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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Review: The Hunger 1.05-1.06

This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series The Hunger Season 1

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This week, I look at “Bridal Suite” (1.05) and “Room 17” (1.06). Graham Masterton is tough to find in anthology format, as I already complained about in another review, so I didn’t have a chance to read the story upon which episode five is based. The sixth episode, on the other hand, is an original screenplay. Though it has nothing original about it. …

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.06: The Middle Men

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Torchwood: Miracle Day

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: John Shiban

Recap: The episode opens at PhiCorp central in LA, with Stuart Owens, the CEO of PhiCorp (Ernie Hudson! Hi, Ernie! I remember you from Ghostbusters!), receiving some information from his secretary, Janet (Ciera Payton) – and obvious secret lover – regarding the “Shanghai Deal”. There are maps and layouts amongst the papers. On the news, some …

Heather S. VinaReview: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.06: The Middle Men

Review: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

We talked about Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark in my home. My mother was freaked out when she saw it. I thought it was creepy. My husband thought so, too. Judging by Del Toro’s script (co-written with Matthew Robbins), he must have also seen it at night when it ran on Channel Five (or was it Thirteen?) in Mexico. There may be a whole generation of scarred Mexicans trembling in front of the TV set due …

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Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 1.17: Hell House

This entry is part 17 of 22 in the series Supernatural Season 1

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: Sam and Dean investigate a haunting in Texas and tangle with a couple of amateur ghost hunters.

Recap: Usual season one recap about the brothers’ Quest to Find Dad, even though they did sort of find him once, already (as Sam will point out to Dean later). Cut to Richardson, Texas, where a group of stereotypically dumb …

Paula R. StilesRetro Recap and Review: Supernatural 1.17: Hell House

Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

By Brian M. Sammons

Die, Monster, Die! (1965). Director: Daniel Haller. Cast: Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson. Country: Germany.

Welcome back, friends and fellow cultists. Today, we set the Wayback Machine to 1965 so we can discuss the first of the many screen adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space”. Now, “Colour” was not only Lovecraft’s favourite of all his own tales, but it must be the favourite of moviemakers, as well, as it is the …

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Review: Supernatural Magazine, Issue #26

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers for season six]

Supernatural Magazine. Titan Magazines, 2011. Issue #26, August 2011. 66pp. US $6.99, CAN $7.99. ISSN: 1752-945X.

This issue, we’ve got the usual double-interview with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, a season six set report, an article about the making of “Frontierland”, and an interview with Mitch Pileggi. Regular columns include “The End” as the Classic Episode, dragons in Myths and Legends (Oh, boy), Batchelor’s Grove Cemetery in the Chicago area for …

Paula R. StilesReview: Supernatural Magazine, Issue #26