Doctor Who: Death in Heaven

The season finale of Peter Capaldi’s first season as the Doctor certainly packed a punch time and time again. From the opening scene when Clara tells a Cyberman that she is the Doctor, stalling for time, to the moment when Santa Claus arrives as a deus ex machina with the hope that, for Christmas, perhaps [Read More...]

Dark Side Evangelism

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LOST Rewatch: The Greater Good

In flashbacks, we see Sayid being walked through Heathrow Airport in handcuffs. The CIA wants Sayid to infiltrate a terrorist cell in Sydney, in exchange for being told where Nadia is. We later see him in a mosque engaged in prayer, where he is reunited with someone he knew, Essam. He says he is working [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Do No Harm

The episode starts with Boone’s injuries. Jack tells Boone that he is going to fix this – that he will save him. But he struggles with the lack of needles, blood, and other things he needs. Sun tells Jack that he can’t save Boone, even if he amputates the leg, since he is bleeding internally, [Read More...]

John Locke Picard

I was looking for pictures to go in posts I have been writing about LOST, and I found the one above, as well as the one below, which comes from a t-shirt. [Read more...]

LOST Rewatch: Deus Ex Machina

The episode begins with John Locke working at a toy store, and introducing the game Mousetrap. A woman comes up and asks for help, who we later learn is John’s mother. She tells him that he is special, that he is part of a design, and that he has no father, but was immaculately conceived. [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Numbers

This is the episode that introduced the famous numbers. Hurley sees the numbers on a paper that Sayid took from Danielle Rousseau. In a flashback, we learn that he won the lottery with those numbers. Hurley talks about the possibikity that the money is cursed, and his mom hits him saying, “That’s blasphemy – we’re [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Dark Water

What an amazing episode of Doctor Who “Dark Water” is. It starts with Clara speaking intensely¬†with Danny on the phone, including saying that she loves him, and emphasizing that this isn’t just the casual phrase but something deeper. And then he stops responding, and we soon learn that Danny had been hit by a car [Read More...]

Starfleet Business as Usual

This is how we dress for meetings on October 31th at Butler University. I liked that the redshirt t-shirt had a warning label on the back: [Read more...]

Star Wars Yin Yang

I’ve often observed that Star Wars’ symbolism seems more in line with Taoism’s ideas about balance between opposing forces, rather than depicting a Manichaean or Zoroastrian dualism of good vs. evil. And so I was pleased to find that the Taoist Yin Yang symbol had been given a Star Wars twist to it, as illustrated [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: In Translation

The episode begins with Jin’s eye. We see him in his native context, as well as trying to cover up Sun when she wears a bikini on the beach. In flashbacks, we see part of a story we had seen before, but from Jin’s perspective. When he said that he does whatever Sun’s father tells [Read More...]


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