Senile Sci-Fi Reviews: Supergirl

Senile Sci-Fi Reviews: Supergirl

By: Richard Griffith
Author: Lady Excalibur and Levi Garret, Space Detective series
These are the thoughts and ramblings of an old author and his views on science fiction, past and present.

"Stronger Together" -- When Kara's (Melissa Benoist) attempts to help National City don't go according to plan, she must put aside the doubts that she -- and the city's media -- has about her abilities in order to capture an escapee from the Kryptonian prison, Fort Rozz, when SUPERGIRL moves to its regular time period, Monday, Nov. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

“Stronger Together”

First let me begin with a personal note. My latest work, Mirror of Spies, was released on Sept 21, so give it a look and leave a review.
Now, on to why you’re really reading this article: a very attractive young woman in a blue and red cape and skirt.
Now maybe it’s a stretch to call this true sci-fi, but with all the gadgets, aliens and spaceships I think it will fit.
Now most of you know the story of the girl from Kyrpton sent to Earth with her cousin to keep an eye on him. But there are a few twists and turns in this show that keep it a little more unpredictable, even to the hard core comic book fans. [click to continue…]

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Senile Sci-Fi: Levi Garret, Space Detective. Engines of Deception

Senile Sci-Fi Reviews: Levi Garret, Space Detective; Engines of Deception.

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Author: Lady Excalibur and Levi Garret, Space Detective series

The thoughts and ramblings of an old author and his views on science fiction, past and present.

Reviewed by Richard Griffith on Sept 14, 2016

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Now I don’t mean to brag, in fact I can’t brag. I’ve written eleven books now, and sold probably 50 copies combined. Not that I let that deter me. I’m writing for me, not you.

But as long as I’m out here reviewing other people’s work, I figured I might as well throw mine in as well.

Now there are good books and there are adequate books and then there are those books that make you long for the good old days of Nazi book burning. This book isn’t quite that bad.

Our story opens with Levi Garret, a six foot plus human living in a time where the average height is a good foot shorter. Is describing his life since being found, with several others, in suspended animation in a forgotten about section of the L5 space station.
Finding that he has a knack for sniffing out trouble and busting heads, he hangs up a shingle and becomes a private detective. He is then hired by a beautiful widow to find out who murdered her rich husband.

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Radioactive Dreams

Senile Sci-Fi Reviews; Radioactive Dreams . Now get off my lawn!radioactive-dreams
by Richard Griffith on Sept 08, 2016
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By: Richard Griffith
Author: Lady Excalibur and Levi Garret, Space Detective series
The thoughts and ramblings of an old author and his views on science fiction, past and present.
Now there are times to go see a good movie. Times when one just wants to sit back, relax with a bag of popcorn and a soda too big for their bladder and veg out.
Then there are times for a bad movie. A movie so bad that you can’t stop watching it, even with all the bad dialog, plot holes and bad acting.
Radioactive Dreams, is one of these movies. [click to continue…]

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Senile SciFi, Armageddon Reef, David Weber

Senile Sci-Fi Reviews; Armageddon Reef, by David Weber . Now get off my lawn!Armageddon_Reef_cover
by Richard Griffith on July 21, 2016 edit
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By: Richard Griffith
Author: Lady Excalibur and Levi Garret, Space Detective series
The thoughts and ramblings of an old author and his views on science fiction, past and present.
Armageddon Reef (possible spoilers)
Now like I said last week, my current favorite author is David Weber. With that being said, however, I was less than kind to his book “Out of the Dark”. It was not my favorite, but still a good read. So to make it up to the author whom I would most like to emulate, I thought I would put out a review of one of my favorite series of his.
Now to be blunt, the entire Safehold series, which now consists of 8 soon to be 9 books, is fantastic. It’s a miss matched mix of ancient technology and super advanced science stuff. Cybernetic avatars, recon skimmers, Viking war galleys and castles are all part of the landscape. [click to continue…]

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Senile SciFi, Out of the Dark, David Weber. Book review.

Senile Sci-Fi Reviews; Out of the Dark, by David Weber. Now get off my lawn!out-of-the-dark
by Richard Griffith on July 21, 2016 edit
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By: Richard Griffith
Author: Lady Excalibur and Levi Garret, Space Detective series
The thoughts and ramblings of an old author and his views on science fiction, past and present.
Out of the Dark: David Weber (possible spoilers)
Now I joined Save SciFi to do reviews, and the wonderful people there have given me a pretty free hand. And although I like to do movie reviews, sometimes you just don’t have the time, energy or for a starving artist, the funds to go to the movies every week.
So in accordance with that frame of mind I also said I would review books, games and old movies as well as new.
So here is my very first book review for SAVE SCIFI. Just shut up and read it.
Now I make no secret that my favorite modern author is David Weber. I will be reviewing some of his other work here in the future. Of course the man has over 20 million books sold, so I doubt he really needs my opinion, but I digress. [click to continue…]

