The second season of Stargate SG-1 isn’t worse or better than its first. I realize that this doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement to you. I graded the first season a solid B. In my personal quest for self-actualization, I’ve gained some knowledge about myself. Not all of this knowledge has been flattering. Not easy […]Read more "Stargate SG-1: Season 2 — a review"
The finale of this season snuck up on me. I thought that there were at least four or five more episodes to go, when—all of a sudden—I was watching what I was told was the season finale in the eighteenth episode. I knew that the series had already been renewed for an eighth season, and […]Read more "The Flash: Season 7 — 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"
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"
For me, science fiction—as a fiction genre—is speculative fiction about the possible. By comparison, fantasy—which is science fiction’s close cousin—is speculative fiction about the impossible. A proverbial fine line exists between the two genres, a line which often gets crossed. So often, in fact, that we see both genres lumped together under the SFF banner, […]Read more "Escape (Not the Piña Colada Song): musings on escapist fiction and people who don’t like the taste of chocolate"
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)"
My original mission was to read all of Brian K. Vaughan’s graphic novel Y: The Last Man before the television series premieres on FX. Mission accomplished. Probably with an assist by our current coronavirus pandemic. The filming, which was originally scheduled to begin this past April, is now supposed to begin in October 2020, somewhere […]Read more "Y: The Last Man: Book Five, by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, José Marzan Jr. & Goran Sudžuka — a comic book review"
This is a weird list, I know. There are only 13 Star Trek movies, which means I had to exclude three movies from the list. That doesn’t mean that the movies listed are all great movies, taken as a whole. Just that they’re better than three other movies. I know. My 10-Lists are complicated affairs. […]Read more "10-List: Top-10 (of 13) Star Trek Movies"
I took a brief hiatus from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after Season 5, which I think of as S.H.I.E.L.D. in Space, or, alternately, as Cracked-Egg Earth with Kree. It ended with what I think was the first live-action appearance of Graviton, who was soundly defeated by Daisy/Quake, which made the Earth future we just lived through […]Read more "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 7 — 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 “The Trouble with Tribbles.” On this date in history, “Hello, Goodbye,” by the Beatles, is the #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is going to ride […]Read more "|||[Boldly Going]||| Star Trek: The Original Series—Season Two: Ep. 2.15 “The Trouble with Tribbles” – (Original air date: Friday, December 29, 1967)"