In Search of… My Past

It’s no secret that I’m a card-carrying skeptic (or “sceptic” for our British readers.)  Sometimes, though, the birth of skepticism comes from a strong interest in the strange, the unexplained…  the paranormal.

Like anything I’m interested in, I tend to devour anything I can on the subject, so as child, I read everything I could get me hands on concerning bigfoot, UFOs, ghosts and the like.

But starting in 1977, nothing was a bigger highlight of the week for me than Leonard Nimoy’s In Search of… Every week, I was taken into a new world of possibilities – into a world that still had creatures to be discovered, aliens to encounters and mysteries to be solved.

What a shame it was all complete bullshit!  Perhaps I should be angry, but I’m not.

Today I’m starting a new series of written articles, a one man Fusion Patrol odyssey through all 144 episodes of In Search of…

For me this is going to be a chance to relive the mysteries of childhood, and I’m not looking at these critically, instead, I’m just going to give my impressions about what stands out in each episode, be that scientific, artistic or just from my sense of the absurd.  Whatever happens to grab me.

The Science Fiction of The Avengers

A while back, Eugene and I tried to work out what’s scifi (and what’s not). This came about when Eugene included The Avengers on a list of top scifi shows which surprised me, because while it’s my top show, I wouldn’t have considered it scifi. On the podcast we spent about an hour discussing what scifi is,  without reaching a conclusion, but along the way we discussed all sorts of different types of scifi, and the blurry boundary into fantasy.

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185 – Doctor Who – Series 8 in Review

Simon and James join Eugene to consider Peter Capaldi’s first year as the Doctor.

(We’ve had a number of technical problems with this podcast recording.  Apologies for the sound quality and glitches.)

184 – Doctor Who – Death in Heaven

Danny Pink, soldier, a man barely alive. (Well, dead really.)  We can rebuild him.  We have the technology.  We have the capability to make the world’s first Cyberpink.  Danny Pink will be that man.  Better than he was before.  Better, stronger, faster, just as dead.

Ah, who am I kidding?  Ben and Eugene are just reviewing the final episode of Doctor Who Series 8, Death in Heaven.

183 – Doctor Who – Dark Water

Affirmative, Mistress!

Ben and Eugene look at the first half of the two-part Doctor Who series 8 finale, Dark Water.