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2014....

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New for February 15, 2017:

A New Beginning for Star Trek Reviews:
"The Cage"
"Where No Man Has Gone Before"
"The Corbomite Maneuver"
"Mudd's Women"
"The Enemy Within"
"The Man Trap"
"The Naked Time"
"Charlie X"
"Balance of Terror"
"The Conscience of the King"
"The Menagerie"
"Catspaw"

How well do these first episodes truly embody forward-thinking, optimistic philosophies of the future? The answers may not vindicate the same episodes many fans might at first suggest...


TRON

"Tron" is a very unique landmark in the history of cinema, when the concept of computer generated imagery made the leap from cameo appearances in film to the major role of portraying a startling new world in which most of a feature film is set. The world of "Tron" was particularly well-suited for what computer imagery could produce at the time, and the film was a modest hit spawning a cult following.

The story itself is successfully moulded from hero myths in the vein that "Star Wars" had just made popular, and the film played with the politics of then-current computer science, as well as quasi-religious metaphors that elevated everyday computer programmers to gods in the eyes of their electronic creations. These were some nice deep layers underneath an otherwise simple and fun action movie.

Tron (1981, 96 min.) - directed and co-written by Steven Lisberger
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2-disc DVD Classic Special Edition includes:
  • "The TRON Phenomenon" featurette
  • Region 1 audio in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese
  • plus, all bonus features from
    the "20th Anniversary" 2-disc set below:
Blu-ray Classic Special Edition includes:
  • "The TRON Phenomenon" featurette
  • Photo Tronology - director Steven Lisberger and son Carl discuss the photos in Disney's archives
  • Region 1 audio in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese
  • plus, all bonus features from
    the "20th Anniversary" 2-disc set below:
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2-disc 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition DVD set includes:
  • Audio commentary by director/co-writer Steven Lisberger, producer Donald Kushner, and
    visual effects supervisors Harrison Ellenshaw and Richard Taylor.

  • "The Making of Tron" documentary (88 min.) adding Jeff Bridges (Kevin Flynn / Clu),
    Bruce Boxleitner (Alan Bradley / Tron), Cindy Morgan (Lora / Yori), Dan Shor (Ram),
    Barnard Hughes (Dr. Walter Gibbs / Dumont), director of photography Bruce Logan,
    storyboard artist / animator Bill Kroyer, Lisberger Studios conceptual artist Roger Allers,
    storyboard artist Andy Gaskill, Disney chairman Dick Cook, background painter Tia Kratter,
    and the director of "Toy Story" and "A Bug's Life" John Lasseter.

  • "Beyond Tron" excerpt (4 min.) with MAGI founder Dr. Phillip Mittelman and Lisberger
  • Designer Syd Mead Discusses Lightcycle Design (2 min.)
  • Backlight Animation featurette (2 min.) with effects technical supervisor John Scheele.
  • Early Development featurette (3 min.) with Steven Lisberger and Donald Kushner
  • Segment from 1982 documentary "Computers Are People Too" (5 min.) with Lisberger and Richard Taylor.
  • Digital Imagery featurette (4 min.) with Taylor, and CGI choreographer Bill Kroyer
  • Role of Triple I (30 sec.) with Taylor
  • Triple I Demo (2 min.)
  • The Storyboarding Process featurette (4 min.) with Bill Kroyer
  • Story to Film Comparison Intro (1 min.) with Kroyer
  • Multi-angle Lightcycle sequence storyboard to film comparison (2 min.)
  • Design Introduction (1 min.) with Lisberger
  • Deleted scenes
    • Introduction (2 min.) with Lisberger, Harrison Ellenshaw, and Bruce Boxleitner
    • Tron and Yori's Love Scene (2 min.)
    • Tron and Yori's Love Scene #2 (1 min., silent)
    • Alternate Opening Prologue (1 min.)
  • Lisberger Logo (30 sec.), footage tests (30 sec.)
  • Photo Galleries
    • Early Concepts and Backgrounds
    • Moebius Misc. Storyboarding Artwork
    • Early Storyboard Artwork
    • The Programs (characters)
    • The Vehicles
    • The Electronic World
    • Dillinger's Office and Flynn's Arcade
    • Production Photos
    • Publicity and Merchandising
  • Light Cycle Sequence (3 min.) and End Credits (5 min.) with Alternate Music Cues by Wendy Carlos
  • Theater Association trailer (5 min.)
  • Work in Progress trailer (1 min.)
  • 4 trailers (6 min. total)
  • Region 1 release has English audio only
  • French and Spanish subtitles

Tron Legacy

(released in 2010) - directed by Joseph Kosinski
126 minutes

It was nearly 30 years before the sequel "Tron: Legacy" finally came to our screens. This sequel remains a fun treat for the senses, both visually and auditorially, and contains the germ of yet another neat new sci-fi idea, but in this case, the idea doesn't really get to breathe correctly. On-screen plot was bizarrely locked down to give us pretty much all the exact same action set-pieces at all the exact same points in the film, and just at the point where the story might have the potential to show us something truly new and fascinating, the film ends. Bummer. If only they'd had the courage to mix the structure up a little better, letting it conform to whatever the newer idea needed most, a far smarter and more worthy story might have emerged. "Legacy" is still a highly enjoyable film, but the original classic "Tron" is the better story by far.

