Black Mirror: 5 seconds into the future


The final episode of “Black Mirror“, Season 2 — “The Waldo Moment” — is a perfect tonic to wash out the greasy aftertaste of Seth MacFarlane’s sad spasm on the Oscars. It’s also one of the best of the series, right up there with “Fifteen Million Merits” (season 1). Seriously, if you’re in the US, find a way to watch the show. It’s some of the best television I’ve seen in ages (and trust me, I’ve seen a lot of television through the ages).

The Black Mirror series is a collection of self-contained short stories, set five seconds into the future. It is TV as literature, in a way that hasn’t been seen since Rod Serling, Paddy Chayefsky, Isaac Asimov, and Ray Bradbury clacked away at their Underwoods for “The Twilight Zone” and “Playhouse 90”.

In The Waldo Moment, we are convincingly shown how a cartoon bear, known for fart jokes, could easily become a political force. It is simultaneously hilarious, depressing, and plausible.

Black Mirror, indeed. We have seen the enemy, and it is us.

The Doctor is (Nearly) In…

BlogtorWho has delivered the delicious news that the new series of Doctor Who will begin in the US on April 17th, a mere two weeks after the UK airing (seems the Beeb has learned a bit about the futility of making the Yanks wait forever for new episodes…..)

Here is the trailer for the upcoming series, which is a sure-cure for any geek suffering from erectile dysfunction 🙂

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Boner, Come Home

Andrew Koenig, funny actor and son of Walter “Chekov” Koenig, has gone missing in Vancouver. He didn’t make his flight home and has friends, family and BC police worried.

He was last seen on Valentine’s Day. His family says he’s been in a funk lately, but let’s try not to think of the worst.

Koenig’s friends are asking you to reblog this, and have given the following contact info:

If you’ve seen Andrew since February 14th, or have any helpful information, PLEASE call Vancouver authorities @ 604-717-2967 or 604-717-2534. Refer to case #202029519.

UPDATE, 2/26/2010: As you have no doubt heard, this story has ended in the worst way possible. Life is often unfathomably painful; I’m so sad Andrew opted for the most effective, yet tragically irreversible treatment.

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Brent Spiner Denies Torchwood Rumor

I’m sad to say that Brent Spiner has refuted the rumors that he’ll be appearing in upcoming episodes of Torchwood. Spiner made the following comment on his Twitter account (@BrentSpiner):

Now how about those Torchwood rumors, hmm?–I think I would’ve heard something about it. Haven’t.

Let’s hope that’s not a blanket denial — perhaps there’s still hope!

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