Since I was a teenager, I have been telling stories for the fun of it through film, video, audio drama, and more. Check out many of those projects here, or read on for comments on other stories or items that catch my interest.

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: Deep Breath

September 1, 2014 Leave a comment

The premier episode for any new Doctor has become a bit of a cultural phenomenon.  Once upon a time, Patrick Troughton genuinely shocked audiences by showing up as the new main character of the series, but nowadays, there are big events to announce the new actor, and we all tune in to check it out, full of dread or hope or relief.  The production team’s big challenge is not so much to explain the concept to the audience, but to create an engaging story that also helps us to connect to the new actor and the new tone of the series. Read more…

Doctor Who: Bloodtide [Big Finish]

August 27, 2014 2 comments

Bloodtide, a Big Finish Doctor Who audio adventure featuring Colin Baker as the 6th Doctor, has a number of things to recommend it. It’s a gripping little adventure in which the Doctor takes his companion, Evelyn Smythe, to the Galapogos so she can see Charles Darwin at work, but ending up running afoul of some nastiness (as the Doctor is prone to do). In this case, it’s with the classic-TV monsters, the Silurians, who in Doctor Who-land are the reptilian species that ruled the earth prior to the rise of human beings, went underground into suspended animation when things got bad on the earth, and then woke up in fits and starts (so that we could have multiple stories built on the premise) only to find out that people had gotten all civilized and invented television, taxes, and tanks, usually responding with a mixture of irritation and belligerence. Read more…

Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Next Phase [5.24]

August 24, 2014 1 comment

Attempting to help a Romulan ship in distress, Geordi and Ro are apparently killed in a transporter accident.  In reality, they have been sent out of phase, becoming invisible and intangible to the crew.  Read more…

Star Trek: The Next Generation – I, Borg [5.23]

August 22, 2014 3 comments

The Enterprise picks up a wounded Borg drone, and in spite of Picard’s misgivings, end up calling him Hugh.  Picard wants to take advantage of the situation to use the drone as a way of carrying  destructive virus back to the Borg collective, but the crew becomes increasingly uncomfortable with this plan as Hugh develops more and more individual characteristics.  Read more…

Doctor Who: The Five Companions [Big Finish]

August 20, 2014 Leave a comment

OK, back to The Five Companions.

As I noted previously, this is “special episode” of Big Finish’s Doctor Who audio line, made available when one subscribes to 12 titles from one of their lines of stories. It’s a bit shorter than a regular Doctor Who audio – about half the length, but treated as one long episode, sans cliff hangers. Read more…

William Russell as Ian Chesterton (Doctor Who)

August 20, 2014 3 comments

Recently, I’ve been listening to (and blogging about) various Big Finish Doctor Who audios.  A big reason I got into these was because of a title called The Five Companions, which is a “bonus episode” that you can get if you buy a certain story or subscribe to one of their lines (eg. buy 12 titles in a row).  The reason that The Five Companions got my attention, leading me to subscribe?  Primarily because it co-stars William Russell as Ian Chesterton. Read more…

A Most Wanted Man

August 19, 2014 Leave a comment

A Most Wanted Man is apparently the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final film performance (although the next Hunger Games movies is still on its way), and certainly in it he doesn’t look at all well.  I have no idea how much of that is acting and how much (if any) is actually failing health, but from a film performance point of view it doesn’t matter, because Hoffman does a solid and praiseworthy job playing Günther Bachmann, the head of a small group of investigators operating out of Hamburg, where the 9-11 attacks were apparently planned, charged with the task of making sure that such a thing never happens again in that city.  When they become aware of the illegal arrival of a suspicious Chechen with a violent past, they see an opportunity to take down a respectable Muslim statesman who is secretly laundering money to terrorist organizations.  Read more…


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