Mission: Impossible (1972) – Cocaine, and Underground

William Shatner returns for another guest appearance in the episode, Cocaine. Written by Harold Livingston from a story by Norman Katkov. And while we’re getting excited over guest stars, Gregory Sierra pops up as well. First airing on 21 October, 1972 this story sees Phelps (Peter Graves) and his IMF team going after the drug…

The Monsters We Defy (2022) – Leslye Penelope

Orbit Books conjures a magical and engaging tale with Leslye Penelope’s The Monsters We Defy. While arguably a supernatural heist story, that descriptor merely scratches the surface of the tale as we are introduced to an array of characters, united by Clara Johnson in the vibrant setting of 1920s Washington, D.C. Clara was born with…

Event Horizon (1997) – 4K 25th Anniversary Edition Review

There’s something about Event Horizon. I saw it in the theatre during its original release, and it has stayed with me since that time. Every couple of years I revisit it and enjoy it anew, catching little things and details I may have missed previously and just taking pleasure from a spooky story set in…

Fringe (2010) – Olivia, and The Box

Season three of Fringe got underway on 23 September, 2010 with the episode opener Olivia, which was written by J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner. While Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Walter (John Noble) deal with their escape from the alternate universe and the alternate-Olivia (Anna Torv) continues her infiltration of the group, Olivia remains trapped in…

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) – Mike Flanagan

Mike Flanagan has quickly become one of my favorite writer/directors and I realized that there were still a number of his titles that I hadn’t written about for the blog. So color me happy as I dig into some other examples of his work. Ouija: Origin of Evil is, in fact, a sequel to a…

The Sugarland Express (1974) – Steven Spielberg

Before Spielberg was the box-office titan that he would become with 1975’s Jaws , he made his North American theatrical debut (Duel, a television movie had been released theatrically in Europe) with 1974’s Sugarland Express. Based on an actual event that occurred in 1969, the story follows Lou Jean (Goldie Hawn), her husband Clovis (William…

Rambo: Last Blood (2019) – Adrian Grunberg

Sylvester Stallone is back for one last go-round as John Rambo. It has to be, it’s right there in the title! Once again Stallone involves himself in the film’s script, crafting a story that shows that Rambo, no matter the age, is still the same man he has always been, but he’s just better at…

Fringe (2010) – Over There: Part One, and Part Two

The season two finale of Fringe got underway on 13 May, 2010. It was written by J.H. Wyman, Jeff Pinkner, and Akiva Goldsman, who also served as the episode’s director. We know we’re on the other side from the beginning but the red-colored opening credits cements that idea. Peter (Joshua Jackson) joins Walter-nate (John Noble)…

Eversion (2022) – Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds takes the reader on an epic journey across time. Tinging his new tale, Eversion, with hints of Verne, Lovecraftian cosmic horror, O’Brien, and 50s sci-fi Reynolds introduces us to Silas Coade, ship’s doctor, We slide through time, across a variety of vehicles, sailing ships, airships, and spacecraft, but it is always the same…