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.
This last year and a bit has been a strangely prolific time for the movie making business when it comes to spy movies. An unusual number of high profile projects have made it to the screens, most of which have got some connection to the 1960’s. Either they are based on TV shows from that era (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and The Man from UNCLE) or they are parts of movie franchises that take started then (Spectre). They may even take place in those earlier decades (The Man from UNCLE, again, or even Minions, which is not a spy movie of course, but parts of which have that kind of vibe), or they are intentionally trying to capture the feel of movies of movies that do (Kingsman: The Secret Service).
Some of these films were enjoyable, some were not, but none of them would ever be accused of being serious drama. That is, unless Spectre defies all expectations (I haven’t seen it yet).
The recent 60’s-centric spy movie that is serious drama, though? Bridge of Spies.
Once again, I’m writing about the latest Doctor Who episode only a short time before it is not the latest Doctor Who episode. Perhaps it just takes this long for me to process my thoughts about my favorite TV series. Certainly, the dramatic happenings taking place in this most recent episode have prompted no small pondering. So fair warning, if you are someone who cares about spoilers for this series, but for some reason hasn’t watched this episode, than don’t tread in here.
Anyway, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get right into the major, blog-worthy event that takes place in this episode:
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A medical accident prompted by what should have been a routine sickness contracted by Mr. Barclay releases a disease in the Enterprise that causes everyone to genetically alter into different life forms: Troi into an amphibian, Worf into a monster, Riker into a caveman-type humanoid, and so on. Read more…
There’s a Kickstarter campaign out there right now to bring back Mystery Science Theatre 3000. As is usual for this sort of thing, there are a lot of fun rewards on offer for those who donate different amounts, ranging from T-shirts and posters to tickets to their LA premier to big stuff like being a writer for an episode or making an on-screen appearance.
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Of course, those sorts of major rewards are thousands of dollars, and well out of my reach. Indeed, even the posters or T-shirts are out of my reach. Things may change before the campaign is over, but for now I just can’t justify putting finance into such a thing. After all, it’s just a show, it’s just a show…
In just a short while, I’ll be checking out the latest episode of Doctor Who. I could have already, but I wanted to preserve the quantum uncertainty of the story a little bit longer. Because the rumor is that Jenna Coleman’s Clara will Face the Ravens in this story, maybe as a result of getting into that sleep chamber for a couple of seconds in the last story. Maybe not. It was sort of confusing. (Of course, she’s also slated to appear in the season finale in a couple of weeks, but with Doctor Who, that could mean anything).
Doctor Who fans are no stranger to controversy. You know, David Tennant vs. Tom Baker. Listen: classic or nonsense? Steven Moffatt: the series’ Messiah or Anti-Christ?
The most recent one was just last week with Sleep No More, For some, it was a creepy and atmospheric thriller. For others, it was annoying and confusing–one of the worst episode the series has ever had.
I found both of these perspectives to have elements of truth within them. Read more…
An unexpected suicide of a crew member prompts Troi and Worf to conduct an investigation into the officer’s background. In this process, Troi begins to experience disturbing psychic flashes of incidents which took place during the Enterprise‘s construction. During this, Worf and Troi begin a romantic relationship Read more…