Author Archive: John Rivers
‘UFO’, Gerry Anderson’s first foray into live-action television is an interesting contrast of style and content. From a design point-of-view, the series looks fantastic: amazing sets, futuristic costumes, action-packed model shots of flying saucers, fighter aircraft and submarines. From a content perspective, it’s the show that gives us ‘Carry On’ style leers from male personnel […]
**This review contains spoilers for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’. If you haven’t seen the film yet, I suggest you go watch it and then read this review!** As ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ continues to generate millions of dollars of revenue at the box office, this is a great time to take […]
‘Terrahawks’, Gerry Anderson’s 1980s return to puppets and model-based action adventure has always been an odd fish. The story of an Earth-based defence force taking on the repeated assaults of an Mars-based foe with a selection of specialist vehicles was deliberate mash-up of ‘Thunderbirds’ and ‘Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons’. It’s the fifth or sixth […]
Saucer Country Volume 2: The Reticulan Candidate by Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly (graphic novel review).
‘The Reticulan Candidate’ collects issues 7-14 of Paul Cornell’s political alien abduction thriller ‘Saucer Country’. Governor Arcadia Alvarado is running for president, trying to mask the fact that she believes she was abducted by aliens. As such, she’s employed a Ufologist named Kidd to investigate reports behind abductees, Men in Black and a black ops […]
Exploring Space:1999: An Episode Guide And Complete History Of The Mid-1970s Science Fiction Television Series by John Kenneth Muir (book review).
‘Space 1999’, like ‘Thunderbirds’ and ‘Terrahawks’ was one of those rare Gerry Anderson productions that actually made it to a second series. That the second series welcomed producer Fred Freiberger who decided to take the show in a direction that more closely resembled ‘Star Trek’ has been debated about by fans for years. What is […]
A Galaxy Here And Now: Historical And Cultural Readings Of Star Wars edited by Peter W. Lee (book review).
‘Star Wars’ is a genre-mashing, cultural melting pot and therefore open to multiple interpretations. This is presented across the variety of essays presented in ‘A Galaxy Here And Now: Historical And Cultural Readings Of Star Wars’ edited by Peter W. Lee. Explorations of race, nation and gender dominate the text. Gregory E Rutledge and Paul […]
As ‘Star Trek Beyond’ continues to perform well at the box office, it is an opportune time to revisit the life of the man that started it all. This is exactly what Lance Parkin does in his new book ‘The Impossible Has Happened: The Life And Work Of Gene Roddenberry – The Creator Of Star […]
Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume 3 introduction by Gary Gerani (book review).
Hot on the heels of previous volumes for ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, Abrams have released volume 3 in their series of books looking at Topps Original Trading Cards, this time covering ‘Return Of The Jedi’. Once again, it provides a unique perspective on the nature of merchandising and development of ‘Star Wars’ […]
First broadcast on ITV from September 1970 to March 1971, ‘Timeslip’ told the story of two teenagers Simon Randall (Spencer Banks) and Liz Skinner (Cheryl Burfield) who find themselves with a unique ability to cross a time barrier located at an abandoned military base in rural England. Consisting of 26 episodes, each of 25 minutes […]
Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy edited by JW Rinzler, Introduction by Iain McCaig (book review)
In the digitally-driven world of twenty-first century fantasy film-making, the role of the storyboard has changed and arguably diminished. Animatics and digital art packages have meant that film sequences can be staged, positioned, re-worked and edited before a single frame has been captured. This is what makes ‘Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy’ so interesting. […]