Monthly Archives: February 2015

Live Long and Prosper, Spock

According to The New York Times, Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Spock in the original Star Trek series, has passed away. Perhaps more than any other single actor, Nimoy helped make Star Trek a global phenomenon. He took on … Continue reading

Posted in Science Fiction, TV Shows | Tagged , | 1 Comment

To Adapt, or Not To Adapt? (a response to Kat Sas)

In response to my “trolling” on Facebook, my friend Katherine Sas published a post on her blog Raving Sanity in which she discusses why some film adaptations fail even though they seem to superficially resemble the book. In “A Series of Uncorrelated Events,” she … Continue reading

Posted in Analysis | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

“Babylon 5” Retrospective (The Characters)

Babylon 5 was ahead of its times, in both good ways and bad. *** SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED WATCHING Babylon 5 ***

Posted in Science Fiction, TV Shows | Tagged , | Leave a comment

“Babylon 5” Retrospective (The Story)

Despite some issues with pacing, Babylon 5 remains one of the most complex stories ever told on television . *** SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED WATCHING Babylon 5 ***

Posted in Science Fiction, TV Shows | Tagged , | 2 Comments

“Babylon 5: In the Beginning”

More fan service than story. *** SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED WATCHING In the Beginning *** 

Posted in Science Fiction, TV Shows | Tagged , | 1 Comment

“Starship Troopers” and War

Last December, I reviewed Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, one of my favorite novels. I had focused on the political dimensions of the novel, but the book is also a useful vehicle for thinking about war – even 55 years after it was … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Science Fiction | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

“Robocop” (1987)

I finally saw the RoboCop reboot a few months ago, so I decided to rematch the original 1987 RoboCop by director Paul Verhoeven and writer Edward Neumeier. Much has been made of Verhoeven’s social commentary in the film. As is typical of 1980s … Continue reading

Posted in Movies, Science Fiction | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

“Babylon 5” (Season 5)

Some resolution for hanging plot threads and the characters, but was it necessary? *** SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED WATCHING SEASON 5*** 

Posted in Science Fiction, TV Shows | Tagged , | 1 Comment