Alien: Covenant (2017) – Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott returns to the science fiction genre again and retreads things that have gone before in Alien: Covenant. The latest film in the seemingly indefatigable series connects the previous film, the divisive Prometheus with the first film in the series, 1979 Alien, both directed by Scott. And while I didn’t hate it, the film…

Star Trek: The Original Series (1967) – The Deadly Years and Obsession

Captain’s log: stardate 3478.2 The Deadly Years soared onto screens on 8 December, 1967, with a script by David P. Harmon. Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Scotty (James Doohan), Chekov (Walter Koenig) and Galway (Beverly Washburn) beam down to Gamma Hydra IV. Once there they discover that the entire outpost is…

Howard the Duck (1986) – Willard Huyck

  A long time before Marvel Entertainment got their act together to bring us one superhero extravaganza after another, George Lucas (the next stop on the journey through the Sci-Fi Chronicles book), served as executive producer on Willard Huyck’s terrible adaptation of Howard the Duck from the comic series. There are a couple of upsides…

Batman: The Animated Series (1994) – Sideshow, Avatar and Trial

  Killer Croc (Aron Kincaid) is the center of the first episode this week, in Sideshow. This one had an original airdate of 3 May, 1994, and saw Croc escaping from a prison train, and finds solace and refuge with a retired circus show that takes pity on him. Amongst the sideshow carnival is May and June,…

After Earth (2013) – M. Night Shyamalan

  So my time with Shyamalan comes to an end with this last title, and while I am loving the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, his past two titles were really tough to get through. And before I get into the film itself, what was up with the really weird accents in this film? I couldn’t even…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – Image of the Fendahl

  This week’s travels in the TARDIS brings us back to England in the year 1977. Image of the Fendahl is four-part story written by Chris Boucher, that originally aired from 29 October to 19 November, 1977. The story finds a Professor Fendelman (Denis Lill) working on a fossilized human skull, an artifact that should…

Godzilla 1985 (1984) – Koji Hashimoto & R.J. Kizer

  I continue my time with that man-in-a-suit monster, Godzilla, as the Sci-Fi Chronicles jumps forward a couple of decades and introduces me to the revitalized version of the monster, that screened in 1984, some thirty years after the original film. For the most part, it disregards any of the previous films, but for the…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Hand of Fear

  This week’s story sees the TARDIS returning to Earth, and a departure of one of the most well-known companions. The Hand of Fear is a four-part story that was written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin and ran from 2 October to 23 October, 1976. The Doctor (Baker) and Sarah (Elisabeth Sladen) arrive in a…

Revenge of the Creature (1955) – Jack Arnold

  I get to spend a little more time with Jack Arnold, the director, thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, and I also get to see the next installment in the Creature films… I’ll be completely honest with you, I’m with the Gill-man in this film. The guy is treated incredibly badly, and he’s made…