Star Trek: The Original Series (1967) – The Squire of Gothos and Arena

Captain’s log: stardate 2124.5 The Squire of Gothos. Oh man, what a fun episode. Penned by Paul Schneider this episode had it’s first airing on 12 January, 1967. Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Lt. Hikaru Sulu (George Takei) vanish from the bridge, and when Spock (Leonard Nimoy) sends a landing party, led by…

The A-Team (1984) – Deadly Maneuvers and Semi-Friendly Persuasion 

  Hannibal (George Peppard) and the team are in trouble in the first episode up this week. Deadly Maneuvers was written by Richard Christian Matheson and Thomas E. Szollosi. It aired, originally on 28th February, 1984. In today’s terms of television, this type of episode would be the culmination of a season long arc, but here…

Toronto Fringe: People Suck

So last night I settled in for a musical presentation at the Randolph Theatre, and was charmed by the Nutmeg Creations presentation of People Suck. Written by Peter Cavell and Megan Phillips, who also is one of the show’s stars, the performance was a series of numbers, that illustrated the very worst in people. And…

Magnum, p.i. (1982) – Flashback and Foiled Again 

  This week’s installment features yet another favorite episode of mine (though let’s be honest, I have a lot of those in this series). Flashback was written by Lance Madrid III, and aired 4 November, 1982. Thomas (Tom Selleck) awakes to find himself in 1936, with a strange knowledge of a case he’s asked to…

Toronto After Dark 2013: Found – Scott Schirmer

  Gore night at Toronto After Dark got going with the little indie gem, Found.  Directed by Scott Schirmer, the film opens with a young boy, Marty (Gavin Brown) telling the viewer that his older brother, Steve (Ethan Philbeck) keeps human heads in his closet.  He goes on to tell us very matter-of-factly about how…

Bully

I wouldn’t make it as a teenager today. In the 80s when I had my teen years, I had my moments of being picked on. More often than not, my wits, and occasionally smart-alack mouth would get me out of as much trouble as I would get in to. It didn’t help that I was…