Space: 1999 (1976) – Ring Around the Moon, and Missing Link

Ring Around the Moon is the first episode up this week, as I continue my travels with Moonbase Alpha. Written by Edward di Lorenzo this story first debuted on 15 January, 1976. A strange yellow energy field has an adverse effect on one of the Alphan techs, as a strange planet pulls it into temporary…

Doctor Who (David Tennant) – Gridlock and Daleks in Manhattan

The Doctor (Tennant) and Martha (Freema Agyeman) return to New Earth (though it has changed) and get caught in traffic in Gridlock. Written by Russell T. Davies aired on 14 April, 2007. Martha is a little put out that the Time Lord brings her to one of the same places he took Rose, but before…

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…

Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee) – The Mutants

  The Mutants, the next adventure for Pertwee’s Doctor was a six-part story written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin. It ran from 8 April to 13 May, 1972. The Doctor and Jo (Katy Manning) receive a message pod from the Time Lords that needs to be delivered to Solos. This allows the TARDIS to…

Toronto After Dark: The Machine (2013) – Caradog W. James

Sci-Fi night at Toronto After Dark, graciously hosted at Scotiabank¬†Theatre this year, continued with a late night screening of the UK science fiction flick, The Machine, starring Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, and Denis Lawson. Using Blade Runner, Terminator and the re-imagined Battlestar¬†Galactica as its launching point, a number of the festival organizers were chatting this…

Orphan Black S01E07 – Parts Developed in an Unusual Manner

Orphan Black, and its engaging lead, Tatiana Maslany continues to wow as this week we tumble deeper into the conspiracy, where threads are connected, and trouble is brewing. Sarah (Maslany) meets back up with a slightly recovered Helena, released by her minder to continue hunting down the clones. Paul (Dylan Bruce) deals with Olivier (David…

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Stanley Kubrick

  As we stand on the cusp of a New Year (2013! Wow, does that sound futuristic!) I thought I would end the year with this classic from the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list. Made in 1968, this stunning visual achievement, which took home the Academy Award that year for Best Effects, it still stands a…

Planet of the Apes (1968) – Franklin J. Schaffner

The further I get into the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list, the more films I know, and am enjoying the chance to revisit. It’s been a number of years since I’ve seen this classic film, based on a novel by Pierre Boulle and a script by Michael Wilson and The Twilight¬†Zone’s Rod Serling. Schlocky fun, it…

The Revisionaries – Scott Thurman, USA

  No matter how I broach this subject, it’s going to be a hot button topic. But at its heart lays one essential and undeniable fact… there must be separation of church and state. If it’s a public school it must respect all spiritual beliefs, races, creeds and sexual orientation, honoring none above the others….