Category Archives: Reviews

The New Fan’s Guide to Watching Classic Doctor Who

With Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary in full swing, with news of both a changing Doctor and back-and-forth rumors about “lost episodes”, many new series fans want to watch the classic series, but don’t know where to start. Or worse, have to endure classic series’ fans attempts to “guide” them. So in an effort to reach

Getting Nerdy About Pulp Literature

For many nerds, pulp literature may seem a bit antiquated – after all, much of it was published 80 to 100 years ago. However, pulps of all kinds provided imaginative entertainment during a harsh time, provided the raw material for much of our contemporary popular culture….and is consistently being rediscovered by newer fans Make no

Review – Art Matter: The Sci-Fi Effect

The Sci-Fi Effect

Review by Karlyn Meyer On May 23, Chicago Nerd Social Club was invited to Art Matter: The Sci-Fi Effect, offered by Design Cloud in conjunction with Chicago Ideas Week. Described as “a panel discussion about science fiction’s impact on science, design, art, and culture,” the program centered around the book Make It So: Interaction Design

Doctor Who: Series 7 DVD Review

(Special thanks to BBC Home Entertainment for providing complimentary DVDs of Doctor Who Season 7 for review) Season 7 of new Doctor Who has been – much like Season 7 of “classic Doctor Who – a significant game-changer in terms of approach and content,providing a new context for the science-fiction television series. Thankfully, with Doctor


(A much longer version of this post appeared on [Comic Related]) Fandom can be a funny thing – motivated by love and admiration (with, at times, a slight hint of obsession), collective fandom can be simultaneously creative and destructive. With C2E2 coming to a close, some of the resulting issues are driving some very active

Before Steampunk Had a Name: THE WILD WILD WEST

(A longer version of this post originally appeared on Comic Related) In our current media-saturated, cynically-ironic time, it’s easy to fall into the trap of liking something because it somehow “hits” the geek nerve – as viewers, we’re so jaded that some shows that are straightforward and simple seem…well, native. We also tend to put

Third Time’s a Charm: A Review of Doctor Who – “The Bells of St. John”

(Posted on behalf of Michi Trota) Just so you’re aware, this review contains: “The Bells of St. John” – written by Steven Moffat, directed by Colm McCarthy It’s been three months and seven days since the Doctor realized that Clara the barmaid/governess and Oswin the souflee girl were one and the same and took off

DVDs For Those New to (Doctor) Who

(Special thanks to BBC Home Entertainment, who graciously provided complimentary review copies of several stories listed below). It’s a classic question that many Doctor Who fans have, especially with the new season starting on March 30th: where do I start with the classic series? With so many great stories on DVD, I usually encourage anyone (as

Recap: She Kills Monsters Event

The CNSC crew took in a showing of Buzz22 Chicago’s latest production, She Kills Monsters. We heard about the project when director Scott Weinstein and Phil de Guzman, managing director for Buzz22 Chicago, reached out to us via email. I instantly fell in love with story and had to put together an event for it.

Review of Custom Lightsabers

by Lakeith Collins I’m a bit of a Star Wars geek. I can admit that. I love lightsabers. I placed 3rd in the Inaugural Nerd-o-Ween costume contest, mostly thanks to my Star Wars Mace Windu Force FX Lightsaber Collectible by Hasbro. Chicks dig the purple and gold. Anyway… When I stumbled across and the