Author Archive: patterson.billy.joe

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Alphas

Alphas

| July 11, 2011

Syfy’s new leading hopeful Alphas is a show made by people who clearly know the math to an ensemble hero plot line. Taking cues from more recent adaptations of superhero back stories, the pilot plays like the first recruiting of key characters from comic book franchises like X-Men, The Justice League of America, or The […]

Prince Of Poisoners: The Life and Crimes of William Palmer

Prince Of Poisoners: The Life and Crimes of William Palmer

| July 5, 2011

I’ve always found it really perplexing why these campy, soap opera-looking murder-mystery movies/miniseries keep ending up on PBS. I always find myself trying to reason why someone who went out of their way to watch an epic documentary about 1930’s Delta blues would then commit another several hours to cheeky old-fashioned mustache twisting foreign melodrama. […]

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Rizzoli & Isles

Rizzoli & Isles

| July 5, 2011

TNT has had some identity crises as of late. What started as a home for old movies entered the world of prime time drama a decade ago with both feet on the ground, re-running network shows like Angel, Law & Order, Charmed, NYPD Blue, ER, Without a Trace, Alias, Judging Amy, Las Vegas, and Cold […]

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Eureka

Eureka

| June 29, 2011

The buzz for the second half of Eureka’s fourth season is around cult favorite Felicia Day joining the cast. With Day having costarred in the immensely popular Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, Eureka is banking on finally cinching its placeholder as a sci-fi water cooler show. And she’s a great fit. Eureka is a collection […]

Swamp Shark

Swamp Shark

| June 25, 2011

I’ll admit, it’s Swamp Shark. You got me there. Not holding that against it, Swamp Shark is a perfect six pack and pizza lazy-night-on-the-couch summer monster mash. All the elements are there for a good time. It sports a decent cast for being Swamp Shark, impressive if sparse effects for a TV movie, some surprisingly […]

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Warehouse 13

Warehouse 13

| June 20, 2011

Thank god for Warehouse 13. It is so dumb. Oh my GOD is it dumb. Dumb characters, dumb jokes, dumb plot, and just plain dumb idea. THANK. GOD. I was starting to think SyFy had no real sense of humor about itself (with the exception of ‘Sharktopus’ style fare). I like to think that other […]

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Haven

Haven

| June 20, 2011

Haven is such a good idea for a show it’s almost a shame the networks didn’t think of it first. Because a small starting effects budget and specifically, the SyFy Channel format (for most of it’s shows) isn’t doing this one any favors. The acting is passable and there are some familiar faces (but I […]

Hawthorne

Hawthorne

| June 20, 2011

Hawthorne is a fantastic fit for Jada Pinkett Smith’s talents as an actress. The “take charge everyday superhero nurse” roll seems to come very naturally to her, and she’s certainly a powerful and imposing figure on screen. The character of Nurse Christine Hawthorne might be the ideal modern female role model with potential to transcend […]

Silent Hill

Silent Hill

| May 6, 2006

The trailers for SILENT HILL looked amazing. A pale winter of falling ash. Glimpses of a hell that Dante would be proud of. And what a great premise — underground coal mine fires that continue to rage for years, a “ghost town” not of the wild west, but in the mountains of West Virginia. The […]

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