Beauty and the Geek: Season 4, Episode 2 – A Review by Film Nerd

Air Date: 11th October 2012

Host: Bernard Curry

Beauties: Alin, Bre, Chontelle, Courtney, Greta, Jessica, Kim, Kristy, Millie

Geeks: Chard, Cody, Dane, Jason, Matt, Nathan, Oliver, Rich, Yiran

Synopsis: It is still early days in the mansion, but already one romance is starting to burn brightly.   It is an episode of the regular style of hilarity, with the ladies having to spell and the guys having to get fashion sense such that they can become photographers of their beauties.   It all ends with an elimination, taking the 9  remaining couples down to 8.

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Smallville: Season 10 – A Review by Film Nerd

Created by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Cast: Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Justin Hartley, Callum Blue, Laura Vandervoot, James Marsters, Michael Shanks, Terrence Stamp, Annette O’Toole, John Schneider, John Glover, Michael Rosenbaum

Synopsis: This was a whole season dedicated to building to what the Smallville franchise has promised all along, the origin of Superman.   From the first episode there are hints to the Superman we all know so well, the man we can believe will fly, in red and blue spandex.   Over the course of the season, we reunite with old friends,and are teased almost every step of the way to the final iconic image.

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Doctor Who – The Fourth Doctor

Played by: Tom Baker

When: 1974-1981

Significant contributions to the Whoniverse: To date, Tom Baker is the longest-serving Doctor, at the very least on-screen (Paul McGann is the longest-serving in terms of years, but in all that time only made a single television movie in the role).   For many Australians growing up in the 80’s he is also THE Doctor Who, as it was his tenure that the ABC always seemed to play.   Indeed, back then, I had no idea that he was 4th in a long line of Doctors!!   As far as story is concerned, 7 years inhabiting the Doctor’s skin also permitted for the first time some season long story arcs to be included in the show, something Davies and Moffat have continued with the 2005 era series.

With such a long run, a lot of Doctor Who lore was established with Tom Baker.   The history of Gallifrey was explored, as we learnt that Rassilon was responsible for establishing Time Lord society and culture.   The idea that each Time Lord only has 12 regenerations was also established in this time, with The Master doing what he can to circumvent his fate.   Indeed, he resorts to body snatching.   More Time Lord interaction is also permitted by the fact that for the first time, the Doctor’s companion for many seasons is a Time Lady whom is not related to him (the first Time Lady being his grand-daughter, Susan).   Indeed, we see Romana experience her first regeneration, from Mary Tam to Lalla Ward (see companions section below).

The Doctor’s morality is also more firmly established.   In addition to the dislike of guns held by his predecessors, the Fourth Doctor had a very strong moral core.   When presented the opportunity to destroy all Dalek’s he refused, finding genocide, even of the Daleks, to be heinous.   In this same serial, Genesis of the Daleks, we are also for the first time ever introduced to Davros, creator of the Daleks, and a thorn in the Doctor’s side for many years to come.

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Smallville: Season 9 – A Review by Film Nerd

Created by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Cast: Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Callum Blue, Justin Hartley

Synopsis: Clark is committed to his vigilante efforts as The Blur, though struggles with his dual identity, a process complicated by his romance with Lois.   Things get quite interesting to make life more complicated still.   The greatest villain Krypton has ever seen is reincarnated from genetic samples on Earth, along with an army of his fellow Kandorians, though from a stage before he was driven solely by revenge.   Clark is left to decide whether to befriend or obliterate him.

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Lost Girl – Season 1, Episode 13: “Blood Lines”

Created by: Michelle A. Lovretta

Cast: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Reid, Ksenia Solo, Richard Howland, Zoie Palmer, K.C. Collins, Inga Cadranel

Synopsis: This episode starts with an exciting reveal in the first few minutes, and as a result the pace is relentless from that point in.   The excitement from this hour of television serves to compensate for the comparative mediocrity of the previous episode.   It will be difficult to discuss this episode without discussing this fact that is revealed early on, so suffice it to say if you are looking to be surprised, stop reading now.   SPOILRERS AHEAD!! Continue reading

Lost Girl- Season 1, Episode 12: “(Dis)Members Only”

Created by: Michelle A. Lovretta

Cast: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Reid, Ksenia Solo, Richard Howland, Zoie Palmer, K.C. Collins, Inga Cadranel

Synopsis: Mysterious disappearances are occurring at an exclusive club for the prosperous, and they are all illegal immigrants working on the staff.   An old friend of Kenzi’s raises te alarm after his own cousin disappears, leaving Bo, Kenzi, and Dyson to go undercover and get to the Fae bottom of the enigma.

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Smallville: Season 8 – A Review by Film Nerd

Created by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Cast: Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Aaron Ashmore, Sam Witwer, Justin Hartley

Synopsis: With Lex Luthor seemingly out of the picture, Tess Mercer (Freeman) steps in to take over his empire, including the Daily Planet.   Aside from his most popular nemesis being absent, Clark’s adventures begin to more closely resemble those of his comics alter ego.   He has a job at the Daily Planet, which he uses to his benefit to save more lives in metropolis, he has the beginnings of a relationship with Lois, and his actions more frequently have him working with Green Arrow and the Justice League.

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Lost Girl – Season 1, Episode 11: “Faetal Justice”

Created by: Michelle A. Lovretta

Cast: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Reid, Ksenia Solo, Richard Howland, Zoie Palmer, K.C. Collins

Synopsis:  Tough times are ahead for Dyson… having been accused by the Dark Fae of killing one of their clan, an infringement that may see the two factions return to all out war.   Problem is, he has no memory of the night before, so seeks Sanctuary in Trick’s bar.   Believing his innocence, Bo begins a hunt for the truth.

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Lost Girl – Season 1, Episode 10: “The Mourning After”

Created by: Michelle A. Lovretta

Cast: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Reid, Ksenia Solo, Richard Howland, Inga Cadranel

Synopsis: A woman commits suicide seemingly because she suffers guilt after having a one night stand.   Her sister suspects foul play, however, and enlists Bo’s help to verify her sister was murdered.   While on the track of the killer, Bo meets Saskia, another succubus, whom is aligned with the Dark Fae.   Meanwhile, Trick needs Kenzi’s help on an entirely unrelated matter.

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Lost Girl – Season 1, Episode 9: “Fae Day”

Created by: Michelle A. Lovretta

Cast: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Reid, Ksenia Solo, Richard Howland

Synopsis: It is an annual feast day in which all conflicts between Fae are forgotten, even to the point where light and Dark Fae can “intermingle” with each other.Celebrations are disturbed however, following the scream of a banshee, this signalling that one member present of the Five Families was to die by sundown.

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