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MOVIE REVIEWS: “Be Forever, Yamato” (1980)

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Recently I reviewed – in drunken, rambling, and poor fashion – the movie “Space Battleships Yamato: The New Voyage,” which was essentially a ‘reunion movie’ for the “Space Battleship Yamato” television series (Known in the ‘States as “Star Blazers). It was pretty kickass and entertaining, and so I was understandably pretty psyched about watching the next movie in the series, “Be Forever, Yamato” which came out the following year.
To be honest, I was rather disappointed. It just wasn’t all that good.

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Dollhouse: “Needs” (Episode 8)

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I dunno. Something about this episode was slightly offputting to me. I can’t quite explain it, I can’t point to something they did wrong, and it was definitely a hell of a lot better than the first five episodes, but even still it didn’t quite jell for me.

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: “Adam Raised a Cain” (Season 2, Episode 21)

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Last week, as you’ll recall, John was lost and Sarah couldn’t find him. This week that cliffhanger is entirely undercut and sidestepped when John calls the other members of Team Connor and tells them to meet at his dad’s unmarked pauper’s grave. He shows them a picture of Savannah he found on one of the dead bodies, and recognizes her as someone he saw at a doctor’s office in one of the many episodes I missed from the first half of the season. Rather than the normal dominance games and pissing contests between John and his mom, he just says “We all know we’re going, so let’s just do it.”

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SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE REVIEWS:“Space Battleship Yamato: The New Voyage” (1979)

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“Space Battleship Yamato: The New Voyage” is essentially a “Reunion Movie” that was made after the “Space Battleship Yamato” series had ended. In the US, “Space Battleship Yamato” was (badly) dubbed in to English, and was known as “Star Blazers.” In this bowdlerized form, the show was a huge hit with kids of my generation, who tended to get beat up a lot and were too old for “Battle of the Planets,” and too young for girls. The series ran for two seasons in Japan in the ‘70s.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Lost: “Whatever Happened, Happened.” (Season 5, Episode 11)

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On the one hand, not too much happens in this episode. Last week left off with a cliffhanger, this week resolves the cliffhanger and sets up another, broader one. We get a bit more backstory on the missing years for the ones who made it away from the island, and there’s a lot of exposition. Not much happens in a narrative sense, but in a larger sense this episode is kind of like a fulcrum about which the story has been turning.

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CLASSIC SCIENCE FICTION BOOK REVIEW: “Erewhon Revisited” by Samuel Butler (1901)

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I read Erewhon out of curiosity some years ago, as I have a soft spot for travelogues of nonexistent lands. They’re just fun, particularly the ones like Gulliver’s Travels and Utopia, that are social satire. I found mention of “Erewhon” (A lazy anagram for “Nowhere”) in the “Dictionary of Imaginary Places” and read it a few years back. I found it tedious and dull, for the most part, a particularly dry book written primarily to satirize the theory of evolution, which he disagreed with.

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EPISODE REVIEWS: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: “To the Lighthouse” (Season 2, Episode 20)

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The series - and possibly the season - enters its endgame phase. Team Connor abandon their very nice rental home and head for a new safehouse location. Sarah splits them up in to two groups - her and John, and Reese and Cameron, neither of whom she trusts anymore.

Meanwhile, John Henry goes all bat-guano and starts hurting Savannah, the daughter of Shirley Manson from Garbage. One of the techs is on hand to shut him down, though.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Chariots Still Crash” by Clifford Wilson (1975)

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Ah, this book was like revisiting the neighborhood I lived in as a kid, I just rocked hard on the nostalgia. Back in the day, when I was a fanatic, I checked this book and it’s prequel (“Crash Go The Chariots”) out of the church library multiple times, frequently before long car trips so I’d have something interesting to read. Now that I’m not a fanatic anymore, I’m sort of surprised how well “The Chariots Still Crash” holds up, actually.

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(Extremely Belated) EPISODE REVIEWS: Lost: “LaFleur” (Season 5, Episode 8)

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I’m sorry for how late this review is. Real life has interfered yet again with my glorious little dream world, and I wasn’t actually able to even watch the episode until yesterday. Actually, owing to band practice (“Republibot 3.0 And The Republibot 3.0 Orchestra, Featuring Republibot 3.0“) most of the Lost reviews have been delayed by a day or two, but this week was just late out of all proportion. I’m sorry about that. I hate to keep people hanging. Republibot: You heard it here last!

Anyway…

IN THE PRESENT (2007)

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