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Blu-ray Review: Star Trek: Enterprise Season One

Star Trek: Enterprise Season One Blu-ray

About the Show:
STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE recounts the adventures of the pioneers of space travel who ventured into the universe 100 years before James T. Kirk helmed the starship of the same name. Set in the 22nd century, ENTERPRISE takes place in an era when interstellar travel is still in its infancy. Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) has assembled a crew of brave explorers to chart the galaxy on a revolutionary spacecraft: Enterprise NX-01. As the first human beings to venture into deep space, these men and women will experience the wonder and mystery of the final frontier as they seek out new life and new civilizations.

Included in the Blu-Ray Set:
Disc 1:
“Broken Bow”
– Commentary
– Deleted Scenes
“Fight or Flight”
– Deleted Scenes
“Strange New World”
Special Features:
– In Conversation: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
– Cast Introduction
– Network Presentation
– Syndication Presentation
– Archival Mission Logs:
– Creating Enterprise
– O Captain! My Captain! A Profile of Scott Bakula
– NX-01 File 02

Disc 2:
“Unexpected”
– Deleted Scene
“Terra Nova”
“The Andorian Incident”
– Text Commentary
“Breaking the Ice”
“Civilization”
Special Features:
– Archival Mission Logs:
– Cast Impressions: Season 1
– Enterprise Secrets

Disc 3:
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Blu-Ray Review: Grimm Season 1

Grimm: Season One (Blu-ray + UltraViolet)

Synopsis:
Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) discovers he is descended from a long line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” protectors who are charged with keeping the balance between humanity and the creatures of myth. With newly awoken abilities to detect the evil lurking among us, Nick struggles to keep his old life separate and safe as he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries of the Grimm world.

Review:
Nick and Hank (Russell Hornsby) may be the police detectives that investigate the strange reports in the area. But it’s Monroe (the local werewolf) that Nick runs to for help with the paranormal situations. Nick and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) have a great chemistry. And Monroe’s smart humor adds a much-needed light-hearted feel to an otherwise dark and suspenseful setting. Bitsie Tulloch plays Nick’s girlfriend Juliette who knows nothing (until the end of the season) about Nick’s Grimm legacy.

This is one of my favorite shows on television. Each episode is a different Grimm fairy tale or myth with a modern day twist is always full of thrills, chills, and fantastic creatures. The mixture of mystery, suspense, horror and humor makes this a must-watch show. ABC’s aired its first season of the popular fairy tale series Once Upon a Time this past year as well. And though there are similarities, there is a decidedly different feel to Grimm. There is none of the corniness or fanciful magic of OUaT. This is dark and gritty, with a more realistic, modern twist to the familiar stories. While there is an overlying arc that flows throughout the season, another nice thing about the series is that you don’t necessarily have to watch each one in order. Each episode is a creature-(or fairy tale)-of-the-week with complex characters and exceptional writing. Don’t miss this series.

Specs:
Available on Blu-ray and DVD on August 7, 2012, this five-disc set includes all 22 episodes.
BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:
• Grimm Guide: An interactive book that provides insight into the various creatures featured in the show.
• 2 Grimm collector’s cards
BLU-RAY and DVD BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:
• The World of Grimm: Get to know the characters and creatures that inhabit the world of “Grimm” and discover the inspiration behind the storylines.
• Making Monsters: Go behind the scenes with Andy Clement and Barney Burman as they take viewers through the special makeup effects design and application process. The talented team from Hive FX also shows fans how they give life to the monsters of “Grimm.”
• Deleted scenes
• Gag reel

TV Review: Teen Wolf Season 2 Premiere

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Teen Wolf Season 2 debuts on MTV with a 2-part premiere on Sunday, June 3rd and Monday, June 4th.

Derek is the new Alpha and he’s started growing his pack. Season two opens with a scene of Jackson, happy to have been bitten. But he and Lydia aren’t reacting to their bites in the same way that Scott did. Meanwhile, a new powerful member of the Argent (werewolf-hunting) family arrives in town with a vengeance. And Scott and Allison new relationship is threatened when Allison’s father forbids her from seeing Scott any longer.

Teen Wolf is an action-packed drama with plenty of romance, humor, suspense, and violence. And the two-part season two premiere is no exception. Tyler Posey is back as the sweet and unassuming Scott McCall. And Scott’s relationship with Allison Argent (Crystal Reed) amps up despite having to keep it a secret. Tyler Hoechlin is the hunky but tortured Derek Hale who is now trying to recruit Scott into his pack. I was thrilled to see John Wesley Shipp (The Flash, Dawson’s Creek) has a brief cameo, though he plays the opposite of Dawson’s daddy. This season brings some major changes. The former Alpha may be gone, but there are a whole new slew of bad guys coming. And a strange, new creature makes an appearance that provides another mystery.

