The X-Files (1998) – The Pine Bluff Variant, and Folie a Deux

The Pine Bluff Variant, the first of the two episodes this week, is more of a conspiracy thriller, and gives us an X-Files episode without any supernatural or paranormal leanings. Written by John Shiban, the episode first hit the airwaves on 3 May, 1998. Scully (Gillian Anderson) is suspicious of Mulder’s (David Duchovny) behaviour, especially…

The X-Files (1998) – The Red and the Black, and Travelers

“Resist or Serve” Series creator, Chris Carter, serves as a director of this mythology episode which he co-wrote with Frank Spotnitz. It debuted on 8 March, 1998. While Mulder (David Duchovny) struggles with his belief, and is convinced his life has been wasted pursuing a lie covering a government agenda, Scully (Gillian Anderson) undergoes hypnosis…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995) – Indiscretion, and Rejoined

Station log: stardate unknown LeVar Burton directs this episode from a script by Nicholas Corea, from a story by Toni Marberty and Jack Trevino. It first aired on 23 October, 1995. Kira (Nana Visitor) and Gul Dukat (Marc Alaimo) go after a Cardassian freighter, the Ravinok, that disappeared six years ago. It served as a…

Doctor Who (Colin Baker) – Revelation of the Daleks

Season 22 comes to a close this week with the return of the Doctor’s most hated enemies, the Daleks. Eric Saward wrote this two-parter that ran from 23 to 30 March, 1985. The Doctor and Peri (Nicola Bryant) are about to stumble into a trap! They’re travelling to the planet Necros to visit a medical…

Rebecca (1940) – Alfred Hitchcock

I dive into another classic Hitchcock film that I am sad to day I had never seen until now as the recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book continue. This one walked away with two Oscars, Best Picture and Best Cinematography, and stands up beautifully. The story sees Joan Fontaine starring…

Pitch Black (2000) – David Twohy

The Sci-Fi Chronicles book has been serving me well lately, so I decided to stay with it for a bit longer, and consequently dug into the first Riddick film, Pitch Black. It’s a modest little film that helped launch Vin Diesel to fame when he took on the role of the ocularly augmented killer, and…