Author Archives: Roger Pocock

About Roger Pocock

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

Crusade: The Needs of Earth

The opening of this episode threw me a bit.  Coming off the previous episode when Gideon says there’s “nothing good on TV anyway”, I was a bit surprised by his choice of viewing but to learn it was a data … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Changeling

Nomad.  The very name conjures images of… Actually for me, it reminds me of a coffee pot my grandmother used to have.  It was a long, cylindrical thing made of metal that, lord knows, predated safety inspections on such devices.  … Continue reading

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The Spider and the Tulip (Review)

The recent Blu-ray and DVD release of 1945 Japanese wartime propaganda film Momotaro: Sacred Sailors comes with a bonus on the same disk, a 1943 short animation from Kenzo Masaoka. The Spider and the Tulip is absolutely enchanting, but to … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Number Six (Review)

A few entries into this series of Edgar Wallace B Movies recently have not really been murder mysteries, and once again we are into the realms of a crime thriller here rather than a mystery. That gives us only two … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 12 (Review)

Connection / Friends The view from Igirisu: “Why do you want to know about that stuff anyway?” “I don’t know.” This kind of thing has happened in every single episode of Girls’ Last Tour, providing a clever thematic structure to … Continue reading

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Crusade: The Memory of War

I realized with Memory of War that Crusade is a weird show.  I know the network gave JMS more than a little grief but this episode feels like someone thought it should be the introduction to Galen, a character that … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Who Mourns for Adonais?

This next episode is hard to come to grips with, but you’ve got to hand it to them, it’s an idea that is worth exploring. (Come on! I couldn’t resist. You can’t even fault me!) The idea is that Greek … Continue reading

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Momotaro: Sacred Sailors (Review)

In 1945 the first ever Japanese feature-length animated film was released, funded by the Japanese Naval Ministry as a tool for propaganda. As an anime fan with a keen interest in history, I couldn’t resist purchasing this as a special … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Share Out (Review)

This entry in the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of British B movies shows us the most civilised looking criminal gang I have ever seen. They look like a group of smart business people having a meeting about their company finances, … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 11 (Review)

Culture / Destruction / The Past The view from Igirisu: “Apparently some wars were caused by differing cultures.” “Really? I wonder why.” “Maybe because things we don’t understand are scary, or something.” Probably the most interesting aspect of this series … Continue reading

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Crusade: Racing the Night

Racing the Night bears many of the hallmarks of a pilot with a dream sequence opening that fills in a lot of background.  There’s a simple reason for that: this was meant to air first.  That decision might not have … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Amok Time

Amok Time is the first episode of season 2 and it’s a wonderful opening giving us a clue about Spock, his culture, and why we grew up with a song we all loved call Heart and Soul by T’Pau.  Well… … Continue reading

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Mysterious Girlfriend X (Anime Review)

Akira Tsubaki is fascinated by the new girl in his class. Who wouldn’t be? She’s really odd. She falls asleep at her desk every lunchtime instead of eating anything, she laughs out loud for no apparent reason, and she wears … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Flat Two (Review)

“I’m going away for a little vacation, the South of France, Italy, Greece, I would like to pay this debt myself before I go… it would make my vacation enjoyable, and much more enjoyable if you came with me, especially … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 10 (Review)

Train / Wavelength / Capture The view from Igirisu: Where are we going, and how fast are we moving? “The Earth turns, and time passes.” We are always moving, even when we are standing perfectly still. Yuu thinks they are … Continue reading

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Crusade: Appearances and Other Deceits

How many times have we said that if you’re going to copy something, copy the greats.  It’s like those silly days in school when you copied someone’s homework: you want to copy the kid who gets it right!  JMS offered … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Forms of Things Unknown

I came into the final episode of season one of The Outer Limits with fond memories but find these days, that preview scene really works against the episodes.  In this preview, David McCullum takes Barbara Rush down a creepy hallway … Continue reading

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Computer, end program!

There is nothing wrong with your computer. Do not attempt to adjust the screen resolution. We are controlling your browser. For the next one thousand words, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and… erm… see. We … Continue reading

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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax (Review)

The aptly-titled third season of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, also known as Oregairu, does manage to bring the story of Hachiman, Yukino and Yui to some sort of a climax, something that is actually surprisingly unusual for love triangle … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Candidate for Murder

This entry in the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of B movies isn’t really a mystery at all, and barely even features the police, but there are plenty of twists and turns along the way. Donald Edwards is a sad, twisted … Continue reading

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