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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Ancient Alien Hassles

HT Jim West (Jason Colavito and Michael Heiser have some more serious thoughts on some less serious “authorities” than the above cartoon with respect to ancient aliens) [Read more…]

Happy Fathers’ Day!

HT Joel Watts and also Lori Baron in Facebook For another humorous Star Wars take on Father’s Day, click here!   [Read more…]

Superhero Saints

I’ve been meaning to blog about this since it first turned up on Matthew Paul Turner’s blog (subsequently getting mentioned at IO9 and Greenflame). Superheroes are regularly situated at the intersection of religion and science fiction – see Steve Wiggins’ recent post on Alien Deities as one example – but not always quite as blatantly [Read More…]

The Incredible Hulk

Last night I watched the movie The Incredible Hulk. I really enjoyed the cameos – Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Stan Lee, and a snippet of music from the classic TV series. But the movie also explores some religious terrain in interesting ways. One is in the reference to the strength that the gamma poisoning gives [Read More…]

First Contact?

A Facebook friend shared this, and it seemed worth passing along. Reflecting on possible alien religious beliefs, and how they might or might not resemble those of human beings, is a great thought experiment. So what do you think? Is the scenario in the cartoon possible, in your view? Would you be happy, or disappointed, [Read More…]

Ray Bradbury In Memoriam

The news is breaking that Ray Bradbury passed away this morning. It is poignant that Bradbury had a short article¬†published in The New Yorker just days before his death today, June 6th, 2012, at the age of 91, which bore the title “Take Me Home.” The article is about the inspiration for one of my [Read More…]