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1-disc DVD edition includes:
  • "Visualizing Tron" production featurette (12 min.) with Jeff Bridges (Kevin Flynn / Clu),
    Garrett Hedlund (Sam Flynn), Olivia Wilde (Quorra), Beau Garrett (Gem), director Joseph Kosinski,
    producers Steven Lisberger and Sean Bailey, production designer Darren Gilford, and many more....
  • "Installing the Cast" featurette (12 min.) with Bridges, Hedlund, Wilde, Kosinski, Lisberger, Bailey,
    Bruce Boxleitner (Alan Bradley / Tron), and Michael Sheen (Castor).
  • First look at "Tron: Uprising" - the Disney XD Animated Series (1 min.)
Region 1 audio in English, French, Spanish
Blu-ray extras add:
  • The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed
  • Launching the Legacy
  • Disc Roars - ComicCon crowd recording session
  • "Derezzed" music video by Daft Punk


New for December 5, 2016:

More New TNG Reviews:
"Encounter at Farpoint (expanded)"
"11001001"
"The Child"
"Evolution"
"The Best of Both Worlds"
"Family"
"Darmok"
"Realm of Fear"
"Descent"
"Liaisons"
"Gambit"

Quite a number of these go against the grain of common fan opinion to present perspectives that many may not have thought of....


2001 / 2010: The Space Odysseys

"2001: A Space Odyssey" is one of those classics that every sci-fi buff should become familiar with. In it, director Stanley Kubrick crafted a highly experimental film, which celebrated spectacle, enigma, visual techniques, and architecture.

I actually prefer the sequel, "2010". Director Peter Hyams shows a greater interest in character, and succeeds better at pacing and staying on story. There are good reasons why most filmmakers shoot their films more like Hyams, and less like Kubrick. Indeed, when we line up "2010" against most other sci-fi films made around the same time, "2010" stands up as an excellent and fascinating entry, one with a level of scientific accuracy and credibility that most of the others cannot truly approach. It truly deserved far more kudos than it ever got, unfairly glossed over in the shadow of its earlier counterpart.

2001: A Space Odyssey - (1969 feature film) directed by Stanley Kubrick
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Blu-ray and 2-disc Region 1 DVD set extras include:
  • Audio commentary by Keir Dullea (Dave Bowman) and Gary Lockwood (Frank Poole)
  • TV documentary "2001: The Making of a Myth"
  • Featurette - "Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001"
  • Featurette - "Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001"
  • Featurette - "2001: A Space Odyssey - A Look Behind the Future"
  • Featurette - "What is Out There?"
  • "2001: FX and Early Conceptual Artwork"
  • Look: Stanley Kubrick!
  • Audio-only interview with Stanley Kubrick
  • Theatrical Trailer
2010: The Year We Make Contact - (1984 feature film) directed by Peter Hyams
starring Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban, Keir Dullea, Douglas Rain.
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Blu-ray extras include:
  • Vintage featurette - "2010: The Odyssey Continues"
  • Theatrical trailer


Jumper

"Jumper" is one of those good sci-fi films that slips through the cracks and escapes most of the attention that it deserves. At its heart is a very potent idea... what if an everyday young man discovered he had the ability to teleport at will to any place he could accurately picture? Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson echo their previous dynamics in the Star Wars prequels, as Christensen revels in his new powers while Jackson this time goes to quite vengeful extremes to try to rein him in.

Unfortunately, director Doug Liman and the screenwriters don't really craft a film that can properly take advantage of all the archetypal potentials up for grabs with the main ideas. Early scenes set up a sweet love interest potential for two of the main characters, but their interaction throughout the rest of the film is a dismal disappointment. Millie is constantly pressing to learn what's going on from David, who appears quite icky and wimpy in his constant avoidance of confiding in her. Though this dynamic may seem a logical beat for their relationship, it stretches out to consume about 80% of their screen time together, until it defines the relationship and makes it uncompelling viewing.

Many of the action and effects sequences are impressive, and pulled off with a bit of finesse and style. But for me, many of the non-effects, non-action bits seemed to feature too much sloppy camera movement and drab cinematography. I'm not sure the director's concept of trying to make this feel like a non-effects movie was a worthy goal. Shots that look and feel more carefully and beautifully crafted would've enhanced my enjoyment of the film.

Ultimately there is enough here to get me hooked into the world of the film and what lies beyond the horizon. There is indeed set-up here for a continuing story - very likely a trilogy at least. So my question is, where are the sequels? Still in the works? Not yet produced? Hmmm.

I don't know if enough interest was generated in this film to warrant sequels. There's certainly enough here regarding the main concepts, casting, and characters' backstory and continuing story. But this may be a case where the main concepts are far more potent than the actual film that was produced. If you like sci-fi and haven't checked this film out, you should. And what do you think, does it deserve its sequels, or is it best left as is?

88 min. feature film starring Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Rooker. (2008)

single-disc version:
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DVD features include:
  • Full screen and widescreen versions, both with:
  • Audio commentary by director Doug Liman, co-writer/producer Simon Kinberg, and producer Lucas Foster.
  • Jumping from Novel to Film featurette (8 min.) adding author Steven Gould, and
    actors Hayden Christensen (David Rice) and Jamie Bell (Griffin).
  • "Making an Actor Jump" effects featurette (8 min.) with Liman, Foster, Christensen, Bell,
    visual effects supervisors Joel Hynek, Dan Lemmon, and Eric Rehnquist, and 2nd unit director Simon Crane.
  • Previz reel: Future Concepts (4 min.)

Blu-ray and 2-disc Special Edition extras add:
  • "Jumping Around the World" featurette (11 min.)
  • Deleted Scenes (11 min.)
  • "Doug Liman's Jumper: Uncensored" documentary (35 min.)
  • "Jumpstart: David's Story - Animated Graphic Novel" (8 min.)
(Region 2 single-disc DVD's contain all special features except the Previz Reel.)

(For Blu-ray, "Jumping Around the World" is updated to a picture-in-picture format.)

