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Timestamp #302: Revolution of the Daleks

Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks (1 episode, New Year Special, 2021) A little bit of cloning and a little bit of open warfare. It’s been 367 minutes since the Doctor and her team destroyed the Reconnaissance Dalek in GCHQ. An ill-fated truck driver takes the empty casing to Depository

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Timestamp #301: Ascension of the Cybermen & The Timeless Children

Doctor Who: Ascension of the Cybermen Doctor Who: The Timeless Children (2 episodes, s12e09-10, 2020) The story that broke so many fans. Ascension of the Cybermen In the depths of space, Ashad speaks of the Cybermen. The mechanical menace has finally been defeated after winning a billion battles, and after

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Timestamp #300: The Haunting of Villa Diodati

Doctor Who: The Haunting of Villa Diodati (1 episode, s12e08, 2020) Enter Frankenstein’s monster. The place and time are Lake Geneva, June 1816. As a thunderstorm crashes down upon the Swiss countryside, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (the future Mary Shelley, the mother of science fiction), Lord George Gordon Byron, Doctor John

Movie review: ‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’ is a silly but fun flick

The comparisons are inevitable.  Last year’s Godzilla Minus One was a remarkable film (one of my favorites of the year). It had a thought-provoking story that combined exciting action with genuine emotion. The human characters had actual depth and moving arcs.  I’m sure it comes as little surprise that Godzilla

Ted Lasso – The TV show I didn’t know how much I needed

I put off watching Ted Lasso for a long time. I’m not sure why. Sometimes I get cold feet when it comes to committing to a new TV show (it takes a lot more time to watch a multiple-season series vs. a stand-alone movie). I didn’t have Apple TV+ and

Hitting the fandom doldrums (and how to find your spark again!)

As geeks, one of the things we do best is, well, “geeking out” – when we see a new trailer for a film we’ve been eagerly anticipating, or buy a merch item that’s been on our wish list for years, we feel that familiar burst of giddy excitement. We want

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Timestamp #299: Can You Hear Me?

Doctor Who: Can You Hear Me? (1 episode, s12e07, 2020) A voice in the darkness is not always a good sign. In Aleppo, Syria, circa 1380, a young woman runs through the city. An older woman named Maryam lets Tahira seek refuge, chiding her for stealing as a misguided attempt

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Timestamp #298: Praxeus

Doctor Who: Praxeus (1 episode, s12e06, 2020) A lot of moving parts in a story where nothing is as it seems. Picking up immediately after Fugitive of the Judoon, several plot threads are rapidly laid down. A spacecraft plummets toward Earth. An astronaut named Adam Lang tries to salvage it, but

Celebrating 25 years of geeky fun at Planet Comicon 2024

It’s always a bittersweet feeling when, on the last day of a con, you head out of the building for the last time and start the long walk back to your car, or the bus, or whatever mode of transportation you used to get there.  Your heart is full because

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Timestamp #297: Fugitive of the Judoon

Doctor Who: Fugitive of the Judoon (1 episode, s12e05, 2020) She’s the Doctor, but not the one you were expecting. In Gloucester, 2020, Ruth Clayton awakens on her 44th birthday and makes breakfast. Her husband, Lee, heads out to buy a proper cake while Ruth asks the day to do

Reflections on Dune: Part Two

I love the story of Dune so, so much — which is not really a sentence I would have anticipated writing when I first tried reading the book about a decade ago.  For whatever reason, I didn’t really connect with Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel back then. Maybe it wasn’t

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Timestamp #296: Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror

Doctor Who: Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror (1 episode, s12e04, 2020) Two great minds collide at the turn of the century! The place is Niagara Falls. The time is 1903. The man is Nikola Tesla and he is marketing his new method of harnessing electricity through a wireless system. The

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