SciFi Weekend: Tuesday Shows Go Dark (SHIELD and Person of Interest); Sleepy Hollow; Under The Dome (“Nothing But A Giant Suck Hole”); Doctor Who; Outlander; Arrow; Gotham; Shatner Star Trek Rumors; If Ayn Rand Wrote Buffy
Sep28

SciFi Weekend: Tuesday Shows Go Dark (SHIELD and Person of Interest); Sleepy Hollow; Under The Dome (“Nothing But A Giant Suck Hole”); Doctor Who; Outlander; Arrow; Gotham; Shatner Star Trek Rumors; If Ayn Rand Wrote Buffy

Tuesday night featured the return of two television shows which have both changed for the post-Snowden era, Agents of SHIELD and Person of Interest. On each show the heroes are now working in secret, or even greater secrecy than they had operated in the past. The premiere of Agents of SHIELD was not as good as the final episodes of the first season following Captain America: The Winter Soldier but did show promise of setting up a far...

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Meet A TMV Columnist, Hear Great Music & Eat Great Food
Sep24

Meet A TMV Columnist, Hear Great Music & Eat Great Food

If you live in the Greater Philadelphia-Baltimore Co-Prosperity Sphere and have some time to kill on Sunday (September 28), here’s a special event for you: I will be signing copies of There’s A House In The Land, my just-published saga of the 1970s, beginning at 1pm and again at 8pm at the Blue Crab Grill in Suburban Plaza, a mere two miles from Interstate 95 in Newark, Delaware. The event also will feature a reunion of...

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SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Outlander; Extant and You’re The Worst Finales; Pineapple Mystery From How I Met Your Mother Solved; Gillian Jacobs Gets New Show; Supergirl; Suicide Squad; Star Trek
Sep21

SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Outlander; Extant and You’re The Worst Finales; Pineapple Mystery From How I Met Your Mother Solved; Gillian Jacobs Gets New Show; Supergirl; Suicide Squad; Star Trek

Saturday night featured The Wedding on Outlander while Doctor Who combined at least two old plot ideas. On the surface, Time Heist is a classic Ocean’s Eleven bank robbery, plus throw in a little of The Bourne Identity. It was obvious something big would happen after the Doctor said, “It’s just a phone Clara, nothing happens when you answer the phone.” Suddenly there were four people in a room with their...

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L. E. Modesitt, Jr. and Science Fiction Morality Plays
Sep20

L. E. Modesitt, Jr. and Science Fiction Morality Plays

The morality play is as old as literature itself.  One of my favorite Science Fiction authors is L. E. Modesitt, Jr.  In his Parafaith Novels he asks the question when is OK to destroy a planet and kill billions of people to save billions of people in the rest of the universe.  In his novel Gravity Dreams he asks how much freedom are we willing to give up for social stability.  He takes on the issue of of social inequality in in his...

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Isaac Asimov
Sep20

Isaac Asimov

When I was in high school all so many decades ago I received this huge volume of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy.  I devoured it like a hungry lion and read it many times.  A couple of decades later when I was in my my mid thirties Asimov wrote three sequels and a prequel which proved to be more rewarding than the the original trilogy.     I have just finished reading all seven novels again the brilliance of the late Issac...

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Fall Picture
Sep18

Fall Picture

I don’t really have much to say so how about a picture.  I woke up to the sound of rain this morning.  Not really enough to do any good but the first wet pavement in 3 months.  The relief will be short lived – more desert dry east winds and temperatures in the 90′s this weekend.  Here is what I’m looking forward...

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Gilligan’s Island Turns 50: A Shipwreck of A Column
Sep18

Gilligan’s Island Turns 50: A Shipwreck of A Column

Gilligan’s Island Turns 50: A Shipwreck of A Column Tyrades! By Danny Tyree Just sit right back and you’ll endure a tale… September 26 marks the 50th anniversary of the classic TV sitcom “Gilligan’s Island.” People exclaim, “You’re making me feel old!” when I tell them that. Gee, Skipper, I would have thought it had something to do with your shiny dome, extra chins and...

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SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Sleepy Hollow; Outlander; Star Trek TOS In Wide Screen; You’re The Worst; Married; An Honourable Woman; Gilmore Girls; SHIELD; Agent Carter; The Hulk; Supergirl; Teen Titans; The Leftovers
Sep14

SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Sleepy Hollow; Outlander; Star Trek TOS In Wide Screen; You’re The Worst; Married; An Honourable Woman; Gilmore Girls; SHIELD; Agent Carter; The Hulk; Supergirl; Teen Titans; The Leftovers

Listen was an ambitious episode of Doctor Who, even if it does fall short of Blink, which it has been compared to. The episode deals with the character and origin of the Doctor, the further importance of the impossible girl in the development of the Doctor, along with Danny Pink’s (and presumably Clara’s) family tree. The episode begins with the Doctor writing on his chalk board (chalk boards are cool) and seeming to be...

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Weekend Photo – Fall
Sep13

Weekend Photo – Fall

Even though it is supposed to be in the upper 80′s or low 90′s today there is little doubt that the feel of fall is in the air.  As I write this it is the mid 40′s here in the Portland area and I was thankful that I put my down comforter on my bed when I washed the sheets yesterday.  I for one am ready for Fall.  We have not had measurable rain since June and have had over 70 brush fires in the last 2 days in the...

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What if Michael did it?
Sep12

What if Michael did it?

