Category Archives: Television

TV adaptation of China Mieville’s THE CITY AND THE CITY

Trailers and airdate for the TV adaptation of China Mieville’s THE CITY AND THE CITY

The BBC have released the first trailers and teasers for their adaptation of China Mieville’s novel The City and The City. This is a trailer for the whole series:

There are other videos as well, click link below to watch.
Hope it crosses the ocean, looks good!

ST:TOS Insignia explained

Starfleet Starship Duty Insignia, Command Division from Star Trek: The Original Series.

“The Starfleet Symbol.” “The Arrowhead.” “The Delta.”

Star Trek

Star Trek uses symbols to convey a lot of things, but none captures the eye or imagination quite like the delta. In the years since The Original Series first aired, fans have tried to determine the meaning behind the various insignia shapes we see in the show. To most it seems that the iconic delta shape is some sort of ship assignment patch meant to represent the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Some arrive at this conclusion because they see various Starfleet personnel wearing a number of different insignia. However, like any puzzle without a key, it’s impossible to precisely interpret the meaning of these other insignia.

The hidden key to the puzzle was finally uncovered a few years ago.

The discovery was a memorandum written by producer Robert H. (Bob) Justman to costume designer William Ware (Bill) Theiss. The subject? STARSHIP EMBLEMS.

Read the full article, all the insignia pictured and explained.



Super- and Not-So-Superheroes: A Roundup

Super- and Not-So-Superheroes: A Roundup

Scroll down to 10 Most Hated Retcon Changes In Marvel Comics–this is a topic which will be covered in a couple of MonSFFA discussion groups: the debate Marvel vs DC, and the presentation on retconning. Click the menu item for MonSFFA programming in the left hand margin.

Compiled by Carl Slaughter:


  • 10 Stupid Arguments About Superman That Don’t Make Sense


  • Antman Easter eggs


  • Infinity Stones

  • 10 Most Hated Retcon Changes In Marvel Comics


  • Was Terminator Genisys Really That Bad?

Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger are back in the franchise together for the first time since Terminator 2 in 1991.  The chronology will be a sequel to Terminator 2 and the movie will be the first in a new trilogy.  Filming begins in March 18.James Cameron is producing, Tim Miller is directing, No one else has been cast.  There’s no synopsis, trailer, or poster yet, David Goyer and Josh Friedman are among the writers.


Amazon decided to take on the quirky superhero spoof The Tick in 2016 despite the fact that the last live-action version of the comic was cancelled before it could complete a single season. But that risk seems to be paying off because Amazon has now greenlit a second season of the show even though the first season isn’t yet finished.


  • When Doctor Who Completely Jumped The Shark

So, is everyone dead then?

Steven Moffat is famous for not quite killing characters off. In River Song’s first story, for example, she dies in reality but has an afterlife when her conscience is downloaded into a library computer (which, based on my experience working in a library, would still be running on Windows XP). Amy and Rory were horribly killed by living a normal human lifespan. In the Capaldi era, Clara dies but is then brought back by the Doctor and given a theoretically infinite fanfic shipping situation. Bill Potts is turned into a Cyberman, but retains her personality and the Doctor believes she will not survive the events of The Doctor Falls. Nardole, too, is presumed to live life on the run but it’s hard to know if he can die (what with being decapitated in his first appearance).

Jenna Coleman returns as Queen Victoria

If you liked Jenna Coleman in Dr Who, you will love her in Victoria. It is a bit disconcerting at first– I kept expecting to see the TARDIS materialize in the palace.  🙂 But she is an excellent actress and makes a believable young queen.  Pretty soon, you’ll forget she was ever only a companion.

And ladies, if you have not seen Rufus Sewell as the “smouldering” Lord Melbourne, do tune in to PBS to watch the reruns of season 1. 

Season 2 begins January 14th, 2018

Doll 123/Ladies in Waiting
Sunday, Dec. 17 at 09:00 pm
Brocket Hall
Sunday, Dec. 24 at 09:00 pm
The Clockwork Prince
Sunday, Dec. 24 at 10:00 pm
An Ordinary Woman
Sunday, Dec. 31 at 9:00 pm
The Queen’s Husband
Sunday, Jan. 7 at 9:00 pm
The Engine of Change
Sunday, Jan 7 at 10:00 pm
Young England
Sunday, Jan 14 at 8:00 pm


A Visit with Robby the Robot

Ahh, the memories!
A Visit with Robby the Robot, snitched from File 770

By Steve Vertlieb: With the most beloved robot in movie history…the original “Robby, The Robot” from Forbidden Planet. Robby and I met at film director William Malone’s home and, for me, this was a lifelong dream come true. Robby captured my childhood imagination in 1956 when I was just ten years old, and I couldn’t stop grinning when I saw him in person. Bill has offered Robby to the world once more, and this beloved robot has been sold during a bidding selection offered through Bonham’s and Turner Classic Movies. I am forever indebted to Bill Malone for allowing me to spend precious moments with our beloved Robby at his home several summers ago.

