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...]

Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin

The Doctor Who episode The Deadly Assassin offered another glimpse of the Doctor’s home planet, Gallifrey, and a return for the Master after the death of the actor, Roger Delgado, who had played him. The Master appears as a degenerating figure, at the end of his final regeneration. And the Matrix, a database of history [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear

The Doctor Who episode The Hand of Fear is probably best known as the episode in which the show says farewell to Sarah Jane Smith, one of the more popular companions of all time – revisiting in several later episodes, and becoming the subject of a TV movie, K9 and Company: A Girl’s Best Friend, [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora

There are a lot of nice elements in the Doctor Who episode The Masque of Mandragora. Towards the beginning, we get a tour of the TARDIS, including the secondary control room, which the Doctor then begins using – making for a redecoration of the longstanding control room set, which the show would later return to. But it [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: There’s No Place Like Home

The season 4 finale is in three parts, and its title alludes to the Wizard of Oz. Part 1 begins with a flash forward, of the Oceanic Six on a Coast Guard plane, being taken to a military facility near Honolulu. Their families are there to meet them, other than Kate’s and Sayid’s. At the [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Cabin Fever

The episode begins with a flashback of Emily Locke when she was young. She is hit by a car, while pregnant, at six months. John Locke is the youngest premature baby to survive in their hospital. Some have called him a miracle baby. They will give him up for adoption. Richard Alpert is looking through [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Something Nice Back Home

In this episode, near the beginning Jack collapses after advising that everyone be patient, since Dan and Charlotte’s people will come back for them. Juliette realize it is his appendix, so she sends people to get surgical equipment from the medical station. Rose wonders why Jack is sick, since on the island people get better. [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: The Shape of Things to Come

This was a mind-bending episode the first time we saw it. The doctor from the fripeighter washes up dead on the beach with his throat slit. The phone rings in Locke’s house telling him code 14-J, an early warning meaning that someone from his people has been captured. And in a flash forward, Ben is [Read More...]


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