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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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BOOK REVIEW: “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut (1963)

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I love Kurt Vonnegut for a bunch of reasons, not the least of which is his irritation factor. Kurt loved to sort of bug people in ways they couldn’t really do much about. Much like Harlan Ellison, his real 24/7 job was basically being himself, and the writing flowed from that. Back in Indiana of the 1950s, for instance, Kurt started inviting black people to fancy dinner parties. Why? Well, lots of reasons, but in large part he’s admitted that he just liked to make his very white, very Midwestern hosts uncomfortable in a social surrounding where they couldn‘t do anything about it.

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MOVIE REVIEW: "Journey II: Mysterious Island" (2012)

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This is, I think, the first time I've ever reviewed a move that's a sequel to a movie I never saw. I toyed briefly with the idea of watching "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (2008), but then I thought 'eh, it's a Brendan Fraser film. If I'm going to waste my time re-watching Brendan Fraser films, I'd much rather watch 'Blast from the Past.' Then the impetus was lost. Then I forgot both films - "Center" and this new one - existed. Then I took a nap. Then I thought "Holy crap! I don't have any new content today! C'mon kids, we're going to the mall!"

So here we are.

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DVD MOVIE REVIEW: Justice League: Doom

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Last year fans of comic books and cartoons based on comic books lost a great storyteller far too early with the untimely death of Dwayne McDuffie. This week, we have been given a gift: Justice League: Doom, Dwayne's last work.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “The Long Dark” (Season 2, Episode 5)

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This episode is better than I remembered. Still a little uneven, still got some stuff that doesn’t work, still doesn’t quite *feel* like a B5 episode, but it’s better than I remembered, and they get points for trying something new while they were still trying to find their footing after the big changes between the seasons.

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BOOK REVIEW: "I Want the Stars" by Tom Purdom (1964)

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I want the Stars is a 42,000 word Ace Double published in 1964. The story begins in medias res with an attack on an alien ship. The Horta, a group of telepathic aliens, are persecuting the Sordini, likeable amphibians that communicate via a color-based language. Intelligent races do not normally fight wars against one another in this future, but the humans intervene because the Horta are enslaving the Sordini. The attack on the Horta fails partly because humans have evolved into a peaceful race that does not often commit violence, and thus find the fighting psychologically difficult.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “A Distant Star” (Season 2, Episode 4)

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If the previous episode is where Babylon 5 *wants* their average to be, this episode is more like where it actually is. It’s certainly not bad, certainly far better than the competition at the time (cough cough DS9), but it’s not *as* good as they’re generally shooting for.

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COMIC REVIEW: "The Creeper" and "Unexplored Worlds" by Steve Dikto

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It’s a great time to be a Steve Dikto fan: three different presses have recently released trades and hardcover reprints of his comics from DC, Marvell, and Charlton. DC released a folio-sized collection of The Creeper, a superhero Dikto created in 1968 after he left Marvel, and Charlton closed its superhero line.

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