Category Archives: Science Fiction

Crusade: Patterns of the Soul

Patterns of the Soul poses a serious question in a post Covid world: is there any justification for suppressing information about the potential spread of a virus?  The story has Gideon and the crew of the Excalibur sent on another … Continue reading

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Superhot (VR)

What’s black and white and red all over?  A mauled penguin?  A nun having fallen out a window?  A newspaper?  A Grendel graphic novel?  Damn these puzzles are tricky.  OH, what about Superhot Team’s Superhot?  Yes, that is the name … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: A Feasibility Study

Magnificent recovery!  For a few episodes, I had been wondering why I loved this series as a kid.  There were simply too many in a row that we predictable and dated.  A Feasibility Study brings back the awe and mystery … Continue reading

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Top of the Docs: Series 12 (2020)

Jodie’s first season was not exactly what I’d call a resounding success.  In fact, for the first time in my life, having watched the show for nearly 4 decades, I wasn’t particularly excited to see it return.  Could it bring … Continue reading

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Crusade: The Path of Sorrows

I think I figured out the bizarre placement of these episodes.  The Path of Sorrows is listed as 109, meaning 1st season, 9th episode, but it aired at number 4.  So I started thinking: was this to get all the … Continue reading

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Horizon: Zero Dawn

There’s a game that kept popping up on Steam that I would look at and think: why?!?  The game, Horizon: Zero Dawn, appears to be about prehistoric people fighting against robotic dinosaurs.  Huh?!  Every time I’d look at it, because … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Special One

I nearly fell off the couch when I realized this episode didn’t have a preview of what’s to come. Just one episode ago, I skipped the spoiling effect without checking. Now I wonder if that was a mistake. (I checked; … Continue reading

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Top of the Docs: Series 11 (2018)

Capaldi’s last season ended on such a high note, I couldn’t have been happier.  There was some trepidation about how the new showrunner, Chris Chibnall, was going to work out but, like a certain ant, I had high hopes.  Was … Continue reading

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Patema Inverted (Anime Review)

It might not be fashionable to criticise scientists at the moment, but I’ve long held the view that eventually they will go one step too far with their messing around with things and do some real damage to the world … Continue reading

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Crusade: The Well of Forever

The Well of Forever gives us the second story in a row focusing on Galen and it’s a second story that I’m not impressed with.  I can feel something bubbling beneath the surface: potential.  It’s there, but it seems to … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been discussing adventure games and one of the things I’ve noticed is the lack of violence in most of them.  This thought popped into my head and was almost immediately disproved by the other … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: Fun and Games

Visitors to the Junkyard may recall September of 2020 when we reviewed Star Trek’s Arena where I mentioned that it was based on an idea from The Outer Limits.  “You will meet in the Arena!”  Yep, this is that episode.  … Continue reading

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Top of the Docs: Series 10 (2017)

Peter Capaldi’s final season saw both characterization and story come together to give us one of my favorite seasons of Doctor Who since the classic era, rising Capaldi to one of my all time favorite Doctors.  It’s not perfect, but … Continue reading

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Crusade: The Long Road

You know what happens on the long road?  Crashes.  Whenever you’re driving for a while, the risk increases.  The longer the road, the higher the risk.  Alas, we’re only two episodes into Crusade, but The Long Road is a traffic … Continue reading

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Voyage

Last week I mentioned that Return to Mysterious Island was my second favorite adventure game and it only seems right to share some thoughts on the one that gets top billing in my book.  In 2005, just one year after their … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Guests

It’s funny because when I played Westmark Manor, something about it seemed familiar.  I admit, I thought little of it at the time, figuring the horror setting of an old house and twisting hallways was just a trope.  But when … Continue reading

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Top of the Docs: Series 9 (2015)

Peter Capaldi’s first season left something to be desired but for me, it was in the characterization that was truly off.  The stories were, by and large, good, but written for a non-Doctor.  For some strange reason, as if to … Continue reading

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Crusade: War Zone

Join us in the Junkyard as we enter the final few weeks of a major undertaking: the entire Babylon 5 series including the spinoff, Crusade.  We start Crusade with a typical setup episode.  You can’t expect opening episodes to be … Continue reading

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Return to Mysterious Island

I blame my job.  I’ve been in the IT industry for over two decades and that has an impact on you.  If you’re like me, you enjoy doing the job because at the end of the day, you’re helping people.  … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Mutant

When I watched The Outer Limits as a kid, I loved it.  I think it had the right mix of horror and science fiction in a palatable setting.  Coupled with the philosophy of that brilliant Control Voice, and what more … Continue reading

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