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7/10
Pretty funny but not for everybody
25 September 2018
Nick, Kurt and Dale are three friends working for bosses who make their lives a misery. Nick's boss, Dave Harken works him hard with the promise of a promotion that never materialises; Dale, a dental assistant is sexually harassed by dentist Julia Harris and Dave's new boss is running down the business to fuel his drug habit. Eventually they can take it no more and decide their bosses have to die. Attempts to find a hitman don't go well but eventually they decide to kill each other's bosses. Inevitably it isn't quite as easy as they thought.

As the characters acknowledge the basic plot is 'Strangers on a Train'/'Throw Momma from the Train'... being a comedy more of the latter. The premise is simple enough and it does provide a good number of laughs; it also manages to get near the knuckle at times as certain situations could offend some viewers... if Dale and Julia's positions had been reversed I'm sure it wouldn't have been allowed. The characters are a fun bunch; each of the bosses is unsympathetic in nicely varied ways and the three protagonists are amusingly incompetent when it comes to planning a murder. The cast is solid with Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sukeikis being amusing leads; Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey and Colin Farrell are equally fun as the titular Horrible Bosses... particularly Aniston who plays against type as the sexually predatory dentist. There is also a very funny turn from Jamie Foxx as the trio's 'murder adviser'. Overall I found this to be pretty funny but some of the material is likely to offend some viewers.
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Island (II) (2018– )
6/10
Entertaining but ultimately forgettable anime
23 September 2018
This anime series is set on Urashima, an island far from the mainland. Life was good there until five years previously when a series of calamities effected the three most prominent families. After this they cut off contact with the mainland. Then one day a man, Setsuna, is found on the beach. He has lost his memory but has a feeling that he is on a mission. On the island he meets Rinne, Karen, and Sara.

This was an okay series; it started well with an intriguing set-up but unfortunately the explanations didn't really live up to expectations. The characters are likeable enough and the animation looked good; this was helped by the lush backgrounds that captured the sub-tropical feel of the island. Overall I'd say this was a pleasant enough series but feel that once watched it will be soon forgotten.

These comments are based on watching the series in Japanese with English subtitles.
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Warehouse 13: Mild Mannered (2010)
Season 2, Episode 2
7/10
A superhero in Detroit
23 September 2018
This episode's main story sees Myka and Pete heading to Detroit where criminals appear to have been attacked by somebody with immense strength. It isn't long before they come face to face with the person responsible. He is wearing the costume of Pete's favourite comic book character; Iron Shadow. Myka has a theory about how his power works so contacts Claudia to help identify the artefact supplying that power. Meanwhile back at the warehouse Artie keeps seeing the late James MacPherson; he doesn't believe it to be a ghost or his imagination. Tension is still high between Claudia and Leena and the latter is suffering headaches.

This was a rather fun episode. It wasn't immediately obvious who was in the Iron Shadow costume but neither was it a surprise when the wearer was revealed. The idea of somebody using an artefact to become a superhero fits in with the feel of the show and makes a change from people using them in more selfish ways. The events back at the warehouse were entertaining enough but definitely secondary to the main story. The cast did a solid job; it was particularly fun seeing Jewel Staite and Sean Mahar, of 'Firefly' fame, working together again. The action was pretty good; especially the finale which included an amusing twist. Overall not the best episode but still plenty of fun.
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8/10
Puerile and offensive but also hilarious
23 September 2018
Eddie and Richard run what is probably the worst hotel in Britain. They are offensive to their guests, provide a terrible surface, the steal from guests, spy on them and constantly fight each other. Early on one could leave in disgust but there is still long term resident Mrs Foxfur, a honeymooning couple and a newly arrived family... not to mention a glamorous Italian film, Gina Carbonara, star fleeing her fiancé who arrives later on.