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New for Nov. 17, 2016:

The Stargate Page


Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The new standard for this classic on disc is to include all three different edits of the film, plus bonus documentaries. On DVD, this was done with 3 discs, each having its own version, plus a piece of the main "making of" documentary. On Blu-ray, all 3 versions are on one disc, while the bonus materials are on a second disc. These presentations are known as the "Ultimate Edition", which debuted on the film's 30th anniversary.
Feature film written and directed by Steven Spielberg.
Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, François Truffaut, and Bob Balaban.
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3-disc DVD sets include:
  • 3 versions of the film:
    • Original theatrical version (1977, 2 hours, 14 min.)
    • Special edition (1980, 2 hours, 12 min.)
    • Director's cut (1998, 2 hours, 17 min.)
  • "The Making of Close Encounters of the Third Kind" documentary (1 hour, 42 min. total):
    • Part 1 - We Are Not Alone (39 min.)
    • Part 2 - Production Stories (48 min.)
    • Part 3 - Putting It Together (15 min.)
  • Interview with Steven Spielberg - 30 Years of Close Encounters (21 min.)
  • 1977 Featurette: Watch the Skies (6 min.)
  • Previews & trailers (10 min. total)
  • Region 1 version has English, French, and Spanish audio tracks on all 3 version of the film.
  • "A View From Above" as a poster contrasting the differences between the 3 versions
  • 30th anniversary collector's book, with photos, biographies, behind-the-scenes info, and famous quotes.
2-disc Blu-ray sets add:
  • "A View From Above" as an on-disc branching guide
  • Deleted scenes
  • Photo gallery


On this site you will find informative episode guides and detailed reviews for a number of science fiction giants. The big three (Doctor Who, Star Trek, Sliders) all have their own separate home pages here, however, this is perhaps the best place to enter the world of the Matrix.

Do people read too much into the philosophy of the Matrix saga? Too little? Does the trilogy really live up to the lofty ideals it is often associated with?

Let's look closely at the entire saga and the wealth of philosophical thought that surrounds it for a unique new angle that you won't quite find on any of the commentaries or featurettes often packaged in with the movies.... Our reviews also link to each other in chronological order, making it easy to continue on at your own pace, or to skip ahead to any section of interest. Our coverage includes:


Settle back and read in-depth Reviews for each Doctor Who story:

Doctor Who is the largest, most extensively covered show on this site, with our 34-season-long episode guide split up into many separate pages, one for each of the lead actors who have played the title role.

Remember, EVERY Doctor Who story from William Hartnell's original pilot "An Unearthly Child" (story no. 1) to Peter Capaldi's debut "Deep Breath" (story no. 247) has an extensive, detailed review here on this site, and usually one that aims to highlight the positive philosophical qualities written into the adventure as well as its artistic merits. Browse the entire line sequentially with our episode guide catalogues, to find the exact review you want to see, or to find deals on whichever DVD's you still need for your collection....

"Sliders" is also a big brand on this site. The time/space/choice continuum wouldn't be properly represented here without discussing this excellent sci-fi series exploring parallel dimensions on a regular basis. We've reviewed all 86 stories of this 5-year series. You'll find the episode guide / product catalogue, with links to each story's review on our
Sliders page.

Our coverage of Star Trek at this time is limited to those episodes for which we felt we really had something worthwhile to say. Nevertheless, we have reviewed many episodes from each and every year of each Star Trek television series, as well as most of the movies, and we think there's a bit more to come in the not-too-distant future. It all kicks off from our Star Trek catalogue.


Our interest doesn't stop at videos and reviews. Catalogues for the music of Doctor Who and Star Trek, extending to sound effects, are also kept up to date here, with occasional reviews and track listings comparing older CD's with newer expanded versions...

Main "Star Trek Music Catalogue" page.
Main "Doctor Who Music Catalogue" page.


New for February 26, 2015:

Our new Astronomy section at Lyratek.com launches with
an Episode Guide Catalogue for an outstanding documentary series:
"The Universe"
This lively, informative, documentary series featuring scientist interviews and very cool CGI graphics has quickly become a favourite for astronomy enthusiasts. Common topics include new discoveries of exoplanets, features and conditions on planets and moons within our solar system, and various principles of physics and biology with cosmic significance.

Data capsule summaries for individual episodes begin with: "Alien Planets"

New for March 13, 2015:

The new Astronomy section at Lyratek.com
expands with eight new documentary data capsule reviews, beginning with: "Alien Moons", plus:

"Cosmos" episode guide and music catalogue
This much-loved classic documentary series from Carl Sagan continues to woo over new fans and satisfy on repeat viewing those lucky enough to discover it long ago. Now a new set of episodes with Neil deGrasse Tyson continues the tradition....


Farscape

Present-day astronaut John Crichton suddenly finds himself in an unknown region of space, surrounded by creatures, customs, and politics that he can barely make sense of. Actor Ben Browder creates a continually compelling fish-out-of-water performance as the main character struggling to find his way and contribute to a truly alien series of worlds, brought to life by the animatronic creature magic of the Jim Henson company and lavish, prolific CGI eye-candy.

Based on the tested formula of a group of characters traveling in a single ship, Farscape may be the best of such shows to resist anthropomorphism, keeping each alien species alien and true to its own culture, and with a unique and visually exciting look to match. Find out for yourself why this series remains one of the most loved in the annals of science fiction television, now in full season box sets with plentiful bonus features....


Season One:

(1999-2000) .... 22 episodes @ 45 min. each

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Region 1 DVD Box Set Extras include:

  • 14 audio commentaries
  • Documentary: "Making of a Space Opera" (22 min.)
  • Documentary: "In the Beginning: A Look Back with
    Brian Henson" (contains spoilers for the entire series)
  • Director's cut scenes


Region 1 Blu-ray Bonus features include:

  • behind-the-scenes interviews with
    Anthony Simcoe (Dargo),
    Jonathan Hardy (voice of Rygel XVI), and
    Lani John Tupu (Crais / voice of Pilot)
  • plus all extras from the standard DVD version


Season Two:

(2000-2001) .... 22 episodes @ 45 min. each

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Region 1 DVD Box Set Extras include:

  • 5 audio commentaries
  • Alternate version of "Re-Union" when it was to
    be the opening season 2 episode
  • Deleted scenes
  • Director's cut scenes
  • Blooper Reel

Region 1 Blu-ray Bonus features include:

