“It’s Groundhog Day!”

Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cold out there today. It’s cold out there every day; what is this, Miami Beach? Not hardly! And you know you can expect hazardous travel later today with that, you know, that, uh, that blizzard thing. The National Weather Service is calling for a “big blizzard thing!” Yes, they are. But you know, there’s another reason why today is especially exciting. The big question on everybody’s lips, their chapped lips: do ya think Phil is gonna come out and see his shadow? Punxsutawney Phil! That’s right, woodchuck-chuckers, it’s Groundhog Day! And to celebrate, The Sci-Fi Guys give you our SALUTE TO TIME LOOPS!

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In Memoriam: Hamilton Mitchell

Hamilton Mitchell, August 13, 1957 – January 31, 2021

I met Hamilton and his wife Robbie a few years ago in LA. Mandy McMillian had promised to take me out to the best little Italian joint in Studio City, and she absolutely delivered. Little did I know that joining us that night would be two of the most charming people I would ever have the pleasure of meeting. Over the course of a single dinner they made me feel like we’d known each other for years. Ham’s warmth and humor will resonate long after his passing. I’m very lucky to have known him.

In Memoriam: Ricardo Montalbán

I came across a folder full of these images while digging through data from the old site. Clearly I had intended to post a memorial, but back then I felt that it wasn’t a valid post until I had forced my readers to endure no less than ten thousand words. That feeling is responsible for a great many things that went undone, and it is why I failed to post a memorial to the actor I still believe to be the single best villain to appear in any version of Star Trek. Montalbán’s performance in Star Trek II set a standard for adversaries that has never been surpassed.

So, on what would have been his 100th birthday, I give to you this humble collection of images, most of which Past Chris collected elevenish years ago. Look them over, then go watch Star Trek II and enjoy one of the most masterful and menacing actors ever to grace a Star Trek sound stage. Montalbán’s Khan is flawless.

Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009

In Memoriam: David Schramm

David Michael Schramm, August 14, 1946 – March 28, 2020

Not sure how I missed this one, but even though he wasn’t known for sci-fi or fantasy, I thought his passing was worth noting here. Not only was Schramm a fellow Kentuckian, but our own danm was a huge Wings fan back in the day. We would all meet in his dorm room every evening before dinner to watch Dan’s obligatory back to back episodes. It wasn’t long before he had made fans of the rest of us, and heading to Dan’s room in time to watch Wings became a daily ritual.

Click the pic to read Schramm’s costar Tim Daly tell the story of the day he saw Schramm live on stage and realized he had been starring alongside a hidden comic genius.