Technically these are not the same Richard and Eddie who featured in the TV series 'Bottom' but to all intents it is 'Bottom: The Movie'. We get the same puerile humour with lots of over-the-top slapstick violence; similar protagonists and general crudeness... if you didn't like 'Bottom' you are unlikely to enjoy this but if you enjoyed 'Bottom' you are fairly certain to love this. We are treated to a series of comedy set-pieces; problems at breakfast that lead to a fight; the theft of some rubber underwear and a case of food poisoning to mention just three. The violence might bother some people; it is fairly bloodless but has its wince inducing moments. There are some flaws of course; I thought the vomiting gag went on a little too long and led to a very sudden, slightly weak, ending. Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson are on fine for as Richard and Eddie and the guest cast, which includes Fenella Fielding, Simon Pegg and Bill Nighy as guests and Hélène Mahieu and Vincent Cassel as Gina and her fiancé are all a lot of fun. Overall I'd say this won't be for everybody but if it is for you you'll love it.
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7/10
A good mix of action and comedy
22 September 2018
Rick Jarmin, who in the FBI witness protection program, is working in a Detroit gas station under an assumed name. Things are going well until old flame Marianne Graves pulls up and recognises him. He calls the FBI to get relocated but learns his handler has retired. The replacement promises to help but quickly shows himself to be corrupt as he passes Rick's details to two corrupt ex-DEA agents; one who is still wanted the other who has just finished a fifteen year jail sentence thanks to Rick's testimony. The two men quickly turn up and Rick's boss is killed in the shoot-up; after that Rick ends up on the run with Marianne. There are a series of chases till the fleeing duo confront their chasers in a zoo.

This is a fun action comedy. The story is fairly simply but serves to provide a series of enjoyably chases and action sequences. This includes chases in cars, on motorbikes and in aircraft and action that features shooting, explosions and an impressive final confrontation in a zoo, complete with dangerous animals. The laughs come from amusing situations rather than forced gags for the most part... an early gag where Rick tricks his boss may be a little forced but it is also very funny. Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn have a good chemistry as Rick and Marianne. The villains played by Bill Duke, David Carradine and Stephen Tobolowsky are solid enough but get less screen time than one might expect. Overall this might not be a must see film but it provides sufficient laughs and action to make it worth watching if you want decent, not too extreme, action with plenty of amusing moments.
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Police Squad! (1982)
10/10
Non-stop gags from start to finish
21 September 2018
This series follows Detective Lieutenant Sergeant Frank Drebin of Police Squad as he investigates a series of cases.

That might not sound like a basis for a comedy but this series contains more gags per minute than just about other any series I can think of. There are recurring jokes; such as the guest star who dies within seconds of appearing and a shoe-shine man who seems to know everything about everything. The rest of the time we are assaulted by a series of puns, sight-gags and other hilarious moments... if you don't get one gag another will occur in seconds. Leslie Nielson does a really good job as Drebin, he, along with the rest of the cast, manage to play things straight even during the most ridiculous moments. Overall I'd say the biggest mystery here is why there are only six episodes... at least it returned on the big screen as the 'Naked Gun' Trilogy... A must see.
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Tatort: Mord auf Langeoog (2013)
Season 1, Episode 887
8/10
Inspector Falke - Murder in Langeoog
21 September 2018
In this episode Inspector Falke, of the Hamburg Police, is staying with friends on Langeoog, a fairly small, sandy island in the North Sea. His holiday is disrupted when a local woman is murdered and the most obvious suspect is his host's sixteen year old brother-in-law... he was found with the victim, high as a kite, unsure whether or not he did it or not. It isn't his jurisdiction but he inevitably gets involved and not long afterwards he is joined by partner Katharina Lorenz, who he'd asked to investigate the victim's activities in Hamburg.

It is a bit of a cliché to have a police detective caught up in a case outside his/her jurisdiction but that doesn't make it a weak episode. The setting is interesting; I was aware that Germany had islands in the North Sea but don't think I've ever seen anything set on one of them. The mystery is intriguing; it looks like an open-and-shut case but inevitably other suspects arise; not too quickly though. As the ending approaches there are good moments of tension. The cast does a solid job although not speaking German I can't comment on the accents of people playing islanders. Overall a good episode in an interesting setting.

