I vote yes.
I’m at my desk, notes in hand, going over my shot list, making sure I have everything I need – or at least a way to find it – for tomorrow.
I don’t typically recommend judging a series by its pilot episode. It’s made when the writers and producers are still trying to figure out what the show’s going to be, where it’s going to go. So, much of what we may come to love about the series, should it get that far, is yet unformed in that first episode.
But the first episode in John Scalzi‘s serial The Human Division was so good that I felt pretty confident in recommending it. “The B-Team” was a fantastic opening, and promised another classic from the creator of Old Man’s War and Redshirts.
And it’s only gotten better…
I know it’s been a bit of a while since I last wrote. I hadn’t meant to be away from the blog for so long.
But the silver lining of that long delay is that I have a lot more to write about… Read more
One of the highlights of my year in geek culture was finally discovering John Scalzi. Of course, it was through his brilliant novel Redshirts, which is about precisely what you’d think, until it inverts and subverts itself in ways I can’t begin to reveal here. Just trust me on this, if you’re a sci-fi geek and you haven’t read it yet, you really should.
And if (like me), the experience of Redshirts inspires you to try more of his work, you should check out his newest project. It might be the best midseason replacement you’re not watching.
Granted, that’s only because it’s not actually on TV. But still.
It was great hanging out with you all this Christmas – I hope you had fun too.
One of the best parts of the holiday (even better than getting to introduce you to Doctor Who) was seeing the look on your face when you opened your present. When you’re trying to find a gift for someone, you always hope you know them well enough to make sure it’s something they’ll really like, but you never really know until you see their reaction. And knowing some of the conversations we’ve had about film music in the past, I was hoping this one would go over well. I’m glad it did.
As I was getting ready to leave for the Drafthouse, I told a good friend that I needed an escape from the darkness of the day.
Of course, there’s a little more to the story behind my chosen escape route.
It started with Orson Welles, of course.
When I was much younger, and in the earliest stages of my obsession with sci-fi, I learned about the Mercury Theatre of the Air, and their famous broadcast of The War of the Worlds. I remember hearing it for the first time and thinking it was so cool. (Seriously, take away all the baggage of its history, and it still holds up.)
Since then, I’ve always had a weakness for old-time radio drama. And as I haven’t heard nearly enough of it in my life, I can’t pass up an opportunity to recreate that classic radio experience.
Combine that with one of my favorite holiday stories, then add some wonderful local actors, and you have the kind of show I can’t resist. Read more
The beginning of the holiday season is very personal to each of us. For some, it may be the day after Thanksgiving. For others, it may be the first time It’s a Wonderful Life or Elf or Die Hard airs. (I’ll admit, I don’t get that last one, but that’s probably just me.)
For me, it’s really quite simple:
First listen to Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” First listen to @sirpatstew‘s reading of “A Christmas Carol.” The holidays are here.