Donald R. McClarey

Public Service Announcement

Amazon Prime now has all five seasons of the best science fiction series ever broadcast:  Babylon 5.     Bester: Would it interest you to know that I’m married, Mr. Garibaldi? That I have a five-year-old daughter? That on Sundays

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Solo

Anyone else planning to see this over the Memorial Day weekend? I am not expecting much so perhaps I will be pleasantly be surprised. Playing outlaws with hearts of gold is a tricky business. Make them too villainous and the

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Weird Al Parody of Star Wars Before Star Wars Became a Parody of Star Wars

“A refurbished Star Wars is on somewhere or everywhere. I have no intention of revisiting any galaxy. I shrivel inside each time it is mentioned. Twenty years ago, when the film was first shown, it had a freshness, also a

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Unknown Andorian

Don’t push the pink-skins to the thin ice. Unknown Andorian, Prelude to Axanar    

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Lost in Space

Something for the weekend.  Theme songs from Lost in Space.  As a kid I loved the show, even though even at the age of eight I realized the show was science fantasy rather than science fiction.  The 1998 Lost in

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Why We Fight

  Time to refresh my Chief Geek of the blog creds.  The Axanar film project has produced huge fan interest, and well it should.  The Prelude to Axanar video below is the best Trek I have ever seen.   Jonathan

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Robert E. Howard

Know, O prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Some Things You Just Can’t Unsee

I apologize in advance:    

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

American Gothic and Ma and Pa Kent

    (I originally posted this back in 2013.  I am reposting it for the fun of it.)       A first-rate video on Grant Wood’s American Gothic (1930).  One of the more famous pictures at the Art Institute

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Star Wars Holiday Special

    Some things simply cannot be unseen no matter how strongly you wish that were possible.  From November 17, 1978.  For the masochists among our readers, the entire Holiday Special is available on You Tube.  It is amazing that

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Night of the Meek

  Originally broadcast on December 23, 1960, the Twilight Zone episode Night of the Meek features Art Carney as a drunken Department Store Santa with a big heart who substitutes for Santa on Christmas.  Rod Serling sums up the message:

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Star Trek: Son of God

From Bread and Circuses:   Flavius: The message of the Son, that all men are brothers, was kept from us. Perhaps I’m a fool to believe it. It does often seem that men must fight to live. Capt. Kirk: You

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Star Wars Redux

  “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.” Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars:  A New Hope     Seeing The Last Jedi tomorrow with my bride and kids.  I have been dutifully trooping to see the Star Wars franchise for four

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

GoodFacts v. RealFacts

A stand out performance by the late Jerry Doyle, who was one of the few contemporary outspoken Hollywood conservatives, as Security Chief Michael Garibaldi in the always underestimated sci fi show Babylon 5.  This sequence shows the difference between GoodFacts

Read More »
Donald R. McClarey

Just For Fun

My bride pointed this video out to me:  

Read More »
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

Read More »
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

Read More »
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

Read More »
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

Read More »

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

Read More »

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

Read More »

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!

Read More »

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

Read More »

Resquiescat in Pace : Jerry Doyle

  Farewell Mr. Garibaldi.

Read More »

Trek For the Weekend

Star Trek Continues has just released their sixth episode.  Bonus Trek below:

Read More »

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

Read More »

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

Read More »

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.  

Read More »

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

Read More »

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

Read More »

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

Read More »

Preach it, Mr. Hope!

Read More »

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

Read More »