Monday, 17 June 2019

Dominated

The original Star Trek gave us the Romulans and the Klingons and Star Trek: The Next Generation had the Romulans and the Borg.

When Star Trek: Deep Space Nine needed a villain they came up with the Dominion. Several races working together toward a common goal, they act as a mirror to the Federation. Although not one held together through shared ideals, but by fear, genetic manipulation and forced deification. The Dominion, and in particular the war that followed their introduction, helped to define DS9 and further mark it out as different to its contemporaries.


Astonishingly, it is twenty-five years since the Dominion were the new kids on the block and I wrote this in celebration.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Bodyswapping Is Your Future

As a sort of follow-up to the article I wrote about Time Loops, I've written another about another common plot device used in science fiction: the bodyswap episode.

Two characters exchange bodies and learn a little more about how the other person lives, feels and is treated by those around them. It's a great device that can be used for comedy as much as for serious character development.

I wrote this for Hero Collector.


Friday, 31 May 2019

"My name's not Turkey"

After Battlestar Galactica was cancelled, it returned as Galactica 1980, which unsurprisingly sees Galactica arrive in Earth's system in the year 1980. Unable to land, Adama sends a small advance party who try to blend in with flying bikes, Nazis and baseball playing children who can jump thirty feet into the air.

Not as well loved as its predecessor, Galactica 1980 is largely forgotten and often ignored. It's time to change all that and I've written this for Hero Collector to draw your attention back to it whether you like it or not.


Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Every Saga Has A Beginning

Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released twenty years ago today and a saga began anew. Sadly the film did not meet with universal acclaim and became a shorthand for cinematic disappointment.



This struck me as somewhat unfair and I think that Episode I deserves reappraisal. In honour of that I wrote this.

Monday, 6 May 2019

What He Left Behind

I love Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. So does Ira Steven Behr, so he made a documentary about it and after a long period of development it's finally doing the rounds.

What We Left Behind: Looking Back At Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a brilliant love letter to the often overlooked series.


I wrote this for Hero Collector.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Fleeing From The Cylon Tyranny No More

Yesterday was the fortieth anniversary of the broadcast of The Hand Of God. It's the finale of the original Battlestar Galactica and for my money the best episode of the series.

This is the episode that sees Galactica stop fleeing and fight back against the Cylons. This is the episode that sees Galactica apparently arrive at or near its final destination. This is the episode that best bridges the gap between this series and the twenty-first century reimagining.


I wrote this for Hero Collector.

Friday, 26 April 2019

The Nostromo Seven

Joss Whedon, writer of Alien Resurrection, described his TV series, Firefly, as “nine People looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things.”, it’s an evocative description of Firefly, but it’s arguably even truer of the original Alien (although to make the maths work you have to include the alien and Jones the cat).

People talk at length about Ripley, the Alien and the relationship between them, but the rest of the crew deserve our attention too. Here they are below in a white void staring out of shot.

Today is Alien Day* and Alien is forty years old this year, so I wrote this.


* The planet featured in the first two films is designated LV-426, and in American date order this corresponds to April 26th.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Death, And What Comes After

It's Easter time and as our thoughts turn inevitably to death and resurrection. We think of an individual that changed so many lives. A leader that died and came back to us.

I refer, of course, to Captain Kathryn Janeway.


A great many Star Trek characters have kicked the bucket and returned to tell the tale. Famously, on the big screen Spock copped it and came back for more, but only once. Until Harry Mudd trapped Gabriel Lorca in time loop to kill him again and again, Janeway held the record for the number of deaths she survived. She still has the most varied demises over the course of Voyager's seven year journey.

In celebration, I wrote this for Hero Collector.

Friday, 15 March 2019

"Look after the universe for me, I've put a lot of work into it"

I'm a big fan of Red Nose Day noses.

I'm a big fan of Doctor Who.

This year I have combined the two and written this for Hero Collector to mark the twentieth anniversary of the broadcast of The Curse Of Fatal Death. The Comic Relief Doctor Who story from Red Nose Day 1999, which featured Rowan Atkinson, Richard E. Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and Joanna Lumley as the Doctor.


You can make a donation to Comic Relief here.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Four More Outsides In

ATB Publishing have announced for more volumes of Outside In.

I say announced, they've posted this image of four quarters of four photos from four different TV shows.


Clockwise from top left, they are: The X-Files, Babylon 5, Twin Peaks and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

My guesses for titles are: Outside In Wants To Believe, Outside In's Last Best Hope For Peace, Outside In's Damn Fine Coffee and Outside In Through The Wormhole respectively.

I'm hoping to be a part of all of these.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Groundhog Dave


I wrote this for Hero Collector. I've always been fascinated by time loop episodes on TV. My wife hates time loop episodes on TV.


Sadly, as a result of writing this, I've had to subject her to several of them.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Twitter Twatter #61

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Friday, 1 February 2019

Outside In Takes A Stab Episode Revealed

My contribution to Outside In Takes A Stab is called First Among Equals and concerns the opening episode of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer's seventh and final season, Lessons.

The episode sees a death in Istanbul, Xander helping to reconstruct Sunnydale High School and Buffy embarrassing Dawn during her first day there, Willow recuperating with Giles in England. Back at school the Summers girls encounter vengeful spirits and a mad Vampire with a soul in the basement. Once again, that's not really what I've written about at all.

The final scene reintroduces the First, the Big Bad for the season. First Among Equals focusses on that last scene and boasts an exclusive behind the scenes look at the production of the episode. I guarantee you've never heard this anywhere else.


Outside In Takes A Stab is available here.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Twitter Twatter #60

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Sunday, 27 January 2019

Outside In Takes A Stab Uncovered

This is very nearly almost the cover for Outside In Takes A Stab.


The tagline is stated as 138 new perspectives on 138 Buffy stories by 138 writers, but since this cover was unveiled, an extra perspective has joined the others on an extra Buffy story by an extra writer. My contribution has gone from being 1/138th of the whole endeavour to mere 1/139th. I'll live with it. I'll post some more details about the episode that I wrote about soon.

Outside In Takes A Stab is available here.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Twitter Twatter #59

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Monday, 21 January 2019

Blue Monday

Today is Blue Monday. Supposedly the most depressing day of the year.

How do we change that? How do we lift today out of the doldrums? How do we give it a boost?

Do something nice for someone. Pay it forward. Work with me here. Let's make this happen.

On a related note, here's some New Order...

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

My Predictions For 2019...

After three years of perfect predictions, who could have predicted that we'd be here again?

Well, me. Obviously.

Allow me to present a preview of the year to come. Here are my predictions for 2019:

  • Canada will build a wall on its southern border and, out of solidarity, Mexico will pay for it.

  • The Carmarthenshire village of Bancyfelin will inexplicably win Miss Universe.

  • Theresa May, but then again she May not.

  • Sea levels will rise, flooding the Mongolian lowlands and creating an inland sea, which will create thousands of refugees, but will also be a huge boost to the local pedalo and jetski rental businesses.

  • Beards will be compulsory for all.

Happy New Year.