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One of the most memorable TV shows of the 1980s, Knight Rider (and particularly K.I.T.T.) enthralled children of all ages while simultaneously entertaining their parents with effective use of the traditional TV action genre format. Knight Rider is the story of a potent crime fighting team assembled by the terminally-ill billionaire Wilton Knight who saves the life of police officer Michael Long. Providing Long with a new identity (Michael Knight) and a new face, the young pol...

Knight Rider (Season 2) DVD Review

Knight Rider (Season 2) DVD ReviewOne of the most memorable TV shows of the 1980s, Knight Rider (and particularly K.I.T.T.) enthralled children of all ages while simultaneously entertaining their parents with effective use of the traditional TV action genre format. Knight Rider is the story of a potent crime fighting team assembled by the terminally-ill billionaire Wilton Knight who saves the life of police officer Michael Long. Providing Long with a new identity (Michael Knight) and a new face, the young policeman (David Hasselhoff) spends the rest of his life to fighting crime on behalf of the Foundation of Law and Government (FLAG). Singled out by his billionaire savior and aided by staffers of FLAG, Michael is paired with an extraordinary vehicle capable of fighting the bad guys all by itselfThe Knight Rider (Season 2) DVD features a number of action-packed episodes including the two part season premiere "Goliath" in which Michael and K.I.T.T. are forced to do battle with Wilton Knight's ex-wife and son who enjoy the aid of a truck sporting many of the same capabilities as K.I.T.T Other notable episodes from Season 2 include "Blind Spot" in which Michael enlists the aid of a blind woman who is the only witness to a corrupt businessman's illegal practices, and "Speed Demons" in which Michael and K.I.T.T. are on high alert when an anonymous tipster warns that the upcoming Foundation sponsored motorcycle race will play home to a murderBelow is a list of episodes included on the Knight Rider (Season 2) DVD:Episode 23 (Goliath: Part 1) Air Date: 10-02-1983Episode 24 (Goliath: Part 2) Air Date: 10-02-1983Episode 25 (Brother's Keeper) Air Date: 10-09-1983Episode 26 (Merchants of Death) Air Date: 10-16-1983Episode 27 (Blind Spot) Air Date: 10-23-1983Episode 28 (Return to Cadiz) Air Date: 10-30-1983Episode 29 (K.I.T.T. the Cat) Air Date: 11-06-1983Episode 30 (Custom K.I.T.T.) Air Date: 11-13-1983Episode 31 (Soul Survivor) Air Date: 11-27-1983Episode 32 (Ring of Fire) Air Date: 12-04-1983Episode 33 (Knightmares) Air Date: 12-11-1983Episode 34 (Silent Knight) Air Date: 12-18-1983Episode 35 (A Knight in Shining Armor) Air Date: 01-08-1984Episode 36 (Diamonds Aren't a Girl's Best Friend) Air Date: 01-15-1984Episode 37 (White-Line Warriors) Air Date: 01-29-1984Episode 38 (Race for Life) Air Date: 02-05-1984Episode 39 (Speed Demons) Air Date: 02-12-1984Episode 40 (Goliath Returns: Part 1) Air Date: 02-19-1984Episode 41 (Goliath Returns: Part 2) Air Date: 02-19-1984Episode 42 (A Good Knight's Work) Air Date: 03-04-1984Episode 43 (Mouth of the Snake: Part 1) Air Date: 04-08-1984Episode 44 (Mouth of the Snake: Part 2) Air Date: 04-08-1984Episode 45 (Let It Be Me) Air Date: 05-13-1984Episode 46 (Big Iron) Air Date: 05-27-1984

