Gallifrey One, day one; an adventure in space and time…

I picked up my wife from school today (she’s a teacher) and with our car fully packed, we drove straight to Los Angeles (and hour and a half drive, in today’s sluggish traffic) for the annual “Gallifrey One” Doctor Who Convention. Gallifrey One is the biggest dedicated Doctor Who convention on the west coast, if…

The “Spore Drive” and other Star Trek pseudoscience…

Since the 3rd episode of Discovery aired (“Context is for Kings”), I’ve read quite a few posts online from fellow Star Trek fans who seem to audibly eye-roll at the mention of the USS Discovery’s ‘spore drive.’   I can sort of understand why; the idea of fungi whose spores somehow connect the universe and allow a spacecraft…

Star Trek Discovery S1 finale, “Will You Take My Hand?”

The fifteenth and final episode of this inaugural season of Star Trek Discovery has beamed up.  Overall, it was a very satisfying installment that seemed to pull the series out of the darkness, and a bit closer into the optimism of previous Star Treks. ***** GIANT VOLCANO BOMB-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD ***** The Story. The USS…

“Han Solo: A Star Wars Story” official teaser trailer…

First, the trailer itself:  In the words of Emperor Joseph from “Amadeus”:   I have some decidedly mixed emotions about the “Han Solo” trailer. First off, it’s got the Star Wars brand name, so they’ve got my money already.  But to be honest, this trailer didn’t quite grab me with the same emotional pull of “The…

Star Trek Discovery S1.14, “The War Without, The War Within”…

The latest episode of Star Trek Discovery, “The War Without…” answers a few nagging questions from last week’s “What’s Past Is Prologue” , and there are some rich character moments, but I still had a few nagging issues. ****** STARSHIP SIZED-SPOILERS!!  SHIELDS UP! ******* The Story. The Discovery returns to its native ‘prime’ universe (though I still don’t quite…

Star Trek Discovery S1.13, “What’s Past Is Prologue”…

Let’s skip the preamble and just dig in… ****** SPORE DRAINING ORB-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD!! ****** The Story. As we saw in last week’s  “Vaulting Ambition” , Gabriel Lorca’s (Jason Isaacs) mirror-universe origins have been revealed.   He immediately sets about freeing his previously failed coup’s comrades, who have spent over a year being punished in ‘agonizer…

Wading deeper into “The Expanse”…

The last time I wrote a full post about this series, I was about three or so episodes from the end of Season One.  I hadn’t read the books, and still haven’t, so all of that post and the following is based solely on my observations of the TV series. I’ll admit, my early relationship…

Ursula K. LeGuin (1929-2018), a truly effective dreamer…

This marks my 100th posting on Musings of a Middle-Aged Geek, and sadly, it’s a memorial. I just learned that one of my favorite authors, Ursula K. Le Guin, passed away today at the age of 88. I wish I could say that I’ve read everything that she’s ever written, but I’ve read only a few of…

Star Trek Discovery, 1.12, “Vaulting Ambition”…

Tonight’s episode of Star Trek Discovery, “Vaulting Ambition,” has a Shakespearean “MacBeth” quality to it (hence the title, lifted from ’that Scottish play’), as well as a few major reveals, so before we go any further… ****** IMPERIAL PALACE-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD! ******   After last week’s cliffhanger (Star Trek: Discovery 1.11, “The Wolf Inside”),  Michael…