Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992) – Power Play, and Ethics

Captain’s log: stardate 45571.2 Brannon Braga, Herbert Wright and Rene Balcer penned the teleplay from this episode that first aired on 24 February, 1992, from a story by Maurice Hurley and Paul Ruben. When the Enterprise investigates a storm-riddled planet for a missing ship, the away team, lead by Riker (Jonathan Frakes) returns to the…

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) – Norman Jewison

It’s time to dig into some of the previously un-reviewed (for me) recommendations in the Musical section of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, and I was rather surprised with how much I enjoyed Norman Jewison’s anachronistic adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic rock opera. Christian theology has never really been my…

Stagecoach (1939) – John Ford

The first recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film is the 1939 John Ford/John Wayne classic, Stagecoach. Wayne plays the Ringo Kid, and he and a number of fellow travellers including Dallas (Claire Trevor) and Lucy Mallory (Louise Platt), a drunk doctor Josiah Boone (Thomas Mitchell), and a dangerous gambler, Hatfield (John…

Quantum Leap (1991) – 8 1/2 Months and Future Boy

Sam (Scott Bakula) leaps into a very pregnant teenager this week in the episode 8 1/2 Months. It was penned by Deborah Pratt and had an original airdate of 6 March, 1991. It’s 15 November, 1955 and Sam is Billie Jean Crockett, 16 years old. And he’s there to not only make sure the baby…

Game of Thrones: Season 6

It’s all new territory for GoT fans with the release of Season 6 to Blu-Ray and DVD this week via HBO. The series ventures into new territory, as they leave the last of the published books behind and now,¬†fans of the novels and the show have to wait to see how things in Westeros will…

Quantum Leap (1990) – Animal Frat and Another Mother

  Sam (Scott Bakula) is back in school, when he leaps into Knut ‘Wild Thing’ Wileton, in Animal Frat. This Animal House-like episode was penned by Chris Ruppenthal and aired 3 January, 1990. It’s 19 October, 1967, and Sam seems to be Big Man On Campus, but as always, he’s there to put something right,…

Speed Sisters (2015) – Amber Fares

  Opening today at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is this highly enjoyable, and completely captivating documentary about the first all-women race car team in Palestine. We join Marah, Noor, Mona, Betty, and Maysoon as they put the pedal to the metal, and bust barriers in the racing and Middle Eastern world. The audience climbs…

Fifteen Dogs (2015) – Andre Alexis

  My Mom picked up this book for me for Xmas, and I dug into it to see what’s the what, and was delighted by the map indicating that not only does the book take place in Toronto, most of it takes place in the area of my neighborhood. I was also surprised by who…

Star Trek: The Klingon Gambit (1981) – Robert E. Vardeman

  It’s time for another journey where no one has gone before, with another non-canon adventure with the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Though written before the previous novel, The Entropy Effect was released first, which is probably a good thing, because this one just didn’t feel like it was executed properly. It is a…