Category Archives: Science Fiction

The Twilight Zone: Eye of the Beholder

It is perhaps the most well know episode of The Twilight Zone.  At the very least, it’s one of the top 5 episodes.  It’s also a nice departure for Serling this season, giving us a more likable protagonist.  And it … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The AB Chrysalis

Now this was an unusual episode.  It seems the last two were a bit more of what I’d hoped to find in season two and, while I don’t have much hope of that continuing, it was nice to experience another … Continue reading

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Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl

Kashimashi is a yuri anime with a difference. The main character is Hazumu, who is accidentally killed by aliens and restored to life. The problem is that they make a mistake and he returns to life as she. It’s a … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Howling Man

When David Ellington is introduced to us through a seeming fourth wall break, I remembered this was an episode I loved from my youth.  Written by Charles Beaumont, I welcomed the change from the last few episodes of loathsome characters … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Seed of Destruction

Readers of the Junkyard might recall that a few weeks ago, I mentioned that the Sci-fi channel (now Syfy) once aired 2 episodes of this show back to back.  One was that abysmal Brian the Brain. The other was Seed of Destruction.  … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A Thing About Machines

I get the impression that for season 2, Rod Serling decided to introduce us to people who deserve what they get in The Twilight Zone.  It’s funny because last season I had said how odd it was that my memory … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Taybor

I’m not really sure how to feel about The Taybor.  It’s not a bad episode per se, but it doesn’t do anything exciting either.  A space traveler arrives with merchandise to sell, ogles Maya for a bit, and immediately gave … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room

Meet Jackie Rhoades, a 34 year old… let’s be honest: neurotic wimp with no personal hygiene and a whiney voice to boot.  What is it with Rod Serling?  I remember loving The Twilight Zone but lately I’ve watched a litany … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – All That Glisters

Glisters??  Is that a word?  Isn’t the term, “all that glitters”?  Glisters is a word and means much the same thing as the work glitters, but it’s a bit out of fashion now.  Much like Space: 1999.  But that doesn’t mean it … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Man in the Bottle

There’s a problem with The Man in the Bottle that occurs moments after you realize what the story is about: you can’t help comparing it to other similar works.  Serling, usually a master storyteller, takes a trope we’ve seen dozens … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Beyond

I may have finally figured out what’s wrong with me: I have been diagnosed with a case of friendshipitis.  This is an exaggerated sense of what friendships mean between two or more people.  When I tried to dig into how … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Rulers of Luton

I enjoyed it when it was done in The Outer Limits with Fun and Games.  I loved it when Star Trek did it with Arena.  But when Space: 1999 did it with The Rulers of Luton, boy oh boy did they go off the … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: King Nine Will Not Return

This is an episode of firsts and repeats.  King Nine Will Not Return is the first to use the iconic opening theme.  It’s provides the first time for Serling to appear onscreen at the start of the episode.  It’s also … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Into Darkness

Roger often says I gush over the idea of friendship.  Maybe I’m a sap but friendship matters to me.  Growing up, there were a group of us that were inseparable.  It was a bond of brotherhood that connected us.  And … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – The Mark of Archanon

Well if you were wondering if The Mark of Archanon would be like Trek’s Mark of Gideon, rest easy: it’s not.  It’s far more tedious.  Actually, growing up, I never liked the Trek episode but as an adult, I’ve come … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A World of His Own

It seems Rod was in the mood for a few comedy episodes before the end of season one and while I’d say that was a mistake, this would have made a great finale for the entire show.  At the time, … Continue reading

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Star Trek (2009)

After Roger and I planned to review the classic series of Star Trek, it seemed only natural to continue the voyages with the Chris Pine movies to round out the story of the original crew.  We made our move to … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – New Adam, New Eve

When God seemed to appear to the Alphans, I rolled my eyes.  Here we go, I thought.  But to my surprise, this episode offered me a lot to think about.  As I say often enough, that’s what good science fiction … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Mighty Casey

Oh good… a baseball episode.  I get more excited about going to work!  But within no time at all, Serling has me seeing this as a comedy and it’s down to the audio effects. One thing The Twilight Zone did … Continue reading

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

We come now to what I consider the finest of the Trek movies.  But to understand that, I need to rewind to 1991.  I’m 19 and at this point in our lives, my friends and I start every weekend with … Continue reading

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