  • "Listening In" featurettes with composer Guy Gross for 4 episodes
  • Behind-the-scenes interviews with
    Wayne Pygram and David Franklin
  • the rare "Farscape Undressed" special (44 min.)
  • plus all extras from the standard DVD version


Season Three:

(2001-2002) .... 22 episodes @ 45 min. each

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Region 1 DVD Box Set Extras include:

  • 9 audio commentaries
  • Documentary: "Season Three: A Look Back
    with Exec. Prod. David Kemper"
  • Behind-the-scenes interviews with
    Ben Browder (John Crichton),
    Claudia Black (Aeryn), Anthony Simcoe (Dargo),
    Gigi Edgley, and Wayne Pygram.
  • Composer Guy Gross discusses the season 3 theme
  • Deleted scenes
  • original TV promos for all episodes


Region 1 Blu-ray Bonus features include:

  • "Zhaan Forever" in-depth interview
    with Virginia Hey (Zhaan).
  • interviews with Rebecca Riggs and Paul Goddard
  • "Listening In" featurettes with composer Guy Gross for 4 episodes
  • plus all extras from the standard DVD version


Season Four:

(2002-2003) .... 22 episodes @ 45 min. each

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Region 1 DVD Box Set Extras include:

  • 3 audio commentaries
  • Inside Farscape featurette "Villains"
  • Inside Farscape featurette "Visual Effects"
  • Inside Farscape featurette "Save Farscape"
  • "The story so far..." clip reel
  • Deleted scenes
  • "On the Last Day" wrap speech from David Kemper

Region 1 Blu-ray Bonus features include:

  • "Memories of Moya" HD retrospective documentary.
  • Listening in with composer Guy Gross featurettes
    for 4 episodes
  • video profiles of executive producers/writers
    Rockne S. O'Bannon and David Kemper.
  • plus all extras from the standard DVD version


Seasons 1-4 Mega-Set:

(1999-2003)

88 episodes,
plus 15 hours of bonus features

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Looking for the U.K. Region 2 standard DVD PAL version of seasons 1-4?

Things get even better for you... Read further on down the page....

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Region 1 DVD Box Set Extras include:

  • 31 audio commentaries
  • Documentary: "Making of a Space Opera" (22 min.)
  • Documentary: "In the Beginning: A Look Back
    with Brian Henson" (~39 min.)
  • Documentary: "Season Three: A Look Back
    with Exec. Prod. David Kemper"
  • Inside Farscape featurette "Villains"
  • Inside Farscape featurette "Visual Effects"
  • Inside Farscape featurette "Save Farscape"
  • Behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew
  • Deleted scenes, director's cut scenes
  • Alternate version of "Re-Union"
    as the season 2 premiere
  • Listening in with composer Guy Gross featurettes
    for 12 episodes
  • rare "Farscape Undressed" special (44 min. pseudo-ad)
  • original TV promos


Region 1 Blu-ray Bonus features include:

  • "Memories of Moya" HD retrospective documentary.
  • video profiles of executive producers/writers
    Rockne S. O'Bannon and David Kemper.
  • plus all extras from the standard DVD version


Epilogue: The Peacekeeper Wars

(2004 mini-series) totaling 3 hours, 2 min.
This mini-series somewhat makes up for the cancelled fifth season and
provides some resolution by tying up the loose ends of the series.

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This mini-series has yet to debut on Blu-ray....

DVD Extras include:

  • Making-of featurette (30 min.)
  • interactive art gallery
  • spacecraft gallery
  • production storyboards




Seasons 1-4 plus The Peacekeeper Wars

(1999-2004)

Only the U.K. Region 2 PAL standard DVD version
of this show has accomplished the obvious,
which is to bundle all four seasons plus the resolution mini-series
in the same box set.

This is probably the only set that truly deserves
to call itself complete.

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Beware: There is a blu-ray set out there that LOOKS the same on the surface, but does NOT include "The Peacekeeper Wars".


The Twilight Zone

Rod Serling's masterpiece series from 1959-1964 almost single-handedly elevated the genre of sci-fi television at the time, and remains a classic today. As Serling himself once said to a reporter, "There have been science fiction and fantasy shows before, but most of them were involved with gadgets or leprechauns. 'The Twilight Zone' is about people."

This is an anthology series, where there are no regular characters. Instead, each episode is its own self-contained short story.... which also means you can watch the episodes in any order you please. This series is a hit with sci-fi fans and critics alike, taking the number 2 spot in the 1987 sci-fi TV poll in John Javna's "The Best of Science-Fiction TV" book.


Season One:

(1959-1960)

36 episodes
@ 26 min. each

Notable episodes include:
  • "Time Enough At Last"
  • "Elegy"
  • "Long Live Walter Jameson"
  • "The After Hours"

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In total, these season one box sets contain 36 episodes averaging 26 minutes each, plus an extra unaired version of the pilot: "Where Is Everybody?" preceded by a filmed network sales pitch by Rod Serling. The regular episodes include the memorable fan favourite "Time Enough At Last" in which Burgess Meredith desires to read long past doomsday.

The vast majority of bonus features are audio only, and are presented as alternate audio tracks on the episodes themselves. On the standard DVD "Definitive Edition" set, these include 21 isolated music scores by Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, Van Cleave, and various library tracks including one by Les Structures Sonores. In addition to 6 proper audio commentaries, we also get audio recordings of Rod Serling's university film class lectures and vintage interviews of cast and crew by Marc Scott Zicree as he researched his Twilight Zone book - these lectures and interviews are presented as pseudo-audio-commentaries on related episodes. Finally, there are the Radio dramas - alternate versions of several episodes designed for audio only, typically between 35-40 minutes each and played over a still picture.

