Quantum Leap – Catch a Falling Star [2.10]

Sam becomes Ray Hutton, a stage actor currently cast as an understudy to a famous but unpleasant actor in the lead role in Man of La Mancha.  When he realizes that a fellow understudy is a woman he was smitten with in the past who is romantically involved with his current host, Sam becomes conflicted about completing his mission.

Written by Paul Brown. Directed by Donald P. Bellisario

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Thriller #5

We continue to look at Thriller, the out-of-continuity experimental comic that DC Comics produced in the early-mid 1980’s.  Thriller #5 has a publishing date of March 1984, and is one I read a looooong time after I read #4.

It’s from here that I’m really wondering how what was going on in this series, so this will be interesting.    Thriller is one of the more dense and oblique mainstream comics I have read, so this series is really me journalling my own attempts to understand it.

Thriller 5 Cover

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Doctor Who: The Four Doctors [Big Finish]

Every since Patrick Troughton popped by to visit Jon Pertwee in the TARDIS in 1973, Doctor Who fans have been excited by the occasional meet-ups between different incarnations of everyone’s favorite Time Lord.

The people behind Big Finish productions have certainly been aware of this:  they started their range of Doctor Who audios with The Sirens of Time featuring Doctors 5, 6 & 7…which even if it wasn’t very good must have been a big deal at the time.  And more recently, they made The Light at the End, their own particular 50th anniversary release, which featured Doctor’s 1-8 (albeit with 1, 2 & 3 played by voice-alikes and having a reduced role).

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12 Times Doctor Who has Reinvented Itself

Very soon, on October 7 2018, Doctor Who will make its way back to our TV screens for the 11th season of the modern TV series.  And when it does, it will in many ways be a whole new program, compared to what we saw last:  a new Doctor (with a new gender), new companions, new showrunner.  Probably a new version of the theme song and a new opening title sequence, a new TARDIS set and a new sonic screwdriver. And certainly a new story direction, with plot-lines like redeeming the Master or identifying the Hybrid a thing of the past.

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Weekly Geeky Question #25: A Superhero-themed Escape Room

Every week in 2018, the plan is that my friend Rod is going to ask me some geeky question that will answer in a post. This week is Week #25, and for the sixth week in a row, we’re talking about superheroes, though with a different slant this time.

How would you do an Escape Room with a superhero theme?



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49th Year Bucket List

So, point of clarification:  I’m 48 years old currently, having just celebrated my birthday yesterday.  I’m not 49, but that this year is actually my 49th year of living.  When I celebrate my 49th birthday, that means I’m completing my 49th year, not starting it.

And I know, it’s not really a “bucket list” if the deadline isn’t the end of your life…when you “kick the bucket”.  Indeed, maybe it’d be better to call this a “49th Year To-Do List”.  But that’s catchy sounding, don’t you think?

So this is a list of things I’m hoping to have achieved by the time that me being able to say “I’m 48 years old” is cold and buried in the ground.  What do I want to have achieved / completed / accomplished by then?  That’s what we’re looking at here. Continue reading 49th Year Bucket List

Looking Back at Being 47

Today is the end of me being 47 years old.  I’ve been writing all year in one way or the other about how 47 is my favorite number, and now we’re here at the end of the year and all I can wonder is, did I actually do justice to this iconic moment in my life?  After all, I don’t get to go back and do it again.


Can I, indeed, think of 47 things I did or experienced this year that made the year notable or cool?

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The Death of the Martian King

In the past, I’ve shared how amongst my family’s personal holiday traditions, one of my favorite is the Martian Kings–little toys from the Netherlands that my wife’s sister and her husband (who used to live there) sent to us over the years.  Originally, they were just decorations for Sinterklaas (a Dutch celebration in December that bears some similarities to Christmas), but the Martian Kings (as my daughter described them) stayed for Christmas. Continue reading The Death of the Martian King

So, I was Interviewed…

It doesn’t make me famous or anything, but a while ago a fellow blogger, whose work can be found over at https://scifipie.me/my-blog/, must have come across some of my movies and I decided to ask me for an interview.  He just sent me a list of questions to answer in an email, so it wasn’t very interactive, but it was the first time I’ve discussed my filmmaking at length with a complete stranger, so that was interesting.  I also mention in it a few projects that I was hoping to have completed soon at the time, which are still not done, so that’s a bit sad.

Anyway, the results of this have just recently gone online, and you can read them here.