Doctor Who : The Lazarus Experiment review

Written by: Michael Hickerson (SoSF Journalist) When the one-minute preview for the rest of series three excites you more than the 41-minutes of story leading up to it, you know something’s wrong. It’s not that “The Lazarus Experiment” is necessarily a bad episode of “Doctor Who.” It’s something far worse–a rather dull one. The Doctor […]

Doctor Who: Evolution of the Daleks Review

Written by: Michael Hickerson (SoSF Journalist) One of the hardest transitions from the classic “Doctor Who” to the new series was the predominence of multi-episodes stories. Having been brought up on 26 seasons of stories with a cliffhanger every 25 minutes, it was hard to get used to the idea of “self contained” stories instead […]

Doctor Who “Gridlock” Review

Written by: Michael Hickerson (SoSF Journalist) As a “Doctor Who” fan I have to confess something–while I like the overall work Russell T. Davis does on the show as a producer and show-runner, I’ve never been overly satisfied with any of his scripts. He’s got some great ideas, it’s just sometimes the execution of them […]

Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Code

Written by: Michael Hickerson (SoSF Journalist) For her first trip in time and space, the Doctor takes Martha back in time to 1599 where they meet the Bard himself, William Shakespeare. The thing about “Doctor Who” is they’re so good at pulling off these hybrids of costume period dramas and monster stories that we can […]

Doctor Who – Post Rose/New Companion Review

Written by: Michael Hickerson (SoSF Journalist) The post-Rose Tyler era of “Doctor Who” officially began Saturday night with the premiere of series three. As a long-time fan of “Doctor Who,” while I liked Rose, I realize that change is part of the show and most companions don’t stay on board the TARDIS for more than […]

Totally Frakked: Battlestar Galactica — Son Rise, Son Set, Son Match

Battlestar Galactica Title: The Son Also Rises First Aired: 3/11/07 Q: On Battlestar Galactica, what do you call a bunch of dead lawyers? A: Baltar’s legal defense team. In the first episode following the shocking loss of Kara “Starbuck” Thrace, greasy little pimpstick Baltar is still causing mayhem for the handful of surviving humans he […]

Totally Frakked: Battlestar Galactica — Four-Play

Battlestar GalacticaTitle: “Taking a Break From All Your Worries”First Aired: 1/28/07 The capture of Greasebaltar on Algae World allowed The Powers That Be at Battlestar Galactica to draw even more parallel lines to our present, post-911 Earth. It also made it possible for Edward James Olmos to don his director’s cap and conjure some of […]

Totally Frakked: The Dresden Files — Egypped

The Dresden Files Title: "The Boone Identity" First Aired: 1/28/07 Harry Dresden, Chicago’s most famous supernatural crime investigator since Carl Kolchak, gets mixed up with an ancient Egyptian artifact that allows a vicious killer to jump from one host body to another. The biggest felon in this convoluted mess of an episode, however, isn’t Gus […]

Totally Frakked: Heroes — Kapow!

HeroesTitle: "Godsend"First Aired: 1/22/07 Those ass-kicking Heroes return to TV with all-new adventures for the first time in six weeks. For those of us left speechless last December by the revelation that beloved hero Peter is to blame for the destruction of New York City, the end of the wait seems heaven-sent. It’s been far […]

Totally Frakked: Battlestar Galactica — I Spy With My Giant Eye… The Way to Earth!

Battlestar GalacticaTitle: “Rapture�?First Aired: 1/21/07 Taking up residence in its new Sunday night time slot, Galactica returns in a big way in the first of nine fresh episodes. From the opening fade-in, in which we see the last Battlestar in orbit around Algae World facing off against the Cylon Base fleet, “Rapture�? barrels ahead at […]

Totally Frakked: The Dresden Files — Bird Flew

The Dresden FilesTitle: “Birds of a Feather�?First Aired: 1/21/07 Meet Harry Dresden. He’s a scruffy, scrappy, wisecracking Chicago detective. He loves women, and on this day, he’s been loving perky blonde diner waitress Laura. (A lot, as a matter of fact.) Your average, everyday sort of guy, right? No… Harry’s got secrets. For starters, he’s […]

Totally Frakked: Jake 2.0 — The Second Time Around

Jake_2 The late, not so great UPN headed into the 2003 fall season with high hopes for Jake 2.0, intending to marry the series about a geeky-sexy computer tech-turned-super spy with its other struggling standard bearer, Star Trek: Enterprise. The experiment proved disastrous for both shows. Despite establishing a core group of loyal, vocal fans, […]