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EPISODE REVIEW: Cosmos – A Spacetime Odyssey: “Standing up in the Milky Way” (Episode 1)

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Thanks to Ganesha, I became aware that a sequel to Carl Sagan’s seminal “Cosmos” was going to premier last night (Sunday), on Fox of all places. My first impression was, “What, has Seth McFarlane run out of off-color gags?” But, no, that'll never happen. Seth is actually one of the producers of this, oddly enough. Also, Brannon Braga, “The Man Who Killed Star Trek,” is a producer. Disconcerting. On the other hand, it starred Neil DeGrasse-Tyson as our host/narrator, so, you know, not entirely without promise.

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SCIENCE FICTION MUSIC: You’re just never gonna’ get a real Blade Runner Soundtrack

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Back in 1982, Blade Runner came out, and of course I bought the soundtrack because I compulsively did that sort of thing. Also, hey, it was the peak of the Synth Music fad, and it was Vangelis at the top of his game. Why wouldn’t I buy it?

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STAR TREK: Saying Goodbye to Kor, Koloth, and Kang (Part 2)

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As I detailed here last week http://republibot.com/content/star-trek-saying-goodbye-kor-koloth-and-kang-part-1 following the death of Michael Ansara, I decided to watch the Trek episodes that revisited the Klingons from TOS. After a typically brobdignagian preamble, I finally got around to reviewing the TNG episode, “Blood Oath,” which re-introduced Kang, Kor, and Koloth, then killed Koloth.

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STAR TREK: Saying Goodbye to Kor, Koloth, and Kang (Part 1)

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Following the death of Michael Ansara last year, I re-watched his episode of Babylon 5, which I assumed was his final screen appearance. It turned out that, no, he did three subsequent Trek appearances, and once again stuff I’ve accepted without looking into it is dead wrong. It quickly turned out that one of these appearances involved other Klingons from TOS, and, intrigued, I decided to check ‘em all out.

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