I was as giddy and as excited as a star struck ten-year-old (my age when I first encountered Robby in “Forbidden Planet” at the Benner Theater in 1956) when I met “Robby, The Robot” in person in August, 2014. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and befriend many of my lifelong heroes over the past seventy-odd years, but few were able to generate the excitement and little boy wonder I felt when actually standing next to and touching my beloved “Robby” three summers ago in Los Angeles.

Lawyer inspired by Star Trek’s Picard

The most amazing thing in this article was reading that ST:TNG, made its debut 30 years ago. THIRTY YEARS ago?!  –CPL

Star Trek was a key part of my legal education

Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard boldly went where all lawyers should dare to go, Gavin MacFadyen writes.

While Trekkies everywhere are excited over the arrival of Star Trek: Discovery, it was an earlier series in that venerable franchise that influenced my professional life as a lawyer.

Thirty years ago this week, the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation coincided with my first year of law school at McGill. My legal apprenticeship would have been well-served if I skipped class and only had that series upon which to draw.

Lawyers often cite Atticus Finch as a character from whom they drew their inspiration. For me, it was Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the Enterprise, who provided a lifelong seminar in legal philosophy, morality and ethics.

In the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, an omniscient and meddlesome being called Q places the Enterprise crew on trial for the crimes of humanity.

“You will now answer to the charge of being a grievously savage race,” says Q, acting as judge.

“‘Grievously savage’ could mean anything. I will answer only specific charges,” Picard fires back. He is, in essence, challenging the legal sufficiency of the charge as being void for vagueness.

As a criminal defence lawyer, I learned that mastering the minutiae of procedure and challenging each point is what builds a reputation that prosecutors hate in opposing counsel. Their desire to avoid prolonged and costly trials is what fuels the plea bargaining that typically marks the resolution of criminal proceedings.

Another first season episode brought home that punishment must always be informed by fairness. In Justice, laws on a seemingly idyllic planet have only one punishment: death. Wesley Crusher, teenage son of the ship’s doctor, damages some flowers while playing catch.

Captain Picard is now faced with a moral choice: If he stays true to the Prime Directive (i.e. absolute noninterference in developing cultures) the result would be Wesley’s execution.

What does Picard do? What would any of us do?

He prevents the execution, of course! Picard had a sophisticated understanding of context. It drove home the point that the law must always reflect common sense.

It is in what is perhaps the most widely lauded episode of the series, The Measure of a Man, where Picard shines brightest. A Star Fleet scientist wishes to appropriate the Enterprise’s android Data and dismantle him for study and possible replication.

A hearing is convened. Picard argues that Data is a sentient being who should be accorded the right of self-determination. Picard emphasizes that any ruling today will bind all the potential androids that come after. A new race of beings could be subject to “servitude and slavery.”

It was a valuable early reminder that legal rulings create precedents. As well, Picard’s willingness to stand with those who would otherwise stand alone reminds us that vigilance in the face of officially sanctioned oppression of those who are “other from us” is an ongoing struggle.

More than a decade before 9/11, Picard recognized that security must never come at the expense of due process. In the episode The Drumhead, the uncovering of a single Klingon agent on board the Enterprise results in an official inquiry conducted by a visiting admiral who sees spies and saboteurs under every 24th-century bed.

Swiftly, accusation and innuendo smother the search for truth.

When a young crewman is singled out for lying about his parentage — his Romulan grandfather — the inquiry turns into a witch hunt.

That episode taught me that tyranny does not announce itself in one grand moment, but takes hold incrementally and can cloak itself in the veil of innocent inquiry and investigation.

What made Jean-Luc Picard so inspiring was his default approach: He always asked what should happen and not what a statute said must happen.

He identified the just result, and then constructed an argument to make it happen.

He boldly went where all lawyers should be willing to go.