There's a lot of it about, but not much that's any good.
What we're looking at now
Without a Trace
The Lone Gunmen
Cheerleader vampire slayer versus the Hellmouth.
It's no longer hip and funny, it's big on angst and soap. Also,
I saw some of the extras on a friend's DVD set of season one, and
discovered Jos really didn't know what he was doing right. I really
wish I hadn't found that out.
Vampire with a soul takes on the evils of LA.
Started great, better than Buffy, much to my surprise - Angel was
such a sad sack on Buffy. But it's quickly going downhill. Fred
is tremendous, but I am so, so sick of soap and Connor.
TV Tome -
FBI agents investigate the paranormal and discover conspiracies
It was really good in the first few seasons, dipped into interminable
aliens story arcs in the middle seasons and made a big comeback
in the final season or two. Mind you, it never lost its tremedous
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Girl falsely accused of murder is forced to join a secret government organisation
and become an agent / assassin.
Speaking of visual style, this show is a joy to watch. Nikita is finally coming
out on DVD - the season one box is now available. I gather there's a soundtrack
album out, too - lots of great music in the show so this should be worth having.
- La Femme Nikita
The guy who is the mastermind behind a stage magician turns his
hand to solving crimes.
British. Really nice mysteries and chemistry between the leads.
But now Maddie's gone, although I like her replacement, the emphasis
is on the soap, not the solving.
Homicide: Life on the Street
A superior police show. Better than NYPD Blue. Great cast. Great
dialog - eps meander around it. And, often, great music.
Tome - Homicide: Life on the Street
Xena, Warrior Princess
A ruthless warlord - Xena - changes her stripes and travels the classical world,
with companion Gabrielle, doing good.
A great idea - to set the classical world in New Zealand and to have the gods
be camp Californians. Worked well with Hercules. Worked great with Xena.
Musical episodes were done to great effect way before Buffy's somewhat
lame version. Unfortunately the TV station decided to move Xena around so much
we stopped watching it.
Centers around a young boy whose father, the sherriff, is the Devil.
The boy has the potential to grow up to save or damn everyone. But
how can he be kept on the right path when the town is run by his
This was really atmospheric and doom-laden. I just heard something
about it coming back?? I'm not sure how that would work....
- American Gothic
A telephone technician discovers she can bodily transport herself into a VR
environment of her own subconscious creation. A shadowy organisation uses her
skills to get inside other people's heads, ostensibly to help them.
A short run, but a good show. I'm always hoping for a second season but I gather
the cast is happier apart.
- TV tome
Babylon 5 a space station created to be neutral ground between different
spacefaring races. A hotbed for intrigue and the lynchpin of the
future of the human race.
After a shaky start, this became a fine, fine series. Bruce Boxleitner,
although not the original commander of Bab 5, certainly made the
show his own.
G vs. E
A dead journalist is given the chance to redeem himself, fighting to save souls
from temptation in the battle of Good vs Evil.
A lot of fun. Occasionally side-splittingly funny.
Sci Fi.com:Good vs
John Woo's Once a Thief
Our three protagonists work as agents for a shadowy governement
organisation. A familiar theme, but a lot less serious. And lots
of high-kickin' John Woo directed action.
Nick Lea in
Once A Thief
British sf from the late 70s. Rebels versus the evil Federation.
No budget. Often good plotting. And news has it that Paul Darrow
will be reprising his role as Avon in a movie and a TV miniseries.
7 on BBC7
7 on Cult TV - and while you're there, check out Quatermass,
Edge of Darkness... and Battle of the Planets - woo hoo!
Blakes 7 - A Rebellion
British sf from the early 60s on. You either understand the appeal or you don't.
Most people remember Tom Baker as the Doctor fondly. I think the early stuff
and late stuff is more interesting.
- Cult - Dr Who - wow! there is so much stuff here - even Shada (never finished,
never shown) completed as an animation.
John Steed and companion/s take on the dastardly villians threatening Britain
this week. Cool, camp and terribly British. As seems to be universally the case,
I like the Emma Peel eps the best - the B&W ones predominantly.
The Avengers Forever
A British secret agent resigns and awakes to find himself in The Village, a
remote enclosed community from which he cannot escape. Because he can't say
if they're friend or foe, he refuses to reveal the reasons for his resignation,
despite all attempts.
- Number Six