San Diego Comic Con 2018, Last day. Until next year…

First, here are my previous entries on my Comic Con 2018 experience to date: San Diego Comic Con 2018: Preview Night megapost… San Diego Comic Con 2018: Day One Megapost… San Diego Comic Con 2018, Day 3 Mega-Super-Duper post… And now?  The big goodbye.  Sunday, July 22nd was the 4th and final ‘official’ day of…

HUMANS: TV’s no-frills cybernetic revolution…

It’s unfortunate that “HUMANS,” a terrific British cyber-revolt series (based on a Swedish series) has to share an era with HBO’s “Westworld.”   Don’t get me wrong, my wife and I enjoy Westworld very much; it’s a beautiful piece of science-fiction television, and arguably the best mindf–k TV series since 1967’s “The Prisoner.” It’s that HUMANS…

My long relationship with science-fiction television…

The way it was. When I was a kid there was an emergent wave of science fiction and fantasy films in the multiplexes.  “Star Wars,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Superman: The Movie,” as well as countless lesser-quality imitators of each, such as “Starcrash” (an exceptionally awful movie), “Hangar 18” (a dumbed-down “X-Files”…

Personal favorites of 2016

As 2016 draws to a close (thank goodness!  It’s been a brutal and ugly year…), I decided to take stock of the entertainment I’ve enjoyed over the year.   I’ve made two lists, for movies and for television, here goes… FAVORITE MOVIES OF 2016: 1. The Arrival.   This year’s “The Martian”/”Interstellar”; smart science fiction movie…

HBO’s “Westworld”(2016) and comparisons to “The Prisoner” (1967)

It’s one season (or in modern terms, a handful of episodes) into HBO’s new “Westworld” TV series, which is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton (“Jurassic Park”) movie of the same name and overall idea (robots at amusement park go on rampage…no one’s happy).  The new series is to the 1973 film what 2003’s Battlestar…