You take a weapon that destroys technology and sends modern folks back to the pre-industrial age, and what do you have? The perfect plot device for exploring nineteenth and early twentieth-century problems with modern sensibilities and know-how. The EMP accomplishes all that and so much more. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) has become a popular plot […]Read more "Lights Out! Fun with EMPs"
This was the first movie me and others my age at the time had ever been fully immersed in, immersion on the level of learning a foreign language. We lived, breathed, and talked about the movie and made plans to see it again and again. We would have eaten it too, but food tie-ins weren’t much of a thing back then.Read more "Why Star Wars ’77 is the Best of the Franchise"
Star Trek: The Original Series was an early attempt at a diverse cast that would speak to Earth and humanity reaching a peaceful resolution of its many problems before heading to the stars. With the show’s second season, creator Gene Roddenberry wanted a younger crew member for audiences to identify with, someone that acknowledged the […]Read more "How did a Russian get aboard the USS Enterprise?"
La Jetée is an artful and original story that is a must-see piece of science fiction history. It may take more effort to watch for modern viewers not accustomed to less-linear presentations, but the images will stay with you long after its 28-minute run-time.Read more "Twelve Monkeys’ Avant-Garde Roots"
Ever have a cat look past you over your shoulder and hiss, whether or not there was actually anything there? There’s a reason why I prefer birds, dogs, and pot-belly pigs in that order before considering a cat as a suitable pet while aboard a spaceship. Jonsey the cat from Alien (and Aliens) did everything […]Read more "Jonesey, the Cat from Alien"
“They Live” is a movie remembered for its aliens living among us, a line about bubblegum and kicking ass, and a five-and-a-half minute fight between the two main characters over the issue of putting on a pair of sunglasses. Also noteworthy was the creepy social commentary, conveyed through the subliminal messages the aliens had plastered […]Read more "The Short Story that Inspired “They Live”"
How tolerant are you of character glut? There is a hard-to-pin number out there of what constitutes too many characters in a book, movie, or show. Watching the trailer for the new Captain America: Civil War movie reminds me of how unsatisfying most of these films are when they are trying to service decades-old comic […]Read more "The Dangers of Character Glut"