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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: The Initiative

The Initiative marks a new phase of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Oz has left the building, casting off yet another of the early years remnants. Only Buffy, Xander, Willow and Giles remain – although James Marsters finally graduates to full-time member and reluctant hanger-on of the Scooby Gang. It's also the story where squeaky-clean curtain head Riley starts to fit into the puzzle. Which can only mean that the series reveals what all these mysterious Commandos are all about. With the dawning of a new era, both in this season and of the whole show, it's mysterious that The Initiative episode is a bit flat. I guess that any episode which revolves around a bunch of dull army goons wouldn't...

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Angel Reviews: The Bachelor Party

Angel has its fair share of brooding, tragic figures populating the DVD cases. That's appropriate, given that its main man can't ever have a proper relationship and worse still, has had to give up the one girl who might just have had a shot at being Mrs Angel. Oh, the long list of ballads you could write about this one. But then we also have Wesley and his troubled childhood, Fred and her slightly-longer-than-intended camp dimension vacation – and of course, creeping back to the première season, there's Doyle. So far, Doyle's been something of a closed book. Episodes such as Rm w/a Vu have implied haunted pasts, but they've never got to the root of the problem. Along comes...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. A wise old person once said this – Romana, I think. But even if the Time Lady is attributing the genius of Isaac Newton to punting, never a truer word was spoken when it comes to looking at The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang – or Pandorica Bang as I'll call it to give me one less headache. The Pandorica Bang is brimming with opposites in a number of ways. From the first episode, you may think that we're building up to an RTD-style kitchen sink finale with a huge army of past enemies and monsters – the second part revels in turning this assumption on its head with a considerably...

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: Wild At Heart

Compared to Beer Bad, the last wretched instalment of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, it's inevitable that Wild At Heart will seem like a work of genius in comparison. Established writer Marti Noxon is putting pen to paper. Spike's back for a nanosecond. And most importantly, it's the last episode to feature Oz as a regular. What can possibly go wrong? Well, on the surface, not a lot – providing you don't think about it too much. If you're prone to blubbing like Ian Beale, then it's a fair bet you'll be weeping buckets by the time that Oz has driven off in his van into a life of meditation and mystical charms. The story goes that Seth Green wanted to...

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Angel Reviews: Sense And Sensitivity

Ladies! Don't be an Ice Maiden – be a Nice Maiden instead! Gentlemen! Why be a grunting boor when you can be a gentle bear? Interested? Then come and get in touch with our Sensitive Stick! Feel the love today by contacting 0800 Fruitcake! You can picture the slick but snotty marketing types at Wolfram and Hart working their hardest to try and make their latest nefarious scheme sound half plausible. Cartoon mobster Tony Papazian is in the slammer and he ain't happy. Cue a phone call to no one's favourite LA legal eagles, and the problem could be solved very soon... A healing stick doesn't sound like the most promising premise, and maybe that's why, for me, Sense And...

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