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Senile Sci-Fi: Suicide Squad

Senile Sci-Fi Reviews; Suicide squad. Now get off my lawn!Suicide-Squad-2016
by Richard Griffith on august 16, 2016
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By: Richard Griffith
Author: Lady Excalibur and Levi Garret, Space Detective series
The thoughts and ramblings of an old author and his views on science fiction, past and present.
Suicide squad (possible spoilers)
Now I’m a guy who lived his childhood when the only cartoons that were on tv were on Saturday morning. Also the comic books weren’t quite turning dark yet. Image and dark horse comics hadn’t yet made an appearance and the anti-hero wasn’t really a thing yet.
Needless to say I changed with the times in that regard. Now there are simply too many comics and crossovers to keep up with and still have that thing called a life, but I’m at least familiar with the who’s who in the comic book universe.
That being said, the movie was, in a word, awesome.
Although I did find some problems with the flick.
Will Smith seems to simply be Will Smith throughout, and never gets dark as a professional assassin like dead shot should.
Harley Quinn steals the show with her outrageous attitude and antics.
El Diablo had a level of complexity that made him very sympathetic to relate to.
Killer Croc was played to a T.
Captain Boomerang was excellent, but didn’t get the screen time he should have.
Katana was awesome. and left to be a bit of a mystery.
The one thing that really chaffed me about the film was the Joker. As much as he is built up in the previews and billed as a starring role, his screen time was miniscule. Although Jarred Leto really brought forth the internal conflicts and dynamics of the character even in the limited time on screen. You even get to see the point at which his own insanity gives way to his feelings for Harley.
The one scene that upset me, especially as a veteran, was a brutal scene with Amanda Waller that is designed to show her ruthless ambition. What it actually shows is that she would find it impossible to get anyone to work for her.
All in all, it is a good film, well shot, good solid storyline, action and a couple of turns in character development that keep the audience interested.
The film did seem rushed in some points and there were a couple of scenes that were edited too short on either end which made it feel rushed in some spots, but not enough to affect the film very much.
I would give the movie four stars out of five and would recommend you see it on the big screen. Go grab some popcorn and enjoy the show.

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Senile Scifi: Star Trek, Beyond. Now get off my lawn!

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by Richard Griffith on July 21, 2016

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By: Richard Griffith
Author: Lady Excalibur and Levi Garret, Space Detective series
The thoughts and ramblings of an old author and his views on science fiction, past and present.

STAR TREK: BEYOND (possible spoilers)
So ya, I might be old fashioned, but there are just some things that are sacred. Like old Star Trek. Now don’t get me wrong Star Trek Beyond was good, and worth seeing, but there were just some things I couldn’t reconcile.
So our story opens with Kirk, the cadet who became captain of the flagship of the federation before he even graduated, questioning the monotony of deep space and his entire mission. So much so that for some insane reason the federation is willing to give this kid, who’s maybe five years out of the academy, a vice admiral position. Makes me really question my 24 years of service as an enlisted man.
But he’s not the only one with issues. [click to continue…]

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Senile SciFi: Ghostbusters

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The thoughts and ramblings of an old author and his views on science fiction, past and present.

Ghostbusters: (possible spoilers)

Now I might be an old fuddy duddy, but I don’t mind the reboots of successful films of yesteryear. Except for Spiderman. Rebooting spiderman three times in ten years or so seems a little excessive. But I digress.
Which brings me to the latest reboot, ghostbusters.
Our story opens with one scientist trying to walk away from their paranormal past, while her friend is attempting to convince her that all is not lost and there is actual science to ghosts and the like.
Minds are changed, alliances forged and decisions are made and the ghostbusters are born. Well sort of. It takes a while for the ghostbuster name to appear. [click to continue…]

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By: Richard Griffith
Author: Lady Excalibur and Levi Garret, Space Detective series

The thoughts and ramblings of an old author and his views on science fiction, past and present.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (possible spoilers)

For those of you who are new to the science fiction world, or just happened to be born in this century, this movie is the sequel to the 1996 blockbuster INDEPENDENCE DAY. Which I, ironically, watched in Canada.
Now I could tell you the story line of the old movie and compare it to the new movie, but you could just watch the new movie and have the old one pretty much figured out.
So, let’s begin.
It has been twenty years since the aliens that ravaged Earth have been defeated, by Microsoft. And they still haven’t learned to leave us pesky humans alone. So bigger, badder, and more determined, they have returned. Humans, however, have been preparing for this moment for two decades.
The Earth will find that its preparations were woefully inadequate and disaster looms. However [click to continue…]

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