I’ve read the first four novels in James S. A. Corey’s The Expanse series. Nemesis Games, the fifth novel in the series, is sitting proudly on a shelf, at eye level, in my library closet, waiting for me to start reading it. I’m delaying gratification for the moment, making this science-fantasy space opera series last […]Read more "The Expanse: Season 5 — a review"
I am a Trekkie. Getting me to admit this fact when I was in my 20s—even my 30s—would have been like pulling teeth. And, not those easy teeth along the front that everyone can see when you have a huge cheese-eating grin, either. I’m talking about one of those back teeth that have roots which […]Read more "Star Trek: Discovery: Season 3 — a review"
I hold to the belief that most entertaining fiction, whether found as television, cinema, stage plays, comic books, video games or print media, is highly predicated by two main requirements. The first of these is competent worldbuilding. A story’s settings must be realistic within the fictional milieu. The back story, the reasons why the story […]Read more "Firefly: Cast Personae (how to create character-driven science fiction)"
This review is wholly unnecessary. I know that. You don’t have to tell me. I am an unrepentant fan of Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s series. I’ve read all five of the novels written by Adams, all more than once. Plus, I also read the sixth novel, And Another Thing . . ., written by Eoin Colfer, […]Read more "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (BBC) — a review"
First seasons are difficult. If you’re a Star Trek: The Next Generation fan, go back and watch its first season again. It is what those of us in the business call cringeworthy. The “business” I’m referring to, of course, is the guild of US postal clerks who write anonymous online reviews without any financial remuneration. […]Read more "Star Trek: Picard: Season 1 — a review"
One future writing project I’ve been mulling over for a while now has this working title: “King Nerd of Geek Mountain.” A clunky title, I know. At one point, it was just “King of the Nerds,” but it turns out that this was the actual title of a reality television program that I never watched. […]Read more "Star Wars: The Mandalorian: Season 1 (Disney +) — a review"
I’m going to blame a Charlie Brooker-style technology glitch on my review of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which I referred to in the body of the text as “Dark Mirror” for, I don’t know, six or seven times. Too many times to laugh it off as a typo, at any rate. You won’t see my gaff […]Read more "Black Mirror: Season 5 — a review"
I was so much younger back in December 2017, when I wrote my review for the first season of Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville. Back then, I spent a lot of time comparing it to the latest entry in the official Trek universe, Star Trek: Discovery. I can see clearly now that this approach was misguided. […]Read more "The Orville: Season 2 — a review"
I was pissed off, in the American sense of the word “pissed,” meaning angry, when Bandersnatch aired. I thought that a new series of Black Mirror was coming out, and I had been looking forward to it. Instead, we got a “Black Mirror presents . . .” movie, and that wasn’t what I wanted. Then, […]Read more "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch — a review"
Welcome to my rewatching of the original 79 episodes of the series that launched the franchise. Below are the bulletpointed notes I jotted down while watching “Catspaw.” On this date in history: Lulu’s “To Sir With Love” is still burning up the charts in the US, while the Bee Gees’ “Massachusetts” reigns in the UK. […]Read more "|||[Boldly Going]||| Star Trek: The Original Series—Season Two: Ep. 2.7 “Catspaw” – (Original air date: Friday, October 27, 1967)"