Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) – Nicholas Meyer

  It’s time for one final cruise with the original crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, as I continue my journeys with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. This time around the Klingons are in trouble, when one of their moons, Praxis, which was one of their key energy reserves, blows up. Unable to maintain the cost of…

Toronto After Dark: The Machine (2013) – Caradog W. James

  Sci-Fi night at Toronto After Dark, graciously hosted at Scotiabank Theatre this year, continued with a late night screening of the UK science fiction flick, The Machine, starring Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, and Denis Lawson. Using Blade Runner, Terminator and the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica as its launching point, a number of the festival organizers were chatting…

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) – J.J. Abrams

This is a summer blockbuster first and foremost. Since Trek made the leap to the bug screen, they’ve had to eschew some of the material that inherently made Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek what is was when it was a weekly television show. After The Motion Picture, which I still love, the series began to shift…

Doctor Who S07E10 – Cold War

  Mark Gatiss reintroduces the ice warriors of Mars to the world of Doctor Who as The Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) find themselves aboard a Soviet Sub in 1983. This is probably the strongest of the stories since Clara became The Doctor’s companion, although David Warner seems completely wasted in his ole…

Doctor Who S07E08 – The Rings of Akhaten

  Neil Cross pens this week’s episode which sees Clara the impossible girl (Jenna-Louise Coleman) leaving the planet for the first time, having decided to go with the Doctor (Matt Smith). It’s a story of lullabies, memories, stories and the lives of those we miss and lost. While still not the strongest episode of this…

Fantastic Voyage (1966) – Richard Fleischer

Just over 20 years before Dennis Quaid was miniaturized and found himself inside Martin Short, in Joe Dante’s escapist adventure Innerspace, Richard Fleischer last seen on the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list with 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, returns with Fantastic Voyage. Amidst the Cold War, America and Russia aren’t only in a nuclear race, they are in a…

Them! (1954)

Ok, well they can’t all be winners. This time, the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list brought me one that just barely held my interest. I just couldn’t get into it. It was about giant ants, so created because they came from the White Sands nuclear testing grounds, and the story was a thinly veiled film against…

It Came From Outer Space (1953)

This entry is an unusual one in the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list, set in the 50s as the Cold War was ratcheting higher and higher, it’s actually a rather positive story, despite the fact that none of our heroes seem to initialy realize it until the end. Based on a story by Ray Bradbury, it’s…