The Sky is Falling

As long as there has been science fiction, alien invasion has been a staple of the genre.  Beginning with HG Wells immortal classic “War of the Worlds” (Which has been redone, and re-interpreted several times) popular fiction has embraced the alien invasion story, from the 50’s monster and saucer movies to recent summer blockbusters like Independence Day, and going full circle Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of War of the Worlds.  On TV aliens tend to be more sereptitious.   The conspiracy of X-Files and Dark Skies, or even the plots of the Vistors in both version of V.  Now of course some of … Continue reading

Exile’s Read of the Week 3/9/11

SUPERBOY #5 Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Pier Gallo Cover: Eddy Barrows, JP Mayer & Grant Alternate Cover: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC A $2.99 Comic It was a particularly good week for comics, and picking a Read of the Week was a difficult one. (Unlike the past couple of weeks, where, while decent, there was no one book that jumped out as a clear choice, for me. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t the race (and I do love a good Flash/Superman race) that made this book my favorite this week. It’s when Bart and Connor slowed down and talked to each … Continue reading

Exile on TV – Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour

DOCTOR WHO The Eleventh Hour BBC (3 April) (BBC America 17 April) Starring: Matth Smith Karen Gillan Written by Steven Moffat Directed by Adam Smith Hello Doctor 11, with your youthful looks, and blimey, that chin, your manic entrance, and still not ginger. Here’s to you, take us someplace… fantastic. Look out below! That was how we met you back in Janurary, all so briefly. Cut to four months later we finally see where the new new new Doctor and his racketity old TARDIS land. This new series has been compared many ways to the beginning of Jon Pertwee’s run … Continue reading

Exile on the Tube – Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars

DOCTOR WHO The Waters of Mars BBC (15 Nov) (BBC America 19 Dec) Starring: David Tennant, and Lindsey Duncan Written by Russell T. Davies and Phil Fold Directed by Graeme Harper The Red Planet. Mars. That is the setting of this latest Doctor Who Special, the second special of 2009. The Doctor has stumbled into a Human colony on the surface of Mars, just as things at the colony begin to get weird. (So pretty normal day in the life of the Doctor) But then we discover, This is Bowie Base 1.  The original, you might say, colony on Mars, … Continue reading

Comic of the week – 9/30/09

The Last Days of Animal Man #5 (of 6) Writer: Gerry Conway Penciller: Chris Batista Inkers: Dave Meikis & Wayne Faucher Cover: Brian Bolland Publisher: DC With all the big name projects going on at DC right now (Blackest Night, Grant Morrison’s Batman and Robin) it might be very easy to miss this gem of a miniseries about the future of Buddy Baker (a/k/a Animal Man). What happens to a Superhero as he gets older? That is the question explored in this tight, self-contained miniseries. Set in the near future, we get a few glimpse of what may come (A … Continue reading