These comments are based on watching the episode in German with English subtitles.
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Warehouse 13: Time Will Tell (2010)
Season 2, Episode 1
8/10
A solid start to season two
20 September 2018
This episode follows on immediately from the final episode of season one. MacPherson has escaped from being 'bronzed' in the warehouse with inside help... judging by footage it was probably Claudia. Pete and Myka quickly establish that Artie has survived, thanks to the use of an artefact. Artie then heads to Cern, in Switzerland, as he believes Claudia is heading to see her brother. Back in the warehouse Pete and Myka search to discover if MacPherson took anything with him and discover that somebody else was de-bronzed; H. G. Wells! They then head to Wells's house in London, which is now a museum, hoping to find the famous author... they are in for quite a surprise. Artie and Claudia are reunited and soon afterwards it becomes clear that MacPherson wants something from Cern. Once he gets it he goes to the warehouse with Wells intending to get items from a special vault.

This episode gets season two off to a cracking start. Twists come thick and fast... and some of these are genuine surprises. There is a decent amount of action as well as plenty of funny moments. H. G. Wells is a great addition to the cast of characters and looks set to be a recurring character judging by the way the episode ends... as well as DVD box pictures. The cast are on fine form playing things straight even in the sillier moments. Overall a really fun episode that fans of the series are sure to enjoy.
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8/10
An enjoyable murder mystery with a famous twist
20 September 2018
Following a prologue, where Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, exposes a thief in Jerusalem, our protagonist heads to Istanbul where he boards the Orient Express, bound for London. After dinner he is approached by a man who claims to be an antiques dealer who feels in danger after selling dodgy goods to the wrong people. Poirot declines the request for help. The following night the train is derailed by an avalanche; when the compartments are checked the man is found dead... with multiple stab wounds. Poirot is soon investigating; the problem isn't a shortage of clues but an excess... each pointing to a different suspect. Before the case is solved he will uncover truths about the dead man and how various people on board are connected to him.

I was surprised to see just how unpopular this film appears to be as I really enjoyed it; perhaps that was because it was quite a while since I'd seen any other Poirot mystery so could accept Kenneth Branagh, and his ridiculous moustache, in the role. Despite knowing who did it before watching the story was fun to watch. The case provides plenty of clues to keep our protagonist, and the viewer, guessing. Even if you know how it ends seeing how that conclusion is reached is entertaining. The all-star cast does a fine job bringing their somewhat over-the-top characters to life. The opening scenes are somewhat superfluous for anybody familiar with Poirot but serves as a nice demonstration of how quick thinking he is for viewers new to the character. Overall I'd say this was an enjoyable film but acknowledge that may be a minority opinion.
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Babylon 5: Chrysalis (1994)
Season 1, Episode 22
10/10
'And so it begins'
19 September 2018
Tensions are high as this episode opens; the Narn are sabre rattling near Quadrant 37, much to the annoyance of the Centauri, whose space it is. It looks as though the Centauri will have to make concessions but then the sinister Mr Morden offers to help solve the situation... his solution is rather drastic. Meanwhile a lurker who had previously worked with Garibaldi is fatally wounded but before he dies says 'they are going to kill him'; but without saying who. Garibaldi's investigation will uncover a plot that could have serious consequences for Earth politics and puts Garibaldi in real danger. If that weren't enough Delenn is being particularly cryptic.

