Donald R. McClarey

Captain Z-RO and Christopher Columbus

The things you find on the internet!  From 1955 the first episode of the Captain Z-RO show featuring the time traveling explorer going back to 1492 and the discovery of the New World by Columbus.  Obvious low production values, but

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Donald R. McClarey

First Look at The Man In the High Castle Season Three

  “The Nazis have no sense of humor, so why should they want television? Anyhow, they killed most of the really great comedians. Because most of them were Jewish. In fact, she realized, they killed off most of the entertainment

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Donald R. McClarey

Darth Vader? Really?

Hattip to Dale Price.  Go here to take a quiz to determine what science fiction character you are.  I was deemed to be Darth Vader which rather surprised me.  Or not.     My bride got Spock and that is

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Donald R. McClarey

Dark Powers

Would extraterrestrial alien civilizations be friendly or malevolent?  Here is a post that argues they would be benign:     The second possibility is a little more intriguing. Imagine a benevolent or benign spacefaring alien species, akin to the Vulcans

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Game of Thrones is Filth

    I have to agree with Mathew Walther on this:   My goodness. I’ve just spent an hour watching to see if a guy who raped a teenage girl at bow-and-arrow point is going to be eaten alive by

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Nothing to Get Scared About. Really. Maybe.

And scattered about it, some in their overturned war-machines, some in the now rigid handling-machines, and a dozen of them stark and silent and laid in a row, were the Martians–dead!–slain by the putrefactive and disease bacteria against which their

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The Dream of Flight

Something for the weekend. Sogno di Volare, The Dream of Flight, the theme song of the game Civilization VI that was released yesterday.  (Be still my geek heart!)  I know what will be occupying my weekend!

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Star Trek 50 Years On

  Time to refresh my chief geek of the blog credentials. To observe the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, my favorite scene from all of Trek:  Commander Michael Eddington’s rejection of the Federation in the Deep Space Nine episode “For

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Paramount Drops Lawsuit Against Axanar

    Paramount finally admitted that the lawsuit against the makers of Prelude to Axanar for copyright infringement was idiotic and is in the process of dropping it.   At last night’s Star Trek fan event, the latest trailer for

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Civilization VI Optimism

    As faithful readers of this blog know, I like to play historically based computer strategy games.  One of my favorite series has been the Civilization games by Sid Meier.  The first one reached my house on Christmas Eve

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Star Wars v. Star Trek

  Amazing how surreal the real world is now in comparison to fiction.  Time to take a break from an increasingly insane world and take a  look at two of my favorite fictional locales:  Star Trek and Star Wars.  

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Quark

   “Don’t push the pink–skins to the thin ice.” Andorian maxim Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, Nephew. They’re a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their

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Mary Sue Stole the Death Star Plans

The trailer for Star Wars:  Rogue One, due out this Christmas, which tells how the Rebels stole the plans for the original Death Star.  The first of the Star Wars Anthology spin off films, and chronologically just before A New

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Twas a Dark and Stormy Cthulhu

Something for a Halloween weekend. Hey there Cthulhu.  A minor vice of mine is a love for old pulp science fiction and fantasy.  One of the authors I treasure is H.P. Lovecraft, best known for his cycle of horror science fiction\fantasy stories

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Star Trek Politics

  Time to renew my creds as Chief Geek of this blog.  I have come across one of the best essays I have ever read about Star Trek:  The Politics of Star Trek by Timothy Sandefur, which appears in the Claremont Review

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The Man in the High Castle

Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his

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Mr. Spock as Conservative

                Over at The American Thinker there is an article entitled Why Conservatives Will Miss Spock.  Go here to read it.  I am afraid I found it fairly unsatisfying.  However, there are examples

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Leonard Nimoy: Requiescat in Pace

  A sad day.  Leonard Nimoy has departed this Vale of Tears. Leonard Nimoy, the legendary actor who played Mr Spock in Star Trek, has died at the age of 83. The star, who was first cast in the science-fiction

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Prelude to Axanar

 Never attempt to force the pink skins onto thin ice! Andorian maxim about Humans   Further proof that with Kickstarter, and other modes of alternative financing, and CGI technology being literally at our fingertips, we are rapidly reaching a world where

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Star Trek Continues

Time to renew my Chief Geek of the blog creds.  As faithful readers of this blog know, I am a Star Trek fan.  (No, I do not own a Star Fleet uniform, let alone worn one to court!)  Over the weekend

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SPI Infomercial

A true blast from the past.  An SPI, Simulations Publications Inc., infomercial filmed in the seventies to introduce people to wargames. Among my hobbies, besides writing blog posts and annoying people for fun and profit, is the playing of rather

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Star Trek Medley

Something for the weekend.  A medley of the Star Trek theme songs.  Ah, what memories they evoke of the endless hours I have wasted watching the various Star Trek shows!  Shatner of course had the best comment regarding obsessive Star

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Review of the Hobbit Trilogy

(Language advisory for the video;   apparently the first film made the reviewer extra grumpy.) The above video shall serve as a review for the entire Hobbit trilogy.  I saw part II last week and I was certain, perhaps in what felt

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PopeWatch: Batman

  From The Eye of the Tiber, the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net: Hollywood, CA––”Hello, it’s Pope Francis,” were the first words spoken during a conversation in which His Holiness telephoned Zack Snyder, director of the

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The Original Klingon

Well we haven’t had a Star Trek post in a while and my Chief Geek credentials for the blog need refreshing.  The idea of the Klingons being Shakespeare fans never struck me as far fetched.  The Bard after all has

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Constitution Day: Star Trek Style!

  One of the “alternate Earth” episodes that became fairly common as the original Star Trek series proceeded, as explained by Hodgkin’s Law of Parallel Planetary Development, and by limited production budgets,  this episode featured an Earth where a cataclysmic war had driven the

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Prime Directive Debate

(This post is from 2009.  I haven’t had a Star Trek geek post in a while and I thought it would be fun to repost this.  We had a good discussion the first go round and I hope we will

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