As an example, here's a detailed breakdown of the extras for each episode on
the STANDARD DVD version of season one - "The Definitive Edition":

No. Episode Title: Isolated Music Track: Other Extras:
0. Serling's Pitch plus Unaired Pilot:
"Where Is Everybody?" (35 min.)
-Proper Audio Commentary by executive William Self
-Rod Serling audio lecture
-alternate opening narration
1. "Where Is Everybody?" Bernard Herrmann Proper Audio Commentary by star Earl Holliman
2. "One for the Angels" Radio version starring Ed Begley Jr.
3. "Mr. Denton on Doomsday" Proper Audio Commentary by co-star Martin Landau
4. "The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine" Franz Waxman
5. "Walking Distance" Bernard Herrmann Rod Serling Lecture
6. "Escape Clause"
7. "The Lonely" Bernard Herrmann Radio version starring Mike Starr (found as a separate feature on the last disc)
8. "Time Enough at Last" -Zicree interview of star Burgess Meredith.
-Video of Drew Carey's parody of the episode (1 min.)
9. "Perchance to Dream" Van Cleave
10. "Judgment Night"
11. "And When the Sky Was Opened" Leonard Rosenman -Proper Audio Commentary by star Rod Taylor
-Rod Serling Lecture
-Zicree interview with director Douglas Heyes
12. "What You Need" Van Cleave
13. "The Four of Us Are Dying" Jerry Goldsmith
14. "Third From the Sun" Library (including
Les Structures Sonores)
Zicree interview with director Richard L. Bare
15. "I Shot an Arrow into the Air" Radio version starring Chelsie Ross
16. "The Hitch-Hiker" Library cues
17. "The Fever"
18. "The Last Flight"
19. "The Purple Testament" Lucien Moraweck
20. "Elegy" Van Cleave
21. "Mirror Image" Library cues Proper Audio Commentary by co-star Martin Milner
22. "The Monsters Are Due
on Maple Street"
René Garriguenc Radio version starring Frank John Hughes
23. "A World of Difference" Van Cleave
24. "Long Live Walter Jameson" Proper Audio Commentary by star Kevin McCarthy
25. "People Are Alike All Over"
26. "Execution"
27. "The Big Tall Wish" Jerry Goldsmith Radio version starring Blair Underwood
28. "A Nice Place to Visit" Library cues
29. "Nightmare as a Child" Jerry Goldsmith
30. "A Stop at Willoughby" Nathan Scott Zicree interview with producer Buck Houghton
31. "The Chaser" Library cues Zicree interview with director Douglas Heyes
32. "A Passage for Trumpet" Lyn Murray
33. "Mr. Bevis"
34. "The After Hours" -Zicree interviews with star Anne Francis
and director Douglas Heyes
-Radio version starring Kim Fields
35. "The Mighty Casey" -Rod Serling Lecture
-montage of rare photos (23 seconds)
36. "A World of His Own" Zicree interview with writer Richard Matheson

Also on the "extras" disc is:

  • Rod Serling's filmed Netherlands Sales Pitch (4 min.)
  • A segment of Rod Serling hosting the 1970's game show "Liar's Club" (21 min., colour)
  • Rod Serling Blooper (12 seconds)
  • Rod Serling accepts Emmy Awards for Twilight Zone (3 min.)
  • Twilight Zone sponsor commercials (2 min.)
  • Main Photo Gallery (2 min.)
  • DVD-ROM .pdf file of a 1963 issue of Twilight Zone comic book.

Blu-ray gives you all of that, plus much more of the same, and then some... There are 19 new proper audio commentaries, though you can expect a lot of those to be from modern writers inspired by and in appreciation of "The Twilight Zone" rather than people who actually worked on the show. We also get part one of a "vintage" audio interview of Director of Photography George T. Clemens - with further installments on sets for later seasons. Plus, on film, we get the rare unofficial Twilight Zone pilot "The Time Element" written by Rod Serling, and an early "Tales of Tomorrow" version of the episode "What You Need". Plus, interviews with actors Dana Dillaway, Suzanne Lloyd, and Beverly Garland.

To compare the two:

DVD Bonus features include:
- 6 proper audio commentaries
-21 isolated music scores
- 4 Rod Serling Lectures
- 7 vintage (Zicree) audio interview tracks
- 6 Radio dramas
Blu-ray Bonus features include:
-25 proper audio commentaries
-34 isolated music scores
- 4 Rod Serling Lectures
- 8 vintage audio interview tracks
-18 Radio Dramas
-video interviews
-rare unofficial pilot "The Time Element"
-pre-Twilight-Zone version of "What You Need"
Sets for the next seasons continue in much the same style....


Season Two:

(1960-1961)

29 episodes
@ 25 min. each

notable episodes include:
  • "Eye of the Beholder"
  • "The Silence"
  • "The Invaders"
  • "Long Distance Call" (Billy Mumy)
  • "Night of the Meek"
  • "Nick of Time" (William Shatner)

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DVD Bonus features include:
-proper audio commentaries by Billy Mumy & William Idelson, Cliff Robertson, Dennis Weaver, Shelley Berman, Donna Douglas, and Don Rickles
-isolated music tracks
-Zicree audio interviews
-radio dramas

-Mike Wallace interview of Rod Serling
-clips from "Tell it to Groucho" and "The Jack Benny Show"
-photo gallery
-comic book DVD-ROM .pdf

Blu-ray Bonus features include:
-DVD commentaries, plus 25 new audio commentaries including writer George Clayton Johnson
-22 isolated music scores (J. Goldsmith, Fred Steiner...)
-vintage audio interview with director of photography George T. Clemens, part two
-vintage audio interview with make-up artist William Tuttle
-15 Radio Dramas
-"Nightmare at Ground Zero" - a 1953 episode of "Suspense" by Rod Serling
-all Definitive Edition DVD extras are also included.


