“I‘d like to go to Themyscira.”
Lex and I will be alternating reviews to the forthcoming CWTVDCU version of Crisis on Infinite Earths, starting tomorrow with a joint overview of the series, followed by Lex’s take on the official start with Supergirl. Despite a plethora of guest-stars that will bring Smallville, Superman Returns, the 1990s Flash and, just possibly, the 1960s Batman (we don’t yet know which character Burt Ward will actually be playing) into continuity with the various CW series, the Crisis will leave many worlds untouched. The chaotic DC movies seem disconnected from this event, as do prestige shows like Titans and Doom Patrol.
Also missing? The latest incarnation of Scooby-Doo, who has belonged to DC for some decades now. In 2019, the pooch and his Mystery-solving friends appear in Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, a series that revisits the premise of the first Scooby spin-off, The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972-1974), in which, each week, Mystery, Inc. stumbled onto a mystery and a famous guest-star.
In this episode, it happens to be a certain DC Amazon.
We’re squeezing in one more trip to Hogwarts before the end of the year. After this, we’re sliding full-tilt into the holidays.
Dorothy Catherine “D.C.” Fontana has passed away at the age of 80 after a brief illness. She wrote for a variety of TV shows, including four Star Trek series, Babylon 5, and much more. She wrote the Star Trek novel, Vulcan’s Glory, which tells of Spock’s first mission aboard the Enterprise and explored Captain Pike’s “Number One” character (played by Majel Barret in the unaired pilot, “The Cage”).
In a male-dominated industry, she hid her gender using her initials (a common practice in those days for women writers).
Fontana wrote one of (if not the best) episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, “Yesteryear” as well as the DS9 episode “Dax” which explored the past hosts of Jadzia’s symbiote. She also wrote “Journey to Babel” for TOS, which introduced Spock’s parents, Sarek and Amanda.
Raise a glass of Romulan Ale, “To absent friends.”
Source: Announcing Book 15
ChiZine Publications made a name for themselves for quality horror, dark fantasy, and SF. They earned that, through the books they produced, which include works by Nancy Baker, Ellen Datlow, Nick Cutter/Craig Davison, Ed Kurtz, Livia Llewellyn, David Nickle, Douglas Smith, Paul G. Tremblay, George A. Romero (R.I.P.), and many others. They threw great parties at SF Cons. Aspiring authors aspired to join their roster.
Things slowly turned dark, culminating last month in a story of scandals and allegations that has not yet ended.
Hope you’ve got a lot of free time to catch up this week! The DC shows are at their last episodes before Crisis, which gives us a mid-season finale feel to Flash and Arrow. Supergirl and Batwoman will also be taking part, and Legends will pop in but their shows haven’t been leaning as heavily into it. Black Lightening is also rumors to show up, but he’s still busy trying to free his city from governmental occupation on his show. Meanwhile on HBO, the Watchmen discusses the events of the original comic, but otherwise has nothing to do with the rest of the DC properties. His Dark Materials borrows a name from a vampire movie, but shows no signs of featuring bloodsuckers. The Good Doctor visits his estranged, dying father. Riverdale producers still believe video tapes are a thing. The Mandalorian works with a rookie. The Blacklist stops people from retiring. In you wanted something nostalgic and lighter, Fuller House’s latest season drops, also.
[All synopses (and titles) from Trakt.tv below the cut, except when there really aren’t any. (If a show’s synopsis is a spoiler to you, do not click More…)]