Review: The Hunger: 1.09-1.10

This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series The Hunger Season 1

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This week, I look at “But At My Back I Always Hear” and “Red Light”. The stories highlight the importance of strong source material. “But At My Back I Always Hear” fares better, despite the tacky direction, mainly because it has a stronger bone structure: The story it’s based on is superior to “Red Light”.

“But At My Back I Always Hear” by …

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.08: The End of the Road

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Torchwood: Miracle Day

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Ryan Scott and Jane Espenson

Recap: Olivia Colasanto (Nana Visitor) brings Jack, Rex, Esther, and Gwen to the estate where her grandfather, Angelo Colasanto, Jack’s former lover, is staying. Rex has Esther stay behind as a security measure. They will keep the phone lines open between them. If anything happens, she will relay it back to a hard drive …

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Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: Gregory Weir

By B.A. Campbell

 (I Fell In Love With) The Majesty of Colors (2008). Company: Kongregate. Developer: Gregory Weir. Platform: Web.

Silent Conversation (2009). Company: Armor Games. Developer: Gregory Weir. Platform: Web.

Babies Dream of Dead Worlds (2010). Company: Newgrounds. Developer: Gregory Weir. Platform: Web.

Looming (2010). Company: Newgrounds. Developer: Gregory Weir. Platform: Web.

Organising the half-shattered china dolls in the attic of my ancestral home, I came upon yet another antiquated handbill, identical in nearly all particulars to the first

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Supernatural Fridays: Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 3.05: Bedtime Stories

This entry is part 5 of 16 in the series Supernatural Season 3

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: Children’s stories turn creepy when the brothers hunt fairy tale characters.

Recap: After a recap for the Colt’s resurrection, John’s death and Dean killing a djinn (which seems random), we cut to a night scene, at a housing construction site in Maple Springs, New York, called “Once Upon a Time”. Three brothers – all of them, shall …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Plague of the Zombies (1966)

By Orrin Grey

Plague of the Zombies (1966) Director: John Gilling Cast: Andre Morell, Diane Claire, Jacqueline Pearce

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every other week, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. For tonight’s film, we’re tackling Plague of the Zombies, a somewhat-lesser-known Hammer horror from director John Gilling, starring Andre Morell, who was in a slew of other Hammer movies, including playing Dr. Watson in Hound of the

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Column: Slicing Score: The Mephisto Waltz/The Other (1971; 1972)

By Maria Mitchell

The Mephisto Waltz/The Other (1971; 1972). Composer: Jerry Goldsmith.

If you can find substantial portions of two good scores in one soundtrack, consider yourself lucky. Strings can be brutal and the strings are a pleasure to be found in The Mephisto Waltz’s score. Piano music is scattered harshly around the tracks, but the strings form trenches in the soundscape. Those auditory trenches contain the darkest musical pressure points. The sound is raw. While I like the score …

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Review: The Hunger: 1.07-1.08

This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series The Hunger Season 1

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This week, I look at two duds in a row: “Anais” and “No Radio”. I have not read the stories on which these two episodes are based, but after watching them, I don’t feel much interest in doing so.

“Anais” has a bit more potential than “No Radio”. A businessman in Montreal catches a glimpse of a young woman sitting on a bench. …

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Review: Doctor Who 6.08: Let’s Kill Hitler

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series Doctor Who Season 6

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Steven Moffat

Recap: The “previouslies” involve the story of Amy’s pregnancy, what the baby is, and what she is being used for: to kill the Doctor. It also brings up that a future Doctor was killed in front of Amy, Rory and River, as well as the reveal that River is the child of Amy and Rory.

Despite …

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Review: Gateways

By Pamela K. Kinney

Hull, Elizabeth Anne, ed. Gateways. Tor (July 2011). 416 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0-7653-2663-8.

“Enter Gateways…to worlds of fabulous adventure.” And this anthology in tribute to science fiction author and editor Frederik Pohl does just that, taking the reader on tours through many interesting stories. Not just stories, either, but also tributes to Pohl, who inspired a number of writers.

Though I enjoyed all the tales in this collection, there were some of those that became …

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.07: Immortal Sins

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Torchwood: Miracle Day

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Jane Espenson

Recap: Note: I’m going to do things a bit differently this week in the recap part of my review. The episode jumps from flashbacks to Jack’s past, to the present with Gwen and Jack. I’m going to break up the story into two parts: The first part will be the past story with Jack. The second part …

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Supernatural Fridays: Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 2.08: Crossroad Blues

This entry is part 9 of 21 in the series Supernatural Season 2

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: The brothers investigate a demonic case that goes back to the early days of blues music.

Recap: Extended recap of John’s deal with YED in “In My Time of Dying” and a short bit about the devil’s trap.

It’s August 1938 in Greenwood, Mississippi and a man (La Monde Byrd) is playing the blues in …

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Review: One Weird Idea

By B.A. Campbell

Mathieu, Roscoe, ed. One Weird Idea, May 2011. Glorious Dawn Press (2011). 69 pp. ISBN: 0983453209.

One Weird Idea is “the first e-format periodical”. No, wait. It’s “the world’s first anthozine” – a hybrid organism marrying the best traits of a magazine with those of an anthology.

I’ll tell you what it is: It’s damn good SF at a damn reasonable value. Its credo – “Take an idea, and write a story around it” – may …

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