Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991) – Timothy Zahn

1991 saw something incredible happen, for the first time since 1983, we were given a new Star Wars story, the beginning of a new trilogy, with the characters we knew and loved. This was an absolute stunning idea, that there could be more adventures. It shouldn’t have been, Star Trek had books for decades. Author…

Star Trek: Discovery (2019) – Light and Shadows, and If Memory Serves

Captain’s log: 2257 Ted Sullivan pens this episode from a story he developed with Vaun Wilmott. It first debuted on 28 February, 2019. and sees Micheal Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) returning to Vulcan in the search for Spock (Ethan Peck). It seems after his escape and disappearance, he returned to Vulcan, where Amanda (Mia Kirshner) has…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2005) – Affliction, and Divergence

Captain’s log: 27 November, 2154 Manny Coto came up for the story for this episode which was then written by Micheal Sussman and first aired on 18 February, 2005. It was an episode that answered the often posed question, what caused the shift in appearance of the Klingons from The Original Series to The Motion…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2005) – Observer Effect, and Babel One

Captain’s log: date unknown Judith and Garfield Reeve-Stevens pen this episode, which first aired on 21 January, 2005. It brought back a familiar alien species to to Trek universe. Hoshi (Linda Park) and Trip (Connor Trinneer) return from a mission, infected with a dangerous virus. Meanwhile the rest of the crew serve as hosts for…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2004) – Countdown, and Zero Hour

Captain’s log: 13 February, 2154 Robert Duncan McNeill directs the penultimate episode of the third season, which was written by Andre Bormanis and Chris Black. It debuted on 19 May, 2004. The crew of the very battered Enterprise work with members of the Xindi Council and some of the species’ factions, to stop the arming…

The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959) – Irvin Berwick

I continue my journey through the chapter called Nature’s Revenge in DK Canada’s exceptional Monsters in the Movies book. This time around I’m delivered another seaside monster story, and I settled in hoping for some fun. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t come near the sheer so bad it’s good flair of The Beach Girls and the…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – The Xindi, and Anomaly

Captain’s log: date unknown The serialised Xindi story line that was initiated by the second season finale gets truly underway this week with the launch of season three of Star Trek: Enterprise. The season opener, written by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga debuted on 10 September, 2003. The Enterprise has been in the Delphic Expanse…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – Bounty, and The Expanse

Captain’s log: 21 March, 2153 Roxann Dawson directs this episode that was written by Mike Sussman, Phyllis Strong and Hans Tobeason from a story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. It first aired on 14 May, 2003 and continued the Archer (Scott Bakula) arc featuring his trial and prosecution by the Klingons. Captain Archer is…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – Dawn, and Stigma

Captain’s log: date unknown Roxann Dawson directs this Trip (Connor Trinneer) episode written by John Shiban. Originally airing on 8 January, 2003 this episode riffs on the science fiction classic, Enemy Mine. Of course, it’s also been done previously in Trek, most notably in The Next Generation episodes, Darmok and The Enemy. And they were…