LOST – 316

This episode begins with Jack opening his eye in the island. But it isn’t the first time. He hears Hurley calling for help. He has landed in the water and is floating using a guitar case. Jack jumps in to help him, but the water is shallow and they can stand. Kate is in a [Read More...]

LOST: This Place Is Death

The episode begins where the previous one ended, with Sun sitting in her car, planning to kill Ben Linus. She gets a call and talks to her daughter. When she has Ben at gunpoint, Ben says that Jin is still alive and he can prove it. In the past, we see Danielle’s team picking up [Read More...]

Creative Titles Related to the Bible and Science Fiction

Frauke Uhlenbruch asked on Facebook for some suggestions for titles for an essay on the Bible and science fiction. Here are some of my suggestions: Biblestar Galactica The Scriptures of Distant Earth Where No Interpreter of the Bible Has Gone Before “Use the Bible, Luke!” The Book of Fahrenheit 4:51 The Binding of Isaac (Asimov) [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: The Little Prince

The episode begins with the Oceanic Six on the boat. Jack and Kate talk about Aaron and what to do about him. Kate says she wants to claim that the child is hers. Then, three years later, Kate is with Sun, and borrows some clothes. Kate leaves, and Sun gets a delivery. It is surveillance [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Jughead

The episode begins with Desmond finding a doctor to help Penny give birth. They have a son. Then we see them sailing some time later. The boy is grown. Desmond is telling his son about the island he left a long time ago – Great Britain. Desmond is there to find Daniel Faraday’s mother. The [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: The Lie

The episode begins with the Oceanic Six discussing whether to lie about what happened to them, to protect the people they left behind. Hurley doesn’t want them to lie, but the others persuade him. Hurley tells Sayid that he’s going to remember that he didn’t back him up, and sometime in the future when he [Read More...]

The Story Behind The Story

There have been a couple of blog posts over recent months about the book A Canticle for Leibowitz, a famous example of science fiction exploring religious themes. IO9 recommended a piece in the New Yorker which fills in the context against which the book was written. And Speculative Faith shared a review of the book by [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Because You Left

The fifth season begins wonderfully, with us witnessing Dr. Marvin Candle filming the orientation video for the Arrow station. He is interrupted because something has happened at the Orchid. As they were drilling, their drill melted. Candle talks about the energy there and time travel. Daniel Faraday is there! Three years earlier, the island moves. [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng Chiang

The Talons of Weng-Chiang is an episode that one could discuss from many perspectives – including an examination of whether it mainly reflects, or at times challenges, racist stereotypes about the Chinese. The choice of a British actor not of Chinese descent to play the main Chinese character is certainly an odd one. And does [Read More...]

To the Rational Mind

I came across an image on Twitter with the quote from the Doctor Who episode The Robots of Death which I blogged about, and thought I should share it. I’m interested how many readers of this blog agree with or disagree with the quote. [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Robots of Death

The Doctor Who episode The Robots of Death explores a perennial theme in science fiction: the great potential for robots to make our lives easier and safer, the potential for them to do us great harm if they are misused, and the fear that any safeguards we put in place to avoid the second possibility may not [Read More...]


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