As season ones comes to an end it feels more like a beginning than an ending. Each storyline raises far more questions than answers; what sort of favour will Morden's backers want for helping Mollari; How will the political events affect Babylon 5 and just what is happening with Delenn? The story provides some impressive action both in space and on the station as Garibaldi gets in danger. The cast are all on top form in a story that included nearly all of the regular characters. Overall a really fine episode that has me looking forward to season two.
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Andromeda (2000–2005)
7/10
An enjoyable Sci-fi series
19 September 2018
This sci-fi series opens in a distant future where the vast System's Commonwealth brings peace and stability to three whole galaxies. Our protagonist is Dylan Hunt, captain of the ship Andromeda Ascendant and his world is about to be turned upside down. A group of genetically modified humans, known as the Nietzscheans, betray the Commonwealth; this includes Dylan's close friend and second-in-command. As the fight rages Andromeda is caught on the event horizon of a black hole. Here Dylan is locked in time till a salvage crew pulls the ship out. Three hundred years have passed and a lot has changed; the Commonwealth is long gone, the Nietzscheans are divided but still oppressing people and a species known as the Magog are literally preying on people.

After initial events Dylan takes the salvagers, pilot Beka Valentine; engineer Seamus Harper; Rev Bem, a Magog who has renounced violence; Tyr Anasazi, a Nietzschean with uncertain motives; and finally the enigmatic Trance Gemini, a purple alien of an unknown species. They are soon joined by 'Rommie' the ships android avatar, built by Harper. Over the course of the series they face various dilemmas as Dylan works to re-establish the System's Commonwealth. Some of these will be single episode problems others will be long running plot arcs. We also get some crew changes as the seasons progress.

This series, from an idea by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, starts of really well as it introduces an interesting group of characters. Dylan is perhaps too much of a 'Captain Perfect' character at times but the others are more interesting; notably Tyr, thanks to his moral ambiguity, and the mysterious Trance. We get plenty of action in just about every episode; this can include space battles, shootouts and physical fights. There is also a good amount of humour. While I still enjoyed later seasons I don't think they were quite as good as the early ones; the plot gets a bit messy at times; the final season, where the crew are trapped in a single star system almost feels like a different series at times. The special effects are pretty good and the cast does a fine job bringing their characters to life. Overall I'd recommend this to fans of space-based sci-fi; it might not be a classic but it is fun enough.
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Andromeda: The Heart of the Journey: Part 2 (2005)
Season 5, Episode 22
8/10
The final confrontation with the Abyss
19 September 2018
As season five, and the whole series, comes to an end Andromeda and her crew must face one of its greatest battles to date. Earth has been destroyed and the Nietzschean fleet is amassing around Terazed... vastly outnumbered Dylan must choose whether to fight against the odds or accept Maura's offer and return to the Seefra system; and thus condemn the three galaxies to destruction. Not surprisingly they fight. The Nietzscheans aren't the only problem though; it is apparent that they are being guided by The Abyss and ultimately that threat will have to be faced.

Not surprisingly the series finale provides lots of action as well as serving to wrap up most outstanding plot threads. The battle against the Nietzscheans is impressive with Andromeda shooting at thousands of enemy ships. We then get a nice twist involving The Abyss before the final confrontation. This takes us almost to the end of the episode after which we get a few nice conversations between the crew as they prepare for less chaotic lives. Inevitably as it ends there is a touch of poignancy as it feels as though we are bidding farewell to old friends.
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Andromeda: Chaos and the Stillness of It (2005)
Season 5, Episode 20
8/10
Harper is forced to help Burma while Dylan and Rhade return to Methus-2
18 September 2018
Following on from the previous episode General Burma has taken Harper to Seefra-1. He then contacts Dylan and tells him he will kill Harper if his demands aren't met. Dylan makes it clear there will be no deal. He then heads to Methus-2 with Rhade hoping to confirm that the Trance Gemini' aboard Andromeda isn't their old friend. This leaves Beka, Rommie and Doyle to try to locate Harper. They are looking in the wrong place though; Harper is no longer on Seefra-1; Burma forced him to take him and his men to Andromeda. Here we learn he is in league with an old enemy.

