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.

Doctor Who Season 8 – The Next Three Chapters

October 31, 2014 Leave a comment

Only days before the beginning of the two part season finale of Doctor Who (and the first two part story that the series has had for quite some time)!  But…I am going to miss it, because I’m going to Indonesia for a bit (darn this adventure-filled life that I live).

Of course, that’s not too big of a deal because I can always just watch it on the ABC’s website when I get back–I should be back just in time before part 1 expires.  And if not, well there’s always iTunes.

In the meantime, I thought I’d jot down a few thoughts on the season so far – at least the episodes that have come out since I last wrote about here and here and here.

First up…

Doctor Who - Mummy

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My Most Highly Anticipated Superhero TV Show of the Season: Familiar but Fresh

October 26, 2014 Leave a comment

‘Tis the season to be jolly if you are a fan of comic book characters brought to life in movies and on TV.  I try to be a fan of such things on the basis of their individual merit, but I do admit that I do get excited at the prospect that maybe the latest cinematic outing of my favorite comic book heroes might actually be good, and I enjoy at least giving them a go.

I’m particularly interested in the fact that superhero properties are finding their way to TV, as the weekly TV show is the audio-visual format that I think is most akin to the comic book experience – ongoing, serialized adventures that have the opportunity to build story and plot over multiple installments.

And even though it’ll be a while, probably, before Doctor Who is toppled from its position as my most highly anticipated television program of the year, there is one American show whose new season had me waiting with bated breath.  More than Agents of SHIELD, more than Gotham, more than Arrow (a whole lot more than Arrow, actually), that show is…The Flash.

The Flash

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Star Trek: The Next Generation – Man of the People [6.3]

October 22, 2014 1 comment

Negotiator Ves Alkar comes on board the Enterprise for some delicate peace talks, and forms a connection with Counselor Troi, over the enraged objections from his aged mother.  After his mother dies, Troi participates in a special remembrance ceremony with Alkar, during which he secretly “bonds” with her, causing her to become the recipient of his negative emotions.  Read more…

What’s Black and White and Read All Over? – DC Showcase Presents Superman vol. 1

October 20, 2014 Leave a comment

For a number of years now, DC has been releasing their Showcase Presents line–500+ page soft-covers in glorious black and white, reprinting piles of comics in each volume, mostly from the 50’s and the 60’s, but then also from the 70’s and even the 80’s.  Some of the titles are long running series like Superman or Batman, while others are more obscure stuff  that might be done-in-one, like Bat-Lash or Atomic Knights.  For a continuity-junkie like myself, these books are a goldmine.  Or maybe more accurately, considering the low cover price, a zinc-mine.  The lack of color can be a little off-putting, but overall I find that a small pay-off for the benefit of having so many pages of story and art made available so affordable. Read more…

Bridgeport ComiConn 2014 – Non-Buyer’s Remorse

October 18, 2014 3 comments

One of the highlights of my trip to New York recently (aside from, you know, family, friends and Niagara Falls) was getting to the Bridgeport ComiConn. I didn’t go because I have any particular connection to Bridgeport or Connecticut, but simply because it was not too far away for me, and I wanted to take the opportunity to go to a comic book / science fiction event of some sort that had more than two comic book people that I am familiar with (which is sort of standard for the events that come to Perth each year). It was good fun, all the more so because I was more-or-less at the last moment accompanied by my friend and former workmate Jane. Read more…

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Realm of Fear [6.2]

October 16, 2014 2 comments

On a rescue mission to an apparently deserted science ship trapped in a plasma cloud, Lt. Barclay must face his fears related to using the transporter.  Overcoming his reluctance, he beams over, but on his way back he sees something in the transporter stream which moves and even touches him.   Read more…

Ten Great Time Travel Stories

October 11, 2014 Leave a comment

I’d like to call this the 10 best time travel stories, but come on, can I really make such an identification?  How do I tell the difference between a great “time travel story” and a great story that just happens to include time travel?   Does every good episode of Doctor Who or the Legion of Super-Heroes count just because the Doctor gets to the adventure in the Tardis or Superboy by breaking the time barrier?  And what about all those time travel stories that I have never seen or read?  What, indeed, about all those time travel stories that I have read, but simply cannot remember? Read more…

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