01:45:01 – THE END In my opinion, Act Two of the movie Star Wars (it didn’t become A New Hope until 1981, so don’t correct me) transitioned to Act Three in the exact place where Chapter Seven of the Star Wars Edition of 15-Minute Force ended. There’s not much more movie left to watch […]Read more "Star Wars (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Eight: Born to Trench Run"
Season 4 of Gilmore Girls is all about transitions. Lorelai has quit her job at the Independence Inn in order to follow her dream of opening the Dragonfly Inn with her friend, the chef Sookie. Throughout much of the season, Lorelai is dealing with the trials and tribulations of getting a new business off […]Read more "Gilmore Girls: Season 4 – a review"
Rex Stout published 48 Nero Wolfe books in total. 33 of these were novels, with the other 15 being collections of novellas previously printed in magazines. I own most of the Nero Wolfes in paperback form, and, including Not Quite Dead Enough, I’ve read only ten of them so far. It gladdens my heart […]Read more "Not Quite Dead Enough: 2 Nero Wolfe Mysteries, by Rex Stout – a book review"
At this point, I don’t know if the following television series are going to renewed or cancelled at the end of their current seasons. But, I do know that I’m planning to stop watching them. I am, in effect, cancelling them for myself. Here’s my list, and my reasons why: Gotham – It’s one of […]Read more "Television Series That I’m Cancelling"
Maybe I shouldn’t watch new television programs. It seems like I begin watching them, wanting to hate them, because there’s already so much good television out there that it becomes difficult to watch everything. An embarrassment of riches, especially for those of us with a certain nerdish bent. But, there was no way I […]Read more "Krypton: Season One Premiere: “Pilot”"
01:30:01 – 01:45:00 Iconic though the duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader which opens this chapter of the Star Wars Edition of 15-Minute Force may be, it’s not really very exciting to watch. I think it seemed more energetic back in 1977. But, now, more than four decades later, Obi-Wan and Vader look […]Read more "Star Wars (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Seven: The Empire’s Crazy, Convoluted Plan (and Leia’s Equally Crazy Counterplan)"
So, here we find ourselves at last, the Black Gate of Mordor has opened and the Final Battle has begun. Nine chapters to go before the end of this great, vast, complicated and textured novel that’s been around more than a decade than I have. Well. . .That’s at the end of Book V, […]Read more "LOTR: The Return of the King: Book V: The War of the Ring— a review"
You know who The Who are. Their songs have provided the theme music for all the CSI television shows. The original series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation used “Who Are You?” as its theme song. CSI: Miami used “Won’t Get Fooled Again” with the most famous scream in rock ‘n’ roll. And, CSI: New York […]Read more "It’s a Good Record, Man: “Who’s Next,” by The Who"
01;15:01 – 01:30:00 Last week, we left three of our heroes—Luke, Han and Chewbacca—in the middle of a firefight in Detention Block AA-23 on the Death Star space station. They had a loosely formed plan to rescue Princess Leia Organa, who is about to be terminated. Not “immediately” as Grand Moff Tarkin wanted, but. […]Read more "Star Wars (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Six: They Did The Mash (The Garbage Masher Monster Mash)"
I am not an authority on Star Wars extended universe novels. I’ve read a couple, I’m sure. I read the Timothy Zahn Thrawn trilogy for sure, as most Star Wars nerds have. The release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens wiped out the continuity of all the previous licensed novels in the SWU. Since […]Read more "Star Wars: Aftermath, by Chuck Wendig: a book review"