Cyberpunk and noir go together like science fiction and western — one genre can exist without the other, but they are stronger when they team up. Sadly, the list of cyberpunk visual entertainment is minimal: Ghost in the Shell (that entire franchise), Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049 and The Matrix trilogy are the only ones that come to mind. Altered Carbon is the latest addition to the list.
Part 1 – The human resistance plans and executes an operation that exposes the true lizard faces of the Visitors.
Stargate SG-1 season 3 continues the momentum of season 2 by solving a couple main plot events and showing the evolution of Stargate Command’s involvement in intergalactic affairs. There is also some development between team members of SG-1, particularly with Jackson/O’Neill but Teal’c gets closer with Carter and Jackson. The season ends with another cliffhanger involving a destroyed Asgardian ship and a new enemy. Let’s take a bigger look at season 3, shall we?
Season 3 Episode 22 – SG-1 sans Jackson are beamed aboard Thor’s spaceship the Billiskner to help destroy a new enemy called Replicators.
Season 3 Episode 21 – SG-1 finds a crystal skull inside a giant Mayan pyramid. Jackson disappears so SG-1 turns to Jackson’s grandfather for help.
Season 3 Episode 20 – SG-1 locates Kheb, the Harcesis child of Amonet and Apophos, and a zen garden that houses a mysterious being of light called Mother Nature.
Season 3 Episode 19 – SG-1 arrives on a planet in a religious dispute over the origins of humanity. Of course, SG-1 disproves one of the dominant theories of the planet.
Season 3 Episode 18 – Colonel O’Neill breaks character for some insubordination and discovers a rogue NID team off-world.
Season 3 Episode 17 – Colonel O’Neill starts a new life on another planet after he is stranded from a meteor impact event.
Season 3 Episode 15: The Tollans ask SG-1 for help in determining the fate of Klorel/Ska’ra who crash landed on their planet.
Season 3 Episodes 12 and 13 – SG-1 literally goes to Hell, also known as the planet Netu.
Season 3 Episode 11 – SG-1 finds a planet that recently experienced a mass-amnesia disaster and Jackson starts freely exploring his romantic options as a bachelor.
You ever watch a movie from the Vietnam era? There’s this lingering feeling prominent at the beginning that the narrative will set you up to feel for this batch of characters and then kill most of them in super brutal ways. There will be gore, and you won’t be surprised at the presence of the gore, but the gore will still surprise you when it shrieks out of the brush in all its naked glory.
This was my first impression of The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. Written in 1974, the novel went on to win both the Hugo and Nebula awards. The novel tells the story of William Mandella, a physics graduate drafted to fight an interstellar war against the Taurans, an alien race suspected of destroying several spaceships carrying human colonists. I went into this story knowing it was a commentary on the Vietnam War. What I didn’t expect was it’s accessibility to someone who did not live through the Vietnam era (such as myself) and the feminism featured therein. Spoilers ahead.
Synopsis: Three hundred years ago, eccentric billionaire Justin Cord froze himself in hopes of being revived in a different world. When he’s awoken, he finds himself in a society where individuals are incorporated, buying and selling shares of family and friends and people of interest. Despite the benefits touted by his revivalist, Justin is uneasy about incorporating himself, and that decision is enough to change the world.