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Dr Who 10.04

Knock Knock

David Suchet

Bill and five students sign a contract with a mysterious Landlord to live in his manor house. After helping Bill move her things in, the Doctor becomes suspicious of the nature of the Landlord. A number of the students mysteriously disappear and the group are separated. The Doctor along with Harry, one of the students, discover a strange cockroach-like creature which the former nicknames “Dryads”.

There is is nice build up of tension and suspense as the strange incidents in the house unfold. Then in the final act with a twist it turns into a tragedy. Not really a satisfying ending for a horror genre episode.

BSG 3.12 Rapture

Battlestar Galactica 3.12 Rapture

The human-Cylon standoff over the mysterious Eye of Jupiter has reached a breaking point. On the algae planet, D’Anna, Baltar, Brother Cavil, and a team of Centurions prepare to assault the Temple of Five, where the Eye supposedly lies hidden.

It’s always amazing how the principle characters survive impossible odds because of plotonium. Minor characters are quickly killed, never to be remembered. It looks like Lucy Lawless has left the show. At the end of the two episodes it looks like everythingis back together again. Damn.


BSG 3.11 Jupiter

Battlestar Galactica 3.11 The Eye of Jupiter

While collecting algae on a barren planet to use as food, Tyrol discovers the Temple of Five, built by the thirteenth tribe. However, a tense standoff ensues when the Cylons arrive looking for the temple.

After a shaky start involving too much religion, things start to heat up to a good tension as the crew of Galactica head for a stand-off with the Cyclons over an imagined icon. It may not be there, but given the conventions of narrative fiction probably is. Chekov’s Jupiter is waiting.

BSG 3.10 Passage

Battlestar Galactica 3.10 The Passage (2006-12-08)

When the fleet’s food supply is contaminated, Galactica’s pilots must lead the ships through a hazardous star cluster. Meanwhile, Kat must suddenly confront a dark secret from her past.

The “physics’ of this episode make no sense at all. In space nothing is too big to go around. And how does the civilian ships protect themselves from radiation ?
The secondary story about Kat is just unnecessary and feels tacked on to fill the time-slot.



BSG 3.09 Unfinished

Battlestar Galactica 3.09 Unfinished Business

In order to ease tensions among the crew, Galactica holds boxing matches between various crew members, while flashbacks detail Apollo and Starbuck’s falling out on New Caprica.

What a waste of an episode. We get to see a sport I don’t care about and numerous flashbacks. It just revises an old love triangle. They must have run out of money for space battles.



Dr Who 10.03 Ice

In “Thin Ice’ the Doctor and Bill find they have arrived in London in 1814. They find themselves on a frozen Thames, during a frost fair. They dress in period clothing to set out and explore, unaware the TARDIS’ sensors have picked up a large life form under the ice.

A rather thin plot with little excitement, intrigue or danger (apart from the ice).


BSG 3.08 Hero

Battlestar Galactica 3.08 Hero (2006-11-17)

Adama confronts one of the darkest moments of his career when “Bulldog” Novacek, a pilot who was thought to have died years ago during a secret mission, escapes the Cylons and arrives on Galactica.

Nothing like dragging up the past to add some filler episodes. This one does that with the pretenseĀ  of adding to Adama’sĀ  character. All it shows that he makes tough calls in times of war.

BSG 3.07 Salvation

Battlestar Galactica 3.07 A Measure of Salvation (2006-11-10)

With the discovery of a dying Cylon Basestar, Adama and Roslin debate the morality of deploying a biological weapon against the Cylons with the intention of eradicating them.

This could have ended here if not for stupid command decisions. All Adama needed to do was put Helo in the Brig for the duration of the operation. Then there is the implausible plot point of a virus being able to transfer with the consciousness of the Cylons.


BSG 3.06 Torn

Battlestar Galactica 3.06 Torn


As Starbuck and Tigh seed discontent among Galactica’s crew, Baltar attempts to help the Cylons deal with a virus spreading among their race

The best part of this episode was Caprica Six in a bikini. Otherwise a rather slow plot moves things along. Baltar appears to be helping the Cylons find Earth. Meanwhile Starbuck and Tigh just act like assholes to everyone.


BSG 3.05 Collaborators

Battlestar Galactica 3.05 Collaborators 2006-10-27

The Circle, a secret tribunal onboard Galactica, decides the fate of Colonials who collaborated with the Cylons during the occupation of New Caprica.

It’s easy to dispose of characters never seen before. So 13 anonymous crew can go missing. But when it comes to a known character, the writers have to pull something out of the hat to save him. Everyone manages to justify their position, but it’s not surprising when the episode ends with a South Affrican solution.