Category Archives: Entertainment

The Avengers: Death on the Rocks

We start this episode with a nasty murder, using a very fast setting mud pack. The murderer has a niche speciality; she’s a killer beautician. I’ve not seen one of those in a murder mystery or a thriller before. It’s … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Duplicate Man

Remember that scene in Doctor Who’s The Visitation when the Doctor was like, “we’re going to search for the Terileptil”, and Adric was like, “you know where it is?”  and the Doctor sarcastically said, “Yes, that’s why we’re searching!”  Well, … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Immunity Syndrome

I had always liked The Immunity Syndrome but, as I’ve said before, putting the episodes under a microscope does have its disadvantages.  While there’s a sense of mutual appreciation on the Enterprise, with both Kirk and Spock offering commendations to … Continue reading

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The Ambition of Oda Nobuna (Anime Review)

The idea behind The Ambition of Oda Nobuna is a little odd. Yoshiharu is an ordinary teenager who is a big fan of a video game set in Japan’s history. One day he suddenly finds himself in the past, interacting … Continue reading

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Discworld and Flat Earth Myths

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels captured my imagination from an early age, and one of the reasons for that was the idea of a flat world flying through space on the back of four elephants, on the back of a giant … Continue reading

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Alice Through the Looking Glass (1973)

One of my favourite television productions is the weird and wonderful adaptation of Alice in Wonderland from 1966. The next time the BBC returned to the world of Alice was their attempt at Alice Through the Looking Glass, seven years … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Sell-Out

I have to admit the first two acts of this episode had quite a soporific effect on me. In fact, I’m not entirely sure I didn’t doze off for a bit. The story seems like a good one, with Steed … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: Keeper of the Purple Twilight

A weird thing happened to me today.  I worked on my write up for a Twilight Zone episode, then finished prepping a pre-written post for a Doctor Who audio story called The Twilight Kingdom.  Finally done with writing for the … Continue reading

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Star Trek: A Piece of the Action

Season 2 of Star Trek was clearly in a funny state of mind, right?  Check!  It was also helping me make a point to my kids, and a generation of TV viewers, that the act of watching the TV has … Continue reading

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Daleks (The Time Lord Victorious series)

It seems appropriate to take a pause from Big Finish after last week’s adventure, The Juggernauts, to go to another of those special Doctor Who extras that may have slipped past your respective radars.  In November of 2020, while we … Continue reading

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Cells at Work! Code Black (Anime Review)

If you thought the body the cells inhabit in Cells at Work! had problems, that was nothing compared to the health issues experienced in Code Black, the darker, more adult spin-off series. The basic premise is the same, with anthropomorphised … Continue reading

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Shadow of the Vampire

There is no doubt in my mind that this is an impressive film with some remarkable performances. Willem Dafoe embodies the vampire in just the same way that Max Schreck did (in the reality of the original acting, of course, … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Death of a Great Dane

I am yet to see an episode of The Avengers I didn’t enjoy, despite the quality of the scripts being variable, and I think this episode put into perspective why that might be. The standard of acting has consistently been … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Inheritors

The only two-part story in the entire run of The Outer Limits and it feels like an actual movie.  The Inheritors was the one episode I wasn’t really looking forward to because I was a bit put off by sitting … Continue reading

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Dagon

As we approach Halloween, I wanted to share a little something I discovered based on a post I read on fellow blogger David Haden’s site, Tentaclii.  I’m a fan of the works of H. P. Lovecraft, as readers of the … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Gamesters of Triskelion

I’ve always had a soft spot for The Gamesters of Triskelion.  Maybe its aluminum foil bra-wearing Shahna that won me over; undoubtedly the sexiest outfit in the series!  In fairness, she’s no Dr. Helen Noel, that’s for sure, so maybe … Continue reading

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Spice and Wolf (Season Two Review)

We kick off the second season of Spice and Wolf with an OVA episode, which feels like a holdover from the first season. It’s a lot of fun, with Lawrence tending to an unwell Holo, who ends up exaggerating her … Continue reading

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Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

Welcome to Halloween in the Junkyard! We are going to start with one of the great classics of silent cinema from 1922, the unauthorised adaptation of Dracula, which only survives to this day thanks to the survival of a handful … Continue reading

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The Avengers: The Mauritius Penny

I have had a lot of fun so far with The Avengers, spotting actors who are familiar to Doctor Who fans, but never mind the actors, look who wrote this episode: Malcolm Hulke and Terrance Dicks! This is quite a … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: I, Robot

I, Robot is a unique episode for me because the first draft of my writeup was done as a story; a sort of continuation of the events depicted in the actual episode.  After careful consideration, however, I realized that it … Continue reading

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