Great Achievements in Sci-Fi History

Achievements that changed the face of the science fiction genre… Yikes, this could be a big one; not to mention incredibly broad! But with Doctor Who celebrating its 50th Anniversary next year, I thought it a good idea to sound off on some great moments in sci-fi. And before anyone gets all up in arms…

A History of the Easy-Bake Oven

Baking a cake using the heat of a 100-watt incandescent light bulb with no parent giving me permission to lick the mixing spoon was empowering, even though I didn’t know what empowerment meant at the time. It was 1988 when I first got my Easy-Bake; a gift surprisingly not from my parents but from my…

Q&A with Ming-Na Wen

The last time we saw our plucky Agents they were facing some changes among their team. Ming-Na Wen, who plays the tough-as-nails Agent Melinda May, was in Toronto to discuss the return of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and how these characters will have to adapt their new realities. CTV.ca: First half of the season, Agent…

Rage Against “Geek Chic”

When you put [blank] in front of the word “chic,” suddenly that [blank] is a novelty. “Geek chic” is the same. Thick-framed glasses, short-sleeved plaid shirts, suspenders, high-waist pants and a bowtie—congratulations, you just pulled together the aesthetic 1950s stereotypical geek. Now make it sexy and socially acceptable! “Geek chic” is a trend or style…

An Ode To The Thunder Bay Persian Roll: The Sweetest Taste Of Home

When I went to school as a young girl in Thunder Bay, I remember clutching a loonie in my hand every Wednesday as I made my way down to the gymnateria for Persian Day, hoping to beat the rush for this sweet treat, a sweet cinnamon-bun/donut-like confection with pastel pink icing. Then as I climbed…

‘Gotham’ tells human side of super hero story, says series’ stars

For 75 years, Batman has been an iconic figure in pop culture. The new CTV series “Gotham” opens the door to the city before the Dark Knight donned the cape and gadgets, where the super villains we’re familiar with evolved from damaged lost souls, and where a young detective named Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) began…

‘The Flash’ speeds onto CTV with heart, humour, and heroes

It’s no secret that comic book movies and TV shows have been dominating our culture these last few years. It takes more than just a suit and a super ability to make your mark in the comic book movie/TV genre and the stars of the new CTV series “The Flash” are confident that their show…