The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) – Renny Harlin

The Long Kiss Goodnight should be better than it is. It’s got quite the pedigree. Director Renny Harlin had given us Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, and a solid entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street series with The Dream Master. There’s a score by Alan Silvestri, a script by Shane Black (who is damned reliable…

Chuck (2011) – Versus the Santa Suit, and Versus the Baby

The Omen Virus has been released, someone is breaking out of prison, and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) is trying to throw together a perfect Xmas party and celebration for Baby Clara’s first Christmas in Chuck Versus the Santa Suit, which was written by Amanda Kate Shuman and first aired on 23 December, 2011. We learn pretty…

Cliffhanger (1993) – Renny Harlin

Somehow I feel this actioner from the early 90s doesn’t get enough love. In fact I think it can honestly be looked at and said it has improved with age, while some 90s action flicks should be better left forgotten. Directed by Renny Harlin, who had two big successes already at the time, Nightmare on…

Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (1992) – Timothy Zahn

In 1992, Timothy Zahn took us back into the slowly expanding universe of Star Wars with the second book in his Thrawn cycle, following on the heels of the previous year’s Heir to the Empire. Continuing the story that is set five years after The Return of the Jedi, the heroes of the rebellion are…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2005) – Bound, and In a Mirror, Darkly Part I

Captain’s log: 27 December, 2154 Manny Coto pens Bound, which first aired on 15 April, 2005. Things go badly for the crew of the Enterprise, specifically the men, when Archer (Scott Bakula) receives three Orion slave girls, Navaar (Cyia Batten), D’Nesh (Crystal Allen) and Maras (Menina Fortunato) as a ‘gift’ from Harrad-Sar (William Lucking) for…

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 (2004) – Storm Front Parts I & II

Captain’s log: date unknown Manny Coto launched the fourth and final season of Enterprise with the first part of a two-part story that first debuted on 8 October, 2004. In a story that wraps up both the Xindi arc and the Temporal Cold War/Suliban thread that has been running through the series, both the Enterprise,…

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…