Lost in Space

This post consists of scattered thoughts by a fanboy on a media property from his youth. There are many who feel that any discussion of a non-Star-Trek SF TV series from the 1960s is a waste of time. Indeed, there are many who feel that any discussion of a Star-Trek SF TV series from the 1960s is…

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Staged

Staged is a clever TV series now available on Hulu. In it, Michael Sheen and David Tennant play fictionalized versions of themselves. In the first season, they're restricted by the COVID-19 pandemic but still try to rehearse for a play to open immediately after the pandemic ends. In the second season, things get meta as they deal…

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The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

The 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special is notorious. I remember watching it when it first aired. I was desperate for more Star Wars, and was willing to watch anything. Afterwards, I went "Huh?" I got more out of watching the Ewok movies eight years later. The 1978 Special is best known for introducing the character of Boba…

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Marx and racism

With a title like that, you might think I'm going to talk about how Karl Marx's economic and political theories apply to racial inequality. Nope. I'm going to talk about racism in the Marx Brothers movies. Recently, with much pandemic-induced free time on my hands, I re-watched all of the Marx Brothers films, in chronological order. They…

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Blank Screen

I went to a screening of Incredibles 2 tonight. I walked into the theater about five minutes before the scheduled start. The screen was blank. That's a bit unusual these days, but it was an IMAX screen; I figured that perhaps they didn't have any commercial fluff that was in IMAX format. The starting time of the…

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“The Last Jedi” – my experience

This is not a review. There will be no spoilers. I had not intended to see The Last Jedi on its opening day. I anticipated the theaters would be jammed. Also, there were was a lot scheduled at work both today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday), including a #ScienceOnHudson talk and the lab's holiday party. Just as I…

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Sense8

This is one of those "Oh! I just watched this incredible thing and I gotta tell you about it!" posts. If you're feeling a bit media-saturated and would rather just wait until the female Doctor is unveiled in the next Christmas special, I'll understand if you want to skip this post. So: Sense8 is the series that…

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Westworld

This past weekend I turned on my HBO subscription in order to watch Game of Thrones. It gave me the opportunity to binge-watch another HBO series, Westworld. I have mixed feelings about the series. As I'd heard, the show has a narrative complexity and messes around with the viewers' perceptions in an intriguing way. This sustained the…

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