I once asked Charles Sonneburg, the host of the SFDebris Opinionated reviews, for permission to post one of his videos here at the Spotlight, the look at Doctor Who‘s lost episodes. He requested instead that I point people to the site. Among the reviewing community there are things that go on behind the scenes that make this reasonable, so if you see a review here (except for some of my earlier postings before I learned of this–I’ve seen gotten retroactive permission for most of those) they were done with the permission of the reviewer. For example I have a standing “go for it” from MarzGurl and Linkara allows me to post History of the Power Rangers with my own thoughts.
I don’t usually like to have links for my Saturday Night Showcases, with the exception of self-contained webcomics, because you have no choice with those. If you follow my Twitter feed, I make plenty of links there. However, SFDebris put up a rather interesting take on “Darmok”, an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where the crew encounters a race whose language patterns are tough for the universal translator to get around, kind of like Engrish but even less comprehensible (and less amusing). After he reviews the episode, and the reason this is an SNS, is a follow-up episode where Sonnenberg attempts to explain how a language build on metaphors could actually work. I have nothing to add, but here is the trailer from YouTube in case you don’t remember the episode:
You can click here to see both the review and follow-up. It’s a fascinating exploration of the language and one of the most popular episodes of the series, so please give it a look.