M*A*S*H (1979) – Inga, The Price, and The Young and the Restless

Alan Alda writes and directs this episode, Inga, which first aired on 8 January, 1979, and definitely sees a bit of a course adjustment for Hawkeye’s (also Alda) sexist attitudes towards women. When Hawkeye hears about a Swedish female doctor coming to camp for a brief tour, he gets ready to turn on the charm,…

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) – Michael Bay

Hasbro and Michael Bay bring the Autobots and Decepticons to the screen for a second outing, as I continue my time with the Transformers in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. This one took a lot of flak for its racist stereotypes illustrated throughout the film even as our heroes both human and robot fight to save…

Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E09 – Repairs

  This week’s episode features a young woman Hannah (Laura Seay),who believes she is being punished by god, and haunted by demons for letting her workmates die in a laboratory explosion. We also get a little bit more backstory on Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen). And there’s more fallout from the events of Thor: The Dark…

Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E08 – The Well

  Now this is what I’m talking about! Jonathan Frakes directs this week’s episode which comes in as my favorite of the series following the pilot. This week’s episode, The Well, takes place during the clean-up following the events of Thor: The Dark World (which admittedly I still have to get out and see), so…

Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E07 – The Hub

  This week’s episode was definitely stronger than last week’s, and I love the little pieces of character revelations and development we’re getting. I also had a nice little geek moment when The Triskelion got mentioned while our team was visiting The Hub, a SHIELD operations center, run by Agent Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows). While…

Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E06 – F.Z.Z.T.

  I got to catch up on SHIELD this weekend. After a week off, the series was back, in what I felt was a mediocre episode, and I hate to think that they may have lost some of the momentum they were building up. There were individual story threads that I quite enjoyed, but overall…

Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E04 Eye-Spy

  This week’s episode, scripted by Jeffrey Bell, who’s writing credits include Angel, Alias and The X-Files, is the strongest episode of the series so far. It seems to be improving every week, so my hopes are starting to climb for the rest of the season. Directed by Star Trek alumni Roxann Dawson (who played…

Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E03 – The Asset

  Ok, this one was stronger than last week’s ep,¬†and we’re still seeing the team coalesce. I’m hoping we’re almost at the point where that happens and storylines can get big and epic, our characters can grow and change, and we’ll get to explore a little bit more of the Marvel Universe, as opposed to…

Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E02 – 0-8-4

  The second episode of Whedon’s new series based in the Marvel universe, picks up where last week’s left off, as the team piles onto the Bus to investigate the 0-8-4, which no one knows what it means, as it can mean a plethora of things. In this case, it is a piece of Hydra…