This was another solid episode; Dylan's reaction to Burma's demands was obvious the only one he could really make but it was still handled well and set up one of the episode's main plotlines. Burma's actions when he gets to Andromeda led to plenty of good action, as well as the less good 'so fast they blur' action used in some fights. The way Burma was linked to a certain old enemy came as rather a surprise, at least for me, and worked well. The search on Methus-2 also provided a good amount of tension as the structure started to collapse as Trance's sun approached. This plot thread also nicely explained why Trance had been behaving differently recently. We are also treated to some amusing moments; my favourite being Rommie's use of a famous quote from 'Star Wars' when she and Doyle confront Burma's goons. Overall a good conclusion to a two part story.
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Andromeda: One More Day's Light (2005)
Season 5, Episode 19
8/10
Trance's behaviour arouses suspicion and technophobes on Seefra-5 resist evacuation
16 September 2018
With Trance's sun working its way through the Seefra system it is time for Seefra-5 to be evacuated. Rhade and Harper are there working to get the Vedran tesseract machine working but there are more than just technological problems. The planet is led by an extreme technophobe who believes the planetary instabilities are an illusion created by those wanting to lure them into slavery on Seefra-1. Rhade is captured while trying to help the leader's sister, who had tried to organise an evacuation. Above Seefra-5 Beka is surprised when she intercepts a ship containing three Nietzscheans... a race, apart from Rhade, unknown in the system. They appear to be impressed to learn that she is their Matriarch; perhaps a little too impressed. Meanwhile on Andromeda Trance has gone missing; the others note that she has behaved differently since the events on Methus-2 three episodes back.

This was a pretty good episode; the three storylines providing some action, a good level of tension and some genuinely funny moments. There is also a sense of mystery as to where the Nietzscheans came from and what is going on with Trance. Most of the drama takes place on Seefra-5; this provides tension when Rhade is captured, a moment of tragedy and a dramatic 'to be continued' ending which leaves us wondering about the fate of a certain character. The plotline involving Trance has been hinted at before but here it becomes more explicit; it was probably dragged out for just the right length of time without fully resolving things. Beka's adventure with the Nietzscheans provide the episodes laughs; most notably when Dylan accesses the Maru's cameras at what appears to be an awkward moment. Overall an impressive episode which left me keen to see what will happen next.
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Andromeda: The Heart of the Journey: Part 1 (2005)
Season 5, Episode 21
7/10
Time to leave Seefra
16 September 2018
As the series approaches its finale Dylan learns, from Trance, that her people, the Lambent Kith Nebula, have a radical solution to the problem of The Abyss. She takes Dylan to meet the nebula; its apparent leader, Maura, explains that they will destroy the Abyss by destroying the three galaxies... something Dylan finds unacceptable. Meanwhile we learn that the other remaining Paradine have been killed leaving only Dylan. Maura takes Andromeda, and her crew, to the Route of Ages. From there they finally leave the Seefra system and return to Tarazed. Here they learn that not only has less time than expected passed but also a Nietzschean fleet is on its way and the Magog world ship was only damaged rather than destroyed. The crew must decide what to do next.

This episode was solid even if its main function was to get our protagonists away from Seefra and to set things up for the series finale. In doing so it raised the tension by explaining the threats that are to be faced without hinting at how they will be overcome. On the downside as they pass through the Route of Ages we are treated to a series of unnecessary memories of the crew's time in the Seefra system; thankfully this doesn't take too long though. Overall a decent set-up for the finale.
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Andromeda: Quantum Tractate Delirium (2005)
Season 5, Episode 18
8/10
The return of Rommie
16 September 2018
As this episode begins Beka and Rhade are working to evacuate Seefra-9 before it is destroyed by Trance's approaching sun. They are hoping for help from Dylan and Andromeda but there is a problem; he wishes to test the slipstream drive first and Andromeda refuses to enter slipstream without knowing the exit point, attempts to override the safety systems aren't successful. There is only one solution; repair Rommie. Doyle works to do this and everything appears to go well until Rommie becomes operational; it then becomes clear that Rommie has 'issues' and could be a danger to those aboard Andromeda.

