The Best Episodes Directed by Rick Rosenthal
#1 - Superfish
Natural World Season 27 - Episode 15
The billfish are the biggest, fastest, and most dangerous gamefish in the sea. All have captured man's imagination like few other creatures, whether it's the graceful sailfish, the menacing swordfish or queen of them all, the marlin, immortalized by Hemingway in 'The Old Man and the Sea'. Marine biologist and film-maker Rick Rosenthal has travelled three oceans in his attempt to capture them all on film, and in doing so has become a passionate champion for these endangered yet little-known ocean giants.
#5 - Normal Again
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 6 - Episode 17
After being poisoned by a demon, Buffy comes to believe that she is confined to a mental hospital, her mother is alive and her parents are still together and that her life as a Slayer was all an hallucination for the past six years. Deciding that she prefers this 'normal' life with her parents a whole lot more, Buffy attempts to kill the things that tether her to the 'fantasy' life of the Slayer: the Scoobies.
#6 - Partners in Crime
Beauty and the Beast (2012) Season 1 - Episode 17
Cat is forced to reveal things that she had been keeping from Tess to salvage their relationship, and to protect Vincent. Gabe is suspicious of everyone in the department, while Evan witnesses Cat doing something that changes his opinion of her, making him even more determined to track down the beast.
#7 - The Dark Side of the Mook
Life on Mars (US) Season 1 - Episode 9
Ray's shady brother may have played a role in the number of recent decapitations in which the squad is investigating. but other suspects pop up too, such as a biker, a Wall Street executive and badly disfigured man.
#8 - Bad Blood
The Dresden Files Season 1 - Episode 5
After a failed hit on her life, Bianca, Chicago's most powerful vampire, calls upon Harry Dresden. In debt to her for saving his life years before, he agrees to help her find the mastermind behind the plan to take her down.
#9 - Mob Wife
Early Edition Season 1 - Episode 13
Gary and Chuck get mistakenly involved with the mob after they save a gangster's ex-fiancÃ©e from being shot. They spend days trying to escape from trouble and death themselves, and to make it easier Chuck falls for the woman.
#10 - Trial and Error
The Practice Season 1 - Episode 3
Bobby is hired in a civil case involving the murder of a young woman who was strangled by her boyfriend, and Jimmy is worried about losing his job when bank officials start questioning the loan he gave Bobby's firm.
#11 - The Quick and the Wed
Veronica Mars Season 2 - Episode 15
Wallace's new girlfriend Jane enlists Veronica's help when her older sister Heidi appears to be a "runaway bride," but the clues suggest something possibly more disturbing happened on the way to the altar. Meanwhile, Keith and Veronica decide that they have no choice but to go to Sheriff Lamb with the evidence they've uncovered about the bus crash. Later, Kendall has a tempting offer for Aaron Echolls.
#12 - Senti-Mental Journey
Drop Dead Diva Season 2 - Episode 5
When Jane's mother is unexpectedly arrested, Jane must represent her in court before Judge Summers and reconnect with the father she has never known in order to help her mom. Meanwhile, things between Parker and Kim heat up, and Grayson gets heavily invested in a case involving a Ponzi scheme. Teri attempts to help Fred with driving and dating.
#13 - Help
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 7 - Episode 4
Buffy is settling in to her counselor's role at the high school helping troubled teens and sorting out problems, but is left speechless when Cassie, a student, comes to her and calmly tells her that she (Cassie) has only a week to live. Suspecting the girl is suicidal, Buffy investigates and discovers a cult of students playing with dark forces and comes to believe Cassie is psychic.
#15 - The Hand You're Dealt
Haven Season 1 - Episode 10
Nathan and Audrey investigate a series of murders, but the prime suspect insists that she's trying to stop the real killer. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of Duke's revelation, Audrey continues to investigate the Colorado Kid mystery involving her mother.
#16 - A Trip to the Moon
90210 Season 2 - Episode 9
With the help of Teddy, Jackie surprises Silver with a half-birthday celebration that takes her back to her childhood birthday parties. Navid witnesses Adrianna buying drugs from Jasper, forcing Navid to confront him about being a drug dealer. Dixon is determined to confront Sasha about her miscarriage, forcing Debbie and Harry to reveal that Sasha lied about being pregnant. Annie and Jasper profess their love for each other and decide to take their relationship to the next level. After getting into a fight on the beach, Liam, with the help of Dixon, Teddy and Ivy, devises a plan seek revenge on Jen.
