Author Archives: Roger Pocock

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

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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The Outer Limits: Controlled Experiment

A show like The Outer Limits typically stays in the realm of science fiction, horror, or periodically fantasy.  Rarely does one expect a genre show to take on comedy.  Yet that is exactly what we see here.  Controlled Experiment isn’t … Continue reading

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Amagami SS+ Plus

A quick recap to start with: Amagami SS is an anime based on a game, allowing the player to follow different routes to establish a relationship with any one of several different girls. For the anime, this was adapted very … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Man at the Carlton Tower

This 1961 entry into the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of B Movies is the first offering on the second DVD set. It starts in a very different way to any of the previous ones, with a burglary being committed. The … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 7

“Fragments of Hope“ The view from Igirisu: There is a rollercoaster of hope and despair this week, with the possibility that the pills the witches need to save their lives could be replicated, and then the revelation that it’s going … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: The Fall of Centauri Prime

You know this is a big episode when it gets an opening monologue with “previously on Babylon 5….”  The Fall of Centauri Prime is in many ways an ending.  It’s pretty clear that we are cleaning up and ending the … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Mice

I found The Mice interesting for the wrong reasons: I felt like we were prepped for this one over the last two stories.  Tourist Attractions also features Henry Silva, and The Zanti Misfits posits what to do with the criminals … Continue reading

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Amagami SS

Amagami is Japanese for a gentle or playful bite, the sort of thing a kitten or puppy would do to a sibling or parent. If you want to know the reason for that, you will need to keep watching right … Continue reading

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Columbo: Ransom for a Dead Man

We start with a woman using letters cut out from newspapers to create a ransom letter, while a reel-to-reel tape player sits on the desk beside her. It looks like something from a different world now, but in 1971 this … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 6

“The Reason For Her Smile“ The view from Igirisu: One interesting thing about this series has been the insignificance of the witches’ ratings in terms of their ability to beat their opponents. It’s an interesting reflection of the ways in … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Movements of Fire and Shadow

It’s almost impossible to believe that so much happens here and it’s still just a regular length episode.  How can that be?  Delenn is sent on a mission to ask for a new ship.  Londo and G’Kar are knocked out … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Zanti Misfits

I think The Zanti Misfits is one of the stronger Outer Limits episodes and doesn’t even spoil the big punch like so many other episodes by giving us a glimpse of the alien in the pre-credit sequence.  In fact, what … Continue reading

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Mirai (Anime Review)

Kun’s life is turned upside down when his little sister is born. At first he is enchanted by this new, amazing thing that has become a part of his family, but soon he realises that all the attention has been … Continue reading

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Columbo: Prescription: Murder

What happens when a psychiatrist, who deeply understands the workings of the human mind, commits a premeditated murder? Can he outfox a clever detective? As Columbo points out, in the field of crime, he’s the professional. The Motive You might … Continue reading

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The Fanservice Debate: Yu-Sibu Episode 1

Can fanservice ever be justified in anime or is it a disturbing and unnecessary aspect of the genre? In this occasional series we look at the rights and wrongs of fanservice and other questionable content in anime. A warning: this … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 5

“Astronomical Observation“ The view from Igirisu: The mood whiplash that we are starting to expect from Brynhildr in the Darkness plays out this episode in the opposite direction to last week, with the episode starting on a more light-hearted note … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder

Last week we heard that the war with Centauri Prime was likely to begin by morning.  Things are bad and they will only escalate from here.  From a story perspective, this is a great episode.  But taking B5 as a … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: Tourist Attraction

Weirdly, right after giving us The Borderland, a strangely Lovecraftian glimpse into a land of “non-Euclidean geometry”, The Outer Limits surprises us with what might have been one of Cthulhu’s cousins with Tourist Attraction.   The thing is, there is a … Continue reading

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Penguin Highway (Review)

What connects penguins that are appearing in a Japanese town, and seem to be manifested out of random objects by a mysterious beautiful lady, and a strange sphere of liquid floating in mid air? That’s the question facing young boy … Continue reading

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