Season Three:

(1961-1962)

37 episodes
@ 25 min. each

Notable episodes include:
  • "Little Girl Lost"
  • "To Serve Man"
  • "It's a Good Life" (Billy Mumy)
  • "A Quality of Mercy"
    (Dean Stockwell, Leonard Nimoy)

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DVD Bonus features include:
-proper commentaries by William Windom, Leonard Nimoy, Cliff Robertson, Lois Nettleton, Billy Mumy, Jonathan Winters
-isolated music tracks
-Zicree audio interviews / recollections
Blu-ray Bonus features include:
-audio commentaries from DVD, plus 19 new commentaries
-37 isolated music scores (all episodes) (Fred Steiner, Van Cleave, Bernard Herrmann...)
-19 Radio Dramas
-Zicree interview of D.O.P. George T. Clemens, part three


Season Four:

(Winter/Spring 1963)

18 episodes
@ 50 min. each

Notable episodes include:
  • "Death Ship" (Jack Klugman, Ross Martin)
  • "In His Image"
  • "Miniature"
  • "The Bard"
  • "On Thursday We Leave for Home"

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DVD Bonus features include:
- 2 proper audio commentaries
-isolated music scores from Fred Steiner, Van Cleave, etc.
-video interviews with Anne Francis, Paul Comi, John Furia, and Morgan Brittany.
Blu-ray Bonus features include:
-15 proper audio commentaries
-18 isolated music scores (all episodes!)
-The vintage audio interview with D.O.P. George T. Clemens continues...
-all extras from the DVD version included
-vintage audio interviews with Ross Martin, Burgess Meredith, Anne Francis, Earl Hamner, Buzz Kulik and Herbert Hirschman.


Season Five:

(1963-1964)

36 episodes
@ 25 min. each

Notable episodes include:
  • "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (William Shatner)
  • "A Kind of a Stopwatch"
  • "The Masks"
  • "Living Doll"
  • "In Praise of Pip" (Billy Mumy)
  • "The Encounter" (George Takei)

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Blu-ray Canada

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DVD Bonus features include:
-proper audio commentaries with Martin Landau, Billy Mumy, Mickey Rooney, Mariette Hartley, June Foray, Alan Sues, and Marc Scott Zicree.
-isolated music scores from Van Cleave, B. Herrmann, etc.
-Rod Serling Lecture
-video interviews with writers Richard Matheson, George Clayton Johnson & Earl Hamner, plus Billy Mumy, June Foray, Terry Becker, Nancy Malone, Carolyn Kearney, & Michael Forest.
-"Submitted for Your Approval" 90 minute documentary on the life of Rod Serling.
-"Conversation with Rod Serling" (Part Two)
Blu-ray Bonus features include:
-the DVD commentaries, plus 20 new commentaries adding George Takei
-video interviews
-22 Radio Dramas

Most of the extras from the DVD version are here, but the 90-minute documentary "Submitted for Your Approval" is NOT INCLUDED in the Blu-ray version!)



The Complete Collection:

(1959-1964)

All 156 episodes

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Blu-ray Canada



Battlestar Galactica (1978-1980)

The original Battlestar Galactica presented a fantastical operatic space saga of human drama and sci-fi action spiced with exploration of myths and legend, with visual effects to rival that of the then-recent 1977 Star Wars film and give audiences the second-helping that they couldn't find elsewhere at the time. Though critics were quick to jump on its flaws and assume it would hit the reset button on character and plot development each week, audiences loved it and were rewarded with significant developments as the show moved through its brief time on air.

The evolution of Lorne Greene's character of Adama might even symbolize a healthier message if presented to the audience in reverse - as indeed it was when I saw season two first in 1980, then later most of season one, and then finally the 3-part pilot movie. Adama is a pseudo-God-like figure at the end, descending to Earth from the heavens, the wise old man with a white beard, with his angels Troy and Dillon preceding him and preparing the way. Back up to season one, and learn that he is just a man like any other, stemming from a more technologically advanced society than our own and doing his best to lead his people through a difficult time. Back up to the pilot, and you get to see and feel some of the things that may be influencing his decisions, and see why they are not always the wisest ones possible. This deconstruction of a popular image has stuck with me and influenced me to this day, helping me to dig deeper than most for theological and philosophical meaning. Though the presentation of things here may not be the most ideal when taken at face value, the images are memorable and evocative, and a good trigger for initiating debate. All this from a series that remains a lot of fun even today, and had me absolutely giddy with anticipation for each new episode when it first aired.

Season One: (1978-1979) starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herbert Jefferson Jr.
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This DVD box set only gets away with labeling itself as "The complete epic series" IF you regard the next season from 1980 as a separate show altogether. I never did. As far as I am concerned, this is just season one.

The saga comes on six double-sided discs, which is a bit weird considering that discs 4 and 5 only have material on one side each. Special features are spread out across all discs, which really benefits the deleted scenes in keeping them closely associated with the episodes they came from.

Episodes were generally about 48 minutes each, but as you may already know there were a LOT of multi-episode stories in this series. Most of them are presented episodically, but both the three-part pilot and the two-part "Greetings From Earth" are presented here as movie-length stories instead.

DVD Box Set Extras include:

  • Audio commentary by actors Richard Hatch (Apollo), Dirk Benedict (Starbuck),
    and Herbert Jefferson Jr. (Boomer) on the triple-length pilot (2 hours, 20 minutes).
  • "Remembering Battlestar Galactica" making-of documentary (45 min.), adding Laurette Spang (Cassiopeia),
    Anne Lockhart (Sheba), Terry Carter (Colonel Tigh), Noah Hathaway (Boxey/Troy),
    Patrick MacNee (Count Iblis / Narrator / Voice of Imperious Leader), Lance LeGault (Bootes / Maga),
    writer/creator/producer Glen A. Larson, writer / story editor Terrence McDonnell, and
    directors Richard A. Colla, Rod Holcomb, Christian Nyby Jr., Alan Levi, and Winrich Kolbe.
  • interview of creator Glen A. Larson discussing the myths and legends inspiring many of the story ideas (6 min.)
  • interview of composer/orchestrator Stu Phillips on how the shows were scored (5 min.)
  • Featurette on the challenges of realizing the Cylons (5 min.)
  • "Working with the Daggit" featurette (5 min.)
  • Deleted and alternate scenes (and bloopers) on most episodes (over 3 hours total!)
  • Photo Gallery



Season Two (Galactica 1980): starring Lorne Greene, Kent McCord, Barry Van Dyke, Herbert Jefferson Jr., and
guest starring Dirk Benedict

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Those who consider this to be a separate show from the original Battlestar Galactica may want to take a closer look at (and listen to) the opening credits. The first two parts of the three-part opener call themselves "Galactica 1980", after which the show's title reverts to "Battlestar Galactica". Additionally, we hear an announcer proclaiming that part three of the opener is "the conclusion of Galactica 1980." "Galactica 1980" is therefore just one three-part story. Afterwards we get five more "Battlestar Galactica" stories, with proper on-screen titles. Yes, there's been a hefty cast change, and the main plot has had a major advancement, but for all viewing purposes these are important further chapters of the original show.


