Category Archives: Television

“It’s not a person, damn it, it’s a Borg!” (Hypostasising Hugh)

The quotation in the title of this post is a line from Capt Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) to Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg) in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 23, ‘I, Borg.’ The Enterprise has on board a Borg … Continue reading

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Good Villains

In order to watch all nine episodes of Vikings, I am currently enjoying my free 30-day trial of Lovefilm. So for the past three days I have watched Batman: The Animated Series over breakfast, and over lunch on Tuesday as … Continue reading

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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and ‘The Wolverine': Can’t we just have fun anymore?

I just watched the first episode of a horrifyingly ‘real’ and dark miniseries on the BBC called The Escape Artist. This, it seems, is the sort of thing people who like TV like. This and Breaking Bad. Or other shows … Continue reading

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Discover Late Antiquity: Discover Rome first!

To keep from getting entirely lost when looking at Late Antiquity, it’s best to have some grasp of Roman history. Now, I’m not saying you need to know everything there is in great detail, but knowing about the Roman Empire … Continue reading

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Rome: Engineering an Empire

The documentary Rome: Engineering an Empire (apparently the first in a doc series called Engineering an Empire on the History Channel) is mostly good, and not only because Robocop does the commentary. The history of Rome from Julius Caesar to … Continue reading

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Sagas and the wider world of mediaeval literature

There’s an episode of Frasier wherein Frasier and Niles go out for dinner at a restaurant where everything is almost perfect — except for one, small detail (I forget which) that they can nitpick. Daphne says, ‘Ah, just the way … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: ‘The Fires of Pompeii’ & The Chariots of the Gods

I actually contemplated writing a proper ‘article’ on this subject for a little while, then I decided not to. But, having just rewatched ‘The Fires of Pompeii’ tonight, I can’t help from at least blogging about it. Three bits follow … Continue reading

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The Importance of ‘The Naked Time’ (Star Trek: TOS, S1, E4)

In Berlin, the thing that excited me the most was not the Brandenburger Tor (which is cool), or Checkpoint Charlie (also cool), or a bit of the Wall (also cool), but Queen Nefertiti. And then, after Queen Nefertiti and the … Continue reading

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The Development of the Doctor (Who) [there will be spoilers!]

We’d better keep an eye on him [the Doctor], he seems to have a knack for getting into trouble. -Ian Chesterton, companion of the Doctor, in Series 1, 1963 In ‘The Name of the Doctor’, the series finale for this, … Continue reading

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Peace and Quiet

Right now I am enjoying peace and quiet. For one of the first times in Tübingen indoors. I am at Kengo and Aya’s. and it is quiet. They have graciously allowed me to stay with them last night and tonight. … Continue reading

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