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The Roanoke Times features “Friends, Americans, Countrymen.”

I’m happy to share here that The Roanoke Times published “Friends, Americans, Countrymen — Lend Me Your Fears.”  If you follow this blog, you’ll recall that this was my satirical piece aimed at Donald Trump (riffing on Marc Antony’s speech in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar).

You can read it online right here.

 

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THE TRUMP IS OUT THERE.

Fun fact — “alien DNA ” and “demon sperm” were both plot devices on “The X-Files” (1993-2018). The former was part of a background story arc throughout most of the show’s seasons; the latter was the subject of a Season 6 episode entitled “Terms of Endearment.” (Aside from being a great episode, it’s notable because it stars horror icon Bruce Campbell.)

Stella Immanuel may be an irresponsible quack, but she really knows her sci-fi television.

 

Throwback Thursday: “The Lone Ranger” (1949 -1957)!

No, I obviously don’t remember “The Lone Ranger” during its initial run between 1949 and 1957.  (At least I hope that’s obvious — I’m a couple of full decades younger than that.)  But I absolutely do remember this show’s reruns from when I was a baby … maybe around 1976, if I had to guess?  I would have been about four years old.   (I was five when my family moved out of that house in Queens, New York, to rural Long Island.)

I know that people who claim early childhood memories are often viewed with skepticism — I get it.  (And I think many of us are more prone to confabulation than we’d like to admit.)  But I’ve actually got a few memories from when I was a toddler — and this is one of them.

I can remember my Dad putting “The Lone Ranger” on in the tiny … den or living room or whatever, to the left of our house’s front door and hallway.  You see the part in the intro below where the horse rears up at the .31 mark — and again at the 1:53 mark?  That was a verrrrrry big deal to me as a tot.

Go ahead, tell me I’m nuts.  I can take it.  You and I live in an age in which conspiracy theories have gone completely mainstream.  If I share something online that seems implausible to others, I figure I’m in a lot of company.

Anyway, I pretty much forgot about The Lone Ranger after that.  There was a 1981 television movie, “The Legend of the Lone Ranger,” that was remarkably well done — especially for a TV movie at the time.  I remember being pretty impressed with that — its plot-driving scene where the good guys get fatally ambushed was unexpectedly dour.

But I never bothered with the infamous 2013 film.  I occasionally enjoy movies that everybody else hates — something that earns me a lot of ribbing on Facebook — so maybe I should give it a shot.  Hell, the trailer makes it look decent.  And HBO’s “Westworld” has really whetted my appetite for westerns … which is weird, because “Westworld” is decidedly NOT a western — that’s sort of the point of its central plot device.  But still.

 

Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing.

Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing.

Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing.

Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing.

Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing.

Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing.

Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing.

Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing.

Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing.

Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing.

 

 

A modest proposal for my sci-fi friends …

… if Donald Trump continues using secret police to pop up and snatch people off the streets, then please join me in referring to them as “the Morlocks.”

I’m kinda surprised we missed the opportunity the first time.

 

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Photo: Poster for “The Time Machine” (1960), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.