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Babylon 5

Weekly Columns

  • 14 September 2000: Here’s a reason to skip the movies and stay home to watch television [The glory of Babylon I]
  • 21 September 2000: Star Trek vs. Babylon 5—which tells the grander tale? [The glory of Babylon II]
  • 26 October 2000: A fan’s dream come true: meeting the commander of Babylon 5 [Name droppings IV]
  • 17 June 2004: Will we see Dark Shadows again? Will we see Babylon 5 again? Will Molly Bloom? Who knows, but let’s have a nice ramble anyway [Ramble]
  • 15 July 2004: It turns out that Thomas Wolfe was wrong; you can actually go home again [Babylon on Puget Sound]
  • 23 December 2004: How’s this for an idea for a new TV series: a vampire and his doctor friend travel through time into the future and wind up on a space station near the rim of the galaxy [Still lurking in the Shadows]
  • 2 August 2007: One man obsessed about a God he didn’t have faith in, another didn’t believe in God at all, and the third simply made us laugh to high heaven [Through a lens darkly (1918-2007)]
  • 20 September 2007: After waiting 5 years, 6 months and 121 days (but who’s counting) to see it, what’s another 768 hours? [Lost and found]
  • 2 June 2011: You may remember him getting bad girl Rizzo in trouble or driving a cab in New York, but for some of us he will always be the last man to speak to John Sheridan [Zack Allan (1950-2011)]
  • 1 October 2012: It is sad when we lose a favorite actor from a favorite TV series, but what is really important is that world has lost a really nice guy [Commander Sinclair (1952-2012)]
  • 3 August 2016: Somewhere out there beyond the rim, the security chief of the last of the Babylon stations is in the universe’s face and making it pay attention [Mr. Garibaldi (1956-2016)] 16 November 2016: One brought extraterrestrials vividly to life, one was from Mexico, and one both played an extraterrestrial and saved a village of Mexicans [Adiós]

    Dark Shadows

    Movies

    House of Dark Shadows (Dan Curtis, 1970)
    Night of Dark Shadows (Dan Curtis, 1971)
    Dark Shadows (Tim Burton, 2012)

    Weekly Columns

  • 31 January 2002: It’s not as bad as it sounds; he would have been called Barney, for short [Me and my Shadows]
  • 13 June 2002: Sci-Fi giveth, and Sci-Fi taketh away [The coming (and going) of Shadows]
  • 20 June 2002: Say what you want about Barnabas Collins, you never ever saw his chest glistening with sweat [Mild Passions vs. serious Shadows]
  • 1 August 2002: Quick! Name a television series that featured characters played by Kate Jackson, John Karlen, Harvey Keitel, Marsha Mason, and Abe Vigoda! [Back in the Shadows]
  • 5 September 2002: If life was harrowing for the Collins clan on the small screen, it got even worse for them when they landed on the big screen [Shadows on the big screen]
  • 12 February 2004: And another question: if John Edwards somehow managed to get elected president, would he have to stop doing that Crossing Over show? [Second coming of shadows?]
  • 17 June 2004: Will we see Dark Shadows again? Will we see Babylon 5 again? Will Molly Bloom? Who knows, but let’s have a nice ramble anyway [Ramble]
  • 23 December 2004: How’s this for an idea for a new TV series: a vampire and his doctor friend travel through time into the future and wind up on a space station near the rim of the galaxy [Still lurking in the Shadows]
  • 2 August 2007: One man obsessed about a God he didn’t have faith in, another didn’t believe in God at all, and the third simply made us laugh to high heaven [Through a lens darkly (1918-2007)]
  • 5 June 2008: Maybe someday I will get to the point that I am dreaming about looking for the most comfortable place to take a nap [Nightmare on East Roy Street]
  • 25 March 2010: These days it seems as though every other book, movie and TV show is about vampires; is the time right for one more? [Foreshadowing]
  • 29 July 2010: So in a battle between Barnabas Collins and Abraham Lincoln, who would actually win? [Nerdism reigns in Southern California]
  • 10 February 2011: My self-defense mechanisms to protect myself from disappointment cannot keep up any longer and I now must embrace reality: this movie is really going to happen [Looming Shadows]
  • 27 March 2012: And when I saw Pee-wee’s Big Adventure in 1985, how could I possibly have known that the same filmmaker would one day make Barnabas’s big adventure? [Risen from the grave]
  • 19 April 2012: His character defeated death because of a witch’s curse, but he will beat it by having created a character for the ages [Barnabas Collins (1924-2012)]
  • 14 May 2012: It’s only May, and already it’s been a great summer for kids who were comic book and television fans in the 1960s [Adapt or die?]
  • 16 May 2012: With apologies to Thomas Wolfe, even a vampire can go home again, but that doesn’t mean his home will not have gone through major changes [Welcome home, Barnabas Collins]

