Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Sunday Review

TV this week:

  • Doctor Who: "The Bells of Saint John" - Why did this one feel a little tiny bit like a rehash of the Idiot's Lantern? I suppose I found the story to be a bit weak, but the continuation of the Clara story arc was solid, especially if this story's big bad is likely to return again. I like Clara quite a bit and now I'm even more intrigued about her history/future and her link with the Doctor. I cannot imagine a satisfactory explanation, personally, though I can think of about a dozen theories so far. As for the title of the episode... loved it!

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Feb 13th
  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series #11 - Nice little story. Did I know the animated GL was at war with the manhunters?
  • Saucer Country #12 - Oooh, that's a freaky way to end. Still not sure what exactly is going on, but wow.
  • Hoax Hunters #7 - Oh. Well. I'm not sure that means exactly what I think it means, but there it is. Gruesome book for me to enjoy so much.
  • Powers: Bureau #1 - And that's back too. Another gruesome book, but in a different way.
  • Spongebob Comics #17 - That's one of the more annoying issues of this book ever.
  • Oz/Wonderland Chronicles: Prelude to Evil #3 - Ok, I think I figured out what happened. I just don't know why it happened.

Fortean Times #289
Fortean Times #289 (July 2012). The cover does a good job of freaking me out. The zombie-esque person and the mangy-looking dog are creepy enough, the addition of the word "Shapshifter" gives it an even spookier vibe. The cover story itself manages to stay in the realm of understandable, with just a hint of "oh look at the poor freaked out locals" that includes the author himself. It almost becomes more pathetic than frightening. Almost.

Another main article is about Amelia Earhart and the theory that she crash-landed on a known island and died there, unrescued. The article brings up all the evidence, mostly circumstantial, and evidence that was lost, including a human skeleton that may have been Earhart's. Certainly the mystery isn't solved, but the evidence should be examined closely.

An article about the tendency of anthropologists studying other cultures to start believing in the mystical sides of the cultures they are studying hits some strange points. It's a good in-depth examination of the phenomena.

Strangedays includes stories of tsunami survivors being haunted by victims, a number of cases in which careless gun owners became victims of their weapons when various animals triggered them, a round up of people returning from death, reports of severe allergic reactions, and a good set of follow-ups from previous issues of the magazine.

Science covers new technology reports out of Russia, and how Fortean some of them sound. The question asked in the article is whether or not Putin's new arsenals are more bluff than reality. The 2012 Watch discusses failed predictions of the end of the world. Ghostwatch is about phone calls from the dead. The Fortean Traveller visits Cambodia to see about village spirits.

Konspiracy Korner reminds its readers that 2013 is the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, and thus we will be deluged with "new" theories and evidence, and goes on to rip apart a book that's a little ahead of the crowd and talks about JFK smoking dope in the White House. Britain's X-Files covers the story of "Saucer Sam" and his strange UFO sighting in 1952. Blasts from the Past is about snakes in the stomach, and what they might have really been (roundworms and hernias?). Random Dictionary covers cryptozoology.

Archaeology has two pieces. One discusses a new Stonehenge-like monument that has been erected on Achill Island off the west coast of Ireland. The other is about large buildings in Turkey that may have been ancient "longhouses" and not temples, as previously believed. Classical Corner is about the Fortean writings of Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592). Alien Zoo is about long-necked seals, a sighting of a small entity on a Mexican mountain and huge ravens in a isolated valley in interior British Columbia.

The Forum starts with English humor and the dangerous swinging between melancholy and mania conducted by the people of England. Another article is about Hugo Gernsback's inventions and visions of the future. The Reviews section starts with a review of "Inside Scientology" by Janet Reitman, which earns a decent 9 from the reviewer. Other books earned high scores as well, including a 10 for a book on Britain's mysterious big cats. While it's nice to see high scores, almost every review is itself a tiny work of art. Another solid issue.


Michael Jones said...

Cool, I finally get a picture of the cover instead of a Hotlinks warning.

My question is about the haunting of the tsunami victims. I still hear stories from students of eerie occurrences. I have also heard of phone calls being received from these victims from credible sources. What's your take on it?

Tegan said...

There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than dreamt of in your philosophy.