Fringe: A Better Human Being (Hubris and Fidelity in the Multiverse)

Yesterday’s episode of Fringe, “A Better Human Being,” explored a couple of interesting religious and philosophical themes related to modern science and scientific possibilities. The more obvious of the two relates to the doctor who, when using IVF to help women get pregnant, implanted them with “improved” genetic material to try to make “a better [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks

This Doctor Who episode about the Daleks was apparently envisaged as providing an end and closure to the Doctor’s interactions with the Daleks. Of course, it was not to be, and one of the things about narratives involving time travel is that, even if one totally obliterates, defeats, or fundamentally changes an enemy at one [Read More...]

Fringe Valentine

While there are an abundance of Star Wars, Star Trek, and other sci-fi Valentines around online, some shows might seem a less obvious choice for a Valentine’s Day card or greeting. But even Fringe has some. Here’s a couple: [Read more...]

LOST Valentine? The J. J. Abrams Approach to Romance

At IO9, I found this Bad Robot Valentine, a funny parody of the shows by J. J. Abrams that we know and love: [Read more...]

Star Trek Valentines

Just as with other sci-fi shows, so too there are tons of Star Trek Valentine’s Day cards and images. Star Trek, after all, was full of romance and even interplanetary interspecies mating. Some of the cards and pictures I found are cute, some are funny, some are too awful to share, and some are so [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones

The Doctor Who episode “The Faceless Ones” from the Patrick Troughton era is a gripping mystery set largely in Gatwick Airport, where aliens have infiltrated and are working to abduct human young people. Most of the action revolves around the Doctor’s attempt to determine what exactly is going on, who is responsible, and why they [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Attack of the Cybermen

In “Attack of the Cybermen” the return of the show to its earliest roots is highlighted, not only by the Doctor’s emphatic statement, “This is the real me,” but also by the materialization of the TARDIS in a junkyard that looks familiar – one belonging to I. M. Foreman and located at 70 Totter’s Lane. [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma

When Colin Baker took on the role of the Doctor, something marvellous occurred. More than ever since the first regeneration, there were moments when one could really have believed that this was truly the same character that had featured on the show in its beginning. At times Colin Baker even seems to look like William [Read More...]

Star Wars Valentines

As Valentine’s Day Approaches, Star Wars fans will be looking for those expressions of love that are strong in the Force. There are lots of free Star Wars valentines available online, including some that are posted because their awfulness makes them somehow wonderful. There’s even a category dedicated to Star Wars Valentines on the site [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani

“The Caves of Androzani,” the final episode of Peter Davison’s stint as the Doctor, is summed up well in something that the Doctor says in this episode: “Curiosity has always been my downfall.” In this case, the Doctor visits a rather barren world, Androzani Minor, for no obvious reason, and of course happens across some [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Planet of Fire

With the episode “Planet of Fire,” Doctor Who revisits some classic tropes of religious skepticism. On a volcanic world inhabited by a people many of whom are devoutly religious, faith comes to the fore very early. But by the end of the episode, the central deity of their belief system, Logar, turns out to have [Read More...]


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