Wednesday, December 16, 2015

X Minus One "There Will Come Soft Rains/Zero Hour"

This might not even be a real episode. It contains both the regular X Minus One intro and half of the Dimension X intro. I can't remember where I read about it but these might be hobbled together...I can't find it so I can't really explain it. Anyway, in some collections this mishmash exists and we reviewed it. Richard staged his usual effort to redeem Bradbury in defending the ultimately pointless House of the Future death story "There Will Come a Soft Rain" and we loved the basis for the series "The Whisperers" "Zero Hour," the story of aliens using kids to stage an invasion of Earth mostly for it's well constructed and creepy ending. Richard gave it an 8, Ryan gave it a 7.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

X Minus One: "The Outer Limits"

While testing an experimental rocket in the outer limit of the atmosphere a test pilot encounters aliens who give him an ultimatum regarding nuclear bombs, but can he convince the people in time? We ultimately felt it was a flawed story with typical Ernest Kinoy enjoyable characters. Ryan was a little tired of it and gave it a 5, Richard had not heard it as much and gave it a 6.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Special Bonus Mini-Episode--Who Wore it Best: X-1 vs Escape "Mars is Heaven"

In a special episode we compare the adaptation of the Ray Bradbury story Mars is Heaven from X Minus One and Escape. We find the characters more vibrant and the story telling more efficient in the X Minus One version and ultimately heaping more praise on Ernest Kinoy.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

X Minus One: "Dwellers in Silence"

After 20 years on Mars avoiding a deadly nuclear war on Earth a small contingent returns to find someone alive, a famous brain surgeon with his strangely ageless family. We ultimately found it kind of goofy and the were as frustrated as the family members that the main characters didn't catch on. Richard gave it a 4.75, Ryan a 4. Ted joined us and gave it a tepid version of his rating system.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

X Minus One: "Hello, Tomorrow"

Two thousand some years in the future we all live underground and our genetic pairings are strictly monitored and 'mu-taints' are isolated or destroyed...until, love. A decidedly goofy story, one Ryan thinks is goofy enough to make worth listening to but Richard disagreed.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

X Minus One: "Requiem"

The man who invented space travel isn't allowed to go to the moon and has to enlist a down on his luck astronaut to make that final trip. We ultimately found it charming but lacking a little bit of depth, Ryan gave it an 8 and Richard gave it a rounded up 7.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

X Minus One: "Child's Play"

A nervous type character accidentally receives a 'build a man' kit and promptly builds himself without hang ups, that turns out to be a jerk. We were both charmed by the story while finding it largely problematic in its portrayals of just about everything. Sevens all around.