Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) – Civilization, and Fortunate Son

Captain’s log: 31 July, 2151 Phyllis Strong and Mike Sussman pen this episode that first aired on 14 November, 2001. When the Enterprise arrives at an Earth-like planet, Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) leads an away mission that allows him to masquerade as one of the planet’s denizens. It seems T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) has discovered that…

Airwolf (1984) – The Shadow of the Hawke (Parts 1 & 2)

Bellisario’s next series focuses on the supercopter Airwolf, its pilot Stringfellow (what a terrible name) Hawke (Jan-Micheal Vincent), his mechanic and co-pilot, Dominic (Ernest Borgnine). The two-hour pilot, released overseas as a theatrical film aired 22 January, 1984. Bellisario wrote and directed the pilot movie that introduces the top-secret organization known as The Firm, which,…

Battlestar Galactica (1979) – Baltar’s Escape & Experiment In Terra

There are some interesting things afoot in this week’s viewing of the classic Battlestar Galactica. In the first episode, Baltar’s Escape, which aired 11 March, 1979 and was written by Bellisario, the series shows once again that, yes, there is a bit of continuity at play, as references are made back to the Beings of…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – Fire In Space

This week, the Galactica is troubled as it does its bit for 70s disaster films. Originally aired December 17, 1978 this episode has a teleplay by Jim Carlson and Terrence McDonnell based on a story by Micheal Sloan, with that many names in it you might expect something stronger, but this one is pretty much…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – The Living Legend

This week’s Galactica installment is a two-parter with a teleplay by Glen A. Larson, based on a story crafted by Larson and Ken Pettus, and sees the appearance of a Battlestar thought lost two yahren ago… the Pegasus, commanded by the legendary military leader, Commander Cain (Lloyd Bridges). As the 220+ fleet is brought to a standstill…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – The Magnificent Warriors and The Young Lords

On this week’s Galactica double feature, we have another space-western, and a kids fighting the cylons tale. In the first, The Magnificent Warriors, written by Glen A. Larson, a couple of agro-ships (footage of the spaceships in Silent Running) are destroyed in a cylon attack, with a third seriously compromised. Happily, there is a human…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – The Gun On Ice Planet Zero

  This week’s installment of my look back at Battlestar Galactica features the two-parter, The Gun On Ice Planet Zero written by Bellisario, Michael Sloan and Leslie Stevens, from a story idea by John Ireland, Jr. The first episode aired on October 22, 1978, with its conclusion airing the following week on the 29th. The fleet appears to be in trouble…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – The Lost Warrior & The Long Patrol

  This week’s Battlestar Galactica sees two stand alone episodes before we plunge into another two parter. The art used to illustrate this installment of the Bellasrio & Cannell comes from Ralph McQuarrie’s preproduction art and book cover art from the episode’s novel adaption by David Shleinkofer. First up is The Lost Warrior, which aired October 8,…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – Lost Planet of the Gods

  This week’s look at Galactica, in the Bellisario & Cannell files, sees the two-parter which aired part one on September 24, 1978, and part two on October 1, 1978. Written By Glen A. Larson and Bellisario the series continues its space opera sense of storytelling, alongside some outdated thoughts on women. The episode opens…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – Saga of a Star World

  It struck me that I wanted to revisit some television shows, and while I thought about it, I realized there were a couple more names that could stand alongside Spielberg, Lucas and Roddenberry as entertaining me and shaping me as I grew up… Donald P. Bellisario and Stephen J. Cannell. The tv series that…

Battlestar Galactica… Has It Been 35 Years Already?

There are those who believe…that life here began out there, far across the Universe…with tribes of humans…who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians…or the Toltecs…or the Mayans…that they may have been the architects of the Great Pyramids…or the lost civilizations of Lemuria…or Atlantis. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man…who…