Sci Fi Friday: Sarah Jane Smith Returns, and How To Tell if Your Unicorn is Cheating on You

Remember that old Woody Allen movie Sleeper in which everything which we thought was good for us turned out to be bad, and everything which we believe is bad, like cigarettes, turns out to be good? I couldn’t help but think of that movie when I heard the news about the outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 infections from pre-packaged spinach. Information from a fax received from the CDC’s Health Alert Network reports fifty confirmed cases as of last night, with CNN just reporting the first case in New York. Normally I avoid politics in the office and medical advice on the blog, but the bottom line here is to avoid eating bagged fresh spinach. In one of the discussions KJ has vetoed my idea of offering spinach to the Notre Dame football team to “strengthen them up” in preparation for the game against Michigan tomorrow.

The BBC announces that Elisabeth Sladen will reprise her role as Sarah Jane Smith, a former companion to Doctor Who:

Set in present-day West London, the programme stars Elisabeth Sladen, continuing her much-loved role as Sarah Jane Smith.

Yasmin Paige will join her as Sarah’s 13-year-old neighbour Maria.

A 60-minute special which will be broadcast in early 2007, with a series following later in the year.

In the special, Sarah and Maria form an unlikely alliance to fight evil alien forces at work in Britain, and against the scheming Ms Wormwood, played by Samantha Bond.

Besides her role on Doctor Who, there was a previous attempt at a show with Sarah Jane in 1981 named K9 and Company. K9 is the robotic dog who was also a previous companion to The Doctor. Doctor Who resumes with the second season soon in the United States, and talk is already in progress about the fourth season in Great Britain. We declared independence so that we’d have to wait an extra year or more to watch Doctor Who?

Battlestar Gallactica 2.5, with episodes 11-20 from season 2 is scheduled for release September 19. There’s just enough time to watch them before the third season starts.
A list of stations is now available which will be carrying the new remastered episodes of Star Trek previously reported.

As promised in the title, here’s today’s practical information:


Seems emotionally distant and uninterested
Wears fancier tail ribbons
Starts working out at the gym
Quickly closes its laptop when you walk into its enchanted den
Credit card bill full of charges to area elf lodges
The “three C’s”: confrontation, criticism, and complaints
Every time you say the word “magic” it sighs forlornly
Is making a movie with Angelina Jolie

(Hat tip to The World’s Fair.)

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  1. 1
    kj says:

    Does patricko know about the Signs of the Unicorn?!

    (JBK was told, after watching “Original Sin,” that if he made a movie with Angelina Jolie I would leave him forever. Needless to say, he’s never been her co-star.)

  2. 2
    Ron Chusid says:

    I’ve always wondered why JBK was never in a movie with Angelina Jolie.

  3. 3
    kj says:

    That’s why!

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