Author Archives: Roger Pocock

About Roger Pocock

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

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Killed by Death

We all have our own childhood demons to face. They might be memories that haunt us: the trauma of a death in the family; that thing we saw that we should never have had to witness; the person in need … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Eye of the Beholder

It is perhaps the most well known episode of The Twilight Zone.  At the very least, it’s one of the top 5 episodes.  It’s also a nice departure for Serling this season, giving us a more likable protagonist.  And it … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Nutshell

The Nutshell, a thermonuclear underground shelter, the seat of government for World War Three, a shell that protects nuts. It seems like a suitable name for a bunker for politicians. The problem is that it was impossible to really create … Continue reading

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Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl

Kashimashi is a yuri anime with a difference. The main character is Hazumu, who is accidentally killed by aliens and restored to life. The problem is that they make a mistake and he returns to life as she. It’s a … Continue reading

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Columbo: The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case

How important is IQ? Could a hyper-intelligent person have a chance of outwitting Lieutenant Columbo? Who are we kidding… The Motive Oliver Brandt is an accountant and a member of the Sigma Society, a club that only the cleverest 2% … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Passion

Any review of Passion is obviously going to be dominated by one thing, but let’s at least look a the build-up to the shock moment in this episode first. Right from the start, Buffy’s world feels more dangerous than it … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Howling Man

When David Ellington is introduced to us through a seeming fourth wall break, I remembered this was an episode I loved from my youth.  Written by Charles Beaumont, I welcomed the change from the last few episodes of loathsome characters … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Man with Two Shadows

This episode has another memorable opening sequence: a man being murdered by his doppelgänger, who is hiding in the wardrobe. The illusion of the scene is immediately shattered by the lack of a visible wound. I realise that was a … Continue reading

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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!

One of the most popular subgenres of anime is known as isekai, where somebody escapes their humdrum, human existence to live in a fantasy world. I can understand the popularity, because it’s pure escapism, but I’m not sure there’s a … Continue reading

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Columbo: Old Fashioned Murder

What’s this, no silly teaser at the start to spoil the episode? Things are looking up. Then again, maybe they couldn’t find anything exciting enough to put into a teaser, in this rather slow episode set in a museum. Maybe … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

It would have been all too easy in a series set in a school to have the main characters with no other recurring cast, just writing in new additional supporting characters as per the requirements of each story. Buffy isn’t … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A Thing About Machines

I get the impression that for season 2, Rod Serling decided to introduce us to people who deserve what they get in The Twilight Zone.  It’s funny because last season I had said how odd it was that my memory … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Undertakers

The Avengers is becoming a series that prioritises unusual ideas over believability, and I have no problem with that at all. A prime example is the moment when a man climbs out of a coffin, grabs himself some supplies, and … Continue reading

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Haibane Renmei

This series is 20 years old now, and watching it today is a reminder of how much anime has moved on in the last couple of decades. There is generally a lot less movement in the animation nowadays, but watching … Continue reading

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Columbo: Fade in to Murder

We’re back for Season Six, and an award-winning actor who has struck an incredibly lucrative deal to continue in his successful, long-running show is playing a much-loved detective, opposite an actor who is playing an award-winning actor who has struck … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Phases

It’s hard to enjoy this episode in its original context any more. Everyone knows Oz is a werewolf, certainly on repeat viewing. I doubt many people ever approach this episode without that knowledge now. After several repeat viewings of Buffy, … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room

Meet Jackie Rhoades, a 34 year old… let’s be honest: neurotic wimp with no personal hygiene and a whiney voice to boot.  What is it with Rod Serling?  I remember loving The Twilight Zone but lately I’ve watched a litany … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Brief for Murder

Brief for Murder is the first episode of the third season of The Avengers, not that you would know that from the DVD set, which once again goes for a random episode order, as if they threw all the episode … Continue reading

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Season Two

The vast majority of anime series get around 12 or 13 episodes per season. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is one of the lucky exceptions, returning for its second season with 24 episodes. For the first season … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Malpas Mystery

We are going back in time to 1960 for The Malpas Mystery, which was the third of the Edgar Wallace Mysteries B movies. As it was made at a different studio its inclusion in the series is apparently debatable, although … Continue reading

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