Star Trek Reviews: The Other The Wire

[Blogged by Noah Burns]

[Introduction]

This is the first installment in what will be a series of short, one-off reviews of some of my favorite episodes in the Star Trek universe. This series will include at minimum this review, a review of ‘The Menagerie’ from the original series, and a review of The Next Generation‘s ‘The Inner Continue reading “Star Trek Reviews: The Other The Wire”

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The Inside 1×04: Pre-Filer

[Review by Noah Burns]

[Writer: Rob Pearlstein | Director: Dwight Little | Aired: 06/22/2005]

I want to rave about “Pre-filer”. It’s Tim Minear’s take on the “killing serial killers” sub-sub-genre of the “serial killer” sub-genre of the American crime show genre. (Whew.) As is to be expected, it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen done in it’s class. The final 15 minutes in particular are among Continue reading “The Inside 1×04: Pre-Filer”

The Inside 1×03: Old Wounds

[Review by Noah Burns]

[Writer: Mark Fish | Director: Nick Gomez | Aired: 06/15/2005]

It seems that while “Everything Nice” [1×02] and “Old Wounds” are brothers, “Everything Nice” [1×02] got more Minear’s milk. (Hey, I warned you.) “Old Wounds” has nearly the amount of depth that “Everything Nice” [1×02] had, but doesn’t communicate it nearly as well. In both “New Girl in Town” [1×01] and “Everything Nice” [1×02], there were no wasted scenes, and the dialog was Continue reading “The Inside 1×03: Old Wounds”

The Inside 1×02: Everything Nice

[Review by Noah Burns]

[Writer: Jane Espenson | Director: Allan Kroeker | Aired: 06/29/2005]

Without a single reference to the plot of “New Girl in Town” [1×01], “Everything Nice” manages to pick up exactly where that episode left off. It advances some of the series’ most important themes, setting up the character arcs for Rebecca and Paul. It also has some good moments of character continuity. But it is a Continue reading “The Inside 1×02: Everything Nice”

The Inside 1×01: New Girl in Town

[Review by Noah Burns]

[Writer: Tim Minear, Howard Gordon | Director: Tim Minear | Aired: 06/08/2005]

[Introduction]

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” -Cynthia Occelli

Continue reading “The Inside 1×01: New Girl in Town”