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The Old Fan's Review Of Star Trek: Discovery S01E02:

"Battle At the Binary Stars"

Star Trek: Discovery has had a wildly-polarized reaction among fans.  Some like it some hate it, but very few fans are completely ambivalent.

I'm not ambivalent.  Listen to me break down the mechanics of what Discovery does right, what it does wrong, and why the viewer has no real emotional investment in the characters.

Listen to what the Old Fan has to say about Star Trek: Discovery: "Battle At the Binary Stars!"

 

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Today on Tales From SYL Ranch

The Old Fan's Review of Star Trek: Discovery (For Real!)

Last night I posted a joke review.  This is the real one.

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Star Trek and Dimension X Album Art

With all the movies and serials and cartoons I've been commenting on, we've fallen behind on audio adventures.  We've got a bunch of doozies today.

We'll largely listen to Star Trek -- though probably not the Star Trek you were expecting.

Lt. M'Ress - Animated and Cosplay

 

If you'd like to read along with the (terrible) comics mentioned on the podcast, the complete collection is at:

Mixed-in with Star Trek are two episodes of Dimension X. I'd promised to try and do one every week, and I'm very, very behind.

Let's head into the TARDIS and use the Space-Time Telegraph to listen to Star Trek and Dimension X.

 

This week's line-up:

  1. Star Trek:  "Passage To Moauv"
  2. Star Trek:  "In Vino Veritas"
  3. Dimension X:  "Report On the Barnhouse Effect"
  4. Star Trek:  "The Logistics of Stampede"
  5. Star Trek:  "A Mirror For Futility"
  6. Dimension X:  "No Contact"

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(Ten points if you know what they all are.  Unfortunately, everything's made up and the points don't matter.  Yes, the points are like clothes to a green Orion slave girl:  they don't matter.)

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The Old Fan's Commentary On
Target Earth
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You've never heard of Target Earth? It's not surprising.Target Earth was a 1954 science fiction B-movie. However, unlike most B-movies, it has a medium-sized budget (for a B-movie). It's well-written, well-directed, and well-produced.

It's the precise opposite of The Old Fan's Commentary On Plan 9 From Outer Space.

Target Earth is based on the novel Deadly City by Paul W. Fairman. Based on trailers, it looks like a standard B-movie with giant robots and death rays. I approached it assuming that it was a goofy, hopefully so-bad-it's-good film.

Nothing could be further from the truth. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this is one of the better B-movies. It's not about robots and death rays, though they do appear. The film is really a character study about how different people react in extraordinary circumstances.

Join us for a date in 1954 while we watch Target Earth. (more...)

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