Author Archives: Roger Pocock

About Roger Pocock

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

Columbo: Publish or Perish (Review)

You can’t keep a good author down. Actually, Ken Franklin from Murder by the Book was a bad author, not a good one, and Jack Cassidy is back to play another murderer from the world of writing. This time, instead … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Decapod

Presumably as a result of the messed up episode order, Cathy has disappeared without explanation, and Steed instead enlists the help of a club singer called Venus Smith, played by Julie Stevens. She’s a great singer too, and the episode … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: Demon with a Glass Hand

In 2018, before Roger and I decided to dive into The Outer Limits as a weekly review, I’d flagged one episode for special notice.  Today, it still stands out as one of the very best the series had to offer.  … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Friday’s Child

I knew it was coming and I wasn’t looking forward to it.  Friday’s Child was an episode that I never liked as a kid and that memory stuck with me all my life.  But watching Trek with a critical eye … Continue reading

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Is This a Zombie? of the Dead (Season 2 Review)

It’s odd what gets a second series. So much excellent anime fails to reach a conclusion, ending with just one series and a story with huge potential left hanging forever. On the other hand, something like this, which has very … Continue reading

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Columbo: Double Exposure (Review)

You can’t keep a good crook down. Not content with escaping from prison once and disguising himself with a dodgy moustache as American Football manager Paul Hanlon, private investigator turned murderer Carl Brimmer has done it again. It’s no wonder … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Propellant 23

We’ve gone international this week, with a story set in Marseilles. Well, it’s an airport in Marseilles and the inside of a plane. This being a British television show from 1962, France is represented by a couple of studio sets. … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: Expanding Human

When The Outer Limits was being released on VHS back in the day, the last one I bought was Expanding Human.  I’d been a fan of the concept of duality for a good portion of my childhood, having watched countless … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Journey to Babel

Journey to Babel is an interesting episode of classic Trek that masquerades as a story of political intrigue, but ends up being much more of a medical drama and a view into other cultures.  We’re sold the bill of goods … Continue reading

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Kill Me Baby (Anime Review)

What will you do next, Yasuna Oribe? That’s the question asked at the end of each episode of Kill Me Baby, and the answer is generally get beaten up by her best friend. It’s cartoonish violence, the kind that has … Continue reading

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Columbo: Candidate for Crime (Review)

A dishonest politician? Surely not. They are all upstanding, honest people with only good intentions, right? The Motive Nelson Hayward (Jackie Cooper) is a candidate in an election, and looks likely to win, thanks to his genius of a campaign … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Mr. Teddy Bear

This episode starts with a faux live television broadcast. The magnificently-named Colonel Vernon Wayne-Gilley is being interviewed about his globe-trotting adventures. When he is asked his first question he looks a bit confused. You might be too, at this point … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: Behold Eck!

The Outer Limits was a show that was usually way ahead of its time.  It came up with some really fantastic ideas but often failed on the execution.  Sometimes that’s the result of the time it was made: special effects … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Metamorphosis

I was never sure why they didn’t call this “The Companion” until I started buying books about different series.  I have The Twilight Zone Companion and The Outer Limits Companion, among others. If this episode was called The Companion, it … Continue reading

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Is This a Zombie? (Review)

Is This a Zombie? Well, sort of. Ayuma Aikawa was murdered by a serial killer, and brought back from the dead by a very cute necromancer called Eucliwood Hellscythe. Most of the time, you wouldn’t really know he was a … Continue reading

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Columbo: Any Old Port in a Storm (Review)

Well, isn’t this a cheeky little wine, but not presumptuous, with a farty bouquet and top notes of mahogany and beefburger. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the pompous world of wine appreciation, almost entirely debunked in blind taste tests as … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Tunnel of Fear

When this episode opened with a man going for a ride on a ghost train and not coming off the other end, I thought we were in for a great episode. We have already seen a circus as a backdrop … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: Cold Hands, Warm Heart

Anyone who has ever had a bad fever knows the discomfort of being cold and the struggle to keep warm.  There’s a big difference between being out in the winter and being cold versus having a bad fever.  When you’re … Continue reading

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Star Trek: I, Mudd

Star Trek is nothing if not inventive, but I think this has got to be one of the worst episode I’ve ever seen. In fact, while I remembered it was a weak one, it was actually embarrassing to show my … Continue reading

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Bakemonogatari (Anime Review)

I’ll start with the visuals. Bakemonogatari is anime as a modern art form, and that presents some problems. When I say art, I don’t mean beautiful backgrounds etc. No, this is symbolic art, expressing ideas and situations non-literally and/or non-realistically. … Continue reading

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