Totally Frakked: Battlestar Galactica — Four-Play

Battlestar GalacticaTitle: “Taking a Break From All Your Worries”First Aired: 1/28/07 The capture of Greasebaltar on Algae World allowed The Powers That Be at Battlestar Galactica to draw even more parallel lines to our present, post-911 Earth. It also made it possible for Edward James Olmos to don his director’s cap and conjure some of […]

Totally Frakked: The Dresden Files — Egypped

The Dresden Files Title: "The Boone Identity" First Aired: 1/28/07 Harry Dresden, Chicago’s most famous supernatural crime investigator since Carl Kolchak, gets mixed up with an ancient Egyptian artifact that allows a vicious killer to jump from one host body to another. The biggest felon in this convoluted mess of an episode, however, isn’t Gus […]

Totally Frakked: Heroes — Kapow!

HeroesTitle: "Godsend"First Aired: 1/22/07 Those ass-kicking Heroes return to TV with all-new adventures for the first time in six weeks. For those of us left speechless last December by the revelation that beloved hero Peter is to blame for the destruction of New York City, the end of the wait seems heaven-sent. It’s been far […]

Totally Frakked: Battlestar Galactica — I Spy With My Giant Eye… The Way to Earth!

Battlestar GalacticaTitle: “Rapture�?First Aired: 1/21/07 Taking up residence in its new Sunday night time slot, Galactica returns in a big way in the first of nine fresh episodes. From the opening fade-in, in which we see the last Battlestar in orbit around Algae World facing off against the Cylon Base fleet, “Rapture�? barrels ahead at […]

Totally Frakked: The Dresden Files — Bird Flew

The Dresden FilesTitle: “Birds of a Feather�?First Aired: 1/21/07 Meet Harry Dresden. He’s a scruffy, scrappy, wisecracking Chicago detective. He loves women, and on this day, he’s been loving perky blonde diner waitress Laura. (A lot, as a matter of fact.) Your average, everyday sort of guy, right? No… Harry’s got secrets. For starters, he’s […]

Totally Frakked: Jake 2.0 — The Second Time Around

Jake_2 The late, not so great UPN headed into the 2003 fall season with high hopes for Jake 2.0, intending to marry the series about a geeky-sexy computer tech-turned-super spy with its other struggling standard bearer, Star Trek: Enterprise. The experiment proved disastrous for both shows. Despite establishing a core group of loyal, vocal fans, […]

Totally Frakked: Doctor Who — Ghosts in the Machine/When Parallel Worlds Colllide

It’s a normal day at Jackie Tyler’s Powell Estates flat: The kettle’s on, the washing’s been done, and Rose’s grandfather will shortly be stopping by for a visit. There’s only one problem with that last bit — Granddad Prentis has been dead for a decade. Just as Rose suspects that her mother has lost her […]

Totally Frakked: Doctor Who — Artsy Fartsy

Doctor WhoTitle: “Fear Her”First Aired: 12/15/06 Doctor Who journeys to near-future London, just in time to enjoy the 2012 Olympics. The residents of the seemingly normal neighborhood where the TARDIS lands, however, might as well be living in the cursed village of Midwich. As the Doctor and Rose soon learn, all have plenty of reason […]

Totally Frakked: Battlestar Galactica — Dangerous Liaisons

Battlestar GalacticaTitle: “The Eye of Jupiter”First Aired: 12/15/2006 This week, Battlestar Galactica‘s intrepid humans delight in an all-you-can-eat salad buffet of global proportions. Alas, unexpected dinner guests are about to crash the party. Break out the Pepto! In last week’s episode, the Colonial fleet successfully navigated the hellish star cluster that stood between it and […]

Totally Frakked: The Lost Room, Part 3 – Not Without My Daughter!

The Lost Room Title: “The Eye and the Prime Object”First Aired: 12/13/06 It’s 11:00. You know what that means: It’s checkout time at The Lost Room. Joe’s daughter Anna is still trapped God-knows-where. Joe is on the lam, framed for murder by whack-job Martin Ruber. Various forces are moving into position for the final showdown […]

Totally Frakked: The Lost Room, Part 2 — Motel Hell

When we last checked into The Lost Room, Pittsburgh police detective Joe Miller found himself in possession of a key to a motel room straight out of The Twilight Zone. Joe’s daughter Anna vanished into the room, and sinister forces — including Joe’s forensics guy, Martin Ruber — were jockeying to gain possession of the […]

Totally Frakked: Doctor Who — Electric Lite Orchestra

After two weeks of battling dark forces and demons at the outer rim of the universe, Doctor Who takes a break from hardcore horror with a light, silly, and completely rewarding episode. Not since Tom Baker tumbled over his scarf while fighting an egg-headed Sontaran Warrior umpteen-zillion years ago has there been a chuckle-fest quite […]

Totally Frakked: The Lost Room, Part 1 — Material Possessions

After last December’s waterlogged The Triangle, the Sci Fi Channel seems to have taken a less-is-more approach with this year’s annual miniseries offering, The Lost Room. Should “The Key and the Clock�? (the first of three chapters) be indicative of what’s to follow, the end result should amount to a tasty holiday banquet, low on […]

Totally Frakked: Battlestar Galactica — Hunger Pains

The last time Battlestar Galactica faced a food shortage was in 1978, in the original series episode, “Those Magnificent Warriors.” The tone then was a lot lighter, with Match Game trollop Brett Somers macking on Lorne Greene’s Adama. That was another time and another Galactica. Today, as the events in “The Passage” demonstrate, the universe […]

Totally Frakked: Heroes – Human Steak Bomb

The Heroes head off into reruns until January 22, 2007, but not before carpet-bombing the battlefield with cliffhangers — the big, the small, and the eerily profound. After last episode’s meander through the past, “Fallout�? chugs a shot of adrenaline-laced espresso before that first fade-in, and buzzes at a dizzying speed right up until the […]