Author Archives: Roger Pocock

About Roger Pocock

Author of windowsintohistory.wordpress.com Co-writer on junkyard.blog Editor of frontiersmenhistorian.info

Weathering With You (Review)

Let’s get the elephant out of the room straight away. This is Makoto Shinkai’s first film after the huge hit Your Name, and it’s not as good. But that’s a bit like saying gold is not as good as platinum. … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Never Back Losers (Review)

Never Back Losers is an unusual entry into the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of films. There is no detective, and for much of the film I didn’t think there was going to be a murder either. Despite that, I found … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 11 (Review)

“A Sudden Reunion“ The view from Igirisu: The story is moving along rapidly now. With the threat of the Valkyria hanging over the witches, a new ally is introduced to help them in their fight: Hatsuna. Her power is another … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Sleeping in Light

Sleeping in Light.  The words appear on the screen in the opening but there are no opening credits.  20 years have gone by since the last episode and Michael Garibaldi says that this is the day they all dreaded.  John … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Invisibles

Does it bother me that I feel like I already covered this with the Babylon 5 episode Exogenesis?  Obviously, I feel this is a weak episode.  Now that I think of it, I even made the comment back when we … Continue reading

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A Lull in the Sea (Review)

The premise of this series requires some suspension of disbelief. The idea is that humans originally lived below the sea, until some decided to live on the surface instead. This has created a divided human race. The ones below the … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Man Detained (Review)

We start once again with a burglary at a business premises and a safe being cracked. This time the thief in question, Frank Murray, really hits the jackpot, finding £10,000 in cash. How much is that in today’s money? Answer: … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 10 (Review)

“Proof She’s Alive“ The view from Igirisu: What’s the point of changing the opening title sequence at this stage in the series? Having more than one opening or closing sequence per season is a phenomenon peculiar to anime, but starting … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Objects at Rest

“This place kinda grows on ya!” Well, leave it to the great JMS to surprise me.  Last week we saw some friends leave the station and I thought it would be a bleak affair without them but G’Kar and Garibaldi … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: ZZZZZ

Well, if nothing more, I have to credit the writers of the Outer Limits for creativity; maybe not in their titles, but in their ideas.  It’s not that ZZZZZ is that great an episode, but the idea is certainly unique.  … Continue reading

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Lu Over the Wall (Anime Review)

Kai is a grumpy teenager. If you’re an anime fan, you’ll recognise the character trope, a boy who doesn’t seem interested in life and can’t get enthusiastic about anything. He is virtually railroaded by a couple of friends into putting … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Attempt to Kill (Review)

This is a curiously structured murder mystery because the running time is about the usual 55 minutes for this film series, but it takes 30 minutes for the first murder to happen. That actually works surprisingly well, because we know … Continue reading

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The Legend of Black Heaven

The Junkyard presents a review by Daz of the anime series The Legend of Black Heaven:  With only one of the seasonal shows being watched, I’ve had plenty of space to give my attention to other anime. There’s no better … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 9 (Review)

“Fake Memories“ The view from Igirisu: “The outside world really is wonderful.” Nanami might look innocent, but it’s pretty clear that we have met the most powerful witch so far. Her telepathic powers give her the ability to control anyone … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Objects in Motion

In 1985, there was a movie called St. Elmo’s Fire.  My cousin loved the soundtrack and back then, we were together a lot, so I heard it often.  One song had a line in it that disturbed me; a simple … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: Don’t Open Till Doomsday

I think the most impressive thing about this strange episode is that it tells a story in a somewhat out of order fashion, in a way that was fairly uncommon for the time.  Barring that, it doesn’t have much going … Continue reading

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Brave Story (Anime Review)

Grief can do different things to different people, and some of the responses can be the exact opposites of each other. For example, grief can make a person kind, or it can make a person cruel. Brave Story is a … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Clue of the Silver Key

Bernard Lee is back as Superintendent Meredith and he’s even more watchable than last time, mainly because of a very entertaining double act with young bobby on the beat Quigley, played with an endearing air of bewilderment by future Doctor … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 8

“The Clue Left Behind“ The view from Igirisu: The focus on Kazumi continues this week. Although she originally seemed like just one fairly minor part of an ensemble, her prominence has increased every week to the point where she is … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: The Wheel of Fire

It’s hard not to see what’s happening here.  The series is wrapping up and threads are getting tied together.  We’ve been leading here for a while but with the Centauri conflict resolved, we really start to feel the loose ends … Continue reading

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