Saturday, January 17, 2009

KBTC, one of the two local Public Broadcasting Service-affiliated television stations, is doing its semi-annual pledge drive tonight from 6pm to 10pm to raise funds to continue to broadcast Classic Doctor Who (it's one of only three US stations that still show Classic Who).

As part of the event, it's going to show "The Sea Devils" in its entirety, the great 1972 six-part serial featuring the Third Doctor, the Master, and the titular monsters.

You know what I'll be watching tonight (I'll also send in my pledge next week when I get paid).


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Review: Smallville, Episode 8.11, "Legion"

Clark Kent meets the Legion of Super-Heroes. It's as simple as that. It's also one of the finest episodes of the show ever thanks to the quality teleplay by superstar comics writer Geoff Johns (The Flash, Infinite Crisis, Green Lantern: Rebirth, 52, and currently Action Comics starring Superman), making his first (and hopefully not last) writing contribution to Smallville.

Johns captures the spirit of the early Legion stories while easily fitting the characters into the show's continuity without significant changes. This episode fulfills the promise of what Smallville at its best can be, the story of Clark Kent's journey from young man to legendary hero, while reminding me of why I fell in love with the superhero genre in the first place. Truly, this was an exciting first appearance by the Legion in live action. I couldn't have asked for more.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

This Week's Comics

Doctor Who Classics: Series 2 #2, B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess #1, Fables #80, Witchblade #123, Final Crisis #6, Action Comics #873, Nightwing #152, Batman Confidential #25, Green Arrow & Black Canary #16, Manhunter #38, Faces of Evil: Prometheus #1, Trinity #33, X-Infernus #2, Amazing Spider-Girl #28, Captain Britain and MI13 #9, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #2.