After so long away it was great to see Rommie return; after what happened to her at the end of the previous season her return was far from guaranteed. The story of her return was solid and didn't go quite as I'd expected. The reasons given for her behaviour are explained well enough both emotionally and technologically. The secondary story involving the evacuation of Seefra-9 wasn't a distraction and provided some more action and a few laughs. As well as two good storylines we get hints of things that might important in upcoming episodes as a key member of the crew acts slightly out of character. The cast does a solid job; Lexa Doig was particularly entertaining as Rommie. Overall a fine episode which fans of the series are sure to enjoy.
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La peste (2018– )
8/10
The Plague
16 September 2018
This Spanish series is set in sixteenth century Seville when an outbreak of the bubonic plague has caused the city to be closed; much to the consternation of merchants involved in trade with the Spanish colonies in the New World. If concerns about illness weren't enough there have been a series of murders; Mateo Núñez, a former soldier who has returned to Seville to find the son of a friend despite being condemned by the inquisition for printing heretical works, is told he will be spared if he investigates the crimes.

If you like your historical dramas sanitised with healthy looking characters then this isn't for you. Even without the omnipresent threat of the plague most of the story is set in dark, filthy back alleys where violence could lurk around any corner. I confess that I found the story a little confusing at times but as it reached its conclusion it really came together and we get a solid conclusion. There are some fairly disturbing scene; including the sight of people being burnt at the stake. The cast does an impressive job, making us believe in their characters. Overall I'd recommend this to fans of historical dramas that don't sugar-coat the past.

These comments are based on watching the series in Spanish with English subtitles.
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9/10
Searching for tigers in the Kingdom of Bhutan
16 September 2018
This three part documentary follows a team of scientists as they search for signs of tigers in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. It is known that tigers have disappeared from most of their former range but little is known of their status in this secluded nation. Alan Rabinowitz, the scientist leading the operation believes that tigers can be saved if there is a suitable population in the foothills of the Himalayas with safe corridors allowing them to move about; that means a population in Bhutan could be key to their survival. When they get there they find what looks like suitable habitat and the locals claim that there are tigers there; not just in the forests, where one might expect to find them, but also high in the mountains. The team set out to discover what animals are about; mostly through the use of camera traps.

This was a fascinating little series; it gave an insight into the animals found in a country that rarely features on television. Those looking for the tigers clearly have a passion for their task and that comes across as we see them work and react to what they find. It must be noted that this series is very much about the search to discover what animals are there; those wanting stunning footage of various creatures are likely to be disappointed as most of what we see are short clips shot on camera traps or footage taken with heat detecting cameras... they do show what is there though and there is real excitement when certain animals are seen. There is surprisingly some real tension in the series; not just the question of whether or not they will find tigers in the places they are searching but also one of the team gets lost at night in an area he knows is patrolled by a leopard! Overall I'd recommend this series to anybody who loves nature, especially big cat lovers.
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Andromeda: Totaled Recall (2005)
Season 5, Episode 17
7/10
Dylan is 'killed' by an enigmatic stranger
15 September 2018
As this episode opens Dylan is helping Harper when there is an accident; Dylan gets highly toxic exotic matter on his hand. The next thing he knows it is apparently a week later and he is talking to Rhade in Harper's bar. They are confronted by an individual who uses Dylan's force lance to incapacitate everybody other than Dylan; he then fights Dylan and fatally wounds him... before Dylan dies the man gives him a cryptic message and identifies himself as an 'Elysian'. The next moment Dylan is back on Andromeda where he has no recollection of Trance. That isn't the end of the strange events for Dylan; he finds himself in various locations and times; the only constant seems to be that in each he meets the Elysian.

