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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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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: The Tick: “The Terror” (Episode 2. Or was it 9?)

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Several astute readers have pointed out that while Liz Vassey is *IN* “The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space,” the not-at-all-shy-about-showing-off-her-body woman I referred to last week is undoubtedly Gia Carides. In looking at many tasteful-yet-revealing photographs of both women over the last two weeks, I have realized that, yes, I am in error, but I have done the work to fact-check it to make sure I’m not in error about being in error. Sorry to both. I apologize.

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SHORT STORY REVIEW: “Space, Time, and the Incurable Romantic” by J. Michael Straczynski

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A decade ago, there were a bunch of Babylon 5 tie-in novels and short stories published. The novels are still fairly easy to find on the internet, the short stories are real tough to dig up, though: They were published only in various magazines, never reprinted, never collected, and they’re unlikely to be. I can’t reprint the stories, but I *can* at least review ‘em and let you know what you’re missing. Which I’m doing here:

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