I'm a terrible geek living in sunny Brighton on the Sussex coast in England. I enjoy writing about TV, comics, movies, LGBTQ issues and science.
REVIEW - Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Well then, it's finally here. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (or Ghostbusters: Legacy in some regions). I saw it on opening night (three evenings ago) but have taken a little while to collect my thoughts. As some of you might have noticed over the years, I'm rather into Ghostbusters, the film and the whole franchise. Ghostbusters II is great, sorely underrated, I thoroughly enjoyed the 2016 reboot (these days referred to as Answer the Call) and am still a bit annoyed the fan backlash damaged its performance so much that it didn't get a sequel. A third movie of any kind seemed unlikely for years, and at least the reboot made it clear there was still an appetite for the film. Finally we get a third instalment of the original continuity and... I liked it. I didn't love it. But I liked it.
Don't Drink the Water
Kyungay fell, landing on the dry mudstone floor with a thud and a snap. He tried shifting to a more comfortable position, but was rewarded only by an intense pain in his left ankle. Cautiously, he brushed his hand along it - a sliver of bone was jutting sharply outwards, threatening to break the skin. Kyungay forced himself to his feet, gritting his teeth and grunting with the pain. The pain didn't matter, he reminded himself. Once he'd found the Fountain, he could stop worrying about pain and injury forever.
Ginny waited. The taste of the last child's bone marrow was almost lost, a mere echo of flavour on her thick, black tongue. The faint scent of blood, stray particles that hung in the stagnant water, stirred her senses, serving only to taunt her. Her distended belly ached and rumbled, the gnarled, yellow claws of her toes swirling the grey-green mud beneath her feet. Grey-green, like her own flesh, pallid and cold as the water in which she floated.
Super Mario Bros (1993) - a nostalgic guilty pleasure
Some films are indisputable classics. Others are a matter of taste or preference. And some are just awful, but there are those of us who love them anyway. One such film is Super Mario Bros.
What's in a Name?
Everyone knows that Martians come from Mars. That's straightforward enough. Beyond that, things get fiddly. Just what do you call someone from Jupiter, Venus or Pluto? What of the asteroid belt? Even in professional astronomy circles, people argue over the correct use of demonyms and adjectives for astronomical bodies. Much of the terminology used today originates from alchemical, astrological and classical works, and the growth of science fiction has only made it more confused. Of course, nowadays we know the likelihood of finding little green men on Mars or Mercury is slim to none, but the use of adjectival forms is necessary to describe features on the planets or their satellites. Plus, there's still fiction - everyone loves a good, old-fashioned Martian invasion.
Movie Trek 6: Once More Unto the Breach
The nineties were a great decade for Trek. The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager all aired, along with three of the Next Gen movies. But before Picard and his crew took over Trek's cinematic enterprises, there was one final outing for the original series cast. The sixth Trek film is one of the very best, a personal favourite of the TOS movies and a fine swansong for that entire era of Star Trek.
Pathways to Now
Not for the first time, Aaron asked himself how he had got himself into this situation, and despaired. The problem wasn't that he had no answer. It was that he had too many answers.
Where Doctor Who could go from here
So, it's official: Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall are leaving next year. After five years, but only three seasons, we'll have a new Doctor and a new showrunner. It's about par for the course for a Doctor, and Chibnall has stayed in charge for about as long as Russell T. Davies, albeit with far fewer episodes under his watch. It's confirmed that we'll have a single serialised story next year (originally announced as eight episodes, now apparently reduced to six), followed by three specials next year which will see the big changeover.