Crunch Time – Spring 2018 Edition

Ah, yes, the middle of spring is in full gear… by which I mean, it’s time to wrap up classes with a cavalcade of finals, final projects, et al.

Just informing you that as a result of me writing some final papers for my classes, my next review might not be up until next weekend, the earliest. In effect, this will serve as a very brief hiatus, but only a brief one, as I fully intend to be back after my papers are submitted.

Likewise, while I’m more likely to post my review of “Back to the Barn” after the “break”, don’t be surprised if I post my review of “Eight Misbehavin” beforehand. It depends on which review gets finished first.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Five Years of The Review Nebula

…whod’ve thunk it?

Five years and two days ago, if you told me that I would be regularly updating a review blog of my favorite TV shows, I would have laughed at you.

Then I got assigned a class project to start a blog and post assignments on them (assignments that have been lost to the etches of time), was given the option to post whatever else crossed my mind onboard, and the rest is history.

Yeah, my first reviews were pretty thin on actual content – it wasn’t until 2014 when I really began emphasizing the actual review of my reviews – and my opinions on some episodes covered may have shifted quite a bit. (I would probably have been less caustic against “Time Travelers Pig” and probably a bit more critical about “Boyz Crazy”, but that’s more in hindsight.) Still, to look back at what I’ve accomplished so far…

…and really, it’s all thanks to you guys. Every single person that’s read my reviews, that’s followed this blog, from London to LA, Warsaw to Wellington, through the name changes and the URL moves, I can’t thank you enough. I might not be the most clicked-on blogger out there, but that doesn’t lessen the thanks I have for you guys.

(Also, mad thanks to Rebecca Sugar, Matt Groening, Alex Hirsch, Gene Roddenberry, Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, and everybody else involved, all for creating the subjects of these silly little reviews. Even when I’m critical of the end result, it’s you lot who make the art and put it out for public analysis. Mad kudos to you guys.)

A toast to the lustrum, and hopefully the blog will thrive to hit the decade mark.

January/February 2018 in The Review Nebula

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“We’ve never lost a year before, and I’ll be damned if we’re gonna lose one on my shift!”

Well, Happy New Year! May 2018 be… less weird than 2017 globally. (OK, maybe I’m asking for a lot, but still.)

As far as The Review Nebula goes, here’s just a quick plan for the next two months.

The rest of January will be dedicated to completing my reviews of Red Dwarf XII. My “Mechocracy” review should be out sometime over the next couple of days, my “M-Corp” review the week after, and “Siliconia” a week after that. I hope to have the series wrapped up by the 23rd, give or take a day or two.

As far as Steven Universe goes, my review of “We Need to Talk” is in the early stages of production, and I might even get it out in the middle of the month, in between the last two Red Dwarf XII reviews. I’ve just been focusing on Red Dwarf XII, so… yeah, make of that what you will.

Thirdly, Scullyfied Simpsons will return – a review of “Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder” will likely go up this February. Unlike the February of last, I intend to squeeze in at least two reviews of Scullyfied Simpsons and Steven Universe each, one per week.

I will add, though, that 2018 is looking like a rather busy year for me, largely for personal reasons. Here’s hoping I can get as many reviews in as possible.

Thank you for continuing to visit, feel free to comment, and I’ll see you in a few days.

Red Dwarf XII Release Date Stateside

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Worth noting ahead of time that Red Dwarf XII is due to be released on physical formats on November 21st.

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I bring this up because Red Dwarf XI was formally released to streaming services on November 8th, 2016 – the same day the DVD/Blu-Ray came out.

Now, I am aware that XII is somewhat different in one regard – streaming services. The series was released on BritBox as the episodes aired in the UK. Unfortunately, I did not subscribe to said streaming service, not because I’m not excited for the new series (I SO AM), but because for me, one streaming service is quite enough for me right now. (It’s going to cost about the same for two months of BritBox compared to buying the entire series and having it in perpetuity.)

Also, I put it off because I wanted to make a dent in my Steven Universe and Simpsons reviews. (And I had to do stuff for school and all that.) Make of that what you will.

Putting it simply, new Red Dwarf reviews will debut on this blog in December – in effect, a Christmas Spectacular Thing. Bookmark, subscribe, follow, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Review Nebula, Now for the Twitter Enthusiast!

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Well, I’ve finally done it – I’ve connected this blog to a form of social media. Congratulations. I may have just sold out.

I’m not sure how long this connection will last, but as of now, you can follow The Review Nebula on Twitter. All you need is an account on the aforementioned site, and you can get this blog’s updates alongside President Trump’s gaffes, minute-by-minute analysis of how Arsenal flatlined this week, and Kim Kardashian’s continued attempts to attract media attention.

