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.

The Big Chill

[This review includes spoilers.]

"It's a cold world out there. Sometimes I feel like I'm getting a little frosty myself."

This is one of my absolute favorite movies. I've watched it over a dozen times, and I've loved it, every single time.

Outlander: The Garrison Commander

“I live in darkness, madam. Darkness is where I belong.”

As a citizen of a country, we tend to associate ourselves with that particular parcel of land and to excuse what is done in its name. When our country is fighting another, or occupying another, we can fail to see the other side of the story. This episode brought Claire face to face with that fact as, for the first time since she came through the stones, she is surrounded by Englishmen rather than Scots. What she discovers, however, is that neither the English nor the Scots are completely to blame or completely blameless. Except for Black Jack Randall.

Star Trek Voyager: The Chute

"This man is my friend. Nobody touches him!"

Paris and Kim are falsely accused of a terrorist bombing and thrown in a particularly unpleasant prison with no guards, just a chute down which food and new prisoners arrive.