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Comic Con Report, volume 3; (A) Doctor Who Edition

Comic Con Report, volume 3; (A) Doctor Who Edition

Here Pandora Boxx, dressed as the Thirteenth Doctor, looks a bit isolated as a surprise guest on the panel called “SuperheroIRL: Avengers of Bullying and Injustice”. And she followed through sticking out like a sore thumb, her genuine chat about compulsively checking online comments stood in amusing contrast to the weird fervency of host Chase Masterson (Leeta from DS9). Coming off as very...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 20, 2019 at 19:50.

Comic Con Report, volume 2; A Moment in Cosplay

Comic Con Report, volume 2; A Moment in Cosplay

I decided I was going to expend minimal effort getting cosplay pictures at this year’s Comic Con. Every site always has an exhaustive series of photos every year now so there doesn’t seem to be any point. But I went outside to eat some sandwiches I packed for myself yesterday and happened upon one of the big group photos. I think these are all Marvel cosplayers.

I also figured I’d take...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 19, 2019 at 21:51.

Comic Con Report, volume 1: Farscape Edition

Comic Con Report, volume 1: Farscape Edition

I spent the day in room 7AB, getting there early so I could have a decent seat for the Farscape 20th anniversary panel. Here’s the footage I got:

The section at the end where Browder describes the scene in “Durka Returns” was in response to a fan who asked if Crichton and Chiana had a “brother and sister” relationship. As Chiana herself points out in “Taking the Stone”, their relationship...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 18, 2019 at 20:53.

Comic Con Prelude

Comic Con Prelude

Here a giant Picard poster grimly holds vigil across the street from the San Diego Convention Centre as though to say, “So. It begins.” By which he’d mean Comic Con. Preview night was last night, Wednesday night, and to-day’s the first official day. I feel like I’ll probably be wandering the floor a lot this year, there are only a few panels I really want to see—the Farscape panel for...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 18, 2019 at 01:57.

The Pilot's Seat

The Pilot's Seat

The potential complications from Aeryn’s past as a Peacekeeper finally come to the fore in an excellent episode of Farscape. The crew of Moya find the seemingly simple moral dichotomy of oppressor versus oppressed becomes much thornier in the reality of personal relationships.

Season 2, Episode 6: The Way We Weren’t

This was the first episode to be written by Naren Shankar who’d previously...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 17, 2019 at 04:29.

Strangest Things

Strangest Things

I finished the third season of Stranger Things on Sunday. In general, I liked it better than season two and I liked season two. But three’s climax is much better, visually and storywise. Though I love how the outcry regarding the kiss between Eleven and Mike at the end of season two seems to have led the Duffer Brothers to having them make out constantly at the beginning of season three. It’s...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 15, 2019 at 22:41.

Life's Replacement Shadows

Life's Replacement Shadows

Shadows and ugly new buildings menace people in the new Sirenia Digest released on Sunday, in a new story from Caitlin R. Kiernan, “Untitled 44". Kiernan’s stories for the Digest, which have for most of the publication’s history focused on wonderfully weird Lovecraftian horror and erotica, have increasingly mined plentifully sinister and weird contemporary issues. But I imagine there are few...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 15, 2019 at 19:01.

Take Phibes

Take Phibes

So you thought you’d seen the last of Dr. Phibes. 1972's Dr. Phibes Rises Again compels you to reassess that presumption. Gloriously campy with even less reservation than its predecessor, this sequel features Vincent Price again in the title role, now lusting for eternal life in an Egypt composed of flashy sound stages and second unit footage from Spain. The film is just as fun as it sounds.

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Setsuled Setsuled Jul 15, 2019 at 18:42.

Hamilton and the Perlman

Hamilton and the Perlman

I swear I don’t work for Amazon Prime despite how much I seem to talk about things I watch on their streaming service. I have NetFlix, too, but Amazon just seems to stock more of what I want. NetFlix’s selection of anything older than 2000, for example, seems to be pretty spotty. Last night I watched the first couple episodes of Beauty and the Beast, the 1987 television series, because I saw...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 15, 2019 at 18:28.

Typical Shenanigans in Atypical Environs

Typical Shenanigans in Atypical
Environs

The house detective sees her wearing only a tiny towel, fleeing the hotel room of an influential millionaire who turns out to be dead but who would suspect plucky little Shirley MacLaine of blackmail? But that is the misunderstanding that fuels the comedy in 1961's All in a Night’s Work. Not a particularly funny movie—every joke lands with a thud—or an interesting story but MacLaine and Dean...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 15, 2019 at 18:04.

