I still dig the occasional cartoon. Considering my bona fides, you may assume that my animation of choice might be of the superhero variety. There’s some truth in this assumption. I loved Batman the Animated Series; that’s undeniable. I also enjoyed the first season of Invincible, which I recently watched, and the first two seasons […]Read more "Disenchantment: Part 1 (Netflix) — a review"
My wife and I were in self-imposed exile from the rest of humanity for thirteen months. My wife has MS. Hers is the relapsing-remitting type, just like President Jed Bartlett had on The West Wing. Some of the medication she takes weakens her already compromised immune system. A doctor in Little Rock, Arkansas, told me—way […]Read more "The New Normal: Or, Back to Reality (Oops, There Goes Gravity)"
My earliest memory of the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (later rebranded as CSI: Vegas after spinoffs kept spinning off) was a conversation I had with a radio deejay about the show. The radio deejay was a man who would become my nephew, by marriage, a couple of years after this conversation. The venue […]Read more "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Body of Evidence, by Max Allan Collins — a book review"
I’m breaking some sort of Reviewer’s Commandment here by telling you that The Magicians just isn’t really a show for me. It’s the magic, you see. Other people have made the assumption about me—as Netflix has—that because I’m drawn to science fiction and fantasy stories, that all it takes to keep my interest is the […]Read more "The Magicians: Season 1 (SyFy) — a review"
I began watching this series many years ago. I stopped during the first season. My memory can no longer be trusted, but I believe I stopped watching because—at that time—I still hadn’t watched all of the episodes of the various Star Trek series. I felt like I was cheating on the franchise that brought me […]Read more "Stargate SG-1: Season 1 — a review"
Do you like video games? I do. I am a middle-aged man according to the kindest charts I’ve seen, but, physically, I’m beginning to feel pretty old. Mentally, I never progressed much past twelve-years-old, which is around the time I first began playing video games seriously. I made my gamer bones in the video arcades […]Read more "Far Cry: New Dawn — a video game review"
This post is about first drafts, certainly. It’s also about the reliability of long-accepted quotes from dead people. A while back, I wrote a post titled Write Drunk, Edit Sober (good bad advice on how to tap your creativity like a keg). The “write drunk, edit sober” quote has been attributed to Ernest Hemingway for […]Read more "The First Draft of Anything is . . . (another questionable writing quote from Hemingway)"
Comic Book Confidential is a cool documentary from 1988 about the history of comic books. I recommend it just to see a young Frank Miller with hair. Otherwise, you already know the stuff in this documentary. Superman, EC Comics, Dr. Frederick Wertham, underground comics—nothing really new. But, there are a lot of filmed interviews with […]Read more "What Stan Lee Said (Or: Not a Review of Comic Book Confidential )"
In the late 1990s, I was a member of the Science Fiction Book Club. You’ve heard of the SFBC, right? It is one of those mail-order places, like the Columbia House Record Club, where you get to select several items (books in this case) for a negligible price, but are contractually obligated to purchase a […]Read more "Wolf in Shadow (Jon Shannow #1), by David Gemmell — a book review"
Is there a better time than during a global pandemic to release a limited-run television series about . . . a global pandemic? Probably not. I’ve been a fan of the novel The Stand, by Stephen King, since the late 1970s, when it was published. In his dedication of the book to his wife, Tabitha, […]Read more "The Stand: Limited Series (2020) — a review"