Babylon 5 (DVD) Review

Babylon 5 (DVD) Review

Nominated for 6 Emmys and 3 Hugo Awards in its five-season run, Babylon 5 changed the landscape of the TV science fiction series genre. Following on the heels of hit series such as Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation, Babylon 5 is unrivaled by any of its peers in its application of special effects. The brainchild of J. Michael Straczynski (writer for such shows as Murder She Wrote and Walker, Texas Ranger), the hour-long sci-fi drama series breaks new ground by deploying a five-season storyline that follows the outline of a traditional novel. As such, Babylon 5 is more like a mini-series that lasts five years instead of the usual three to five nights. And also unlike its predecessors, the series showcases original advanced technologies, believable alien characters (who speak alien and not English), and boasts of superb costume and makeup. Premiering in mid-season 1994, Babylon 5 established a solid audience and continues to inspire new generations of fans via syndicated reruns on cableBabylon 5 follows the daily events that transpire on Babylon 5, a five-mile long space station from the year 2258. Built by the Earth Alliance, Babylon 5 orbits a lone planet in interplanetary (neutral) space. The setting for an Earthling military post and a transportation hub for businessmen and general travelers, the space station's primary purpose is to provide a safe haven for the airing of differences between the alien races. Similar in function to the United Nations, Babylon 5 is tasked with preserving the peace between the five primary space-traveling civilizations - the Earth Alliance, the Mimbari Federation, the Centauri Republic, the Narn Regime, and the Vorlon Empire. Headed by Commander Jeffrey Sinclair (Michael O'Hare), and later by Capt. John J. Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner), Babylon 5 is home to almost 300,000 humans and their alien counterparts. With so many confined to such a small area, the space station is ripe for internal struggle, racial conflict, regular cast members' personal problems, and showdowns between various political interests. It's this intricate and diverse storyboard, coupled with amazing visual effects, that makes Babylon 5 one of the most successful sci-fi TV shows in recent memoryThe Babylon 5 DVD (Season 1) features a number of exciting episodes including the series premiere "Midnight on the Firing Line" in which the crew of Babylon 5 awake to find that the Narn have launched an attack on a Centauri colony. The event drives a wedge between Londo and G'Kar. Meanwhile, a number of attacks on ships around Babylon 5 by space pirates has become a rampant problem Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "The War Prayer" in which Babylon 5 is plagued by a racist group of humans who attack and brand alien residents, and "Babylon Squared" in which Babylon 4 reappears in the same coordinates in which it disappeared several years earlier, prompting the crew of Babylon 5 to arrange an evacuation of its predecessor while they try to discover the causeBelow is a list of episodes included on the Babylon 5 (Season 1) DVD:Episode 1 (Midnight on the Firing Line) Air Date: 01-26-1994Episode 2 (Soul Hunter) Air Date: 02-02-1994Episode 3 (Born to the Purple) Air Date: 02-09-1994Episode 4 (Infection) Air Date: 02-16-1994Episode 5 (The Parliament of Dreams) Air Date: 02-23-1994Episode 6 (Mind War) Air Date: 03-02-1994Episode 7 (The War Prayer) Air Date: 03-09-1994Episode 8 (And the Sky Full of Stars) Air Date: 03-16-1994Episode 9 (Deathwalker) Air Date: 04-20-1994Episode 10 (Believers) Air Date: 04-27-1994Episode 11 (Survivors) Air Date: 05-04-1994Episode 12 (By Any Means Necessary) Air Date: 05-11-1994Episode 13 (Signs and Portents) Air Date: 05-18-1994Episode 14 (TKO) Air Date: 05-25-1994Episode 15 (Grail) Air Date: 07-06-1994Episode 16 (Eyes) Air Date: 07-13-1994Episode 17 (Legacy) Air Date: 07-20-1994Episode 18 (A Voice in the Wilderness: Part 1) Air Date: 07-27-1994Episode 19 (A Voice in the Wilderness: Part 2) Air Date: 08-03-1994Episode 20 (Babylon Squared) Air Date: 08-10-1994Episode 21 (The Quality of Mercy) Air Date: 08-17-1994Episode 22 (Chrysalis) Air Date: 10-26-1994

