As Doctor Who closes in on its fiftieth anniversary, it’s nice to know that while the future is bright, this new chapter and celebration appears it will be built on paying homage to long, rich history that has come before it. No where was that more evident than in Saturday evening’s cliffhanger that once again tries to inject the “Who?” back into Doctor Who.
Reviewed by Michael Hickerson (Slice of SciFi Editor) One of the chief criticisms lobbed at Doctor Who in the 80s was that it became too insular with certain stories being so stepped in what’s come before that novice fans would have a difficult if not an impossible time not just figuring out what was going […]
On the surface, Syfy’s new summer series Alphas feels an awful lot like a clone of NBC’s Heroes. Ordinary people with extraordinary abilities are brought together to fight evil. But dig a bit deeper and you’ll see that, well, the show really is a lot like Heroes, only this time instead of fighting against a mysterious governmental agency, our elite team is a special branch of the Department of Defense.
Reviewed by: Michael Hickerson (Slice of SciFi Editor) One of the problems with Internet rumors is that they can create false expectations for an episode. For example, last week I heard that as many as two other previous Doctors could turn up for a cameo in this week’s mid-season finale. The story was backed up […]
Last year when Steven Moffat took over as producer and show runner for Doctor Who, the buzz was all about seeing what a full season under his guidance might look like. Most fans agree that Moffat delivered solid results in his first season at the helm and that just amped up the curiosity to if and how Moffat might top himself in his second season as showrunner.
Reviewed by: Michael Hickerson (Slice of SciFi Editor) On paper, the combination of Doctor Who and Neil Gaiman looks like a winner. And while many fans were looking forward to the season premiere of series six, I’d be willing more than a few were equally or more excited to finally see the story from writer […]
If “The Impossible Astronaut” was all set-up, then “Day of the Moon” should have been mostly pay-off. And, for the most part, it was. Except for the fact that watching this two part opener to series six, I couldn’t shake the feeling I used to get during Lost and The X-Files–namely that we were answering one question only to replace it with six or eight more.
Let’s start at the beginning–how cool are the opening credits for Game of Thrones? In a day and age when credits and theme songs are being cut to make room for more commercials, it’s nice to know that at least on HBO we can have an opening title sequence that not only features a well done theme song, but also offers some clues to what’s coming up in the episode. No, it’s not snippets of what’s to come in the hour as we saw with Battlestar Galactica. Instead, it’s the map of Westeros showing us where much of the dramatic action will center that week.
Reviewed by: Michael Hickerson (Slice of SciFi Editor)
impossibleaSeven years ago, I was really, really excited about the return of Doctor Who. As a long-time fan, I’d endured the wilderness years when being a Doctor Who fan wasn’t necessarily cool, when merchandise was hard to find and every year on April 1, we got that inevitable the show is coming back thread cropping up. So, when news came that Doctor Who was returning in the spring of 2005, I was excited but skeptical. Finally, my skepticism was put to rest that Easter weekend in 2005 when the new series debuted and a new era of Doctor Who was born.
Before the Lord of the Rings hit theaters a few years ago, I attempted to wade through the trilogy again by signing up for an on-line book club with Barnes and Nobel. In the forum, I recall a discussion about what was being kept for the movies and what wasn’t. One fan posted they already hated the films and were going to weep during their entire viewing of Fellowship of the Ring because Peter Jackson and company had decided the subplot with Tom Bombadil would be cut.