War of the Worlds (1989) – Epiphany, and Among the Philistines

The war continues this week as humans and morthren clash over possession of planet Earth. First up is Epiphany. Written by Greg Strangis, series creator and show runner, this episode first debuted on 2 January, 1989. There is a summit occurring between the U.S. and Russia and the aliens have a plot to cause a…

V – The Series (1984) – Liberation Day, and Dreadnought

V – The Series brought the Visitors and the renewed battle for Earth to television on a weekly basis, and despite being a costly production (a calculated one million dollars per episode, which was unheard of at the time), it just seemed doomed to fail. I mean with a budget like that, you think someone…

V – The Final Battle (1984) – Part Three

There’s a lot that needs to happen in this third and final part of V- The Final Battle, which first aired on 8 May, 1984. Brian Taggert and Craig Buck (as Faustus Buck) pen the teleplay from a story by series creator Kenneth Johnson (as Lillian Weezer), Buck, Diane Frolov and Peggy Goldman. Taking place…

Proxima Command – An Evening’s Sci-Fi Adventure

Ever since I was a kid and first discovered Star Wars, Star Trek, and science fiction in general, I had dreams of stepping onto the bridge of a starship, or spaceship, and exploring, seeking out new life forms, engaging in intergalactic battles, or watching the stunning starscape slip past my windows. I remember sitting at…

The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah (2004) – Stephen King

The penultimate volume of Stephen King’s magnificent fantasy western opus is on the book shelf this week, and leads us along many roads, some hauntingly familiar, all troubling. With the abduction of the pregnant Susannah by Mia, the daughter of none, mother of one, at the climax of the previous book, everything is set up…

Miami Vice (1984) – One Eyed Jack, and No Exit

Edward James Olmos joins the main cast this week as the division’s new lieutenant, Martin Castillo, and with his steely eyed glare on Crockett (Don Johnson) the story swings into high gear. One Eyed Jack was written by Alfonse Ruggerio Jr., and first aired on 2 November, 1984. An old flame of Crockett’s Barbara Carrow…

Mind Reels Chats With Rebecca Liddiard

  REBECCA LIDDIARD Recording Date: February 13, 2018 Tim and Sue finally had the honour of sitting down with the very amazing Rebecca Liddiard in the SmitheeTV studio! imdb: www.imdb.com/name/nm4428734/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Twitter: @RebeccaLiddiard For video highlights: Quick Shots #1 youtu.be/M3TKbv0xjUk Quick Shots #2 youtu.be/fq3TE55m03o Quick Shots #3 youtu.be/C7ThRCoNsjk Quick Shots #4 youtu.be/4kBsDVoIJAQ Quick Shots #5 youtu.be/-7d2SYUPcJs For extra content, become a Mind Reels Patron today! www.patreon.com/TheMindReels  

Mind Reels Chats With Mayko Nguyen

  MAYKO NGUYEN Recording Date: November 15, 2017 Tim and Sue are stoked to finally get Mayko Nguyen into the studio for a long overdue chat! imdb: www.imdb.com/name/nm1534287/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Twitter: @maykohaixep For video highlights: Quick Shots #1: youtu.be/TclrmEFtkBY Quick Shots #2: youtu.be/amBCmaIrjj4 Quick Shots #3: youtu.be/Xnv0m4PBEVQ For extra content, become a Mind Reels Patron today! www.patreon.com/TheMindReels  

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) – Michael Curtiz

As I continue my time with the Musical chapter in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, I dove into the biographical film, Yankee Doodle Dandy starring James Cagney. That gave me a pause. Despite everything I had ever heard about the film, I’d never seen him do anything like this. It was…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) – Tapestry and, Birthright Part I

Captain’s log: stardate unknown With an airdate of 15 February, 1993, Tapestry immediately became a fan favourite. Written by Ronald D. Moore, the episode is immersed in series continuity, especially that of Captain Picard (Patrikc Stewart). When the captain is injured in a fight, his artificial heart, which we know about from season two, is…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1990) – Brothers, and Suddenly Human

Captain’s log: stardate 44085.7 The theme of family which runs through this entire season of Next Generation is very prevalent here in this episode that was written by Rick Berman. First airing on 8 October, 1990, this is a very Brent Spiner-heavy episode. A medical emergency necessitates a run to a nearby starbase, however, Data…

The Mind Reels & Travelers

The science fiction drama Travelers from creator Brad Wright returns for Season 2 tonight at 9pm on Showcase. And believe me you want to tune in, because wow what a start to the new season! With stunning revelations, and great characters this winner, starring Eric McCormack, Nesta Cooper, MacKenzie Porter, Jared Abrahamson, Reilly Dolman and…