National Treasure (DVD) Review

National Treasure (DVD) Review

One of the surprise blockbusters of 2004, National Treasure evokes images of the Indiana Jones trilogy with its adventurous search for a mysterious hidden treasure. But more than likely, the film is the result of the massive commercial success of a "quest for the holy grail" novel entitled The Da Vinci Code. Since its release, Dan Brown's book has sold over twenty million copies, and its plot of a historian turned treasure hunter who uncovers ancient clues put in place by the Knights Templar and the Masons that hold the key to a treasure of unimaginable consequences from the era of the Crusades while doing so with the aid of a beautiful woman curator of the very archive which holds the crucial clues to its discovery, all while an evil competitor who seeks the treasure for himself follows on his heels - whew! is a plot device that's eerily similar to Dan Brown's bestseller. But National Treasure takes place in the United States instead of Europe, so you can rest assured that the book's success had nothing to do with the movie's production (wink, wink) Anyway, regardless of its origin, National Treasure is an entertaining adventure more than worthy of a movie-goer's timeNational Treasure follows the exploits of Benjamin "Ben" Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage), the youngest in a long line of historians who believe that America's Founding Fathers were the guardians of a massive treasure dating back to the era of the Crusades. Despite his father Patrick's (Jon Voight) pessimism, Ben investigates a clue provided by his grandfather John Adams Gates (Christopher Plummer) - a clue handed down by their distant relative Charles Carroll, one of the last surviving signatories of the Declaration of Independence. Working with his employer Ian Howe (Sean Bean), Ben unlocks the mystery of the clue which leads to his belief that a treasure map is encoded in invisible on the backside of the Declaration of IndependenceWhen Ian hatches a scheme to rob the National Archives of its most treasured artifact, Ben promptly alerts the FBI. But the feds' failure to take his claim seriously prompts Ben to devise his own plan to steal the parchment (so he can protect its secrets from Ian). Along the way, Ben convinces National Archives curator Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger) of the conspiracy, and she agrees to help him steal the Declaration of Independence. With each new success, Ben and Abigail are brought closer to the ultimate discovery. But Ian Howe and the FBI are always one step behind, and multiple dangerous obstacles remain in their way Does a vast treasure of wealth hidden by the Founding Fathers really exist? And will Ben and Abigail find it before it falls into the wrong hands? Just as with Harry Potter and Indiana Jones, all the fun is in waiting to find outNational Treasure marks the second mass-audience commercial success of 2004 for Walt Disney Pictures (The Incredibles being the other), and Disney teams up once again with Jerry Bruckheimer Films (with whom it worked on The Pirates Of The Caribbean) to pull off the feat. Director Jon Turteltaub (While You Were Sleeping) manages to provide a modicum of realism to a film that asks it audience time and again to ignore common sense. Sporting a screenplay that offers its hero a series of absurdly difficult clues which he solves with relative ease, National Treasure presents a comic book edifice that borders on the juvenile. But the film is saved by the fact that it doesn't come across in an overtly serious light, but rather as a fun and entertaining night at the movies that even offers a bit of comic relief. As such, National Treasure is a definite must-see film. Because if it's anything, it's loads of fun

