Sleepy Hollow: This Is War


"So. Who's had a rough day?"

Decapitations, flaming swords, Benjamin Franklin -- what's not to love?

Gotham: Pilot

"Be strong."

Gotham is a strange beast. Half of it is steeped in deep canon, drawing on influences from the comics, movies, and even the cartoons. The other half is all new, since we are in somewhat unexplored territory. Does it work? I'm not sure yet, but I like what we've gotten so far.

Outlander: The Wedding

“I’ll never forget when I came out of the church and saw you for the first time. It was as if I stepped outside on a cloudy day and suddenly the sun came out.”

It is said that as soon as a couple marries and consummates their relationship, their story is over. In fact, it’s when the story really starts.

Star Trek The Next Generation: Datalore

Haven't I seen you some place before?
"Captain's log, stardate 41242.4. Our last assignment has taken us into the remote Omicron Theta star system, home of our android crew member Lieutenant Commander Data. Although we are due at our next assignment, I have decided to visit Data's home planet for a few hours in the hopes of unravelling some of the mystery of his beginnings."

I remember liking this episode the first time I saw it. I didn't think it was brilliant, just reasonably entertaining. But that was a long time ago. A very long time ago.

Doctor Who: Time Heist

Doctor: "I was hoping for minimalism, but I think I came up with magician!"

The best part of tonight's episode was the beginning. I loved the heist setup: from the mysterious phone call, to everyone losing their memory, to the bank at Karabraxos. After that, it was a fairly standard runabout-by-numbers, with predictable reveals, a liberal dash of synapse-scrambling timey-wimeyness, and the occasionally wonky secondary character.

Masters of Sex: Below the Belt

"If there's one thing I've learned it's that everyone has their own version of everything that's ever happened."

In ‘Below the Belt’, everyone and everything is pretty messy, at times, even bloody. Luckily, there’s surrender, too. And we all can collectively sigh.

Ran

Did I leave the stove on?
"In a mad world only the mad are sane."

Akira Kurosawa was first inspired to make Ran after reading about the Sengoku-era warlord Mōri Motonari, who was famous for having three loyal sons. Kurosawa wondering what would've happened if Motonari's sons had been bad. This eventually lead him west, to that other famous story about a ruler with three children, King Lear. After ten years in development, the success of Kagemusha in 1980 enabled Kurosawa to secure the funding needed to finally produce the film.

Doux News: September 21, 2014

Enjoy your Sunday!
THIS WEEK: Fall Season Kicks Off -- First Look at Mockingjay -- The Comics Come to Life -- Ben-Hur Rides Again -- Netflix -- Premium -- Justified Casting

New Shows: September 1 - 20, 2014

REVIEWED: Houdini -- The Chair -- Utopia -- A Good Job -- The Roosevelts -- Play It Again, Dick -- The Mysteries of Laura -- Red Band Society

The West Wing: Shibboleth

"They made it into the New World, Josh. You know what I get to do now? I get to proclaim a national day of Thanksgiving."

It's Thanksgiving at the White House, and since CJ was sick last year, there are some surprises in store for her.