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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “The Coming of Shadows” (Season 2, Episode 9)

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Ok, definitely last week was a low ebb for me. The Talia Trilogy of Tedium really wore me down, and I really was ready to chuck the whole thing, not because it’s a bad show, but simply because it’s so much a product of its time that it’s kind of hard to rave about stuff that…eh. You know what? Not gonna’ go through that again. Suffice to say: anything involving Talia Winters in specific, or Human Telepaths in general, kinda kills this show. It’s a neat idea, I’m glad they tried it, but it’s easy to see which cylinder isn’t firing.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Hunger Games

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Life imitates art and, invariably, art imitates life and the cycle continues. In 1982 Stephen King published an early novel he had written while he was still in high school as a paperback original under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. In 1987, this book was adapted into a film starring Arnold Schwarzenneger called The Running Man (also the title of the novel). The Running Man told the story of a sort of reality game show where prisoners are forced to outrun gladiators or die trying. Two decades after the novel was published, the idea of reality game shows was, in itself, a reality with television shows like Survivor, American Idol and, God help me I can't make this up, The Real Gilligan's Island. These games don't involve prisoners and are a competition for money, not life and death, but hey, it's fiction, right? Now, art once again imitates life with The Hunger Games, also, ironically enough, based on a novel.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “A Race Through the Dark Places” (Season 2, Episode 8)

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I just watched the first episode of Lost. This wasn’t the first time I’ve seen it, I’m not a virgin. We were - and remain - huge fans of the show on the site here. In fact, we had two different guys running independent reviews of each episode as they aired, just because there was enough stuff in the story that it was possible one of us might miss something. It was good enough a show that we didn’t *want* to miss anything, so we reviewed each ep twice.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara (1974)

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“The Killer Angels” isn’t even remotely a Science Fiction book. It’s a straight ahead historical fiction set in and around the battle of Gettysburg, during the American Civil War.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Big Over Easy” by Jasper Fforde (2005)

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I just sat down to write a review of the utterly fantastic Jasper Fforde novel, “Shades of Grey.” As usual when I review something by an author I’ve covered before, I skim my past reviews of said author, just to make sure I’m not re-covering the same ground. Though this is the fourth of the man’s novels I’ve read, I was pretty stunned to find that the *only* review on the site was this one for “The Fourth Bear”
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EPISODE REVIEW: Green Lantern - The Animated Series: "Razer's Edge" (Episode 3)

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Hello everyone, and happy St. Patrick's Day. A day most commonly known as the one where Ireland was converted to Greek Orthodoxy by a Welsh guy, and who's sainthood was opposed by the Catholic church until about 1700 AD when they decided to simply ignore him instead. Thus: Saint Patrick's day: Not Irish, Catholic by Retcon, and not a Saint. Also, the Irish would have called him "Quadrag" or something similarly ridiculous. Or so I've been told by the people who watched 30 Rock the other night, and are running around the neighborhood dressed in head-to-toe Orange.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Birdie Down” by Jim Graham (2012)

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I liked this book.

If that doesn’t sound glowing, in fact it is. It’s a glowing review, actually. Let me explain. I apologize in advance for the lengthy digression, but I feel it‘s important to set the stage:

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Soul Mates” (Season 2, Episode 7)

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Despite my general dislike of the Talia Winters character, and my very specific dislike of havint two Talia stories back-to-back, this is a darn near *Perfect* episode, and funny, too. Everyone should just set down their drinks and/or pencils and/or surgical equipment and watch it now, but assuming you’re too lazy to do that, I’ll just tell you about it instead.

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MOVIE REVIEW: "John Carter" (2012)

John Carter.

It’s a venerable name in science fiction, largely unknown to the much vaster universe of consumers marinated in Tarzan at a young age. That makes its fate as a blockbuster quite uncertain (i.e., no Transformers guarantee here). Setting that commercial issue aside, however, what’s it like as a movie?

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “A Spider In The Web” (Season 2, Episode 6)

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Lots of stuff happens here, setting the stage for far more stuff to happen down the road, and since this is Babylon 5, you just *know* it’s building up to something big, right? But is it…? Well….

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An alien delegation is visiting the station to do negotiate possibly joining the League of Non-Aligned Worlds, or the B5 Advisory Council or something. It’s not entirely clear what, but we’re told it’s important, and that it all went well.

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