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We're Already in the Vault We're Already in the Vault

Is it comforting or horrifying thinking there are invisible forces, inevitably punishing or rewarding people as morality demands? 1973's The Vault of Horror is, like the EC series of horror comics in the 1950s, a depiction of a world where people are usually punished in equal measure to their wicked designs, often…

Star Wars Tangles Star Wars Tangles

There were some really lovely visuals in last night’s two part season finale of Star Wars: Rebels, “Zero Hour”, and I appreciated references to The Empire Strikes Back, Jedi Knight, and Lord of the Rings. Lars Mikkelsen continues to impress as Grand Admiral Thrawn, Vanessa Marshall is solid as always as Hera, and Tom…

Where are the Robots of Life? Where are the Robots of Life?

This past week I’ve been re-watching the 1977 Fourth Doctor Doctor Who serial Robots of Death, widely considered one of the best Fourth Doctor serials with good reason. I love how quickly and naturally it accomplishes its world building while the Doctor (Tom Baker) and his companion Leela (Louise Jameson) are trapped…

You Can Go Back to Old Dathomir You Can Go Back to Old Dathomir

Last night’s new Star Wars Rebels had some very nice visual moments inherited from the Dathomir episodes of Clone Wars but was heavier on aimless plot shuffling than on actual character development. Once again.

Take Exactly Fifty Stars and Fifty Wars Take Exactly Fifty Stars and Fifty Wars

I still think Henry Gilroy is the best writer working on Star Wars: Rebels and the new episode written by him, “The Holocrons of Fate”, is nicely plotted. The set up with Darth Maul taking the Ghost crew hostage was nice. Though the brief mention of Maul ruling the Mandalorians had kind of a “Darth Vader built C3P0"…

Only a Sith Speaks in Gibberish Only a Sith Speaks in Gibberish

Like many people, I watched the big television event last night, the season three premiere of Star Wars: Rebels. Okay, I watched the debate, too, but how can I dig a hole any deeper than Trump has already dug for himself? Egad. I hope he takes the opportunity to rave more about what a great temperament he has. How…

Together Again from Earlier in the
Future's Journey into the Past Together Again from Earlier in the Future's Journey into the Past

Here’s one I’d been saving—not The Horns of Nimon, I’m just using a screenshot from it, but Wave of Destruction, a nice new Doctor Who audio play from January this year, the first in a Big Finish series that reunites Tom Baker and Lalla Ward as the Doctor and Romana, respectively, for the first time in over thirty…

All the Action Figures are Here All the Action Figures are Here

Star Wars: Rebels, or Star Wars: Stunt Casting, has released a new trailer for its upcoming season three. Sadly, the most impressive thing about its first two seasons has been the casting and maybe the persistence with which Disney demands the show stick to its at turns annoying and boring main stars. But how to top…

Even in Doctor Who Even in Doctor Who

You may have heard Robert Banks Stewart died yesterday. He wrote two of my favourite stories for the Tom Baker era of Doctor Who, Terror of the Zygons and Seeds of Doom, the first and last stories, respectively, of Tom Baker’s second season as the Doctor. I always liked the wide ranging quality of Seeds of Doom which…

The Stop Motion Perils of Maritime
Adventures The Stop Motion Perils of Maritime Adventures

What makes a voyage golden? As far as 1974’s The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is concerned, I’d say it’s Ray Harryhausen, Tom Baker, and Miklos Rozsa with a dash of Caroline Munro.

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