Author Archives: Roger Pocock

About Roger Pocock

Author of windowsintohistory.wordpress.com Co-writer on junkyardview.wordpress.com Administrator of frontiersmenhistorian.wordpress.com

Mickey the Tin Dog

Companion Tropes 16 Me?  I’m their Man in Havana.  I’m the technical support.  I’m… Oh, my God, I’m the tin dog. That’s probably Mickey Smith’s most famous line, from the Doctor Who episode School Reunion.  It’s a funny moment, but … Continue reading

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Hyouka

This is one of those moments that I have been looking forward to but also in some trepidation, because Hyouka is an important anime television series to me.  It was the first of its kind that I ever watched.  I … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Mind War

I often compare Babylon 5 to a book and Mind War feels like the first chapter following the prelude.  In fairness, it’s probably better compared to a series of books with each episode representing a chapter and each season being … Continue reading

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Cargo Cultist Katarina

Companion Tropes 15 When we looked at The Face of Evil we examined how the phenomenon of cargo cults were utilised in the story.  During the Second World War, the islands of Melanesia were strategically important, and American planes started … Continue reading

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Mary and the Witch’s Flower

In 2013 Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement, and the following year Studio Ghibli effectively shut down.  Miyazaki has since come out of retirement (he likes to do that) and the studio is back up and running, but during that period … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: The Parliament of Dreams

When I recommended Babylon 5 to one of my oldest friends, he watched the pilot and concluded that he couldn’t relate to the characters and needed to know more about them and their cultures.  I told him to give it … Continue reading

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Mama Bear Jackie

Companion Tropes 14 If you go down in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise.  But it probably won’t be a teddy bear’s picnic, or a bear attack, for that matter.  Bears rarely attack humans, and the number … Continue reading

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