TV Review: BEING HUMAN – Season 2 – “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?”

Meaghan Rath and Sam Witwer in BEING HUMAN - Season 2 - "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" | ©2012 Syfy/Philippe Bosse

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Kristen Hagen, Natalie Brown, Robert Naylor, Dichen Lachman Writer: Nancy Won, adapted for U.S. television by Jeremy Carver & Anna Fricke, created for U.K. television by Toby Whithouse Director: Paolo Barzman Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: January 23, 2012 In BEING HUMAN, the various factions – vampires, werewolves and ghosts – have to worry about infighting, other supernatural creatures and humans in the know. On this show, sometimes self-pity also joins the list, but the episode “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” blasts through that one by giving all of […]Read On »

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TV Review: BEING HUMAN – Season 2 – “Turn This Mother Out” – Season Premiere

Sam Witwer in BEING HUMAN - Season 2 - "Turn This Mother Out" | ©2012 Syfy/Philippe Bosse

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Kristen Hagen, Terry Kinney, Deena Aziz, Robert Naylor Writers: Jeremy Carver & Anna Fricke, adapted for U.S. television by Jeremy Carver & Anna Fricke, created for U.K. television by Toby Whithouse Director: Adam Kane Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: January 16, 2012 The U.S. version of BEING HUMAN returns for its second season with all of its characters true to form, which is to say that vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer) is still worried about undead politics, ghost Sally (Meaghan Rath) is still unhappy about being deceased but trying to make a […]Read On »

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TV Review: EUREKA – Season 4 – “Do You See What I See?”

Animation takes over the EUREKA world for the Season 4 Christmas episode - "Do You See What I See?" | ©2011 Syfy

Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Kavan Smith, Jordan Hinson, Trevor Jackson, Christopher Gauthier, Matt Frewer, Jim Parsons, Edward James Olmos Writers: Amy Berg & Eric Tuchman Director: Matt Hastings Network: Syfy, Tuesday @ 8 PM Original Telecast: December 6, 2011 Once in awhile, a TV show makes an episode that is both so good and so completely insane that one feels safe in showing it to people who have never seen the series before and may never see it again. EUREKA can now proudly join that select company with its fourth-year Christmas special, “Do […]Read On »

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TV Review: WAREHOUSE 13 – Season 3 – “The Greatest Gift”

Allison Scagliotti, Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly in WAREHOUSE 13 - Season 3 - "The Greatest Gift" | ©2011 Syfy/Russ Martin

Stars: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek,Allison Scagliotti, Genelle Williams, CCH Pounder, Roger Rees Writer: John-Paul Nickel, story by Mike Johnson & John-Paul Nickel, series created by Brent Mote & Jane Espenson Director: Jack Kenny Network: Syfy, Tuesday @ 9 PM Airdate: December 6, 2011 Sooner or later, most genre TV shows wind up doing their own idiosyncratic versions of Frank Capra’s movie IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Perhaps there’s something arcane in the contracts of genre TV shows which requires this after a certain number of installments; more likely, it’s an economical way to let the series regulars do something […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALPHAS – Season 1 – “Original Sin” – Season Finale

Valerie Cruz and David Strathairn in ALPHAS - Season 1 - "Original Sin" | ©2011 Syfy/Ken Woroner

Stars: David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Laura Mennell, Malik Yoba, Valerie Cruz, John Pyper-Ferguson, Kathleen Munroe, Liane Balaban Writers: Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe & Zak Penn & Michael Karnow, story by Zak Penn & Michael Karnow, series created by Zak Penn & Michael Karnow Director: Nick Copus Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 10 PM Airdate: September 26, 2011 HEROES left this until the very end of the series while TRUE BLOOD started here. ALPHAS has left it until the end of Season 1, but with Season 2 already set, “Original Sin” sets the […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALPHAS – Season 1 – “A Short Time in Paradise”

Malik Yoba and Laura Mennell in ALPHAS - Season 1 - "A Short Time in Paradise" | ©2011 Syfy/Russ Martin

Stars: David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Laura Mennell, Malik Yoba, Daniel Kash, Garret Dillahunt Writer: Michael Chamoy, series created by Zak Penn & Michael Karnow Director: John Showalter Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 10 PM Airdate: August 29, 2011 Given the premise of ALPHAS, it’s a natural fit that the show would explore someone using an Alpha ability to start a cult. ALPHAS being ALPHAS, the cult leader is no false prophet but rather a man of sincere belief, and “A Short Time in Paradise” raises some intriguing issues, albeit it tends to come down strongly […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALPHAS – Season 1 – “Catch and Release”

Laura Mennell in ALPHAS - Season 1 - "Catch and Release" | ©2011 Syfy/Ken Woroner

Stars: David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Laura Mennell, Malik Yoba, Valerie Cruz, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Summer Glau, Jane Moffat Writer: Michael Karnow, series created by Zak Penn & Michael Karnow Director: Kevin Hooks Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 10 PM Airdate: August 22, 2011 Nothing is very straightforward for the ALPHAS gang for long. “Catch and Release” presents everybody with a set of moral dilemmas, with the various characters landing in different places along the spectrum. As a bonus, Summer Glau guest stars as an Alpha (though the writing/casting veers away from the obvious kick-ass possibilities). Skylar […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: David Strathairn leads the ALPHAS

David Straithairn in ALPHAS - Season 1 | ©2011 Syfy/Justin Stephens

The title of Syfy’s  Monday night series ALPHAS refers to individuals who have a variety of unusual mental abilities. Dr. Lee Rosen, played by David Strathairn, is in charge of a team of five disparate Alphas. The U.S. government expects the Alphas to track down and combat others who are using their talents for destruction. Rosen tries to comfort and advise his charges, but he’s aware that he’s also manipulating them. Rosen is a complicated character, but fortunately, Syfy has Strathairn in the role. San Francisco native Strathairn (pronounced, says the actor, Strath-hairn) has an enormous film and television resume […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALPHAS – Season 1 – “Bill and Gary’s Excellent Adventure”

Azita Ghanizada in ALPHAS - Season 1 - "Bill and Gary's Excellent Adventure" | ©2011 NBC/Russ Martin

Stars: David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Laura Mennell, Malik Yoba, Alaina Huffman, Peter Wingfield, Melissa Hood Writer: Adam Levy, series created by Zak Penn & Michael Karnow Director: Leslie Bibman Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 10 PM Airdate: August 15, 2011 It’s good for most shows to break from their internal formulas once in awhile, and on ALPHAS, an episode that involves solving an ordinary – that is, non-Alpha – crime is an agreeable change. On the upside, it’s fun and it lets us take a longer look at how the characters deal with issues besides what it […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALPHAS – Season 1 – “Rosetta”

Ryan Cartwright in ALPHAS - Season 1 - "Rosetta" | ©2011 Syfy/Ken Woroner

Stars: David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Laura Mennell, Malik Yoba, Valerie Cruz, Lianne Balaban Writer: Zak Penn, series created by Zak Penn & Michael Karnow Director: Karen Gaviola Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 10 PM Airdate: August 1, 2011 Credit ALPHAS with using science fiction to good and controversial allegorical purpose, although this episode has a pivotal plot twist we can see coming. It’s hard to blame writer Zak Penn for this – there’s a moment where we realize that the story can go down one of two paths, and he naturally picks the more interesting […]Read On »

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