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George Takei in 2015

George Hosato Takei was born on April 20, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, his family was sent to an internment camp for Japanese-Americans and until the end of World War II they lived in some of them.

In 1966, George Takei started playing the role he’s famous for, Hikaru Sulu in “Star Trek”. He also played an important role in the 1968 movie “The Green Berets” but this prevented him from being a regular presence in “Star Trek”. His role at the Enterprise helm was taken by Pavel Chekov, played by Walter Koenig. The two actors ended up having to share one dressing room but this led them to become friends.

Robert Bloch in 1976

Robert Albert Bloch was born on April 5, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

In 1934, Bloch published the story “Lilies” on the semi-professional magazine “Marvel Tales”. After a few months, he started publishing his stories on “Weird Tales” as well. His first stories were strongly influenced by H.P. Lovecraft, so much that a part of them was set in the fictional universe of the so-called “Cthulhu Mythos”. Lovecraft’s death deeply marked Bloch, who gradually shifted his efforts toward different stories and also into science fiction.

In the ’50s, the Robert Bloch’s activity continued both in the literary field and in radio and was further expanded when he started working for television productions. The skills he had acquired in moving from one genre to another was seen in 1959, when he won the Hugo Award for the best science fiction short story with “That Hell-Bound Train” and he published the thriller / horror novel “Psycho”, which won the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The novel gave him great fame among the general public following its adaptation into the famous movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Robert Bloch died on September 23, 1994. He left a legacy of dozens of novels, screenplays and short stories of various genres. During his life he received many important awards that show the importance of this author in the field of literature, cinema and television.

Warning. This review contains several spoilers about the seventh season of the TV show “The Walking Dead”!

On april 2 the seventh season of the show “The Walking Dead” ended.

The seventh season was produced and broadcast with the format has become usual: 16 episodes of which 8 were broadcast between October and December 2016 and the other 8 between February and April 2017. For the first time there was a real drop in audience after the first episode’s peak, which may be a sign that many viewers are getting tired of the show.

The sixth season of “The Walking Dead” ended with the defeat of the Alexandria group at the hands of Negan and his Saviours. The cliffhanger left the audience wondering who would be killed by Lucille, the baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire that Negan brigns along with him.

The first episode of the seventh season is one of the most dramatic of the whole show and begins with the death of Abraham and Glenn. Daryl, for daring to react, is taken away. Rick is forced to become Negan’s bitch to avoid having other victims, starting with Carl.

John Barrowman in 2014

John Barrowman was born on March 11, 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland.

In 2005 John Barrowman started playing what is still his most famous role, that of Captain Jack Harkness, in the new “Doctor Who” series. After being the Ninth Doctor’s companion for a few episodes, the character became one of the protagonists of the spinoff “Torchwood”.

In 2012 John Barrowman started playing the role for which he’s most famous in recent years, that of Malcolm Merlyn, originally appeared in the TV show “Arrow.” In later years his character appeared on several occasions also in the two sisters shows “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow”.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 1 DVD boxset

On March 10, 1997 the TV show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” made its debut.

Buffy’s story actually began with a 1992 movie of which Joss Whedon wrote the original screenplay, very different from the final one because the movie’s producers preferred a horror comedy with vampires. Years later, Joss Whedon had the chance to create a TV show and reworked the idea of Buffy, finally in his own way.

The main character is stille a teenager who overturns the horror movie cliché of the helpless blonde but the TV show is much more sophisticated. Thanks also to the longer available time available in a TV show, Joss Whedon developed feminist overtones in a horror story with influences from various genres and subgenres.