Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.05, “Adam”

For an episode centering on amnesia, we get a boat load of back story on the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness. This episode is very similar to the Buffy episode “Superstar” and contains many of the same themes, though it’s arguable how well those themes are pulled off. Even the episode’s intro is different, inserting a new character into the mix, which is a clue of things to to come. So without further ado: Continue reading

Retro Recap: Torchwood 1.07 “Greeks Bearing Gifts”

Wow. In this episode we get lady loving, mythological references, and telepathy. Oh my! The main character focus of this episode is Tosh, who I personally didn’t care for on the first watch, but eventually grew to absolutely love (she’s the character most like me and sometimes seeing your insecurities onscreen is uncomfortable). There’s also the idea that the mutant power many of us would like to have is more of a curse than a blessing.

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Retro Recap: Torchwood 1.06 “Countrycide”

I like to think of episodes four, five and six of the first season almost like dress rehearsals; these three episodes are just the kinks getting all worked out before the show finds its footing. This episode works within a well-used sci-fi trope, but we still get some insights into Jack, Owen and Gwen and I’m especially impressed by Eve Myles’s acting in this episode. Continue reading

Ladyghosts of TV Past: Battlestar Galactica: 3.14: “A Day in the Life”

Well, this was incredibly good timing! This week’s episode of Battlestar Galactica focuses HUGELY on being a father, and, well, yesterday was Father’s Day in the U.S. Even more interestingly, it’s about being an imperfect father, and about priorities. We get a lot of insight into the Adama father-son relationship, too, so that’s always fun.  Continue reading

LadyGhosts of TV Past: Battlestar Galactica, Episode 3.12, “Taking a Break From All Your Worries”

Some episode titles make sense, you know? The “Eye of Jupiter,” two weeks ago, was all about finding something called the Eye of Jupiter. The “Exodus” episodes were about leaving a place. This episode? I really don’t have a damn clue what the title is referencing. And interestingly, Edward James Olmos (that’s Bill Adama to you!) directed this episode, so to him I say – what the hell, man!?  Continue reading

LadyGhosts of TV Past: Battlestar Galactica: 3.10: Rapture

Previously, on Battlestar Galactica, well, the last episode happened – there’s an algae planet, but the star for that planet is about to supernova and the Cylons have arrived; Starbuck’s been hit and gone down; Sam and Lee are fighting over rescuing Starbuck; Hera’s alive, but sick, and Athena knows it; Tyrol had a funny feeling about a mountain that turned out to be the temple of the Eye of Jupiter, a marker that points the way to Earth – and, oh, the Cylons want the Eye. Adama’s gonna nuke or blow up either the planet or the temple to keep everything away from the Cylons; D’Anna wants to go down to the temple to see the faces of the Final Five Cylons; and, again Adama’s gonna nuke something.

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LadyGhosts of TV Past: Battlestar Galactica, Episode 3.10, “The Eye of Jupiter”

I must begin this episode recap by letting you know that this was the first episode of Battlestar Galactica I ever saw, and the only one I saw on its original air date. While I remember liking it, I also decided that there was way too much back story to just dive in from there – I had no idea what was happening, most of the time. But now! I know all!

So, for far from the first time, let’s see what happens this episode, shall we? Continue reading

LadyGhosts of TV Past: Battlestar Galactica, Episode 3.07, “Hero”

Previously on Battlestar Galactica – WHOA! We’re flashing all the way back to the very beginning here! Adama’s big speech in the miniseries, layered over images of the first Six we ever see, the Cylon attack, and everyone realizing we are at war. We then jump to a few episodes ago, when Adama lectures Tigh about how he needs to stop sowing discontent, and Tigh responds by saying Adama won’t be seeing him again. Continue reading