TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Cal Sweeney”

Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Cal Sweeney" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Jonny Coyne Writer: Elizabeth Sarnof Director: Brad Anderson Network: Fox, Airs Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: January 30, 2012 The biggest question coming out of the “Cal Sweeney” episode of ALCATRAZ is: What’s behind door No. 1? While the episode itself was another inmate of the week returning to modern day in order to cause havoc on San Francisco, kill a whole bunch of people and steal loot. It turns out that Sweeney (the inmate in question) wasn’t just wooing lonely tellers in order to get swag but instead a […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Kit Nelson”

Sam Neill in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Kit Nelson" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill Director: Jack Bender Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: January 24, 2012 Like all new genre series, the pilot usually kicks things off in grand fashion, but the next few episodes are all about finding a tone and a way to do epic stories on a much smaller TV budget. The other issue – how much mythology to dole out week by week without confusing new viewers? ALCATRAZ definitely follows that pattern as the third episode “Kit Nelson” struggles to find a workable tone and an engaging mystery without coming off as […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Time After Time”

Jensen Ackles and Nicholas Lea in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Time After Time" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Kim Rhodes, Nicholas Lea, Jason Dohring, Melissa Roxburgh, Linda Darlow Writer: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Phil Sgriccia Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: January 13, 2012 Time travel isn’t exactly new on SUPERNATURAL, but seeing Dean (Jensen Ackles) go all fanboy over the one and only Eliot Ness (Nicholas Lea, who was Alex Krycek on THE X-FILES) puts an entertaining spin on it. “Time After Time” splits its point of view between Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean after the brothers tangle with Chronos (Jason Dohring), God of Time. […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Pilot”/“Earnest Cobb” – Series Premiere

Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2012 Fox/James Dittiger

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra Writers: Elizabeth Sarnoff, Jack Bender Directors: Danny Cannon, Steven Lilen, Bryan Wynbrandt Network: Fox, Airs Mondays at 9 p.m. Original Telecast: January 16, 2012 Whenever I see something about Alcatraz, I can’t help but think of THE ROCK. Just because it was sooo Michael Bay at his explosive finest and sooo over-the-top Sean Connery (and his quotes about doing the prom queen and generous use of expletives) that it makes for a great watch – not to mention batsh** crazy Nicolas Cage. So throughout the two hour season premiere for ALCATRAZ […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Adventures in Babysitting”

Meghan Ory and Madison Mclaughlin in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Adventures in Babysitting" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Kevin R. McNally, Madison McLoughlin, Ian Tracey Writer:Adam Glass, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Jeannot Szwarc Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: January 6, 2012 In a note that is both poignant and funny, SUPERNATURAL‘s first new episode of 2012 – “Adventures in Babysitting” – shows that Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) do literally almost nothing for three weeks after the death of father figure Bobby. Dean, drinking more heavily than usual, decides to go visit Bobby’s conspiracy-monger associate Frank (Kevin R. McNally) to find out the meaning of […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Death’s Door”

Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Death's Door" | ©2011 The CW/Michael Courtney

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, James Patrick Stuart, Steven Williams, Henri Lubatti Writer: Sera Gamble, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: December 2, 2011 How do we know the prognosis for Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) is dire on this episode of SUPERNATURAL? It’s not because he’s got a bullet lodged in his brain, thanks to getting shot by Leviathan big boss Dick (James Patrick Stuart). Instead, it’s because show runner Sera Gamble wrote “Death’s Door” and producer Robert Singer (yes, Bobby is named after him) is the […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters”

Jim Beaver in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters" | ©2011 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, James Patrick Stuart, Benito Martinez, Cameron Bancroft Writer: Ben Edlund, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Guy Bee Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: November 18, 2011 After trying a little too hard to be funny for a few episodes, SUPERNATURAL gets back to normal (for this series) with “How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters.” Based on the events of the past few seasons, Dean (Jensen Ackles) is wondering if the world actually wants to destroy itself, Sam (Jared Padalecki) is worried about Dean and Bobby (Jim Beaver) is […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Season 7, Time for a Wedding!”

Jensen Ackles, DJ Qualls and Jared Padalecki in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Season 7, Time for a Wedding!" | ©2011 The CW/Michael Courtney

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, D.J. Qualls, Emily Perkins, Mark A. Sheppard, Leslie Odom Jr. Writers: Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Tim Andrew Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: November 4, 2011 This reviewer cannot pretend to be as much of a SUPERNATURAL fan as the character Becky Rosen (Emily Perkins), so the title of the episode doesn’t spring to mind, but “Season 7, Time for a Wedding!” feels as if it’s returning to familiar territory for this series, and not just because of its meta aspect. For those who don’t […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “The Mentalists”

Jared Padalecki in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "The Mentalists" | ©2011 The CW/Michael Courtney

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Dorian Brown, Johnny Sneed, Rukiya Bernard Writers: Ben Acker & Ben Blacker, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Mike Rohl Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: November 4, 2011 Time for a little shout-out to the Los Angeles theatre scene. THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR (aka THE THRILLING ADVENTURE AND SUPERNATURAL SUSPENSE HOUR) is a stage parody of ‘40s radio series that has been running once a month for years now, lately at Largo at the Coronet on La Cienega. One of THRILLING’s staples is “Beyond Belief,” a send-up of THE THIN MAN […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Slash Fiction”

Mark Sheppard in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Slash Fiction" | ©2011 The CW/Michael Courtney

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Kevin McNally, Sean Owen Roberts, John Patrick Stuart, Kim Rhodes, Shaun Smith Writers: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: October 28, 2011   SUPERNATURAL has done some crazy things in its time, but would an episode called “Slash Fiction” really be about what the title implies? For those unfamiliar with the term, “slash fiction” refers to fiction written by fans about a particular TV series or film or book, with the specific premise of that fiction in getting two […]Read On »

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