Category Archives: Science Fiction

The Twilight Zone: The Trouble with Templeton

I confess I’ve had a hard time of it lately.  My shows have all been doing some dumb things and I’ve been mightily upset by that; a fact recently noticed by my cowriter, Roger.  The issue I take with these … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Was Not

Anyone who frequents this site should know by now that we love Halloween.  In preparation of that wonderful holiday, I’m postponing our regularly scheduled reviews of the Jeremy Brett episodes for a brief detour… Have you ever looked back on … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – A Matter of Balance

I started on high alert with this one.  The pre-credit sequence sets the stage: random crewmember Shermeen has a crush on Tony who is depressed when his latest attempt at making beer doesn’t work. Tony seems to blame her for … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Lateness of the Hour

I grew up loving The Twilight Zone and thinking Rod Serling was a genius.  I don’t deny his brilliance in his outlook and his ability to come up with good ideas most of the time, but I’m not sure he … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Space Warp

I’m really not sure I understand how the production crew operated at the time of this series.  The first half felt like another excuse to get Commander Belligerent off the station but about half-way through the episode, the focus shifted.  … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Nick of Time

Nick of Time is another of those stories written by a writer other than Serling.  In fact, this is written by Richard Matheson, writer of The Incredible Shrinking Man and the amazingly good I am Legend.  Will this be one … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 – Catacombs of the Moon

The best thing about Catacombs of the Moon is the title.  Conceptually, I think there’s a good idea under the surface, maybe buried deep in a catacomb, but it ends up being 50 minutes that felt like swimming through treacle.  … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Eye of the Beholder

It is perhaps the most well known 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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