Author Archives: Roger Pocock

About Roger Pocock

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

The Andromeda Breakthrough: Hurricane

Last week I mentioned how close this series had come to being a pro-xenophobia story, with Fleming proved to be right in his assumption that the aliens behind the computer intended to take control of the human race and, failing … Continue reading

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Episode Three

For the second week in a row, Edmund is by far the most interesting character in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Last week we discussed how his lying was discovered, and whether he would react to that with … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Band Candy

At the end of Season Two and the beginning of Season Three, Joyce was the source of at least some of Buffy’s problems. With a more supportive mother, she would not have ended up running away, for a start. Arguably, … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Invaders

I think it’s safe to say that anyone who has ever watched The Twilight Zone has seen The Invaders.  It’s up there with those other classics like Time Enough at Last or Eye of the Beholder.  But let’s pretend it’s … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Death a la Carte

On the same evening that a Dalek first waved a menacing sink plunger at one of the Doctor’s companions, over on the other channel The Avengers offered Death a la Carte, later the same evening, written by future Doctor Who … Continue reading

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The Andromeda Breakthrough: Storm Centres

The audience research reports for The Andromeda Breakthrough in 1962 indicated that viewers felt the series was slow to get going, but this episode finally picked up the pace with some exciting developments. I’m paraphrasing, but I think the viewers … Continue reading

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Episode Two

In the first episode, Edmund made the ironic comment that, “in the country, nothing ever happens.” This week he learns how wrong he was, becoming the second of the children to meet somebody in Narnia, but whereas Lucy was lucky … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Homecoming

After a run of four high quality episodes to start the season, Homecoming feels like a throwback to Season One. Cordelia is social networking, literally buying votes in an attempt to become Homecoming Queen, Buffy is getting upset about not … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Whole Truth

I guess I can’t fault Rod Serling for aiming for some comedy from time to time.  I spend a good deal of my time being whimsical and playful.  Why should Serling only write dark drama?  He’s as entitled to humor … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Don’t Look Behind You

In the introduction to this episode on the DVD, Patrick Macnee describes it as “the best television show of the entire series”, and that’s despite having very little to do with the story himself. He can’t have formed that opinion … Continue reading

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The Andromeda Breakthrough: Azaran Forecast

The third episode of The Andromeda Breakthrough takes us on a journey from bad guys being in charge of alien technology, to very bad guys being in charge of alien technology. Most of the episode is concerned with a revolution … Continue reading

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Episode One

Last Christmas I wrote about the 1984 BBC adaptation of The Box of Delights, in a popular episode-by-episode series of articles. The obvious follow up to that is another series that captivated me as a child, the spiritual successor to … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Beauty and the Beasts

So far this season every episode has taken an issue facing Buffy and dealt with it by translating a metaphor into a literal monster to fight. This week it is Faith’s turn to supply the metaphor: “all men are beasts,” … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Back There

Really though, what’s the likelihood that The Professor from Gilligan’s Island (Russell Johnson) would be in another time travel episode of The Twilight Zone?   Well, clearly the likelihood was quite high because he’s back for that very thing.  Last time, … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Golden Fleece

A few weeks ago, The Gilded Cage blurred the lines between heroes and villains. The Golden Fleece goes even further down that path. Between 1945 and the end of the decade UK armed forces personnel were reduced from nearly five … Continue reading

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The Andromeda Breakthrough: Gale Warning

In the first episode of The Andromeda Breakthrough, Fleming was very much the master of his own destiny, on the run with Andromeda and successfully evading capture, even foiling the plans of gunmen who arrived at the hermit’s cottage where … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Dead Man’s Chest

The idea for this film takes some believing. John Thaw plays David Jones, a young journalist who decides to fake a murder in order to generate a hoax story to make headlines. He is after “interviews, syndicated rights, television”. It’s … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Faith, Hope & Trick

Faith, Hope and Trick. Let’s deal with those three in reverse order, as that approach will take us on a journey from least to most interesting. Mr Trick is presumably going to be around for a while, so it’s too … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Dust

The Western has never been my thing.  Barring Tombstone, which was excellent despite being very true to form, most Westerns have some good scenes but are usually all about violence and revenge.  I don’t mind a good revenge movie, but … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Grandeur That Was Rome

Right from the start this episode had my attention, with a courtyard full of Roman statues and ivy growing around the walls. It’s a great setting for a story, but then I do have to admit that I share Sir … Continue reading

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