MTV has created a fantastic show based on the movie of the same name. Successfully blending horror, mystery, adventure, romance, and teen angst – fans of the Vampire Diaries should definitely be watching this. After watching the premiere, I’m more excited than ever for the rest of season two.

Falling Skies Tonight on TNT

TNT’s new hit scifi drama Falling Skies has already been renewed for a second season. Tonight’s all new episode “What Hides Beneath” holds some shocking revelations and is one of the most exciting yet this season. Action-packed, thrilling suspense, and heart-wrenching drama makes this one of the best shows on tv right now. Fringe’s Blair Brown guest stars as a survivor that Tom stumbles upon while on an information-gathering mission. Don’t miss it!

TV Review: Teen Wolf on MTV

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Teen Wolf will debut this Sunday, June 5th on MTV, then moving to Monday nights regularly at 10/9c June 6th. When friends Stiles and Scott decide to follow the police into the woods to look for a body, Scott is attacked by a monstrous creature. And the next day, Scott begins to see changes in his lacrosse playing and some incredible developing abilities. When a pretty new girl moves to town, Scott immediately makes a connection with her. But a full moon is coming. And Scott is in store for some even bigger changes.

This remake of the popular 80s film stars Tyler Posey as Scott McCall, an awkward teen whose life changes forever after getting bitten by a werewolf. Scott’s best friend Stiles is played by Dylan O’Brien, a headstrong but loyal confidant. Crystal Reed is Allison Argent – the new girl with a mysterious past. The acting is spot on, with fantastic character development.

Unlike its light-hearted, humorous predecessor, MTV’s Teen Wolf is darker, full of suspense, horror, mystery, and drama. I’ve only seen the pilot so far, but the producers also promise more romance and intensity. I had my doubts, thinking this would just be another corny, teenybop show. And I haven’t watched MTV since college. But I have to say I was impressed with this pilot. It’s fun, exciting, fast-paced, and fresh. I will definitely be tuning in to watch the rest of this 12-episode series. I highly recommend this new show to fans of CW’s Vampire Diaries.

The first 8 minutes of Teen Wolf:

TV Review: TNT’s Falling Skies

I was lucky enough to receive a press kit for TNT’s upcoming new science fiction thriller Falling Skies, including the pilot and second episode. This post-apocalyptic series will premiere Sunday, June 19, at 9 pm (ET/PT), before moving into its regular timeslot of Sundays at 10 pm (ET/PT). The two-hour premiere begins with the devastating aftermath of an alien invasion, where the aliens won. The remaining human survivors are now coming together, led by citizen soldiers of all ages, who struggle to fight back against their mysterious alien oppressors.

Noah Wyle stars as Tom Mason, the widowed father of three boys – one of whom has been taken by the aliens that now control Earth. Will Patton is Weaver, the harsh, militaristic leader of their small resistance group. And Moon Bloodgood stars as Anne Glass, a pediatrician who steps up to take a leadership role with the civilians under her care.

As this is post-apocalyptic, the mood is of course dark and poignant. The story revolves around Tom Mason (Wyle) and his family, as he searches for his missing middle son – while he and his eldest son continue to fight in the resistance. Each episode has its own sub-story, while continuing the overall story arc. Viewers won’t want to miss an episode.

I was pleasantly surprised with the fantastic special effects. The aliens are creepy, mysterious, and deadly. Despite the dim and seemingly-hopeless situation, Falling Skies is an exciting, action-packed series with plenty of heart. The situation that the human resistance faces causes people to find hope and happiness in small things. This new scifi series is completely engaging, stirring, and intense. This is a must-see for science fiction and action fans. And I have a feeling that with Steven Spielberg’s name tied to the show as Executive Producer, Falling Skies will be generating new fans of many curious viewers. This show certainly lives up to its hype. Don’t miss it.

Review of Tonight’s Sanctuary: Hangover

When Magnus returns to from a brief hiatus, she finds the Sanctuary in ruins with no security. And the only person she can find is Henry, who doesn’t have any memory of an entire day. The last thing he can remember is being attacked by a new creature that arrived at the Sanctuary, but the creature is supposed to be docile and harmless.

This is an incredibly fun and fast-paced episode, with the feel of a whodunit. The story unfolds from Magnus’ point of view, as she slowly learns what happened to each team member. The mystery is a bit predictable, but the journey is what counts – and this one doesn’t disappoint. Humor, danger, and suspense – this latest episode aptly named Hangover is of all that and more. If you haven’t been watching Sanctuary, you should be.