Don’t you just love the internet?

(Of course, I always encourage you to follow in other ways, whether it be via your email address or your WordPress account.)

I also just want to say, if you happen to be a regular reader of this blog, I can’t thank you enough for your continued support. It’s a bit cliche, but as far as I can see it, the best is yet to come.

Review Nebula Announcements – September 2017

Hello, all! Just a quick couple of updates for those interested. Most of them are about my reviews and when I’m getting them out, although there is an unrelated note I do find it necessary to make.

 

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Taken from the Red Dwarf official website.

 

First off, Amazon.com is reporting that Red Dwarf XII‘s DVD will come out stateside on November 14th, 2017. I am naturally assuming that, much like last year, the show will also come out on digital platforms (iTunes, Amazon Video, etc.). Therefore, I estimate my reviews of Red Dwarf XII will start coming out around December. Until it’s released, I will be staying away from spoilers about the new series, up to and including news sites.

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Crisis Averted

Lister: “SHE RIDES!”
Rimmer: “You jammy goit.”
– “
White Hole”, Red Dwarf

My laptop lives to blog another day, baby! The fault was resolved, no data was lost (thank god), and at least one review will be out next week. I know this matters little in the grand scheme of things (I mean, come on, Sean Spicer quit today, depriving the world of a prime source for memes), but I just wanted to provide some closure to those that might have been a tiny bit worried. (OK, that’s not many people, but still.)

Amazingly, despite being without my normal laptop the past three days, I did not descend (further) into insanity. I used my iPhone to surf the web and stuff (personal discomfort with typing full-blown posts on my phone kept me from posting a review), fired up my XBOX One and played some video games, and even took to Hulu to watch some TV shows. I mention that last part because, while I did catch some Star Vs. The Forces of Evil and Star Trek: TNG, I did begin to watch one particular science fiction show that I’ve been dying to watch for a while.

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I’ve “only” seen seven episodes as of this post (I’ve never been one to binge-watch), but Cowboy Bebop has managed to pique me so far. For the uninitiated, the show revolves around a group of destitute bounty hunters aboard the Bebop. They try and take down criminals to earn their keep, pay off their debts, etc. In effect, it’s a western IN SPACE!

The character development is impressive, the soundtrack is sublime, the animation is memorable, the balance between comedy and drama is spot on… in short, I’m really liking it. I don’t know if I’ll be reviewing it in the future (if at all), but I’m not ruling it out.

So, where was I? Oh, yeah – the laptop lives. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

Passing the Torch to WordPress

(Note – since you’re reading this on WordPress itself, you can ignore this post.)

This is my 295th post – give or take – on this silly little blog I started back in high school. And I want to let you know why I’m making a note of it.

My 300th post will be a return to Star Trek movie reviews. It will cover Generations – the first film to feature The Next Generation cast and crew, as well as the last film to feature William Shatner as Captain Jim Kirk. The film’s intent is to serve as a formal “passing of the torch” from the TOS era to the TNG era – which was getting underway with DS9 in its second season and Voyager in production.

I actually find it rather fitting that it will be the subject of my 300th post… because it will be the last review, and the penultimate post, on the Blogspot platform I’ve used for the past four years.

Over the past several months, I’ve waffled back and forth on whether or not to move The Review Nebula over to another platform – read, WordPress. After sampling it over the past few months, I’ve come to the conclusion that, while Blogspot has served me well, it’s time for a fresh coat of paint.

And yes, I am aware that I do make somewhat dramatic changes to the blog once every year or so. Whether it’s a name change, a URL change, or design alterations, I’ve tinkered with this blog to fit my desires. Consider this probably the most dramatic change this blog has ever made.

It’s right here – The Review Nebula. Check it out – and it should appear in Google searches rather soon.

Now, the Blogspot version will stay up for at least a year after the final post – partially as an archive, partially to redirect readers over, partially to serve as a bit of nostalgia. And who knows, I might make an update on Blogspot once in a while should something dramatic occur. But the time has, again, come to kiss and say goodbye.

So, what next?

For the most part, the last five posts on Blogger will be business as usual. Silly reviews, with redirects to the new version of the blog at the top. Of course, within those next five posts will be the aforementioned Generations. So, there is some sort of method to my madness.

Just a reminder – this is not the end. Just a second beginning.

About A Review Coming Out Tomorrow

Just a heads up – I have decided to review something that isn’t in my normal review schedule.

I have written a review of a work that involves a Steven Universe voiceover artist. It’s one of the most famous works in its subgenre and for the production studio, and it poses several questions as to our everyday life. Their role might not be the biggest, but it sets the plot of the entire work in question.

What is it?

Well, you’ll find out tomorrow!