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Admiring Star Trek's Tholian Web Written by Judy Burns and Chet Richard

The Enterprise finds the U.S.S. Defiant, adrift like a ghost ship trapped between two dimensions. The crew beam over in their most awesome, colourful spacewalking outfits; the kind with the bright, colourful hard wiring that makes the crew look like big Tonka toys. Then, it happens. One crazy thing after another. Kirk gets lost. The crew goes crazy. The Tholians demand Enterprise leave, safe for starting an interstellar war. McCoy hates Spock for taking over. And holy cow, Spock looks calm but is probably screaming inside. Jesus, I love episode so much!!

A Grittier Anne of Green Gables?

Stories are indeed getting grittier these days. Around the world, audiences want drama with suffering that's isn't so polished to look neat and presentable. They want to see the pain and trauma of real life, and the more innocent the protoganist, the better. Who would have thought that Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables would fall into this category? Anne is so sweet and charming, it's hard to believe she has a dark, sordid history to contrast her lovable self. Canadians fell in love with Anne as retold by Megan Follows in 1985. She was "the fiery and headstrong redhead" who, since then, has gotten a dramatic upgrade since the newest version aired on CBC on March 19th 2017. A grittier Anne, indeed. And who better to write this new, grittier version of Anne of Green Gables than Breaking Bad Canadian writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett?

How Pamela Ewing Got me Hooked On Stories
Or How I Learned to Hate Season-Long Dream Sequences

The summer of 1986 was plentiful, in its own way, with news that would change the world and events that we would never forget. But I'll always remember the moment, at home in our tiny living room, with the RCA colour TV set tucked away in the corner, away from direct sunlight, so that we could all make out the amazing plethora of images that would sprawl against the smoothly arced television screen. That was a moment when TV history happened - bad TV history. There I was, a young kid, with big brown eyes, lying in his favourite position on the floor, stomach down with elbows to the floor and palms pressed against his cheeks, as Pamela Ewing (Victoria Principal) wakes up from her dream. Shazbat!!! I raised from the floor like an animal ready to take a flight. It was a moment of shock. I mean, Dallas was a cool show.

Sure, J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) was a douchebag like no other, but seriously, the guy knew how to get out of trouble. His brother Bobby (Patrick Duffy), had a heart of gold, but now dead, left Dallas in a kind of screwed up position in prime time TV land. Something had to be done to bring him back. Something harsh. Yes, that's the scene when Pamela wakes up, with shorter hair and dreamy eyes, who nonchalantly walks over to washroom only to find her nude hubby taking a shower like it was Season 7.

Did Rod Serling have PTSD?

The Twilight Zone was a weird show whose inspiration came from the mind of a traumatized man. The case could be made for Rod Serling, TV writer, and war veteran, who suffered with post-traumatic stress disorder and turned his nightmares into one of the most successful TV shows in American history. Rod's brother would agree, as quoted in Rod Serling American Masters Documentary, "He had terrible nightmares. He didn't just have war experiences, they were branded into his hide and his soul and his mind. And produced some of the finest work as a result." 

Kolchak Cameo in Justice League Unlimited (2004)

Kolchak: The Night Stalker was a 70's TV show about a reporter who solved paranormal mysteries in the big city. It didn't do well for ratings and got cancelled. Decades later, Chris Carter, the creator of the hit show X-Files, claimed that Kolchak  inspired his Mulder character, as the lone hero in search of the paranormal. Ten years afterward, a Saturday morning cartoon called Justice League Unlimited aired Fearful Symmetry. In it, a character bearing an uncanny resemblance to Kolchak makes a cameo appearance. He doesn't play a big role in the story, in fact, he shows up for a total about five seconds, at the most. It is a tongue and cheek moment most geeks wouldn't want to miss. Kolchak leaves his mark, once again.

Was Spock more Lover than Logical?

We've heard it through the classic Star Trek series as well as the spin-offs that came afterwards: Logical this, logical that. Our pointed-ear friend had something to say on just about everything. The crew put up with him despite his arrogance and snide remarks. But this lovable Vulcan still held his grip on everyone.

Every Star Trek crew has its social miscreant. These people don't fit in but display honourable traits we have grown to love. Spock was the first of his kind. His logic often made him the butt of jokes, but even the Enterprise crew could see more in him than that. He displayed a genuine concern for the people around him.

In Star Trek V, Spock felt insulted when Kirk claimed that everyone has human qualities. We all have feelings about one another, he says, we all care. It is interesting because Kirk's message was what Earthlings tried to teach Spock in the original Star Trek era. Spock saw it as illogical, but, in reality, it was logic based on a different value system.