    Doctor Who

    Movie

    Dr. Who and the Daleks

    Weekly Columns

  • 28 April 2005: A spin-off, a prequel, a remake and something that’s just trashy fun: no, these aren’t movies, they’re TV shows [TV or not TV]
  • 11 May 2006: If we could get Doctor Who to help us with our oil problem, maybe he could also use the Tardis to go into the future and borrow a bunch of money from our grandchildren so we can bail out Social Security [Another gusher]
  • 6 March 2008: For my money, the last of the time lords is the best of them [The Doctor is in]
  • 12 June 2008: If only the Doctor could bring us new episodes immediately from the distant future or go back into time and warn everybody about the missing WMDs [Tube tales]
  • 26 June 2008: Maybe in some parallel universe in an alternative timeline, brand new episodes of Doctor Who is on every day of the year [The last temptation of Doctor Who]
  • 14 August 2008: Where can I find room in my brain for new movies and TV shows when I haven’t properly achieved resolution with the ones I have already seen? [Loose ends]
  • 7 January 2010: Even if a Time Lord lives to be more than nine centuries old, some of us still cannot get enough of him [Who’s next]
  • 8 April 2010: Now if only Mr. Ross would have J. Michael Straczynski on to talk about Babylon 5 [Doctor Doctor]
  • 24 June 2010: Wouldn’t it be grand to have one’s own TARDIS so that one didn’t have to wait so long for the next episode of the adventures of our favorite son of Gallifrey [Script Doctor]
  • 1 July 2010: One wonders, if the general had one of those wrist time travel thingies, would he go back and tell his aides to be more discreet? [Runaway casting call]
  • 24 February 2011: The Brigadier (1929-2011)
  • 21 April 2011: She gave us the gift of making us feel we were really exploring time and the stars and also the human heart [Sarah Jane (1948-2011)]
  • 5 May 2011: Some movie and TV villains never seem to go away, but fortunately sometimes the real ones do [Moment of Silence]
  • 9 June 2011: Life for our favorite Time Lord has gotten very interesting indeed [Who’s your daddy?]
  • 6 October 2011: If Doctor Who could come back to weekly television after 16 years and Arrested Development could come back after 5 years, what else might be possible? [Doctor wow]
  • 17 November 2011: Given all the times the Doctor has had to reboot the universe, I suppose it’s only appropriate that his new movie be a reboot [Woo Who!]
  • 21 May 2013: Time again for my annual lament that I am not in Cannes—and a bunch of other stuff [May flies]
  • 22 November 2013: The world of Doctor Who: it’s bigger (and better) on the inside [The Doctor: pure gold]
  • 26 November 2013: Maybe it couldn’t live up to the hype, but it will definitely outlive the hype [Who hooley: holy cow!]
  • 5 September 2014: Who would ever have thought that the earnest young man in a suit chasing a mermaid on the northern coast of Scotland would eventually become the master of the TARDIS? [Tartan Time Lord]

    Star Trek

    Movies

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Robert Wise, 1979)
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Nicholas Meyer, 1982)
    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Leonard Nimoy, 1984)
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Leonard Nimoy, 1986)
    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (William Shatner, 1989)
    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Nicholas Meyer, 1991)
    Star Trek: Generations (David Carson, 1994)
    Star Trek: First Contact (Jonathan Frakes, 1996)
    Star Trek: Insurrection (Jonathan Frakes, 1998)
    Star Trek: Nemesis (Stuart Baird, 2002)
    Star Trek (J.J. Abrams, 2009)
    Star Trek Into Darkness (J.J. Abrams, 2013)
    Star Trek Beyond (Justin Lin, 2016)