderly woman is found, seemingly unharmed.
The young woman in the leotards unfortunately is dead.
We see the black woman pinned under debris, and she gives way to a scream. If her husband was alive, he was unconscious.
So what happened? This was up to Conners and co. to figure out.
I've always remembered it was a building flaw and that 'concrete cement' was used in the building construction, which made it flawed.
So they investigated who the contractor was and why they did so.
As it is, I watched no more of the episode, since it showed no concern for the people in the building we had seen.
I still wonder and think about this show, and this episode, but it was just too much a cliché of its time.
Jabberjaw: The Sourpuss Octopus (1976)
Shades of Indiana Jones!
The Neptunes accidentally board a vessel for an archaeological expedition, thanks to Shelly, and must aide a professor who is pursued by the villainous Octopus.
The Octopus succeeds in creating a second Jabberjaw to steal the disc, but an impression is left on the real Jabberjaw's stomach, enabling them to create a duplicate image and obtain a map to the treasure.
Once more here, Shelly and Clamhead are paired up as they sabotage the computer for receiving the map, with Biff, Bubbles and the professor as prisoners needing to be freed.
Typical offering in the songs at the end.