Category Archives: TV

The Walking Dead: Something They Need

When the Oceanside community was introduced, it was obvious that sooner or later Rick was going to show up and take their guns.  It was the only reason for them to exist.  Episode after episode, we were reminded that Rick needed guns.  Conveniently, here was a community with guns to spare but without the will to use them.  Sure, Tara promised not to reveal their location.  But that promise was never anything more than a stalling tactic.  She may as well have promised to keep their location a secret until the penultimate episode of the season.

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The Walking Dead: The Other Side

Well, at least we got that out of the way.  Ever since The Walking Dead arbitrarily created the Sasha-Abraham-Rosita love triangle, the show set itself on a path towards an episode in which the two women work through their feelings.  It all feels less urgent since the meat in the Abraham sandwich got his brains splattered all over Negan’s bat in the season premiere (which feels like a lifetime ago) and the truth is this story arc was never that interesting to begin with.  But at least the show’s writers have played it out and we can theoretically all move on to not caring about Enid.

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The Walking Dead: Bury Me Here

It’s appropriate that an episode titled “Bury Me Here” includes a couple of characters dying.  I’ll hold off revealing their identities until after the jump.  One of these characters went to the trouble of digging his own grave in advance and posting a sign so as to make the purpose of the hole clear.  Signs are a theme of the episode as Morgan flashes back to the days when his grief turned to madness which resulted in him posting warning signs all around him.  The writers of The Walking Dead have been posting signs too.  Every episode is loaded with signs spelling out exactly what is going to happen before the season finale.  If anything that happened in this episode surprised you, you haven’t been paying attention.

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The Walking Dead: Say Yes


It’s date night on The Walking Dead.  For Rick and Michonne (“Richonne”), that means hanging out at a nearby fairground with Greg Nicotero and a bunch of extras in zombie make-up.  Wacky, gory hi-jinks ensue.  The show’s writers managed to milk an hour-long episode out of that thin premise.  Let’s see if I can get a 500-word article out of it.

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The Walking Dead: Hostiles and Calamities


Imagine a TV show based on the Wizard of Oz.  On this hypothetical show, the audience watches the Cowardly Lion overcome his fears and cheers as he discovers his courage.  Almost immediately afterwards, the character reverts to being a sniveling coward seemingly at random.  Viewers watch the Lion repeat the same story beat over and over again.  That’s what’s happening on The Walking Dead with Eugene playing the role of the Lion.  He even has the mane.

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The Walking Dead: New Best Friends


The Walking Dead has been ridiculous for a long time now.  But lately, the show seems to be in on the joke which has made the last couple of episodes much more enjoyable than the first half of the season.  When The Walking Dead takes itself seriously, it just keeps hitting the same depressing notes over and over again leaving viewers little choice but to focus on the glaring flaws in the narrative.  But when you’ve got an episode focusing on a group right out of Mad Max complete with a Thunderdome battle between Rick and a zombie in spiky armor, there’s enough entertainment value to not sweat the small stuff.

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Starlog Archives: Tom Baker

Tom Baker is best-known as “the fourth Doctor” on the long-running British sci-fi series, Dr. Who.  Baker portrayed the time lord from 1974-1981.  With seven years of time travel under his belt, Baker holds the record for the longest tenure on the series.  When Starlog caught up with Baker in February of 1987, he didn’t have a lot going on.  But he hadn’t faded into obscurity either.  In fact, Baker remains active to this day having returned to Dr. Who in 2013 for the show’s 50th anniversary.

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The Walking Dead: Rock in the Road


As we move into the back half of the seventh season, our “heroes” are in trouble.  No, I’m not referring to Rick Grimes and his scrappy band of apocalypse survivors.  I’m talking about Scott Gimple and the gang responsible for creating the top-rated show on cable.  Over the first half of the season, The Walking Dead‘s ratings have been in decline.  While the show remains popular, this is a trend that needs to be reversed and the show-runners know it.

For years, they have shouted down any and all criticism of the show.  But in the face of slipping ratings, they have changed their tune.  Producer Gale Anne Hurd has acknowledged that the show will be toning down the violence.  Apparently she attributes the decline in ratings to the over-the-top violence in the season seven premiere rather than the show’s numerous creative failings.  Whatever the case, the message was clear.  “We’re righting the ship.”

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Starlog Archives: Ted Cassidy

You may not know his name, but you know Ted Cassidy’s work.  The 6’9″ in actor was best known for having played Lurch on The Addams Family.  He also gave memorable performances on Star Trek, I Dream of Jeannie, Lost in Space and The Six Million Dollar Man in which he took over the role of Bigfoot from Andre the Giant.  The February 1987 issue of Starlog included an interview with the “legendary big man”.

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Starlog Archives: Script Doctors

After many years of dormancy, Dr. Who was revived in 2005.  During the second season of the new series, David Tennant took over the lead role.  The show was not only a hit in the U.K., but was also popular in the U.S.  In the January, 2007 issue of Starlog, head writer Russell T. Davies talked about relaunching the series for the 21st century.

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Starlog Archives: Robert Hays – “Starman” About Town

Three decades later, you will be forgiven for forgetting that John Carpenter’s cult sci-fi drama, Starman, spawned a syndicated TV series.  Robert Hays, best known from Airplane!, stepped into the role created by Jeff Bridges in the movie.  Future Brady kid, C. B. Barnes costarred as Hays’ son.  During the first and only season, Starman and son avoided government capture while looking for the boy’s missing mom.  That part was originated by Karen Allen but taken over by Erin Grey on the TV show.

In this interview from the January 1987 issue of Starlog magazine, Hays discusses Starman, Airplane! and the dangers he faced making the Stephen King movie, Cat’s Eye.

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Starlog Archives: Lee Majors – The Six Million Dollar Man

In order to avoid the legal entanglements of being an unofficial Star Trek fan magazine, Starlog had to expand its coverage to include other aspects of science fiction.  But in the pre-Star Wars era, there weren’t a lot of current sci-fi or fantasy movies for them to write about.  So that mostly meant covering the TV shows of the 70’s.  And when it came to sci-fi TV in 1977, it didn’t get much bigger than Lee Majors as the Six Million Dollar Man.

Did you have the action figure with the bionic arm?  I did.  I always wanted Big Foot, but never did get him.

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Starlog Archives: Dr. Who’s Unforgettable Companion

If you’re a long time Dr. Who fan, you probably already know that Sarah Jane Smith was one of the Doctor’s most popular human companions in the seventies and early eighties.  However, if you’re like me, you may need to brush up on your Dr. Who lore.  Like a lot of folks, my knowledge begins with the 2005 reboot.  The following season, actress Elisabeth Sladen reprised her role as Sarah Jane opposite the then-current Doctor, David Tennant.

Her appearance proved so popular that Sladen got her own spin-off show, The Sarah Jane Adventures, which ran from 2009-2011.  In the December 2006 issue of Starlog, Sladen talked about her return to the world of Dr. Who in the episode “School Reunion”.

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