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The Fortress at the End of Time: An interview with Joe M. McDermott.

Does space travel and the possibility of discovering new worlds interest you? What about the unending ethical dilemmas of cloning? If you also appreciate Science Fiction when it focuses on personal  inner conflict and  the day-to-day aspect of life in at the lonely edge of the galaxy, then Joe M. McDermott‘s The Fortress at the End of Time might be right up your alley.

Cover art by Jaime Jones.
Cover art by Jaime Jones.

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’90s Kind of World: Living Single TV Reboot

Usually TV reboot news makes me cringe. Why mess with certain classics? But in the wake of Norman Lear reinventing One Day at a Time for a Latin-American family, I’m trying to be a bit more open-minded.

NOW I’M ECSTATIC, because Queen Latifah says there’s talks for a reboot/revival of Living Single.

For those of you going “Huh?” right now, I feel sorry. Let me educate you – Living Single was a series by Yvette Lee Bowser, focused on six friends living in New York City, navigating their love lives and professional lives. It was one of the most popular African-American sitcoms of the era, and ran for five successful seasons on FOX, of all places! With an all-black cast!

Living Single had sisterhood and dating journeys before Sex and the City, and had apartment roommate shenanigans before Friends. Hell, it WAS the template for Friends, as Latifah elaborated last night with Andy Cohen when she made the announcement

But more than anything, it had realness. And as one of the original cast members, I trust producer Queen Latifah to keep that realness for the new century.  Now as I go  ponder lyrics for the revival’s theme song, I’ll leave you to jam to the original. Better yet, seek out the series itself: TVOne, Logo, and Oxygen are the most likely to air reruns, though they’ve been sparse as of late. UPDATE: LivingSingle-TV has seasons two through five available to watch on dailymotion.

While we’re on the topic, let’s address the lack of DVD sets and streaming availability! Sign those petitions, people!

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Rejected Princesses: The Book, and Why You Need It

rejectedprincessesIf you are a feminist on the internet, there is a good chance you have already stumbled across Jason Porath’s websiteRejected Princesses, in which he pairs gorgeous illustrations with short descriptions including legends, history, and fun facts about women who don’t fit the classic princess archetype. One hundred of those entries have now been printed in physical book form, and it’s definitely worth getting, even if you have already seen the blog. Continue reading Rejected Princesses: The Book, and Why You Need It

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Boldly Going: “Demons” and “Terra Prime”

After the season-long arc of the Xindi attack in season 3 of Star Trek Enterprise, season 4 followed with several two and three-part stories. Thanks to a change in showrunner, season 4 saw more stories connected to TOS as a spiritual ancestor. One of the main threads of the final season was establishing long-term peaceful relations with not just the Vulcans, but Tellarites and Andorians as well. Together the four species founded the United Federation of Planets in 2161.

In 2155, several species arrive on Earth to discuss the potential of forming a Coalition of Planets. The Enterprise is recalled to assist and the crew are in attendance for Minister Nathan Samuels opening speech. They’re interrupted by a woman who presses a vial of hair into T’Pol’s hand before collapsing. The hair belongs to someone who has both T’Pol’s Vulcan and Tucker’s human DNA, which is impossible because T’Pol has never been pregnant. Archer vows that they will get to the bottom of this mystery.  Continue reading Boldly Going: “Demons” and “Terra Prime”

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Dalin’s Top 10 Best and Worst Movies of 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – at least for this critic. Yes, 2016 has finally come to a close, and thank god for that. From celebrity deaths to certain rough political aspects, 2016 has been a weird one for sure, and movies are definitely part of the equation. In fact, this might be one of the hardest annual lists to make for me in quite sometime, since there was quite a bit of bad mixed with a lot of good. But don’t worry, we got enough fuel for the fire for each list respectively. Let’s start off with the Worst Movies of 2016….

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Reading Resolutions: Bookish New Year’s Goals

It’s that time of the year again where we make all sorts of promises to better ourselves in the new year. If books are a huge part of your life, why not include them in your self-improvement regimen by making some reading goals for 2017? For your inspiration, here are my 2017 Reading Resolutions: Continue reading Reading Resolutions: Bookish New Year’s Goals

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Boldly Going: “Twilight”

For most of the franchise’s history Star Trek has used episodic storytelling. Especially in the Original Series and to a lesser extent, TNG, there were several stand-alone episodes where the character development did not carry over. But in the 90s, overarching stories were introduced, and Deep Space Nine used arcs in several of its seasons, especially with the Dominion War.  By the time Enterprise aired, the writers experimented with a season-long arc. The second season finale sets up an attack on Earth by an alien probe where seven million people are killed. The crew spend season 3 of Enterprise tracking down the Xindi to prevent another attack.

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Earth is destroyed in the pre-credits teaser.

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Ex-“Passenger”: The Journey of Watching A Cinematic Moral Trainwreck

Though I focus on analyzing the merits of the latest blockbuster or indie release, there are the occasional times where I go to a movie to simply (shock) enjoy it. That was the case this time around with Passengers – the latest big Hollywood Romantic Fantasy, starring Jennifer Lawrence and my favorite movie puppy, Chris Pratt. I knew the scandal behind this movie from reading about the script in the trades, and also knew that it had a pretty low score on Rotten Tomatoes. But a movie that made Jennifer Lawrence demand a big paycheck and top billing can’t be all that bad….. right?

Oh, I was so wrong. So, so miserably wrong.

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So yes, if you can’t guess – SPOILERS AHEAD FOR PASSENGERS. 

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“A Competition” – “Sing” Movie Review

2016 has been one of the greatest years for animated films. From Disney’s two releases, Zootopia and Moana, to Laika’s under-appreciated Kubo and the Two Strings, animation has rocked the movie world better than much of its live-action competition. But then there is Illumination Entertainment (Minions), who like Disney decided to release two heavy hitters this year. First was Secret Life of Pets, which took the world and box office by storm, and now Sing is looking to do the same. But with so many movies already released, can it ignite the same excitement as Illumination’s other hits?

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“Built On Hope” – “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” Film Review

I’ve grown up with Star Wars in my life from the very beginning. I loved the dirty, worn and unglamorous world of Space Princesses, Farm Boys, Robots, and them all battling against the forces of evil. This repeat enjoyment has carried with me for decades, and has resulted in a love affair that has yet to die. And with last year’s The Force Awakens, I got to revisit that world in the most beautiful and magical of ways. But would the same feeling carry through in the latest Star Wars flick – a one-shot story called Rogue One? This was a concern that fell on me as the days drew closer to the film’s release. But luckily, that concern has dissolved completely.

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