Author Archives: Roger Pocock

About Roger Pocock

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

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

We come now to what I consider the finest of the Trek movies.  But to understand that, I need to rewind to 1991.  I’m 19 and at this point in our lives, my friends and I start every weekend with … Continue reading

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Koyomimonogatari

At first this season feels like an odd backwards step for the Monogatari franchise. We begin with a prequel to Bakemonogatari, with Koyomi and Tsubasa investigating a minor mystery concerning a shrine in their school’s gardens. It all seems oddly … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Who Was Maddox?

This is a rare treat: an Edgar Wallace Mystery that is actually a mystery. Writer Roger Marshall manages to pack a lot of story into 60 minutes, but I never found it difficult to follow, despite a complicated plot with … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: What’s My Line (Parts 1 and 2)

Buffy has been complaining about not being able to be a normal girl right from the start, and that is reinforced again here. There is a “career week” at school, but she doesn’t see much of a future for herself. … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The After Hours

Marsha White is in search of a gold thimble that she saw advertised in the local department store.  It’s a sign of the times as much as last week’s Mr. Bevis, who gets a raise to $10 a week!  Did … Continue reading

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

The year is 1989; 10 years after Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  Rumor is, this is the final Star Trek movie.  I’m 17 and I have a brainwave.  I thought, for the tenth anniversary, I should see if my grandfather … Continue reading

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Dive!!

I stumbled across this anime series on Amazon Prime, looking for something that was safe to watch with the children around. There is a lot of anime that’s free to watch if you have Amazon Prime, but their age guidance … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: We Shall See

It’s strange that this series of B movies was promoted as mystery thrillers when they are almost always nothing of the sort. In We Shall See there isn’t even a crime committed until there are only four minutes of the … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Dark Age

Last week Buffy learned a tough lesson in life, summed up by Giles’ ironic speech at the end of the episode: there isn’t always going to be a clear line between the heroes and the villains. Sometimes that line will … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Mr. Bevis

Mr. James B. W. Bevis is a likable man who is perhaps a little too genuine for the modern world.  He’s lost six jobs in a year and eleven in a year and a half.  He’s just lost his car, … Continue reading

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a lighthearted Trek movie and as a result, may be one of the very best.  Another tubular Doomsday Machine is on a direct course to earth.  This is taking ideas from the classic … Continue reading

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Citrus

For the benefit of newcomers to the world of anime, there is a fairly popular subgenre of anime known as yuri, which focus on lesbian relationships. These tend to be gentle affairs, but this 12 episode series from 2018 is … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Verdict

We’ve been here before with the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of B movies: a story of the battle between two groups of criminals. Previously this has tended to be big, organised crime vs small time crooks, but this time we … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Lie to Me

In Lie to Me, Buffy finds out that life is tough. She is betrayed by an old friend, who she discovers is dying, and that has driven him to horrific extremes. He is a member of yet another teenage cult, … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A Passage for Trumpet

Growing up in the 70s and 80s meant you couldn’t see Jack Klugman without seeing Oscar Madison.  I wasn’t even a big fan of The Odd Couple, but seeing Klugman conjured only that one character: a grouchy, slovenly sports reporter … Continue reading

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Star Trek III is, in many ways, the flip side of the coin that was Star Trek II.  In the former, we get a good old spaceship battle akin to the classic episode Balance of Terror (which itself was basically … Continue reading

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Tsukimonogatari

The title of this miniseries in the Monogatari franchise is a tricky one to translate, with an ambiguity of meaning that is probably beyond the understanding of somebody trying to dip a toe into the Japanese language like me, but … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Downfall

Nadja Regin is back for her third appearance in an Edgar Wallace Mysteries B-movie. It had been a good couple of years since Number Six and Solo for Sparrow, because she had become a Bond girl, appearing in both From … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Halloween

Once the premise of Halloween is established we basically get a lot of running around until Ethan’s spell is reversed, and that follows a slow build-up to the moment people get turned into their costumes. Despite this, it’s a strong … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Chaser

I’ve always thought I’d seen the bulk of the Twilight Zone episodes, barring a handful from season 5, but I have been truly surprised by the sheer number of episodes that I’d never seen before.  Take The Chaser, for example; … Continue reading

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