Category Archives: Reviews

The Outer Limits: The Brain of Colonel Barham

Here’s all you need to know about The Brain of Colonel Barham.  Col Barham is a really smart dude, but he’s dying of an incurable disease.  As part of an experiment to colonize Mars, the powers-that-be decide they could remove … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Flux: Village of the Angels

These are the days where writing doesn’t come easy. Why? Because the episode I have to write about is just too good, and there’s nothing particularly interesting about pointing out how good something is. You’re probably not interested in my … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Return to Tomorrow

For having one of Star Trek’s best remembered quotes, Return to Tomorrow is a dreadfully slow affair that offered the chance for greatness and delivered mediocrity.  Conceptually, this is an episode about godlike beings who just want a favor.  That … Continue reading

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Catch-1782

Which is why I’ve always said that detectives and computer technicians have something in common.  I’d even go so far as to say it’s why I enjoy detective stories; as a fan of time travel, the storytelling is often surprisingly … Continue reading

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Mysteria Friends (Anime Review)

Originally titled Manaria Friends, but retitled Mysteria Friends by Sentai Filmworks for the international market, this short anime series combines slice-of-life with fantasy. It is inspired by a chapter from a computer game that also spawned its own anime, but … Continue reading

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The Box of Delights Episode 2

“Where shall the ‘nighted Snowman go?“ We start this episode with Kay slicing at some wolves with a sword and stabbing one to death. OK, we never see the blade make contact with anything, but it’s still pushing things a … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Traitor in Zebra

At the start of this episode I thought I had put the disk in for Doctor Who: The War Games by mistake, with the opening shot of General Smythe looking thoughtfully out of the window, but it was actually not … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: Counterweight

There are a number of things I don’t understand about the episode Counterweight.  I always let the Control Voice finish his monologue at the end before stopping the episode, but noticed this one had extra time, because there was a … Continue reading

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Dreamtime

I think the combination of the 7th Doctor, Ace and Hex has a lot of potential and they were off to a good start in The Harvest, but Dreamtime wasn’t the place to go next!  “You scared the sh… well, … Continue reading

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Star Trek: A Private Little War

There have been countless articles and comments over the years about Star Trek’s season 2 pro-Vietnam episode, A Private Little War.  This isn’t going to be about that.  As readers, we’ve been there, done that.   This is my experience with … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Flux: Once, Upon Time

The Dark Times: so far little more than a cool sounding idea, a vague notion of a scary, distant past. This is the playground that Chris Chibnall is choosing to play in, and it’s surprising that no writer has really … Continue reading

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Nekopara (Anime Review)

Do you like catgirls? Then you will love this series. If, like me, the question of whether you like catgirls or not has never entered your head, you will probably still find this an entertaining slice-of-life anime, as long as … Continue reading

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The Box of Delights Episode 1

“When the Wolves were Running” A wolf. Mr Punch. A rat. A mouse. A Roman soldier. Herne the Hunter. Abner Brown. Cole Hawlings. The Box of Delights. In a sequence that haunted my dreams as a child, these are the … Continue reading

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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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Doctor Who Flux: War of the Sontarans

For the majority of this episode we have a much more traditional Doctor Who story, and it works well. The Sontarans have invaded, and the Doctor has to defeat them. Chris Chibnall does a very good job with this episode … 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 Game

You know what gives me a lot of enjoyment, Rog? What’s that, Mike? Making fun of sports!  Maybe it’s the nerd in me talking, taking a morbid pleasure in mocking those that had mocked me as a kid but the … 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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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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