Book Review: ROD SERLING: HIS LIFE, WORK, AND IMAGINATION (Nicholas Parisi)

Eric Gilliland with a review of Nicholas Parisi’s deep dive into one of television’s greatest storytellers… Few figures have influenced the popular memory more than Rod Serling (1924-1975). His work continues to captivate the imaginations of millions in the decades since his passing. In our current era of uncertainty with a creeping authoritarianism seeping into the politicalContinue reading “Book Review: ROD SERLING: HIS LIFE, WORK, AND IMAGINATION (Nicholas Parisi)”

SPECTRE suggests James Bond’s ‘team-ethic’ future

Looking back at Spectre, 2015’s unfairly maligned James Bond film, it becomes apparent just how much of 007’s future may lie around a team ethic. Historically, Bond was, of course, a lone wolf, certainly in Ian Fleming’s source novels and particularly in the film adaptations produced by Eon from 1962 onwards. Fleming describes Bond’s generalContinue reading “SPECTRE suggests James Bond’s ‘team-ethic’ future”

Tony Talks #24: A. J. Black – Published Author!

So it has finally happened guys… I am a published author! Myth-Building in Modern Media: The Role of the Mytharc in Imagined Worlds is finally now available to purchase via Amazon and all good bookshops. It won’t necessarily be on all shelves but you can order online. I’ll provide links at the bottom should youContinue reading “Tony Talks #24: A. J. Black – Published Author!”

ALIAS – ‘Double Agent (2×14 – Review)

In 2018, I began my first deep-dive TV review series looking at JJ Abrams’ Alias, which ran from 2001-2006. This year, I’ll be looking at Season Two’s 22-episode run in detail… If we can consider Phase One to be a second pilot for Alias, then Double Agent faces an even trickier job than following upContinue reading “ALIAS – ‘Double Agent (2×14 – Review)”

TV, Book, Movie and Podcast Roundup – Summer 2019

Welcome to September! Because there’s not enough useless information floating around on the internet, I thought I would update readers of this blog as to what I’ve watched/read over the previous month, each month, in the form of TV, movies and books. Some of this I will have reviewed on the blog but others I’ve justContinue reading “TV, Book, Movie and Podcast Roundup – Summer 2019”

New Podcast Guest Appearance: Trek FM’s Primitive Culture – ‘Checkmate!’

Hosted by author Duncan Barrett, Primitive Culture is a Star Trek history and culture podcast we co-created in 2017 on the Trek FM networking, looking at the 50+ year old franchise through the lens of our world today. In this episode, Duncan and I discuss the Deep Space Nine episode Move Along Home and itsContinue reading “New Podcast Guest Appearance: Trek FM’s Primitive Culture – ‘Checkmate!’”

Star Trek: Year Five (#1)

As tie-in comic series go, Star Trek: Year Five is about as prestige as you can get. IDW Publishing have tapped into an area explored fairly widely in the tie-in novel world over the years – the original Captain James T. Kirk-led five year mission of exploration of The Original Series. There is an alternateContinue reading “Star Trek: Year Five (#1)”

The Prisoner #1 – ‘The Uncertainty Machine’

When I’m not looking at all kinds of geeky media on this blog, I’m co-running my website Set The Tape, on which I now and then publish content. This is part of a review you can find the rest of in the link below. Half a century on, The Prisoner remains a truly landmark piece ofContinue reading “The Prisoner #1 – ‘The Uncertainty Machine’”

Black Mirror Season 4 – A Unified Theory

Black Mirror arguably has found its place as The Twilight Zone of its generation, and the fourth season only serves to remind you of its allegorical power. There’s a strong argument that the third season, which aired last year, cemented its position in that regard. That was the point Netflix pulled off one of itsContinue reading “Black Mirror Season 4 – A Unified Theory”