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As you all know, if you read this site with any frequency, I am a pathological fan of the Stargate franchise.  I was naturally excited when I learned that many of the producers, writers, and actors of the original series had organized a so-called “Tweetstorm” for Friday March 9, 2018, that would force the topic of Stargate to a top worldwide trending Twitter topic, maybe garnering the attention of MGM to bring the show back in some capacity. Continue reading #StargateRising

Black Lightning: First Thoughts

If you haven’t been keeping score, there’s a new entry into the DC comics’ TV shows on the CW network. Joining ArrowThe FlashDC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl comes another Greg Berlanti production… Black Lightning.

Black Lightning — “The Resurrection” — Image BLK101e_0027r2 — Pictured: – Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Star Trek Discovery: the Good, the Bad, and the Ferengi

Star Trek, the original series, recently celebrated its 50th birthday.  Star Trek: The Next Generation, is about to celebrate its 30th birthday.  In fact, a review of its pilot episode was my very first newspaper article. I was a really bad writer back then, and an even worse reviewer.  (Some say I never improved.) I predicted that the show would not last. Clearly, I’m an idiot. In my defence, I was 20 years old. Most people are idiots at 20. Continue reading Star Trek Discovery: the Good, the Bad, and the Ferengi

Legion and Powerless: Review of Two New Shows

Superhero TV shows are all the rage, and I’m certainly a sucker for them. Netflix’s Jessica Jones is one of the finest examples of the genre I’ve ever seen.  The Flash has been required weekly viewing for three years now. And season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil caused my draw to literally drop (when the Punisher walked into the courtroom… Oh. My. God… we get to see the trial of the motherfrackin’ Punisher!)

So it was predictable and understandable that the frequency of genre shows would accelerate, despite Spielberg himself saying that superheroes would soon go the way of the Western.

I was with some trepidation that I watched the newest offerings: the pilot episode of FX’s Legion, and the first two episodes of NBC’s sitcom, Powerless. Continue reading Legion and Powerless: Review of Two New Shows

The Flash and Agent Carter: Doing Dramatic Irony Right

Grant Gustin, the dude who plays "The Flash"
Grant Gustin, the dude who plays “The Flash”

I started writing this article on June 9, 2015, but lost focus. I didn’t finish it until Jan 1, 2016! By then, the new season of Flash was already halfway done, and the second season of Agent Carter was about to start. Whatever.

These past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of watching the complete first seasons of two new entries to the skiffy TV world: The Flash, based on the DC comics character of the same name, and Agent Carter of S.H.I.E.L.D., based on one of the more minor characters of the expanded Marvel comics universe. Continue reading The Flash and Agent Carter: Doing Dramatic Irony Right

Why I Miss Stargate

Stargate tribute by Wen-jr (

This past week, I re-watched several seasons of Stargate SG1, including both direct-to-dvd movies, and a couple of episodes of Stargate Atlantis.  Didn’t find the strength to watch any Stargate Universe, as that was my least favourite incarnation of the franchise.  But my re-watch nevertheless brought back to me my intense sadness when SG1 was cancelled.  I’m not sure why I miss this show so much, so I thought I’d write about it a bit. Continue reading Why I Miss Stargate