The Mind Reels

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Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

Leonard Nimoy has boldly gone. I only had the pleasure of meeting the man once, shaking his hand briefly at a photo op that left me look rather bewildered and … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Rockford Files (1978) – The Gang at Don’s Drive-In and The Paper Palace

Jim (James Garner) meets up with an old friend, with a problem, in the first episode this week, The Gang at Don’s Drive-In. It was written by James Crocker and aired 13 January, … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E04 Eye-Spy

This week’s episode, scripted by Jeffrey Bell, who’s writing credits include Angel, Alias and The X-Files, is the strongest episode of the series so far. It seems to be improving … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Top Gun (1986) – Tony Scott

The 101 Action Movies brings this flag-waving American classic back into my life. With Tony Scott’s typical super colour-saturated framing, quick editing, fantastic rocking score, Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) – J.J. Abrams

This is a summer blockbuster first and foremost. Since Trek made the leap to the bug screen, they’ve had to eschew some of the material that inherently made Gene Roddenberry’s … Continue reading

May 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) – Nicholas Meyer

Space… The final frontier… The 101 Sci-Fi movies brings me a chance to revisit one of the Enterprise’s most successful screen adventures. Nicholas Meyer last seen on this blog with … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Star Trek Into Darkness – Trailers and Thoughts

I am a Star Trek fan, from that first Saturday morning when I discovered the show in the late 70s, but before The Motion Picture came along. I can find … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

IDW Star Trek (Ongoing) – Issues 5 & 6 – Operation: Annihilate

The IDW re-launch and re-imagining of classic Trek continues in isssues 5 and 6, with a retelling of the Season 1 episode Operation: Annihilate. As Roberto Orci, the comic’s creative … Continue reading

September 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Star Trek: The Next Generation S1 – Blu-Ray

One word and one word only to describe the blu-ray release of Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 1… Wow. I’ve been with Next Gen since the beginning, I was … Continue reading

July 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

IDW Star Trek (Ongoing) – Issues 3 & 4 – The Galileo Seven

It’s hard to reinvent the wheel. It’s hard finding new ways to tell stories that people know already. And yet, IDW, with their new Trek series, set in the alternate … Continue reading

July 6, 2012 · Leave a comment


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