TIFF 2021: Dune dir. Denis Villeneuve

Magnificent. Triumphant. THIS is the movie I saw in my mind’s eye when I first read Dune in 1984 when I was anticipating the Lynch film (which I love for its own reasons). The visual aesthetic, the sound and production design, the score (I swear Hans Zimmer isn’t the only one throwing a few nods…

Star Wars: Jedi Search (1994) – Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson launches his Jedi Academy trilogy this week as I travel back to 1994, and the original Star Wars Expanded Universe. I’m exploring each book by publication date, and there were a couple of things I loved right off the bat, which I either didn’t notice the first time I read it (I…

Star Wars: The Truce at Bakura (1993) – Kathy Tyers

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Kathy Tyers pens the first stand alone novel in the Expanded Universe, following on the tail of Timothy Zahn’s trilogy. The events in this story take place right after the events depicted in The Return of the Jedi, Han Solo and Leia Organa know they…

Star Trek: Discovery (2018) – The Wolf Inside, and Vaulting Ambition

Captain’s log: 2257 Lisa Randolph continues the Discovery Mirror Universe arc with The Wolf Inside which first aired on 14 January, 2018. Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is in charge of the I.S.S. Shenzou and is ordered to destroy some rebels for the Terran Empire, but she works to do her best to save them all while…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2005) – In a Mirror, Darkly Part II, and Demons

Captain’s log: 18 January, 2155 The mirror universe two-parter comes to a conclusion this week in an episode written by Micheal Sussman from a story by Manny Coto. It first debuted (with its altered opening credits sequence) on 29 April, 2005. Archer (Scott Bakula) has seized control of the U.S.S. Defiant from the Prime Universe,…