Star Trek: Voyager (1997) – Distant Origin, and Displaced

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky pen this smart episode that has a call back to Basics, and also gives us a fun theory about what may have happened sixty five million years ago… We are introduced to a new species called the Voth, who may have evolved from dinosaurs! The episode…

Indiana Jones and The Interior World (1992) – Rob MacGregor

1929 Easter Island Rob MacGregor comes to the end of his run on the Indiana Jones novels this week, and I have to say I’m rather thankful for it, because if you thought Kingdom of the Crystal was bad you have not read this book. This one is terrible, and it doesn’t come near anything…

King Kong (2005) – Peter Jackson

  I’ve been loving my time with the big gorilla thanks to my exploration of the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, and it was time for me to have a look at director Peter Jackson’s epic-sized remake of the original film. Featuring a grittier New York than the one in the original, the film attempts to ground…

Jurassic World (2015) – Colin Trevorrow

  The Park is open! It’s time to go back to Isla Nublar to take a look at the latest update to the world created by Steven Spielberg (who serves as Executive Producer), and author, the late Michael Crichton. And while it is fun to see dinosaurs on the big screen again, there is only…

Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee) – Invasion of the Dinosaurs

  Dinosaurs are invading London in this 6 part adventure for The Doctor (Pertwee) and Sarah-Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) that was written by Malcolm Hulke and ran from 12 January to 16 February, 1974. The TARDIS arrives back in town after their previous adventure to find the bustling city deserted, but for a few roving survivors….

The Lost World (1960) – Irwin Allen

  Yet another adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Challenger adventure comes under review thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, but despite having a pretty damned great cast, this one flounders, and you need look no father than the ‘ahem’ dinosaurs to know why. And while Irwin Allen made quite a name for himself in television…

The Lost World (1925) – Harry O. Hoyt

  Returning to the Sci-Fi Chronicles book (which I’m loving!), it’s time to take a look at one of the cinematic creations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Not only is he the creator of the world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes (sorry Batman fans), but he also wrote a few stories involving a professor by the…

A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) – Jules Verne

  I received a huge tome of Jules Verne novels and stories when I was very young, and I remember having difficulty with some of it as I plunged through the tales, but with my digging into the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, I thought it was high-time that I went back and enjoyed them properly. Let…

Trailer Tracks: Jurassic Park (1993) – Steven Spielberg

I remember ‘borrowing permanently’ the hardcover version of Michael Crichton’s book from my mom as soon as I heard Spielberg had bought the rights to it, and was totally pumped to see dinosaurs brought to life on the big screen, and even now, this movie fails to disappoint. I also love that this teaser trailer doesn’t contain…

Jurassic Park (1993) – Steven Spielberg

As soon as I heard about Michael Crichton’s new book in 1990, I scrabbled to get my hands on a copy, and ended up co-opting and keeping my mother’s hard cover edition as soon as she was done with it. Then, hearing that Spielberg had bought the rights for it, I knew I had to…

Happy 1st Birthday for The Mind Reels!

When I was younger, physically and chronologically, not mentally, I often thought about talking and working with people in the entertainment industry. I also thought about being a starship captain like James T. Kirk or walking with dinosaurs, but hey, one dream at a time. Growing up, I was not necessarily an outsider, but I…