As an unashamed Michael Jackson obsessive, one question I get asked more than any other, more than what is my favorite song or album, is: What if he did it? The question is always phrased in this way, in an ambiguous fashion but I know exactly what they’re trying to say. But I like to screw with people so I always answer: did what? There is a very interesting Danish film called The Hunt, where a man is falsely accused of sexually...

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In Comedy You Must Keep Getting Better (Gene Perret Guest Voice)
Sep08

In Comedy You Must Keep Getting Better (Gene Perret Guest Voice)

In Comedy You Must Keep Getting Better by Gene Perret We all miss Joan Rivers. She was a funny lady. Her material was often brilliant and always delivered with gusto – sometimes savage gusto – but she was passionate about her comedy each time she stepped into the spotlight. This wasn’t by accident. Joan was a dedicated professional comedian who worked hard at her craft. In all of the writing about Joan’s career, I noticed a quote from...

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Before Off the Wall
Sep08

Before Off the Wall

Show me a modern day pop or R’n’B artist who wasn’t influenced by Michael Jackson? I can’t think of a single soul. For better or for worse, Michael’s impact on music can still be felt today in the music industry. Artists are still dressing like Michael, they’re still singing like Michael, they’re still dancing like Michael and they’re still making videos like Michael. It’s amazing that when you think about the late King of Pop’s...

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SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Sleepy Hollow; Outlander; Agents of SHIELD; Gracepoint; Blacklist; Arrow; Supergirl; The DC Cinematic Universe; Revenge; How I Met Your Mother Alternate Ending
Sep07

SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Sleepy Hollow; Outlander; Agents of SHIELD; Gracepoint; Blacklist; Arrow; Supergirl; The DC Cinematic Universe; Revenge; How I Met Your Mother Alternate Ending

Doctor Who‘s third episode of the Capaldi era, Robot of Sherwood, was the lightest of the season. The episode, written by Mark Gatiss, almost seemed to be outside of the continuity of the season, being a story which could be watched at any time and which could easily have happened under Matt Smith or an earlier Doctor. The episode begins with Clara on the TARDIS, showing nothing of her home life, ignoring the recent addition of...

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A Look At The Movie “Love Is Strange”
Sep06

A Look At The Movie “Love Is Strange”

I saw a fantastic movie today. “Love Is Strange”. This movie is a love story that is anything but strange. John Lithgow and Alfred Molina play a New York couple (Ben and George), who after forty years decide to be married. Then the story begins. George loses his job and he and Ben (71) must give up their apartment for financial reasons. They are forced to live apart with relatives and friends until they can manage to find...

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A Picture and some Musing
Sep06

A Picture and some Musing

With two weeks left until the official end of summer it will be in the mid 90′s here in Western Oregon today.  I may be an odd ball but I look forward to the blustery wet days, the sometimes violent Pacific storms and the occasional snow.  My wife grew up in the Los Angeles area and hated the winters here while I relished them.  There is nothing like gale forced winds shaking the walls of your house or the quiet when the ground...

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Why Bill Murray is the best kind of movie star
Sep06

Why Bill Murray is the best kind of movie star

Bill Murray has been friends with writer and producer Mitch Glazer since the Saturday Night Live days. Evidently the way that Murray celebrates this friendship, besides appearing in the odd Glazer film (most notably Scrooged), is by phoning him frequently. Specifically, Murray will phone Glazer any time, day or night (once from Russia), the movie Road… Why Bill Murray is the best kind of movie star By Siebbi (Bill Murray) [CC-BY-3.0...

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Cartoon: Joan Rivers
Sep05

Cartoon: Joan Rivers

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Joan Rivers R.I.P: A Sad Ending To An Often Painful Life Story
Sep05

Joan Rivers R.I.P: A Sad Ending To An Often Painful Life Story

Joan Rivers’ humor was not for the faint of heart, or the thin-skinned. The sometimes ruthless comedienne, who died on Thursday at the age of 81, took no prisoners when it came to put-down comedy; even a breezy stroll down the red carpet had the potential to become a roast when she was around. You’d...

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Comedian Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81
Sep04

Comedian Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

Award-winning comedian Joan Rivers died at age 81. She was hospitalized last week after going into cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure on her throat. Rivers daughter, Melissa, said:  “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh … I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.” Melissa Rivers said her mother died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, The Wrap...

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SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who, Hugo and Emmy Awards; Tony Soprano’s Fate; Next Season on Arrow and Fargo; Finales of Falling Skies, True Blood, Defiance, and The Last Ship; Karen Gillan’s Hair; Rebooting Fox Genre Shows; Libby Masters vs. Betty Draper; American Gods; Jennifer Lawrence, and much more
Sep02

SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who, Hugo and Emmy Awards; Tony Soprano’s Fate; Next Season on Arrow and Fargo; Finales of Falling Skies, True Blood, Defiance, and The Last Ship; Karen Gillan’s Hair; Rebooting Fox Genre Shows; Libby Masters vs. Betty Draper; American Gods; Jennifer Lawrence, and much more

Peter Capaldi’s second episode of Doctor Who was much better than the first. Into the Dalek was literally about going into a Dalek, Fantastic Voyage style. Once the reference was made, and we saw antibodies within the Dalek (for an unclear reason), I was surprised that Steven Moffat didn’t take the opportunity to recreate the attack of antibodies on Rachel Welch’s body with Jenna Coleman. Despite the Doctor’s...

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