Category Archives: Science Fiction

Star Trek: Friday’s Child

I knew it was coming and I wasn’t looking forward to it.  Friday’s Child was an episode that I never liked as a kid and that memory stuck with me all my life.  But watching Trek with a critical eye … Continue reading

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Medicinal Purposes

This is one of the rare times that I have to say, shame on you Big Finish!  Medicinal Purposes left a very bad taste in my ears about Big Finish as a producer of Doctor Who merchandise.  Thankfully, their success rate … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: Expanding Human

When The Outer Limits was being released on VHS back in the day, the last one I bought was Expanding Human.  I’d been a fan of the concept of duality for a good portion of my childhood, having watched countless … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A Human Face

Of all the episodes of Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone, this is the one that had some of the most interesting discussion between me and my group of “penpals”.  We’re a handful of friends that watch shows “together”, which is to … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Journey to Babel

Journey to Babel is an interesting episode of classic Trek that masquerades as a story of political intrigue, but ends up being much more of a medical drama and a view into other cultures.  We’re sold the bill of goods … Continue reading

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The Roof of the World

When I saw the title of this adventure, I was a bit put off because I know that refers to Tibet and I wasn’t up for an historical story.  Still, I’ve been going in order, so I’d have to deal … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: Behold Eck!

The Outer Limits was a show that was usually way ahead of its time.  It came up with some really fantastic ideas but often failed on the execution.  Sometimes that’s the result of the time it was made: special effects … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: 8

I’m embarrassed to say it took me until writing up this review to realize why the episode was titled 8.   In fairness, it’s a testament to the writing, acting, and directing that the title just faded into the background.  This … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Metamorphosis

I was never sure why they didn’t call this “The Companion” until I started buying books about different series.  I have The Twilight Zone Companion and The Outer Limits Companion, among others. If this episode was called The Companion, it … Continue reading

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The Harvest

The Harvest opens with preparations for a birthday party for a chap named Hex who will be celebrating at The White Rabbit, and I can’t help but wonder: did I miss an Alice in Wonderland reference in Arrangements for War??  … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: Cold Hands, Warm Heart

Anyone who has ever had a bad fever knows the discomfort of being cold and the struggle to keep warm.  There’s a big difference between being out in the winter and being cold versus having a bad fever.  When you’re … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Among The Untrodden

So far, this season has impressed me more than season one, but none of the episode really wow’d me… until now.  I finally feel we have  a strong episode that can hold up as an example of what The Twilight … Continue reading

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Star Trek: I, Mudd

Star Trek is nothing if not inventive, but I think this has got to be one of the worst episode I’ve ever seen. In fact, while I remembered it was a weak one, it was actually embarrassing to show my … Continue reading

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Arrangements for War

I remember there was a lot of hype around this story when it was being released.  It didn’t wow me then and it almost didn’t now. However, active listening is very different from passive listening and that may have saved … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: Soldier

The opener for season 2 had a direct impact on the future.  No, I don’t mean Qarlo Clobregnny being from the future, but this is the episode that made writer Harlan Ellison go after James Cameron for plagiarism.  He claimed … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Ovation

Last week I mentioned just what a bleak place the Twilight Zone could be.  While I stand behind that, it’s not really the Zone itself that’s bleak, but the people who we find entering it.  The problem is often one … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Catspaw

Catspaw takes place on a planet out of my dreams. It has everything I love: wicked witches, creepy castles, clawing cats, freaky fog, Stygian skeletons and dank dungeons! What more could we want? It’s an episode perfect for Halloween, which … Continue reading

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The Axis of Insanity

Fans of Doctor Who are used to the versatile nature of the show.  If there’s one thing Doctor Who has always been good at, it’s mixing and matching different formulae to create something that works.  Oh, that’s not to say … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: The Lost Tales

I always knew the day would come and I’d be stuck.  We’ve had Babylon 5 on the Junkyard now for some 3 years, covering 110 episodes, 13 episodes of Crusade, and the half dozen movies.  We finally arrive at the … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Who of You

Sometimes The Twilight Zone feels like a very unpleasant place, doesn’t it?  I mean, it’s bleak.  We meet a guy who is just awkward to watch.  He comes home to a miserable girlfriend who is unsympathetic.  Not that he deserves … Continue reading

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