Law And Order (Season 3) DVD Review

Law And Order (Season 3) DVD Review

Law & Order is centered around the officials who make the New York City criminal justice system function, or as the series tagline states, where "the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups - the police who investigate crime, and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders". Each episode is composed of half police/detective drama and half courtroom/attorney drama. It's a novel concept that takes the traditional public justice dramatic series to the next logical step. Since the inception of Law & Order, such drama series have become more involved in their plotlines, providing viewers with a continuation of the traditional police drama. The Law & Order has constantly transformed over the years with only a few characters experienced longstanding roles. In the face of such high turnover, it's a testament to the show's longevity that it continues to the thrive...The Law & Order (Season 3) DVD features a number of dramatic episodes including the season premiere "Skin Deep" in which the murder of a sleazy photographer is the main subject of investigation. But as the investigation proceeds, it seems more and more likely that the prime suspects are the models he often photographed Other notable episodes from Season 3 include "Self Defense" in which the prosecution is divided when a store owner shoots two robbers and claims self-defense as justification, and "Conduct Unbecoming" in which the NYPD is forced to investigate on the closed turf of the Navy in order to solve the death of a female Naval officer during a party at a Manhattan hotelBelow is a list of episodes included on the Law & Order (Season 3) DVD:Episode 45 (Skin Deep) Air Date: 09-23-1992Episode 46 (Conspiracy) Air Date: 09-30-1992Episode 47 (Forgiveness) Air Date: 10-07-1992Episode 48 (The Corporate Veil) Air Date: 10-14-1992Episode 49 (Wedded Bliss) Air Date: 10-21-1992Episode 50 (Helpless) Air Date: 11-04-1992Episode 51 (Self Defense) Air Date: 11-11-1992Episode 52 (Prince of Darkness) Air Date: 11-18-1992Episode 53 (Point of View) Air Date: 11-25-1992Episode 54 (Consultation) Air Date: 12-09-1992Episode 55 (Extended Family) Air Date: 01-06-1993Episode 56 (Right to Counsel) Air Date: 01-13-1993Episode 57 (Night and Fog) Air Date: 02-03-1993Episode 58 (Promises to Keep) Air Date: 02-10-1993Episode 59 (Mother Love) Air Date: 02-24-1993Episode 60 (Jurisdiction) Air Date: 03-03-1993Episode 61 (Conduct Unbecoming) Air Date: 03-10-1993Episode 62 (Animal Instinct) Air Date: 03-17-1993Episode 63 (Virus) Air Date: 04-21-1993Episode 64 (Securitate) Air Date: 05-05-1993Episode 65 (Manhood) Air Date: 05-12-1993Episode 66 (Benevolence) Air Date: 05-19-1993

The King Of Queens (Season 3) DVD Review

An Everybody Loves Raymond spin-off, The King of Queens revolves around the life and times of Doug Heffernan, a blue-collar, sports fanatic package delivery man who lives in Queens, New York. In his mid-thirties, and married to a beautiful woman named Carrie (Leah Remini), Doug spends the majority of his non-working hours watching his state-of-the-art 70-inch television with two friends who share his devotion to sports, Spence (Patton Oswalt) and Deacon (Victor Williams). But Doug's male paradise suffers a debilitating blow when Carrie's father Arthur (Jerry Stiller) moves into the house. Doug's fantasy TV room is turned into a bedroom, and after numerous failed relocation attempts, the TV finds its way into the garage Now Doug and Carrie are forced to share their palace with an eccentric father/father-in-law with a knack for ruining the couple's day-to-day routineThe King of Queens (Season 3) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "Do Rico" in which Doug begins imitating the accent of the new guy at work, Rico, because it turns Carrie on in the bedroom. But when Doug begins to grow jealous thinking Carrie wants Rico, Carrie turns the tables on him by imitating the Italian accent of Rico's girlfriend Francesca. Meanwhile, Arthur is on a personal quest to find someone to inscribe his wisdom in a tome for the ages Other notable episodes from Season 3 include "Fatty McButterpants" in which Doug becomes self-conscious of his weight when he learns that Carrie has been buying his clothes from the "Big and Tall" shop, and "Hi Def-Jam" in which Doug and friends conspire to watch the Super Bowl on the high-definition TV at Carrie's boss's houseBelow is a list of episodes included on the King of Queens (Season 3) DVD:Episode 51 (Do Rico) Air Date: 10-02-2000Episode 52 (Roast Chicken) Air Date: 10-09-2000Episode 53 (Fatty McButterpants) Air Date: 10-16-2000Episode 54 (Class Struggle) Air Date: 10-23-2000Episode 55 (Strike One) Air Date: 10-30-2000Episode 56 (Strike Too) Air Date: 11-06-2000Episode 57 (Strike Out) Air Date: 11-13-2000Episode 58 (Dark Meet) Air Date: 11-20-2000Episode 59 (Twisted Sitters) Air Date: 11-27-2000Episode 60 (Work Related) Air Date: 12-04-2000Episode 61 (Better Camera) Air Date: 12-11-2000Episode 62 (Wedding Presence) Air Date: 01-08-2001Episode 63 (Hi Def-Jam) Air Date: 01-29-2001Episode 64 (Paint Misbehavin') Air Date: 02-05-2001Episode 65 (Deacon Blues) Air Date: 02-12-2001Episode 66 (Horizontal Hold) Air Date: 02-19-2001Episode 67 (Inner Tube) Air Date: 02-26-2001Episode 68 (Papa Pill) Air Date: 03-19-2001Episode 69 (Package Deal) Air Date: 04-09-2001Episode 70 (Separation Anxiety) Air Date: 04-16-2001Episode 71 (Departure Time) Air Date: 04-20-2001Episode 72 (Swim Neighbors) Air Date: 05-07-2001Episode 73 (S'no Job) Air Date: 05-14-2001Episode 74 (Pregnant Pause: Part 1) Air Date: 05-21-2001Episode 75 (Pregnant Pause: Part 2) Air Date: 05-21-2001

