* Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

* White asterisk: expanded format.

* Blue asterisk: not mine.

No asterisk: it probably sucks.


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Return to Eden

Return to Eden was the Australian answer to Dallas. The story began with a mini series in 1983. In the original TV Drama, Stephanie (Rebecca Gilling), is nearly murdered by her husband by being thrown to the crocodiles. The woman who was romancing her husband (Jilly), her former best friend, shot and killed him. Stephanie was horribly disfigured by the croc, but a handsome doctor redid her face, turning her into a raving beauty. She came back under an assumed name, became a wildly successful fashion model, exposed Jilly, and then inherited her father's mining company, making her the richest woman in Australia. She married her doctor, and Jilly went to prison.

And all that is just the preface for the story I'm reviewing today!

The prime-time soap opera picks up seven years after the events in the mini-series. Stephanie's two children have not fully accepted the doctor, and there is some trouble in the marriage because Stephanie is a workaholic. A corporate raider has put Stephanie's company in play, and the evil Jilly is released from prison. Stephanie invites her to move in with her to get settled, and her father's unknown will is discovered. Stephanie still gets everything, but the bombshell is that Jilly is actually Stephanie's sister. (Hey, can I get an organ chord here?) Jilly and the corporate raider are both out to ruin Stephanie, both out of revenge. Elsewhere, Stephanie's son is not as mature as he should be, and has collected gambling debts and shown a callous disregard for small things like laws and ethics. Although Stephanie has been trying to make her daughter into a concert pianist, the little nipper switches careers to the fashion business that Stephanie had started under an assumed identity, and then falls in love. Scenes include every imaginable pairing of these and other characters. The last several episodes will remind viewers of the mini-series.

The production values are 80s soap quality, including frequent appearances by the boom mike, and one scene shot from a high angle that reveals the actors marks made with gaffer's tape on the floor. I can understand why the show was popular in Australia and England with those who enjoy soaps. Jilly and the corporate raider are effective and truly villainous as villains, Jilly (Peta Toppano) makes full use of her physical charms to get what she wants, and the writers managed major plot twists in nearly every episode. That being said, I am not a fan of soaps, and this one is no exception. There is too little nudity to justify a 15-hour investment on that basis, and even that small amount is blurred by shower doors.

Within the soap genre, this is a C.

IMDb readers say 5.7, and only 16 people have voted.

This is a Region 0 PAL, and includes 22 episodes of shows that were an hour long in commercial broadcast TV. (About 45 minutes each without the commercials)



Rebecca Gilling shows a breast in episode two showering with her husband.


Peta Toppano shows a breast in episode one in the shower with Stephanie's son.










A Better Way to Die

Today we have Lou Diamond Phillips in A Better Way To Die. Luckily he is accompanied by a topless London King as he awakens in a drunken stupor and can't remember her name.

Caps and a clip.








Die Frau, die einen Mörder liebte

Typical thriller where the good girl falls in love with an ex-con, When a series of murders start happening, he is the prime suspect.

Muriel Baumeister looks fantastic and gets naked. The last sex scene is pretty hot. She thinks he is the killer and sleeps with him so she can find a way to escape. That scene is a highlight of the movie.



Muriel Baumeister












Notes and collages

"Farscape" - Part 12

Season 2, Eps 16, 18, 19, 20

Virginia Hey, S2, Ep 16

Virginia Hey, S2, Ep 19

Virginia Hey, S2, Ep 20

Claudia Karvan, S2, Ep 19


Gigi Edgley, S2, Ep 18







Ornella Muti in The Girl from Trieste. The files to the right are not collages, but summary sheets to help you determine if you want this film clip.
Estelle Bermudez in Mexican Blow
A rear upskirt from Mischa Barton. (There is no nudity in the first one. It's only there to show you whose arse is in the second one.)
I don't know what the hell Winona is doing here, but I like the cleavage.
The Babes of Van Wilder 2. These go with LC's caps from the day before yesterday. Lauren Cohan, Elena Tecuta, and a body double.
Since Phil Spector's trial is in the news, here's Barbi Benton and the late Lana Clarkson in Deathstalker.






Pat's comments in yellow...

Hungary is considered one of the most anti-immigrant nations in Europe, with 90 percent of the population opposed to further immigration.  So Tarki Research decided to test the level of intolerance.  They polled Hungarians on their opinion of people from Piresa.  Two-thirds of respondents said Piresans are "spongers," they don't deserve asylum, and they should be sent home immediately.  There is no such place as Piresa.  

*  Maybe they thought the pollster said "Parisians." 

*  When Hungarians found out they'd been tricked, they deported all the pollsters...And for good measure, the Poles. 

During China's Tombsweeping Festival, when people clean their ancestors' graves, they buy paper replicas of things they believe their departed relatives will need in the afterlife, such as money or phones, and burn them to change them to spirit form.  But the Nanjing Morning News reports on a new trend: helping your dead ancestors have a hotter sex life.  Merchants are doing a booming business selling paper Viagra tablets, as well as pictures of condoms and bar girls.  Authorities tried to stop it, but high demand made it impossible.

*  Why do dead men need Viagra?  Aren't they stiff enough?

*  Condoms?  Are STDs and pregnancy a big problem for dead people?