Friday, March 20, 2015

The Final Tally....

The Kickstarter campaign is over. Here's the final tally:

I'm really excited. I'll be back with more in a few days....

The Finish Line.... fast approaching. Here's where we are right now:

Sunday, March 15, 2015


Guys and Dolls (and everything in between):

I woke up this morning to find this in my email:

That's right, kids, the podcast WILL happen! (cue applause and wild, raucous cheering)

To those of you who pledged: this obviously couldn't have happened without you, and I am eternally grateful. Your donations constitute a faith in me to produce something worthwhile, a faith that I will try very hard to justify.

To those of you who didn't pledge: it's not quite over, so there's no reason why you still can't hop on board. Anything above the minimum goal will go toward hosting costs and, if there's a substantial enough overage, I'll be able to purchase additional equipment for mobile podcasting, which will allow me to work on the 'cast during my lunch hours at work, which will mean five extra hours a week I can devote to the project, which will mean MORE EPISODES (I'm tentatively shooting for a biweekly schedule, but I'd rather be able to release new episodes more frequently). So yeah, fence-straddlers--- if you've read and enjoyed my blog(s), and you're hungry for more content .... well, this is your chance to help augment my arsenal of tools and enhance my output, I mean, it's already gonna be pretty great... but I'd rather put something together that is truly amazing.

Not that the project as currently funded won't be. 'Cuz it will. Promise.

Stay tuned for updates. And again, thanks for making this dream a reality.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

David J. Schow's THE OUTER LIMITS AT 50 nominated for a Rondo Award!

Friend of this blog and Outer Limits scholar David J. Schow has been nominated for a coveted Rondo Award. Two, actually: one for his glorious Outer Limits at 50 book (which you can still get here), and one for his article in Screem Magazine, Issue #29, "Days of Future Past: Remembering The Outer Limits"(the very same issue in which Schow name-dropped this very blog, in the related article "The Outer Limits at 51"; as of this writing you can still get it here), and you should drop whatever you're doing and vote for him. In both categories, dammit.

The ballot is here. Do your civic duty, citizens!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Podcast Campaign Update

Well, thanks to a few generous folks, we've definitely made some progress toward our funding goal on Kickstarter (see here for details)... but we're not there yet, bugs and ghouls. I'm cautiously optimistic that we'll at least hit our minimum goal, which means that the podcast will become a reality. 

I've been working on crystallizing my concept for the podcast. I'm definitely moving away from the standard episodic review approach and developing something a bit more free-form. I'll certainly cover specific episodes (particularly my favorites) in some sort of individual or group discussion setting, but I also want to take full advantage of the aural possibilities of the podcast format and explore the music of the series (I have a Bernard Herrmann-heavy episode in mind, for example). I have quite a lot of Twilight Zone music in my collection to share....

If you're on the fence about donating... well, I can only promise that I'll produce something both informative and entertaining. You'll get your money's worth. And did I mention I'll do an occasional drunk show?  I did?  Well, it bears repeating. And hey, generous backers do get rewarded (see here for details).

Thanks for your consideration and support.

--- Craig

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kickstart THIS.

Hey kids. I've already mentioned that my next blogging endeavor will be revisiting The Twilight Zone's brilliant first season in these pages... but I'm also working on something bigger.  Check it out:

The podcast will obviously be Twilight Zone-centric, but I'll touch on lots of other stuff too, like The Outer Limits, Star Trek, and.... well hell, just about everything else too. If my work in these pages (and over on my Outer Limits blog as well) have entertained and/or enlightened you, and if you feel compelled to participate in a grand scheme to bring it all to life in a new way.... well, donate freely (and generously). And I have some great reward items to, well, reward my benefactors.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Quick Touching of Bases

Hey gang (if indeed there are enough readers still out there to constitute a "gang").  I've been meaning to post an update for a while now, but.... well, life, y'now. I've been neck-deep in my Outer Limits blog, plus we just moved two weeks ago and we're still getting settled, and.... yadda yadda yadda.

Longtime reader Scott Stevenson writes:

Hello Craig.

Please tell me that you will be keeping your TZ blog active.

October 2, 2014 (55th anniversary) came and went with no news or updates from you.

I have also been enjoying your Outer Limits blog but it is not quite the same as the TZ.

Anyway, I hope all is well with you and your family and I am really dying to read your second review of "Where is Everybody"?




Hello again, Scott, and thanks for the check-in. 

Yes, I totally missed the 55th anniversary this past Thursday, and I have very little excuse, except that I had to get that week's Outer Limits post done that night, and I was way behind. I guess I could justify myself further by pointing out that this blog has always been about the series' 50th anniversary, and I've similarly ignored the 51st, 52nd, 53rd and 54th anniversaries, which sounds a bit snarky now that I see the words typed out before me, but I don't mean it to be.

I do plan to revisit most (if not all) of season one; the question is when. As I peruse my calendar and see what the next few months hold, I see a lot of commitments (the Outer Limits blog is a huge one, but there are other, non-blog and real-life things happening too). I think I can safely say that I won't be active much at all in these pages until February at the earliest. The Outer Limits' 50th anniversary run will be over in mid-January, and I refuse to do two blogs simultaneously again (I think back to September 2013-May 2014 and shake my head at how stressed and bleary-eyed I was. It's a lot to juggle when you've also got a full-time job and a family. Don't get me wrong, I love writing both blogs).

Truth be told, I'm also dying to revisit "Where is Everybody?" and the numerous other season one gems too. But it'll have to wait a bit. I want to approach the episodes fresh and interested, versus tired and distracted. The Twilight Zone deserves a much bigger chunk of my care and attention than I'm able to allocate at present.

In any case, these doors are far from closed. Promise.

Okay kids, let's stumble drunkenly down memory lane for a bit.

Longtime readers (all 2.75 of you) may recall that this blog originated from a home office/mini-theater we'd built in our garage. That room was my sanctuary, a place where my DVDs and action figures and liquor collection could roam freely and proudly (and keep my unique brand of nerdiness from infecting the rest of the house). I'd always dreamed of having my own office, and I enjoyed the hell out of it until we lost our house in the foreclosure crisis of 2010. My life since has been a crazy roller coaster of relocations, marital separations (and subsequent reconciliations) and assorted life changes (let's just say when I launched this thing in 2009, I had a full head of hair and now, five years later, I.... well, don't). I chronicled said roller coaster in these pages last fall, if you want the sordid details.

Through all of these changes, these rises and falls, I've remained haunted by the loss of that office, that glorious room that served as an extension of me, positively bursting at the seams with my interests and passions. I wondered if I'd ever have anything like it again.

We moved yet again two weeks ago. And two weeks ago, I got a new office.

Okay, it's technically an office-slash-guest room, but it's still gonna be filled with my stuff, my books and DVDs/Blu-rays and records and collectibles and movie posters. It will also eventually serve as a mini-theater as well, just like the original (the surround sound is already hooked up, but the TV won't be added til January). It's really bare bones at the moment, but have a look:

Luna approves.

So when I start revisiting season one, it'll be from this room, which by then will be tastefully decorated and otherwise adorned. Y'all come back now, ya hear?