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TV Review: Doctor Who 8.2 “Into The Dalek”
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Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 2 Into The Dalek

Doctor Who
Season 8, Episode 2 “Into The Dalek”
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Written by Phil Ford, Steven Moffat
Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson
BBC America
Air date: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9pm

Here we go again, indeed. This week on Doctor Who, we engage in a revisit of a foundational myth. Some critics have said that the show is at its greatest when it is willing to retcon its very beginnings. Here we see the attempt, yet again. William Hartnell’s second serial was called “The Daleks” and completed the definition of the four key elements of the show: the Doctor, the TARDIS, the companions, and the monsters. The Daleks are the first true monsters of the series and we learned what Doctor Who was about in 1963. Now, Phil Ford and Steven Moffat attempt to let a single Dalek show us what the series and a new actor playing the Doctor are about in 2014.

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TV Review: The Strain 1.8 “Creatures of the Night”
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The Strain Coffin Logo

The Strain
Season 1 Episode 8: “Creatures of the Night”
Directed by Guy Ferland
Written by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro
Starring Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jonathan Hyde, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Robin Atkin Downes
FX
Air Date: Sunday August 31, 2014, 10pm

The Strain Season 1 Episode 8 “Creatures of the Night” will be reviewed in just a moment, but first, a little recap of last week’s Episode 7 “For Services Rendered” (Warning! Spoilers may be bad for your health!).

Setrakian (David Bradley) believes killing the Master will kill all the spawn. Eph (Corey Stoll) scoffs, but Setrakian shuts him down with his “rightness” streak. They have to find his human helpers as Eichhorst (Richard Sammel) was in Nazi Germany. Jim (Sean Astin) agrees to act as bait to capture Eichorst, even though his wife leaves him over it. They lure him to a train station, but he pulls a Neo move and turns the tables. Just as a tentacle is about to devour Setrakian, Eph shoots him in the leg with silver bullets. The plan’s idea was good, but it seemed very likely to fail as Eichhorst was moving purposefully and the three of them were running around kinda crazed. And so it did.

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TV Review: Doctor Who 8.1 “Deep Breath”
Dr. Geek, Ph.D.   |  

The Doctor and Clara Dining In Deep Breath

Saturday night saw the start of a new season of Doctor Who on BBC One in the UK and BBC America stateside from show runner Steven Moffat, and a new Doctor in the person of Peter Capaldi.

The last time the new Who graced our television screens was eight long months ago where Matt Smith handed over the reins at the end of the 2013 Christmas Special. Since then, fan expectations (and anxiety) have run high: would an “older” actor work in the role of the Doctor for the revived show? Would Jenna-Louise Colman leave? Is Moffat up to the task of re-making the character of the Doctor again or has he just gone bonkers?

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TV Review: The Strain 1.7 “For Services Rendered”
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The Strain
Season 1 Episode 7: “For Services Rendered”
Directed by Charlotte Sieling
Written by David Weddle, Bradley Thompson, Guillermo del Toro, and Chuck Hogan
Starring Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jonathan Hyde, Miguel Gomez, Pedro Miguel Arce, Natalie Brown, Ben Hyland, and Robin Atkin Downes
FX
Air Date: Sunday August 24, 2014, 10pm

My review of The Strain Episode 7 “For Services Rendered” is preceded by a recap of episode 6.

Warning! Spoilers ahead! If you did not watch last week’s episode, do not pass go and do not collect $200!

The Strain Episode 1.6 “Occultation” recap: Foreshadow the end of the world much? Episode 6 opens with satellites slowly orbiting doomed Earth while radio and television voices discuss the plummeting stock market, spazzy cell and internet service, and looting. “It’s like the end of the world.” No kidding. This is my favorite scene in the series thus far as it foreshadows the doom from an omniscient place.

The eclipse is coming…….Strigoi…come out and pla-a-a-y!!

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TV Review: The Strain 1.6 “Occultation”
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The Strain
Season 1 Episode 6: “Occultation”
Directed by Peter Weller
Written by Justin Britt-Gibson, Guillermo del Toro, and Chuck Hogan
Starring Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jonathan Hyde, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Robin Atkin Downes
FX
Air Date: Sunday August 17, 2014, 10pm

Before my review of Episode 6 “Occultation” of The Strain, let’s recap Episode 5 “Runaways”….

Last week on The Strain (Stop right now if you haven’t watched! Spoiler alert!):

Bolivar’s (Jack Kesy) manager, Ruby (Regina King), brings over a urologist to address his manhood problem (that’s not a problem anymore!). Bolivar thought she brought over take-out. You know, the kind of take-out that screams, “Help! Don’t leave me!” as it’s dragged away and drained of blood from a giant tentacle. Ruby runs, twists an ankle, and limps out of there. She calls up The Strain‘s version of The Wolf to “make it go away” but he ends up as dessert.

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