Then in 2003, I eagerly tuned into the backdoor pilot TV movie for the new Battlestar Galactica, and was completely disappointed.

Part of it was stylistic - the show now looked and felt too much like any other modern Earth-based one, without actually taking place on Earth at all as the ad campaign had led me to assume, and had lost its fun, escapist, other-worldly cultural aspects. Exciting visuals that used to be center-stage were now tossed off into the background. The enemy Cylons spent most of their screen time also looking like everyday people.

What seemed to take center-stage instead was something I had already grown tired of seeing from head-writer Ronald D. Moore during his days on Star Trek The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, and that was the indulgence of his fetish for making characters suffer losses and deaths, generally wallowing in high levels of dysfunction for long periods of time. For those of us well-educated in self-help material, the protagonists were falling too far behind the audience, lessening our ability to engage emotionally and invest in their struggles.

I think I might even have found all of that forgivable, if not for the biggest disappointment of all. We didn't get a continuation of the saga in 2003, even if the evolution of the Cylons seemed to be continuing from where they had been in the 1980 episode "The Night the Cylons Landed". Instead, Ron Moore decided to remake the original pilot, and give the impression that with this new style he intended to tell the same story all over again. I lost interest. And perhaps this is the biggest reason why so many people love one version of this show but not the other - they compete with each other more than they complement.

The final insult was that my favourite character, previously played by the A-Team's Dirk Benedict, was now a woman. If it had been the original character's daughter or granddaughter or niece or something, fine. But to pretend to be the original character, played as the opposite gender, was just wrong.

I watched and taped the 2003 miniseries, but have not been able to bring myself to re-watch more than 20 minutes of it since, and I have not tuned in to any of the continuing stories that came after. Maybe I'm missing something, but that's my choice. There's still so much other sci-fi out there that I'd prefer to explore. I do retain my affection for the original series though, and will gladly promote my vote for it as the better of the two versions.



Forbidden Planet

Of course these days Leslie Nielsen is best known for his trademark over-the-top deadpan comedy. But back when "Forbidden Planet" was made, he was trying to play it seriously. His familiar deadpan charm shines through anyway, and I find myself constantly wanting to giggle at the joke that is always just about to happen, but never actually materializes. In short, Nielsen is a real hoot in this classic flick, and totally without trying to be.

That said, this is a great sci-fi movie, with some powerful ideas and philosophical territory to explore, lots of eye-catching effects that pushed the boundaries at the time, and featuring the debut of an iconic robot prop/costume that would go on to appear in countless other movies and television shows for the next decade or more. If fact, it's uncanny how similar many of these ideas are to the Montauk phase of the Philadelphia Experiment.

98 min. feature film starring Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon, Warren Stevens, Earl Holliman,
and introducing Robby the Robot.
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DVD and Blu-ray extras include:
  • "Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet" featurette
  • "Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon" featurette
  • Deleted Scenes and Lost Footage
  • TCM original documentary "Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us"
  • Bonus 1958 MGM feature film "The Invisible Boy" (also featuring Robby the Robot)
  • Bonus The Thin Man TV Series Episode "Robot Client" (featuring Robby the Robot)
  • Excerpts from The MGM Parade TV Series with Walter Pidgeon
  • Trailer Gallery


The Greatest American Hero

As a non-American, I was never fond of the title for this series, particularly as it had little relevance to anything this show was about. But the show itself is one of my all-time favourites. There's little science in it - instead it is very strong on comedy (nominated several times for Emmy Awards in the comedy category, and deservedly so), while also delivering satisfying action-adventure storylines. This shouldn't be too surprising, considering it comes from writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell (co-creator of "The A-Team"). It takes a while for the regulars to get together and start delivering their charm during the pilot, especially as the opening scene depicting the crime they will investigate is so bizarre and cultish, but by episode two, things are rolling ahead nicely. Specifically, I don't think there's a better example out there of a "superhero" struggling to fit his new abilities and responsibilities into a normal lifestyle, which this show truly milks for all the humour and drama possible. Plus, it's got enigmatic extra-terrestrials. If you've never seen it, it's well-worth a try, and makes for a fun, family-friendly, feel-good viewing experience.

Okay, there are two separate versions of this series on DVD, a 2005 version from Anchor Bay, and a 2010 version from Mill Creek Entertainment, and no signs that either one extended to a Region 2 PAL version for the European market. Strangely, Mill Creek's newer ones have fewer bonus features and squeeze the episodes onto fewer discs to make them cheaper. Reviews of sound and picture quality are mixed for both versions, making it hard to pick a winner on those grounds. Plus, Mill Creek doesn't seem to want to provide season three on its own. So, I'm going to recommend the older Anchor Bay season sets unless your budget is tight and the extras are not a big draw for you. Sadly, Amazon has not been careful at keeping customer reviews displayed on only the original product that the customer was talking about. When reading their reviews, always double-check to see which product the customer was ACTUALLY talking about. Hopefully the guide I have prepared below will help you select the right product for you:

Season One: (a 95-minute pilot, plus 7 episodes @ 49 min. each)
Starz / Anchor Bay 2005 release Mill Creek Entertainment 2010 release
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Canada

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This is a 3-disc set, with all eight episodes of the first season. The bonus features are the most lavish of any Greatest American Hero package yet: You get the unaired spinoff pilot "The Greatest American Heroine", plus about 75 minutes worth of interviews from writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell, and stars William Katt, Connie Selleca, Robert Culp, and Michael Paré.

