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Whodunnit? – Episode 1 Review


  Aww yeah, a new murder mystery reality TV show!  Honestly, lately I had been thinking that shows like The Mole and Murder in Small Town X could only have existed in a small moment in time (early 2000’s/beginning of the reality TV boom), and this show could certainly be a big flop, but I’m really excited that people are still willing to try stuff like this.  I’m planning on writing a post with my thoughts after each episode, so get watching and follow along! Each episode will be posted on Hulu the day after airing and will remain available…

Murder in Small Town X – Part 2

**Warning**  This post will have some spoilers about the show.  I will put spoilers in black-on-black text.  (The rest should be safe enough to read, unless you want to go in completely blank.)  I highly recommend watching it before you read any spoilers.  It’s just 8 quick episodes.  You won’t regret it! I just finished watching the final episode of Murder in Small Town X, and I have to say that show is really something special! When I hear the phrase “murder mystery,” I’m not sure why, but my brain goes to the most mundane of possible scenarios.  Very few…

Murder in Small Town X


  Last year at MAGFest, I got to talking with a friend of a friend about mysteries, puzzles, and reality TV.  All hopped up on caffeine, I gushed about the perfection that is The Mole, and he told me about Murder in Small Town X, which aired in late summer 2001 (shortly after The Mole season 1).  It sounded great, and I found a means of watching it, but hadn’t gotten around to starting it until last week. The basic premise of the show is that a family has been murdered in the small town of Sunrise, MD.  Fifteen of…

The Mole UK Season 1


  Last week, we put another stamp in our passport of obscure reality TV shows by watching Season 1 of the UK version of The Mole.  The Mole UK Season 1 ran in January 2001, at the same time as US Season 1 and AUS Season 2.   This is the 6th season overall that I’ve seen (2 US, 3 AUS), and now I kind of feel compelled to watch every English-speaking season I can manage to find! The Games: The Mole UK Season 1 featured a lot of the standard challenges we’ve seen in every season like skydiving, hostage rescue,…

Eden of the East


  From grade school through high school, Japanese anime, manga, and music were probably my most passionate interests.  I collected DVDs, graphic novels, posters and figurines.  I got up early to watch Sailor Moon on the USA network before school and spent all my allowance money on Neon Genesis Evangelion, one DVD at a time.  In college, I studied Japanese language and literature and even studied abroad in Tokyo, but by then my interest in anime and enthusiasm for keeping up with the latest series started to wane.  It seems harder to find series that bring anything new to the…

The Mole Revisited – Regional Differences

The Mole - Elimination

  We finished watching The Mole Australia Season 3 last week and really got to talking more in-depth about the differences between that version and the U.S. version.  Keep in mind these comparisons are only between the seasons I’ve seen, U.S. 1 and 2, and Australian 1, 2, and 3. Our conversation started because of one baffling trend.  [Slight spoiler alert] In two out of the three Australian seasons we had watched, the runner-up player did not correctly guess who the Mole was on the final quiz.  In the two U.S. seasons we had watched, the winner, runner-up, and sometimes 3rd…

The Mole

The Mole - Title Screen

The year is 2001.  A young Clavicarius is watching TV with her parents.  She isn’t very familiar with the show they’re watching, a reality show at the birth of that phenomenon, but something interesting is happening.  Three contestants are separated into three different locked hotel rooms and tasked with the mission to escape.  Each room is a little different, and each has several objects and clues inside.  One of the rooms is pitch black.  The players begin discovering the clues and communicating with each other through the room phones, realizing that the clues and objects are somehow all connected from…

Twin Peaks Roundup

I didn’t watch the famous 90’s cult classic mystery show Twin Peaks until just last year (we blew through the whole thing on Netflix pretty quick), but I absolutely loved it and I’m now a huge fan.  I might do a more formal review-type post on the show later on, but for now I just want to round up some fun Twin Peaks links I’ve enjoyed over the past few months.

Mystery on TV – Castle

Castle title card

  One of my favorite shows on TV right now is ABC’s Castle, a fun crime drama with an emphasis of mystery starring Nathan Fillion (of Firefly fame) and Stana Katic.  Richard Castle (Fillion) is a best-selling murder mystery novelist looking for inspiration for his next book.  He begins shadowing Detective Kate Beckett (Katic) on her murder investigations and models the protagonist of his new books after her.  Castle’s creative thought process as a mystery writer often helps the investigative team make connections they would have missed, and he proves to be a useful addition to the precinct, in spite of…

Treasure Hunt in Parks and Rec Episode

Well, well, well!  It looks like I’ve got a soul mate in both Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson from NBC’s comedy series Parks and Recreation.  Last week’s episode, Operation Ann, involved Leslie sending her boyfriend on an extremely extensive wild goose chase/treasure hunt for Valentine’s Day, while Ron got caught up in the fun thanks to his secret love of riddles.  Fun episode, I never thought I’d find a kindred spirit in Ron’s character!