The Three Body Problem (2008) – Liu Cixin

Wang Miao and Ye Wenjie are the central characters in a vast cast in this epic Chinese novel that is the first in a trilogy, also known as The Three Body Problem. Treating its subject matter with intelligence, and pouring on the science, the story takes us through the first steps of contact with an…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2004) – E2, and The Council

Captain’s log: date unknown Roxann Dawson directs this episode from a script by Micheal Sussman. With an original airdate of 5 May, 2004, the story sees the Enterprise coming into contact with its future self (from the past) after an accident occurs when Archer (Scott Bakula) and the crew attempt to use a Xindi subspace…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – Regeneration, and First Flight

Captain’s log: 1 March, 2153 Mike Sussman and Phyllis Strong pen this episode that debuted on 7 May, 2003, and brings the Borg into this Trek series. Of course, they can’t be mentioned by name, because at this point in Trek chronology humanity is unaware of them, except for the people involved in the events…

The Day of the Dolphin (1973) – Mike Nichols

The next title to be featured on the list of ten films that made me cry from the Ten Bad Dates With De Niro book is this Mike Nichols film from the early seventies. I won’t say that it made me cry by the ending was sad, poignant and necessary. George C. Scott headlines as…

Star Trek: Voyager (2000) – Fury, and Life Line

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Bryan Fuller and Micheal Taylor pen this episode from a story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. First airing on 3 May, 2000, it sees the return of Jennifer Lien as Kes, and she is pissed. She launches an assault on the Voyager, demonstrating that her powers have grown exponentially, even…

Star Trek: Voyager (1999) – The Voyager Conspiracy, and Pathfinder

Captain’s log: stardate 53329 Joe Menosky penned this Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) episode that delves into paranoia as she begins to suspect that the Voyager was intentionally transported to the Delta Quadrant. After augmenting her alcove to assimilate more data, her neural pathways are unable to handle it, and begin correlating facts into vast…

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…

I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) – Gene Fowler Jr.

Before he had a Little House on the Prarie, or traveled on the Highway to Heaven, Micheal Landon was a Teenage Werewolf, and I got to go on the prowl with him as I settled in for this 50s era classic, and the next recommendation from DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. Landon plays Tony,…

Space: 1999 (1977) – The Immunity Syndrome, and The Dorcons

This is it, the last week of Space: 1999, and while some of it has been very good, and a number of stories showed some promise, the series, as a whole, has not weathered the decades as well as it could have. The penultimate episode is The Immunity Syndrome (not to be confused with the…