Star Trek: The Original Series (1967) – The Deadly Years and Obsession

Captain’s log: stardate 3478.2 The Deadly Years soared onto screens on 8 December, 1967, with a script by David P. Harmon. Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Scotty (James Doohan), Chekov (Walter Koenig) and Galway (Beverly Washburn) beam down to Gamma Hydra IV. Once there they discover that the entire outpost is…

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) – Michael Bay

Hasbro and Michael Bay bring the Autobots and Decepticons to the screen for a second outing, as I continue my time with the Transformers in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. This one took a lot of flak for its racist stereotypes illustrated throughout the film even as our heroes both human and robot fight to save…

Show Boat (1936) – James Whale

The recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Oklahoma! gets underway with the 1936 adaptation of the Hammerstein stage musical, Show Boat. Directed by James Whale, who, one year previous, directed the iconic Bride of Frankenstein, the tale follows a young woman, Magnolia aka Nola (Irene Dunne)…

The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) -Chris McKay

Bat-tastic! Is that a word? It should be. Because if Batman (Will Arnett) had his way, I’m sure that is exactly how the Caped Crusader would describe it. With the LEGO Movie in 2014, Warner Brothers and LEGO proved that they can make a family film that is not only family friendly, it will entertain…

Doctor Who (Christopher Eccleston) – Rose and The End of the World

Almost a decade after the Paul McGann television movie, Russell T. Davies brought the series back to life with Christopher Eccleston taking the role of the Doctor, and this time around the new Time Lord is joined by a new Companion, Rose Tyler (Billie Piper). Davies continued to shift the story focus so that Doctor…

Transformers (2007) – Micheal Bay

Steven Spielberg served as executive producer on the next stop on my journey through the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, but when handed over to Michael Bay, the film is a nausea-inducing mess that lacks a real story. Bay’s editing style has never been my favourite. Most of the shots in the film don’t last much longer…

Quantum Leap (1992) – The Last Gunfighter and A Song for the Soul

Sam finds himself in the form of aged gunfighter, Tyler Means, in The Last Gunfighter. Written by Sam Rolfe and Chris Ruppenthal and airing on 5 February, 1992, Sam find himself on 28 November, 1957. Tyler Means is 82 years old. He likes his whiskey, and he likes his tall tales, especially the ones centring…

Dance of Death (2005) – Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

It’s been a while since I checked in with FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast, Preston and Child’s modern, American answer to Doyle’s Holmes. Last time we checked in with him, he was left in a bit of dire straits as his friend Vincent D’Agosta fled for his life. The story picks up a couple of short…