• Entertainment,  Television

    Favourite TV SF of the 80s

    by So I was still watching Star Trek TOS in the 80s (I’m still watching it now sometimes), but I was watching a lot of other TV SF, too. Things that stand out in my memory, in alphabetical order so there’s no calling favourites: Alien Nation. One whole season and then five TV movies stretching deep into the 90s, proving that it was cancelled too soon. It also wouldn’t be believable if made today. I mean, the US accepting actual aliens as immigrants? Alf was more a sitcom than SF, and probably ran a season longer than it should have. Or two. The concept was fun but the jokes were…

  • Life

    Completely Smegging Ungripped

    by So bear with me for a minute. Red Dwarf, Series 4, episode 6, “Meltdown”. The episode opens with three of the principle characters, Rimmer, Lister, and Cat, sitting in their quarters. Rimmer is describing in painful detail the dice throws of a Risk game played at age 17. Things you need to know. Lister is slowly being driven crazy. Rimmer is completely oblivious. Smeg is a general purpose swear word you can substitute for any or all of the standards. The actual scene lasts about three minutes. The whole episode appears to be available here and this is pulled from the first scene. After the first scene, things get…