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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: The Tick: “Arthur Needs Space” (Episode 5, or possibly 5)

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Arthur is at the Happy Panda or someplace equally inconsequential when he sees Mindy Waxman, a girl he loved in high school who didn’t know he was alive. The only time she talked to him in 4 years was when she hit him with her car. “I threw up, I was so happy.” She comes over and talks to him, and it turns out she’s got a thing for superheroes, so she’s immediately hot for Arthurs’ chubby bod. Arthur is elated and terrified (He’s such a nebbish!) and quickly realizes she’s only into him for the costume, not because of who he is.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Confessions and Lamentations” (Season 2, Episode 18)

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Remember how last week was lame? Really lame? Like “Deep Space 9” lame? Well, as lame as that one was, this one promises to be even lamer, starting off as it does with ‘Generic Star Trek Peril Plot #7: Plauge On The Ship.” However, just to drive home how really, really badly Trek had been doing it in the ‘90s, B5 takes that inauspicious, overused, boring ol’ trope, and turns it into something magnificent. Really!

PLAY BY PLAY

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HOW TO WRITE SCIENCE FICTION: Are Planets Islands Or Continents?

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Last week I ruminated pointlessly about good names for fictional planets and/or countries, as opposed to the lame ones we've all come across from time to time ("The United Federal People's Democratic Republic of Arcticstan," etc). That got me to thinking of another SF convention that's kinda' odd.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: The Tick: “The License” (Episode 4)

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Maybe it’s just the week I’m having (Spent most of the last 2 days in the hospital) or maybe it’s just that I’ve also been watching “Running Wilde,” a similarly dead-before-it-hit-the-air, which inevitably and unfairly makes me compare these 13-and-done series, but I find I’m getting bored by The Tick all over again. Seriously: despite not being SF at all, if you have the choice between watching two dead series you don’t give a crap about, go with Running Wilde.

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