The Great Buffy Rewatch continues over at Nik at Night. This week’s guest poster is Dr. Matthew Pateman, brilliant, funny, friendly and every centimeter the English gentleman, he delves into the episodes “Angel,’ “I Robot, You Jane,” and “The Puppet Show” with critical acumen and an abiding passion for his subject that always makes his work an engaging read. Matthew was also the first person I really met at Slayage 4, and made me feel welcome and a part of that strange and wonderful group of scholar-fans, so he’s pretty much the dog’s bollocks in my book.
A happy belated and posthumous birthday goes out this week to the late, great DeForest Kelley, the one and only Dr. Leonard McCoy of the original Star Trek, and always my personal favorite of the Triune God of Geeks. Kelly made a career in the movies and television that spanned 53 years, beginning in 1945 and ending in 1998, about a year before his death at the age of 79. To the character of Leonard “Bones” McCoy he brought a mix of Southern charm, fiery compassion, and genial irritability that have come to be standard tropes for talented medical characters in American television from Hawkeye Pierce to Doc Cochran. When he died in 1999, an era ended, for never again could Kirk, Spock, and McCoy “boldly go where no man has gone before.” Be Well, Mr. Kelley. I hope you find your own Yonada out there after all.
Finally, I thought I’d give a shout out to Geek Girl Con, which takes place October 8-9 this year in Seattle, Washington. To quote GGC’s own Erica McGillivray, ‘“GeekGirlCon is a one-of-a-kind convention celebrating geeky women and the wide variety of geeky things they are interested and involved in.’ The first of its kind, GeekGirlCon strives to be an event that celebrates women in the fields of math, the sciences, fiction, games, comics and more.” Jennifer K. Stuller, friend of Solomon Mao’s and author of Ink Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology is one of the folks working hard on the project, and with Jen involved, you know it’s going to be a good time, so check ‘em out and if you’re going to be on the North-Left coast this fall, take the opportunity to be a part of something pretty damn cool.
Yeah, I know, you got used to some thoughtful, occasionally insightful posts there for a few weeks, and there may be some of those again one day soon, but it is not this day. Still, follow the links, surf about a bit, and (God willing and the crick don’t rise) I’ll see you back here sometime next week for a fresh plate of whatever’s on my brain’s burner.