Things I Like: Connections with James Burke

There is a thing called “channel drift”. It is a phenomenon where a particular station or network starts out with a theme, a stated purpose and slowly over time drifts away from that and becomes something else entirely. It’s like when your favorite classic rock station starts throwing Top 40 into the mix and before [...]

A Thing Will Probably Happen Quite Soon: Doctor Who Series 8: Time Heist

A bank robbery with a time travel twist. That’s new. Doctor Who has always been about crashing into different genres. The Doctor meets Shakespeare, the Doctor meets Frankenstein, the Doctor meets James Bond. The show is specifically built to be a different category of story each week; it could be a mystery or an action [...]

No Damsels in Distress, No Pretty Castles: Doctor Who Series 8: Robots of Sherwood

My goodness Mr. Gatiss loves his references and callbacks doesn’t he? He name drops the Ice Warriors and having met Richard the Lionheart (The Crusade), mentions the miniscope (Carnivale of Monsters) and even has the Doctor pull off a man’s shoe to inspect it (à la Patrick Troughton in Moonbase). There were several Jon Pertwee-esque [...]

She Cares So I Don’t Have To: Doctor Who Series 8: Into the Dalek

The trouble with writing a review immediately after an episode airs is there is no time to reflect. There is no time to see the episode from a historical sense; you can’t put it into the perspective of an entire season or even better, an era. No, the only thing you have after an initial [...]

Furious Mirrors: Doctor Who Series 8: Deep Breath

Okay, this is a bit of a late post. From here on in all Doctor Who episode recaps will appear on Mondays, but this week was a little different. See, I didn’t watch the premiere on Saturday night with the rest of the world; I waited till Monday night to see it with my daughter [...]

One Day I Shall Come Back: Doctor Who Series 8

Tonight the greatest television ever created and broadcast will return for its 8th or 34th season (depending on how you reckon such things). A new actor (Peter Capaldi) will be taking over the role of the Doctor and by all accounts there will be a new tone and feel to the show as well. This [...]

Ohh…Yeah: Guardians of the Galaxy Delivers

The one thing you should take away after reading this is Guardians of the Galaxy is simply a hell of a lot of fun. No dystopian futures, no post-apocalyptic wastelands; just pure, unadulterated space fun. Shiny ships and space pirates and secret objects with hidden meanings, strange creatures and funny jokes. For those reasons if [...]

Something good. Something bad. A bit of Both: A Guardians of the Galaxy History

Okay, I’ll admit that when Marvel announced Guardians of the Galaxy as part of its Phase II I was … skeptical. It’s a relatively unknown franchise that features a sentient tree and a talking raccoon as major characters, that’s a bit of a gamble. Don’t get me wrong I was thinking kudos for taking the [...]

A More Powerful Way of Seeing: Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey: Episode 5

There is so much that we cannot see. Hidden from our eyes or taken away from us by those who do not want us to know what is there. We are not always equipped to see the light that is all around us. The thread of light weaves this episode together and Cosmos: Hiding in [...]