The latest episode of the X-Files Retrospective podcast, covering Elegy (4×22), is now available here for your listening pleasure. Intro and outro music attribution is below. You can also follow the show from its own feed (RSS, iTunes, Stitcher) or through the Bureau 42 Master Audio Feed (RSS, iTunes, Stitcher).
“One of my rules was that I would not put any events into the book that had not already happened in what James Joyce called the ‘nightmare of history,’ nor any technology not already available. No imaginary gizmos, no imaginary laws, no imaginary atrocities. God is in the details, they say. So is the Devil.”
This week’s episode features a blend of events from the novel with original material. Offred re-encounters the former “Ofglen,” recalls her courtship with Luke, and takes desperate measures to become pregnant.
Reviews will return with next week’s episode.
“Doctor, here’s a tip: When I’m on a date, when that rare and special thing happens in my real life, do not, do not under any circumstances put the pope in my bedroom!”
The episode begins as Doctor Who meets Umberto Eco/Dan Brown and H.P. Lovecraft/Robert W. Chambers, and for all the talk of mass suicides and death, it’s surprisingly hilarious.
The second half takes a dark turn based on some familiar SF tropes.
We also learn who is in the vault and why the Doctor took his vow.
May 22, 2017
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America awarded the Nebula Awards in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this weekend. Charlie Jane Anders’ All the Birds in the Sky (Tor; Titan) took Best Novel (we’ll be reviewing that one shortly– we’re a bit behind), while Arrival received the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation. The other awards are listed below:
This year’s major releases are starting to show up.
The latest round of voting takes place here.
Irish/Canadian author Emma Donoghue is best-known for her complex, character-driven psychological thriller Room (adapted as both film and play) and her unusual historical novel Frog Music. She would seem an odd match for this site, but her 2016 novel, The Wonder, raises questions about science, the supernatural, and the lenses through which we observe the world.
In 1859, a Nightingale nurse accepts a job in a remote Irish village, for a patient who appears to defy the known laws of nature.
Jim Henson’s visually stunning epic, The Dark Crystal, amazed (and terrified) children in the 1980’s. Now the company he founded is bringing the world to life again in a new series for Netflix. Puppets and all!
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance doesn’t appear to have a release date yet. Here’s the Press Release from The Jim Henson Company.
Supergirl, “Resist:” The Daxamites take over National City, as much an alien-magnet as Doctor Who‘s London. Cat Grant makes a guest appearance.
Arrow, “Missing:” Adrian Chase’s people capture most of Ollie’s allies, requiring him to turn to other associates, not all of whom have been friends.
Season Finales await.