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What Abandoning Cars Can Teach Us About Star Wars

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This actually came up in conversation in the comments about nine months ago, but I thought it bore repeating:

One of my college roomates, Jim the Idiot, had a piece of crap car his last two years in high school. Never ran right, always on the edge of dying, maybe worth $300, but he put about a grand into it every year. Even though he was a pusher in high school, he could barely afford to keep it running. I guess he wasn't a very good pusher.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: The Tick: “Arthur Interrupted” (Episode 3, or possibly 8)

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Arthur decides to tell his mom and his sister (“Dot”) about his new “Lifestyle Choice.” They decide he’s crazy, and slap him in a nuthatch run by a guy named “Peacock,” who attempts to cure people of their predilection for Superheroism. It quickly turns out that Mr. Peacock is, himself, a latent superhero, and spends all night in his office trying on his patients’ confiscated costumes. Arthur discovers this, and is thrown into solitary.

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The Perils Of Learning Science From Goofy TV Shows And Movies

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Alien invasions make for great stories, but they don't make one lick of common sense. People hear about D-Day, and they think, "Wow, spacemen could do that! Or we could do that to a spaceman planet! In space!" But invading another world isn't like hopping a plane and jumping out, there's enormous energies involved, carefully calculated math, long travel times. If you've got the energy to travel across the stars, frankly, you don't *need* anything Earth could offer you, not even as raw resources.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “In the Shadow of Z‘Ha‘Dum” (Season 2, Episode 16)

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Finally, 38 episodes into the run of the series, and 23 episodes after the Shadows first showed up, we start getting some answers…

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Battle In Outer Space” (1959)

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Yes, yes, I know, I know, it’s Monday, not Saturday. We’ve been all through this already: This is about the kinds of movies I used to *watch* on a Saturday afternoon, that doesn’t mean I can only talk about ‘em on a Saturday. So let’s just free our minds of our strictly literal interpretations of things that are, frankly, beneath our notice anyway. I mean, it’s not like the movies I’m reviewing in this feature are any good, right?

That said: We haven’t done one of these in a long while, but when I came across a Japanese space movie I’d never seen before, I just knew I had to cover it.

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