Review of Sacred Space by Douglas E. Cowan

I am grateful to Baylor University Press for sending me a free review copy of Douglas E. Cowan’s magnificent book, Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and Television. I cannot believe how long it has taken me to get around to reviewing it. But there is a good reason. This is [Read More…]

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The Imperial Left

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Blogging the Second Doctor

Here is a round-up of my blogging about every episode from the Patrick Troughton era of Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks The Highlanders The Underwater Menace The Moonbase The Macra Terror The Faceless Ones The Evil of the Daleks The Tomb of the Cybermen The Abominable Snowmen The Ice Warriors The Enemy of [Read More…]

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Grammar Dalek

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Doctor Who: The Dominators

It seems that I somehow managed to neglect blogging about the episode “The Dominators” after listening to the episode as an audiobook some months ago. Here are my thoughts on it! The episode “The Dominators” sees the Doctor landing on a world that has embraced pacifism completely. The planet has no prisons, and an island [Read More…]

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Happy Independence Day!

Whether you are an American celebrating the 4th of July, or an Ewok celebrating the downfall of the Galactic Empire a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, may your day see you free from tyrannical rule by the Sith and all who resemble them! [Read more…]

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Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death

The episode “The Ambassadors of Death” has as its downside something characteristic of a great many Doctor Who episodes, and arguably of the entire phenomenon of LOST: a suspense-filled and intriguing premise is eventually resolved in a manner that doesn’t live up to the build-up. Nevertheless, the premise and the exploration of it is itself [Read More…]

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Doctor Who and the Silurians

“Doctor Who and The Silurians” introduced for the first time a race that has continued to reappear throughout the show’s history right up until recent seasons: the Silurians, also referred to as Homo Reptilia, reptilian bipeds who sought safety underground from a potentially cataclysmic encounter with a planetoid (which became our moon, ending up orbiting [Read More…]

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Doctor Who: The War Games

“The War Games” has long been a favorite episode of mine. It is fantastic that the Second Doctor went out on such a high note. And the episode introduced a number of important new revelations – about the Doctor and his people as well as about how the next season of Doctor Who would be [Read More…]

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Doctor Who: Silver Nemesis

Although the secrets of the Doctor – his origins, his name, etc. – were in a sense part of the show’s fabric from the very beginning, the episode “Silver Nemesis” from the Sylvester McCoy era marks something of a turning point, as an episode in which these become a central focus perhaps more so than [Read More…]

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Chuck and Beans on New Technology

Someone shared the first cartoon below on Facebook, which led me to the Shoebox blog and a bunch of cartoons all centered on how technology is changing our lives. Bonus points if you read all the way through the first panel… R2-D2 gets passed over for a smartphone. But why didn’t they just put the [Read More…]

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