There’s an early scene where Minerva walks into the room to talk to her employees and Freddie. She throws the door shut behind her, but it doesn’t latch properly, and it falls back open again. They don’t even bother with a reshoot, just letting it stand and going on with the scene.
That neglect is emblematic of this final season of the show, and the perfect symbol for this rather lame finish to a cultural icon.
Found this picture while digging around my computer for other things. It’s from a trip to Sequals, Italy in April 1984 to visit my grandfather. We also went to Paris and Chartres, and I spent my 15th birthday in Venice, all on that trip.
Left to right in the picture are my mother; my grandfather’s cousin Domenica; me (kneeling); my father; and my grandfather.
Presenting “from the archives,” a regular feature on this blog, in which I present an entry from the previous iteration of this blog, which was on LiveJournal from 2004-2017.
Today is the entry from exactly one year ago, on the occasion of my grandmother’s death.
The new episode of Dead Kitchen Radio: The Keith R.A. DeCandido Podcast is live! On the eve of the release of Aliens: Bug Hunt, edited by the mighty Jonathan Maberry, I discuss my love of the Alien film franchise in general and the new anthology in particular, in which I share space with luminaries Dan Abnett, Rachel Caine, Larry Correia, David Farland, Matt Forbeck, Ray Garton, Christopher Golden, Heather Graham, Brian Keene, Paul Kupperberg, Tim Lebbon, James A. Moore, Yvonne Navarro, Weston Ochse, Mike Resnick, Scott Sigler, and the aforementioned Mr. Maberry.
I also read my story in the anthology, “Deep Background.” So check out the podcast!
The jokes are all incredibly unimaginative and very basic stuff. The dark-eyes-from-the-microscope thing doesn’t even make sense in the setting. (Why would there be a microscope on Spock’s console? How’d a disembodied computer even get it there?) They’re just variations on contemporary pranks, and not particularly interesting ones. Plus, there’s the completely absurd giant inflatable Enterprise decoy that the Romulans somehow don’t realize is a giant balloon until after they fire on it. I can’t even…
I overcomplicated that a little, but there’s a new bit of Supernatural merchandise coming out this September (just in time for the launch of the show’s thirteenth season: Supernatural: John Winchester Hardcover Ruled Journal, which includes facsimile text and art of John’s journal from the TV series. I wrote the text that accompanies it.
It’s being published by Insight Editions (who also are publishing my Orphan Black book in the summer), and it’s available for preorder right now. Check it out!
This episode has to set a record for double entendres in a single Batman ’66 episode. Besides the two mentioned above—Batman’s comment about the oncoming thrust of Robin’s manhood and Cabala lamenting Batgirl getting flatter—there’s also Cabala’s line about how husbands and wives should bump into each other every once in a while, Cassandra dismissively telling Batgirl that other women’s numbers don’t interest her, Gordon’s reference to the prison matron nicknamed “Mrs. Frisk,” and Minerva’s line about how she would feel like a new man.