This was a rather intriguing episode. Once Dylan had had his accident it wasn't immediately clear if what we were seeing was really happening, all a strange hallucination or something somewhere in between. Each of the places Dylan finds himself feature familiar people or situations. This gives a good sense of mystery throughout. Guest star Kevin Durand does a fine job as the enigmatic Elysian. Scenes showing the rest of the crew around an operating table do point towards the 'it's all a dream' theory but other details give just enough hints to suggest that it is more than that. Overall an interesting episode.
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Tatort: Feuerteufel (2013)
Season 1, Episode 872
8/10
Inspector Falke - Firebug
15 September 2018
This episode which was rebranded as the first episode of 'Inspector Falke' here in the UK sees our eponymous protagonist investigating a series of arsons involving cars. The latest case involved the death of a woman who was in her parked car when it was torched. As the episode opens we see a young man filming himself setting fire to the car as the films himself, hoping to impress his girlfriend. He is shocked when he learns somebody is inside.

As the episode proceeds we see Falke, and his new partner Katharina Lorenz, investigate the case. They are somewhat hindered by locals keen to take the law into their own hands to protect their cars. Intertwined with their investigation we see the problems encountered by the man who started the fire; most notably the theft of his phone and his subsequent blackmail.

As an 'opening episode' this does a good job of introducing Inspector Thorsten Falke as his long-time partner moves on to a new position and he gets a new somewhat unwanted new partner. As is the way with such things Falke isn't keen on Lorenz but gradually grows to respect her during the episode. One might thing that following both the police and the person who started the fire there would be no sense of mystery but there are still questions to be answered and the ending does provide a genuine surprise. Lead actors Wotan Wilke Möhring and Petra Schmidt-Schaller are solid as Falke and Lorenz. There is a gritty feel to the story, with some moments of shocking violence and language that might offend some viewers. Overall I'd recommend this to fans of crime drama; just don't expect it to be like 'Inspector Morse' or 'Midsomer Murders'.

These comments are based on watching the episode in German with English subtitles.
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9/10
The Cleaning Lady
14 September 2018
This Argentine series is centred on Rosa; a cleaning lady whose life is changed when somebody is murdered in the boxing gym she is working at. She is instructed to clean the blood drenched changing room and threatened not to tell anybody. She does such a good job that the criminals behind the murder start coming to her whenever they want a crime scene cleaning. When the police, led by detectives Sandro and Gutierrez, search properties that she has cleaned they find no evidence whatsoever apart from traces of the custom made cleaning product she uses. If that weren't enough for Rosa to deal with she also has to cope with having a seriously ill son who is in need of a transplant.

This was an enjoyable little series. Having half our episodes is unusual for this genre, at least for this UK viewer, but they worked well and meant one didn't need an hour or two to watch. The story is told well, I liked how we see Rosa going through her routine before each cleaning job. Antonella Costa does a fine job bringing the character of Rosa to life and Martín Rena and Marcelo Arbach are solid as Sandro and Gutierrez respectively. There are some good tense moments especially towards the end. There are a few moments that require one to suspend ones disbelief; most notably the cleaning product, invented by a friend of Rosa's, which removes all evidence from most materials without causing damage. By the end of the series most details are wrapped up nicely although the possibility of further episodes is still there. Overall I'd certainly recommend this to fans of crime dramas.

These comments are based on watching the series in Spanish with English subtitles.
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Babylon 5: The Quality of Mercy (1994)
Season 1, Episode 21
8/10
A solid episode with three storylines
13 September 2018
This episode features three separate storylines. In one we learn that Dr Franklin is running an unofficial free clinic in Down Below; when he notices patient numbers are falling he discovers that a woman is using alien technology to treat people. At first he is suspicious but later learns more about the machine. In the second story line a killer has been convicted and is due to have his personality deleted; before that is done he must me telepathically scanned by Talia Winters; an experience she finds most unpleasant. In the third storyline Ambassador Mollari offers to introduce Lennier to the 'real' Babylon 5 with interesting consequences.