The Wall Between the University and the Hairdresser

The Wall Between the University and the Hairdresser

A young hairdresser takes lessons from a dishevelled professor in 1983's Educating Rita. Lightly touching on the class consciousness inherent in conceptions of higher education, the appeal of the film is mainly due to the chemistry between stars Michael Caine and Julie Walters and the gulf between their respective ideas of self-improvement.

Caine plays Frank Bryant, a literature professor at...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 15, 2019 at 18:01.

Sontaran Pockets

Sontaran Pockets

Who would dare rip of the greatest warriors in all of time and space? None other than Grendel from Beowulf in the 2013 Doctor Who audio play Starlight Robbery. Writer Matt Fitton brings back his version of Grendel, or “Garundel”, introduced in the audio play he wrote the previous year, Black and White. Maybe he appears in something by another writer but I suspect he’s a character only his...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 15, 2019 at 17:56.

Leave Troi Alone

Leave Troi Alone

When a guy says he has to suck the lifeforce from a woman in order to save millions of people, how do you reply? Captain Picard wasn’t having any of it the sixth season Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Man of the People”. He wanted to arrest the guy without hesitation.

It’s an interesting question—it is one of the old “needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” questions. Though...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 15, 2019 at 17:33.

Some Cities Swallow Stories Whole

Some Cities Swallow Stories Whole

Venice sure is beautiful. And that’s primarily what makes 1955's Summertime such a joy to watch. You couldn’t ask for a better star than Katharine Hepburn and the concept of an older woman falling in love for the first time is certainly an extraordinary premise for the ‘50s but it’s saddled with too much softball comedy business to be really great. Still, its Technicolor photography and...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 15, 2019 at 15:17.

The Subject is In

The Subject is In

Now for a real Saturday on Setsuled’s Blog—I have Doctor Who related things to talk about. I finally had time to listen to an audio play, 2006's The Reaping. A Sixth Doctor story, it’s a rare one for teaming him with Peri, his onscreen companion for the bulk of his television run with whom he had infamously bad chemistry. Individually, Colin Baker as Six is shrill and overblown, Nicola Bryant...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 15, 2019 at 11:16.

Who Knows What Gold Lurks in the Coffins of Men?

Who Knows What Gold Lurks in the Coffins of Men?

A faint sound of mechanical music, maybe a shadow on the wall, that’s all the warning you’ll get and If You Meet Sartana, Pray for Your Death. Or so says the title of the 1968 Spaghetti Western that introduced the popular character to audiences. Definitely closer to a superhero film than most of the best films of the genre, the first Sartana movie is like a wilder adaptation of Yojimbo than A...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 15, 2019 at 11:05.

The Stones of a Lost Home

The Stones of a Lost Home

Logically, a safer and more efficient way of life is preferable to a dangerous and difficult one. Yet few viewers would be unaffected by the evacuation of the remote, forbidding island in Michael Powell’s 1937 film The Edge of the World. Based loosely on the evacuation of St. Kilda in the Scottish archipelago a few years earlier, Powell’s film has a plot dealing with the deterioration of a...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 15, 2019 at 11:04.

No Innocent Babes, Ellie and Myra

No Innocent Babes, Ellie and Myra

No-one among the ensemble in 1972's Bonnie’s Kids is really innocent but sometimes some of them get worse than they deserve. A fascinating exploitation film, and obvious influence on Quentin Tarantino, it’s a pulpy kaleidoscope of sex, crime, bad acting, and the underbelly of Los Angeles.

Two beautiful sisters, Ellie (Tiffany Bolling) and Myra (Robin Mattson), live with their impressively...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 15, 2019 at 10:28.

Mutants Working Together

Mutants Working Together

I’ve finally gone back and started reading some classic X-Men comics. I figured I’d read through from the introduction of the “new” X-Men in 1975 through the Dark Phoenix Saga because those are the comics I happened to have had sitting on my shelf for fifteen years. In 2004 I saw Barnes and Noble had released a “Masterworks” series of Marvel Comics collections. I thought this was...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 15, 2019 at 10:24.

A Sudden Fatherhood

A Sudden Fatherhood

Choosing a Doctor Who episode to watch for Father’s Day is much easier than Mother’s Day. There are several good candidates—obviously “Father’s Day” from the 9th Doctor era would be one—but I watched “The Doctor’s Daughter”. I think it was the second time since I first watched it. As is so often the case, it feels like a good episode that would’ve been a lot better in a four or five episode...

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