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First up, Violence. Guess I was wrong about Brian Stableford being on this one. I know he was on one talking about it, maybe it was a special pacifism episode. Alas. Oh well.

Violence: March 7, 1991
The role of violence in comics and SF. Bit of a poor video/audio quality unfortunately, but not horrible-bad.

Part One: Todd McFarlane (complaining about parents complaining about too much violence nowadays), Ty Templeton (on why comics are full of violence), Walt Simonson (on the type of violence in his comics), Neil Gaiman (on how superhero comics portray an attractive portrait of violence, and taking out subtext and philosophy and such to write Batman), Bill Sienkiewicz (on his views of violence in comics and how it contrasts to the real world), Ty Templeton again (on why superhero comics dominate the form)
Part Two: Steve Bissett (on how the violence in Swamp Thing was different than most superhero comics), Lewis Shiner (on avoiding glorifying violence in fiction), Terry Beatty (on the violence in Ms. Tree and how he tries to emphasize the consequences), Peter Straub (on "the only way to understand violence is to wrap it in imagination", and whether he fears he's glorifying violence), Walter Hill (director of Warriors, Aliens 3, on how drama depends on violence
Part Three: Fantasy author Charles de Lint (on how he handles violence in his stories), SF author Jack Womack (on why he uses violence in his work), S.M. Stirling and Shirley Meier (on their novel the Cage and how much violence is in it, and how they approach violence), Lewis Shiner (on how first hand experience with violence changes people, and the attitudes that lead to violence), Neil Gaiman (on Punch and Judy).

Behind the cut: three old, not terribly good, from the first season, before it found its groove, eps, one focusing on some miscellaneous comics and anime, a Star Wars: TOS focused ep, and another Miscellaneous ep focusing a bit more on Dystopian visions)

Miscellaneous (January 15, 1990)
Very old episode. Commander Rick barely even appears on camera in this one.

Part One: Some 1990 press releases/news (Alien Nation, Robocop comics), Grant Morrison (with hair) talking for a few minutes on Arkham Asylum, Dave McKean (on Batman not being a real man in a suit being his contribution and various artistic components of the book)
Part Two: continuation of Dave McKean (some on Black Orchid, in comparison to how he worked on AA), Grant Morrison again (on sales success), some fan reactions to it, Harlan Ellison (commenting about comic books, with some of his ego, on various comics including the Punisher), Dave Ross (on Punisher: War Journal, and some general info on how comic artists generally work, at least in Marvel in the 90s, and the whole process of creating a comic)
Part Three: Dave Ross continued (on how he got started), some anime stuff (Gunbuster, Dangayo(?))

Star Trek: The Old Generation: (Feb 26, 1990)
Part One: General introduction/history, Lloyd Penney (long time Star Trek fan, about what made it such a hit), bits of a Gene Roddenberry interview from 1978 about Trek, D. Larry Hancock (author and ST fan, on what made it a hit, and the original Gold Key comics and why they were such poor quality), ST Fan Gary Russell (on the Kirk/Spock/Bones relationship)
Part Two: Commander Rick interviews Commander Rick about who to talk to about Trek. Rob Salem (Toronto Star video guide, about why it's so popular, and some of the silly aspects of the series), Gene Roddenberry (1978, on some of the issues he tackled and why he used SF to do it, and whether SF's a fad, and some of his views of what 1990 might be like), The Interracial Kiss, Let This Be Your Last Battlefield's racism metaphor, some of the humorous episodes, Errand of Mercy being the one time everybody was wrong
Part Three: Roddenberry (on the broadness of the SF film), The classic SF themes used in Star Trek: Time Travel, Parallel Universes. Harlan Ellison (insults Star Trek fans), Trekkers, various clips, how it endured past the cancellation.

Miscellaneous/Dystopian visions (Feb 19, 1990)
Part One: The Handmaid's Tale, mostly the movie, Interview clips with Faye Dunaway, Volker Schlondorff (director). The 1962 movie Carnival of Souls (finally getting fully released uncut in 1990)
Part Two: Some Science Fiction Board Games, 1990 SF news. Interview with Laurel Bernarnd, SF editor of Penguin books, on manuscript reading, the large proportion of crap, whether Canadian writers have different chances, what they look for in SF, Chester Brown (cartoonist/comic writer, on Yummy Fur), Cyborgs (real and fiction)
Part Three: Bill Sienkiewicz (on Big Numbers with Alan Moore), artist Rick Geary's cartoon, Murder at some hotel or another)

Next week: Women, Leisure, and Censorship

And sticking with old TV, just finished Meglos, which means I'm almost done with the Fourth Doctor. Next ep I believe introduces a new companion, Adric, one of the ones I've never seen anything of. Edit: And wow, I totally did not notice, until reading the wiki for the episode, that the religious leader was played by Jacquelline Hill, who played Barbara, one of the first batch of Companions).

More modern TVwise, Supernatural was okay, with a couple eye-rolling moments. Only really new thing was Frige. And Man, I'd forgotten how much that show bored me! Well, okay, that's a little harsh, but I keep wanting the show to be so much better. And it looked towards the end of last season it was picking up, but it took a bit of a step back with this episode.

Next week, though, things really ramp up. The two hour premiere of House, 2 hour premiere of Heroes (yeah, still watching, more out of masochism and lack of TV channels than anything else), Dollhouse, and I believe Flash Forward gets its premiere.


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