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Whedonverse Puppets - "The Middleman" Tv Series - 1x10 "The Vampiric Puppet Lamentation" - Tvsquad.com Review

Wednesday 20 August 2008, by Webmaster

As exciting as the idea of Lacey having a sexy dream is, the feeling was immediately counteracted when she revealed that the dream involved Pip. The saving grace is that anyone who took Psych 101 in college could figure out that Pip was just a substitution for The Middleman. The uniform was a dead giveaway.

One thing that keeps me watching this show is the introduction of new characters that inhabit Wendy’s life. Meeting Noser’s roommate Anvil was very cool. I don’t know if he’s an artist like most of the other residents of the illegal sublet, but if he is, I really want to see his work.

It was nice that they paid homage to Buffy right away. That way we could all get over the similarities and get on with lamenting the loss of Joss Whedon on television. I’m sure I’m not the only one who took a moment to reflect on the awesome puppet-themed Angel episode.

It should come as no surprise that I am overjoyed to see Wendy taking advantage of the fashion freedom that was granted to her last week. Her wardrobe this week said "I’m here to get some work done, but afterwards, I’m ready to play."

I forgot how much I missed Steve Valentine until I saw him tonight. He was one of the best parts of Crossing Jordan and it’s a wonder that he hasn’t been cast in another series since then. Too bad his screen time was so limited. I would have loved seeing him work Vladdy for the entire episode.

Once again, the show delivers a lot of great references. While I have to admit, I had to do some research on John Seward, it only made it that much cooler.

Another all too brief appearance were those of the Lacey and Middleman puppets. They looked like the marionettes from Thunderbirds or Fireball XL5.

This was a pretty awesome episode and the bittersweet pullout was the perfect scene to end on.