Star Trek: Voyager (1996) – Basics: Part II, and Flashback

Captain’s log: stardate 50032.7 Micheal Piller writes the season opener which resolves the season two cliffhanger. Debuting on 4 September, 1996, viewers are quickly reminded that the majority of the Voyager’s crew has been marooned on a remote planet after the Kazon-Nistrim, with Seska’s (Martha Hackett) assistance seized control of their starship. Tom Paris (Robert…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1996) – To the Death, and The Quickening

Station log: stardate 49904.2 LeVar Burton directs this episode with a script by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe. It first debuted on 13 May, 1996. A devastating attack by Jem’Hadar renegades destroys one of the station’s docking pylons in a raid, and Sisko (Avery Brooks) leads his crew aboard the Defiant in pursuit….

Star Trek: Voyager (1995) – Cathexis, and Faces

Captain’s log: stardate 48734.2 Brannon Braga comes up with the teleplay for this story by Braga and Joe Menosky. It first aired on 1 May, 1995. A strange nebula renders Chakotay (Robert Beltran) brain-dead, and also lets something else take over the minds of the crew. And no matter how many times the ship tries…

Kiss Me Deadly (1955) – Robert Aldrich

Boy, can Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) pick ’em in this, the next film in DK Canada’s The Movie Book. Based on Mickey Spillane’s novel of the same name, the film sees the private investigator caught up in a corker of a mystery. I’ve always been interested in the character, I grew up with Stacy Keach…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994) – Playing God, and Profit and Loss

Station log: stardate unknown Jim Trombetta and Michael Piller pen this Dax (Terry Farrell) episode that sees the Science Officer dealing with a Trill initiate named Arjin (Geoffrey Blake). It first aired on 27 February, 1994. Unfortunately for Arjon, Dax is nothing like the young man expects. He’s nervous, eager to please, and Dax is…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) – Timescape, and Descent

Captain’s log: stardate 46944.2 Directed by Leonard Nimoy’s son, Adam, this episode was penned by Brannon Braga and first aired on 14 June, 1993. I’m always a fan of episodes that play with time loops, time travel, paradoxes and such, and this one ends up being very enjoyable. Travelling back to the Enterprise, Picard (Patrick…

Rome, Open City (1945) – Roberto Rossellini

Rome, Open City, Roberto Rossellini’s first film is on the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Bicycle Thieves as I continue my exploration of DK Canada’s The Movie Book. Decidedly melodramatic the story is set in World War II Rome, and the story weaves a group of characters together, as they work…

The Sound of Music (1965) – Robert Wise

My return to the Musical chapter of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book sees me settling into Robert Wise’s multi-Oscar winning (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound, Best Editing and Best Music) adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music. Starring Julie Andrews (in an Oscar nominated performance) and…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992) – I, Borg, and The Next Phase

Captain’s log: stardate 45854.2 Written by Rene Echevarria and airing on 11 May, 1992, I, Borg is a powerful Trek story. When the Enterprise comes across a lone Borg drone (Jonathan Del Arco) separated from the Collective they bring him on board. Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) sees the opportunity to return the Borg to the…

The Imam of Tawi-Tawi (2018) – Ian Hamilton

There’s nothing like starting a new year, with an old friend. And hitting book shelves this week, is my friend Ava Lee, returning in her latest adventure, her tenth novel, by Canadian author, Ian Hamilton. This tale picks up shortly after the last, The Courtier of Milan, with forensic accountant Lee’s love life coming to…