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*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.


"Call me Caitlynn," was the headline on the cover of Vanity Fair reintroducing Olympic Medalist turned reality star Bruce Jenner to society after his transition into a woman. Accompanying the much-repeated headline, a glamour shot of Caitlynn by famed celebrity photographer Annie Liebowitz.

“I’m afraid the fault, dear Tain, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”
     -- Elim Garak


It’s not even a controversial statement anymore to say that TV is better than movies. We can pretty much take it as a given, excepting certain works of genius like Fury Road. The pertinent part of that statement, though, is why this is a given, and the answer is simple. In movies, executives are in charge. In TV, writers are. The reason I bring this up is that this week’s episode, “The Die is Cast,” (a.k.a. Improbable Cause Part 2: The Legend of Curly’s Gold) is the first in which Ira Steven Behr was executive producer, and his presence is immediately evident.

I recently wrote a blog about the "character assassination" of The Scarlet Witch, putting her in with a group of good characters who seem to get the shaft over and over again for seemingly no good reason.The subject of this week's Wonder Woman Wednesday, Donna Troy, is definitely a member of that club.

Warning: The park opens this week.

And we, here at Garlic, My Soul, are already planning our trip to Isla Nublar. There is a fantastic and thorough map of the park up at Jurassic World’s website. You can peruse the attractions, exhibits, and dining choices.

But, what are our snack options between Margaritaville and the Hilton Isla Nublar? What will serve as that much-needed blood-sugar boost while we ride the monorail between Triceratops Territory and T. Rex Kingdom?

“The truth is usually just an excuse for a lack of imagination.”
     -- Elim Garak


As I’ve been working my way through the series, I’ve been singling out my favorite episodes of each season. Thus far, they have one thing in common: Cardassians. That will hold true for next season’s favorite, as well, and probably beyond, but I don’t remember. I love them partially because, in their minds, they are the great heroes of the galaxy. They are the rightful Stalinist overlords of the Alpha Quadrant, and if all these other races would only realize it, maybe we could get some order around here. In this week’s episode, we turn to not only my favorite Cardassian, but my favorite character overall, the exile/spy/mystery man/simple tailor, Elim Garak.

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With all of the buzz, speculation, and anticipation for the forthcoming Wonder Woman feature film, you can be sure we'll be keeping a watchful eye here at
Wonder Woman Wednesday as news unfolds. I mean, it doesn't even come out 'till 2017, but it's never too early to start buzzing when it comes to Wonder Woman, especially when this is, unbelievably, the first crack the Amazon Princess has had at the big screen.

*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.


When one thinks of the wonderful world of Disney, it may conjure images of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Disneyland. But, I think the Disney Princesses are the real driving force behind the majestic world that Walt built. If you don't believe me, I dare you to find a child (male or female) under the age of ten who doesn't know every word to "Let it Go" from Disney's Frozen. Or any age boy or girl for that matter. God knows, my shower has had to suffer my screechy rendition more than a fair amount of times.

“Too much spirit can be a dangerous thing. Tends to infect others.”
     -- Intendant Kira


One of the most difficult parts of writing fiction is conveying realistic movement when your characters are away. Villains -- well, good ones anyway -- aren’t just sitting on a throne in a room someplace, waiting for the heroes to show up and beat them in a swordfight. Villains have goals. In fact, villains tend to be the proactive ones, bucking the social order, while the heroes are the ones enforcing it, but that’s not really important right now. The point is that the world moves even when the heroes aren’t looking directly at it. It’s like Shrodinger’s Cat, but without the animal cruelty.

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Welcome back, Wonder Fans, to another exciting edition of Wonder Woman Wednesday! If you thought I was going to run out of things to say about "Wondy," you've got another think coming. I could talk about Wonder Woman's eyelashes for hours. Hmm. Maybe next week.

“I can do anything I want. It is my mind.”
     -- Dr. Julian Bashir


I have an uneasy relationship with spoilers in this space. There are elaborate rules to navigate the revealing of spoilers in our current culture of extreme interconnectiveness. It’s considered bad form to instantly tweet crucial plot twists as a show is airing, for example, but when exactly it becomes okay to discuss in a public forum is very much a subject of intense debate. In this space, I’m never certain how many things I should spoil before they happen.

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