Star Trek: Voyager (1998) – Waking Moments, and Message in a Bottle

Captain’s log: stardate 51471.3 Andre Bormanis (who serves as the science consultant for both Voyager and Deep Space Nine) pens this episode that first aired on 14 January, 1998. The crew of the Voyager all seem to be suffering from night terrors, and all of them feature the exact same alien (Mark Colson) . Of…

Miami Vice (1989) -Hard Knocks, and Fruit of the Poison Tree

Switek’s (John Talbott) gambling addiction is getting worse as we find out in Hard Knocks. Written by Ken Solarz from a story by Robert Ward, Scott Shepherd and Solraz, this episode first debuted on 20 January, 1989. Switek sinks into drunkenness, and increasingly poor gambling choices getting him in more trouble with a gangster,who has…

Han Solo’s Revenge (1979) – Brian Daley

A year before we were given the second installment in the Skywalker Saga, Brian Daley gave us the second book in his Han Solo trilogy. Remember, this was long before the film series took off. When this book came out, there was no internet, and as a kid I had no way of knowing that…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1998) -Waltz, and Who Mourns for Morn?

Station log: stardate 51408.6 Ronald D. Moore pens this episode that first aired on 8 January, 1998. Captain Sisko (Avery Books) is on assignment, escorting Gul Dukat (Marc Alaimo) to trial, for war crimes during the course of the ongoing Dominion War. Dukat is a changed man, he’s lost control of his empire, been ousted…

Frankenstein (1910) – J. Searle Dawley

The mad scientist chapter of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book would be remiss if it didn’t cite one of the most deranged men of science ever created, Frankenstein. And what better way to celebrate than look at the first filmed version of the story created by Edison Studios back in 1910. Using Mary…

Splice (2009) – Vincenzo Natali

The next title in DK Canada’s Minsters in the Movies book, as I continue my way through the chapter on mad scientists is Splice, starring Adrien Brody and the always exemplary Sarah Polley. This film is very much the mad scientist take on parenting with all the mistakes and the oedipal complexes taken to a…

War of the Worlds (1989) – My Soul to Keep, and So Shall Ye Reap

We’re closing in on the end of Season One of War of the Worlds, and Team Blackwood isn’t giving up yet. My Soul to Keep was written by John Kubichan and originally aired on 24 April, 1989. The morthren are having problems with their unborn children and need to commandeer a refrigeration system to preserve…

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) – Joe Dante

Is the mad scientist behind the camera or in front of it in this, the next film to be recommended by DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book? Joe Dante, the film’s director has always seemed wonderfully mad, his love of Looney Tune cartoons, and wacky humor always makes his films enjoyable from…

Star Trek: Voyager (1997) – Concerning Flight, and Mortal Coil

Captain’s log: stardate 51386.4 Joe Menosky pens this episode from a story by Jimmy Diggs and Menosky. It first aired on 26 November, 1997. Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) gets to take the stage, joined by the ship’s holographic version of da Vince (John Rhys-Davies) when a group of pirates steal the Voyager’s computer core, and…

Miami Vice (1988/1989) – Line of Fire, and Asian Cut

Vice detectives Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) are assigned to protect a punk and rock lover, Keith Mollis (Justin Lazard) who is the lead witness in drug dealer, Carlos Cantero’s (Ahraron Ipale) trial. Line of Fire first aired on 16 December, 1988, and was written by Raymond Hartung. The partners…

Carrion Comfort (1989) – Dan Simmons

I’ve been enjoying the Dan Simmons’ books I’ve been reading, and finally had time to dig into his epic, and much hailed horror novel, Carrion Comfort. A massive read, the book is actually horrifying in the traditional sense. I’ve always enjoyed horror novels, and the like, but this novel is truly frightening, and it is…