Category: Rag Tag Crew

  • Friday’s Rag Tag Crew: Pirates of Dark Water

    Friday’s Rag Tag Crew: Pirates of Dark Water

    Hanna-Barbera produced a lot of cheap-looking cartoons over the years but in 1991 they literally pushed the boat out with an ambitious fantasy epic series. The show began with a five-episode pilot with a story that progressed over each episode. Later episodes were more self-contained but the show was an early attempt at more ambitious […]

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  • Friday’s Rag Tag Crew: Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky

    Friday’s Rag Tag Crew: Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky

    I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read by Adrian Tchaikovsky but to be honest the blurbs for Shards of Earth didn’t put the book to the top of my list. It sounded a lot more like a conventional space opera than, say, Children of Time or The Doors of Eden which both featured interesting explorations of […]

  • Farscape hits a complication…

    Farscape hits a complication…

    I’ve gradually worked my way into the second half of the first season of Frascape. Bit by bit the shape of the show has become clearer, with more continuity between episodes. Episode 10 “They’ve Got a Secret” has the living spaceship Moya nearly killing D’Argo and cutting off life support for the rest of the […]

  • Friday’s Rag Tag Crew: The end of The Expanse

    Friday’s Rag Tag Crew: The end of The Expanse

    In 2011 Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham created a new author and a science-fiction phenomenon. Writing as James S. A. Corey Leviathan Wakes was the first book in what would become a nine-book epic space adventure with numerous spin-off shorter stories as well as a notable television series. The initial book set-up a near-future with […]

  • Friday’s Rag Tag Crew: Farscape Season 1 Episode 9 “DNA Mad Scientist”

    Friday’s Rag Tag Crew: Farscape Season 1 Episode 9 “DNA Mad Scientist”

    I’m not doing an episode-by-episode review of Farscape but I am watching it bit by bit. There are a lot of episodes and I’ve been watching other things but I’m about halfway through Season 1. So far mainly interesting episodes but a bit lacking in direction. The premise that Crichton is on the run from […]

  • Friday’s Rag Tag Crew versus bounty hunters

    Friday’s Rag Tag Crew versus bounty hunters

    Jubal Early, Boba Fett, The Mandalorian, Spike Spiegel, and nearly everybody in Killjoys, the various spaceships that have rag-tag crews either are bounty hunters or a pursued by bounty hunters and sometimes are both. Of the various ways the genre of Space Opera has been influenced by Westerns, one of the most fertile has to […]

  • Friday’s Rag Tag Crew meets Hugo BDP: Space Sweepers (no spoilers)

    Friday’s Rag Tag Crew meets Hugo BDP: Space Sweepers (no spoilers)

    Space ship crews don’t come more rag-tag than this. Each and every one of them has a dark and tragic backstory but now they cruise Earth’s orbit salvaging junk as dramatically as possible. It’s the near(ish) future and Earth is sliding into an ecologically uninhabitable mess. Luckily there are new opportunities in space but those […]

  • Friday’s Rag Tag Crew: I’ve started watching Farscape

    Friday’s Rag Tag Crew: I’ve started watching Farscape

    I’m not going to do an episode by episode review but rather do chunks of a season. There’s too much of it to do every one. I’m up to episode 6 and I want to get a few more in because, early on, it doesn’t feel like its worked out a direction yet. Initial impressions: […]

  • Friday’s Rag Tag Crew: Our Flag Means Death

    Friday’s Rag Tag Crew: Our Flag Means Death

    This time actual pirates on an actual pirate ship! Sort of. But despite the wholly different setting and the shift from drama to sit-com we still have: A ship A varied and individually distinctive crew… …with extensive backstories and trips to places that more or less all look exactly the same On that last point, […]

  • Friday’s Rag Tag Crew: Doctor Who & the Legend of the Sea Devils

    Friday’s Rag Tag Crew: Doctor Who & the Legend of the Sea Devils

    Those of you with memories of longer than six days will recall that I explicitly stated that the TARDIS crew really don’t count in this sub-genre of pirate space cowboys that I’m exploring. I’m sticking with that claim. The Doctor is whatever the Doctor is and really doesn’t fit with the dashing-but-dodgy ship captain we […]