Torchwood: Weevil Fight Club

The episode “Combat” revolves around the Torchwood team’s investigation into a mysterious group that has been capturing weevils and in some way causing or allowing other human beings to be harmed or killed by them. The episode, for most of its duration, might well have seemed to have little that is of direct interest to [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Kinda

As I prepare to talk about religion and Doctor Who at AAR in a panel on religion and science fiction, it will necessitate occasional jumps away from watching the series in order from the beginning. One episode that simply cannot be omitted from a consideration of this topic is “Kinda” from the Peter Davison era. [Read More…]

Occupy Mordor, Occupy Arrakis

Via Joel Watts, Skye Jethani and Pat McCullough on Facebook [Read more…]

Prophets of Science Fiction (Exhibit A: Levitation via Quantum Locking)

Like many prophets, science fiction authors have been both spectacularly wrong and spectacularly right at times. SF Signal shared this video trailer for a new series on science fiction authors as prophets of future science which explores those visionaries who got things right (perhaps, like some of ancient Israel’s prophets, because they actually inspired people [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction

The short (two part) story “The Edge Of Destruction” (the second part to which bears the title “The Brink of Despair”) was the first story to be told solely within the TARDIS and involving the Doctor and his regular companions. This was at least partly motivated by budgetary concerns, but in fact the story works [Read More…]

Longing for Magic and Miracle (Is Science Fiction Simply Fantasy?)

A question to which I keep returning is whether science fiction is fundamentally different than fantasy. Both have worlds very different than our own, battles between good and evil, monsters, heroes, and usually even energy weapons of some sort. Obviously the difference is that there is at least a pretense of scientific basis in science [Read More…]

Torchwood: They Keep Killing Suzie (Resurrection Days Are Over)

“They Keep Killing Suzie” is quite possibly my favorite episode of Torchwood so far. Certainly for someone interested in the intersection of religion and science fiction, it gives a lot to talk about. We first meet Suzie in the pilot episode, and it is there that the resurrection gauntlet is introduced as well. In that [Read More…]

Religion and Science Fiction around the Blogosphere

SF Signal shared the news that a new online Encyclopedia of Science Fiction has been launched. It has an entry on religion. I mentioned this article and discussion of it on a previous occasion, but more recently Allan Bevere chimed in on whether God could have died for Klingons. Philip K. Dick and Religion has [Read More…]

Torchwood: Countrycide

I was tempted to write off this episode of Torchwood as simply a serving of horror for its own sake. Even for someone who has followed the X-Files and Fringe, and watched The Road, this episode still seemed graphically gory. But a little thought made me realize that there is poignant depth to this particular [Read More…]

Religious Believers and Science Fiction Nerds around the Blogosphere

First, let me share this great video again on the parallel phenomena of religious fundamentalism and nerdiness: I felt compelled to share the video, since I have been having a conversation on Facebook with a Whovian fundamentalist whose canon includes the 1996 special but rejects the current series. The fan in question also rejects my [Read More…]