Ahhhhh ... what is there to talk about this morning, you ask? Well, there's always something around the SciFiHistory.Net desk, and I'll try to be as succinct as possible.
First up: yes, I finallly watched Ahsoka last night, and I'm working on a review. There were some developments, and I think the show changed a bit in tone. I won't trouble you with an quick notes because a lot of it is still ruminating in my brain right now. The short skinny is, yes, there were signs of 'a new hope' (snicker snicker) but I'll stop short of proclaiming it 'the bestest ever' as have so many.
Second on the agenda: re: Daryl Dixon? I think I'm gonna wait and do a review of the full season. That could change, and -- if it does -- then watch this space. Part of the issue is that I have very little substantively to say about it. I like it -- probably for reasons some online have offered it some praise -- but that's really about it. They've finally come up with something that feels like an authentic spin-off, and that bodes well.
There are an awful lot of folks in intelligentsia who will tell you -- if asked -- that the great scribe H.G. Wells should be credited with the title of 'the Father of Science Fiction,' and I suppose they're entitled to their opinions. (Not that I'd argue with them, but ...) He certainly is one of the very first who popularized the genre for the masses-at-large as well as our cultural betters, giving society some serious tomes to spend hours contemplating the questions of existence from different positions. A good deal of his writing has served as inspiration for radio plays, theatrical adaptations, silver screen outings, and TV shows, and those facts alone suggest that he's owed a good portion of praise for putting his fertile imagination through some serious journeys so that those of us out here may take 'baby steps' with him through life.
Having read a few of his tomes, I can only say that I found his prose a bit dry. (Yes, yes, and yes: I know I'm flawed!) But the ideas resonated feverishly -- as they have with countless others -- and this is why he's perhaps earned that fatherhood title ten if not twenty times over.
The Invisible Man. The Island Of Doctor Moreau. The First Men In The Moon. The Time Machine. The War Of The Worlds.
Does it get any better than that?
I think my issues with Dark Skies is that in too many ways it really only floundered with its core idea -- that of trying to explore our planet's real history instead of the sanitized copy provided by mainstream news against the backdrop of extraterrestrial manipulation -- and never committed strongly enough to weaving that through the full narrative. Though this one was incredibly popular with a niche audience and has gone on to build an impressive cult following, I think me and wifey tuned out reasonably early. It was well written. It had a solid cast. I guess that -- what with The X-Files already doing such an incredible job with similar material -- we just weren't all that enamored with a deeper attempt ... unless it really did a deep dive. For my take, it didn't, but -- wow -- it had some great, great, great ideas.
Still, you have to be doing something right when the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror films recognizes the show and its leading man and leading lady (Eric Close and Megan Ward) in its awards show with nominations. Though they didn't take home any trophies, that fact alone signifies that the truth may not be so 'out there' and some have professed. It could be right here in front of our eyes -- on a television show -- all ripe for the taking.
I'll likely be doing some minor updates to the day's trivia page, and I might even be working in a few of these additions as MainPage announcements. We'll see. It just depends upon their reputation and prominence. But keep your eyes peeled.
Here's the real reason that you're here ...
As always, thanks for reading ... thanks for sharing ... thanks for being a fan ... and live long and prosper!