Category Archives: Science Fiction

The Twilight Zone: A World of Difference

I don’t recall if I’d seen A World of Difference before, but if I had, it was a very long time ago.  Long enough that I was not working for a company that dedicates a huge portion of its research … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Lights of Zetar

I’m torn as I come into the final batch of classic Trek episodes.  On the one hand, Season 3 has been a bit weak by comparison to the rest of the series.  On the other, there are some highlight moments.  … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Infernal Machine

Sometimes life kicks you in the head.  The very day I told two people how much I had been enjoying Space: 1999 is the same day that I watched a real stinker!  And it’s sad because within the first minute … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

I wonder if viewers of The Twilight Zone of the 1960s felt as I did with the series in 2019.  I could not help but think that Jordan Peele wanted to hit me over the head with a message where … Continue reading

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Star Trek: That Which Survives

That Which Survives feels like a proper Star Trek romp with a strange planet, a mysterious woman, and a life or death struggle for the crew of the Enterprise.  The truth is, this isn’t a great episode but it’s not … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Another Time, Another Place

Perhaps it should have been evident that we were in for a really eerie episode when the first 4 minutes of this story were utterly devoid of dialogue.  The crew notice something happening which defies any sort of scientific description … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Mirror Image

It really speaks volumes to the way Rod Serling crafted his stories.  Here we have basically 3 people in one room for 20-odd minutes.  You’ve got Millicent, Paul and a station attendant.  Maybe you throw in a random woman who … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Mark of Gideon

The Mark of Gideon is another of those significant episodes of Trek.  It’s not whether it’s good or bad, but that it is about something and gets the audience thinking.  The episode offers us a deeply satisfying mystery before hitting … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Full Circle

I never liked caveman stories.  Even Doctor Who couldn’t make them more palatable.  Nor could Ringo Starr! These stories just get annoying.  You either get Cavemen who speak English and understand full sentences or you get the grunting ooh-ooh-aah-aah’s that … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Elegy

Now that is interesting: I know I never saw all of The Twilight Zone episodes, but I certainly thought I’d seen the bulk of them, so to encounter one so refreshingly creative as this and have absolutely no memory of … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

In 2019, I took the penultimate class needed to finish a long-overdue degree.   That class was simply called Pop Culture.  We had to look at a series, movie, book, music… something that could be examined under “four lenses.”  Within the … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Earthbound

When Roy Doltrice appeared on screen, I remembered that he was the commissioner from the pilot episode Breakaway.  I could not help but wonder where he had been hiding all this time.  Wherever it was, he should have stayed there.  … Continue reading

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Little Busters! EX

Little Busters! reaches a conclusion with this eight episode OVA season. With the main story resolved in the previous season, this is not essential viewing, but does provide a very watchable coda to the series, and introduces a new character … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Purple Testament

Here’s what you have to consider: Rod Serling has less than 25 minutes to tell a story, get you invested and hit you with a punchline, something to zing the audience. Almost anyone can tell a short story: “A horse … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy

Nana-nana-nana-nana-nana-nana-nana-nana-MAR-TA! Watching some 60’s TV that would air during my youth, I remember having a crush on two women from Batman.  Or should I say a woman and a girl?  Namely, Catwoman played by Julie Newmar (last seen in Star … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Matter of Life and Death

Well this story opens with a real humdinger of an idea… or perhaps I should say a Schrodinger of an idea?  It’s like this: the Alphans find a new planet and “computer” (because no one likes using the definite article … Continue reading

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Legend of the Sea Devils

The Sea Devils are among the second flight of Doctor Who villains, but it feels like a refreshing change to have them back after so many years. The constant return of the big hitters, particularly the Daleks, has been starting … Continue reading

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Chobits

Predictions of the near future date badly, very quickly. I’m still waiting for my hoverboard from Back to the Future, for a start, and I should have had that by now. That weather control station on the moon from Doctor … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Last Flight

Well here’s an episode of The Twilight Zone that does not get a lot of repeats to the best of my memory and I can’t understand why.  I think it’s a damned good episode.  And clearly I’m not alone since … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Elaan of Troyius

French actress France Nuyen… yes, her first name identifies her nationality… very convenient… plays the titular Elaan of Troyius in another one of Trek’s forays into sexism.  Yeah, yeah, I’m being unfair, I know, but for a show I remembered … Continue reading

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