Category Archives: Science Fiction

Star Trek: By Any Other Name

Replying to a distress call, Kirk and crew find themselves on a stunningly colorful planet. They encounter humanoids that can immobilize them for some classic 60’s “stand still” action. Kudos to the cast for really sticking with it and not … Continue reading

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Unregenerate!

I was just starting to wonder if I’d fallen out of love with the Doctor Who audios when I’d started this.  I mean, I loved when McCoy became the Doctor.  Everything about him was wonderful.  He was comical, but dark … Continue reading

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Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul (Review)

You might have reached this point by watching the first series of the anime, or you might have watched the two compilation films that proceed it. Either way, this feature film is the continuation of the Made in Abyss story, … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Premonition

I had a premonition that The Premonition was going to be a lame duck episode and was pleasantly surprised to find it was actually very good.  While it’s again about an experiment that goes wrong, a common theme in the … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Flux: Survivors of the Flux

We should have had more faith. When Chris Chibnall wrote UNIT out of Doctor Who in Resolution it seemed like sacrilege, but the man had plans. Survivors of the Flux shows us the Grand Serpent’s interference in UNIT’s history, right … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Patterns of Force

Some Star Trek episodes are hard to watch.  I’m looking at you, Space Hitler.  Patterns of Force had the decency to explain that the Nazi regime was wrong but hey, they were controlled by bad men and they didn’t intend … Continue reading

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Three’s a Crowd

Doctor Who is a wonderful show and Big Finish does a great job keeping it alive.  It even adds some lore in the form of new companions that can smoothly fit in between stories and last for many episodes between … Continue reading

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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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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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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 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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