Scorpius (1988) – John Gardner

James Bond’s adventures this week take him around England, and then over to the States in John Gardner’s seventh 007 novel. This time around Bond finds himself taking on an unusual enemy in a story that seems just as relevant today. James is assigned to investigate a religious cult known as the Meek Ones run…

The Secret Adversary (1922) – Agatha Christie

This week’s Agatha Christie novel, her second, introduced me to characters I’d never met before. I was aware of Poirot (in fact he was the only character of hers I did read when I was originally introduced to her books as a child), Miss Marple, of course, but I had never heard of Tommy and…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2004) – Proving Ground, and Stratagem

Captain’s log: 6 December, 2153 Chris Black pens this episode that first aired on 21 January, 2004. It sees an Andorian ship, commanded by Shran (Jeffrey Combs) arriving unexpectedly in the Delphic Expanse in an effort to help Archer (Scott Bakula) and the Enterprise find the Xindi weapon. As surprised and delighted to see Shran…

Foresight (2020) – Ian Hamilton

This week, Ian Hamilton takes us back to another chapter in ‘Uncle’ Chow Tung’s life. Originally created for the Ava Lee book series, Uncle served as Ava’s mentor and partner. Now with this new series, Hamilton continues to fill out this character’s back story with his signature whip smart dialogue and frenetic story pacing. It’s…

Toronto After Dark 2019 – Werewolf (2018) – Adrian Panek

A unique entry in Toronto After Dark’s film festival has its Canadian premiere at Scotiabank Theater this evening, the Polish film Werewolf. Filled with shades of Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Werewolf shows the horror of war, the deconstruction of our humanity by the most brutal cruelty man has ever known, the Nazis and their…

Toronto After Dark 2019: The Furies (2019) – Tony D’Aquino

Australia brings their horror game to the Toronto After Dark film festival tonight with their bloody and violent The Furies. A riff on the Final Girl trope as well as a mash-up of Battle Royale and Halloween the film is deliciously gory and excitingly paced. When Kayla (Airlie Dodds) is abducted and wakes up in…

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) – Hayao Miyazaki

The final entry on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book following my screening of Spirited Away is another brilliant Miyazaki film, Howl’s Moving Castle. This was my first time watching this one, and I can now admit to rating this one as high as I do Spirited Away. It’s…

Star Trek: Voyager (1998) – Retrospect, and The Killing Game

Captain’s log: stardate 51658.2 Bryan Fuller and Lisa Klink pen this Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) episode that came from a story by Andrew Shepard Price and Mark Gaberman. It first aired on 25 February, 1998. The Voyager is looking to upgrade some of its weapon systems as it continues through Hirogen space, and they…

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…

Star Trek: Voyager (1995) – Caretaker

Captain’s log: stardate 48315.6 Micheal Piller and Jeri Taylor penned the series opener from a story they came up with alongside Rick Berman, and the Trek universe was introduced to its newest captain, Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and her Intrepid-class starship, Voyager, NCC-74656. She and her crew, including a helmsman recruited out of a Federation…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994) – The Search: Part I and II

Station log: stardate 48212.4 Season Three of DS9 got under way on 26 September, 1994, and brought some changes to the show. With the threat of The Dominion hanging not over only the station, but the entire Federation, the game had been raised. Season three opens with a two-parter, the first half was written by…