The Sopranos (DVD) Review

Along with Sex And The City, the HBO original series The Sopranos took the world by storm in the late-1990s with its cutting edge drama and acerbic wit. A cross between The Godfather and the traditional nuclear sitcom family, the show provided a unique experience for a niche audience that quickly developed into a barrage of dedicated fans. Nominated for countless Emmy's, and winner of at least four in every one of its seasons except Season 2 (in which it carried home one), The Sopranos has cemented itself as one of the elite shows in television historyGolden Globe performer James Gandolfini plays the title role of Tony Soprano, a middle-aged father of two, loving husband, and successful businessman. But contrary to a typical sitcom, Tony finds himself irritated by his kids Anthony and Meadow (Robert Iler and Jamie Lynn Sigler), he cheats on his wife Carmela (Edie Falco), and the business organization responsible for his success is the mafia (of which he is the local boss). All the confusion in Tony's life leads to massive amounts of stress, prompting him to regularly visit a therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) - one of the few outsiders he trusts. Following a classic prime time soap opera format, quite similar to the hit TV show Dallas, The Sopranos provides audiences with a glimpse into the life and times of a mafia boss, where we find out that being a mob kingpin isn't the glamour life often portrayed in the moviesThe Sopranos DVD offers a number of dramatic episodes including the self-titled series premiere in which the groundwork for the show is set when Tony Soprano visits a therapist in hopes of ending his panic attacks (sounds similar to the plot for Analyze This!). In his initial session with the beautiful Dr. Melfi, Tony confides in her the stressful aspects of his extraordinary life - a demanding job, an unhappy wife, and rebellious kids (among other problems) Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "College" in which Tony takes his daughter on a college orientation trip to Maine where he encounters a former (and current) enemy, and "A Hit is a Hit" in which Tony strikes out when he attempts to make friends outside of his close-knit circleBelow is a list of episodes included on The Sopranos (Season 1) DVD:Episode 1 (The Sopranos) Air Date: 01-10-1999Episode 2 (46 Long) Air Date: 01-17-1999Episode 3 (Denial, Anger, Acceptance) Air Date: 01-24-1999Episode 4 (Meadowlands) Air Date: 01-31-1999Episode 5 (College) Air Date: 02-07-1999Episode 6 (Pax Soprana) Air Date: 02-14-1999Episode 7 (Down Neck) Air Date: 02-21-1999Episode 8 (The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti) Air Date: 02-28-1999Episode 9 (Boca) Air Date: 03-07-1999Episode 10 (A Hit is a Hit) Air Date: 03-14-1999Episode 11 (Nobody Knows Anything) Air Date: 03-21-1999Episode 12 (Isabella) Air Date: 03-28-1999Episode 13 (I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano) Air Date: 04-04-1999

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One of the most memorable TV shows of the 1980s, Knight Rider (and particularly K.I.T.T.) enthralled children of all ages while simultaneously entertaining their parents with effective use of the traditional TV action genre format. Knight Rider is the story of a potent crime fighting team assembled by the terminally-ill billionaire Wilton Knight who saves the life of police officer Michael Long. Providing Long with a new identity (Michael Knight) and a new face, the young pol...