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Rather than wait for Netflix to make the latest DOCTOR WHO available, I picked up the second half of the 2012/2013 season (caught the first half some months back). A very good half-season it is, too, as the Doctor begins investigating how Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman) can live and die so many times and she joins him in adventures against the Ice Warriors, the Cybermen and the Great Intelligence (I must give them credit, it had a hell of a revenge scheme). The ending episode is spectacular, the guest cast impressive (including David Warner, Diana Rigg and John Hurt) and Smith gives a terrific turn as a Doctor possessed in Nightmare in Silver. “Doctor, do you think I’m pretty?”
Despite my distaste for real-world surveillance, I enjoyed PERSON OF INTEREST‘s first season. Michael Emerson plays the mysterious tech millionaire Finch, who built The Machine after 9/11 to access all surveillance and computer data anywhere to help predict future attacks. Instead, the machine also began identifying people who are victims (or perpetrators) of non-terrorist violent crimes, so Finch recruited special-ops veteran Reese (Jim Caviezel) to provide the brawn to match Finch’s brain. With the help (or opposition) of the cops (Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman) the duo sets out to save some lives. I’m hoping to Netflix the second season fast enough to start the Third Season fresh (though CBS’ website didn’t stream it last season). “When people start targeting children, the rules are off.
666 PARK AVENUE got the axe before the first half-season had finished, but ABC let the last three or four air over the past month, allowing it to wrap up (I will give them credit, the last-minute-added ending wasn’t what I expected, though it’s not exactly fresh, either). The plot concerned a couple moving into the Drake, a sinister, supernatural-drenched apartment building run by Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn) who mixes occult power schemes with a fondness for playing with his residents’ souls. Entertaining—though the Rosemary’s Baby knockoff-ness is blatant—but it really peters out near the end as a lot of promising adversaries for Gavin get killed and one running subplot (a couple of tenants Gavin is putting through Hell) ended up so pointless it was like an episode of Freddy’s Nightmares from a couple of decades back.

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