Category: TV

Close Channel D… Robert Vaughn is gone

I would be delinquent in my duties as an obsessive Man from U.N.C.L.E. fanboy if I did not note with great sadness the passing of the amazing actor Robert Vaughn. Vaughn played Napoleon Solo in the original series and had a score of other notable roles throughout a 60 year career, including seminal performances in Read More

Photos: The restored USS Enterprise at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Thursday September 8th was the 50th anniversary of the airing of the first episode of Star Trek, “The Man Trap”. On that day I was in Washington DC for business, and before I arrived I realized I was only a short Uber trip from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum… and I had a long Read More

Photos: #StarTrek 50 at the EMP Museum

In Seattle for work this week and was able to make some time to visit the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Exhibit at the EMP Museum. The display is fantastic, with Paramount opening up their archives to showcase props and costumes from the series and movies. Paul Allen, who owns and runs the EMP Museum, also Read More

Star Trek Fan Film Guidelines to end all good Star Trek fan films

I really don’t want to write anymore about Star Trek, but then CBS/Paramount does a stupid thing and I have to. This week, the owners of Star Trek released fan film guidelines, mostly in response to the lawsuit against the Star Trek Axanar “fan film” (which raised $1 million on Kickstarter). While a reasonable set Read More

Deconstructing the music video for Billy Joel’s “Pressure”

I’m sorry, but I love Billy Joel’s music. That is how a lot of people start the conversation when it comes to Billy Joel… They apologize for liking the guy’s work. I blame Piano Man. That song, man… I think I have heard it approximately 10,273 times. And only three of those times was by Read More

Photos: Here’s Johnny! Tonight Show Exhibit at the Museum of Broadcast Communications

I was in Chicago for business this week and I was able to sneak away from work long enough to go visit the Museum of Broadcast Communications and check out a new exhibit that was just added. Here’s Johnny! celebrates the four decades that Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and has costumes, scripts, and Read More

Thoughts about Showtime’s upcoming season of Twin Peaks

Today is the day that Dale Cooper first arrived in the two of Twin Peaks – “Diane, 11:30 am, February 24th. Entering the town of Twin Peaks…” Fans around the world celebrate it as “Twin Peaks Day” and all over social media are images, quotes and art celebrating the series… and everyone is all the Read More

Is it worth watching Twin Peaks if I know the killer?

Yes, because it’s not the destination… it’s the journey. If someone told you before you saw Citizen Kane that Rosebud was a sled, you still should watch Citizen Kane…. Heck, you MUST watch Citizen Kane, because it is a seminal piece of filmmaking that influenced at least three generations of filmmakers (and counting). Twin Peaks Read More

Should The Prisoner be remade into a movie?

No, but that probably won’t stop Hollywood from trying. It shouldn’t be remade for two reasons: First, The Prisoner was “lightning in a bottle” and a near singular vision of Patrick McGoohan (while George Markstein was actively involved in creating the series, it was leveraging McGoohan’s concept and ideas). Whenever a series is driven by Read More

What made Twin Peaks a cult TV series?

A cult TV series is any show that has a dedicated and loyal audience. So, a better question may be, “Why does Twin Peaks STILL have a dedicated and loyal audience, 25 years later? In my opinion there are three main reasons: The look of the show. Twin Peaks was the first real “cinematic” TV Read More

Star Trek vs. Star Wars: We have a winner…

As most people who read a blog like this knows, the new Star Wars film opened to a colossal amount of tickets sold  – $250 million in the US, and $500 million dollars worldwide, and that was just during the first weekend. To put that number in perspective, the last Star Trek film, Into Darkness, Read More

Mark Lenard interview from Planet of the Apes magazine

Two of my pop culture obsessions are Star Trek and the Planet of the Apes series. In a just world there would be Apes conventions around the world just like there are ones for Trek… but, alas, the world does not share my love for the Apes franchise.(Though, to be fair, the newest Apes films have Read More

Six Million Dollar Man: What makes Steve and Oscar such a great team?

Here’s an unintentionally funny article from the great Six Million Dollar Man comic magazine that was published during the time the series was on the air. Why are they such a great team? Because they are the first bromance: “They have developed great respect and affection for each other.” Get a room, you two. When the Read More

Happy 50th Anniversary, Lost In Space!

This is a month of geek anniversaries… Today, 50 years ago, the first episode of Lost in Space aired. While it was – and is – very much a “kids show” compared to shows like Star Trek or The Twilight Zone, it still had its charms. I have never been much of a hard core Read More

Happy birthday Star Trek!

To celebrate Star Trek’s 49th birthday, why don’t you read my thoughts on the franchise? I’ve written a lot on the series over the years, and here’s an index of the best of those posts… Wow, I’m prolific… A look at Lincoln Enterprises Adventures in modelmaking: Building the 1/350th scale Enterprise Actor’s “Instruction Manual” to Read More

How Space: 1999 was born! Happy 40th, Moonbase Alpha!

Because of the Labor Day holiday weekend, I completely forgot a very big anniversary. September 4th was the 40th anniversary of the UK airing of “Breakaway,” the very first episode of Space: 1999. I was a HUGE fan of this show when it first aired – of course, I was six at the time, so Read More

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