Battle of the Spin-Offs

It is a foregone conclusion, from a television programming and development standpoint, that a series so popular and successful as to run a span of over fifty years is sure to take a swing at tangential or “spin-off” series at one time or another. Doctor Who has had numerous such attempts, most notably the 2006 action-drama Torchwood, the 2007 series The Sarah Jane Adventures, and most recently, Class in 2016. Each had a target audience, a clear intent for what it […]

The Lost

The adage states that the strongest metals are tested through fire. While we may not fully grasp the accuracy of a blacksmithing reference, we’ve seen (and perhaps experienced) instances where an individual’s resolve strengthens under adverse conditions, or bonds between two or more seem to deepen after emerging from emotional or physical trials. But is an exception, or a rule? Aren’t there just as many examples of comraderies that dissolve in the face of opposition, of relationships that break under the pressure […]

The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did

“Sometimes, you want to know how the other half lives.” This may be the case when you’re daydreaming about life in a higher income bracket, but if you’re an indentured alien warrior going to otherworldly and other-reality extremes to free yourself of your oppressor, you might want to draw up a quick pro/con list before agreeing to get sucked into a funky glowing French press machine and being asked to battle mythological deities in order to merely reserve a spot for […]

Detained

It doesn’t matter what you did to get here, or didn’t do, or what the “real story” is. The fact is, you’re in detention, that fact isn’t going to change, so you might as well take your lumps, and get it over with. That is, unless a malevolent sentient chunk of glowing geode happens to knock your localized region out of time and space, in which case you had better get used to seeing the same faces around you for […]

Brave-ish Heart

Ah, young love. It has the power to inspire, to uplift the soul, to make one feel superhuman, to give one the courage to take on a physical incarnation of malicious darkness and pure evil that threatens to tear through the fabric of our universe and slaughter us all in an act of vengeance against wrongs we never knew existed. Or, you know, to write endless trite love songs. Ooh, baby, baby. This week, we resolve the previous Class cliffhanger in […]