The X-Files (2000) – En Ami, and Chimera

William B. Davis, the Cigarette Smoking Man himself, pens En Ami, which pairs CSM with Scully (Gillian Anderson) in this episode that first debuted on 19 March, 2000. CSM approaches Scully after she and Mulder (David Duchovny) both recieve information about a supposed miraculous healing of a young boy who was suffering from cancer, but…

Mission: Impossible (1968) – The Contender: Part 1, and Part 2

Phelps’ (Peter Graves) and his IMF team go undercover to bring down a crooked fight promoter, Charles Buckman (Ron Randell), who not only has some serious control over the boxing ring, but is planning on spreading his influence over other sports as well, as part of a move by organised crime. The story ends up…

Mission: Impossible (1967) – The Survivors, and The Bank

The second season of Mission: Impossible continues to up its game with The Survivors. In fact, three episodes in, and I feel this second season has a completely different feel from the first. Sure, there’s the arrival of Phelps (Peter Graves) but, so far, the stories feel sharper, arguably more tense, and pretty damned enjoyable….

Mission: Impossible (1967) – The Widow, and Trek

Season two of Mission: Impossible launched on 10 September, 1967, with The Widow written by Barney Slater. Viewers knew right away that something had changed, Dan Briggs (Steven Hill) was replaced without explanation by Peter Graves, taking command of the IMF team as Jim Phelps, and Martin Landau finds himself in the opening credits, right…

Mission: Impossible (1967) – The Traitor, and The Psychic

We’re coming up on the end of the first season of Paramount Picture’s Mission: Impossible, and the wonderful Eartha Kitt guest stars in the penultimate episode, The Traitor. Written by Edward J. Lasko this IMF assignment first aired on 15 April, 1967. When an American agent turns traitor and hides out in a foreign embassy,…

Mission: Impossible (1967) – Shock!, and A Cube of Sugar

This week’s first mission feels very much familiar in that it hits a number of Mission: Impossible tropes, the mask, the con, the danger and then the resolution. Not that it isn’t fun! Shock! was written by Laurence Heath and was first broadcast on 25 March, 1967. Dan Briggs (Steven Hill) and his usual team,…

Mission: Impossible (1967) – The Diamond, and The Legend

For the first time, to me, I feel like Mission: Impossible takes me on a joyful romp, as I accept another pair of assignments from Paramount Pictures as I explore The Complete Series on blu-ray. The Diamond, written by William Read Woodfield, and Allen Balter and first aired on 4 February, 1967. There are familiar…

Chuck (2008) – Versus the DeLorean, and Versus Santa Claus

Matthew Miller gives us our first Chuck (Zachary Levi) episode this week, Chuck Versus the DeLorean, which originally aired on 8 December, 2008. Sarah’s (Yvonne Strahovski) con artist father, Jack Burton (Gary Cole) – another Big Trouble in Little China reference – rolls into town, in the midst of a long con on a sheik…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2004) – Proving Ground, and Stratagem

Captain’s log: 6 December, 2153 Chris Black pens this episode that first aired on 21 January, 2004. It sees an Andorian ship, commanded by Shran (Jeffrey Combs) arriving unexpectedly in the Delphic Expanse in an effort to help Archer (Scott Bakula) and the Enterprise find the Xindi weapon. As surprised and delighted to see Shran…

Star Trek: Voyager (2000) – Live Fast and Prosper, and Muse

Captain’s log: stardate 53849.2 Identity theft still exists in the 24th century as we learn in this episode directed by LeVar Burton and written by Robin Burger. First airing on 19 April, 2000, the story follows a trio of thieves Dala (Kaitlin Hopkins), Mobar (Gregg Daniel) and Zar (Francis Guinan),who are impersonating Janeway (Kate Mulgrew),…

Star Trek: Voyager (1999) – The Fight, and Think Tank

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Joe Menosky penned this Chakotay (Robert Beltran) episode from a story by Micheal Taylor. It first aired on 24 March, 1999. As the Voyager travels through a region of ‘chaotic space’ wherein the usual laws of physics don’t always apply, Chakotay begins to have visions, which may be an attempt by…