5 Episodes In: Agents of SHIELD

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

If you expected witty, fast-paced writing, a cast with chemistry, great acting and direction, nifty plots, and an overarching, twisty plotline — in other words, if you expected Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly or a movie anything like The Avengers — there are a lot of other shows out there that can fulfill this need, including the original NCIS which has all of those things. AoS has none of them, however.

“Toy Story of Terror” — A Slice Of SciFi Review

Toy Story Of Terror - First Still

I just had the chance to watch the brand-new Toy Story of Terror with the girls. We were really looking forward to it and thought it was going to be your usual cheesy spooky, kids fare, unfortunately it was a lot scarier than anticipated.

Star Trek Continues – A Slice of SciFi Review


The first episode of this new series of adventures has been completed, made its debut at this year’s Phoenix Comic Con and is now available for viewing online. It has everything the Star Trek original series fan could want.

“Doctor Who — The Rings of Akhaten” — A Slice of SciFi Review


While I appreciate all the complexities of a Steven Moffat written script, every once in a while it’s nice to see Doctor Who take the less is more approach.

As is the case with this week’s installment, “The Rings of Akhaten.”

“The Walking Dead” — Season Three Review


For the most popular, scripted series on television, you’d think The Walking Dead would be a lot better than it is. Or maybe I should say you’d think the series could be more consistent. A solid stretch of episodes to start season three were ultimately let down by the back half of the season.

“Orphan Black” — A Slice of SciFi Review


BBC America’s new original series Orphan Black kicked off Saturday evening, paired with Doctor Who as part of the channels Supernatural Saturdays. As a viewer, I admit I was intrigued to go from the more family-oriented sensibility of Doctor Who to the more adult sensibility (including a little language and equal-opportunity nudity) of Orphan Black.

“Doctor Who: The Bells of Saint Johns” — A Slice of SciFi Review


Comparisons between classic Doctor Who writer Robert Holmes and current series runner Steven Moffat have been inevitable ever since Moffat’s first story “The Empty Child” and “The Doctor Dances.” But these comparisons were even more inevitable (at least for this fan) on a weekend in which BBC America aired both “The Bells of Saint John” and the classic third Doctor serial “Spearhead from Space.”

“Doctor Who: Tomb of the Cybermen” — A Slice of SciFi Discussion


If you were to create a list of the most influential people in the 50 year run of Doctor Who, Patrick Troughton’s name would have to be near the top or at the top of that list. Fifty years on, the concept of regeneration and changing the lead actor is an integral part of the series’ longevity, but back in the day it was a huge risk for the show.

“Doctor Who” Discussion: The Dalek Invasion of Earth


If not for the Daleks, odds are we wouldn’t be celebrating fifty years of Doctor Who. The series might have run a bit beyond its initial 13-episode order and been fondly remembered by a small segment of fans, but odds are it wouldn’t be the recognizable world-wide icon that it is today.

Doctor Who: The Aztecs — A Slice of SciFi Discussion


While there were science-fiction elements associated with the original vision of Doctor Who, the series wasn’t intended to be a heavily sci-fi driven series. As originally conceived, the time travel element was intended as a doorway to entertaining but educational stories that the entire family could enjoy viewing together on Saturday evenings.

Doctor Who: The Snowmen — A Slice of SciFi Review


I was excited to see this. I love Doctor Who and I was excited to see this episode. Mind you, I’ve had more than my share of disappointments with recent stories, and yet I always greet each episode with the same excitement as when I was first introduced to this magical series.

“Futurama, Volume 7″ — A Slice of SciFi DVD Review


One of the pleasures of my summer viewing schedule is Comedy Central’s new episodes of Futurama. The series, once
sent out to pasture by Fox but revived thanks to DVD sales and syndication airings, is still going strong as it enters its seventh season.

“Doctor Who,” The Angels Take Manhattan — A Slice of SciFi Review


I didn’t cry when Adric died. Nor did I cry when Rose Tyler left (the first time). (I was honestly a bit relieved since I’d wearied of her character and the multitudes who declared her the best companion ever…)

Sarah Jane Smith’s departure, while bittersweet, didn’t get me all misty-eyed.

“Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks” — A Slice of SciFi Review


After a longer the usual (for the new series anyway) hiatus, the Doctor is back, kicking off the lead-up to his fiftieth anniversary by facing off against his long time, lethal foes, the Daleks.

“Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis” — A Slice of SciFi Review


Warning: If you haven’t seen the last few episodes of Game of Thrones, there are SPOILERS for all of them, including last night’s season finale, ahead! If you don’t want to know what happens, turn back now!