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Extant Review: Welcome Home

The premiere has a nice sheen of tech gloss on it, but I've got real plausibility problems with what they're doing. First, she's a highly regarded, trained astronaut and yet she lets an obvious alien form, stereotypically viewable as a former lover, approach and touch her. Second, everyone with any tech chops knows that either (a) she would not even have the option to delete camera footage, or (b) that such a deletion was logged as an intentional act; for heaven's sake, the delete command asked for confirmation! So this is just sloppy screenwriting and cannot be forgiven because it poisons anything that derives from it. Third, Harmon comes back from the dead(?!) and cryptically warns her not to trust anyone. Jeez, is this script straight from The X-Files or what?! I wanted to like this series, I really did, but these plot gaffes betray its former potential since they're not taking the critical element of plausibility seriously.

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I really like how they've put together this run of "24". Plausibility hasn't jumped the shark, and each episode is fascinating, there's no filler eps at all. I wish all series followed such a formula. I also like how this run didn't end with the device's recovery but pushed forward with further treachery. Like, like, like.

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Very adult, I like the start of this series. I like the premise, that the estranged "prince" trying to lead an American life is forced by circumstance back into his native family, and consequently forced to face a life, a destiny he ran from 20 yrs ago. Very intriguing, but I'm sure this will get quite political, with alliances and hostile factions setting up and that's when I tune out -- seen it all before in countless other politi-shows, but until (and if) they hit that point I'll continue to watch.

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The Americans Review: Danger

I liked the Kate character, wanted to see a lot more of her. The problem I'm having with the show is they're not mixing in enough human error with the Jennings. They're way too smooth and successful. Between their travel agency job and raising two kids, one rebellious, and all their clandestine operations they should've "dropped the ball" on several occasions and should've had to make big sacrifices to deal with them. So I'm getting kind of numb to that.

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Defiance Review: New Beginnings

Agree with the others that cite many derivatives from other failed SF series. But it's not for lack of effort, but that's it's problem, it wreaks of effort but has no hook. There's WAY too much talking and the costuming looks B-class, from the losers of SyFy's "Face Off". The teens are stereotypical sex hungries with the requisite "Twilight" look. "Defiance" is trying to appeal to too many demographics and not succeeding at pleasing any one of them, much like "Revolution". For me and my guy demo, not enough sci-fi action, not enough new tech, too much politics (ala Star Wars I,II,III), too much boring dialogue, blah blah blah. Prediction: either cancelled after its rookie short season or limps into an anemic second and final season. This show has the odor of cancelled on it. SyFy, renew the Stargate franchise, that's your only way out of the mess you're in.

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Homeland Season 3: Who's in Charge?

This show is just like Saul's line to Carrie: it's at the same time great and foolish. I'll return for season 3 but I've got a jaundiced eye on it. There are several tropes that irk me with this show, the main one being how revealing discussions are interrupted by cell phone calls! Jeez, does no one just send calls to voice mail ?! Does no one know how to mute the ringer after the first ring ?! Plus, I'm sick of the unending angst of bitchy Dana and Brody's family for that matter. There's just alot of these character annoyances that make watching more of a labor than a good time. Seems to be a pattern most shows that get multi-season nods follow. It'd be more interesting to have one or more major characters killed off and replaced by other interesting characters. In other words, either Carrie or Brody should not have gotten up after that blast, especially with that type of impact. Whatever, we'll see if season 3 is fresh food or stale leftovers.

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Homeland Review: Throwing Your Life Away

(continued) There's just alot of these character annoyances that make watching more of a labor than a good time. Seems to be a pattern most shows that get multi-season nods follow. Like the columnist alludes to, it'd be more interesting to have one or more major characters killed off and replaced by other interesting characters. In other words, either Carrie or Brody should not have gotten up after that blast, especially with that type of impact. Finally, Saul's smile at Carrie at the end should've been shortened with a more sober "glad to see you're ok but where the hell have you been ?!" Whatever, we'll see if season 3 is fresh food or stale leftovers.

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Homeland Review: Throwing Your Life Away

This show is just like Saul's line to Carrie: it's at the same time great and foolish. I'll return for season 3 but I've got a jaundiced eye on it. There are several tropes that irk me with this show, the main one being how revealing discussions are interrupted by cell phone calls! Jeez, does no one just send calls to voice mail ?! Does no one know how to mute the ringer after the first ring ?! The second trope is how they simply cut from a "how do they escape this?" to "hey, we're free and clear now!" Seriously, how do Brody and Carrie simply leave a burning building, unseen by thousands of other CIA staff in adjacent buildings, and leave why dozens of police/security vehicles would be converging on the scene ?! Of course, none of that was shown, instead, they were just conveniently out of there. Plus, I'm sick of the unending angst of bitchy Dana. Why not just let her snap and go off the deep end?! There's just alot of these character annoyances that make watching more of a labor than a good time. Seems to be a pattern most shows that get multi-season nods follow. Like the columnist alludes to, it'd be more interesting to have one or more major characters killed off and replaced by other interesting characters. In other words, either Carrie or Brody should not have gotten up after that blast, especially with that type of impact. Finally, Saul's smile at Carrie at the end should've been shortened with a more sober "glad to see you're ok but where the hell have you been ?!" Whatever, we'll see if season 3 is fresh food or stale leftovers.

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The Office Review: A Whale Sale

The opening sequence with Andy's consecutive calamities on the boat wrote a check the rest of the show failed to cash in on. Though it's interesting to see that success isn't coming easy for Jim's sports venture, looks like he's about to be fired.

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I am so tired of the gratuitous iPhone placements, it's just so juvenile and annoying. Besides, after 15-yrs of no charging the batteries would've corroded and everyone's displays would be totally scratched and/or cracked. Just one more of thousands of implausibilities with this optimistically saccharin attempt at a family-friendly dystopia.