This is likely the ONLY package that gives you those bonuses, despite the fact that the excited review from one happy customer now displays itself on all Amazon's pages for other Greatest American Hero products.

This is the 2-disc version from Mill Creek that I have. You get the 95-minute pilot, and the remaining 7 episodes from season one which are all ~49 minutes in length. There's basically one bonus feature, an enlightening 20-minute interview with writer/creator Stephen J. Cannell.




Season Two: (22 episodes @ 47-49 min. each)

Starz / Anchor Bay 2005 release Mill Creek Entertainment 2010 release
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This is a 6-disc set, with all 22 episodes of the second season. The bonus features continue to be decent, with career-retrospective interviews of writer/creator Stephen J. Cannell and music composer Mike Post. This is the 4-disc version from Mill Creek, which I also have. I can vouch that you get the 22 episodes from season two which are mostly ~49 minutes in length (two of them only manage about 47 minutes) ...and that's it.

Most strange is that the only time Don Cervantes' credit is accompanied by a picture of his face, it's on an episode in which he doesn't actually participate in (It's All Downhill From Here).




Season Three:

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This is a 4-disc set, with the 13 episodes from the truncated third season. Mill Creek has not yet seen fit to release the third season outside of their massive package for the entire show (see below).




The Complete Series: (1981-1983)

Starz / Anchor Bay 2005 release Mill Creek Entertainment 2010 release
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Canada

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Canada

This is a 13-disc set, but for bonus features, it advertises all kinds of things that are not on the discs themselves: A cape, a battery-powered guide book, a decal, and a tin box. You'll be all set for Hallowe'en, but it's unclear if the spinoff episode or interviews are included as well. This contains the double-length pilot story and all regular episodes of the series. There is a 20-minute bonus interview with writer/creator Stephen J. Cannell. It's a 9-disc set.



Firefly (2003, 2005)

All evidence points to this series being far, far better than the Fox network ever gave it credit for. You'd think Fox would have learned its lesson after interfering with "Sliders" eight years previously. But no, after only airing some of the episodes of "Firefly" on TV, and horribly out-of-order at that, this series only just gets its due on DVD, where ALL episodes are presented in the correct order. Justice is served. Nice! Now if only it hadn't been prematurely cancelled.... well, in the sci-fi genre, being misunderstood is all too common....

In a unique move for a series this short, the cast and crew quickly reassembled to produce a feature film called "Serenity". This film ties up the loose ends of the series, but works as a movie in its own right even if you've seen nothing of the series. Many would rank it better than the Star Wars film that came out the same year.

The short-lived series: (2003) starring Nathan Fillion & Gina Torres. created by Joss Whedon.
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The spin-off theatrical feature film: (2005) starring Nathan Fillion & Gina Torres. written and directed by Joss Whedon.

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The Matrix

DVD NTSC Region 1
The Ultimate Matrix Collection
10-disc set
for the North American market:
U.S.
Region 1 NTSC

U.S.
Region 1 NTSC

Canada
Region 1 NTSC

DVD PAL Region 2
The Ultimate Matrix Collection
10-disc set
for the U.K. / Europe:
U.K.
Region 2 PAL

Read about story specific DVD Extras on our reviews for each film and each Animatrix episode.

Blu-ray version:

Blu-ray Extras add:

  • Audio commentary for film 1 by
    Carrie-Ann Moss (Trinity),
    editor Zach Staenberg, and
    visual effects innovator John Gaeta.
  • Music only track for film 1 with commentary by composer Don Davis.
  • MTV Movie Awards Reloaded
In the absence of a proper Blu-ray release of the Ultimate Matrix Collection in the U.K., the simpler trilogy set appears to be the most popular hi-def version of the films for British amazon shoppers, unless they care to try an Italian import of "The Ultimate Collection". There are a LOT of differences in the bonus features offered with the trilogy set though, so buyer beware.
Blu-ray Region A/1
The Ultimate Matrix Collection
for the North American market:
U.S.
Region A/1

Canada
Region A/1

Canada
Bilingual Set

Blu-ray Region B/2
The Ultimate Matrix Collection
Italian Import to the U.K.:
U.K.
Region B/2

Blu-ray Region B/2
The Matrix Trilogy - U.K.
U.K.
Region B/2


Of course, our top three TV picks all have their own pages at Lyratek.com already, with loads of reviews and buying options on products. They are:

Find out more about the enigmatic traveling Timelord in his long-running classic BBC sci-fi series, complete with episode guide catalogues of available DVD's, videos, story & music soundtracks, extensive story reviews, and more on our Doctor Who page.


Read reviews of select Star Trek episodes in our extensive articles on Time Travel and the Prime Directive as portrayed in this famous sci-fi franchise, plus find out all about the latest products on our Star Trek page.


The time/space/choice continuum wouldn't be properly represented here without discussing this excellent sci-fi series exploring parallel dimensions on a regular basis. You'll find episode guides, products, and links to reviews for EVERY story on our Sliders page.


New for December 18-29, 2014:

Doctor Who In-depth Reviews: "Deep Breath", "Into the Dalek", "Flatline", and the Season 34 story arc,
plus our annual ranking of stories, writers, and directors,
and our Buyers' Guide to the season.
In these reviews we highlight some of the more interesting aspects of the latest season, and note how it eventually focused on lesser ideas...

New for January 9, 2015:

Our disc-by-disc reviews for the
"Doctor Who 11-Disc 50th Anniversary Collection"
Music CD Box Set are now complete with the additions of
disc 1 for William Hartnell, disc 5 for Peter Davison, and
disc 8 for Paul McGann....



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