#20 - Lexmas
Smallville Season 5 - Episode 9
Lex considers whether to turn an operative loose to obtain or fake damaging information against Jonathan to upset his Senatorial race. But when Lex is shot, he falls into a coma and is visited by the ghost of his mother, who shows him what his life could be like if he frees himself from his father. Meanwhile, Clark helps deliver Christmas presents.
#21 - Do Over
Mental Season 1 - Episode 10
An accident on the job has caused a construction worker to have physiological and psychological problems for Jack to treat. The incident details don't match what was written in the report, but instead match up with a more serious accident which occurred 100 years earlier.
#22 - ...Or Just Look Like One
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 1 - Episode 3
After teen model Jazmin Burgess is dumped, beaten, and raped in front of Roosevelt Hospital, Benson and Stabler investigate to find out why a sixteen-year-old girl was out alone after midnight. High levels of drugs in Jazmin's system lead them to take a look at not only the modeling agency with which Jazmin was signed, but also the photographer who was supervising her last shoot and had booted her out because she was 'too heavy'. Stabler's disgust with the whole issue is aggravated by his and Kathy's worry that their daughter Maureen, who has been refusing to eat lately, may be anorexic. [ Recap available. ]
#23 - Cure
Smallville Season 7 - Episode 4
Dr. Curtis Knox says he can "cure" someone from being a "meteor freak," changing their lives. Chloe takes an interest in this, but Dr. Knox may have another secret. [Dr. Knox seems to be Vandal Savage, an 25.000 years old immortal. There are several references to his past and there is the antique watch, a symbol of Vandal Savage]
#24 - Russian Love Poem
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 1 - Episode 12
When multi-millionaire Andrew Harlin is found murdered in his home, Benson and Stabler turn their suspicion to Harlin's long list of lovers, which includes both men and women. Evidence at the crime scene leads detectives to a pair of Russian escorts, but before they can get the truth from them, one turns up dead, and the boyfriend of the other confesses to murder. [ Recap available. ]
#26 - Hoops (a.k.a. Hoop Dreams)
Early Edition Season 1 - Episode 6
Michael Williams, one of the biggest high school basketball stars, has a heart condition that may cost him his life. Gary tries to convince him not to play, but his coach keeps pushing him to do so. He and Marissa visit Michael's neighborhood, where Marissa grew up. They appeal to Connie Hooks, one of Marissa's old friends and also the Michael Williams of their time.
#28 - Visitor
Smallville Season 2 - Episode 18
After a schoolmate claims to be an alien and proves it by using heat vision, Clark investigates and believes the boy is from Krypton. Meanwhile, Helen confronts Lex over the locked room in the mansion that holds his investigation of Clark's secrets.
#29 - Pilot
Flash Gordon (2007) Season 1 - Episode 1
This 65 minute version of the pilot which was aired on The Sci-Fi Channel and released as a Best Buy exclusive DVD drastically differs from the 2-part, 87 minute version that was released on DVD in Canada. The episode opens with Flash Gordon running a marathon and winning. His mother and his best friend Nick congratulate him. Meanwhile, on Mongo, Ming and Rankol open a rift to Earth and send in a probe. A rift is shown opening on Earth and the probe exits from it and flies away.
#31 - Hunters of the Sea Wind
Natural World Season 13 - Episode 3
Documentary showing life under the Pacific Ocean and the predatory life of the marlin, sailfish, sea snakes, dolphins and tuna, birds and turtles.
#32 - Sperm Whales: Back From the Abyss
Natural World Season 15 - Episode 1
Wildlife film about sperm whales, revealing the secret lives led by these often misunderstood ocean giants. Scientists all over the world are now learning about the secret lives of sperm whales, the world's largest hunters that spawned the legendy of Moby Dick. Although Mellville painted them as fearsome beasts of the sea, they are actually shy creatures, and cameraman Rick Rosenthal needed patience and persistence to film them at close quarters. They turn out to be efficient hunters with a close family network involving sophisticated and vocal social lives.
#33 - Riddle of the Right Whale
Natural World Season 18 - Episode 1
A dramatic film about Right Whales, the rarest of all the great whales. There's a race on to save them and even US nuclear submarines are part of the effort. Dramatic footage above and below the water reveals these fascinating giants battling for mates, rearing young, sailing with their tails and meeting other whales, dolphins, seals and sharks. It's called the Right Whale because it used to be the right whale to hunt - big and full of blubber. Today it's baffling biologists who cannot understand why, in spite of total protection, it refuses to recover.