Star Trek The Next Generation: The Host

Troi: "Accept the love."

This is a Beverly Crusher centric episode focused on how, why and who we love with a little bit of diplomacy thrown in.

Sherlock: The Final Problem

Sherlock: 'Five minutes! It took five minutes to do all of this to us.'

If I had to pick one highlight from tonight's episode, it'd either be Moriarty's rock star posturing to Queen's 'I Want to Break Free' or Mrs Hudson vacuuming to Iron Maiden's 'The Number of the Beast'. It's good to know that during this suspense-laden, at times hopelessly improbable finale, they could still offer up some levity. It was sorely needed at times, especially with Eurus being such a rotter.

Galaxy Quest

“Never give up. Never surrender.”

This affectionate parody of Star Trek is one of my favorite science fiction comedies. The fans at the 2013 Trek Convention in Las Vegas even ranked it the seventh best Trek film at the time. I knew Trek fans were smart.

Warning: Spoilers abound. They also frolic and cavort.

Death Comes to Pemberley

“It is my sad duty to inform you all that death came to Pemberley last night.”

Warning: this is going to be a very negative review. If you’re not in a mood to read what basically amounts to 1000 words of bitching about how awful this miniseries is, please don’t bother reading it. (Largely but not entirely spoiler free.)

This Week in Cats: January 15, 2017

I’m hijacking this week’s Cat feature to spotlight a few exciting developments in TVLand. Click for lots of trailers, a few new premiere dates, and the Honest Trailer for The Princess Bride!

Vampire Diaries: We Have History Together

“That’s why it’s called history. It won’t repeat.”

The Vampire Diaries has always occupied a moral gray zone. To watch it the “right” way means assuming that our heroes’ survival matters more than anyone else’s. To watch it the “wrong” way is to see this as eight seasons of selfish pretty people ruining the lives of everyone around them in order to continue their petty, needlessly complicated lives.

Rome: Kalends of February

“So, you see, the tyrant is dead, the Republic restored and you are alone. Would you like some honey water?”

The episode opens with street actors showing the recent fight of Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus as the pair battled off Pullo’s would-be executioners. This is a great way to remind viewers of what happened at the end of the previous episode while letting us know how much Romans admire their deeds.

Quantum Leap: Season Two

"He works in mysterious ways."

While still formulaic, season two is much better than the brief leap-of-the-week season one. Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell are a lot more comfortable with their roles, and many of the leaps are more interesting and complicated. There are also some intriguing additions to what we know about our main characters and some progress with the arc story — particularly in the premiere and the finale.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Broken Promises

“Roll credits.”

Since season two, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has divided its seasons into two sections separated by the winter break. One problem I’ve had with that structure is that the first section of the season is strong, packed with twists and emotions, but then after the winter break the story slows down and loses momentum. It didn’t affect season two so badly, but season three suffered from it. Enter season four, with an initial Ghost Rider arc as great as you could ask for, and now the show seamlessly transitions to the season’s second arc, LMD. Flawless execution, you guys.