The X-Files (1996) – War of the Coprophages, and Syzygy

Darin Morgan delivers another fun episode for Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) with War of the Coprophages, which first aired on 5 January, 1996. Mulder, investigating UFO sightings in a place called Miller’s Grove (a play on the Orson Welles’ broadcast of War of the Worlds which took place in Grover’s Mill, when…

Chuck (2009/2010) – Versus the Ring, and Versus the Pink Slip

Season two of Chuck comes to its conclusion with Chuck Versus the Ring. Written by one of the series creators Chris Fedak and Ali Adler, and directed by Robert Duncan McNeill, it first aired on 27 April 2009. Chuck (Zachary Levi) may in fact be rid of the Intersect, thanks to his father, Steve (Scott…

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963) – Ian Fleming

The eleventh 007 book, and tenth novel, by Ian Fleming is this week’s entry on the Book Shelf, and you could see how the film series would begin to influence the continuing novels as we get a mention of Bond’s parentage, with his father being a Scot, and there is an increasing sense of Connery…

Absolution Gap (2003) – Alastair Reynolds

I return to Alastair Reynold’s Revelation Space universe this week, with this, the third novel in the ongoing storyline involving the Inhibitors and the struggle of humanity, in all its forms, to escape extinction. We are introduced to a slew of new characters in this titanic space opera, while reacquainting ourselves with old friends. The…

Diamonds Are Forever (1956) – Ian Fleming

The fourth James Bond adventure by Ian Fleming is on my book shelf this week, and I dug into it eagerly. Despite some troubling moments of racism, 007’s literary adventure in this book is damned enjoyable, and you can see a number of themes and locales survived the jump to the big screen with Sean…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2002) – Detained, and Vox Sola

Captain’s log: date unknown Mike Sussman and Phyllis Strong pen the teleplay for this episode from a story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. It first aired on 24 April, 2002 and featured Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula’s co-star in Quantum Leap in his only Trek appearance. Archer (Bakula) and Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery) are captured by…

Star Trek: Voyager (2000) – Critical Care, and Inside Man

Captain’s log: stardate unknown James Khan pens this Doctor (Robert Picardo) episode from a story by Kenneth Biller and Robert Doherty. It debuted on 1 November, 2000, and has a story with a very familiar theme to it. The concept of privatisation of health care and better service for those who can afford it (or…

War of the Worlds (1990) – Time to Reap, and The Pied Piper

There’s some cool stuff going on in Season 2 of War of the Worlds, and this episode may in fact be one of the best. Written by Jim Trombetta, this story, featuring some time travel, a science fiction standby, first debuted on 29 January, 1990. Nowadays, and even just a little after this episode aired,…

War of the Worlds (1989) – The Last Supper, and Vengeance is Mine

The war rages on this week, and Team Blackwood is seeking other experts who may be able to help. The Last Supper was written by Tom Lazarus and first aired on 6 March, 1989. Harrison Blackwood (Jared Martin), Norton (Philip Akin), Suzanne (Lynda Mason Green) and Ironhorse (Paul Chaves) are overseeing a gathering of supposed…

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) – Roger Corman

Ray Milland assumes the mad scientist mantle as I continue to explore the dark corners of the fabulous Monsters in the Movies from DK Canada. Milland plays Dr. James Xavier. He is fascinated with eyesight, particularly in humans, as we see so little of the world and the light spectrum around us. He has developed…

Fearless and Fantastic! (2018) – Sam Maggs, Ruth Amos, and Emma Grange

With Captain Marvel waiting in the wings, the timing for DK Canada’s latest super hero book Fearless and Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save the World couldn’t be more perfect. More reference than guide book, the handy little tome gives us profiles of the well-known, and some of the lesser known, female super heroes that populate…