This might seem like a filler episode featuring three little stories but it is rather fun and gives us a further insight into several characters. It also has subtle political messages about capital punishment and the provision of healthcare for the less well off; these details aren't overstated though. The first two stories are more serious and provide the moral questions and some good drama. The third, involving Mollari and Lennier, balances that nicely with some more light-hearted moments as Lennier is first taken to a bar, complete with exotic dancers, and then to a casino where his knowledge of probability is put to good use. During these scenes we learn so interesting details about Minbari intolerance to alcohol and Centauri anatomy! Bill Mumy and Peter Jurasik are great in their roles. Overall a good episode that provides drama and comedy.
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Andromeda: Saving Light from a Black Sun (2005)
Season 5, Episode 16
8/10
Repairing a broken sun
13 September 2018
In this episode Methus-2, the Seefra system's second artificial sun, is due to turn off for an hour; Harper believes he has a way to extend that time to three hours. During this time the others plan to head into the sun's core in order to repair it. If successful they will save the system from Trance's approaching sun. Once inside they find themselves in a maze of corridors and soon they are all separated. If that weren't enough they aren't alone; Trance's 'sister' is also there and her sole concern is persuading Trance to re-join the nebula; even if that means endangering her friends.

This was a really gripping episode; the fact that there was a fixed deadline for them to repair Methus-2 meant the tension rose steadily as the clock ran down. The crew encounter various snags during the mission; including one that leads Harper, who is back in his bar, to suspect they may have all been killed. It was interesting to hear more from Trance's 'sister'; her comments give us further insight into their kind and make it clear that Trance isn't typical. Laura Bertram did a fine job in the dual role of Trance and her identical sister. There are some clichés of course; the way they are separated and even more notably how close they get to the fixed deadline... not really a problem though as it served to raise the tension well. Overall a fine episode.
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9/10
The City of Lost Children
13 September 2018
Set in a strange dystopian society where children are disappearing. They are being taken by Crank; he believes that his inability to sleep, which causes him to age more rapidly, will be cured by harvesting the children's dreams. He lives aboard what looks like an oil rig along with a group of clones, a dwarf named Mademoiselle Bismuth and a disembodied brain that lives in a fish tank. They are all creations of a scientist who has disappeared. One day Crank's cyborg underlings kidnap Denree, the brother of One, a sideshow strongman. Shortly afterwards he teams up with orphan Miette (Crumb in the subtitles) and they set out to rescue Denree and the other stolen children.

This film is an utter delight with a surreal look and a cast of grotesque characters together with an enjoyable story. The world in which this is set has a distinct yellow/green look and none of the adult characters are exactly attractive in the Hollywood sense, this is helped by the way they are filmed. The villains are over-the-top strange making them more comic than scary. The story is enjoyably weird with plenty of tense moments, again these are done in a way that isn't overly frightening. The cast does an impressive job making their unbelievable characters believable; most notable are Ron Perlman, who plays One and young Judith Vittet who is a delight as Miette. Overall I'd definitely recommend this to anybody looking for something very different.

These comments are based on watching the film in French with English subtitles.
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Andromeda: The Opposites of Attraction (2005)
Season 5, Episode 15
7/10
A woman arrives claiming that Dylan is her husband!
12 September 2018
As this episode opens Harper is working on a project which, if successful, will reduce the imminent threat from Trance's approaching sun. As Dylan asks him about it he senses that there is somebody watching him. Shortly afterwards both Trance and Rhade sense a presence. Beka is then confronted by a mystery woman who nearly kills her by opening a portal into space. She later meets Dylan and identifies herself as Marida... and claims that he is her husband! He has no recollection of her but when they touch he somehow believes they have spent time together. As we learn how this situation came to be Harper's plan is ready to be put into effect; Marida offers to help but she might be more dangerous than she appears.

This was another enjoyable episode. It starts well with hints that somebody unexpected is aboard; this is quickly confirmed as we first see Marida observing Dylan. It isn't long before she is found but that isn't the end of the mystery; especially after her announcement. There are hints at her identity before it is revealed but this isn't dragged on too long. Then there is still the question of whether she is dangerous; she states that she is in love with Dylan but that could just make her more dangerous. Monika Schnarre does a solid job in the role of Marida. There are some good moments of tension. Overall a good episode.
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