Lost Worlds and A Strange Visitor From Another Planet

I just re-watched the pilot of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1996).  It is actually pretty good, especially for a late-1990s superhero show.  It’s sly and clever, and does a nice job working around its obviously-inadequate effects budget.  There’s real chemistry between Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher, as well.  Hatcher really sells Lois […]

Review: The Man in the High Castle (TV)

amazon’s The Man in the High Castle (2015) Insta-score: 4 out of 5. Short form: After a slow start, this builds to an excellent show. Spoilers below the fold. Amazon decided to adapt Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle into a 10-episode TV series.  This was always going to be quite the challenge, given how […]

… and a movie?

I finally caught the last episode of the weird Season 6 of Community as streaming on Yahoo! Stream, called “Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television”.  As could be expected of Community, it was wonderfully meta and self-referential.   As could be expected of a series finale, it was actually quite touching.  It definitely hit all the right […]

Review: Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 9: Flatline

Oh, heaven above, Steve Moffat is just determined that we all love Clara, and he’s going to keep forcing tripe like this on us until we give and accept she’s the bestest, most wonderful Companion ever, isn;’t he? Spoilers below. After teasing us two episodes ago that maybe Clara’s time was up, the show has […]

Review: Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 8: Mummy on the Orient Express

Meh. Haven’t we been here before? Reproduction of a ludicrously opulent form of early 20th Century racing through space with unexpected danger aboard.  Ah, yes, the Titanic (“Voyage of the Damned”).  I wasn’t all that impressed with the earlier episode and, truth be told, I wasn’t all that impressed with this one. The bad: The rehashed […]

Review: Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 7: “Kill the Moon”

Ugh.  This hasn’t been a great season, and this is far from the best. Let’s begin with the very-overused flash forward.  It’s getting kind of old.  Used well, it can be very effective.  But Doctor Who isn’t using it very well.  They’ve used it as a cheap dramatic tool.  Actually the episode was full of […]

Review: Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 1 “Deep Breath”

I finally got around to watching Season 8 Episode 1 (“Deep Breath”) of the revived Doctor Who.   It’s the first one with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.  (What do we call him, anyway?  Is he the 12th Doctor, even though we know that Matt Smith’s 11 was really the twelfth?)  So it’s probably worth a […]

All good things may come to an end, but you can sometimes revisit them

Today (2014 May 23) is the 20th anniversary of the airing of “All Good Things…”, the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  It cannot be denied that this series is directly responsible for the resurgence of American sci-fi on television – without the Enterprise-D, there would have been no Babylon 5, no Stargate, […]

The Name of the Doctor

So, that’s a bit of a tease, isn’t it?  Lots to think about in the season 7 finale of Doctor Who, but first, as River might say, Spoilers!  (There’s a recap available at tv.com.) ============================================== The episode title is a bit of a sly dodge.  Clearly they’ve cranked up the importance of the Doctor’s name to […]